I AM 16 GOING ON 17

hi friends,
i'm about to hit the hay for a quick nap.  going to work tonight instead of partying with my homies.  hope everyone has a joyful and safe (but not too safe, what's a new year without flammables?!) and delicious night.  i'll see you on the other side of the calendar with some music and memories from the 2016. until then,
good riddance!


Hang Times

STAYCATION ADVENTURES

i'm so bad at vacationing that i'm going back to work! haha.
it's true... we are desperate for techs.  i'm heading back to the lab two days earlier than expected because we need more coverage.  i don't mind too much... i'm not doing that great with my vacation plans.  :P

instead of finishing the book i was reading, i started a new one :(
i didn't go to the Earl Grey concert :(
i didn't get a hair cut (but i will this week so i guess it sort of counts?)
i didn't borrow any movies from the library (sorry bifyu, didn't watch Lost Boys yet, but i really want to since you recommended it!)

but it hasn't all been a bust.
i did do 90% of christmas shopping and wrapping.




i painted my nails.  dragon lady christmas tree green and gold! (but i just took it off about half an hour ago since i'm going back to work tomorrow)



holiday eating!


went to three aerial workshops! i might be able to squeeze in one more tomorrow afternoon.  we'll see... 



very aerial problems... little fabric burns in weird spots. 

#babyguns


more holiday feasting! 





i played more destiny! i still can't kill stirok but check out my WANING STAR jumpship that i won in prison of elders! 



even more fooding...






no wonder i always gain a few extra pounds on vacation. 8'D 


TCB

i'm on vacation!
i had to take a few days off work for some appointments and figured, why not take a few more and turn it into a little vacation?  looking at the schedule, december / january is going to be too tricky to take any extra days off and i didn't want to lose any more PTO so...
things i plan to do:

  • get a hair cut
  • paint my nails
  • finish all the christmas shopping
  • take some aerial workshops
  • finish some books i started reading
  • play Destiny (i've been trying to kill Stirok for weeks!)
  • watch some bands (Earl Grey at downbeat this saturday!) 
  • normalize my sleeping schedule 
  • borrow some movies from the library

this is my third day (out of ten) days off and here's what i already did:

started a new sewing project




dusted off and decorated the christmas tree



eat some good food



there is going to be a lot more seasonal eating for the next month, ahahahaaaaa...



there is also going to be a lot of this song on repeat. it's so stuck in my head right now, sorry!







anything else i should add to my list? tell me in the comments!




WHAT DO YOU SAY IN A LETTER

to a person who has just revealed their cancer diagnosis?
i'm so bad at reading emotions.
you know how i personally feel about this kind of thing; i'm subscribed to the truth.  ars moriendi.  looking at the numbers and seeing how good (or bad) the odds are.  accepting the reality and then polishing it with some gallows humor.
but i'm not a conventional person.
i think my friend is one of the glass half full, fighter types.  and we are both scientists so there was a lot of talk about genotypes and radiation tattoos. and this is great!  optimism is what the world needs!
but now i feel like i have to respond to this letter and i'm not sure what to say.  definitely not "sorry" or "get well soon"; it feels inappropriate. but i don't exactly want to sound like the grim reaper either. so  ???
if you have any suggestions, i'll be penning my response in a day or two.

FANGTASTIC

halloween is almost upon us so i thought i'd share some good vampire movies... since i'm something of a vampire, myself.


Let Me In



it's so good!  it's a movie about friendship and bullies and devotion... with all the normal vampire tropes affirmed.  my favorite scene is the guy-hiding-in-the-back-seat-scene.  really gets your heart beating, cheering for the bad guy!
also, the music is good (they don't write em like that anymore ♫ ).




this movie is a remake of a swedish film (which is based on a book)





What We Do In The Shadows




a mockumentary about [centuries old] vampires making their lives and making new friends in modern day new zealand.  SO FUNNY.  i especially love the old photographs that happen to look like the vampire subjects... really helps to cement this in reality.  also, the music is good... because it's so wacky!  it matches the tone of this film perfectly (and i wouldn't have expected any less from flight of the conchords).


A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night



ahhhhhh... i can't believe i didn't think of this before! it's so obvious that the burqa is a perfect disguise for a vampire!  it's such a pulpy movie, you can't call it a horror movie.  it's in black and white, which i like (i think colors would be too distracting), but it's not exactly a noir.  it's just... it's own genre.  also, the music is good (if you like post punk, goth, no wave...)





Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter



this doesn't really make my "favorites list" but i like this as the alternate history time line.  totally unbelievable movie, with totally plausible events.  i motion that a person is not fit to be president if they cannot match their intellectual prowess with physical ability.  how great would that be?  obama would totally win in fisticuffs against other world leaders, amirite?  i don't want a president who can't out run possible threats (such as bad guys with knives, kaiju, vampires, other world leaders).  but i digress.  my point is, Lincoln = brains + brawn


'Salem's Lot



i've only seen the 2004 version, i haven't seen the original '79.  i love the mansion.  i love the PAINT IT BLACK cover song on the credits.  to be honest, i like this because i like the book.  i've read the book about a dozen times, even though it's the first book to ever scare me (if you see your dead friend at the window, don't invite them in).  i like that everything goes to shit in a matter of days when you live in a small town (and oahu is a speck, on the globe).  i like the doctor named Cody (he died a human, he never turned!).  strongly advise reading the book at least once in your life!  (especially if you plan on getting into the DARK TOWER in the future).




tell me your favorite vampire films in the comments, i will watch all of them (if they are available at the library)!

A RECORD MONTH

at the beginning of october i went to the annual record fair!


LAST YEAR i bought such goodies as these: 


#hrf2015 haul


here's a post about my finds that day: http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2015/08/hrf2015.html

THIS YEAR, i was specifically looking for that Tycho album i passed up last year (SO MUCH REGRETSSSSSS) and the doors, among other things.  i already have the 7" single of light my fire but i really wanted the long version (i think it's like 6 minutes long and they don't play it on the radio that often) and i was pretty hopeful i'd find it here.  

here's what i ended up getting: 

Accident prone

Yes, the doors i was looking for!  it also contains the Alabama (Whiskey) Song as well as Break on Through (To the Other Side) so i'm pretty happy about that.  I also got a b/o The Zombies.  I was looking for a 7" of Time of the Season but this LP has it PLUS She's Not There AND Summertime.  so, YEY!  also picked up a Devo single.  i love getting 7".  it's like here's that one song you know and love... and a little something-something on the B side you might like. *wink

no, i never saw that Tycho album again.  nor did i find anything else on my wish list (i am so desperate for a copy of Modest Mouse, Good News for People Who Like Bad News).

my budddddy emmmmmily was in kona and she asked me to keep some eyeballs open for some albums:



which i also didn't find. :(

but it was a fun day anyway!



so after that weekend, i decided i hit my quota and should not be going crazy over records... but then i heard Hungry Ear is closing! U___U
they are going to build a condo on the university ave property and the record shop is getting the boot october 31st. so sad!  they have an announcement on their facebook and website, please read: http://hungryear.com

consequently, they are having a huge moving sale... and i just thought it's the right the thing to do...

and i found TREASURES!

Accident prone

JAWBREAKER. are you kidding me?!  this album has been on my wishlist for so long (i even see it mentioned on the HRF15 post!) i never thought i'd find it.  and lo!  when i least expected!  so i had to get that, of course.

and then i saw the album emily wanted me to look for!!! so i had to pick this up as well, in case i never see it again!




flipping through the 7" stacks, i found a beloved oldie  (sing with me, guys, "ooooh... ahhhh... precious moments...") and this cool jack white single, Black Bat Licorice.

3 and 3

 to be honest, i don't know many songs besides the white stripes standards, but i went to his concert WITH EMILY and they played this song!  and you know how i feel about licorice. and bats. i felt like the kismet was too strong, i had to get this too.

and the cherry on top?
i have a thing for dead wax messages.  so i was very pleased to see this records says (A) bankhead or banquette (B) bad hectare
SWEET. :D

one day i will share all the dead wax messages i have... i think i've collected five or six so far.



special thanks to le boyfriend who has no interest in collecting records and listens only to radio top 40 alt rock.  he came along and waited patiently while i methodically flipped through the crates with a ritalin-like focus.



as you can see, it's been a  spectacular month for this vinyl junkie.  if you need me i'll be in my room cranking up the speakers. ♥♫

SLACK LINE TO MY HEART

before we get too far away from september...

last month when i went to see motion city soundtrack (see here: http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2016/09/commit-this-to-memory.html ) the opening band was a local group called Earl Grey.

Earl Grey

after the show i immediately downloaded all their music from bandcamp.
https://earlgreyhi.bandcamp.com
they are currently my favorite local band!

i really like their song HANG TIMES



and LAVENDER





if you like Basement



or sunny day real estate



or sorority noise



etc... (you know the scene)



you will love these guys.
support indie bands / local shows! ❤️
https://earlgreyhi.bandcamp.com
https://earlgreyhi.bandcamp.com
https://earlgreyhi.bandcamp.com
https://earlgreyhi.bandcamp.com
https://earlgreyhi.bandcamp.com

LET THE WORLD KEEP SPINNING ON A STREAM

HOLY FFFFFFFFF YOU GUYS.
have you listened to Balance and Composure's new album yet?!



http://lightwemade.com


i just bought it on itunes and it's really good.
REALLY GOOD.
it seems like with every album the sound changes a little, but it's still so THEM.
Light We Made is a little less screamy-punk and more melodic-electronic.  but still moody.  and i mean this in a good way!  they sound so cool and polished now.
i liken it to the evolution of thrice.  i remember when Paper Tigers came out and feeling like destroying the world...



