sechan19: (kusama)
In honor of my amusing typo/Freudian slip in the previous post (now corrected thanks to [livejournal.com profile] metanoiac), I thought I'd post my top Gangnam Style videos for your viewing pleasure. The meme may be over, but the legacy lives on...

Original Gangnam Style Video
Lo Pan Style
Mitt Romney Style
Eton Style
Naval Academy Style
Deadpool Style
Psy and MC Hammer at the AMA: Gangnam Style v. 2 Legit 2 Quit

And, last but not least:
Gundam Style (Yeah, someone already thought of that one...)

Happy watching!
sechan19: (anne)
Well, I couldn't let the year pass without doing one of these cathartic little bastards. Apologies for the radio silence; I'll try to blog more in the new year if I can.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Completed a professional translation; went through the entire tedious process of renting an apartment in Tokyo.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
No, I didn't. But this year I hope to do better.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes.

5. What countries did you visit?
Japan.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Focus.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 19. The day I moved into Obayashi Biru. AKA: The House of Trash and Glitter. AKA: The Room.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completed a dissertation chapter draft.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I didn't let people know when I needed help as often as I should have.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, actually. I think it's time I admitted that my seasonal depression is an illness, and that it causes me a lot of difficulty.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A stuffed broccoli plushie.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Saskia's.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The usual suspects.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My mortgage primarily, but the initial startup costs of my Tokyo move were pretty impressively steep.

15. What did you get really excited about?
New experiences.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
"Q.U.E.E.N." by Janelle Monáe

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- i. happier or sadder?
Happier, I think. More hopeful, certainly.
- ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I actually don't really want to berate myself about this issue.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
See above.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Watched Die Hard on Christmas Eve and called my mom on Christmas Day.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
No.

22. Did you fall out of love in 2013?
No.

23. What were your favorite TV programs?
Doctor Who; Sleepy Hollow; American Horror Story; Ancient Aliens.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Absolutely not.

25. What was the best book you read?
A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle

26. What were your greatest musical discoveries?
Sister Crayon, Ahn Trio, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Gnarls Barkley.

27. What did you want and get?
A chance to live abroad.

28. What did you want and not get?
A pony.

29. What were your favorite films of this year?
Iron Man 3, Now You See Me, World War Z, Pacific Rim, The Wolverine, The World's End, and 47 Ronin. (I'd expect Thor 2 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to be on the list, too, but they haven't come out in Japan yet.)

30. What did you do on your birthday?
Went flea marketing with my parents; had a nice dinner.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Rolled out of bed and called it a day.

32. What kept you sane?
Nabe, chips, and beer.

33. Which celebrity/public figures did you fancy the most?
Orlando Jones, Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison, Evan Peters, Jessica Lange.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The US Government shutdown.

35. Who did you miss?
Everyone I left behind.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a lot of new people this year, and the jury's still out on who was the best.

37. What was a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Everybody needs help from time to time, and there's no shame in asking for it.

38. New Year's plans?
Partying in Tokyo with friends old and new.

39. Quote or song lyric that sums up your year?
"And all this music inside my head just keeps on playing in reverse/I swear I prayed to keep it curbed/But it's so easy to get distracted..."
sechan19: (anne)
1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
I sat for a scholarship interview, which was nerve-wracking but illuminating.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes, I did. Yes, I will. (This year I resolve to unlock my creative potential.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes.

5. What countries did you visit?
Canada and Japan.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A year without loss.

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 23. Because one of my best friends was deeply hurt that day, and there was nothing I could do to make it better.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I kept going.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I bitched about it a lot of the way.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Tickets to see Neil Gaiman and Kevin Smith. (Not together, of course. Although I'd pay good money to see that, actually.)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Liberal activists.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Rape apologists, racists, gun enthusiasts.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Where else? (Hint: my mortgage.)

15. What did you get really excited about?
The possibility of going back to Japan for an extended period; thinking outside of the box.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
"Heart's a Mess," Gotye.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- i. happier or sadder?
About the same.
- ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner, I think.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Fighting myself.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Making new traditions: Die Hard on Christmas Eve and the Doctor Who Stole Christmas Marathon on Christmas Day.

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
No.

22. Did you fall out of love in 2012?
No.

23. What were your favorite TV programs?
Doctor Who; QI.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I try not to waste my time hating anyone; I am fairly disappointed with people from time to time, though.

