Sunday, November 16, 2008
However, I also have a problem with it.
These planets are 130 light years away. Why should we care? Sure, its interesting, but we can't even take care of our own planet, so why the heck are we spending billions of dollars investigating other new planets hundreds of light years away that we are never going to reach? We should get our priorities right and fix our own planet before trying to find more.
Just my rant for the day...
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I'm going to see the Britten Violin Concerto live with the orchestra tomorrow with Livia Sohn as the soloist. I'm sooo excited. It will be amazing. Its my favorite violin concerto and it is just breathtaking, IMHO.
I just had to tell you. :)
Be assured that I will be posting an update tomorrow about how it was.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Friday, November 7, 2008
1. Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto.
This concerto is sooo good. Very haunting, and super beautiful. I'm actually seeing a performance of it live in a week or two. I'm super excited.
2. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
I would learn violin just to be able to play this piece! The opening theme introduced by the violin is one of the best ever IMHO.
3. Brahms Violin Concerto
This concerto is perfection, do you hear? Listen to it today, do not delay. It is like candy to my ears.
I find it just unbelieveable how much incredible music there is out there.
Oh yeah, and if you have a piece of classical that you think I should hear, let me know! I always love hearing new music!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Now, as you may have noticed, this blog has been hibernating for a rather long time. Obviously, I would like to post some more on this blog, but the truth is, I'm not always sure what to post about. So my question for you, dear readers, is...What would YOU like to read more about on this blog? Post a comment and let me know! Thanks! :)
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Here is the 2008 video. Go on, try and watch it without smiling. I dare you.
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
- Try right after a rain, when the ground is soft, so that you'll leave lots of obvious footprints.
- As you jump over the fence, talk in loud voices, and bang on the side of the house so that the owners will hear and yell at you.
- Go on the property at around 11:00 pm when most people are still awake, so they can stop you.
- Put your cell phone somewhere that it can fall out, so that the owners of the house can find it and call the numbers in your address book.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
I'll start with why. I've heard that the brain retains everything you hear, read, experience etc. and it affects us unconsciously. I'm going to try and find a link to an article, but until then...
If we retain every thing, then thats great for all the great stuff, but what about the bad media? We are retaining all that too! Thats not so great! So I've decided to be more selective about what I read and make sure I'm not retaining any junk!
So heres the criteria that I'm going to push a book through.
- Reputation. Do I know any one thats read it? Did they have favorable reviews? Even they didn't like it, I'll still ask if it was well written and if they think its well written.
- Did they learn anything? If they didn't learn anything, I will definitely reconsider if its worth reading.
- Relevancy. Is it relevant to where I am in life right now, what I'm interested in at the moment or whats happening in the world? If not, it may have to wait.
Friday, April 11, 2008
- Dr Gradus ad Parnassum by Claude Debussy in an Impressionism class.
- Impromptu no.3 by Franz Schubert in a Romantic class.
- Piano Sonata k330 (three movements) by W.A. Mozart in a Sonata class.
What else...hmmm. I've been reading lots of Shakespeare (I've always had a passion for Shakespeare). I finished Othello a few days ago and now I'm reading Richard III (and loving it!) Recently me and some of my other self-proclaimed Shakespeare nerds sat and watched Hamlet for 11 hours. Yes, you read that right. 11 hours. We watched Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (one of my favorites), then Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet again with commentary and then Laurence Oliver's Hamlet. Yeah, go ahead, say it. Nerdy. But fun.
So here what I do.
Pick up a book of at least 123 pages.
Open the book to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence.
Then post the next three sentences.
Finally, tag five people to do the same.
Okay, mine is from The Complete Works of Shakespeare and page 123 coincidently happens to be Richard III, which I am reading right now.
Alas, why would you heap these cares on me?
I am unfit for state and majesty;
I do beseech you, take it not amiss;
I cannot nor I will not yield to you.
If you refuse it,--as, in love and zeal,GLOUCESTER
Loath to depose the child, Your brother's son;
As well we know your tenderness of heart
And gentle, kind, effeminate remorse,
Which we have noted in you to your kin,
And egally indeed to all estates,--
Yet whether you accept our suit or no,
Your brother's son shall never reign our king;
But we will plant some other in the throne,
To the disgrace and downfall of your house:
And in this resolution here we leave you.--
Come, citizens: 'zounds! I'll entreat no more.
O, do not swear, my lord of Buckingham.
Now I will tag,
Kathleen of Liber Fides Veritas
Arlene of aRt De Me
Stephanie of Going Forth In Faith
Bother, I don't have anyone else to tag. *sigh*
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Well, I've been tagged by my friend, Josh...
And that means I get to tell you some random facts about me and then tag somebody else!
So here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
- I'm a performer at heart. I love to be on stage, whether I am playing the piano, acting, speaking or Irish dancing (which I am not taking at the moment)
- My favorite writer is William Shakespeare.
- I was born in Vancouver, BC.
- I love frogs. I have been known to roll up my pants and wade into a swamp in bare feet. (seriously)
- I have fractured 1 arm and 1 rib (not at the same time!)
- People often comment on the "strangeness" of my eyes. (They're not really strange, they just have a yellow ring around the pupil).
- My room is the cleanest that its been for years (w00t!)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I recently read some really great books. My name is Asher Lev and The gift of Asher Lev, both by Chaim Potok. They tell the story of a Hasidic jewish boy who has an amazing gift for art. The art that he creates, is not appreciated at all by his family and friends. Read them. They're great. Along with a lot of other things that I learned, I really gained an appreciation for painting and I've started doing some of my own, which I have discovered that I really enjoy.
Skype is one of those things. I don't need it of course, in fact, I really have no use for it, but its soo cool! Its completely free and you can make free "phone calls" to other Skype users anywhere that there is an internet connection. All you need is speakers, a microphone and the free Skype download. Its pretty cool. You can use it for conference calls and everything. Its cool. And completely free.
(p.s. if you do download it, add me as a contact. I think all of you regular readers know my real name and email.)