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Offline rachmaninoff_forever

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New years resolutions?
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:54:18 PM »
Try to refrain from saying 'What the heck' and 'freaking' so much.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012, 07:17:57 PM »
I am going to try to have a less negligent nature, which also means downing the laziness.

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 07:25:15 PM »
I am going to attempt to not be so incredibly annoyed by people who:

Misspell things
Use bad grammar
Are bad at math
Are impolite
Are loud
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #3 on: December 28, 2012, 07:26:25 PM »
I am going to attempt to not be so incredibly annoyed by people who:


Are bad at math



I have a D in my calc class.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 07:28:27 PM »
I am going to attempt to not be so incredibly annoyed by people who:

Use bad grammar

Did you succeed in doing so when reading the title of this thread? Hehe..

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 07:30:40 PM »
I have a D in my calc class.

Well, that's pretty bad, but my resolution is to stop being annoyed at people who are bad at math, including calculus, which I always found easy, so...

I always had straight 100% in grade school math and graduated college with a 98% average. Not to brag or anything...
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
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Alkan: Festin d'Esope
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #6 on: December 28, 2012, 07:33:08 PM »
Did you succeed in doing so when reading the title of this thread? Hehe..

Not really. I'm kind of annoyed at rach_forever on two counts.
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Alkan: Festin d'Esope
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 07:39:21 PM »
Did you succeed in doing so when reading the title of this thread? Hehe..

Our post numbers are "anagrams"! At least they were until I posted this.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #8 on: December 28, 2012, 07:49:26 PM »
Well, that's pretty bad, but my resolution is to stop being annoyed at people who are bad at math, including calculus, which I always found easy, so...

I always had straight 100% in grade school math and graduated college with a 98% average. Not to brag or anything...

Monster...

Calc is soo freaking weird!

I know everything in that class.  I have a fantastic teacher.  Probably the best teacher I've had in higschool.

But I fail every freaking test!!! >:( >:( >:(
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #9 on: December 28, 2012, 07:50:04 PM »
Not really. I'm kind of annoyed at rach_forever on two counts.

Is it because of the math and the title?
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #10 on: December 28, 2012, 07:52:48 PM »
Is it because of the math and the title?

Oui, et oui.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #11 on: December 28, 2012, 07:54:00 PM »
Monster...

Calc is soo freaking weird!

I know everything in that class.  I have a fantastic teacher.  Probably the best teacher I've had in higschool.

But I fail every freaking test!!! >:( >:( >:(

You mean high school, not higschool. But why do you fail every test if you know the material? Is there an issue with applying it?
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #12 on: December 28, 2012, 08:45:50 PM »
not pay for a gym membership I never use.

stop asking people out at clubs.

travel abroad.

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #13 on: December 28, 2012, 10:22:36 PM »
You mean high school, not higschool. But why do you fail every test if you know the material? Is there an issue with applying it?

I don't freaking know!

I studied for my final and I genuinely thought I was gonna freaking smash it.

But I freaking failed!!!

Like half way through taking it, I was like, 'Dang...' :'( >:( and accepted the fact that I was going to fail it.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #14 on: December 28, 2012, 10:25:53 PM »
I don't freaking know!

I studied for my final and I genuinely thought I was gonna freaking smash it.

But I freaking failed!!!

Like half way through taking it, I was like, 'Dang...' :'( >:( and accepted the fact that I was going to fail it.

That's really weird. Didn't you say somewhere that the tests are really difficult, right on the edge of what you know?
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #15 on: December 28, 2012, 10:36:22 PM »
Vishnu (I found your YouTube channel while reading the comments on a video of Liszt's Un Sospiro (I think), don't ask), may I ask how you did on the SAT in high school? (Or maybe you didn't go to high school in the United States, I dunno)

I'm in my junior year in high school right now, and my 'barely scraping at 2000' is getting annoying. I'm guessing you did much better than me; SAT scores for MIT are pretty high: the statistics for 75th percentile show a perfect score for math, and near perfect scores for the other two sections.

Damn.  ::)

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«Reply #16 on: December 28, 2012, 10:42:03 PM »
Vishnu (I found your YouTube channel while reading the comments on a video of Liszt's Un Sospiro (I think), don't ask), may I ask how you did on the SAT in high school? (Or maybe you didn't go to high school in the United States, I dunno)

I'm in my junior year in high school right now, and my 'barely scraping at 2000' is getting annoying. I'm guessing you did much better than me; SAT scores for MIT are pretty high: the statistics for 75th percentile show a perfect score for math, and near perfect scores for the other two sections.

Damn.  ::)

I think you replied to one of my comments on a video of Rach Prelude Op. 3 No 2 (the comment was about its ABRSM grade).  I spent one of my high school years in Japan and the rest in the US. I got a 2385 on the SAT (missed one reading question! So annoying) and was accepted into all Ivy League schools, but I chose MIT because of its math and science programs.

Regarding my YouTube channel, I haven't bothered to fill out any personal information. I only use it to comment on videos.
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Mendelssohn: Sonata Op. 106

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #17 on: December 28, 2012, 10:43:49 PM »
Oh, and by the way, how did you know it was me?
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Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #18 on: December 28, 2012, 10:47:42 PM »
Try to refrain from saying... 'freaking' so much.

