Saturday, May 30, 2009

Music ...

I went to Latham's music today ... and they were having a sale ... with heapsa music books ...
GOOD ones too.
Thing is, even with a sale they were still pretty expensive and I liked a number of them I liked ...
In the end I got one. I just COULDN'T go past it. So I now have ...
*insert drum roll here*
A PARAMORE PVG MUSIC BOOK!!!!!!
With my favourite song too, 'Hallelujah'.
Well, I totally scored there. Shame I couldn't get the Evanescence and Muse and Twilight soundtrack ones too. :(

Last night I went to a dance that my church held. People from all over the Central Coast / Hunter area went. It was awesome. Some good music too - almost half "oldies" stuff :)

And now I'll have some of Lily's music composition ... Ugh I really need to get into that, but I can't do pop. Oh well ... I'll get it done.

Hallelujah - Paramore
Somehow everything's gonna fall right into place,
If we only had a way to make it all fall faster everyday.
If only time flew like a dove,
Make it fly faster than I'm falling in love.

This time we're not giving up,
Let's make it last forever,
Screaming "Hallelujah".
We'll make it last forever.

Holding onto patience, wearing thin,
I can't force these eyes to see the end.
If only time flew like a dove,
Well we could watch it fly, and just keep looking up.

This time we're not giving up,
Let's make it last forever,
Screaming "Hallelujah".
We'll make it last forever.

And we've got time on our hands.
[And we've got time]
Got nothing but time on our hands.
Got nothing but, got nothing but.
[And we've got time]
Got nothing but time on our hands.

This time we're not giving up,
Oh, let's make it last forever,
Screaming "Hallelujah".
"Hallelujah".
And here it is on YouTube

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Different types of bonds ...

I am soooooo happy right now!!!!!
Well, the movie Twilight has an awesome soundtrack - with TWO Paramore songs.
And I got it, I got it, I got it!!!!
*singing and dancing*

And I've FINALLY gotten to see the music video for a Muse song.

In science today, we FINALLY moved off the topic of ionic and covalent bonds ... to look at OTHER bonds. Some of which didn't really make sense. Like the metal-metal bond - the teacher said it was like a cross between a covalent and an ionic bond AND THAT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE COS THEY ARE SO DIFFERENT!!!!
I'll just ask my dad, I guess.

Anyway ... another good song:
Don't Give Up - Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Shannon Noll
In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I've changed my face, I've changed my name
But no-one wants you when you lose

Don't give up
‘Cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not beaten yet
Don't give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought that I could be affected
Thought that we'd be last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up
We don't need much of anything
Don't give up
‘Cause somewhere there's a place
Where we belong

Rest your head
You worry too much
It's going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don't give up
Please don't give up

Got to walk out of here
I can't take any more
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river's flowing
That river's flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs

Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up now
We're proud of who you are
Don't give up
You know its never been easy
Don't give up
‘Cause I believe there's a place
There's a place where we belong

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Apparently half-yearlies in a few weeks

It's not sinking in that we have half-yearlies soon. It's just been going too fast, and we don't seem to have learnt enough for them.
Nevertheless, some of my teachers are going into full panic mode about them (ie telling us what's in them, what to revise, how to write an essay, etc). And some of my friends have gone into full study mode. I'm gonna start hitting the books soon too. When I can stop dozing off. So tired lately ...

Anyway, I finished that book, Fate, today. It was SO AWESOME. And then I gave it to Puzzle, cos if I didn't she'd be in agony. She likes Jennifer Lynn Barnes' books too. And I was totally tormenting her about it, so it was only fair.
Now I can't wait to get it back tomorrow to read it AGAIN. YAY!

Here's a nice song for yas all
Crash and Burn - Savage Garden
When you feel all alone
And the world has turned its back on you
Give me a moment please to tame your wild wild heart
I know you feel like the walls are closing in on you
It's hard to find relief and people can be so cold
When darkness is upon your door
And you feel that you can't take anymore

Let me be the one you call
If you jump I'll break your fall
Lift you up and fly away with you into the night
If you need to fall apart
I can mend a broken heart
If you need to crash then crash and burn
You're not alone

When you feel all alone
And a loyal friend is hard to find
You're caught in a one way street
With the monsters in your head
When hopes and dreams are far away and
You feel like you can't face the day

Let me be the one you call
If you jump I'll break your fall
Lift you up and fly away with you into the night
If you need to fall apart
I can mend a broken heart
If you need to crash then crash and burn
You're not alone

Because there has always been heartache and pain
And when it's over you'll breathe again
You'll breathe again

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fate of leaves and storms

I don't think I ever fully appreciated leaves' entertaining qualities until this morning. Lol.

