I was looking through my old posts and remembered how cozy it was posting to this website. I think, for myself, it would be nice to have a place like that again. Where I can be personal and text heavy at the same time, and was debating on whether or not to return. I also would do it for Dave's benefit, because he's touring with PETA and maybe he'd like to know what I'm up to through here. But yeah. Cozy place to post, and I miss doing it sometimes. Also, this is one of the very few websites who have managed to not change their layout in a very detrimentally annoying way.
Dropping some more drawings. My life is so boring that I had a dream about my mom making food with mushrooms in it. I told her to give them all to me and not Dave, because he doesn't like mushrooms.( Drawings.Collapse )
So after much anticipation Rita's package came in the mail (a few days ago, on April 27th). The post-office called me in the morning and were like "we have your package!" They had lost it at first, it was so infuriating, but the point is that I received it. So I took a picture of all the things she sent me, numbered it, and I guess I'll talk about it so that I can have a journal update, and for her benefit, I guess. Just to let you know, Rita, when I was opening it up I was annoyingly happy. Sorry about sounding so dry and lackluster in the video, it's just that my excitement on camera looks ridiculous, so I took the apathetic route instead.
1. In one of Rita's default profile pictures she was wearing a shirt with this quote on it, and offered to make me one. I gladly accepted and was really happy to see it there. I had forgotten that she was going to make it. The quote is from a serial killer named Carl Panzram (or Marilyn Manson depending on where you heard it first, haha. He uses the quote in his song "The Nobodies", and I hadn't realized that until Dave pointed it out).
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2. A booklet similar to mine was made, and her's beats mine, definitely. It's a lot of fun to go through, and in the video I sent to her I mentioned how one of the pages smell like baby powder mixed with other pleasant scents. Every page in the book is so visually stimulating. It made me feel like making another one for her right away (which I've started). There was actually a page that contained a comic based on Carl Panzram's life. They were several pages stapled together, and it was great to read through. ( an example of one of the pagesCollapse )
The mix CDs
3. This is the Zeigeist mix CD, I had seen them scrobble to her last.fm, but never gave them a listen. I only listened to all of the songs on it once and intend on giving it another play. I liked them, they had an electronic/new wave feeling to them.
4. The general mix is the one I've listened to the most so far. Every song on it is good, the only one I couldn't get into was the first song. In fact, one of the musicians on it (Neon Indian) reminded me about Vega, I used to listen to this one song by him and completely forgot about it. I ended up downloading his EP and it's really good.
5-6. I like that she made me Depeche Mode 101s. I've always wanted to get into them, but I didn't know where to start. I only knew a few songs by them, so I'm excited to listen to this.
7. The typewriter I received is a cute color. It's electric and it works just fine. The ink ribbon she got is too big, or I'm doing something wrong, but it still works, so I don't really mind.The books
8. I've always been interested in reading Ender's Game, and I like the way it's written so far. It's too bad the author is a homophobic Christian, I never knew that, but what a terrible combination. Though the two usually go hand-in-hand.
9. I was surprised she gave me the books she highlighted, but I'm glad she passed this along to me.
10. This is a good way to introduce yourself to philosophy, I'm assuming. I'm excited to read this. Although I've enjoyed reading about philosophical theories, I still feel intimidated when I decide to pick up an actual book on it. Hopefully this will help with that because I'll feel like I have a better understanding of it.
11. I actually didn't know what this book was about, I've only heard about it in passing. I've talked about it with Dave briefly, and Rita has also mentioned a few parts, so I look forward to reading it.
12. The Bermuda Triangle has always fascinated me (unexplained phenomena in general intrigues me). I'm pretty sure there's some article explaining away the mystery, but for now I'll read the book and look those up later.
Other than the package I had a gallery opening. All the art that the 14 IB art students had been working on was showing in the school gallery. There was food and people, and it was okay, I guess. The highlight was when Mr. D got there, definitely. I'm stupid because I didn't take any pictures of my artwork, or him.
I feel ridiculous for going to Barnes & Noble at 8:34 in the evening to get a new sketchbook (or moleskin, whatever), and some new books. Now that I highlight words, sentences, etc, I feel it necessary to own them. However I won't put the library past me. (I just need to pay off my fee!) I ended up getting Hi-Fructose
vol. 19, I wish I could afford to have a subscription to them so that I could own their magazines in order. I also bought Thus Spoke Zarathustra
by Nietzsche because I've been wanting to pick it up for a while now. (I know Nietzsche was misogynistic, but that doesn't really make me want to shun his philosophy and work as a whole though.)
Bianca and I ordered free sticker paper from the post-office, I'm really excited to come up with designs for it. There was this article I read today
by Shepard Fairey about sticker art that was very interesting.
I'm really excited to receive Rita's package, I was supposed to get it on the 12th, but I don't think mail is ever on time. She sent me a typewriter, and used my idea of making a booklet with collages in them, to send to me.
There's more things I've done of course, I'll probably write about it later.
I don't have internet right now, so I'm just scavenging around for a wireless connection with my mom's laptop. Which I have found. I just wanted to make an entry saying that I'm making a zine called Fester, and it's going to be about horror movies. I'm just excited to make it, so I'm excited to share, I guess. Also, I'll probably be making copies for my friends in real life and the ones I've met over the internet. I'll get back to the comments on the last entry eventually!
