Oct. 19th, 2010

30DoS.30: Favorite anime ending theme: "Wake Up" by Chisato (Gokudo)

Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme: "Wake Up" by Chisato (Gokudo)

I don't normally listen to ending themes much, but this one is just really catchy. Would make a great alarm clock theme.
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Nov. 18th, 2008

I'm better now!

So, feeling much better. Enough to go to work, though I might end up setting up shop in the cafe instead of going into my office before noon. (What?) We also had our first 'snowfall' of the year, or at least the first one that has stayed on the ground. It is truly a winter wonderland.

For you music geeks, Cornell put up the concert the orchestra (plus IC's orchestra) did of "The Planets", with the visuals folks at the Astronomy department did. (I helped with Saturn, though Matt H. did most of the work!). I'd be interested to see what you guys thought of it. The link is here though I can't get the plugin to work, and had to use the 'download video' link. Since it's a camera and not the original movie files, the quality is a bit lower, but it's still pretty awesome. Also, kudos to the orchestra. Sadly, this doesn't include the original piece that a local composer wrote for Cassini's Saturn (called "Anillos" -- rings), but I guess he might not want the first recording of it available for free over the internet. Holst's work has been in the public domain for a while now, so it's not like most people will care that a university orchestra is playing this.

(Also there are some planets that can be real pains in the butt to find pictures off. Mercury's was assembled before a lot of MESSENGER data came down, and includes a lot of Sun footage. Uranus and Neptune also are pains in the neck.)

Also, since Holst was more into astrology than astronomy, and wrote the piece before Pluto was a speck on Clyde Tombaugh's photographic plates, it's seven pieces (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune).

Also, I made my Thanksgiving plans. I'll be in the Boston area from Tuesday around noon until Friday (though most of Friday-in-Boston will be spent waking up and getting on the bus to Logan Airport). Also set my Christmas plans -- Lincoln, Nebraska from 16 December to 5 January. My sister works in Omaha now, so it makes flying a bit cheaper if I can arrive and depart sometime close to when she works -- Mom refuses to use the Omaha airport if possible, since the interstate around Omaha is possibly the most confusing thing known to mankind, and she can't drive well after dark/before dawn. (There's a part in Good Omens where the demon Crowley notes that he made sure a certain part of the British highway system was built in the shape of a satanic symbol to generate increased ire from drivers. Yeah.)

Jul. 9th, 2008

Music

So, I'm trying out Pandora, which is an internet radio that claims to pick out music you'll like from what you already listen to (by methods other than 'well, other people liked X and Y. Therefore, if you like X, you'll like Y').

I put in two groups I like. So far, it's given me a half a dozen songs -- two three now were from other groups I liked and listened to.
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