Friday, January 30, 2009

About Time

The line-up is out. I'm pretty excited about a a number of big names. Paul McCartney, I mean that's huge. And Leonard Cohen, wow. Overall I like it, I'm not sure if I can afford to go all 3 days, but no doubt a one-day pass. I'm going to hold off for a little bit though, wait for all those surprise artists they announce on a rolling basis.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Neurotic, witty, overbearing, hilarious, socially enlightening, intelligent...I'm talking about Woody Allen. I recently saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the latest in Woody Allen's panoply. Loved it. Like all Woody Allen films (I've seen quite a dad loves him), this film is endlessly...talky, but as a result the characters are so well-developed and the writing razor-sharp. A quick example of what I mean by razor sharp writing: Vicky (Scarlett Johansson) overtly rallies against cultural norms, refusing to be labeled and believing herself easy and free and tolerant. Yet in response to a contrived seduction attempt and platitude about being hard to please, she wittily replies "I'm famous for my intolerance." This is the complete antithesis of her character; it's so subversive; razor-sharp. Well, hopefully you don't think I'm morally bankrupt if you've seen the movie and found it distatsteful, but I even found myself relating to these characters a bit - Vicky and Cristina that is. Probably because I'm 22, and naive enough to think there's something I'm supposed to do, some way to express myself and immature enough to think at this point I'd be discontent with a normal life, a 9 to 5. Thank you Woody Allen for yet again another poignant social commentary. Anyway, my 2-cents if you're liberal minded see it, also enjoy his other classics too.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

To Whom it May Concern

I would like to express for the whole internet world to hear (or is it, except I don't really care) my immense dissatisfaction resulting from yet again no Coachella line-up. I do not blame Goldenvoice, as they have not ever stated when the line-up would come, though seriously it's pretty much february where's the line-up? My frustration comes from all you Coachella bloggers who have it on good authority from a reliable source that the line-up will definitely be announced this morning. To you I say: Your authority means nothing to me now, and thank you for nothing.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


These are a few pictures I took last weekend. The daytime ones are all from Cal Tech...I bet it would be incredible to work in one those bio laboratories. When I was walking around the campus, it was like the intelligence was palpable. Anyway, the night pictures are from the LA Opera house. I went and saw "The Magic Flute." It was pretty spectacular (literally), not my first opera so I knew what to expect, but definitely the best I've seen. It was Mozart meets acid, the costumes were incredible but ridiculous, the colors vibrant, and the sets was a great show, no pictures of that though.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Oh, I bought my plane ticket to London today, a little later than I earlier said I would. May 26 through July 22. I still can't believe it; I've never even been out of the country, let alone for 2 months and to a bunch of countriesall over Europe. I paid $760, I think that's good...wait, I have no idea. Is that about right, LAX to London? Either way. It should be an adventure, of course we're going to be slumming it, hopefully that will add character to the trip. I'm not even sure everywhere we are going, any suggestions, seriously? I'm okay as long as I get some Gothic churches in there. It was funny, I had a little anxiety attack when I bought the ticket; like what am I doing, am I actually allowed to do this, shouldn't I be saving all this money. Well, if anyone else will be hanging around Europe this summer, let me know, maybe we could meet up.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tangential Musings

Ah, 2 am here you are. Shouldn't I be all nestled up in bed, lost in my subconscious? Oh I am, don't worry, I'm nestled up real tight with a nice bout of insomnia (so...except the being subconscious part). Okay, honestly I had a late nap and I am slightly distressed regarding a few family matters, leading to my late night internet tryst. Which consequently, is no longer a private rendezvous like the word tryst implies, as I am publishing it on the internet; on that matter nor is it romantic, therefore tryst is probably an inappropriate word choice which I will choose to leave regardless. Linguistics aside. I'm buying a plane ticket to London tomorrow. My sister and I are backpacking Europe this summer. Thankfully, she's quite social and knows people in like ten places we can stay. I know people in two. But, two is better than one or none. Speaking of thankfuls (not a word...not going to go into etymology...should it be spelled with two l's...not a word, doesn't matter...continuing)...thankfully I don't have to get up until like 9 tomorrow. However, I digress from a digression and now will return to the root...we're going to Europe. I'm excited, I've never been, I'll post more about the itinerary. Our itinerary as itinerants. Wow, okay, I need to go to bed.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I am so excited. I have never had so much invested in politics. Obama is appealing on so many levels; he's a thin, classy, black man with the definite appearance of a commander in chief. Of course, I'm also very optimistic concerning many of his proposed policies. Did you hear what he said about science in his speech?
We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
As a hopefully soon to be scientist and a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, these promises are very encouraging; lots of new opportunities and monetary support for research, right in time for me to graduate (grad school, yes I already have the bachelors) and jump on them. I also think his presidency is going to do wonders for world relations, it already is just by being. Honestly, I have tended toward more conservative health care and economic policies in the past; however, with the state of affairs right now, after 8 years of conservative policies, I'm thinking liberation...and by that I mean giving the left wing a try. I was also filled with a sense of pride earlier in my country. I was listening to NPR, and the World was on, they were reporting congratulations, optimism and expressions concerning the new regime from all over the world. Obama is the first president whose origin is not Northern Europe. Yeah, his middle name is Hussein, his father is Kenyan, his family was bi-racial, he's our president.

Let it suffice that I am incredibly hopeful for this administration.

Finally, a farewell to President Bush. Your legacy is tarnished, but I choose to believe you did what you thought was right. I recognize, there must be so many decisions with no right answer, which I thank God I will never have to make. Of course, looking back Iraq, Guantanamo, Katrina, economic meltdown...Dick Cheney...all standout (like sore thumbs), but there was also 9/11 and Africa. With seemingly no political or economic interest, Bush enacted a $15 billion plan to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in Africa and around the world. Within the 5 years since the announcement, more than 10 million people with HIV/AIDS have been cared for by U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence opened in Kampala, Uganda, in October 2008 and now deliver HIV/AIDS care and treatment to more than 9000 children and families across Uganda. This is a hallmark in humanitarianism, hope and life to millions and millions of people, not to mention plain and simply, the moral thing to do. Bush will be judged by history, probably with the disasters of the Presidency in the spotlight. However, we elected you. So, thank you President Bush for being our President, from at least me and no doubt the millions of Africans and future Africans whose lives were restored by your decision. With that said, bring on OBAMANIA.