Saturday, February 28, 2009

The world will look up and shout


...WATCHMEN!


*Image courtesy of that nifty "Join the Watchmen" app on Facebook

It's official: there is literally less than a week until Watchmen premieres.

I'm excited, I'm so excited. I'm ridiculously excited.

I don't even know how I'm going to watch it.
Will I catch it at midnight?
Who will I see it with?
Will I see it in regular theatres, or IMAX?

So far, Watchmen scored an 81% on RottenTomatoes. I don't care who you are or where you live, but that's pretty impressive for the movie that should've been impossible to make.

Consider this my pre-Watchmen-viewing post, in which I sort out my feelings about the movie before I ever see it.

First of all, yes, I have read Watchmen, and have enjoyed it immensely. I appreciate damn near everything about it: the delicacy with which the characters are molded and shaped throughout the story, the intricacy of the plotline, the inclusion of items (The Black Freighter comic, excerpts from newspapers and books in the Watchmen world) to support the main plot, the climax (although it took me a while to accept), the pacing, oh, just everything.

The first time I saw the preview for the movie, I was like, "Hey, it's that one comic everyone says is the best ever!" And after a few weeks of forgetting about it, I picked it up on a whim at Borders because they had a bunch of them on display. Read, wtf?, reread ending, love, make crappy unfinished fanart — it was love.

I automatically got hyped up for the movie. I demanded that all my friends read Watchmen no matter what, and most importantly, before the movie came out. It was October at the time, so there was time. I had a long waiting list of Watchmen-borrowers by the time it had been a week after I finished the book.

The information on how Watchmen finally got its own film is rather interesting. Long story short, it had been picked up and dropped several times by directors who were too afraid to proceed turning the graphic novel epic into a full-length motion picture. In all honesty, who could blame them? There are so many elements in Watchmen that would simply be too difficult to put into a film. It's laden with flashbacks and inner references and parallel storylines. Alan Moore, the writer of Watchmen, said it himself: Watchmen was made to be a comic. In its entirety, it's something only a comic could accomplish. According to Moore, the best script adaptation of Watchmen he'd ever seen was done by David Hayter — the voice of Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid series!

Anyway, obviously Zack Synder (director of 300) picked it up ("My, Zack, what balls you have!" "All the better to direct Watchmen with."). The script they used is based off of Hayter's I think, with a few adjustments.
*To read the full story on how the Watchmen movie came to be, click here for the Wiki.


Opinions on the upcoming movie all differ, but one thing they all have in common is the apprehension. Some people are waiting for it to fail, and the more hopeful ones are just that: more hopeful. Everybody who's read the book knows that there's no way the movie will fully live up to it. While skimming through some of the reviews on RottenTomatoes, I noticed that most of the negative reviews addressed its inability to represent the book as a whole.

Well, duh.

Frankly, I used to hate book-to-film adaptations because there were always little parts cut out of the movies, and I'm sure many would agree with me on that. Now I believe that when watching a film adaptation of a book, you have to go in knowing it's gonna be different. It's going to be blindingly obvious in Watchmen: there's simply no effective way to squeeze all the intricacies of all the parts that make the Watchmen novel into the linear storytelling present in movies. If you try, it'll just be confusing. In the March 09 issue of WIRED magazine, Zack Snyder said that the original finished product was over 3 hours long, and he only managed to get it down to 2.5 hours after shaving down some scenes. That's the sacrifice you make when you're trying to creative a film fit for mainstream theatrical release.


When I go to see Watchmen, you can bet I'm going to go in expecting to see the film adaptation of the great comic — not an exact replica.

You can also bet your sweet little face that I'll post a "review" after I see it! Be warned, though: I usually want to review things I'm blown away by, and when I'm blown away by something, I'm pretty much rendered incoherent for a long time. I guess I'll do fanart, and express my feelings that way. That's what being an artist is all about, isn't it? ;)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The meaning of things

This entry inspired by a comment Christian left me on my previous entry. Here's an excerpt from it:

I just have one question about your Blog's headline/Blog-title...I am sure it is French..., but now to the linguistic/context question: Do you mean 'without reason'(=without cause) or do you mean that 'without mind'(=brainless, without intellect?)

