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Today [ profile] lysis_to_kill and I witnessed what looked like a robbery.

We were getting off the northbound Brown Line at Belmont when a guy ran past us, laughing. A girl sprinted after him on the semi-slushy platform, shouting for him to give back to her phone. At first Liz and I didn't really think anything of it; we figured that maybe they were friends who were rough-housing on the platform.

But as we descended the platform staircase, we could hear more and more of the desperation and anger in the girl's voice, and suddenly it occurred to us that we had just witnessed a robbery in the middle of the afternoon on a crowded platform, and that the person may have gotten away with it.

I seriously hope that girl got her phone back and the guy slipped and wiped out on the new tile floors of the station.
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So, that GPS drawing I was babbling about in the previous entry? A horse A hoax. (Via [ profile] holyschist.) :(

Lynn Viehal blogs about the reality of a Times Bestseller. (Via [ profile] jimhines.)


I still owe giftmas presents to people, whoops. There's some I can ship out tomorrow once I pack 'em up tonight, but others will require a wee bit more browsing. Hopefully I can be done by this weekend.


Finished Mike Carey's Vicious Circle (which I enjoyed greatly) and Gail Carriger's Soulless (which was merely okay; I adore the cover design though).

To expand a bit on my reactions without devoting entire LJ posts to them:

Vicious Circle: Second installment in the Felix Castor series. Felix (whom I don't recall as having a physical description in the books, but even if it's there and I just forgot it, I will continue to amuse myself by imagining him as looking like Felix from the Golden Sun games) takes on an odd case where he has to find a missing ghost, but finds himself entangled up in Satanic plots to raise one of the most powerful demons of Hell. It's fairly obvious early on which demon it's going to be, and the Satanic cult in the novel itself is rather hokey. There's other more interesting things going on in the book, however: seeing the succubus Juliet kick some ass alongside Felix, the actual story behind the missing ghost and how it intersects with the Satanic cult story, and some worldbuilding stuff involving the legal status of ghosts. And - not to spoil it too much - but this is one of those novels where technically the good guy wins, and yet it has a completely depressing ending. I really enjoy Felix's character and this world, and I hope I can get my hands on the other novels.

Soulless: First book in the Alexia Tarabotti series. Takes place in a magical AU Victorian London. Alexia Tarabotti is a literally soulless spinster who accidentally kills a vampire in the first couple of pages of the novel. She didn't do it because she was soulless, though - it was the vampire's fault for being completely ignorant of his proper manners! Hijinks ensues as the local head of the supernatural bureau in this particular 'verse, Lord Maccon, tries to figure out what the hell is going on, among other things. A fun, fluffy read, though YMMV on the pseudo-Victorian tone and the romance. I wasn't as impressed by this as I thought I'd be, but I think I might check out the second book anyway (although the question of buying it or not is still up in the air).

I think I need to revamp the "books" tags into "authors" tags...
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Done with the usual meme of taking the first line of the first entry of every month, because I'm too lazy to do actual post write-ups. There's a lot to post about but I never really feel like sitting down and writing/posting. That, and every time I come back with something to talk about, I never think it's really worth posting about.

JANUARY: An interesting article about how Obama seems to be dealing with his fame.
FEBRUARY: From Kotaku: Suspect arrested for threatening to blow up Hudson
MARCH: Just a quick post before I have to work on my HON301 paper, which, uh, I still have no idea what I'm going to write about.
APRIL: It's only the first week of classes and I'm skipping already, whoops.
MAY: I didn't make a lot from Artist Alley this year, but that was about what I expected.
JUNE: I want to win this contest on Tuts+ like Burning Fire Bomb.
JULY: Gonna start off with the Serious Business stuff this time before I babble about fannish things.
AUGUST: Summer never lasts long enough for me.
OCTOBER: I've had this link-o-llection lying around for almost a month now.
NOVEMBER: RE: NaNoWriMo 2009
DECEMBER: Look, author.

Hrm. What an odd collection of lines. Later I'll type up my list of books read over 2009. My first book of 2010 is Spell Games by Marla Mason, which I greatly enjoyed.
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And boy is the weather outside frightful. o_o It's 43*F but we got lots of precipitation, and it's gray and icky.

Our family hosted the Christmas Eve party this year. It's the first time we've hosted a house party in a while. We used to be the go-to for the New Year's Eve party for our circle of South Side Filipino Faux Family, bu then someone else came along and her birthday is on NYE, so we've been going to her house for the past couple of years. Anyway, there's a lot of food at our house now. o_o We won't have to cook for the next week or so, lol. I spent part of the night watching the old Super Mario Brothers cartoon with my faux cousins (so bad it's good! I'm pissed that they took out the retro pop songs during the chase sequences, though), and then later on after midnight I watched John Woo's Hard Boiled, which I liked. I may track down his other gun fu films later. But if I'm awake for the rest of today (I am so frickin' tired, my sleep schedule is fucked up the wazoo), I may end up watching the second DVD of the SMB cartoon instead. So cracky.

Gifts so far include $40 in cash, a $50 check, $75 in Borders gift cards, a pair of black faux leather gloves,Gothic Charm School by Jillian Venters, volumes 2-5 of the Gintama manga, and a set of five plushies from the same series. My parents said they'll give out cash later because they were too busy/tired this entire holiday season to do much shopping, but whatever, I like what I got. Plus I have a good home with lots of food and a caring family and awesome friends, so that's plenty. Still, I'm not gonna turn down extra moniez. 8D I have my eye on a bunch of Emilie Autumn merch, including but not limited to an actual copy of the Opheliac CD and her book The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls.

