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Category: potpourri

06/21/06 04:20 - 71ºF - ID#23662

Heja Sverige!

The Swedish National Football Team advanced to the knockout stages of the World Cup, by drawing the BLOODY ENGLISH this week. I love the World Cup, and I love the motherland.

Here is Henrik Larsson, reacting after scoring the equaliser.

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My man Freddie Ljungberg, one of the best, an Arsenal star.

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He does some modelling too. For the ladies, the gay boys, and JOSHY.

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Oh yeah, the Swedish ladies. The most beautiful anywhere.

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Sweden is pretty much a hottie factory. Myself included, of course. Their fans at the World Cup have been awesome. If you guys haven't been watching the World Cup, SHAME ON YOU!!! Countries shut down for this shit, and civil wars have been halted for it!!! It is a one of a kind event. Check it out!

Heja Sverige!

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06/20/06 11:25 - 69ºF - ID#23661

Okay, I'll Answer The Survey

People:
1. How did you find out about/why did you become of estrip?

I saw the chalk advertising on the street and decided to join.

2. How "out" are you about having a publicly accessible online journal. Do your friends know? Does your family know? Do your co-workers know? Does your boss know? Do you use your real name? Do you use your real photo?

Everyone knows I have an online journal. Yes, I do use my real name, and no I do not use my real photo. It all has to do with the one time some asshole threatened me with violence after GWB won again.

3. How many epeeps have you met real life?

Many. Not as many of the new folks though, as I have been absent at the parties lately.

4. How has estrip changed the way that you meet people, on and/or off line?

I've learned that one or two things that irk you about someone are insignificant compared to the things we have in common. I look for commonality now. I also don't take shit so personally.

5. How has estrip affected you love life?

It has gotten me laid, and I don't know how many people can honestly say that.

6. How many of your friends have joined estrip because of your influence?

My brother. So I guess that makes one? The rest don't feel at all comfortable with doing an online journal.

7. Are you from Buffalo/do you live in Buffalo?

No/Yes

Equipment:
1. What type of hardware or software purchases have you made as a result of using estrip?

None

2. Have you used the mobile version of estrip? Why or why not?

Yes, when I had my Sidekick. Not at all anymore.

Lifestyle:
1. In what way has estrip changed your Internet surfings habits? Describe the amount of time you spend on estrip, when you use it and about how long?

I look at it as much as I look at my e-mail. Who knows how long each day, it varies depending on how interested I am in the content of the day.

1a. How many journals do you usually read per day?

5ish

2. In what ways has estrip changed the way you perceive your local community?

In a way, my perceptions have been strengthened and reinforced.

3. How has journaling about your life affected the way you spend your free time?

Journaling hasn't affected my approach to life at all.

4. Has estrip changed your living situation in any way?

Nope.

5. Do you find that you mediate/document more of your experiences now that you share them with others?

YES. This should tell you how open I am about sharing shit recently.

6. Has publishing on estrip affected the way that write?

Not at all.

7. Do you have other online journals? If so, with what service and has estrip affected your usage of that journal?

No, unless you count MySpace as a journal, which I do not. This site is about equal to the other in usage time.

8. Have you ever gotten in trouble for using estrip at work?

Never, at least not that I am aware of.

9. If you have stopped using estrip, why?

Intolerance. I think this stuff is cyclical.
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Category: potpourri

06/20/06 11:00 - 69ºF - ID#23660

Nothing To Say

Actually it isn't true. I've tried writing a few entries, but I get about a paragraph into it before I say "fuck it" and erase the entire thing.

So, I'll just say Hello.
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Category: potpourri

05/23/06 07:36 - 55ºF - ID#23659

Ladycroft!

Yes, of course I will help you! Just e-mail me the details or something so I know when and where to show up. And don't worry about the reward, unless it's food. I like food. Especially when Josh isn't here to cook for me.

Oh, and I also got your message, I turned my phone off earlier. Why? Oh well Jason was a fucking moron and didn't take his medicine for 8 days straight, which makes for a very unpredictable and dangerous situation. So today I went and got my pills, took them, and went to sleep for a few hours so shit could get in to my system. So that's why I wasn't able to get coffee and whatnot.

Anyway let me know whassup.

-J
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Category: mexico

05/21/06 01:52 - 48ºF - ID#23658

Hypocrite in Spanish = What?

Check this out:



Speaking of the hundreds of thousands of Central Americans who enter Mexico each year, chauffeur Arnulfo Hernandez, 57, said: "The ones who want to reach the United States, we should send them up there. But the ones who want to stay here, it's usually for bad reasons, because they want to steal or do drugs.

.....uh........uh.........uh.........
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Category: love

05/11/06 10:38 - 58ºF - ID#23657

Voice of an Angel

I'm sure it's not manly to admit it, but I was so moved to tears tonight after watching a CBC story about a young Quebec boy, struck by some strange illness, who sang for the Pope in Rome recently.

I saw and heard him talking about how he thanks God that he is alive, and that the best way he can thank God is to sing for the Pope.

It got me thinking, this young boy has such a joy of living, despite his own faults and illness, so how the hell could I possibly maintain such insane thoughts about throwing my own life away, wanting a do-over? It couldn't be more accurately said, it is insane to think that way. What an inspiration! What a gift, what a beautiful lesson this young child has given us!

I wish I could thank him. If it were in my power to relieve him of any and all infirmities, sacrificing part of my own life I would do it in a second. He's taught me something that I'll never forget.
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Category: politics

05/11/06 12:32 - 73ºF - ID#23656

Ben Stein Speaks!

