Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I could eat nothing but WHAT for a year?

Either Italian or Indian, or if I really wanted to be cheap and encompass a LOT, then I can just go with "Mediterranean" ;)


Vindaloo





Yesterday I ate an Indian dinner with Jose at this really cool place called Red Fort just in Torrance-town. We ordered the Spicy Chicken Vindaloo and the Lamb Tikka Masala, along with some naan. Although I claim Indian food to be among my favorites, I don't actually eat it very often, but every time I do is like slipping into culinary heaven.



Before Indian food I actually couldn't stand spicy food. No Mexican food for me, no Korean food, so why all of a sudden Indian food, which is notorious for their spices? There's something about the flavor that's difficult to explain. I feel like the Indian brand of spicy has more flavor than that of other cuisines, such as Mexican or Korean (no offense, I'm just going by my own experiences). Not only that, but they have several side-dishes and sauces and drinks that work to balance out the spiciness such as mango chutney (I almost can't eat Indian food without it), this sweet ranch-like sauce I forgot the name of (although it might be more Middle Eastern than Indian), mango lassi (fffff I love mango!), and of course, chai. Ya'll do know that milk cancels out spicy, right? Not water! As for the mango chutney, it's essentially mango jelly, and the first time I tried it I was like, "Why on Earth would I put fruity jelly on my spicy meat?" But, dear God, it's genius.



The place was very nice too, it was very well put together with a sweet entrance and a red theme going on—hence, Red Fort. They had a huge screen playing Indian music videos (on what appeared to be an Indian version of MTV), and it sat atop a very small stage, almost unnoticable til I had to visit the restroom (which I did a lot to blow my nose—I love Indian food, but I'm not yet immune to it!). There was also a little disco light ball on the ceiling, and Jose and I wondered if they held events. The service was great as well, and every now and then a guy with a great beard and turban asked us how we were doing. At the end of our meal he told us all about their buffet, which has a surprising amount of food. Definitely going back! He was really nice too, I think he was the manager.



So yea, Indian food, love it to bits.

But when it comes to something that might sustain me for a year, I'd probably go with Mediterranean, since it's got both saucy and fresh. I suppose Indian cuisine has some cool freshness to it, too, I just haven't tried enough. Are you a fan of Indian food? Would you let someone smitten by it (namely, me) know about your favorites?



Of course, I can also go an entire year just eating Filipino food.

Which I spend most of my year eating anyway.

Mama's cookin' never gets old!





Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sweet Weekend


Man, using 'sweet' as a synonym for 'cool' or 'awesome' only makes me think about how many sweets I'm missing out on. I mean, Melissa's going to have a cake ball party on Saturday. CAKE BALL PARTY. This Lent thing is so hard when you give up something you love. But I'm gonna push through it, and I'm going to be awesome, and EVERY CAKE AND ICE CREAM AND COOKIE AND MUFFIN WILL TASTE SWEETER THAN IT EVER HAS EVER

Anyway, I had a pretty sweet (@_@) weekend, so I'm gonna talk about it under the cut!

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So on Friday I went with Jose, Brendel, Luis, and Venus to Santa Monica to see the indie film Tokyo!. It was actually three short films in one, and the only thing they really have in common was that they were all set in Tokyo, Japan. My favorite was the last one, Shaking Tokyo, about a hermit, or hikikomori, who slowly finds his way out of the house for the first time in 10 years. My second was the first called Interior Design, directed by Michel Gondry (of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Science of Sleep fame), about a couple who moves to Tokyo to start careers but finds their relationship cracking under the pressure until some radical change goes down. That one and Shaking Tokyo are pretty neck-and-neck to me. The second one, Merde, wasn't that appealing to me, and it certainly felt the longest of the three.

After the movie we actually got to meet Michel Gondry and main actress from his film! But not before they took questions in the theatre. Michel Gondry is so funny XD He signed my poster :D Jose got both of them to sign his, and we wanted all our posters signed but they kept slowly running away from the crowd. Afterward, we dropped off Venus to her home and went back to Torrance to eat at Norm's. Gwen joined us, and then we all went to Luis' to play new songs on Rock Band. I left after 3 songs and went to Kyle's house, where some old friends PJ, Jess and their mom were visiting. I was tired by them, but I hadn't seen them in 4 years so I couldn't just NOT go! We played Family Feud on Jess' computer and ended up leaving at 4AM, damn.

