Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My "A" Playlist

So, on my iTunes, there is this playlist just labeled "A." It's a playlist that I basically use to listen to songs I like over and over and over and over and over and over again. It's always different, and it's usually a pretty interesting mix of songs, so I thought it might be cool to share it with my friends. You might enjoy some of the music on it, and you might think it's all terrible, but you know what? I'm trying.

This week, the playlist is as follows:
Scottish Winds by Frightened Rabbit - They are my absolute favorite right now. I saw them play with Death Cab this summer, and fell in love with the singer. His name is Scott, and I will touch his beard someday.

Ghost Town by First Aid Kit - Fricking Swedish people, amirite?

Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem - There's pretty much always an LCD Soundsystem song on my playlist. I love them. I lurve them.

Slowlights by Sin Fang - I must confess, this is the only Sin Fang song I have on my computer, but I really love it. He has a really haunting voice and the music is pretty creepy too, but like, in a good way.

Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People - Apparently, I'm a little late to the party on this song, but I like it.

We Are Young by Fun. - This song was on a couple of commercials during the Superbowl. It was my favorite part of the event. Beside the Matthew Broderick commercial.

Le Plus Beau Du Quartier by Carla Bruni - Fricking French people, amirite?

Family History/Leather Shoes by Michelle Blades - Sometimes I don't know what she's saying, but I like it.

Nmazmi (Memories & Ghosts of Times Real & Imaginary) by Michelle Blades - Because I love her music just that much.

The Lord God Bird by Sufjan Stevens - His religious music is my favorite, for some reason. This song is very pretty.

Merry Happy by Kate Nash - I bet you haven't heard this song in a moment. Yeah, Adele isn't the only British person that can sing! But she's probably the only one that will make your cry. . .

Wild Packs of Family Dogs by Modest Mouse - I love what this song is about.

If you want to download this playlist, you can go ahead and do it right here! Enjoy.

It's Happening.

I'm getting very homesick. I don't like it. Not one bit.

Today I was texting my brother, and he sent me a very hilarious message about couple throwing candy at him and his crying and eating it because he was lonely on Valentine's day, and if I hadn't been walking back from eating dinner with my roommate, I probably would have cried a lot.

Whenever I see pictures my mom puts on Facebook of her messing around with my dad and brother, or going shopping with my Nano, I get this really sad feeling in my tummy and wish I were there. I am so used to hanging out with my family all the time, being away from them for this long makes me sad.

For the record, I am currently separated from my family for the longest time that I can recall. I haven't seen any of them in two and a half weeks. Even when I lived in price, the longest I went without seeing them was two weeks. At the end of this week, it will be three weeks I've gone without seeing them. Thankfully, parents are coming to Logan this weekend; we're meeting my grandparents here, and then going to  Idaho Falls with them for President's Day weekend. I'm so excited to see them! I'm actually just excited for this weekend in general.

Before I lived in Logan, my roommate's roommate was her sister. She's coming up here this weekend, and I get to meet her and I'm pretty excited! Also, Castiel, the dreamiest angel in the garrison, is coming back to Supernatural on Friday! I'm sort of geeking out over it, because I love him. Then I get a long weekend!

Just in case you need a reference photo of Castiel

I've been working super hard in school lately. I've been doing really well. I think most of it has to do with how much I LOVE my classes. They're so cool. The only class I take issue with is my linguistics class; my professor sort of runs the class as if we were very small children. She brings a basket of candy to class every day, and yesterday, we did Valentine's day activities all class. We have had to make flashcards and colored charts, and to review for a test once, we had an activity that involved throwing Styrofoam balls to each other. It's kind of nice though, because some of the material is actually kind of rough.


Friday, February 3, 2012

IPA

Did you know that "g" is a voiced velar stop?

What about "a"? Did you know it's a low, back, unrounded (lax, depending on whether or not it matters to you) vowel?

I know the names of all of the consonants and vowels in the International Phonetic Alphabet. I am incredible proud and incredibly happy that I don't have to try to memorize them anymore. For my Linguistics class, we memorized them and are being tested on them on Monday. At first, it was really hard, and then I kind of figured it out. I'm anxious to take my test on Monday.

This is what the IPA looks like, and this page is also the key to my being able to write in it!


Yeah, see if you can read that. That is some (possible unsavory) hip-hop lyrics that I spent forty five minutes transcribing in the IPA.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Things They Carried


I just finished reading this book, The Things They Carried.

The book is about a platoon of soldiers in Vietnam. It's sort of a collection of short stories, but also sort of not? They are more like chapters, I think.

I have never read or learned a lot about the Vietnam war, apart from learning about it in school. I've never really enjoyed literature about war either, but I was at home on Sunday night, finished the book I was reading, and decided to read this. I took an Intro to Fiction class my first year of college, and as a class we had to choose what book to read. The Things They Carried was one of the options; we ended up reading a book called The Collector (also a very good book), but since I never got to read this, I decided to steal my parent's copy of it and give it a try.

It is really good. Reading about something as intensely emotional as a war like Vietnam puts a lot of things into perspective. It made me think about the things that I carry with me on a day-to-day basis, and the things I worry about, and while it did make me realize that a lot of the stresses I carry do seem sort of trivial next to  being shot at or having to soft through waist high mud looking for a member of your platoon that has been pulled under after being shot, it didn't make me feel like the things I worry about are unimportant. It's a book about war, but I also feel like it's a book about what other people mean to us, what we mean to each other, and how those things affect our lives.

I definitely recommend the book.

Also, I have not been taking pictures as much as I would like to lately. I think I'm going to goal myself to go out and take pictures at least once a week. I need to do that.