"light the world on fire, just to watch it burn!"

and then some years pass and they release the alchemy indexes with the song Digital Sea...



"i'm drowning in a digital sea... my voice goes to ones and zeroes..."

they're both excellent songs but so different!
maybe it's my mood (why do i always get the blues in october?) but lately i lean toward the sleepy-dreamy sound of digital sea.  my other favorite from that album is, of course, Night Diving.



doesn't it sound exactly like the title?  :)
it makes me think about the movie GATTACA, for some reason.  maybe because there was a night time swimming scene. this might be my favorite thrice song (it's a toss up between Night Diving or Artist in the Ambulance).  it's such a good tune that on all the terminals at work, i have a personal color scheme that i call "night diving" because it reminds me of this song (also the dark teal color is easy on the eyes and i can immediately tell if someone didn't log into their own remote desktop because everyone else has black with white font as default colors).

so after that side story...
is it any surprise my favorite song from the new B&C album is Midnight Zone?



"in the ocean further down we go, i don't want to know your motive"

so sweet and hypnotic compared to some earlier work like Quake:



"shakes you up a bit"

(pun intended)
Light We Made still sounds like B&C but it's a slightly different version of them.  the other songs i've been playing a lot from this album are Spinning



(especially love the chorus!)

and Afterparty



("this kool-aid tastes weird" kind of video.)

i think my all time favorite B&C song is Reflection, from their second album:




guhhhhhh... the intro is SO GOOD.
i have an itunes library of 6000+ songs and keep it sorted by play count.  Reflection is in my top 50 songs (#34).  IT'S THAT GOOD. i get it stuck in my head all the time! (in comparison, night diving is #169, and at the time of writing this, the entire library is 6780 songs)
watching the video now, it's kind of eerie after hearing what happened to the band between albums.  two car crashes in their tour van, in almost the same spot! here's the article: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/19/balance-composure-van-accident-light-we-made

if you want to know a little more about the band, i love the "small talk" series by Run for Cover records:







http://lightwemade.com

NOVEMBER

just an fyi guys,
prince hotel is not having turkeys-to-go this year (due to renovations, and stuff).  
but they will be open for dinner reservations.  
and new for this year, brunch!  maybe you are going to hit black friday sales and need to take an evening nap before heading out?  well, you can get the thanksgiving feast a little earlier!  
and if you insist on having turkey in your own house on thanksgiving...


get off your lazy ass and make it yourself! :U 


here, i'll even give you some video instructions from revered canadian, matty matheson:


i love his videos.  he makes everything in a home kitchen so you know it's doable in your own kitchen.  but, he doesn't skimp on details (like checking the internal temperature of fried chicken because we don't need no salmonella).

and here's a bonus video about thanksgiving.  because everybody needs friends on thanksgiving.


and how to make megwin's turkey (so much energy):


COVERAGE

here's the most recent friday5.
answer for yourself or see others' answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1448


  1. What would you like right now to be coated with?

    SALONPAS


    salonpas

    my neck/shoulder is killing me.  i recently folded an old blanket and put it in my pillowcase to give my deflated pillow a bit more height.  i thought i was being a genius but the difference is pillows are SOFT and folded blankets are SOLID.  too hard and too steep angle.  yesterday i couldn't even turn my head and looking up or down was also a minor problem (using the microscope at work was like a torture exercise unless i had the oculars at exactly eye level... meanwhile i'm sliding around in the rolling chair so "eye level" might be different when i change slides.  it was one of those WHEN WILL THE SHIFT BE OVER kind of nights.)  i'm on night 3/day 2 of neck pain.  it's about 50% better.  i can turn side to side now but looking up is still pinchy.  i'm walking around like a robot, trying to move my upper body as a unit, haha.


  2. What’s something you recently slathered on something else?

    i love to put cocktail (or chili) sauce on aji fry!  had that for breakfast yesterday after work. 

