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Hello my name is Casandra Hont - most people call me Cassie. Im 19 years old and go to college in florida even though i was born in New York. Im training to be a psycholigist. I have an amazing boyfriend that has been with me for 3 and a half years so far, and we are getting married in 4 months. Ive been suffering with anorexia since 2nd grade and have always been sickly. I have hyperthyriodism ontop of that. I now have bulimia, anorexia, and over excercising disorder. I have clinical depression and bpd and slight schizophrenia. I have been in mental homes 8 times since 1st grade when i was taken away from my parents. 

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Syd Barrett "Barrett"

Here are the things that I already know about Syd Barrett:

  • I know that he was in Pink Floyd
  • I know that he went crazy 
  • I know that it is sad
  • I also know that “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is about him

I really like the way the front and the back covers of this album look and I also like how it says “File under POPULAR Male Vocal” in the corner on the back cover. (It’s hard to see in my picture, just trust me.)

I’ve never seen that on an album before, and all I can picture is this idea of an old man owning a record store for forever and then suddenly not knowing how to keep up with all the weird music from the 1960’s and 70’s, so he would rely on this guidance in the corner. “Popular, Male Vocal!” Thank you!

This album starts with a really beautiful intro of just a single guitar playing and then gets even prettier as the other instruments come in with a slight melancholy feel to it. Right away it’s reminding me of Brian Eno, but Brian Eno would have been influenced by Syd Barrett, right? I just asked Alex and he said “I think Brian Eno was doing his rock music a couple of years after this, but I think Roxy Music was putting out music at this time, I’m not sure." 

So far, I’m really liking the quiet feel that this music has. The vocals have a way of feeling background yet still totally necessary, which I like. The second song, ”Love Song“ makes you sort of want to skip to it, and also lie perfectly still at the same time while listening to it and is making me think of Belle and Sebastian a little bit.

This is really, really good and I’m actually feeling a little bit mad that Alex has barely played this record in the 9 years that we have been together. I just said to him, "why have you never played this record?” And he was all, “I have!” but I don’t recognize it, and I wish I did. I’m really liking every time the organ and piano come into a song. On the instrument listing on the back cover, it also says that a “Harmonium” is played, but I don’t know if I know what that sounds like. “Dominoes” kind of goes into a jazzy jam session towards the middle and I’m totally feeling it. It’s like The Doors “Riders on the Storm” but more improvised and creative sounding.

I feel like this album has a way of sounding like it’s from the 60’s or 70’s- maybe because of the organs and piano and some of the ways that certain melodies sound, but then it also really sounds like it could be from a brand new band today. Like a band from Brooklyn’s debut album, and I really like that about it! Is that the definition of timeless? I think this feels really timeless, like a Chanel suit.

In the song “Rats,” the vocals start to sound like a chant, and I kind of just zoned out while listening to it, but in the best possible way. The next song, “Maize,” has a blues sound to it, and is so perfect. I was starting to get sick of white dudes in bands trying to imitate black blues singers by covering their songs (like with The Animals and even The Barbarians)- it just never sounded as good to me. But as far as I can tell, this is an original Syd Barrett song, using blues as it’s influence and that’s how you make it work. He doesn’t sound like he’s trying to sound like someone he’s not, the song sounds like it’s taking the influence of a genre and making it it’s own. It really works.

Side two starts with a song called “Gigolo Aunt,” which is awesome. I just said to Alex, “This is called ‘Gigolo Aunt,” and Alex told me that there’s actually a band named after this song. Good job guys, that’s a good band name. What the heck does Gigolo Aunt even mean? I’m looking at the track titles right now though, and I have to say, I think “Wolfpack” would make a better band name. That’s song number 4 on side two. We haven’t heard it yet. “Gigolo Aunt” is also really reminding me of Belle and Sebastian! Belle and Sebastian are a band that I didn’t hear of until my freshman year in college. All of the people I seemed to be making friends with (most of whom were from Framingham, MA btw) loved Belle and Sebastian, and I was all- I don’t get it, it’s so whiny to me. And then I’d put on Dave Matthews Band, and they’d all be like, what the hell Sarah, this sucks. And then one day Belle and Sebastian just clicked SUPER hard for me, and it was almost like in that same moment that I didn’t like Dave Matthews Band anymore. (Okay, it wasn’t exactly like that, but I would need a blog post on it’s own to figure out how I stopped thinking Dave Matthews Band was the best band ever). Anyway, all of that feels significantly connected to the fact that I am digging this album SO HARD right now, and it might be my favorite one that I’ve reviewed!

Ultimately, this album has so many scenarios that you would want to listen to it: you could smoke a joint to this album, you could put it on on a rainy Sunday when you’re just hanging around in your pj’s drinking coffee and reading the paper, you could put it on if you were going to make out with a boy you just started dating, or if your best friend was over to catch up over wine or tea. You could even put this album on if you like falling asleep to music, or reading with music on in the background. Whatever your scenario is, put this album on! And if you are a fan of this album, tell me when you decided to play it too if you want, I’d love to know!

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm plotting my story right now, and I've decided to have it set in an American high school. I'm not 100% sure about the details I'm writing since I didn't study in an American high school. I tried researching about it, but I still lack information. I was wondering if you could help me know more about the standard American high school? Like their school calendar, events, subjects taken, extra curricular? :)

Calendar

In most schools, the year begins in early September (a few days after Labor Day) and ends in late June. In southern and western states, school may begin in early-late August and end in late May-early June. All told, there are about 40 weeks of school (not including breaks).

There are several breaks throughout the year:

  • Thanksgiving Break: the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, and the Friday after Thanksgiving; my school was evil and made the Wednesday before a half-day rather than the whole day off
  • Christmas/Holiday Break: extends from Christmas Eve until 1-3 days after New Year’s Day
  • Winter Break: the week of President’s Day (some schools don’t have this)
  • Spring Break: the week before or after Easter

Schools also take most holidays off, like Columbus Day, Memorial Day, Rosh Hashanah, Labor Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Schools will also have staff development days, which is when the teachers attend teaching seminars within the school. School is usually closed. Staff development days can occur on any day.

The last two or three weeks of school are dedicated to final exams. If you don’t have a final exam that day, you usually don’t need to come in. If you take an Advanced Placement (college level) class, your final exam is in the second or third week of May.

Schools divide their marking periods in various ways. 

  • Semester: the year is divided in half
  • Trimester: the year is divided into three pieces
  • Quarter: the year is divided into four pieces

At the end of the marking period, your grades for the entire period are mailed or emailed home. After a marking period passes, you can’t make up work from a previous period.

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happyshakes  asked:

Successful stoner story: the past two semesters of college, during my sophomore year, I smoked the most I've ever smoked. I think I got up to a little over an ounce a month at one point ahahaha... But the funny thing is, even though I was getting high way more often than ever before, my grades were significantly higher than my grades for the prior 4 years. OH, and I forgot to mention that I was living on my own for the first time working 37 hours each week at my first job ever. Hell yeah.

DUDE YES. This is awesome. I love it when people share their stories with me. Obviously we don’t care that smoking weed is frowned upon, and ignorant people will continue to call stoners lazy. But the fact that there’s so many of us steady smoking weed yet getting our shit done at the same time just makes me smile, keep it up. You’re too rad.