My bathroom is haunted

Published April 29, 2013 by proxycore

Why did I just take a break from studying to write a TL;DR post about studying? This is proof that too much studying at once is bad for your brain.

Anyways…Hello again my little fishies~ Here’s an apology post.

I’m sure we’ve all heard about ghost stories that involved a washroom somehow. One ghost story that I remember from childhood was called ‘Bloody Mary’. The idea was that if you were to stand in a washroom where the mirror is opposite to the door with the lights out, and chant ‘Bloody Mary’ 3 times, spinning around in between each chant, that she would appear before you in the mirror. The back story behind her changed multiple times as childish imagination took over and so did the ritual. Sometimes it wasn’t even ‘Bloody Mary’ that you were supposed to summon anymore but rather some other ghoulish creature or evil ghost. Either way, for some reason there were a significant amount of horror stories in my childhood that involved a washroom. I remember that at one point me and my friends were too scared to go to the washroom unless we went as a big group, it’s quite silly really, but all part of the fun in being a child.

Turns out the horror ritual ‘Bloody Mary’ derived from Mary Tudor.

A full decade later, I’ve already read and watched more than my fair share of horror stories and horror movies. And every time I do so I would get scared and vow to never read or watch it again, yet at the same time the very next day you will find me reading more. Up until a year ago I lived and breathed horror. I decided to take a break in efforts to prevent my ‘fight or flight’ reflex from popping up every few seconds since the horror movies were making me paranoid. It was safe to say that I didn’t have my thoughts on horror for a while now and I didn’t need to worry about being scared needlessly.

…..Or was it? I caught myself reminiscing about my childhood horror stories and decided to look up what Bloody Mary was really about (I was also in my washroom to brush my teeth). I turned to trusty and reliable Wikipedia to inform me, and right when I reached the part about apparitions screaming, strangling and stealing souls the lights above my washroom mirror gave out. My door was closed and I was in complete darkness for a bit before I realized what just happened and my brain pressed the panic button. I fumbled around in the dark for the switch to my second set of lights while I my brain imagined up all the horrible scenarios that could happen involving ‘Bloody Mary’ and I swore I felt someone breathe down my neck. I found the switch before my imagination was able to make me go completely insane, but it still took me a while to realize that I wasn’t going to be viciously attacked by an imaginary ghost.

Oh well, the light bulbs are all changed now and I’m going to be staying away from anything horror related for a while now. On a much happier note, today I finally got my Blue Yeti Microphone. I’m really excited to use it~ It’s been over a year since I’ve been planning on getting it after all….I bet you guys can guess what my surprise will be this weekend now 😉

Preparing the mic,

Jellyfish~

Dealing with exam anxiety

Published April 29, 2013 by proxycore

Hello finned friends and two-legged visitors~

The time has arrived for the event that every student fears the most….exams! And for the lucky students taking IB, exams will begin in just a few days. I know most of us are starting to get overwhelmed by the copious amounts of reviewing (or cramming to learn new material) that we have to do. So here I’ve compiled a list of things that you can do to help relieve stress for your exams and hopefully reduce exam anxiety, also known as the list of things I haven’t been doing.

1. Time Management/ Preparation

When studying, it’s important to give yourself enough time to focus on your subject, but it’s also important to remember to take breaks. If you sit still and do one thing for too long, especially if it is something tedious like studying, you can easily lose focus (and end up blogging instead of studying…) But if you take breaks between every two hours or so, you might find that your focus is better during your study periods. It is also important to make time to study a little bit everyday so you aren’t cramming all the information at once. Test anxiety usually occurs when you don’t ready and the best way to combat that is to prepare properly. Start reviewing things about a month before your exam so you don’t overload your brain with information. My teacher once told me that everything your brain will retain will be from 24 hours before the exam. So say if your exam was at 9 a.m. on a Friday, anything you learn after 9 a.m. on the Thursday before you won’t be able to remember due to test anxiety. Now I don’t know how true this is but it’s a good rule of thumb to go by; after all, you don’t want to still be learning new material 1 day before the exam.

