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iTunes Survey

// May 2nd, 2011 // No Comments » // Music

Kate & Anna

How many songs: 44961

Sort by song title:
First Song: À Boire – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Last Song: !@#* – Rusted Root

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: Jim Backus – 3rd Bass (0:04)
Longest Song: Chapter 1: Destiny – Jean Grae (45:09)

Sort by artist:
First Artist: A-Ha
Last Artist: !!!

Sort by album:
First Album: A1 – A1
Last Album: 90125 – Yes

Top Five Most Played Songs:
1. All The Lovers – Kylie Minogue (80)
2. The Only Exception – Glee Cast (64)
3. I Dreamed A Dream – Glee Cast (62)
4. Paloma – Sidestepper (46)
5. Raver On Probation – Samuel F.Scott & the B.O.P. (40)

Search…
Death: 109
Life: 838
Love: 3346
Hate: 129
You: 5256
Sex: 327

Kiwi Chopsticks

// February 10th, 2011 // No Comments » // Books, Culture

A gem of a cookbook we found in Jan’s mother’s stuff. Published in 1970, it includes such delicious treats as Watties Chop Suey Soup, Lamb of the Golden Peach and Kiwi Yang.

Most Fangirlish Post Ever

// October 16th, 2010 // No Comments » // Culture, Moviesandtv, Obsessions

Note: following post very very tragic, so please avoid if you hate Glee. Or want to preserve your image of me as someone with a bit of dignity and gravitas.

I am SO OBSESSED with Glee right now (probably a side effect of end-of-semester stress, as I always tend to get obsessed with things when I have a lot of other shit to do). But, OMG! It is so good at the moment. I mean, there’s Faberry of course (and we even got the two of them in a bathroom together), not to mention Brittana is now canon (woo hoo), and the musical numbers have been awesome (mostly), Kurt just gets more and more impressive, even Finchel were slightly cute last week, and hello? RACHEL FREAKING BERRY.

So just for fun, here are my Glee top lists so far (episode 4 of season 2):

BEST 10 CHARACTERS
1) Rachel Berry – natch!
2) Kurt Hummel – Le Jazz Hot pushed him right up here
3) Quinn Fabray – Faberry can’t be avoided
4) Brittany Pierce – every word that comes out of her mouth is hilarious
5) Sue Sylvester – it’s not Glee without Sue
6) Santana Lopez – one tough cheerf**ker
7) Mike Chang – Sing! was done perfectly
8) Finn Hudson – Even though Finn is dumb, homophobic and ruining my Faberry, he is kinda hysterical (*cough* LEZBRO *cough*)

9) Dustin Goolsby – He’s only been in one scene and I can’t wait for more
10) Emma Pillsbury – She was better last season but still wearing those lovely collar clip necklace things – what are they called?

WORST 5 CHARACTERS
1) Artie Abrams – Someone give that boy a storyline that doesn’t involve being nasty to girls
2) Will Schuester – I love me some Mr Schu but he has been so dull this season so far – bring back April!
3) Mercedes – Hey Mercedes, can’t you back off and respect Kurt’s atheism? Nope, let’s drag him to CHURCH
4) Jacob Ben Israel - the image of his damp naked buttcheeks has scarred my fragile little mind
5) Sam Evans – back off Quinn boy! This is the season of QUINNDEPENCE! (But go right ahead with Kurt)

BEST MUSICAL NUMBERS
1) Rachel & Kurt – Get Happy / Happy Days Are Here Again
2) Rachel – The Only Exception
3) Kurt – Le Jazz Hot
4) Rachel – What I Did For Love
5) Mike & Tina – Sing!
6) Rachel & Sunshine – Telephone
7) New Directions – Toxic
8) Mercedes & Santana – River Deep Mountain High
9) Rachel – Papa, Can You Hear Me?
10) Finn & Rachel – With You I’m Born Again

OK I’m gonna stop now and go and do some ACTUAL WORK :-P

So Busy OMG

// October 11th, 2010 // No Comments » // Music, Study

SO BUSY with uni stuff right now. It’s just crazy. I have to write heaps and heaps and gazillions of research papers – crazy Bachelor of Science! MedSci was just all about regurgitating facts, didn’t have to write hardly anything. Oh well, kind of fun, and not too long to go before exams and FREEDOM.

