av8rmike: Penny Arcade Jesus, text: Wooooo/What can I say? Jesus is fucking metal (metal)
Oh, this was supposed to be a daily meme, not a weekly one? I'm definitely going to skip a few days, because some of these options are pretty stupid. I can't really think of a song/piece of music that makes me cry

Day 6: Your favorite band.

I still don't really listen to "bands" anymore (and I'm not going to count orchestras), but back in the day, my favorite band was the progressive metal band Dream Theater. From the first time I heard them back in about 1993, I realized how awesomely talented they were. They aren't just any old hair-metal band, several of the members met at Berklee College, the jazz-rock conservatory in Boston. They have an official YouTube channel, on which is posted the video of their first big hit:



All 30 Days )
av8rmike: (violin)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] coffeechica and [livejournal.com profile] dawna. There's no way I'll be able to keep this up for 30 whole days, especially because I don't listen to enough popular music or "songs" to fill out the list. Instead, I'll just pick & choose or skip where necessary.

Day 1: Your Favorite Song

There is no way I could pick out one song or piece of music as my absolute favoritest ever, but if I had to, it would almost certainly be something by Richard Strauss. I think he's viewed as something of an egotist in the classical music world, especially for writing at least two musical tributes to himself (Symfonia Domestica and Ein Heldenleben, "A Hero's Life"). Still, the man could write some beautifully lush music. This clip is taken from his orchestral suite to Der Rosenkavalier and is the instrumental version of the final trio from the end of the opera. The first time I ever heard this suite, I was transfixed through this entire section.

Also, what is [livejournal.com profile] mayerman doing in the oboe section? O_o


And if you're going to insist that to be part of this meme, there has to be vocals, here you go:


All 30 Days )
av8rmike: Bob Barker holding "FAIL" sign (fail)
...but lately (like, the last few months), it has been. Chalk it up to having very little downtime through a combination of doing actual work at the office, Support, practicing, going to rehearsals, and basically, trying to live life rather than just document it. That's one of the reasons I don't use Facebook much; another being that their privacy practices should scare the crap out of anyone.

Dreamwidth is doing this "3 Weeks for Dreamwidth" thing, which has something to do with severing itself from LJ by asking people not to cross-post. Well, screw that, I'll post where I want and people can not read it on either site. Although, if anyone is still reading, there's this meme that's floating around, so I'll post if you want to comment:

'What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about $foo I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?'

Yearbooks

Jul. 9th, 2009 01:17 pm
av8rmike: Text: Resistance is futile (if < 1 ohm) (resistance)
I see the people doing the yearbook picture meme have gotten to senior year today. Coincidentally, when I was back home last weekend, I grabbed my high school yearbook to take back with me. It was not really for any one reason, although I have been seeing more HS people crop up on Facebook. For a few of them, I've actually wracked my brain trying to put a face from 15 years ago with the name. It doesn't help when the women change their names and don't use the maiden name.

However, no, I will not be scanning and posting my senior year picture. If you already know what I look like now, I have two words for you: hockey hair.

Besides that, it's not like I have painfully awkward memories of high school. I was glad to leave it all behind and get to college.

Tagged!

Oct. 16th, 2008 04:03 pm
av8rmike: Text: Resistance is futile (if < 1 ohm) (resistance)
COMMENT HERE AND I WILL:

a) Tell you why I friended you.

b) Associate you with something -- a fandom, song, color, photo, etc.

c) Tell you something I like about you.

d) Tell you a memory I have of you.

e) Ask you something I've wanted to know about you.

f) Tell you my favorite userpic from your list.

g) In return, you need to post this on your own journal.
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.

Year

Jan. 29th, 2008 02:33 pm
av8rmike: LOST's Locke at computer, text: I'm in ur hatch, pushing ur button (pushing ur button)
I'm really intrigued by this "year meme" that's going around, but I don't know when I'll have time to write something up, nor do I want to exacerbate this recurring pain in my wrist. =(
Oh, and no one has assigned me a year. =P
av8rmike: LOST's Locke at computer, text: I'm in ur hatch, pushing ur button (pushing ur button)
247 words

free Touch typing


Am I really this fast, or do I just know how to edit HTML? YOU'LL NEVER KNOW... =P
av8rmike: (wtf)
Haha, awesome. Too bad it has some terrible CSS.
Read more... )
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] tidesong

Number of LJ Friends: 63 friends + 30 communities + 7 feeds = 100(!) total
Number of actual people that represents: What does that actually mean? I'm pretty sure all 63 of you are "real" people, so 63?
Number you have met in real life: 48
Number you met in real life before meeting on LJ: 40
Number that are in your family: 1

This is kind of a strange, simple one. Where's all the questions like, "number you have slept with"?
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
1. Name one person who made you smile today? Nobody yet.

2. What were you doing at 8 this morning? Hanging out at a symposium for work and chatting up anyone who came within five feet of the booth.

