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Nothing's ever promised tomorrow today...

Sep. 10th, 2005 | 12:55 pm
mood: lazylazy
music: Kayne West feat Adam Levine - "Heard em Say"

So, hello hello everyone. I know I never update this, but I figured I would write about what's been going on lately.

I got back to school on the 28th (which seems like a really long time ago), and things have gone pretty well, I think. Here's a rundown of the classes I'm taking.

BACC311: Financial Accounting Theory I
This is the first of two required classes for Accounting majors that I'm taking. I took Financial Accounting last year, but this is more about the principles that go into the rules and way things are done. It doesn't seem that bad, really. The only issue is it being at 8:45 in the morning...

BACC381: Accounting Information Systems
I find the reading for this class to be pretty difficult and overwhelming. However, I have a great professor who really makes sure everything makes sense and does a great job of driving the points home in an understandable manner. We only have two exams that only count for 10% of our grade each -- but there's a few group projects (ugh) and a presentation at the end. She said people hardly ever get C's, so I'm sure those projects won't be so bad.

BITM330: Business Information Systems
This class is pretty similar to 381...except for one key different: My professor in 381 TEACHES us how to write the systems, guides us, and explains everything as we go along. This tool prefers to "throw us in the deep end" and gave us an insane, vague project due Thursday that nobody knows how to do. Whatever.

BMKT310: Marketing Principles
After I do my reading for my other classes, and get to this one... it seems like such a breeze. It's definitely the easiest of the 'big four' classes I'm taking, although there is in class assignments that are annoying (but atleast he goes over the answers before we hand them in...).

ACLC130: History of Ancient Greece
I'm taking this for my last Gen. ed. requirement (Europe), and it is also my only 100 level class of the semester. There's a pretty good amount of reading, and the class is boring, but it really isn't *that* bad.

TENNIS! Agassi is playing right now... 64 01, he is up. Tonight, Kimbo v Mah-ree, which will probably be a romp for the Belgian unless she has a break-break-down in a slam final again... which would certainly be amusing. But that's about it! Hope you enjoyed the once-in-two-months-entry!

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Where you live should not decide whether you live, or whether you die...

Aug. 7th, 2005 | 12:22 am
mood: contentcontent
music: U2 - Crumbs From Your Table

1) Reply with your name and I'll respond with something random about you.
2) I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3) I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
4) I'll tell you my first memory of you.
5) I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
6) Post this on your journal.

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Call me obsessed, but...

Aug. 5th, 2005 | 09:43 pm

New User Pic = My name in the code that Coldplay used for their album artwork. Link: Click here...

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Coldplay part II

Aug. 5th, 2005 | 06:40 pm
mood: happyhappy

So, as promised, a more detailed entry about the show. We saw them in Hartford, CT which is about an hour and a half away - normally. There was a lot of construction, so it took about an extra hour to get there which sucked. Luckily, we left well early so it didn't matter at all. Got to CT at 4pm, went to my brother's house, and we left for the Ampitheater around 430 I believe. Let me say, the weather was DISGUSTING - really hot (mid 90's) and really humid. We got to the place a bit early, and finally were allowed to part at 5. We parked, went to the gates (there was only one entrance for admittance). There weren't many people at all ahead of us, but the problem was the gates didn't open until 6 - so we were stuck otuside in the awful heat for an hour. We finally got in, and the arena was really cool - it was like a "mini town" inside -- like an outdoor courtyward with lots of booths set up, food places, merchandise, radio stations broadcasting, etc.) Really cool. Now, we could go inside the actual arena too at this time, but they wouldn't let people to their seats until 7. We took this time to get some water, walk around this outdoor area, and also get some stuff. I got a poster and a tour shirt, but I don't have a digital camera so I can't share the pics, but the shirt rocks. Anywayyy, our seats were for the Pit which was general admitance, and standing. I don't know how we even got these tickets -- usually Ticketmaster sucks ass, but it was good to us this time. Anyway, we noticed a small line beginning to gather to get into the pit, so we got our wristbands and waited until 7. So, we were finally let in, and we were able to get right dead center in front of the stage, and behind the first line of people, so in essence we were standing in the second row of the arena.

To visualize the set up... We were basically right in front, then there was a gate to keep us in, then a space of five feet for security and photographers. Then, the stage. It was one big stage with two levels, seperated by one regular sized step, if that makes sense. All of the instruments and things were further back on the back side of the stage. The first "half" of the stage (I'm sorry if this is vague and confusing but I don't know how else to phrase it) was five feet from us, and the other part of us was about 10, I'd say. [EDIT: A wise friend told me to say that the stage was just raised where the instruments etc were, which is the perfect way to say it.]

So, the show was supposed to start at 8, which meant more time waiting. It was an amphitheater, so while we were covered by a roof, there were also lawn seats. It was a decent sized place too, a lot of seats, and about 500 were let into the pit I believe. Since it was basically outdoors, it was still really hot, and standing around lots of people didn't make it any better.