Ah, "Sans Raison." I knew of the other connotations of the phrase based on context, but I thought if I left it alone it would take on its literal meaning: "Without Reason."
It's ironic because when I started this blog, it definitely had a reason: it was just a sketch blog. Now it's more of an all-out blog where I post thoughts and commentary on things in addition to the now-occasional sketch (sorry guys!), so it fits the title more now than it did before :P

I'll also discuss a comment Brent left me on a previous entry, but I'll save it for last!

I wanted to make the meaning of my handle, theJollity, clear.
Ready for the explanation?
Okay, so "theJollity" refers to three things:
  1. Gustav  Holst's "Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity" from his The Planets Suite
  2. The ruling planet of Sagittarius, Jupiter
  3. The fact that I am a Sagittarius
If you connect them all, you'd end up with: I'm Sagittarius, the sign ruled by Jupiter, and if Jupiter is the Bringer of Jollity, then I guess you can say that I am the Jollity that Jupiter brings ;)

Sure is catchier than "JupiterChild" or something cheesy :P
Jupiter is also my favorite planet! 

I'm pretty much everywhere under the name "theJollity," and it's actually caught on as a real nickname... usually in its shorter form, "Jolls," and I use that as a handle at some sites as well. I like my little nickname identity thing :D Jolls also lends itself to a lot of variants, like "Jollcakes" or "Jollbears" or something... okay only Jose really does that, but I like the idea XD

Okay Brent, your turn ;P

OOh, I know. I want a big fat Jordan-analysis on smileys, emoticons. It's not so simple as saying 'they're a replacement for intonation' and such. There's a different reason why we use them when we do, and how we do it, but I can't pinpoint it.
Well Brent, they're a replacement for intonation.

Haha, not only intonation, but emotions and meaning... hence, "emoticon." Emot-icon. Icon of emotion. In a wholly text-based internet chat (over AIM, MSN, etc.), you don't have the luxury of body language or even intonation, which together make up more than three-quarters of language.

...only 7 percent of communication comes from spoken words, 38 percent is from the tone of the voice, and 55 percent comes from body language.

Source: Wikipedia article on Body Language.

Essentially, when we chat online just through text, we're trying to convey 100% of the message through about 7% of our normal communication. What a disadvantage!

To compensate for intonation we CAPITALIZE, WHICH READS ALMOST UNIVERSALLY AS "SHOUTING" THROUGH TEXT, which would translate basically as LISTEN TO ME, YOU NEED TO HEAR WHAT I'M SAYING!! We also bold and italicize things we want to emphasize. Visually this slows the reader down, bringing the focus into the fixed words, much like you would slow your own speech to bring your audience's focus in.

To compensate for body language some of us use emoticons, and they're fairly straightforward:

:)  :]  =]  =)  :-)   =-)  ^_^ ^-^ Happy, smiling
:D :-D =D =-D Grinning
:( :-( =( =-( Sad, frowning
:'(  D:  ;-;  T_T  T-T  TnT  Sad, crying
XD Laughing
:P  =P  XP  Playful, teasing, sticking tongue out

You guys get the picture. 

So much of the English language really does depend on the delivery. I could say,

That's great!

But if I said

That's great! :)
It might mean I'm just satisfied.

That's great! :D
I'm even more than satisfied.

That's great! XD
Probably referring to a "great" joke

That's great! e_e
Okay this face is supposed to be the rolling-eyes, so it'd be sarcastic here.

See what I mean?
Using emoticons and things almost becomes a science when it comes to when and where to use them. Do you want to lighten up a serious subject? Emoticons usually do, especially ":P". Want to tell someone you love them, but not like that? Just add :P or XD or something (coming soon, my rant on how the English language should have more words for "love," hold me to it!).

Hopefully that quenches your thirst for some Jollnalysis, Brent ;P
Winking with tongue sticking out! I'm teasing you doubly!

Oh, I almost forgot something...

and what the HECK does :3 mean?!
:3
Look at it sideways. I think it's supposed to represent a cat, the 3 being its mouth that pinches up where the nose would be. Why is it used? I think to be cute or playful... because cats are cute and playful :3


Monday, February 23, 2009

Home sick / Oscar talk

Not to be confused with "homesick."