Happy whatever-holiday-that-it-is-you-celebrate-in-winter! But remember, the axial tilt is the Real True Reason For the Season(tm).
reileen: (glee - Bomberman)
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Established in 1977 or so, Branko's is a family-owned sandwich stop just off of Fullerton, near DePaul University. It's run by a Macedonian couple who are super-nice and super-courteous. The food is standard American sandwich shop fare, affordably priced, but they make it nice and hot and serve it to you with a smile. It's excellent comfort food, and in fact I'm sitting here typing this entry while eating some fried cheese sticks that I got from there.

I started going there in my sophomore year because I kept on passing by it on my way to the art building. Its proximity made it ideal for me to pop in during a studio class break, get some minor eats, and pop back out to get back to class. Recently, I've begun stopping by the place after classes to get food to-go that I then eat at the school cafeteria while sitting with friends. Mr. and Mrs. Branko both know me by face now and have learned what my usual orders are (either cheese sticks or a regular hot dog with ketchup only and a side of fries, plus Mountain Dew), and so I sometimes get minor discounts for being a regular customer.

All in all, the food is good, but it's the service and comfortable intimacy of the small sandwich shop that makes Branko's a regular stop for me.


I'd wanted to finish up an ART224 project that's due tomorrow before going to ART113 later tonight, but the lab times are from 6-10pm. Which kind of fails considering that I have ART113 from 6-8:40pm. But since ART113 is a studio day today, I may possibly get away with leaving early to do stuff for ART224, since I don't foresee that the main part of my ART113 project is going to take too long. On the other hand, I could just do it during ART260 tomorrow (since I think that's another studio day). Decisions, decisions.

Two book reviews to go up soon. There are also some thinky thoughts that have been swimming around in my head about the consumption of music/film/books vs. the consumption of visual art and what that means for an artist trying to expand her horizons, and about my place as a second-generation Filipino-American and exploring the boundaries of where I'm Filipino and where I'm American, but I need to (attempt to) study for my ART237 midterm on Thursday as well as pull together something more coherent, so those will have to wait until I find more brain cells.

Also, Borders performance on Friday! Old friends may possibly accompany me again so I'm not so alone, though I do have a friend from college who wants a looksee. I think I had a working setlist floating around somewhere but hell if I can find it in my room (which, not surprisingly, is kind of a mess again!).
reileen: (general - strawberry)
On Reading
There are many books I've enjoyed, and others that I've admired for various reasons. These days, I've mostly been reading half as a reader and half as a writer, and the writer half of me...well, let's put it this way. My comedy screenwriting professor liked to tell my class that, with all the work he's done in comedy, he never actually laughs at anything anymore. Instead, if there was something he found funny, he'd just go: "That's funny. That's really funny. That's sort of how I am with my reading-as-a-writer right now. I'll read something and go, "Hey, wow, that was really cool. I'mma try to keep that in mind for later.

Brent Weeks' The Way of Shadows was one of the rare books that made my eyes go "O_O!" and my mouth go "NO FSCKIN WAI!". I can't remember the last time I was this impressed by anything I've read. In fact, I think the last thing I read that elicited that sort of HOLY FUCKING SHIT ON A SANDWICH reaction was an epic Teen Titans fanfic of 2.5 million words and 270 chapters written by an old online friend of mine. That was about three years ago or thereabouts.

And the thing is, The Way of Shadows isn't necessarily "original" in many areas. Young street rat is frustrated with his weak status and trains to become an assassin, and becomes one of the bestest best best assassins evar; the world is standard-ish medieval fantasy fare with cobbled inspiration from various Earth cultures (I actually found the cultural worldbuilding kind of meh and a bit inconsistent); the writing isn't necessarily poetic or striking, though it's clear and clean, which is fine by me (and anyway pretty prose wouldn't work with most of the character POVs anyway). But just...the way the author handles his characters and the plot points and the progression of revealing those plot points makes me want to nail this book to the wall next to my desk with a large neon sign pointing to it that says "THIS IS HOW YOU PLOT A BOOK".

I want to buy my own copy of this book, sit down with it, and start analyzing its struture. I've got a library copy of the third book on hand and I'm waiting patiently (sort of) for the second book to arrive at my library. I am prayingprayingpraying that this trilogy doesn't pull a Matrix on me, where the first installment is practically godly while the second and third seem like the were defecated from hell.


On Politicians
From [ profile] yeloson: Dear Mr. President - Your daughter is a ninja.


On School
Good news! I just saved money on car insurance textbooks by switching to Geico! According to the site, not only did I save $180 by renting my textbooks this quarter, but I also got to plant four trees in Cameroon!


On Pretty Pictures
I have Las Vegas pictures uploaded onto Photobucket, and am working (...sort of) on the write-up.

Thanks to [ profile] pinkpolarity, I have discovered the wonder that is [ profile] eyeshadowsluts! Hee. I've spent some time there going through the backposts and looking at all the pictures and advice. They have some interesting looks on there. Like this one, which is freaky as fuck but also fucking awesome.

I also poked through YouTube for makeup how-to videos, and found this one, which I promptly proceeded to emulate using the tools available. I obviously didn't do a perfect job, but I think that with some practice I could get used to doing it, since this is going closer to the kind of look I've been coveting for like ages. XD I'm not sure how well you can see it in these pictures, though.