Ugh I officially hate basketball. Big ball and little target do not work for me. Small ball and little target much better.
I'm too tired to make that sound non-suss. I guess I just have to deal with Rhod's over-actively suss mind ...
XD
You can tell that a lot of the girls there today play(ed) netball. You really can.

I finally got 'Fate' (Jennifer Lynn Barnes) yesterday!!!!!!!!!!
I totally love it. I can hardly put it down - I NEED to know what on Earth (or in Otherworld/Nexus, lol) is going on.
How on Earth does Jennifer get such good stories?

Ugh. I need to learn not to jump ahead. I think that's one lesson that'll never sink in though XD

I never realised how hard song-writing was til now. For music, we have to write a pop song ... and I can come up with music and lyrics and stuff ... but it ain't pop, it's definitely ALTERNATIVE. Cos I listen to so much of it XD
But seriously, come ON. So much pop music is really boring and ... shallow. Not much meaning, especially trying to apply it to reality.
Ah well. At least we're off baroque now ... that wasn't the best of things to be studying. I hate Handel. And harpsichords. We should've been able to listen to more of Toccata in D Minor, Bach. That's that horror movie-y one.

Storms and Fevers - The Grates
Kick the shepherd, I'll bite the lion, yeah,
I don't need no one to guide me, I've been doing this alone.
Out the back of my old house, I'm lighting fires standing aways,
What a way to lift a weight.

Lately, I've been needing your help badly,
Lately, I need someone to walk me home,
Lately all I get is storms and fevers,
Lately I feel lost, I feel lost, cause.

You earn the big bucks, your hands are all cash,
While I'm just sweating and drowning in my bad luck looking for a hopeless grasp.
You and your wish list, self made on self pride,
I feel like everything I ever did and every little thing ain't ever worked out right.

Lately I've been needing your help badly,
Lately, I need someone to walk me home,
Lately, all I get is storms and fevers,
Lately I feel lost, I feel lost, cause.

Wait wait, this feeling ain't gonna wait.

Kick the shepherd, I'll bite the lion yeah,
I don't need no one to guide me, I've been doing this alone.
Out the back of my old house, I'm lighting fires standing aways,
What a way to lift a weight, what a way to lift a weight.

South of the border you're a spinning wheel,
All hands shake but some of them steal,
Each to their own so what have you got,
Time doesn't change when you gonna stop?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

6-word novels and a Roald Dahl poem

Some guy wrote a story in six words and people are saying it's his best work. Well, I guess cos he was one of them classical writers then that's understandable - have you seen how much they can rattle on about the most boring little thing???????
Anyway here it is:
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
-Ernest Hemingway
If you 'look deep' into it and really REALLY critique it and obsessively think about it, then I guess ... BUT WHO ON EARTH WANTS TO DO THAT ABOUT THAT SHORT BORING STORY.
I prefer the ones with humour (most of these are by proper published, even a few big-name authors, btw):
Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
-William Shatner
Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?
-Eileen Gunn
Automobile warranty expires. So does engine.
-Stan Lee
(Ain't that always the way)
Longed for him. Got him. Help.
-Margaret Atwood
(LOL)
Machine. Unexpectedly I'd invented a time
-Alan Moore
(It's actually really clever! If you think about it)
We kissed. She melted. Mop please!
-James Patrick Kelly
O___O
It's behind you! Hurry before it
-Rockne S. O'Bannon
I'm dead. I've missed you. Kiss ... ?
-Neil Gaiman
(Just think about this one ... it's also quite clever)
The baby's blood type? Human, mostly.
-Orson Scott Card
(It's ALIEN????? You don't want that - just watch one of the Alien movies, trust me)
I couldn't believe she'd shoot me.
-Howard Chaykin
(You better believe it :P)
Easy. Just touch the match to
-Ursula K. le Guin
(Now this one's good!!!!!)
Tick tock tick tock tick tick
-Neal Stephenson
Smoke alarm. Bonus snooze button included.
-Kyrielle
(That's one bonus I might actually pass on!!!!!)
Bush told the truth. Hell froze over.
-William Gibson
Bang postponed. Not Big enough. Reboot.
-David Brin
Eyeballed me, killed him. Slight exaggeration.
-Irvine Welsh
"Oh that? It's nothing. Not contagious."
-Ugusten Burroughs
(Obviously someone and the beginning of swine flu, lol)

And I think this poem is hilarious, so here we are:
The Price of Debauchery (Roald Dahl)
My mother said, "There are no joys
In ever kissing silly boys.
Just one small kiss and one small squeeze
Can land you with some foul disease."