Saturday Kelsey and Alexa came! Yaaay! We went to Auntie Julie's house for her Guitar Hero World Tour party XD I was pretty hyped about it since I love playing Rock Band, and GHWT is nearly the same thing. I kept coaching everyone on how to play each instrument, and they were pretty impressed by my own playing. I got up to Hard on Guitar! Stayed Medium on Drums though. The four of us cousins walked around the neighborhood briefly, then returned for more rockage. I fell asleep around the 5-hour mark(!!) when they finally switched games to Wii Sports. When we got home, FSK (me, Kelsey, Mika, Alexa... no, you don't get to know what FSK stands for ;P) watched Twilight on DVD and fell asleep.

Today was pretty much a free day. Our moms said that we were on our own, but the one time they say that, we had almost no idea what to do! Alexa wanted to go ice-skating, but none of us was feelin' it, and she kind of always wants to go, so we settled for something we all agree on: shopping XD Jose came with us, and we went to Del Amo and then the Galleria. I didn't buy anything, but I had my eyes dead-set on a swanky pair of Creative Recreatiion Dicoco's. Daaaamn. I saw one for $80 bucks, which is pretty good for those shoes, which usually run upwards of $100. For a while after shopping we were frustrated and bored, but we ended up eating out. Mika and Jose got L&L while the rest of us got Chipotle. Mmm :d






So now they're all gone, and the weekend's done, and damn, I've never had to download so many fonts in my life. In some cases I'm only really downloading for how a single letter looks @_@ Typography ftw!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

QUIZ DUMP

Okay, so thanks to Facebook, I've started taking those stupid online quizzes again. I was really into it back when I used Xanga and MySpace and I constantly posted my results on each entry. Nowadays I hesitate to post, since I think it's a waste of space... but I suppose NOT IF I DO A BUNCH OF THEM AT ONCE!

So here they are, right under the cut, a bunch of fun quizzes you can take.

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You Would Be a Crafty Superhero



You are naturally curious and even a bit of a snoop. You like to have dirt on everyone - both enemies and friends.

You need a lot of freedom in your life. You like to do your own thing, and you don't fit into any normal mold.

You understand people quite well and often know what others are thinking. Because of this, you can get people to do what you want.

You tend to feel apart from the rest of the world. You don't really fit in, and you don't try to!

You are a true intellectual. You are thirsty for knowledge, and you are curious about the world.






You Are Mind



If you dream it, then you can do it. You are very mentally sharp and strong.

You enjoy challenging yourself both at work and with studies. You love mastering difficult tasks.

You thrive in new environments, even stressful ones. You are able to study everything objectively.

You have a upbeat attitude, and won't be deterred easily. You are open minded and optimistic about the future.






You Are a Whiteboard



You are a dreamer, a visionary, and a straight up idea person. You are very creative.

Even if the things you think up are a bit wacky, they often are brilliant.

You are an adept problem solver. You are always tossing around dozens of ideas.

You would make a good artist, designer, or architect. You do best when work feels like play.






You Are the Artist



You are unique and inspired. You aren't happy unless you are making art of some sort.

Almost anything can be a catalyst for your creativity. You find the whole world stimulating.

You have beautiful visions, and you're good at expressing them. You like people to see what you see.

You also have an inventor's spirit. You're always thinking up new ideas and concepts.






You are Honest, Loyal, Generous, Humble and Tolerant



Loyalty:

You value loyalty a fair amount.
You're loyal to your friends... to a point.
But if they cross you, you will reconsider your loyalties.
Staying true to others is important to you, but you also stay true to yourself.

Honesty:

You value honesty highly.
You're unflinchingly honest, even when it's not easy.
For you, integrity is very important - in yourself and others.
People may not always like what you say, but they know they can trust it.

Generosity:

You value generosity a fair amount.
You are all about giving, as long as there's some give and take.
Supportive and kind, you don't mind helping out a friend in need.
But you know when you've given too much. You have no problem saying "no"!

Humility:

You value humility highly.
You have the self-confidence to be happy with who you are.
And you don't need to seek praise to make yourself feel better.
You're very modest, and you're keep the drama factor low.

Tolerance:

You value tolerance highly.
Not only do you enjoy the company of those very different from you...
You do all that you can to seek it out interesting and unique friends.
You think there are many truths in life, and you're open to many of them.






That's all for today! Who knows, I may throw in more whenever I feel like it, lol.
Isn't it just so much cleaner under the cut? :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Life is short, have an affair


I've been hearing commercials on the radio lately advertising a dating site called Ashley Madison. Here's the one I heard today:

Woman 1: Hey, guess what!
Woman 2: What?
Woman 1: I'm seeing another guy, and he's fantastic!
Woman 2: Really?
Woman 1: Yea, and I found him on Ashley Madison dot com!