2. De-stressing

Try to take your mind off of the exam during your breaks between studying. Do something that relaxes you, like listening to music, or watching some T.V. But also to make sure to get moving as well. After sitting and studying for a long time your body can do with some movement to keep the blood flowing and moving to the squishy grey matter in our heads. I personally enjoy going for a jog during my breaks so I can get my blood flowing as well as clearing out some stress before I get back to studying. On that note, it’s important to drink enough water and eat proper ‘brain fuel’ while studying, which you can find examples of here.

3. Sleep

This is one of the most important tips to follow to reduce test anxiety. Enough sleep will ensure that your brain is functioning the best it can and that your focus won’t waver on the test. Your brain will also be able to pull out information easier when you are well rested. Do whatever you can to make sure that you are having good sleep not only the night before, but having good sleep consistently for a week or so before the exam. Drink calming teas and do relaxation exercises if you have insomnia like me. I personally found that I was able to study better and do better on the exam when I am well rested, and given that you should be budgeting your time properly, you shouldn’t need to pull an all-nighter anyways 😉

4. Motivation

Most important of all, you need to be motivated to study and approaching it with dedication and a positive attitude. This also happens to be a quality that I lack when it comes to studying….but just think, your future depends on your marks! Well, maybe….

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Anyways, happy studying everyone! I hope we all get great marks and no test anxiety =)

On another note, this Friday is a very special day for me. And nope, it’s not because it’s the day of part two of the ELA 35 IB exam, but it’s actually the day that I turn 17! Yay~ So to celebrate that amazing day, I might have something amazing in store for you guys. So keep your eyes peeled!

Until then, Jellyfish out~

Lana Del Rey

Published April 26, 2013 by proxycore

Hello again water creatures and land monsters~

This is probably the first time I’ve posted so closely together. I was told by my friend that I should post more often so here it is! I’m going to try to post 3 or more times a week and hopefully be able to keep more people entertained. Anyways, today I’d like to introduce to everyone the latest artist that I’ve fallen in love with.

A while back while searching up serial killer documentaries on Youtube (I can’t be the only one who does this…it’s interesting stuff after all!), I came across Lana’s song ‘Serial Killer’. I instantly fell in love with it, the lyrics and her voice was perfect and of course I could joke around saying it was a song about me. Don’t worry, I’m not really a serial killer….that you know of at least ~

After that I’ve been listening to more and more of her other songs, and let me just say that she is a true poet. Her lyrics are perfect and her music delivers emotions to me that no other artist can. When I chose music to listen to, I generally look for artists that can move me strongly. With some artists it was their lyrics that moved me, while with some it was their voice. But Lana seems to have it all; the lazy and sexy voice mixed with the perfect lyrics to make me feel nostalgic or depressed. It’s truly beautiful, one day I’d like to try to cover her songs but of course I know I can’t even attempt to imitate her voice. She is now on my list of female role models alongside Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana.

Maybe I will try doing a cover of this, but at the same time I don’t want to do any disrespect to her song haha.

Until then, Jellyfish out~

Bugs in my basement?!

Published April 24, 2013 by proxycore

Hello my lovely mer-folk and land-walkers!

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Now, where did we leave off….

Immediately after my lovely Spring break vacation in London and Paris, I fell extremely ill. It took me a couple weeks to be able to get over the combination of things I had, so that meant not seeing anyone other than my family and no socializing. So what did I do? Go on the internet all day of course! I basically sat in my basement all day browsing different sites and reading up on different things. But my readings were interrupted one time by a giant black moving dot that I saw out of the corner of my eye. It crawled up towards me and just suddenly stopped in the middle of its tracks like it died while walking towards me or something. It looked like a giant furry hard shelled beetle shaped thing that was the size of my nail. Of course I freaked out and was going to get a piece of paper to throw it outside with, but when I came back……it was GONE!

