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Monday, November 27th, 2006
4:55 am
I'm abandoning livejournal for the time being.

I know. I'm a jerk.

I like the friends page. I'll keep coming back for it. But blogspot lets me post pictures without the whole flicker thing. It's a whole lot faster.

Livejournal wants me to pay for it to host pictures. PFFFFT!

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Saturday, November 18th, 2006
6:07 am
I wasted a lot of time today. I'm so dead.

go here and click on music. You can hear the entire album. You'll fall in love, promise.

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Friday, November 17th, 2006
8:42 pm - I hate to double post, and I hate to tag people, but I've researched this and can endorse it.
The plan in essence is laid out here: www.foxtongue.com. I'm asking you to forward this as e-mail to absolutely everyone in your address books, to post it to every forum and mailing list you can think of, to carpet-bomb the internet with this pitch. (Even this intro bit, yes). The more people we have read this, the more chance we have to exist. We have three weeks to raise a million dollars. Please, go to.

Imagine buying a space and starting your own theatre, or your own art gallery, or your own movie theatre, or your own music hall. Imagine being able to host performances of all sorts- giving your creative friends space to perform or exhibit their work. I've got friends who are dancers and painters and lighting designers and actors and directors and writers and photographers and cinematographers... it would be amazing to give them a space to create what they dream of, to be seen, heard, and appreciated.

I found an old cinema in Vancouver, built in 1910 and most recently used as a Bollywood house. It used to be The New York, where Neil Young and Sonic Youth once played. And it’s up for sale.

I want to turn it into a 21st Century “multi-disciplinary arts facility featuring inspiring work from all over the globe that recaptures and surpasses its previous glory.” And I want to call it Heart Of The World.

Housed in a classic 300 seat theatre built in 1910, the heyday of theatre, before any “leaky condo” fiasco, Heart of the World is to address the contemporary artistic and creative needs of the constantly evolving geographic location in which it is situated, offering competitive rates and a multi-faceted performance space. Complete with a full sized stage, a balcony with box seats, and a fully functional projection booth, the bones of the space hold limitless promise - able to show films, dance, theatrical productions, acoustic and amplified concerts, and cabaret events. In the foyer, artists both local and international will be able to advantageously display their work, whether it is photography, painting, drawing or sculpture. As a web presence, Heart of the World will offer podcasts of performances, a gallery of streaming video of performers, the chance to chat with featured artists, and up-to-date interviews, reviews and schedule listings.

How to help Jhayne:

So you don't have money or don't know what to say- make it short, make it sweet, don't say anything you don't mean, and copy-paste pass on the word to your friends/coworkers/contacts.

If you're contributing a few bucks, your endorsement can be merely, "My money's worth it." If you're willing to contribute time/energy, your endorsement can be "I'd sweep the stage," or "I'd stuff envelopes," or "I'd work on the theatre's electrics crew." If you don't think you can do those things, but you want to see this happen for your own entertainment purposes, your endorsement can be "I'd pay to see a performance at Heart of the World." If you live too far away, but you think this is a good idea, write "I wish Heart of the World were in my city," or merely "This is a great idea."

Be honest, and don't bite your tongue. Feel free to copy and paste, if any of these sentiments echo the words that are not coming from you.

Don't do this because I'm telling you to, though. Do this because you want to help or because you think it's a good idea.

Of special merit are local bands/theatre troupes/cinematographers/other performers and local entertainment patrons.

All you have to do is promise to go to a show.

Short and sweet means that potential contributors see more endorsements.

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12:30 am - S F ME.
For the umpteenth time, I can't sign up for courses on my registration day. This time it's not an internet related problem. It's a problem relating to my interview in Spring when they told me that I didn't need to take two courses in the program, because I wouldn't get credit for them.

Now I can't sign up for the next level of courses in the program because I don't have the requisites. I can't take them anymore because they won't be offered until fall of next year. I can't talk to anyone about it because advising hours are conveniently scheduled almost every day that I work. Except thursday. One whole week from today. To top it off, the guy doing the advising knows nothing about music or the music program. He told me that last time I went to see him in Spring regarding courses. (after I'd spent 2 hours busing up to SFU, and before I spent 2 hours busing home.)

