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By now, everyone's probably heard about how in December, the White House "refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency's conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened". BushCo: Sterling examples of proper adult human conduct, aren't they? "LA LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU LA LA LA LA LA LA." I love it! It's practically a philosophy of Rovian genius, right up there with the 50%+1 approach to winning elections! [/sarcasm]

Therefore, I shall instead report on another shocking-but-not-really story that has come out about Mistah Shrub:
President Bush met with Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo today at the White House. Arroyo was in Washington while her country tries to recover from a typhoon that devastated coastal areas and flipped a ferry carrying over 800 passengers last week. Before discussing aide for the Philippines, Bush couldn't resist beginning the sober meeting with a quip about a Filipino member of his kitchen staff.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Madam President, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Oval Office. We have just had a very constructive dialogue. First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that -- in which there's a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the -- of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Yes.

PRESIDENT BUSH: And the chef is a great person and a really good cook, by the way, Madam President.

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Thank you.




Yes, because clearly the greatest accomplishments of the Filipinos and the Filipino-Americans (which is the correct term, daghan kaayong salamat) can all be summed up in their cooking! Wow, way to totally not derail the stereotype of the Filipino maid, Mr. President! I would be applauding the extent of your ignorance and condescension if I weren't too busy facepalming repeatedly with both hands.

...okay, to be fair, we do have some awesome dishes, like chicken adobo and pancit and siopao and puto and a dessert called "food of the gods" which I unfortunately don't know the official name of and...okay, I'll stop now.

But seriously, what the shit is this? President Arroyo goes to the White House to request US aid and the first (only?) thing Bush can compliment her people and the descendants of her people on is what good servants they make for the 'Mericans? As Angry Asian Man said, it's like Bush thinks this is a country club. "Yeah, compliments to your Phillippine cook! Excellent adobe, by the way. What's that, you say? It's called adobo, not adobe? Well, it's close enough."

-Reileen
quo modo (shadow to light)
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But this is not one of those times.

In fact, I kinda hate you right now.

From Shapely Prose, Kate Harding takes on a Japanese national law that came into effect two years ago:

Under a national law that came into effect two months ago, companies and local governments must now measure the waistlines of Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 74 as part of their annual checkups. That represents more than 56 million waistlines, or about 44 percent of the entire population.

Those exceeding government limits — 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women, which are identical to thresholds established in 2005 for Japan by the International Diabetes Federation as an easy guideline for identifying health risks — and having a weight-related ailment will be given dieting guidance if after three months they do not lose weight. If necessary, those people will be steered toward further re-education after six more months.

"Further re-education"? I'm assuming this is going to involve a lot more than being forced to stand out in the hallway holding two full buckets of water.

I know some of you might be wondering why this bothers me, because anyone who knows me knows I am one of the Skinniest Bitches That Ever Was Skinny, and that I have never had any real problems with how my body looks save for the occasional comment that perhaps I could use a little more stack on the rack.

But even though I haven't personally had body image problems, I know a lot of people - mostly females - who do, and it makes me sad because I've never considered them to be anything but beautiful, awesome people. Yes, they were bigger than me, but so what? A freakin' toothpick is bigger than I am. These girls and women I knew certainly weren't fat, either by the connotative definition of the word (that being "fat" also automatically equates to being "worthless", "ugly", "stupid", et cetera and so forth) or the denotative definition (that is, the opposite of being "thin"). I would really, really love for there to be a push back to using "fat" in its denotative sense, but this little piece of news from Japan isn't really going to be helping much. Be sure to check out the comments at that entry for more insight into how very hive-mind-ish Japanese culture really can be, from people who used to live there or who currently live there. In a place where it's considered acceptable to shame someone into conformity and where a common way of addressing a problem is to pretend that it doesn't exist, this sort of thing can only end in trouble for those who deviate even only a little from some idealized standard.

Also from Shapely Prose, there's this little piece about how childhood icons like Strawberry Shortcake have been "updated" to be more sexualized. There's a couple of comments on that entry about how everyone seems to be jumping on the anime-style bandwagon, which was personally more my beef with the more recent childhood icons than it was the sexualization of them - which I guess says a lot about what my priorities really are. Still, well worth reading through and thinking over.

