Friday, December 31, 2010

Hello Twenty-Eleven

“Before, this city was like a geeky kid sister, and now it's getting noticed by all the older boys. We've got curves now.” [Helena Andrews, one of BLTWY's 35 under 35 who is changing Washington D.C.]
2011 means a lot to me as a soon-to-be college graduate. So I, more than some, hope 2011 shapes out to be one of my best years yet. I might still consider myself the geeky kid sister (despite being an older sister), but by the middle of the year, I hope to be sitting in or around D.C., making a life for my twenty-something self.

I've also started a new tumblr for excerpts of news articles and some commentary if anyone wants to check it out.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Music; Water & Candy

Another blog reboot fail. One day I will make it past two posts!

I did manage to make a mix for a friend, so here it is:

01/ All Summer; Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam of Vampire Weekend
02/ All Day Day Light; The Morning Benders
03/ Release Me; The Like
04/ Boyfriend; Best Coast
05/ Paris (Ooh La La); Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
06/ Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin; Mayer Hawthorne
07/ Bullfighter Jacket; Miniature Tigers
08/ Eat That Up, It's Good For You; Two Door Cinema Club
09/ Prince of Tacoma; BOAT
10/ The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade; The Joy Formidable
11/ Generator ^ First Floor; Freelance Whales
12/ Animal; Neon Trees
13/ The Ghost Inside; Broken Bells
14/ Suzie; A B & The Sea
15/ Camera Talk; Local Natives
16/ Home; She & Him
17/ The Cave; Mumford & Sons
18/ What's In It For?; Avi Buffalo
19/ Ghosts; Laura Marling
20/ Older; Band Of Horses
21/ Science Fiction (Demo); Timothy Rabbit

This mix is longer than my usual because it was originally intended to be a birthday mix. It ended up being five months late, but better late than never, right?

I have been keeping better tabs of what I read and see on the internet, so maybe that will help in organizing and getting posts up. I'm also considering that I need to cut down on sleep to get more things I want to do in my life.

**Maybe I'll even let my friend take pictures of me again, but probably not because I am the most awkward model in the world.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

TV Round Up: 30 Rock, The Office, Fringe, and Undercovers

Hello patient readers! I'm going to try to start a better posting schedule so I can refresh my brain and organize my thoughts better. Of course, this is not the best week for me to be starting, but we shall see how it passes!

Out of schedule, I would like to share a few little snippit thoughts on some shows this week. This Thursday in particular was amazing for me as a viewer.

30 Rock, The Office, and Fringe were my far my favorites. Those episodes are some of my favorite of the entire series of the shows thus far.

30 Rock because I am a sucker for politics and I loved Queen Latifah's Representative Regina Bookman. I hope she comes back. The race dialogue in the show was especially interesting as I just finished reading Watching Race by Herman Gray that dissects presentations of blackness in television in the 1980's and early 90's, including the role of exceptionalism (Twofer) that is explored in the episode.

The Office was just pitch perfect for me. I'm one to still have high regard for the show since Jim and Pam got together. I think the writing is still superb week-to-week, even if my fan enthusiasm has waned, but this week just filled me with joy. Seeing Andy sing, the unrequited aspect of his feelings for Erin, seeing Jim and Pam grow up, Michael's silly shenanigans, Darryl. It all just worked so perfectly. I laughed, I ached, I did all the things that needs to be done. It probably comes down to seeing Andy in Sweeney Todd.

And Fringe. Playing with the new alt!world is allowing the show to grow more than it would have normally. Watching Olivia try to retain her old memories and getting to know the alt!world is more memorizing than I expected. It's like seeing another side to the characters you know and love.

As far as least favorite, Undercovers was underwhelming for me this week. I am a fan of the lightheartedness of the show, and the spy genre in general, but this week was flatter than the other two. I'll keep on it because I still find the show charming and cute, nothing serious to wrap my brain around, but I am finding their trope a little trite and I don't know how long I can keep it up if every episode is the same. Let's see some development! Just a little? It doesn't have to be a super serious spy show to have some substance.

These are not the only shows I watch, but I just felt so much love for these episodes I had to share.

{Photos from FOX and NBC}

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Music #001

I was thinking about how I have several playlists sitting on my computer that I feel like sharing a couple months ago. I am now posting them. No cover art for this one, I just wanted to get back to posting.

