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whimsy and wonder

Pete directed me towards this amazing artist. His whole site is impressive, but I think that this particular photo project is inspiring, creative, and I think the best word I can come up with is whimsical. This project of his was done in 2005, but its new to me, courtesy of Pete, so I thought I would share it as well. Yeondoo Jung has taken childrens drawings, and made them real. Conceptually is brilliant, and the pictures he chose to work with make for a bright and fun set of photos. I really like his take on how to translate into real life. I hope that is how I saw things as a kid.

I recall my mom finding my old works, and apparently ahead of my time, they were all anatomically correct. I wonder how the picture of my dad would have translated in this project.

You should look at the rest of this project, in addition to his other works. Color me impressed.

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the french ain’t half bad

Headed down to the Great American Music Hall last night to go and see M83. I have known of this band for a little over two years now, thanks to my friend Campbell. They are a band I had never seen, and I was unsure how their sound would translate into a live show. Id say it was a moderate success.

M83 is an electronic music group with both a male and female vocalist. They are French synth-rockers with a surging dance sound. A slight ambient buildup into a wall of sound is how most of their songs get you. Its definitely a close your eyes, feel the bass and the emotion of the song kind of band…not a dance till you fall down band. Quite a bit of their stuff on the album however, is a woman speaking, or looped, and for that, on stage they used pre-recorded stuff. Lets just say the first song they pulled an Ashley Simpson. They started the first song, and someone must have hit the button for pre-recorded vocals because misplaced words came on, everyone looked around, they must have pushed stop realizing their error, the words ended, M83 didnt let it phase them, and continued. Good for them for pushing through the error.

The rest of the show was pretty good. Campbell ended up being there, so I could remember my first days of M83 with him. Pete, Mick, Keller and I had never seen them, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I was a little disappointed that Teen Angst wasn’t played, but that was probably for the best. The last few times we listened to that song it involved laying on the floor writhing…probably not the best idea to do that at GAMH.

I leave you with my rating of this show.

Four arbitrary goats out of a possible five

iron man

Im not going to give anything away. I think that one week of release isn’t fair to write any spoilers, so I won’t tell you what happens in this movie or what my favorite part was. Iron Man was action packed all the way through. I didn’t hate Gwenyth Paltrow, and I was thouroughly entertained. Note to movie goers…stay past the credits. Trust me.

What I will tell you is that Robert (Morton) Downey Jr. is quite convincing. He always gets cast as the fuck-up. The drunk, and the sleaze. How appropiate. Do what you know right. Though to his credit, I think and hope he has straightened up a bit. But seriously, his role in Less than Zero? Perfect. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? Yup. All of it. So now when cast as Tony Stark, the drunk playboy millionaire? Score. He is endearing, yet totally fucked up at the same time. My type of guy. Helps that I find him to be pretty sexy too.

Jeff Bridges was not “The Dude” in this film. Bald with a beard, he got outside himself and was very convincing as Obadiah Stane.

Look at me, talking like i know comics. I got taught some stuff on the bus ride home, and might now attempt to learn more about the Avengers, and Marvel vs. DC comics. I won’t buy, but I’m willing to read someone elses. Learn the interests of those you love, right? Most of my comic character knowledge comes from the movies, and I know that isn’t always the most accurate place to learn. I want to be ready for the sequel.

Happiness only real when shared

So I’m a little late on this train I know…but I finally got around to watching Into the Wild. Beautiful landscapes make it visually stimulating, while an interesting story line kept me riveted throughout. The supporting cast was wonderful, and the based on a true story aspect always makes that much more fascinating to watch. For a two and a half hour long movie…at 11:00 at night, I did my best to stay up past 1. I knew it was going to be worth it. Hype has been flowing, and I finally decided I needed to see what the hype was all about. A great, great film. Sean Penn…ya done good.

The only real problem I had, and I dont know if its even a problem, depending on how the movie meant to portray him, was with Emile Hirsch who played the main character Chris McCandless. I understand the free spirit. I understand the need to not go the corporate route, and follow your heart and soul. But I dont understand why everybody embraced him the way that they did. If Chris in real life was pretencious and thought that he was better than everyone, then Emile Hirsh hit it right on the nose. He had this constant this is the only way to live mentality. Everyone else was doing it wrong, and the only way to do life right was the way he was.

I do however, think it was pretty incredible the impact he had on others. Showing the hippie couple that talking about their feelings and just saying fuck it could bring them closer together. Selfishly allowing the older man (Ron), to let him into his heart and learn to embrace what life he had left. I say selfishly because ultimately, instead of having him adopt him as he wanted to, and being the son the old man had wanted, Chris wandered off into the beautiful Alaskan wilderness to die.

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thats so metal \m/

It’s difficult to review a show of a band that I don’t like, and hard to explain what I was listening to when I don’t really understand the genre.

Monday night I went to go see The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mick and a co-worker of his at Bottom of the Hill in SF. I know this is one of, if not Mick’s favorite bands, so being the supportive girlfriend, I tagged along. I knew what I was going to be getting myself into.

Wikipedia states that The Dillinger Escape Plan is a New Jersey mathcore band. Mathcore is a style of metal with fast tempo and a technical style. I’m sure if you have the guitarist play by himself and the drummer play on his own, etc…it’s all very technical. But all together, its just noise to me. Throw on a stoutly roided-up (speculation) lead singer screaming into the mike, it becomes almost intolerable. Almost….

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