Ben Stein talks about perspective:



A pretty good article, not so political in nature.
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Category: food

05/09/06 12:30 - 65ºF - ID#23655

New Sushi Place?

Word on the street is that a new sushi joint is opening where Kuni's used to be. I've seen people filling out applications there over the weekend, but does anyone know for sure if it is going to be a sushi place?
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Category: theft

04/28/06 03:15 - 54ºF - ID#23654

JOSHY!

Did you *accidentally* take my charger again with you? PLEASE LOOK!

<3

Your bro
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Category: music

04/19/06 04:01 - 68ºF - ID#23653

Shosty's Fifth

I found my analysis of the Finale of Shostokavich's 5th Symphony today. I wrote it for a class when I was at UB. I do not know how to analyze a piece of art, but I do know how to analyze a piece of music.

    In 1937, Dmitri Shostakovich's 5th Symphony in D minor was premiered. It is widely considered one of the most emotional and personal pieces of classical music ever written. In the Soviet Union of Shostakovich's time, the Stalinist regime dictated complete control over Russian society, including cultural aspects such as art and music. Shostakovich wrote his 1st Symphony when he was merely a teen, and throughout his early career his music was frowned upon by the communist government. His 4th Symphony was rehearsed, but never performed until 1961 because of the unpleasant consequences that he may have faced if his music had been performed in public. The 5th Symphony was considered a musical answer to the limiting communist government of his time. It explores a wide range of emotions, all of which can be easily felt by the listener. Rather than explore the entire forty-four minute piece, we will concentrate on the Finale (which is also considered a masterpiece on its own).

    The piece starts with a distinct crescendo, and from the beginning it is obvious that the piece is making a profound statement with the timpani eighth notes and the swift sixteenth note runs by the winds and violins. The main theme, which is presented in the beginning, is the basis on which the entire movement is constructed. It contains a strong brass fanfare, as well as the familiar timpani notes that we are introduced to in the very beginning. We will be presented with the same motive throughout the entire movement. Continuing with the musical phrases, we are introduced to multiple polyrhythms, with the violins playing staccato eighth notes and the low brass repeating the main theme. It is important to remember that the same type of musical behavior is repeated throughout the entire first portion of the movement, noting that the background notes are traded on and off by the strings and the winds. Overall, the rhythm is generally of a disjunct nature. There is some jumping around, and some dramatic interval changes in a very short period of time. It is important for the listener to recognize this, because later on in the piece Shostakovich switches some things up. Continuing again with the musical phrases, we then hear the trumpets playing a set of chromatic triplets, and then a dramatic ritardando which includes the timpani and the brass. At this point, we hear another theme played by the French horns, and the violins playing a tense set of eighth notes which constantly rise in pitch. This marks the beginning of the second portion of the piece.

    The second portion of the piece takes the same main theme that we heard in the beginning, and Shostakovich pleasantly and ingeniously transforms it for us. The tempo is considerably slower than the first portion (which had a more moderate, fast-paced tempo). At this point in time, we can instantly recognize the conjunct motion with which the rhythms are flowing. It marks an important musical and emotional change in the piece. Earlier, we heard very angry (almost shouting!) types of musical phrases. Now, we hear more of a subtle crying out by Shostakovich. The flutes and horns primarily play the sorrowful melodies, with dramatic crescendos and decrescendos to accent and add more texture to the piece. The low brass comes in, playing one last ominous phrase, and then a piano comes in playing a peaceful phrase, with rising pitches. The strings continue in the background, rising in pitch with the uplifting piano phrase. A dissonant chord chimes in, and then the winds present us again with the main theme, the tempo of the piece increasing to almost the same tempo as in the first section of the movement. The low brass plays the main theme, while the winds play sixteenth note background phrases (more polyrhythm!). This is a musical transition into the third section of the piece.

    The third section markedly begins with the trumpets slowly playing the main theme. The low brass chimes in, and the strings continue playing a variation of the theme. The horns play a tense, rising musical phrase, and the trumpets come in playing a syncopated set of rising chords. The tempo dramatically slows down, the trumpets hold their notes, and various instruments chime in at different times, combining to finish this tense section of the piece with a very dissonant, loud chord representing Shostakovich's angst and tension which he felt at the time. The tension finally breaks, and the trumpets play a very triumphant and jubilant fanfare, which I feel represents Shostakovich's triumph, jubilation and eventual victory over the limiting communist regime. A set of repeated major chords play (again representing victory musically, as compared to the minor modes played by the orchestra throughout the entire piece). The piece ends with an extended unison note, marking the end of a very personal musical statement by Shostakovich.

    This piece is vitally important sociologically and historically. At the time, Stalin very personally disliked Shostakovich's music, because it didn't accurately represent what he thought the Soviet people and their culture were all about. The 5th Symphony is a final emotional thumbing of the nose at the Stalinist regime, and its control over not only music and art, but the entire social aspect of Russian society and life in general. The fiery emotion that Shostakovich penned to paper transcends music. The multiple emotions that Shostakovich felt at the time (as well as the moments in the piece in which these emotions change) can be accurately felt by the listener. It is a testament to the brilliance and genius of Shostakovich's writing. It represents a breaking apart from the binding communist government of the time, and since the premiere of the piece it has been widely considered not only one of the most brilliant pieces of Russian music of the early 20th century, but also one of the most important pieces of music historically in the early 20th century as well. To this day, Shostakovich's 5th (along with the 9th) is considered to be one of Shostakovich's most revered pieces of music. When one takes into account the historical and emotional context within which the piece was written, it is plainly obvious why it is (and has been for a long time) so widely loved.

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