In which Reileen also plays around with Post-It flash filters, what )

slippery with forgetting
reileen: (general - strawberry)
The Gods damn my Asian eyes and brown skin! It makes it more difficult to pull off the typical goth/punk makeup look that I really like. I seem to have succeeded in developing a generic smoky eyes look that works for me, but while I think it looks decent it's not as dramatic as I'd like it to be. (Not that I'd ever need it to be really dramatic except on-stage, but I'd like to start dressing up a little more for gigs and stuff.) I think I need a really thick, deep, black eye makeup or something. Or maybe I just need moar skillz, whatever works.

Also, found that mascara doesn't seem to do much for me. My lashes are already long and black, so I'm not sure why Mommykins told me a while back that I should have some of the stuff on hand. It'd be different if I had, like, metallic sparkly obnoxious colors of mascara.

Also also, I seriously need to find either more dramatic color or more opaque eyeshadow or something, because nearly all of the eyeshadows I have really don't show up that well on my skin. Or they look horrible with my skin tone. I really want to experiment with stuff from Urban Decay, but their shit is so expensive. ;_; Although I remember finding some cheap stuff from them on eBay. Still, no job = no money = no needless spending! I must make do with what I have. And, you know, learn how to apply makeup properly, with that foundation shit and stuff. Waaaah, that's worrrk.


Sorry for the silence. I got distracted with many things, including two vacations to Las Vegas, NV and Branson, MO. I'd like to get the pictures and some semblance of a coherent write-up done soon, but I'm going to wait until the memory upgrades arrive for my laptop - increasing the RAM from 1GB to 2GB and praying that it'll be enough to prevent my laptop from spontaneously combusting on me all the time if I don't have two fans trained on it.

I start classes on September 9. It'll be nice to see my friends again, but I won't have any classes with them and I'm not really looking forward to the senior-level work for A&D. (My feelings of inadequacy in both this area and other areas of my life could warrant a novel of an LJ entry, and while I probably should attempt to sort through that at some point...i dun feel liek it rite nao so dere.) Also not looking forward to what could potentially be a fight with the art department faculty to graduate on time.

wise men say, only fools rush in
reileen: (general - strawberry)
Have been up since 6:50am. Running on less than three hours of sleep. Have been walking around downtown Chicago for nearly four and a half hours straight looking for possible places to work. Am praying that the computer labs in the art building will be free enough for me to print the mockups for my ART264 project critique at 6:40pm, since doing it at Kinko's would've killed my wallet and then some. May return to the building early and wait there if I finish with doing job apps in the general computer labs or if I get bored.

Planning to apply at...

*House of Brides
*Borders (Beverly, State & Lake, North & Clybourn)
*The Body Shop @ Water Tower Place
*Through DePaul's Career Center online resume thingy...

Need to eventually follow up at...

*Urban Outfitters

I also want to check out some of the Belmont shops (though I highly doubt any of them are hiring), but I am way too tired to do it today. And I'd like to check out stuff near Orland Park as well. I'd really prefer to have a downtown job, though, just so I could hop a ride with my dad during the week and have him drop me off there on the way to work.

On a slightly lighter note, I bought this cute aqua-and-purple scarf at Nordstrom's using a gift card I had there. I'm...not entirely sure how I'm supposed to wear it (it's a square-shaped scarf), but that's what Google is for.

EDIT: Also, I am mightily annoyed that, once again, design advisors are not returning my inquiries! In this case, I e-mailed the professor of one of my required classes for fall quarter to manually add me to the class, since it was already closed when I went to enroll in it for fall quarter. Of course, he hasn't e-mailed me back!

Fuck this shit. When fall quarter rolls around, I'm showing up in that class and demanding that I be let in. I need that class; if I can't get into it for fall quarter, I can't graduate by next spring.*

and now I wait my whole lifetime for you

*Well, technically, this applies to any course I'll be taking during the next academic year. I'm miffed because the single HON350 listing is closed, and the Honors program has a policy of not allowing more than 20 students a class, so it's not like I can plead with the advisors to let me into the class. I was hoping to get it over with during fall quarter, because that meant I could focus on my experiential learning course for winter quarter and then my senior capstone for spring quarter. Maybe I can do a little something to get a spot to open up over the summer...
reileen: (waaah - Garet and Isaac)
In anticipation of summer break, which cannot come fast enough, I've compiled a list of things I hope to do over the summer.

*Language learning - Reviewing Japanese and teaching myself Cebuano in a semi-formal manner.

One of the things that I think has been making it hard for me to learn Cebuano (besides the weird-ass verb conjugations) is the fact that I don't have a textbook to follow from. I do have the next-best thing, which is a grammar handbook, but while there is some thematic organization to the book, it's primarily with regards to vocab (e.g., "fruits and vegetables", "animals", etc.) and parts of speech (e.g., "Nouns and How You Use Them"). That is to say, this book is not "practically" organized.

What I plan to do - and which may or may not break my brain even further - is to start reviewing my Japanese lessons, right from the beginning, and translates those lessons into Cebuano. Example - am I learning how to say where something is in a room? Okay, then I'll review how to say it in Japanese and then find the Cebuano equivalent. Have I come up against those pesky counters? I'll beat myself over the head with them and then do it again for Cebuano! Ad nauseam.

I also hope to finally finish up an amateur translation of a rare Golden Sun 4-koma anthology that's been in the works for a few years now. I'm over halfway done with it, and I'll have the help and enthusiasm of my friend [ profile] kiirobon, who is way better than me at reading and translating, so I'm pretty sure that if I just apply myself (HA!), I'll be able to get this done.


