Recently spent the weekend in NYC for the first-ish time! Just documenting this for my own reference; I barely took any pictures.
Today's music post: The Last to Know by Faith No More.
Updated to Bludit 3.0! Always a bit stressful doing upgrades when you're not sure if all of your content is going to get busted or not, haha. Luckily everything worked out just as the documentation outlined!
I was at Canzine Toronto yesterday with Linda Tea, representing Love Love Hill. It was nice to see a lot of bustling creativity across the whole show. I'm grateful to the organizers and volunteers at Broken Pencil for making things happen. Thank you to everyone who dropped by to say hello and/or buy stuff :). Check out the winners of the 2018 Broken Pencil Zine awards, and their IG compilation post to find more excellent zinesters (such breadth!)!
C.Y.P.H.E.R. Operation Wildlife We had the boxed version of this game growing up. I suspect that a large part of my animal knowledge and love, originates from this game.
Wacky Wheels I always played the Moose names Morris. I'm not sure why...slow and steady? Also played this with my siblings.
Rampage They made a movie out of this, but I played this with my siblings, all three of us on the same keyboard, somehow. I was always Ralph the wolf!
Scorched Earth I remember spending hours shooting holes into the ground.
James Pond I always gravitated to replaying this platformer. I remember there were a lot of cream/sugar/candy-related backgrounds and themes. Even though I loved James Bond for other reasons, I never really made the connection between James Pond and James Bond.
Pastel Muses Another shooter/puzzle game, but with cute animals! I was really good at this game...
Shining Force 1, 2, and 3 (scenario 1) Strategic RPGs with wide cast of characters. This game is likely part of why I love knights and fantasy setting so much. So many hot knights. I liked that you can take your sweet time making decisions and placing your characters, rather than real-time battle. They also had fun animal/creature hybrid-type characters that were secretly powerful. I'd often replay an entire level if it turned out that one of my team members died during battle.
Today's music post: Shining Force II Symphonic Suite by Motoaki Takenouchi. Super nostalgic!
Not really related to anything, but I can't believe that Houshin Engi inspired official street fashion exists!!!!!! Fugen shinjin's outfit is the best looking one IMO. All this reboot merch because of the rebooted anime...they also recompiled the manga with fancy new covers.
I sometimes get really into observing my planted tank and shrimp. Here's a compilation of recent photos!
To take these photos I'm just using a clip-on macro lens on my cellphone camera. It is pretty hit and miss, but I'm glad to have some photos stored to look at my tank growth and progress!
My left arm has been in pain for the past while, and I've been having insomnia as well. IDK what the cause of all of it is, but hopefully it subsides soon. Body is aging and aching...
Today's music post: Symphony No. 5 by Sibelius, conducted by Leonard Bernstein,performed by Vienna Philharmonic. I went to hear Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 performed at the TSO last weekend. The most interesting parts to me were the swan-inspired wing fluttering emmulated by the cello (?I assume?) bows knocking against the strings. Another interesting read here, here, and here.
Here's a bonus sad swan song called Olim lacus colueram/Once I swam in lakes, which is 1/25 of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana movements. The song is meant to be sung by a tenor in falsetto (haha). The song lyrics are BIG MOOD.
For the past few weeks my drawing hand gets numb whenever I use my computer at home (sit desk). It doesn't seem to happen when I'm using the mouse as work (stand desk). I'm not really sure what's going on, but I suspect it's a pinched nerve somewhere else in my body that is causing this. Will be asking a RMT about it tomorrow!
As a result, I haven't really been drawing much at all, especially not at the computer.
Here's a picture I drew of my holiday party outfit this year. Most people assumed that I was going to wear a bag dress (as usual), so I decided to SHAKE THINGS UP and go with a full menswear-inspired outfit, inspired by cool people like Esther Quek from older-era, DapperQ, and of course, Janelle Monae.
I came pretty close to replicating this drawing IRL, save for a few things:
Oh, I drew my own hair part wrong. Everything is mirrored...
A while back, I also drew some stuff to get embroidered on to a varsity jacket! I'm really happy with how it all turned out! Everything on the jacket was designed to represent some aspect of myself, so it is very personal. Kudos if you can figure out how everything is linked to me...!
Today's music post: Grand Poppa by ZAMAGI chill japanese hip hop!
Let me tell you about some things that I like...
I'm currently sporting The Hemmingway watch from Hawthorn Watch Co's kickstarter. It has all the features I need in a watch: highly contrast watch face, 3 watch arms, numbers, and date. I toyed with the idea of getting an automatic watch for a while, but decided that the reliability of swiss quartz movement is more functional for me and what I use watches for (running to meetings, timing workshop activities, etc.). Automatic watches also tend to be way more expensive, taller, and mostly marketed towards man-sized wrists. The Hemmingway is definitely on the bigger side for my wrist (40mm) but I guess that makes it easier to read time as my eyes get older. It always aggravates me I see "women" versions of watches that are tiny and bejeweled to the point of non-function!
The watch I had prior to the Hemmingway was a Grenen watch by Skagen. It was the first "adult" watch that I ever bought, for the purposes of looking like a legit workerbee when I went to client meetings, etc. I remember within 1-2 days of wearing the Skagen it already had a permanent scratch on the surface (you can see some of the scratches in the photo). The strap is also not replaceable and has begun splitting after a couple years of wear. Many reviews on the Skagen website also note the same problem. The strap problem plus the mineral crystal glass led me to retire the watch . I love the look of a lot of Skagen watches, but the quality of the make is just not good enough!
I have accidentally banged the Hawthorn watch on many things before and it shows no sign of wear! Sapphire crystal totally makes a difference (even if it is domed/raised, which you would expect would scratch more often). Apparently sapphire crystal is second in hardness to diamond! Will see how long this watch survives!
Music post: What's That Perfume That You Wear? by Jans Lekman. This artist was chosen by one of my colleagues as a song that might represent aspects of my personality... interesting!