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So, how's the vidding community lately? You know, for the first time I'm right here in the States, have cable in my apartment, and can actually keep up with all the shows I want right up there with you guys. Problem is, I still haven't figured out where all the programs are. In Brazil there were basically three channels: WB, Sony and Fox. Here, there are hundreds of them! I'll have to make a time sheet or something...

Thing is, there aren't really that many shows that interest me anymore. Or maybe I'm missing something really good. What have y'all been watching (and vidding) lately?

Anyway, like I mentioned in a previous post, I'm taking a video editing class. And our first project was... You guessed it, a music video! :) Well, I was definitely happy with that! Although I wanted to present something that didn't constitute copyright infringement, so that it could be shown at the school's student presentations. So I decided to go with the band. Yeah, I know, it does seem like it's an obsession, but you know, it's just *there*, I have tons of footage from a million rehearsals and performances, and I can use them any way I like, and the songs, too, so I figured it was a good project.

Except that I couldn't get the darn footage to work on Final Cut Pro. Still working on that, and I might have figured it out, so maybe I'll do it anyway. But we had a deadline, and I needed to do *something*, so I reverted to what I already knew and made a music video to a series. More specifically, Tom Hank's "From the Earth to the Moon", which I just happened to have bought recently and enjoyed tremendously. It's done, burned on a CD and handed over to my teacher, who is going to critique it this next Tuesday.

But I was just wondering, would anyone be interested in beta-ing it for me? Pretty please? :)

My band

Oct. 6th, 2007 01:18 am
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First off, sorry if I sounded sour in my last post. I was having a bad day, but really, I have nothing to complain about, I'm happy and studying and playing my heart out, and am exactly where I'm supposed to be. Which is actually my new philosophy in life. No matter how much you plan everything out, if your plan doesn't take you to where you're supposed to be, it just won't work. Something will happen to take you down your proper path, and that something might be subtle or might feel like a big huge anvil on your head (which has been the case these past few years). But really, it's been an amazing and interesting ride so far, and I'm pretty sure it's just getting started! :)



If you want to check out the band, here's the web site: http://www.batalawashington.com/

And if you're passing through, come and watch us!

Edit: Remembered how to use lj-cut. Yay for me!
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Hi!! Ok, I don't think anyone remembers me anymore... Heck, it's been years, I guess. But hey, I just wanted to drop a word to you guys and tell you that I'm living in Washington, DC! Well, only for a few months, but still. I'm thinking of getting a masters degree next year, so maybe I'll be here longer. Also, I'm taking a video editing class, and might be coming back to vidding, although I have no idea what's been going on with the vidding community in these last couple of years...

I don't know if I'll be good about posting. Probably not... Lately I haven't even answered many of my emails. So much has happened... I got my new apartment completely remodelled, but never actually got to live in it, since my stepdad passed away a month after I'd moved out of my parent's house, and so I moved back in to help her through her grief. And then the opportunity arrived to come here, study, and put together an all-woman percussion band in Washington, DC. So I came... And seriously, I have no plans at all for my life anymore. Things just don't work out according to plans, in my experience, so I just gave up planning altogether.

So yeah, I'm back. And I'm rambling, so I'll stop now. If anyone reads this, give me an update? I really miss you guys and want to know what's been going on...

Oh, and this is my band's website: http://www.batalawashington.com
maristu: (different person)
Aw damn. I feel like hell. I just had the most amazing week of my life, and today I feel like hell. I'm down and depressed and I don't know what to think. And I really don't feel like talking about it, cause then I feel like crying, and I don't wanna. Bah.

And y'all probably don't understand a word of what I just said. Sorry...

So... I put up the floor plans to the apartment at my site. They're here. The first one is the original plan (minus the graffiti'd wall, which wasn't there in the first place), and the second is what we're going to do. I'd go into details, but... Gah. Sorry. Maybe babelfishing it will help? I dunno...

Enjoy.

Pictures

Mar. 13th, 2006 08:08 pm
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I put up pictures of the wall after the grafiti'ing (comments are in Portuguese, though you can get the picture from the, um, pictures *g*). The party was lots of fun, the apartment is still in one piece (other than the painted wall, of course), and I'm still waiting for the architect to show me the project so that I can aprove it and start the remodelling. And I'm really really tired... But it was SO worth it!

ETA: I'm the one with short hair and a green t-shirt that says "Brasil 10" on it :)

The Wall

Mar. 10th, 2006 05:51 pm
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Okay, real quick update here cause I'm late for my swim class...