25. What was the best book you read?
Triple Zeck by Rex Stout.

26. What were your greatest musical discoveries?
Yeasayer, Gotye, Kishi Bashi, Janelle Monáe, Stripmall Architecture.

27. What did you want and get?
Confirmation of my potential.

28. What did you want and not get?
A better sense of how to balance all the things I want and need in my life.

29. What were your favorite films of this year?
The Woman in Black, John Carter of Mars, Avengers, Looper, Skyfall, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

30. What did you do on your birthday?
Happy-houred it up with my girlfriends.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Forties chic meets 2010s nerdcore.

32. What kept you sane?
Alma's.

33. Which celebrity/public figures did you fancy the most?
Fancy? No one, really. Respect? President Obama. Some of the time.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The election.

35. Who did you miss?
Class A.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Sano-sensei.

37. What was a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
You may never know what you want to be, but you can at least figure out how you want to be.

38. New Year's plans?
Harry Potter Drinking Game Until the Break of Dawn.

39. Quote or song lyric that sums up your year?
"The wicked are eternally children."
sechan19: (butterfly)
1) A middle-aged couple from Yamaguchi Prefecture ask if you're going to the Kyushu National Museum, and when you say that you are they suggest that you share their $20 taxi ride (in exchange for nothing but your apparently charming company) out of the goodness of their hearts.

2) You stumble across an amateur sumo competition on the grounds of the Tenman Shrine and determine that the right to wear nothing but a loincloth is extremely enviable.

3) You try plum soft serve ice cream for the first time and consider it one of the single best things to ever happen to your taste buds.
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Comment to this post, requesting a list, and I will pick seven things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself. Wheeee!

A list from [livejournal.com profile] foxxydancr:

Movies I Can't Watch )

Mayonnaise )

Living Abroad )

Pillows )

Scent )

Humor )

Cynicism )

I really enjoyed writing about these topics; thanks for a great list!
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It's been a while, hasn't it?

The NY Times strives for accuracy in all things My-Little-Pony-related.

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful evaluation of the Ron Paul phenomenon, viewing his rise to prominence through the lens of the Louis Farrakhan phenomenon of the 80s and early 90s.

The US Navy has rescued an Iranian fishing boat from Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. We really need to start charging a fee for this kind of shit, especially in the case of countries that want us to stay out of their business except in cases where they need us to clean up a mess of theirs.

In a WTF of truly epic proportions, a Dallas teen was accidentally deported to Columbia. Apparently, the girl has been reunited with her family, but there are still a lot of questions about how this happened. I expect it's a case of badly staffed bureaucratic agencies, good old-fashioned human error, and the ever-present ugliness of racial profiling all coming together to make a scandal broth. I mean, let's be real here. No blonde-haired, blue-eyed valley girl would have ended up in this situation. I don't want to tar an entire system here, but immigration policies in this country clearly need to change.

Stephen Hawking will turn 70 this month, and the New Scientist has an exclusive interview.

And, finally, John Oliver explains American political practice in one of the Daily Show's best segments ever:

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sechan19: (kusama)
1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
I went to a movie premiere and hobnobbed with some of my favorite Japanese cinema auteurs. Not that I expect to make a habit of it, but...

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I actually did keep my resolution; it inspires me to make more. Last time I resolved to give it my almost-all and leave some time for partying. This time I resolve to kick academic ass and take scholarly names.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. My one cousin gave birth to her first child. And my other cousin gave birth to her third.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes.

5. What countries did you visit?
England.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A love life. I think I'm slowly, but surely, getting to a stage in my studies where I could spare the time I need to devote to such an enterprise.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I'll always remember July 11, 2011 as the day I got my mojo back.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I passed my comprehensive exams with flying colors.

9. What was your biggest failure?
My first stand-alone teaching experience; I've got a lot to learn before I become the complete type of teacher that I want to be.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Fortunately not.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A kitten.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My father's. He's the toughest person I know.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Everyone in America who's down on the 99% movement and especially the police and their overlords.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To my mortgage (quelle surprise, no?).

15. What did you get really excited about?
The comprehensive exam process (if not the actual exams themselves), presenting at a conference in Oxford, IUC reunions, monster theory, taking the fine art of making fun of Twilight to a whole new level of awesome.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
"Carry" by Tori Amos.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- i. happier or sadder?
Happier by far.
- ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter, I think, but I've been eating gummi cherries and spice cookies all term. (They help me think. ;)) I should slim down again shortly.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Cooking for myself.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Fretting.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Eating, drinking, and being merry with my dad, my BFF, an old friend from high school, and a bunch of really awesome San Diego peeps that I'd just met.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
No.

22. Did you fall out of love in 2011?
No.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Doctor Who.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I allow no man to belittle my soul...