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Posting to a community.

4. What is something that happened in 1994? Junior/senior year of high school, huh? A bunch of orchestra and chorus concerts and going to the school's Christmas dance with a bunch of close friends.

5. What is the last thing you said aloud? "He's on a conference call," referring to why my office-mate had the door closed.
It goes on like this... )

Resolutions

Jan. 4th, 2007 09:15 am
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (Default)
In 2007, av8rmike resolves to...
Eat more sibelius.
Apply for a new bach.
Cut down to ten brahms a day.
Find a new handel.
Learn to play the customization.
Spend more time with my mythbusters.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

I could do some of these...
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (energymotron)
Read more... )
av8rmike: (edoras)
It's inevitable that as we read each other's journals we create mental pictures of each other. Post this on your own journal to find out who your friends see when they read about your life.

Two Rules:
1) The person must be in the movies or on TV (but doesn't have to be an actor/actress). The person can be specific to a role or just the person themself.
2) You have to post a link to a picture of said person in the comments.
This one is too easy... )
av8rmike: (webcam)
OK, this one is cool! I still had to change a few of the NSFW and "WTF?" images...
My Interests Collage! )
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
Look through your LJ calender and post an entry from this day (or the nearest day with an entry) for all the years you've had a livejournal. If all your entries that day are dull, I give you license to look at 2 days either side.
All my entries are dull... )
av8rmike: (webcam)
Stolen from everyone: I was ___ years old the first time I...

Fell in love: 19 or so.
Lost your virginity: 20. Same person, in fact.
Lost someone close to you: Probably Grandpa, when I was 18.
Smoked weed: Never.
Got your heart broken: Maybe 16 or 17.
Got arrested: Never.
Smoked a cigarette: Never.
Broken a bone: Never.
Got cheated on: Never that I know about.
Rode the city bus: 18, in college. Maybe earlier.
Went to a concert: 10 was the first symphony concert I can remember, but there were probably earlier ones.
Met someone famous: Whose definition of famous? I saw President Clinton at the White House in '93 or '94, but didn't actually meet him.
Dyed your hair: Never.
Got your first cell phone: 23, I think.
Got a Myspace: Don't intend to, ever.
Snuck out of the house: Never really needed to.
Got your own digital camera: 26, before going to Israel.
First time you got drunk: 18, thanks to Seth.
Read Harry Potter: Never.
Traveled across the ocean: 12, flying to England.
Wore a toga: Who writes this crap?
Traveled out of state/country: State? Probably one of the trips to New Jersey when I was 5 or 6. Or 2, apparently. Country? See above.
Shopped at Abercrombie/M&S: What's M&S?
Went to Disney World: Never.
Went on a date: 15, I think.
Saw a Broadway/West End play: Didn't see an actual show on Broadway until I was about 20, but I know I saw Phantom in Philly when I was in high school.
How old are you now: 29, and haven't lived much, apparently.

Two Words

Jun. 9th, 2006 01:23 pm
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] tidesong. I kind of like this one; it seems challenging.

YOU *C A N *O N L Y *T Y P E *T W O *W O R D S !
N O *E X P L A N A T I O N S !

Two Word Survey:

Yourself: human male

Your Car: Toyota truck

Your Hair: Jew fro

Your Mother: visiting tomorrow

Your Father: yard worker

Your Favorite Item: oxygen atmosphere

Your Dream Last Night: no dream

Your Favorite Drink: hot tea

Your Dream Home: private airstrip

The Room You Are In: my office

Your Pet: no pet

Your fear: debilitating injury

What You Want to be in Ten Years: better musician

Who you hung out with last nite: no one

What You're Not: quick tempered

Your Best Friends: mostly musicians

One of Your Wish list Items: stand mixer

Your Gender: snips & snails

The Last Thing You Did: regression analysis

What You Are Wearing: no hat

Your Favorite Weather: cool & breezy

Your Favorite Book: Cook Wise

The Last Thing You Ate: potato chips

Your Life: have rehearsal

Your mood: still hungry

The last person you talked to on the phone: office manager
av8rmike: (webcam)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] tidesong:

If you have anything to say to the person who posts this, say it to them. If you love them, tell them. If you hate them, tell them. Whatever you have to say to this person, even if it's something you're having trouble saying, if the person posts this entry, say it to them. You may never have the chance to again, so just do it.

All comments are screened, and will NOT be unscreened. Anonymous posts welcome.
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
Look up Wikipedia and enter your birth date (no year) into the search field. From there, find three interesting events, two births and one death that happened on that date that interest you. Report your findings here.


Boy, not a lot interesting, unless you want to include sharing a birthday with Edgar Degas, Joseph Smith, Brian May, Lizzie Borden, and George McGovern. And who wants to include McGovern?
I only mention the plane crash because that day, my family and I had just flown into England, and we saw the footage of a plane cartwheeling down the runway on TV.

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