1. I've kind of moved to my mom's. I say "kind of" because most of my stuff is still at my old apartment. I have one month to vacate it, so I'm puttin everything in boxes and selling the furniture and hopefully I'll be able to get all that done in time.

2. I've discovered that I have a whole lot of junk. It's amazing how many boxes I already have, and there's still so much stuff left over! I wonder if I'll be able to throw most of it away, or donate.

3. I have a website! There's nothing in there yet (except for the layout), and it's all in portuguese, but still. It's there! That's where I'm going to be putting up the pictures of the new apartment, the remodelling, etc.

4. I have no internet access at my mom's. Well, she has access on her computer, but there's no cable in my room, so I can't connect my computer. So my process for updating the site is: I create all the stuff in my computer (which has photoshop and dreamweaver and everything else I need), then I put it all on my iPod, then I download it on my mom's computer, then I ftp it up to my site. Let's hope it works!

5. This weekend I'm having a "breaking of the wall" party at the new place. Where there will not actually be breaking, but rather graffiti'ing of said wall, which will be demolished at a later time for the remodelling. I'm planning on giving everyone a piece of the wall later, a la Berlin Wall *g*

Well, that's about it! I haven't been around much, mostly because I can't access LJ from my work, so I have to use my mom's computer, which is rarely available. Anyway, when I have the pictures of the party, I'll post them on the site and let y'all know!
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Hi everybody! Yes, I know I've been away for a looooong time, but I have a good excuse... I just bought my first apartment! Yay!

So, yeah, I've been kind of going crazy trying to work out a budget for the remodelling and the furniture and... Gah. It's amazing how much information I'm able to keep inside my head. But it's a whole lot of fun, and I'm definitely not complaining! :)

So yeah, I might be AWOL for a while. I'll try not to be, though. I'm thinking of posting about the remodelling, maybe posting some pictures and stuff. Don't know if anyone'll be interested, but it's a good way to keep a record of what I'm doing. The work won't start until next month, though, we're still working out what to do.

So yeah, a whole lot of planning going on! And I'm really really happy!

On vidding news, I finished remastering Bohemian Rhapsody, and am in the process of figuring out how to get it to a reasonable size to put up on a site somewhere. For some reason, when I try to export as a DivX in Premiere, the resulting vid comes out all blurry and full of little colored squares. Anyone know what's wrong?

Glory

Jan. 4th, 2006 05:33 pm
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Hey! I'm Glorificus! )

Not what I expected... Not sure if I agree, but still, kinda cool :)
maristu: (big screaming deal)
I'm a Modern, Cool Nerd! )

On that note, Tatooine exists! Hee. I've been thinking about traveling to Africa someday, and was looking into Tunisia *g* Yes, I'm a complete nerd! The other day I was having a small Christmas gathering at a friend's house, and discovered that most of my friends are also nerds, as most of the evening's conversation consisted of martial arts (one of them is a ninja), X-Men 3, Fantastic 4, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Narnia. Well, at least I'm not alone!
maristu: (volcano)
Girly-girl meme )


So... I don't know if I'm a girly-girl or not. I'm much less girly than most of the women I know, though... Except for my sister.

2006!

Dec. 30th, 2005 11:32 pm
maristu: (simplicity)

In the year 2006 I resolve to:

Ride a mechanical bull in drag.



Get your resolution here




I promise to put the pictures up as soon as I have them *g*
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Hi! I'm back! Hope everyone had a great Christmas/Hannukah/Holiday of choice :) I haven't been around much, and I have no excuse. I wasn't working this week. I had absolutely nothing to do. But then, that's just it. For the first time in months, maybe even years, I had a full week to myself. So what did I do? I stayed home. I watched TV. I slept A LOT. I read books and magazines, walked in the park, took my blanket that's too big to wash at home to the laundromat, dyed and cut my hair. I just didn't feel inspired to post. I suck at this LJ thing, really. But hey, I was inspired today, and here I am! Yay! *g*

~*~


I started looking for apartments this week (oh yeah, another thing I was doing this week!). I fell in love with the very first one I saw. It's beautiful, big, lots of space, lots of potential. I'll have to tear it down and redo all the electrical wiring and the plumbing, but that's okay. I'm still looking, though. Hopefully, by next month I'll be the proud owner of an apartment. I'll have an apartment in my name. This feels just amazing!

