September 24th, 2008 | Comments Off on Random thoughts

A friend and I preface a lot of things with “Random:” when we’re talking online. So in that spirit…

Random: Is there anyone on this planet who thought Clay Aiken was actually straight? I mean… really. Clay fans are “reeling” from this disclosure? Get real.

Random: Guys, please do not carry patent leather bags. I abhor patent leather myself, unless it’s just a detail–I think it looks childish–but men and patent leather just do not mix.

Random: I don’t like shoe booties either. XP So take that, fashion mavens! I think the distance I now have from retail allows me to be dismissive of trends.

Random: I need to go shopping soon, I think… I’ve realized I have sweaters and t-shirts. No real fall transition pieces. Alas, this was much easier when I spent all day inside, instead of dashing from class to class.

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September 22nd, 2007 | Comments Off on Eminences and effusions

In no particular order:

  • No one does “FULL MOON PRAYER” better than Fukiko Nakamura. Case in point: Youtube clip of COS performing live Far less wince-inducing than Nami Tamaki’s performance.
  • Work is more and less stressful than school at the same time. I don’t know. I’m a little perdu at the moment. Maybe more than a little.
  • Nachos are delicious 😀
  • Note to self: lab book needs catching up. Also, processing of latest HPLC data needs to be done. Also, coordinate with Brian re: spectra (not “spectrums”) for new compounds.
  • Jigglypuff is cute. But do you know what’s even cuter? Kirby as Jigglypuff.
  • I have re-discovered my love for Dvorak. Anyone up for a game witht the Paranoia or Programming decks? (I plan to print out the “ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US” deck as well one day. It has pictures! :D)
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July 1st, 2007 | 3 Comments »

This must be the most random set of connections ever. It has to be, to lead to atheist goats.
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April 15th, 2007 | 4 Comments »

… a work term report.

So, I walk into a store looking for a DVD of Howl’s Moving Castle and end up buying Vienna Teng’s Warm Strangers album instead. And for significantly less than that time I saw it at HMV. (Sarah, let me know if you want to hear these two live tracks that only came out on the re-release: “Hope on Fire” and “Boy at the Piano”.)

I have also received my new mp3 player (which, so far, is working just fine) and my massive CORE OF SOUL order.

I’ve also been listening to LOVE’s (Fukiko Nakamura, ex-COS) first release and while it’s not bad, it’s not quite all I expected. There’s also an mp3 floating around of one of Song Rui’s (ex-COS guitarist) new collaboration thingies (it’s in Mandarin!) and I almost like that one better. Except for the vocals part.

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December 14th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

I can’t sleep–all-you-can-eat sushi is not good for dinner, only lunch T_T

Anyway, I thought I’d share this post since I think a lot of you will relate to it:
Two Phrases that Destroyed American Culture. I wish more people were like this. Then I might actually enjoy working in retail and not turn all bitter about it.


//edit: Because I *really* can’t sleep. I’ve gotten less sleep tonight than at any time in the past week, and that was because of exams. Anyway, for those of you looking for something wintery, the Kaguya theme is ready for public viewing again. And I am going to make at least one other theme eventually!

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November 20th, 2006 | 3 Comments »

I have been officially cleared to work for the federal government. 😀

Go me!

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September 12th, 2006 | 6 Comments »


My lamentations about being a Chem major honours student seem to be starting earlier than usual this year. Oh well. I should hopefully be embarking on a good non-school work term soon–inasmuch as one can actually get away from “school” when one is embarking on a chemistry co-op work term…. but I hate hate hate hate cover letters.

WordPress hates me, though. I couldn’t properly import the database–it choked every time Asian characters showed up. In the end, I gave up, so if you poke through some of the older posts, you’ll see some odd gibberish (and if you don’t, that’s because I spent a long, long time fixing it.)

Oh yes, I have moved hosts, so I’m on a pay-as-you-go hosting plan. It’s an interesting idea, but it does mean that I will try not to host bandwidth-intensive sites here. Well, unless I move to another host, anyway.

I like this Chinese drama, Yummy Yummy. It is not the cake one that several of you are familiar with. Rather, it’s about a Singaporean boy who goes to Hong Kong to chase his (former?) girlfriend Jane. Yes, that’s right. JANE. Does this ring any bells for anyone out there? Anyway, I like it despite this because this Singaporean boy speaks an odd mélange of Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. (No, his name is not Jason. It’s Terry.)

Speaking of Ja(y)ne–I love Firefly. Watching episodes with commentary is even more fun!

Disclaimer: I am not clever. In fact, one of my favourite songs from Ping Pung’s CD, Love&Hate, which I now own legally (:D) is a song whose title I like to translate as “Not Clever.”

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June 27th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

I’ve always wanted to do one of these random picture posts.

Domo-kun the tour guide Here we have Domo-kun, of Internet kitten-eating fame (however wrong that may be), and he’s going to be your tour guide for this post. He actually looks much better in daylight. Less… black. Domo-kun is made from suit material, I think, with felt for his mouth and two huge buttons for his eyes. He also has some cotton balls in his feet. His arms are a bit uneven, though.

Domo-kun the music lover First stop, JAPAN! Domo-kun hangs on to my precious CORE OF SOUL CDs. On the left is the BEST collection, and you may recognize the colour scheme from the CD on the right from one of my previous layouts. Those are some awesome CDs, right there. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the little car, but I daresay that after my next Yesasia shopping spree, I’ll have another to play with. Next!

Domo-kun and Deception Point Next stop, bad-thriller-land! The blacked-out barcode on this book point to its former existence as a library book. I can’t believe I actually bought this book. Deception Point is probably the weakest of Dan Brown’s works. It is decidedly cookie-cutter and utterly uninspired. This one gets the Domo angry grimace.

Domo-kun and Owly Around the bend, we see the best comic book I’ve ever gotten for free. Owly is a nearly wordless young readers’ comic, but it is irresistably cute. Look at the eyes on that owl! They’re even bigger than Domo-kun’s! Go on, try it, I DARE YOU. Plus, you get to learn fun life lessons! Isn’t that fun? 😀

Domo-kun and Sense and Sensibility Finally, we come to another Jane Austen book I have yet to read. (I’m working on Pride and Prejudice… again.) Some Jane Austen aficionado is going to have to tell me what works I have left to read if I have Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Pride and Prejudice under my belt.

Domo-kun thanks you for your time and hopes to see you again on Domo-kun tours. Until then, “Do~mo!

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