Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Awesome art collections

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I'm a sucker for pretty pictures. Actually, it's better if they're also geometrical one way or another. Even better if they're representational. A trap for me-specimen = stunning visuals, convolved metaphors, autumn-y music.

Some such collections on deviantART:


CG environment


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pandora radio stations

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In chronological order of creation:

Andreas Vollenweider
June 2007

Paul Schwartz
June 2007

July 2007

July 2007

Kenny G
July 2007

David Arkenstone
July 2007

July 2007

Josh Groban
July 2007

July 2007

Fryderyk Chopin
January 2008

January 2008

Philip Glass
January 2008

Robert Schumann
March 2008

W.A. Mozart
April 2008

Ralph Vaughan Williams
June 2008

Simon & Garfunkel
October 2008

Gregorian Chant & Enya
October 2008

Danny Elfman
November 2008

Claude Debussy
November 2008

Pink Floyd
May 2009

Andy Williams
May 2009

May 2009

Andrea Bocelli
May 2009

Julio Iglesias
May 2009

May 2009

May 2009

Air Supply
May 2009

Anne Murray
August 2009

... Everything after Pink Floyd was requested by my mom who complained of a lack of music in my room... at least, when she was around...

I bolded the stations I visit the most often, and hence the most customized. They reflect my real-time mood quite well...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Villanelle seed quote

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Believe in the future. --- Clow Reed, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Middlesex Fells

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Nice park area - lots of walking and rock-climbing :-P

Standing on a hill and looking out at Hancock Tower in the distance. Fake rock climbing :-P

We could see through the water of the ponds... and there were many dragonflies, mushrooms, a suspended tree, Darth Vader plants :-P

Friday, August 7, 2009

Parody scenario to flex my creative writing mind (an anti-fanfic, shall we say?)

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(Thanks to E.D. for the inspiration, and that masterpiece of a sketch... quite the likeness I might add =P)

Just as she was unplugging her laptop and in the process of getting up from her swivel chair, a few curt knocks interrupted her thoughts. "Ugh, I'm already late to my next meeting!" she mentally grumbled.

A stumpy and hairy UPS deliveryman peeked in. "Excuse me, I have a package for [insert name]?"

"Okay I'll take that," she declared, although she wondered, "I wasn't expecting any package... and who would send me a box this big?" After verifying that it was indeed addressed to her, she signed the electronic pad in lightning speed, thanked and dismissed the UPS guy while zooming out the door with her laptop.

Thirty minutes into the meeting, she was already distracted. "What COULD BE in that box?" she ruminated. The buzz of the overhead projector and the flickering of the screen synchronized with the droning voice of the presenter in the ultimate ensemble of soporific. The singular thought that sustained her amidst the desert of Excel tables and graphs was about - that box.

"Can you label your columns? Otherwise we don't know what the numbers mean." She snapped. "Okay," the presenter obliged. "Jeez, I just got these numbers ten minutes ago! If only I were better at English..." he seethed inwardly, though he showed no change in expression except for a minute frown.

About one hour later, she rushed back into her office. "Rarrgh these meetings! Always run freaking overtime." she stewed as she replugged her laptop. "Now. What's in the box?"

She found herself taken by a bizarre sense of anticipation. She grabbed her keys and proceeded to slice open the mystery box, possessed by a sudden hunger of unknown origin.

Inside was something dark, velvety, and shrink-wrapped. "OMFG whyyyyy must there be shrink-wrap everywhere?!!??!!?! The inventor of shrink-wrap should suffer in hell and open these darned shrink wraps for eternity!!!!!"

She stabbed a hole in the plastic wrap and ripped it open with the sadistic ferocity of a dominatrix.

The shimmering black velvet river awakened upon thawing out of its shrink-wrapped frozen state with a flourish of golden sparks.

She touched the fabric and was surprised at its softness. Gingerly, she unfolded the cloth to reveal a cape in full splendor.

"Oooooooooooooooh!!!!!!!!!! I have wanted this for a long time, a verrrry long time.........."

She started giggling. It started out as a whisper, but she closed the door and her laughter slowly developed into a deep cackle as she opened her secret closet. Inside, an ancient broom rested...

Up to no good

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I like being just a little bit evil.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hot pot, HP6

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Had the best best hot pot I remember in the last um, 8~9 years? =D Soooo much food, yet it was amazingly not *too* filling. We ordered a little too much veggies, but we finished pretty much everything ahahaha...

HP & Half-Blood Prince was actually better in movie than book, since the whole teenage soap opera seems to overwhelm the seriousness of the other events in the book, but the movie has a good balance. I revisited in new light Draco's vulnerability and Snape's character...

Parodies (Harry Potter Puppet Pals... need a thick-skinned sense of humor for these)