Oh, but no worries, of course 2 other ones would come out in the middle of nowhere just walking all over my carpet like it owns the place. They weren’t furry this time so I managed to get a better look at what they were (the ‘furriness’ from the first one was probably because it walked through dust). They looked like some sort of roly-poly, or sow bug. I managed to put them all outside but I forgot to take a picture of them first. )=

Oh well, I continued to browse the internet. And if you know me, you’d know that I tend to get emotionally attached to the most bizarre ideas at times. After trying to identify the bug in my basement, I came across the idea of having pet insects. One thing led to another and I came across the website ‘bugsincyberspace.com’ where I became emotionally latched to the idea of having a pet millipede.

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Isn’t it cute? No? Only me?…..yea I have strange taste…..

But wait! Something very interesting was about to happen. I looked at the other invertebrates offered and lo and behold, I saw a familiar face in the isopod section.

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Oniscus asellus, also known as the common woodlouse. I can’t be certain because I didn’t get a picture of the ones in my basement and I also didn’t have a specimen handy to compare. But this looked strikingly like what I had in my basement, but they aren’t native where I am. This gives me two possibilities, either the previous owner of my house had owned these as pets and they escaped somehow or the more likely idea that I am wrong. Oh well, maybe if I’m right I can capture these little creatures and set up a shop for myself! Creepy insects + internet shop + oddball isopod collectors = profit????

In any case, I will be on the lookout for another one if I see them and I will try to capture it for identification. And the most likely case will probably be me calling the exterminator on them if there ends up being too many.They’re rather docile creatures though so I’m not too worried.

Oh, and unfortunately millipedes are illegal for some reason in Canada so my obsession was short lived. Perhaps a Mexican Red Knee Tarantula would do instead….

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Pretty, aren’t they? As long as you are ok with spiders I suppose~ Who needs a conventional pet when you can have a tarantula!

Oh well, we’ll see if I actually end up getting one.

I feel like this post is quite a bit less formal than the others I’ve posted before, and I apologize for that. If you like it better this way let me know though~

Until then! Jellyfish out~

Jellyfish returns?

Published March 20, 2013 by proxycore

Hello fellow mer-people and landwalkers~

So it seems like it’s been quite a while since I’ve last blogged. Things just got busy and I started to lose motivation….after all, I can never really decide what I want to blog about. No matter, I’ll try to get regular posts up.

Grade 12 already? In fact, graduation is coming up right around the corner. I’m both terrified and excited for it. It really does feel like yesterday when I first entered highschool. If one thing’s true about it, it’s that you learn a lot of things the hard way and you grow up fast. I have no idea where I want to head from now on though, honestly, and I’m sure lots of other people are in the same boat as me. After all, it can be quite a daunting task to chose what you want to study and do for the rest of your life. But I sorta feel like it’s going to be something in the science field anyways, whether it be in research or be in practicing medicine. Here’s a tip that I’ve heard from a lot of my university friends though: do what you are interested in.

I know what some of you guys are thinking. ‘Well, isn’t that obvious?’ or ‘Shouldn’t the main focus be on choosing something that can guarantee you a good job?’. Well the truth is, we can’t know what to really expect. Engineering and being a doctor are both professions that will give you a comfortable salary to live on but they take a lot of dedication in studying. And if you aren’t happy with what you do, you’re not living your life to your fullest potential. On the other hand, arts and literature may be something you enjoy, but it may be harder to find a job with. This is where you need to find the balance between what makes you happy, and what can sustain you.

If I didn’t need to worry about making money, I’d want to be a professional pianist (though with my skills?…..quite unlikely). So for now, I’m thinking of going into general sciences and continuing piano on the side. Sounds fair right? Oh, and field hockey, I’ll be continuing that through university for sure.

So to all the graduating students who still aren’t sure what they want to go into? Pick whatever you enjoy doing the most first. A job that makes a ton of money may be good, but if you hate doing it then it’s not worth it. From then on you can figure out what kind of career balances the right amount of enjoyment with a good pay (plus good vacation times, we all need that). And university is the time for people to try new things and to figure out what they want to do (or so I’ve heard) so don’t stress out more than you need to. And for those who already know what they’re are doing, I wish you the best of luck and the most success possible. Let’s let 2013-2014 be a good school year!

