chrryblssmninja: (fromthewind_bridge)
Things are going better!

I'm planning two microbudget independent short films right now because chrry

posted this Polish film comparison back in March

the new Last Shadow Puppets album is growing on me
it's better for room or headphone listening

at least BvS gave us a great theme for Wonder Woman

I've broken down all my goals into mini-steps that I can cross off and it's really helping me feel better about my life

ETA:
the weather is getting warmer!

also forgot to putepisodes watched from January through March )
chrryblssmninja: (mimicar)
I was going to continue with my practice of setting 101 goals for the new year, but then I can't remember if I clicked "revert to previous draft" when I opened this page or not, so, my goal for the year is...accomplish something.

I did write about my media highlights and favorite music of 2015.

Goals actually accomplished in 2015:

  • I was able to show [livejournal.com profile] whomp around San Francisco, and I also reconnected with many relatives on both sides of my family! I'm a really social person, and it was great to see and talk with them.

  • With the family, I returned to Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. New places we visited included Yosemite and Mammoth, other towns in Gold Country, Also did more local tourism, including the Renaissance Fair at Casa de Fruta. All the hyperlinks in this paragraph link to pictures!

  • I did get to speak Spanish more, especially in Puerto Rico, and I used Japanese a little at work (although, when one customer asked me a question in Japanese, I answered in Spanish. I corrected myself and she was fine with it, but yeah). I even had a simple conversation in Norwegian! Although I can't say more because we can't post about specific customers on the internet. Even a few phrases of Tagalog helped once. I am now on over 80 days of practicing Gaeilge and Norsk on Duolingo.

  • Finally visited New People when we went to a festival in Japantown. My mom bought me this Omocat sweater...partly because I forgot to wear warm enough clothing for that windy day...

  • I did start lifting 20-pound free weights, and while I didn't get to 25-pound, I did move from 10 reps to 15 reps over the course of the year.

  • I bought some nice and often useful clothes (many via work discount), as well as 2 CDs, nice yearly agendas (classic art for 2015, and a slim Star Wars one with Rey and BB-8 on the cover for 2016 through 2017), and the Universal classic Horror DVD set. Also received a new photo camera and mini-tripod prior to our Las Vegas trip.

  • I did read at least one book from every continent except Antarctica, but I think that's less of a feat because diverse selection is pretty much my general taste when I go to the libraries here. Also read five non-fiction books, as well as five books published in 2015. Now I want to read more from before 1900.


I think I'll just dump my list of TV watched from October through December here. So much I still have to catch up on...
the episodes )
chrryblssmninja: (BMOnoire)
in the past six days I:

- broke my glasses
- had to get an eye exam and new glasses, then rush in late to my brother's graduation
- then we watched the GoT finale, packed our bags, and drove to Reno
- I watched World Cup (sometimes on all the ESPN-showing TVs while walking through one casino to another) games
- did other things while my family gambled (not into gambling for money, especially when the cent-games aren't interesting to me): walked around the casino floor, read restaurant menus, started AND finished a book I brought in my purse, whined a bit, played in arcades if the hotel had any (got these prizes too), and took pictures like this:



Then we drove back down around Lake Tahoe:



The first seven posts in this tag have more pictures I took.

Earlier this month, I finally updated my film blog with a comparison of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

I've been watching World Cup but I haven't been reblogging pictures on Tumblr because I didn't feel comfortable with posting pictures after all the mess involved in "preparing" the area for the games. Yeah it does nothing to help but it's what I'm doing.

Don't know how long we'll be staying in the Davis-Sacramento area, so we took advantage of the relatively short distance (about 2.5 hour drive) to Lake Tahoe and Reno as a graduation present for my bro. Also, midweek hotel prices were pretty good if you could find an open room. Also we haven't been out of state in forever.

I'm going to the apartment gym much more. Use it while I still can. It's funny when I'm exercising while watching a game, though, because sometimes I get stuck watching a particular play and I have to catch myself before doing more repetitions/losing count/holding for longer than planned. If we got cherries on sale, I bring them to the gym with my water bottle because I heard that cherries, pomegranates, and similar fruits help muscle recovery after workouts. Also incorporated 30 Days of High Intensity Interval Training into my regimen. It's helpful because you can adjust it to any level of skill or endurance or general amount of time.