01/ 3 Rounds And A Sound; Blind Pilot
02/ You Can't Force A Dance Party; Dent May & His Magnificent
03/ Sofia's Song; Sufjan Stevens
04/Hold the Morning; Hey Marseilles
05/ The Garden That You Planted; Sea Wolf
06/Cover My Eyes; La Roux
07/ Passing Afternoon; Iron & Wine
08/ This Boy; James Morrison
09/ You Got Growin' Up To Do; Joshua Radin
10/ Mosquito; Ingrid Michaelson
11/ Open Fire; Sarah Mac Band
12/ Gone For Good; The Shins
12/ Blue Eyes; Mika
13/ Jodi; The Dodos

Between classes, work, fashion week, tv premier time, upcoming election, and the constant news cycle, my life is in shambles, however I am considering starting a fashion blog with a dear friend. It'll probably be on Tumblr because I love that platform a lot. Maybe I'll get my butt into gear and post about my fall tv schedule. It's pretty packed at this theoretical point trying to figure out what new shows to watch.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Distracted Media: Islamaphobia versus important stories

{image source: uzairm, NASA}

Really, this fiasco surrounding the Islamic community center two blocks from ground zero is completely absurd, but I figure I would officially put my claim to the "endorsing it" camp. There are a million other places to get a play-by-play of all the hatred flowing around surrounding Park51 and, I guess since it matters?, the is-Obama-a-Muslim debate, which of course matters.

Instead, I'll focus this little post on the tragedy occurring in Pakistan right now.

  • 20% of the country is flooded.
  • 5-6 million are displaced.
  • 20 million affected, 6 million children.
  • 2.7 million in need of life-saving medical attention
Ways to help:
More photos:

For more cheeriness, UN Dispatch's top five most ignored humanitarian crises.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

In defense of: The Jonas Brothers

I've been sitting on this post for a while (it's been sitting in my drafts for a couple weeks) and this topic has been running in my head for quite a bit longer than that. I figure since I haven't posted in a while, I figure I will just throw caution to the wind.

The first in my "In Defense Of" series, I will try to explain my undeniable love for, of all things,The Jonas Brothers and most things they touch.

I hate the term "guilty pleasure", because as the wise John Mayer once said "I don't believe in guilty pleasures, I believe in pleasure". He might be talking about prostitutes, I'm not sure. The point stands that if you like it, you shouldn't feel pressured to feel like you shouldn't. If that makes sense.

This is my relationship with the JoBros since I'm a little bit older than their normal demographic, and, I hate to use this phrase, but cool (because I don't really know what cool is - but most of my music is described as indie, another term I hate to use, but describes what I need for now). I've never seen an episode (or even a clip) of Jersey Shore, I don't have the taste for trashy reality tv. It doesn't make me feel better about myself (as my friends and reviewers have mentioned for watching such entertainment).

But I do have an affinity for saccharine sweet, hooky pop music at the right time. Summer is usually my peak of such notes, this one is no exception. Yes, they're a little bit hokey, but that's part of the fun. And I like to think they don't take themselves seriously.

This would't really be a problem if I didn't have so many opinions about these boys and their endeavors that I have no one to share with. But I think it's easier for me to deal with this group in particular (I also enjoy the occasional country-pop no-longer teen, but don't have the same fondness for her character - and constantly pick at the grammar and structure of her songs) because I feel they do all this with a little wink the to side. Sometimes I will listen to a song and burst out laughing (often...). I feel I'm laughing with them and not at them, but who knows. My delusions save my feelings of guilt from becoming too powerful. Maybe I think they're more self-aware of themselves than they are, or maybe not.

I'm not sure what I'm trying to prove with typing this out, this has just been something on my mind often. How I do have reasons for enjoying music aimed at audiences half my age; it's hooky, they write their own music, they haven't folded their personal values (as far as we know), they're hilarious, adorable and growing more and more attractive (thank goodness they have left behind the long-straighten-their-hair days), and have better style than most kids. They strike me as genuine, which is hard-to-come by in this fast-paced, self-edited world we live in.

I will probably never see them live as much as I find them to be great entertainers and would love to see it, something about the price and the thousands of screaming tweenage girls repels me, but they make me happy and I shouldn't feel guilty of that.

Reading list: July/August 2010

First. Happy Belated 49th Birthday to my President.

Second. A little relief in the overturning of proposition 8 in California for now. Longer thoughts later. (A little bit from me here.)

And third, my pile of books and other readings:
From left to right. You Shall Know Our Velocity by David Eggers. I'm almost done with this one and it's brilliant, as Eggers is to me. A fictional travel memoir about two lost boys in their twenties. Pretty great.

The Mars Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. This is not your light and fluffy read, though it is short (268 pages, big font and small pages). Series of vingettes (are they that?) during the time Earth starts expeditions to Mars. As Ray says, it's not really a sci-fi novel, it's a human novel that takes place on another planet.

