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Susan Sontag’ words after the WTC-tragedy

Quoted from this source which no longer works properly. This is not current event but it is more relevant than ever with the current state of affairs.

The disconnect between last Tuesday’s monstrous dose of reality and the self-righteous drivel and outright deceptions being peddled by public figures and TV commentators is startling, depressing. The voices licensed to follow the event seem to have joined together in a campaign to infantilize the public. Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a “cowardly” attack on “civilization” or “liberty” or “humanity” or “the free world” but an attack on the world’s self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions? How many citizens are aware of the ongoing American bombing of Iraq? And if the word “cowardly” is to be used, it might be more aptly applied to those who kill from beyond the range of retaliation, high in the sky, than to those willing to die themselves in order to kill others. In the matter of courage (a morally neutral virtue): whatever may be said of the perpetrators of Tuesday’s slaughter, they were not cowards.

Our leaders are bent on convincing us that everything is O.K. America is not afraid. Our spirit is unbroken, although this was a day that will live in infamy and America is now at war. But everything is not O.K. And this was not Pearl Harbor. We have a robotic President who assures us that America still stands tall. A wide spectrum of public figures, in and out of office, who are strongly opposed to the policies being pursued abroad by this Administration apparently feel free to say nothing more than that they stand united behind President Bush. A lot of thinking needs to be done, and perhaps is being done in Washington and elsewhere, about the ineptitude of American intelligence and counter-intelligence, about options available to American foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, and about what constitutes a smart program of military defense. But the public is not being asked to bear much of the burden of reality. The unanimously applauded, self-congratulatory bromides of a Soviet Party Congress seemed contemptible. The unanimity of the sanctimonious, reality-concealing rhetoric spouted by American officials and media commentators in recent days seems, well, unworthy of a mature democracy.

Those in public office have let us know that they consider their task to be a manipulative one: confidence-building and grief management. Politics, the politics of a democracy—which entails disagreement, which promotes candor—has been replaced by psychotherapy. Let’s by all means grieve together. But let’s not be stupid together. A few shreds of historical awareness might help us understand what has just happened, and what may continue to happen. “Our country is strong,” we are told again and again. I for one don’t find this entirely consoling. Who doubts that America is strong? But that’s not all America has to be.

—Susan Sontag

 

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Posted by on September 11, 2017 in Current Events

 

Short Humor: Nature Is Trying to End the United States of America, Starting At the Edges

Because the North West is one big bonfire while the East one big swimming pool.

And because I just can’t leave End-of-the-World jokes alone.

Dear Oregon & Washington,

Calm down. “Blaze it” is just an expression. Yes, we know you have a reputation to maintain but please stop going up in flames. You guys are supposed to get a lot of precipitation yes, and you probably wanted to spice it up a bit, but it’s not supposed to be raining ashes.

If that wasn’t enough, it seems like you’re having so much fire fun that Idaho and Montana has decided to get in on it themselves… to the tune of 1 million acres.

I guess we damn liberals are going to burn in hell so this is just a pre-taste, but in the meantime, let’s just enjoy how lit the NW is… I guess.

Sincerely,

A Scared Shitless SoCal Resident Dreading Fire Season Who’s Wondering Where The Media Went On This Story

P.S. WA / OR Residents. Should I ship you some marshmallows?

 

Dear Hurricanes,

Please stop running a train on the poor East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

Harvey just tried to wash Houston off the map.

Irma is intimidating the fuck out of everyone (all 7 million who are evacuating at least) with 185 mph winds, 200 mph+ gusts, and sheer size.

Please let up a bit. Do you actually think that the National Guard will be able to keep up with all this?

No way, Jose.

And to you dear Jose, STOP IT. You and Irma should NOT be exchanging high 5’s.

Sincerely,

News People Who Are Tired Of Reporting On Hurricanes

P.S. Thanks for being nice, Katia

 

Dear Trump

This is what happens when you bow out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Best regards,

Mother I’m-Going-To-Destroy-You-Slowly Nature

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Posted by on September 9, 2017 in Current Events, Short Humor

 

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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. 

 

 
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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.

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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.

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

 
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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).

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Current Events

 

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