Archive for November 2008

Vacation?

November 17, 2008

I’m overdue for a vacation.

Today, on my way back from my Chemistry class, and I was sitting behind a couple of girls. A draft rushed in and swept through the bus. When it got back to me, I caught the smell of shampoo from the lovely ladies’ hair just in front of me. The first thing that it reminded me of was amusement parks.

Summer. Girls in short shorts and tank tops. The smell of both shampoo and sun screen covering the other smells you were glad you couldn’t catch. Sitting so you’d purposely get wet from a water ride. Sugary drinks and churros. Line waiting. Taking pictures with beloved cartoon characters from childhood. Judging whether that hour and a half wait was worth 45 seconds of fun. Walking so much in one day that you’d hurt from it afterwards. Waiting for monorails and trams. Staying in the park to catch the fireworks show that night. Knowing that it was all worth it.

I’m overdue for a vacation.

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Youtube

November 16, 2008

I’m a youtube freak. for sure. A list of what I’ve been watching. 

  • 3 ninjas – all three movies.
  • Randy Pausch Last Lecture – inspirational. 
  • Jackie Chan Adventures – why was this taken off the air?
  • kung fu movie scenes – let’s go back to martial arts one of these days.
  • Def Jam Poetry – shihan, beau sia, saul williams, gemineye.
  • Jackie Chan movies – Rush Hour series, Shanghai Noon.

Just search the bullet points and see what pops up. Good stuff for sure.

On a side note, I would like to learn chain form now.

Anak, you’ve got to think for yourself…

November 12, 2008

I’m currently waiting for my math section to begin. It’ll be the first one i’ve gone to since September. And what better way to kill time? Nothing but the best, baby. 

I’ve complained recently that I have hit a rut in terms of new music since maybe May or June. And all of a sudden, God decided to bless me with new, interesting music. Just, BAM! I shall bombard you with new music you shall rave about to all. Now I bet your thinking “Alex, where’s this new, interesting music that you’re talking about?” Well here, let me tell you.

  • Titofelix: “All Good Things” – It’s a pretty old album, from 2006. But it’s awesome. And you know what’s great about this one? It’s completely free. Just go to their website (www.titofelix.com) and download their entire album for FREE. 
  • Jinnah Kim – I stole this one from Michael Kim. So here’s a girl. A Korean girl. From LA. Plays the acoustic sort. It’s good stuff, when you’re in the mood. “Confessions” is a good song. Go check that out.
  • Owl City – Did I show you this already? If I did, sit through it again. Techno stuff this time, with very “Postal Service” sound to it all, according to Yellow. It rings true I think. All in all, good study music.
  • PushPushPull – The reformed, revamped incarnation of Tomorrow’s Hero. Much more pop-y sound to them this time around. But that’s OK. If anything, it makes it sound much better.
  • Corrinne May – My goodness, she sounds amazing. Really. I’m not kidding. Look her up. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Yep. That’s it. Of course there are others. Anyone Wong Fu collaborates with is of course worth looking at. And all the mainstream bands are cool. But if nobody highlights the underdogs, who’s gonna listen to them?

Veteran’s Day Weekend

November 7, 2008

So it’s the beginning of the weekend. A long weekend for some. And both of my roommates have gone home for the weekend. The floor above me is playing Super Smash Bros. Melee with the volume so loud, it makes my own room vibrate. And I am left with little to do. So here I am blogging.

I got my Skeet shoes!

 

I was so happy about this, that I unconsciously coordinated yesterday.

 

[tee shirt: free from Stephen Cheung| hoodie: footlocker $20|shorts: AE $14|shoes: Nike $70]

I am a Tetris addict now. Look at what I “achieved” last night.

That’s right. 8 million points. Level 253. I’m swearing it off for the longest time. 

And I bought my first manga book today.

SOS Brigade pride. I didn’t even know it was offered in English. Yeah, that’s right, I’m weak. Only $12 bucks for my self-respect.

Pedantic Political Patter

November 5, 2008

Remember, remember the fifth of November… 

It seems that it be appropriate to share some key political results with the masses that is at most, five people. Let’s start with the presidential race, the one that’s been hogging the spotlight for the better part of two years now. Barack Obama is now the President-elect of the United States of America. I certainly hope he lives up to his promise of change. He talks a good game, but if he backs it up is a completely different thing all together. Davis Fleetwood, a man I enjoy from time to time, once compared Obama to Chinese food:

You crave it, you want the spring roll, you want the mushu, you want the fortune cookie, the promise of the fortune cookie. You devour it and feel full but an hour later your starving again. What exactly did he say?

Hopefully, he will progress something that is more filling and that keeps you full longer: results. At least the Chinese food keeps coming; I got chills from reading the transcript of his victory speech

But let’s move onto something much more substantial, that will take effect tomorrow as opposed to January 20th, 2009. The California propositions that I care about are Props. 1A, 4, 6, 8, and 11. I would have liked to se Yes on 1A and No on the other four. But it seems that it won’t be that way. According to the LA Times, with close to 80% of the vote in, the results are:

  • Prop 1A [High-Speed Rail]: YES
  • Prop 4 [Abortion Notification]: NO
  • Prop 6 [Criminal Justice]: NO
  • Prop 8 [Same-sex Marriage Ban]: YES
  • Prop 11 [Redistricting]: YES

I’m not going to lie here, I got my endorsements mostly from Tony Dear. I trust his opinion above all the propaganda that people feed. But I don’t think I voted with him to a tee. In fact, I don’t even remember what I voted. But that’s just me. I’m disappointed in California for passing Prop 8. My floor and I found a glimmer of hope in that it’s a constitutional amendment, so it might have needed a supermajority. No such luck. Not according to the Constitution itself. It just saddens me. And Prop 11 annoys me, because that is just more money that would have been saved if they waited just a few more years to do it. 

And finally, there’s the San Francisco Propositions: Several caught my eye. A few made me laugh. If you want to know what lines I voted along, I’m pretty sure I consulted Tony Dear and Lincoln Lo on these. The results are out. But some I would like to highlight:

  • Prop D [Develop Pier 70]: YES – Let’s see some money be put to good use.
  • Prop F [Election Schedule to Even Years]: NO – I find it a waste of money to hold an election as often as the city sees fit.
  • Prop K [Legalizing Prostitution]: NO – It just made me laugh. I wouldn’t have cared either way. There was also talk of it being an experiment in this country. Now we’ll never know.
  • Prop R [Renaming Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant]: NO – This one just made me laugh too.
  • Prop V [JROTC Backing]: YES – I personally don’t care. Just give them what they want. Why would you even want to take it away?

So there was my political spiel for the next couple years, if not months. I’m back to being apathetic. Let me know if something else huge comes up. Politically speaking, that is.