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Happy New Year everyone! It's time to celebrate 2011!

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Looking back, 2010 was actually a really good year for me. Besides everyday life and school going smoothly, I got to do a lot of new, fun stuff too.

And as a tiny New Year gift, here's some music, (very) loosely based on the passage of time and looking ahead to the future.

1. The Beatles, Here Come the Sun
2. B52s, Song for a Future Generation
3. The Editors, An End has a Start
4. Billie Holiday, This Year's Kisses
5. Eels, Stars Shine in the Sky Tonight
6. Flogging Molly, So May the Living
7. John Frusciante, Penetrate Time
8. Morrissey, Tomorrow
9. Led Zepplin, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers, 21st Century
11. Peace, Already All Right

Best wishes for all of you in 2011 <3 <3

Music Meme

Oct. 27th, 2010 08:51 pm
tortoisegirl: (Jackolantern)
Taking a break from the 30 day meme for, uh, another meme!

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[livejournal.com profile] findmyantidrug gave me the letter W.

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Wet Sand
2. John Frusciante- Wednesday's Song
3. XTC- We're All Light
4. Pearl Jam- Wasted Reprieve
5. Led Zepplin- When the Levee Breaks

Youtube videos for your listening ease. )
tortoisegirl: (HP Lightning)
30 Day Meme
Day 23 → A YouTube video

Leave it to a Star Wars parody to get me listening to a Kesha song over and over.

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30 Day Meme
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)



I loooved An American Tail as a kid, and this was the song that had me singing my little 6-year-old heart out. I guess it's just nostalgia that has me tearing up over it now. It's not like I have any missing siblings or anything (or missing mice, for that matter). Listening to it now I really like that it actually sounds like little kids singing it.

The city doubled up Free Museum Day with get-into-museums-free-with-college-ID day so I ended up going to both the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Franklin Institute this weekend. Both were terribly crowded and required lots of stroller-dodging. I'm too big now to go through the giant heart, but I got to go to a show at the planetarium, which was fascinating as it was dizzying. They were setting up for a wedding at the Franklin Institute as I was leaving, and how cool it is to get married in a science museum? And them to have your reception around a gigantic statue of Ben Franklin! I never even got to go to one of those Girl Scout sleepovers in the museum.
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30 Day Meme
Day 01 → Your favourite song

I'll call this my favorite song at the moment since I'm not sure I have a long-time favorite. But I love this song, and I'm always humming or singing it or having it pop into my head :)

Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might Be Giants

Meme tiems

Feb. 26th, 2010 06:20 pm
tortoisegirl: (Frusciante)
A meme, in which I talk about myself. Questions courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] sandoz_iscariot.

1. What's the origin of your username?

It's one I came up with when I was 14 or 15, a few years before I got a Livejournal, and used here and on the internet. I think my criteria when picking it was just animal name + girl and tortoisegirl happened to be available. Creative, I know. I don't actually have any connection to or particular love for tortoises.

2. Your favorite aspect of fandom?

Talking to people. This is the first time I've really gotten involved in a fandom and finding so many great people I can talk to about something I love so much was a bit unexpected, but something I really enjoy.

3. You look away from the computer. What's the first thing you see?

Ahaha, my gold teacup I dug out of a box last week. I got it at a thrift store a few years ago and it makes me feel like such a pimp when I use it.

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4. Desert island album?

Hmm, I've never considered this before. I guess it's my dirty little secret that I don't listen to music a lot. It's pretty much only when I'm at my computer and not doing anything that involves too much concentration. I'd probably be fine without any music on that deserted island, but off the top of my head these are songs that I keep coming back to and wouldn't mind having around.

XTC- We're All Light
They Might Be Giants- Birdhouse in Your Soul
Audioslave- Doesn't Remind Me
Donovon- Happiness Runs (yeah it's a kid's song, shut up :P)
Pearl Jam- Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
The Beatles (and/or the Pearl Jam cover)- You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
The New Pornographers- Adventures in Solitude
Gorillaz- Feel Good Inc.
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Dosed
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Pretty Little Ditty
The Roots- The Seed
Flogging Molly- Death Valley Queen
Bad Religion- Stranger Than Fiction

And if I were to fill it out more I'd comb through my early 90's music for more material.

5. What's the meaning of life?

Of human life on Earth as a whole, I don't think there is any meaning to our existence. On an individual basis, I don't know if there's any meaning there either. But since I do exist I guess putting meaning to my life would mean living as happily as possible while not impeding anyone else's happiness and helping people when I can. God I suck at philosophy.
tortoisegirl: (Leaving the Owlship)
It's 2010! Time for a post.

The semester ended with the usual amounts of stress and sleep lost over procrastinated papers, but I survived and my grades are better than expected. Better than last semester, which is a huge relief. I've got classes for the coming semester, but I still have to put down some tuition (or, y'know, wait for the financial aid to kick in) before I'm technically registered for them. I'll post about them once it's settled since I feel like I'm jinxing it otherwise.

Christmas was lovely, New Year's Eve was boring but well stocked with alcohol, New Year's Day was spent in hungover misery. My dad and his girlfriend got me a membership to the Philadelphia Art Museum! And here I was just going to use my dad's girlfriend's name to get in and hope they didn't check IDs. One disappointment is that I didn't get any cash to finance the tattoo I want, and I can't really justify spending what little money I have on it otherwise. For my birthday then, maybe.

I have a Christmas disaster story! It's not really disastrous, but certainly depressing, and things were broken. Lisa made a gingerbread house; baked all the gingerbread herself and cut out the shapes and did all the decorating, and it was going to her present to our Dad. Walking from the car to Dad's apartment Julia was carrying the house on the tray, and gods of Christmas decided that that house would not make it. Julia slipped on ice, landed on the house, and broke it into a sad pile of little gingerbread shards. Our Dad never even got to see it, and we didn't take pictures. The picture of the gingerbread house I posted earlier was the 2d one we made. Turns out my dad baked a house too there was going to be some decorating after dinner, but we ended up just taking the house home and decorating it the next day. So one house was smushed and a second one turned out bright and colorful, and they all taste the same in the end.

I saw Sherlock Holmes, which was AWESOME and Holmes and Watson were so adorable together I couldn't stop grinning for hours afterwards. I almost started explaining the concept of slash to my mom on the drive home, but she didn't seem interested when I started talking about how H & W were cute together, so I didn't go any further. But it was a lovely movie, and I really appreciated all the Tesla-esque streampunk elements, and of course RDJ is just damn fine to look at. I think I have a think for Victorian menswear, because damn everyone looked hot in those clothes. That needs to come back in style.

In unrelated news, John Frusciante has left the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which makes me cry sad, sad, tears. But! Soundgarden is getting back together, I guess the universe evens out, musically at least. I'll still be fangirling over John's solo albums. Maybe over the Peppers still, depending on what happens with the new guitarist.

Work starts up again this week (and, uh, might be where I am right now. It's boring here today.) The days off are nicer, though, when I'm actually doing something with the rest of my time.

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