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18) A SONG FROM THE YEAR YOU WERE BORN

 i didn't know surfer rosa came out in 1988! WHERE IS MY MIND easily one of the best PIXIES songs (although i like more songs from the doolittle album, compared to surfer rosa).



another hit of 1988 is THERE SHE GOES by THE LAS. 



this song reminds me of THE BYRDS (who came two decades before them).




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17) A SONG THAT FEATURES YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST

how about a song that features my two favorite artists? try track 3, HOW I FEEL.  it's like a conversation between the two bands.  i also like the line from track 2, I'LL DESERVE JUST THAT, "a storm with a six letter name, i'm responsible for this hurricane". it could be jordan (LD) or jeremy (TA).



this ep, searching for a pulse/worth of the world, is a complete collaboration.

so if i were to answer the question more specifically, i could answer with either of these two lovely songs that *feature* the gorgeous songstress of METRIC:

a soft rock song, STOPWATCH HEARTS by DELERIUM (ft. EMILY HAINES)



or beautiful piano music by TODOR KOBAKOV, CARPE DIEM (ft. EMILY HAINES)



since it is getting close to the new year, i would also like to mention this song by FELIX CARTAL which features OFELIA:



i remember the first time i heard this song was when i was working on new year eve of 2014 and i saw this video on MTV in the breakroom.  at first i kind of brushed it off as just another one of those club songs, but i happened to see it again on mtv the next day and a few more times after that!  it really grew on me.  i love how sweet her voice sounds. and i am so jealous of the wonderful, lush life they have in the music video. 


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16) ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS FROM A MOVIE

is it cheating to choose a musical? 

i love the FLOWER DRUM SONG

I ENJOY BEING A GIRL



SUNDAY, SWEET SUNDAY




i also know every song from CHICAGO...



but to be fair, these were broadway shows before they were movies.

i liked the remixes in SUCKERPUNCH





and the titular song from OBLIVION



M83 was a great choice for this movie.  and the vocals are so pretty!

along the lines of oblivion, i also adore the TRON LEGACY soundtrack







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15) A SONG THAT IS A COVER BY ANOTHER ARTIST

oh man i love to find good cover songs so much.  i like to see if any of the bands i like are covering other bands so i can see what THEY like.  i have a pretty good collection now. i already mentioned BIOMUSICOLOGY which is one of my all time favorites.

here's CASKET LOTTERY covering BEACH HOUSE



and DEER TICK covering SEAN KINGSTON (this version is so genius, revealing the bass line of Stand by Me at the end!)



a very poignant SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS covering JOEY RAMONE (R.I.P. Ben Curtis)



if you like Rick and Morty, have some SORORITY NOISE!



if you enjoyed that fun punk cover, you will love ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES!  a cover band dedicated to punking up all your favorite oldies.






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14) A SONG THAT YOU WOULD LOVE PLAYED AT YOUR WEDDING

i haven't given a wedding song (let alone a wedding) much thought.  wouldn't it be so rad to have a live band at your wedding?!  no one does this anymore- they just have DJs.  it would be so cool to make your wedding (or any party) into a concert!

anyway, looking at my library, it seems that ECLIPSE by METRIC would be appropriate.

there is an official music video for this song.  but i wanted to post this Jay Leno Tonight Show version so you can be dazzled by how good they sound live!!!  are you convinced having a concert for your wedding is a good idea yet?! :D







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13) ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE 70s SONGS

*sigh* not again!
not many people know this about me but I LOVE 60s and 70s MUSIC!  most likely because i was raised by people who love the 60s and 70s.  HOW WILL I PICK JUST ONE! T___T
i love chicago. earth wind and fire. creedence clearwater revival. rolling stones. fleetwood mac. jefferson airplane. heart. the kinks. the troggs. the turtles. the sex pistols. blondie. the zombies. the animals.
there's just too many!  you know late at night when they have the infomercials or telethons for greatest hits of the 70s? i have seriously considered buying one of those $120 sets with 500 hours of music or whatever it is. i know and love all those songs and they are missing from my itunes library.  i bought my turntable because i wanted to listen to dad's old records. he doesn't even have all the hits on cd or cassette.  i have to get my fill via the radio station but suddenly 107.9 started adding 80s music (and some 90s too!  wtf, that was just a few years ago... ¬__¬ ) and stopped playing some of the 50s and 60s stuff. :(  IT SUCKS. if i wanted 80s and 90s there's already a station for that!  i just want to hear the good old golden stuff. :(

alright that's my rant. 
here's your music.  only a small sampling of some of the best music in the world...

25 OR 6 TO 4 is my song. ♡
i've seen chicago live twice.



i love the intro to IN THE STONE.
i've also seen earth wind and fire play live, twice.  sadly, maurice stopped touring with them before i could see him. RIP. 



another song on my previously mentioned slow cruising bicycle music playlist.  i just love how rain is described as "clouds of mystery pouring confusion on the ground..." (but in reality, I HATE RAIN. when you are a perpetual pedestrian and bike rider or a lady with colorful hair, RAIN IS YOUR ENEMY.)



what can i say, I WANT TO BE ANARCHY!!



this is everyone's favorite BLONDIE song, but i can't help it.  i am so in love with the line: "lost inside adorable illusion and i cannot hide... "





so many more i want to list... my laptop will run out of battery before i can finish naming all my favorite bands, let alone their hits!



