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lemanya: (S.A.M. 2000.)

What up eljay? Howz it bin hangin?

In the world of Music )
Secondly, I'm continuing with that abandoned meme :)

Meme! And pictures. )

Finally, come next week, I'm headed to the G.P for a referral.

the crap going on with me. )

And after all that I got two credits and two distinctions this semester for uni. That's usually what I get, and though I was kind of disappointed in one of my credits (I don't know where I went wrong with it), I'm pleasantly surprised that I got a distinction in a class for which I did not attend ANY lectures, and my highest mark was in my statistics class, which is the bane of most people's existence.
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Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)

They Weren't There
by Missy Higgins. It's so beautiful.

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Day 15 → A fanfic
Wow. How to choose?

So I'm going with shameless self-promotion.

The One Hundred and Forty-four Thousand People of Israel.

Written by me (omg!). It's set post apocalypse, but is AU from 4.10 (Heaven and Hell) onwards. Basically, Ruby's still good and Alistair and Uriel are still alive. Though they aren't featured characters, just mentioned.
The story revolves around two characters, one who's living in a kind of safe house (he's telling the story), and one who's passing through. It's an outsider's point of view on the Apocalypse, the Winchesters, and how even though it's the end of the world, msaybe it's not so bad after all.

It's 6000+ words of ficiton I'm most proud of, and in addition, was recced by the Crack Impala community for Gen fic. :)
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Day 13 → A fictional book
The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster.
"It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time," Milo remarks glumly. But his glumness soon turns to surprise when he finds in his bedroom an enormous package marked: 'One Genuine Turnpike Tollbooth'.
Having nothing better to do, Milo points his little car towards the strange land that lies beyond the Phantom Tollbooth- the Kingdm of Wisdom. And before he knows what he's doing, he volunteers to rescue the banished princesses, Rhyme and Reason, from their Castle in the Air. But the stairway to the Castle is guarded by fierce demons, and the road leading to it is full of extraordinary and unexpected hazards. Is Milo quick enough to leave the Demons of Ignorance behind and cunning enough to outwit- among others- the Terrible Trivium?

It's a kids book. It's a novel, for sure, but it's a kids book. But it's a fine kids book.
The humour is similar to Douglas Adams- that silly cleverness that draws you in and entertains like nothing else can- and Juster draws it out wonderfully. Despite the childish nature of the plot outline, the development is clever and witty and sometimes you can't help but think "how on earth did he come up with that idea?". The novel is almost a meta on itself- it uses rules and expectancies and breaks them down, throws them back in your face and then smirks at you. And it does this because it knows it can get away with being so ridculous, because the themes at it's core are just so darn real.

Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Getting It Right...or why the world is so monumentally screwed: The manipulation of History. Alexander Canduci.
My father used to work with Alex for a short time, and despite them both being in the psychology and mental health industry, Alex has a fascination with history. So he wrote a book about how the winners write history and left legacies. Like for example, the Romans were so epic and fantastic because they said so, and nobody was going to dispute that if they wanted to keep their right hand. Or their head.
And it might seems like a somewhat boring premise, that only history buffs will like this book- but it's not true. It's brilliant. It's amazingly clever and funny (oh my god, it's laugh out loud hilarious funny) and entertaining. It makes history fun. For example, Chapter Nine is titled : How To Conclude A Book When You Haven't Got The Faintest Idea What You Want To Say, Let Alone How To Say It, Though You Know It Must Contain The Word 'Antiquing'.
For a quick preview (okay, it's not that quick, but it is a preview!) click here

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Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Now for something... a little different.

So, I do this thing when I'm at parties (usually parties or events that involve alcohol) where I remember a lot from my night. And write it down. And compile a list of quotes that succinctly reflect that night and how much awesomeness was made.
This is from November 2009. All quotes are within 90% accuracy. Some of them are private jokes (like the Pagunda line, and I can't explain it cause it really makes no sense) but most of them... well, you get the idea. I hope you enjoy as much as I did :)

And... I apologise for the length.

