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February 13, 2010

President Obama Says Happy Lunar New Year

This is pretty cool.

For the record, I don’t literally believe in any type of zodiac or in using a lunar calendar. It’s a cultural thing. It’s sort of the same way many non-religious friends of mine still celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and other December holidays.

I’ve noticed that Obama has made a conscious effort to reach out to minority groups and I think that’s pretty cool. I could be wrong, but I don’t remember any other President going out of his way to wish us Happy Lunar New Year. I also give him credit for saying lunar and not Chinese.

November 21, 2009

Awesome children’s music

I’m a big fan of some children’s music that has emerged over the past few years. You have Yo Gabba Gabba, which was created by the singer of the Aquabats and features some awesome indie artists singing songs to help educate children and stimulate their imagination. There’s Milkshake, who paid their dues in other bands in the Baltimore music scene before forming this band. And They Might Be Giants, who have been around since the 1980s, but did not start out as a children’s band.

I purchased the Powerpuff Girls soundtrack that came out roughly ten years ago and I still listen to it sometimes. It’s not really educational, but it’s still good for children on a creative and imaginative level.

I like the way these recent songs have been written and performed. They don’t insult a child’s intelligence. Many adults enjoy these songs as well. The music is well-done. It’s catchy enough for kids to like, but it’s not dumbed down.

I could not find any music videos online for Milkshake, but here is their website: http://milkshakemusic.com

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March 28, 2009

Trip to NYC a few weeks ago

I went to New York City with mandimercedes February 27-March 1. It was a spontaneous weekend getaway. I had been annoyed, bored, and stressed with some situations here in Baltimore. I was on the verge of going off on people. I’m glad we went because I came back feeling a lot better and even right now I feel a lot better because of it.

The reason we ended up going at the last minute was because I heard the weather would be nice, I had less homework than usual, and I had been wanting to visit anyway. That Friday was a gorgeous day outside and the weather forecast was great for the rest of the weekend. I checked the weather in NY and it was supposed to be nice there as well. I texted Mandi saying that I was in the mood to go to NY and she was just like “if you’re serious, let’s go”. So we decided to go, just like that, haha.

I booked a hotel on my lunch break and we were lucky enough to get a room at the Hilton Garden Inn in Times Square for $99 per night, thanks to Mandi’s mad skills at finding good hotel deals online.

To my lj friends: Sorry I couldn’t put this under a cut. I tried and I tried but LJ kept re-formatting it totally wrong and deleting content, even when I clicked "Disable Auto-Formatting". 

Friday Night

We didn’t leave her house until after 9pm. I worked all day and had to pack and shower. So by the time we got to Manhattan, checked in, and got ready, we didn’t end up going out until after 2am. But no worries – clubs are open there much later than in Baltimore. We got in our room and practically jumped up and down with joy because of how nice the room was and what a great view of the city we had. We were on the 15th floor, which was the top floor. (It was technically floor 14, since there was no 13th floor).

Entering Manhattan:

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The view from our hotel room:

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The first night, we hung out in Manhattan. We stopped by Angels & Kings first but not much was going on there by the time we had arrived. We walked down a few blocks to Webster Hall and hit up the dance party Trash. It was fun times! It reminded me a lot of Taxlo at Sonar here in Baltimore, but back a few years ago when it was at its peak. There was also some sort of mini-burlesque show mixed in between DJ sets. We easily met a few people there, as folks were just friendly and started making conversation with us.

We ended up both on NickyDigital.com and DrivenByBoredom.com. Here are the pics:

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We knew that the bars stopped serving at 4am so we just assumed the club would close at 4 (or 20-30 mins before that, as they usually kick everyone out in Baltimore about 1:30 or 1:40, even though the bars have until 2am). They served right up until 4am and to my surprise, the club was still open after that. Trash closed a little before 5am and the dance party that was upstairs was still kickin’ when we left. And guess what? They don’t come up to you and yell and scream in your face to get out. I don’t know if this is how all venues in NYC are, but this was a welcome change from Baltimore. I sort of understand why they do it here, but it’s still nice to be a patron and not be treated like crap.

