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Oh hey look, I forgot I had a future

I can’t freaking wait for Western Ontario, dudes. The fact that there’s a whole class on the philosophy of probability is amaaaaaaazing.

Other things I’m excited about:
– getting back into a music class/program/band/something.
– moving back into a dorm. I know that sounds dorky, but I’ll have wireless back and not have an hour-long commute to campus.
– not being in Vancouver.
– not having a soul-crushing depression hanging over every second of  my existence. Hopefully.
– getting away from the West Coast.
– cheaper EVERYTHING.
– getting paid to talk about/think about/write about/dink around with the philosophy of science.
– reading through the Philosophy of Science Comprehensive Exam study guide, which includes Kuhn, Popper, Curd & Cover’s anthology, and like 50 other sexy texts.
– possibly owning a car.



Adding New Post

So one of my goals on my “101 in 1,001” list (which is actually like a “45 in 1,001” or something like that) is to go without dairy for a week. This may or may not seem like a difficult thing to do for you, but I like cheese and milk and have either one or the other (or both) every day.

This also means no M&Ms. I don’t know what that will do to me.

But yeah. Starting Monday, no dairy until the 9th.

Another goal on the list is to go without electricity for a week, but that’ll have to wait until I’m done with the thesis. Assuming I live that long.


Unadulterated Blather

Okay, so my older list sucked because I wrote it in a hurry and didn’t really give it much thought. So here’s my ACTUAL list of resolutions/goals/miscellaneous crap. I know nobody really cares, but it’s fun to pretend.

  • Contribute substantially to a Wikipedia article
  • Blog daily
  • Come up with a new recipe weekly
  • Go skydiving
  • Get my MA degree
  • Learn conversational German
  • Complete the 5,000 question survey
  • Answer the “50 questions that will free your mind” survey question thingy
  • Malls are both fascinating and scary; therefore I shall see Vancouver via walking by walking to a new mall every weekend. Reviews will happen, ‘cause that’s just how I am
  • Go a week without electricity
  • Go a week without consuming any dairy products
  • Do something with Prime
  • Go back to St. Mary’s church once
  • Read Newton’s Principia (and hope Leibniz’ ghost doesn’t kill me in my sleep)
  • Actually pay attention to how much money I spend
  • Win NaNoWriMo 2011
  • Get better with R



Well, here we go again…

Dear 2011,

Let’s be kind to each other, shall we? 2010 was average enough, but we don’t need another 2009.

So let’s make a deal.

You will provide me with 365 days, each day approximately 24 hours in length. These days will be blank slates with each an opportunity to get things right.

In turn, I will provide you with 365 attempts at not sucking at life. This includes but is not limited to:

  • keeping my mind focused on whatever task is at hand, regardless of how alluring drawing/writing/StumbleUpon/Wordpress/screwing around on the internet in general is.
  • trying not to lose my shit when it comes to anxiety-provoking social interactions.
  • mastering the art of self-deprivation to promote self-betterment.
  • attempts to dispel anger in more constructive ways.
  • trying to be kinder to everyone, even people who can’t seem to walk down a sidewalk properly.
  • appreciating the fact that I have control over my life (note: this does not exempt me from bitching about stuff).


So yeah. Take that, fate, I’m going to kick your ass.


Anyway, life is never complete without a year-end survey. Onward!

Name: Claudia
Screen name: LadyLeibniz. Or AntarcticaFreak, but that one’s ancient.
Current location: Vancouver
Birth date: February 2
Sign: Aquarius/Dragon

2010 In The Beginning……
Where did you ring in the New Year? On my butt in the snow outside my house after falling down the deck stairs. 2009 just couldn’t let go without giving me one more jab.
Who were you with? Myself.
Did you kiss anyone at midnight? Nope.
Did you make any resolutions? Quoted from last year: “Figure out what the hell I want, find a boyfriend, get better with R, etc., etc.”
If so did you keep them? The first and third ones, yeah.

