Monthly Archives: September 2010

30 day meme – 2

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 5 interesting facts about you.
Day 02- The meaning behind your LiveJournal name.
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends.
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have.
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why.
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why.
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days.
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad.
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends.
Day 12- How you found out about LJ and why you made one.
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 14- A picture of you and your family.
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play.
Day 16- Another picture of yourself.
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have.
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/ being with in the future.
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy.
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else.
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot.
Day 24- A letter to your parents.
Day 25- What I would find in your bag.
Day 26- What you think about your friends.
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge.
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned.
Day 30- Who are you?

My online alias is pretty self explanatory.  DDR + Kirby = DDRKirby!  The ISQ is just a unique thing between me and my brother, and stands for “Io Squad”.  It’s basically to ensure that I’m the only person in the world with my alias.  That’s why I prefer to put it in parens, hence DDRKirby(ISQ).

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30 Day Meme – 1

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 5 interesting facts about you.
Day 02- The meaning behind your LiveJournal name.
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends.
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have.
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why.
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why.
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days.
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad.
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends.
Day 12- How you found out about LJ and why you made one.
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 14- A picture of you and your family.
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play.
Day 16- Another picture of yourself.
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have.
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/ being with in the future.
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy.
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else.
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot.
Day 24- A letter to your parents.
Day 25- What I would find in your bag.
Day 26- What you think about your friends.
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge.
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned.
Day 30- Who are you?

A 30-day meme gotten from kio-kasuke.

Here’s my piccy, from staff retreat:

I was tempted to put a pic of girl side up, but I don’t think I’m ready for things like that yet.

And some facts (lolol as if I needed any more after this epic list)

1) I like to refer to my sister-in-law as my nee-san.  I love her a lot; she’s kind of like the older sister I never had before…

2) My current goal in Tetris is to get more consistent at good stacking.  To do this I’m playing no-manual-lock games (means going very slow) until I can reach level 500 twice in a row.

3) I bite my nails and fingers.  It’s a bad habit I’ve had for a long, long, long time.

4) I’m not lactose intolerant, but I really hate the taste of milk.  Dairy products and things that are made with milk are okay though.

5) The key I’m most comfortable with is C minor.  I mess around with c minor progressions a lot.

Well, the weekend is here, finally.

I skipped out on the Kimball AIDA trip.  I felt guilty about it, but I don’t regret skipping out on it at all.  I hung out with Ellen instead and got to meet her sister.  The buses got back from aida really late too–i probably would have been distressed if I had been out that long.  And I definitely needed that nap.  That nap was godly.

Saturday will probably be a catchup day.  A time for me to relax myself by taking care of various things.  What’s left of tonight is going to be catchup work as well.  I’ve learned that there needs to be a balance between keeping my door open and walking around, and locking myself in and having some alone time.  There needs to be a balance so that I can take care of things that I need to do for myself and myself only–otherwise those things never happen and that becomes slightly stressful to me.

This new background is from Pita-Ten.  Pita-Ten isn’t something that you’d think of as an anime to go crazy over.  It’s not epic.  It’s not super-moe.  It’s not action-y.  It doesn’t have heart-wrenching romance.  But it’s something like slice of life at its best, just as Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar, in that it introduces lovable characters to you and takes you through heartwarming stories that involve them.

In that sense I think Pita-Ten did (for me) a little worse than Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar, but a little better than Kamichama Karin.  It’s not like Snow Fairy Sugar where I ended up eventually loving ALL of the characters (greta!), but I still ended up liking some of them very much.  And I think the contrast between Misha and Shia is amazingly beautiful at times.  Between the two, I am definitely a Shia; no doubt about it.  Even when you look at this wallpaper you can see that I’m closer to being a Shia than a Misha.

Played a little bit of guitar tonight.  I don’t know if it’s something I’d go through with.  It’s possible, and perhaps I might, but I’m not convinced it’s something I should do yet.  Funnily enough I’m worried about getting calluses on my fingers.  I don’t want them.

I guess I should focus on working on clarinet again like I used to.  And perhaps take out the flute every once in a long while.  And mess around on the piano some more.  Hm…but more important than that is to produce music, actually.  I need to start producing more than just once a week for OHC.  OHC is great but I need need need to do more than that.

Happiness is…interesting.  The happier I become, the more afraid I become of how the happiness might end.  It’s a very small fear…very small, but it still scales proportionally with the amount of happiness.  Maybe that’s something to figure out this year.  I need to figure out my happiness for next year.  Because right now as I see it, I’m not sure whether I can have happiness for next year.  I have my nee-san…I suppose I can trust in her for now.  But right now I have a guardian angel and a mommy of sorts, and they won’t be there next year.  It’s only natural to feel this way, and it’s not terrible…I try not to think about it, but every so often it gets on my mind.  So I guess I’m still searching for something…someone perhaps.  It’s not a desperate search anymore–just one that has a deadline of sorts.

The number one enemy to productivity–for me, at least–is complexity.  Simple things are unbelievably easy to do, but when you’re faced with some task that’s complex or that you don’t know how to approach immediately, it becomes very, very, very easy to put it off until later.  The corollary to this is that when you’re delegating tasks, if you don’t keep things very simple, they’re more likely to get thrown out the window.  The same goes for conveying any sort of information, really.

