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The "Incredibly Impossible to Derail This Thread" thread
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21 January 2014
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Already had my first two exams.

Yesterday I had a digital language test, which was nationwide. They've set that one in the hope students' essays will improve. The grammar students use is often very bad, apparently. Older students and teachers always scared us about that test so we were all frightened. 

It was a piece of cake. It was 4 parts and you needed to have 80% or more overall to pass it but also had to score at least 80% on a specific part alone. I had 100% on that part and 95% overall. I can't believe people actually failed, though a lot did.

This morning I had my second exam, which was about psychological tendencies, stages of life and methods and methodics to use in the psychology. It was really hard and I think I failed. There were some pretty weird questions in it. It was a true or false exam and one of the thesises (?) was ''Maroccans drink more alcohol than the Dutch''. Another was ''There are more dyslexic people in England than there are in the Netherlands.'' Those are such weird questions! Like, what do they have to do with any of those subjects? The girl who sat next to me actually screamed WHATTHEFUCK through the classroom, because she didn't understand them either. I don't think anyone did. Hello mindfuck.

Also, my brother deleted my Microsoft Office stuff by accident and now I don't have Word anymore and I have 3 essays due next week and I also have to do some stuff for my portfolio (my personal development thingie). I'm a bit stressed, to say the least. 

21 January 2014
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Like a sci fi fantasy story about the future of music: Imagine an app that will be developed where you click it on and it records whatever you do -- if you play something on a guitar, a piano, any instrument, or just hum or whistle a tune, the app has a memory bank of all songs ever recorded in history, and within seconds it can tell you if the melody you are playing (or humming or whistling) is plagiarizing some previous music. 

Not all musical similarities are exact, of course; so this app would also come with a plug-in feature that would, within seconds, be able to tell you if your melody is legally different enough from -- even though somewhat similar to -- any previous melody such that you can go ahead and record it without incurring any lawsuits.

If only George Harrison had had such an app in 1971, he might never have had the headaches of the suit against him (for "My Sweet Lord") that dragged on for ten years.

Being a songwriter myself, I sometimes wonder which of my melodies -- or parts of my songs -- are practically replications of some other songs, perhaps obscure ones from the distant past?  Once, I had written a melody and lyrics for a diversion to be added to the American folk music classic "Jim Crack Corn".  Years later, I realized, listening to an album of "Italian Woodwind Music" that my melody was virtually the same as one part of Rossini's Wind Quartet No. 4 in B-Flat Major...!  It wasn't like I had never heard that Rossini piece before; I had played it a couple of times long before, and apparently that melody had lodged itself in my memory banks.

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Ahhh Girl said

Sky999 said
Stores where I live have to get through the Mardi Gras and Valentines stuff before they get to the Easter things; however, I do suspect they will begin to put out Easter stuff as Mardi Gras nears. 

Wish I had a King Cake.

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Love king cakes. There is a family store on the north side of my city that sales them almost year round; however, I only eat them around Mardi Gras though. Guess what the name of it is called? Paul's King Cakes. 

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You wonder what shops did for the periods between Christmas and Easter, Easter and Halloween, Halloween and Christmas before commercialisation started. 

I have wondered of that myself MMM.

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My Dylan is "currently being processed" - I thought it was taking too long until I saw:

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