Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Semi-hesitant Official Blog Post #1

I'm reading Moby Dick right now. Apparently, it's one of the most hated classics in the English language. I can see why... that one chapter about the importance of Sperm-Wale-oil was less than riveting. But still. I'm loving the language and the dark humor. It's making me want to drop everything and run away to a beach. Not the warm, post-card-friendly beaches of Hawaii or California (though those are lovely too), but the rockier, colder beaches of the Pacific Northwest. I have a weird fixation with this area, especially the Oregon coast. I don't really know why. I'm not from there or anything and I've only been twice. It's just so wonderful to me. I watched The Goonies the other night just because they filmed it in Astoria and Cannon Beach. And, y'know, because of Chunk. Who doesn't love the "truffle shuffle"? Seriously.

I'm still apprehensive (and a little embarrassed that people are actually reading this...), but I'm starting to understand the appeal of blogging. I stumbled upon the amazing, Brooklyn-based illustrator Jillian Tamaki's "sketchblog" and am now resolved to make my own blog(s) more ...interesting. Maybe not today... but I will get down to the nitty-gritty eventually. My life's pretty weird... I'm sure I could include a few semi-humorous stories.
In the meantime, here is a list of songs I've been enjoying within the last week or two (I am list-happy. Run away now):

"Go Places" - The New Pornographers
"French Navy" - Camera Obscura
"All the Pretty Girls" - Fun.
"Dog Problems" - The Format
"Where is my Mind?" - Pixies
"Portland is Leaving" - Rocky Votolato
"Seventeen" - Marina and the Diamonds
"Dog Days are Over" - Florence and the Machine
"22" - Lily Allen
"The Wrong Girl" - Missy Higgins
"Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga (Don't judge.)
"Waltz" - Fiona Apple
"Lessons Learned" - Matt and Kim
"Happy Kid" - Nada Surf
"Watching the Planets" - The Flaming Lips
I also just re-discovered my old Smashing Pumpkins CDs. Such fond memories. :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Obligatory introductory post

I don't really like blogs. There's something kind of dull and narcissistic about the whole thing to me. A journal I can understand. It's something you keep away from this dreadful and all consuming internet culture, privy to only a few lucky losers. And journals have pages. Pretty, papery, crisp little pages (I go a little crazy over paper...) that you can crinkle and tear and spill things on, etc.

Still, if I'm serious about this whole illustration deal (and about getting a good grade for this class), blogging is "essential". I'll probably warm up to it as soon as I get going... and I will also try to be less, um, negative in my posts.

In the meantime, I need a better title. Hah! Another reason why physical journals are better: they require no craptastic titles.