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Thao and Mirah “How Dare You” tab

May 2, 2011

Long time no post (almost a year!)

Instead of actually writing my paper (9 days until summer break!), I decided to play around on my ukulele and figured out a rough tabbing for Thao and Mirah’s “How Dare You.”

I say rough, because it is a ukulele…

“How Dare You” by Thao and Mirah


Oh oh how dare you
Oh oh how dare you
[This is how I dare to
This is how I dare to]
I’m coming over to remind you of me
[No you can’t lay there
That’s where we used to sleep]
I swear it happens better
When it happens again
[I told you from the start
I could only see the end]
Sugar if you’re sure you’re going

We’ll move a little slower then


If you want I could be decent

You gotta let me know when

[You can have this much
It is left from before]
I am sick with my effort
I am sick without yours
[To be fair to be fair
I never said I’d try

But I’ll be fair I’ll be fair
In how I spend your time]

Well I can’t help it
Oh I should spare you

F (E shaped, but start on fourth fret)
But I can’t help it
Oh I would not dare to
Well I can’t help it
Oh I should spare you

But I can’t help it
Oh I would not dare to

This is my first tab, and I sing off-key so this might be completely off. Oh well.

I will post a video maybe of my friend and I later playing this song (if she agrees and thinks the tabs are good).

The Drive Back to MHC (With Some Old Favorites)

August 25, 2010

It’s that time of year again… tomorrow I will be driving about 20 hours from Fl to Mass. with my family and half my room.

In order to prepare, I’ve transferred some old music from my old PC to my Mac’s external drive. Here are a bunch of “oldies” that I rediscovered (and missed).

“Alright Alright” by Sahara Hotnights

“Up Close and Personal” by South

“Hate then Love” by The Dears

“Worked Up So Sexual” by The Faint

“Lovers Need Laywers” by The Good Life

“Bastards of Young” by The Replacements

“Baby Britain” by Elliott Smith

“One Beat” by Sleater-Kinney

Old Band Photography

August 12, 2010

I dug up a few photos from shows I’ve been to in the past that were uploaded on a long-forgotten Photobucket and DeviantArt account. I’m happy to have curiously explored these old accounts, because my external hard drive, which held a lot old photos and music, died during spring break. Now I’m hoping to find more gems of music and photos hidden in older desktop comupters, before I go back to school.

Here  are a few:

Of Montreal- Kevin Barnes in a wedding dress

Of Montreal- Dot

Margot and the Nuclear So and So's

The Black Kids- in the Early Days

New Berlin- Jacksonville band

Astronautilis- Florida Rapper

Whispertown 200

There are more in this old Deviantart account but am too lazy to post into the blog:

DeviantArt- Band Gallery link

Looking at these photos made me realize I was much more adventurous when I was in high school, going to any show I could, hitting up bars and clubs since the 8th grade to see acts. I feel as if Jacksonville (Actionville, ha ha) had more bands touring through it then instead of now, and I was a lot more willing to spend the money to go (from $5 to $25 dollars a ticket). Looking back, I’m surprised that I didn’t document a few shows (Tegan and Sara, Airplane Factory, Rodeo Drive), but even more in awe at the freedom my parents gave me to go to places like Jackrabbits when I was 15 and 16.

At any rate, I should be getting photos from my Canon film SLR today, which will include a few from the Rickolus show a few weeks ago. I’ll post again with a review of the show.

A Bag of Books

August 9, 2010

Sat. morning, my sister and I went to the University Park Branch for the weekly book sale, sponsored by Jacksonville’s Friends of the Library org.

For $10, you can fill up a paper bag of books (or audio books, CDs and VHS tapes), and be on your way. Or, if you can’t (or won’t) sift through all the horrible books for a jem, you can buy books individually from $1 and up.

I suggest the painful route of looking through rows and boxes of bad fiction to find a classic or a renowned bestseller that you never picked up, because we ended up filling the bag with 21 books. However, it is discouraging and laborious. If you really want to find something amazing, you have to canvas the shelves, tables, and boxes carefully, because all the books are sorted by the first initial of the author’s last name. Koontz might be covering Kipling for no good reason, so it’s best just the take the time.

The book nook has many fiction books available, but nothing amazing for the Non-fiction topics. I didn’t even find a Gladwell book, but I guess the library wants to hold on to those copies as long as possible. They did have Bitch and The Bitch is Back. Classic, I tell you.

Here’s an edited list of things we found (mostly books I chose, or books Sandra chose that I’m interested in):

Life of Pi1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel- Started reading this today, and so far, so good. I’ve already read an excerpt from an AP Lit. practice test (or was it the real deal?).

2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver- I started reading her novel, The Lacuna when I was in a friend’s room, and thought I might give this one a try.

3. Rogret’s International Thesaurus – I think I wasn’t supposed to pick this up, because I looked along the wall of the warehouse where they were sorting the books… It’s been helpful when I’m stuck on a crossword puzzle clue (even though it’s cheating).