Here's the rundown of Ashley Madison:
It's a dating site that specializes in "Married Dating & Affairs."

I don't even know how to begin describing the absolute rage I feel toward this idea.
What the HELL is going on here?

First of all, don't normal dating sites do the trick already? If a married woman wants to have an affair, couldn't she just pluck someone from another site like OKCupid, PlentyofFish or any of the other numerous dating sites out there? I suppose the members of AshleyMadison already know what they're getting into, and they're into that.

Second of all, why the hell would you advertise it? So much for clandestine.
But I suppose it's a good thing. Any wary spouse can head on over to Ashley Madison and see if their beloved it having an affair.

This is absolutely ludicrous
Look at the site's tagline, too: "Life's short, have an affair."

Life's short... have an affair?
How about, life's short, date around BEFORE you get married? Cripes!
Adultery is one of the lowest sins I can personally think of. When you marry someone, you make a choice to stay committed to that person through sickness and in health, in good times or bad, no matter what happens. You're in it for the long run, you're in it for life. So based on that, wouldn't you want to spend a good bit of time choosing well, just so you know that your spouse WILL be someone you can live with for life? Maybe that would stop you from visiting idiotic sites like Ashley Madison.

This makes me so sick, I want to do something bad to that site or the people in it.




Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bittersweet

In about one more month, I will allow myself to eat dessert foods again.

Since I'm not Catholic, I've never been required to participate in giving up anything for Lent, but this year I gave it a shot when it dawned on me that I had an incredible sweet tooth and that I should cut back because diabetes runs in my family. It was rather opportune, and Lent gave me the push I needed.

It was hard at first, to determine what "sweets" I would give up. Some of them were obvious: ice cream, cake, cookies, brownies, but others weren't. Did yogurt count? Yogurt was healthy. What about various pastries? Those lemon loafs from Starbucks? I decided to say "dessert foods." I still eat sweet cereals and drink chocolate milk, though. Skipping on the Nutella. Perhaps next time I try to give something up for Lent I'll make it a little more definite, like chocolate, where you can't make a mistake as to what "counts" or not (you know, white chocolate is not really a chocolate...).

I've noticed a few things on my adventures without sweets.
To read on, click below the cut!
(As you can see, I'm trying to be conservative with the homepage space lol)



If only the bear claws in my school vending machines were like that

Today I went into the school art store to peruse some art magazines and look for a snack to eat. I was surprised to discover that my choices had been sliced in half thanks to my Lenting. Is that a word? It is now.

Most of the things I'd consider getting were scratched from my choices: cake loaves, danishes, cookies, candy, brownies... there were a LOT of them. I told myself I wouldn't include pastries, but if they're sweet enough I figured I'd include them too. Man, those bear claws. I usually get those because I'm not a big chips or crackers gal, too dry for me.

This past Sunday I met up with Jose and G to talk about a prospective comic project (more on that in the future, possibly) at Starbucks, and while getting some drinks I almost bought a cake loaf without thinking. Obviously I thought about it, so I stopped myself. Mika said that if I can make it through Lent without caving, she'd buy me a ColdStone cup :d I smell a "That's How I Roll" in the future, and I "Love It!"

So just from all this, it's pretty obvious that I have a good sweet tooth going on. As if my nonstop cake-eating that went on shortly after Jose's birthday didn't already give it away. I hope that I can cake—take, TAKE!—something from all this and not just go back to my sweet-binging ways after Lent is done. I don't want diabetes :(

Something kind of freaky also happened, I dont know if I want to connect it to my current lack of sweets or not. I recently went to the doctor and she weighed me in at 97 pounds. That's horrifying. I can also factor in the fact that I hadn't eaten before seeing her, and within the course of a day a person's weight fluctuates about 2-3 pounds, but still! I've lost quite a bit of weight! People looking to lose weight, TAKE NOTE!

People often tell me how "lucky" I am to have such a slim figure, and I do suppose I am. Thank God for my fast metabolism. Even so, I don't want to be horrifyingly skinny. I don't think I am right now, I've got some curves, but it still scares me a little to be this light. It makes me feel fragile, and that's one thing I hate being.

I've come to the conclusion that I NEED MY CAKE DAMMIT! It keeps the junk in the trunk where it needs to be! :P

But I'll still hold out. I want that ColdStones.

And the satisfaction, of course.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I went there.


