June 30, 2009

Destiny is calling.

I was tagged by Katie.

The Rules
Respond and rework: answer the questions on your blog, replace one question with a question of your own. Tag eight other people.

What is your current obsession? Photography.

When is the last time you've written a postcard or hand written letter? A day or two ago to my friend Kai. I still need to mail it, though.

What's for dinner? Papa Johns' pizza.

What would you eat for your last meal?
Fajitas, because I could sing my song about them and perhaps put others at ease, prolong the moment, and forget it's my last.

What's the last thing you bought? A ticket to see a 11:10 AM showing of Star Trek. It was the final day it would show in theaters. Can you believe a matinee costs $6.75 a pop? Cheapskates.

What are you listening to right now? My two brothers and mom try to order pizzas online and asking what I want for toppings. That and my computer whirring, pressed keys clacking.

What do you think of the person who tagged you? She's really neat, takes great photos and is a good writer as well as a funny and thoughtful person with an awesome idea for a group blog.

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished, anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? Near places with breaktaking beauty.

Which language do you want to learn? Spanish and German. Wait, language as in singular? How about Spanman? Ha, get it? Okay, I'm lame, I know.

What's your favourite quote (for now)? "Are you out of your Vulcan Mind."--Star Trek.

What is your favourite colour? Green.

What is your dream job? Free-lance artist and photographer that gets to see the world. Perhaps work for National Geographic or something simialar. Nothing I hate.

Describe your personal style: Hmm?

What is your favourite tree? Pine.

What are you going to do after this? Eat, clean and play video games with my brother.

What is your favourite fruit? Strawberry.

What inspires you? My friends, music, art of almost any kid, landmarks, books and hope.

Your favourite books? Dicey's Song, The Truth About Forever, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Stargirl, Ender's Game, Impulse, Coraline, The Mortal Instruments trilogy, Pendragon Series.

What are you currently reading? Magyk.

What song would you like played at your funeral? Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

What delighted you the most today? Watching Star Trek.

By what criteria do you judge a person? Whether they have manners, a sense of humor, and just are a decent being.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? A rainforest in South America. Any of 'em will do.

Are you artistic or crafty? How does your passion show up in your life?I think I am, certainly more so than the majority of my family members. I take an art class at school, draw and color, make my own postcards, and take pictures and edit them.

With which historical figure do you most identify and why? Queen Elizabeth. Powerful, intelligent and female.

If you were to enter into a talent contest, what would your talent be Color with both hands at the same time.

My question:When is the last time you've written a postcard or hand written letter? A day or two ago to my friend Kai. I still need to mail it, though.

I'm going to tag any eight who follow my blog. There's no rush.




June 27, 2009

Not exactly a soup question, now is it?


My brother and I went outside to throw a boomerang today. He tried to convince me that the reason it works in its country/continent of origin, Australia, is because there is no wind in Australia. I don't like arguing, especially in this case where I was sure I was right, wind does exist there. Don't know why my brother tried to pull a fast one on me, yet that's what brothers do, is it not? I've definitely done my fair share of bothering and trying to trick him, and therefore am in no position to be mad, really.

I watched two movies in the past 24 hours: Finding Forrester and First Knight, both starring the very Scottish, Sean Connery. His most famous role has probably been the original James Bond and his name might be slightly familiar since my last entry featured a picture of me reading a biography about him. He is a really interesting person, I think. The two movies were also brilliantly put together, the former was directed by Gus Van Zandt, who also directed Good Will Hunting, a fantastic movie with Matt Damon. [Which I'd like to see again.]

I got a haircut yesterday. It is pretty close to what I got done last November, except I kept the length. I'm debating whether I want to go shorter before too long.

June 24, 2009

Epic.

I went and saw a local midnight showing of Transformers 2 with Nikki, Dani and their dad yesterday. [Wait, this morning? Ack, same thing.] It was pretty awesome and as Nikki says, better than the first. Just so you know, Nikki has probably seen the first movie about twenty to thirty times; at least somewhere within that range. She isn't obsessed per se, merely hyper excited and intrigued by it. Her postive and happy energy is what made it more fun than it might've been and her laugh makes me laugh.