Jellyfish out~

IB, the May edition

Published May 6, 2012 by proxycore

Hello members of JK and passerbys. I’ve realized that it’s been a while since I last updated, so here I am! I guess what I have for you guys today is more of an opinion piece.

30827399So life for me has been pretty hectic lately. I know most of the readers out there are in IB and they all know what I am talking about; the IB exams. May used to be my favorite month, when the weather was nice but not too hot, when things were just starting to grow again and when you get your first hint at the upcoming summer holidays. But that’s not how it is when you are in IB. Instead, you are stuck at home (procrastinating) to study for your crazy 3 paper long HL finals, all the while still having homework from the rest of your subjects. And while you are in your IB life, stuck at home studying while the weather outside is looking dishearteningly amazing, the rest of the world is preparing for summer. Lots of local events are popping up, your non-IB friends are asking you if you want to hang out and watch ‘The Avengers’, all the while you are forced to decline them all.

But all of that studying pays off right? Well, not if you’re like me and lack the ability to retain any information in my (possibly nonexistent) brain. After writing the first paper on the first day, my mind felt violated. The worst part is knowing there’s more the next day….. Well, nonetheless, I managed to survive my first IB exam (only to have more coming before the end of May). But this was probably all avoidable….if my ‘studying’ didn’t look like this:

But we’ll make it, right? Even though the entire time I was writing paper two I felt like I was getting trolled……

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IB really is my abusive boyfriend. He takes up my time, doesn’t let me hang out with friends, and tells me over and over that I’m intellectually incapable…..

Well, until next time!

Jellyfish out dying~

Blue (Japanese Ver.) Cover

Published March 24, 2012 by proxycore

Hello members of JK and random passerby-ers! I know what you all are thinking: ‘WOAH! She’s NOT DEAD!’. Yes, I know it’s been much too long since I’ve updated but better late than never, right?

I know life of a jellyfish may not seem that complex, but it really is rather busy. It’s hard to get things done without muscles of any sort. But now I’ve returned with something that will hopefully make up for the previous silence of this blog.

So, your overlord has been sick lately, but that didn’t stop her from doing what she did today. And that is, drum roll please, enter the Big Bang ‘Blue’ Cover competition with Dolcette!

This was my first attempt at recording music, unlike my infinitely more experienced partner. So needless to say….things weren’t as good as they should be. Not only was I already sick, I was also very nervous. I had to take a good two hours to get my parts down when BBJia got her good copy on the first try. This was also a spur of the moment thing, we originally weren’t going to make a cover of ‘Blue’.

So while we were organizing the lyrics, we realized that we had a lot of difficulty with the Korean. Neither of us speak Korean and trying to was just making us butcher the language. Instead, we looked to an English version. However, we found creating the English lyrics was simply too much trouble. Finally, we decided to try the Japanese version, which I still messed up with my horrid pronunciation…..No matter, that was the version we used! Plus, for some odd reason this song sounds a lot cuter in Japanese!

At this point, since we entered the competition so late (and because my vocal skills are not up to par), I doubt that we will actually come close to winning. It’s fun to enter anyways, isn’t that right? Again, please excuse my horrible Japanese pronunciation. BBJia is really good at this and she also covers other Japanese songs. You should check out her channel at JPopSky.

Thanks for tuning in guys! I know I’m not great in this song but I promise I will be better next time =) I will practice lots and lots for you guys and try not to get sick ❤ Until next time~

Jellyfish out~

Instrumentals~

Published February 21, 2012 by proxycore

Hello my few followers and some wanderers of the internet. Jellyfish has to bring to you another update for Dolcette after a wait that is slightly overdue. So unfortunately, the recording isn’t done yet like BBJia and me have planned, but we decided it isn’t really fair to leave some of you guys hanging like this. So behold, the first gift that Dolcette is going to give you guys. We were planning on recording one of our originals, but truthfully it isn’t finished yet. So here is the work in progress of the instrumental.

