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Mar. 11th, 2009


Writer's Block: Passing Time

When you're stuck in a boring class or meeting, what's your favorite way to keep yourself entertained (or at least from falling asleep)?
I sometimes doodle, but more often than not start imagining my life as it would be if I could write it out from start to finish so that it would be perfect.  Yeah....sad, but oh-so-true.  One has to spend some time imagining that she's a Mary-Sue in real life...even if that's totally impossible.

Mar. 8th, 2009


Writer's Block: Close Encounters of the Celebrity Kind

Have you ever met a celebrity in real life? Who was it and how did your paths cross?
I'm afraid the closest I've gotten to meeting a "celebrity" is Andrew G & James Matheson who host Australian Idol and I think may still be on Channel [V]?  I wouldn't really have a clue...this was when the first season was on and they were at the Sydney Opera House doing prep stuff for the finals and our school was also visiting at that time.  We saw them.  We mobbed them.  And then on the plane ride home we met a DJ from Channel [V] and some other chick who I *think* was a JeansWest model at the time or something...

Oh yeah.  I've also shaken (shook?) Gerald Ford's hand long ago.  I was at ski school at the time and Gerald Ford, I believe was also skiing and he came and said hello to all the ski school kids.  I don't know if I quite understood the enormity of situation at that time, but now I can look back and smile and go "Yeah, I've shaken Gerald Ford's hand." :D

Mar. 7th, 2009


Writer's Block: Comped

What's the best compliment you've ever received?
I dunno...I don't really keep track of compliments in a "compliment book" or anything.  The best compliment I could ever get would be told that I was someone's closest friend and most trusted confidante...I s'pose.  But, the best compliment I've received that I could remember was ages ago...Andrew G told me I had a gorgeous smile. XD

The Search for the MMBSBS Part 2: Everybody (Backstreet's Back)

MMBSBS = Most Meaningful BackStreet Boys' Song

Annnd, we're moving right along our list of BSB singles before getting to the not-so-famous but almost-equally-awesome "album fillers".  Today we're going to look at Everybody (Backstreet's Back), another song which just makes you want to join in the oh-so-famous...



If you can honestly say that you don't ever want to join in at that bit...you're weird special.  Now, Everybody was the first single on their 2nd international album and 1st U.S. album Backstreet's Back.  Little bit of useless trivia for you is that the U.S. album of Backstreet's Back was originally released without Everybody because it was only their debut U.S. album...eventually, they decided to re-release the album including Everybody.  Wouldn't that have sucked to have gotten one of the original albums without this killer song in it?  There are several versions of the song out there, but my favorite version is the one with the dance break still intact...because that part is just awesome.  Also, this song never topped any of the charts anywhere around the world.

Lyrics after the jump, but again...here's a boring personal anecdote for you: I really really really want to be able to dance the random dance to the chorus that they do in the music vid.

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Writer's Block: Miss Manners

What recently developed technology—cell phones, wi-fi, laptops, handheld gaming devices, etc.—do you think has had the worst influence on how people behave in public?
Cellphones definitely, because nothing is more annoying than people's phones going off at inopportune moments including, but not limited to, lectures, concerts, performances and movies.  Also, there is nothing ruder than people hearing that they have a message and feeling the need to answer it THERE AND THEN.  If you are out with someone already, at least have the courtesy to ask "May I check my phone?" and the person you're talking to will 9 times out of 10 let you do so.  But just pulling it out of your bag, reading it and replying to it, pretty well sends the message to the person you're with that "Sorry, I know you took the time to come out with me and everything, but quite frankly the person who only bothered to message me is more important than you".  I wouldn't call something like that a friendship breaker, but it can definitely put a strain on a friendship.

Wow...listen to me angsting away.  If you thought it was TL;DR, then...in short, cellphones.

Mar. 6th, 2009


The Search for the MMBSBS Part 1: I Want it That Way

MMBSBS = Most Meaningful BackStreet Boys' Song.

Yes.  *taps mic*  Welcome to the first...err...instalment of The Search for the MMBSBS.  For anyone who is just joining us, welcome to the first instalment of a series which attempts to find out whether or not your average world-famous (totally kickass) boyband ever wrote sang a song that meant anything at all.  Today we start with what I'd consider the most well-known Backstreet Boys song - I Want it that Way, its fame increased by two parodies - Which Backstreet Boy is Gay? and eBay by Weird Al Yankovic.  If you haven't listened to either of these songs, SHAME ON YOU and go Youtube them right now.  That's right, I mean RIGHT NOW, stop reading this LJ post and go Youtube.  Shoo.

If you have listened to these songs, then...aren't they totally awesome?  Anyway.  A little background info on the song itself.  It was the first single from the BSB's 1999 album Millennium and has been "highly critically acclaimed" according to Wikipedia, voted 3rd greatest song of the 90s on VH1 and ranked 10th in MTV/Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Pop Songs of all Time (2000).  So, as you can see, it's a pretty famous...and (IMHO) awesome song.  We all know the tune...but do we know the lyrics?

Lyrics after the jump, but first, personal anecdote time!!  The first time I heard this song, I could've sworn they were singing about cheesecakes.

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Mar. 5th, 2009


Play That Funkay Muzak White Boy

The strangest thing is that I'm writing this music-themed post while not listening to any music at all (being much too lazy to retrieve my iPod from my bag which is about 1.5m away from me).  Yeah...weird.  Anyway, this occurred to me when listening to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire.  Halfway through the song I realised just how ultimately stupid the lyrics were.  The song in its entirety is awesome - catchy, upbeat, sung by a famous person...but just peeking at the lyrics proves that no one really cares about the lyrics to songs anymore.  Good hook, easy to remember chorus and BOOM you've got yourself a chart-topper.
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Deja deja deja vu

Hm, not a long post right now as I have study to do, tutorials to attend and lectures to sleep through.  BUT...yesterday I saw the same guy SIX times at different parts of the uni campus at different times.  That's right...was he stalking me?  Maybe he thought I was stalking him.  He probably didn't even realise because the only reason I knew it was the same guy was because of his bright red Liverpool shirt with TORRES emblazoned on the back.  Try-hard.  I suppose it could have been worse, his back could have read C. RONALDO, or ROONEY.  God, I hate Rooney shirts.

ANYWAY, it's possible that there were multiple males of the Caucasian variety of about average height wearing exactly the same shirt yesterday and I just happened to...see all of them. >_>  But I'm pretty sure it was the same guy.  The places I saw Liverpool boy: Read more...Collapse )

Mar. 4th, 2009


Writer's Block: Chatty

Do you prefer texting or talking on the phone?
Anyone who knows me knows all too well how much I despise the phone.  That is, I hate talking on the phone.  I dislike said pastime because I'm not a big fan of hearing disembodied voices echoing through the headpiece into my cranium.  Weirdly enough, I don't mind voiceless words flashing across a screen, maybe because I'm so much into the net.  Thus, SMS-es definitely win in this case...although, I really prefer it if people IM me because I'm not very fast typing on a phone.  Especially when my dictionary function turns all my "me"s into "of"s.

Writer's Block: More Island Time

You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?
My question is why am I packing for a desert island?  It's not like I'm going there by choice am I?  Books are a wee bit easier...okay, no they aren't.
  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (packed into one book)
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia (also packed into one book)
  3. Now, I'd cheat and say the Complete Works of Jane Austen packed into one book...but as I said, that's cheating. Pride and Prejudice
  4. The Anne of Green Gables series (trying to pack into one book?)
  5. The Other Boleyn Girl (my current reading staple, so it's coming...for now)

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