This is full of random cute animal photos, for some reason, but the last one is terrifying! Anyway, one of my favorite songs covered by one of my favorite bands!
For T. --

The Dark Psych.

The Dark Jesus.

(Uh, that second one is both mildly potentially offensive, depending who you are, and also a spoiler for several key scenes in Batman: The Dark Knight or whatever it's actually called.)

Courtesy of Is It Funny Today?

It's nice to kick off December this way, even if it's a day early.
I can't help it. I saw this video at least a year ago on one of the cable on-demand services, and for some reason, the song has been stuck in my head the last few days. No, I haven't heard the song since then. I might post a different song tomorrow.

I have been avoiding posting/reading/etc. for several reasons, the primary one being "because I hate election coverage and the attending arguments." This doesn't mean I didn't vote. I'm pleased that Obama won.

In news that is exciting in the bad way, someone crashed into my boyfriend's car last week, putting him in a nasty position in both vehicular and financial terms. He had insurance, but the car is totaled and he still owes thousands on it, and may actually have to take a step down in terms of what he can afford.
 Stuff White People Like

(via Guy Kawasaki, and me being sardonically amused.)

I am massively obsessed with this song this week.

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I used to upload songs and name them Song of the Week; it would be a mystery what you were getting until you downloaded it and listened to it. I stopped doing this years ago out of a healthy fear of the RIAA.

Anyway, YouTube gives me a way to start this up again. The only problem is that there are a lot of songs, especially older songs, for which I don't really like to watch the videos; they don't jibe with the images in my head.

I heard this song for the first time in a long time the other day, while I was at the drugstore. It makes me want to dance, swaying and leisurely. Enjoy!

So, it seems that Pierre Hardy (he's the jewelry director for Hermes! He's the shoe designer for Balenciaga! he has little name recognition in the US!) has done a line of shoes for The Gap, which they have advertised poorly. 

I went to check it out -- because honestly, what else am I going to do when I'm supposed to be "working"* -- and I quite like these mary janes. Other people might prefer some three-strap wooden platform shoes. $98 isn't that expensive for shoes, especially non-plastic shoes, but it's more than I want to spend right now. (Also, those maryjanes are materially similar to shoes I have that I got almost 8 years ago at Banana Republic for about the same price; they're also similar to stuff that Payless has been selling for $20 since Summer, 2007.)

No, the thing I want to order is this: Scherenschnitte skirt, in red. I will wear it with big clunky red high-heeled mary janes (they are almost cartoonish) and red-and-white striped tights (might as well run with that cartoonishness). Not sure what to wear on top. White tees don't look good on me, so I'd have to find a red shirt that was flattering. Or maybe pink?

(Potentially acceptable substitutes: Favorite Things in red -- yes, she also sells a jacket, but the largest size cannot contain my buxomity; Schwarzwalder in green -- gnomes!; Anchors Away in indigo/red.)

Oh, yes, and all that snow? Only about half-melted today. It's in the low 40s F.

*I'm kidding; I'm totally working. As long as I'm here until later this afternoon, monitoring things, I'm doing my job. Thus far the internets have not ex-or-im-ploded on my watch.

This is really interesting. Kind of old, though.

This artist, Helga Steppan, separated her belongings by color and photographed them. It makes me wonder if she filtered the results a little: there seems to be a sameness of shade between them, as if a specific reddish cast was applied to the "red" stuff, and so on. It also seems like the whole concept was tied together by the backdrops, which are all painted the appropriate color. Most people won't have that at home.

I'm surprised she had so many yellow things; most people who wear those shades of pink, red, and blue can't wear much yellow. (It looks horrible on me and I tend to try to avoid it, even in products. Except for products with giraffes on them. Then it's OK... proving the maxim, "Everything is better with giraffes.")

By the way, I'm snowed in today... quite literally. We have to open the door every hour just to keep the drifting snow from trapping us in the house. Pics later maybe, for friends.

Um, WOW. Last night, [profile] suburbangothshowed this to me in an attempt to one-up my lulz-y chain of videos (in which j-rock star Gackt's "cool" dignity was gradually eroded, albeit admittedly with his full consent).  I am not sure it quite tops "EMERGENCY STAIRCASE," but do tell me what you think.

It's a fan video, but really... it looks like it could totally be the real thing. The fact that it's not intentionally funny makes it all the better.

This is not even nerdcore rap. Or Irish.

I was going to embed this video, Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake Ep 1 Pt 1, but as it turns out, the person who uploaded it to YouTube disabled embedding. 

