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Well, it's been a couple of years since I last posted... I promise to post more soon, but for now, here's a quick update on my life these past 2.5 years:

1. I did NOT go to Tunisia to play with my band. Which is sad, but not totally unexpected. I've learned that things with the band that are told as guaranteed are actually a tentative yes.

2. I DID go to Washington, DC, and I did get my masters degree in film and video! Which is pretty cool, but was a LOT of work. I'm still not caught up on my sleep, and I graduated back in August!

3. I'm in the process of finishing post production on my first documentary, and will send it out to festivals in March (hopefully). It's called "The Loudest Show On Earth" and it's about the percussion band I'm a part of. If you want to know more about it, you can check it out here: http://www.loudestshowmovie.com. Keep an eye out, it'll be big!! (I'm hoping, at least!)

4. I'm now back in Brazil, and back to working at the Senate. It's cool because I now get to make documentaries for a living. It's not cool because my boss is a dick. Oh well. I have big plans for the future, which involve ditching my current job and trying to make it big in NYC or LA. Not for a couple of years, though. For now, I'm staying put.

5. I want to go back to vidding. I wonder how my editing classes and general film knowledge acquired in film school (not to mention the massive amount of movies watched in these past two years) will change my vids. We'll see.

So... What's new with everyone? :)

The good and the bad...
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It's official. Electronics in general hate me. Wednesday my DSL modem died for absolutely no good reason, so I got my sister's (she's not using it at the moment), and it doesn't work either. The phone guy went there and tested the line and it's working perfectly, which means that somehow I managed to ruin two modems in two days. Seriously. And to top things off, my iPod's stuck. As in, absolutely nothing I do will make it play. I've already tried resetting. I hate technology.

This has also made me realize how dependent I am on technology in general. If my cable TV stops working, I swear to God, I'll... do something drastic. I'm still working on figuring out what. Maybe scream.

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On other, MUCH more interesting news... I'm going to Tunisia! Isn't that cool. I've always wanted to go there, which is strange for most people, but isn't if you're a total geek like me and knows that a lot of the scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope were filmed in Matmata (the Tatooine scenes mostly). And. There's an actual city there called Tatooine. I'm not sure I'll actually be able to go there, but still. It's pretty cool.

Why on earth would I be going to Tunisia, you ask. Well. I'm just as surprised as anyone. It appears that a big Tunisian phone company (!) has hired Batala (the percussion band I play in) to play for an entire month there, for some big promotional event. They're paying for the plane tickets and hotel, and each of the us (12 in total) is getting US$700 for our trouble. I am seriously getting paid to play, for the first time in my life. I feel like an actual artist here :)

So. Yeah. I'm going to Tunisia. And after that, I'm going to move to Washington, D.C. and study film for two years. And after *that*, I'm going to make awesome documentaries, and someday win an Oscar and an Emmy!

If you don't dream big... :)

Seriously. I feel like the luckiest person on earth right now. I'm just waiting for the part where the Universe actually asks for something in return for all the cool things it's giving me right now.

I am truly happy.

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Also, my sister just called and told me she got my iPod to work. Yay!

Now I just have to go and buy a new modem :P

Archie angel :)
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Although I'm a die-hard Cook fan, I have to admit that Archuleta has an amazing voice. I still believe that Cook was the right choice, for his great voice and stage presence and arrangements and everything. But this video of Archie singing at church is just beautiful. He doesn't miss a single note. It's perfect. Seriously.

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You've been Cookified!
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This? Is too funny for words. The only way I like silly videos is when they're just plain silly from beginning to end :)

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x5m22b (got the link from davidcookai7)

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Because I don't seem to be able to fall asleep, here's a quote:

"As for music, after it's played, where does it go? The only concrete thing about music is the instrument. Behind all my thoughts, there's a musical background." --Clarice Lispector, brazilian poet (translation by me).

"Musical Background" ("Fundo Musical" in portuguese) is actually the name of the blog I write in portuguese.
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I'm still feeling giddy from my performance tonight. We've found a new venue to rehearse on, and part of the deal is that we'll play at events for them whenever they want. So today they had a birthday gig for the venue, and the entire community was there, performing whatever it is they perform. We had guitar players, actors, poets, you name it. We even got a poem dedicated to us, which was pretty awesome :)

Performing for an audience is a guaranteed high. No matter if it's for a tiny group, like tonight (about 40 people), or for a huge public like when we played at half-time at the RFK Stadium in DC (20,000 people!!!). It takes me forever to get down to earth again. And I seriously need to sleep.

Just so you can have an idea, here's the RFK Stadium performance. I'm the one with my back to everyboy, which is the bad thing about conducting (you have to face the band!) Then again, if you have your back to the audience, you don't get that nervous... Like Jim Morrison used to do :) But hey, I did turn around at the end, and there were people on the other side of the stadium too (although not as many). Plus we appeared on the big screen, which was awesome! (But distracting at times...)



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Cookie? WTF?
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I love David Cook to death. But no matter how much I gush over him, I will NEVER EVER call him Cookie. I'm sorry. Cookie is a good name for a grandma or for a poodle, but NOT for a hot rocker guy like David Cook.

Although I agree that he's definitely good enough to eat.

On related news, I just bought my AI Tour tickets. And I'm pissed off. Because I'm stupid and didn't want to go by myself, I waited a few days to see if anyone would go with me. And today when I finally realized that I'm the only one of all my friends who's insane enough to pay over $70 to see David Cook, the seating available SUCKED. Well, at least sucked to what was available, say, this past Saturday, which was RIGHT NEXT TO THE STAGE. Now I'm stuck high at center field. Which sucks. I'll be watching on the big screen.

