Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Months

Last year I came across a blog with short phrases and sentences of beautifully strung together words that speak to the most personal, private part of your soul. They are from the blog titled I Wrote This For You, which says in its subtext, 

            "I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everything else who reads it, doesn't get it. They may think they get it, but they don't. This the sign you've been looking for. You were meant to read these words." 

So, here is one of my favorite passages titled The Children of Time;

"January has issues with her mother, February is always talking about things he wants to do while March does them, April eats sweets and May pays for them, June is the oldest but not the wisest and July always has an opinion of everything. August never stops trying to do the right thing, even if he doesn't always know what that is. September once saw something so sad, she never stopped crying. October holds the lift for anyone, vice-presidents and street sweepers alike (for his memory, not for theirs) and November makes fun of him for this. December is tired but always hopeful. He has never once stopped believing. 

Monday's obviously as bastard, quite literally as Dad can't remember what or who he was doing. Tuesday's temperamental but ok as long as you stay on her good side. Wednesday doesn't say much and Thursday sometimes hums just to break the silence. They're in love. Friday's always wasted and she and Saturday hold each other tightly until their delirium fades.

But Sunday, Sunday knows she's the end. But she closes her eyes, and she pretends with all the strength in her tiny heart that really, she's the dawn"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

but the hippo didn't want to go to heaven...

What did we do in french class last Friday you ask? We watched, literally, the cutest little French girl on Youtube tell a story that gets rather dark, rather fast. 

My favorite part is around 1:50 when she makes that frown-y face asking "how do you say when you protect yourself?" ADORABLE.

Friday, November 2, 2012

In Search of Your Dream

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer", the boy told the alchemist, one night as they looked up at the moonless sky."
   "Tell you heart that the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."

Thursday, November 1, 2012

That Bitch Sandy

My heart and best wishes go out to everyone who is dealing with the aftermath of Sandy's destruction. 
Here is a time-lapse video of NYC during the torrents of rain, including the black-out. And man, New York City must be so erie plunged into darkness. 

HOOLLYY. The city was lit up and then BOOM. Darkness. And then it was interesting to see the car lights zoom across the city, most likely emergency vehichles, and the following morning's flashes of sun against the skyscrapers.

Brooklyn- it looks like the apocolypse
Ground Zero

Apparently, the taxi driver was pulled out safely by a doorman at 51st and FDR drive and this photo was taken just afterwards around 9pm. 

The NY Times has a montage of submitted photos of the destruction here

Friday, October 26, 2012

Bond Shoots Lincoln!

Oh, very good, poster paster. I love it. 
P.S, there some very funny comments back on the original site NYmag

Color this World

Hope this added a bit of happiness to your day!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Eclipsed by Fire

I just find the lighting off the grasses absolutely glorious, and dramatically offset by the fire and smoke raging in the background

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sites of Insight

I think it is human nature to be curious and want to know whats going on in someone else's life. We want the gritty details and the full story of whatever just went down. I mean, gossiping has been scientifically proven to make people happy, whether we consider it polite or not. We just like knowing whats going on with other people. Humans are nosy. And can be nosy to an obsessive extent. Tabloids anyone? Books and  movies give us a very personal look at someone else's life and I think you can even get that from other people's blogs. Anyway, I just thought, that I would do a post on websites that give you very personal insight into someone's life or mind, wishes or fears, secrets or things they are proud of. 

I just ran across this one today. Its called Before I Die I Want To...
I really like this one. It stands out. Its intriguing and quite frankly, courageous.

This next one is perhaps not the most personal, but I really like the project and seeing what everyone else would take. The site is called The Burning House.

Now granted, a lot of these things wouldn't be reasonable to bring along, but I think the point of this blog is what items are most important to you?

Every picture has a description of their stuff so here's the photo above's;

Name: Amy
Age: 25
Location: London
Occupation: I’m not sure yet, actually
Website: http://amyandelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk
  • My Diana F+ (with unfinished film inside)
  • A stack of diaries, journals and sketchbooks that span the last decade
  • A box containing cards and letters from my closest friends
  • An envelope filled with love letters that my boyfriend and I wrote to each other when we lived apart
  • My trusty leather jacket
  • My favourite scarf
  • Beaten up Converse
  • Hard drive containing all of my digital life
  • My purse
  • My watch
  • A bracelet engraved with the words ‘Forget Me Not’ (which both of my sisters own too)
  • A black cat that belonged to my Grandad
  • A passport photo of my Dad, aged 18
  • My Grandma’s jewellery box
  • Photographs of my parents when they were young (and wearing matching shirts)
  • My passport, to remind me that adventure is just around the corner
  • My phone
  • A photograph of my Mum looking happy and carefree
  • Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, to give me perspective

And hey guys,  I did a post on this a while back... its burning to the ground

Lastly, I'm sure many of you are aware of this project by now, but I check every single week to see what the new batch of secrets entail, from Frank Warren's project titled Post Secret

Now go explore other people's lives!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Adorn the streets

And what if every once and a while they spread a checked black and white floor over the concrete, twined white rose garlands up and around the lamppost, raised giant gilded gold mirrors and strung fairy lights in-between to create an open stage. If they rode in on proud stallions, switched into lavish gowns and sleek tuxes, and mulled around in anticipation of the night. Of the night and the stars and the music and the dancing and the magic. 