~*~


Remember the ex-boyfriend from 10 years ago, the one that started calling me and leaving me messages every day for months? Well, he called me today. At 8:15 in the morning. ON MY BREAK. I was going to sleep late today. I was going to sleep at least 2 more hours, maybe even three. And I just don't sleep again after I'm awake.

God, you have no idea how angry I was. I don't even remember much of what I said to him, I was still half asleep. I was actually managing to be nice until he mentioned that he called me at home because I won't answer him on the cell. WTF? Can't he get a clue???

I lost my poise. Seriously, I have never spoken to anyone that way. I told him that people don't just come back into someone's life 10 years later and DEMAND to be let in and become best friends again. What people normally do is call once, maybe twice, SOMETIMES even three times. If the person doesn't respond, then you just let it be. What you DON'T do is call the person Every. Single. Day. Email them Every. Single. Day. Send them text messages on the phone. And call them at home at 8:15 in the morning. And how the hell did he get my home number anyway???

I think he got it now. And you know what the weird thing is? I have nothing against him. I mean, I probably wouldn't date him again, but we could be friends. I just needed a little space, some time to wrap my mind around what meeting him again could possibly mean. He's so very much linked to my ex-husband (they were best friends at one time, and kind of stopped talking to each other because of me. So very Dawson's Creek, I know). I just wasn't ready to deal with that at the time.

But having him call and email and text-message me for the past months just got me annoyed, then angry, and maybe a little scared. I mean, the guy was one step away from stalking. It just creeped me out. I just wish I could understand what was going on in his head. He told me he was recently divorced. Did he think he could just hook up with me again, out of the blue? This is just way too weird.

He said he got it, and he won't call again. Hopefully, he wasn't lying.

And yet, I feel a little guilty :P

~*~


Time


"Whoever had the idea of cutting time up in slices, which we call years, was a genious. He industrialized hope, making it work to the limit of exhaustion. Twelve months are enough for any human being to get tired and give in. Then comes the miracle of renewal and everything starts over again, with another number and another will to believe that from now on, everything will be different."

Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that 2006 brings us everything we want and need, our hopes and dreams, lots of peace, love, health and money :)
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FOUR JOBS YOU'VE HAD IN YOUR LIFE
1. Network and Internet Administrator - Ministry of Education
2. C and C++ Programmer - Brazilian Post Office
3. Java Programmer - Panamerican Bank
4. ASP/JavaScript/PL-SQL Programmer - Brazilian Senate

FOUR MOVIES YOU COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER
1. Dead Poets Society
2. Four Weddings and a Funeral
3. Stand By Me
4. Top Gun

FOUR CITIES / TOWNS YOU'VE LIVED IN
1. Brasília, DF, Brazil (where I live now)
2. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
3. Albany, NY, USA
4. São Paulo, SP, Brazil

FOUR TV SHOWS YOU LOVE(ed) TO WATCH
1. Smallville
2. Gilmore Girls
3. Buffy
4. Dawson's Creek

FOUR PLACES YOU'VE BEEN ON VACATION
1. Camino de Santiago, Spain
2. Machu Picchu, Peru
3. Bariloche, Argentina
4. Maceió, Brazil
Just four?? :(

FOUR WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY
1. Live Journal
2. Star IQ (great horoscope)
3. GMail
4. Ragnar Tornquist's blog (creater of The Longest Journey, my favorite computer game of all times, and Dreamfall, it's sequel, which should be released next year)

FOUR OF YOUR FAVOURITE FOODS
1. Lazagna
2. Fresh fish, preferably at the beach, drinking caipirinha
3. Chocolate cake with lots of chocolate covering
4. Junk food in general, preferably for watching movies

FOUR PLACES YOU'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW
1. Home, always
2. Greece, where I plan to go on my next vacation
3. Madrid, because I left someone there that I really wish I hadn't...
4. The beach, preferably one with nice warm water, like Fortaleza or Maceió
maristu: (play)
Narnia premieres tomorrow! Yay!

I haven't been this excited about a movie since the Fellowship of the Ring. I'm a complete geek, and seriously, if there were a midnight premiere anywhere in this city, I'd be there. But there won't be, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon like everyone else... :(

Anyway, if you haven't watched already, here's a 9 minute clip from the movie: http://bvi-qref.sitestream.com/Narnia/SneakPeak/Narnia_ST3_UK_1500.mov. Better if you open it with the QuickTime player, instead of through the link. It's huge, but totally worth it.

