Thursday, 15 November 2012

The right file formats

I couldn't find a simple, small, preferably portable app to convert flac files to mp3, but I did find this three sites that convert files between several formats for free. Also, I tested them converting the Lucy Kaplansky song I couldn't find in any other format but flac, and all three output files where the sime size. Here they are:

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Deep thoughts

I read today a very interesting article on Kurt Hummel and Glee, that ends somewhere here:
Giving Kurt a “hero’s journey” on Glee was always going to be a daring choice, because he’s a gay kid and because he performs gay in the particular way he does. But to take a gay kid who the world too easily wants to read as weak and make him a magician — that is, someone with the power to change others and bend reality to his will — is a truly risky and starling choice. It makes Kurt powerful, threatening, and seductive.
The whole article is very interesting, and the depth of analysis is greater than you usually get in the various fandoms, whether you agree with whatever the author said or not. I think I'll surf that blog a little, see if I agree more than not with other articles there.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Fangirling with good reason

Not a clue why I've not posted more about Darren Criss, being that I like, respect, and/or adore so many of his good qualities. He is another talented young man that knew how to capitalise his sudden megasuccess, in ways that allow him to keep doing what he loves doing. Love his songs, his covers, his energy (his looks). And this quote.
Fashion is about owning whatever you're wearing, regardless of if it's a high fashion statement or not.
Is he quoting someone else? Not sure, but I agree anyway.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Family

“Family is all the people who love you,” Blaine explained to Maya once in lieu of a bedtime story, snuggled up beside her in her tiny, frilly bed. “Sometimes that’s your mommy and daddy, and sometimes it’s people you aren’t really related to.”

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

From Chris Colfer

So young and so wise and world weary already. Still, I wish I'd had a friend like him when I was young, so long ago that even repeating all this things to myself now, they don't even dent the skin.
When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.
I've tried being other people and myself suits me the best.
Don't listen to what people tell you because they'll try to bring you down. And don't listen to yourself, either, because yourself will try to bring you down even more so than anyone else. As long as you just put all your energy into one thing, it can happen.
There's nothing wrong with you. There's a lot wrong with the world you live in. And definitely get out of high school and make everyone sorry.
I hope to write someday and that's even more terrifying than performing. You don't just entertain the audience, you give them little bits of your soul.
It doesn't matter how greatly you've been hurt or how much you're hurting, it's what you do with the pain that counts.
The world will always choose convenience over reality. It's easier to hate, blame, and fear than it is to understand. No one wants the truth; they want entertainment.
No matter what you do, you can never please everyone. And that was the hardest lesson to learn. In fact, I'm still learning it.
You're not weak. Your life is not defined by a letter grade, a dress size, your sexuality or anything else. You have every chance at happiness. You were not meant to suffer. You are loved. Never, ever give up.
Someday I'll try to find where these quotes come from, and date them (meaning, make them into proper quotes - what's wrong with people, no one teaches literary netiquette any more?). For now, I copied them all from SearchQuotes.com (after reading the first one somewhere else, and I'm one to talk about sources!).
Also, all these quotes are amazing, but I'll repeat the last one over:
You're not weak. Your life is not defined by a letter grade, a dress size, your sexuality or anything else. You have every chance at happiness. You were not meant to suffer. You are loved. Never, ever give up.


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

So Far Away

So maybe this is not a "be strong, work hard, believe in yourself" kinda song, but it is a "here I am, suckers!" song, so here it is!


So Far Away - Staind

This is my life, it's not what it was before
All these feelings I've shared
And these are my dreams
That I'd never lived before
Somebody shake me
'Cause I, I must be sleepin'

Now that we're here, it's so far away
All the struggle we thought was in vain
An' all the mistakes one life contained
They all finally start to go away

An' now that we're here, it's so far away
An' I feel like I can face the day
An' I can't forget that I'm not ashamed
To be the person that I am today

These are my words
That I've never said before
I think I'm doin' okay
And this is the smile
I've never shown before
Somebody shake me
'Cause I, I must be sleeping

An' now that we're here, it's so far away
All the struggle we thought was in vain
An' all the mistakes one life contained
They all finally start to go away

An' now that we're here, it's so far away
An' I feel like I can face the day
An' I can't forget that I'm not ashamed
To be the person that I am today

I'm so afraid of waking
Please don't shake me
Afraid of waking
Please don't shake me

Now that we're here, it's so far away
All the struggle we thought was in vain
An' all the mistakes one life contained
They all finally start to go away

An' now that we're here, it's so far away
An' I feel like I can face the day
An' I can't forget that I'm not ashamed
To be the person that I am today


Songwriters: Mushok, Michael; Wysocki, Jonathan; Lewis, Aarron; April, John.