25. What was the best book you read?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

26. What were your greatest musical discoveries?
Arcade Fire, Florence and the Machine, Camélia Jordana, Little Boots, Amanda Palmer (rediscovered), Igor Stravinsky (rediscovered).

27. What did you want and get?
Progress.

28. What did you want and not get?
I'm not really sure.

29. What were your favorite films of this year?
Yakuza Weapon, Harry Potter 7.2, X-Men: First Class, Source Code, Attack the Block.

30. What did you do on your birthday?
What did I do on my birthday...?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Professional vamp.

32. What kept you sane?
Wednesdays.

33. Which celebrity/public figures did you fancy the most?
I didn't really fancy anyone. Maybe I've finally outgrown that.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
We are the 99%.

35. Who did you miss?
Those whose time has passed.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
My monsters-and-the-monstrous compatriots.

37. What was a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
The past exists to remind us that it is gone.

38. New Year's plans?
Partying in Chicago with my boy Rocky Choi.

39. Quote or song lyric that sums up your year?
"And the angels say 'Fly! Fly! Fly! Oh, fly from the darkness that covers you all; fly to the sky where the only wall is infinity...'"
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Michael Kimmel on how the actions of ultra right wing terrorists like Anders Breivik and Timothy McVeigh must be understood not just in terms of the globalization of society, but also in terms of gender. The importance of these men's perceptions of masculinity and of emasculation cannot be overstated here.

Paul Krugman on how centrism is destroying America.

And some follow-up from d r i f t g l a s s:
For 30 years, the staunchest ally of the unhinged Right has been the craven Center: that army of Beltway automatons who profit handsomely from propping up the Right’s every act of depravity with one outrageously false equivalence after another. This is the "But the Democrats" brigade, on well-coiffed display every Sunday at what I I have been calling "The Mouse Circus" for the past six years.

Unchecked this state of affairs will continue for another 30 years or until we as a nation are finally burned to the ground and sold off for scrap by the Right, right under the noses of the Center who will be busy sternly lecturing Left on the need for more Compromise and greater Reasonableness, and compulsively masturbating into the pages of the New York Times about how an awesome new Third Party full of Radically Reasonable Compromisers would solve everything.


Strangely pertinent words from George Orwell's 1984.

...

And finally, Severus Snape wants you to know that it gets better:



I totally love this clip, not just because the gentleman in question does a magnificent impersonation but also because he actually calls the Harry Potter series of books out for being sort of tedious - which they really kind of were.
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165 years for us; one year for Neptune. Welcome back, buddy.

Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has got a debt limit plan. Ezra Klein breaks down how said plan is actually both politically savvy and geared toward ending a major threat to the American economy. A number of could-care-less politicians are, predictably, already against it.

North Dakota isn't actually really a state, but they're going to fix that real soon. Not before the rest of us crack the hell up, though.

A man is killed in Yellowstone after encountering a mama grizzly and her cubs. I realize that bear threats are pretty slim (my father and I encountered a brown bear and cubs once in Yosemite National Park and escaped unscathed), but this is still an excellent illustration of one of the many reasons why I don't particularly care for the great outdoors. Bugs and a lack of running water are the other key reasons. ;)

If Superman was real, this is what we'd do with him.

The recall process in Wisconsin is ongoing, and Republicans there are naturally doing their utmost to swing things in their favor. But so far it doesn't seem to be working. Maybe there's some hope for this place yet.

But, then again, maybe not. The recent freak-out over Michelle Obama having a calorie-heavy meal argues for the continued dominance of the histrionic elements of American culture.

Buster Keaton: Bangable Dude in History. Me-ow!

And finally, here's a cool review of the film I went to see in New York this past weekend: Yakuza Weapon.

Linkland.

Jun. 12th, 2011 01:10 pm
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Jessica DelBalzo presents her abortion experiences: why she needed it, how she did it, what it was like, and why--even now--she considers it one of the best decision of her life and something that made her sincerely happy.

Krugman presents some graphs on the cost differences of private healthcare and medicare, pointing out that people who suggest we make a major shift from public to private should be ashamed of themselves.

Sherman Alexie writes beautifully of the transformative power of honest and even brutal young adult fiction, aptly defending YA fiction from those would say that young adults are too young for intense fiction. (And, in fairness, here's the article he was responding to, which offers the other side of the argument and is worth a look--if for no other reason than to get a list of books to read. ;> )

I want this hoodie.
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In what has to be the biggest "duh" in the history of duhs an official global report has found not just that the War on Drugs has failed, but that it has had devastating consequences for the world community. And I say unto you: "Duh."