I think I've been sick with the cold for about 5 days now. I tend to get sick for a long time, so this is kind of normal for me. Thursday it started out feeling just like allergies, then Friday it felt better, so I partied it up at Jose's birthday shindig. Saturday felt worlds worse than the other two days COMBINED and yesterday, Sunday, Jose actually came over. He'd been trying to come over the whole weekend, but I kept telling him he'll die if he comes near me, but that boy is tenacious and I sure wanted the oranges he promised to bring.

Not only did he bring oranges, but he also brought calamansi (which he made a nice little tea out of), pancit palabok (we all love Filipino food!), and CAKE! I am never going to get better. I frigging love cake. I'm a little pig when it comes to cake, even if it's cheap-ass store-bought cake. Good thing I'm negating all this sugar with water...

It meant a lot to me that he wanted to come over even though I am essentially a bag of germs.

We ended up watching the Oscars and thoroughly enjoying it! Partly because of Hugh Jackman. Was that opening number gold or what? Jose thought it was a total byproduct of the "Youtube generation" and that it looked "Sweded" (those of you who saw Be Kind Rewind know what I mean). I thought the same way, and it was a way to make fun of the economic crisis (since Jackman did say that that's how it's done because of lack of money). Jose's good at putting his (and my) thoughts into very few words, a trait I admire about him. I guess that's why he's an English major.

I was really happy to see Wall-E nominated more than once, although what Jack Black said about doing a Dreamworks movie and then betting all the money he got from it on Pixar come the Oscars was a TOTAL BURN. Seriously. I loved Kung Fu Panda, but we all know who takes the cake in animation.

There were a lot of movies there that I wanted to see, like Doubt, The Wrestler and above all, Slumdog Millionaire. I'll admit, when I first heard the title I thought it was some kind of 8 Mile-esque hoodlum movie. Am I wrong to glean that from the title alone? When my friend told me that it has a "total Bollywood ending" I was like STOP.

HAMMERTIME.

...Bollywood??

I've never actually seen any Bollywood films, but there was a time when I was obsessed with Bollywood (or maybe just Indian pop and dancing... which Bollywood has). So I got intrigued. I looked up a short synopsis (didn't want to spoil myself, now) of the film, and the premise is definitely interesting: a "slumdog" joins a game show (Who Wants to be a Millionaire) and is weirdly good at it and apparently they suspect he's cheating so drama ensues and all that jazz.

After seeing that musical performance with the songs from Slumdog Millionaire and Wall-E (John Legend!), after seeing it win 8 Oscars, after seeing bits and pieces of it throughout the show... I really, really want to watch Slumdog Millionaire.

Oh yea, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button earned quite a hefty bit as well. Good movie, good movie. I wanted to see Milk too. Maybe I'll catch Slumdog with someone who hasn't already seen it when I'm all better. Maybe I'll make Jose come with me. I'm sure Mika wants to see it, too.

Jose wanted to come over again if I was still feeling sick today. I am, so maybe I'll see him again later. I might make him watch Phantom of the Opera (he hasn't seen it!!)... I wanted to last night, but we watched the Oscars instead. Then I remembered, oh damn, what if we cut into Heroes time? Tonight's a Noah-centric episode, so it's bound to be epic!

...It's cool, I'd rather spend time with him :)
And 'sides, I can always catch it online XD Thank you, Hulu!

Oh, last thought I wanted to tack on...
My aunt invited me to attend a day of FREE DANCE CLASSES over at some dance academy in Hollywood. How sweet is that? They have classes like Hip-Hop, Popping, Breaking, Jazz and... and Bollywood.

OH SHOOT~

Saturday, February 21, 2009

John Legend, you touch me

But not like that.
I love John Legend, I really do. Whenever I find a new song of his to totally love over, I feel like maybe I can relate but not really? I guess I'm only really talking about two songs here. It feels like I could've felt this way, were I in that situation. But I'm not. I love the songs anyway.