*Career advancement - Freelance work, self-teaching, Artist Alley

Feeling bad that I did so crappy on my earnings from Artist Alley this year, Lauren specifically called me up on my cell phone one night a few weeks ago to tell me about the Alchemy section of that crazy site Etsy. Alchemy is where members can put up requests for custom handmade goods - with "handmade" covering the field of graphic design services - and then interested people can bid on the request. Uh, hell yes I'm going to do this! MONEY MONEY MONEY. Even though I looked at some of the requests and started emoing about how inexperienced I am and how I have no talent at all and there's no way they'd ever choose my designs over someone else's even if I offered it for free and even if I tried I'll totally do everything wrong and they'll hate me and blah blah glitterfries. Alas, I must get some experience somehow, so I'm going to attempt to dip my toes into doing freelancing work, since it's what I want to get into eventually. (I also kind of want to open my own design firm, but that's far in the future, if it's in the future at all.)

Another thing I'd like to do is to get more familiar with Adobe Illustrator. I love Photoshop to death, but I recognize that Illustrator is, like, fucking huge for things like logos and layout and typography and such. Which are all things that I'll probably end up doing for a while to pay the bills after college, so I'd best start making that program my bitch. I've already found this site and its Photoshop equivalent, which made me SQUEEEEEE so hard because LOOK AT ALL THE SHINY NOMG. I'll attempt to work my way through some of the tutorials so that I become more familiar with the workspace of Illustrator and so I can start finding my workflow for the program. I'd also like to learn Adobe InDesign because it's specifically for working with heavy text layouts, like in books and magazines, but I'm sort of afraid to install the progam on my arthritic heap of a laptop, so I guess that'll have to wait. Anyway, trying to learn Illustrator will be headache enough. And I'm also hoping to get more familiar with photomanipulation techniques, since, y'know, that's what Photoshop is for.

And somewhere in-between, I have to find time to work on stuff for Artist Alley! Although I'm not even sure I'll do it next year, because 2009-2010 is going to be my senior year (oh, Gods, please let this be true) and therefore it's going to be jam-packed with all sorts of academic goodies to swallow whole. I guess I oughta at least start working on original illustrations, like for my Teng Shui series and for Shiroko.

*Wasting time - Playing video games, continuing to perform at Borders, writing fanfic and maybe some minor work on original fic.

I totally lost my gamer cred years ago, which is why I'm going to attempt to regain some of it by completing a few of my dust-bunny-covered video games when I can. Contenders include Baten Kaitos (...although first I have to actually purchase this game, oops), Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (and maybe I'll even re-play the first game as a refresher! And maybe Hudson will actually do a reboot of Bomberman 64: The Second Attack), and Xenosaga.

I...actually have no idea if I'm going to be able to do any music over the summer. I was thinking of trying to hit up another Borders closer to my home in addition to the LaGrange Borders, but I'd like to get some new songs on my repertoire before then. In particular, I'd love to be able to get "Eidolon" done, because I think this has the makings of something relatively epic (for me, at least, I don't know if that'll apply for other people). And I'm starting to get a little bored with "Gospel of the Shadow of Nobody", which I guess is a good/bad sign that I really need to be working on new things. Might be nice to get a better arrangement for "One Day" as well. Oh, and I oughta finish up "No Longer Yours Truly", too.

...uh, yeah. Writing. Uh. Me write pretty one day! *thud* When I get some real talent and not the adulterated bland stuff I've been sniffing for the past couple of years.

Speaking of writing, I'm not sure if I'm going to do NaNo this year, what with having to focus on school and such. If I do decide to tackle NaNo again, I'll probably lower the goalpost to 25k and do a fanfic instead of original fic.

*Real world - Getting a part-time summer job.

Mostly because I'm feeling really guilty over making my parents pay for a lot of my stuff, including the non-necessities. Also, I have been watching [ profile] lippy_addicts and other goth/punk-fashion related comms and sites and have been wanting to revamp my wardrobe something fierce. But I would feel really bad if I made my parents pay for this stuff...not that I think they'd pay for that kind of stuff in the first place, anyway. I just started getting apps and turning them in a few days ago, and I have to follow up on some things. I also need to check out more places downtown and on the North Side near DePaul, since I got the A-OK from the 'rents to look for work there. If I have to, though, I'll go back to Gamestop (shudder) or resort to McDonald's (SHUDDER), because like hell I'm going to make my parents pay for...

*Livin' la vida loca - GOING TO MOTHERFUCKIN' LAS VEGAS!

Even if that trip does happen to fall on my birthday weekend.

Yeah, so the story goes, me and a bunch of friends decided we wanted to do something crazy over the summer, so we're gonna fly out to Vegas for a weekend and generally be, uh, crazy. And...stuff. The hotel rates are relatively cheap now because of the recession, and since there's going to be a fair amount of us going, the hotel fare will be split up into manageable portions. We'll be staying at a tower suite at the Stratosphere, I think?

The main problem for all of us is the airfare, which going to and from Vegas ends up being around $340. There's no way I'd be able to make that kind of money freelancing, so I gotta face the real world and go get a job. I hope I end up with something tolerable - I did the math, and even if I worked a slacker schedule of only, like, 10 hours a week, if I worked from the middle of June through July I'd still have enough money to go to Vegas with some left over for extraneous expenses.


oh dear gods my ART264 .psd file is fucking huge. That's what she said! I hope my computer can handle it, because I'd hate to have to be stuck at the computer labs just to work on this. I know, I know, that's probably what the majority of on-campus design students do, but dammit, if I can help it, I don't want to be at school any longer than I have to! Even if the Mac computers in that one lab are some badass muthafuckahz. I'm really leaning towards getting a Mac as my desktop!