(Click it to see it in full!)
Inspired by the guy who made this amazing monstrosity:



Check out more of Happy Harry's stuff here, it's pretty great. Very Hannah Barbera and the rest of those good ol' cartoons. I love his style :)

Oh yea, and if you want to use my nifty Watchmenpuff (HA) pic for any reason, please let me know and credit me. Link back to here or something. You don't even have to wait for my permission as long as you do those things ;)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

This city is afraid of me,

I have seen its true face.
That's right, I just watched the Watchmen.

And I'm pretty damn pleased.

Yes, I have read the graphic novel, only one time all the way through and then bits and pieces over and over (like the ending) before handing it off to a friend I was eager to show it to.

I went with my mom, sister, Jose, Andrea, Gwen, and Luis. A rather mixed group I know, but nobody seemed to mind. They all loved it! None of them have read the comic either, so I couldn't gush over the differences and stuff.

That's exactly what I'm going to do right now, actually.
I love using this "cut" feature. I do realize that you have to click twice to actually get to it, but I hope that doesn't turn ya'll off.

I'm going to post my thoughts on the movie AND its comparison to the novel, so if you haven't watched it or read it and want to, DO NOT CLICK UNDER THE CUT! However if you want to see my thoughts on it and know all about it, then yes, please. And leave comments. Or hell, if we want to avoid spoilers you can just talk to me personally.

And now...

SPOILERS FOR WATCHMEN!

First of all, the beginning. Of course.
It was a nice beginning, it did well to set up the movie with the 80's setting, Nixon as President on the TV shows you what's going on in their time, and it starts off right with The Comedian's death, which is the catalyst for the whole movie. In the novel you kind of see details of it over time and piece it together by yourself, but that technique is better appreciated in the novel. It's okay in movies if it's truly the main focus, but Watchmen had so much more going for it, so setting it up at the beginning was a smooth move.

The action in that whole scene was INTENSE, almost ridiculously so.
The only thing I can think about was, "Yup, this is a Zack Snyder film." Granted, I'd only seen one other (300), but his style is so distinct with the crisp action scenes, the slow-downs and speed-ups, and the CG'd blood. Not only did that scene set up the movie well, but it was as though Zach Snyder just stamped himself there: "This is my movie as I direct it, my interpretation is what you are watching."

Then came the montage of the past heroes or Minutemen, as they were known. Wasn't too sure about that, but I suppose it was all right, it kind of "got it out of the way" and again set the tone for the movie: we're dealing with masked avengers, they've been around before, and they were around again. From one generation to another.

Man, this movie was long. 2 hours and 43 minutes? Cripes. I loved it.

Remember when I said I didn't know how to write reviews? Yea, that still applies. I can't be arsed into trying to critique it chronologically, I think in terms of scenes and characters and crap, so I'm going to go down the list of characters and what I thought of them.

Rorschach / Walter Kovacs
My favorite. High expectations. Well met.
Jackie Earle Haley played a great Rorschach. He was small, compact, and his face! He wasn't as ugly as the graphic novel's Rorschach, but um... I'm glad for that, hahaha. His voice was Batman-esque (a la Christian Bale, you silly man), but understandable. He was great, so great. I loved him, he made an excellent Rorschach.

Silk Spectre II / Laurie Jupiter
I can't be arsed to spell her real last name, so don't bug me about it, kay? :P
At first I thought she looked a bit too young, at least compared to the comic. She still does, but she plays the woman quite well. I think I grew into her. I don't like how straight her hair was XD Laurie's hair should have more volume! Oh well. And her costume! It was supposed to have this cute little skirt thing that I loved. Again, these are just the characters, and I'm pretty much nitpicking. I loved her face though, it's quite Laurie. Overall a pretty good job by Malin Akerman.

Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman
One thing that really bothered me was that he glowed SO MUCH. I was like, did he really glow that much in the graphic novel? Was he such a huge source of light? I don't have my Watchmen with me (whenever you're done Dre, I'll take it back :P), but I can't recall him emitting THAT MUCH LIGHT. Again, nitpicking. I like it when he's smoother. I expected his voice to be deeper, but he had a nice voice. Nice and soothing and I-can-see-neutrinos-but-I'm-so-detached-from-humans-y. Oh yea, and his nakedness did not phase me. Life drawing has desensitized me! Jose wondered if they modeled his junk after anyone. Could it be Billy Crudup himself? I shudder at the thought...

