Time Capsule

May 7, 2010

As I am writing the following  words, I am going through a pivotal moment of my life. I am currently awaiting my response as to whether or not I have gotten into the music program. I want my future self to know just ho much I wanted it, just how long I had practiced, and just how much I was willing to give up. I want my future self to remember how many times I checked my e-mail waiting to find out my results (I already checked it once while writing this). I want my future self to know that I survived my freshman year of college.

I want my future self to know that I started the year practicing an hour a day, five days a week, and I ended it practicing four hours a day, seven days a week. I want my future self to know that I am trying to learn Chopin Etude Op. 10 no. 2, and I almost have the first page. I want my future self to know that I still can’t for the life of me play the Fantaisie-Impromptu, and don’t plan to learn it.

I want my future self to know that I actually found Jersey Shore to be pretty funny, and watched it on the internet in excess over the past week. I want my future self to know that I habitually watch South Park, and never grow tired of it. I want my future self to know that, at the moment, I think all religion is dumb.

I want my future self to know that, no matter how different things turn out from what I thought they would, I still think you’re pretty cool.

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Emo kids and Depression

May 6, 2010

A pretty decent (albeit rather cynical) blog from a Psyche major discussing his distaste for the supposed glorifying of depression amongst ’emo’ children. He raises the incredibly interesting point that since so many teenagers find it chic to act depressed, the children who actually are going through mental illness (way more than you think) will be accused of crying wolf.

He also discusses his experiences with depression as an adolescent, and asserts that he did not dress in black, do drugs, and he received excellent grades. He recalls being withdrawn and subdued as a teenager, but certainly did not glorify his condition.

http://psychnihilist.blogspot.com/2007/11/emo-mood-disorder-then-stream-of.html

A wordpress blog discussing the recent death of 13 year old Hannah Bond, who hanged herself in her home in Kent, England. Hannah was an avid listener of the band ‘My chemical Romance,’ and upon learning this, the coroner in charge of Hannah listened to some of ‘My Chemical Romance’s music and  released the following statement: “The emo overtones concerning death and associating it with glamour I find very disturbing.”

http://powerlinead.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/emo-blamed-for-girls-death/

A fascinating article about the booming emo subculture amongst teenagers in Moscow. It outlines the distinction between “true emo” kids and under-emo kids, the former apparently meaning people who lead a healthy lifestyle, have no intention of dying, and are simply looking for ‘true love as pure as the tears they shed.’ the under- emo s are described as anorexic, cigarette smoking kids in emo attire.

for the record, I was just as confused by that as you are

http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/19-12-2006/86000-emo_kids-0

This absolutely brilliant how-to article describes, (in a COMPLETELY not-joking way) how to become a proper emo kid. It gives sound advice, such as getting a cool emo haircut, taking up an instrument such as the electric guitar or bass (since rock music is a key part of being an emo kid), and we can only assume, some advice on how to always act like the world has forsaken you.

http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Emo

Burning Man Culture

January 29, 2010

Burning Man is an annual festival held in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, which centers on radical self-expression, radical self-reliance, and community. The event takes place during the week before Labor Day, and  continues to draw tens of thousands of participants each year. There is no real way to describe Burning Man; essentially it is a venue in which participants may express themselves freely in whatever way they see fit. Many participants wear lurid or outlandish costumes, and nudity is permissible. The name: “Burning Man” is a reference to the wooden effigy which is ritually burned at the start of each festival. While the festival is not exclusively based on burning items, many participants use fire and combustion in their artwork.

Burning Man has received some criticism, mainly from environmentalists. The event is held on a dry lake bed, and the amount of burning on the bare ground began to take its toll on the earth. In response, participants are only allowed to burn items on designated burn platforms.

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January 28, 2010

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