June 29, 2010

Don't fix my smile, life is long enough.

I finished reading The Crucible yesterday. It's a play so I was able to read it much faster than The Scarlet Letter. (Thank goodness.) I didn't absolutely hate it, but I'm not going to recommend you read it unless you're like me and reading ahead for an English class. Next book is The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane about the American Civil War. Is it a snorefest? We shall see.

Since I had to check out Red Badge from the library this morning, I started Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury last night.
I love it and I'm barely 50 pages in. I think that's a good sign.

Here's an excerpt I found really profound:
They walked the rest of the way in silence, hers thoughtful, his a kind of clenching and uncomfortable silence in which he shot her accusing glances. When they reached her house all its lights were blazing.
“What’s going on?” Montag had rarely seen that many house lights.
“Oh, just my mother and father and uncle sitting around, talking. It’s like being a pedestrian, only rarer. My uncle was arrested another time — did I tell you? — for being a pedestrian, Oh, we’re most peculiar.”
“But what do you talk about?”
She laughed at this. “Good night!” She started up her walk. Then she seemed to remember something and came back to look at him with wonder and curiosity. “Are you happy?” she said.
“Am I what?” he cried.
But she was gone — running in the moonlight.

The rest you can read yourself!

See you later, alligators.

June 27, 2010

Open arms are prison cells.

The first week of mix tape posting has been awesome! Though words cannot properly express my gratitude, a huge thank you goes to all my lovely contributors and anyone who has followed and/or commented already!

West Side Story was great. I was completely in awe of the elaborate set and the dancing was superb. I wish I had more to say about it but I don't.

I finally finished reading The Scarlet Letter today. In retrospect, it probably should not have been the first book I read this summer. It dragged on the first 15 chapters and thus I got discouraged from reading further for a while. In spite of that, I liked it well enough. I wouldn't, however, be too upset if I don't read the word 'ignominy' again for a while. Just watch; I'll probably be plagued with the phenomenon (alliteration, anyone?) of seeing that word everywhere for the next week or so.
Now I have a little more than half a summer to try and read the other eleven on my list. Wish me luck. I'm about to start The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch trials. When my brother kindly checked it out from the library for me, he manged to pick up probably the oldest, most mangled copy there.
I wish I felt happier. I think I'll try to find solace in my small backyard in the blazing heat. You have no idea how deeply I envy those who live near wondrous forests and fields that are perfect for exploring and taking pictures in.

June 21, 2010

I can't think of a good title.

The first two reviews are up on mix tape! Check it out and please leave a comment; we'd love to hear your feedback! I also apologize to any followers who saw about three different version of the movie post. I was having some serious technical difficulties. Apparently the idea of a post being "scheduled" at a certain time baffles me.

Unfortunately, I haven't been very inspired to do anything creative and artsy lately. I'm not sure what to attribute this to besides just general laziness. I want to finish my Catcher in the Rye influenced piece by the end of the month, though. I've been told that writing our your goals often leads to you reaching them. It may be fruitless, but I'm willing to give it a try. What's left for me to do? Excellent question, self. Well, I need to sculpt a red hunting cap out of model magic clay, draw a duck -- or ducks, I haven't decided -- flying away from a frozen lake, and finish adhering fake grass to the paper to create a "rye." (Google it.) You won't see the finished product until at least 8/9/10 since a few parts remain at school in my art cubby. I love saying that word. Cubby.

Meanwhile, I'm interested in trying to make a Alice in Wonderland pop-up book that will look absolutely nothing like Robert Sabuda's masterpiece.

I can't wait to see Nikki in local Summer Fine Arts production of West Side Story this weekend. I may also go watch my other friends in another local Summer Fine Arts production of Singin' in the Rain. This is the last year the terrific program will be funded and it's a shame. I obviously don't personally participate but there are plenty of others that look forward to it, and enjoy it immensely.

June 20, 2010

Finally.

All the hard work to start the collab blog has lead to this.

Check it out!
http://www.mixedtapeofpopculture.blogspot.com/

The first review will be posted tomorrow.
:D

June 19, 2010

Progress.

I've been working hard to help with our house's "metamorphosis" as my brother likes to call it whilst ironing out the final details for the collab blog. It's been exhausting and rewarding at the same time for both.