Are we allowed to take pictures? Because I'd LOVE to take my pro camera with the big zoom lens to this... At least I'd be able to SEE better :P

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I just discovered that LJ works at my work! I'm still not sure if this is a good or a bad thing... Probably a good thing. We'll see.

I've been sick for the past couple of days... I spiked a fever on Wednesday, which didn't go down until Saturday morning. No one knows what it was. The general diagnosis is "virus". Since it's gone now and I have absolutely no symptoms, I'm tending to believe that this time they were probably right. Either that or the Hep A & B shots I got had some weirdass side effects that no one warned me about.

Still, this got me to thinking. What am I gonna do about doctors in the US? I mean, I'm sure you guys have tons of great doctors :) It's just that I'm so used to my own doctors here. Plus, I'm all about the alternative medicine (maybe I should move to LA!). My doctor is an actual doctor (she has her MD and everything), but she's also a fitotherapist (I don't know if that's the actual word in english), which basically means she treats people with herb-based chinese medicine and homeopathic stuff. She's also an acupuncturist, and does all that stuff with the suction cups that I don't know the name. And she's AWESOME. Seriously. I remember the first time I had an appointment with her, I had this incredibly painful recurring ear infection, which I'd treated before with antibiotics (and yes, I did follow the doctor's instructions to the T), and had come back with a vengeance. She felt my heartbeat in a few different places on my wrist and said it was a problem with my kidneys that was reflecting in my ears. She did an acupuncture session which lessened the pain considerably, and then told me to take some chinese herbal medicine and come back in a week. I was pain-free in 2 days, and haven't had any ear problems since. That was 5 years ago. Amazing.

So yeah, I do believe this stuff works, or at least it works for me. And the cool thing is, if I have something really serious that has to be worked out quickly, like a really strong UTI (which I'm prone to having at least once a year), she has no problem with prescribing antibiotics. Plus she's the only doctor I have that'll answer the phone in the middle of a holiday (like this past Thursday, when my fever was really high). I don't know what I'll do without her...

I have this idea that alternative medicine isn't really all that big in the US. Is this right?
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Are any of you going to the AI Tour? I just realized I might be able to make the DC show... I won't know for a little while though. Is this being too geeky?

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I DON'T CARE! I wanna see David Cook! I wonder if they'll still have tickets available...

I've come to look for America...
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So... I actually managed to get into graduate school. Apparently the GRE scores were not only good enough, but were good enough to get me a scholarship for my first year. Cool :) Now I just have to figure out what to do for money during my second year.

That means I'm actually moving to the US. For two years. It's a completely different situation than last year, when everything was temporary and I didn't actually know how long I was going to stay. Now I have to actually rent out my beautiful renovated apartment (it still pains me, but I'll get over it). I have to pack everything I own and find people to store them for me for the next two years (I think I'll have no trouble trying to find someone to store my CD and DVD collections...). I have to find someway to send money from Brazil to the US (what's this Western Union thingy? I'll have to check it out). I have to stock up on my bcp for the next 2 years. And so many other things I still haven't thought about. But I'm very very excited. I'm just waiting for my work to allow me to go (it's a sort of a sabatical thingy). If everything goes smoothly, I'll be in DC late July! Just in time for the end of summer! Yay!

And *then*, when I actually get there, I have to figure out a whole bunch of stuff that I just don't understand. First, what's this about a credit history? And can I get a credit card at all? A lot of stores only accept american based credit cards (like apple.com). How can I get a TiVo and how does it work? :) So yeah, a lot of adapting to do... There's an international student orientation that'll probably cover all the practicall stuff (banking and living and everything else), but probably not the TiVo part ;)

On other news... I *finally* stopped smoking. Seriously. I've been smoke-free for exactly 1 week, four days, 6 hours and 57 minutes. I know it's not much, but it sure *feels* like a loooooong time for me. I've fallen off the wagon a few times, and then got back on again, and then fell off, and so on and so forth... The last time I fell off the wagon, I'd been smoke-free for 4 days and bummed a Marlboro from someone at my work. Oh. My. God. It tasted AWFUL. And then my throat started scratching after about 3 drags, and then my lungs actually began to *hurt*. That was 10 days ago :) Here's hoping this time it lasts...

As for fandom, I haven't been watching much of anything. Well, there's the usual: Lost (are they ever going to get anywhere??), Terminator (so far, I'm liking it so so, it's just started here in Brazil, and I don't know if it's still on in the States). Oh, and American Idol! David Cook!!! I so rooted for him the entire season, and I just couldn't wait to see the finale (it'll only show here in Brazil next week), so I downloaded it on Thursday. Good think I'm home with the flu ;) Gosh, I love him to bits. He's just soooo cute and sexy and rough in all the right places and... and... you get the idea. Love him to death, and have managed to download most of the songs from the show. Now, I'd pay iTunes to download the songs, but they WON'T ACCEPT MY CREDIT CARDS. It doesn't matter if it's international, platinum, whatever. So I have no other option but downloading from the 'net. If y'all could help me, here's what I still haven't found and would LOVE to have (studio versions):

Hello
All I Really Need Is You
Baba O'Rilley
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (I still can't believe how beautifully he did this)
Dare You To Move
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
The World I Know

Mostly I find the live versions, but they're just too short (although I have most of them too, of course), and I actually like his arrangements. So yeah, if y'all have any of those in studio versions, or if you could point me to where I can find them, I'd really appreciate it! :)

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