-Reileen
the light in me will guide you home
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I was almost finished outlining the first character out of three for someone's commission in Photoshop - and it was looking pretty good - until I realized that half of the outlines had been merged with the original sketch layer.

Fuck.

I tried to go back in my history to see if I could undo the action, but it was too far back. My method of coloring and outlining in Photoshop tends to involve working on a million different layers so that I can refine parts without affecting other nearby areas, and then merging along the way when it looks satisfactory, so that's a lot of actions that must've pushed the accidental merge back some.

Technically I could just erase around the outlines, but the thing is that I also blocked out shadows in blue pencil on the original pencil sketch prior to scanning so that when it came time to do coloring, I could just outline with the Pen tool and color within the lines to get a smooth look.

Rrrrrrgh. Fuck this, I'm starting over from scratch tomorrow.

-Reileen
amai, amai kuchizuke, itai, itai usotsuki
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The Good: I show off my geek cred by making 1upcakes!

The Bad: They got burninated, though. I think I'll add more green food coloring the next time around (with maybe a dash of yellow), and I'll pick up red food coloring so I can make Super Mushrooms as well. And if I decide to be even more ambitious, I'll mix up purple cake batter and orange frosting for Poison Mushrooms! XD Or, as [livejournal.com profile] dantaron suggested, intentionally botch a batch and then color them the same as the Super 'Shrooms.

The WTF: My brother is being sued by the other party involved in an accident back in December in which the only known casualties/injuries happened to the things made of metal, fiberglass, and rubber - all of which should have been covered by insurance. What the fuck does the guy think he can get from my unemployed teenage brother, seriously?!

-Reileen
listen up y'all, 'cause this is it
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Wltx.com: Cheerleader, Other Girls Beat Up Teen Girl, Tape the Crime

I first saw this on WGN Channel 9 because the kitchen TV was set to that station, but I couldn't find the news story on their site after a quick search, so it was Google time.

What confuses me and pisses me off even more than the six girls ganging up on this one girl (and laughing about it in prison afterwards!) is the mother of one of the assailants, for two reasons:

1) She's the one who lured the girl to the house in the first place, and
2) She was on WGN live saying that "this situation was blown out of proportion" and that the victim shares some of the blame too.

Holy fucking hell, the idiocy here is so gigantic it's visible from space ten light-years away! This is the second time in mainstream news (that I know of) where a parent has knowingly and willingly engaged and indulged in their teenager's adolescent revenge games, the first one being the mother who posed as a "hot guy" on MySpace who befriended her daughter's old friend and then convinced the friend (as the guy) to commit suicide. Guess that goes to show that some people don't ever grow out of high school.

Just...dude. What could the victim possibly have said or done that would have warranted a beating in which a mother, six girls, and two guys (acting as lookouts) participated in? Here's part of your answer:

Lindsay "embarrassed these girls," Garcia [mother of Mercades Nichols, one of the assailants] told News Channel 8. "She said she was going to kick their you-know-what's," and called them "slutty."

What? That it?

Even if the victim really did threaten and talk trash about her ex-friends (and considering how they behaved towards her in reaction to this alleged "slight", it's no wonder the victim considered them "ex-friends" even before this incident), what kind of mother, upon hearing the violence her daughter wants to commit, says: "Oh, sure, I'll help you out"? I think we can figure out where some of the girls learned their morals from. No, there is absolutely no justification for this sort of thing.

(Oh, by the way, if you do decide to actually stomach the video, you should know that apparently what's shown isn't the worst of what happened. Yeah. It gets worse.)

On a different perspective on the situation, the parents of the victim are of course blaming YouTube and MySpace, since apparently the intent of filming the crime in the first place was to try to humiliate the victim by posting it on those two sites and having it become a popular video. To the parents: I think you should be directing your ire more towards the questionable parents of the girls, especially the one who essentially said your daughter had it coming to her. To the girls: I don't think ganging up on a single girl is something you want to become famous for - although it's a bit too late for that now. Enjoy your orange jumpsuits; they probably fit you better than your cheerleading uniforms.

-Reileen
yeah, yeah, she thinks she's the victim
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63*F outside right now. Hellz yeah!

