Sunday, June 27, 2010

the rat takes the cheese, the rat takes the cheese,
hi-ho the derry-o, the rate takes the cheese

Monday, June 21, 2010

music and stuff

dude Lady Gaga is awesome lol

i came across this cnn article about how she posed for june's rolling stone cover, talked about her latest music + album release etc. and i found myself thinking, "yay! you do your thing, lady gaga!"

everytime i read something online about her, or watch a youtube video there are always so many haters out there saying all this ridiculous hogwash about her. like i cant believe some people are still going on and on about her being a man lol. then there are others who are like "meh she's just another britney spears" and it's like OMG she is nothing like britney! what else... that she can't sing - seriously? lol. when she sang + piano-ed poker face live on ellen, i dont think anyone could have questioned her singing talent. and countless other stuff on top of that, like she's 'copying' madonna. but look, they're both young (serval years back in madonn's case haha), successful, influential american females, they're in the same music genre, they're both blonde by choice, they're both rebels - so they have a lot in common, but i wouldnt go so far as to say lady gaga is a madonna clone. that would be like saying the playstation design is a 'copy' of the NES. (not sure if that was a good example, but it was the first thing that popped into my head lol).

anyway, people are just bothered because theyd never dare to do the stuff she does, which of course those people then might say, "well i would never want to be like her anyway! as a matter of fact id rather burn in hell than be like her!" and it's just like, "dude, then stop complaining. stop reading about her and watching her videos and listening to her music." they're just upset that she's so captivating fufufu.

now i wouldnt consider myself a super lady gaga die hard fan or anything, but i sincerely think she's pretty cool and her music is quite catchy.

so if she wants to cosplay whatever junk then come on, it's america - if she's not hurting anyone then it's all good. (which of course people would then argue that she is very much hurting people like tweens who might look up to her and try to be like her etc. but it's like... well, there are far worse influences out there than lady gaga... if anything, she's creating such a lesson like "kids, if you ever dare to go agaisnt the grain at all; if you dare to be gay, or dress loudly, or express youself in any inconventional way, then there are always gonna be people out there who will hate you just cause you're different. so be normal, or else."

and then there's justin bieber lol

i have nothing agaisnt that kid, man. he's just a clean-looking boy who wanted to sing. and his songs arent like throw-up material either. but then you got so many people hating on him as well. and it's always something like, "GAYYYYYY!!!!!" and it's like, dude this boy is still in high school lol. give him a break. what were YOU like when you were in high school? sheesh, dont be jealous lol. and famous, young, black artists think he's so cool they write songs with him, and his videos have multicultural people in them! what better role model could kids have? haha.

all in all, people should at least appreciate artists like lady gaga and justin bieber because at least the rest of us 庶民 can have something interesting to look at and talk about in our lives, whether the opinion is good or bad. and for families who really do not like these people, wouldnt they at least provide a prime example for their kids NOT to be? so everyone wins!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

as of yesterday, me = proud owner of a new Canon EOS Kiss x4!
there was a "sale" (sales are more like a 'let's shopping' campaign in japan haha) at eiden and i was like, "yknow i did decide a while back that i would buy a fatty camera right before i leave japan... and i'm feeling pretty good today... time to spend my hard earned bacon!"
so i got the main body, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, the EF-S55-250mm f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, a lens guard, LCD screen protector thingy, carrying case, and 4g SD card for 108000yen. i thought it was a reasonable deal considering it was a double lens kit with mem card, case and other goodies too.

it was funny cause i had done all this research before going to eiden, and then as i was playing in the camera section this nice, oldish, cool uncle-type salesman was like "greetings, pretty miss. i couldnt help noticing you oggling the pentax and lumix cameras a lot... and just wanted to say... i really, really, really want to save you from purchasing total crap lol" (i was like, dude this guy is awesome lol). then we were talking about the merits of nikon and canon cams and how other makers try to lure young women like me into buying their stuff by offering cool colors or a fancy compact design (and yes, i think everyone knows how i like to buy any technology that comes in pink - which is why i spent so much time with the lumix gf1 lol). so i was like, alright uncle, what would you rec for a first-time dslr person? and after much more Q&A and other talking i walked out of the store with my new baby.