Alex once asked me if I could identify any musical artist that really "spoke" to me, like every song they wrote just spoke for my feelings. I can't really say. I almost said Muse, but they're just my favorite band, I don't necessarily identify with everything they put out. Back in middle and high school I was pretty much "THAT IS SO ME RIGHT NOW" over Linkin Park, but who wasn't?

Anyway, here are some John Legend songs for your enjoyment~

Someday


Everybody Knows



And man, I STILL want the sheet music to "Someday"!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Commentary for WIRED: March09

Yesterday my internet was down for a good hour or so, so I put my butt (well, stomach) on the bed and started reading my new issue of WIRED that came in the mail today. I really love that magazine because it kind of runs the gamut of subjects when it comes to articles.

They had one on netbooks - tiny little laptops that are truly just bare bones - and how they could take over the computer industry. First developed for the program One Laptop Per Child, these little things are meant to be sturdy, long-lasting, and able to perform basic functions (read: internet). Here are some sample specs for you computer nerds (these are of Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook):
  • Intel Atom N270 Single Core 1.6 GHz processor
  • Ubuntu Linux 8.04 OS
  • 512 MB System Memory
  • 4-GB solid state drive storage
  • 8.9 inches, 1024x600px screen
  • 802.11b/g wireless
  • 299$
Basically, the perfect on-the-go laptop, and WIRED speculates that it could possibly overthrow the more powerhouse notebooks. Why?

Because you could do all the basic functions right on the internet.
Word processing? Google Documents, and a slew of other free processing sites.
Picture storage? Photobucket, TinyPic, Flickr... pictures don't even need to stay on your machine for too long.
Music? Well, WIRED says you can just listen to them all online via places like Youtube and imeem and playlist.com, but if you're one for collecting and keeping all your music, a little netbook isn't probably going to be enough.
There are even online photo editors that could replace a lot of peoples' need for Photoshop! FotoFlexer and Picnik allow users to adjust photos online easily, doing enough to suit most peoples' needs (hue/saturation adjustment, dodge/burn, etc). If you need to do some seriously sophisticated work though, or Illustrator, you'd obviously need a heavy-duty computing system because little Netbooks just don't cut it.

Oh, and that's why they call them Netbooks: all you pretty much do is use the Internet, in all its glory. You can stick it in your smaller messenger bag, pull it out and update Facebook, check your email, etc. Crazy, right? I don't know how I feel about a lot of programs being moved into depending so much on the Internet, though. It's great and all, but I do like keeping my own files where they are. The Internet seems to nebulous to me, and I feel like anything can go wrong in a place that could be hosting all my documents or pictures. I like the security.

Another article detailed the making of the upcoming Watchmen movie, which I am honestly so retardedly excited for. They didn't actually go into production and stuff, rather just the Watchmen movie's journey. As an idea it had been kicked around a lot, and a lot of critics agree that it's just something that shouldn't be made into a movie because it has so many elements that won't fit into such a neatly chronological thing like a movie. The original was really going to be over three hours long, and it pained the director (Zack Snyder) to have to cut it down to two-and-a-half hours. Damn.
I'm excited, I'm so so excited.
I don't even know what else to say I'm so excited, I can't go and tell you how I hope this part will be filmed or that, because then I'd be spoiling it!

LAST WIRED ARTICLE I WANTED TO COMMENT ON had to do with design, and designing inside the box. Something you hear a lot is to "think outside the box," but in fact, you grow by thinking inside of it. I've always felt this way, but now I have WIRED to validate my feelings. :P

Limitations and rules serve to set designers on a certain path to solve a problem, because that's what designers are: problem solvers. You don't ask a designer to "do whatever you want" when they're designing a logo for a whole-foods market, and even if you do, the designer will be inclined to set limitations. First of all, it's a whole-foods market, so nothing on like sports products. Second of all, what's the image of the whole-foods market? Down to earth and for everyone? Gung-ho on going green? A lot of thinking goes into design, and when there are limitations and walls blocking you from doing whatever you want, the only way to go is up.

