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Goodbye WordPress.com… March 5, 2011

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…hello, WordPress.org! I decided to make use of a domain I’ve been sitting on for years (forgot I was paying for it), so for now the new blog will be located at ExtraSugarExtraSalt.com. I decided not to import old posts from this blog as they are pretty old (about two years old now), so I’m just going to leave this blog and all its old posts here and start from scratch at the new blog. So long, Choke!

New design, new job, new life…old blog July 14, 2009

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I’m back! Well, I think. Anyway, I finally got around to redesigning the blog. Here’s the original photo I used.

I forgot where I stole it from, but if you’re the author of this picture, let me know and I’ll credit you.

Unfortunately, new layouts usually means coding problems. For some unexplainable reason, I’ve been using tables to align photos and write captions. This new layout now automatically centers images. But today, while on my computer at work, I noticed the layout looked different on Firefox (I’m on a Mac, by the way, and I use Flock). The images align properly, but the text now hogs the image box. Bleh. I might go back and fix the code later, but for now….meh.

I have a lot of stuff to catch up on since I know I’ve been gone for months. I feel especially awful that I never got around to posting my favorite albums of 2008. It’s somewhat of a tradition of mine. In fact, I know it’s freakin’ July, but I’ll probably write one anyway. A short one. But damn it, it’s important for you to know what I like! So that will probably be my next post, and after that, who knows? Maintaining this blog has gotten a lot harder since I got a *real* job.

I moved to NYC late last year and spent the majority of my time working internships and part time jobs. I pretty much had no days off. Then in March I finally got my first job as an assistant at a magazine. My job at the magazine is to write their blog. So, as you can see, by the time I get home from work I’m all blogged out. But the blog at work doesn’t reflect me or my interests, which is why it’s important to keep this blog alive. I enjoy writing about this stuff, and lately I’ve been really missing it.

OK, so that’s my rambling post of why I’ve been gone for so long. Stay tuned sometime later this week for my MONSTER “What’s Playing Now” update.

Things overheard in New York / Why this blog is not dead…yet February 12, 2009

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(From outside a window…)
Child: *cries*
Mother: Go ahead, cry! Everybody, look at Martin crying!
Child: *cries louder*
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Well, I have zero excuses. I’m just busy, dammit! But I promise to be more active and start updating the blog again soon. First thing first is a brand spankin’ new layout. New layouts make me happy, and sometime they encourage me to write. There’s just something about blue I don’t like. It makes me sleepy and tired and…*chases butterfly*.

I am the winnar! December 2, 2008

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My fingers…they burn.

When I first decided to participate in NaNoWriMo 2008, I had no idea what I was in for. I didn’t think it would take up as much time as it did. But alas, Millie and I is complete. When I first started writing I had no idea what I was going to write. I just started writing aimlessly and eventually somehow formed a story about a wannabe actor who runs a family business with his twin sister stealing psychiatric records from clinics. The story somewhat steers away from that in the end and becomes a bit strange, surrealistic. But overall it’s not a complete colossal failure. I’m just happy I won. Woohoo, I’m back!

Yukari Fresh lays Shibuya-kei to rest September 29, 2008

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As if this wasn’t a clear enough message the Shibuya-kei genre is officially dead…Yukari Fresh just released her last album “Grrrl, Summer Cape Kid, etc.” on Escalator Records, the last album the label will release before shutting down forever. The news was a bit of a shock at first. Escalator Records has been an important staple for Shibuya-kei artists, from Losfeld to Cubismo Grafico. In the past few years, the label opened up and started letting in more Western acts who dabbled in more conventional electro genres. But seeing the label fold, especially with the last release being from an artist who was around from the beginning, really does put the final nail in the coffin. (more…)

Things overheard in New York September 15, 2008

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White Girl: Do you have any Asian friends?
Asian: No.
White Girl: *nods* Good for you!

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Contrary to logical thought, this blog is not dead. I know I haven’t updated in awhile, but I have an excuse. Really, I do! You see, I just moved [whisper] to New Jersey [/ whisper] and I’ve been busy finding a job and doing other things. But I’m back, so expect more frequent updates from here on out.

New layout! August 20, 2008

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So I changed the layout to a much brighter color. Now instead of black, we have this horrific gorgeous blue! (To be honest, this was the only template that didn’t completely butcher my post layouts.) But I desperately wanted a different look, so this will do for now.

The bunny girl holding a chainsaw is from this horrible Japanese zombie film called Stacy. As I was scrolling my pictures folder, it was honestly the only image that fit. I guess because it balances out that whole psycho/cute mystique.




Hey! Let’s talk… August 19, 2008

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This is actually the cover of some
album for some band I never
heard of.

Lately I’ve been getting really bored with this blog (and according to my blog stats, you guys are as well). You see, I am the worst kind of writer. I am a writer who hates to write. The whole reason I started this blog was to get myself writing regularly, even if it’s sloppy and bad. And since I don’t keep a journal or anything, I decided to blog about the thing I enjoy the most — pop culture. But the thing about writing about pop culture is that the topic is overly broad, which basically means I can write about anything. But having too many options on your plate can easily lead to nothing at all. When this happens, I relapse into a bad habit that plagues most bloggers, which is summarizing articles appearing in The New York Times. This is lazy, but sometimes it has to be done to keep the blog regularly updated.

Earlier today I was thinking of posting a review on “Tropic Thunder” since I just saw it this weekend, but then I realized how completely useless that would be. How many people have seen that movie already? How many reviews are floating across the net this very moment? So from here on this blog will be going through some major revamps. From now on the items I blog about will be geared toward highlighting important figures in the areas of film, music and television who are not well-known. Hopefully this will result in more in-depth pieces, and less typical blogger posts. Of course, this now means less blog posts a week, but it’s about quality, not quantity, right?

In fact, I’m thinking about a whole design revamp, too. Stay tuned for that. Cha!

Hello, new home! June 6, 2008

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Well, it was somewhat of an impulsive decision, but I wasn’t happy with Blogger and decided to migrate over here. The layout isn’t as cute as the old one (using CSS costs $$ on WordPress), but it’s clean and simple. Currently I’m in the middle of fixing all the coding in the posts, but soon I’ll be back to business in no time. Cha!

Hello again! April 19, 2008

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I feel like I need to write a second introduction. Now that I spent the past day reposting some very old, old stuff, I’m now ready to start posting new things. So I guess in a twisted way, this is my first blog post. Unfortunately I have to go to work in an hour, but later I shall be back…with gifts!