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Welcome to MyLibraryCardWoreOut!

I know that a lot of my readers are world-wide. A lot of my visitors are from the United States but I get some lovely visits from France, Australia, Israel and many others too. So where ever you are from, welcome to here and search and see if you can find what you are looking for. Just like a library, I try to keep my shelves up to date, but sometimes I don’t succeed. But I keep trying and usually once a week or at least every two weeks there is a book review but sometimes I do fun book related things. Also with the help of M.O.M (my own mother) we keep this blog running. Scroll down to read my latest posts. Enjoy!

 

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FunDay Friday

Sorry I’ve been missing. School finally finished and getting back into the swing of things. And to start us off, a little fun.

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Strike a Chord: My Piano and I

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Strike a Chord.”

Music is the center of my life. It always has been. Yes, it started off with no choice, my mother quite literally forcing me to continue to play the piano (with much whining on my part) but then it developed into a serious, and deep, love. I play all the time. Do I practice for my lessons all the time? Absolutely not. To be blunt, I hate practicing and I’ll definitely avoid doing it, though I know that it is better to do it and it is very productive. I’m the person that loves to just sit down and play. I’m quite good at just sight-reading the music and what I call BS-playing (where you just kind..go with it? xD). But, it sounds pretty good. That’s my problem. ‘Cus I can get by.

The piano has always been my baby. I played an upright for years until my music school, the place I love and adore, decided to sell a few of their older, smaller sized, grands and I begged and pleaded with my parents and was gifted with a new piano. It’s not in great condition, the varnish is very strange (water proof to save it from little children), the music stand doesn’t match the piano, the bench is scratched, some of the notes don’t work and it needs a lot of work (which will cost so much money >Painful face<) but despite all of that, I love it. It’s a familiar friend and we’ve been through so much together. So many hours of practicing, so many moments of me having frustrating moments, moments of fear before competitions. It is, in all honesty, one of my best friends. Call me crazy, I dare you xD, but it’s the honest to god truth. The sound is rich, the keys are powerful, and my hands have developed because of my best friend (no I haven’t named it…yet).

I’m pretty versatile with what I can play. Dabbling in some percussion, recorder, flute, I dabbled in guitar but gave up, and touched the harp. But nothing, absolutely nothing, comes close to piano. Piano and voice together is what I do. And it’s what I live, breathe, and revolve around. No, I can’t go out and say I play about 20 instruments, but I can go out and say “I play the piano” and to me, that is all I need. I don’t need to show off with the number of instruments that I play.

But while I love my instrument, I sometimes hate it. And my reason is weird as heck.

The piano is the least intimate of instruments. You sit on a bench…and press keys. Wow. Yes, don’t get me wrong, there is skill and all instruments require impressive skill to play well, but you don’t get to be with the instruments. Cello you have to hold close to you, violin needs to be held to your body, wind instruments you use your lips, drums you even get to be surrounded by. Piano you sit there. And while most people don’t even think about it, it’s true. You can’t carry your instrument with you places either. Violinists become best friends with their violin, and same with many other instruments. You get an instrument and go everywhere with it. Pianists go to their venue or event and the piano there they aren’t familiar with. The struggle is realllll!!! But, you have to get accustomed to the change and you don’t get that until you mature. Some never get it because they are stubborn. “It doesn’t feel like the one at home.” or “It doesn’t feel like the one I practice on.” You have to get to the level where you become best friends.

My piano teacher is good friends with a famous pianist by the name of Menahem Pressler. During a lesson not so long ago, my teacher told me that Mr. Pressler had made a comment during a master class, and to sum up what was said, he essentially said that pianists have to become best friends with their instrument before they play and find the best quality in the piano and bring it out for the concert. Essentially no piano, especially ones that you play on for a concert once or twice, will be perfect in every way. You just have to find the really positive thing about it. Even if that G is rich, bring that note out and make it the most beautiful note in your piece. The smallest things can make the biggest difference.

Either way. Through everything that has happened in my life in music, it is something I can go back to. I’m the idiot that when I go places for a long period of time one of the first questions I ask is, “Is there a piano nearby?” Music is a constant and the piano is what I do and love. Without it, my life would change drastically. Got a problem? Play it out.

My piano and I will be something that I won’t change and won’t be changed. My piano and I are forever. My piano and I are eternal.

(Deep ending huh? xD)

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May 6, 2015 · 10:01 AM

Prometheus (2012)

Starring

Noomi Rapace ~ Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender ~ David
Charlize Theron ~ Meredith Vikers
Idris Elba ~ Janek

Summary

“Legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to his sci-fi origins in this epic adventure bursting with spectacular action and mind-blowing visual effects. A team of scientists and explorers travels to the darkest corners of the universe searching for the origins of human life. Instead they find a dark, twisted world that hides a terrifying threat capable of destroying them…and all mankind!”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Now, this was definitely an interesting movie. I will start off by saying that I haven’t seen the Alien series so I cannot say whether any questions and such were answered from how Alien was set up, so I have quite a blank slate to work off of. Prometheus is a prequel to the Alien series so it sets up what happened before it and how the actual alien creature came to be: some serious rapid evolution.

Now the locations in which this was filmed was fabulous. I mean the settings were absolutely beautiful.

From first 10 minutes

And the graphics? Don’t even get me started. They were flawless. I mean, in some movies you can tell, such as like Godzilla (2014) because Godzilla is clearly a CGI, you can just tell. With this kind of movie, the placement of CGI was flawless and honestly it was beautiful. The makeup was also incredible as well.


Probably one of the most beautiful scenes to me personally.


Absolutely incredible makeup

Now the sets followed the traditional Alien concept done by H.G. Giger. Giger did help make the sets for Prometheus and passed away 2 years later (1940-2014).

