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  1. I would add: (21) Becoming overly pissed off and self-righteous when you encounter these traits in other people and condemn them as immediate faults instead of trying to understand where they're coming from. Or, being "too" right. =)
  2. Thanks much, and I look forward to your much helpful feedback!! =)
  3. Hello all, It's been a while since I posted any music. In that time period I've been busy receiving professional composition instruction and my style has matured tremendously! Here's some linkage to my most recent piece, "Con el Alba," which means "With the Dawn." Sadly, it's MIDI, but I still find it pretty fun to listen to. I'm probably going to get this performed live by conservatory students (and hopefully recorded as well) sometime in spring. Anyway, feel free to leave any kind of (constructive) feedback, and enjoy! ~Elizabeth
  4. Michael, Thank you overall. It's nice to hear this stated explicitly. And thanks for your compliments and encouragement; I have some new creations I'd like to share in the near future. =) Hahaha. Maybe so. But, hey, it's true, from my perspective. ~Elizabeth
  5. Hello all, So it's been a little while since I've been here. I came back to the site yesterday to see what was going on, remembering how much I've enjoyed being a part of this community, and was surprised to say that my overall impression was not derived from any particular issue being discussed, but simply by the fact that they still are: how do you maintain interest for that long! Which led me to the greater, semi-scarier realization that: Objectivism is not as important to me as it used to be. Like most (I guess), I used to be a hardcore Randroid immediately after I read her books; they were TRUTH! with-a-capital-T and I had FOUND it! They meant so much to me - the characters, the life presented, the ideas, everything. I felt like my entire self could be summed up in the works as Ayn Rand. Now, as I've gotten a little bit older and have some experiences and knowledge to call my own, I no longer consider myself an "Objectivist," just a person that likes the books a lot. (I realize that category makes up the majority of users on OL.) It's strange to say that knowing how large they loomed in my life before. I've also realized that I've grown somewhat disinterested in pure philosophical discussion, unless I have a personal relationship with the person I'm discussing the ideas with. I'm more interested in the actual events of real life and learning as much about differing perspectives than slapping the "right" ideas over any given situation. How have your experiences been? How have you "grown" with Objectivist ideas? Is Ayn Rand as important to you as when you first accepted and loved her ideas? ~Elizabeth
  6. But the crazy people are the only interesting ones! =D
  7. It sounds like she really cares about staying true to the movie, too. Go Jolie!
  8. PalePower


    Much thanks for the feedback, Jonathan and Peter! I actually have decided to expand this to a full length song on my return from Carnegie Mellon University in mid-August. When I finish with that I shall definitely post it up here. Peter, I've heard of Satie, yes, but I don't believe I've heard much more of his work beyond those all-famous "Gymnopedie" pieces. What do you suggest I move on to? ~Elizabeth
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    No problem - whenever you're ready.
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    Woo! I'm definitely interested. I'm currently arranging one of my friend's pieces for a small orchestra, and I have to say that I enjoy arranging and composing for other people as much as I enjoy composing for myself. It requires a whole different approach to writing, and I find it refreshing. Plus it's good experience. I have a pretty wide range - F# below middle C to (sometimes, on good days) a high C, but the tone suffers when I go into high soprano. I'm mostly an alto - my most comfortable notes are those closest to middle C. For perspective, "Golden Song" is in A major. Feel free to e-mail me: my address is I'd be willing to discuss any ideas you have for the piece, be it arranging, singing it, making demos, what have you. I know a guy who specializes in studio recording so making a relatively cheap (price-wise) demo is definitely an option. Also, if you want any assistance setting it to lyrics, I'm pretty handy with poetry as well -- just an idea. Looking forward to hearing from you! ~Elizabeth
  11. I second that. This guy is talented, but so are so many other people. What has he got that they haven't? Let us see the world reinvented through his eyes - let us experience something new. If your art doesn't offer that, well, bluntly, then it's worthless. ~Elizabeth
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    Hey folks, here I am again: school's finally ended and I have some time to breathe before heading off to Carnegie Mellon University for the summer, so that means I get to actually post in OL again!! WOO! So what have I been missing?!?!! Also have some new music, written for my friend's short film that will be submitted to the Oxnard Film Festival. Let me know what you think!: ~Elizabeth