By next week, when I talk to him, everyone will have already signed up. I'll have trouble getting into my tutorials (like I did this term when I ended up being 5 days late signing up due to SFU accidentally forgetting to charge me for something the year before and denying me access to registration). And having said that, there's a good chance they'll have made a mistake and won't let me in without the requisites.

I'm seriously considering dropping the program and getting a degree in French. I'm only one or two years away from that, anyway. I don't want to be here for another 5. And either way, it's not like I'm getting a career out of this, right?

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
4:21 pm - The Matrix is high art
In my fine arts appreciation class yesterday, we watched the matrix. We were supposed to find elements of nostalgia. I found H4X0R5 and dial up internet. Apparently I was supposed to find the "chosen one" theme. You know, like in Star Wars, or Christianity, or Eddy Murphy.

ah-a-ah-ahah I want the knife!... please!...

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
6:30 pm
I was at A&B sound the other day and picked up a CD. I recognized the artist's name, because they'd done a collaboration with Cibo Matto. And when I looked at the back, there was a track featuring none other than Julee Cruise.

That probably means nothing to you.

Anyway, THIS is the album cover (without the text, for some reason)

Look at those cravats. One of the main reasons I made the purchase.

Anyway, it's awesome. I love it to pieces. It's like someone's crazy mix cd. I can't stop listening. Cat Power is on it, and she does this R&b song... WEIRD.

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Friday, November 3rd, 2006
7:54 pm
So cute. I love Ahab.

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5:21 am
guess where I'm not.

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Friday, October 13th, 2006
UPDATE: If you want tickets to this show, tell me, and I can reserve them, but it's SELLING OUT, so I must know by Saturday. Which is tomorrow. Continue reading.

Some of you might have heard or Tarkin, the Celtic band that often plays at our little shows. Rachael sent me info about a gig that one of the band members is doing. I'm going to it.

"Ben's other musical project, The Dreadnoughts - self-described as "one part roaring sea shanty, one part haunting Irish melody, and a solid chaser of gut-crunching street punk - have an upcoming show!"

That's right. Celtic Punk.

Real McKenzies, The Dreadnoughts, Raised By Wolves and The Furios

November 2, 2006
The Red Room, 398 Richards Street

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Friday, October 6th, 2006
12:12 pm - toolie oolie doolie
I've been writing music.

I got together with Meris last night. We had a BAND meeting. A productive band meeting. That ended with some non-productive figuring out chords to McGarrigle music. It was fun.

I've decided how I want to go about having this band. I decided this morning. I need experience composing music. We need to make sure we can write music and be good musicians. (ie play music well with eachother). I think once we've gotten that under our belts, we can work on having a good sound and filling out the empty space. Minimalism is good and all, but we need some filler.

I was listening to "Love over Gold" this morning and when the organ came on, I said to myself "what we really need is an organ. Or an accordion. OR a CONCERTINA. I think electric guitar could work too, but we'd need to decide on what sound suited us best. There are so many kinds of electric guitar.

But if we don't worry about all of that until we actually have a set, this project could actually work. We might actually get gigs, and maybe make money off of the whole thing. Wouldn't that be sweet?

I've decided to go out to Long and McQuade on Wednesday or something and get Finale, because they carry it. I'll have to phone them today and make sure they have it. I'm excited about writing lots of music. I'm also excited about the soundfonts I've been downloading.

I love how I've managed to convinced myself over the years that midi sounds good.

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Monday, October 2nd, 2006
12:30 pm - How to make sure you don't starve when living alone.
I always worry, when my parents leave me home alone, how I'm going to eat. Usually I hope and pray that someone is living at home with me and can cook for me once in a while before I get back from work. (late late late!) But apparently that's inconsiderate.

This time, however, nobody is around to make meals for me and I'm making them ALL myself. Which means to avoid stress and starvation, I'm doing them ahead of time.

Today's feat of ingenuity involves pasta sauce and roasted vegetables. Two dinners in one!

First off, Mum always likes to leave me with a fridge full of either limp vegetables or weird vegetables. (as in leeks and okra. or something.) Luckily the vegetables are limp and generic. I mean, luckily they're generic. Limp is ok, though.

