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Friday, January 30, 2009

Slumgdog (is a) Millionaire

Just watched the movie with my girlfriend and definitely deserves all its awards. Don't wait til it comes out on dvd, go now and you'll thank me.

Magneto can't do nothing..

...when you have these bullet proof clear walls protecting the bankers and possible robbers at Bank of America. I wonder if they have to clean it everyday.

Friday, January 23, 2009

MUA: Karen [Test]

Today, I met my friend's friend who happens to be working on being a skilled make up artist [MUA]. I had her sign my usual release form. People should read the fine print more often because I end up making hundreds using these images..... jk jk
All black and white photos taken by friend Apol who knew this MUA
I look fat. And a bum too. Haven't shaved for awhile.
The last session poses before calling it a day. Now on to the edited images. The favs are posted and these were taken in her room with a simple white background. Luckily, her room had a big sliding door which allowed all the light as needed.

CLICK TO ENLARGE by the way.
Make up was subtle and definitely a clean look.
"Give me a smirk... mm.. not a big smile.. just a smirk" I said.
I feel like dropping a photo of some makeup on the right side and put there "Maybe it's Maybelline"

This is my favorite photo out of her headshots.

Good session indeed. As you can see from the B&Ws, we had a short session outside but I felt these are far better especially when showcasing her own work.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Boredom So I Cooked: "Potatoe-Crusted Salmon"

Woke up and decided to cook. I got this pretty cool cookbook even signed by the author and so I thought I'd put it to use.

"Hi! Can I have one salmon fillet please?
Added bonus: needed to try to Rice a Roni. I'm in Daly City/San Francisco and I haven't tried a box yet? Well today's the day. So many friggin choices but I settled on the wild rice kind.
Recipe calls for [boxed] potatoes and once again there's many choices.
Roasted Garlic and Parmesan. Mmm. I can taste the sodium already in these boxed goodies.
Got my ingredients and now we start. And yes, that little miracle machine to the top right is my Magic Bullet.
Double the water since I have two boxes in there and said "Frick!" since I thought I put too much. Turned out ok later. Also, there's 2 tablespoons of good ol butter.
Here's my jewel.
And bam! I dice that jewel with my matching Rachael Ray knife.
I give those lil guys a roll in the package of instant potatoes.
Rice is cooking. Potatoe-crusted salmon ready for action.
That's all goodness right there.
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil to the pan. 2 minutes each side until crispy and golden.
Plating inspired by the real chefs of Food Network. Baby spinach to add some greens and what a beaut.
My girlfriend stops by before heading to work to taste my skills. A glass of pomegranite blueberry juice to wash it down as well.
My plate shortly after.
She took some to go for work's dinner. Delish.

A Love Excerpt from "Bed" by Tao Lin



p. 22-23

He tried just to love. Anything there was, he tried just to love. It didn't work that way, though. It just didn't. Love, after all, was not sold in bundles, by the pound. Love not ill-lt, enervated, Chinatown asparagus.

Though if love was an animal, Garret knew, it would probably by the Loch Ness Monster. If it didn't exist, that didn't matter. People made models of it, put it in the water, and took photos. The hoax of it was good enough. The idea of it. Though some people feared it, wished it would just go away, had their lives insured against being eaten alive by it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Apple. Cool Aid

She got cool--Hers arrived today via Amazon.com When there's no tax on such an item already priced below retail, buying something like this makes it all sweeter.
The pro looks massive compared to the latest macbook. But nevertheless, they're both sexy in their own right.

Academy of Sciences, San Francisco - A Visual Tour

What are the chances that the weather be so friggin nice in SF on a January-still-wintery-day? Well I'd say slim but damn did it feel good to lay on the grass.
I told my girlfriend I'd be a good model. Case in point.
Lunch was brought by me: homemade sandwhiches--pastrami and provolone laid on romaine lettuce in between wheat bread. The best part is the fresh spread I prepared: bell peppers, bread, walnuts, olive oil, cumin powder, salt and pepper. Yum-O. And oh, cold Dr. Pepper too.
We begin our journey.
The first stop were the African penguins. They're attention seeking missles. Kept going by the pane and making all the kids cheer and excited.
Remember that hall when you were a kid? Well it's reincarnated for sure.
The living rooftop as they call it [i believe]. All California native plants planted on the roof making it a comfortable home for birds and butterflies to whizz by. These windows provide natural sunlight for the building as well as heating/cooling.
My girlfriend said the place looks like a skeleton. It's very silver steel indeed. But all materials are recycled to keep up with the green movement.
That dome is the state of art digital planeterium. Crazy ass show indeed with the screen as large as your eyes can see. You really have to turn your head in each direction to see what's coming.
Enter the Rainforest. Humid and all but a wondrous land.
The architecture is amazing here: mixing metal and earth is very pleasing here.
She really didn't touch it. We pretend.
Before you leave they make sure there's no 'flies on you. It's funny because people automatically pat themselves down as if they'd feel them on them. And even if they did, they'd pretty much kill them. We're automatic it's so funny.
People sit too long and don't give up their seats.
Right across is De Young. San Francisco makes visiting places quite easy.
This lady at first was posing right in front of this. My girlfriend and I wanted to take our pics but she just stood there. So I ended up taking photos of her until she moved.
Our souveneer was quite unrelated: astronaut ice cream. My first time ever tasting this treat.
I said "Wow. That's reeeally good!"
My teeth blanketed with the melt in your mouth ice cream.
We done did it.