  13. Michael, OUCH. That was half painful/half funny. But I couldn't help cracking up during the last minute or so. Personally, I love my musical comedy, but only when it's intentional and, at the same time, somewhat really talented, like so: But my favorites will always be Victor Borge, and particularly P.D.Q. Bach. YES! ~Elizabeth
  14. Wot!?!? That's a shame, Victor! I understand that this stuff can be addicting and very, VERY time consuming -- one of the reasons I don't post all that frequently or get involved in every conversation or randomly drop out of some that I start myself. I looooove getting into good conversations with interesting people, but I've got piano to practice and five freaking AP courses!!! So I understand. And I'm old-school like you, too -- face to face is the best. Anyway, good luck with all that you'll be doing, and be sure to pop in now and again -- don't completely abandon us! It was awesome meeting you -- it makes me happy just to know you people exist. Angie, it's a shame I didn't really get to talk to you all that much. I wish you and Victor the best! Much love! ~Elizabeth
  15. Victor, As you've probably seen, my take on the concept of evil has dramatically changed since these shootings. It's surprising, to think of it -- I don't believe that my former conviction that evil could not actually exist in true form was weak at all. I honestly did believe that with all of my heart. But something like this? Like this? I mentioned before that this tragedy has affected me much more dramatically than any other world catastrophe. You hear about bombings and murders and deaths every day. I'm used to it. What's one to expect? But I really do think that the Virginia Tech shootings have permanently altered my world view, probably because of my proximity to the situation, physically and mentally. Many of my friends attend or are going to attend Virginia Tech; the college environment is real and present to me with my sister off in college and bringing home stories of all of the new people she meets all of the time. Those people that died were not just names on the news, like stuff like this so often is, but real, living, breathing people, who are now dead. I feel their loss personally. So to answer your question, and discussions that we'd just recently been having, yes, there is evil in the world; yes, Cho was an example of it; yes, that serial killer is one too. It doesn't matter whether they think they're justified or not. What matters is the motivation behind that sense of justification: hatred of life. I didn't think that could be possible in a person. Apparently it is. I guess maybe I should thank this Cho for allowing me to grow up a little bit faster? Funny, somehow I don't feel that grateful. ~Elizabeth
  16. Simply not true. I made a longer post complaining about your remark, but deleted it when I realized this is some kind of humor thread. --Brant I second that. Roark cared more for people and the human race than most people in the world do. Rand just didn't show this quality of his as much as she could have, probably because it wasn't really essential to the story in her opinion. ~Elizabeth
  17. Mitchell, I won't get into this too much - you've got a lot more of Rand to read; she addresses this topic. But in short, the whole basis behind Objectivism is just its name: it is a philosophy for living life objectively. Your premises, behavior, goals, and emotions are all derived from facts of reality and in that respect are more or less indisputable. (Now there are many tibbits of Objectivism that I disagree with. Subjectivity is, to an extent, inextricable from some aspects of life.) But the underlying tenets of Objectivism run thusly: Life, as in physical survival, and anything which promotes it (mentally, emotionally, spiritually) = GOOD. Death, as in physical death, and anything which promotes it (mentally, emotionally, spiritually) = BAD. This is why Rand called Objectivism the philosophy for living on Earth. You may talk about subjectivity and differing perspectives until you're blue in the face, but at some point you run into a blockade: Until in that opposite world - where they consider our evil (death-promoting activity, such as murders) to be good - until in that opposite world, nobody exists anymore to call that evil good, because they have all fulfilled their good, because they are all Dead. On another note, I agree that emotions do have the capacity to but should not overcome a person and blind their rational judgment. But emotions should never be completely cut off; in a healthy person, emotions are an immediate reaction to outside stimuli based on integral values. They are a valid, logical response -- not a random nuisance to be permitted or shoved away at random. I will not remove my emotions from this topic, because I cannot do so; I am a human, my function is living, and my emotions indicate to me immediately what helps me live and what will harm me. For you to ask me not to hate, with every ounce and fiber of my being, what this man did is to ask me to shut down my entire capacity to live. And that is not something I am too ready to accede to any time soon. ~Elizabeth
