Wednesday, August 20, 2014

marvel live.

On Saturday morning, I did the unexpected. I ventured off to Brooklyn. (I never go to Brooklyn. much less on a saturday morning, when really, I should be sleeping in.) Alina had found a way to get pretty cheap tickets to see Marvel Live at the Barclays Center. I'm not gonna lie, I went in knowing very little about what I was getting myself into.

Rarely have I ever felt so old and slightly out of place. There were children and parents everywhere. (If only I had a child with me I would have been fine.) The entire show and atmosphere seemed to be geared for children roughly age 5-11 years old. [Note to those with children: take them when it comes to your city. They'll love it.]

Regardless of the intended demographic, I completely enjoyed myself. It was entertaining enough, and in moments like that you just have to let your inner nerd out and have fun. Sure, the fighting/stunts left something to be desired (it was kind of like watching a live version of Power Rangers), the dialogue was pretty epic (in the most cheesy of ways), and the half the actors sort of seemed like they hated their job. However, the sets were pretty incredible, and the light show was actually quite impressive. (At one point a man did run around while lit on fire. That was cool. And the kids loved it.)

If you do go, prepare for every child around you to be holding a "weapon" of some sort, whether it be a light up sword, a Cap't America shield, a Thor hammer, a whipping-wand thing, and to be inhaling an unseemly amount of sugar. And I highly suggest you participate in such endeavors as well.

Dialogue highlights from the show.

Thor: Let's go kick some Asgard. 
Loki to Spider-Man: Just imagine great power without great responsibility. 
Thor: It's hammer time. [Like, how could they resist?] 
Iron Man: I've got one more trick up my sleeve. Teamwork! Avengers assemble! 
Spider-Man: That was so hashtag awesome! I have to tweet about this. 
Thor: I already did.
Spider-Man: You're on twitter?
Thor: I've got one million followers.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

to travel: Trousdale Residence, California

I'm constantly looking at images. Between pinterest, and instagram, my own photos, and most everything on the internet, my days are filled with image after image. Which is great given I am a visual person. Most pictures go in one eye and out the other without much of a thought. But everyone once in a while an image grabs my attention and I become obsessed.

This is one of those images. I saw this modern home on pinterest yesterday and immediately had to see more about it. It's designed by Studio William Hefner and it is lovely and I would love to live there. (The styling is not my favorite, but those things are easily changed.)

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{this was the image that hooked me.}

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{sliding doors are simply everything.}

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{marble and wood vanity? yes. I've seen a lot of design, but I've never seen that.}

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{I don't even like Eames chairs, but I love this.}

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{and with that lighting, I fell in love.}

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{that view.}

Monday, August 18, 2014

a designer's high.

The other day I was reading an article,that mentioned how having too many options for something could be overwhelming. The article stated unless you get a designer's high this could be very frustrating. A designer's high.

A designer's high.  

I had never heard that phrase before, but instantly, I fell in love with it. Because I recognized the meaning perfectly. A designer's high. That feeling of adrenaline and excitement and joy that comes from painstakingly rearranging and molding and editing something to be just what it was meant to be. Not what you want it to be, but what it wants to be. Moving a simple line, changing a color ever so slightly, manipulating a piece just a tidbit, editing the placement of a period, semicolon or exclamation mark (because writers, are they not just designers of words?). 

A designer's high. 

I don't even know if this is exactly what the article meant by it, but I've run wild with it ever since. A quick Google search yields zero results for such a phrase (the closest thing I can find is a blog,, which has a grand total of 2 posts...)

Why isn't this spoken of more often? A runner's high is common vocabulary, everyone knows or at least has an understanding of what this means. Some people run specifically to achieve this natural high. But the same thing happens when designing, or writing, or creating anything. There is a rush, there is excitement, there is adrenaline that comes in the process of working. I get it while taking photographs, I get it while editing those photographs, I get it while thinking about taking and editing photographs and creating new ideas of what to do in my head. I get it while I'm learning and theorizing new ideas. I get it while I'm reading and building worlds in my head. I get it while writing, when I'm right on the brink of putting words together that express exactly what I have been trying to. There's a thrill that's very distinct and I can only hope everyone at some point knows exactly what it feels like. 

A designer's high. Because there's nothing quite like it. 

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Friday, August 15, 2014


"This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to figure it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time."

          -Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

thursday. (robin williams edition.)

For obvious reasons.

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"No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."
-Dead Poets Society

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"I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way."
-Dead Poets Society 

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"Seize the day. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die."
-Dead Poets Society

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"So avoid using the word 'very' because it's lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don't use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys-to woo women-and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do."
-Dead Poets society. 

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Captain James Hook: Prepare to die, Peter Pan!
Peter Banning: To die would be a grand adventure!