We succeed when limitations are set upon us. This is also why I believe that having more options as a teenager growing up in modern day isn't necessarily the best thing. Our parents didn't grow up with limitless options, and so they had to be resourceful and clever and rely on their own talents and strengths to pull them up to where they want to be. We can get a lot of things handed to us on a silver platter, and while everyone says they want that, do they really? Do you really?
So it doesn't just apply to design, but the way we work. It applies to strength-through-adversity, weathering the storm, and being the best. It's letting your mind work and letting your character really show through in the context of your situation.

I was actually going to blog about something else in addition to this, but I'd like to keep it self-contained. This should be enough for ya'll ;)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Back once again for the Renegade Wonder!

I'm back on 9thWonders!

For those who aren't aware, 9thWonders is the Official/Unofficial Fan Site for Heroes. Nearly 2 years ago (it will be on the 18th!) I joined after getting into the show halfway through its first season. That's actually where I first used my current handle/nickname, "theJollity." I was really active from that time, until around halfway through the 2nd season — I did fanart, fanfiction, interacted with the members there (who I still talk to to this day), damn near everything! I started to drop off because I got busy, and I wasn't that into Heroes for the 2nd and 3rd season. That's not to say I didn't watch it, but I didn't think very highly of it.

Now that it's back in the, I guess latter half of its 3rd season, I'm starting to like it again. I returned to 9thWonders tonight and was actually welcomed back by one of the mods (you still rule, wolfus~). I frequented it so much back in the day that I was totally well-known, and people still remembered me, and even though it's online I still felt kinda cool.

I can't pinpoint why I started to like the recent episodes. Maybe the pacing is closer to how it was in the first season: each episode was mostly self-contained, with elements that allowed for it to be tied into future episodes. I felt like the 2nd and 3rd season tried to cram a lot into a little, particularly the first half of the 3rd season.

ALSO, another Noah-centric episode next?! YES. Back to the glory days! "Company Man" back in season one was definitely one of my favorite episodes.

I don't watch TV much, but oddly enough, having a show to keep looking forward to is very nice. I've got two now: Heroes and ABDC!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Crossposted to Facebook

I crossposted the entry "Sugar Rush" to Facebook, because I thought it was a nice shareable entry. It had some humor, some personal little anecdotes, something serious, and above all a unifying theme. It was "worthy" of Facebook, so to speak.

Jose and I actually had a lengthy discussion on how I determine what to keep to the blog and what to post to Facebook. He pointed out that the only difference between them is the available audience and their accessibility. I agree wholeheartedly, and that's actually how I determine what to put up there.

This blog is my personal blog... it is public and people know about it, but the thing is, it simply does not get as much traffic as my Facebook page. Facebook practically steers traffic to my page with all the updates and whatnot! So naturally, whatever I post as a Note on Facebook is something I want more traffic for. This usually means memes or something interactive, some post in which I highly desire reader commentary and interaction. Now, here on Sans Raison I always encourage comments, but it ends up being more like feedback and little opinions from the few who read my blog. I'm not diminishing you guys or anything, since all my readers are the best ;) but if I want more interaction, I go to where I can get more traffic: Facebook.

Random Tangent: The new "Like" feature on Facebook is cute, but it really is just an excuse for people not to actually comment with their own words.

When I put "Sugar Rush" on Facebook, I was hesitant. It didn't have much obvious interaction (like a poll, survey, meme or question), so I didn't think as many people would be inclined to comment. I guess I'm selling myself short by thinking what I put out isn't interesting enough to comment on unless I can spoonfeed them something to do while on my post. Maybe I'm selling my audience short, too. Maybe I'm taking this too seriously ;P

When I think about these kinds of things, I kind of think about how I'm marketing myself. As a designer-in-the-making, I really try to find ways to appeal to people. I've kind of been doing that all my life as a chronic people-pleaser, but this way I get to explore ways to project myself. I'm doing that more with my writing (blogs) and self (social networking) until I grow the balls to actually do it with my artwork. I'll have to start small. Baby steps, you know.

I just got the textbook for my nonverbal communication class in the mail. It's so nice and crisp, and you know what the first thing I thought was?
"Damn, if I keep it this nice and neat, I can list its condition as "Like New" when I sell it back on Amazon!"