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    Whoooa, Mitchell, if you think Evanescence is the most musical rock band you've ever heard, you've a lot to hear! If you're interested in some suggestions, let me know and I can give a more comprehensive list of particular songs, but do you listen to any Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Lacrimosa, Ayreon, Pain of Salvation, Avantasia, Edguy, Blind Guardian, Malice Mizer, Van Helsing's Curse, Rhapsody, or recent Yes? Most of the best music out there that doesn't get radio air time! By the way, I play piano too! Will probably minor in it in college, depending upon the school I go to. Some schools don't let you major and minor in the same discipline (I'm majoring in Music Theory & Composition). How long have you been playing? ~Elizabeth
  19. Mitchell, NBC has aired some excerpts of material Cho sent them in between the shootings. The material included a "manifesto" of his rationale behind the violence. His reasons included hatred for the affluent, those who "have everything," and those "who have never felt an ounce of pain in their lives." And yet his shootings did not include specifically targeted people, those certain persons who had individually sparked that hatred within him. He went on a rampage, shooting at every body that moved, regardless and ignorant of their backgrounds and personal philosophies. He raved against those who never felt pain, and one of his victims included a Holocaust survivor. Mitchell, this man was killing people simply because they were alive. This man's act was, without dispute, evil. And yes. I hate him. And no, I do not, and never would, forgive something like this. The idea is utterly repulsive to me. I am intensely concerned with understanding people's backgrounds, their psychology. I don't consider myself a condemning or overly judgmental person. I consider that integral to the good of a human being - and if that is one of the components of the good of a human being, this man, Cho, is desperately defficient. Did he understand his victims? Did he debate whether or not, they, individually, merited some sort of punishment? Did he take into consideration that they might not actually be working for his specific destruction, that they possibly just wanted to live and love and enjoy life - or even if he could not wrap his mind around those concepts, did he stop to consider that perhaps they did not indulge in that behavior to which he was so opposed? His was a premeditated, concentrated act to instill pain in other people. My forgiveness and understanding extends only to those motivated out of a value for life. I have no tolerance for those working from any other motivation. ~Elizabeth
  20. HAHA. Nice. And yes, it's about the nature of Yoko Ono. =D ~Elizabeth
  21. Jeff, the gun was not illegally obtained. This Cho guy walked into a store and bought the gun. Paraphrasing one ABC newscaster, everything about Cho's conduct was perfectly legal up until the killings. Which is the big problem I have. We give killers and maniacs everything they need to carry out their sick fantasies - and, for the most part, the only thing that's stopping them is our faith in their choice not to. Personally, that doesn't make me feel very safe. A crime-deterrent? All of these arguments are based on the assumption that the potential killers are acting under a rational basis! That they still possess common reasoning faculties! That the idea that life is still a value to them! It obviously is not! Cho killed HIMSELF -- so many of these shooters kill themselves. They take their lives by their own hands; I do not buy into the idea that they will ultimately decide not to do anything because of the fear of death. Also, Rodney, no offense, but the good does not always win, at least short-term. Would you say that good prevailed and evil perished on Monday the 16th? Hardly. Atlas Shrugged taught us lots of things; one of the things it did not teach (or shouldn't have taught) us is that we should live our lives like a benevolent author is determining their fates. As Rand identified, it is the right of the government to physically protect its citizens. This includes rendering our potential enemies impotent. I want something more substantial between me and my impending death than the capricious will of a psychopath. ~Elizabeth
  22. In the recent news reports, numerous students have recounted how they attempted to befriend Cho and failed, but it was evident that they did indeed try to reach out to him. It is also tragic that action was taken against this man -- but stopped midway. His English teacher, for example, even went so far as to report him to the police as a suspicious person. The thing that gets me the most, though, is the two-hour lag between the shootings, when nobody knew what was going on. That is disgusting. ~Elizabeth
  23. That is a good point. I guess it's the very nature of evil that it's senseless, unjustified. I knew that before but I couldn't picture it happening - there has to be some sort of understandable motivation. But this doesn't make sense. At all. And I guess it doesn't matter what the motivation is. I don't know, I'm not being very coherent - sorry. Also good points. And, apparently, I just found out, action had been taken. Private tutoring, suggesting therapy - a teacher even called the police. What else can you do? ~Elizabeth