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Wow. Been awhile since I posted on here. Tumblr has been in “overcapacity” for umm… what feels like forever, so it’s been hard to post. So that’s why I’m working on a new site! Stay tuned… ;)

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♫ Girl with One Eye by Florence + the Machine 

Inspired to do sketches/illustrations of random songs on my iPod. Starting with this one. Now let’s start shufflin. :)

Who Run the World? (ZOMBIES!)

Imagine waking up from a coma in a dingy hospital room. You have no idea how long you’ve been on vacation and your body is aching from a previous bullet wound. Something is particularily odd about the situation: there are crusty dead flowers sitting in a vase beside you. The clock isn’t ticking and for some reason, there’s apparently no nurse around. You get out of the room to find the hospital a wreck. The phone lines are dead, the place is littered with papers, and the lights are flashing eerily. 

Welcome to Zombie Apocalypse (except you don’t know that yet).

AMC’s The Walking Dead is the new show that tackles the zombie genre. The show abides to the typical zombie storyline: there is some sort of pandemic and the world is in chaos; there’s a group of people who come together to survive together, etcetera. There are many films that helped pave the way for the zombie genre such as “Night of the Living Dead”, “Dawn of the Dead” and more recently “28 Days Later” and “Resident Evil”, however what’s different with The Walking Dead is that this time, it’s television and not film. We’re in for a longer, steeper, and bloodier ride.

The Walking Dead will throw viewers right into the zombie heap. What’s enchanting about this dark and ominous series is its ability to keep the suspense a hillside ride. The show lures us through dark hallways, under army tanks and atop creepy department stores. There probably isn’t one person out there whose heart wouldn’t skip a beat when they hear that dry zombie growl. The crack of disjointed bones and thud of heavy footsteps make the “walkers” terrifying as ever and the show doesn’t hesitate to include all those worst-case scenarios: zombie stampedes, zombie ambushes at night, and zombie “gore coats”.

In the midst of all the zombie chaos, moments of love are always there to hold together the sanity that has become threadbare. The existence of zombies in the show pulls out the strongest need for emotional connection and support. What binds together the loose strings is companionship - knowing that family, friends and even strangers will be there to have your back in the most dire of circumstances. In The Walking Dead we’ll see a touching reunion between a father and his family, a group full of people with different personalities working together, and men protecting the elderly when even the government abandoned them all.

I guess an apocalypse really does force us humans to appreciate those little things. Nothing is more warming than to watch these characters savor every second of a hot shower or toast to an actual feast while living in a sanctuary. It’s in these tender moments that we’re reminded that we’re still human, and even in the most horrifying situations, we’re still capable of love and kindness. But everything in this show is temporary. There’s no time to grieve over loss or sacrifice; in a zombie-ridden world, the characters know they need to be on the run from the get-go. 

So let’s get to the real dilemma: the walking dead. So far, the show has only introduced one type of zombie - the walkers, who are slow treaders that are sensitive to hearing sounds and smelling blood. There’s no sign yet if these walkers will ever evolve, but somehow that thought keeps looming over our heads. Besides, what’s better than a running zombie? Here’s to hoping the show will stick to its name. 

Since the first season only has six episodes, there’s still plenty of explaining that needs to be done: how did people get infected? What really caused this mess to begin with? Where is everyone else? Is there no safety zone? We’ll just have to find out in Season 2, which premiered yesterday, and from what I’ve seen so far, the dead are more alive than ever. [WX]

"A brother is a friend given by Nature." — Legouvé

Just realized how much I miss my brother.

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  • Re: Stacks - Bon Iver
  • Love Rollercoaster - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Dumb - Nirvana
  • Radar Love - Golden Earring
  • Talk Show Host - Radiohead
  • Last Leaf - OK GO
  • Rock Me Gently - SuperHeavy
  • Conspiracy - Paramore
  • The Freshman - The Verve Pipe
  • Stitched Up - Herbie Hancock ft. John Mayer
  • Innocent Bones - Iron and Wine
  • On the Corner - The Twilight Singers

Dear Steve…

to: rememberingsteve@apple.com

date: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 11:23AM

subject: Dear Steve

The first time I came across an Apple product was when I was in kindergarden in 1998. I remember how all the kids in my classroom fought to use that one iMac in the corner sitting next to all those other bulky computers we didn’t care for. From time to time, I was lucky enough to be the one sitting in front of that iMac - I couldn’t resist the beautiful turquoise color and transparency, and for some reason, I always seem to score better on quizzes on that computer.


From then on, I’ve been a fan of Apple. Later on I had another encounter when I was a bit older: I was waiting in the airport with my parents, when I saw a row of odd, unconventional “mp3 players” sitting on the counter. I was immediately smitten. A few monthes later, my brother brought one home and I’d often steal it from him to listen to music and play games. Being the bratty little sister, I begged my parents to buy me one too and years later - after iPod minis, generations of iPod nanos, and finally an iPod Touch - I’ve become the biggest music geek with an insanely large collection. I never leave my iPod behind. I actually care more about it than my phone.

My whole family has become “Apple-fied”. Slowly but surely, they converted from Blackberries to iPhones, Sony computers to MacBooks, and no pads to iPads. They absolutely love the products. I’m so thankful that you are one of the only few who actually gets it. You understand that all along, normal people just wanted something beautiful, easy, and efficient. We didn’t know what we wanted, so you just simply handed it over to us. You knew what the ordinary wanted and that made you extraordinary.

