Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jordyn Rylee

sondre lerche, mondrian sessions

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Last night was one of the best nights I've had in a long, long time.

I got to hang out at Amoeba for a bit, which is always a fun experience and overstimulates the music palate.

Then got to go to the Sondre Lerche Mondrian Sessions in West Hollywood! Seriously, the place is beautiful. I was completely bummed that I didn't take my camera, seeing as how I had my film camera all ready to go but since they had e-mailed me stating "NO, Cameras, sorry! )=" I figured I wouldn't risk it (except for my crappy Sony point-and-shoot) so this is all I got. And a video of a new song ;)

Also! I got to hug Sondre and make him chuckle, which ended up with me getting the only photo with him grinning ;) Fun times!

the other singularity

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Two years ago I wrote a research paper on the technological singularity, because my English prof. seemed rather nerdy and into sci fi so I thought I'd play it up a bit for a good grade. But I found out some rather spectacular information.

Moore's law states that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits has doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. This means that each time it doubles the productive of the computer hardware doubles as well. So computers are getting smarter, get it? The singularity is the point at which humans will cease to be able to continue this trend and the computers will build more efficient machines. Computers building computers, can you kind of see how freaky that could be?

Anyway, there's this guy named Ray Kurzweil who is a bit of a genius and inventor of the synthesizer. Everyone accepts that this guy is a genius. Well, when his father passed away he vowed to live long enough to reach the singularity so that he could download his memories onto a computer and recreate a being like his father. What? Well, the way Kurzweil describes it is that the human body is our hardware and our memories are our software. All hardware eventually begins to malfunction and needs to be replaced whereas the software can be saved. When I came across this guy, I literally thought he'd lost his marbles with the death of his dad and was trying to find a way to evade death. He takes 150 pills a day to be healthy and extend his life span so as to live long enough to see the singularity.

Also, The Big Band Theory did an episode about this where Sheldon came to realize that in order to survive he would have to hide out in his bedroom because his body is so weak and prone to accidents. Hilarity ensued.

But! This whole idea creeps me out! Sure, you can download memories and create a machine that mimics your actions and beliefs but is it really you? Doesn't your essence, your soul (ugh, and I say this for lack of a better word...), reside solely in your body? To everyone else, perhaps it might be "you," but for you once you die, you're dead. This entire concept seems purely selfish to me.

Can't deal with death? Don't have to! Download your aging parents today for low monthly cost of $199.99 until you can't stand them, then unplug them!

Humans are getting out of control with technology. It's one thing to attempt to make your life more comfortable but this robotics, genetics and nanotechnology has the ability to get way out of control in the wrong hands and I think this is something we're going to encounter in our life.

Although, the idea of using nanotechnology in order to clean up our atmosphere sounds pretty awesome. Let's move forward with that, please. And lets start using hemp for all of our paper needs instead of cutting down the rainforest.

Prop 19

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I don't know shit about politics.

A few days ago at school there was a debate on-campus regarding Prop 19 between a retired DEA agent and the editor of High Times magazine. One of the biggest things I took from the debate was the DEA saying, "Now, most of you will probably boo me for saying this but 90% of you kids out there who are for the legalization of marijuana and smoke don't care about the medicinal aspect of the prop but only want it legalized so you can get away with doing it recreationally without worrying about the cops being on your back." Did they boo? Hell no, they applauded.

I am for the legalization of marijuana for a few reasons. Medicinally, I see no reason why it shouldn't be legalized. It has helped more people than hurt from what I have seen in my life. I, personally, think alcohol is a far more hurtful substance to individuals than marijuana is. Viewing the stereotypes alone we have angry drunks versus carefree, loving hippies. Which would you prefer to be surrounded by? I know, we tried prohibition and failed (I am nowhere near even advocating that we attempt prohibition again, I am merely stating that we have worse things legalized as far as I'm concerned) and although we haven't had anywhere near the same level of backlash with marijuana I can only think of a few reasons why it shouldn't be legalized.

Really, perhaps the only reason I think there are any issues with the legalization of marijuana is because we don't have a breathalyzer-type instrument to tell you when someone's high. Society being the way it is, they'll want to regulate what you do on the job (and rightly so in some cases: i.e. driving heavy machinery) and currently the only means of figuring out whether you've partake or not is via urine or blood samples and the shit remains in your system for up to a month so that's not particularly helpful.