We stepped outside and met even more people in front of Webster Hall. People were asking what else was going on and if we knew where the after party was. Mandi said to someone, “After party? It’s so late.” This guy replied, “It’s only 5am, what are you talking about?” Haha, I love it. What I also liked was that the food comes to you. I knew there were stands all through Manhattan that serve hot food but I just assumed it was mostly stuff I would never eat and I also didn’t realize that they would be there that late at night. That area had a falafel stand. I want to hit that up another time. We ended up going to Ray’s Pizza with some people we met. After we got there, I realized that I had eaten there the night I/Skitzo Calypso played CB’s a few years ago.

As we were walking to the metro station, we saw two crust punks who were at Ray’s and they were in physical fights with two non-punk dudes. The punks were losing. The other non-punk dude left after beating on a guy. But the other non-punk guy – who was this really short, but buff dude – stayed and was beating up the punks. More punks came, but somehow the one dude was winning against all of them. Don’t ask me how, but it’s true. He was maybe 4’ 4” but he was muscular and tough (and I think probably a bit crazy). Then he took his shirt and his belt off and came after them with his belt swinging. It was crazy! Cops finally drove by and saw what was happening, so they stopped. The punks were yelling, “Help, he’s beating us up!” and we snickered to ourselves, “Yeah, like they’re really going to believe that, even though it’s true – one little dude beating up that whole group”. But the cops instantly believed them, haha. Angry NYC cops yelling at him = loved it! Police officers don’t mess around there. At this point, we decided to leave because the reason we stayed was to make sure that no one got seriously hurt.

Here’s a picture Mandi took of the incident:

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We were walking back to our hotel in Times Square at 6:30am and people were still coming up to us and making conversation. Some crazy, old dude with a Slipknot shirt tried to get our attention but we kept walking. Not everyone out at that time was weird, though. We met some kind of cute dudes from the Bronx. They walked us to our hotel. And then Mandi and I hit the hay around 8am.
View from our hotel room at around 7am:

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Saturday
We got up in the afternoon, but were awaken in the morning. We had a “Do Not Disturb” sign so that the maids wouldn’t come in our room to clean. The front desk called us anyway, asking if we wanted them to clean our room. They actually called two or three more times through the day and night to ask if everything was okay and if we needed anything. Mandi answered and told them, “We’re fine, just stop calling! This is the fourth time today!” and the guy said, “Oh, Golly Gee! I’m so sorry. It must be a computer error.” Oh, Golly Gee? Haha. Is this why South Park was making fun of the airport Hilton in the episode where Cartman has the Ginger Power meeting? Employee: (Interrupting the meeting) Welcome to the Airport Hilton. Do you need anything else? Cartman: Yes, we’re fine. Now leave us alone! I guess if we stay there again, we’ll have to tell them specifically that we sleep late and not to call; and if we need anything – don’t call us, we’ll call you. It was otherwise a good hotel and we enjoyed our stay. The employees were really friendly and helpful.

We spent the afternoon being lazy, which was fantastic, lol. We lounged around, watching cable and local programs on the widescreen HD TV. We had Japanese food delivered to our hotel room, including some of the best sushi I had ever eaten. I love that you can get just about anything delivered in that city. I don’t think sushi delivery exists in Baltimore, except for catering (which doesn’t count).

That night was spent in Manhattan again. A bunch of cool things were taking place on Saturday and Mandi had a few friends in bands that were all playing shows that same night. We decided to hit up Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side because Acey Slade was playing. But we had just missed the band by the time we got there because we didn’t realize the show started early and there were several other bands playing. That’s what we get for not planning anything. The place was packed. There was a room where you could hang out and drink and another where the bands were playing. We stayed in the hang out room and they were playing classic punk music, which was cool. (If you say “classic punk music” in Baltimore, people think you mean Blink-182. What I mean is they were playing music from the bands that were mostly from that same neighborhood we were in and from the late 70s). Mandi introduced me to the band. We hung out there for a couple hours and chatted with Acey for a while. Then we headed down to 30 Rock (30 Rockefeller/The GE Building/NBC Studios) in Times Square to catch the SNL cast and writers walking out. You can read about that and see pictures here. This was the night Justin Timberlake did the Cathy skit, but we didn’t see him.