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12) A SONG THAT YOU LOVE FROM 2011


*sigh*

this question is worse than asking which is you favorite child. SO MANY GOOD ALBUMS FROM 2011 !!!!! and then you can only have one favorite song?!?!?!!! :(   well.  that is not happening. i have a whole list...


i heard THE WALL randomly, maybe in a store or something and immediately had to look up the band and buy the whole album. within minutes.  i had to have the whole album.



WASHED OUT is the band on every club's list that year, right?



i bought learned about TYCHO from ghostly!  a favorite since it came out.



the first song i heard by TOUCHÉ AMORÉ was ~ and i have a love affair with hardcore ever since. PTSBBAM is their best album. if actions speak louder than words, i'm the most deafening noise you've heard. 





not my favorite TBS album, but CALL ME IN THE MORNING is still worth mentioning.  i saw them play this live, acoustic and now it makes my heart burst every time i hear it.



the music video for BURY US ALIVE is exactly what i thought the song sounds like.  i'm so excited to see STRFKR april 2018!!!



2011 was a great year for chill electronic music.  i love to zone out to STILL CORNERS.



if TBS and Touché had a baby, it would be SMALL BROWN BIKE.  i'm currently seeking this album, Fell and Found, on vinyl...




i love how warm and scratchy SHIMMERING STARS sound.  i love how NERVOUS BREAKDOWN refers to seneca's 28th letter.



DAYBREAK is a long and multi-parted song.  they don't make 'em like this anymore! the intro is my favorite part.



nightlife is only an EP but DON'T MOVE is crucial in the PHANTOGRAM discography.  you must, MUST listen to it.  the music video is also amazing.



this live version of THE TOWER is my favorite version of the NICOLE ATKINS song. i actually haven't heard the rest of this album, i just know this one epic song.



i could do a whole post on wildlife.  this LA DISPUTE album was huge for me.  this is also the first album i heard by them (via touché amoré) and it was an eye opener! the first track on this album, A DEPARTURE, is so gut wrenching and honest, i was addicted.  i think their more popular songs from this album are EDWARD BENZ 27 TIMES, KING PARK, and MOST BEAUTIFUL BITTER FRUIT, and... well... all of the songs are so good! another album i'd recommend listening top to bottom to get the whole story. there's also a "conversations" interview (separate downloadable) that explains the background.



i'll just list a few more tracks, i promise! i told you 2011 was an amazing year for music!!!!

i cannot not mention DOORS UNLOCKED AND OPEN.  i've been playing this a lot recently (it reminds me of san francisco).



CULTS had a great album that year, as well as GROUPLOVE.  so danceable and singable!



i found TOUNGE TIED by accident- i was trying to find another song i heard while in a store and tried to search for the lyrics.  i still have no idea what that song is, but i found tounge tied instead so i guess it's ok...



another of my all time top played songs, REMEMORABLE also came out in 2011.  many argue that tguk sounds different and not the same as their original emo selves, but this happens to be my favorite tguk album. 



i really have to stop because this list is too long... but you have to at least see how cool this FUYA video is!  i want them to collab with phantogram!!






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11) A SONG THAT YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF 

TOP PAPEZ by GHOST FEET is my number one played song (1500+ plays) in my itunes library for a reason...
but it's already in my side bar!

←  (look left!)



songs ranked number two and three in my itunes are both by the same artist and equally dear to me, can you guess?




SILVERSUN PICKUPS ♡ 


LAZY EYE (1000+ plays) and KISSING FAMILIES (900+ plays)








everything is connected and beautiful and now i know just where i stand. 


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10) A SONG THAT MAKES YOU SAD

even sad songs make me happy. i love sad songs.

YOU'RE NOT AS ___ AS YOU THINK by SORORITY NOISE is a whole album of sad. one of the best albums of 2017.   the songs all stand up individually but the best way to listen is the whole album from top to bottom.  know that this album was written by someone whose three best friends died in a row. 



i also recommend supplementing with their ep, IT KINDLY STOPPED FOR ME



last year's STAGE FOUR by TOUCHÉ AMORÉ also hits you where it hurts.  a lot of regret in the lyrics, it's so sad. i couldn't listen to it right when it came out because it made me really really sad.  i think hardcore music is a more sophisticated punk.  i read in an interview with this band, something like: it's not just screaming for the sake of it or shouting because it's hardcore.  we actually feel that way.



i'm surrounded by death. sometimes it's happenstance. most times it's because of my work. everyone everywhere is dying.  and i'm actually a very "death positive" person- i've done a lot of reading on cultural death practices and how we should prepare for our own death and death of loved ones.  i very much support the order of the good death: http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com and believe Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/ should be required reading for all americans- especially those in healthcare or currently caring for aging or terminally ill family members. you will go through so many tissues.  but it's important. we can't be fearful or avoid death!  that's what being death positive is about- you have to accept it as it comes.

but still, that doesn't mean the death of a loved one- or maybe even someone you knew briefly- can't be sad.