Putting Apple aside for a second, I also want to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed Pixar. I don’t know what the world would be like without movies like Toy Story or Finding Nemo. I’m grateful that you saw the spark in Pixar and saved it from falling into oblivion. I’m an absolute Pixar fanatic and I can tell that hints of your input into this animation studio is running evidently in the films’ DNA . I can see the influence. Back then when I had no idea that you were Pixar’s CEO, I told a friend how much I thought Apple and Pixar were related. Now in hindsight, I can tell those parallels can actually be easily drawn. I’d always say that Pixar was the Apple in the animation industry. 

On October 5, 2011, I woke up in the morning like a giddy little kid and flipped open my MacBook eagerly. I was inexplicably excited to check out what was new with the iPhone 4S, because it would be my next (and much needed) phone. But I didn’t see the clever catchphrases or colorful images on the homepage. My heart sunk a minute and I simply stared at my screen. 

I know that things are going to be different at Apple now that you’re gone, yet things aren’t going to be. I know Apple will continue to flourish, because I’m sure you’ve found the greatest team out there who will continue your legacy. I’ll always be the same avid Apple fan.

So in the end, I just wanted to thank you for how you changed my life.

Sincerely,
Me

Beautiful Iceland

I’ve recently become quite smitten by Iceland’s breathtaking, scenic views. With all its frosty lands and flawless moutains, Iceland is definitely a dark horse in terms of countries with outstanding, natural beauty. Here’s a glimpse at the land I hope to visit someday:

Site of the Week: blog.pictorymag.com 

One picture, full story.

Drive (2011) - Review: ★★★★☆

Directed by: Nicolas Widing Refn

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brookes, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman

» First-class cars, bright speedways, and explosive stunts? You won’t find any of those in the film “Drive”, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (“Bronson”, “Valhalla Rising”) and starring the brilliant Ryan Gosling as the unnamed and stoic Driver who by day is a movie stuntman and by night - a getaway driver for criminals. This unapologetic film does exactly what the contemporary, flashy car film does not - it lacks pretentious showiness.

Giving a great nod to film noir, “Drive” showcases Gosling at his best. His phlegmatic character mutters a sentence worth of dialogue in the entire script of a babbler, yet it is evident that without much words, his bond with his neighbor, Irene (Mulligan), and her son, Benicio (Kaden Leos), will deepen with no cessation.

Although “Drive” is also backed by underrated television talents, Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Gosling is the one who keeps the headlights shining.  In a scene that may possibly be as memorable as his overly gawked about kiss in “The Notebook”, Gosling captures the most extreme moments of intimacy and brutality in the film on the elevator, where his character kisses his love and subsequently murders a hitman in the most grisly way possible. 

At arguably the zenith of his career, Gosling fuels the dark and violent engine with his stellar performance as the Driver of calm disposition. Here’s to hoping the Driver will keep his scorpion on. [WX]

Score:

A blessed unrest that keeps us marching.

Martha Graham

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  • What Would You Say - Dave Matthews Band
  • Starry Eyed  - Ellie Goulding
  • Wishing Well - blink-182
  • Are You a Hynotist?? - The Flaming Lips
  • Policy of Truth - Depeche Mode
  • Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House
  • Saturday Morning - Eels
  • 23 - Blonde Redhead
  • Supernatural Superserious  - R.E.M.
  • Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
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After Midnight - blink-182

This is for the best friend.

Spotlight → [Florence Welch] ✜ Musician

Does the name Florence Welch ring a ding? Yep. You’ve guessed it. She is the lead vocalist in the band Florence + the Machine.

Here comes the lady. An ethereal, gothic and sassy redhead with a voice bigger than her own imaginary world, Welch is proving that she isn’t just another frontwoman who leads a typical band.  Her appeal does not come from garishly colored stage outfits or overly dramatic diva antics, but instead from the nuances of her artistic expression.

¤ Music 

Flo has the gift of a “sound” - that is, the once in a while singing voice that revitalizes the music industry when all things fall dull. This songbird came fluttering into our lives, serenading us with her unique and heavenly voice. She brings back a nostalgic sound of the past and gently brushes aside the cacophonous music we know today that is a composition of auto-tune, heavy beats, dirty talk and club bangers.

Welch is polishing the old with the avant-garde. Accompanying her voice are the soft ring of bells, the whisper of harp strings being plucked by gentle fingers, and the rhythm of melodic drum beats. She is a celestial-being who takes us into a luminescent and spiritual world.

However, behind the fairy dust and glitter is an ominous and naughty undertone. With lyrics such as “I’ll cut your little heart out" and "Get your filthy fingers out of my pie”, Flo reveals that she isn’t just an angelic and all-things-pretty-and-perfect type of girl. Beneath the surface lies a magic that is the juxtaposition of the pure and tainted. There is something about her sound that leaves the everlasting impression that a ghost is haunting.

¤ Style

Welch is always Instagram-ready. She has a knack for all things ethereal, vintage or even retro. Her look plays along with her quirkiness and she is all about flow. There is always something odd about her; she is graceful, yet full of sass and spunk - a ballsy woman who doesn’t mind softening a bit from time to time. She makes a faded and pastel palette look good. Nevertheless, her style seems to be in correlation with her music.

Unlike many newcomers in the music scene, Florence takes on the industry with a maturity that may even give seasoned performers a run for their money. She doesn’t need to grow up. Her music videos are highly polished and aesthetically driven and she performs well live. She doesn’t need the decoration that comes with the typical pop singer. In the end, Flo is simply a young artist singing her angels and demons out and charming the world with her peculiarity, while being backed by the ultimate Machine.  [WX]

 ¤ Basic Florence + the Machine songs to listen to:

1. Swimming                                   2. Cosmic Love

3. Girl with One Eye                       4. What the Water Gave Me

5. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)         6. Bird Song

¤ For more Florence, visit:

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Up close & personal.

September 11. 

In memory of those we lost 10 years ago.

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