4. Sanctuary by William Faulkner- I read As I Lay Dying in high school, and loved the shifting perspectives and voice, along with the crazy style.

5. Les Mouches (in French) by Jean-Paul Sartre- My sister wants to brush up on her French before she starts another class, and maybe when I’m not occupied by Arabic, I’ll struggle to read this gem sometime.

6. A book by or edited by Mahmud Kianush (in Arabic)- I haven’t translated the title yet, but I want to see if I could try to read a little bit at a time during the school year (and possibly get help from my professor). He’s a famous Iranian poet and writer, though I didn’t know that beforehand.

7. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt- A book my sister chose, it’s a memoir and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

8. Gertrude by Hermann Hesse- I just finished reading Siddharta, and enjoyed (a majority) of it. We have other books by Hesse which I need to read as well…

9. The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel- It’s a collection of his short stories.

10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini- I have not read his other work, The Kite Runner. I know, I’m behind on contemporary fiction…

11. Orpheus Emerged by Jack Kerouac- This will also be a first dip in Keroac’s works for myself.

12. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd- This one was really for my mom, and I wanted to read something by Sue Monk Kidd that wasn’t a poem.

13. Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw- Sandra’s pick.

14. L’assommoir by Emile Zola.

15. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

16. Light in August by William Faulkner

17. The Duel by Giacomo Cassanova- Come on, Cassanova.

18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott- I’ve seen the Winona Ryder film?

We were lucky enough to find a few books that were either in perfect condition, or never circulated. Some are pretty worn, and have dust jackets and the library labels on them. I plan on trying to carefully remove a few of them, and see what happens.

New Rejoinder Pages

August 1, 2010

New Rejoinder artwork is up on the Rejoinder page here at broken porcelain elephant! You can see a preview of my work, “Ruler” in the side panel. Layli also did a page before she left for vacation, and the next Rejoinder page will be from J.A. once she returns from being m.i.a.

So take a look and leave comments!

Anyone But Me: Web-A-Thon

July 28, 2010

From July 27-29 (going on now!), the “Anyone But Me” web series will be doing a one-of-a-kind web-a-thon, in order to (hopefully) get enough donations for a 3rd season.

Anyone But Me: V and A

The main storyline for the web series features two girls, Vivian and Aster, who try to make their “long distance” relationship work after Vivian moves away from New York City. Vivian’s move is a consequence of her father’s health problems, which developed after working as a fire fighter during the Sept. 11 attacks. Things get interesting when Vivian moves back to where her old childhood friend lives, and goes through the “coming out” process all over again. She meets Archibald, who tries to help her get through the new place as painlessly as possible, while trying to fight his own demons.

I say “long distance” because Vivian moves 20-30 minutes away from the city, which to me, isn’t a big deal in a relationship (coming from a city where I had to drive that time to get to my high school). Other than that minor detail, “Anyone But Me” is realistic in its perspective on young love, LGBTQ issues, stereotypes (of any sort), sex and friendship. The shows are addictive, averaging just 6-8 minutes an episode, and are uploaded only once in a blue moon. Even though it can feel like a small soap opera, it’s worth watching for it’s refreshing and unique contrast against typical TV shows with their homogeneous casts.

The Web-A-Thon ebay store features items from the show, like the infamous “Nobody Knows I’m a Lezbian” T-shirt worn by Vivian (played by Rachael Hip-Flores), and chances to be a part of a future episode with the amazing cast. While the Web-A-Thon is a great idea for funding, it might not be as fruitful as they hoped– considering the harsh economy and that possibly a majority of watchers are in high school or college, and can’t really pay starting bids at 100 dollars (though very tempting).¬† However, there is a donate button (for any amount) on the front page of the official site, and 5% of the proceeds will be donated to the Ali Forney Center, which is dedicated to providing housing and services to the homeless LGBTQ youth of NYC. In the end of it all, I really do hope a 3rd season goes through.

Anyone But Me: Official Site

Anyone But Me’s Ebay Web-A-Thon Store

Donation Paypal Account to Anyone But Me

Season One Episodes

Summer Book Challenge 2010: Progress

July 22, 2010

So far: 16 books. Still ahead of Layli in the challenge ( I think her count is at 15, or 14). Right now I’m on a break from reading, and trying to study Arabic before the school year starts. I’ve realized I’ve forgotten a lot of vocabulary, and I’m pretty sure Prof. Jiyad will give a pop test. Because he loves making us suffer (really).

So here’s the book list, with pictures!

1) Foreigner by Nahid Rachlin

2) Orlando by Virginia Woolf

3) Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

4) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

5) Brain Rules by John Medina

6) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

7) They Say/ I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

8) Little Bee by Chris Cleaves

9) Jerusalem 1913 by Amy Dockser Marcus

10) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

11) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

12) Blink by Malcom Gladwell

13) The 6th Lamentation by William Broderick

14) No one belongs here more than you by Miranda July

15) Miss Marks and Miss Woolley by Anna Mary Wells

16) Running With Scissors by Augsten Burroughs