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Some better things recently:

- went to California Extreme, a convention of pinball and classic arcade games
- saw one of my favorite directors, Johnnie To, give a talk at SFMOMA
- randomly received free dinner and something else free/nice that I forgot
- passed a promotion interview, so now I'm Advanced Associate/Division Advisor
- visited Angel Island again. I think I really like being near/on water.
- was able to stand in the home pub of the Bay Area Gooners and watch Arsenal win the first match of the season!

would have been able to finish my short film too if the headset mic was better. Need to research and buy an actual microphone now. Also need to go through so many photos...
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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 [ 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: (fromthewind_iceisland)
There is no way I can do Solstice Special #16 this time.

did you knnow that the Macy's stores in Union Square were open 24 hours until Christmas Day? We got out after midnight and I sung "Silver Bells" to myself.

The Saturday before Christmas was busier than Black Friday at the mall where I work.

Merry Christmas Eve for now.
chrryblssmninja: (littlemissnovel_cloudmirror)
With my mom's job in the city, we're visiting San Francisco more often. There are some pictures on the first and second pages of this tag.

A week after the opening of the Uniqlo store, my retail work schedule has gone down to a few days a week. I'm never bored there, though, because the standards of keeping appearances are so high that there's always something to fix or clean or refill even when there's no customer next to me.

I also used Fandor's two-week free trial to watch a bunch of movies legally. If I had known that my work hours would go down, I would have started it later so I'd have more time to watch more. Oh well. I'll update about the movies later because I watched so much.
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
ok so we rented a car for two days.

First we went to Dixon so I could drop off a completed work application BUT I only found out when turning it in that I had brought the copy my dad told me to make of the completed application instead of the one I actually wrote on with blue pen. When I was at the desk, I asked the person there if photocopies were ok and she said yes but what if that gives a bad impression?

Then we went to Berkeley to see if I could finally pick up my official transcript since my debts to the school (although not to other loans) have been paid. But I didn't know that they moved the Registrar into a student center that was only open until noon during spring break. So I got there late. There's a site where you can sign up for it to be sent to you, though.

Then I went to the comic store in Berkeley to see if I could pick up the Hawkeye #17 that I missed. I was so glad to find it that I didn't think to check to see if there was a newer issue out too. THERE WAS. I guess it might have been sold out by the time I got there, and that's the reason I didn't notice it, but still, I should have checked! I hope I'll be able to call and check in the morning if the store in Davis still has a few copies.

Then we went to the Goldilocks in Daly City and to some stores in San Francisco and it was ok. I got a cool Star Wars "Join the Rebellion" shirt to counter my brother's Empire shirt. Overall, I'm glad we had this opportunity, but I'm still fuming at myself for my mistakes.

argh I should work faster on my writing stuff for Film Antidote too but I'm just inching along

ETA: Wednesday was much better AND I did get Hawkeye #18.
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
We got to drive to the Bay Area on Monday! Did some shopping, and I was finally able to buy Fantasia's mango pearl tea after three years of hoping to taste it again.
It was cool to drive with view of San Francisco while a version of the "Experiment in Terror" theme played on my phone, because that movie opens with the Bay Bridge! /no1curr

Random things I started watching during these Olympics that I never really paid attention to before: ski jumping, the Slovenian ski team in general, women's hockey, sliding events, extreme skiing events.

I also participated in this Film Antidote discussion on the idea of "the film canon."

At first I wasn't sure about True Detective, but with its inclusion of The Yellow King mythos and issues of subjectivity, along with great acting and production, I'm glad I went back to it.
chrryblssmninja: (burlesque_show_fiercelookmylene)
[ profile] cloudytea gave me this casting game suggestion:
A zombie apocalypse from the POV of the zombies.

This is cheating, but the only idea in mind is that the show will have puppets instead of actors. Puppets of this quality. The zombies will be made of translucent material and there will be no dialogue, just zombies trying to figure out undead life.
why so weird, chrry

Here are trailers for some pilots that were recently picked up:

Alcatraz - FOX

Looks a little iffy, but SAN FRANCISCO (even if mostly filmed elsewhere) and retro criminals in a modern world could work.