Here is my top 10 cheesy songs at the moment to get me through this “difficult time”:

1) The Only Exception – Glee Cast
2) Barbara Streisand – Duck Sauce
3) Until You Were Gone – Chipmunk
4) Wake Up Everybody – John Legend & the Roots
5) What I Did For Love – Glee Cast
6) Beautiful Monster – Ne-Yo
7) Size Of Your Boat – Jeffree Star
8) Naturally – Selena Gomez & the Scene
9) All the Lovers – Kylie
10) Green Light – Roll Deep

My MP3 Dilemma

// September 29th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Computers, Geekery, Music, Obsessions

I’ve been an avid collector of music files since the late 90′s and never delete anything, but rather file it all for posterity. The end result, 14 years later, is an external hard drive with 306GB of MP3 files on it (around 50,000 in all), carefully filed in folders by artist and album.

When I was on Windows, I had everything in Advanced MP3 Catalog Pro so I could search the entire collection for specific artists. Eventually with the purchase of my first iPod, I switched over to iTunes, but didn’t add everything to the library – only what I wanted to sync with my iPod. I can just choose “sync all”. So I’ve only got around 2,000 songs in iTunes.

Now I’m on Mac, I can’t seem to find a simple cataloguing program that will index my MP3 files by metatag so I can easily search them. I’m considering putting everything into iTunes, but will it cope with 50,000 tracks, or will it just run like a dog? MediaMonkey seems great but it is Windows only.

I’m beginning to think that the answer is obvious – CULL MY COLLECTION and get rid of all those albums that I have never and will (probably) never listen to. It’s the logical thing to do. Yet it fills me with heartbreak!

Oh what to do?

This Paragraph On AfterEllen Made My Day

// August 13th, 2010 // No Comments » // Lesbian

Xena and Gabrielle are the standard bearers of lesbian badassery. Every other lesbian and bisexual badass in the world should aspire to their greatness. They should place Xena and Gabrielle’s badass photos beside their beds and worship Xena and Gabrielle’s badass DVDs on an alter each morning while eating Xena and Gabrielle’s badass cereal for breakfast each morning out of Xena and Garbrielle’s badass collectible bowls. Xena and Gabrielle will never be out-badassed. Ever.

Thank you, Heather Hogan!

Full article: 16 Lesbian and Bisexual Badasses We Love

Girls, Girls, Girls, Girls

// July 20th, 2010 // No Comments » // Music

The four albums I’ve been listening to the most in the last week, all by talented women with one word names:

Both excellent dance pop albums. Both with very dramatic poses, and very metallic breastplates. But remember, hands on the hips is darker and more serious than hands in the air.

Both quirky pop songstresses. Both blonde. Both naked. Both decorated with strange colourful objects. But only one is a gay lady.

All the above are most excellent by the way, and highly recommended by ME!

Genius YouTube Idea

// July 13th, 2010 // No Comments » // Internets, Lesbian

I just uploaded my first ever cheesy fan music video to YouTube (embedded below, but I warn you, very cheesy and probably of interest to NO ONE I KNOW) and was struck by an idea as I carefully entered all my disclaimers about “I don’t own this content blah blah blah”.

Why doesn’t YouTube allow uploaders to enter in the video copyright holder and enter in the audio copyright holder? Then those copyright holders could be notified and approve or disapprove the use of their material. If they approve, they get a portion of the Google ads proceeds from the video or can place in their own ad eg “buy this video here” or “watch more of this here”.

YouTube sort of does this by automagically detecting songs and putting in the iTunes link (I was quite impressed that it correctly identified my soundtrack) but why not give the uploaders the opportunity to do the right thing and the copyright owners the chance to make some money and promote their products in new ways?

Just a thought… and now the cheesy video!

The Specials Are Pretty Special

// February 23rd, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Disability, Moviesandtv

If you haven’t seen the web series “The Specials” yet, you should check it out! It’s a reality show about five housemates with developmental disabilities living together in a share house in Brighton (four of the five have Down Syndrome).

It’s hilarious! I like Sam the best, he is really out there. Here’s one of my fave episodes where he falls for the Lady Boys of Bangkok:

The Specials – Episode 3 from KADA Films on Vimeo.

I think it’s great to have something like this that shows people with disabilities just going about their regular lives – socially, romantically but NOT medically. The creators are trying to get money together for Season 2, so support them any way you can!