osaraba: (sara)
I'd been thinking a little about making a sticky welcome post but with this recent friending meme I decided to actually go ahead and make one since it's not related to any specific fandom and thus broader interests/discussions are relevant.

So, if you're interested you can check that out here: HI NEW FRANDS!

But then I realized that, along with my 30th birthday last month, it was also the 10th anniversary of creating this livejournal (way back in May 2001)! Looking back I felt like there were long stretches where I didn't actually do much with it... and that's not far off, in terms of what I wrote in it and whether I was interacting with people or just recording random things for posterity or, you know, just to hear myself talk.

So I checked my calendar of posts and realized... there were only NINE MONTHS where I didn't post even just once -- out of TEN YEARS on LJ, and they're spread only between 2003-04.

I know plenty of people do posting challenges -- 365 days/year, for example! -- and I can't even commit to doing a 30-day meme in actually 30 days! But lol, have I mentioned how I tried doing that when I got a diary for my birthday when I was six? I'd forget to write in it for a week and then I'd come back and feel like I had to rip out the pages I'd written in because I had to start over. It had to be completely filled in, or in other words, perfect.

I've gotten over that feeling, clearly, but it also makes me happy to know that I've actually stuck with writing in a diary for TEN YEARS. In some ways, it's something I think I've wanted to do since I was a child and didn't quite realize I was already doing?

Ahaha, okay, randomly-introspective!Sara hour is over now.

Ooooooh, look at today's Google logo! It's Takashi Murakami's art! I'm totally getting his flat jellyfish eyes tattooed on my arms (above the elbows) next; I've been wanting that for too long now... I just have to save up some money since it'll probably cost a good $500+.

osaraba: (pain)
There have been SO many amazingly good fics lately just in general. I know I've said before how amazingly prolific and high-quality this fandom is. Well. This story by [livejournal.com profile] persephone_il just took my breath away. It's everything I love in existential published fiction, which I don't read very often because I don't really know where to look, or what authors to look for, and which I almost never come across in fanfic. That kind of dark, surreal, sort-of-horrific imagery that is so visceral and cutting. The sort of thing that matches so fucking perfectly with the plot and character-introspection that it all just mirrors itself but is so slick and smooth that it just slides right over you. Ugh, I have so many ~feelings~ about it that I can't articulate but I want to say more than the usual incoherent squee.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ THIS. And if you feel even half of what I feel about it, leave her feedback.

However, please take heed of the warnings in case this is Not Your Thing.
Sustenance by [personal profile] the_ragnarok

Summary: AU. "Nobody in their business comes by their skills for free. There is always someone to train you, to remake you in the image of your chosen profession. Their world is a place of ownerships. The best you could hope for was a long, comfortable leash."
Contains: Body horror, oblique references to violence against children, sort-of-but-not-really cannibalism.

And if anyone reads this and has ANY recommendations for fic/books/movies/etc. that have a similar feel to this, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY. The thing that came to mind for me was eXistenZ, but I don't know if the movie actually really compares as I read the book based on the movie and it was less than stellar.
osaraba: (laby sarah beautiful)
So [livejournal.com profile] suchdisguise (aka [livejournal.com profile] ifeelbetter) posted an offer to write commentfic based on location. I normally don't make prompts and probably wouldn't have, but she mentioned being inspired by the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva for a previous fic and I had one of those oh moments.

I've wanted to visit the the praying hall of the Great Mosque of Córdoba for the. longest. time. Okay, so technically, almost 12 years now? Since that AP Art History class I had in senior year of high school. (That's pretty equivalent to "the longest time", I think.)
In any case, the commentfic she wrote in response was just perfect.
I'm going to get there one day, and then I'll think of this moment, and it'll be even better. I think in some ways the Moorish arches are to me what Penrose stairs are to Arthur. Or vice versa.
osaraba: (laby sarah lastdance)
So I think it was something like 10 years ago when I saw for the first time Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake on Bravo on TV. It was wonderful and, for someone who is only a casual fan of ballet -- just so much more powerful than anything I'd seen before.

Well, the company is touring and coming through NYC for a month-long engagement and so I've got some cheap tickets to go see it live this time! Come join us!

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
NY City Center (56th b/n 6th & 7th)
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tickets to 11/4 performance

Liz and I have tickets in Rear Mezzanine Center, Row R, Seats 114-116. Cheap seats ($25) 'cause I'm still broke!
osaraba: (portal <3 wcc)
a gift from [livejournal.com profile] louiex! my very own Weighted Companion Cube Pony! <3!

[edit: for anyone not familiar with it, the Pony is based on the Weighted Companion Cube, a silent, but important "character" in (the best game in the whole world) Portal.]

osaraba: (sara oni)
Ganked from a friend.