... freaking ... freaking...

freaking... freaking... freaking

Well that's going well.   :P

My resolution is, as it is every year, to be perfect in every way. It usually lasts until 5 minutes after I wake up January 1st.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #19 on: December 28, 2012, 10:51:32 PM »
Well that's going well.   :P

My resolution is, as it is every year, to be perfect in every way. It usually lasts until 5 minutes after I wake up January 1st.

Well, it is still only the 28th...

Haha, nice resolution. Why do you even try?
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Mendelssohn: Sonata Op. 106

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #20 on: December 28, 2012, 10:51:47 PM »
I got a 2385 on the SAT

Show me your ways. Those so-called test strategies never work for me. Ehh, it's probably my incompetence.

Oh, and by the way, how did you know it was me?

'v' for Vishnu, and the rest falls into place.

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«Reply #21 on: December 28, 2012, 10:53:48 PM »
Vishnu (I found your YouTube channel while reading the comments on a video of Liszt's Un Sospiro (I think), don't ask), may I ask how you did on the SAT in high school? (Or maybe you didn't go to high school in the United States, I dunno)

I'm in my junior year in high school right now, and my 'barely scraping at 2000' is getting annoying. I'm guessing you did much better than me; SAT scores for MIT are pretty high: the statistics for 75th percentile show a perfect score for math, and near perfect scores for the other two sections.

Damn.  ::)

Oh, and by the way, my account got hacked by my friend's son a while ago. You can see his post on a video of Breval's cello sonata in C Major.
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Mendelssohn: Sonata Op. 106

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #22 on: December 28, 2012, 10:55:16 PM »
Show me your ways. Those so-called test strategies never work for me. Ehh, it's probably my incompetence.

Probably not, I was an exceptionally good student in high school and did not use any test strategies, but rather got through by calming myself down between sections of the test.

EDIT: The "Probably not" refers to your supposed incompetence.
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Mendelssohn: Sonata Op. 106

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #23 on: December 28, 2012, 11:06:47 PM »
Well that's going well.   :P

My resolution is, as it is every year, to be perfect in every way. It usually lasts until 5 minutes after I wake up January 1st.

What date is it?

Maybe I missed something somewhere.  Maybe I'm just off a bit, but last time I checked, it was still 2012.  I don't know about you, but I think new year resolutions are active during the NEW YEAR. >:( >:( >:(
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #24 on: December 28, 2012, 11:10:26 PM »
What date is it?

Maybe I missed something somewhere.  Maybe I'm just off a bit, but last time I checked, it was still 2012.  I don't know about you, but I think new year resolutions are active during the NEW YEAR. >:( >:( >:(

I am already trying to start mine. And it is the 28th here.
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #25 on: December 29, 2012, 12:38:26 AM »
What date is it?

Maybe I missed something somewhere.  Maybe I'm just off a bit, but last time I checked, it was still 2012.  I don't know about you, but I think new year resolutions are active during the NEW YEAR. >:( >:( >:(

It's never too early to get some practice in.  :P
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #26 on: December 29, 2012, 03:31:16 AM »
I don't make new year's resolutions.  I try to make goals.  If you break a resolution, people usually say "oh well, next year".  I think it's more productive to set reasonable goals and revisit them regularly.  That being said...

My new year's resolution is to actually apply what I just said.
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«Reply #27 on: December 29, 2012, 03:53:01 AM »
I don't make new year's resolutions.  I try to make goals.  If you break a resolution, people usually say "oh well, next year".  I think it's more productive to set reasonable goals and revisit them regularly.  That being said...

My new year's resolution is to actually apply what I just said.

Which you have just failed to do by making a new year's resolution...
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
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Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Mendelssohn: Sonata Op. 106

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«Reply #28 on: December 29, 2012, 03:55:53 AM »
Which you have just failed to do by making a new year's resolution...

Welp... there goes another year down the drain.  I'll go back to my crying corner now.
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«Reply #29 on: December 29, 2012, 03:58:03 AM »
Actually...

My new year's resolution is to do that stuff, which means... next year  ;D
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«Reply #30 on: December 29, 2012, 04:00:25 AM »
Actually...

My new year's resolution is to do that stuff, which means... next year  ;D

So you like procrastinating?
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
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Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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«Reply #31 on: December 29, 2012, 04:06:10 AM »
So you like procrastinating?

Like is a strong word.  Accepting it with a loving embrace is probably more accurate.
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«Reply #32 on: December 29, 2012, 04:09:01 AM »
Like is a strong word.  Accepting it with a loving embrace is probably more accurate.

Metaphorically.
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Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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«Reply #33 on: December 29, 2012, 04:14:16 AM »
Metaphorically.

Both figurative and literal.  Perprocrastinate and I hang out and hug regularly.
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«Reply #34 on: December 29, 2012, 04:15:21 AM »
Both figurative and literal.  Perprocrastinate and I hang out and hug regularly.