Before I forget, if you are a mix tape contributor and have yet to e-mail your bio to me at technicoloreyes.kodachromelies@gmail.com, you need to do so please! By my count that is Heather and Lauren. Please keep in mind that I live on the east coast of the U.S..

Also, does anyone know what happened to Strawberry? It seems as though her blog, Plastic, has been deleted. It's weird. Edit: Disregard; I found her.

Tomorrow I provide the link for mix tape! Get excited.

June 15, 2010

A proposition, part three.

Okay, by now you know my spiel about a collab blog that would cover these various aspects of pop culture throughout the week.

I am very pleased to announce we have enough contributors to begin! Still, we have not reached the ideal number of 14 so please leave a comment below telling me that you're interested and what aspect you'd like to contribute. (Click here for a list of aspects.) Okay, and this is a special plea to any food aficionados. We need you!

These are the lovely contributors:
I believe we have all our bases covered, but if I somehow messed anything up, like saying you'll contribute something different, do point it out. I tried my best to keep it all straight, though.

The title has been decided on. It's mix tape. Awesome, no?

I am completely ecstatic to get this started! The first official entry will be up on this upcoming Monday (June 21st) if all goes as planned. Do not fear, I will be providing the link to it on here the Sunday before (June 20th).

My contributors, however, can get an exclusive sneak peek now! To do so, send me an e-mail at technicoloreyes.kodachromelies@gmail.com with a short bio (less than five sentences please) that I can include in an introductory entry for the blog. Also in that e-mail you can share with me any questions, comments or concerns you may have.

Thank you everyone for making this possible! You're the best! :D

June 13, 2010

A proposition, part two.

My proposition: I was thinking of starting a collab blog that would cover these various aspects of pop culture
  • music
  • movies/tv
  • books/poetry
  • fashion
  • good news/editorial
  • art
  • food
throughout the week. For example, Monday could be dedicated to posts about music and Friday reserved for anything to do with fashion. Since there's seven days a week, we could have up to seven individual writers contributing with each one an "expert" in their aspect. (To clarify, "expert" in this case means a person who is passionate about that certain aspect and would probably include it into their normal blog entries.)

Then I was thinking that once school picks up again, it may be hard to be writing something every week, so perhaps it might make sense to double that number to 14 so we'd have two "experts" for each aspect, lightening the load and also making for even more diversity. However, at the moment, only these five lovely people said they're interesting in contributing.
Which leads me to ask, are you interested? Please leave a comment below telling me that you are and also please specify which aspect you'd like to contribute.

Oh, I almost forgot. We're still deciding on a title for this collab blog. So please comment with the one you like best or one you've thought up that I can add to the list!
  • mix(ed) tape
  • happy endings
  • runners high
  • the world we live in
  • collective culture commentary
  • the collab blog
I think this could be really awesome!

June 12, 2010

South Africa.

My oldest brother visited South Africa last summer.
This is what he saw.
I'm going to be starting a collab blog
and it's not too late to comment if you are interested!
Read more about it here.

June 10, 2010

A proposition.

I was thinking of starting a collab blog. It would cover various aspects of pop culture (music, movies, books, fashion, you name it,) throughout the week. For example, Monday could be dedicated to posts about music and Friday reserved for anything to do with fashion. Since there's seven days a week, we could have up to seven individual writers contributing with each one an "expert" in their aspect.

Then I was thinking that once school picks up again, it may be hard to be writing something every week, so perhaps it might make sense to double that number to 14 so we'd have two "experts" for each aspect, lightening the load and also making for even more diversity.

As for the aspects, I was thinking generally these six: movies/television, fashion, music, books, art, and food. Obviously there's more that what I just listed, so, please, don't feel afraid to leave one in the comments!

I first introduced this idea to Abs and Scarlett, the two bloggers I've known the longest, because I thought they'd give me honest feedback. Unfortunately, I overlooked that Scarlett is still in school (hang in there, dear!) so I have yet to hear back from her, though Abs did say she was interested in it.

Which leads me to ask, are you interested? Please send me an e-mail at technicoloreyes.kodachromelies@gmail.com or leave a comment below telling me that you are or if you think someone else would like to that doesn't necessarily follow my blog.

I think this could be really awesome!

June 04, 2010

Spotted.

My brother took this picture on his trip to South Africa last summer.
He went as part of a college scholarship.
He was studying abroad there,
and also help build schools, I believe.
There are a thousand more photos that I've tried to sift through.
I'll share the best of them at a later date.