Anyway, gotta do some Japanese (which I actually mostly completed earlier in the day, YAY FOR BEING A RESPONSIBLE STUDENT WHEN IT'S ALREADY THE END OF THE YEAR AND NOTHING REALLY MATTERS ANYMORE) and then this three-page peer review paprt for ART227 which I totally forgot I had to do.

hear me out, I'm not your enemy
reileen: (art - paint jars)
Looks like I won't be getting my usual nap today. In addition to having to work on the final version of my poster for ART264 (which shouldn't really take that long, but just in case), I need to:

1) Continue doing the necessary research and sketches with regards to getting saleable goods for ACEN. (Which I just started during ART227 class this morning, lol.) MAN! It's even more expensive to get 500 custom Post-It books printed (that's the minimum number of pieces I have to order) at that one site I was looking at than it is to order 144 multi-color screened T-shirts (again, min. number of pieces). Le WTF?! Back to the drawing board again.
1a) I have to design my business card, some sign stuff (commission information + product pricing), and then a banner for our entire table. Will have to talk with Lauren about this. I still need to work on Selasphoria's logo. lkjelkranldkfmlakdmfadf WHY DID I PUT THIS OFF SO LOOOONNNG.

2) Attend a Visual Art and Design career workshop in the student center from 4pm-6pm. Well, okay, so I don't need to do this, but it would help. A lot. And I want to get there early so that I can get as much information as possible before I have to leave for Typography I at 5:45pm.
2a) Melissa forwarded me an e-mail she got from Tokyopop. They're apparently looking for design interns?! OMGYESPLZ. Alas, Tokyopop is located in L.A., which is decidedly far from me. However, I'm checking with them now through e-mail about when their winter and spring sessions are - I'm just wondering if I can just move to L.A. for my winter vacation next year and do the internship during that time. If I can (...which seems unlikely), then I have to check with my advisor to see if it'll actually count for credit (junior year experiential learning, hopefully), and with my family to make sure that they're actually willing to let me fly out to do this internship. It seems unlikely, but it's for school, so maybe they'll relent. I wonder if Tokyopop also has available summer sessions...?

Am debating on whether it's possible for me to do most of my schoolwork in advance so that I'll have more time to cram (if needed...which is probably is) when it comes closer to ACEN time. I think it's feasible for JPN106 if I just sit my ass down for a couple of hours with my workbook pages, textbook, and a heavy dose of Japanese music blaring in the background. I'll definitely need to do research for HAA115 early on and turn that research paper in early (not that I have any idea what the fuck is going on in that class). I'm a little less certain on getting ahead for ART227 and ART264, but I should be able to stay current with those classes, at least.


Slowly rediscovering Metallica's Load album. I liked a lot of songs from this album already ("Hero of the Day", "The Outlaw Torn", "Until It Sleeps"), but there were other songs that didn't grab my attention from the outset, so I'm giving them a closer listen on my commutes on the train (well, when I can hear them over the roar of the El) and seeing what I make of them now. I really prefer the musical styles on Load, Reload, and the Black Album over Metallica's other work, such as from Death Magnetic, which is too thrashy for my tastes. I can't listen to the Black Album anymore, though - I think it wore out its welcome for me a couple of years back. (That album was, incidentally, my gateway drug into Metallica.) I still like the songs on it, and I still think it's a pretty solid album, it's just...I don't know, the thought of listening to the album now is like taking stale gum from the bottom of a chair and trying to chew it.

I have a similar problem with Evanescence's Fallen, which was my gateway drug into Evanescence's music and into gothic/symphonic rock in general. But at least with Fallen I can sometimes load it up for the sake of nostalgia. Despite discovering Metallica around the same time as Evanescence, I don't have that same sense of nostalgia for the Black Album.

(But I guess I should actually listen to the album now and see what it feels like, instead of just thinking about what it might feel like listening to it.)

I was also able to listen to Karl Sanders' latest solo installment, Saurian Exorcisms. Initial impressions were positive, but since I had it on as background music for something else I wasn't able to give it my full attention, so I'll try to give it a closer listen later and write up moar thotz.

Unfortunately, I was less thrilled with Lacuna Coil's Shallow Life, which should be out in the U.S. today but which I was able to listen to earlier. With Karmacode, Lacuna Coil's been moving away from the gothic stylings of Comalies, Unleashed Memories, and In a Reverie, which is disappointing to me. But Karmacode still felt lush and full to me when I listened to it years ago.

Shallow Life, on the other hand, feels...well...shallow. Again, I had this playing in the background while I was doing something, so maybe I'm just missing something, but I honestly wasn't very impressed with it. Then I went on Wikipedia and found out that it was produced by a Don Gilmore, who is well-known for producing Linkin Park's first two albums, Hybrid Theory and Meteora, along with some other work for Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte, and others. Take that as you will.

On the other hand, I love the album cover for Shallow Life.


