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  1. Oh wow oh wow oh wow CONGRATS, Jodi!
  2. The Stix Birthday Calendar

    September 17th.
  3. school = :(

    Matriculation exam in French tomorrow... Ugh! This should be some kind of epic climax of my eight-year-long studies, but I feel like I know absolutely nothing about the language. Nothing. My brain is blank, or at least filled with lots of other things. I'm not even nervous, just kind of.. well, desperate.
  4. Wee Rants

    I'm so sorry, Briana. Losing a pet is just horrible. Our dog died on New Year's eve, so I sort of know the feeling. She was eleven years old. It's so confusing when a long loving relationship ends so suddenly. We have a six-year-old dog too and for me it made it so much easier that there was still one dog around. The feeling of emptiness wasn't so total. But I understand that taking another dog can be a hard decision after losing a beloved friend.
  5. Good News Thread!

    I actually got some things done today! I was productive! Good bye for now, procrastination! I revised two courses of Swedish for the matriculation exams (they're soon, too soon...), wrote an arrangement for my music course, did some calculus and actually enjoyed it (which is very, VERY rare). So yes, a good day. In addition to that, we watched a great film on my philosophy lesson (God on Trial, I truly recommend), I found time to talk to some people I've been wanting to talk to and I had a good time in dance practise. And I think I just might have witnessed the first day of spring here in Helsinki. There's still plenty of snow, but today was all sunny and bright and beautiful. I've missed real daylight so much!
  6. Good News Thread!

    Wow, SmallTownMoon! What an amazing thing to hear. And you must have a wonderful voice. My little nice thing of the day is the feeling you get when it's relatively late and you're relatively tired but you stay up arranging a song with a difficult notation software demo version and it's hard but you enjoy it so much. I love this. I love music, I love all my project and... ah. If only I could spend rest of my days doing this.
  7. Arvika Festival 7/15/10, Sweden

    Uggh, it's unbearable! Finland is right next to Sweden, but she never visits us... BUT if I'll be able to get the money, I'll go to Arvika. It'll cost way too much, but I recently found out that my quite new friend loves Regina and is going to Arvika. She'd like me to join her and I'd love to do it. I hope it'll work out well and I'll be able to see Reg for the very first time.
  8. Gaga and Spektor

    quote: Interesting thread, reminds me of this blog-song by amanda palmer called "gaga palmer madonna". While I understand why parallels are made between regina and gaga, in my mind they're completely separate entities. The way I see it (and this is my opinion, you may disagree) is the comparison is similar to the regina-tori amos comparison except less credible. They are both talented female singers who play the piano. But other than that they have pretty much nothing in common. Also, I don't remember who said it and please don't be offended, but I'm tired of people who say that lady gaga is a more credible artist because she writes her own music. It's sad that the way things are right now its shocking and surprising when a solo performer actually writes their own material. I thought about Amanda's blog song the minute I saw the title of this thread. I'm glad it has been brought up. And I pretty much agree with the rest of Karl's post, too. There's a line in the song saying "If someone talented wants to make pop music why should we worry when there's so much othe shit wrong". I think that's well said. Some people find it very annoying that artist like Gaga even exist, but it's hard for me to see why. Music is a very subjective thing. If someone loves Gaga and gets real feelings from her music, it's just wonderful. I don't feel like that about her, but I have my own great artist, like Reg, so I have absolutely nothig to worry about. Why compare when we can have it all? Many people have said that there's really no point in comparing Gaga and Reg when they're so different. I feel quite the same way about all the coparative discussions. I'm definitely not saying that people shouldn't make these threads or anything like that, don't get me wrong! If people enjoy comparing, it's totally okay by me. But for me, personally, it's not that interesting. Art is not something you can count or tabulate. Art is art! We can say that Gaga has sold amount x of records and Reg amount y. There's a comparison and we can say that Gaga sells better. Has it anything to do with the feelings we get from their music, the music itself, the love we feel for the music? I don't think so. Art, in this case music, is so much more than analysing the pros and cons. Of course we can discuss about the things we like and dislike about each of them, but evetually, it's impossible to say which one is better or more valuable as artist. Personally, I don't like Lady Gaga's music and I love Regina's. It's not just the songs, it's also the atmosphere and the values. That doesen't make Regina a better artist than Gaga, just very different. In Finland we have a proverb, "Antaa kaikkien kukkien kukkia", which translates roughly to "Let's let every flower blossom" (I have no idea if there's an English equivalent existing, this is just my rough translation). In this case it fits quite well with what I think. As long as there's no harm done, everyone should do their own thing and blossom. I find it fantastic that there is such a variety of artist in this wide world. Hee, long time no writing in English! I hope you get the point despite my quirky use of language. I'll really have to start writing more frequenly so that my English won't become all rusty. I love the fact that here in the Stix there are real DISCUSSIONS about things. It's cool. That's why this post is so long.
  9. Wee Rants

