Archive for February, 2007

Cinequest
February 28, 2007

Cinequest, an annual film festival that takes place in San Jose, is back for its seventeenth year. I picked up the program sometime last week and been browsing through it. I’ve selected a couple that I hope to see being that my schedule fits that of the screening.

Act Normal

Act Normal – Filmed over the course of ten years, this moving story follows one man’s spiritual journey after he leaves a Buddhist monastery to take a bride, only to find he’s lost his way. [US Premiere]

March 1, 4:45p
March 5, 4:45p
March 6, 5:00p

More of my selections after the jump.

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Nissan Qashqai
February 27, 2007

Agency: TBWA – Paris
Creative Director: Chris Garbutt
Production Company: Gang Films, Park Pictures
Editorial Company: La Maison
Post Production: BUF

Music Production : Creaminal, MJVA, Clément Souchier

Brilliant little spot for the Nissan Qashqai (kash’kai). The Qashqai is a crossover vehicle that is available exclusively in Europe.

On my last blog, I did feature another spot for the car. Check it out after the jump.

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Vienna Teng
February 27, 2007

Vienna Teng – Rainwalk Song [Live at Tower Records Fremont, CA, 12.07.2002]

It’s funny to see Vienna back when she was much less popular. Her image has completely changed now, but her voice is still as extraordinary as ever. This track is not found on any of her albums so I thought I would share. I really recommend her music so please check her out here. At the least, listen to “Harbor”, “The Tower” and “Gravity”. I promise you it’s not a waste of your time.

I must thank George for introducing me to her music.

Oh, I have an autographed copy of Waking Hour! Nyeh nyeh! I actually owe George for that too.

I really hope she releases another album soon.

More videos of Vienna’s unreleased tracks after the jump.

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Month-iversary
February 27, 2007

It’s been one month since I started this blog and it seems like I’ve had more success in reaching my readers than with my past blogs. Thank you.

D-List Blogger

The Low Authority Group [D-List Bloggers]
(3-9 blogs linking in the last 6 months)
The average blog age (the number of days that the blog has been in existence) is about 228 days, which shows a real commitment to blogging. However, bloggers of this type average only 12 posts per month, meaning that their posting habits are generally dedicated but infrequent.

Technorati still lists me as a D-List blogger but this blog has only been around for a month. I have a feeling I will gain rank come summertime. It says that bloggers in this bracket typically write approximately twelve times in a month, but I’ve managed seventy-nine so it’s clear that I don’t fit in this category. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how successful I get with this.

Keep reading! Thanks!

QWERTYUIOP
February 27, 2007

Pearls Before Swine

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I guess that answered two things for me.

Lady Sovereign
February 25, 2007

Lady Sovereign – Love Me or Hate Me

Born Louise Harman, Lady Sovereign was born in London’s Chalkhill Estate, a housing project notorious for being rough and ragged. Her style is full of attitude and she definitely has a sense of humor. Her work is without saying, very catchy. Anyhow, enjoy.

Leah Dizon
February 25, 2007

Leah Dizon – Softly

Leah Dizon is one of few import models that are actually pretty.

Leah has this amazing ability to switch from sexy to cute and back at her command. Though she is currently on lease to Japan, she was born in Las Vegas. Her move to Japan has really jump-started her career. She’s doing singles, releasing photobooks and she’s even a host on Japanese television, whereas she had mediocre success as an import model here in the States.

She really cannot sing all that well, but most idols never could. I think she’s trying too hard to fit the Japanese market and she’s so less attractive when she looks so unnatural. Be true to yourself, dear.

Please no more of that bouncing.

Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins
February 25, 2007

Craola 1

“Greg ‘Craola‘ Simkins did what any responsible adult should do: he gave his two-months notice, left his health care-providing, consistently paying job as a video game illustrator, and became a full-time fine artist. The kind in Craola appears to emerge once his brush hits the canvas, his work channelling everything from The Phantom Tollbooth and Dr Seuss to Disneyland and the monstas underneath the bed. If you’re lucky, Craola may philosophize with you about the wise old tale of the pirate hook and a sharkskin canvas. His inspiration–in every way–is large.” – Benjamin Belsky, Juxapoz Magazine

The more I see of Craola‘s work, the more I find myself liking it. His pieces seem to have a bit of a child nightmarish quality. One of my new favorite artists.

More artwork after the jump.

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Drift Away
February 25, 2007

Magnetic North – Drift Away

Produced by Sketchbook Media/Wong Fu Productions.

I’ve really taken a liking this song. My favorite line is “Wanna drift away, staying conscious enough just to hit replay”.

But, now I’m deathly afraid of going deaf.

Death. Deaf. Ha ha…ha he he.

Sorry.

Exploration in Form
February 24, 2007

Sculpture

This here is my first project in my 3-D concepts class. We take a square foot of aluminum, sand it down and proceed to cut it in two. The we either fold or roll each of the pieces and fit the pieces together. The use of spray paint is optional though it does help in contrasting the pieces.

My paper models I had made were a bit too ambitious and much harder to translate into metal than what I had thought. So I ended up having to submit a piece that is much less impressive.

I love spray paint. But I can’t do graffiti for sh*t.