Wednesday, March 30, 2011

gaga oh la la

this week i went to see lady gaga with my friend alisa at the staples center in l.a.


i know probably no one cares, but ive actually been pretty critical of gaga, in the past (to the point that i even got in a small squirmish once at a private pool with a gaga fan. i dont get in too many squirmishes so it was obviously something i felt impassioned about). the reason being that i felt that gaga was over-sexualizing herself and her message of female empowerment (or empowerment in general) was lost on lyrics about "muffins" (not jiffy, for the record), leading to female objectification, IMHO.

blah blah blah, fast forward to last night, when i hopped on the METRO in pasadena and rode it into la for the gaga show.


alisa and i circled the staples center several times to take in some entertaining and complicated gaga-inspired attire worn by other fans. but everyone was in good spirits and i could tell people had been looking forward to the show for a while. this show also happened to fall on gaga's 25th (GASP SO OLD!) birthday, so it was an extra special concert.

the show was called the monster ball, and the songs sort of told the story of gaga and her friends on their way to the monster ball. in this sense it was kind of like a musical, and had really intricate sets. i was definitely entertained.

but i was also surprised. gaga talked to her fans (whom she calls her little monsters) quite a bit throughout the show, and shared a really great message of being confident in who you are and of love for others. i know she is notoriously outspoken on the issue of gay rights, so this probably doesnt come as a surprise, but what was surprising was that she never spoke badly of the opposition, or of others and instead talked of overcoming obstacles, and doing so with love. its REALLY likely i am reading into this concert far too much, but gaga is like oprah, in that she has A LOT of influence on her fans. so i am happy she is telling them to be happy and strong instead of hateful and mean. thats all im saying, yo. also, im pretty sure in no other way is she like oprah.

another surprise is that gaga pounded away on a piano for a few slow solo songs, and shes got a really beautiful voice. OMFG IM TOTALLY GA GA FOR GAGA (and punz).

also, her hair looked great. she ditched the square angular junky look for what looked like her natural hair.


IMA LITTLE MONSTER NOW!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

a poem

God Says Yes to Me --Kaylin Haught

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked Her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked Her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where She picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

Thursday, March 17, 2011

gypsy

i moved!

but im at my OLD place right now, because i don't have internet at my new place. ITS REALLY AN IDEAL SITUATION. not.

except im at my old place next to the heater which i think emits carbon monoxide so the necessity of the move is confirmed, despite this momentary inconvenience. so im here responding to emails, and then will head back to the new place where i just might take a relaxing bath in my new tub.

but, like everyone, i hate movinggg. and every time i pack up i tell myself i hate THINGS and will never buy another one.

OH PS THERE IS THIS GREAT NOOK IN MY NEW PLACE AND A BISTRO TABLE WOULD BE PERFECT [im hilarious].

here are some (terrible) pics from my phone of the new digs.




im loving my new home. !!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

everybody's looking forward to the weekend

im really torn as to whether i should share the utter garbage, below, but ive obviously decided to go for it...


its so bad. but i cant look away because i feel like there has to be a deeper meaning to this seemingly entirely descriptive song. i do appreciate the attention to detail. GOTTA GO DOWN STAIRS. GOTTA HAVE MY BOWL. MY CEREAL. I SEE MY FRIENDSSSSS! NOW IM IN A CAR. NOW IM DRIVING THE CAR. NOW ITS FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY. its somewhat thoughtful in that respect.

also, the metaphor of the car seat. TAKE THE FRONT SEAT, GURL!! brilliant.

but i think its most likely that it just utter garbage. FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN.


ps thanks to neil for sharing. he finds some of the best (worst) videos.

Friday, March 11, 2011

hey! teachers! leave us kids alone!

union rights for public school teachers are being stripped in states all over the US: Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, and of course, Wisconsin, which has held the spotlight of the national media (well, whatever attention this issue is getting).

im not usually a soothsaying, sky-is-falling, chicken little, but this is really bad. sure, this doesnt bode well for quality public school education in the US, but it also suggests a failing of the political system, and MAYBE EVEN DEMOCRACY (see? im super chicken little-y, today).

alright, i get that in the US we elect representatives to vote on legislation because you and i don't have time to stay informed on the thousands of bills that make their way through congresses all over the country. all hail the republic--we elect (asshole) representatives to legislate on our behalf, and in our best interest.

but in idaho, and elsewhere, the cuts to teachers' salaries and denying of rights to unionize were UNPOPULAR IDEAS, and students, teachers and non-students/teachers have been organizing for the better part of 2 months to let their elected representatives know (whoa, people were paying attention. its so heartwarming)!

despite the clear opposition to the changes to the educational system in idaho, lawmakers passed the House bill (dubbed Luna's reform, after TOm Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction) with a vote of 22-48 (even after 9 Repubs defected and voted against the bill) this week. yeah, even in hyper-conservative Idaho, the people (lol, the people) were against the cuts to teachers' salaries and against the stripping of teachers' union rights. but the corresponding hyper-convservative congressional body maintained hyper-conservative values, and voted accordingly. some might say this is democracy winning (thanks for ruining that word charlie sheen) but i think its not.

we elect representatives to legistlate our will; democracy IS the will of the people, and if the people want something, it should be done. ya, this may reduce legislators to the role of a puppet, but that is essentially what a delegate is put in place to do.

of course there are people out there who believe legislators represent a golden superiority of intellect and when the people want something that is not good for them, the representative trustee should subsequently ignore the public, and do what is best for us. fine. whatever. THE PEOPLE ARE DUMB.

but in wisconsin elected representatives were left out of the process entirely, when Republicans used some made-up nuclear option, to pass a bill similar to idaho's, while Democrats were outside of the state (in protest). so even if you take a trustee view of representation, half of the wisconsin representatives were not even allowed to vote, and thus those trusted to make our laws in the US did not get to do so.

success in politics invariably necessitates bargaining and compromise, which is usually a byproduct of trust, and all of that went out the proverbial window in WI. i guess we can thank God for popular sovereignty, and the right we have to "throw the rascals out" in the next election. i just hope that this extreme behavior in legislatures all over the US enables an equally extreme response from voters, in the next election... but i think time has shown us to have very short attention spans, which is why overhaul often happens in the infant stages of election cycles, and i wouldnt be surprised if by the next one the only issues on the agenda are abortion, and gay rights, so these same asshats in congress will be reelected. yahoo.

ps, if youre interested, joe klein at TIME magazine thinks the passage of the bill stripping unions' of their collective bargaining rights in wisconsin is awesome. read that here.

pps i know the idaho and wisconsin bills are different, but in both states there was immense public outcry, and legislators ignored it. thats the link here, people. relax. also, KITTENS!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

my::mom::

this weekend my awesome mom has a birthday!



this is her when she was younger, with my little brother, but she still looks this great, and is as fun as ever. i love going home at christmas break because there are projects to do, and tons of new games to play. my mom and dad keep the local gaming shops in biz because they purchase used super NES games "to keep our minds sharp." i think they are onto something. they are both still pretty sharp. !


happy birthday, mom! i love you!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

kid.

what a dumb little kid.



lol jk, kid. win the future.

ps thanks to shauna for sharing.