Nite Owl II / Dan Dreiberg
Oh my goodness, I loved him in the movie, I loved seeing his dorkiness come to life. He could've used a bit more pudge, and I wish they'd kept his dorkier costume, the one here was a little too badass. Does that make sense? He seemed pudgy enough in civilian clothes. Heeeee. Man, I was trying not to go all fangirly in this "review," but see what happened? Whatever. Patrick Wilson portrayed nerdy little Nite Owl pretty well.

Ozymandias / Adrian Veidt
I wasn't too satisfied with his performance, actually. Not only did I feel like he could've been buffer (as Adrian in the comic), but he could've been more of an arrogant little bastard. He does have this holier-than-thou air about him, but it's so femme in the movie, he could've played it up more. Matthew Goode played him.

The Comedian / Edward Blake
Man, he was intense. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was the perfect Comedian.

Okay I got tired of that, let's "cut to scene(s)," as they say.

I was only really disappointed with two scenes: Rorschach's flashback of the murderer with the dogs, and the end. The first one is just a sort of personal preference, and the last is just... well, it's the end, guys, c'mon.

Rorschach's Flashback
In the movie he kills the man by butchering his head with a huge-ass knife. The comic he sets the whole house afire and watches it burn for an hour. I liked the comic version better. I'm not sure why Snyder changed it. Budget? Artistic license? Excuse for more blood and gore? Simpler to get the point across? I hope not the last one, because the point got across fine when he burned the house down. I was also searching for that line about the "violent continent" of blood on his coat, but there wasn't any! I loved that line. Oh well.

I think I'll save the ending for later, and instead talk about some other changes to the film.

I can tell a lot was cut out, like all the interactions with the Bernies, Rorschach's psychologist's life, more on Hollis Mason, stuff like that. I'm a little glad they cut the bit where Hollis Mason dies, because that part depressed me in the book.

I also noticed they cut the entire part where they go back to Rorschach's place after springing him from jail. They skipped a lot of media coverage of Rorschach, like that lady (his neighbor) who falsely accused him of propositioning her for sex. That would've tied into the trip to his place later, where he confronts her but does nothing about it and at that point I thought he went "soft" a little. It's a little character point I loved in the novel, but I can understand why it was taken out of the movie: it wasn't central to the main plot. I loved the scene they replaced it with though: Rorschach retrieves his gear from another room, and the line he delivers to the psychologist is just EPIC! "Your turn doctor... what do YOU see?" As he pulls on his mask once again.

OH! Another Rorschach line I love: "I'm not stuck in here with you... YOU'RE ALL STUCK IN HERE WITH ME!" Faithful to the comic, too! Bonus!

And the part where he offs the midget in the bathroom. The swinging door was pretty ingenious, I loved the effect, although it would've been more comical if they stuck to how it was in the novel, where Laurie and Dan are kind of idly discussing how Rorschach was ingrateful and Dan understands having to take a leak and what's that banging, and oh he flushed, let's go. That was one long sentence, hope ya'll got that.

I also think Snyder took a bit of "artistic license" with some scenes, like maybe by changing Rorschach's murder from fire-to-butcher, and definitely with the sawing-off of fat Lawrence's arms because he was in the way. That was REALLY DAMN BLOODY. But it makes sense, I mean, that way he's not in the way at all! By slitting his throat (as in the novel) he was still there, a dead weight.

Man, Ozy was so femme.

The film did a good job with the flashbacks, they were very clear-cut. Focusing on a character for a bit, then moving on without cheesy effects? Nice :)

Also, I sort of didn't notice how incredibly violent things were until I saw them in action. When Comedian shot the pregnant woman, it hit me harder than it did in the novel. Right through the stomach! That's his child! My mom actually thought the child would live and then grow up to be The Comedian's killer. That's a pretty good idea, but it's too small for Watchmen. My mom's pretty sharp when it comes to movies otherwise, like she was quick to pick up on "THE END IS NIGH" dude being Rorschach, and Veidt being behind it all, but I suppose it's more obvious in the movie.