I mean, I was just in love with the visual effects. It was absolutely amazing and I personally couldn’t get over it. The music as well. As a musician I love music and I LOVE soundtrack music and this soundtrack is so nice. It’s simple but it builds and works the suspense in certain areas as well.

The story line was also intriguing. There were quite a few tense moments in the movie and it was a little…gruesome I guess you could say, but overall it wasn’t terrible. For a R movie, there was only one F-bomb and it was beautifully placed, actually making you burst into laughter: it lightened the mood.

This movie definitely was for an older and more mature audience (probably 16 or older (by modern standards but personally 18 or older)) but it was very enjoyable, never the less. I do recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet and you don’t have to have seen the Alien serious, or follow-up with it (as far as I know), as according to my mother, when she did some reading, it can be viewed as just a stand alone movie so just watch that one and enjoy.

I’m still praying for a second movie to come out, but doubt that it will as I’m not sure how well it did in the Box-Office. I’m just hoping that there will be one…HOPE WITH ME xD.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Warning: Trailer is a little bit dark but approved for all audiences.

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47 Ronin (2013)

Starring

Keanu Reeves ~ Kai
Hiroyuki Sanada ~ Ôishi
Ko Shibasaki ~ Mika
Tadanobu Asano ~ Lord Kira

Summary

“Keanu Reeves stars in the action-adventure epic, 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves)—an enslaved half-breed they once rejected—in their ultimate fight for redemption in a savage world of mythic and wondrous terrors. Kai becomes their most deadly weapon and the heroic inspiration for these outnumbered warriors to confront their enemy and seize eternity.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Wow…all I can really say is wow. And I know I say that a lot but with my love of Japanese things such as their language, culture, anime, weapons and all of that good stuff, this movie was just fabulous. I will warn you, do have a box of tissues ready because there were quite a few gut wrenching scenes. I honestly spent quite a lot of time crying my eyes out over a few of the scenes and what makes it worse is the fact that it is based on real events and a real legend from the Japanese culture.

They brought in seppuku quite a few times which was painful to watch, not in the sense that it was gruesome, but in the sense that it was just sad to see it happen and because of the reasons that it did. Of course all of this echoed back to the Japanese culture and such and that made it so much sadder because of the fact that it was real. I mean, these people did all of this stuff, that was honorable, or not even their fault, and still they were essentially punished. It kind of gives you a new kind of respect for a person when they kill themselves, or beg to be able to kill themselves, so that they can redeem their honor. And then when the time comes, they do not flinch. It’s just inspiring in a sad kind of way.

Now, I know that a lot of people have seemed to dislike this movie, based on reviews and such, but it was really really good. I can understand why people wouldn’t like it because it’s not all flash-bangy like many modern movies but it was just so good. The 47 Ronin were real people and you can actually visit their graves, but this story follows more of the legend with the mythological creatures and witches of the sort. It was definitely different but I really liked that about it. It isn’t a movie for everyone because of the style with which it was done, but I do recommend that everyone gives it a try because it was unique in the story line and the entire idea of the movie.

The cinematography was interesting as well. When the more evil guy took over, everything went darker and when there were good times, it was lighter and it was just quite interesting how it was done.

Also there was some magic in the movie as well as some mythical creatures and that just added an interesting element to it. Instead of it being more of a real life account, it made it more of a legend which was interesting and just added some quite nifty qualities to it because it made it a little harder to guess how it would end and what would happen because of this other element that defied the laws of logic to a level.

The general idea was of a man trying to protect his love and when he lost her, he wanted to do anything to get her back and protect her. I mean, nothing is more romantic that your true love doing anything, even after a period of time not being able to, to come and save you so that they could love you.

Overall I just loved it and definitely do suggest checking it out and watching it and let me know what you think. I’m curious how many people like it and how many don’t.

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month when the Academy of American Poets helps us to stop and take note, appreciate and discover poetry. Throughout American poetry is celebrated with readings, events, activities for students, encouragement to write your own poetry and it ends with Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 30).  Whatever you do, or wherever you live spend some time during this month reading, writing, reciting poetry. Find a poetry slam. Or if you can’t find one get some of your friends together and have your own. If you want to find out more go HERE or check out some of the many links here in Poetry and Poetry Month tags. There are lots of good poems. No, make that lots of great poems. Some serious, some funny, some deeply thought provoking, some just plain silly. And stop by the rest of the month for some new and interesting poems.

Whatever you do enjoy some poems!

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NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan Predicts We’ll Find Signs Of Alien Life Within 10 Years

My heart skips a beat reading this. Really? ET will be here? Maybe phoning home, or not, but here.

 

Or will it be a space person in a silver suit, who despite best intentions, terrorizes us?

 

Or a little green man?

Or some kind of  horrifying, jaw ejecting entity that wants to incubate somewhere warm?

The possibilities are endless and my imagination leaps at what this might mean. Of course I have Hollywood to thank for much of this. Nothing like the special effect team who have filled my head with C3PO and R2D2, Klingons, Vulcans, and on and on. Possibly all housed in Area 51.

But somehow I think the truth behind this statement is a little less….dramatic. Heart stopping. Somehow what I think what Ellen Stofan is predicting is that there will be microbe, something contained in a little glass dish, that you will need a microscope to see (possibly while wearing full protective Hazmat suits) that has been picked up on the surface of somewhere out there and brought back. The first signs of life. The first signs that there might have been life.

Not so dramatic but still might make a great movie.

 

 

 

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FunDay Friday ~ Jurassic Park The Lego Version

So, what do people do who aren’t spending all of their time reading books?

Well, check this out and you might just find out.

Just in time for the coming summer movie blockbuster season here is Jurassic Park.

In Legos!!!!

Enjoy!

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