Yeeeaaahh.
Stuff like this doesn't go on Facebook ;)
I don't know, what are your opinions? I know I'm asking a limited audience here, but if you've read this entry, please respond. I'd like to know what appeals to you, what you're more likely to respond to, if really personal entries are okay on Facebook, etc.

Oh by the way, "Sugar Rush" got 6 comments total: 3 on Facebook and 3 on the blog. Well if that don't prove a damn thing XD

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Running commentary of tonight's ABDC

I would've done it on Twitter, but...
naaaahh.
ABDC Illusion challenge week!
Bullet form go!

(okay I'm gonna make all this white. Don't highlight it below unless you saw it, or just don't care :P I'll put it back to normal later.)

  • Beat Freaks WHAT. WHAT. WHAT. I need to know that levitation trick now. They incorporated it SO WELL into their dance, it was absolutely seamless. I started out not liking them because they seemed to be all about the fact that they were bgirls, as if being girls that did breaking made them special, lately they've been KILLING IT HARD. Mika's a huge fan. Jose predicts a Beat Freaks vs Quest finale. We'll see what happens. THAT WAS CRAZY
  • WOO QUEST! Okay, so JC said they did that posing thing again. I was actually worried about them, because how can they follow up something like what Beat Freaks did? They ended up doing a story type thing, but all through the performance I was nervous... I kept thinking, where's the illusion? Where's the illusion? After seeing Beat Freaks incorporate theirs so seamlessly, I was kind of looking for it here. They ended up doing it at the end, with the stabbing. Shane said Beat Freaks was on they' BUTTS! BUTTS, I SAY! Also, coatrack. I thought of Jose.
  • Huh, Strikers All-Stars did the same thing as Quest: they kind of separated the illusion from the rest of the choreography. If I had to guess why, it'd probably be because their tricks were more difficult than Beat Freaks'. Like they had to concentrate on it more.
  • Dynamic Editiooonnn! That was pretty sick, I hope they stay. I get all giddy every time they clog :P THEY MAKE ME WANT TO TAP DANCE UUUGGGHH. They actually did their illusion at the beginning, but then Brandon pulle the shoe thing at the end to kind of wrap it up. That was cute :)
  • Fly Khicks... not too impressed with the performance. The arm thing could've been cleaner, but I did like the way they did the splits to kind of reinforce what their challenge was. Mika was like, "Was that their trick?" and I said, "GOD I HOPE NOT!" I think they're going to leave. We'll see what happens. HAHAHA SHANE SAID YOU CAN'T BE HALF-STEPPING. AIN'T. NO. HALF. STEPPIN'.
TELL'EM JC. He says they'll face adversity, but they can't give up. Love it!

Okay, so far Beat Freaks had the best performance of the night. I'm a huge Quest fan, but I have to admit that Beat Freaks spanked them. On the butt. Delightfully. Hey, Quest said it themselves, they like it there :P

Then again, I think that the other tricks, especially putting something through the body (Quest, Strikers), were very much difficult to pull of, especially the way that Frans dude made them do it. During the rehearsal, Quest did that punching through the bodies thing that I think would've meshed better into the choreography.

WHAT DYNAMIC EDITION JUST GOT OFF WHAT
WHAT NO
NO :((((((

I voted for them SO MUCH LAST WEEK UGH
Apparently not enough :(

NOOOO BOOO

AW MAN THAT THING AT THE END WITH THEIR GOOD-BYE THING AAWW
aaaww.
They said that they wanted to prove clogging had a place in the dancing world AND THEY SO DID. Now I have to take up tap again. In their honor.

lolol Mika @ Fly Khicks, "THEY'RE SLUTS!"

All right time to vote.
QUEST QUEST QUEST QUEST QUEST
and some for Beat Freaks and probably Strikers too
but QUEST QUEST QUEST QUEST QUEST
http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/dance_crew/voting.jhtml?episodeId=5155

Sugar Rush

My current Facebook status is set to "Jordan G is getting rather adept at figuring out new ways she can develop diabetes in the future."