"But Mum, d'you mean from just a kiss?"

"You know quite well my meaning, miss."

Last week when coming home from school
I clean forgot Mum's golden rule.
I let Tom Young, that handsome louse,
Steal one small kiss behind my house.

Oh, woe is me! I've paid the price!
I should have listened to advice.
My mum was right one hundredfold!
I've caught Tom's horrid runny cold!

Enjoy. I put a lot of work into rounding and typing all that up (I didn't want to use copy/paste for some reason).

Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY ... for yesterday XD
You know who you are =]

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fave school sub(re)ject (LOL) and Eurovision

At school my current favourite subject would be science.
It's so EASY. Just take notes. Memorise stuff. Know a few things. Don't have to worry about marks so much, except for the few-and-far-between exams. Don't have to worry about people's opinion (eg the teacher's). Don't have to worry about handing stuff in. Don't have to worry about one thing screwing everything else up.
I don't have to worry about those things all the time in other subjects. But they come up.

Anyway, four hockey games this week. No soccer training cos I can't really make Monday training and Wednesday this week was cancelled. Just shows how much better it was to have soccer on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Ugh I'm not in a good mood for some reason I dont know. Cos I've had a great past few days ... since lunchtime Friday XD

Anyway, Eurovision Song Contest Finals 2009 was on last night. And Norway won :( I reckon Iceland should've won - Iceland was AMAZING. But NO, and what's more is that this year, Norway won with the largest amount of points in Eurovision history.
Yohanna - Is It True? (Iceland's entry)
Armeia's was pretty good too, VERY catchy :) And Croatia ... and Estonia ... XD

Anyway, here's the lyrics for Is It True:
You say you really know me,
you’re not afraid to show me
what is in your eyes
So tell me about the rumours
Are they only rumours?
Are they only lies?
Falling out of a perfect dream, coming out of the blue.
Is it true?
Is it over?
Did I throw it away?
Was it you?
Did you tell me you would never leave me this way?
If you really knew me
You couldn’t do this to me
You would be my friend
If one of us is lying
There’s no use in trying
No need to pretend
Falling out of a perfect dream, coming out of the blue
Is it true?
Is it over?
Did I throw it away?
Was it you?
Did you tell me you would never leave me this way?
Is it true?
Is it over?
Did I throw it away?
Was it you?
Did you tell me you would never leave me this way?
Is it real?
Did I dream it?
Will I wake from this pain
Is it true?
Is it over?
Baby did I throw it away?

Friday, May 15, 2009

I got some hairdryers today and majorly blew some clouds away

Well despite having to miss one of my hockey games today to do NAPLAN (still totally mad about that!) it was a good good good good day overall! And I still have two hockey games to play yet!
The NAPLAN writing was actually fun. I really really really want my writing back to keep - I like it. And it broke a spell of writer's block and it was so calming! It's quite amazing how calming it was, cos I was NOT happy about some things.
And at lunch Mute turned up!!!!!!!
THAT'S something to celebrate.

Anyway, an awesome song:
Nothing Sir - The Grates
you can't stop the sun,
from come, come, coming out,
cos i've got my hairdryer,
and i'm gonna blow all the grey clouds away.

you think my life's been,
unpleasant and unclean,
what i've got up my sleeve,
it cuts up all of the bad things that i've seen.

what you got? nothing sir, what you want? nothing sir.
what you got? nothing sir, what you want? nothing sir.
what you say? nothing sir, what you want? nothing sir.
what you got? nothing sir, what you want? nothing sir.

i've got a passport,
to travel the universe,
a flicker like suki,
can eat from my hand and jump right to sushi.

i can't seem to keep my feet on the ground,
whenever it is that you are around,
we get so high i am frightened to move, yeah,
can't you see me? can't you see?

what you got? nothing sir, what you want? nothing sir.
what you got? nothing sir, what you want? nothing sir.
what you say? nothing sir, what you want? nothing sir.
what you got? nothing sir, what you want? nothing sir.

why are we the unhappy ones?

you can't stop the sun,
from come, come, coming out,
cos i've got my hairdryer,
and i'm gonna blow, i'm gonna blow...

