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26 January 2018 @ 04:40 am
Hello LJers!

I've friended several new people today to reconnect me to one of my favorite things about LiveJournal, the *people* themselves. I love the clever ways people use their LiveJournals. I love reading journal entries. I love how distinct and personal each LJ is, and I love the kinds of people it attracts!

I am looking forward to getting to know my new friends better.

Have a wonderful Friday! xoxoxoxo

Love & light,

12 February 2019 @ 10:09 pm


1. What is your favorite word?

Dana. (Name of my puppy)

2. What is your least favorite word?

P****. (The vulgar word for vagina)

3. What turns you on?

Heroes, rebellion, beauty, and romantic gestures.

4. What turns you off?

Bureaucracy, red tape, vulgarity, medical ads, politics, and the news.

5. What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of the rain.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?

The sound of children screaming as they play loudly at 7:00 AM on a Saturday.

Honorable mention to Bradley Cooper’s answer, “The sound of a woman screaming when you know something’s wrong.”

7. What is your favorite curse word?


8. What profession other than your own would like to attempt?

Food Critic.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Forensic Cleaner.

10. If heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Your puppy is inside, waiting for you.”

Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
01 February 2019 @ 04:58 pm
I spent $300 on treasures at Crystalis Treasures during my lunch break. I was driving by, headed someplace else when I spotted them out of the corner my eye.  There were no smartphones, no urban contemporary music in the background, and no television screens.  It’s important to find corners of serenity.  ✌️🔮

01 February 2019 @ 12:00 pm, reposted by paradisekendra

Here are my entries for round three at disney_20in20.

This post will remain open until the end of the challenge. After that it will be locked to members only, so feel free to join if you like what you see. :)

Please credit littlemermaid or dream_fairytale if you use any of these.

Comments = love ♥
Thank you. <3

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Current Location: Couch
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Can’t Change Me by Chris Cornell

What's the difference between publicly- and privately-held companies?

Privately-held companies are - no surprise here - privately held. This means that, in most cases, the company is owned by the company's founders, management or a group of private investors. A public company, on the other hand, is a company that has sold all or a portion of itself to the public via an initial public offering (IPO), meaning shareholders have claim to part of the company's assets and profits.

One of the biggest differences between the two types of companies is how they deal with public disclosure. If it's a public U.S. company, which means it is trading on a U.S. stock exchange, it is typically required to file quarterly earnings reports (among other things) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This information is made available to shareholders and the public. Private companies, however, are not required to disclose their financial information to anyone, since they do not trade stock on a stock exchange.

Explaining Publicly and Privately Held Companies

The main advantage public companies have is their ability to tap the financial markets by selling stock (equity) or bonds (debt) to raise capital (i.e. cash) for expansion and projects. The main advantage of private companies is that management doesn't have to answer to stockholders and isn't required to file disclosure statements with the SEC. However, a private company can't dip into the public capital markets and must therefore turn to private funding. It has been said often that private companies seek to minimize the tax bite, while public companies seek to increase profits for shareholders.

The popular misconception is that privately-held companies are small and of little interest. In fact, there are many big-name companies that are also privately held - check out the Forbes.com list of the largest private companies in 2016 which includes big name brands like Toys 'R' Us, Dell, Mars, Cargill, Koch Industries, and Bloomberg.

By Investopedia Staff
Updated Jan 17, 2018


A Strength Training Workout for Your Voice

  1. Breathe deeply and exhale on a hisssssssing sound.  Repeat 10 times.

    • Proper breathing is the foundation for a healthy voice AND control over nervous energy that can make the voice quiver.

  2. Say “Mm-mmm (as in yummy) Mmm-hmm (like yes) ” Repeat 5  times.

    • This develops mask resonance, which creates a clean and vibrant sound by creating a clean approximation of the cords and a resonance that will sound great and project easily.

  3. Say “Mm-mmm.  Mmm-hmm.” up and down your vocal range, from low to middle to high and back again, 10 times.

  4. Raise your volume a bit and say “Mmmmmmmmy name is…” Repeat this ten times up and down your vocal range.

    • This enhances vocal flexibility and coordination.

  5. Say “Ney, ney, ney, ney, ney” loudly but without yelling 10 times up and down your vocal range.

    • This is more mask resonance training.

  6. Starting at mid range, make a siren sound with Oooo and Eeeee by sliding down your vocal range several times, starting higher each time.

    • Again, the focus here is on more flexibility and coordination.

  7. Say “Mmmmmmm” until you feel a buzzy sensation in the front of your face. Repeat 5 times.

    • Mask resonance again.

  8. Now, for isolation of muscles for articulation, try some tongue twisters like those below.  To get the full workout, say them each several times but only as fast as you can go and keep them clear.  You can increase your speed over time:

    • The blue bluebird blinks.

    • Three free throws.

    • What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?

    • Strange strategic statistics.

    • Freshly fried flying fish, freshly fried flesh.

  9. To bring it all together, speak a few sentences out loud.  Use an opening or closing of a talk, a favorite poem or long quote, or song lyrics.