I used to write stories a lot for my own enjoyment, this is the only time I'll probably share any of it (which are just excerpts from finished short stories). I don't really know why, I just want to. They're somewhat embarrassing, but it doesn't matter since no one really pays attention to this anyway. ( excerptsCollapse )
Anyway, I've been missing all of my morning classes this past week, and yesterday. One class I'm missing, unfortunately, is an art class that's connected to my English class. I decided to drop by and apologize to Mr. Sarnacki for missing most of his classes. He told me that I'm breaking his heart, to which I replied by laughing and saying "really?" Apparently, he was serious, and him saying that was a big deal (his words, not mine). He said that he wished I came to school on time because he likes my drawings, and the way I think, and wanted to get a better chance to work with me. I don't know, I thought it was cute, and really nice of him to say, plus he sounded very genuine. So I'll try to actually make it to his class.
In IB I've started my project (which I explained here
), and I kind of hate it so far, but hopefully when it's done it'll look better. It's done with chalk. For some weird reason I love to exaggerate noses and make them bigger than they really are. Maybe it's because I like big noses, but it might offend people.
The art room, with the ever-charming Nate in the picture.
In economics my friend, Mayghan, wanted me to draw her, so I did a quick sketch. It actually has a likeness to her, so that's cool. I took a picture of her just in case I didn't finish, or I wanted to add more detail, but I think it's fine as a fast drawing.( random imagesCollapse )
I went to this, and it was lovely. I think the movie line-up could have been more focused and horror-related, but that's okay. It was more of a sci-fi/horror/shorts mash-up. Not as strong as last year, I think. Griping aside I did really like attending this, it sucks that this may be the last year I go to one of their events because I want to leave Schenectady as soon as possible. Part of me doesn't want to leave my hometown because I'm scared to be on my own, but I know there's so much more out there and I have to experience it. It'd be unfair to myself not to.
Anyway, movies I haven't seen
: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1958)
, it was just great. The cinematography was perfect, and the atmosphere was amazing; the way it makes you feel as isolated as a person in space is excellent. The score was overwhelming, and very grand. I think it's interesting that the further into the movie it is the more silent it becomes, to the point that music is completely gone and you're sitting there listening to the heavy breathing of one of the astronauts. The script is also minimal as well. I don't know, I feel like I should be bored by this (then again I guess I just like "boring" movies in general), but I can't stop thinking about it. And to me that's a mark of a good movie (as Mr. D has said). When you keep thinking about it, and how it all comes together. One part that I thought was on for far too long was a scene where there were all these different environments that looked like it had been rendered through a Photoshop filter. It lingered for a while, and I was hoping it would end soon, I know there's probably an explanation behind it, and I also have a weak explanation for it, but I still haven't gotten the chance to sit down and read the different interpretations the movie holds. I have my own small theory that the movie was exploring the idea that humans are in fact aliens that populated Earth. But I don't think it quite fits. I also thought it was a social commentary on how people depended on technology, despite technology's own limits and flaws, but seeing as how it was made in 1968 that theory may not apply. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
, surprisingly this movie wasn't campy like I was expecting it be. It was filled with likable characters. The remake does not compare to this one whatsoever, I was comparing them in my head, and I'd much rather watch this instead, the only improvement it made was with the graphics, and that isn't enough to make me want to watch something. (Maybe I'm being unfair and bitter due to Hollywood's crazy trend of remaking old movies lately, but I don't care.) I thought it was cool tribute that the words to stop Gort from fucking shit up, "Klaatu barada nikto", are the words Ash (in Army of Darkness
) has to say in order to take the Necronomicon (which was created by H.P. Lovecraft) without problems. As a kid I never realized that Army of Darkness
had those references to other great classics, but now I do! Anyway, getting sidetracked. I think The Day the Earth Stood Still
is just a fun movie to watch, and it's something I definitely should have seen sooner. RoboCop (1987)
, I don't know why I haven't seen this yet. I thought I did! Maybe it was the sequel? I'm pretty sure everyone else has, so I have nothing to say about it. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
, I've been putting off this classic for far too long. It was fucking depressing. Wild in the Streets (1968)
, I fell asleep during this a lot, but I awoke to see some hilarious scenes. It wasn't what was going on, it was more the lines the main character, Max, would say, he was so ridiculous. He was obsessed with youth and became the president somehow, because he had a really popular band, and decided that 30 year olds should be put in nursing homes (whether they liked it or not), and be put on LSD because they're old and they should no longer be harming society or themselves. I'm pretty sure it was a commentary on the counterculture of the 60s, either way it was funny. I don't know if the movie was supposed to be taken seriously or not. Alien vs. Ninja (2010)
, It was alright, I don't know if I'd watch it again.Mutant Girls Squad (2010)
, I absolutely love the over-the-top Japanese movies that Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, and Tak Sakagachi have produced (and the fact that most of them have a lot of female heroines that give it a sense of... a whacky Girl Power flick), but boy this was asking for a bit too much from its target audience, I think. Actually, maybe it's everything its target audience wanted. It's a highly gif-able movie though, which is lame for me to even say. There is not one normal moment in this movie, and it's a lot of fun. I think it has its charm, but towards the end things get a little too batshit. I think someone needed to reign in the crazy some more. I'm all for the other movies I've seen by them though, I think it has a good balance of weird and watchable. Movies I've already seen
: Riki-Oh: The Story of Riki (1991)
, What can I say? It was fantastic on the big screen. I was glad to see it in such a format.The Human Centipede (2009)
, As my status states "The Human Centipede did not get any better the second time through." I decided to skip that one with a nap at the festival. Such a shitty, aggravating, let-down of a movie. I'm angry that a second one is being made. I'm probably going to watch it.
Okay, well I actually didn't intend for this journal to just be about movies, but I guess that's what it's become. Oh yeah, I wanted to talk about possibly being involved with films as a career-choice.
Today I didn't go to school, and it wasn't even because I was tired or anything. Sometimes I feel like I just really really need to be by myself, and away from people. I don't know, it's kind of ridiculous. Plus, I was drawing, and I was getting into it, and I didn't want to stop so that I could get ready for school, haha.