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This is where I post my incoherent ramblings. It's where I post the coherent ones, too!


July 14th, 2011

It's my party and I'll reference the same song I referenced last year if I wanna @ 09:08 pm

Right now I am annoyingly: excited excited
Soundtrack: Mario Party - Peach's Birthday Cake

Welp, I have somehow managed to survive everything for 18 whole years. Go me!!

I haven't gotten my birthday presents yet, but I did go gambling for a little while (awehla, I mentioned in a comment that it'd be tomorrow, but the plans ended up changing). I won $63!!! And we had a party at the autism intervention group I go to!

And, of course, the usual Museum of Accomplishments post:

← Age 17

At age 18:

19th century composer Franz Schubert wrote nearly 200 songs (including two of his best songs), 3 masses, 3 symphonies, and a great deal of piano and chamber music before turning 19.

Aretha Franklin began singing professionally.

Archaeologist David Stuart, skilled at deciphering Mayan glyphs, became the youngest recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

Prolific science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov sold his first short story to Amazing Stories.

John E. Payton, too young to drink and barely old enough to vote, drive or get married, became justice of the peace in Collin County, Texas.

Asa A. Long became the youngest U.S. checkers champion.

Edgar Allan Poe enlisted in the army and published his first book of poetry.

Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel proved that it was impossible to solve the general equation of fifth degree by algebraic means.

Elias Howe, who worked in a watchmaking shop, dreamed the idea of the sewing machine and worked on developing it for the next five years.

Leon Trotsky became a professional revolutionary.

By 18, Billy the Kid was charged with twelve murders.

Keith Moon had already been recognized as one of the best drummers in rock.

Michael Sungaila began to practice the guitar as a hobby, one which he gave up 3 months later due to lack of interest.

Troy Caldwell survived driving head-on through a granite church sign, a nurse-caused drug overdose that caused him to be legally dead for five seconds, and a Forty bottle to the face, all by age 18. The next year, he devoted himself to writing.

Samantha Larson became the youngest person to climb the highest mountains on all seven continents.

Hannah Miller traveled to South Africa to teach orphans, hosted her own one-woman photography show at a local wine shop, and won several prizes for photography.

Randy Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours for a high school science project.

(Wonder if I could do that last one to get rid of my creative vortexes...)

Also, in addition to today being my birthday, this is my 700th post in this journal!! I was going to celebrate with a list of the subject lines from all 700 entries in my journal (and, for once, even my community entries!), but I left my laptop unplugged while I was typing it, and since my laptop doesn't have a low battery alarm (despite claiming that it does), I lost a lot of it and decided to give up. Maybe for my 800th or 1000th entry?

 
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:July 15th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
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If you're going to do that, I suggest typing up everything and saving it in Gmail as a draft.
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From:matt1993
Date:July 15th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
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I don't use Gmail, but that gave me an idea: from now on, if I'm typing a list of LJ subject lines or something else that I probably won't think to save before something happens to it, I'll actually start typing it in an LJ entry (instead of Notepad) in advance so it'll auto-save, and if I need to post an unrelated LJ entry, I'll move it to Word. :)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:July 15th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
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Hey, that also should work! Nice list of accomplishments, too!
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From:matt1993
Date:July 15th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I got it from the Museum of Accomplishments - put in any age and it'll list random famous, infamous, or not famous people's accomplishments at that age. rovanda introduced me to it. :)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:July 15th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
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Hey, I think the site is cool. :D
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From:matt1993
Date:July 15th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
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Indeed it is :)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:July 15th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
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I like this kind of thing. :)
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From:sarea_okelani
Date:July 15th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Happy belated birthday. :)
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From:matt1993
Date:July 15th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:karla_somebody
Date:July 16th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
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oh.. it was your birthday
Happy birthday stranger!!
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From:matt1993
Date:July 16th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much! :)
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From:eccentricrabbit
Date:July 17th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Oh what date was your birthday? Sorry I missed it! Here's a belated Happy Birthday! *hug*
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From:matt1993
Date:July 17th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! My birthday was July 14.

Since my birthday dinner is later today, and I still have yet to open all my presents, technically you didn't miss all of it ;)
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From:pathvain_aelien
Date:July 20th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
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:)

Tidbits of Matt's Life

This is where I post my incoherent ramblings. It's where I post the coherent ones, too!