Okay, let me discuss
The Ending
.
You all know how it ends in the novel: He teleports this weird-ass octopus-like creature to New York, thereby killing thousands of people. The media says it's from another dimension. Adrian had kidnapped novelists, artists, scientists, and engineers the world over to be a part of his team to build that thing and then get it there. When I read it in the novel, it was the weirdest thing ever. I mean, really? I guess even Watchmen couldn't escape some classic wtf?-comic-moments. Still, by itself it was a thing to be appreciated.
In the movie he uses Dr. Manhattan-technology to create explosions in cities all over the world, not just New York, although it explodes there too. It appeared to be an attack on the world by Dr. Manhattan himself. I guess that would make sense, like he would retreat from Eart and plan his attack, etc. I like how he went from this god-on-Earth being that all the public feared and loved at the same time, to a "common enemy." The U.S. had used him as their trump card, and suddenly he had his own agenda, at least that was the assumption afterward. One thing is, why didn't the rest of the world just assume that the U.S. did it since Dr. Manhattan was on their side? I suppose blowing up New York too would negate that, but still.
There also wasn't enough Adrian-remorse going around at the end. I wanted that the most.
I wanted Dr. Manhattan to stay behind and tell Adrian that he was right, only to patronize him by saying "nothing ends. Nothing ever ends." In the book, that was my golden moment. Having Adrian be right took me by shock, and I guess I sided with Rorschach for a bit there, but knowing that Adrian wasn't all that right thanks to Dr. Manhattan was nice, and I wish so badly that they'd kept that. Instead Dan accuses him of deforming humanity after attacking him. It wasn't as impactful, it would've been moreso with Dr. Manhattan because he's Dr. Manhattan, he can see all of time at the same time and crap! And Laurie said he "would" say the whole "nothing ever ends" at the end. Aaaww. Boo.

One thing I really loved was the soundtrack. I was so surprised with how good the songs were! I guess I expected a lot of Dark Knight-esque doom-and-gloom instrumentals, but some songs really made the scenes they were in. Having "Unforgettable" playing for the whole opening Comedian scene was great, I love that sort of juxtaposition. And hey, he really was unforgettable.
And "99 Luftballons"!
And "Hallelujah" playing during the sex scene! Which was, by the way, a bit too long for my tastes, it's like, "We get it, he can get it up now because he's more confident and they make love!" They didn't even show the sex inthe book, just the aftermath! XD But yea, the "Hallelujah" made it a little funny, actually.
I'm getting the soundtrack ;)

That's the end of the spoilers, I think.
I feel like I "reviewed" it as a total fangirl. But I know what I liked and what I didn't, so there you have it.




As the movie went on I started to understand why certain parts were taken out, and these were mostly parts that weren't essential to the main plot. Watchmen has many plots in the novel, but the main one by itself is already this big sprawling creature that needed 2 hours and 43 minutes just to get across on film. I agree with all the critics that say it didn't live up to the novel. Honestly, what could? They're completely different formats, but I think they can both be appreciated, just on different levels. That's a point I really want to emphasize. The motion picture is linear and you can't control the sense of time you can instill upon it like you can in a graphic novel where you can flip back and forth through time, picking up things and remembering again. Things had to be compromised for the medium.

In my head I equated it to remixing any song into, say, a dance song: some parts are changed, amplified, added, subtracted, but if it's good it'll keep its essence. It just has to be fit to dance to.

They took the book and changed it, amplified it, added to it, subracted from it... I felt like it kept its essence though, and it was fit to watch. It was good. It was very good.

After the movie I went to Luis' house with Jose and Gwen. We discussed Watchmen and I loved explaining things to them. I wanted so badly to tell them how some parts were different from the novel, or what was missing, but they hadn't read it. THEY HAD BETTER! At Luis' house we did what people always do at Luis' house, play video games. Left4Dead ftw!

Now I'm home, I've probably been writing this for the past hour.
I really did just have to get this out, y'know?
Because I just watched the Watchmen,
and I was pretty damn satisfied.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Mmm, relief!

I've got noooo homework this weekend!

Probably because everything was due this week:

* Final version of the radio station logotype for Typography
* Choice of Work and Preliminary References for Art History
* Outline, Proposal, and References for Astronautics

That last one was a doozy. I only thought I needed to type up the outline, but when I looked at the assignment again it said I needed a 500+ word proposal and references! I kind of mad-dashed it, but it's okay since it's like a draft. I'd rather turn it in like that than late.

I was really happy with my logotype for graphic design, a lot of people seemed to like it :)

The assignment was to redesign the logo of any existing radio station. We had to be thinking about the genre of music being played, the target audience, among other things to determine our design. It also had to look decent when shrunken down, because a logo needs to be recognizable enough to become an identity and go on business cards, letterheads, posters, etc.

I picked San Francisco's Energy 92.7FM!


More about the logo here!
I went with a sort of "night club" vibe, since it plays a lot of dance music and remixes, stuff you'd usually find in a dance club. So that explains the neon colors. I went for a hip, modern look to target a young audience since most of the dance music is contemporary and not 70's or 80's. I used black in the background to amp up the neons and bring the whole thing together.

