A great NYTimes article about the great Ian Bostridge. He and Julius Drake performed here my freshman year, and it really was a once in a lifetime experience. The article describes his odd performance habits well. Not many singers could get away with the things that he does, but somehow it works for him.
I haven’t had much time to blog today because I have two GIANT papers due next week, and my mom is visiting this weekend so I won’t have much time to do work.
Currently, I’m working on a paper about urban legends for my social psych class. I’m writing about the legend “The Killer in the Backseat.” You know, the one where the women pulls into a gas station and the attendant asks her to come inside because there’s a problem with her credit card, but then he tells her that’s there’s a man hiding in the backseat of her car. It’s a fun paper to write, but my senioritis has kicked in hardcore and I just don’t feel like doing it. Ugh. I have to interview someone who believes/believed this legend, so let me know if that’s you.
It’s that time of year when all of the junior and senior recitals are happening, and it can start to get a little bit old having to attend three+ recitals in a weekend. This weekend, however, I was more than happy to attend the three recitals and one other concert that I went to. Yesterday I went to a junior voice recital, a senior harp recital and the Student Showcase. Today I went to a junior piano recital. I was impressed with every one of them, and feel so fortunate that I got to hear so much great music in one weekend. We really do have some incredibly talented musicians at our school, and it is inspiring to see them perform.
I am SUPER stressed about a paper that is due next Tuesday that I haven’t started yet. It’s for a class that I’m taking just for fun so I just have no motivation at all to do it. Not to mention that I am graduating from college in 50 days and have little motivation to do work in general. I am really ready to have a break from school. And after 17 years of it, can you blame it? I’m not sure I get how people can go right from undergrad to grad school. I am so excited to have a job and be out in the working world for a while. It will be a nice change of pace.
Having dinner and drinks with some voice majors later. I’ll post pics!
Now myself and my two roommates all know what we will be doing when we graduate. In addition to being one of the most gorgeous days outside, it is also a very exciting day. We are all doing very different things, but they are all exactly what we want to be doing. In today's economy I think it's actually a little bit of a miracle.
Madeleine Korbel Albright was nominated by President Clinton on December 5, 1996 as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she was sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State on January 23, 1997. Secretary Albright is the first female secretary of state and the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.
Prior to her appointment, Secretary Albright served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations (presenting her credentials at the UN on February 6, 1993) and as a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet and National Security Council.
Secretary Albright formerly was the President of the Center for National Policy. The Center is a non-profit research organization formed in 1981 by representatives from government, industry, labor and education. Its mandate is to promote the study and discussion of domestic and international issues.
As a Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of Women in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, and Central and Eastern European politics, and was responsible for developing and implementing programs designed to enhance women’s professional opportunities in international affairs.
From 1981 to 1982, Secretary Albright was awarded a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian following an international competition in which she wrote about the role of the press in political changes in Poland during the early 1980’s.
She also served as a Senior Fellow in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, conducting research in developments and trends in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
From 1978-1981, Secretary Albright was a staff member on the National Security Council, as well as a White House staff member, where she was responsible for foreign policy legislation. From 1976-1978, she served as Chief Legislative Assistant to Senator Edmund S. Muskie.
Awarded a B.A. from Wellesley College with honors in Political Science, she studied at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, received a Certificate from the Russian Institute at Columbia University, and her Masters and Doctorate from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government.
Secretary Albright is fluent in French and Czech, with good speaking and reading abilities in Russian and Polish.
Selected writings include Poland, the Role of the Press in Political Change (New York: Praeger with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 1983); The Role of the Press in Political Change: Czechoslovakia 1968(Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University 1976); and The Soviet Diplomatic Service: Profile of an Elite (Master’s Thesis, Columbia University 1968).
I’m starting to explore Dallas a little bit even though I’m over 4 months away from actually moving there. This is a great restaurant that I went to when I was there in November and will definitely need to go back to. It’s in Uptown which is where I would like to live.
I’m also very excited that many of the big name NYC restaurants have opened locations in Dallas. This includes Nobu, Craft, and Sambuca among others. Don’t get me wrong, I would never try to compare Dallas to Manhattan, but it makes me happy that there will be bits and pieces of NYC for me to enjoy.
Sniglet: any word that doesn’t appear in the dictionary, but should
Carperpetuation: The act, when vacuuming, of running over a piece of string at least a dozen times, then picking it up, examining it, and putting it back on the carpet to give the vacuum cleaner one last chance.
Carperimeter (n.): the event horizon extending along a wall where it meets a carpeted floor, into which food particles and debris fall in safety from the wrath of an upright vacuum.
Esso-asso (n.): Someone who drives through a corner gas station to avoid stopping at a red light. (Esso is the old name for Exxon.)
Flepster (n.) The brake pedal you wish was on the passenger side of the car when you’re driving with a maniac.
Foodgitives: The food on one side of a TV dinner tray that escapes to the other side. (Hall 1985a: 31)
Funch (v.): flipping and rotating your pillow at night in search of the cold spot (this word was used only on the television series. In the book it’s called “blivett.”)
Furnidents: The indentations left in carpet after moving heavy furniture (Hall 1983)
Glackett: The ball inside a can of spray paint (or other aerosol can) for stirring the contents inside the can. (Hall 1984: 38) (This object is known as a “pea” in the paint industry.)
Idiot Box: The box on an envelope labeled “Place Stamp Here.”
Klup (n.): The rubbery black substance that forms on the rim of a ketchup bottle opening. (called flen in the book.)
Lactomangulation (n.): The act—after failing to open a milk carton from the side labeled “open here”—of resorting to an “illegal rear entry” and opening it from the other side instead.
Meganegabar (n.): The line one draws after writing the amount on a check, to prevent the recipient from adding “and a million dollars”.
Pediddel: A car with only one working headlight (Hall 1984: 59)
Premblememblemation: Whenever you drop a letter in the mailbox, you always re-check to make sure it’s gone down. (Hall 1984: 66)