OCEAN BREATHES SALTY by MODEST MOUSE seems to be about a memory... for me, it's about a memory anyway.



RUN by SNOW PATROL is about anticipation.  leaving is so hard.



BIOMUSICOLOGY is a great song about friendship.  when times are tough, at least we still have each other. it's originally by TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS but i really love this cover by KOJI.



i hope they play this song at my funeral.




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9) A SONG THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

this sounds like such a wild party!! i wish to have a crazy birthday party like FLETCHER C. JOHNSON one day!



there used to be an amazing party-van music video for this song but it's taken down now. :(
incidentally, while looking for the video for this song, i found a live performance- at a different tempo- that is super sweet:



i can't decide which i like better now...

one more bit of trivia: i tracked down the 7" vinyl for this, and the b-side is MERRY CHRISTMAS. 




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8) A SONG ABOUT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL


ahhhh... so many good ones to choose from...

THE RAVEONETTES would rather die than miss their fun:



but SPILL is trying to keep their cool (they are passing out in the swimming pool instead):




and of course it would be a shame to leave out this masterpiece:






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7) A SONG TO DRIVE TO

FLOAT ON by MODEST MOUSE is my favorite cruising song.




but if you're angry at traffic or need to drive fast, may i recommend some CEREMONY:



or BIRDS IN A ROW:



desperate times call for desperate music...


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6) A SONG THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO DANCE

even if you don't know how to dance, WALLA WALLA by GLASS ANIMALS will make you want to move.  i forbid listening to this song, however, if you don't have a subwoofer. ;)









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5) A SONG THAT NEEDS TO BE PLAYED LOUD

has to be tiger's jaw! something about this song just makes me want to blast it on the stereo and jump around!



it's that infectious guitar riff! and that bass line!  you just want to keep turning up the volume to hear it!



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4) A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF SOMEONE YOU WOULD RATHER FORGET ABOUT


this song reminds me of high school and i hated most of high school.*



this particular cover of the song is especially gross, in my opinion. i would rather sit in silence than hear this version of the song.

the only acceptable version is the bill withers version:



it sounds more honest than that club nouveau crap.



* when i really think about it, the defining moment of my life was joining the college research group (circa 2009).  it was at that point i realized that this is what the rest of my life was going to be.  no more taking classes just to fill up my schedule.  no more doing homework just to get by.  i was learning because i wanted to be a better scientist.  my office job seemed trivial and immature and i left it soon after.  why should i dedicate myself to unjamming copy machines or formatting screen captures when there is so much other important work to do?!  in fact, the exact moment i realized what the rest of my life was going to be, happened in an immunology class, looking at a figure of interleukins. one of them (i think it was il-17) had a question mark next to it.  i asked dr. b what that meant and he said "we don't know for sure".  my immediate thought was: how can we even be thinking about going to outer space or building artificial intelligence when there is so much we don't know about our own human bodies?! there is so much important work to be done!

further more, i think the highlight of my life was presenting (only a poster, but still!) at the national asm conference. it was "the big leagues", the REAL scientists. it meant so much more to me than even getting my diplomas; by the time i got to UH, i was so disappointed in their lab facilities. i felt i had already learned more from community college and research group (except for two amazing UH professors: callahan and patek).  i'm retired from research now but my work is in a related field. and i am still in touch with everyone that i worked with/for. (LOL at my legacy boxes in the -80ºC freezer) i really feel that my life was meaningless before that singular moment in an immuno class.  high school, where everyone tells you "you are preparing for your college and career and the rest of your life!", was especially a waste of my my time and i wouldn't be too disappointed if the front half of my life was just wiped from the books.



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3) A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF SUMMERTIME


this year NOW, NOW released a new single, SGL that i have been so obsessed with.  i was listening to it non stop all summer, especially when i flew away to Indianapolis for some special work training.  i think i spent almost the entire 10 hr plane ride with this song on repeat.







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2 ) A SONG YOU LIKE WITH A NUMBER IN THE TITLE

one of my favorite bands, LA DISPUTE, has put out a few EPs called HERE, HEAR. they can stand alone but when you listen to the rest of their catalogue it's a lot like supplemental material to their LPs. i think it's HERE, HEAR II that explains more on the folk tale behind their first album, SOMEWHERE... my favorite is HERE, HEAR III.  it was definitely a style cue for their album, ROOMS OF THE HOUSE.  my favorite track from HERE, HEAR III is called NINE:



a lovely song about camaraderie (in a basement, sharing sweat with all the stranger boys and girls, we'll change the world they say, we'll change the world!) in a fleeting time. it's very poetic and rhythmic, almost like a chant at the end.

in contrast to NINE, the third song on this EP, ELEVEN, sounds so different!  i love how bluesy the music is and how desperate the vocals sound.  but when you really listen to the lyrics it's about the same sort of friendship (found in basements with the lights turned low, and there's room to sing along, so sing along...) mentioned in NINE.




is it cheating since the whole EP has numerical titles?
my alternate: TEN THOUSAND LINES by ELECTRIC PRESIDENT. 



i love how the song sounds, and i listen to it a lot.
when i first heard the song i thought it reminded me of half life 2 since it mentions radiation and lines in the walls and prisoners.  i think i had just finished playing it when the song came out? i don't know, i'm a crazy person.  obviously this song can refer to so many other things but it's all i can think about most of the time i hear it! 
this song is usually sandwiched between smashing pumpkins 1979 and silversun pickups kissing families on my long, slow bike ride playlist.





