Sanodg Works (2006) & Futura Works (2014)
Rule one: always post the rules
Rule two: answer the questions the person who tagged you asked
and write 11 new ones Rule three: tag 11 people and link them to the post Rule four: actually tell the people you tagged them
I was tagged by: redpixel
New Questions for you!
I’m not going to write new questions or tag people, so I’ll make this post worth reading.
1) Who’s your celebrity crush?
I admire how Leonardo DiCaprio has matured as a person. In more recent films (?), he’s been given extremely suave, gentleman roles. Regardless of his awards (or lack thereof), DiCaprio seems to be humble about it and I love that about him. To me, it says that you can be great without anyone else’s approval. He looks like a fantastic lover and amazing friend.
2) What’s a fad you jumped on that you wish you hadn’t?
I might lose friendships for this question, but oh well.
As a child, I was lured into Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series. I didn’t start at the very beginning with the NES - throughout my childhood, I played Ocarina of Time > Majora’s Mask > Wind Waker > Twilight Princess. I only ever remember finishing Majora’s Mask & Wind Waker; for the others, I watched my brother play to the ending, or I simply gave up on it.
My friend gave me Phantom Hourglass (DS) and Skyward Sword (Wii) as gifts, but I never even opened the boxes. I wasn’t interested to devote time and sold them back because I needed money for rent. I don’t think I could ever let myself get into another Zelda game because I don’t have the patience to finish their overly hyped game franchise. There, I said it.
3) What’s your favorite season and why?
I like California’s Fall, because Summer is still there, but fades slowly as we transition. Fall can also mean new prime-time television, the start of another school year, for those still studying. With the Fall comes the changing of the leaves; when the lush green turns into an earthy brown. It takes forever for Los Angeles trees to lose their foliage, so we experience Fall from mid-September all the way to early December. It’s nice; not too cold or too hot.
4) What’s something about the opposite sex that you will never understand?
Why is it so hard for you guys to tell me how you feel? You’ll often tell me that some things can’t be explained. All I’d like to understand is where you’re coming from. Some have walked away with unanswered questions. I always want to know, am I someone special, a good friend, or simply a passer-by? If you can tell me what it is and why, I’ll decide to go or stay.
5) What’s the story behind your username?
When I started my first web blog and internet profile, I wanted the username to describe me with my initials. I thought, “Pure (M-word)” would be really cool. At that time, I was into the comic-book based film, Mystery Men (1999). I loved the movie so much and wanted to use it for my own devices. The alias “PureMystery” was like Cinderella’s glass-slipper, it was a perfect fit for me. Over time, the username helped shaped me into the enigma I am today.
6) Are you allergic to anything?
I’m allergic to some of the most delicious foods on the planet: I cannot eat shell-based creatures. This means no Shrimp, no Crab, no Lobster. I can’t walk into the Red Lobster and really enjoy the food that they serve, because if I do, my tongue will get itchy and my throat will swell up like a hot air balloon. I used to eat Shrimp as a child, it was my grandmother’s favorite delicacy. When I had turned 8 years old, we had grilled Shrimps for dinner (among other things) and an hour later I was hurling it all over our couch. That was a sad day for me.
7) Mac or PC?
Mac is extremely popular brand/system and I think it started blooming more so when I was still in high school. I remember there was a group of students who had their own “macbook”/apple-products clique. I thought, “They’re entitled to have laptops, expensive ones at that.” Mind you this is during the early era of macbooks, before they had that sleek silver body. With all of that said, I am a PC person.
8) Best concert you’ve ever been to?
This is a loaded question, I’ve been to a handful of concerts and have stories for each one. I think the BEST concert was the first one I ever attended; ALIVE 2007 - Daft Punk at the Sports Arena. This event was HUGE and much anticipated by me and the friends I went with. It was a massive gathering of people and we stood on the center balcony. I could see everything: Daft Punk’s gigantic pyramid booth, projected screens and ALL of the LED panels that lit up the sweaty dance floor. It was a great experience to dance, sing and get all the energy out of you.
9) What’s your first memory?