It seems to me though that the fight for legalization has been going on for decades and this may not be the time for it to pass. It saddens me, a bit. It appears to me that we are entering a conservative era and... I feel like I have missed out on something important and grand.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I believe the universe was created 14 billion years ago from a singularity and what we today know as the big bang theory. From that single moment in time, all of the Helium and Hydrogen in the universe was created, the basis for the existence of everything we know today. Every single atom ever was born in that moment and exists today, surrounding us, engulfing us. Four billion years ago the solar system was born out of an accretion disk creating the milky way we see today. The initial blast from the big bang (and assuming we all know a bit about inertia and vacuums) pushed everything in an outward motion, which continues to this day. Hypothetically (and this can never be proven), the universe will reach a limit of expansion at which it will slow and inevitably stop before it starts shrinking unto itself once again, eventually back into a singularity and possibly creating yet another big bang. The cycle of this means that perhaps on the grand scale of things, this has happened before. Other universes could have existed and others can exist again. Who knows?

I suppose this can be viewed as somewhat "spiritual," but it seems lacking to me. I do not praise, pray or cower. I do not judge. I question, I ponder. I refuse to preach but I will sit and converse. No one is right, to me, because nothing can ever be proven.

We are all stardust. Today, as much as when I was a child, this idea remains with me and comforts me.

This is my "religion," I suppose. My science. This is what I believe.

Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.
-Lawrence Krauss


Thursday, September 30, 2010

There's thunder rumbling about outside my window and I feel childlike in my joy.

It's been a very long week for me. I started my new job last week while I was still working the remaining week at my old job so for awhile there I was juggling those two while my Dad was trying to push me to keep both while going to school! No worries there, I completely ignored him. This week classes started up properly and I'm reminded of why I ignored him; I'm exhausted! I hadn't realized just how very much so but even while I'm staring, shoulders shrugged, at the screen I can feel just how puffy and tired my eyes are, and my back is quite a bit sore as well.

I love my new school. It's what I have been waiting for, for three years, to be at a proper school with decent people and events. I went straightaway and bought myself a shirt, that's how excited I am. THERE'S SO MUCH TO DO. Literally, there's so much! Events left and right and never a dull moment, it's my home away from home now (which is reasonable, seeing as how I go to school 5 days a week as well as work there). The people are magnificent and I'm finally starting to be pleased with the sorts of people I'm surrounding myself with these days. Perhaps it's less much so the people and more the fact that I'm finally beginning to feel secure with myself, that I'm starting to be more of myself, perhaps? Regardless the reason, I'm overjoyed and quite a bit exhausted, really.

I'm trying to take care of myself more. I really am awful about watching what I eat so I might as well try to sweat it all out of my system. So I went out and fixed up my old bike, then decided I might as well try to get a decent road bike as well, and joined yet another kickboxing class. I'm rather pleased at myself for that...

Haven't had much time for photos, but I'm not bothered. I'm really trying to concentrate on my schoolwork moreso than ever, because maybe now it really means something. Now I actually feel like I'm working towards a goal, my B.A. in Psychology. Now if I could only choose my concentration...


Monday, September 20, 2010

Named after the nephew from The Fantastic Mr. Fox, original design by Erika Altosaar (although it didn't come out exactly like it, to my chagrin...), the original idea for the fox tattoo arose out of foxes in literature that I adore. Specifically, The Little Prince was the last straw for me, the final piece and reason that I could no longer ignore and once I saw Erika's fox I knew that was the image I had been searching for.The fox in The Little Prince teaches the prince the meaning of taming or friendship which is important to me in two senses. In the sense of taming a wild animal because the thoughts in my head oftentimes are so chaotic and jumbled that I require assistance in taming the storm in my mind. It's something I've struggled with because as opposed to attempting to figure it out on my own I continue to rely on others to aid me which ends up making a muck of things. In this sense, Kristofferson is a reminder to myself, to help myself.

Simply it being from The Little Prince is important to be for having shared it with Carlos, whom will always be important to me.

In the sense of friendship, Kristofferson is a symbol of all the great people and friendships that I have had in my life and their impact. Simple as that.

Excerpt from Le Petite Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

"I am looking for friends. What does that mean–'tame'?"
"It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. "It means to establish ties."
"'To establish ties'?"
"Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world…"
"I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "There is a flower… I think that she has tamed me…"
So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure grew near–
"Ah," said the fox, "I shall cry."
"It is your own fault," said the little prince. "I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you…"
"Yes, that is so," said the fox.
"But now you are going to cry!" said the little prince.
"Yes, that is so," said the fox.
"It has done you no good at all!"
"It has done me good," said the fox, " because of the color of the wheat fields." And then he added:
"Go and look again at the roses. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret."
The little prince went away, to look again at the roses.
"You are not at all like my rose," he said. "As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world."
And the roses were very much embarrassed.
"You are beautiful, but you are empty," he went on. "One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you–the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose."

