Thursday, March 26, 2009

wake me up

current tune: "Y Control" by: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Routine. Predictability. Knowing.

I feel like my mind is in hibernation.
I'm ready to move on from Cazenovia and everything in Central New York.
I'm a caged bird with no plan and no where to go, just the need to get out burning through its chest.

Maybe Senioritis is hitting me early.

Maybe I'm a burn out in a town of no change or controversy.

I'm going to watch "I <3 Huckabees" and hopefully find inspiration before work.

Monday, March 23, 2009

movie: Gonzo

current tune: "Slideshow at Free University" by: Le Tigre

***Full title: "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"

Last night I had the random and opportune chance to watch the documentary "Gonzo" last night with my good friend Mandi and her mutual friend. I remembered reading about Hunter S. Thompson, his work, and the documentary in an old issue of Rolling Stone magazine at my house at some point.

It's one of the things you read in the living room with a drink and think, "Wow, that look interesting. I'd like to see that at some point." And then you do!

Hunter S. Thompson is the wonderful creator of such works, such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

Mr. Thompson was oddly very attractive (in my opinion!) with a sharp mind for political issues around him and the well being of the country he lived in and issues surrounding him and the American Dream.

I would have gladly written about him and his American Dream, when I was studying abroad.

He was passionate, ridiculous, and loved to explore the inner subconscious of the human psyche.

It was an amazing documentary, that I wish to own for myself.
I don't know if it's the era, the attitude, or the way of life that attracts me so much to the '60's and '70's, but I enjoy them and what they stood for very much!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

the liberation of music

current tune: "Bubbles" by: The Helio Sequence

Sometime I think about running away.

About existing and not living. And vice verse.

And just listening to my music......

A drawing I completed today.
Simple and small.

I just want my motivation back.
I want to be inspired.
I want to create when I feel the need to create.

I want to be free.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

slow riding

current tune: "Knowing the things that I know" by: The Blow

Since I've returned back into my hideout of a dormroom, I've started my mornings in a daze. A daze of things I should be doing. Remembering how I used to begin my mornings by always having a good breakfast in the caf. Showering. Not waking up at the time my class commences. And actually having motivation to tackle everything possible in one day that I could.

A lot has changed.

I don't know if it's me becoming more lethargic and lazy.

Or me becoming less naive about life.

I stumbled on this cute animated short that I found awhile back, and I thought I'd share. It always makes me a little happy on the inside every time I watch it.

You can visit the site, and find out more on Oktapodi, or watch the video on youtube.

I've been painting quite a bit lately, and when I can snag someone else's camera to take some photos, I will share with the rest of you.

All two of you.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

everything is shit, except you, love

current tune: "Submarine Symphonika" by: The Submarines

I wanted to say this:

Thanks to the program stumble upon (a beautiful addiction) I found this.
It reminds me of something I'd see in Juxtapose.


Friday, March 13, 2009

movie: trainspotting

current tune: "Connection" by: Elastica

My good friend, Matt M., insisted that I see this movie before I went overseas for the semester, and I have found the reason why. My heart shed a couple tears after seeing flashes of London and places I have personally visited once I saw Trainspotting.

Trainspotting stars a young Ewan McGregor as a oddly emaciated punk-looking drug junkie and his broogs in an economically depressed Scotland. He, and his friends, Tommy, Spud, Sick Boy, Begbie, and his fling Diane go through ups and downs in their lives in the 1990's and almost make heroin a bit as a comic relief.

check out the U.K. trailer:

The movie has some great quotes, and almost makes you feel like you're experiencing their altered state of mind. I would classify this movie as an underground cult classic that every movie buff should have under their belt.

sunny day sushi

current tune: "Heavenly Peach Banquet" by: Monkey

**the animation reminds me of those who illustrate the Gorillaz music videos

Earlier this week I headed to Saratoga, NY with Matt, his mom, and his sister for nothing in particular besides a walk in Congress Park and some super good sushi! We looove eating at their Japanese Thai restaurant (right across the street from the newly moved comic book shop!) It's the best veggie sushi I've ever had, and tofu.


For the first time, I tried the iced Thai tea (which I'm pretty sure my best friend introduced me to last year) and it was such a treat!

I always feel so good after being full from a meal of sushi. It's so tasty and fresh, and I appreciate the fact that it can be made veggie friendly.

