Monday, June 30, 2008

I get wet


Inspired by Rob's post about getting out in a rainstorm, I ran around my parents' neighborhood in a giant storm we had on Sunday afternoon with my 13 year-old brother, Zach. We did some humid acrobatics in the front yard and visited local puddles on the block. I couldn't help feeling a bit like that recent Stuff White People Like entry while we splashed down the street, waving to cars.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Follies

file under: my b

I didn't have a bookmark on me today, so upon finding this website, i immediately printed one off, got the scissors, and started heating the office laminator. To my dismay, when I inserted the items into the laminator, they did not come out the opposite side... I had not lined the bookmark up with the edge of the laminate sheet. And because the machine is one giant hunk of plastic there is no way of opening it to inspect the damage, though I assume the worst.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

For those of you who have never seen me flow and for those of you that want to again


"AdultDragonFinder.com" by Silky Snowflake (featuring Lil' Cobra) (music by G. South) at AC Temple, 05/06/08

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  • The Ebb and Flow of Movies (1986-2008): This is so much fun to look at. It lightweight emotionally moved me. It's a really interesting graph showing the box office revenue from most (?) major releases from 1986 until February 2008. It made me feel old. It also made me relive my life through movie releases. Remembering Episode I coming out in sixth grade and all the movies I loves as a child being released. I didn't realize that I was supposed to hover my cursor over the graph until after scrolling to the 1990s. There is a search at the top, too!
  • Twenty Set: At first I felt like this website was not for me, with links about marriage and talk about "young professionals," but once I poked around I realized how relevent the content is to me! There are articles about graduating college, job searching, how to get by without health insurance, etc. The author, Monica, talks also about blogging, not wanting kids, relationships, Sex and the City, vegetarianism, and other relevant things to me and girls about my age.
  • You know those LifeLock commercials with the CEO giving out his social security number? Well, apparently there have been 87 attempts to steal his identity with one guy actually getting a $500 loan! Pretty funny.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

blogzilla

I've been peepin out some rad blogs lately, but I always forget to bookmark them. I dislike how Blogger does not have a way to add "friends" or contacts! The only way to do anything like that (where other blogger.com users are linked on your profile) is to start a blog together. Blogrolling is good, but people are not alert to the fact that you've added them unless you tell them so. This is only my seventh post and I have been busy outside of work (where I've done all my updating so far), so I don't feel like telling people to check out my blog because there is not too much content.

That said, check out these blogs:
http://liebemarlene.blogspot.com
I really like this girl, Rhiannon. She lives in Atlanta, which is cool to me, and IS SO CUTE AND HAS DA BOMB STYLE. Her eBay store rules, too!

http://daddylikey.blogspot.com
Everyone loves Winona. She is a hilarious fashionista in Oregon. She makes me lol for real.


Also, check out this insane artist, Tara Donovan: http://www.acegallery.net/artistmenu.php?Artist=8
She makes these unbelievable installations made of only one type of item, i.e. plastic cups, tape, straws, broken pencils, or fishing wire. Just check it out! I can't imagine the time and energy!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

So... I don't know exactly how I feel about this book. I enjoyed it, as in the story was intriguing. But there were so many things that bothered me.
The story mainly follows 9 year-old Oskar, whose father died on 9/11/01. Oskar finds a key in his dad's closet and quests to find the corresponding lock somewhere in NYC. Obviously this herculean task is impossible, but that is a part of both the novel and Foer's appeal. I enjoyed Everything is Illuminated in high school and this book is completely in line with Foer's writing style and voice. Oskar's story is first person, but the novel's other voices (his grandmother and estranged grandfather) are epistolary.
At times, it was difficult to read the book because it really did make me meditate a lot on the terrorist attacks. The child's perspective softened it all a bit, but my own renewed thoughts on the situation's violence and horror were lightweight wrenching.
I disliked the severe weirdness of the grandparents. They were survivors from the bombings in Dresden in World War II. If I am supposed to perceive them as people who suffered a great loss and are so severely, debilitatingly hurt from the event that their ability to function rationally is damaged, then what does that say for Oskar, his mother, and the others emotionally scarred by September 11th? The grandparents' overly OCD and constantly painful relationship came off as unrealistic to me, that eighty year-olds would act in ways that were so insane. It seemed like a cover-up for their sanity almost. Even Oskar's impossible preciousness didn't bother me, but the grandparents made me so confused with their issues or whatever.
I was not upset with the ending, which I was concerned about, but I didn't find it particularly interesting.

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Buenos dias to all my readers new and old!

I have some book reviews coming up as early as later today and as late as Monday.

I am considering investing in a digital camera because I don't take enough pictures in general and I want to share a visual view of my life with you lot. I will probably get one used through Craigslist or eBay. Any recommendations? My main specification is that it is not bulky. I will want to carry it around a lot and in Europe.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

things I still think are funny #1

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Volume 1 by Hayao Miyazaki

I couldn't find a picture of the edition I read, which looked pretty different.
This book is by the same fellow who made Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke.
I read this book yesterday at work. I really enjoyed it. Nausicaä is a total badass and a total mystic sweetheart. She takes over her dying father's post as head of their community's defenses, even though she is so young and a female. She also has "special powers" and skillz allowing her to deftly control her glider and to communicate with animals and plants. The original and weird post-apocalyptic style story was easy to follow and engaging; giant bugs and fungus have overtaken almost all of Earth's surface, stranding humans to live in small communities on the fringes of the encroaching, deadly fungus forests.
In general, I am not into manga at all. I liked a lot of the detail of the fungal foliage and humongous insects, but this one dude consistently looked mentally retarded or like his head was punched in. This was recommended to me by an avid comic reader and I recommend it to you. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, six more novels and a 4 volume "Perfect Collection."