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i wanted to do a 30 day music challenge!
i have a huge itunes library and practically every other song in the world is at your fingertips, these days, via streaming services and youtube.
music is my happy place- there's a song for every situation or feeling.
are you sick of christmas carols already? hopefully the next 30 posts will provide you with some relief.


1) A SONG YOU LIKE WITH A COLOR IN THE TITLE

i am so in love with LAVENDER by the amazing local band EARL GREY



but if you want to be technical... the lyrics say "lavender calms you down" which leads me to think they are referring to the plant, not the color.  so i guess my alternate color song is NAVY LIGHT by LABYRINTH EAR.  so hypnotic!



tell me your picks in the comments! i getting music recommendations as much as i love giving them.





UPSIDE DOWN

sorry for the lack of posts. 
the life is in turmoil now.
i was traveling.
and then there are some health crises on both sides of the family.
and my more immediate family is having a shakeup of a 30 year routine. (this is hard)
my daily sleep average is 4.5 hrs. (ok, this is not new, but it's not helping the situation either)
some close also friends did something really insulting and it's making me rethink a lot of my life choices.
BUT, the dust is already settling so hopefully i can make up for the last three months in the next three weeks.
some good things also happened since the last posts, and right now i'd rather think about that anyway.
there's really too much crap going on in the world everyday, it's not worth it to be fixated on things that already happened and can't be changed.


in the mean time, please enjoy this picture of me, mid wheel down.

Flight

this is one trick that has been eluding me for several months. it really takes some strength and skill to make it look beautiful and only now i'm starting to look decent.  it was on one of those crazy days when everything was going south and i was so tired already but i really wanted to go to class because i had already paid for it and i was tired of moping at home.  and then... I HAD A BREAKTHROUGH.  something just clicked in my brain and i had a really productive silks class and i think with some practice i'm going to get this god damn wheel down to be amazing.


it's crazy to think that the only regular... normal... consistent part of my life is the amount of time i spend upside down or with my feet off the ground.

NO RESONANCE

i am not a fan of paramore and it seems strange.  this band should be everything i like- pop-punk with interesting music videos and a girl singer!





but i've listened to songs from all their albums and just can't find anything i like.  their newest radio hit is particularly stomach churning to me.



yuck. :|

i really want to like this band, maybe paramore is your favorite band?  i mean no offense.  i just can't figure out why i don't like any of the songs.

the same goes for the tv show big bang theory.  i feel like i am the target demographic for this program with all the sci fi and STEM references... for some reason i just find it so unfunny.  i like the individual characters i guess, but the story lines are so... ?  i can't quite put my finger on it.  this is going to sound strange but i think i would be more interested if the show had more scenes in their work place? am i just a workaholic?  i would also like to point out the show goes into detail about physics but glosses over or throws away topics on biology and microbiology all the time! for shame! i want to like this crew and i know a lot of people who watch religiously and know the story arcs (even my parents watch this pretty regularly) but i just feel like i'm rolling my eyes through entire episodes and it's not worth my time anymore.



this is the kind of things my friends and i debate all the time, so a whole show dedicated to this nonsense should be great, right?  what is wrong with me?!

#unpopularopinion


the only thing worth my time on tv these days is rick and morty
(who doesn't love rick and morty!)




i think after the intergalactic cable episode with mr stealy aired i laughed for three straight days just thinking about it!

which leads me to think i'm too cynical for regular tv? my brains are too scrambled for regular tv?



IN DEFENSE OF GHOST IN THE SHELL

earlier this year a live action Ghost in the Shell was made and i finally got around to seeing it.
a lot of people i know refused to support this film because of the white washing of the main character, major kusanagi. i was really torn because i'm a big fan of GITS but i'm also really upset about the lack of and/or stereotyping of asians in american films.  but after seeing the movie, i'd really like to speak in defense of the film overall quality and encourage people who like movies or like GITS to watch it. the people in charge are not excused for not choosing an actual asian for the lead role, but i would like to point out that the quality of the story (movie) is not lessened by a haole. and yes, i mean haole in the literal definition, with no snark.

