Sunday, May 31, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

DONE with high school!

Finally. Done with finals, final projects, everything. Yayyyy! :)
However, the MIT Freshman Essay Evaluation is currently ongoing. It's 2 essays, and I have ...very little time to work on it, because of my joyous schedule of joyful joy. We'll see how this goes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Concerts, concerts, and more concerts.

May 27th Studio recital
May 29th Violin lesson + rehearsal with pianist
May 30th Piano lesson + Vivaldi rehearsal + YPO rehearsal + NEC graduation
May 31st Possible meeting with New England String Ensemble conductor
June 1st Rehearsal with pianist
June 2nd NESE dress rehearsal #1
June 3rd NESE dress rehearsal #2, then graduation rehearsal, then NESE concert
June 4th Solo recital
June 5th YPO dress rehearsal
June 6th YPO concert

Sunday, May 24, 2009

And now for something completely different...

EDIT: Oh yes, and senior countdown: 1 day of school, 1 block of finals on Wednesday, 1 block on Thursday.
My brother and Lan's brother singing. (my brother's the better one :P...*jk) Try to tell them apart? My brother laughs in the middle, so you can use that as a guideline. :) Lan gots mad skillz....she merged two recordings together to make this. She made this in January, btw.

Roh Moo-hyun, 1946-2009

*serious post alert*
Wow. My parents told me yesterday morning, and I thought they were kidding. Living in the US, I don't really hear (or to be honest, care) that much about Korean politics. I do remember that when he was elected, he was really popular, but then people started blaming him for everything. (Hm. Sounds suspiciously like what Koreans think of the new president, Lee Myung-bak.) The largest issue highlighted by the article is that he was accused of receiving bribes from businesses. $6 million, was it? Of course, accepting bribes is inexcusable, but he also defended student dissidents during South Korea's military rule. Should all his good deeds be nullified because of that bribery scandal? One person interviewed by the article even criticized him for committing suicide...

Although this man obviously made mistakes during his life, he also did anyone else. No matter what we may think of him, he deserves some respect. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


A must-watch.
...Well, not really. But it is interesting to see how the different singers match up against each other. In my opinion, Leona Lewis and Beyonce sounded the best, while Miley Cyrus sounded the worst (Is she for real? How the heck is she a professional singer?) followed by Fergie (okay, time to give up trying to sound...ahem...African-American). We got a kick out of this at Nationals, watching Miley Cyrus' epic-fail solo.

Oh, and by the way, is there a way to put YouTube stuff directly onto my blog without downloading anything? Ted? Stephen?

EDIT: Oh yes, and SENIOR COUNTDOWN: 2 days of regular school/3 days of school + finals.

DONE with APs, "like a pro"

....finally. Although my incompetent French Lang proctor lost my AP Student Pack, so I'll be getting two grade reports. Comp Sci...I thought the MC was hard, but the open response was easy. Seriously, now? 75 minutes for 40 MC questions, then 105 for 4 open response? Haha.

And linear algebra final, fun fun. I actually think I did pretty well, thanks to a last-minute cram session on exactly the right topic (thanks Jaeyoon :))

My econ project has now morphed from a card game to Jeopardy. Le sigh, so unoriginal...but I guess it'll work out better now.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Being a rebel

Well, somebody (not mentioning any names...) told me that Econ was canceled today, when in fact it was just a class in the computer lab. Wunderful. So basically, today was my first true "skip." :O I'm such a rebel. Grrrrrrr if something bad happens because of this, a certain person is going down.
YPO rehearsal was tonight, and it took Yehna and I 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to Boston =x so we were 35 minutes late to rehearsal. ...well, at least we didn't get the famous Zander glare. Tomorrow I get to go to school at 10:50 (yeah MCAS + free! happened today, too) to take a physics "quest" or "quizzam" on magnetism. I know the stuff in my AP review book, but, apparently, not everything in the Halliday. I hate the Halliday; it's so cluttered and the information doesn't seem to be readily accessible. After the physics "quest" is AP French Language make-up. Hm, I'm not really studying that hard for it, since MIT doesn't count it, but apparently it's really long and difficult. Hmm. Oh yes, and YPO concert tomorrow :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

666 Hits

Anti-kudos to whoever was that 666th hit. You get...a free anti-car? Idk.

To the right, to the right.

