27 March 2010 @ 10:41 pm
Personal Entry No. 49  
I'm running out of ways to open these entries inventively, without resorting to flooding your journals with animated .gifs and videos. Perhaps that's a sign telling me I ought to start cross-posting from Dreamwidth, if only for a change of pace.

I have a Russian competition coming up, so I've been working on four short compositions to memorize as well as a poem by Boris Pasternak. (Note: the English translation on that website is awful. Here is the one we were given.) Unfortunately, I've been having problems with the poem: my professor told me in so many words that my reading was thoroughly bad, and asked me to translate it myself to get a better feeling for its meaning. She did compliment me greatly on the first composition, though, so I'm feeling positive about the competition as a whole.

Last summer, if some of you remember, I went with my family on a trip to two Bastions of History--with Lancaster, Pennsylvania thrown in as a bonus. This was taken on one of the uppermost floors of our shockingly posh hotel; the original is much larger, but this was resized so as to spare your eyes from the grain.

And these were taken prior to my spring break this year, when I was photographing some flowers that were going to wilt over the following week. There isn't, to my knowledge, any intrinsic value to photographing little paper stars like this, but we can consider it an exercise in color.

As part of my university's Community Chorus's Spring Program, we will be performing a selection of works by American composers (including Bernstein, Lindsay Lafford, and Randall Thompson). The last piece on the program is John Corigliano's Fern Hill, set to the words of Dylan Thompson's poem of the same name. The poem itself is more an example of what I would call "word-smithing," or an attempt to appeal to the heart of the reader at the deepest level. If only Thompson had attempted grammatical coherence, too!

This, of course, is what we are not performing:

The giant space lotus apparently wasn't in the budget.
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[identity profile] makwui.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
I hope you do good in the competition.

Those are lovey pictures.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! With all this work, though, the stretch to finish the request pictures is going to be longer. I'm sorry to make you wait for three months.
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[identity profile] makwui.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Its not a problem. :)
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[identity profile] kencana-kencana.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
I love pic no.1 and 2.

Good luck with the competition.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's on the 17th of April, so I still have a lot of time to prepare, but I appreciate the good luck. :D
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[identity profile] ju-jei.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
I hope you will do your best with the competition :3
Let me know if you need any help with russian, I can help. Not much, but that`s all I can do ^__^
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think I'm doing fine for now, but if I run into a word with some bizarre genitive plural form, I'll turn to you first. D:< Слава Богу, мне не надо печатать в состязании! Я не могу использовать слепой метод печати, даже не спасаться меня от смерти!
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[identity profile] lavender88.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
Oooh, paper stars. I used to write my wishes on the back side of the paper stripes before folding them and popping them into a jar and sealing it with ribbon. Although I grew out of the habit, I still keep around those jars. Very very decorative, and as you said, interesting photograph models 8)

Good luck in that competition!
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I actually purchased the stars from a student club's fundraiser (I prefer modular origami, myself!); it would be interesting if the students wrote their own wishes inside the stars, but considering how little free time we all have, they're probably blank inside. XD

Thank you!
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[identity profile] mairenn-k.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck for the competition! The only work by Boris Pasternak that I've read earlier is Doctor Zhivago (which I like a lot) but that's a beautiful poem.

The photos are lovely. The sky is so beautiful in the first one, and the other two are really pretty as well (you can take photos of something just for the sake of prettiness, right? :D ).
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
I believe Pasternak wrote the poem for Doctor Zhivago, but my own memory is fuzzy here--I read the book back when I was fifteen, and too much of it went over my head. I need to reread it soon...

Thank you! If only my camera was able to take pictures without so much grain.
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[identity profile] arha-chan.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)

The photos are very pretty!! <3 loved the first one.

And ohhh millenium actress, that's a beautiful song. I really need to watch that movie, i loved Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers and i have a friend who always says i would like MA... but i always forgot to watch it lol.

Good luck with the competition!! (=
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on March 28th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
First things first: Happy Week after Your Birthday! I'm so sorry I wasn't able to congratulate you on your actual birthday.

I haven't watched Millennium Actress, either, but it's supposed to be an amazing film. The only other Satoshi Kon works I've seen are Paprika and several episodes of Paranoia Agent, unfortunately.

Thank you very much!
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[identity profile] arha-chan.livejournal.com on March 29th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)

Ohhh thank you very much <3 and you don't have to worry! ;3;

Paprika is just so amazing i lack of words to describe it. Mh, the same friend i mentioned earlier told me to watch Paranoia Agent too. Too bad that with uni i don't have much time to watch anything ;_; Maybe next summer~ lol
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