Please ignore the fact that the Video states that it is finish, even though it’s just an instrumental, it isn’t finished yet. We are going to do some adjusting once the melody is figured out and the lyrics are. Sounds pretty simple (yet awesome) right? Well I can’t take any credit for this. BBJia was the one who created the whole instrumental so far. Maybe I should post a preview for the lyrics and melody sometime soon! And for those who don’t like it? Well don’t be expecting that much, this is just a pilot after all.

Now we were also thinking of covering a song called “Secret base ~君がくれたもの~”. But things kept on coming up during our planned recording dates and we simply haven’t gotten to that yet. So here’s the instrumental we plan on using to cover.

Haha, I feel like I am showing too much right now. When we actually post our recordings there will be no surprise at all. That’s ok, if it helps your guys not get bored, I will inform you that the original song will at least have some changes in the instrumental.

Well that’s pretty much it for the update! Hopefully the cover will be out relatively soon and the original shortly after! So enjoy this tiny gifts we give you! Until next time~

Jellyfish out~

Medium vs Message

Published February 15, 2012 by proxycore

Greetings minions. Your overlord has decided to create a new section on this blog. This section will more or less act as a thought journal, also known as a fancy way to call “Jellyfish’s Rants”. Some days it may not even be rants though, just a place to store my thoughts. This post will probably be longer and more serious than the usual ones. For those who don’t want to read the entire post, the first two paragraphs after this one does a good job summarizing it all (Your overlord recommends you read all though). Now onto the content.

A few days back, I was having a conversation with my friend, and like nearly all good conversations that I have it ended up being about epistemology. My friend brought up the fact that he didn’t understand why during a documentary watched in Social Studies in the previous year, that everyone had left crying. The documentary was about child soldiers in Africa, called “Invisible Children” (For those who have not seen it, the link to the first part of the documentary is here). The documentary is truly moving and I would recommend you to watch it before continuing to read this post as it may give you better insight. At least I found it moving, as well the majority of my classmates. I did end up crying quite a bit by the end. And this was exactly what puzzled my friend. He found it hard to understand why some people would cry after watching something like this. And just when remarked that “It’s not like we don’t know about this already, why is everyone being so unnecessarily dramatic and emotional?” I was pretty sure I was about to hit him.

But he then brought to the table an interesting point. Would people have cried the way they had if the message was presented in a different way? What if, you got all the facts that you did in the documentary inside a pamphlet instead. Would you still be moved to tears? As we further discussed this, I tried to justify the importance of medium in this world, which brought me to what I perceive to be a great concern in the world. The world right now is so focused on the way things are presented; sometimes the message behind it can be obscured. The way information is presented is manipulated so it can target our emotions and connect with us. In documentaries like “Invisible Children”, they gave us an up close look at how life is with the children. Seeing this, people may think and remember how their lives are so much luckier and sympathize. But suddenly, if instead of a walk-through of a Child Soldier’s life, you receive a pamphlet with statistics on it, the visceral impact is severely lessened despite the message being just as clear and important; just because one may make less of an emotional impact doesn’t make the situation any less real or any less important.

In society today, touching media is used (in the domain of charity work at least) to give incentive for people to get involved and to spread awareness. But in reality, what tends to happen is that problems surface and people do help, but only to give themselves self-satisfaction. An example would be the earthquake in Haiti. We can all remember when the earthquake first happened; it was all over the news and attention was brought to it in all forms. As a result, help was coming in from everywhere. However, after a few months, the hype started to die down. And within a year it was almost completely wiped out from news. People who were extremely concerned at first were starting to forget about the whole situation, yet Haiti was not yet fully on its way to recovery. Information and news about Haiti was presented all at once, and when the information was no longer presented, people forgot about it. Again, this example illustrates the idea that just because it isn’t mentioned doesn’t mean that the problem doesn’t exist.