***

'21' Discriminatory Casting Unjustified

This is making me wish I hadn't gone to see the movie. I already knew that there was some controversy about this, but I was really attracted to the idea of math geekery being used in such a badass, glamorous manner. Taken on its own merits, I still think the movie earns the 'B' grade I gave it a while back, but in terms of battling the marginalization of positive, strong images of Asian-Americans or Asians in general in the mainstream media? F for faaaaiiill. I mean, I don't think you even saw any Asians on the MIT campus! And the two Asians on the team, as I mentioned in my review, were pretty much token characters, especially Liza Lapira as Kianna.

Okay. Um. Going to attempt to impose order on the chaos of my room, brb.

-Reileen
welcome to my breakdown - I hope I didn't scare you
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All right, y'all. I don't care what end of the political spectrum you're from* - you should not spend 80%+ of your fanfiction profile writing about your political views. In great frothy detail. With big black bold font. And a political meme to end it (i.e., "Here's a really obnoxious and badly written chain letter poem thingy, and if you believe in it post it on your profile OR ELSE THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN OR ELSE YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!").

Yeah, I know. Freedom of speech and all that. Which means I have the freedom to rant about what I perceive as outright obnoxiousness. There's a line between "stating your beliefs" and "shouting your beliefs to every godsforsaken corner of the world with an Acme-caliber megaphone," and the line was veeerrry fine with this one. Myself, I try to keep the politicizing on my profiles to a minimum - "I'm pagan and liberal" - and have other people decide for themselves whether they want to engage me on that. As an artist**, though, it would be nice if my work could work as a common ground for people from all walks of life to have a productive dialogue about how to fix this broken world we live in.

Barring that, I just want to see well-written slash fanfic for my stuff.

-Reileen
I'm not your wrong direction, I'm not your free at last



*In the interest of full bias disclosure, I lean liberal on many issues, and this particular author was a conservative Christian. Her words, not mine.
**I'm including "writer" and "musician" in this, although I've been looking for a better umbrella term to describe what I do. "Artistiwrimusician" really doesn't roll off the tongue.
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In what world, Bizarro or otherwise, is it okay to title a romance/erotica novel Death by Ploot Ploot?

Just. No. Nooooo.

(I dare you to UrbanDictionary the phrase "ploot". Double-dog-gone-with-the-wind dare you.)

-Reileen
when I come back to bed, someone's taken my place
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Okay, y'all, THIS IS NOT NO FREAKIN' SAILOR SATURN, aight?! That's, like...I don't even know what that is. I think that's Hotaru when the Outer Senshi fired her from the team 'cause they just knew this little bitch was gonna make trouble even after the whole Mistress 9 thing, so now Hotaru does striptease at the "Moon Kingdom" nightclub under the name and slogan "Mistress Firefly: She'll Set You Afire!"

(Tangent: Don't be fooled by the innocent face and sickly body - Sailor Saturn is badass. She is so badass, in fact, that the whole reason she doesn't show up often in either the manga or the anime is because otherwise she would overwhelm both with her level of badassitude. Werd to tha Glaive, y0.)

Shit. I really want/need/must to go back and watch the Sailor Moon series. That was, as it was for many others, my first initiation into the world of anime. AND OH GODS IT WAS GOOD. I first started watching in 3rd grade, waking up at 6am or so to catch the Beryl arc and the Doom Tree arc on UPN. Then I switched to Cartoon Network for Chibiusa's first appearance to halfway through the arc with the Witches 5 in it (can't remember the exact names of these seasons and too lazy to wiki it, lulz). I think? The memories are a little hazy in my mind, because I don't think Sailor Moon aired on Cartoon Network until a few years after it aired on UPN. Or maybe it did and all would be answered if I cared to check the Wikipedia entry on it, but it's nearly 5am here and I should be writing sleeping and...yeah.