    365.353 Aji Fry Bento (Fried Horse Mackerel Lunch Box)

  3. What’s something you purchased recently whose purpose is to cover something?

    cheap but awesome leotards at discountdance.com .  the "theatricals" line is economical and fits better than "double platinum"!

    for leotards i'd recommend: http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_D5100.html?pid=3529&Shop=Style&&skey=theatricals&search=true&SortOrder=P&SID=1023703921

    for size reference: i'm wearing an adult size medium here:



    for biketards (shorty unitards) i'd recommend: http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5116.html?pid=22256&Shop=Style&&skey=theatricals&search=true&SortOrder=P&SID=1023706354

    from now on, i'm going to aerial completely covered... even though it's going to be hotter/sweatier, at least i can stop getting new fabric burns every week, boo hoo.  it seriously looks like i'm a whipping victim.

  4. What do your current bed linens look like?

    lavender damask.  as seen here:



  5. Under what circumstances did you last wear some kind of gloves?

    i wear gloves everyday at work. :) #xsgloveclub


she's just a liar who gets high on rock and roll... put it on... put it on...

CORK SCREWS AND FANCY RUSSIAN

i finally have a little proof of my aerial progress.
my classmate did a slow motion video of my half cork screw!

I LOOK BETTER IN SLO MOTION

looks pretty rad from the ground.
in the air... you are fighting the natural reflex to curl into a ball when you are rolling toward the ground.  so hard to keep the unwrapped leg straight! :'D  my brain is telling my legs to STAY STRAIGHT but there's a 25% chance the fear takes over and it bends anyway. haha.

my newest challenge is the "fancy russian" climb.  another one of those "straight leg" problems.  i don't have any ballet or dance or gymnastics background so straight leg lifts are really hard! it's the same kind of leg lift required for the hip key. this one's going to need a lot of practice... took me over a month to get the hip key down.

we have a new student in class.  she transferred from the friday level 1 class.  she's so full of energy, it's like having a personal cheerleader, always saying how awesome we look in the air and saying YOU CAN DO IT! before we try something hard.  i love it!  she also goes to open gym on mondays so i guess it's motivation to practice the hard stuff (fancy russian) so we can get better together. :D




the new TA album is out, i can't get enough of this song!

COMMIT THIS TO MEMORY

Motion City Soundtrack is on their So Long, Farewell tour and played for the last time in Hawaii two Sundays ago.  it's @wild_twinkies favorite band so we HAD to go! it was also her first live show, so everything was bittersweet.  on the one hand, there is nothing in the world that compares to the elation of hearing your favorite songs being played live right in front of you! ❤️  but knowing it will never happen again... oh man, what a heartbreaker. 💔

anyway, we all did our best to enjoy our burrito, and had fun jumping around and singing along to our favorite songs!! everything is alright, when "you're" around, a lifeless ordinary, LG FUAD, it had to be you, make out kids, the future freaks me out...

Everything is Alright



Everything is Alright


the band even took a photo of the venue at the intermission- can you feel the happy energy?




i tweeted a tagged version, you can see we are right in the front row (you can see i'm in my Rozwell Kid shirt, who i didn't know was opening for them earlier in the tour! coincidence!)




at the end of the show i scored a pick from matthew taylor!
THIS IS SO AWESOME!  \(* U *)/  i never catch these things!




such a great time.  so long, farewell, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK!
i'm going to commit this show to memory


(PUN IS TOTALLY INTENDED)


there's always a place in my heart for you!

P!

friday again, can you believe it's september already?
anyway, here's another friday5.  answer for yourself or see others' answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1442


  1. What’s something that recently required perseverance?

    teaching my mom how to use the DVD player. every time she wants to watch a video it's like she's seeing the machine for the first time.  i don't know why she can't learn this.  i guess it just takes repetition.  i'm almost ready to give up.  but i have to keep trying... one day she will learn! 

  2. What’s something that’s been unpleasantly persistent?

    the humidity! :(

  3. When has practice not proven to make perfect?


    i am having such a hard time with a one handed shuffle.  my hand is on the smaller side (my workplace orders xs gloves JUST FOR ME, hahaha...) so there is not enough strength to push the cards into a faro.  i have been practicing this for YEARS.  with a new deck. a poop deck. with a plastic deck.  with less than a full deck.  
    Bone Ho makes it look so easy T__T



    one day, maybe i will get it.  just have to keep working at it, i guess.
    i also have trouble with L cuts- my thumb can barely reach the edge of the pack! this is why i have to get the SMALLEST iphone.  not because i'm some minimalist or whatever.  I JUST HAVE SMALL HANDS. anyway, if you want to give L cuts a try, here's a video.  it's so pretty!



  4. Where were you last required to exercise patience?

    between your band and the other band
    i'll explain myself in the next post.  
    (and yes, i stole that line from Tigers Jaw, but you will see it is a perfect description)
  5. How do you feel about peas?

    i love peas! i would never call them little green balls of mushy poison






    yes, these are pictures of a book i own... i've kept it since 1989 for god knows why. it's even more amazing that i would recall the story.  i guess the things you learn as a kid stick with you forever.


oh hi, do you like the Pillows? 