Feministing provides links to two new blogsites that challenge the idea that we live in a post-racial or post-sexist society. Click on the link and check out I'm not racist but... and I'm not sexist but... for glimpses of the ongoing racism and sexism that is subtly rampant in the global culture.

The judge of the Australian Sir John Sulman Prize for subject, genre, or mural painting apparently decided the fate of the finalists with a coin toss. And he's not sorry he did it either. Some people are up in arms about it, but I think it's an interesting statement about the nature of competition in the realm of the subjective. Because if you think about it, one man's opinion is as arbitrary as a coin toss.

What the million-mark sales of Lady Gaga's latest album mean to the future of the recording industry.

The SF Giants totally rule:

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Terry Moore explains that we've all been tying our shoes wrong for years in a vintage talk from TED.

In a peculiar study men, rather than women, are found to benefit the most from cultural outings like art museums and the theater. Meanwhile, women's health and happiness was improved by sporting events and church attendance. Which might explain why I will, apparently, never be happy. I enjoy the periodic ball game, but I'll be caught dead before I go to church. I demand a re-study.

Scientists have found untold numbers of rogue gas giant planets throughout the Milky Way Galaxy and are now hypothesizing that said gas giants--with their amazing asteroid trapping abilities--might be responsible for the relative peace that the smaller, more interior, rocky planets (like ours!) enjoy. Yay for gas giants!

Krugman talks about the looming possibility that we may be heading for a third depression. This type of stuff seriously freaks me out, but I feel honor-bound to share it. Heads in the sand won't help us here.

A scathing look at the myth of "post-racial-ness" from Feministing. The reality of race in the US is another thing that people have got to get their goddamn heads out of the sand about.

Eddie Vedder turns to the ukelele on his newest solo album. And you can listen to it in its entirety until its May 31st release. (FYI: Eddie's cover of "Dream a Little Dream" is particularly sweet.)

Linkland.

May. 24th, 2011 12:14 pm
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The Onion takes aim at the GOP 2012 "candidate crisis" in a hilarious new video.

The president of Focus on the Family admits that they've probably lost the gay marriage issue, citing the fact that more and more young Americans simply have no opposition to it given that they see it as a rights issue rather than a moral issue.

Indiana has a new law that will strip Planned Parenthood of medicaid funding, and the White House plans to fight it on the grounds that it violates the rights of patients to seek treatment from their preferred providers. Though it may be difficult for the White House to push this without hurting medicaid recipients in Indiana, there's also a lawsuit in the works that may yet save the day.

Mark Schmitt discusses how the Ryan plan reveals the age gap in the US and urges progressive politicians to start crafting and championing policy that speaks to the reality of younger citizens, whose experience of the economy and society is vastly different from that of the Greatest Generation who had everything handed to them on a silver fucking platter. (Actually, he put that last bit much more diplomatically than I did. I know they fought an important war and all, but their behavior since then has left a lot to be desired I think.)

Ezra Klein tries to get at the heart of why the Republicans initially supported the Ryan plan even though they seem to have been aware of the fact that it a) was no good and b) hadn't a snowball's chance in hell of passing.

Grab your pom-poms because it looks like competitive cheerleading might finally get recognized as a sport!

And finally: you've probably had this conversation about music at least once in your life. If you're lucky, you had a good long laugh at yourself shortly thereafter. If you're not, you can have one now.

A Riddle.

May. 15th, 2011 11:39 pm
sechan19: (butterfly)
All dwelling in one house are strange brothers three,
as unlike as any three brothers could be,
yet try as you may to tell brother from brother
you'll find that the trio resemble each other.
The first isn't there, though he'll come beyond doubt.
The second's departed, so he's not about.
The third and the smallest is right on the spot,
and manage without him the others could not.
Yet the third is a factor with which to be reckoned
because the first brother turns into the second.
You cannot stand back and observe number three,
for one of the others is all you will see.
So tell me, my child, are the three of them one?
Or are there but two? Or could there be none?
Just name them, and you will at once realize
that each rules a kingdom of infinite size.
They rule it together and are it as well.
In that, they're alike, so where do they dwell?


~ Michael Ende
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1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
I maintained a friendship before, during, and in the aftermath of a brief affair.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
For the last couple of years I have resolved to give it my all, and I've been pretty good at keeping that resolution. This year I want to modify that resolution slighty, and so I vow to give it my almost-all and to save the rest for relaxation.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. My cousin and his wife welcomed their beautiful daughter into the world this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. And thank goodness for that.