Livability by Jon Raymond. Short stories about middle-class living in America to cleanse the palate.

So, I call myself a geek, but I'm not a comic book reader, as much as I've wanted to be. I'm starting now. I did read a few Scott Pilgrim graphic novels a couple summers ago, and soon I will start with Watchmen.

I don't know why this photo is vertical like this because the file certainly is not. I like fashion magazines. Pictured are Vanity Fairs and Elles and a New Yorker. I also enjoy Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Lucky, The Atlantic, etc.

Now it's bedtime because I have to wake up in eight hours to get to work. (I was able to get my work study job a few weeks early!)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Thoughts: Living an external life

Let me just say first, that since using Chrome on my lovely little netbook for five months (let's call him Quintin - Quinn for short), it's been hard getting back to Firefox. I now use Chrome on my bigger laptop (Herbert, I think - Herbie for short) most of the time, and sometimes use Firefox. When I do use Firefox, I realize that I miss it, but really, Chrome is faster. Sigh. And thus ends my #firstworldproblem of the day.

I was reading an article from the New York Times ("I Tweet Therefore I Am" by Peggy Orenstein) that at first I disregarded, but have been pondering for a few days. Her take that she was so focused on writing the best tweet, or to distilling her everyday activities into concise, shareable sentences, that she was losing some part of living. Me, I try not to tweet too many "personal" notations - I try not to narrate my life on my twitter and share other things, but I'm also on many other "social networks" that I deliberately edit my interests and myself accordingly. I feel too edited now.

I saw someone mention on Tumblr that the thing they like most about John Mayer is that he's honest. And it's true. He says things you don't agree with - he seems to have the most mish-mash of interests - but he's honest about them. I have a hard time with that sometimes. I will turn off my audio scrobbler if I am listening to an artist deemed uncool for various reasons for a long amount of time. This whole judgmental atmosphere disheartens me, but I buy into it too. Vicious cycle. Being me feels harder now than a few years ago for some reason.

I should just throw caution to the wind and let the judgments fall as they will.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day life: Fun in Portland-town

I am terribly irregular when it comes to posting. This is why my life is contained in lists most of the year. I did go to Portland this weekend to visit some friends and my favorite city.

The first stop was to the Bridgeport Ale House on Hawthorne. I got the porter, yum!

We stopped to smell the roses on the way to renting some movies at...

Movie Madness! Where you can find fun movie memorabilia collected by the owner. We rented the fourth season of Doctor Who for my friend Abby and her parents' marathon of the new series, and The Brothers Bloom with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, and Rachel Weiss. Loved the movie, disappointed in the end, sort of. I put my own theory to the ending that I love.

The next night we went to Movie in the Park and watched Pretty in Pink. Here's the pink Voodoo Donuts' truck!

Afterwards, we dropped by the Pied Cow for some warm drinks and conversation trying to do a British accent. We did manage to go through almost the entire conversation bumbling through sounding slightly-British, but would drop it when we talked to the waitress.

Two less-personalized posts to be up this week. Summer reading, and SHOES!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day life: 2010 - 07 - 23 / 24

I hope everyone had a happy weekend. Mine was mostly filled with sunny skies, a little shopping, some Project Runway and Star Trek

I finally bought some alcohol in the states after turning 21 abroad five months ago. It feels good to just have a beer and watch some of my favorite tv or with a meal.

I love these sandals and can't wait to take them out when the sun starts shining! They're a little too big, so I wear them with inserts, but aren't they darling? Just a little sneak peak at a summer shoe post soon.

And my two buys at A Rusty Rooster in my hometown. It's a lovely little antique store with little odds and ends that I adore. It looks like a lot of things were marked down (unusual), but it means I will probably be back several more times this summer. But first, I need to find a leather strap for this lovely satchel. The leather is buttery soft now, and the inside is roomy will all sorts of compartments! And it was only $2.40 (marked down from a reasonable $6.70). Crazy good.
The other purchase was a muffin tin to keep some of my earrings in.

Not very exciting, but a couple other things filling my time has been:
  • Comic Con news! (Especially the hilarious Community panel - and of course the pen-eye stabbing! CRAZY!)
  • Finding out that my Representative in DC is retiring (Rep. Brian Baird) from leafing through my voter's pamphlet. Right now I'm voting for Denny Heck.
  • And, of course, Mad Men fever! (my favorite link so far: creator Matt Weiner being interviewed by the amazing Diane Sawyer)
Here's to another great week! And it should be as I will be in Portland starting on Thursday to see some of my favorite people.

