By | Commemoration, Experimental, Internet | 2 Comments

I have joined tumblr. Sh*t.

Not that that’s a bad thing, really. Tons of friends use tumblr and it definitely serves as a venue for enlightenment, particularly in relation to today’s pop culture. There’s just so much information circulating around the tumblr-sphere that as you probably already know, it can suck the time out of you. Tumblr itself is a pretty ingenious platform and social medium. The easy reblogging set up and Facebook/Twitter-esque feed makes it simple to sift through any of the things your friends (or those you follow) are sharing. The generally more lax and informal nature of tumblr also lends itself to being updated far more frequently than your standard blog. The order of online formality probably progresses from xanga, facebook, tumblr, blogs, professional/company websites. Tumblr sits at a healthy medium between Facebook and blogs, which is good news for me, since I’ve been slacking on the post-a-blog-every-three-days rule that I set for myself. Shameful. Read More

Internet #007: Colors Galore

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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

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

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

Internet #004: Star Wars Uncut

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Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate (and oldest) in the world. It’s why George Lucas could go from being a hero to science-fiction fans everywhere to one of the most demonized people on the planet following the release of the special editions and prequels. But that’s the negative side of freedom. There’s a wonderfully positive side to this situation: Star Wars continues to inspire generations. Creativity and dreaming imaginations take flight  in a new video online that is one of the greatest examples of fan appreciation that…basically exists. Read More

Internet #003:

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In high school, I was a pretty conservative music listener. Rarely did I expose myself to the modern pop music, and even when friends would share their ear pieces to show me a particular song, I’d immediately express distate and say how I only listened to classical music. After many years of watching anime and movies, my taste has grown, reflecting the relatively wide amount of styles of music that Japan has. It’s strange to think how I began to expand my musical tastes started with whatever an anime show had attached to the opening or ending sequences. To be honest, my first “rock” song was Haruka Kanata from Naruto. Though it can still be considered J-Pop, the screaming and intense bass rocking edges towards the side of J-Rock. I didn’t particularly like the music at first, but the animation sequence and series itself got me hooked on the mood that Asian Kung Fu Generation set for every episode. From then on, anime slowly introduced me to slightly different styles (you can imagine how romance shojo would use different music styles than jump shounen). I still listen to mainly J-Pop, but my tastes have grown to soundtracks, jazz, a capella, K-Pop, and the occasional western artist of today, such as Adele or Train. Read More

Outburst #019: Leisurely Stroll

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For those of you who don’t know the Strutting Leo meme, it’s just another one of those semi troll-tastic memes that are funny to look at, not because of any brutal humor, but because of the contradictory emotional sensation it gives off given the contexts. Leo Strut (also known as “Leonardo DiHapprio”) is a photoshopped exploitable that uses an image taken of Leonardo DiCaprio during the filming of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”. The original image is of DiCaprio doing a jolly strut down a street, but has been photo shopped into several scenes that usually depict a catastrophe or terrible happening, similar to Disaster Girl. DiCaprio is shopped into the scene, as if he could have stopped the incident or helped people nearby, but instead continues throughout the scene doing his jolly strut. The single topic tumblr “Fuck Yeah Strutting Leo” is a blog with only Strutting Leo. Read More

Internet #002: Amuseful

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I’m pretty grateful that I made this category on my blog. If the pattern isn’t already obvious enough, I try to post at least one entry every 3 days. Fortunately, the Internet category has given me flexibility in times of stress and compressed times. The interweb is a nearly infinite playground, and though so many people already know about so many places we can visit with just the typing of a url, there are so many things to find.

One such example that I share today is, a website that I have been browsing through for a while now. To my pleasant surprise, however, I discovered recently that the site was founded/created by two of my friends (as well as a handful of other people) from my high school.  The artistic one of the group, or at least, that I know of, is quite the talented photographer. Most of her works can be found at her personal website or her DeviantArt page. Her photography is both sensitive and innovative and holds so much charm and originality that you wonder where the creativeness comes from; each work strongly reveals her personal style, taste, and vision of artistic expression.    Read More

Internet #001: Kern Me

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Starting a new section! I’ve been running into some difficulties of pulling out topics to write about, especially things of any sort of amusement or introspective value, so I decided to add a new category of posts in addition to my Outbursts section (since life only dishes out so many quirky things at a time): ze’ Internet.

This new category was created in similar vain to the working of a certain Tumblr, where re-posting and re-posting and re-posting popular posts from the internet spreads like wildfire. This type of blogging has both pros and cons. I find it as a fundamentally lazy way to blog, not providing any amount of insight or discussion about certain topics; however, the material that Tumblr accounts and posts have been able to accrue is nothing less than amazing. Numerous of my tumblring friends post highly engaging and interesting findings from the inter-web, and though I wish I knew more about what they were thinking about it, I end up losing many hours browsing other tumblrs as well. This isn’t to say that some tumblring handles don’t write their blog posts. It’s merely a generalization. Read More