Wish I was in England to see this:


Have I mentioned before how much I love contemporary art?

osaraba: (utena roses)
Look what [livejournal.com profile] thedreamerworld sent me:

Furniture that Will Give You Nightmares

I absolutely LOVE this stuff. Especially the puking desk and chair. And the rocking chairs. And the crime scene coffee table. And the froggie desk. OMG. THEY'RE SO AWESOME!
osaraba: (russell *giggles*)
If we have NA on Wednesday at WR, I'll be able to meet up after class. If NA is this Thursday I won't be able to make it as I'm going to meet up with a few old friends after work at the highly praised Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria for food/drinks.

If anyone is interested in joining me at the Beer Garden on Thursday, you're more than welcome. It's right off the Astoria Blvd stop on the N/W line, which is about a 20-25 minute train ride to/from the midtown area.

philly recap )

Anyway, I leave you with this quick cell phone pic of my new tat. It says "w;t", because I like the word "wit": what it means and how it's used. The semi-colon is a reference to John Donne poetry (which I love), by way of this play (which I saw when I was 17 or 18, and also love).

osaraba: (utena roses)
So it seems I haven't been all that consistent in making only picture posts. Ah well, obviously, there's more that I want to say than have interesting pictures for. Still, I intend to continue with the picture posts where possible.

In any case, this looks to be interesting. It runs from October 18th to November 16th at the New York Botanical Garden, so hopefully I'll have a chance to visit. Though I just realized, admission is $20, so I'll just have to see. But I love chrysanthemums. They make delicious, delicious tea.

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum (A Flower Show and Art Exhibition)
osaraba: (mystery to me)

It's a synogogue. How apropos.


According to a Times article from 1989, "it replaced an unusal 1866 neo-Grec loft building, startlingly interrupting an otherwise intact 19-century streetscape." On the one hand, it's kind of unfortunate that the streetscape was not preserved, but on the other hand -- we wouldn't have this awesome interesting building randomly in the middle of a street in Tribeca.

I don't think it's worth preserving everything old just because it's old. It wouldn't provide an opportunity to create new and interesting modern pieces, otherwise. In 100 years, someone might fight for the preservation of this building (if it isn't already considered a landmark), as an example of some cutting-edge idea that someone had in the late 1960s.

Why is one more worth preserving than the other?
osaraba: (solitude)
This whole weekend was pretty sweet.

saturday )

sunday )

There was a guy sitting on a stoop about 15 feet away from us and we got into a conversation about the coolness of the building. He'd been waiting for a friend to show up, but meanwhile Alex and I were going to take a picture of ourselves, so he offered. What followed was hilarious in its similarity to a sit-com! We were under some construction and backlit, so we were in complete shadow in the pictures, so Alex tried to put on force-flash, but the guy didn't hold the shutter down long enough or whatever, so it didn't go off. Meanwhile, the friend he was waiting for (whom he hadn't seen since junior high!) showed up and they hugged and then he continued trying to take our picture. Like TEN TIMES before the flash finally went off! Then the friend introduced herself (Cat), probably thinking we were all friends -- but the guy said we were total strangers! Then Alex introduced himself and I introduced myself and the guy introduced himself (Danny). So we all were very polite and slightly awkward (in a self-acknowledgingly amusing way) in our introductions, and then basically parted ways, wishing each other good day/luck/etc.

What an awesome random occurance! <3

I have to say, I have always had the most interesting, positive, stranger-related experiences when stopping to admire or discuss art in general, and modern/contemporary art in particular.

After walking Alex to the E, I ended up walking back over to St. Mark's to meet Liz. Like I said, lots of walking this weekend -- and it was quite pleasant -- even if the pedestrian traffic along Broadway was absolutely crazy and like night and day in comparison to my walk only 12 hours earlier.

Pun intended, of course.

osaraba: (harumichi love)
Apparently, FIT has a museum! I didn't know this! (And now, I think back on what I've missed all this time!)

Current exhibitions are Arbiters of Style: Women at the Forefront of Fashion (May 21 to November 8, 2008) and Gothic: Dark Glamour (September 5, 2008 through February 21, 2009).

Hours are: 12-8pm (T-F), 10am-5pm (Sat). Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays.

Also, admission to the exhibitions is free!

I think I'd like to possibly make a visit this Saturday before the anime fundraiser event. Let me know if you'd like to join me.

and now, a visit from the meme sheep )
osaraba: (saimono shuurei blushsmile)
If you were not already aware, more (awesome!!!) pics of the Codpiece Place Housewarming can be found here.

I walk by the Rockefeller Guest House every single day on my way home from work and I think I noticed it once. What an interesting history. I'd love to see pictures of the inside and the courtyard in the back, but apparently they have rarely (if ever) been taken.

There's a contemporary art exhibition at the Initial Access gallery in the UK that I wish I could see. Wallpaper* published an article about the Lightness of Being exhibition today. Four artists' works -- in the medium of neon lights -- are displayed, recalling and reawakening my interest in Bruce Nauman's works from the late 60s into the 70s. (I had the pleasure of seeing "The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths" while at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, earlier this year.)