What if?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Book Mountain

For all you book lovers like me, I think you will find this public library in Amsterdam, simply titled "Book Mountain", a heavenly place on earth. I wish lived there. 

Now all it needs is a waterfall...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

With only a month left...

So unless you are not living in the U.S or you are somehow very removed from society, you should know that America is in the midst of  a full blown political race to the White House. And we could possibly have a new president reigning over America for the next four years. Or hopefully not. 

Anyways, on Thursday Mr. President visited my hometown beautiful hometown of Madison, WI. And so on Thursday, almost a third of the kids at my darling high school skipped school and traipsed downtown to Bascom Hill in hopes of seeing or shaking hands with the the president. I unfortunately was not as close as I'd hoped, and the wait was long, but when Obama came out it was like a burst of ecstasy and exhilaration to see the most powerful man in the world step onto the platform, smiling and waving to the absolute mass of people. And GODNESS his speech was more lively and invigorating than the debate the night before. Though people, let's not be too harsh on Mr.President because my AP Government & Politics teacher said he was just off the campaign trail, only having like one day to prepare while Mitt Romney had been holed up in Denver for four days previously, preparing. And also, this debate was Obama's to loose and Romney's to win so of course Romney was going to try to be  lively and a bit more aggressive, trying to make up for his coming up short in the polls. It would not have looked good for the president to have come off as aggressive as he was in the lead, one political spectators in the post-debate show said he could have come off as a bully. Okay. Enough of my getting sidetracked. 

So for this rally, I did not bring my camera, we only took pictures on my mother's iPhone (not spectacular ones at that because we were so far away) but standing in line, I did aquire some very funny  anti-Romney stickers;

Okay, So I know the orange one is hard to read, but it says "Are you under 30? DON'T VOTE paid for by Wall Street Billionaires for Mitt Romney. 

And another funny sticker I saw but didn't have a chance to get was " Mitt Romney for President of the Cayman Islands" Which, if you don't get, is poking fun of Romney because a lot of billionaires or excessively  rich people have offshore accounts so they don't have to pay taxes on them. Which is why Mitt has offshore accounts on the Cayman Islands.

So enough of my wordy, long political post, but I just needed to get it out there. Also, fun fact- 4 years ago I met Michelle Obama when she came on the campaign trail! My mother and I had biked downtown and somehow ended up in the front row and then she came around to shake hands and I got to hug her and shake her hand and talk a tinsy minuscule amount to her! I have pictures, but they're on my other computer... ( I got a new mac for college which I am HIGHLY enthused about).

On a last note, get out here and VOTE VOTE VOTE (for Obama, unless you think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies and think the very wealthy should get tax breaks). 

For fun, here's a link to a sweet Obama stamp- Obama stamp

Sunday, September 30, 2012

So The Avengers...

 So here they are....

And here's what I think of them. Well, of their movie. 

I think there are two types of superhero movies.  A superhero movie with integrity, and a superhero movie made up of just muscle and action. The Avengers is of the latter type. Which is not altogether bad don't get me wrong, but it falls into the usual plot basis of other "just muscle and action" movies where the only plot element, is basically DEFEAT THE BAD GUYAND SAVE THE WORLD!!! Which is all The Avengers really was, and nothing more. The director and producers certainly packed this movie full of kick-ass moves, and glued-to-the-screen fight sequences, which is probably what drew the crowds in to break box office records (to which I thankfully did not contribute to, considering I just watched this on DVD last night). And as for the IMDb rating of 8.5/10, I disagree, and would myself, probably give The Avengers like a 7.2/10 or something, because all it was was two hours of action, and granted, some very amusing, dry, comments from Tony Stark.  Also... The whole tesseract problem was not a particularly creative, new or interesting problem, although the turtle things that fly in at the end were pretty cool. 

Oh, and Chris Hemsworth has a dead sexy voice. 

And that's all! But if you want a fantabulous superhero movie with integrity, go watch The Dark Knight Rises, an absolute thrill ride, and one of my favorite movies. Not mention the fact that Catwoman 100% out-does the Blackwidow.