5. What countries did you visit?
Japan and South Korea.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Honest, heartfelt contentment.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 15. It's the day I left Yokohama... the day I returned "home."

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I was invited to present my work at a professional conference.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I wasn't kind enough to myself.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Miniature, wind-up-horse riding figurines of the three unifiers of Japan.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Pretty much all politicians everywhere. Especially John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Jack Kingston. And Glenn Beck, too, even though he's not a politician.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To my mortgage - as per usual.

15. What did you get really excited about?
Monsters, theories of memory and memorialization, and movie nights.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
"Use Somebody," Kings of Leon.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- i. happier or sadder?
I think I'm in a holding pattern at present.
- ii. thinner or fatter? I think I'm in a holding pattern at present.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Sleeping.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Giving myself shit for not getting everything done immediately.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Watching the "Doctor Who Stole Christmas" marathon with my mom.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
No.

22. Did you fall out of love in 2010?
No.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Sherlock.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't waste my time hating.

25. What was the best book you read?
The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgeson.

26. What were your greatest musical discoveries?
Architecture in Helsinki, How to Destroy Angels, The The (rediscovered).

27. What did you want and get?
Progress.

28. What did you want and not get?
A pony.

29. What were your favorite films of this year?
Inception, Machete, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Knight and Day, MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD.

30. What did you do on your birthday?
Partied in Yokohama with my twin and all our wonderful friends.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Not your mother's kunstwollen.

32. What kept you sane?
Getting better at Japanese.

33. Which celebrity/public figures did you fancy the most?
Sakaguchi Taku and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Tea Party clusterfuck, the war on education, and the National Portrait Gallery "controversy."

35. Who did you miss?
I missed many people, but strangely enough the person I missed the most was my Grammy.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
J., from whom I was separated at birth.

37. What was a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
To play your play, and then dig in.

38. New Year's plans?
Doing the Time Warp again at the Rocky Horror party in the compound.

39. Quote or song lyric that sums up your year?
"The journeys we take inside our heads never end."
sechan19: (kusama)
Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, is a mainstain of Mahayana Buddhism. This is particularly true in Japan where he is known as Kannon and his thousand-handed manifestation was especially popular, being a major figure in Esoteric religious practices. In China, this bodhisattva (there known as Guanyin) also managed to maintain popularity. There, the bodhisattva was significantly feminized and associated with childbirth. And, apparently, made great subject matter for artistic practices of varying kinds.

Here's an awesome example, courtesy of Chinese class:
Thousand-Hand Guanyin Dance
sechan19: (butterfly)
"I thought you had more courage to stay alive--
dying is easy."

A song you'd like played at your funeral
"Do You Realize?" The Flaming Lips.

This song has everything that I would want my bereaved loved ones to hear at my funeral. It counsels that life is short and precious, that all we, any of us, can do is to make the most of what we have, and that we should cherish, and fondly remember, every beautiful moment that we've been given. Those we love cannot leave us if we remember them, and death - whatever it is - is only another adventure.

(30) Days of Music: Meme List )
sechan19: (tormenta)
Pity the monsters.

One song that gives you the creeps
"Stalker," Recoil.

This song, written and sung by Nitzer Ebb vocalist Douglas McCarthy, takes as its point of view the perspective of the titular stalker as he rants to his victim about her various methods of wronging him. And it's terrifying. Unlike Peter Gabriel's "Intruder," which exudes a kind of intellectual analysis in spite of the eeriness of the narrative, "Stalker" seems to scream directly from McCarthy's oh-so tortured soul. (It screams so palpably, in fact, that you almost have to wonder about Douglas McCarthy.) In the end, as the stalker shrieks at his victim "You are nothing without me!" you can feel that his heartbreaking desire is not to convince her of this fact, but to convince himself. McCarthy's stalker is a pathetic figure: sick, sad, and solitary. And so he always will be.

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sechan19: (tormenta)
"A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn't deserve such a fine automobile."

One song that needs to never be played again
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," The Proclaimers.

This isn't even all that terrible of a song, really. It's got a catchy beat and a nice sentiment. It's generic but not offensive. Nevertheless, it needs to never be played again. When I was in high school we sometimes had music on the quad at lunch. And by music I mean this song. And by this song I mean over and over again on repeat until break time was up. My best friend N got into a serious altercation with the music programmers about this issue one day, and they claimed it was the only music they had, and, no, we couldn't lend them any of our "Satan" music. (No, seriously.) Now, whenever this song comes on the radio the memories flood back. Damnit.

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