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Oh, look at all those fans waiting to meet me. (Psych!)
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Sunday
Check out time was 11:00am, which was basically 10 o’clock because that was the first day of Daylight Savings. We met up with someone we met at Trash. We first went to the Corner Bistro restaurant, which was somewhere between the West Village and the Meat Packing District. I had the delicious chicken burger with a couple Blue Moon beers.
 
Here’s a picture I took in the Women’s bathroom, haha. This was beneath the sink:
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Then we went to Brooklyn. As soon as we got off the subway and walked up the stairs into Brooklyn, the first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. The noise in Manhattan didn’t bother me at all, but after being there since Friday night, I couldn’t help but notice the difference immediately. We walked up and down the Brooklyn Promenade. It was a gorgeous day outside and the view was fantastic. We ate at some ice cream shoppe on the river. I can’t remember its name but the ice cream was yummy and all natural. We saw a beautiful bride and groom and their guest, who were either Japanese or Japanese-American, getting their pictures taken in front of the river.
 
Mandi and I on the Brooklyn Promenade:
We went back to Times Square and went into some stores. I bought a knock-off purse from a random stand there. I finally found a purse that works for me. 🙂 I don’t care about people thinking I have an expensive purse, but those designers and the knock-offs are the only hand bags that have all the compartments and space that I need. We headed back to Mandi’s car and started to leave around 6:30pm. Our hotel was just a few blocks into the city after getting off the highway. But it took us an hour and a half just to get past the tunnel. We got back to Mandi’s around 11 and I got back to my place around 11:30. I was tired, but it was totally worth it.
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March 16, 2009

My geeky experience meeting the SNL cast

It was just announced today that Andy Samberg will be hosting the MTV Movie Awards. I pretty much assumed this was going to happen. I think it’s awesome that he’s come full-circle because he was a writer on the awards show before he was on SNL. This will be the first time I see the MTV Movie Awards since the 1990s. I watched bits and pieces when Jimmy Fallon hosted since I like him but MTV has really lost my interest. Anyway…

I met Andy Samberg the weekend before the one that just passed. I was kind of drunk, haha. My BFF 

mandimercedes  and I were in town for the weekend to hang out. (I will explain more about the weekend in an upcoming post). We went to the Acey Slade show at Arlene’s Grocery that Saturday evening. They were done pretty early in the night, so we decided to hit up 30 Rock afterwards to meet "The Dudes" (a.k.a. Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer from The Lonely Island). I’m not one to really care about meeting celebrities in general, but I’m a really big fan of them and I love their work a lot. So we’re waiting. There weren’t as many people out there as I thought. I had to pee (from the beers I drank earlier at Arlene’s, haha). But I wasn’t going to leave and go to the bathroom and then miss anything. 

Bill Hader comes out first but he says he’s in a huge hurry and kind of just zooms past most people. He did take some pictures with the people standing next to us, but I didn’t want to bother him since he said he had to be somewhere. He did wave and said hi as he walked by Mandi and I.

Jason Sudeikis was really nice. He was such a dude. So nice, haha. Like someone who works in your office with you and you make small talk with in the coffee room. (I mean that as a compliment).

 

 

Fred Armisen comes out next. What’s funny is that no one would talk to you unless you said hi to them or were waving something out for them to sign (which makes sense because for all they know, you might not be a fan of theirs), but Fred pretty much walks up to Mandi and I and is like HEYY! *all smiley*. Actually, Jason was kind of the same way. They were cool! I’m wondering if we caught Fred’s eyes because I know he is a musician and we were the only rock chicks there. Fred is awesome. I’d love to just see him at a party, sit next to him on the couch, and have a good conversation with him, haha.