And he went back to meet the fox.
"Goodbye," he said.
"Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
"What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."
"It is the time I have wasted for my rose–" said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.
"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose…"


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I wanted to avoid updating because my life is in shambles. But it is what it is and it is my life.

I'm leaving tomorrow for Mexico and I'm fucking terrified. My head is such a mess right now that I'm convinced I'm going to die out there and can't seem to imagine the return flight because this is the beginning of the end and I still don't want it to end. But the what if's are pointless. I'm going to spend the entire time getting lost and photographing everything. I'm also scared of getting my camera stolen, so the majority of my shots might be film. Rather lose my $40 camera than the $500 one. I did get my new lens before the trip though, hooray.

I still have 3 rolls of film I need to get developed from the beach and random outings.

My mind isn't in the right place right now. I'm drowning in a sea of my insecurities and the list of things I need to work on as a human being are endless. I am not who I want to be at this point in my life. I am a caricature.

But I intend to focus internally and fix myself. I'm already taking the steps to get the help I need. I'm too anxious and I just cannot be proud of the things that I have done.

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”

-Neil Gaiman

grain is good

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

This math class is killer. I have no time for social interactions, luckily it ends this Thursday. Then whatever lack of social life I have will be my own fault.
Planning a trip for Mexico for the end of August/beginning of September with my Father. I look forward to it as I'm forcing him to take me to Puerto Vallarta for the beach and elsewhere to look at mummies and such. Also, I get to see my grandmother, thankfully.
Here are pictures from the past few weeks, in film. I plan to take many many more.

i may or may not be an existential nihilist

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I still can't for the life of me explain why as a child I was so paranoid and fearful of death. I think it all started in the third grade when the teacher started talking about an asteroid heading towards Earth. I remember looking around in confused panic, wondering why we weren't jumping into action. Where were the lasers and bombs to destroy this monstrous asteroid? Why weren't we hiding in bomb shelters with stashes of food and goods?
Then there was Y2K, good lord that was a mess. I was in Mexico for the New Years and while everyone was out partying for the millenia (since it was 1999...) I was hiding out in bed, beneath the covers with my heart racing, convinced that if I were to die I'd damn well die in my sleep.
I was afraid of the house catching on fire, aliens declaring war on Earth and earthquakes. I can't deny that from time to time I still lose sleep over "The Big One." I guess it's one of the major downfalls of living in California.
-"Where are you from?"
-"Oh, California, where the weather's always perfect."
-"That sounds lovely!"
-"Yeah, until the Earth and Ocean decide to swallow us whole... but what a view!"
I really can't even explain where my intense fear of aliens came from. I have odd memories from when I was a child that simply do not make sense. Our yard was huge and the backyard had a giant brick wall and an enormous lemon tree hidden away in the dark corner that I rarely ventured to and never alone. I remember looking over at the wall one day and seeing, what to me as a child, appeared to be a giraffe. Later on my sister swears she saw the devil in that house so... I don't really know what I saw. Other occasions there were odd lights... but I must have walked into the living room once at an inopportune moment and caught something on tv on aliens abducting someone and it was one of those awful tv shows were they reenact everything dramatically and a million times scarier and since then I just haven't liked the idea of aliens. Do they exist? I do not care so long as their existence does not pertain to me.
Basically all these fears stem from the major one: thanatophobia, the fear of death.
When I was a kid going through one of my usual panic attacks I spoke with my eldest sister who told me not to worry about it, that it was all pointless. That we were all created out of stardust and once we perish we go back to being stardust. For whatever reason, this calmed down my fear immensely and my usual panic attacks perished. On a side-note my mother says when I was younger I used to have night-terrors but I swear I don't anymore.
Probably since them my love of astronomy and stardust has only grown. I took an astronomy course during the Spring that I loved and we even touched on a particular theory that piqued my interest.
If The Big Bang Theory is correct, then the universe is expanding. But the universe is expanding at a much slower rate today than it was millions of years ago, which has lead astronomers to believe that at some point the universe will reach some limit (what's beyond the universe?) and begin imploding into itself until it reaches a point of singularity from which a new Big Bang will emerge. This soothes me. It means that the universe is never-ending. Once this world is over, a new one will exist and who knows how many others have existed before us and will exist after us. It means that we are tiny tiny things in a grand scheme, our lives are meaningless but not in a sad "boo-hoo there's no point to my life!" type of way but just as it is. There is no point to our lives and I think that's kind of the big joke of it all.
It doesn't mean we can't make anything out of it and be meaningful to someone, but for the universe? We hardly exist.

