September 28, 2006

blockhead

I am starting a new thing.

I am going to call it "Four Left Turns".

I have historically been very very bad at "living" where at am, probably cuz of all the travelling.

But no more.

Four Left Turns - London will be pictures of things, people, items, objects all within a block (or so) of my apartment.

Starting...now.

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* Shrink-wrapped Man in Orange standing on top of the Roundhouse.

He makes me laugh.
He makes me cry.
He makes me want to stop and stare and wait for the alien to emerge... (really old reference to the "V" tv series when the little half-alien blonde girl made a cocoon and then when she came out she was this leggy blonde woman... who could down mice and other similiar-type rodents like there was no tomorrow.)

Posted by slin at 11:21 PM

domesticated doodles

I got the bug.

I officially bake now.

Never ever though it would happen, esp since the only thing my mom ever baked was chicken. But, see? This is what happens when you:

1) Work from home.
2) Are in a country that seemingly has more types of sugar than beer.
3) Are naturally fidgety.

I made snickerdoodles today!

Uh, but not the typical cinnamon kind... I'm still obsessed with chai spices, so they're Chai Snickerdoodles (all sorts of cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, and clove goodness) ... have a gander...

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And I must confess, there are tins of raspberry/blueberry, peach, mango, and hazelnut crumble in the freezer too. Along with almond chocolate marble cake.

Yes, it's on the verge of out of control, but luckily T's a very lean slim bean : )
...for now.

Posted by slin at 03:21 AM

September 22, 2006

prickly wonder

Yea! camera's aworkin' again...

I was walking home from the gym a few months ago, just was wandering around the neighborhoods on my way home and saw this really bizarre looking "flower". It must be because there is so much rain here, but the gardens in London seem to have the most varied collection of random things growing in them.

Saw a bunch of these poking out and and pilfered one... love when things dry and shrivel up, they leave behind the most interest "skeletons", horticulturally-speaking.

I have this pinned to my wall and any day now, I'm expecting to see a little alien schmug jump out of the pod...

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P.S. it rattles when you shake it.

Posted by slin at 01:07 AM

September 21, 2006

acck ..accompaniment (sp?)

London is very diverting.

I'm sure this isn't a new thing, but like always, it's new to me ... live orchestral accompaniment, (I really need to check the spelling of that word), alongside movies.

I've seen little snippets of this before, I don't remember exactly, but there was an animation thing I went to in San Francisco, it was something like an old cartoon strip (well-known) and a live performance of an old dude with a banjo/guitar/ukele?? playing along with it.

Honestly, my memory is like a sieve.

Anywho, am very excited about two orchestral accompan..., orchestral play-alongs coming up in London.

Metropolis - (1920's version) accompanied by the German Film Orchestra. Silent film which was the basis for the anime remake in.. uhh... 2000..(??)... recently.

Fritz Lang's 1926 futuristic masterpiece was the first ever sci-fi blockbuster, a spectacular work of vision and design, and deservedly one of the most famous silent films of all time. Set in 2000 in the mechanised city of Metropolis, where the rich enjoy life on the top floors while the oppressed workers toil below-deck, Lang's distopia is one of intricate detail, socio-political allegory, and a powerful and possibly redemptive love story.

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Peter and the Wolf - Accompanied by the Philarmonica Orchestra.
The prestigious world première of an animated film version of Prokofiev’s much-loved classic Peter and the Wolf, which will be screened alongside a thrilling live performance of the orchestral score by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Mark Stephenson. The stop-frame film (a technique popularised by the creators of Wallace and Gromit) of Peter and the Wolf offers a fantastical and intriguing interpretation of the world famous Russian story.

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Am uber excited because this is at the Royal Albert Hall, which I've never been to and it just looks so... big and velvety and red.

Posted by slin at 06:21 AM

September 18, 2006

penmenship

Haven't blogged in a while, partly because don't have a functioning camera at the moment (so many great shots buzzed by... *sigh*) and partly because am in spidge once again.

But am getting into my inks and nibs again and have decided to really really focus this time and illustrate something. Have had the thought for a very long time, to illustrate a little book for my nephew Brent and have even sort of storyboarded/quick sketched it out, but never really sat down to do it.

No more.

This is going to be my next project.

I wrote a little story for him, (actually I wrote it when I was 10, won some book prize, still have the plaque - aren't I schpecial) ... so may do that (it's called "Oh No I'm Stuck in a Shoe", a gripping story about a mouse stuck in a shoe, doesn't know what to do, all his family members are in similar sticky situations and he saves them all, told in poetic Shakespearean cuplets ... no I lie, but everything does rhyme. gripping.)

Or the other idea is to have my sis write conjure something up, which is kind of a nice sisterly-bonding project we can do together.

Looking forward to it, hope it sticks!

Stay tuned...


Posted by slin at 09:52 AM

September 16, 2006

pes

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Didja know?
... in El Salvador they call fish "pes" if it's still in the water and "pescado" as soon as you take it out. As in food. As in half way to yer gullet.

Posted by slin at 12:34 PM