Our generation is controlled by the media; it permeates every aspect of our lives and our hearts and minds so easily swayed by it. Every day we are bombarded with different images; all of which come together and allow us to form an idea of who we are and who we should be. And when it comes to charities, with the amount of causes out there, there is a surprising amount of competition. While this is undoubtedly a positive thing, an unfortunate side effect is that only larger charities are brought forth. Many people are aware of the bigger organizations like World Vision and Red cross (which do amazing work by the way, Jellyfish overlord recommends you get involved), but they may not be aware of smaller organizations which support an equally as important cause. Now I am not at all saying that all charities must stop using emotional mediums to get attention to their cause, neither am I saying that we must ignore all the large charities and search for smaller ones. An emotional medium is the most effective way to get movement from the masses. In our busy (and perhaps IB) lives, sometimes a strong impact is needed to drive our attention to someone else. But sometimes, you should wonder why the cause alone is not enough incentive to get people involved, and that an emotional medium is needed in the first place. And even then, sometimes it is because we are so exposed to these same issues that we become apathetic. We don’t feel the need to help poverty or women’s rights in Africa because there is so much media out there about it that we become indifferent towards these atrocities.

If you think back to why you helped a cause, it is oftentimes because you saw an advertisement or some form of informative medium and it moved you (or because you were forced to by your school to do charity work, but that’s beside the point). Usually, after you do something about it to help out, you just forget about it (or complete your CAS/volunteering hours….).When was the last time you’ve supported a cause for the sake of supporting a cause? When was the last time you truly believed in it rather than just doing the charity work for doing charity work? When people aren’t inflicted by something directly, it sometimes takes much more for them to get involved. In Chinese, there is a saying that reads “针不刺到肉,你不知痛”. Roughly translated, it says “If the needle does not stab your flesh, you do not feel the pain.” It means you don’t truly understand the severity of a situation unless it directly involves you. But more people should be getting involved for a cause, not just the ones affected by it. And if you are not affected by it, while you are helping, you should focus your intentions to truly help the cause, and try not to only be doing it for self-satisfaction. So although medium is a very sharp tool in terms of getting awareness and giving incentive for people to help, don’t let the medium be the only thing to affect your decisions. When you want to help out a cause, help out for the sake of the cause, not just because the medium influenced you to.

Now as the hypocrite that your overlord is, I will be bringing to the spotlight certain charities from time to time and I hope you guys will all be inspired to get involved. So show some love when time comes. Until then!

Jellyfish out~

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Dolcette

Published February 8, 2012 by proxycore

Greetings my minions. Your overlord has yet another message =P

So I have been planning this for a while, but it has only been put into action (much like this blog). So drum roll please everyone…..

Me and my good friend BBJia have started a music group called Dolcette (pronounced /’dol.sɛt/). The origin of the name comes from the latin words Dolce, meaning sweet, and Dulcet, meaning a sweet, pleasant and melodious. So together, it can mean “a sweet and pleasant melody”. Perfect for a music group name, don’t you think? Now we have been planning this for…a good five months, give or take a few weeks. We’ve been through a few names, like Citrus^3, but those got boring pretty quickly. I think this one’s a keeper though!

Now the name came a little bit late. Currently. me and BBJia are already in the process of composing our first original. The instrumental is finished, but the melody and lyrics still have to be worked out. I’m quite excited to see how it turns out! I have a feeling that with the set of long weekends coming up, we may get it done and recorded within a few weeks. So keep in tune and I will keep you guys posted. We are also working on a couple covers. But everything recorded will be posted on our youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/DolcetteMusic, as well as on here on my blog~ There isn’t anything on the channel yet, but I can promise you that there will be something worth looking at there in the possibly near future….I hope.

At this point, I’m not really sure how it’s going to turn out. Anything can happen. I have great trust in the equipment we are using, which is FL studio and the Blue Snowball Mic (c), but….not so much trust in my own voice. Haha~ I’m sure BBJia can carry anyways =P Just joking! No pressure on you Jia! But we aren’t using any other equipment, and we are letting the computer generate all of the parts. Just in case the music comes out a bit….robotic? Could you describe it like that? But that doesn’t matter, most music nowadays are all computer generated anyways. So I guess we really don’t have an excuse if it sounds bad.~

So stick around. Check out what we have when it comes out. But that’s all I got to say for now, thanks for reading guys!

Jellyfish out~