“It's fear of the unknown. The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that--it's all illusion. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's unknown and it's plain sailing. Everything is unknown--then you're ahead of the game. That's what it is. Right?”

-John Lennon


Monday, June 28, 2010

i write my death on paper so i can feel alive

Sunday, June 27, 2010

She was fed up. If you had asked her with what in particular, she wouldn’t be able to give you the specifics. Whether it was a flaw on her part or if really was just that inconsequential, who knows. What we do know is that she had hit her breaking point and was done with it all. Done with her job, her so-called boyfriend, her family, she had just decided that she was done with life.

She walked up the steps of the tallest building she knew, slowly, calmly. Like I said, the specifics don’t really matter. It’s the same old story. She climbed the mountain towards nirvana, decided. Once she reached the top she took off her coat. She suddenly felt too warm. She walked towards the edge of the building and looked down at all the little people-ants. She could have been there for an eternity, it certainly felt like a lifetime. In reality, it could have been a mere seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, many lifetimes. Seasons could have passed without her acknowledging them. Her mind was set.

She braced herself, but then again maybe she didn’t. It’s not something you automatically know how to brace yourself for. But she braced herself as best she could, and jumped. Suddenly she had the grace of a ballerina and the agility of an acrobat that she never had in her life. She flew and twisted herself, her arms down to her sides and her head pointed downwards she flew like a projectile. Suddenly she was aware again. Time slowed down for her as if she was the only thing that mattered, she was the only one that had ever mattered. She realized just how vivid colors were and how beautiful everything was. She felt the tiniest breeze through each strand of hair, she saw each particle of dust as it moved, gently, quickly, out of her way, and she felt the air, the oxygen, the smog, everything as she breathed it in and made her lungs expand.

Then suddenly it came. It didn’t cause her any pain and somehow, somewhere in the back of her mind, she was grateful for it. But she felt it. She had twisted her body and aimed herself straight down for a reason, she wanted it over quickly. But she wasn’t prepared for the sensations that occurred. There may have not been any pain, but she felt everything. She felt her skull crack open and the jagged edges slam into her soft cushiony brain. She felt her entire face explode from the fall. She felt her arms and legs slap around without feeling, without bones. Maybe it was just at which the speed she moved, there surely had to be bones. Just as quickly as it came, it was gone.

She was gone. Like being born, like coming into existence, she was gone. Just as the world existed before her, it continued without her. Maybe some miniscule part of it missed her, but it was far too small and the world lived in a much grander scale to truly acknowledge her. She had come, done her part and had gone just as fluidly, effortlessly.

The point was that it was over.

of dreams

Friday, June 25, 2010

i dreamt tonight. i saw faces and animals and clouds all speed through before my eyes. faces i've met and faces i haven't met yet, jumbled thoughts and memories, nearly impossible to pick one apart from the rest. loves gained and loves lost. everything feels the same.

i try to pick apart the subtle differences, the distinctions that separate the love from hate, the apathy from sympathy... but they move too fast for me to be able to pick them apart and analyze. they blur into one another until they are the same thing. inseparable and indescribable.

i remembered my dreams tonight. i'm not sure if i don't simply prefer forgetting them.

Part I: Birth

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's a funny thing, life. We know nothing going into and out of it. We can't even begin to recall the first three to five years of our lives or so, and some of us are so unlucky as to not be conscious for the last few. We are born naive and die tragically jaded, ignorantly unaware or, a very rare few, at peace (It's a funny thing the latter, perhaps I've still got plenty of the youthful ignorant confidence towards these sort of things but I find it hard to believe anyone can truly be okay with dying. But really that's another story.)

Two things are the same for every living soul: we are all born and we all die. Every death is tragic, engulfed by mourning and every birth is... what is birth? Planned or unplanned, temperamental, a joyous occasion? Sometimes, but not all the time. People have managed to give birth without even acknowledging that they were pregnant and how they pull that off is beyond me.

It's a weird thing, not being able to remember our births. We were all there through the screaming and agony, the pushing and bleeding, the slapping and crying and bathing and hugging. They coo over you and fight to hold you while the nurses and doctors take you away to clean up all the ruddy disgusting natural liquids that were keeping you alive only moments earlier.