Awake - NBC

Cool concept, but I'm not sure if it can stretch to a typical network series lenght. It's got Jason Isaacs and B.D. Wong. Dylan Minette was an alternate universe kid in Lost too hey
chrryblssmninja: (immobulus_icons_sniffingglue)
Hi everyone!

I've been swamped with stuff lately. I'm on a computer all day so in the little free time I have, I quickly check a few comms and my tumblelog and then either nap or read/watch something free from the glow of the computer.

I am going through flist, but I stopped around skip=300 today because I'm just tired. also, I haven't seen the last two episodes of Doctor Who yet so I haven't been commenting on that.

but hey, I saw a person on a bike stop to play his red vuvuzela.

Oh and last Wednesday I went to a free event in San Francisco. It was at the Faculty Club, amongst the fancy hotels around Nob Hill. There were a bunch of Russian people in the hotels, maybe because Medvedev was visiting Silicon Valley that time. The Faculty Club itself is very posh, with fantastic views of the Financial District/Transamerica Building area.

on the far right is a sneak peek of the room the event was held in.

There were several speakers who talked about distribution and promotion of projects. There was also a crackers and cheese platter with some of the best big raspberries and blackberries I have ever tasted. I talked with a few people. While walking around before the talk, even one of the speakers was ready to continue a conversation with me before someone else called her to do something. The older people were nice.
Some of the younger people tried to shake me off when I talked to them, though. Probably because I'm small and young and probably can't help an aspiring screenwriter's career. lol I should be as career focused, but I guess I just like talking to anyone too much

But some of the Scripped guys were looking for people to interview for testimonials, so they chose me. I think they'll just use my audio, if they use my interview at all, but we'll see. They were pretty nice.

I also managed to have great, fun conversations with two fellow aspiring screenwriters. We've initiated email correspondence, which is cool because people usually never reply back to me.

After the event, I wondered if I could ever make any of my crazy script ideas into filmed reality. I have no proper camera, little time, no money to rent or even pay for extra gas transport, and while my friends are cool they're also legit busy and too spread all over the area to make consistent crew. Even those who make short films made with "no money" usually have a camera and editing system already, and don't have to support one's family like I do.

Oh well. I'll try something. I still have that toy bunny footage to do something with.

Now I'm tired and must sleep.
chrryblssmninja: (onsilverscreens_spacedlook)
serious: CNN's list of charities providing aid for those suffering from the Haiti earthquake

other news: Conan O'Brien's excellent letter to the people of the world

now, on to the last parts of that 2010 movie preview I promised.

Part Ten. What looks most interesting:
The Town: I liked Gone Baby Gone, and while I'm not sure about Ben Affleck both appearing in the movie and directing, it's also got Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: nice over-turning of the "evil hillbilly" trope. Plus Alan Tudyk!

Part Eleven:
The Way Back: Peter Weir directing a movie about prisoners escaping a Siberian labor camp. whoa.
Womb: Eva Green (thankfully without too much eye makeup - seriously, I can rant over and over about how this woman in particular doesn't need gobs of eyeshadow) and MATT "ELEVEN" SMITH in a sci-fi romance drama

Additional list
Abel: Diego Luna directorial debut little kids imagination!
Confucius: dude, it's a big-budge Confucius movie. Starring Chow-Yun Fat.

a little thing I found on tumblr for you Misfits fans: Iwan Rheon (who plays Simon) speaking in Welsh.

some free local art events for those in the Bay Area:
SFMOMA 75th Anniversary Celebration, 1/16/10 - 1/18/10
Closest BART Station: Powell St. OR Montgomery St.
more info here

Addison Street Windows Gallery: RE-FORMED! FOUND OBJECT ART sidewalk opening
Closest BART Station: Downtown Berkeley
more info here

Finally, via [ profile] ontd_lost: Ben Linus in Hats.

oh wait! if you're into horror and creepy stuff, go join [ profile] ontdcreepy!

