Thursday, December 30, 2010

Current time waster

http://www.hamienet.com/ .
Oh my god. Such an amusing waste of time....I really like the Urinetown arrangements (Snuff That Girl sounds epiccc) and the Smash stuff. I've spent too much time on this thang.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Kanji

Hmmm. I found out about a series called Remembering the Kanji, which tries to use an alternative method to remember kanji. Example: http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/publications/miscPublications/pdf/RK1/RK%201%20%286th%20edition%29%20sample.pdf
This seems interesting...maybe I should get it. I've tried to teach myself kanji/hanja/hanzi/whatever before, and it's usually ended in failure...I just don't really know where to start.

Also...
There's a Very Fast Track option for Japanese next semester. It combines Japanese II, III, and IV into one semester. However, it's MTRF 9-11...quite a time commitment, yowch. If I take this, I can't take 7.05 (Biochemistry), which is technically okay, but will probably not go down well with my advisor. Bah. I really want to take it...I don't know what to dooooo D: D: D:

And for readers I know from MIT, if you have not yet awared, Lindsey has a blog now. It confuses and amuses.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Back!

Well, now that the semester's over, I think I have the time/initiative to start blogging again. :D
Overview of this semester:
1. I joined Syncopasian, an a cappella group at MIT that...well...sings Asian songs. And some other songs. It's been a lot of fun trying out something new and learning fake Mandarin, etc. I'm singing bass...yeah. Not so sure about that. And I've been doing some arranging, which is a blast. See below? I and two other people in Syncopasian arranged this (a medley of Sakura, Arirang, and Mo Li Hua).

2. Classes went well! After dropping 18.100B, everything else was fine. I kind of sort of missed the second 5.60 exam (yeah....almost disastrous), but then I took a make-up and it was all good. Grades aren't all in yet, but I think I got all A's?
3. I'm trying my best to spend more time in 3rd West. Kind of.
4. Fire Emblem. Lots of it. I beat FE7 and Path of Radiance, and got about a quarter through Radiant Dawn. Why is this game so boring when others are playing, but so fun when you're playing? The world may never know.
5. Mahjong and Tractor/Tuo La Ji/Ba Shi Fen/Sheng Ji/80 Points/whatever. Perhaps too much of both. :/ I also taught both for Splash with a couple of friends! That was a lot of fun.

All in all, it was a pretty good semester. But now what? I feel like I should be doing something both fun and semi-productive over winter break, but I don't really know what. Ideas, anyone?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Classes

My classes this semester:
5.60 (Thermodynamics and Kinetics)
7.03 (Genetics)
21M.303 (Writing in Tonal Forms)
21F.501 (Japanese I)
18.100B (Real Analysis)
Yeah...strike the last one. It was just terribad. We talked about balls...and I just stopped going to class. I haven't formally dropped it yet (need to do that by...November?), but I'm not doing the p-sets or going to lecture anymore. Other than that?
5.60
I actually really like this class. The p-sets are rather satisfying to do. I think I like thermodynamics a lot better than organic chemistry. It's interesting to see a mathematical basis for all the "thermo" you learn in high school and 5.112. I like my recitation and the lecture is fine...except it's at 10 AM, so my attendance is patchy to say the least.
7.03
This class...is annoying. Conceptually, it's fine. However, the p-sets are really, really annoying to do. Mostly because you have to use their stupid program. It's like Mathlets (for 18.03) all over again. x_X Lecture is also boring as FFFFFFFF...and right after 5.60, so if I miss 5.60, I tend not to bother going into 7.03 - I feel that much of the time, I feel like I'm better off spending that time just working on the p-set.
21M.303
I still can't decide if the professor is funny or annoying...he loves cracking bad jokes and saying random things. And everyone (except me) laughs at them....how do they do it? I don't know. Also, the 90 minute length doesn't help very much.
21F.501
So far, it's been really easy, I think mostly because I taught myself hiragana and katakana in...junior year? Senior year? Also, there are definitely many similarities between Japanese and Korean which makes it a lot easier to learn. And people say things like "私は日本語人ですか” (I am Japanese language person?) and "私は二十三人です。。。か” (I am 23-ese...?) xD Fun stuff.

Overall, I think this is going to end up being my easiest semester here at MIT (no course X classes!). So, I better not screw this up. Goal: 5.0?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Where's Kyumin?

So as I said before, I would be moving in on August 20th, and I had planned on posting daily until then. Then I never posted again. I've been really busy with things after moving in, but here's a summary?
1. Drama at Next House
2. Drama in lab
3. Drama at Next House
4. New Hampshire
5. Drama at Next House
6. Drama in lab
7. Drama at Next House
8. Freshmen
9. Drama at Next House in front of freshmen

:D
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It's been an...interesting time here, to say the least.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Live Singers and Auto Tune

Auto Tune. It sounds harmless enough - a pitch correction software meant to correct for minor intonation errors. Its distorted sound has been used by various singers for its effect, from Cher, to T-Pain, to Kanye West, to Rihanna ("Disturbia"). However, with the advent of Auto Tune have come countless singers who rely on it to hit their notes and sound good. Examples?

Train.

Katy Perry.

Kesha. (No dollar sign. NO DOLLAR SIGN. Also, I just realized that the singing part of Tik Tok consists entirely of five notes.)
Upsetting though this trend may be, I think that there are some good points.
1. It allows music to be more accessible to people, so some people who have songwriting or artistic talent but not necessarily musical talent can still use music as a medium.
2. It makes singers who don't use Auto Tune that much more awesome. (e.g. Jason Mraz, Beyoncé, Leona Lewis)
3. Auto Tune the News.

But in the end, I think it's just something that we have to accept. It's like the guitar: those scandalous frets allowed it to be a lot more accessible than other string instruments (like the violin....) to people, which is one main reason why it's such a fixture in music today - music writing and performance was no longer limited to a highly trained elite class. Frustrating to people playing instruments without frets? Maybe. But a bad thing? I don't think so.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nooooooo.

Curses! The 3000th hit happened while I was gone! Oh well. :D Thanks everyone for 3000+ hits! So after some more screwing around (GarageBand is funnn), this is the product I got.

I think it's pretty hawt. So what song do you think I should attempt next? Leave a comment! Also, if you want to attempt the sheet music, let me know. Muahahahaha.

EDIT: Darn you, Blogger HTML editing. Darn you to heck. Well I have a working link up now, at least.