Then there's the naming. What's in a name? What is in a name? Nine months are spent trying to figure out what this tiny little being is going to be known as for the next 80 years or so. How did people decide on names in the olden days? Nowadays books are sold and profit is made on whether your child will be named Charlie or Henry. Does it really make a difference?

I wish I knew the story behind my name, or if there even is one. Marcela. Marcel or Marcelo if I were a boy. "Dedicated to Mars." What does that even mean? Mars as in Aries as in God of War? Apparently so. Maybe that describes my temperament and overall moodiness. My family-members would understand that best, I suppose.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Etymology: New Latin, from Greek nostos return home + New Latin -algia; akin to Greek neisthai to return, Old English genesan to survive, Sanskrit nasate he approaches.
a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition; also : something that evokes nostalgia

I regret a few things from when I was a child. Granted, I didn't know any better and can hardly blame myself, but in hindsight I wish I had been a bit different.

What with my sisters being ten and eight years older than me, I can hardly attest to what their youth must have been like, or what their childlike mannerisms were. But I remember my own. I was always such a tomboy. I'd ride my bike, play with the boys and essentially run around only stopping to watch Power Rangers and, I'll admit, My Little Pony. My mom would chase me around trying to get me to wear ridiculous frilly little white dresses that were without a doubt older than me. One of my mom's favorite stories is of when we went visiting family in Mexico where they inevitably have numerous portraits of each and every one of us, and when I came across one of my eldest sister Yvette I exclaimed, "Why is she wearing my dress!" To which all the grown-ups laughed at my naivety.

I wish I'd let her dress me up more often and get the joy of seeing her youngest little girl frolick in a frock.

I fondly remember my mother dressing me up in a much-too-big green silky gown that I adored and who knows where I got it from, with my long hair that I would always accidentally sit on or get caught on a chair (this happened often at school with those poorly constructed plastic and metal chairs with screws sticking out at every odd end), and just a teeny bit of make-up. I always hated the stuff at a young age, never did I think I would end up with such a strong reliance on it. She'd dress me up like her own life-sized doll and stand me up just so, positioning me right in front of the window with our lacy curtains as the sun was setting and photograph me.

I never did see what came out of those pictures. I don't think I ever even asked. I wouldn't even begin to explain why I thought of this as I lay here on my couch, inevitably sweating from the heat while the cooler hums in the corner, trying desperately to sleep.

But I oftentimes think about my mother's past life before me and my sisters and my father, her husband. She sometimes mentions tidbits of what her life once was and I grasp at it trying to get a better understanding of this woman whom to me is only mother but in reality is so much more.

She's worked odd factory jobs, she received some sort of degree for secretarial work and she knows shorthand; she even keeps a diary in it! I wonder what odd things are written in there.

de rabia naci

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Stop struggling, soul. Your burden is too heavy to carry alone.
Learn to reach out before your breath is sucked out and you are left grasping for breath.
Life is too short to live it so lonesome.

i never asked to be your mountain

Friday, May 21, 2010

hold still

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

paper money

Monday, May 17, 2010

I bought a Holga today that I'm very excited to use. I just wish i had more money to buy more film which then I'll require even more money to print and etc. it never ends. Perhaps I should open up a donation?

cheap frills

Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Google Earp..."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Saturday was fantastic. It was Sam's 20th birthday party and the theme was Japanese Karaoke! We were all dressed up as business-folk and let loose on the karaoke. Would've been even better if my group hadn't been cut off during our rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody... WE'RE SUPERSTARS, I TELL YOU! ...but oh well.
Of course, we did the usual "Oh hey, look now that everyone's gathered around LETS TELL GHOST STORIES OOoooOOh....." and such. Always piques my interest, as well as scare the crap out of me...

Sunday I was introduced to geocaching. More on that later, we really enjoyed that though.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Since I was roughly 14 years old I have struggled with the common ailment called acne vulgaris, zits for short. It has consistently pained me and embarrassed me. I once even had someone I liked dub me the "Pimple Queen." High School clearly was hard. Painfully, it is oftentimes associated with pubescent teenagers but it is not always the case. Here I am, a 21 year old with the face of a 15 year old. I expected, like many of my companions, that I would simply grow out of it.
Does that mean I didn't waste an insane amount of money on products in an effort to combat the infection of my face? Of course I did. Have I grown out of it? Has anything legitimately worked for me? Perhaps for a small amount of time, maybe a month or two of sheer bliss but nothing much longer.
So I ask you, how? How do I combat this!? Have I not suffered enough?