ETA: Danny Pudi (Abed on Community) speaks fluent Polish?
Community's Joel McHale and Danny Pudi had a bet over who would leave the party last. Pudi was on his way out when he and Caprica's Magda Apanowicz realized they both spoke fluent Polish and had a loud, squeal-filled Polish freak-out moment.
That needs to show up in a dream sequence or something
chrryblssmninja: (loquaciousicons_goldengate)

New York Magazine's guide to New Moon is pretty funny, for fans and non-fans alike.
However... aww dude no. All of the background artworks in these movies come from my mom's friend's gallery in South San Francisco. I used to hang out there at least once a month when I was 10 or 11 or so. I snacked on little cheeses and found out that the restaurants in South SF (at least at the time) liked to serve sparkling water instead of plain water.
Long story short - I must defend the gallery's honor. Therefore, BOO YOU NYMAG TRYING TO MAKE AN ART WORLD JOKE.

Finally, a cute story involving Simon Pegg, Charlie Brown, and a very awesome little girl. awwwwww
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lookie look look!




Viz Pictures and the J-Pop Center Project will open New People, a new 20,000 square foot building in San Francisco’s Japantown, this August as a retail, restaurant, gallery, and theater complex showcasing Japanese pop culture. Three and a half years in the making, the new center represents a $15 million dollar investment by Shogakukan, one of the largest publishers in Japan and a Viz Media parent. The J-pop Center Project was launched by Seiji Horibuchi, founder of Viz Media and founder and CEO of Viz Pictures.

The 143-seat underground cinema space will feature digital high definition projection and THX-certified sound. It will run new Japanese films, classics, anime, and documentaries.

A retail floor will include Japanese fashion from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, Black Peace now, 6% Dokidoki, and a rotating storefront with new brands every two to three months. Baby, Black Peace Now, and 6% are all pioneers of Harajuku street fashion.

A café will feature organic roast Blue Bottle Coffee and Japanese delicatessen Delica rf-1. And a 2000 square foot art gallery will showcase art inspired by Japanese pop culture.

A striking three-story all-glass façade will present an imposing edifice to the street.

Horibuchi said of the project, audacious in its scale, “New People… will become a cultural destination unlike any in the United States.”

there's also a free Kamikaze Girls screening (scroll down here for more info) on the 14th to celebrate

the official opening is August 15th, from 11 AM to 6 PM. Admission free! (of course, it's basically a mall)

materialism/window shopping squee!

I hope I can go to the opening, I really do

also exciting:

Ridley Scott will direct the Alien prequel
now this is one prequel that's very welcome!

finally, visual definitions!

this is cool.

this is awesome.

(pics found via artpixie on tumblr, "cool" source here)
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
Golden Gate Park authorities crack down on those young folks and their jitterbuggin' ways
how dare they swing in public?

short documentary on them. I'd watch if I didn't need to sleep.
chrryblssmninja: (recycle_flower)
so I made some icons

These are from a bunch of pictures I took when picking up my brother from his Confirmation retreat in Felton, Santa Cruz County.

I took some nice forest photos, but my icon skillz can't translate the glory to 100X100.

While waiting for my brother, my dad and I drove around Felton. We passed by the Bigfoot Discovery Museum, where I took this picture.
Nice little Bigfoot statues.