HOW THIS FITS WITH THE STORY

cutter, the head honcho of hanka is a haole, as well as a lot of people working on the project.  so why wouldn't he make humanoid robots in his own image? matoko was originally a japanese but she lived with other runaways in the lawless area. basically, they are disposable humans for experimentation. the cyborg project is obviously a time consuming and costly project, why would the people in charge go through the trouble of making the robots look like the nobodys they were implanting?  personally, if i were going to make the perfect version of myself... ok, i would still make cyborg avatar body chinese, but... white people have way better nose bridges.  and slimmer noses. and slightly bigger boobs. and i love to color my hair, so why not start with a lighter brown or white instead of my natural black hair?  what i'm trying to say, given the chance to make a more awesome me, why take all the stuff i don't want?  flesh deteriorates but your cyborg body is forever (unless you get a refitting... sac 2nd gig reference) so choose wisely! the major did not really exist (because her human body was a nobody scooped up from the street) so there was no specific reason to make her asian.  the company probably had body scans and molds of the other white people in the company so why not? the movie does note that she was japanese to begin with so that's fine.  it would be more awkward if they had a haole with a japanese name living in hong kong.  as for her english?  i guess they can code that into her. it makes sense that a military person (or tool) is multilingual.

SCARJO IS A GOOD CHARACTER MATCH

after seeing Lucy, i was sure that scarjo would make a great major!  she can do action scenes and is also a somewhat emotionless actor. i guess this might be a dig at her acting skills? but for the major's character, it is the perfect combo!  this is absolutely how i saw her in the tv series.  not that she doesn't feel things, she just acts very stoic. batou was the emotional one who made up for her (i'm recalling he rubbed mineral oil on his favorite tachikoma- and it ended up saving his life).

MY ACTUAL COMPLAINTS

- I WISH THE FEMALE DOCTORS WERE ASIAN
as for actual humans and humans with mods- if it takes place in hong kong (and this is obviously hong kong, right?) why wouldn't there be more female asians as doctors (or even just on the street)?  i guess the city has really diversified over the years, like hawaii. female asian doctors!  that's all i ask!

- NO SMOKING IN THE LAB
smoking is not allowed in the lab!

- KOWLOON CITY IS TOO CLEAN
i have an obsession with kowloon city.  it simultaneously disgusts me (how can people just live in squalor like that! i would be forced to become a minimalist because i can't stand having all the crap around!) and fascinates me (seriously, how can your life be so complete and so condensed? and what secrets are hiding in the nooks and crannies of a city that is so poorly regulated?) this movie has such a bustling city life and the apartments are very much an ode to kowloon city (LOL even the super close airplane!) but if it were more realistic, it would be way darker and way gritty/grimy/grosser. have you seen the photos of kowloon city? it looks... slimy. i feel like i can smell the blood and garbage through the pictures! i would equate the harbor to the ala wai canal and would really not go swimming in there, even if i was a cyborg!  fact: streptococcus biofilms are commonly found on pacemakers and can cause endocarditis.  why chance it?!  even daredevil (in the movie) went in his cement bathtub coffin to black out the sounds, why couldn't the major do that?  maybe in the future, everyone is more concerned with cleanliness? they found a way to eliminate garbage tumbleweeds? as a microbiologist, one can only hope...

- NOT ENOUGH SECTION 9
i feel like the GITS story is as much about the team as it is about the major.  it's kind of like an animated NCIS.  and i would not watch that show if it was 90% about kensie and 10% team. or even 90% deeks or calen or G. it's about solving a mystery using everyone's unique talents. i guess they technically gave togusa some screen time. and even saito. but they were more like easter eggs for fans- it's more fun to see everyone in section 9 actually working together. my hope is: now that we have the backstory/origins/introduction, we can get another live action movie to show off the team?!  so many cybercrime stories and ethical dilemmas to be told!  surely there's enough content for another movie!

- NOT ENOUGH TACHIKOMA
because. the real joy and reason we watch GITS is for the tachikoma.




ONE MORE COMPARISON...
this year, i saw another movie that my asian acting friends have also called taboo: The Great Wall.
my initial impression: this is Pacific Rim, 2000 years ago.  the plot... ugh.  B movie from the get go.  but i can't *completely* hate it.  yes, they could have easily picked an asian guy instead of a haole to be the savior of the kingdom.  but it is important to remember: the ancient chinese were really forward thinking people.  if they saw good technology they probably adopted/adapted it, no matter who thought it up.  if a guy comes to the wall with some useful talents, why not enlist him?  nothing the army is currently doing is really working.  besides, there are so many guards and advisors before getting to the actual ruling family, i'm sure matt damon would have be disposed of before he could pull a rasputin.  also, there was no holding back on portraying the other haoles as conniving, greedy fucks. and there was also no proselytizing to the white people either.  yeah, they helped protect the country from the monsters, but that doesn't make people worship you as a god.  ancient chinese are way too smart for that. as i recall, there is even evidence of china-roman political relations.  i don't see why it's impossible that the asians and haoles might not learn from each other or come up with a camaraderie of sorts in the face of eminent danger of the non-human sort. so from the story point of view- plausible.  *also, i really love the crane corps girls.  #circusgoals
i didn't like the movie, but i didn't hate it for the reasons my asian friends want me to.  for both GITS and The Great Wall, the story and characters didn't lose continuity so i had no problem with the casting.  we have much bigger white washing problems with movies like ALOHA (i absolutely will not see this) or the rumored upcoming movie about niihau.