My only major issue with it was the length. Personally, I could've done without the third and fourth scenes of ten-minute intense action. And some of the humor got old. I still think it was worth my money, though. Besides, it was a chance to hang/catch up with my best friend. Why would I pass up on that?

I have a long list of movies I want to see, now. Most aren't in theaters nor out on DVD, in theaters or still a upcoming movie.

I read the book Generation Dead by Daniel Waters and was only slightly impressed. I chose it primarily because it is part of a list of teen read books that the book club I'm in uses to discuss. I read it less than six hours and that makes sense; it was only 300 pages or so. Would I read it again? No, not that good. Annoyingly enough there is a sequel and I have yet to investigate whether or not it is released already.


Upon retrospection, I realize I was half blind when I set up this shot. I am nearsighted so usually at night when I read or whatever I have my glasses off and contacts out. I can see only three feet in front of me, no further. If I were to remove my glasses right now I wouldn't be able to see what I was typing, so, actually I am baffled how I pulled this off.

June 20, 2009

Pacifistic.


Basically this was the result of an okay photo I was determined to make better through editing. The first I just altered the contrast to be ultra high and added the peace sign and "pacifist," For the second, I added a "photographic effect" of a green tint with photoshop and then lastly, a "negative layer."

Oh man. There are oodles of things to learn when it comes to photography. It excites me to know this is only the beginning. I think I'm clever. Pacifist.

I haven't felt so great. Perhaps the weather is bogging me down. I haven't done much on the productive side lately, nor stepped out of my house much. Okay, not trying to sound like a nutcase or Emily Dickenson for that. [I think some would try to argue those two are the same thing? I don't know; that side note of a thought just popped in my head. And it's gone.]

I did, however, recently purchase a handy mini-tripod with bendable legs. Now I don't have to tape my camera to posterboard and hope for the best. I made a video of continuing to draw my brother. I find it quite sad to think I haven't finished it yet. I'll try to aim to have it done before the end of June. If you're interested, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDCIc6A1Yh8 It isn't very long at all.

Good-bye.

June 18, 2009

It started with the lowlight.

I am listening to The Killers' latest album, "Day & Age". Haven't heard all the tracks yet, though my favorite is Spaceman, for sure.

I'm finally getting around to cleaning my desk after putting it off for a while. This will make it easier to continue my various art projects and just to write thoughts as well. Not everything I think nor experience nor feel can be exposed to the world. At least if it's not anonymous. If it was, there might be different story. But I am either A.) Not clever enough to have a good alias or B.) Want to feel somewhat human and meet people based on how they view the quote unquote real me. Y'know?

That said, I think I need a new journal/notebook to write in. My red one is going to be tossed into a fire, where it can be sufficiently scorched and then its ashes tossed into Lake Okeechobee. That is how strongly I feel it needs to go. I'd probably do even more, say, suffocation and hanging, if it wasn't an inanimate object. If the person who gave it to me even cared for my existence, he wouldn't have abandoned what we had, whatever the hell it was. I know and knew more than I ever let on. He -- of all people -- should have understood that's just how I tick. He's seen me suffer betrayal and he said he'd never do the same. Too bad he did. So who is the liar and hypocrite, now?

I apologize; I needed that out of my system, it's been festering. Anyway.

I think I'm going to make a life list and post a somewhat abbreviated version of it in a module to the side of my posts. Why? Just because. Oh, I got a $60 tin of 48 Prismacolor colored pencils. I think it was worth it. Only problem is any money I've made since buying my camera has already been spent. Back to square one.

As Ed Murrow would say: Good night and good luck.

June 16, 2009

Pandas in fedoras.

I'm going to hang out with my friend Kai at a local outside mall tomorrow. I think the plan is to see a movie, too. Any reccomendations?