I can function in different ways in a team.  One is the DM leader figure.  But I hate doing that.  You will still see me do that occasionally, but I really don’t like to do it, and so it takes a certain kind of situation and buildup before you see that side of me.  Otherwise, I excel at being the silent type who only says and does things that really need to be said and done.  In a world with too many chiefs and not enough indians, I’m the best darned indian out there.  I guess it makes sense when you think about it, that I was such an amazing section leader.  I didn’t have to take charge of anything–I just saw things that needed to be done and did them.

I have problems with separation anxiety I think, haha.  Who doesn’t, really?  But it can get bad at times.

Yay for mind dumps.  I’m blogging this in parts in between taking care of random things here and there.  This that and the other.

I just had this idea for a visual novel where instead of making choices through the game, you answer a bunch of personality questions in the very beginning, and then your actions are dictated by that personality you establish.  I think it would be really interesting to see.  Don’t know if I can pull it off though.  Damn creative writing…that’s one barrier I have yet to break, really.

Continuing to do random things…adding music to the music library, uploading pics onto facebook, updating todo list, folding laundry…everything.

Juliann described some of the emotional effects of having a menstrual cycle to me, and I became rather jealous.  It seems silly, but I need to have those ups and downs as well–without those waves I can’t normally “break”.

I really want to be a part of that world.  I think about it every day.

Girl Names / OHC103

Been awhile since I’ve done any blogging from bed.  It’s harder here at stanford because there’s no wall to lean against…blahblahblah.

 

Juliann said that if I was a girl, my name might be Sayuri.  I kind of really like that name.  It means “small lily”, and it reminds me of Sayuri Kurata from Kanon.  Sayuri doesn’t encapsulate all of the aspects of me by any means, but I think she does manage to capture a large part of the attitude of my girl side…perhaps.  The other choice of course is Yuki.  It means “snow”, and of course we all know (okay, maybe you don’t) how I feel about Yuki Nagato.

I started a videoblog of sorts…maybe.  Okay not really, more like i took some pictures and videos.  Maybe I’ll do an actual videoblog once in awhile.  That would be extremely weird, but maybe I’ll give it a shot.  Maybe even open it up to certain people.  Maybe.  Perhaps.  Eh…but that’s not important.  Important thing is that I want to go shopping!!!

I got told again today that I’m very perceptive.  I am–I really am.

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Onto the more (or less?) interesting part of the post.  OHC103!

http://compo.thasauce.net/rounds/view/OHC103

You somehow got separated from your space exploration crew after landing on a distant, unknown planet. You step on some soft soil and it caves in. You fall many feet below the surface and land with a thud on a cavern floor. When you look up, you can see the entire cavern is filled with strange gems, glowing in ways that you have never seen before. Todays theme is “Alien Gemstone Mine.”

A very neat theme, though we’ve been having spacey themes for a while.  I think we should have one that doesn’t lend itself so easily to spacey electronica.  Not that there’s anything -wrong- with spacey electronica, and I would probably do it anyways, but we need to change the themes up a bit.  Some picture themes would be nice too.  Also, I won 3rd place in last week’s compo, yay!

Anyways, before compo started I had the idea of doing this speedup->speedup->halftime thing that I know from this other thing, because it’s really cool.  But I couldn’t really see any way of making it work for this song.

Sooo…I started off, and loaded up some nice textures and bell sounds.  The main synth you hear in the beginning is a 3xOsc I programmed myself, but everything else is presets.  I’ve been using them more and more and more lately–they’re not only timesavers, but sound so cool as well!  We also have some glitched percussion in the background–this is one of the very very few instances where I actually used dblue glitch in random mode.

The reverse triangle was clutch.  I’m really happy with how that turned out.  Then we get into the groove section.  Drums aren’t -quite- as good as some other stuff I’ve made, but they’re certainly good enough.  The gated pad in the second repetition of the groove section was added last minute–it makes a nice addition.

Then I wanted to go into some kind of break section.  Originally I had some weird lead melody but I dropped that and instead dropped some epic epic atmospheric pads.  Then stuck the whistley lead (which is mixed way too loud D:) in there.

At this point I was very, very tempted to bring in a mega supersaw lead and filter it in, then go into a dancey 4-on-the-floor section.  But I’ve already done that way too many times for OHC.  So instead I bring in some cool arp sounds, and then after the climax I bring in some much-needed bass, along with the percussion that I had from the first section.  So it ends up being a much more epic and atmospheric feeling rather than unts unts unts.  I also double the lead down an octave, which would work even better if the lead wasn’t too loud in the first place D:

The outro is really cool here too =D

 

Overall, a really great song, with one glaring problem which will probably cost me some votes.  But who cares.  It’s not -that- bad anyways.  And I’m really happy with everything else.  A fun compo, as always!

It’s really fulfilling to see how far I’ve come.  I can consistently pump out these 4-minute-long songs in one hour now.  It’s quite ridiculous.  Back in the day I would spend a day; maybe multiple days on something this long, and it wouldn’t sound anywhere near this good.

Final push, I think.

Lol, so my sound recording prof has done all this work for rock’n’roll bands/guitars/drumsets/etc., and I come from a world where nothing is played live, and everything sounds sterile and cold and digital because I make electronic music where you forcibly sculpt the sound and there’s nothing human about it.  It’s interesting to hear him talk about certain things.  hehe.