Here are some other icons from photos I took on my birthday in San Francisco.
chrryblssmninja: (loquaciousicons_guyonedge)
pictures from my birthday. Went with family and a friend in our tiny car. San Francisco!

grr what is this 200 recent picture limit for free accounts on Flickr
I keep a bunch of the pics on my account large so any random stumblers can use/improve upon them. This is especially the light textures.

never mind that. Check out this post! I picked out only the best pics for you.
random pictures of cheese and chocolate and the ocean and more )
chrryblssmninja: (dressparty_domokuncam)
Outside Lands 09 festival announced

who I'd sooooooo want to see if I could afford the time and money for a ticket, because seriously those tickets are expensive:

M.I.A. (I hope she pops by the Berkeley Amoeba again for a free show...argh why did I not check the website so often in summer whyyyyy)
The Mars Volta (I know their concerts are tiring, but in this format I don't have to stay the whole show)
Os Mutantes
Portugal, The Man

and probably check out TV on the Radio, KINKY, Dengue Fever, and Raphael Saadiq as well. Maybe even Atmosphere, Mastodon (lol) and Calexico.

everyone else is just whatever or okay that's nice for me. Although Tom Jones odd choice.
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_rationalreal)
I want to apply for this internship.


and shoot the job's in the Embarcadero. Good location from BART, I think. My parents found this op for me, so they approve.


chrryblssmninja: (Default)
Listen to KCEA 89.1 FM
In 1979 the Sequoia Union High School District, which owns the broadcast license for KCEA 89.1 FM, established it as a high school radio station. This station features big band music from the 30's and 40's, 24 hours a day. KCEA serves as the disaster information station for the surrounding area.

KCEA has a library of over a thousand albums and compact discs of the big band era, which is always expanding. KCEA produces and airs free Public Service Anouncements (PSA's) for local events such as concerts, dances, community activities, and information on consumer and health awareness.

I emailed them asking about a song I missed and they replied politely and promptly. yay for public radio staying alive!

Two of the songs I discovered via the station:
Skylark - Dinah Shore. They played the Ella Fitzgerald version, and while that's still my fave, I think Dinah Shore is an adequate substitute. :)

"Lover, Come Back to Me"
I wasn't sure if this was the song I heard, exactly, but it really did sound like Sarah Vaughan...
Grace Moore, soprano, singing it in 1931
Ella Fitzgerald's version, more fastpaced
The sky was blue
And high above
The moon was new
And so was love
This eager heart of mine was singing
Lover where can you be

the one I heard was slow and pretty, but when I tried to find the Sarah Vaughan version, I only found the song you can hear here. Same title, but cooler lyrics.
hear my voice where you are
catch a train, steal a car
hop a freight see the stars
come back to me

this site lists all the people who covered that original version. Whoa.

now, for music from this century
video for Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Zero"
Not so big on the song, but I like the video
partly due to the use of The Warfield in SF, but what's fun is Karen O dancing around, as well as the little stagey fakeouts. Sometimes I find her posing annoying, but she's so cute and cool here, and the lo-fi look is great.

now for a song that's been in my head for a while
Blood Red Shoes - "I Wish I Was Someone Better.
yay dance rock! The video's not as great, but it's got a fine dark vibe with weird blindfold interrogation posing and the use of a guitar as clock and machine gun
chrryblssmninja: (rockin_graphix_castielconstant)
Since you've got the funky NZ time going on...

Happy Birthday, [ profile] never_evil!

I'm taking a break from big project right now to bring you all some prime Robert Pattinson/Twilight crack

all links via [ profile] cleolinda.

cast premieres "exclusive" clip
the best part is at 0:45:
"All right SHUT UP! AHAHAHA!"
lol is rpattz venting?

Seriously, the fans made him cry.
some quotes:
And – you know, just the whole thing, having a bouffant haircut and stuff, doesn’t – it’s not really that intimidating.

in paranormal stories, you have a zombie. Zombies aren’t that interesting. It’s like, whatever.
OH I’M GOING TO SLAP HIM NOW lol. even if it's part of his analogy.
or send a pack of zombies after him. haha are they interesting now?!

You've probably heard about the Twilight mall riot in San Francisco.

lol the Hot Topic on Telegraph in Berkeley has a big rpattz pic, and I have to keep myself from cracking up when I see it.

The fabulous Entertainment Weekly interview
After the panel, the shaken actor bruised some tender hearts when he likened the sound of the collective squeal to something one might hear when entering ''the gates of hell.''

