Sunday, June 29, 2008

The 10 Longest Songs on my iPod

I decided to do an unusual test. I decided I would pick the 10 longest songs on my iPod and see how long they were averaged. The songs were, in order:

1. Echoes (by the Pink Floyd): 23:31
2. The Gates of Delirium (by Yes): 21:54
3. Voodoo Chile (by the Jimi Hendrix Experience): 15:00
4. Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Part 1) (by the Pink Floyd): 13:40
5. 1983...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be) (by the Jimi Hendrix Experience): 13:39
6. Down Once More (from Phantom of the Opera): 12:49
7. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 2) (by the Pink Floyd): 12:31
8. A Saucerful of Secrets (by the Pink Floyd): 12:00
9. I Heard it Through the Grapevine (by Creedence Clearwater Revival): 11:07
10. Achilles Last Stand (by Led Zeppelin): 10:23

Okay, so those are my longest songs. What does this say? Well, it says that Led Zeppelin isn't nearly as long as most people think. (Only one of them got in the top 10, and even then only once.) Also, the Pink Floyd seems to dominate the list, with four songs on the list. (Not to mention the fact that one of their songs, Echoes, is indeed the longest!)

So after I figured out what my top 10 longest songs were, I had to calculate them. So I did. And I figured out that the average length of my top 10 longest songs is something like 14:47. And trust me - that's no short song.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Brilliance of KISS Guys

A couple days ago, Becky (my sister) and I were talking about Hannah Montana. I have no idea why, except for the fact that she felt like talking about her. (She's into Hannah Montana. A lot.) At any rate, she began to talk about a picture she had seen of her. "She's got all this makeup on!" she said. She went on to describe how much makeup Hannah Montana was wearing. I said this could possibly be because in public, people might not recognize her because of her regular lack of makeup. Then I realized - the guys from KISS were smart. You know KISS? I don't listen to them, but they were those crazy guys in that band, and they wore a lot of makeup. (Look them up online, they look INSANE!) But I realized, that if you wear a bunch of makeup onstage, like KISS (or Hannah Montana) then nobody's going to recognize you in public. Which is sort of a good thing, if you're at all the quiet type.

Which is why I think that the KISS guys had a rather good idea there.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I hath returned!

Observe! I hath returned from holiday! I'm a bit sad that it was cut short (darn those fires...) but I'm okay that I'm home. In fact, I'm quite glad to be home now. I fully intend to do lots of cool stuff while here! Don't ask me what, because I'm not sure, but I will have good time! Hooray!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

How my vacation's going so far...

You'll never guess what. At one of the hotels my grandparents and I stopped at while on holiday, there's a computer that you get to use if you're staying at the hotel. And I'm using it now.

Anyway...I can't say my holiday's gone badly. I've had a good time. Though, it turns out we'll be returning sooner than we might have been. You see, there are lots of fires right now where we wanted to go, so now we're going back home and attempting to make the best of it. Actually, I'm not too disappointed. It seems that this year, there are more things at home that I miss (like my friends and the hamsters). I will actually have a nice time at home. Hooray for returning home!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Random ramble (or - stuff I need to say)

Okay. This is going to be a fairly disjointed and confused entry. But then again, when it's with Pippin herself, do they even come in many other flavors?

Okay. I'm feeling conflicted. I'm going on holiday tomorrow with my grandparents. I have everything I need packed up. Except for an album. You see, I fully intend to get a new album today and not listen to it until I leave. Except - which album? Currently I am pondering "The Madcap Laughs" (by Syd Barrett) or "Space Oddity" (by David Bowie - Oddity, not Odyssey, it's Oddity I say!). Anywho...I got the Space Oddity idea from my friend Nikki, who is into Queen, David Bowie, stuff like that...(She also wants to revive glam rock, and in which case, bravo and good-on-ya!) The Madcap Laughs idea...was my own. Admittedly I am a Pink Floyd fan. I'm also a Syd Barrett fan. I want to try one of his solo albums, see if it's any good at all. Promptly weighing the pros and cons of each, I decided that The Madcap Laughs would make me more reflective. However, it would also depress me. Space Oddity is a cool song, and the album has cool songs on it. I've only heard good things about it (musically). The cons...I don't know exactly what it is. Okay, what the heck, I'm going to get Space Oddity! Give Nikki and I one more thing to talk about! *gets Space Oddity* Okay, now I feel better. Arg! More conflict! I now have Space Oddity but I can't listen to it until TOMORROW! Argh!