Am I the only person who can tell the difference in taste between bottled soda and canned soda, and prefers canned soda?

the higher you are, the farther you fall
reileen: (glee - Bomberman)
Vienna Teng and her crew gave an amazing performance at Schuba's on Friday, as they always do. (I have video evidence of this fact, but alas, it doesn't even begin to capture the magick of the moment.) I stalked caught up with her later and got her to autograph my copy of Inland Territory - yay! She also thanked me for my review of the album, which I think she found through the forum - double yay! And I found out that the reason they haven't played "Augustine" live yet is because they haven't really found an arrangement that they really liked for it. So now I await with bated breath the fateful day that she gives a live performance of "Augustine."

The opening act, Ben Sollee, was pretty damn amazing too. I'm not sure if his music, which could probably be described as "country on cello", is my thing or not, but lemme tell you, he's damn good on the cello.

After the performance, I crashed at [ profile] lysis_to_kill's place with Lauren and Melissa. We watched Crash, which isn't exactly a "fun movie night" kind of film, but I'd heard about it back in HON301 and Lauren had brought it with her, and no one really cared which movie we watched so I just took charge of the viewing materials. (I'd say that this is such a typically Leo thing of me to do, but then, Melissa and Lauren are both Leos too...) Crash is an incredibly uncomfortable film to watch because of the way it takes on a lot of major racial issues in America, and the characters of the large main cast fall into a lot of grey areas. Some are more redeemable - or redeemed - than others.

By the time we finished this movie, it was getting kind of late, but somehow we decided that we wanted to watch something else, so we popped one of the DVDs I had for the first season of The Big Bang Theory and watched the first episode. Much lulz were had. I seriously need to watch the rest of this series; it's flippin' hilarious and I love all the geek jokes even if I can't understand half of them. (Tangentially related - I also need to finish watching Firefly - I think I'm on the second DVD of the boxset that I got for Christmas two years ago. I'm so bad with sitting down and just watching shit.)

Despite the late bedtime, all of us were up before 8:00am, WTF. However, the early wake-up was sweetened - literally - by a pack of cook-it-yourself Cinnabons that Liz managed to pick up in the fridge aisle at Jewel. OMG SO GOOD AND SO UNHEALTHY FOR YOU. I'm afraid to find and buy these for myself, because I'll probably be eating them all. The. Time.


So, the final chapter of Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro was released on Friday. I'm sad that MTNN has to end, but if we had to get an end, this was a pretty good end to get. And Matsui is supposed to be releasing a new series this July - I'm not sure if it's a new ongoing series or a one-shot, though.

These minor spoilers are on the tip of my tongue. )

Fare thee well, Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro. It was sweet while it lasted. Now if only someone would pick up the tankoubon for English localization!

I run but it stays right by my side
reileen: (general - strawberry)
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I actually have a number of LJs. My oldest one is almost 10 years old by this point - I got it when LJ was still invite-only, in 2001. IIRC, my first LJ entry in that particular LJ was about school and grades. I discovered while re-reading both my old digital journals and my old dead-tree journals that I bitched about school and grades a lot. What can I say, I had a boring life. I might've rambled on a bit about anime, too.

My first entry in [ profile] reileen was basically a faux-contemplative thing about why I chose the name "Reileen" and about where I was at that point in my life, which was...not really in a very good place. Better than some, worse than I would've liked.


Skipped ART227 today in favor of taking an early nap (about 8:30am to 10:15am) before working on my poster mockups for ART264 later tonight. I'm slowly getting used to Illustrator, and am beginning to see why people would like using it, especially for layout and logo design. Because it's vector-based as opposed to pixel-based like Photoshop, it's easier not only to get smoother lines, but also easier to resize things if you decide that you fucked up on something. And it just feels...more organized, somehow. I can't imagine using Illustrator solely for - lulz - illustrating, though. I might try experimenting with doing outlines in Illustrator and then importing those over into Photoshop, especially because Illustrator has that miter thingamabobber thingy that lets you get points on all your sharp corners, which I've always had to add by hand when doing outlines in Photoshop. I think I need to get my hands on an Adobe Illustrator CS3 bible or someshit, to get more familiar with all the doodads and thingamajigs in this program. I've become quite competent with the Pen tool and its crazy Paths over the past few years, so I think I should do fine in picking up Illustrator over my time as an A&D major and then applying it to other stuff (work, play, in-between).

I still have no idea what the fuck is going on in HAA115, but I'm going to have to do some early research on the three-eyed hairerection-sporting deity statue. The professor hasn't handed out, like, an official outline sheet for this paper or anything, but the paper is due May 8th, which is, uh, the day of ACEN! Yeah. So I might as well get familiar with some general stuff. In the meantime, I suppose none of y'all out there would be able to help me out on making sense of the history of ancient Indian art, would you?

I'm going to need to start going to bed earlier on Mondays and Wednesdays; taking a nap in the library is good for a decent recharging of the biological battery, but it's not exactly the most comfortable thing in the world, and I could be using that time to work on homework, or at least to get my urge to dick around on the Internet out of my system before I start being productive.


I've suddenly been trampled by a bunch of hangout plans. First up is the Vienna Teng performance at Schuba's Tavern this Friday, which I'll be attending with [ profile] lysis_to_kill, Lauren, and Melissa. Before that, we'll be eating out (probably at Clarke's Diner), and then after that we'll be crashing at [ profile] lysis_to_kill's apartment overnight. I might have to bail out early, though, because I need to get homework done and then do Artist Alley stuff which I still have not started WTF. D:

Then there's ACEN from May 8 to May 10. The crew this time 'round consists of myself, Lauren, Melissa, [ profile] lysis_to_kill, Melissa's friend Susan, and Susan's friend, all crammed into a four-person bedroom at the Crowne Plaza. All of us are flailing around a bit as we're ironing the wrinkles out of plans for things to bring, when we'll be checking in, et cetera and so forth. This has the distinction of being [ profile] lysis_to_kill's first ever anime convention, so I imagine that the vets in the group will all have fun playing "horrify the anime convention n00b" with her. :D! (Also, Liz, if you want, I'll lend you the first five volumes of a manga called Death Note. You may like it - it's got serial killers, the FBI, and other such things, but with a supernatural twist. Also, the art is purtyful.)