P! 


1999

oooooooh, this friday5 topic looks like fun!
answer for yourself or see others' answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1433


  1. What’s your favorite song from 1999?

    i'm a music junkie.  i don't know if i can pick JUST ONE FAVORITE.  i had a panasonic portable CD player!  i was allowed to listen to anything i could borrow from the library.  and tower records was still around. :)  this was the hey day of pop punk and ska! 

    All the Small Things was a popular single that year!  Enema of the State is probably my favorite blink album.  dysentary gary, going away to college, what's my age again, the party song... they were all just as good as all the small things, in my book. 


    and the Lit single, My Own Worst Enemy came out in the summer!


    one of my favorite RHCP song, Scar Tissue, is from 1999.



    wait, did intergalactic come out in '99? i don't care.  i'm putting it here anyway.



    this was also the first time i heard of the Flaming Lips. My friend, Age put it on a mix tape for me! 


    before i started discovering music on my own, i spent my formative years listening to 60s/70s rock, hawaiian music, and musicals.  so it would only be natural that i was obsessed with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes... 






  2. What are some of your favorite films from 1999?

    Fight Club is an obvious one, it's my all time favorite film!  i can recite whole chunks of it!  Brad Pitt plays such a good crazy guy (also loved him in 12 monkeys, although i wasn't a super huge fan of the movie itself) i wish he would take on a role like that again.  



    The Matrix!




    i also see the Audition came out in '99 but i definitely didn't see that until '06 or so.  a must see for horror lovers!  my favorite part is at the ending when the dad is lying on the ground missing a limb and the son comes home and is like, "should i call an ambulance?".  LOL.  HELLO?! WTF DO YOU THINK?! 



    Office Space




    some other good ones off that wikipedia list:
    Big Daddy {hip hop po potomus!}
    Cider House Rules
    Fantasia 2000 {i saw this at the waikiki imax!}
    Galaxy Quest
    The Green Mile
    Iron Giant
    Inspector Gadget {i'm pretty sure i saw this in the theatre with both my parents}
    The 6th Sense
    Sleepy Hollow {one of the best burton films!}
    Star Wars Episode I {i think i saw this at varsity theater? was cinerama already closed? i remember i watched it a small theatre- not dole or ward or kahala. was restaurant row still open?}


    more movies i watched over the last couple years: http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2016/07/movies-i-want-to-watch-71316.html


  3. What’s something interesting that happened on your birthday in 1999?

    after a little research, i'm finding: 
    88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)i don't know.  i don't even know what sport this is.
    also: Cuban President Fidel Castro demanded that the United States return five-year-old Elian Gonzalez, who was rescued at sea, to his father in Cuba within 72 hours. ok, that's something i recognize.  I remember the videos of the SWAT team busting down a house to go get him.  I haven't thought about Elian Gonzalez in a long time.  he must be all grown up now, i wonder how his life turned out?

  4. How did you ring in the new year as 1999 became 2000?

    we always celebrate the new year the same way- food and fireworks.  i think i was still living at the old house so i was probably sitting on the red wall with the neighbors, lighting fountains, and waiting for dad to come home from work, at 11pm.  then all the old chinese dads would come outside and start burning strings from ladders or off the roofs.  i remember my neighbor across the street would stand on the roof and hang a rope over the POWER LINE with fireworks attached to the end.  and the other neighbor would hold a stack of fire crackers and light them off his cigar then pass out li hing mui ice cake to everyone outside. i still have so much fun celebrating the new year, but i feel like i don't know my neighbors as well.
  5. What’s something that’s gotten better since 1999?

    digital cameras!  i will never forget the first digital camera i ever used.  it was a mavica that required you to put either zip or floppy disk inside (i can't remember which).  it could hold a whopping 4 pictures at a time. ahhh technology!  now i can take pictures with my ipod that also holds over 4000 songs... 

WILD KIND


I have been so productive these last few weeks!
well, maybe "productive" isn't exactly the right word... but at least i'm not slacking all over the floor.






MY FRIEND EMM CAME TO VISIT!


we ate fancy breakfast

 

and had a lot of giggles while she showed me how to use snapchat



I still can't figure out how to see stories? whatever. i'd rather tweet.



I FINISHED MY FIRST SEWING PROJECT SINCE 2006

well, this stitch bitch still got it.  i as asked to embroider a fabric square for a coworker's baby gift, so i dug out my hoops and orange scissors and made: 


i'm really proud of this!  it's even for the most part (there are two stray stitches in the cat that i couldn't fix and it brings out the OCD in me, even though it's hardly noticeable from afar) and i free handed the border (because i was lazy to draw up something) so i even impressed myself with how well it turned out. ironically, i stitched my name in last with some leftover thread and i wish i had made it smaller (it's a little distracting).  but at that point i was like, what the hell, i'm done with this project, i can't feel my fingertips, and i don't want to cut more purple thread so i am leaving this shit here.  >__< 

now that it's done, i've got the itch to make something else.  hmmmm...