FINAL THOUGHTS
as a GITS fan, this movie was good! it's what i expected of GITS! you could even like this if you like crime dramas like law and order! the stylization makes it even more interesting on top of the mystery- if you like blade runner you will like this (for the style, i mean. the robot component is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of blade runner where robots are trying to be human. in GITS, humans are trying to be more robot [cyborg].) it's just enough in the future to let your imagination play but not too far in the future where it's impossible to believe the technology exists. please see this movie so it will make money and we can have a sequel(s).  it's such a good series, i don't know how you could not like the story and characters.  everything worked well in the live action, makes me want more! it also makes me want to shout, bring on the white washing of Cowboy Bebop! we can all agree who should be cast for the main roles, right?

#unpopularopinion




m m m . . .

hooray! it's time for the annual scattegories friday5!
i've done this several years in a row, it's my favorite prompt.
answer for yourself (game instructions and link to random letter generator is on the page) or see others' answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1598
i got an easy letter this year: m

  1. What’s something gross whose name begins with the letter?

    milipede
  2. What’s something crunchy whose name begins with the letter?

    mochi crunch
  3. What’s something (or who is someone) you wouldn’t mind hugging whose name begins with the letter?

    mom!
  4. What’s something whose name begins with the letter and can be found on a passenger airplane?

    magazines
  5. What’s something (whose name begins with the letter) you could purchase at a hardware store?

    miter saw

this letter is perfect because i am crushing so hard on the song, Mesa, right now!


SIDE JOB

If you've played Destiny, you are probably familiar with Xur:

http://whereisxur.com
this guy shows up in a random location at the tower.  he trades materials and coins and sells exotic weapons.  he only shows up on the weekends [in real world time, not in destiny time].

i have finally come up with a theory why- he spends the rest of the week playing shows with his band dreamcar:


the resemblance is uncanny, right?!

ok, in reality, even if you haven't heard of dreamcar, you might recognize the sound and will probably recognize its members.  this band is comprised of Davey Havok, from AFI, and members of No Doubt: Tony Kanal, Adrian Young, and Tom Dumont.  and the songs are in the style of new wave- if you are a fan of The Cure or Depeche Mode or Flock of Seagulls you will like this album!  let me recommend you: Kill for Candy



to be honest, i thought this group was going to sound like a popped-up or ska-ed-up AFI?  but instead it sounds totally separate from their two groups, just a fresh ode to good new wave music!  in this music video, everyone just seems so happy, i wouldn't doubt this group was formed from being a fan of the genre.  in fact, i'm sure of it- when AFI played here a few years ago, Davey did a perfect cover of Just Like Heaven.

I've listened to the whole album but i think Kill for Candy is the best of the bunch.  tell me what you think of it in the comments.




and speaking of Destiny, WHO IS READY FOR DESTINY 2?!
i'm so very excited for this game!  i preordered destiny [1] when it came out but i was still in school and never really got to join in the first day fun.  i've preordered again and this time can take full advantage!  i already played this mission in the open beta and tried a match of the multiplayer.  looking forward to the new challenges. BUT.  i will be sad to leave my old armor behind!  toward the end of the game, i really enjoyed playing defender class and had the NO BACKUP PLANS gloves that were tailor made for the job!  my last set up used these gloves plus LORD OF WOLVES shotgun so with my skill tree i had a super long force barrier that would drop orbs when it took hits!  NO BACKUP PLANS gives you bonus grenades on melee hits and the grenades help you regen the force barrier so it's like an endless cycle of healing bubble + orbs for your team! i liked charging in to battle as a titan but when you are short on team mates this is an awesome way to stay alive long enough to kill the big guys.  my load out is here if you want to look: https://www.bungie.net/en/Legend/Gear/1/4611686018435823091/2305843009220691284 not sure if this loads for everone else, but in my browser, you can't see the NO BACKUP PLANS glowing.  i use the halloween event armor shader called SUPERBLACK so everything is matte black color and only my gloves are glowing bright blue! i look like a ninja- with rave gloves, hahaha.

also going to miss my Waning Star ship! as far as i know, there are no real perks to different ships.  but this was definitely the prettiest of the bunch.




SHAPE UP

  1. What shape is your mood today?

    "i've got so much to do but it's ok 'cuz WHATEVER FOREVER" 



  2. What snack comes in a fun shape?

    taiyaki! 

    taiyaki

  3. Someone’s building your dream house, but it has to be in the shape of a letter of the alphabet.  Which letter do you choose?

    C, of course.