    I haven't been able to follow up with Stix for a long time. Grrr. I won't be able to catch up. So I'll just try to come back and act like I know what's going on even if I really have no idea. A slightly bigger rant: Where the hell am I going to study next year? I have two priority, well, not exactly colleges but somewhat their Finnish equivalents. Yay. The bad news: their entrance exams are on the same day! Very nice! I can't be in two places at the same time, can I? I have no idea how to work this out.
  10. Good News Thread!

    Joanna Newsom's album came out this week. It's huge ans fantastic and I thought I'd had enough extreme happiness for some time. AND THEN. I find out that she's actually coming to Finland! Joanna! Here! I just can't believe this, but it's true. It's really happening. And yes, I'm going to buy those damn tickets that are way too expenseive for me anyway. She's totally that great. <3<3
  11. Good News Thread!

    Leaving for the dance review thingy... In Kajaani... Today! Epic nervousness! I bet I forget something important home and then I'll be hudreds of kilometres away already and oh no. But I'm also very very very excited and happy that we're going.
  12. Signatures

    quote: I wanna add one but it's in Swedish so there's only one other person that would get it... (*whisper* I speak Swedish too. It makes two people who would get it. )
  13. Good News Thread!

    quote: ALMOST TIME FOR JOANNA NEWSOMS ALBUM! squee. YES. OH YES. (I get all capslocky when Joanna's mentioned. But I still haven't decided wheter I should order the cd from the internet and wait 'till they ship it over Atlantic or just run to my favourite record shop every day from the 23rd until they have it. I'm confused and impatient!)
  14. Good News Thread!

    I just had a haircut, about an hour ago or so. My hair was down to my hips, now it's about waist-long. Feels so short! I was so nervous at the hairdresser's, especially when she'd combed my hair so that I looked like McGyver... But I think I'm quite pleased with the outcome. I'll get used to it, at least.
  15. Good News Thread!

    I had a similar situation in autumn, just not with Reg involved. I danced a solo in my school's dance review. It was my choreography and I'd used Joanna Newsom's 'Cosmia' as my music. The same afternoon my wonderful Philosophy teacher came to me, slapped me on the shoulders and said "I thought I was THE ONLY PERSON in Finland who listened to Joanna Newsom! That song is fantastic! I mean, the dancing was great too, but that music... Wow!" Then we spent a while discussing about Joanna. It was so nice, he's great and it was fun to find out that we have a common interest. And I'm always glad to find people who love Joanna, for people in Finland really don't know her in general.
  16. Good News Thread!

    Mm, good news: I played the drums today! And I wasn't even that bad. I have never ever played the drums. Of course I've sometimes tried the most basic beat, but I don't count that as real playing. I've always said that I can't play them at all, I'm just not coordinated enough. But somehow I now had an urge to try. I'll play in one of the songs our music group is performing. I'm so suprised that I was able to learn it! And it was so fun. It would have been such a shame if I hadn't been brave enough to try and lived whole my life thinking that I'm the world's crappiest drummer.
  17. school = :(

    quote: I'm drowning. Send help. Bloop. I'll throw you a life ring. Please don't drown! Is the ocean formed by undone schoolwork? Or something else?
  18. Good News Thread!