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Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Bloomsday

June 16th is the day that takes place in Joyce's Ulysses. I must say I am still proud of myself for finishing that dauntingly epic novel. I read it for my Joyce class in 2005. As the course progressed, our copies of the book fell apart. Our furious notes, dog ears, highlights, and page flipping certainly added to the destruction, but it was quite severe. The pages became detached from the spine in large chunks of pages. The binding long rendered useless, my copy of the Gabler edition of Ulysses sits proudly on my shelf, still resting from the wear of that spring semester. And summer. I turned in my final paper a semester late.

Friday, June 13, 2008

happy birthmka

All my life I thought the Olsen twins were at least 5 years younger than me. This is because I grew up watching the endless syndication of Full House and seeing their line of musical mystery VHS tapes, The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley, for years at the local library. Little did I know that they were only about a year younger than me. It's uncomfortable. During the years I spent scoffing at their baby-ness, they were rolling in the income across America from all the merchandise featuring their cherubic visage (visages? do identical twins have more than one visage?). Now they're billionaire, constantly post-anorexic fashion icons. What am I now?

I am launching this blog on the anniversary of the day of birth of two humans I have never been able to identify with. I am no mega superstar or rehab material. But with this blog, I want to establish myself. I have never had some sort of self-awareness crisis, but I want this blog to be the things my personal blog could never be. So we'll see.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

fuck yes; or copy that image location gurrrl

THIS WOMAN IS RELENTLESS!!!

NECKLACES!!!!!!:







HE'S HOLDING A HEART WITH A DIAMOND ON ITTTTTTT







MUST HAVE THIS ONEEEEEEE


BRACELETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:



WHOA! WHOA! WHOA! EPIC JEWELRY!


EARRINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!:











RINGSSS!!!!!:



YES GOOGLE EYESSSSSS

Friday, June 6, 2008

moar comics


I have not spoken of Polyvore.com before. I have not shared the amount of time I spend on that site weekly. I made this set featuring comic related items for this post. Check out my other sets; I must say I'm proud of them.



Today I finished The Extended Dream of Mr. D by Max. I loved it! I loved it! I feel like the story was really intense and scary because it was a dream, so anything could happen. The bad guy, Scallywax, keeps popping up over and over and you feel like Christopher D. will never escape. Translated from Spanish and put out by Drawn and Quarterly, The Extended Dream... is never confusing. With constantly changing locations, characters shifting into other people, and abstract, impossible situations, it seems like it would be easy to get lost. And though the main character is as confused as we are as to his wild situation, it is simple to comprehend the lucid story. The surreal scenario is artfully shaped through intriguing dialog and a mix of scratchboard and brush styles. I read a some reviews online and they were mixed. Some people said that the story was predictable, but I cannot understand how you'd know what was going to happen!! I totes recommend it.


Accidenly keeping with the dream comic theme, I started Rabid Eye: The Dream Art of Rick Vietch (The Collected Rare Bit Fiends). It is hard for me to read this because each dream is one page. I do not know that I will finish it. The whole intro about dreams and collective consciousness and the stuff that Unitarian guy had to say about Freud or whatever is not anything I am interested in, so Veitch's dreams are meaningless to me in their abbreviated form.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Things I Love Thursday


Gulf Shores, Alabama
I am going camping this weekend with my boyfriend at Gulf State Park. Nous allons manger des fruit de mer et nager. (We are going to eat some seafood and swim. [The great things about foreign langages is learning travel speak first; it makes tripping so exotic.]) Eating at Sea 'n Suds is going to be rad, a staple of Gulf Shores vacations. I haven't been in two summers. This is the beach my family always returns to. I know all the best places to visit, but as we'll only be staying two nights I know we won't get into much. I haven't packed any of my stuff, but my car is crammed full of beach chairs, wild kites (one from Walgreens titled "Baby Bat," a very abstract color block version of a bat, and the other from Academy Sports featuring a wizard in a purple robe and hat, weilding a wand atop a flying dragon), a big umbrella, bottled water, a blanket, and towels. I can't find my pink heart shades, so I'm going to pick up some new ones and maybe a big floppy hat after work. Look for me here: http://www.bamabeachcams.com/

graphic novels

Today I read Hey, Wait... by Norweigan artist Jason. A quote on the back said it would "utterly break [my] heart" and that it is "one of the most emotionally gripping graphic novels ever created," but I would only classify it as lightweight harsh. Here is a good Time review that is a good sum up without giving too much away, but spoiling the big pictures.
I am almost finished with The Extended Dream of Mr. D by Spanish author Max and put out through Drawn and Quarterly. I will review that tomorrow. I have about 20 comic books and graphic novels to sift through from Lance. I think I will talk about them all on here.


High Heels
I have bought two pairs in the last month. I have always stayed away from them because of the comfort issue. Since I started a new job three weeks ago, I've been wearing them and it is not so bad. I'm ready to catch up with the rest of the women in the world. The only problem is having sweaty summer feet which causes a Slip 'n Slide Effect which crushes my toes under my weight. But I think they're a simply way to dress (or sex) up any outfit. I went wedge shopping yesterday, but was supremely underwhelmed.

Runner Up:

Praha, České republice
I meditate more and more everyday about my trip. I imagine the friends I will make, the food I will eat, the drinks I will share, the landscape I will take in, the European excursions, and the et ceteras I don't know about yet.