  4. What’s a great song with a shape in its title or lyrics?

    Crescent-Shaped Depression
    (originally by Title Fight but I prefer the cover by Touché Amoré)



  5. What’s something in your line of sight that can reasonably be called blob-shaped?

    yogurt

BRANCHING OUT


the last saturday of may was the annual student showcase at samadhi.
i performed with all these lovely people



and had such a blast!! i see everyone coming in and out of classes and practice at the studio but we often don't see each other perform.  it was a 90s themed show and everyone was really into the music and choreography.  everyone- all levels and all apparatuses- were so great!
what do you remember about the 90s?  yes, we had them all! spice girls, britney, red hot chili peppers, janet jackson, madonna... my favorites were liza's ring solo to goo goo dolls (iris) and the super fun becky got back from the level iv silk students! we were all screaming because it was so raunchy! i wish i had a video of our group's performance- my coworker had a little clip of our corkscrew drop but couldn't figure out how to transfer it off her phone. #firstworldproblems
yes, we had a pretty big audience of family and friends present.  i hope they had as much fun as we did! no matter how nervous you might be, once the costumes and make up comes out and the music is turned up, it's hard to not be in an excited mood! a few of my co workers came to watch. they were impressed by the drops and knee hangs- they thought i was in a yoga class all this time. XD  in general... it's hard to explain to people what my hobby is.

this show was my third performance and marked my second year at samadhi and my fifth(?) year on the silks!  feeling inspired by my friends, in the weeks since i started branching out to some other apparatus. i did a little practice on the ring (which i am really loving right now- i might switch over!) and took my first trapeze classes! i like how some moves are translatable between the three apparatus and some things are so much more beautiful or, conversely, impossible on one apparatus over the other.

i like how simple this is while still looking pretty.  i can also do it on trap and silk but i think it looks best on the ring.

this one is like half-monty in the silks.
one thing i noticed is it's easier to learn new skills since i've already got the strength from the silks. balances? back bends? straddles and pull ups? ok sure! the hard part about these new apparatus is my hands get eaten up from the bar before my arms get tired.  blisters and callouses, man... some times it's really hard to wear gloves at work after class. :P  also, since the bar is solid i'm getting interesting bruises behind my knees or on top of my foot from moves that would be otherwise harmless in the silks.  however, i am LOVING the challenge!  one teacher invited me to the level one class since i have the arms already (so, i'm skipping over the foundations 1 and 2) but i wonder if this is a good idea?  i need the foundations- there's so much to learn. if i get to the point where i'm comfortable practicing by myself at open gym, i'll try to get some pictures on the trap.  it's the traditional image that comes to mind when you tell people you're an aerialist.

and don't worry- i haven't abandoned the silks!  i still go to regular silks class and either conditioning or open gym through out the week.  always room for improvement!  i have been saying this for a while- i want to do a meat hook.  just this week in class we were doing a little bit of conditioning, some side straddles, and i realized most of my weight was in one arm! SOON.  i will be able to meat hook soon! just... a few more years... :)  also, i FINALLY learned how to do a coffin drop! i can't wait to get this very dramatic move on video! basically you are standing... and then swing down to hanging by your ankles.  

 


currently, i'm still doing a "safety drop" while i fine tune my wrap.  but i've done single and double ankle hangs in the hammock before so i'm sure i'll eventually get up the nerve to do this drop. 

i'll learn any drop if it's cool enough... 

 


which is how i got a minor concussion two weeks ago. -___ - 
don't worry, 'tis just a scratch!  


HARMONICA HARBINGER

on thursday i was reading through the MidWeek when i saw a "harmonica recital" this weekend in the community events section.  unusual!



i jokingly proposed it to le boyfriend and he also had a chuckle.



what we actually did this weekend was go to a graduation party at the Ala Moana hotel.



after the party we walked through the mall a little since we parked there.  and what do we see, coming out of Foodland was a little girl playing a harmonica!  we both looked at each other, what a coincidence! hahahaaa...




lately i've been working on the video game, Prey.



it's rare that we get video games that are not sequels, these days!  i really want to try mass effect or dead space or assassin's creed but i haven't played any of the previous ones so i'm not sure if some of the story line will be lost on me.  i like the story in Prey, so far and it's not too difficult for me yet (i am so bad at video games).  i like how the objectives are clearly laid out so i can stop and resume anytime but not get confused where i am.  yesterday i happened to be working on unlocking the deep storage in the arboretum and it requires voice verification to open the door.  AND ONE OF THE WORDS ON THE LIST WAS "HARMONICA".   now i am starting to think we are moving past the point of coincidence.  what are the odds?!  harmonica, of all words!!  anyway, i was able to unlock the door and i played for a bit longer but i'm hung up on a very large alien.  i don't have enough health to survive a hit and i don't have enough patience [today] to figure out how to beat it. so i quit and made dinner.




i started watching Workaholics.



i really need some brainless comedy in my life when the days get stressful.  i didn't even finish watching Mr Robot season 2 because the show was so stressful- it was making me feel messed up and anxious!  just from the tv show!  i have enough stress in real life, i'm not ready for fictional stress too! i was enjoying Trial and Error which premiered a few months ago.  now that it's over i was seeking out another comedy and Workaholics was recommended based on my love of It's Always Sunny in Philedelphia and Rick and Morty.  while i ate dinner last night i was watching the episode where the guys were supposed to catch an internet child predator but instead thought he was super cool and wanted to be his friend.  in the end, the guys did the right thing and the perv went to jail.  and in the jail.  the cell mate.  WAS PLAYING THE FREAKING HARMONICA.  i almost choked on my food when i saw it.  WTF is the universe trying to tell me?! what is with all these harmonicas?!?!?!?!!!!!!

i am really weirded out by all this right now.  have you ever had a crazy strange coincidence like this?! is there a glitch in the matrix? is this a sign of the apocalypse? should i buy and learn how to play the harmonica? tell me in the comments that i'm not crazy.

