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Thursday, January 29, 2009

So I'm in the Hot-Seat!

Hello, Blogosphere! It's been awhile since I've blogged, and even though I made a recent promise to continue blogging, I haven't really fulfilled the promise. So, Da Old Man from Crotchety Old Man Yells at Cars has given me an interview to help get this little corner of the web back into full swing.

1. Where did you get your name?
Shadow Crystal, unfortunately, does not have a very interesting or romantic origin. I was stuck for a name, not wanting to use my own name in case any future employer decided to run a Google search and came across some of my more controversial opinions.

'Shadow' was chosen as the result of comparing my desire for a semi-secret identity (after all, I still uploaded my real picture and I don't go to great lengths to hide my name [Katie]) to 'hiding in the shadows', whereas 'Crystal' was chosen partly because I was simply told it is my aura colour and partly because I thought of a crystal reflecting light and wanted my name to hint at the representation of reflecting a little bit of light amidst the shadows we live in.

2. You've been missing from the blogosphere lately. Anything exciting
going on?

I'm a full-time student whose goal is to make straight A's (not for the 'snob-appeal', but for the scholarship appeal so I don't graduate up to my arse in student loans). When you mix that with a tendency towards poor time-management, blogging kind of takes a backseat. Last semester I decided to write for our campus newspaper, which is why I never brought myself around to making some time for blogging (sadly, I was beginning to grow sick of writing). But this semester, I have decided against writing for our campus paper (partly because of time and partly because of a vicious, un-professional front-page article that was just published about one of our students, which is actually the topic of the next rant I'll be posting), so I really have no excuse to not allow some time for blogging.

But yes, you could say there has also been something exciting going on...

Brewing, if you will...

I have started making some natural skin-care products and have been spending time researching the health and legal mumbo-jumbo. My list of products, so far, includes lotions, massage oils, lip balms, shaving creams, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, bath salts, bath melts, bath bombs, perfumes, solid colognes, deodorants, hair gels, and even incense (but I don't make soap). ;-)
Within the next few months, you can expect to see some posts about these products - if there is interest, I'll post some basic recipes. I plan on having products for sale within the next few months, although it would be through a separate site (and most likely, just local to start). This blog will never become a sort or advertisement.

3. How do you find all those great videos?
Well, the fun 'n' freaky flash videos are generally the result of a twisted mind, warped friends, and hazy nights in smoky rooms (hey, I did say I was a university student, didn't I?)... just don't ask us what search terms we came up with and why. ;-)

4. You seem to have a lot of posts about music. What is your

That's a tough one! I don't have a particular favourite artist or band, so I'll just list off all the musicians I think of when 'favourite' comes to mind:

Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Loreena McKennitt, Dar Williams, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Sarah Brightman, Isobel Campell (especially with Mark Lanegan), Tracy Chapman, Melissa Ehteridge, The Rankin Family, Bob Dylan, Barenaked Ladies, Norah Jones, Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, Nightwish, Type O Negative, James Blunt, Joan Osborne, Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls, Radiohead, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Reba McIntyre, Pam Tillis (and outside of the artists listed, I despise country music)... and I'm sure there are more. ;-)

5. You also inject a lot of humour into your posts. So, what's the deal
with all the extra u's that Canadians use?

We're slowly making the transition to speaking American, as we've already bastardised the letter "s" and turned it into a "z" in words like 'realise', 'globalise', and any other '-ise' word. In fact, some papers here have begun eliminating our u's. But up until recently, we prefered to speak and write in English. ;-)


Da Old Man said...

Excellent answers. I need to post a link on my blog. Thank you.

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