***

Working here and there on music. I'd really like to get working on setting "Eidolon" to a melody, but all in due time. I'm smoothing out "Triskaidekaphobia" and re-discovering "Queen of Denial". For the former, there's a transition part halfway through the song that I'm trying to work out and make it sound vaguely interesting, with varying degrees of success. For the latter, I have to re-write the accompaniment for...well...most of the stanzas, 'cause the previous one (what I can remember of it at this point) suxx0red. I'm fond of the two versions of the chorus accompaniment, though. The lyrics still irk me with how needlessly dramatic they are, but I suppose I could claim that "Queen of Denial" is, in fact, meant to be a satirical commentary on the idea of noble suffering. Except then I would be a Big Fucking Liar, because the song was meant to be me seriously whining about how I didn't have a special someone to spend the holidays with one year. THERE. I SAID IT. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?

*cue Michelle Branch song*

Other things I'm abusing the ivories with:

1) "Harbor" by Vienna Teng. Straight from the sheet music.
2) "Wanted" by Vanessa Carlton. Also straight from the sheet music.
3) "Whatever You Want" by Vienna Teng. My own version. I used the first known live recording of the song as the base for getting most of the notes.
4) "Serenade" by Franz Schubert. The famous one. Uh. Yeah. I just thought that I should get some classical stuff into my repertoire other than (a badly-performed) "Rondo alla Turca" by Mozart, and while I also really want to re-learn Liszt's "Notturno No. 3", this song is the easier one to re-learn and memorize, hands down.

-Reileen
now who's cryin', desirin' to come back to me?
reileen: (general - strawberry)
GOOD THINGS

omg chicken siopao. I'm not a true Pinay I haven't had this in years but omg sooooooo good and WANT MOAR PLZ. *there were only two left in the freezer and Mommykins stole the other one*

BAD THINGS

Dear Victoria's Secret:

I am very disappointed with your selection of bras for girls with strawberries. They pale in comparison to the choice of bras you have for girls with watermelons. Newsflash, bitches: 32AA girls want to wear cute bras too.

No love,
-Reileen
my boobs, my boobs, my boobs are OK
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Why the heck would you want to create a hate meme? With anonymous commenting turned on? That's practically the OTP of Grand Disasters.

If you want to create a meme where people can air their grievances with someone else, at least turn off anonymous commenting. And don't call it a "hate" meme, for crying out loud! Seriously, if you've got beef with someone, you might as well own up to it.

says the pot to the kettle

Logically speaking, I can see an argument for why you'd want to create a hate meme and why it would have to be anonymous. I've had those kinds of moments when you'd want to do such a thing. But then one of those hate memes turns up on LJ and all I see is drama, drama, everywhere.

-Reileen
stop right there before I get bitter
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Instead of stand-up comedians, are there any "sit-down" comedians? You know, comedians who are just so funny that you have to sit down when you listen to them?

***

I start school in two days. I need my textbooks and I have no money and I'm almost over my credit limit and my damn student loan hasn't come in yet and my paycheck from Gamestop won't be posted to my account until Friday and I need my school job back.

***

Tales of the Abyss is so amazing it's not even funny. Actually, yes, it is, because Colonel Jade Curtiss is the most badass comic relief I've ever seen. (He's also quite sexy, but a big part of his sexiness comes from the 'tude. The 'tude, yo.)

-Reileen
we don't need no thought control
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Ye gods.

Why does everyone go to the Taste of Chicago?

You get overpriced tiny portions of decent-to-tolerable food. And then maybe a couple of random performances here and there.

The crowds were horrendous even at eight o'clock at night.

Ugh. That's the last time I ever go there.

-Reileen
the night's like coffee to my tongue
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If I thought I could run to Japan to escape religious extremism...it looks like I'm dead wrong.

Soka Gakkai, a branch of Buddhism, is to Japan as the Religious Reich is to America, apparently. Both Soka Gakkai and the Religious Reich exhibit signs of being a dangerous cult, and are heavily affiliated with a prominent political party in their respective countries.

I'm a bit busy to look up more info at this moment, but this will definitely be something I'll check out later.

***

Also, I could kill the architect of this house who thought that placing the A/C vent on the floors of the upper rooms was a good idea. Thanks to that flash of brilliance, my room is perpetually steamy in the summer no matter how high we turn up the aircon. Hot air rises and cold air sinks, dumbass.

***

I think I feel like changing my general icons soon. I want more icons, but the ads make my LJ layout look fugly. :'(

***

Bush is the one who's spending over $6 billion on the war in Iraq and he's talking about "runaway government spending"?!