And I just realized I have no Narnia icons. *pout*

Yuck.

Dec. 6th, 2005 08:16 pm
maristu: (sandwich)
You know what sucks? Food poisoning. I got three days off work, and I feel too lousy to sit up at the computer for more than 15 minutes, because then my stomach starts to hurt. I'm sick of television, and my neck hurts from reading in bed. Plus, the only thing I can eat is rice. Fun.

Stay away from tuna fish, people. Seriously.

ETA: Ironically, my character in The Sims also got food poisoning... Heh.

Eagle

Dec. 1st, 2005 12:12 pm
maristu: (wicked)
You scored as Eagle. You are the Eagle. People respect you and for good reason. You are a creative person who likes to do things abstractly. You tend to be a healer, either with yourself or with others.

</td>

Deer

75%

Dog

75%

Ram

75%

Salmon

75%

Eagle

75%

Bear

67%

Fox

67%

Dragon

58%

Crow

58%

Horse

50%

Wolf

50%

Bull

42%

Stag

33%

Snake

17%

Which animal totem best suits you?
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10 things that make me frustrated at the moment:

1. Having a brand new 20G iPod staring at me, and not having the time to actually play with it. It's so *shiny*.
2. Way too many ideas for vidding.
3. A to-do list that keeps growing no matter how many items I scratch from it.
4. Having no internet at work, because someone forgot to renew the contract (and we're talking about the Senate here, people!)
5. Still having to go to work, because apparently they never forget to pay the energy bill. Darn.
6. The fact that my work is ridiculously busy at the end of the year, so that I can look forward to meetings at 3pm on Christmas Eve and early morning calls on Christmas day.
7. No time to practice the drums, or take photography classes, or any of the million other things I'd love to be doing.
8. Way too many end-of-the-year parties, so that weekends never feel like rest. And I really need to rest. I mean really. It's only Tuesday and I'm feeling like a train wreck.
9. No time to put up my Christmas decorations.
10. No time for beautifying. I need a manicure. And to pluck my eyebrows. And a massage. And a bubble bath. And about 24 hours of sleep.

So yeah. Time. Where can I buy some extra?
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Just got back from drums lessons. Yes, I'm playing the drums. After having tried the violin, the piano and the acoustic guitar (the last of which I still play for fun), I decided that drums was really my calling. And I'm having the time of my life! Granted, I suck at it, but I'm getting better every week, and it's just plain FUN. Today I spent almost thirty minutes just playing along to a rock playback with my teacher. So yeah. Much fun.

Nice thing about this is that now I listen to songs and really pay attention to the drums. It's interesting, because I used to do this a lot before, mostly for vidding, because I enjoy cutting to the beat and stuff. But now it's just intuitive, I listen to a song and the drums sound... louder, I guess.

So yeah. Other than that, I'm mostly just working. And fooling around with my computer, which is now EXACTLY the way I wanted it to be. Finally. So yay! for vidding :)
maristu: (muse)
You know what's the worst thing about arriving late to a fandom? It's that everything you want to do has been done, sometimes more than once, sometimes in a much better way than you'd have done yourself. I've had about 5 ideas for vidding Buffy, and they've all been done already! With the character I was thinking of doing, with other characters I hadn't thought of, sometimes the song has been done 5 times! Seriously, how is this possible?

So... I have two sort of obscure songs (by pretty famous bands, actually) that I was thinking of vidding to Buffy. Not my first choices, but I still like the ideas. And they haven't been done yet. That's how obscure the songs are... :P We'll see how things go!
maristu: (God's sense of humor)
I'm very disappointed. Apparently, Serenity isn't coming out in theaters here in Brazil. It was supposed to come out today, but it got cancelled due to the low opening box office in the US. So... I'll have to wait til it comes out on DVD. And I won't get the chance to see it with the nice surround sound (although the one I have at home isn't really all that bad). But still.

And to top it off, yesterday I played in my first squash tournament. And lost miserably. My only consolation is that my practice partner won her game and then played the girl that played with me, and she lost too. So there. It's not that I suck, it's just that she played a whole lot better. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it *g*

Computer's almost ready to start vidding. Took a while to get it up and running again, but after a little research on the 'net I figured what was wrong with my HD and reinstalled everything (for the millionth time), and now everything seems to be working fine. I have a million bunnies in my head, I just have to pick one and get started. Yay!

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