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Man, I keep meaning to post the past few days and then not Now I will!

To start with, my cousin Jennifer just sent me a picture she found.

Yeah, guess which one is me? Yup. Yeah. OMG KEWPIE DOLL.

In other news, I ran into Bradford Louryk, a guy from our graduating class at Vassar. I wasn't really close with him but he was absolutely so sweet to me when we ran into each other, gave me a big hug and called me immediately so I'd have his number. You need to check out his website and see what he's doing now because it is fucking phenomenal. It is so, so cool to see people doing badass stuff. I'm really, really proud of him because he always wanted to do this kind of thing and he is. And it's awesome.

(What "this kind of thing" is is serious, artistic drag performances-- really completely raising drag to a different level artistically, which is pretty awesome. The first time I met him, he talked about how he wanted to play Norma Desmond, which was kind of completely badass at the time, being college freshmen and all.)

My father came to visit the other night, and helped me put my kitchen table together. I really, really need a sofa and some chairs next and then I'll be pretty well-set.

Hmm, what else? Oh! I have never been one to want a large TV set, but playing wii? MAKES ME DESPERATE FOR A BIGGER SCREEN. SRSLY. Oh man, it would be so nice to be able to play on a big screen where I can see everything and it can be life-sizedish.

Those pictures? Working on them! They are still getting drawn, but I haven't had time to hook up the scanner again, so bah. Not really that I haven't had time as I got my wireless so I've been computing from my bedroom. I'm such a nerd.

In addition to working on the pictures, I have some very happy news. See, many, many years ago, on a whim, I bought a package of Pentel Fiesta mechanical pencils which I have never, ever seen again. These pencils have a super thick lead-- 1.3 mm (most pencils you buy in stores are .5 or .7, and "student" pencils are usually .9). Anyone who's familiar with my artwork knows that I usually finish off my pencil drawings with a very thick outer line. That line? Courtesy, Pentel Fiesta.

But for years and years, I've never been able to find refill leads or any new Pentel Fiestas. Not even that, I haven't been able to find any pencils with a lead that thick to replace them. As of a couple months ago, I was down to one, half-finished Pentel Fiesta, and I squirreled it away in favor of using a .9 mm pencil and just doubling up the line so I wouldn't waste my precious Fiesta.

But now? Last night, I went on an exploratory walk around my new neighborhood, and popped my head into a CVS. I needed refills for my .7 pencils (also Pentels...while Staedtler makes the best erasers, I will swear on Pentel for everything else, except .5 mms, which I prefer Zebras), so I walked over to the pencil section.

Where I find what?


I also discovered that I live around the corner from the headquarters for the ornamental ironworkers' union, as well as living near a very swank looking wine bar that needs be tried.

Mmm. Wine bar.

This is a ridiculous amount of time to spend writing about pencils. Ha. But I am so happy. And all my artworks will be happy. Happy.

Okay, and finally? katieupsidedown did this today and I keep meaning to do it anyway, so. Post back with a song recommendation for me that you think I would like? I am sorely uneducated in the ways of music, I am still listening to the same music I listened to in 1996, and require assistance to not be one of those lame people who doesn't know any music. So plz.

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AIeeee! Pencils and babies! :D Oh me oh my!

Hmm...a song..."7/4 Shoreline" Broken Social Scene

I can honestly say I have never heard of this at all!

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COME TO WIIMBLEDON! YOU CAN SLEEP ON MY AIR MATTRESS. I totally want to go to Wiimbledon to cheer him on!

I need to practice lefty! It is so weird because I am a lefty IRL! But with the bowling and tennis and baseball, I do way better righty! Elebits and Zelda and most of the other stuff I play lefty! No explanation!

Okay. I have no idea what kind of music you like, but since I listen to lots, I am just going to rec you bands and some good songs from them. So Band-Songs, (kind of music)

Franz Ferdinand- Take Me Out (glamish rock, like David Bowie)
The Shins- Pressed in a Book, Know Your Onion, Caring is Creepy, stuff from the Wincing the Night Away album. (indie rock, slower but fun and brainy)
The Fratellis- They did some of the music in Hot Fuzz. Love them. (fast, frentic, fun, like Franz Ferdinand)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists- The Great Communicator, etc. (Brainy, good guitarish, love Ted Leo's voice.)
Lupe Fiasco- Daydreamin', Kick+Push. (Rap/hip hop).

Okay, that's it for now. I think I am going to post my RA Soundtrack anyways.

AWWWWWWWW - that pic is so cute! :D

And I don't really know what kind of music you like... hmmm. How 'bout musicals? "What Is This Feeling?" from Wicked is my new favorite musical song because it makes me lol every damn time.

Non-musical - I've been really into A Perfect Circle - "Blue" is a cool song.

Wii is pretty awesome on a big-screen TV. I have a small TV, little to no space, and a crappy set-up for my sensor bar, so I end up using my Wii less than I should. ;_;

But Kyle has a big-screen TV, so I play over there all the time, and it's awesome. Actually, for something like Wii Sports the screen size doesn't make much of a difference, but for Zelda, I find it immensely helpful, because I'm always squinting at my TV. "Is that... a bug? Or... a Poe? What the... OH CRAP IT'S AN ENEMY DIE" *cue swordfighting* Oh man, do I love the swordplay in Zelda. I need to actually finish that. o.O

The first place I ever played Wii was at work, where we have it hooked up to a projector in our conference room, so it's like...a 6 foot picture?

That is totally insane. So I even feel like Sports loses something on the smaller screens, because when you have it huge and big? It really makes you want to jump around!

What makes me laugh is that I can totally see the Tea now in the kewpie doll!

Also, that is FUCKING AWESOME about your college acquaintance. I mean, really.

I know! The kewpie doll looks almost just like my dad, too, except with brown eyes instead of blue-green hazel. I kind of wish I still looked like the kewpie doll though! Man, I don't understand why my parents didn't make a fortune off me as a child model. I would be set for life by now!

And yeah, the thing with Brad? Fucking amazing. I just think it's the most insanely cool thing ever!

You look that much like your dad, too?

Man, when I was a kid, I got "You look juuuust like your daddeh" all. The. Time. Which technically means I look just like how my grandma did. Heh.

That is so cool. And I can see some wannabe Ed Wood totally freaking out over that.

I think you would like Nellie McKay. Don't remember any of the song names, because my computer is still dead and I've lost all my music, but there you go!

ps - you look exactly the same as you did when you were little !

The song "Cash Machine" by Two Ton Boa reminds me of the stuff you used to show me back at Vassar, a little bit.

(And... well, this is more of an anti-recommendation really... myspace has been running some sort of series of iffy bands doing questionable covers of Smashing Pumpkins songs. "1979" was never meant to be a John Mayer-style song, "Rhinoceros" was bad on pretty much every level, etc.)

I'm really into the Black Keys right now. I don't know much about them, as I just happened upon one of their albums. I can send you stuff if you want.

Oh, and that pictyre? Fucking adorable.

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