I need to take more action job/life-wise but I just feel stuck and in a dull panic where I can't even think of a recent success or failure to write as a response to a job application query. Now that my brother's out of school, we're trying to figure things out, but my body's like set on chill fatigue while my mind races. I just turned 26 but feel stuck sometimes at 16, in good ways and bad, or as weary and cynical as someone who's endured lifetimes' more hardship. Even the writing I do for no pay takes me a long while to complete. I'm almost afraid to talk with or meet any of my classmates who only know me from school days. I shouldn't compare myself to any accomplishments they post on Facebook or LinkedIn but it happens.
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
My first actual piece of writing is up at Film Antidote! It's about the 1969 Argentine speculative fiction film Invasion, directed by Hugo Santiago and co-written by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares.

One of the things I gave up during Lent was picking at non-hair-root dirt on my face. That, along with occasionally washing with lemon juice at night/when I'm not going outside (it has some bad effect when you get in the sun soon after), has gradually helped my acne and acne scars clear up. Now I'm out of lemon juice, but my mom got a Biore charcoal wash treatment on sale for me to try after a co-worker recommended it.

I had some interviews for jobs. I felt I responded better, but I still didn't get hired.
chrryblssmninja: (baelheit_zetsubou)
I want to go to this restaurant because it is so pretty: Mas Provençal in Èze



and my two-page article on Ylvis is now posted on YAM-Mag.

It's funny how they were trying to make another joke song and not even trying to make a hit. Also funny that the only intended hit song they made was for the country of Kyrgyzstan over a year ago.

ramble-rant tangent:
While looking through reactions elsewhere, I saw that some people are not even joking that "The Fox" is the worst thing to happen to pop music this year. Remember what song ruled the airwaves before it appeared? And how it finally took a Katy Perry song not even remarkable within her repertoire to knock it from first place on the charts? Or how the song whose name and singer will not be mentioned in this blog or in the comments (although Pharell, I am so disappointed by your participation. I don't care either way about T.I.) actually came about during a one-hour session of men recreating cat-calling, and thinking that being happily married with children excuses them from saying "what a pleasure it is to degrade a woman." Any person who has been the target of such random catcalling on the street knows that it's not a compliment, that it's not flirting. Any response risks further harassment: whether confronting them, acknowledging them with a fake smile and giggle out of fear, or trying to walk away. Depending on the harassers, any of these actions can be either perceived as an attack or something to lead them on and they might pursue you to at least demand further attention. Throw in the connotations of the chorus, that the video goes even further in treating women as props to dominate and said video doesn't achieve parody - at least in the ways the (yes, female, but females can participate in misogyny too) director claims, that counter-attacks on the song ended up falling into other power-shame traps, and that there was legal action directed at the estate of Marvin Gaye for the sound-alike sample that is the main reason most people listened to the song in the first place, and everything remotely involved with the song becomes a sinkhole of fail. Just because it sounds like the usual sexy song doesn't mean it's glorifying anyone's attractiveness.

Even if I didn't like Ylvis and despised "The Fox" (which I admit can get annoying and isn't even one of their best songs), I'm glad for the memory of 2013 that "The Fox" is enjoying at least a month of overwhelming popularity right now. What would you rather have, a silly chart-topper that bothers some ears for a while, or a scary song that perpetuates harmful attitudes?

Hate on "The Fox" all you want, but at least it might save 2013 from being ruled by a song celebrating the degradation of women.
chrryblssmninja: (me)
I HAVE FINISHED THE THIRD DRAFT OF MY NOVEL!!!

I also earned pay raises at my two part-time/temp jobs. If only they were full-time!