I SAW SILVERSUN PICKUPS LIVE

see here:  http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2016/08/let-echo-shake-it-all-apart.html
still living off the high of this memory...






I WENT TO MY FIRST COMICON

i was a little under the weather (and extreme sleep deprived) but it was still a vivid experience!  so much to see, so many pop culture references!

I COULD GET USED TO THIS


LIKE A BOSS

HELLO

HI GRANT!

i would also like to mention that i went to hear john barrowman speak.  i honestly didn't recognize his name/face but le boyfriend informed me he is from the arrow show (i watched the whole first season but haven't kept up since) and wanted to check out his panel...
I LIKE THIS GUY AS A PERSON. he is really honest and funny!!



i guess i just became a john barrowman fan.




I WENT TO WATCH SUICIDE SQUAD

dressed like this, of course




i won't say anything since the movie is still pretty fresh... perhaps later i'll toss some comments around.  i CAN say there are a few things that the aerialist in me appreciated.  corde lisse is no fucking joke man. it should be an olympic event.





speaking of which, at aerial i've finally got a nice little combo down- triple roll up to cross back straddle to dancer's pose.  the new thing i'm working on is iron cross:

one day i hope to look this graceful.


to double foot locks.   it's hell on the wrist so i might be stuck here a while.  new session is starting at samadhi, if anyone wants to try flying! http://samadhihawaii.com


I HELPED IN A PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION

the hotel where my dad works has major renovation right now.  the new lobby will feature a giant copper fish along the ceiling.  employees and their family were invited to help hammer out the scales. i'm number 44-13







come see it in person later this year. ^^






hope everyone else is having a nice august.

LET THE ECHO SHAKE IT ALL APART

I FINALLY SAW SILVERSUN PICKUPS

and it was pretty much everything i dreamed it would be. ♡
i was right up front at the barrier and i got one nice picture for the memory bank:

Well thought out twinkles

amazing set list included: royal we, well thought out twinkles, the pit, last dance / circadian rhythm, better nature, latchkey kids, panic switch, little lover's so polite, dots and dashes...
of course they played lazy eye and everyone lost their minds.  when they followed up with kissing families & booksmart devil my heart just overflowed!  pikul is my favorite sspu album and i really didn't think they would play MY FAVORITE SONG because it's an old one!  i'm beyond happy.

after the show i took the most cathartic bus ride home




i because i always listen to their music (specifically that album) when i ride the bus at night after a long day- just the right amount of "calm down" without falling asleep and missing your stop.  but that night... i could just ride in silence and hold on to the memory of seeing it played for me in person.

COMIC RELIEF

in case you are wondering, these are my current subscriptions at Other Realms:

Hellblazer (i ♥ bad boys)
Nightwing (i ♥ chatty circus boys)
Batman (obligatory!)
Justice League (also obligatory)
Descender (water colors)
Saga (so creative, it blows my mind)

subscriptions i cancelled:

Midnighter
Green Lantern

series i want to read but haven't yet:

Girl over Paris
Monstress
[the new one where superman is chinese]
Cowboy Ninja Viking
Dr. Fate
Superman: American Alien
[whatever riley rossmo is working on? damn, i love his art!]

confessions:

i barely understand the plot and purpose of spyral.  i read the Batman, inc trade and all of the Grayson series and i still barely understand what is going on.  thank goodness the organization is dead, helena is going back to birds of prey, and dick is going back to nightwing.  i don't have to pretend to like it anymore.  or wait a minute... i just realized... not understanding spyral... maybe the TSUCHIGUMO actually worked on me! *mind blown*

i never read any superman or wonder woman comics. i've gone through a lot of flash (mostly wally, but also some barry and a little of jay from jsa), new 52 aquaman, and blackest day green lantern.  but i've never read any superman/action comics or wonder woman.  i only know their tales through justice league and batman interactions.

trades that i lent to friends:

thomas has my Brightest Day Vol I.
ken has my Batman: Dark Victory

basically, if i lent you a book and you haven't returned it in a year, i've probably given up hope i'll get it back (bsg captain adama got it right- books are basically gifts).  but i will always remember you have it and will gladly accept the return.

trades that i want to buy:

Batman Hush
Madame Xanadu

some other non-DC comics that i read, loved, and now recommend:

Fatale
Criminal (not to be confused with Incognito, which i liked less)
The Authority (is this still a thing?)
Y: The Last Man