That's there because at the moment I was eating strawberry ice cream with a madeline in it (you know, those delicious little French cookies that are 130 calories and God-knows-how-much sugar apiece?), and thought I could make it even more delicious if I drizzled it in Nutella. That's a lot of sugar. Nearly as bad as when I put butter, syrup, Nutella, and then whipped creme on my Eggo waffles. I got sick to my stomach all of a sudden. I think of this stuff all the time. When I was a little girl, I thought it'd be absolutely bomb if I made a desert pizza, which would consist of:
  • A soft-cookie crust
  • Some kind of fruit jam spread
  • ...with ice cream
  • Random candies as toppings
  • Drizzled in Nutella (nothing is complete until drizzled in Nutella)
  • ...and whipped cream
Sometime last year Domino's had advertised their own dessert pizza, but it was just like an Oreo pizza, and I wouldn't touch it with a 10-meter pole.

So all that inspired my rather innocent, humourous Facebook status.

Then the thought hit me again, That's a lot of sugar. You know when a feeling suddenly weighs down upon you? I had that; I had a certain feeling of dread slowly press down upon me like a sack of flour. Flour used for baking. Baking pastries. Pastries drizzled in Nutella. Mmm, Nutella.

Anyway, that made me realize that I should maybe start reining in the sugar intake. My body hasn't suffered any consequences now — my blood tests within the past 2 years have been completely normal, and I'm not morbidly obese — but it may in the future. Diabetes runs in my family, and it seems to be a huge medical setback. I don't like medical setbacks. They say that what you put in when you're young often shows up in your body when you're older, and I can only hope I'm not too late to kind of alter my ways. I dunno, I've eaten relatively healthily... I eat vegetables when I can, whenever it's there, and it's there pretty often (thank you, Mommy). I like soups and salads... hell, I'll eat just salad for a meal. Salads, especially with meat in it, make great meals, because they don't have as much carbs to make you full so fast so you can just keep eating and eating those things, stuffing yourself with greens, giving yourself gas. I'm rambling now.

So yes, reining in the sugar intake. It sounds like something related to what my New Year's resolution was, which was improving my immune system. Many glasses of water and orange juice later, I'm not sick anymore. The dryness still gets to me, but what can ya do. Looks like I have another slight dietary change to look forward to.

But first let me finish this Zebra Hot Chocolate.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

100

THIS IS MY 100th POST ON THIS BLOG ALALALALALA~
So guess what I'm going to do?

SKETCH DUMP!

You'll have to click them to enlarge and whatnot, but yea.

I actually saw this guy while waiting in line at Carl's Jr. at my school. I thought the way he dressed was rather cute, plus the bag, so I kind of snapped a mental picture and then drew him later. He doesn't really have a tentacle, I just couldn't get his hand right after a bazillion tries.

HEHE It's Hok from Quest crew! I think I made his face too skinny. I dunno, I thought I measured it all right, but his face seems a little rounder in the reference pictures. Oh well.


If you fall asleep in class, I WILL sketch you.
(Not Samus)


Okay, I think I'll stop there :P
My sketches do not scan well, especially since I don't detach them from my spiral-bound sketchbook before pressing them up against my poor tiny scanner. I've been thinking about maybe ripping them out, or something, and getting those little plastic folders with the clips to hold it all in. We'll see what happens.

I also want to just go over them in Photoshop, but alas, I do not have it on my Mac yet. Software is being difficult!

Yup, that's the 100th post for ya. 61 of those 100 have been brought to you by NaBloPoMo. Crazy, right? That's like, 61% of them. Okay.

Here's to more, hopefully better posts in the future!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

And now I'll post!

So funnily enough, I've been sketching like mad ever since I lost the "obligation" to (the one I had for January's NaBloPoMo). I guess January saw the change of heart I had, right? Right? This means I need to get my ass over to a scanner, stat.

According to my friend Brendel, "stat" as used in the actual OR doesn't really mean "immediately" or whatever. He said it can mean like, "within the next 15 minutes or so." I found that kind of funny :P He knows this because he works in the OR.

Anyway~
I've had a pretty good past few days, so I decided I should blog about it!

On Friday I got to hang out with Scott, who was amazingly in town! We had lunch at In-N-Out and then we shopped around so he can buy gifts for his little brother. He doesn't really have one, just in the fraternity. How cute :) Later on, Scott, Mika, her friend Hana, and Jose and I went to watch the movie Coraline. It's based off a book by Neil Gaiman (I'm currently reading his American Gods, courtesy of Jose), and it's directed by the same guy who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas (no, not Tim Burton).