My list of five favorite classic cinematographers was posted on YAM-Mag!

and yesterday I managed to make a run on the construction-filled UC Davis campus, from the Mondavi Center to the Memorial Union, in seven minutes! Wearing Keds-type shoes! so I could feel pebbles and construction gravel through my shoes! but it didn't matter! because I was blasting Nico Vega's "Beast" on my phone in my bag! and I managed to catch the bus before the driver left one minute before he was supposed to leave!

This week, I made a ton of sales at my subscription calling job, and everyone tried to catch up, haha. Also, one of my co-workers thought I was meowing and another coworker suddenly started meowing "Eye of the Tiger" and then belted "it's the- meow of the tiger, it's the thrill..."
...yup. Singing is one of the ways we dealt with the stress of possibly not making goal this week. but some of us stayed a little later and then we beat goal.
Later, I joined a coworker in singing "Under the Sea" and had a braintwin moment with another coworker about Elmo's goldfish in "Elmo's World." We also had enough food this Saturday to put together a good lunch to eat while calling.



Too bad I wasn't able to see Arsenal win twice this week too.
chrryblssmninja: (burlesque_show_cintiascarf)
My old old keys-broken computer died (my fault- ask if you want the embarrassing long story), so I'm slowly transitioning to the computer my brother is handing down to me. My work files have copies online or on flash drive, but we're going to see if data retrieval isn't too expensive because that's much easier. From now on I'm using Dropbox or a similar online system for storing (non-confidential) files.

I've kept up with a few online networks here and there, but I didn't keep up with LJ flist and rarely checked Tumblr, so if there is anything you want me to see, let me know.

Things I have done in the past few weeks?

- wrote one short story
- wrote this review of Hannibal for YAM-Mag.
- finished reading several books
- watched all of Orphan Black season one in a day
- bought the Pizza Dog issue of Hawkeye as well as the all-female cast X-men issues 1 and 2.
- used my Cal Alumni Association privileges to start borrowing from the UC Davis library
- went to the Dave and Busters in Roseville. I ate so many doughnut holes but they were so good. Played the stand-up Fruit Ninja game the most.
- lol my mom just watched all three seasons of GoT and it was interesting to watch her reactions.

Also, one day I was late for the bus, so I walked to work. I heard the train coming, and when I ran to the train tracks, the traffic beams were already down to block the cars. I managed to run across the tracks and was a block away when the train finally crossed.

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11 May 2013 08:10
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
Until the last episode, I wasn’t 100% sold on Hannibal. Now everything is people and nothing hurts- except the possibility of no second season.
Too bad Southland will not have a sixth season, though. I can see the season finale as a series finale, but it’s quite the gloomy series finale. I WANTED HAPPINESS AND REDEMPTION ARCS

One of the film blogs I follow has added my film blog on its link sidebar! (scroll up in comments)

I did update my film blog… with a post on TV shows. Here’s my comparison of Hannibal, Utopia, and Les Revenants (Rebound). It’s sort of vague due to my policy on not stating major spoilers. I’m worried that my writing sounds pretentious. Oh well, as long as I picked the right words to describe things. Specificity over style.

I also reviewed the new Pulitzer Prize-winner for fiction, The Orphan Master’s Son.

Job-wise, I’m back on the subscription calling campaign from 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM, M-Th, and 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Saturdays. I had realllllly hoped to be in a career position where I didn’t have to take the job again, but at least the boss and coworkers are good people and the job’s better than most. We’ve also switched from a paper system to a computer-based system, so at least that’s a variation. I’m getting antsy with life right now and I don’t know how I could have handled doing the exact same thing for another 4+ month campaign. Still have my (very limited) part-time telecommute job; also looking for something additional, temporary or permanent, full-time or at least with more hours.

After I finish a short story and a few articles for other blogs, I’ll start on the third draft of my novel.
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
at Let Them Eat Cake

Saturday was a nice day! I was able to go to the farmers market as well as a cupcake shop to get cupcakes for my brother and myself. He had the Dubliner (chocolate + Guiness) and I got the Scarlett (red velvet topped with cream cheese frosting). Good meals today and the Earthquakes won their game.