XX

i recently read this article in wired magazine: In a Perpetual Present- the strange case of a woman who couldn't remember her past and can't imagine her future. http://www.wired.com/2016/04/susie-mckinnon-autobiographical-memory-sdam/ (great accompanying art/photos, by the way)

it's a fascinating condition that is described as just knowing past things as facts, but not knowing how they made you feel because you can't remember it happened to you.

well, i had to do a quick brain inventory to see if the same was true to me.  luckily i have a normal memory by the article's standards.  i get pretty excited (emotional) about music and i immediately thought about how when i saw metric in concert i was crying my eyes out during their last song from happiness.  but i wanted to think of an older, specific memory and pulled out from my mental filing cabinet...

2010

i was doing clinical rotations at DLS Queens in hematology.  they have a clock radio on the bench and the DJs are interviewing Daniel Dae Kim.  i can't recall if he was here for LOST or HI50 (i'm almost sure it was for LOST).  the DJs were finishing up the interview by asking what he was listening to lately and he said to check out The XX.  the DJs had never heard of the band so he said their album cover was just one big X.  I had heard of the band because they were being promoted in sxsw but had never stopped to listen to any songs.  the DJs promised to find some music by the XX and play it for the listeners... and they did!  they conjurred up the song Basic Space and it was good!  i've been listening to the band ever since.  such simple and poetic songs and the vocal harmonies are sweet.  Thanks you, Daniel Dae Kim for making me finally listen to the XX.

here are some XX recommendations for you:

Basic Space



Shelter



Reunion



Crystalized






i've been thinking about all of these memories the last few days (so meta) and naturally my train of thought led to... http://lookbook.nu/look/8316363-Daydreamer-La-Blue-Box-Lululemon-Minimalist





ok, i splurged and went back and bought that leotard, i couldn't resist!  but it fits so good... i'm going to wear it to aerial every week.  WORTH IT.

i was thinking what to call this look and it was so obvious with all the Xs in the back...



5 IN 7

things that made me happy in july

1. STAIRCASE STUDIES
by alix becle



opium is going to be my new go to flourish this summer.  so simple and hypnotic!


2. TEGADERM

i was super busted up in the last week of june.  like, le boyfriend took one look at me and was like, WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU?! i had a lovely bruise on my thigh (of course, right were my shorts end so it was not easy to cover up) and bruises on the back of both knees.  i pulled my right shoulder so i couldn't lift my arm much.  and the grand finale, gnarly fabric burns all across my lower back.





all this is from aerial class of course.  the knee bruises are from backpack drop (i can do this on hammock too!).  the shoulder pull is from conditioning on trapeeze.  the thigh bruise is from "dancer pose" which i hereby christen "ultra wedgie leg tourniquet pose".  the fabric burns are from angel drop.  angel drop is my new favorite!  it's easy and looks really elegant because you come down inverted.  any way, i wasn't wearing skin-tight clothes when i learned it (just a regular tshirt) and the sliding fabric just destroyed me.

i had a week off to recover and then i missed class too much so i slapped on some tegaderm and hit the ropes (literally!).  yes, i am a crazy person.

3. LEOTARD
i also learned my lesson and bought a leotard for class.  i wasn't even sure where they have adult sized leotards but i found one and it is fantastic.
 if you are looking for one try: http://www.discountdance.com
if you feel like splurging, there is a lululemon one that i tried on at the ala moana store and it fits like a dream!  if only the back was a little bit higher for more coverage in drops.




4. IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
i'm bingewatching.  i started last month from season 1 and i'm up to season 8.  so many good lines!  Dr. Mantis Tobogan MD, jabroni, cultivating mass... sometimes at work i get the "dayman" song stuck in my head which is totally inappropriate.  XD



^ HELLO COME RIGHT IN!

5. ROLLER GIRLS
moxi shop finally has a new video this month from refinery 29!



i want to try skating in a skate park so bad but i'm too embarassed.  also, i haven't owned knee pads since i was 12 or something.

related: CHET FAKER




SEEING SOUND


i was really, really close to dropping everything and getting on a plane for wrecking ball in ATL.  i mean, just look at the line up: http://wreckingballatl.com
deafheaven, sorority noise, touché amoré, ceremony, diarrhea planet, drug church, wild honey, cold cave, bayside, hey mercedes (reunited!!) joy formidable, piebald (also reunited!)... and that's just the first day!  the second day has culture abuse, thursday (!!!!! reunited!), tigers jaw, dinosaur jr, amerian football... i could go on...