I put a pulse behind the "92.7fm pure dance" and equalizers inside the "energy" because they're both easily recognizable symbols for dance music. Why? Because they're electronic symbols for sound, and the modern dance music and remixes energy92.7fm plays utilize plenty of electronic effects. I actually had to reason this all out in a creative brief. Luckily it's all pretty straightforward. Our professor said that many artists often just "do what feels right" and don't really know how to explain it because jump from point A to E without really stopping to think about the reasoning and referencing that occured in points B, C, and D. Luckily I like to reason and analyze ;) It isn't such a good thing when I analyze BEFORE making art, but I think this system where I make art then analyze it works for me.


Do you like it? :)

I installed Adobe CS3 onto my laptop, so now I can do all this fun stuff like play with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash. There are other programs and I wasn't sure if I needed them or not but I kept them anyway. Together they only take up almost 6GB.

I actually look forward to typography assignments now. They're way fun :)

And I get to post what I did here! :D
(Provided that none of you steal it. Please don't. At least not without my permission.)

Oh yea, I got my face painted today by a lovely young man sitting in the grass with a group that had signs like "FACE PAINTING" and "FREE HUGS." His name was Dave, and he told me to have a beautiful weekend!



Yes, I got two. That is a Sun, and that is a purple Q for QUEST!

ABDC Finale tonight! Check it!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Heroes tonight

Okay fellas, this is mostly to test out the new under-the-cut feature I pulled off a nifty tutorial. If you've ever been to LiveJournal or Wordpress, you might've seen this feature put to use: on the main page you have a post, and a link you can click on to expand the post. It's really helpful for long entries, especially those with a lot of pictures or videos embedded.

Also really helpful for spoilers!

Therefore, to read my opinion on tonight's episode of Heroes, just click and go "under the cut!"


The Cut!

'Sup party people! Is this thing on?

Okay, so yes, I am apparently "among the few" still watching Heroes. A lot of people fell out after they realized that the 2nd season sucked a bit, and the Writer's Strike didn't really help. Like a good little fan, I stuck around for Volumes 2 and 3, and now we're on 4: Fugitives.

Heroes seems to be slowly getting back to its feet. Volume 4 is looking good so far, what with Nathan and his troop of baddies rounding up the specials and whatnot. Granted they've only really started rounding them up one at a time.

I actually feel like the plot is running around in circles. How many times are we going to have to sit through fake Petrelli-brother hugs and Peter flying away and almost getting shot at? Seriously?

In tonight's episode, "Exposed," Sandra (Claire's loving adoptive mother) was pretty much a BAMF.

"How do you know how to make a fake I.D.??"

"I'm going to the movies with my son, is that a federal threat?"

BAMFY BAMF BAMF! Loved it.
They need to get the plot moving. I might be harder now because a lot of the magic of season 1 was discovering the heroes and their abilities, and everyone had a clear objective: Peter wanted to figure things out, Claire was testing her abilities and angsting over being a freak, Matt was trying to juggle his ability into his life, Mohinder wanted to further his father's research, and Sylar wanted more powers.

Oh, don't get me started on Sylar.

During Volume 2, I kind of like what they were doing to him: stripping him of his powers and holding him captive? Sounds like a nice fall from grace, after being stabbed by Hiro. I hated what they did to him in Volume 3 though. Please, what's with all the sudden subjectivity to Mommy and Daddy issues? Angela shows him a little love and all of a sudden he's everybody's lapdog?

He's still got the Daddy issues, but at least it's more focused now. He's spent the past few episodes finding his dad. Hopefully he finds him soon, I don't want this dragged out too long. Remember the wonderful, arc, Heroes? Use it! I rather enjoyed the little flashbacks Sylar had. But "Mommy... Mommy..."? CHEEEEESSSYYYYYY even for MY tastes!

Oh yea, and I really want to see this whole Rebel thing taken to another level. I haven't been keeping up with the off-show stuff even though I get texts from Rebel, but I hope they reel some exposure of Rebel into the show soon. That'd make for a more interesting plot point. Is it yet another organization hellbent on the acquisition of supers, or a lone rogue just lookin' out?

We'll just have to find out!





Was that fun or what? :D

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My day of dance

Today Jose and I went to Hollywood's International Dance Academy to take free dance classes! My Auntie Amy had told me about it earlier. Can you believe that, an entire day of free dance classes! There were so many classes like hip hop, R&B choreography, breaking, salsa, Bollywood, jazz technique, and so much more.

