Monday, January 28, 2008

So the music teacher at school gave me one of the recorders today, an alto. I'm pumped to play it, though recorders aren't quite the coolest instruments ever. I've been youtubing them, and here is my inspiration.

I reckon if i could lay it on like this guy, I could totally swoon the babes. Especially with my long hair, I could get a sort of kenny-g thing going on?

man... I wasn't the coolest kid in the dorms, but at least I wasn't videotaping myself playing celine dion on the recorder. Wonder who this guy's poor roommate is.

It's snowing like crazy here, and I'm torn between things to do. I have like 2 months of pictures to get up, so be on the lookout for those. I also have an art commission, and still need to get my portfolio together, and have also started reading barack obama's "the audacity of hope". But it's hard not to just turn on the x-box and run around with my redguard hitting monsters in the face with fireballs and my mace.
so, within the next day I will either a.) be rocking the flute b.) have a good portrait finished c.) have some good stories documented or d.) be archmage of the mage's guild.

Friday, January 11, 2008

i'm sorry about this~

there's some issues i don't agree with, and i hate to bring up politics (really hate) but i've become genuinely fascinated with this man. I'd heard his name and thought it kind of tabboo, but finally caved and watched some videos.
I would support obama, or clinton, or maybe edwards in office, but anyways, i think ron paul's changes are a bit more important. the video's a bit cheesy, the music cliche, but the quotes you read are genuinely backed by his records ever since he's held office, and most of these quotes are taken from the middle of debate, not prepared speeches.

Basically, the US foreign policy... living overseas, let me tell you, is a bitch. Everyone hates us. I'm young, and when I think of our country I've always feared the future. What?!? That's horrible! think about it. I have never met a non-american (besides japanese) and not gotten shit for my country. Never. I actually shrug when I meet people here, "yeah, i'm american (what can i say?)" it's the worst feeling ever, but if you don't do it you get attacked. i feel like abortion, immigration, and all of those issues that everyone debates over are just a candidate's way of getting you to vote against your own interests, and are just dividing our country. Basically, that sort of stuff we get so fired up about should be decided on a state level anyways, (ron paul has made me realize.)
well... watch it. I won't argue with you on anything, that's not really my field, but i think he needs some exposure that's been denied him by his own party. (scumbags)


Thursday, January 10, 2008

men with long hair

just a little bit of inspiration for us out there. (i now, proudly, have to use the women's haircuts for my Mii.)

(made using Mii Editor
also... this page cracks me up.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

New Years Resolutions

Kirin Beer in Hiroshima
Originally uploaded by Jippolito.
I've not been a very active blogger lately, and when I have the content hasn't been very hearty. I know... I know. Just "check out this videogame picture" etc...
Thanksgiving, christmas, new years, all come and gone! Now we start the hard part of the festiveless, cold brutal winter. I hate the months January, February, and March. They are total shit, and even though my birthday is in february, so is valentines day and I dread it. So let the blogging begin! Let's steel ourselves, readers (mom)!
* note to kurt, you also read my blog! And I haven't replied to your kind message. Long time no talk, eh? I will. Just a sec.
Mikey is coming to visit me at the beginning of april when I finish my contract, and we're gonna go on a rock star tour of japan then head back. Then I'll be home. For reals. I never give anyone a definitive answer as to what I'm doing, cause I don't REALLY know, ("you're leaving april dan?!?" "nah, i'm sure i'll still be here..") I dunno, I'm loyal. Or cowardly. Can't tell. But, I need to be home, I need to have a normal life with friends, be able to buy soda and play dungeons and dragons, have people to play games with. Games in ENGLISH. stuff like that.

What's your new years resolution? I've decided it's time to get my tattoo. I've wanted one for... 7 years? I WAS waiting until i turned 18, when I'd get one, but it never came. So, I've sat on it long enough and need to get one while still in japan. I always figured "when i see it, i'll know it" like... true love or something? I learned to give up on the "true love" finding you, so I don't know why I still desperately clutched that "the true tattoo design" concept with such desperation. So it's been my art project for the last month or so, and will be the direction we take with this post. I'm super excited about it now that I am taking art more and more seriously.
First of all, I've decided to get a kirin. You can read about them here.
or this crazy tattoo guy's page
it's also a good memento of hiroshima (main picture of this post). They're the spawn of a phoenix and dragon i believe? Anyways, if I were to have gotten a tattoo, without coming to japan, it probably would have been a dragon anyways, so it's perfect. And after drawing dozens of these buggers over the past month or two it's really grown on me.

Here are some of the pics I've done...

I have done a LOT more than that, but it's come down to the first and last one basically. I've worked out the colors pretty well, the bulk dark part will be super dark brown, with light brown for the "shading" and the light yellow and purple highlights.
I really like the design where there's two of them, (there's a brief explanation for that, too, if you check it on flickr.) but it would have to be huge, and i don't want it that big. And, yes, the ”キリン” will be hidden in there. Or, not really "hidden", but in there anyways.

the clock's ticking, gimme some input if you have any?

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

don't know how long this is gonna be up, but that album i mentioned earlier? radiohead did a free internet new years concert. you can watch it here, but i don't know for how long! enjoy it while you can ~>1=7702

happy new years~ i sense that '08 holds large things, actually. Brace yourselves!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

i couldn't help it, i had to buy this game.

but, i'm sure not going to understand most of it...
also, happy new years!