Here are some updates on the Yet Another Magazine writing front:
the YAM staff's top 35 canciones de las '90's
Reviews of the French zombie drama Les revenants, Channel 4's Utopia, John Ajvide Lindqvist's Little Star, and the illustrated novel A Monster Calls.
chrryblssmninja: (pikkupenguin_reflection)
I've been trying to write a proper post for a while, but my feelings shift with the tides.

So here are handy year-end links instead!

My year in new music!
Other highlights of the year in movies, TV, and books

Favorite new shows: Elementary and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
New favorite cartoon: Adventure Time

Feature-length movies I watched during the year: http://chrryblssmninja.tumblr.com/films2012
Films of the 2010's, ranked: http://chrryblssmninja.tumblr.com/cinema2010s
Rankings don't necessarily correspond to ratings.
Books of all sorts read during the year: http://chrryblssmninja.tumblr.com/books2012

aw man I need to update my cooking posts, because I did get to improve on this pasta sauce by simmering Roma tomatoes for a long time. I'll try heirloom tomatoes next when they're on sale.
Lots of stuff went down offline this year but I think I'll dump all that negativity in 2012 and only focus on catching up on food/restaurant/cooking posts in 2013. My next assignment: making acceptable masala chai tea (or even latte) with Assam tea base and pre-packaged garam masala spice.

ETA: whoops I forgot to finish up my "TV episodes watched" list!
episodes watched from October 1 to December 31 )
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
I guess it would be more realistic to resume job searching after Thanksgiving?

So here are links to other things on the internet.

Ficathon if you're so inclined. Any fandom, RPF even, have fun.

"My movie alphabet" meme: Mine consists of some favorite faces from older cinema.

Submitted a few posts to the Noirvember tag, and my old Film Noir infographic from last year now has at least 345 notes! haha that might sound sad but I'll take what I can get.

Spent wayyyy too much time trying to make an Elysium cast graphic, but I gave up and just posted a photoset instead.

Finally, Arsenal! I wish I could have been awake to see the North London derby, but at least I saw the Champions League game today.

Oh, and if I was making a Christmas list, I'd put Kaizers Orchestra's 2001 album Ompa til du dør on it. I've known them for a while, but I've been playing songs from that album a lot lately. For a taste, check here.
chrryblssmninja: (spiderbaby)
I've missed so many birthdays!

Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] subtle__sarcasm, and Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] justbolognese!

Noirvember has taken over much of my free time. I even wrote a related book review here. Here is my "Criminal Chiaroscuro" list of movies. From my Noirvember watching, I especially enjoyed the Brit noirs They Made Me a Fugitive and Odd Man Out (James Mason with an Irish accent? whaaat). On the American side, I have a new addition to my favorite films:



Yeah the climax has similarities with one of my other favorite movies, High Noon (even the same director) but sheesh I was crying around the 2/3rds point at 4 AM- so late because it's tricky finding a link for this film.

Even the non-noir movies I watch in between noirs tend to stuck to the same '40's-'50's era. Maybe I don't feel like confronting a sustained movie-length version of the present right now.

I was also very addicted to playing Plants vs. Zombies until my recent discovery of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Charlotte Lu is my favorite. Whoa boy do I eagerly await the next video on Thursday.

I did have a weird dream last night, probably due to playing Plants vs. Zombies before bed. )

I hope to post some cooking experiments in the next post.
chrryblssmninja: (spiderbaby)
I enjoy getting in a Halloween mood all October, even if my imagination sometimes goes into overdrive when I'm trying to go to sleep. While I don't have the focus to do the 31 or 100 movie horror challenges some other flisters are doing, I feel like chronicling my horror 2012 because horror is one of my favorite genres.