This is my five-inch black and white TV. How's that for vintage? :]


I own three fedora hats and I took this photo while I was messing with the lighting effects. It came out pretty well for me being the novice photographer that I am.

I was reading a book I have on photography and the author stresses backing up the photo files. Oh, great. If my history with electronic devices holds true, I might not have a lot of time before my computer crashes or gets a virus or something. Cccrrraaaapppp.

June 14, 2009

Long drive.

I got home last night around 10:00 in the evening from my family's trip to Hollywood, Florida. Overall, I guess it was fun and that's if I refuse to reflect on the numerous times people bickered and groaned.

We made the mistake of a) not leaving early enough and b) then trying to find a hotel to stay in at 11:00 p.m. This rose tension between us all even more. We didn't make the visit to our relatives in Homestead like I and my family might've said to others. We stayed in Hollywood and visited the beach and then drove down to Miami and through Miami Beach. [The latter is where they film the USA TV show, Burn Notice, and we were in awe. There is no set, I think, so it's on location.] I took dozens of pictures until my camera battery died. It frightened me immmensly because I had the lens zoomed out and it wasn't zooming back in, plus none of the buttons were fuctional. I am glad to say it is in fine working condition now.





I thought my brother and I would walk to a local park to play basketball soon. Much to my dismay, he doesn't want to walk. However, if we took the car, it would conflict with any of my mom's plans of going out and getting groceries or whatever. I think I'm going to have to resort to WiiFit.

I have this one bug bite on my leg and it's itchy beyond belief. Thought I'd share.

I hope everyone is having an amazing summer!

June 05, 2009

At least I tried.

My plan to not use the computer for a week hardly lasted a day. Instead, I've taken to turning off my entire power strip at night. My shorter showers are probably making a difference, though.

My second to last Pre-AICE Cambridge exam was today. It was Pre-AICE Biology multiple choice and the first question was one I had seen before on a chapter test we took, which was based on old versions of the same exam. Bottom line: I felt prepared and there was maybe one question out of the total 40 that I might've guessed wrong. I just have to take an exam Monday morning and I'm done for the school year! Hooray!

Later next week, my family and I are taking a trip to Miami/Homestead, Florida. I'm pretty darn excited because I got the awesome camera I've been wanting since March and I can take pictures!! :D Part of the reason I got it now as opposed to earlier was a significant drop of $30 in price. It's a Nikon P90 and one of the looks-like-an-SLR-but-really-is-a-digital-camera. It has 12 megapixels and a jawdropping 24x zoom. Needless to say I am practically broke now and I'm going to try my hardest to babysit just about every week in order to cover the expenses before the next school year rolls around in August. [August 10th to be exact.]

Oh, shoot, it's raining -- more like pouring -- outside at the moment and I was hoping to go outside and chill. [The past few days I've gone out with my camera and frequented about 44-50 shots and narrow it down to around 25-30 I want to keep when I upload 'em.] Ah, well. Chilling inside is cool, too. No, literally. [Thank goodness for A/C.]

I've considered getting a Flickr or a deviantART to post a lot of my art and photos. Only problem is I'm too lazy to go through the hassle of getting a Yahoo! ID and deviantART hasn't sent me a confirmation e-mail. Yeah, dilemma, dilemma.






June 02, 2009

Open up my eager eyes 'cause I'm Mr. Brightside.

My mom has been crazy about trying to save energy so I think I'm going to stay off my laptop for an entire week starting right after I post this and see what difference it will make. I'll take shorter showers to compensate for the eons my brother seems to take. [Both of them are home, now. One is off taking an exam and the other is sleeping at this very momenth, though.] I'll use less light, etc., etc.

I feel like such a novice photographer compared to all these others I'm finding with blogs on here. Perhaps when I actually get a nice digital camera, even though it will be for the family, maybe I'll have better photos? I'm assuming they have SLRs, and that's probably what makes the quality different...

Good grief, I'm in such a bitter mood. Yeah, I think I know why, but, don't worry about it. I'll try my hardest to snap out of it come next week.

I should study. I should clean. Adios.

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