ROCS Concert next Friday!
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Come hear ROCS, LaTUCS, RMIT Idol finalist Hayden Johns, and RMIT student composer Jemma Sweeney!

RMIT Occasional Choral Society and LaTrobe University Choral Society present: Four Elements, Four Seasons.

Featuring The Creation by Bobrowitz and Porter, The Wheel of the Year by Leanne Veitch, and new works by Jemma Sweeney, Theresa Wallner, and Alexandra Uitdenbogerd.

When: 21 October · 19:30 - 22:30
Where: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University
How much: $12/$8, $5 RMIT Music members.

Sponsored by RMIT Link Arts and Culture

Merry Christmas!
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Have a great day everyone!

2010 Chocolate Review
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I have been on a strict diet for most of the year, but for the relatively short period that I wasn't, I tasted quite a bit of chocolate (and gained back 4.5kg of the 10 I lost since CIV within 4 weeks!).

So, new things I tried:

San Churro chocolates - pretty average. The rose one had a nice delicate flavour in its garnish.

Lindt cafe - the framboise is a new favourite; citron noir is also very good. I intend to test more
Lindt cafe chocolates. I didn't enjoy the soy mocha very much, but that could just be me.

The other cafe in that block of Collins Street - Ganache. Quite acceptable chocolates and soy mocha, but no new favourites.

A packet of cherry liqueurs I picked up in a sweet shop were a pleasant surprise: Zaini - apparently an Italian brand of chocolate. What I like about these is they don't put almond essence in them. I dislike cherry liqueurs with almond essence in them (eg. those at Haigh's).

Hachez make a mango-chili chocolate which was much nicer than I expected.

I tried the Lindt Blueberry Intense and liked it. However, the Orange Intense remains the best of the range. Or when that is too sweet, the 70% does the trick.

Overall favourites are:

  • Lindt Orange Intense, and Framboise
  • Chocolate Box Peach Melba and Grand Marnier (the dark chocolate-coated cranberries are also worthwhile),
  • Haigh's Lillipilli Jelly - there are some others I like from Haigh's but I forget what they are.

In the cake/dessert category (not quite so thoroughly researched yet), I like:

  • The Dome from Max Brenner - downside is MB doesn't have a range of herbal teas
  • Crown Bakery Cafe - good chocolaty stuff
  • Chocolaty desserts from D'Orsay

Good can opener
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We recently got yet another can opener, and this one is really good quality and ergonomic to use.
It's an Italian brand: Rigamonti Pietro. Just wanted to make a note of the brand before I throw away the box.
Magican was hopeless, and the electric one SO bought me for my birthday started out really good but had to be returned as it stopped working properly. We may be getting a replacement or a repair - we're yet to find out.

Come to my concert!
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Sunday, December 5 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Montrose Town Centre hall

Starring Cantorae Silvae (aka Woody's Madrigal Group), performing excerpts of my mass Missa Prima, as well as Rocks and The Dream (now with gratuitous extra low notes :-).


Diet Update
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I've now had 9 good days in a row for the third time since recording data, and I'm optimistic. I've successfully added lemon juice back in, and will try cucumber today.
If I get through today without problems then it will be a new record for me.
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Clearly I'm procrastinating about marking that exam question...
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and how could I resist a language geekiness test...

Your result for The Language Geekiness Test...

True Language Geek

62% Geekiness, 77% Potential and 37% Practicality!

Congratulations! You're a true language geek and you know it. Your family has long-since given up trying to understand your reasons for being interested in this language or that, and your friends all come to you for advice. What's left is just adding to your impressive language collection. I'm looking forward to talking to you. By the way, you are a member of Unilang and the How-to-learn-any-language forum, right?

Take The Language Geekiness Test at HelloQuizzy

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I'm sure I've done this before, but couldn't find it.
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I got the same result as last time, and I'm rewarded by a gorgeous abstract picture.

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Non-conformist, Visionary, and Independent

9 Abstract, -10 Islamic, 0 Ukiyo-e, 1 Cubist, -7 Impressionist and -19 Renaissance!

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of what may appear to others as visual realities. Western had been underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. It allowed the progressive thinking artists to show a different side to the world around them. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a 'new kind of art' which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. Abstract artists created art that was diverse and reflected the social and intellectual turmoil in all areas of Western culture.

People that chose abstract art as their preferred artform tend to be visionsaries. They see things in the world around them and in people that others may miss because they look beyond what is visual only with the eye. They rely on their inner thoughts and feelings in dealing with the world around them instead of on what they are told they should think and feel. They feel freed from the tendancy to be bound by traditional thought and experiences. They look more toward their own ideas and experiences than what they are told by their religious upbringing or from scientific evidence. They tend to like to prove theories themselves instead of relying on the insight or ideas of others. They are not bound by common and mundane, but like to travel and have new experiences. They value intelligence, but they also enjoy a challenge. They can be rather argumentative when they are being forced or feel as if they are being forced to conform.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy


Playing with my text filters again...
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Here's an extract consisting of sentences no longer than 4 words.

3734 -- Connaissez -vous Athos ? , length # 3
3735 -- Non . , length # 1
3736 -- Porthos ? , length # 1
3737 -- Non . , length # 1
3738 -- Aramis ? , length # 1
3739 -- Non . , length # 1
3740 Quels sont ces Messieurs ? , length # 4
3741 -- Des mousquetaires du roi . , length # 4

Isn't that just so cute!

Talking in my sleep
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Apparently in the middle of the night last night I clearly said: "Dead, dead, dead".


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