And then finally, it seems that there are plans in the air amongst Lauren, Melissa, and others to go on a weekend Las Vegas trip over the summer, since the prices there have dropped to ridonkulously low levels and airfare is also dirt-cheap. Now this should be interesting if we can get this off the ground!


Random: I freakin' want Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels.

it seems that the whole experience is terrible and crippling
reileen: (glee - Bomberman)
Writing this while taking a break from attempting to make sense of the cacophony of my room (spring cleaning, what), eating a bowl of Apple Jacks with milk. Even though it's 6:30pm. Ye-e-s. And I kind of have a craving for chicharron again, too.

I uploaded a new icon (see this entry) and replaced my music one. Yay? Still haven't figured out my tags - I've only been tagging lately for link-o-llections and not content. I'm also thinking of adding a section for links to various online stores in my profile, since I seem to have accumulated a decent amount of them. (Plus, it also makes it easier for me to get to those links, haha.)



I think everyone's familiar with the "make your prom outfits out of duct tape and get a $3000 college scholarship" contest. It sounds silly, but you'd be surprised with the awesome shit that people come up with, such as this steampunk-esque pair. I mean, that would be amazing with justregular fabric! (In fact it looks like PVC at a glance.) Be sure to check out the other outfits through the official site (linked in the entry).

Via [ profile] vyctori, my fellow musicslut, I bring you a cover of The Offspring's "Pretty Fly For a White Guy" sung in bad Engrish by what sound like pre-teen Japanese schoolgirls but which are actually anime voice actresses. OW. OW OW OW. I resolve to inflict this on the otaku corner when I get back to classes.

5 Awesome Sci-Fi Inventions That Would Actually Suck.

Dragonshit: De-Evolution Dragonball: Evolution was reviewed in advance over at Anime News Network. Part of me wants to go see it for the lulz and sneak in some Mike's Hard Lemonade, but then I remembered that getting into the movie theater would require money, which could be better used to pay off strippers.

What really sucks about Dragonball: Evolution - I mean, besides some obvious points like the fact that GOKU AND CHICHI ARE WHITE WHAT THE SHIT - is how it turned the original story, which was based loosely off one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature and originally featured an innocent, childlike protagonist, got mutilated into loser fanboy wish fulfillment crack. And it's not even the good crack, it's the kind of crack where the dealers mix in three parts baby powder and two and a half parts Chlorox bleach to make their original crack stock last so that they can con more suckers out of their greenbacks. Lord Almighty on a hellbound moped, after reading this review I think I'd rather watch the Twilight movie multiple times for 24 hours straight than subject myself to five minutes of Dragonball: Evolution.

I have to say, though, that while Dragonball: Evolution sounds bad (HA UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE EON), I'm not sure that I'd pass on it if given a choice between watching it multiple times for 24 hours straight, or either piercing my cervix, piercing my ass crack, or tattooing my eyeball.

Relatedly, here's an interview with the cervix-piercer, who is interested in the dynamics and implications of post-gender existence. It' interesting read, to say the least.


Talking about school: winter quarter grades, spring quarter musings )


Talking about life: 3/20 celebratory dinner at a Korean BBQ place with the folk from Japanese class and their pals, with a hefty appetizer of introspective teal deer ('REAL TEAL DEER') )


Aaaand this post took me longer than I thought, so I'll post more stuff about music, reading, and manga in my next entry tomorrow or something.

through the fire and the flames we carry on

*There's a whole spiel I could go into here about why I tend to produce more fanwork for smaller fandoms than I do for larger fandoms, but the basic gist goes that, in larger fandoms, there are more people doing more things, so I have less of an incentive (personally) to do what I want to do.
reileen: (angry - Shinpachi)
Sears Tower to be renamed Willis Tower:

Sears Tower is no more.

The 110-story Chicago giant, the nation's tallest building, will be renamed Willis Tower under a leasing deal. The New York-based owners signed a lease with Willis Group Holdings, a London-based insurance broker, for 140,000 square feet.

Willis said it will consolidate five Chicago-area offices and move 500 employees into the tower. The company said it is paying $14.50 per square foot in rent and that the naming rights come with no additional cost.


It's the fucking Sears Tower, d00ds! YOU DON' MESS WIT DAT, GET WHAT'M SAYIN'?????

I never wanted to be one of you anyway
reileen: (gaming - Bomberman)
It would appear that an English version of Custom Battler Bomberman (called Bomberman 2 for the English release) has finally been released. This English version is also, bafflingly enough, a Europe-only release, much in the same way that Bomberman Story DS was. I'm hoping to eventually get my little pink spherical hands on this game, since it looks like it'll be a hell of a lot more interesting than any of the Bomberman Land installments. I'm not sure what the hell Hudson was thinking in releasing a Bomberman game like this, and especially only in Europe, but at least it's not Act Zero.

Where in the world is my copy of Bomberman Story DS, anyway? I was whoring it out to other Bomberman fans...I think [ profile] kiirobon still has it?