We see Andy walk out and that’s when the crowd really started going YAYYYYY Andy, Andy, Andy! It got louder when he was out there more than anyone else. But the crowd was actually much calmer and quieter the whole time than I thought they’d behave. As he’s on the other side, we see Bryan Tucker, a.k.a Roy from the Digital Short Roy Rules. I froze up and couldn’t remember his name. And he wasn’t signing autographs as we were the only dorks who probably even realized who he was, haha. He walks by and I try to get his attention, but since I couldn’t think of his name I didn’t want to just be like "I a fucked a Akiva Schaffer" since Kiv had just walked out, too. And I didn’t want him or Kiv to be like WTF? Haha. So Mandi says, "ROY RULES!" and he looks over and we’re like Hiiii and he has this confused look on his face like, "how the hell do they know who I am?" haha. So good. I just wished I remembered his name so I could have said that instead and said a proper hello! I like his work as a writer a lot. He’s written some of my favorite skits, including "The Race Draft" from Chapelle’s Show.

We only saw Kiv stop for a minute to the people right in front of the door and then leave. And this was happening while Andy was making his way over, so it was either flag down Kiv or wait for Andy. Andy comes over and I tried to act all cool, haha. Mandi didn’t have a sharpie, so she’s like "You’re gonna sign this with their (points to people next to us) pen". Andy takes their pen from them and is like "Gee, you guys were so prepared". I was gonna be like "We’re so drunk, too!" but I figured I’d shut up before I made an ass of myself, haha.

I was kind of bummed about not meeting Akiva or Jorma (we waited and waited and we never saw Jorm come out). But at least we got to meet one of them.

I want to see a taping next time I visit New York and they’re doing the show. I think I recognized some of the other people who walked out. They weren’t cast members. I’m guessing they are writers on the show that somehow I’ve probably seen online one way or another and/or they were extras in skits.

So basically the main living person on my list who I have been wanting to meet (other than Jorm and Kiv) that I haven’t yet is Margaret Cho. I have been wanting to meet her for years now – since the late 1980s, after I saw her on "Stand-up Spotlight". If I had just stayed in NYC for two more days, I might have because she was in town and went to the taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. 

 

March 1, 2009

News of the Year: FAITH NO MORE REUNION 2009!

According to some interview I read on mtv’s site, they’re only going to do Europe. Well, they also said they would never reunite at all just a few months ago. So I hope they will tour the U.S.! 

Taken from www.fnm.com/news:

Here is the official statement:
–Begin–
FAITH NO MORE

Faith No More has always stood out as some sort of unique beast; part dog, part cat–its music almost as schizophrenic as the personalities of its members. When it all worked, it worked really well, even if the chemistry was always volatile. Throughout our 17years of existence, the mental and physical energy required to sustain this creature was considerable and relentless. Though amicable enough, when we finally split, we all followed paths seemingly destined to opposite ends of the universe.

Yet during the entire 10 years that have passed since our decision to break up we’ve experienced constant rumors and requests from fans and promoters alike. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, none of us kept in regular touch, much less to discuss any possibilities of getting together.

What’s changed is that this year, for the first time, we’ve all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we’ve discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right.

Meanwhile we find ourselves at a moment in time with zero label obligations, still young and strong enough to deliver a kickass set, with enthusiasm to not only revisit our past but possibly add something to the present. And so with this we’ve decided to hold our collective breaths and jump off this cliff….
BACK, GOD FORBID, INTO THE MONKEY CAGE!!!

We can only hope that the experience of playing together again will yield results erratic and unpredictable enough to live up to the legacy of FNM.
Who know where this will end or what it will bring up…only the future knows. But we are about to find out!

FAITH NO MORE are:
Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton

–End–

February 7, 2009

The Lonely Island “Incredibad” leaked!

The Lonely Island  Incredibad" has been leaked and it is SO GOOD! I don’t even like the Strokes, but the song with Julian Casablancas is Ka-Blamo.

I think the album is going to debut at #1. If not, it will be in the top ten, at the very least.

January 20, 2009

FORMER President Bush.

To hear reporters say "Former President Bush" helps it sink in. It feels so good that he’s gone, gone, gone. He’s going to be in Texas and many miles away from me. Just him being less than an hour away from me when he was in D.C. was blehh.

