lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (sleepy ponyo)
Dear teammates of presentation:

When the prof specifies 10 pages and 12 point font Times New Roman, this does not mean we should have 1cm margins, okay! If the essay is too long, we edit. Carefully and judiciously if we have time and shrewd-ish cutting if we don't. I don't think I'm being uptight or overly pedantic by insisting on actual, normal margins... (1cm margins look dreadful, too.)


Soooo, the week of triple presentations is upon us (I mean me). The tough one that I was worried about, contract law, is over with, whatever its merits (not that good). Two more to go. Group presentations are just one of the many ways that inform me that I play badly with other children. Or rather, that my urge to start barking orders and take over everything to ensure that it is finished on time gets up and starts a fight with my urge to chill and be concerned only with my assigned segment. And I get stressed.

I should be raging mad - was pissed off when, while I was editing the completed shared essay (that was ready only by midnight), various people kept emailing to say "can you add this? Can you change this?" You know what, these are things you should have done that earlier - but now am just very sleepy. Cutting that essay down so it'd be 10 pages and look normal (as opposed to playing with margins) took time and I didn't get enough sleep. :((((((

Ok, ranting over.
lloll4: erhu (erhu)
It's funny that I'm using my erhu icon, as I haven't played it in years. Well, music related anyway.

When I was younger (teenager-ish?), I used to have the biggest hang-up about people who learnt the piano as kids. Our family couldn't afford it then, and I always wondered it was like. Meanwhile all those kids talked about piano lessons and composers and classical music and all that. It seemed so magical. I felt so jealous that when I could finally afford to learn music, I couldn't bring myself to learn the piano. Just too bitter about it. And I'd have hated to let my parents know that I had ever wanted to. (Plus a piano was still too expensive then, while the erhu cost much less.) I just gave them the impression that I thought the erhu was cool and I was getting in touch with my Chinese roots by picking up a Chinese instrument.

Well, I still think the erhu is damn cool. C'mon, it uses snake skin! That's pretty baddass.

The guzheng... I like it; not sure if I love it. It's easy to pick up but tough to be good at it. As opposed to the erhu which is tough all the way. The guqin, on the other hand, is like the anthesis of the erhu: while it feels very natural to hold the erhu, the guqin depends on you holding your hands in a way that I feel is really artificial and contorted (stick your pinky out!) and that takes concentration. And yeah, it's again one of those instruments that's easy to pick up (only seven strings!) but tough - and how! - to play well, especially that you can't even hear some of the notes you're supposed to be playing.

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Started, despite misgivings, a shawl. Using the same Niebling pattern to make up for the one that I lost, but silk yarn is too expensive now that I have no income, boo. Very pleased with the blue-black wool I'm using now, though, so I guess... I'm being mindful of time constraints and letting myself knit one (or two) round only each day, so it'll take much longer to finish.

Okay, enough with procrastination. Back to reading.

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