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USC’s 2017 Commencement – Speeches of Note

That moment when everyone is hyped for Will Ferrell at graduation but freaking Helen Mirren makes an appearance to also receive an honorary degree.

The (unemployed) valedictorian’s speech was also amusing and managed to make the professional comedian uncomfortable. (00:59:00)

Right afterward are when the 6 honorary doctoral degrees are awarded! Helen Mirren is at 1:20:00


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Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Current Events, Short Humor


Summer of Squirrel: Preview of Things to Come

I start grad school in midjune June so I’m keeping my laundry list for this blog unambitious, but realistic.

  1. Overview of the Chikuhodo Z Series. Remember the Takumi monster? Get ready for another,  bigger one because there are more brushes in the Z- Series. 
  2. Comparison of the MK-1, MK-2, Z-9 and Z-1 Powder Brushes
  • Suqqu Cheek Brush Review (I’ve grown impatient of waiting for a Kyureido Cheek Brush to compare to so fuck it. Suqqu cheek gets its own review and doesn’t have to share the spotlight) 
  • Houkodou GS-1 Large Eye Shadow Brush Review (been a long time coming)
  • Surratt Smoky Eye Brush Moyenne Review (one more eye brush for balance)

**Not necessarily in that order

The hope is that I get the majority of these drafted, and photographed during the couple of weeks I have inbetween the end of my senior spring semester and the start of the next 2 years of hell the next step in my life.  I’m forcing myself to post it publicly so i feel obligated to complete them as promised. =D The numbered ones are “for sure” and the bulleted ones are tenative.

I may get tired of squirrel in the middle of all that and finally finish what I have to say about the 4 shapes of koyomo brushes available in ototsuho hair (face, cheek, round eye, and flat eye shadow brush). If you would like to see that overview sooner, send me a hint.  I’m also thinking of finally reviewing the Wayne Goss Air Brush and Chikuhodo RC-2 / RRC-2  Let me know. if you rather see one of these substituted for one of the bulleted options. 



Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Current Events


“A Beautiful Song” I’ve Been Binging – From Nier Automata

The whole OST of Nier: Automata is pretty good overall, but this is “the Opera Singer Boss” that started the hype train because they played a game preview of this boss fight at E3. I’m so ready to play the PC version  when it finally drops tomorrow because I’ve been green with envy watching my S.O. play it on console. I’ve tried, with disastrous results… my thumbs aren’t dexterous enough.

The name of the song actually is “A Beautiful Song.” Composed by Keiichi Okabe and sung by Emi Evans,  with J’Nique Nicole on the second verse, and Nami Nakagawa on the operatic and choral portions.  I’ve been playing this on InfiniteLooper while doing work stuffs but this extended version gets the job done too.

This track accompanies the fight with the third boss from Nier Automata, a goliath sentient machine named Simone Beauvoir who is obsessed with becoming more beautiful for, surprise!,  the attention & affection of a guy. Well, more like a male machine (no that’s not a euphemism for something else).

It makes me itch to pick up a cello and play the melody over the instrumental track (below). Maybe I’ll get to it one day. Funny enough, there’s a picture out there somewhere of Emi Evans, the primary vocalist from the original NieR, playing a cello.

And just in case your interested, in the Nier: Automata OST as a whole is freaking awesome. I highly suggest checking it out.

Here are a few covers of the song. One is by Poucet, a cover artist i followed primarily for her (French) Vocaloid covers.

And this is an interesting take on a Beautiful Song and Song of the Ancients


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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Current Events, Music


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The Effect of Rain in Southern California

Con: People drive like intoxicated, blindfolded monkeys.

Pro: Shopping becomes a peaceful affair. People refuse to go anywhere, preferring to hole up at home instead.


I mean look at the Costco check-out area! It’s practically a ghost town.  Normally on a Friday afternoon, I would be able to waltz from one side of the checkout floor to the other by walking across a solid continents of carts and never touch the ground.


It also looks like a different neighborhood out there. I swear these hills usually have fewer signs of life than Mars.


Posted by on January 20, 2017 in Current Events, Short Humor


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Sweet Way to Wrap Up 2016: Surratt Brushes! And Setting Goals

Christmas miracles do happen. I am now in possession of both of the Surratt eye brushes i have lusted and agonized over…  along with an extra luxury… The face brush! They all joined my collection within the span of a week.

2016, as shitty as it was for the rest of the world, has been very kind to me. i discovered many new loves (in terms of hobbies and objects), obtained some amazing things i have only dreamed of, and dined at places that I could never have imagined eating at before.   My brush acquisition rate dropped sharply (as did my posting frequency, haha) because the exchange rate sucking and various other factors, but I still found amazing new loves . I’ve had to put several projects on the back burner that I am picking up with vigor, one of which I hope to get finished by the time Winter Break is up.