''Why are we here?'' he wonders, looking around at the uptight crowd. ''I feel judged!''

his dashboard caught on fire. haha

''I have very, very low expenditures, but still I manage to spend it all. I guess Hot Pockets are more expensive than I thought."

rpattz, always be famous. Then we can hear your crack for all time.
although I might need to send some chipmunk ninjas to be your guards. Or at least some inconspicuous sunglasses and a wig. or something.

But Rob isn't the only one getting the weird attention.
"I had a woman ask me if I could hold her baby for a little while because she really wanted Rosalie to hold her baby."

back to zombies: Quantum of Solace director to take on "World War Z"
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There was a forest fire on Angel Island.



video and pictures

Rains expected to heal Angel Island

the last time I went was at the end of August. I took more than 100 pictures with my cell phone camera, only to find out that one either sends each picture individually to email or gets the pics through a data cord that I haven't found in stores yet. But if I have time, I'll try and put some pictures here.

as for the test...I don't know. I studied since Thursday, barely flisting or doing anything else besides studying and doing other homework this whole weekend, and it's just so hard for me to memorize so many specific dates and numbers and stuff...
and I know for a fact that I was the only one in class who actually read the readings when assigned, so I didn't have to catch up as much as everyone else on the readings, but of course they're going to get better than me anyway because I'm dumb like that and even two readings and summary-taking and reviewing can't get all the number and stat info in my head
on the paragraph answers and essays I just dumped all I knew on the topics, because I know that gets points in scientific exams...I did watch TV on Monday, but that was probably for the better, because on Tuesday I just studied every single moment possible and I got note fatigue...

and, of course, being the secret emo I am, I wrote a poem after the test, while riding home on BART. )
chrryblssmninja: (shiina)
We tried to go to the reopening of the Academy of Sciences in SF, but we were turned away because all the free tix were taken. pooh. Still, Golden Gate Park is a pretty place to be stuck in traffic.
We eventually ended up in North Beach instead. That place is so fun. We got free fudge from a cool candy store. I had yummy gnochetti (little potatoes and stuff) at a good restaurant, and afterwards we went to a dessert place and I got some real...argh I forgot

-searches for "Italian dessert cream cheese" on

some real cannoli! yeah! yay.
The restaurants were pretty lively. Such a lively neighborhood, even if the yuppies have started to take over. The streetposts are still marked with the Italian flag, the restaurants still have people happily lining up to get inside, and the streets and alleys are small and cramped

check out this song. It's v. v. epic, although the production could stand to be even more epic.
It sound like ABBA meets Black Mountain. whoa.

Stream Austin City Limits performances
This Sunday: (times are Eastern Time)
12:45 PM - Sybris
01:30 PM - Nicole Atkins and the Sea
02:30 PM - The Kills
03:30 PM - Flyleaf
04:30 PM - Against Me!
05:30 PM - Neko Case
06:30 PM - Okkervil River
07:30 PM - The Raconteurs
08:45 PM - Tegan and Sara
09:30 PM - Blues Traveler

random stuff:
Robert Wagner says he considered suicide as well as killing Warren Beatty (via [ profile] cleolinda)
David Archuleta immortalized in corn
Kanye West to produce puppet show
American Psycho: The Musical!
I'm still snickering about that.
Spotted: C, N, and V, riding the L train.
The wittiest thing I could come up with on the spot was to say, "Chuck Bass rides the subway? Ha, ha!" and run swiftly off the train.
lol in my dream last night, something happened and Blair Waldorf got some kind of international pull in politics of some sort and someone said, "Now that's power power."

R.I.P. Paul Newman.

Back when San Jose had a Grand Prix, there was a Go-Kart race component. Paul Newman was racing in it, and while you couldn't really see who was zipping along in those cars, I might have walked by when he was racing. I was in proximity! so yeah, that's my Paul Newman story. He will be missed.

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