alas, i couldn't get all the details together in time so looks like i'm staying on this rock for awhile.  but as a consolation, some bands i WILL be seeing this year:

silversun pickups
(it's the same week as wrecking ball, so i'm not so bummed out)
aug 11th at the republik



motion city soundtrack
(omg, the farewell tour!!)
sept 4th at the republik



earth, wind, and fire
(will be my 3rd time seeing them live, i can't believe my parents went without me last time!)
sept 27th at the NBC



^ i don't think this is one of their more popular songs, like september or fantasy but i really like the horns in this song.




i actually got my shit together and have the tickets so i won't miss out this time. hope to see you in the mosh pits! (well, except at EW&F.  they frown upon moshing at the blaisdell.)

grouplove is also coming.  they play the day before sspu and i'm considering getting tickets for them too.  i only know two of their songs- but they are really good, fun, dancey songs so... ?



^ actually, this is one of my all time favorite music videos




i also heard on the radio that elle king is coming.  my mom really likes her music so i was thinking about getting tickets for her birthday.  the thing is... she's never been to a concert at the republik and i don't know how she'd like standing up all night...



^ "since i'm going to go to hell anyway!" 






MOVIES I WANT TO WATCH 7/13/16

movies added since the last list (1/17/16) are in red
movies added since the 1/2/15 list are in purple


  • hail, caesar!
  • under the skin (2014)
  • upstream color (2013)
  • wild tales (2014)
  • skeleton twins (2014)
  • only lovers left alive (2014)
  • sin city: a dame to kill for
  • rentaneko
  • air doll
  • horrible bosses [2?]
  • s1m0ne
  • ip man 3
  • anchorman [2?]
  • lazer team (rooster teeth, limited theatrical release)
  • hardcore (first person action movie!)
  • frankenweenie (2012)
  • brave
  • batman vs superman
  • the hobbit [1, 2, 3]
  • Django Unchained (2012)
  • oldboy (2003)
  • the big lebowski (1998) [brice de nice?]
  • suicide squad
  • project almanac
  • the departed
  • kiss kiss bang bang
  • zathura [space odyssey? space adventure?]
  • hitchhiker guide to the universe [?]
  • the station agent
  • 360 (2011)
  • Machete
  • moth man prophecies
  • oceans 13
  • bad turn worse
  • crimson peak (2015)
  • the harry potter movies (i only saw 1 & 2, maybe 3, maybe 6)
  • dredd
  • american mary (2012)
  • zombieland
  • twilight movies (metric scored one of the movies w/howard shore? eclipse?)
  • incredible burt wonderstone
  • jack goes boating
  • the day
  • silent hill
  • jacob's ladder
  • just buried (2007)
  • st vincent
  • rock the kasbah
  • borne identity (trilogy?)
  • synchronicity (2015)
  • the hateful eight
  • star wars: rogue one (i loooooove rogue squadron + donnie yen is in it)
  • shawshank redemption
  • a walk amongst the tombstone (something with liam nesson)
  • the vvitch
  • cloverfield (there's a sequel?)
  • transcendence (?)
  • ex machina
  • now you see me 2
  • the lobster
  • dune
  • tracers
  • minority report








movies i really really liked are highlighted
movies with great soundtracks have an *

movies from the last list (1/17/16) that i watched
  • hot fuzz *
  • the world's end
  • zoolander
  • deadpool
  • the interview
  • elysium
  • birdman *
  • american hustle
  • captain america civil war
  • antman
movies that i watched since 1/17/16 that were never listed
  • cirque du soleil: worlds away
  • tropic thunder
  • inherent vice
  • a million ways to die in the west
  • lucy
  • revenge of the green dragons
  • john wick *
  • mission impossible ghost protocol
  • me, earl and the dying girl
  • garden state
  • mortdecai *
  • mission impossible rogue nation
  • while we're young
  • central intelligence
  • mr. right 
  • the voices
  • the huntsman: winter war
  • mad max road fury
  • zootopia

movies from the 1/2/15 list that i watched
  • the babadook (2014) 
  • a girl walks home alone at night (2014) *
  • grand budapest hotel
  • chef
  • interstellar (2014)
  • the mazerunner (2014)
  • no country for old men (2007)
  • the kingsmen
  • nightcrawler


some movies i watched before 1/17/16 that were never listed
  • star wars vii : force awakens
  • the martian
  • the quiet american (both versions!)
  • brokeback mountain
  • sex and the city
  • prince avalanche
  • 100 foot journey
  • darjeeling limited
  • moonrise kingdom
  • seeking a friend for the end of the world
  • enders game
  • donnie darko
  • RIPD
  • The Monuments Men
  • brazil
  • blade runner
  • paul


the previous list: http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2016/01/movies-i-want-to-watch-11716.html
the first list : http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2015/01/movies-i-want-to-watch-1215.html

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