We had planned to get there at 11AM to start off with the salsa class, but we ended up getting there at 11:20. Instead we watched the beginning toprock class, until the instructor said we can join in! So we did, and I'm glad for it: it's definitely the class I feel I got the most out of. For those who don't know, toprocking is like the basic step for breaking. I've never really wanted to describe any dance as "catchy," but toprocking is definitely catchy. I can see why Jose does it all the time!
Oh yea, our instructor also told us that their studio is the place where the crews from America's Best Dance Crew practice. Sure enough, "AMERICA'S BEST DANCE CREW" was totally graffiti'd on the wall. SWEET! I should've snapped a photo of it.

Afterward we stuck around with the same instructor for the hip-hop class. I was a little disappointed by the fact that it was all just choreography to a specific song instead of some moves I can use for a lot of songs... when I told Jose this he said that I liked freestyling more. I guess in theory you should be able to pull what you learn from choreo'd things into freestyling, but whatever. The hip-hop class was really fun though, there were so many people and the instructor, Duo, was awesome. His choreography was great :) I think I even like the song we danced to, despite the fact that I'm really not into this kind of hip-hop XD I just now associate it with an experience I enjoyed~

After hip-hop I attended the Bollywood class and Jose was going to sit out because he has "no interest in the Indian subcontinent." So I gave him my backpack and caught up on our moves. Two minutes later, Jose came back in! :) Later on he admitted that it was one of his favorite classes, heehee. Our instructor said that Bollywood (did he say 'Bhangra'?) dancing is very physically demanding and energetic, and it REALLY IS. There's so much hopping around and doing that weird tip-toe-glide-across-floor that MC Hammer does. It was kind of like dancing musical theatre, which I loved.

The flow of the classes was very nice, because toprock was kinda tiring, and hip hop was a little better because we had to go through choreo kinda slowly, and then Bollywood was WAY tiring, then we went to popping next, which wasn't too physically demanding. It did,  however, demand such a high control of the body and robotic precision that I honestly did not have. I do like popping as a style, but I definitely had the hardest time in this class, especially with the tutting. I'm kind of bad with my arms during dance unless it's really big and showy, like the ones in Bollywood XD

Last class of the day was probably the best to end with: breaking. I hadn't planned on attending it before, but I thought since Jose came into Bollywood with me, I'd do breaking with him. It was the most tiring! Some of the basic moves, especially on the floor, were very similar to capoeira though, so it wasn't too terribly hard for me. Pose, toprock, drop, power move, freeze! XD At the end of the class he actually made us form a circle, and he made us all dance in the middle (not at the same time)! A good number (maybe half) of the class just sat out of it, I decided to stay in, as did Jose. At first I was afraid that only the "good ones" were staying, but I saw some people there who had as much experience as I had (none). It felt good to be controlling my body in those kinds of movements, I basically felt that way when I took capoeira. It's all about being stronger, stretching further in order to make it work, and it feels great.

I really loved taking those dance classes. I do like dancing, but I don't feel like I have enough natural coordination, so I enjoy taking classes and learning moves, committing them to muscle memory. Ever since the class I've been popping my arms XD As much as that class frustrated me, I just like doing the moves, and it'd be pretty sweet if I got'em down.

After classes Jose and I went to UCLA to meet up with Brent before heading out to Westwood and eating at Noodle Planeeeeeettt!! I love that place so much, you have no idea. Especially the garlic beef, which we ordered along with pad thai and pad see-ew. Jose and I were so ridiculously hungry we just kept eating without talking. Before then (which was around 5:30PM) we hadn't eaten since 10AM. We thought to go to Diddy Reese's, this ice cream and cookie place in the same neighborhood, but I guess we didn't just because I've given up dessert foods for Lent. Sigh. I always go to Diddy Reese's after Noodle Planet!

Brent: No, you really gave up desserts? Why??
Jordan: I know, why couldn't I just have given up breathing or something?

Next time!

So that was my day. I really, really enjoyed it all, and I'd love to take more dance classes, or at least learn more from others. When I was little I loved being in my ballet/tap/jazz class, and I think when I hit puberty I hated the idea of me dancing because I was an awkward teenager and crap. People say that how you are as a child is the clearest indicator of how you will be as an adult. During the teenage years you just accumulate hormones and experiences and stuff, but generally you see a person's "purest" form of personality when they're a child, and that may include interests as well.

After all, 15 years later and I'm still obsessing over science and drawing my heart out.

Let's see if I can't get my groove on again ;)