Anais Nin: You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.

8.22.2009

Video of the Month: In Love With Another Man.

Wow. This LITERALLY brought tears to my eyes. Wonderfully directed. This was the perfect choice - to make it into a short film instead of a regular video.


8.18.2009

WILD !!! >_< !!! Camper Bike and Kart

This takes recycling, camping, travel, and resourcefulness to a whole 'nother level. I love it!!! Created by Kevin Cyr, it is a fully functioning structural piece. If you look at the end of the bike, where the camper starts and the bike stops, it helps you to understand how it was constructed.

Maybe it was constructed with a flat plane so it can be fastened into the bottom of the structure? IDK... Look at more pictures here

Here is the sweeter one though. The Camper Kart
 
Even more perfect for camping. All you have to do is walk to your local park. This makes a great gift for a homeless person (Imagine a park full of these) or a drifter. 
Here is the diagram so you can see the sleeping area and the storage. It has a crank for it's collapsing capability.  This was partially funded by a FEAST grant.

This will be perfect for my trip to Colorado in the distant future.

8.11.2009

I Love You

Amanda Blank's new album is the soundtrack I need for my trip. 

First time I heard her music: Ahhh... now I remember. It was when she was on the Santogold V. Diplo mixtape with her cover of LL Cool J's "I Need Love". Her version was called  "Love Song". I fell in love. 
No, not because it was a long-time favorite song of mine she covered and actually did well on. It was because the song was transformed in her voice and the steady chant of Santogold's cyber-like-crooning "Got my mind made up...I'm a Lady". Or maybe its just because I *heart* everyone who is in M.I.A.'s entourage.

A few tracks: Might Like You Better...yes! Although very dirty and R-rated, this song is MY type of track. I think it's because all of these crazy stupid stalking-ass boys out here cause me to ignore other people's feelings sometimes. So, essentially, this track feeds my "I don't give a damn" mood.  Shame On Me would get mad love in my car.


Buy?|Copy?|Steal?|

Hey. Go buy this. 
Now... 
Run. 
Some of the parts of this is guaranteed to be in a future party mix of yours. This album is heavy with that kind of bad-ass-bitch bravado you saw in Death Proof or with Michelle Rodriguez in any Fast and The Furious movie she was in. Most definitely a work out mix star.




I Love You
My grade:
8.6/ 10.0

8.10.2009

Sh!# I Heard That Made Me Mad

O.K. So "THE DJ" had a couple of career goals which included getting the proper training to be a bartender, learning 2 more languages, and getting a very useful Michigan cosmetology license.

But yeah...so much for that shit...

...An increasing number of full-time workers are enrolling in cosmetology programs to serve as a back-up plan in the uncertain economy or to gain skills for a second career to bring in additional income.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for growth in the field during the next several years, it seems like a smart option for some people — between 2006 and 2016, the personal appearance field will grow an estimated 14 percent. Cosmetology does have its costs, though: the average tuition is $6,000 to $10,000, with some schools charging up to $20,000, and starting out as a stylist is hardly a simple endeavor....
Source: Getty
See..why is it that everything I've been wanting to do, everything i've been preparing my waking hours for, everything I've been busting my ass for, is becoming so trendy for other people?

First, it was The Devil Wears Prada movie. I was really excited because I'd read the book already and couldn't wait to see the editrix that was Miranda Priestly in real life. But I was also saddened because I knew that the movie would glamorize a position I was intended to compete for. The position I am spending over $9k a year in an expensive ass school that I hate! to prepare for. WHY?!!

Then to make matters worse, all of these fucking spin-off shows, Stylista(FASHION EDITORIAL POSITION), "Blush: The Search for the Next Great Make-Up Artist"(MAKE-UP),"The Shot (PHOTOGRAPHY) and even the ever-so popular America's Next Top Model glamorize the industry I am trying to pursue.

Nothing I am doing is original. I need to figure out how I can be original, because this whole - I'm choosing opportunities that everyone is about to become or is already interested in/going to school for - is not working. I am not the typ e of person that follows. I don't follow trends. I don't follow. I lead. I create. I am unique.


Maybe I just need to find something else....


I feel like early pirates when they realized that their need to be free was being eclipsed by the closing in of the corners of the map, No longer square like people prophesized. The forbidden and unknown areas of the world being filled in on the then recent (15th-16th century) wall maps of conquistadors and world trading companies.

what am i supposed to do?

Don't think for one second that, "Oh! You will be fine." Or "Oh! There's opportunity out there!"

This isn't medicine, where jobs are ALWAYS NEEDED no matter what level. this isn't mechanical engineering or environmental studies or gaming technology. i'm talking about shit i'm actually interested in. shit that comes naturally for me.


Then the realization that I am not alone sinks in...

Kinda Sexy, Kinda Cute, Kinda Funny, But Not Funny Looking

Top 5....


#2 Gary Oldman

PLEASE. Do not ask me why I have a weird old-man crush on Gary Oldman. I just do. He is one of my favorite actors and he plays a lot of my favorite characters in movies I love, like '
Bram Stoker's Dracula', 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' and a lot of others...

8.06.2009

Giga-Bite-Me-This: Komika

Upcoming interview!

My next interview in D.A.M. Magazine for August will be with singer KoMika.

Will you see the article?

OF COURSE!!!

Download her mixtape below!

KoMika


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8.01.2009

Kinda Sexy, Kinda Cute, Kinda Funny, But Not Funny-Looking

Top 5 Guys of 2009
.....Well, mine of course...


1) Shia
All of these little ho's running around star struck and shit after him really need to back off.Ever since he was in Transformers or Indiana Jones 4, they've really been laying it on thick. I've loved him since he was on "Even Stevens" and his first Made-For-TV movie "Tru Confessions". They can't even tell me what that bad boy was about can they? YEAH. Before anyone else even thought to pay attention to him.




DEFINITELY more to come...wait till you see #2...