COCONUT GUACAMOLE HARP WITH GOOEY SNAKE ALMONDS

here's the friday 5.  i really haven't been putting a lot of effort into writing here, but i really enjoyed the week's questions so here i am.  answer for yourself or see others' answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1564


  1. What’s the most important single ingredient in trail mix?

    dried coconut CHUNKS.  not the shavings.  must be chunks.  or else dried papaya.
  2. What’s the most important single topping in a taco?

    guacamole

  3. What’s the coolest instrument in an orchestra?

    harp
  4. What’s your favorite animal at the zoo?

    i like the reptiles!
  5. Which are the best pieces in a sampler box of chocolates?

    ones with almonds and/or marshmallows


all right come close, let me tell you everything i know... 


RSD 2017

on saturday morning i couldn't get to a record store with the early morning die-hards because i was fulfilling my pious duty of bai san (also called ching ming or grave cleaning) way out in mililani. but i made it back to town a little after 3pm and walked over to ideas music and book shop to flip through the stacks.  i was hoping to find the thrice 7" and the balance and composure 7".  neither was to be found there.  but i did find three other things that are on my wishlist. 

1) Antics by Interpol
Antics
Evil, Slow Hands, and Public Pervert are long time favorites.  i even remember the first time i heard slow hands.  i was in 7th or 8th grade (because i was still living in makiki) and there used to be a late late night show on the style network that paired runway shows with music videos.  interpol blew my mind.  i can't even recall what other songs were shown on that program that night (or ever) except for slow hands. it's so cool to have a physical copy of a song that i love. 



2) All day and all of the night by The Kinks
All day and all of the night
i am on a quest to find singles of all my favorite kinks songs.  this one really rocks, right?! i'm still looking for Lola and You really got me. 



3) Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
Louie Louie
i really love 60s garage rock.  i'm trying to find more if you have any recommendations. this record in particular is special because it apparently came from Tom Moffatt!



i was worried it might not play because of the many scratches but i had to have this particular copy anyway. this is why i love record collecting.  not only does this physical object play music, but it was created a long time ago and physically transported to the present day.  it has a history! who was it's first owner and where did it come from? how old is it and how did it get here? i love knowing the answer to at least some of these questions for this particular record.  R.I.P. Tom Moffatt. i miss hearing your voice on the airwaves on saturday mornings. 


did you find anything good on record store day? 

BETA CARROT-ENE

i made carrot cake for the first time this week!



used a very simple recipe from ina garten.
grating the carrots was the most labor intensive part.  i pretty much avoided making carrot cake all these years because i really really didn't want to waste time grating carrots! but i really wanted to eat carrot cake so i set my mind (and my ipod to angry punk music) to it and... it didn't take as long as i thought. haha.

here's the original recipe: https://barefootcontessa.com/inas-world/carrot-cake-with-ginger-mascarpone-frosting

i followed *almost* exactly.

here's how i did it:

BEAT:
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1- 1/3 cups veg oil
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


SIFT SEPARATELY: 
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  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons b. soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt


add dry to wet in two or three parts. 
i also do not have electric hand or stand mixer since i moved so i folded gently by hand.


GRATE: 
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  • 1 pound carrots + 1 large carrot


fold this into batter with 1 cup chopped walnuts. i did not flour the carrots or walnuts because the batter was pretty thick, i didn't think it would sink due to the viscosity.  the batter thinned out a little once the carrots were in probably from residual juice. 





i didn't put raisins because i didn't have any. :C i added the extra carrot for two reasons: 1) replace some of the raisin volume 2) i didn't grate the 1# carrots completely.  i just ate the last inch of carrot so i don't have to worry about grating my fingernails and knuckles off. 

bake 400 deg F 10' then reduce temp to 350 deg F for 35'



for the frosting, again, i don't have a mixer so i just softened a block of cream cheese with sugar using a rice paddle. ;P  i didn't use marscapone (because i am poor) and i didn't use crystalized ginger (which i actually do have) because i was sharing with @wild_twinkies and she doesn't like ginger. 




REVIEW: 
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SO HAPPY THE RECIPE WAS THIS SIMPLE! and i had all the ingredients on hand except the raisins. i really wish i had raisins it would have made the cake perfect.  otherwise, it was very good!  if i had a mixer it might have turned out less dense but it wasn't too dense to be enjoyable.  i really like spice cake/prune cake/fruit cake/gingerbread so i might have even ventured in the future to add nutmeg and/or clove but if you are like @wild_twinkies and prefer less spice, this is a prefect easy recipe.  at first taste, i thought it could use more flavor... but when you eat it with the frosting it's just right.  the cream cheese has just enough tang to make it perfect.  

will definitely be making this again! 


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