From eLyrics.net.

You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me

Thanks to Glee fanfiction again. Haven't heard it yet, but it's Cher, and the lyrics!!
 
 
You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me - Cher

Feeling broken
Barely holding on
But there's just something so strong
Somewhere inside me
And I am down but I'll get up again
Don't count me out just yet

I've been brought down to my knees
And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I'll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
You haven't seen the last of me
You haven't seen the last of me

They can say that
I won't stay around
But I'm gonna stand my ground
You're not gonna stop me
You don't know me
You don't know who I am
Don't count me out so fast

I've been brought down to my knees
And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I'll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
You haven't seen the last of me

There will be no fade out
This is not the end
I'm down now
But i'll be standing tall again
Times are hard but
I was built tough
I'm gonna show you all what I'm made of

I've been brought down to my knees
And I've been pushed way past the point of breaking
But I can take it
I'll be back
Back on my feet
This is far from over
I am far from over
You haven't seen the last of me

No no
I'm not going nowhere
I'm staying right here
Oh no
You won't see me begging
I'm not taking my bow
Can't stop me
It's not the end
You haven't seen the last of me
Oh no
You haven't seen the last of me
You haven't seen the last of me


Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Cher in the movie "Burlesque"

From eLyricsWorld.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Relationships

From arainymonday's lovely, lovely Firesong:
PURITY RITES are a nymph ritual meant to strengthen the spiritual connection between lovers. The purity of body (chastity) is the primary virtue, which scholars have rightly pointed out must be overlooked most of the time or there would be no nymph children. It is more often interpret as monogamy. The other virtues are: purity of speech (honesty), purity of spirit (good intentions), purity of heart (love), purity of devotion (commitment), purity of balance (equality), and purity of conviction (courage). Only with all seven virtues can a relationship flourish.
Not sure which part is actual history/myth and which part is her own 'verse, but i loved this idea of the seven virtues.
Also, remember to check her other sites for the rest of this story!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Romance??

For some strange reason this quote, form obsessivekumpulsivereadr's latest kurbastian, Later, Then?, struck me as romantic as hell. I fear a little for my mind sometimes.
 "You remember that discussion we had a long time ago about how I used to classify guys according to what kind of fuck they'd be?"
[...]
Sebastian took a deep breath. "You were different. I saw that when we met. I felt it when you shook my hand. I felt it when you would glare at me, or when you would aim your perfect barbs at me when we argued. You were… no, you are, the kind of guy who'd end up staying over on Friday night after the best sex of my life. You are the slow lazy fuck on a Saturday morning as soon as we wake up. You're the kind that I wouldn't let get out of bed at all Saturday night. Or Sunday morning, unless food is needed. And then when the food is scored, you're the kind that I'd need to drag right back to bed again. You're the kind I wouldn't have been able to give up after one night. And that scared the fuck out of me. Then."

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Glee viewing

Well, season 3 ended yesterday - plenty good, plenty bad, some ok. Balance: I'm trying to find a way to justify all the money it will cost to purchase the previous seasons' discs. Probably should buy them and watch them before the start of next season, that I plan to follow online, through Watchseries.eu or through my last discovery, Foro de Series - thx Laura!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Graphic find

Stumbled upon two interesting links. Both search the web for images according to the hue you select. Could be very useful:
Chromatik can take not only hue but also luminosity and saturation into account, can search for several colours at the same time (you can even determine their proportion in the image), and also allows for specific word searches.
retrievr (no caps there) can search by a sketch you draw with different sized brushes and different colours, or by an uploaded image - still beta, though.
These are still not close enough to what Google's Googles is supposed to be, so I'm still searching, but interesting enough to note.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