First, check out the short stories I've linked to for online horror reading.

short stories:
"Technicolor," by John Langan. Inspired by Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death."
some of the stories in the children's book Invasion of the Road Weenies
"The Whisperer in Darkness" by H.P. Lovecraft
"The Yellow Sign," "The Repairer of Reputations," "The Mask," and "The Court of the Dragon" from Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow.
"The Horla" by Guy de Maupassant
"The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe.


movies:
The Black Cat
The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Devil's Backbone
Kairo
April Fool's Day
Proie
The Golem
Ils
The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (not really horror, but creepy and gave me a nightmare)
Onibaba
Spider-Baby
La chute de la maison Usher
Intruders
Juan of the Dead
La maschera del demonio (Black Sunday)
Twins of Evil
Livide
Witchfinder General
ETA: Marebito
The Cabin in the Woods
Phantom (directed by F.W. Murnau)
The Phantom Carriage
Son of Frankenstein

novels:
Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Carmilla by J. Sheridan le Fanu
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe


I also started watching Tales of the Crypt on OnDemand.

I also have some short stories by Daphne Du Maurier lined up, and some of the books on my to-read list have online versions or are available to borrow via Open Library. I've also found a good number of Youtube accounts with full-length horror films, like LaVillaGiallo.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
First, a chocolate report:

http://www.fearlesschocolate.com/about-us/

$5+ but the taste is great and it was my payday so I spent $10 on food/drink for me. The finish isn't as fine as with some other chocolate but that's a minor quibble and probably because it's "raw."

I also got coupons for 3 free bottles of Honest Tea because I emailed them about an odd-tasting batch (marked by a plastic ring around the caps of the glass bottles).

I'm slowly starting to type up my novel draft. I'm changing tenses from past to present for the dreams. I've also got a fractal story idea that's partly written that I might submit to a contest by September 15.

Summer is ending. nooooo

I'm slowly getting back into the job search because my calling job only lasts until the end of this month.

TV-wise, the five-episode cinematic J-drama Shokuzai was pretty good and kept me thinking about it long after the five episodes had finished. Sometimes it was unbearably slow but I also felt that any faster pace would betray the characters. There was also director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's thing of sudden extreme plot twists. The acting was amazing, though. Great to see interesting parts for five female main characters. Some pictures here.

Doctor Who was alright. I've joined the legion of Oswin fans! Also made this graphic. I really like working with transparencies. As for the Ponds...I know that's a realistic problem but on top of everything else they've experienced, it seemed like Moffatt was out of ideas for relationship roadblocks.

Here are reviews I've written recently for YAM-Mag:
the dorama My Little Chef, the sci-fi novel Death Sentences, the anime Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, the Olympics and its US TV coverage, and My Life in Movies.
chrryblssmninja: (me)
putting this together is the reason why I haven't been very active doing other things lately:

http://www.yam-mag.com/features/film-features/yam-magazines-top-25-hottest-film-performers/

check out the article and spread it around the internet!
chrryblssmninja: (fromthewind_alley)
R.I.P. to our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.





I wrote a more-or-less non-spoilery review comparing the fourth seasons of Fringe and Being Human UK.


Also, "Blackwater" thoughts? I liked it. One thing that people on tumblr haven't mentioned yet is the mix of emotions during a certain green scene. That stuff may look cool, but it's scary in effect and connotations.
chrryblssmninja: (Littlefishyface_lightbulb)
argh you Internet Explorer commercial

now I can't stop playing this song in my head




This is an article I just wrote on reading in a second language.


yay Arsenal


photos I took Wednesday:

New photos start here, then click left on the photostream.

more things you may have seen via my tumblr:


apple cider oatmeal

updated films and books lists, as well as an ongoing ranking of the 2010's movies I've seen.
chrryblssmninja: (porpoise-song_manwithnoname)
[livejournal.com profile] onlyechoes inspired me to use this tumblr page code to track films I watch in 2012.
Here is my page.
I wish someone would create pictures for half-star and maybe even quarter star ratings, though. /nerd
[livejournal.com profile] lavillenie gave me the idea to adjust the code for books as well. Here are the books!

I like updating these lists.

I also wrote a book feature post for Yet Another Magazine wondering why we read novels. I suddenly decided to write it at 2 AM...Friday? late-night/Saturday morning, and submitted it to the editors 4 and a half hours later. I'm a bit embarassed to read it over because I'm not sure what I was thinking at that time.

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