Frustrating! So, you'll have to follow the link. Subsequent parts of each episode (6 per ep, I believe) are always linked from the previous part's page. This is also available as a torrent from various sites and is not difficult to find. There are either 12 or 13 episodes all together. 

I suppose I should tell you what it's about. OK... it's a 10-year-old Japanese TV "dorama." The stars will be familiar to a lot of people: Takeshi Kaneshiro (who was in Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, and House of Flying Daggers, and is basically one of the top ten prettiest men in the world, *swoon*thud*), and Kyoko Fukada (Momoko the BTSSB-obsessed loli-chan from Shimotsuma Monogatari/Kamikaze Girls). It would probably look dated to a Japanese person, but does not look as dated to me as, say, something from 1988 looked in 1998.

Kaneshiro plays Keigo, a songwriter/producer/musician; Fukada's Masaki is a huge fan, still in high school, who would do just about anything to get to his next concert. Will they fall in love? Will she die young? Is HIV/AIDS a major social problem? Will it be a tear-jerking tragedy? The answer to all those questions is YOU KNOW IT! I watched all six parts of the first episode the other day.

The title has been translated as "Please, God, give me more time!" -- which is as good as anything else. Technically, mou sukoshi means "a little more," and Japanese culture isn't particularly monotheistic, so a possible conceptual translation is "Asking the gods for a little more."  I'm not sure what dake is -- it could be "only," in which case "time" would be something that you'd understand in the context of the show's plot -- or it could be a word I don't know, which is significantly more likely.

How did I find it? 

Luna Sea's "I For You"
has been one of my favorite songs for about the past decade (it's not a great video, though -- mostly landscape shots). I don't know whether or not it was written for Kamisama mou sukoshi dake, but it was definitely the theme song of the show. It also plays as the recurring theme in the show's instrumental score... I like the oboe motif! There's a variant video for the song that uses footage from the show, which was linked from one of the uploads of the regular video. It was really just a case of serial browsing, like most things on the web.

Anyway, I think a few of you will... be interested to watch the show. (It's a melodrama, so it doesn't seem like "enjoy" is the right descriptor.) Give it a chance. I tend to get drawn in by this stuff the way some of my friends get drawn in by bad reality shows.


Judging by what I have out of the library right now, you'd think I was a massive fan of French New Wave cinema (I have: Jules et Jim, which I still haven't watched all the way through, along with Breathless and Bonjour Tristesse, which is not totally Nouvelle Vague... but it does star Jean Seberg, and is based on a 1950s novel that was insanely popular and "alternacool" at the time). 

This is not the case; I have a running list of films I think I really ought to see, and I tend to grab them when I see them. The latter two just happened to be on the shelf, so my theory is that it would be more accurate to say that there are no massive fans of French New Wave cinema who go to the same library as me. Or that they're all done watching movies for now....

Valentine's Day seems to be the day on which the majority of my acquaintance gets all emo for one reason or another, so I thought I would post a really cool animation which is also one of the strangest and most disturbing things I've ever seen. It's, um, not emo. Might be more appropriate, in its way, for Easter, though. (No, still not then. Not appropriate for anything, probably.)

To clean your brain (and for a real Valentine present), check out the teaser trailer for Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. (via [ profile] beatnikside.)

Find out Which Lost Character Are You at!

Three times, different answers, same result each time. I might be a boring (but noble!) ass, too! ;)

This video was made in 1985; to see one by the same band a little more similar to the one in my last post, check here or here. (I used this one because it's a better, more recognizable song than the other two.) Oh, and be extra-sure to check out that uber-mullet!

It's amazing how nearly-accurate a pastiche this is. Probably the most accurate part is the "hallway scene" with the heart attack. With regard to other elements, I think that the video seems a little later than 1984... a few more posts coming up for contrast.

It's also amazing -- almost annoying -- how catchy a synthpop track this is! I bet you could play it at an 80s night at a club, between Duran Duran and Erasure, and nobody who didn't know it would immediately recognize it as a fake.
I have come to a conclusion, and I'm really quite certain about it:

They put addictive drugs in General Foods International Coffees.

I mean. It's not even really coffee. It's not even really food!

But Hazelnut Belgian Cafe. I crave it. Not nice!

(Dark Mayan Chocolate is pretty good too. It's hard to get an idea of the flavors of a lot of the different varieties, actually, unless you look around. Cafe Fran├žais used to be called Cafe au Lait, Cafe Vienna has a light cinnamon flavor, Suisse Mocha and French Vanilla Cafe make it easier, and Italian Cappuccino is just plain instant cappuccino, while its predecessor, Orange Cappuccino, is... duh. I'd like to try the Chai Latte.)



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