She also leaves me jars of vegetables in oil. Like eggplant in spices and olive oil. This time, there are only jars with oil and spice left in them.

So, I was making pasta sauce, and when it came time to add the water, I put the oils and spice in as well. I thought the oil in the jar was mainly water, but it wasn't. heh heh... So I mixed it around a bit, and when it separated, I took the baster out and sucked up the extra oil.

THEN I had this amazing idea to roast the remaining vegetables in the fridge in the oil that I had taken out of the sauce (which had some saucy bits in it, still). Zucchini, onions, nugget potatoes and carrots (out of someones garden) with pepper flakes, saucy olive oil, tomato sauce, salt and pepper, and I took a rib out of the freezer and coated it in olive oil from the can and rosemary from the garden. No garlic, because we're out.

The pasta sauce is simmering. I'm going to package it and freeze it after work. The rest is sitting in the oven ready to roast. I'll turn the oven on and roast it while I'm packaging the pasta sauce. I work just above Langley Farm Market, so I can pick up some garlic then, as well as new veggies and maybe some dinner ideas. (I got a package for butter chicken last time I was there. I'll probably do that next week.)

I know what you're thinking at this point. The pasta sauce is going to be sub-par without garlic.


psssst... I also have the new ladytron cd. And I think I'm going to put it on AGAIN.

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
9:54 am - my oh my, what a wonderfuly day
I got on the bus at Coquitlam today, and it was completely full. I was the second to last person on. It meant that we got to ride right up to SFU with no stops.

Plus I was right near the front and got to watch the expressions of the people waiting at stops as their bus rushed passed without stopping.

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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
8:09 am - I'm going to this show.
Tell me if you intend on going as well. It's supposed to be very good.

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Monday, September 25th, 2006
11:38 am
I was riding the bus last night, late at night, in a dream. I was trying to get to surrey, but the 395 from Coquitlam to Surrey was a magic carpet. It was cold, and a took a lot of effort to get it to fly.

I tried to call Kevin while I was up there to tell him that I can't play bass for his band, because I have no time to practice.

I wish I had more time.

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Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
9:49 pm - it's been a long time since I've done one of these

Conversations with the family

Subject: the A team

Auntie Gillian: They put his face on the burner

Eric: Yeah, on the grill.


Mr. T is sometimes called BA.

Em: I bet you BA doesn't stand for Bad Attitude. It probably stands for something else... Bad Ass.


Em: Actually it probably stands for Bachelor of Arts, don't you think?

Auntie Gillian: Mr. T, what did you think of (random author's name here)?

Em: I pity the fool who doesn't appreciate her work... She wrote some good books... I got an A in that class.

I'd put the names of authors, but if I don't quote exactly, I know that I'll be corrected in the comments. The POINT is, it was funny.

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Thursday, September 21st, 2006
3:49 pm - I have steamed buns in my bag
I just went to a music composition class. The teacher told me that I'm very musical. I really really hope that means I'm getting an A. My next class is a lab where we learn how to use software. I'm thinking of skipping class and doing some research instead.

and then eating steamed buns.

I could also go somewhere to sleep. I really really want to pass out. I think I will.

Have you ever watched the american version of "the office"? It has it's moments.

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Friday, September 15th, 2006
11:50 am - Coconut Lemongrass Chicken Soup
taken from this site, but reprinted here, should the site go down:

This is a Thai-style soup, very easy to make, and versatile. Substitute shrimp, or use a combination of chicken and shrimp. If you don't have Kaffir lime leaves or fish sauce, the soup will still be good. The broth can be made ahead (without the chicken and garnishes), and reheated at serving time. Add the chicken at the last minute so that it stays moist and tender.

Serves 4 to 6

3 cups chicken stock

2 cans (28 ounces) light coconut milk

1/2 cup finely minced lemongrass (about 3 stalks)

1/4 cup chopped fresh ginger (3-inch piece)

1/2 serrrano or jalapeno pepper, sliced (or 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes)

1 1/2 teaspoons Asian chile sauce

4 whole cloves garlic, lightly crushed

2 tablespoons fish sauce, optional

2 Kaffir lime leaves, sliced, optional

12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Salt, to taste

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into strips (preferably Thai basil)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Combine the stock, coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, pepper, chile sauce, garlic, fish sauce and lime leaves, if using, in a medium-size pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes. Do not allow mixture to boil. Turn off the heat, cover the pan, and let broth steep for 30 minutes.