Now, the opening act. First of all, he was late. Secondly, he was awful. He played an acoustic set but the songs were just so boring and his voice was terrible. I don't know his name, and I'd look it up to warn you all to beware, but:

a) I don't see him opening up for many more people.
b) I don't see him releasing an album.
c) He doesn't deserve any promotion in Matty-O's LJ so HE'S NOT GETTING IT!

Anyways, at around 930, and after many false starts (Lights were dimming a few times), the REAL stars finally came on stage.

SET LIST:
"Square One"
"Politik"
"Yellow"
"God Put Smile Upon Your Face"
"Speed of Sound"
"Low"
"Hardest Part"
"Everything's Not Lost"
"White Shadows"
"The Scientist"

Acoustic:
"Til Kingdom Come"
"Don't Panic"

"Clocks"
"Talk"

Encore:
Swallowed In The Sea
In My Place
Fix you

A great set list - I love every one of these songs and they didn't play any songs from their catalog that I don't like which is always good. [EDIT #2 - It was too bad they didn't play "Trouble" - that was the only glaring omission on the setlist.] The lights and the effects were AMAZING during their show - really high tech and big budget, and it really added to the show. I think the lights went completely black after every performance as well. Now, I thought the band was going to performance on the back part of the stage that was 10 feet away from us, which was still REALLY close. When Square One started, there was a 'timer' on the screens in the back (that looked like a movie theater screen if that makes sense) but to our surprise, when the guitars kicked in on "Square One", Chris Martin jumped high up into the air and landed right in front of us on the closer part of the stage was which a surprise and AWESOME!! If he wanted to reach down and touch my hand, he could have, it was that close. His piano was directly in front of me, just on the further stage, with the guitar player to the left, and drummer and bass players to the right.

I was never a HUGE fan of "Politik" before, but seeing it live has completely changed my mind. It was amazing - it was the hardest performance of the night, and hearing and seeing it performed in performance just made it me appreciate it much more. "Yellow" was introduced as the aong "that is letting us perform for you right now", and towards the end, these huge yellow balloon/ball type things dropped down which is always a delight.

The crowd was awesome, too - everyone was singing along to the songs, and every so often the band gave us the chance to actually sing by ourselves - During the end of "The Scientist" and also "Everything's Not Lost". During the latter, after we sang the chorus a few times at the end, Chris goes "You guys are pretty fucking good. You all must've had great singing teachers!"

All four of them get REALLY into their performances - you could set the sweat dripping from Chris' hands, but that might also be due to the hunidity. I don't remember when, but he started talking to us after a song (and after the lights had gone out) and said "Well, I guess this could be a Celine Dion concert, I've just had my first costume change".

I don't want to bore you with details of every song, but the two acoustic songs were definitely the highlight of the night and deserve mentioning. Well, during the show, whenever Chris wasn't at his piano, he was generally bopping around (that's the term I've coined for his funny movements and dances around the stage) that stage that was 5 feet away from us. Well, for the acoustic songs, all FOUR band members were on that closer stage RIGHT in front of us. "Til Kingdom Come" is probably my favorite song on the new album (yes, I like it more than "Fix You", sue me), and I was so happy they performed it. Well, during the second verse, Chris forgot a lyric! So, they had to stop, and ask Guy (the bassist) what comes next, haha. Then he goes, "Sorry about that, I think that would've gotten us voted off American Idol!", and the crowd loved the whole moment. [Edit #3: Haha, during the band introductions - on the bass player: "In every great rock band...well, maybe every great band...hmm well in every band, there has to be a member that could've been a backstreet boy", haha![

I figured they'd do "Fix You" as part of the Encore, but I definitely thought they'd do Clocks there too, but alas it was part of the main setlist. "In My Place" was great as well, but I was definitely surprised (but definitely happy) to see have "Swallowed in the Sea" in the encore.

"Fix You" was definitely the best song to end the show on - and at the end, instead of singing "Lights will guide you home/And ignite your bones/And I will try to fix you", Chris sang "Now it's time for us to go/Thanks for coming to our show" which was so cool. This mini-lantern type thing came down from the ceiling for this performance too - it was like an organge lightbulb in a glass case, on a long wire. During the big dramatic guitar section, Chris started swinging it around really fast and flung it towards the audience, and it looked like a fireball. You know, what might have impressed me the most was how human they were - you hear stories about their egos and if their success has gone to their head, but they were really cool, normal and relaxed the whole time. They made lots of jokes, talked to each other, and didn't care if they fucked up - and I think it really came across that they genuinely love their band and what they do, and were really happy to be playing for their fans. And don't believe people if they say they are boring live or they don't put on a great show - I know people complained about their Live8 set - they were fucking fantastic, and everyone around me had a great time. If you have a chance to see them live, I definitely recommend it. The set was a little on the short side - I think they played for about 1 hour, 45 minutes - but it was definitely a case of quality over quantity.

I took 7 pictures with my cell phone with varying degrees of success - but I got one really awesome one that's my new background now. Annnd, on that note, there's my experience!

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Coldplay part 1...

Aug. 5th, 2005 | 02:58 am
mood: ecstaticecstatic

Well, I just got home from the show - it's just about 3am and I have to work at 9 so I must sleep. I have to say right off the bat, it was AMAZING. Expect a full, indepth review/comments etc tomorrow but I just had to say that it was INCREDIBLE. We were in the pit, and managed to be dead center, SECOND ROW! :D I'm still in awe.