Album issues aside, yesterday was an important day for Becky and I. It was TWINKY DAY! You see, Becky's never had a twinky. In her life. So we got a box of twinkies and we each had one. I bestowed the noble honor of the twinky knights upon my sister (to be goofy) and then we dug into our twinkies! Yum! Admittedly it was worse than when I last had it, when I was in preschool.

And today I finally figured out information about our favorite song on the radio. (Us meaning my mum and I.) There's this one song we always hear on our radio station (the one that made me sure that I wanted to be a DJ when I grew up). And our favorite song to hear is called "You May Be Right". We had no idea who it was by or even if that was its real name. But I decided to google some of the lyrics I remembered (i.e. "you may be right", "I may be crazy", "It just may be a lunatic you're after", and "there you are alone in your electric chair"). Mum and I like to call it "electric chair" because of that quirky line. Once, when it was on, I, trying to be funny, said, "You know how that guy wrote that song? You see, he was the guy who took out Pink Floyd's trash. We found some of the unfinished lyrics in Roger Waters' wastebasket. He read 'em, liked 'em, and wrote a full song out of it. Naturally Roger Waters got quite mad at him." Mum said: "How do you find all this out?" (The proper answer is: the great Wikipedia!) I said: "It's not a true story..." By the way, turns out that one guy was...Billy Joel. Oh...

At any rate, I've got a good deal of great new music, and I get to go on holiday tomorrow! This is the great Pippin, signing off!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Computer class is over!

Well, you know what this means. My computer class is over. It was real fun, though. We got to show everyone our websites, though. In fact, we're showing them even as I speak. Er, type. Ah, you get the idea...I hope...anyhow, the computer class was a good deal of fun and I'm glad I did it. Hooray!

Webcomic! Yay!

Guess what? I've got me own webcomic. That I do. It's called Sparks, and it's about two guys learning to tolerate each other. Take a look at it if you want to. I'm trying to get better at putting up new comics, and I'll make updates when I put up a new one.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Computer Class

Today I was in computer class. I'm doing a little class where we make websites, you see, and the teacher wanted us to do a blog. However, I was the only one who already had a blog. Hence I didn't have to create one from scratch. I did, however, have to link this from my website. Plus they told me I had to make a post today. So here's the obligatory post of the day.

A Cure for Autism

Ah! First, I want to apologize for lack of postage. Life got busy...sorry, lame excuse, but that's what happened.

Anyhow - one of my friends, her mother and I were discussing how they're trying to get a cure for autism. (I can't recall how we began talking about this, but it occupied the better part of our conversation.) Her mum wanted to know what I thought of this, as I was diagnosed with Asperger's disorder. (My Asperger's used to be more easily seen when I was a kid; I have of late learned how to "hide" it.) Well, here's what I thought of it: I'm pretty sure you can't cure autism in someone who's already got it (I'm kind of an exception, not the least of reason being because I'm not even totally sure I've even got the disorder). However, I think I would be glad if they came up with something that prevented all future births of people with it.

Then again...I guess we appreciate autism, maybe we even need it. But then, what about severe autistics, the ones who can't barely function? I'd love to cure them of their autism, if only there were a way. That's what it all comes down to. But I really wouldn't mind if they found a future prevention. Say, if pregnant women could take a thing that would prevent their baby from having autism. (I don't know if that's possible, it just made sense to me.)

And then I suddenly realised something. We were talking about "spreading the autism gene", if you know what I mean, and I suddenly realised why I don't like guys. I thought there could have been another reason (which was scaring me there and back again), but then I realised why I don't let myself like guys. Liking a guy is the first step towards falling in love with him. And when you fall in love with a guy (or girl if you're a guy), you want to get married. And when you're married, you have children. When you have children, you pass on your genes to them. This means my children, if I had them, might have autism. And I've heard that the children of those with mild autism or something often have a more severe form of it. So that's why I don't let myself like guys. If you read Warriors, you'll know what I mean when I say: I'm a medicine cat and I can't have kits. It's hard, but it's okay for me. I had a good cry about it last night, but now I can let it be.