You know what kind of book I really need to get more of?* Coffee table art books.

It's true that you can just go on the web and look up inspiration almost instantly, but there's a visceral satisfaction for me in physically having a book to look at. And art books tend to be designed interestingly as well, which definitely colors (pun intended) the experience. I just bought Art Now: Volume 2 while shopping for art supplies at Blick today - it's one of the smaller and tamer volumes in the world of coffee table art books, but it's a good start. And anyway, I don't currently have the money or the shelf space to be dealing with Gigantor Coffee Table Books of Doom at the moment, sadly.**


Speaking of books, my old JPN104 professor, Miho-san (well, that's what I tend to call her now that I don't actually have a class with her), is going to get me a copy of Bad Girls of Japan, as a thank-you gift for helping her design flyers to advertise her Queer Japan class being taught next quarter. I, uh, was totally not expecting anything like this, since it wasn't such a huge deal to come up with the flyer designs, but she was insistent on paying me back somehow, whether it was buying me lunch or something else. So hey, I can has another book! I'm really excited, though, 'cause I read a chapter from the book that Miho-san photocopied for a class she's teaching this quarter on geisha, and it was really interesting.

I also asked Miho-san on Facebook for translated novels by contemporary Japanese authors. She gave me some recs, but also invited me to come down to her office to look at her shelves there. So I went today, and left with a bunch of books and even two DVDs. (Because clearly I don't have enough stuff to read already...) She didn't have one book that really caught my eye, though - Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. Still, I expect I'll be occupied in the meantime: I started reading Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki (he's actually an author from the '20s and '30s, I think) at the lunch table today, and I'm intrigued. I'm on the fifth chapter, and the setup of the story reminds me, in many ways, of Nabokov's Lolita, seeing as the plot revolves around a 28-year-old electrical engineer having a romantic relationship with a girl who's 15 at the start of things. It would be interesting to compare Lolita and Naomi, since I already know about one point of divergence (the man actually does get married to Naomi, quite early on in their relationship, and is still married to her, it seems - not a spoiler, he specifically mentions this at the beginning of the book). Depending on how I feel and how much of my brain cells get killed in this last week and a half of winter quarter, I may talk more about this book.

(I'm sure the analysis has been done a million times before, but it'll be good practice for me.)

I want more wenches, more wenches and mead

*Well, all kinds of books, really. I want to eventually have a bookshelf full of different religious texts, such as various translations/versions of the Bible, a copy of the Qu'ran, the Ramayana, the Upanishads, etc., and I have ideas for how I want to expand both my fiction and non-fiction sections.
**I think I'd sell my soul to be able to get shelf space like this.
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I got tagged on Facebook under my real name. Gotta fill this out about my senior year of high school. I'm not tagging anyone for this because this is mostly me just wanting something to post.

1. Did you date someone from your school?

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?

3. Did you car pool to school?
No, I drove, mostly.

4. What kind of car did you have?
I can't remember what year it was, but I think it was a '95 or a '97 gold Saturn.

5. It's Friday...where are you in high school?
Running late to my first class at 8:45am, which I think was AP World History with Mrs. Haskins (the Southern Mrs. Haskins, as we referred to her, since there was another Mrs. Haskins - her sister-in-law, I believe - who taught French).

6. It's Friday night...where are you now?
Downstairs in the family room, on the computer, talking with people and generally being geeky. Might even be whining in LJ about how much I hate school.

7. What kind of job did you have in high school?
I didn't have a job.

8. What kind of job do you do now?
lulz, still no job, because I r lazeh.

10. Were you a party animal?

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
Nope (although sophomore year I was keyboards in the orchestra pit for the spring musical).

13. Were you a nerd?
Ya, because 1) I was in theater and 2) I had a shitload of AP classes. (Not as much as this one girl, though, who seriously had all AP classes senior year except for her religion class. Wtffff. The Gods bless her soul.)

14. Did you get suspended or expelled?
Nope, though I got threatened with detention a few times for swearing.

15. Can you sing the fight song?
Uh... "We are the Queen of Peace Pride community..." ...something something something... " hear our mighty ROAR!"

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)?
Ms. Prendergast - homeroom (freshman and junior years), English II (sophomore year), religion (freshman year)
Ms. Wille - AP Language (senior year)
Mrs. Haskins - AP World History (senior year)
Mrs. Haskins - French I (junior year)
Mrs. Jancys - French II (senior year)
Mrs. Mares - dean of the class of '05
AMG - theater/media director

...I had a lot of teachers I liked at Peace. XD Too bad most of them have left already. Maybe I'll try finding them on Facebook.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?
At a table near the windows in the cafeteria, with friends.

18. What was your school's full name?
Queen of Peace.

20. What was your school mascot?
A pride of lions.

21. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
Only if that meant I could get all my favorite teachers back. And if we got Ms. Nolan back. And even then it's iffy because, uh, school. o_o;;

22. Did you have fun at Prom?
Enough so.

23. Do you talk to the person you went to Prom with?

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
That depends if I can come back in a blaze of glory. I don't know, maybe?

25. Do you still talk to people from school?
Hi, [ profile] lysis_to_kill! Hi, [ profile] mia_noire!


Also, crossing fingers, but I might be able to perform "Sphinx" in time for my 2/21 performance at Borders! Composed nearly all of it Saturday night and then part of Sunday, and now just need to practice some of the transition parts. But for the most part, it's done.

conjunction junction, what's your function?


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Reileen van Kaile

April 2010



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