Now  I’m just waiting to see if i will be blessed with the the biggest miracle and gift of all: an acceptance into my top pick grad school. That would be a beyond great way to start off 2017.

For my New Year’s Resolution I’m going to say: haul ass and post at least twice a month maybe once a week if I’m feeling daring! God knows i have more than enough material. There are 162 drafts sitting around and innumerous more items i haven’t even started a post for! I refuse to sacrifice quality for quantity so I’m really going to push myself to write the equivalent of a novella bi-monthly. I may also start doing YouTube videos to demo the brushes in action. Some of of my uses are… “off label” to say the least and I feel like my explanations suck ass. It would be  much easier to show rather than tell. However, the prospect of filming and editing videos is quite daunting.  If I’m not careful, I’m going to end up talking myself out of it and retreat back to being lazy. >_>

One of my problems and obstacles to getting things done, especially things that need to be shared (or will be seen by other eyes) is that I aim for perfetion. I shoot for perfection in the planning stages so that after crudely finangaling my way though several unforseen, but expected bugs, the result I am left to settle with will be at least acceptable in quality (and not utter crap).


Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Current Events



Profanity is the Best Punctuation

Checked into Disneyland Hotel (and Disneyland of course) for three days and two nights for some much needed therapy this weekend. The hilarious part is this was planned months ago around an anniversary… not after election week.

I went on the Tower of Terror for the first time (amid rumors that it is closing down for good soon) despite having gone to Disneyland at least once every year for the last 7 years. Map? who needs a map? Not me. All the new construction they are doing is going to change that though.

Anyways, the Tower cast member/ride attendant gave his usual in-character spiel before sending us off on our merry (spooky?) way saying, “Please tug on yellow tag, blah blah blah. Just so you know ladies and gentleman we are expiriencing some rolling balckouts tonight so all of you might not make it back. Please enjoy.”

I saw the slightest hint of a half smirk on his face as he slipped behind the wall to close the doors. It registered as a bit odd, that self satisfied smirk, but I didn’t dwell on it. We thought that last bit of speech was just him being in character

A few seconds into the ride though, we realized how very, very wrong we were.

The usual audio narration was running, but the projection movie was not. After the narration finished, nothing happened for what seemed like forever. It was less than 10 seconds, but more than 5. But those handful of seconds seem indefinitely long when you’re left hanging in space and wrapped in the kind of pitch darkness where you can’t even seen your hands in front of your face. Add in the adrenaline from anticipation, ride attendant’s parting words, and you have the perfect recipe for crippling anxiety.

So we just hung in limbo marinating in absolute silence and darkness for a few heartbeats until out of the darkness, one perfect word bloomed from a woman in the back, punctuating the moment and summarizing the collective thought.


The silence was broken by the whole cabin bursting out into hysterical laughter which almost immediately turned into screams of actual terror as the ride decided to resume, finally, and dropped us a couple stories.

At the end of the ride, the cabin immediately bubbled over with laughter and conversation about what we had just been through. This was obviously what the cast member had been expecting because he opened the doors and greeted us with a shit eating grin. Are we allowed to high five the Disney staff? because he deserved one.


The second funny incident was the caused by my boyfriend. He let out a HUGE sneeze; the concussively loud kind that feels like it compresses your chest from the sheer force of the sound wave slamming into you.

I’m used to it by now but from across the gift shop a shell shocked young guy muttered, “Damn.” and was staring wide eyed, deer-in-the-headlights style. Poor guy couldn’t help himself.

I started cracking up which caused him to sheepishly turn away. When asked by bf why I was practically in stitches, I told him and he started laughing too. I’m pretty sure I saw  the guy across the store grinned a little, no longer feeling so bad.


Needless to say, this was one of my more memorable Disneyland trips.

Due to a little mix up at the hotel, my party was granted three sets of open ended fast passes. We used a set of them on the Tower of Terror to bypass the 3.5 hour wait which was when the first story happened. WORTH IT. In retrospect, they had probably started dismantling non essential parts of the ride like the video projectors.

We used another set to finally get on the Cars ride (Radiator Spin Racers) since the fast passes ran out within the first hour of the park opening and the line was, and always is, multiple hours long. We used the last one to bypass the always ridiculously long Small World line.

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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Current Events, Short Humor


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Dance of the Glitchy Sugar Plum Fairies from The Nutcracker Suite

This video is too good. This post is an archive for my purposes so i can easily dig it up and come back to later… but hey, it’s also a great piece of work that should be shared. In the description box by Joel Pashby:

The Nutcracker with dancer Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer, JR Tight Eyex, James Derrick, and the California Phil in Pasadena on Dec. 12, 2015–from the brilliant mind of maestro Victor Vener.

aaand another one:

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Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Current Events, Short Humor


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