    JOANNA! I want her HERE as well! Joanna is my love and idol. But she was here once already, before I even knew about her, and another visit would just be too good to be true.
  19. Good News Thread!

    quote: quote: Originally posted by rainna: I'm listening to music so sad that I'm having trouble writing about good news, but I still want to share it briefly. Big Grin My choreography got accpted to a national, well, review? I'm not sure if that's the word. But anyway, there are going to be dance groups from all over the country performing. 126 choreographies were sent (on dvd, of course Big Grin) and only 37 got accepted, so I'm very happy and proud. I feel like such an artist right now! Big Grin that is actually amazing! what genre of dance was it? I do contemporary dance. But the great thing about contemporary is that it can be basically anything, so... I used Amanda Palmer as my music. Good luck with your application, ThisIsHowItWorks, hope it'll turn out well!
  20. Wee Rants

    Thank you, you're all lovely. I do feel better already, little by little. The fact is that she was in pain and it was the best solution to let her go. I'm just happy that she was relatively well till the very end, she was able to eat and walk and do all those dog-like things. It would have been cruel to keep her living when she wouldn't have been able to really live anymore and her death would probably have been painful if they hadn't put her down. And we still have our other dog, who is only six years old so she'll be here for a while. It's just sad how she misses the older dog too. She's of course not used to being the only dog and it's heartbreaking to see her so confused, but I'm still so glad that we have her.
  21. What are you listening to right now?

    "I'll make a man out of you" from Mulan (in Finnish). I love the song and that Shang guy... *sigh* If he wasn't a cartoon character I would probably marry him right away. I don't know if it's just because I've watched the Disney movies originally in Finnish, but I tend to like the Finnish dubs more than the original voices. Especially in the songs. The same actor does the voice of this Shang in Mulan and John Smith in Pocahontas and I love that voice!
  22. Wee Rants

    I had the worst Nen Years Eve in my life. First there was this shooting case in a mall in the neighbouring city, very close to where some of my friends live. Then, in the afternoon, my parents had to take our dog to vet's. She was so ill. My parents came back without her. They had had to put her down, there was nothing the vet could do. She was too old and ill. I had kind of expected that, but it was still horrible. She was eleven years old, I'm eighteen, so I have lived most of my life with her around. And she was so lovely and so dear to me. When they came back and told me, I just sat in my room and cried for almost an hour and definitely did not feel like celebrating New Year after that. So I just sat home with my parents, feeling sad. My sister is away, staying with her friend for New Year's, so she hasn't heard yet. My parents didn't want to spoil her fun. I hate knowing that in a few hour she'll be home and find out and I'll have to live that heartbreak all over again... Ugh, I hope I didn't spoil anyone's mood, it was not my intention. I just haven't told any of my friends yet for they were out celebrating and I didn't want to worry them. So I sort of needed to tell someone.
  23. Wee Rants

    quote: A clearer plan for my future would be nice too... Oh dear, so agreeing. Right now I'm trying to take a vacation from worrying about my future, but it's difficult when the future is so... close? Can't I just stay in upper secondary forever? My sister caught me crying in front of my computer. I hope she didn't get too worried. There's no reason, it was good crying. And Amanda Palmer is to blame. I was too confused to explain that it was just the song, I just sobbed that yes, she can borrow my camera if she wants to. And then she looked confused. So all in all, my wee rant is that I made my sister confused? Well, that's real wee.
  24. Good News Thread!

    I'm listening to music so sad that I'm having trouble writing about good news, but I still want to share it briefly. My choreography got accpted to a national, well, review? I'm not sure if that's the word. But anyway, there are going to be dance groups from all over the country performing. 126 choreographies were sent (on dvd, of course ) and only 37 got accepted, so I'm very happy and proud. I feel like such an artist right now!
  25. What are you listening to right now?

    Amanda Palmer - The Living Room Listening and crying for it's beauty and sadness. A wonderful, wonderful song, I'm gonna have to learn to play it tomorrow. (Pst! The song contains a reference to Regina! So listen and find it!)