On the way back to the car we passed by a graffiti'd door and for some reason, really like it.

I couldn't tell you what media was used (most likely a fat black marker), but I enjoyed it none the less. Pretty random? I know....

Thursday, March 12, 2009

movie: black snake moan

current tune: "Girl" by: Beck

I've been wanting to see this movie for quite some time, and I finally had the chance to sit down and watch it, though it has been released since 2007.

Christina Ricci is one of my favorite actresses, and did a great acting job in this movie, as an almost white trash 20 -something girl in an (I'm assuming) Mississippi town. I love her in the Adams Family, Buffalo '66, Penelope; etc. and this is another movie that emphasizes her talent and charisma for taking on different characters and roles.

Black Snake Moan is raw, intense at times, and a little heartfelt in places to balance everything out. You fall in love with each character and see that even though their flaws may be unlike your own, one must overcome them to move on in life, whether it is in a southern climate or anywhere else.

check out the trailer:

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note: **a great Beck video

In my personal opinion, I would runaway with Beck Hansen and live a gypsy life in the back of our aqua painted 1970's VW microbus on the highways of western, U.S. making music and making art.

Monday, March 9, 2009

lazy monday

current tune: "Drugs in my Body" by: Thieves Like Us

I can shoot photos again...(with the use of my younger sister's digital camera).

Today is the first day I haven't had any obligations to lend myself to in such a long while. It feels glorious and which I could have more days like it in my life. I had the wonderful liberty of being able to sleep in with Matt and had enough time to make him some coffee to go and some mini bagel, egg, and cheese sandwiches! I also had the chance to use the new mug I bought for myself (and a matching one for Matt) from Target.

I absolutely adore the new Orla Keiley collection at Target! The 1970's geometric patterns and colors are very neat!

I made a vegetable sauce for dinner tonight fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, red peppers, carrots, and onions.

And I'm currently drying out vegetable seeds for this upcoming spring's garden. On the right is red pepper seeds I've dried out, and on the left are tomato seeds I'm in the process of drying out on the kitchen window sill.

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My life in pictures:

My family (at Christmas). We're dysfunctional and spread across New York State with me going to college and my dad working in Crown Point, NY, but we still come together.

My grandma's dog, whom we are taking care of while she is away at Florida. He likes to rub his face in the snow, ride in cars, and are old brown shag carpet in the livingroom.

And Ryo-okki, our tubby orange kitty who was quite curious of my laptop and the glass of milk I had just gotten on the end table.

If I could, I would have more mugs and animals in the house.
And a bigger vinyl collection.

stress and sprinkles

current tune: "I'm impressed" by: They Might Be Giants

Prior to spring break, which I'm currently on, I took the appearance of the white rabbit and was running around like the red queen was going to chop off my head.

I felt even more like I was in "Alice in Wonderland" when I volunteered to help my friend Kate with baking cupcakes for her "Grimm's Fairytales" play this week. Despite a schedule of projects, sketches, quizzes, and work I managed to make 8 dozen pink frosted rainbow sprinkled cupcakes.

Here is some progress of cupcake magic in my dormroom. My little army of sugary soliders for hungry bellies.

On a different note, I recently purchased some cute deals at Target a couple weeks ago that I just had to show!

This little hello! rug just brightened up my day. I especially love the big Hello!

Some photos of inspiration! (and sunshine!)

I'm going to be trying to take better, more attentive care of my blog, but it's become harder since my camera is no longer in action.

I'm hoping for a more organized life after spring break and to get as much creativity, inspiration, and paintings that I can get out of myself as possible! Hope for more pictures and inspiration....and maybe the need to nudge nudge me to keep to it!

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note: As I'm sure you've noticed I am in love with They Might Be Giants....and they're video for the above link is soooo good and uber good. ....except for the end.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

let me see you politicize my ride

current tune: "Cheated Hearts" by: Yeah Yeah Yeahs's been awhile. And a lot has happened. I've been thrown back into the world of awesome feminist-inspired music and sweet all-girl bands.

Some of these are:

Le Tigre
The Blow

Gravy Train!!!

Le Tigre has been a playlist all-time favorite for me. They are high energy, and their songs have very singable, danceable beats!

Check them out!

Also! If you want to find other artists similar to ones you're currently listening to, try checking out Pandora. My good friend Matt, back at home, introduced me to it and it has changed my life as far as music goes!