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Jul. 28th, 2005 | 09:43 pm
mood: boredbored

Your IQ Is 130

Your Logical Intelligence is Genius
Your Verbal Intelligence is Exceptional
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

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Jul. 18th, 2005 | 09:47 pm
mood: numbnumb
music: Gwen Stefani - Cool

So, I just got a call (well, two) from the library. The director of the library passed away tonight. It wasn't a shock or anything, because she's been battling cancer for about 4 or 5 years now. It had gone into remission about two years ago but it came back and spread this year, and her health declined quickly, which brings us to today. I never really appreciated her or what she did for the library (or me), until this became serious this summer... she really was a fantastic woman and did a lot for the library, and more than most directors do for their staff or patrons too. I really owe her a lot -- she hired me when I was 14 (when most people are hired for that job at 16), she always made room for me and fit me in for some hours on my college vacations, and she had enough trust and belief in me to have me work in both the Children's and Adult departmenrs this summer. Most people wouldn't do that for anyone, let alone a kid. She was only in her 50's.. it doesn't seem fair that someone so good hearted and young deserve to suffer like this for so long... but I guess that's life for you. I don't really know why I'm writing about this, but I guess it's what's going on my mind, since I just found out. The library is closing at 12 tomorrow, but work will certainly be depressing tomorrow.

Otherwise, I'm fine. Oh, I saw "Dark Water" yesterday. Bad movie. Hope everyone is well.

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Jul. 13th, 2005 | 12:42 am
mood: chipperchipper
music: Coldplay - Swallowed In The Sea

After about five years of horrible heat, and stupid fans that blow around hot air...WE FINALLY HAVE AIR CONDITIONING AGAIN!!!!

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Jun. 11th, 2005 | 09:20 pm
mood: hothot
music: The Fans blowingggggggg

Hmm... today has been interesting, I guess. Well, enough to compel me to actually update. Anyway, here's the story -- our air conditioning broke about 3 or 4 years ago, and we've sweated out the summers with the fans (that blow warm air back onto you)... my mom FINALLY had enough with the past week's heat wave and a guy came in to give an estimate to replace it (it's central air which is why it's taken my parents so long -- it's expensive to replace). However, we also own a little fun condo at the Jersey shore and the air conditioning works perfectly fine there, so we've survived.

Ok so I'm telling you this because it has a point, haha. I rarely work weekends...it's 1 out of ever 4 this summer that I have to work on Saturdays from 9-5. Anyway my parents were all like "Ok, yeah, that's fine, we'll stay home that weekend (we almost always go to NJ on the weekends) and clean up the house etc". So thursday night my mom goes, "Umm yeah, it's too hot, your sister, your dad and I are going to the shore...you'll be ok, right? You don't mind, right?" Umm suuuuuuure, it's always fun to be ditched for air conditioning, fine. It was actually fine because my brother Rich was gonna stay home with me anyway so I didn't really mind. We are here, home, without a car because my other brother in CT has one and my parents took the other. Soooooo I had to walk to work this morning, which takes about 35 minutes (By my own choice actually, I didn't want to take a cab, it was a nice morning). Anyways, I got a ride home from work today at 5, and Rich and one of his friends were home (They are 24, by the way). They decided to go to NYC and go to the bars and whatnot this afternoon and tonight, and "Umm I'll take the key, I might not come home tonight." Greeeeeeeat. So yes, I've been alone in the house, without a car, without air conditioning, since around 5:20. It's currently 9:27. I thought it would be cool to have a weekend without my parents or sister around, but the truth is it hasn't been that fun. I don't really keep in touch with that many people at home now that I graduated high school, but my two best friends aren't even home this weekend!! So, I've been ditched all around. I rented a bunch of DVD's at the library today, and I watched "Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind" tonight. Was definitely weird and trippy at first, but I loved it by the end (even if I saw one of the few twists at the end coming). I don't know what to with myself now so here I am. Oh, and all of a sudden I got these random scary thoughts in my head that someone was going to break into the house tonight because they thought everyone was away, find me, then kill me. In case you wanted to know about my thought process.

By the way, building on the Coldplay album, a few more thoughts :
- As many people have already said, "Fix You" is amazing. End of story. The four part harmony at the end is brilliant.
- I don't care if the song is 5 1/2 minutes in length...waiting until the 2:00 mark to introduce the chorus of a song is waaaaaaay too long. *cough* "White Shadows" *cough*. Considering it's one of the few catchy hooks on the album, it's disappointing.
- "Speed of Sound" is 10,000x better after listening to the whole album.
- Did you know the graphic on the cover spells out "X&Y" in some kind of pre Morse code code? Sorry for the double codes there but I don't know how else to phrase it and I'm too lazy to look up the title of the code.

Anyways I guess that's it from me for now. Hope everyone's summers are going well. I think I might go re-arrange my room.

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Jun. 9th, 2005 | 04:39 pm
mood: hothot
music: Coldplay - "Low"

Am I the only one underwhelmed and dissapointed by the new Coldplay album?

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