I took this FB personality test and the results are to the right... =>
If I interpreted everything correctly, then I'm a Sensory Logical Introvert? Hm. Okay...
My best fit college majors were: 1. Mathematics 2. History 3. Chemistry...interesting. I actually like all 3 subjects, though history's probably not really a feasible option at MIT...
My best fit states were 1. Vermont 2. Maine 3. Massachusetts. Again, a pretty good fit, considering that I live here?
This stuff is sort of interesting? Then again, it might be another example of this. The Forer effect was named after when a psychologist gave a personality analysis to his students after they took a personality test. He asked the students to rate the accuracy of the analysis on the scale of 0 to 5, and the average was 4.26? What's the catch?
They all got the same analysis. Below is the text:
"You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them. You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage. Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You also pride yourself as an independent thinker; and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic."

Thoughts on AP Econ, NEC

Both AP Econs were very easy...
Macro was a joke for both sections. I think 48 hours has passed now? One of them dealt with a fictional country called Tara, so I wrote "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" (but then crossed it out) and called its currency the Scarlett, represented by $. >_> I was bored and I had like 35 minutes left in the open response section when I finished.
Micro....MC was harder than I thought it would be, but I can't discuss the questions, lest the AP Secret Police come after me. But the open response was even easier than I finished 30 minutes early, and I asked the proctor if I could leave early if I turned in all my stuff. He said yes, so I did so. But apparently, he threatened others who tried to leave that their score would get canceled if they left? ... So I panicked and asked him later, but he said it was fine... o.O

Yesterday was the last official day of NEC. Thus concludes my tenth and final year 10 years...
However, all my activities are continuing for ~3 more weeks at least, so nothing actually ended...
Oh yes, and evaluation results. Piano was like...oh, you did really well, but you didn't get that one piece memorized so we can't give you the certificate. Therefore, they gave me the highest possible grade that you can't get a certificate for. Violin....the teachers grade off a rubric, where they circle ovals for each aspect of playing (sort of like Senior Districts/All-state). Hm. All of the ovals that they circled were in the Pass with Honors zone, but I ended up with a High Pass++. Um. My hunch is that, since my teacher didn't give me a Pass with Honors in her teacher eval or w/e, they couldn't give me a Pass with Honors overall. Waah, I could have gotten a Level IV Pass with Honors... :(
Oh, yes. And COME TO THE YPO CONCERT WEDNESDAY! :) Our program is:
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune by Debussy
Ravel Piano Concerto by... Ravel (who do you think -_-)
Petrushka by Stravinsky
The pianist is amazing, and the other pieces sound good as well. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Click here for directions. I think there are a couple of people who already want to go, so contact me by Gtalk if you want to go as well.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nationals, and other stuff

In exchange for a super-long post, I posted my pictures on Facebook. :)
APs: 2 down, 4 to go. Mechanics was death. x.X Suffice to say, I should have reviewed my SHM. However, I pretty much eschewed studying for mechanics in favor of an all-day cramming session in E&M on Sunday. It really helped, actually; the E&M struck me as...okay. Oh well. I probably failed both of them. Grr, MIT requires Mechanics and E&M to be a 5 in order to skip...Mechanics. Oh well?

Macro/microeconomics on Thursday! Yay! I get to miss out on the last half day of my high school career and probably the last half day EVAR for me.

Oh, and evaluations? Violin went fine, and I only had to play (parts of) 2 out of the...8 things I had to prepare. Yum. Piano...why the heck did I have to memorize the music???? Yeah, didn't exactly have it memorized...thus I got owned.

Friday, May 8, 2009

We apologize for the inconvenience...

Sorry, but no nationals post until next week, suffice to say that it was awesome. Be on the lookout for a photo journal, starring Jaeyoon the 40-year-old Korean Ajumma.
I have piano and violin evaluations at NEC on Saturday, which is one of the chief reasons why I can't really post anything that's too time-consuming. The violin evaluation's PLE Level IV (NEC's toughest evaluation or something) with lots of fun requirements and stuff like that. Yuck. AP's are also coming up very soon, and I just failed my linear algebra midterm. Yum. Basically, I didn't know how to do one of the problems, but then the rest were completely retarded mistakes (like apparently giving a justification when I didn't have to, and getting 0 credit). So yeah. Waking up at 5 AM to practice violin...byes.
Sneak preview:
Seductive Ajumma is him.