Strain the liquid into a clean pan and discard the solids. The broth may be refrigerated at this point, up to 3 days. (I imagine you could freeze it as well)

Slice the chicken crosswise into 1/2-inch strips, then cut these in half lengthwise. You want all the strips to be about the same size so they cook evenly.

Re-heat the broth over medium heat to the start of a simmer; do not boil. Add the chicken and gently poach the meat until it is cooked, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the lime juice and season with salt, as needed. Divide the soup into warm bowls and garnish each serving with a sprinkling of basil and cilantro. Serve piping hot.

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
9:38 am - Fine and Performing Arts 111
The teacher spends a lot of time in this class making sure the new kids understand how university works.

Lessons learned this week:

"The library is large and... full of interesting stuff"

(she was wearing a ladytron t-shirt. she's a hipster.)

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Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
8:49 am - more plans
This year, I am learning:

How to compose
How to appreciate and write about modern art
How to speak Greek

I'm working at 3 studios and making enough money to cover the cost of tuition. I might have a considerable amount of money come June, because my tuition isn't as expensive as I had anticipated. Exciting!!!

I have a reasonable amount of time on my hands, too, it just all happens to be in the morning when nobody is around. It's a lonely little existence, mine.

However, at one of the studios I work at, there's a guy who knows a guy... who plays amazing acoustic and electric bass. So I've decided to get bass lessons again and practice lots. During all that time in the morning. When I'm sitting around at home. He's crazy expensive, but I'll only need lessons every once in a while.

And then I got thinking. I'm not too crazy about teaching the group piano lessons. It's a lot of stress. I like teaching piano to kids and sort of making up the lessons as we go. I love the younger kids, and I like teaching the older kids harder music. But I'll never be able to make a decent amount teaching private lessons, because I'll never get the hours I need. Plus, I'd really like to finish my ARCT and actually learn how to play the instrument properly so that I don't feel like a hack when I'm teaching the older kids.

If this bass lessons thing works out, I could potentially get a lot of work as a bass player. Maybe it wouldn't be much money, but it could supplement my income from teaching, and be so much fun. I don't care who I play with. If I had an awesome cover band or something, it would be pretty easy to get gigs. I figure, anyway. If I could get good work, I might quit doing group lessons in a couple years and just work at the studio in Maple Ridge.

Plus, the guy who knows the guy is a singer and wants to play every kind of music. I forgot to ask if he was a tenor. Because if he is, and if he's an awesome, sweet tenor, I want to start up a 50's rock band and have a freaking sock hop. Would you come?

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Friday, September 1st, 2006
3:23 pm - black berries, pie, and pasta. hmmmmm.
So, apparently I haven't updated since mid august. And I haven't REALLY updated since early July.

This is what I've been up to:

In June, I got a canon camera. I also got a $40 record player, amp and speaker set. It's awesome. I listen to my bjork cd's in my room with a cup of tea.

I got a job teaching children to canoe and kayak at burnaby lake.

It was a good job for the money I made. It kept me busy. I don't have any regrets.

I don't want to be working at all next summer. I want the summer completely off to do projects. Alexis style projects. Except maybe have time to finish them.

Friends are coming home from far away. I'm having a random dinner party that was very last minute. Next week, I'll start work and school, and probably won't see people very often. I'm working at 3 different piano studios. The more I think about it, the less I think it's likely that I'll stay teaching piano forever. Maybe I'll do it on the side, but I don't think it would be my career. I make enough money to cover school and other costs for the meantime, but I can't see myself making much more money at it than I already do, and if that's the case, I'll never be able to afford to move out. I need to be able to save money as well as pay for rent and food, and as it is, that would be impossible.

I'm going to go listen to Emmy Lou Harris and windex the bathroom now. You have a wonderful evening.

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