It was incredible.

I was totally reminded of why I love stop motion so much. I don't know why. Sure, it's not as smooth as CG, and you can totally tell, especially at the beginning, but I somehow love that aesthetic. It gives it character and a certain quirkiness of imperfection that I totally eat right up.
Okay, I'm going to talk about the movie, and it'll be spoilerific. If you want to read it, just hilight between the asterisks.
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First of all, I thought the opening scene where Other Mother is stitching up the Coraline doll was kind of creepy on its own. Moving on~
I really love the plot of this movie, and how much the characters lend themselves to it, especially Coraline. The foolish, unhappy little girl that gets herself into a big mess. I really loved Coraline's character and how it's just so strong, and it totally shows in all her actions and everything! From all her exploring to her sarcasm and stubbornness. THE MUSIC, oh man, I loved the music! That weird little children-chanting motif really gave it a great fantasy feel.
I loved the art. My WIRED magazine mentioned that over 200 facial plates were used for Coraline's facial expressions. The stop-motion animation was a little rough at the beginning... but then it got smoother near the middle, which lead me to suspect that part of it was CG'd. It's either that, or the crew got the hang of doing smoother stop-motion by then.
ALSO, WHAT ABOUT THAT OTHER MOTHER
I loved how she's a frigging SPIDER! And how they showed her slowly turning into one. Seriously, everything about that other world was so creepy, starting from when the Other Dad was letting slip all these clues about how evil Other Mother is. I think the scariest scene was when Coraline was making her way through the tunnel back into her world, and the door to the other world kept banging and getting closer and Other Mother kept screaming and crap... I mean, that was SO SCARY. The way it was filmed was so effectively creepy! Man, I want the DVD once it comes out. I also need to read the book. Coraline Coraline Coraline!

Oh yea, Russian dude's the best character. ;)
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I don't do reviews because I enjoy movies rather than analyze them, so all that was pretty much just rambling and gushing about it.
After the movie Mika, Jose and I went back to our place and chilled out, ate soup and toast with Nutella and drew. Then we played chess. He keeps beating me, and while I hate that I'm not as good with strategy as I'd once thought, I hate even more that I'm kind of a sore loser about it. I had my little sulky fit that night but then got over it.

Saturday (which I want to call "today", because I'm still awake) I went to church. It's been a while since I went, but it was great. I always feel better somehow after having gone to church, like I just took a refreshing shower. There was this kid there, looked to be about 12-years-old, on the drums, and he was amazing! He put so much energy into his drumming XD

Afterward, my mom, sister, and auntie Joy and I went to watch He's Just Not That Into You. Yes, two movies in a row! I won't block out a gushy paragraph for this one because I didn't feel as strongly about it. It was rather good, though. I read some of the book, which was funny :D

Then we (sans Auntie Joy) went to go babysit Sammy! WOOOO! God I love her. There was a period of time when my mom and sister were gone to get food, leaving me and Sammy alone in the apartment. She had just eaten, and I was trying to burp her. She threw up EVERY TIME I PUT HER DOWN. It's like, I kept trying to burp her on my shoulder and she just wouldn't do it! She was also really, really fussy, I didn't know what to do with her. The only thing that placated her was being carried around the house, which hurt my wrist because she was so heavy.

When we got home, Jose invited me out with his friend Jason and some others to dinner. I had already eaten, but I decided to go anyway. He and Jason together are so hilarious XD I don't even want to begin to say all the silly things they did, it'd make no sense. SPEARED PICKLE?

And now I'm home.
Go see Coraline.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

If, during a spacewalk,

the astronaut becomes partially or wholly immobilized, he or she cannot return to the space craft.

It is a matter of simple inability: by then it would be virtually impossible for the incapacitated astronaut to return to the cramped inner space of the craft. It is hard enough for a fully functional human being to re-squeeze himself back into such a small space.

He will have to be unplugged and left in the vacuum of outer space while the space craft and the rest of his crewmates make reentry into Earth.