-Reileen
it's gettin' hot in herre, so take off all your clothes
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I didn't even know that the State of the Union was on tonight until [livejournal.com profile] cmpriest made a rather acidic post about it. Curious and feeling guilty about never being up on current events, I Googled the transcript (it would be faster and easier than watching the whole thing, in more ways than one) and read through it.

Holy shit. All of that and he didn't mention Katrina even once. Wtf. I'm nowhere near as political and up-to-date on things as some of my peers (and even some of my juniors), but how the fuck can you think to comment on the "state of the union" and not mention the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina? I really think that says something about this administration. Also, the talk about balancing the federal budget within five years? How the fuck can you do that if you're planning on spending almost a trillion dollars on the military within the next two years? Seriously. Tell me.

In the words of [livejournal.com profile] cmpriest: "If [Bush] were a martial artist, he'd be Shit-Yu - and his shit-fu would be strong."

-Reileen
and now you're everybody's fool
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As of this day, the 10th of January, I hath discovered that Midway Games holds this truth to be self-evident: that all games are to be created with maximum destruction in mind.

Well, these are the creators of Mortal Kombat. What did ye expect?

Slightly meatier commentary to come when I get the chance, since I've got my ART106 class in a couple of minutes.

***

Guys, there is absolutely no point in wearing pants that come up only to the bottom of your crotch. Seriously. Just stop it. I don't know if you purposely wear oversized pants so girls can get into them, but whatever the reason, stop it plz. You look like a reject from Happy Feet.

-Reileen
do the Mario
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I was successfully able to drop CSC382 and switch around my JPN102 classes, so now my schedule is set with courses that pertain to my major and minor. It's delicious.

ANI105 was a surprisingly small class. In some ways, I like the intimate class size, but since it's made up of people that I don't know (actually, there's a girl there who went to my high school whom I haven't seen since graduation, but I never talked to her much before so she doesn't really count), it's sort of a little too intimate. The teacher's really nice, though, if a little on the ditzy side, and our first assignment sounds like a really fun exercise - I'll post the directions and the results up here once I, you know, actually do the assignment.

Also, I forgot to mention that in ANI220, we're required to keep a blog about our animation projects and anything related to animation. Mwahahaha. The professor wants to keep track of how our ideas are progressing and evolving, but because our class is relatively large, there's no way he can take time out in class to talk to each of us individually, so he told us to create a blog at this one blogging site that he can look at. Apparently I'm the only one in the class who already has a blog, or at least the only one willing to admit it. I'm willing to bet money (read: two pennies*) that at least 25% of the class has a MySpace. I don't really consider MySpace a blogging site so much as an excuse to be hideously, obnoxiously egotistical**, but you gotta work with the masses, you know? I'm not going to post the link to my class blog here, mainly because it's set so that only people I specifically invite can see it. Anyway, it's ugly as hell and you'll get a lot more of lovely me on here. :)

-Reileen
watching puddles gather rain/there's no better place to lay



*I only had to buy two textbooks this quarter, yet I still went well over $100. WTF. And art supplies for ART106 ripped $90 from my checking account. No wonder artists are always so poor.
**I mean, you can be hideously and obnoxiously egotistical on LiveJournal too (case in point: yours truly), but at least LiveJournal's default layouts are decent looking and don't rape the eyeballs. The MySpace defaults are, as a whole, u-g-l-y-you-ain't-got-no-alibi ugly, and I'm not even going to talk about the long-ass quizzes and hideous backgrounds and unreadable color combinations that a lot of MySpace profilers seem to adore putting smack dab on their main pages. The Gods help me if I ever have to get a MySpace.
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http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=3E5557D693C145AB79B41587F50C8FB8?diaryId=330

Lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state where gay marriage is legal, voted Tuesday to allow a proposed constitutional amendment to move forward that would effectively ban the practice.


How the fuck did this get through?

Look, people. We allowed gay marriage to happen in Massachusetts, and contrary to many paranoid minds, nothing happened. I don't get it! I'm clearly missing something totally obvious here.*

Sometimes I hate America.

-Reileen
me and my baby on a February holiday



*Rhetorical statement.

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