I'm taken with Jason Rhoades' installation, and Tracey Emin's I know, I know, I know -- this photograph of it, in particular:

[edit1:] I need to get to the MoMA or the Guggenheim soon. I just saw the modern/contemporary art exhibits at the Met a few weeks ago, and I doubt they've changed yet. And obviously I'm in the mood to view me some contemporary art. If anyone's interested in going on any particular day, let me know!

[edit3:] Oh-oh-oh! Just saw that there will be some Bruce Nauman included in a new exhibit at the MoMA: Here is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art (9/10/08-3/23/09).

[edit2:] Oh, and in keeping with the art theme of this post. LOOK AT WHAT MORGAN DID! FUCKING STARRY NIGHT IN ICING ON CUPCAKES!

[edit4:] Also, van Gogh's Starry Night, coincidentally, will be on display at the MoMA from this Sunday until Monday, January 5th.
osaraba: (saimono shuurei blushsmile)
So last week I got to see Taylor Mali at the Bowery Poetry Club! Pretty darn cool. I went by myself, which was unfortunate, but still -- I was glad.

He recited a sestina about his deceased first wife. It was really excellently done. A sestina is a pretty difficult poem to write. Go look at the link for the explanation. I am in awe of anyone who can write a sestina (well), and feel somewhat challenged to write one myself, but my poetry always turns out horribly cliche, so I dunno. In addition to the rules of the sestina, Mali challenged himself to write one wherein the six key words used in the last stanza would make a complete, stand-alone sentence. Craziness!

One of the things I really like about his poetry is that they're so intelligently, strategically designed. Sometimes that speaks to me more than passion and vehemence. Control and precision can be so much more attractive. That is not to say that passion/vehemence are NOT -- indeed, with control, the combination is breathtaking.

Poetry that is an expression of feeling without form leaves me indifferent, but an intellectually-structured poem of feeling is inspirational.

Of course, the topic plays into this as well. There was another poet who wrote a sestina that left me bored. I barely remember what it was about. In fact, I don't remember at all. I also admire words used efficiently, which can be oh-so-difficult to do.

Urbana Poetry Slam Finals are this Saturday night at 8pm (at the Bowery Poetry Club). So if I'm free I may go.

I feel really sad that I missed the period in which Taylor Mali was doing a whole lot more, around 2003.

[update: OMG! Mr. Caleb Emmons, you are amazing. S|{e,s,t,i,n,a}|, a math poem]
osaraba: (pink stare)
This was posted by a friend on facebook, and I thought it was relevant to... well, pretty much everyone, in some way or another, on my flist.


If anyone has more information on this topic, please feel free to enlighten me further.

Otherwise, please spread the word.

[UPDATE: I have not had the chance yet to read through this, but I've been informed that the article above is based on a proposal from 2006, and that more (up-to-date) information on this topic is compiled here:

osaraba: (sara oni)
This is pretty cool.

From today's amNY:
The vodka manufacturer presents the work of artists it has deemed visionary and shows off their interactive creations in this exhibition. "Asbolut Quartet" (in NYC) is an installation that creates a musical composition based on input given over the internet at www.absolutmachines.com. FREE. 186 Orchard St, between Stanton and Houston (F,V to Lower East Side/2nd Ave) 646-935-4185
osaraba: (howl smile)
So I had the expected two hours of sleep, got on the bus at Port Authority and we were in Philly at 10:30am. Picked up the car and went into the city. South Street feels kind of like Haight Street in San Francisco. But more diverse, so actually kind of interesting and funny. Lots of sex shops, clothing shops. We went into a goth/rock/punk store that had moved around the corner from its previous location -- where it had been since 1980, apparently one of the first punk stores in the nation. Supposedly they'd opened one year before Trash & Vaudeville on St. Marks. The women there were really cool and after we mentioned that we were visiting this weekend from NYC, they talked to us for a bit about goth clubs and interesting places to visit in Philly.

Oh man! Jim recommended going to Jim's Steaks on South Street & 4th Avenue. When we got there it hadn't opened yet, but on the way back we passed it and there was a line out the door and around the corner! I'm looking forward to going there at some point before we leave. (I also have to remember to tell Jim that I have now experienced and more fully understand the benefits of a GPS if you're driving in an area you don't know. It's pretty darn cool. Still, I wouldn't go somewhere dependant only on a GPS, I'd still bring a map with me.)

Anyway, after eating and taking a little time around the South Street area, we went over to the Mütter Museum. It's a bit smaller than I had thought it would be, but it was full of fascinating stuff. Took about 2 hours there before driving over to check into the hotel. I could have stayed a little longer, but it was crowded in there and I'd given my full attention to everything that I thought looked particularly interesting. I really enjoyed it; I'm really glad we went!

We have a tour reserved at the Eastern State Pen tomorrow, and hopefully we'll be able to get to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and possibly the Rodin Collection by the end of the trip.
osaraba: (sara avatar)
I love how she always gets the hair and clothes so accurate (literally, what we wore that day)! It made me squee to no end when she showed it to me!

(Baby is her cat, who lives with us.)

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