Haha, makes sense.
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«Reply #35 on: December 29, 2012, 05:33:25 AM »
Try to refrain from saying 'What the heck' and 'freaking' so much.
Good resolution! ;D

My resolution? None........
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #36 on: December 29, 2012, 05:34:57 AM »
I am going to attempt to not be so incredibly annoyed by people who:

Misspell things
Use bad grammar
Are bad at math
Are impolite
Are loud


Gee. I'm bad at math.....
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«Reply #37 on: December 29, 2012, 05:44:47 AM »
I am already trying to start mine. And it is the 28th here.

It is improper grammar to start a sentence with a conjunction. A conjunction is a connecting word.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #38 on: December 29, 2012, 06:05:52 AM »
It is improper grammar to start a sentence with a conjunction. A conjunction is a connecting word.

Tell that to Shakespeare.

Or Mr Fowler, the patron saint of grammatical pedants everywhere.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #39 on: December 29, 2012, 06:56:14 AM »
Tell that to Shakespeare.

Or Mr Fowler, the patron saint of grammatical pedants everywhere.

Unfortunately, up till now, certain international standardized "English" tests still work with rules like the one given by clavile. Try to pass the GMAT, for example, to get into Business School. There you have a section called "Sentence Correction". One needlessly convoluted sentence is given and you should check whether it's correct as written. If not, choose the "best" option. It's multiple choice; 5 options (A-E). If you scan the answer choices with good English in mind, you'll flunk the test, really. What you have to do is pick the answer that stinks least according to a set of rather suspicious GMAT "English grammar" rules.
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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #40 on: December 29, 2012, 07:51:02 AM »
Well that's going well.   :P



In case you haven't noticed, it's not the new year yet...not even in Australia I assume?

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«Reply #41 on: December 29, 2012, 01:03:08 PM »
It is improper grammar to start a sentence with a conjunction. A conjunction is a connecting word.

Oh, sorry. I didn't realize that...

How embarrassing.
Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 53, 101
Schumann: Kreisleriana
Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #42 on: December 29, 2012, 01:25:14 PM »
Gee. I'm bad at math.....

I frequently get annoyed by people who are bad at math.
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Alkan: Festin d'Esope
Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, Paganini Etude 1

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #43 on: December 29, 2012, 02:11:51 PM »
im starting to put together a short 'to do list', which is how i normally handle it, i refuse to call it a new years resolution, almost all but gaurantees failure, rather, i set out a list of things i need to get done with rough timelines (i.e. by march, or between june and august, etc).

thinking about physical skill sets, i did well this year on my planche training and actually surprised myself of my proficiency to push past that goal and do an actual planche to hand stand to planche. so i'll refine that this year for better form and consistency.

also i have the individual holds of this coming along, so now i need to increase endurance and begin linking the hanging L sit to front lever, then go for multiples.


will come up with other tasks and in other categories in the coming days ::)

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #44 on: December 29, 2012, 02:36:29 PM »
Show me your ways. Those so-called test strategies never work for me. Ehh, it's probably my incompetence.

They're not really that difficult. I didn't do as well as vsrinivasa, but I got above a 2200 on the SAT and I have a friend who got a 36 on the ACT (although, as I like to remind him when he brags about it, he didn't /actually/ get a perfect score, just a perfect composite...he got a 36 on two of the sections and 35 on two, plus a 12 on writing, if I remember right). My friend and I are both reasonably intelligent, but it's mostly a matter of finding patterns in how standardized test questions work and getting good at answering those type of questions. For instance, on the SAT you can improve your writing score by probably 200 points by just realizing the difference between the active and passive voice, and that active is considered "better" in all cases (on the test, that is) no matter how much more natural it would sound to use the passive. Math section is honestly something that everyone should be able to get an 800 on if they're in a calc class...I mean, it only goes through algebra I or something, it's all really basic. Reading section...well, you're probably better off if you read a lot in your free time. I don't, really, but I still managed to scrape a 710, I think it was.

I think your best bet is to buy or borrow from your school (my school's college counseling office had tons of these) a SAT or ACT prep book that comes with practice exams/actual real exams. Try going through those, paying attention to the time, because that's the real kicker--if you don't get through all the questions, you're much less likely to do well than someone who goes through all the questions and has time to spare at the end to look for silly mistakes made or to give a second look at questions he/she's unsure of.

Try to refrain from saying 'What the heck' and 'freaking' so much.

And salty?



My new years resolution is to find motivation in my life. The past 6 weeks, I've basically done nothing but sleep and avoided pretty much all my work, including practicing piano.

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Re: New years resolutions?
«Reply #45 on: December 29, 2012, 03:33:38 PM »
My new years resolution is to find motivation in my life. The past 6 weeks, I've basically done nothing but sleep and avoided pretty much all my work, including practicing piano.

I used to have those periods every now and then when I was studying. You may have stressed and overworked yourself to the limit while trying to adapt to new surroundings. Sometimes one needs a complete break, but one can also overdo it. Just kick yourself in the a.. in January and get back on whatever you need to do, the motivation will turn up again.

I tend to be quite inefficient and lazy during the winter, probably because of the lack of light up here... For the last month or so I have felt guilty for practicing so little daily, but at least I can use my work as an excuse...