Here's a funny little anecdote for you;

A few months ago my face broke out, bad. The worst it's been since my sophomore/junior year of high school. It was nothing short of a complete embarrassment for me to walk out in public. But alas, I went. Because I have never been one to let fear get in the way of me living my life (Ha!). Anyway, I had to return something at Ross because I was strapped for cash like I usually am. There was a man in front of me in line. I thought nothing of it. I did what I went to do and was on my way. In the parking lot, however, the same man stopped me. He was a stout Mexican man and spoke to me in spanish. He asked if he could speak to me and I said sure, why not? I figured he needed directions or something but I should have known something was up by the way he had kept staring at me earlier. Anyhow, the conversation was vague. He was asking something about if I knew someone who was pregnant and I was utterly confused. He kept talking about (get this) how I should ask my prego friend if I could kindly take their placenta and rub it on my face. Here's the point where my brain's gears were grinding and suddenly came to a halt. This man was talking about my acne! Not only that, he had told me to rub HUMAN PLACENTA on MY FACE to CURE my ACNE. The man was kind and gentle, so unlike many people whom I later told the story to told me to react ("Tell me you hit him," or "You cussed him out, right?") I simply thanked him and walked away trying very much so not to cry.
But honestly, now. Does this tell you anything? Consider this. Acne harms people mentally more so than just their dermis. It harms their psyche and their confidence to a level of desperation, to put human placenta on your face is nothing sort of sheer desperation. It is very saddening to me. Have I reached that point? Goodness, no. Have I considered it? Jokingly, afterwards but never seriously. Sorry, but I don't have the gall to go through with that. The idea (understandingly) sickens me.

But really, I've tried countless things. And Proactiv sucks. Maybe it works for those sensitive skin folk with a tiny little zit or two but it dried my skin out something painful. I couldn't move my face or moisturize without a searing amount of pain and I don't care what you say, that is in no way good for your face.
I, like a good amount of people am vain and sick. I strive for, not exactly perfection (I long ago learned that just wasn't within my grasp), but simply to look good. I am sickeningly green with envy of those whose face glows in the sunlight where mine only shows the tiny little shadows of bumps and redness I can't always hide.
I'm tired of slathering my face with make-up in an effort to hide the inflammation, scars and pockmarks. I am completely sickened by the fact that oftentimes I photoshop my face in pictures to appear smoother.
But really, at this point, what am I to do now?

humble abode

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Oh, I'm awful. What a snapshot. I need to photograph more and quit being a procrastinator. Also, I need to clean. That's what I get out of this image. We are a messy, messy people...
On a side note, I hate it when people go MIA. I know I've been known to do it from time to time but I try to be there when I'm needed, I really really do. The hardest part is the lack of communication, the reaching out and constant neglect and the feeling of helplessness. Well, what can I do? Vent on my blog, it seems.

Fiat Lux

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I failed to take a photo yesterday. Which was rather a shame, since it was a great day and in actuality had a quite a few photographic chances.
It start off as a late day because Carlos and I quite enjoy sleeping in on those rare occasions that we actually can sleep in together. We got ahold of our friend Cesar and we were off! We meant to go to the La Brea Tar Pits but it was already getting late and I was worried that we wouldn't make it in time so instead we went to the UCR Museum of Photography. Looking at all those old-school cameras and beautiful images was definitely captivating and inspirational. Finally I had a chance to see Ansel Adams Fiat Lux work and it was beautiful. Amazing to see what can be done with film! I wish I were that talented...
We saw an amazing camera c. 1945 that weight roughly 700 pounds if I remember correctly. It was definitely one of the old-school cameras, the old accordion-looking ones that you can see the image upside down and reversed on the back screen, but boy was it crisp.
Then we went on with our journey to The City of Angels to pay a nice little visit to Buffalo Exchange. I found a real comfy V-neck sweater and (what I consider to be) a super cute BDG top. There were some nice little booties but for 30 bucks I wasn't that in love with them.Here's the fabric of my new favorite top...
Afterwards we were starving and roamed around Chinatown after hours until we found a decent place to eat. It was really lovely though, I'd never gone to Chinatown before this. I forget what the place we went to was called but it was very elegantly decorated, which is why we hesitated to go in the first place but it was nearly the only place open at that hour. BUT IT WAS GOOD. And well worth it! We also got free lobster with our meal!


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