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June 2012

Internet #007: Colors Galore

By | Experimental, Internet | One Comment

X-Rite is a company bent on making sure we can see and understand color better. Color; definitely something we all take for granted. Developing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting innovative color solutions, X-Rite uses measurement systems, software, color standards and services to bring us the most accurate, soulful colors possible. They attempt to get the color you want right the first time, translating to better quality and reduced costs. I can’t tell you how many times I go to FedEx Kinko’s, or to my local architecture color printer room, and print version after version of atrosciously discolored pages. It’s remarkable how we have too many color systems (however standardized they may be), ranging from B/W, CMYK, RBH, CRH, and etc. Granted, every technology requires a slightly different system, but you’d think that printing businesses can stop using old CMYK and move to today’s more popular RGB. I asked the printing press used by the Washingtonian Magazine (where I worked for a summer as a design intern), and they said that converting to a new system now would be horrendous, despite CMYK’s inherent printing press faults. There just doesn’t really exist a large scale and efficient RGB printing system. Read More

White; A Brief Discussion

By | Introspective, Project | No Comments

The end of the semester rolled around, and before I knew it, I was hit on the head by the multitude of projects I had put off for so many months. It came as no surprise when I had to get myself to sit in front of the computer and churn out pages after pages of written text, seconds after seconds of musical notes, and lines after lines (or boxes after boxes) of written code for Interactive Media. Consecutive days were spent toiling away at semester-end projects, reminding me of my consistent procrastination habit. Read More

Internet #006: A New Face

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Most of you probably already know my obsession about Pixar. Constantly bent over each film’s release date (Monster’s University comes out next year!), I can never manage to hide my excitement for this animation studio’s work. I’ve mentioned in previous posts of my love for the field of animation, as well as Pixar. With the release of Brave on June 22, 2012 (TODAY!), Pixar decided to completely revamp their website, and for good cause. Their old website was aged and plain, though still very clean. For a studio at the top of industry standards, it felt strange to have a website that chronicles and displays their work in sub optimal (and out of date) fashion. Read More

Nomadic Journals from Texas: Days 1 & 2

By | Introspective, Life, Outbursts, Travel | No Comments

Texas is pretty flat. It was the first distinguishing feature pointed out by my host family’s mother: Texas is flat. Actually, no. The first thing you notice is that Texas is hot. Sure, 85-90 can feel OK if it’s not humid, but in Texas, it’s hot and humid, the worst combo. Honestly, if Texas weren’t actually so hot, then dang, this would be a place to die for (relatively speaking). Read More

Internet #005: Happy Father’s Day

By | Commemoration, Impressions, Internet, Introspective, Life | No Comments

Happy Father’s Day, everyone. Here’s to those important guy figures in our lives, who helped us make us who we are today, regardless of how big or small those contributions were. I’m sharing a video that izthakkim shared with me on the 1st of January this year. What a way to start the new year, eh? The video is truly intense, and I’m amazed at how well it was was done. I was watching 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 (You Are the Apple of My Eye) (2011) (lol…translation…) with my parents a couple nights ago, and after getting into a somewhat heated discussion about the director’s artistic direction in the ending sequences, my mother mentioned how she was more of a family-drama oriented movie, rather than young sappy love. Ah, what the heck. Who can blame her? Read More

Class of 2012

By | Commemoration, Life, UVa | One Comment

Every May/June is a time for celebration: schools let out, families reunite, summer begins, andglasses graduate. This past May/June, the University of Virginia’s Class of 2012 walked the Lawn and wore the Honors of Honors, marking a very large milestone in thousands of student’s lives. However, there was another cLass that requires just as much praise and excitement. Read More

Sengoku Basara / The Last Party

By | Animation, Anime, Impressions, Movie, Review | No Comments


Sengoku Basara is pretty simple and easy to understand. It’s far from being complex in nature and it’s wonderful that it doesn’t try to be. Each character epitomizes very general personality characterizations, and with artistic license that appeals to most fans of the fantasy/sci-fi fans genre, the series gives each character a theme color. Such decisions really tickle your insides due to how it makes complicated, epic fight scenes more streamlined, crazy, and fun to watch. Read More

Songwriting Series: #10

By | Impressions, Introspective, Music, UVa | No Comments

“Inner Mosaic,” the last song in this Songwriting Series, is probably the most serious song yet, venturing into broken, as well as lost, love. I can’t really say that this song arose from experience, since I’ve never suffered from lost love (or even having one, for that matter). The bitterness and longing for a broken past to be whole and true again is a thematic idea that’s pretty popular in dramas and epic romance stories. I thought that I’d give a shot at it (and quickly found that it was pretty emotionally exhausting to put words down and sing the lyrics). Read More

Songwriting Series: #7 & #9

By | Impressions, Introspective, Music, UVa | No Comments

“Yellow Rain Boots” was probably the most fun assignment to write and record. Written as an “opposite” song for a previous MUSI3370 assignment, I recycled “Yellow Rain Boots,” rerecording, remixing, and rebouncing a new version for my final portfolio (hence, why I merged #7 and #9 together). This song quickly became my favorite of the bunch, due to its lighthearted nature and involvement of numerous friends from school. Read More

Songwriting Series: #8

By | Impressions, Introspective, Music, UVa | No Comments

Sadly, relationships may be destroyed by a simple misunderstanding or a perception of existing inadequacy. Pain, deterioration of personal respect, and reduction of perceived self-worth are common results of relationship failure. The destructive process does not even have to be consciously conducted. Perhaps even without being aware one is doing so, tiny perceived imperfections may encourage latent, hidden anger which is eventually brought to the fore, often repeatedly. “RETRY” exists as a sentiment that relationships require work to succeed. Retrying, and trying again, despite previous issue, difficulties, or problems. Read More