Time to dive deep … My earliest memory is in our old Alhambra apartment. I remember sitting with my brothers as Mom made home made clay dough for us to play with. It was very messy and we smeared goo on the glass table. I think Mom was telling us not to eat it because it was just cornstarch and flour. I picture my tiny hands digging into the wet clay.
10) If you could be any anime/television show character who would you be?
Damn, there are so many to choose from. If I were an anime character, I would wanna be Michiko Malandro of “Michiko & Hatchin”. Michiko is a Brazilian BABE (bad ass bitch every day) who escapes prison to find her daughter and long lost baby daddy. Michiko comes close to death a lot throughout that show, but narrowly dodges the scythe each time. She lives a colorful adventure, but at the end of the day wants to have a happy family together as one.
11) What would you consider to be one of your weirdest quirks?
When I listen to music while I walk, I move my arms a lot, because I like to pretend that I’m mixing in a DJ booth or dancing. if you ask me to get down on the dance floor, I won’t get up.
Thank You, Mom, for standing up for me. I may not have attended graduate school (yet) or completed my college degree. I’m Sorry and I feel I have to apologize every time someone asks me about school, because I’m not ready to wrap that up. As an Asian child, there is so much pressure on academic achievements, you wouldn’t believe how important it is. TO THEM. I just hope that I’m not an embarrassment to my parents, because I’m doing something I truly love. I hope someday the family will understand what this kind of work means to me.
full entry via livejournal.
Is music cultural? Definitely. Is music universal? Maybe.
I was on the phone earlier, the conversation went like this:
K: What are you listening to?
P: “Very Special,” by Debra Laws.
K: You’re listening to what now?
(increases volume of track)
K: If you play that in front of any black person- ‘matter of fact, if you play that song in front of a group of black people, you’ll make heads turn.
P: Is there something wrong with that?
K: Not at all, but it’s primarily a black-love song.
I heard that song on the radio and I liked it; the melody is sweet and tenderhearted. I looked it up so I could hear it again. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? So what Kai said got me to thinking, is there something wrong with enjoying good music? Or is someone going to shut the door on me and say I’m not supposed to?
I just finished writing a review about an album that I love religiously, Random Access Memories. It’s listed under Discotheque, Funk, Electronic, whatever you want to call it. The album was made by Daft Punk (French people) in collaboration with their close friends, some contemporaries and above all, Disco Legends. One of the most prominent of the collaborators was Nile Rodgers - producer and guitarist for 70’s band, CHIC. Rodgers is a man of color who has worked with many artists and continues to collaborate to this day. I admire the work they have done individually & love the music they make together.
With that said, I thought maybe Daft Punk made their album so other people could enjoy soulful grooves without being looked at strangely. I don’t question the people or the colors behind the song - because if it’s a good track, why not enjoy it for what it is? I don’t know why I’d be judged for enjoying that. I don’t call it black music, I see music for your sweetheart. If I wasn’t allowed to enjoy it, then why is it on the radio?
Music is not Black OR White: Piano keys are Ebony and Ivory, but they’re intertwined and make beautiful music together. This statement will not stop me from enjoying whatever I do, but I wanted everyone who reads to meditate on the thought.
This movie left an impression on me that there are just as many obstacles as there are paths that lead to success. In its own, quirky way, Monsters University embraces uniqueness in the coming together of a variety of characters, regardless of their size, shape and form. They accept their flaws and weaknesses, but find strength through their diversity. This is one of those movies that roots for the underdog and makes you appreciate the way they solve problems – at least for me it did! So if you like the latest in computer animated films and you want to see Disney-Pixar favorites take on life changing challenges, Monsters University is for You!
film analysis with minor spoilers ahead via livejournal.
I did not expect to enjoy this movie as much as I did ! =)
I feel that this is the first time where a video game has captivated me on multiple levels in terms of development. Albeit the story had me asking questions at the end, I enjoy the game immensely. It has elements of design that I can appreciate as a casual gamer and as an illustrator … In my opinion, this game is a good blend of action, exploration and has it’s fair share of cutscenes. If you’re interested in learning about Nilin and the Errorist cause, check out Remember Me. This game is available for PC, PS3 and XBOX 360.