  10. Every good work out needs a cool down.  End with 5 more big, deep breaths.

Taking Your Vocal Workout to the Next Level

The workout above will help you get some awareness of your voice and start to strengthen it.  To go to the next level, I recommend the following:

  • Practice your speeches out loud.

  • Warm up your voice everyday, but especially before public speaking. Ideally, spend as much time practicing as you will in front of an audience.

  • Learn to breathe properly and apply that technique to your public speaking.
    See Breathing: The Seductive Key to Unlocking Your Vocal Variety

  • Hum a lot.  Explore and develop mask resonance.
    See Speak Up! A Guide to Voice Projection

  • Take a singing class or private singing lessons. This is true strength training for your voice.

Let's just say this installment was less than fantastic.

Warning: this post contains... yup, you guessed it: SPOILERS!

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Current Mood: angryangry
23 January 2019 @ 01:55 pm, reposted by paradisekendra
Program: VLC (version 0.9.9--the newest version) + a bit of Windows Media Player (another similar program can be substituted)
Involves: automatic screencapping and setting preferences on a screencapping program
Translatable: No, it's just for VLC
Steps: 16-21 (depending on whether or not you choose to use Windows Media Player to help you at a specific part of the tutorial)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Because THIS TUTORIAL got so much response and VLC has released many new versions of VLC since I made that tutorial, I decided to download the newest version of VLC and do a new tutorial for everyone who has the newest version of VLC. This morning again we will go literally step-by-step as I teach you how to automatically screencap with VLC. (i.e., the computer does it for you.)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me; I'll try my best to answer them. (Or direct you to a place where you can find answers.)

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Current Location: in VLC
Current Mood: productive
03 January 2019 @ 10:15 am

Dinner Menu

Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon (but with short ribs instead of stew beef)
Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin
Emeril Lagasse's Spinach Casserole
Sally Lunn Bread

Dessert Menu

Pecan Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookies with 1/2 Cup of Pecans

Current Mood: hungryhungry

2001: Space Odyssey (1968) ~ Pretentious and insufferable artsy nonsense.

The Graduate (1967) ~ I just don’t get it.  The entire movie can be summed up in a single sentence and the movie poster was more exciting than the film itself.

Top Gun (1986) ~ In the dictionary under “dick flick”, there is a picture of this movie.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) ~ An abridged version would’ve helped.

Avatar (2009) ~ What a waste of a film budget.

Jurassic Park (1993) ~ I really don’t think this movie is deserving of FOUR sequels.

Million Dollar Baby (2004) ~ This is singlehandedly the most fucked up, filthy, onerous, disturbing, uninspired film I have ever had the misfortune of seeing.  My cousin picked it out for the family to watch and that was the last time she was ever allowed to choose the movie.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) ~ ‘Unbearable’ is the word.

English Patient (1996) ~ Puts me to sleep every time.  I finally got to the end of it and I still had no idea what the movie was about.

Star Wars (1977) ~ I know, I know.

The Piano (1993) ~ This film was nothing more than an ugly movie about ****** up people.

Monster’s Ball (2001) ~ Trash.

American Beauty (1999) ~ Absolute SHIT. Again, nothing more than an ugly movie about ****** up people.

Out of Africa (1985) ~ Ugly and boring.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) ~ I want my two hours back.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) ~ AWFUL.  The story was lame, the acting was lame. It wasn’t romantic, the characters were unsympathetic, it was poorly written and boring as hell. I found myself realizing that all of the fame and awards that were bestowed on it were motivated solely by those promoting a political agenda and not due to its entertainment or artistic value.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) ~ I love Tom and Nicole but Stanley Kubrick is one DEEPLY fucked up man.

The Shape of Water (2017) ~ The worst best picture Oscar winner since American Beauty. Boring, slow, uninspired. The lead actress was excellent. The rest were caricatures: the supportive black friend, the understanding gay neighbor, the evil military. I kept telling myself, “Stay awake. This thing won best picture. It’s GOT to get better.” No such luck. Two dimensional storytelling by artists who should have aspired for something more. A major disappointment.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (2001) ~ SO disturbing that even as a teenager, I cried, had a panic attack afterwards, came home and asked my mom if I could sleep in her bed that night.  :((((

The Way We Were (1973) ~ This is supposed to be a great love story? What kind of man walks away from the woman he loves right after she’s given birth to his child?  As in RIGHT after. And all because “she was so difficult that he couldn’t take it”?  I was watching the whole time and she wasn’t that difficult. So again, a great love story?  I remain underwhelmed.

Splendor in the Grass (1961) ~ I certainly recognize the venerable actors and the excellent performances, however, the hopeless romantic in me is so not interested in watching this movie again. 💔

Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) ~ Director David Lean has a terrible habit of falling too in love with his own work. He needs to take a step back from his pictures and massively trim them down. His films also have a subtle condescending quality to them that I find unappealing, despite their “epic” stature. This film was no exception.