2010 Your Love Life….
Single/Taken? Single
How many relationships did you have? Actual relationships? Zero.
How many break ups? None
How many people did you kiss? One

2010 Friends and Enemies……
Did you meet any new friends this year? I made at least one new friend every time I came back to Moscow, haha.
Did any of your friendships end? Nah.
Did you dislike anyone? Nope.
Did you get into any fights? No one to fight with.
Did you make any new enemies? I hope not.
Did you resolve any fights? I try to stay out of it.
Who was your closest friend? Didn’t really have one.

2010….The Holidays!
Did you have a Valentine? PFFT.
Did the Easter bunny visit you? He gave me a four day weekend.
Did you watch fireworks on the 4th of July? Yes!
Did you dress up for Halloween? No.
What did you do for Thanksgiving? Canadian Thanksgiving blows, so nothing.
Did you receive what you wanted? Partially.
Were you good this holiday season? I always try to be good.

2010 Your BIRTHDAY!!!
How old did you turn? 22
Did you have a cake? No
What did you do for your birthday? Went to class. Not much else.
Did you have a party? Nope.
Did you get any presents? A few

2010……The Memories and Accomplishments!
Funniest Memory? Driving around Moscow with my friends, blasting the Numa Numa song and waving our arms around like a bunch of idiots. And not realizing the back hatch on the car was open.
Saddest Memory? The time we all sat in my car late at night and bitched about how much our lives sucked.
Most Embarrassing Memory? Existing
Best Accomplishment? Presenting my poster in Boston.

Favorite TV shows? I’m still digging Futurama. And METALOCALYPSE.
Favorite songs? See yesterday’s blog.
Favorite bands? Muse rules.
Favorite food? Freaking broccoli, man.
Favorite stores? There aren’t really any stores I frequent up here.
Favorite restaurants? Shari’s is still the best place ever. And Cougar Country, man!
Favorite piece of clothing? I love my Alex Colman pants. SO LOUD.

2010…..All about YOU….
Did you change at all this year? Meh. In some ways, yes, but they’re subtle.
Did you dye your hair? I tried to put some blue in the tips, but you can’t really see it.
Did you get your hair cut? I got it evened out in the summer.
Did you change your style? NEVER!
Were you in school? Blah, yes.
Did you have a job? I was a TA.
Did you drive? Yup.
Did you own a car? Don’t need one up here.
Did you lose anyone this year? No.
Did anyone close to you give birth? No.
Did you move at all? Hahaha, yes.
Did you go on any vacations? I went back to Moscow for the summer.
Did you leave the country at all? Indeed.
Would you change anything about yourself now? Peh.

Claudia’s 365 Days of Music – A Review

Are you ready for a long post? ‘CAUSE YOU’RE GONNA GET ONE!


Well here we are, ladies and gents. 365 days later, I now have 365 new songs, one for each day of 2010.
So this was a super fun New Year’s resolution. If you have the time and money, I highly recommend you try this out. Anyway. Because I’m a stats whore, you know this year has to end with a bunch of analyses. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Total songs: 365 (duh)
Total time: 24 hours, 14 minutes and 48 seconds
Total size: 2.59 GB
Mean song length: 4 minutes (okay, 3 minutes, 59.412 seconds)
First song: United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop) by DJ Earworm
Last song: United State of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop the Pop) by DJ Earworm
Total number of Sleepyhead remixes/covers: 6 (shut up, that song is like heroin)

Estimated cost: ~$350. The vast majority of songs were either $0.99 or $1.29 (yes, I made it a point to acquire songs legally), but I also use justmusicstore.com for the songs I couldn’t find on iTunes; their songs are $0.15 each.

The bests are as follows. I’m not going to embed the vids because that would make this post even longer, but they’re all linked. Go forth!