I feel I need to discuss this because my friend Kai (recommended the game and let me demo the first stage) showed me someone’s opinion article on Remeber Me. The writer felt very strongly that the protagonist, Nilin was a poorly portrayed female hero. I’d like to say that everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I think this person stretched their views and values a little too far into the introduction alone and didn’t finish the rest of the game. I think dismissing it entirely defeats the purpose of playing, because the in-game dialogue addresses issues on dominance in their society. There’s a lot more going on in this game than one would think.
Let me rephrase my opening statements about “Remember Me,” because I should make this crystal clear to whoever reads it: This game was released in North America as of June 4, right after my uneventful 25th birthday had passed. I wanted to play this game so badly, because I saw that an attractive woman was the leading role in an intricate science fiction adventure platform. When I finally got to try out Remember Me in November, I had absolutely no expectations and it caught my attention on many aspects. Needless to say, I wasn’t simply attracted to the character, but I fell in love with their world, atmosphere and music.
If you’re so inclined, feel free to read My technical review (http://puremystery.livejournal.com/138087.html)
and Breanna Hillier’s opinion article @ VG247 (http://www.vg247.com/2013/07/10/remember-this-the-sad-dumbing-down-of-nilin/)
my new Glasses have lens glare. shite
Stronger prescription = thicker lenses.
Smaller frame with full bronze colored rims.
She’s a lonely one, waiting for a Saviorfull poem via livejournal.
to rescue, revive and take her To rejuvenate.
Won by a man who helped make her, she
wants someone who would embrace her.
Pushed and pulled by two different forces.
Are they still friends or becoming hindrances?
This entry has been posted as of 11 AM Saturday, November 16, 2013. Out of the wishes of my employer, I chose not to display this publicly until after closing. You may get upset as you are just now finding out this information, but please understand that my boss asked to make no public announcement. Consider this my “goodbye” to the business.
I was hoping to have more time to write about this, but the deadline arrived earlier than expected. Let’s face it, we were all hoping for some miracle to postpone such an event until the end of this year, but for what it’s worth it’s a little too late to be saying sorry altogether. In any case …
I’ve accepted the inevitable, many months ago and I knew we wouldn’t survive long after the summer. … There are MANY who have (indirectly) shared their gripes about our place and make it that much harder to stay in good spirits about closing shop. There are only a handful of people who have showed a level of respect with me that I could reciprocate.
… I view closing as an opportunity to share my feelings and mature from this experience. For those of us who feel so strongly about it, I’m done trying to convince everyone that this place is worth something, because it’s over now. With that said: Sayonara, Japan.
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I used to think that there might be
something completely wrong with me,
'cos people would complain constantly
about “what went wrong” via their POV.
Some hope to see me fall face first into humility,
they’ll run my patience with lots of verbal hostility.
Eventually, I realized that it’s all they wanna see:
their bickering only strengthens my negativity.
My friend always says, “Be a Bitch but don’t by Bitchy,”
Yet I act my best and people continue to walk over me.
Some wonder why I sit at that counter looking so angrily?
I can’t stand another minute, I dream of the day I’ll be free.
They come to be entertained and treated like royalty,
I care for a place who’s people don’t even care for me.
Who cares what the “socially-awkward” “Asian Dyke” has to say?
I’ll bet fifty cents you don’t, but that’s my two cents for today.
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My friend, Lauren messaged me earlier today, telling me that she had posted new fiction and persuaded me to post poetry. I haven’t written out my feelings in a creative fashion in a very long time, so I feel really good about turning something negative into positive through writing. Thanks Lauren! Have Fun, ya’ll.
I need to know that I can come home to some kind of security, because I don’t want to move only to be boxed in again. I refuse to revert to an old way of living, because I’ve gotten used to venturing out for myself. I like knowing that I have other options and I can do things on my own time. …
the actual work I’ve put into this hasn’t rewarded me yet. I can’t hope to stay if I can’t make ends meet. I’m forced to live and work outside the box.
All Boxed Up via livejournal .