A jewel

From Rainjoy's klaine fic Unscripted: Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, a little jewel:
...because every goodbye is an inheld breath, is anticipation of hello again...
Ok, the whole bit, because it's just adorable:
Then he turns and walks for his scooter and Kurt turns and walks for the bus stop, and he thinks, I'm not going to turn around. I'm not going to turn around. I'm not a lovestruck teenager anymore. I'm not going to watch his every single step.
He looks over his shoulder.
Blaine's looking back at him. He smiles, and Kurt's heart gives that old aching wobble, you, I don't know what to do with everything I feel about you.
He smiles back. And then he walks on for the bus, because every goodbye is an inheld breath, is anticipation of hello again, Blaine's smile and his brightening eyes for Kurt and a kiss worth waiting for every single day. Welcome home, the kiss will say. Welcome home, I'm glad to see you again. I'm glad you're back. Welcome home.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Clothes!

I wish there were more sites like this... and I wish I could afford to take their suggestions!


Fashion of Glee:
Fashion of Glee is devoted to finding the clothes, jewelry, shoes, and everything in between worn on 'Glee', and by the actors who play them, when the cameras are turned off.
Not only stills from eps, also where you can find the garments, or how much they cost, whenever possible. Great idea.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Struck!

Yesterday was the premiere (at NY's Tribeca Film Festival) of Chris Colfer's "Struck By Lightening." Wish I could have been there for the standing ovation! Cannot wait to watch it, not only because I think Chris is amazingly, insanely talented, ergo the movie must be good, but also because I really liked not only the idea of the movie, but also the trailer, which follows.


Also, glasses!Chris is hot.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Sorry, brain!

BTW, yesterday I watched the latest Glee, and I need to say, Darren Criss is so HOT! I admit the clothes his character wear are kinda dorky, but they do *things* for his body. His wardrobe accentuates all his best features (yum!) If only they dropped the gel!
On the other hand, poor (and also hot) Chris Colfer generally draws the short stick. Except when they give him blazers, like yesterday (and the MJ ep), and then yum! He was a lot smaller when he started, but now he's grown into his (hot!) body. I like him best when they don't do strange things to his hair, though.
I know, I lost a few brain cells last night, drooling over their combined hotness.
And, since I'm here, I'll mention that I'm trying to find interviews with the two of them, and I cannot find a single one. Odd. And, also, except in the scenes where they are supposed to act as a couple (they danced in that last ep) they ignore each other on screen. Which is odder. As a klainer, I live in fanfiction - which, I admit, grew from the great canon story.

Musical Theatre

Well, thanks mostly to Glee (again) I've become interested in musical theatre. I've been listening to some soundtracks, mostly modern classics, until just yesterday when I found a page where celebs mentioned their fave Broadway love songs. I compiled a list of over 200 titles, which I'm now processing into a shorter playlist. I'll try to find many of those songs, but some musicals I'll try to find whole. I love recs.
Now, many of these songs belong to the Great American Songbook, which is an interesting concept, and another place to look for recs. Some day.
Note: how are you supposed to re-blog from Wikipedia?!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Some culture, please!

I'm on a strange theatre / musical theatre kick. And here is a great adaptation of a great song. Great version, too.

Despertar en Primavera, una adaptacion de Mario Alberto Cortes por estudiantes de teatro Musical en G Martell. Hoy 13 de Marzo 2010 es el cierre de nuestra temporada. Dirigido por Agustin Ruesjas, Direccion Coreografica America Basurto Montaje Vocal Karina Cazares y Miriam Jimenez. Direccion Musical: Winston Marcos.

Con:
Omar Olvera - Melchior
Gil Perez Castro - Moritz
Ada Luna- Wendla / Martha
Jessica Blumenkron- Wendla
Ana Arce - Ilse /Ana
Karen Schmieder - Ilse /Ana
Katia Carlos- Frau
Puas Ramirez- Her
Enrique Torres - Hanschen
Mariana Wong - Martha
Jose Roberto JOJO - Otto
Daniel Romo - George
Agustin Ruesjas- George
Ana Lilia Herrera - Thea
Luis Meneses - Ernst
Emanuel Meza - Ernst
Ivan Valverde - Ernst