Top 10 Favorite Music Videos/Regular Videos Featuring the Artist(s)
Some aren’t official, but they SHOULD be!
1.      The Music Scene – Blockhead
2.      White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
3.      Happy Up Here – Royksopp
4.      Hey There Mr. – Leisure Alaska
5.      Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
6.      Resistance – Muse
7.      This Too Shall Pass – OK Go
8.      Viva La Love Story – Jon Schmidt
9.      Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine
10.  Disorganized Fun – Ronald Jenkees

Top 5 Most Touching Songs
These made me bawl. Very powerful.
1.      The Last Day on Earth – Kate Miller-Heidke
2.      10,000 Miles – Mary Chapin Carpenter
3.      Eet – Regina Spektor
4.      Happy Ending – Mika
5.      Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine

The Five Stars
The final list for the year, listed from January to December acquisition
Disorganized Fun – Ronald Jenkees
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Happy Up Here – Royksopp
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
Blow Up – Gooseflesh
Viva La Love Story – Jon Schmidt
Sleepyhead (Run Toto Run Cover) – Passion Pit
Monster – Lady Gaga
Sleepyhead (Cillo Remix) – Passion Pit
Hey There Mr. – Leisure Alaska
Yours To Keep – Teddybears featuring Paola
Cobrastyle – Robyn
The Music Scene – Blockhead
Alejandro – Lady Gaga
Mediational Field – Susumu Hirasawa
I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick
I’m The Man Who Murdered Love – XTC

So what are the best of the best? Like the top 5? Well here they are:

Sleepyhead (Cillo Remix) – Passion Pit
Oh my god. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod. This is SUCH a chill remix of the coolest song on the planet. 5 minutes and 16 seconds of “you can’t worry about anything because if you try to break the chill trance of this song, your head will explode.”
Hey There Mr. – Leisure Alaska
There’s just something about this song, man. The singer’s voice is like Chris Martin (Coldplay) mixed with peanut butter—very smooth, very lingering, with an ease of singing that is very apparent in the chorus. Fantastic.
Happy Up Here – Royksopp
The future is here, and it’s got a great beat. This is what electronic music should sound like. Very catchy.
Viva La Love Story – Jon Schmidt
The way this song crescendos to Viva La Vida is AMAZING. A very nice blend of Taylor Swift’s Love Story and Coldplay’s Viva La Vida using a cello and a piano.
I’m The Man Who Murdered Love – XTC
I actually just downloaded this song yesterday, but holy freaking crap it’s like crack. I danced to it on repeat for about an hour this afternoon. The tempo is perfect.

And I just have to give an honorable mention to Dildo by Interactive, solely because of the fact that this song consists of only 4 words—with 95% of the lyrics being “dildo”—and yet is so undeniably catchy that it begs to be played in the car at maximum volume when you’re driving around with your friends.

Now I’m sure you’re all looking for some plots, am I right? Just say yes, it’ll make things go more smoothly.

Here is the year in review: music style. Pie chart has been used due to the fact a bar graph would have sucked owing to the large range. As you can see, I am an electronic whore.

Here’s an aesthetically pleasing donut plot done of the top 4 genres plotted by month. January is the innermost circle, December is the outermost.

Here is a pie chart of the playcounts for the year (clicky for full size). I listened to songs purchased in 2010 a total of 15,045 times. The mean length of song is almost exactly 4:00, so that means I listened to a total of 3,610,800 seconds of music (60,180 minutes, 1,003 hours, or 41 days and 19 hours). Wow. And that’s just the music from this year, that doesn’t even count all the older stuff I listened to.

Oh, and the correlation between number of songs in a genre purchased and the number of plays for a particular genre? .98. For anyone who cares.

I was going to do a bunch of stuff with the genre plots, but they’re a lot messier than I was anticipating and therefore look like crap, so I’ll just leave you with a pdf list of the music I downloaded this year: 2010 Song List

I totally recommend doing this. Totally.



Today’s song: United State of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop the Pop) by DJ Earworm

The Resolutions

Because it’s getting to be that time and the last blog of the year is reserved:

  • Try not to suck at life
  • Blog daily, as per usual
  • Edit the stuff I need to edit (a.k.a. Prime)
  • Go skydiving
  • Get better at R
  • Analyze the living hell out of every data set I come across
  • Have at least one more sexy basement party
  • Finish a substantial number of my “101 in 1001” goals (assuming the website ever comes back up, haha)

There are many more, but it’s late and I need music.