ETA: I'm also on the lookout for: a new mobile phone (upgrade time! - I'm considering an iPhone, but unsure) and a new camera (pretty... please? But my sister is letting me use her's for now). Any comments/suggestions are wanted!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Obsession: SYTYCD

For years, one of my favorite parts of summer has been the chance to catch the delightful dance competition So You Think You Can Dance, often shortened to SYTYCD, and their ever-changing, personality-filled contestants. This year is no different, even if the formula has changed slightly by cutting the dancers in half and adding all-stars. Although I think the producers' hearts were in the right place, I'm not sure it was the best of decisions. I love my all-stars (I have watched every season), but the other contestants shone a little less (less time to get to know them too) plus the all-stars barely talk.

I'm happy with Adam Shankman being a regular judge (love him!), but I miss the rotating guest judges and I'm not that impressed with Mia every week (her love for José and mistrust of Kent irks me - mostly her love of José). I am glad Mary is no longer here, but sometimes I do miss her enthusiastic praise.

This year, it has been the year of the boys. Taking out the top twenty and putting in a top eleven (with six boys and five girls), left the dancers at the tweenage girls' mercy and the girls mostly lost. It was sad to see, but I have to admit that my favorites were boys too. Pretty much all of them. But the only one I truly dislike this season is also male (José, who probably wouldn't have made it to the top ten in a regular season - personality without talent for other styles can only take you so far).

My favorite? Alex Wong. HANDS DOWN. Amazing dancer. Heartbreaking that he left all too soon because of an injury. (Also, what is up with all the injuries this season? They obviously need to change something - three weeks in a row!)

Second favorite? Kent Boyd. So effing cute. I can barely handle it. He is just full of "aw shucks" good looks and boy is he talented. Really. And he's grown so much as a dancer!

Lauren (and Ashley) warmed their way to my heart too. And I did mention I love all the boys other than José. And I thought Lexie left too soon. And probably Maria.

With those left, I might choose Robert to be my favorite to win. Or Lauren. IT'S SO HARD TO CHOOSE! They're all so lovely (except José). Here's to hoping Billy is well enough to continue on tomorrow! (I also adore Billy. And Adé Cheké.)

Apologies for the un-uniform picture sizes. Lack of images (and the amount of time to fix images) is the number one reason I post so sporadically.

Anyway, with So You Think You Can Dance and America's Next Dance Crew, I have no idea why anyone would watch Dancing with the Stars. Why suffer through badly danced, simple routines when you can watch quality dancing with complex choreography is beyond my comprehension.

All photos were taken from

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Dreams feel real when we're in them..."

"Dreams feel real when we're in them..."
"What's the most resilient parasite? An idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules."
I finally saw Inception today, which is a funny thing to say when the movie has only been out for a day and a half before I saw it. That's how big this movie was because I couldn't handle being on the internet (mostly Tumblr) and seeing so many images from a movie I was so excited for, but haven't seen yet.

I don't want to spoil anyone, so I will just say go see it. I was worried it might have been overhyped and I wouldn't enjoy it as much, but it still blew my mind. I didn't think it was as cerebral as everyone was making out to be, but it definitely isn't a dumb movie (I'm one who usually abhor dumb movies), but I'm not sure how thinky-thoughts it really is. It's still great great GREAT.

One of my favorite things about this movie that I love is that it uses characteristics from many different genres. I was on the edge of my seat (annoyingly, but understandably, the girl next to be was flailing every other minute during the last hour of the movie), trying to figure out where each piece of the puzzle was placed in the bigger story, I laughed, almost cried. I was completely involved the entire way through.

It's not perfect, and I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, but it was a damn good piece of film.

Friday, July 16, 2010

the muser.

I'm a fickle little one that has started dozens of blogs only to stop. This is just another one of those experiments. I like to jump on new sites and hobbies to see what sticks. [Spoiler alert: not that much.] I'm going to keep this particular post as generic to me as possible, and continue to update and tweak the hell out of it.

I spend too much time reading my twitter stream [which is full of journalists and news sources], looking at my google reader [which is full of fashion bloggers and more news sources] while listing to music, and watching tv, although I do sometimes watch movies too. Oh and I'm a technophile with an affinity for sci-fi.

Since my dalliance into themed blogging left me uninspired, I'm turning the leaf to general musing blogging, as rattled and chaotic the subjects of my future writings may be. Watch for short news commentary, style inspiration, what to watch/listen to, and timey-wimey-lifey things.

Other internet-y places you can find me [for the time being]:
twitter ; tumblr ; flickr ;

find what you want