Funny bones

I don't know, this just tickled me funny. From obsessivekumpulsivereadr's Cause I've Searched My Soul:
"So that's what you were talking to Mom and Burt about?"
"Yep. That and gay sex." Kurt snorted as he pulled into the parking lot of McKinley.
"Again. I hate you."
"Since you hate gay sex too, I'm sure I'll have some good company. Gay sex and I get along just fine."
"Stop saying that." Finn slammed the door on the car and stalked toward the school.
"You can't separate me from my gay sex, Finn Hudson. We are in a very loving relationship. Gay sex feels the same way about me that I feel about it." Kurt followed him.
Finn closed his mouth on another protest, apparently giving up the argument.
"That was a satisfying win. I'm sure telling Rachel about your Santana and Brittany fantasy will feel even better."
"I'm going to torture you with images of straight people sex on the way home from school." Finn turned around and promised with a smirk.
"Straight people sex? Is that what they're calling it nowadays? What are you going to do? I'll bet you can't even say the words to me, solely based on my knowledge of your maturity level."
"And badgering me with gay sex is so mature of you?"
"Nope. Not mature. But then again, I'm not the one getting married after senior year of high school either. I have time to mature more." Kurt argued. "I'm proud of you for actually saying the words though. You've come so far in the past twenty minutes."
"Shut up."
"Such a comeback! I'm crying in defeat over here and reeling from the acidity of your wit."
"What?"

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Strange songs and shoddy research

Most times that I say "I didn't know that," it goes together with "I didn't even thought to question that." So, even though I had no clue what the lyrics to "Cough Syrup" (Darren Criss killed that one, odd song or not) meant, it took reading fanfic to learn what I'd missed. And for the lyrics to make sense. So, according to xCaellachx's Until I'm Bleeding, and in her words:
"Hi everyone. So, this song I picked has some odd lyrics. But when I researched the song and why the band wrote it, it was during a time when the band wasn't being signed and they didn't really know what to do. They felt oppressed, held in, and this song, for them, was like a cry for help. For them and for me, it's about breaking free from the things holding them back. I hope you like it," Blaine finished...

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Media

Found this cool site, called Clip.DJ that allows not only to download videos from You Tube in mp4, but also to download only the audio in mp3 format. To download videos I generally use Firefox's Download Helper extension, which means that when not in my own machine, I'm out of luck, so I'm glad this new place works fine.
Also, a couple of very similar sites, VidtoMP3.com and ListenToYouTube.com, that allow to strip the audio from a You Tube video. Both work great, too. Since I've discovered many unpublished (unrecorded?) artists around the web, this is the best way to get their music on the go.

13/7/12 - Edit: Clip.DJ is no more. But! New, very simple site: YouTube mp3
16/7/12 - Edit: also, FullRIP.net - with a simple ID tag editor.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

So high school!

This one is pretty good, but at the same time it takes me back to my teen years, and all the notebooks filled up with songs and quotes and my own 'poetry'. From eastwoodgirl's The Secret Admirer:

Blaine,
How do I start to even tell you
When I don't know how to begin?
It's supposed to be a simple 'I love you'
But there's so much more I see within
There's that fire I see in your eyes
That reaches deep within me
Passion that ignites me to mountain highs
And rescues me from deep, dark, valleys
Then there's that sparkle whenever you smile
That brightens up my nights and days
When it's gloomy and cloudy for miles and miles
It's enough to drive any storm away
There is that innocence I see in your ways
That touches my very soul
That reminds me of goodness and of love everyday
And keeps me afloat and whole
Then there's that promise I hear in your voice
To hold me and never let go
My refuge of silence amongst all the noise
The one safe haven I'll always know
How do I try to even explain
How I truly feel for you
Certainly no words are enough to contain
No matter how hard I try to
It will never be enough to say
That I adore your every move
Nor will it be adequate
That you fit my every grove
I can still try and tell you
You are the air that I breathe
Or claim that I worship you
And the grounds that you walk in
Or maybe that you'd light me up
With every kiss, with every touch
But darling that won't be enough
And that's not saying much
So let me just say one last thing
That I think would say it all
Without you, I'd be nothing
Because Blaine,
You're my all…

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Funny app + more Google

No holiday season posts. Just this random Google page, in honour of Les Paul, an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor that died a couple of years ago. Found it in one of the oodles of "Best of 2011"-types list....

Also, dear sophie lee