Also this:



Today’s song: 10,000 Miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter (this made me bawl)


Three things today.

1: I’m back in Vancouver.
2: I don’t want to be back in Vancouver.
2 ½: In fact, I almost didn’t get on the plane.
3: I have a new New Year’s Resolution: I’ve decided that I will download a new song every day of this year, no matter how far I will have to go to search for worthy ones (usually just to YouTube).

So yeah. Hopefully by December 31, 2010, I will have (at least) 365 new songs. I also edited yesterday’s entry to list the day’s song. This will be done each day, too.




Today’s song: Love Story by Taylor Swift

Blog #976: 2009 Resolutions

Well, 2008 has come to a close. Thank god. So here I am with another set of New Year’s resolutions (and the results from the last set):

Last year’s:
-Keep the 4.0.
Status: check, thank GOD.

-Go to the rec center three times a week.
Status: hahahaha.

-Keep a journal of my weird, weird dreams.
Status: nope, didn’t happen.

-Actually start studying for the GRE sometime before I have to take it.
Status: technically I did this…but only by like two days.

-Make at least one decent Flash animation.
Status: does The Wrath of Xbar count?


This year’s:
-For once, I’m going to try and NOT worry about keeping a 4.0. Sure, I’ll try, but I’m also taking Linear Algebra.
-Get into grad school.
-Get better at R.
-Get better at Flash.
-Keep blogging, regardless of MySpace’s stupidity! (2-years-later edit: hahahahaha)

And…that’s about it.

Goodbye, 2007 (or, as I’m calling it, Year of the WTF JUST HAPPENED!?”)

(why “Year of the WTF JUST HAPPENED?!”? Because it was a freaking rollercoaster, that’s why.)

Wee! Last day of 2007. Overall, I’d give it a 6.1 out of 10. Some parts rocked. Some parts downright sucked. So here we go with another obligatory end of the year ritual: the status of goals set last New Year’s, plus new goals for next year!

Last Year’s Goals
~Keep a 4.0: check
~Go to the rec center three times a week: fail
~Get a date: check!
~Get a life: fail. Fail, fail, fail.

Bonus Goals Tacked On at the Last Minute
~Watched Futurama incessantly until all episodes were committed to memory: check
~Acquired dozens of pieces of crap from eBay: check
~Realized that I don’t need a “life” to be awesome: check
~Developed many emotional attachments to many dead or fictional people: check

New Year’s Resolutions
~Keep the 4.0
~Go to the rec center three times a week
~Keep a journal (on my blogs, of course) of my weird, weird dreams
~Actually start studying for the GRE sometime before I have to take it
~Make at least one decent Flash animation.


Is it sad that that’s all I can think of right now? I think it’s sad.


I’ll add more later.

If a sound falls in a tree and no one is around, does it make a forest?

These are my life goals at the moment. Let’s see how many of them I can accomplish. They are in no particular order.

-Write several award-winning books
-Win a Nobel Prize
-Go to Antarctica
-Get a tattoo
-Get into a good grad school
-Make a global impact regarding global warming
-Get a Ph.D
-Get a 4.0 straight through college
-Win a Pulitzer
-Complete my bachelor’s and three minors in three years
-Go skydiving
-Do research in Antarctica
-Get another one of my plays produced
-Create a new, more accurate I.Q. test (using my Super Awesome Quantitative and -Qualitative Psychometric Ph.D!)
-Be remembered by millions when I die


These are the ones I can think of now. I’ll update this later.

Comment on my blog, damn you!

Ahem…enough said?

Sorry, I’m lonely. Anyways, today is the 2-month anniversary of my blog! Hooray!

Erm…nothing yet. Mainly because I don’t have any female Legos. But thanks to eBay, that will change in 2-4 weeks.

Erm…nothing yet. Mainly because I don’t have any female Legos. But thanks to eBay, that will change in 2-4 weeks.

Oh wait.

Do you need to ask? My books are a month overdue, though.

Hooray! Finally something I’ve (sort of) done! Be proud, young ones, be proud.


…and comment!