Monday, May 11, 2009

MORE HOCKEY!!!!!!

Thanks J!!!!
I've finally heard about the school KO hockey team ...
Talk about leaving it to the last minute though - girls in my hockey team have been talking about their school KO teams for WEEKS!
Oh, this is going to be fun ... at the hockey centre for THREE games this Saturday. I am PSYCHED AS.
Well ... playing for three teams now ... SCORE.

I've spent the past couple of days listening obsessively to Enya. She uses such strange instruments, and has such a strange vocal style, but it really works!
Also found a very good song a couple of days ago, if you're interested: Carousel, by Paper Route

Let's leave on a funny note with the translated lyrics of yet another song I like :D
Called 'A Mhuirnin O', it's by Clannad and is in Irish. It's about some rich girl who attracts some guy with a posh accent but no money. They get married, but it's not working out for the girl ... until the guy wins the lottery. LOL
Here it is:
My darling love, will you come back home?
My darling love, will you come with me?
My darling love, will you come back home?
My darling love

He was down at the market
He drank and sang all day long
When night came and he hadn't a penny in his pocket
Oh what a shame I didn't take the missus' advice

I met him at sunrise
A charming, healthy and lively young lad
When he lifted his hat and spoke with a smile
I fell in love with him, thought it would never end

My coat had buttons of silver
And the best silk ribbons in the country
Golden chains and precious stones
I truly enticed him with my glitter and gold

No one knew from which part of the land he came
He spoke nobly and with pleasant ease
Rumor had it that there was a lord in his family
It wasn't long 'til I was engaged to him

The bond is long and difficult to untie
It's much better to be sure of it*
It didn't take long 'til he broke my heart
Indeed this is not the story I'd prefer to be telling**

But then he went back down to the market
And bought a ticket for a pound or two
Luck was on his side, he won the lottery
Now we'll forever be living the good life

*This might mean that the link to this nobleman was a very distant one, and that 'he' therefore was not rich - in fact quite poor; so she instantly regrets her engagement to him.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Reading suggestions

If anyone's short on reading material at the moment, I've got some suggestions:
  1. First off, the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson has had a new addition - "Max". I've read a bit of it so far in the bookstore (lol). Looks pretty good - better than "The Final Warning" anyway.
  2. More new material in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare - "City of Glass". Just don't tell me about it until I ASK you. I've hardly been able to TOUCH a copy yet, let alone start READING it yet.
  3. More more MORE new material, "Fate" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Considering how much of a genius writer she is, I'm expecting this one to be at the very least really good.
  4. Now for something I HAVE managed to read - Robin Cook books! Robin Cook is an AWESOME author ... except if you're bad with needles and death and other medical / gory / whatever stuff ... XD
  5. And just for a great series - "Circle of Magic" by Tamora Pierce.
Yes, they are all on my to-read list ... duh ... reading some of Cook's books at the current point in time ... I think it's called Contagion. So far it's about a plague / similar highly infectious disease epidemic in New York (I think it's NY anyway - no good at American geography). And it originates in a HOSPITAL. Lol. Anyway, it's from the forensic pathologists' POV. So yes, plenty of death in this book, particularly as the main character WORKS IN THE MORGUE. LOL.

So what's everyone else reading right now? I'm curious. And any more suggestions?

Monday, May 4, 2009

TRC, school and stupid State testing

I've gone back to reading Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. Missed it a lot XD
It's a manga / anime series by my absolute favourite artists ever - CLAMP, which is a group of Japanese artists. Tsubasa is about a princess whose lost her memories and the boy trying to find them for her, before she dies.
It's great - perfectly balanced in genres, so pretty much anyone could read / watch it. Perfect - and I mean PERFECT - graphics. Perfect plot. Etc ...

Ugh school was back last week. Sure it's great to see my friends again and some of the work is good but ... idk ... don't like some of the work / teachers and some of my friends are being downright ... annoying, mean ...

Stupid NAPLAN testing in just over a week ... why can't the State government leave us alone? Isn't it enough that we have the School Certificate next year? Isn't the previous State testing stuff enough? Isn't it enough that we get heavily tested at school?
Obviously, the answer is NO. Which I am not happy with. Wasting valuable (cough cough, lol) English lessons on trial tests that the teacher tells us should take 65mins to do when everyone, including my insanely sleep-deprived self, does in 20.

Well, I'm off to read some more. I wanna end up finishing the first chapter before I sleep.