To Bush: Annnnnd STAY out!

Great speech, Obama!

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January 20, 2009

Inauguration today

I can’t wait to see Obama get sworn in. The last time I was excited about watching a Presidential inauguration was 1993.

Supposedly, all hotels/motels in a 100 mile radius from the Capitol are booked. I live in Baltimore, which is close to D.C., and the rooms in this town are filled.

I imagine this is the excitement and hope people felt when John F Kennedy was President. Obama spoke in Baltimore on Saturday, and thousands of people came out on a cold, cold day to see him. Several exits of I-83 were closed, along with many other roads. I feel like this is how it should be when the President or President-elect comes to town. We should all be excited. The inauguration should be a huge deal.

I know there may be some people saying and wishing some nasty things upon him, but for the most part people are optimistic, from what I can tell. I am really proud of this country for choosing who I think will be a great President. I know this sounds corny, but I keep thinking about a lyric Tupac Shakur said in "Changes" – "We ain’t ready to see a black President". If Tupac was still alive today, he would have seen this happen. I know, it’s a random thing for me to think. But the thing is, most of the people who voted for Obama didn’t vote for him because they just wanted a black President in office. They wanted a great President in office and he just happened to be black – just like one candidate may have blue eyes and the other brown.

This inauguration today isn’t just historic because he’s African-American, although it is undeniable the importance of that fact. The underdog won. The one who actually seems to be making good on his word. Someone with amazing eloquence. A politician who has been putting partisan issues aside and appointing those he thinks will do the job right. Someone who understands and acts upon the importance of science and technology. And this shows that a grassroots movement can work.

Months ago, when I had decided to vote for him, I thought to myself that he probably wouldn’t be as amazing as everyone projected he would be if elected. I figured he probably is just another politician but that he was the best choice out of the two. But I feel like he really will be a great President. He’s already been taking lots of steps as the President-elect that have impressed me. I really hope that I am right. I have been watching some of his podcasts and I think it’s great how much he wants us to be informed about what he’s doing. I don’t think anyone is making him do this. I read the letter he wrote to his daughters about why he’s taking his family on this journey, and it really touched me. I rarely ever feel like that.

I know that Rush Limbaugh outright said he hopes Obama fails. I think that’s absolutely absurd. If McCain had won, I wouldn’t hope he failed. I would want him to still make the best decisions. It’s not about this side vs. that side at this point. It’s about America not failing. If you hope that Obama does a bad job, then you are hoping that America fails.

I just hope people will realize that we have a lot of huge messes to get through. We didn’t get into this overnight and it’s not going to be fixed overnight. We might not see dramatic changes in the first year or even in the first term. But I do believe that Obama is really focused and determined to get as much done as he can.

I am listening to the inauguration video on Facebook/CNN while working from home.

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December 19, 2008

Fall 2008 grades: I am jumping up and down!

I have been obsessively checking the school website to see what my grades for this semester are. I just checked and I got As in both of my classes! I can’t believe this! I knew I would ace my Information Security class. But I thought I was going to get a C in my C++ class. I thought I would be super lucky if I got a B in it. But I got an A! I cannot believe this. The class was a lot of work, the teacher made everything very challenging and really pushed us. And it was a 4 credit class.

In the C++ class, I got 100% on every single LAB project/homework assignment all semester long. But I got a C on the midterm, which was a lot of points. And then there was my final project, The Memory Game, which I never got the grade for because it was turned in the last week of class. That was a lot of points – almost as much as all the lab/homework assignments combined. And I know that I didn’t do too well on the final exam, especially since I was sick (thanks to my severe allergy to poinsettias) and the exam was four hours long. And this teacher does not curve and said he never has. So that means I actually earned the A that I received.

I am so pleasantly surprised! I’m ecstatic, proud, triumphant. I am celebrating this weekend. (I just hope that he didn’t make a mistake and then my grade will be changed later, haha).

December 15, 2008

iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Mine! =)

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I’m such a geek. Since I got this, I’ve been a WiFinder – seeing if there is a WiFi connection just about everywhere I go.