i think the canon eos kiss x4 is actually marketed in western countries under different names, the "550D" and/or "Rebel T2i" don't really know why they would market the same thing under different names... although if i had to guess it's because the imagery of words like 'kiss' or 'rebel' or the definitively quantitative value of '550' subconsciously makes japanese people, americans, englishmen, etc. identify with their own inherent kinkiness, ruggedness or calculating preciseness... sorry if that came out racist at all lol.

anyway more specs on my baby here:

needless to say, i'm really excited about summer vacation to okinawa + hong kong + tokyo disneyland + comiket now cause i'll be able to learn how to use this thing better on the field hehe. what's cool is dad was a pro photographer like 12-13 years ago so i'm sure he'll be more than happy to show me stuff~ yay~


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

getting sentimental looking at old undergrad pix


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

i have nothing to write and everything to write about these pix lol

a teacher buddy and i baked these suckers! the decal cardboard square thingy says "ABC Cooking Studio" and that's where we signed up for this "learn how to make cake... and eat it too!... for free!" campaign - promo to recruit new members haha.

about a month ago, a bunch of the lady teachers went to this fatty JP wooden mansion which felt like a restaurant/bed+breakfast/ museum/ tea ceremony hall/ dojo... anyway i was fed the best japanese curry like EVER there that they called simply 'yaki curry.' it was meaty (beef) and cheesy and had some kind of tex-mex bean chili essence to it or something, but they oven-baked the whole stone bowl/ dish thing with the curry and rice together so you kind of had this bibimbap action going, too.

just a few hours ago the VN family gave me some boar meat to cook up lol. i asked "where did you get this? lol" and the mother was like, "uh... maybe... my brother..." and then she made a gesture of shooting a rifle followed by the shush be quiet gesture LOL

anyway, despite the number of food pictures im putting up, i am indeed getting back to my normal ratios hehe

other than that, i've been in a drawing/ artist's block for the past several weeks :/
every time i try to draw stuff at school my sweaty paws always warps the paper and i get frustrated... this is usually when i turn to oekaki lol

Saturday, June 12, 2010

they banned KMEL just now too ;_; as a whole does not work anymore ;_;

stupid licensing issues.

yesterday's talent show/ concert thing was cool ^^

and tonight is house of crazy unplugged no guitars live ^^


Friday, June 11, 2010

using a new template preset~
i was going to use the super pink picnic table one, but i didnt want all those reading this to be too repulsed so i made it this watercolory one instead~

anyway, i honestly think i did a fantastic job on rinoa's duster and arm warmers ^^

hopefully good pix will be taken tomorrow ^^

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

forgot to mention we're playing in cosplay lol

so i'm whipping up rinoa's blue duster like tonight lol

Sunday, June 6, 2010

man, feels good to have ME time again.

june will be my last month at the gym (canceled membership the other day), july will be a flurry of filming, and aug will be okinawa + hong kong + comiket!

so i wont be having this ME time for that much longer i guess :/

i'm such a recluse lol.

next weekend i'm playing at a fundraising/ benefit show and whatever moneys the event gets will go towards aid for Haiti. the JETs in our prefecture organized this some time back, and this thing is finally going down... finally! i'm playing Eyes On Me (duet with a buddy on guitar). i dont really want to play anything else >_> cause it'll sound pretty lame with just me and all... it makes me sad because if i had my sax i could play some cool stuff... alas...


i just got the best idea

like seriously

i just thought of it right this moment

i shall write a poem!

and interject some jazzy bars between stanzas!

oh snaps the idea is so perfect in me head. i'll tell this awesome ballad/ story and it'll be wonderful.


omg just kidding worst idea ever lol

i'll play eyes on me, the boat song from lunar, lena on the beach from chrono cross then i'll be done lol

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

mid-may house of crazy musicing in action~
photographed by my exchange student, anssi ^^