Hi. Yeah... I'm kinda socially retarded. Sorry. )

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I'm like, 500 words into my bigbang, and it's halfway dead. Sigh. But I can't do too much on it until my dad brings back home his documents on schizophrenia symptoms. Apparently, all his articles are at work, and we have no other books on it at home, and I don't trust the internet for more than cursory research on the matter. I tried looking in my universities' database, but they had no electronic journals/articles availiable. Go figure.

And life is stupid in general. I'm so unbelievably exhausted.

photos!! for the meme. under the cut cause there's three days worth! )
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Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
This photo makes me both angry and sad because it depicts everything wrong with this world.
For me, homelessness in a city like Sydney (approx. 2 hours from where I live) is worse than the situations of third world countries, or natural disaster devastated areas, or victims of sexual abuse. It isn't because I don't care about that, because I do very much, but I can't ignore the fact that (excluding abuse) world and social issues are very much in the spolight. Foundations exist in purposes of aid and rescue, and in abuse cases, in relief and safety and help.
This differs from an issue like homelessness because homelessness doesn't have the same kind of support that the other issues have, and furthermore, is highly ignored.
Australia is like, the third most powerful country (or something like that, I'm pretty sure it's top five) and there's this predisposition that we're all fine. Either we're rich, or well off at least, and we don't have the socio-economic issues of other countries. All in all, we're quite lucky.
Which is true, to an extent. In fact, we have a socio-economic group that falls beneath the official/verified/world accepted poverty line. They're the Indigenous Australians, the Aborigines. But we don't talk about that, because it's a black mark on a rather impressive record (please excuse the pun, as it isn't intended to offend).
It's the same with homelessness, and even more so with child and teen homelessness, just swept under the rug and ignored as much as possible, because there's no way that in such a wonderful country as Australia, could we possibly have this kind of problem.
And the kicker is, walk down any city street, and the evidence is staring you in the face.
From iDeception of deviantArt, here (clearer copy).

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Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
 This photo was taken back in June 2007 by a friend fo mine, with another friend's camera. It makes me happy because it reminds me of the event that took place- my year 12 retreat. Over the course of three days, my grade became inexplicably closer than we could have realised. 
This moment was during a lunch break. We were sitting on the bank leading to the oval after a soccer game when Jo and Chris (who are the one's on the background, ended up in a rolling competition, which most of the people on the bank ended up joining not long after this was taken.



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Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
 If you haven't already done so, check out A Very Potter Musical by the University of Michigan. It's funny, charming and satirical, and sheer genius. You can't help but love it.
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Day 05 → Your favorite quote
After much deliberation and quote reminiscing I have decided on the following. As much as I enjoy quotes with substance (say, from heavily thematic novels... or Descartes or Plato or Shakespeare) this one brings me pure enjoyment:

Before you insult someone, walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you do insult them... you're a mile away, and you have their shoes!

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Because I only noticed after day 02 went up that it was actually posted a day late (officially day three), I then forgot to go back and post day 03 and am now like, totally whacked out with it.



day three and four... )

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Day 02 → Your favorite movie

Without a doubt it is Oh Brother, where art thou?
I can watch it over and over and over and get as much enjoyment from it as if it was the first time. It's funny and clever, and has a gorgeous 1930's blues and bluegrass soundtrack.

And George Clooney :)
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Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic

Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)

Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 01 → Your favorite song

It took me forever to decide on one, because I fall in love with song all the time and as soon as I think of one, I'm like "oh, but what about this one?"
So, for reasons being that everytime I listen to this song I fall in love with it like it's the first time, I'm going with The Killers' My List
(off the Sam's Town album). It's not a song for everyone, in fact I know a lot of people who don't like it because the opening is weird and lets face it, songs aren't designed to cater for everyone. But I think it's wonderful, and the Killers always pull off the emotionally tortured sound so well (see: Uncle Johnny, also off Sam's Town) and if you look past the fact that I think it's about stalking, it's a very sweet song.


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