Thursday, October 8, 2009

Birth of an Emerald

Mother Earth carries his essence deep within her womb, amid a magma chamber for many a moon until the time comes for him to form. He’s then rushed out on a river of hydrothermal fluids that escape from the magmas. It rushes along the fractures and fissures of the rocks around. As it gets further from lava the fluids cool and solidify, filling the crevices and forming mineral veins. And if fluorine and beryllium both survived the ride then they bond to form the Emerald.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


So today I finally realized why I was never taken seriously as a writer.

After attending a lecture by Robert Pinsky today, I came to realize what it means to create a strong work of literature. For one, I've always loved rhyming and after taking a "Craft of Poetry" class for just a week, I found out that rhymes tend to not me taken as serious as prose.
Pinsky gave an amazing lecture about how Translation = Misnomer. I never gave that much thought to translated version of literary pieces but it never occurred to me that people don't just translated as close to the original meaning as possible.
He was talking about his translation of Dante's inferno and how he "Englished it" by making it strong enough to give a different perspective that somehow gave insight into the original. I loved that he used the shield of Perseus as a parallel for translation. The story is that Perseus had to use the reflection of Medusa from his shield to defeat her. The reasoning is that since you can't see the original, the reflection is the best you've got, and if you can't read the original, the translation is your other option... unless you want to learn a whole new language!

Here's to improving my writing based on what I learned today!

<3 MM

Friday, August 28, 2009

"Do You Want to Date My Avatar"

So thanks to this video someone posted on facebook, I found the new online series called The Guild. It's about a group of people who belong to an online gaming community and are basically addicted to the game. It's extremely amusing especially since I know real life people who resemble the characters!

I would highly recommend watching it. Every episode is about 5 minutes long.
Watch the Guild

<3 MM

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cars, cars, cars...

I will not claim to know anything about cars but I do enjoy looking at them!
So thank god for car shows!

Spiderman Car!
Pirate Flags!

An Old Fashioned Milk Car!

One day...


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Long Live Dead Societies

Among the things I love about CA is that it houses many major art centers. The Getty had been a favorite of mine for some time but never had I been to the Getty Villa before.
But from the second I got there I knew it would become my new favorite for it displays art from ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria (my favorite historical time period!).

I love that you get to create your own Grecian art!
My little sister's warrior pose ^
VS my I'm-in-a-battle-and-I'm-running-away-with-flailing-arms pose.

Apparently he's sitting on a wine sack. We first thought it was some kind of poultry.

I would so love to be able to go back in time and spend a day in the life of someone from ancient Greece!


Monday, July 20, 2009

"Dorm Life"

So I've recently discovered this new show on hulu called "Dorm Life" that I think is amazing. I feel like the things they go through in the show is (almost) exactly what I went through this past year of college, which leads me to believe that all dorm experiences are the same!
Although my RA was not at all a jerk like "Marshall" and we didn't have girl on girl smack downs in the halls... oh wait never mind there was that one time I almost strangled the girl from across the hall- but still most of the general events are the same!
I remember everyone being so excited for the rush parties and just parties in general, the all nighters, game nights, and the mysterious smells that you could not figure out what the hell they were much less where they were coming from!
I think the creators of "Dorm Life" have done an amazing job with this project because in less than 5 minutes per episode, they manage to capture the essence of college life!

"Dorm Life"

Oh how I miss dorm life...


Monday, July 6, 2009

Quarterlife Crisis

So my plans for this summer were to take some time and search for myself. So far I've not found anything.

A friend once told me that "you are a compilation of events you experience" and there's definitely no shortage of interesting events in my past but I can't help but wonder who it is that they've created.

I've certainly known my share of whimsical people and some of whom I'd even call crazy, and I believe they've all left an imprint on me in one way or another.

I'd say the most recent group of interesting people who have entered my life are the ones I met in my first year of college. There's just something about stepping out on your own for the fist time and testing out the waters of adulthood. It's scary. But somehow it was made much better by the wonderful people I had the pleasure of living with at the dorm.

Those who are in most of my college memories include my roommate whom I will refer to as Smurfette due to her love of the color blue, and the two lovely ladies in the room across from us: Mooshy (because that's how she liked to describe things that were squishy) and You Guys (because one time I was walking with her and one of the guys in our hall saw us and said "hi M, hi you guys" so we came to the conclusion that her nickname would be You Guys.)

Memorable moments include every time we went to Cha for Tea and we got Boba and Smurfette would make dirty ball sucking jokes. Some of which made it to Mooshy and You Guys' wall of funny quotes that were heard around campus.

One of them was the very wise advice from my roommate that "You shouldn't suck balls and laugh at the same time"

And Mooshy's exclamation, "Your thing is that long?!" (referring to my camera's ability to take lengthy videos.)

Other memorable moments include the random drunk guy walking outside our window in the middle of the night chanting "The whole world is watching. The whole world is watching..."

Aside from all the fun times we had though, there were many tears shed. And I'd like to be able to say that I've worked through those tears and grown but no. I am still as troubled by my worries as I was back then. Which brings me back to the personal identity crisis and how it's holding me back in life. If only in life there was an easy button like in those commercials.

<3 MM

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dream Come True

Since 6th grade, when I first started watching Buffy which was on its 6th season, I have been totally infatuated by actor James Marsters.

His incredible British accent and acting abilities were amazing! Some of his scenes were filled with so much awe and emotion that even today when I watch them, I get teary-eyed.

Next was his amazing singing voice, which I first discovered on the musical episode of Buffy. Since then I've also been mesmerized by his musical career as well.

Never in the past 7 years did I imagine that I would ever meet him! I'd always tried to get to his functions but they were always too far or out of state or even out of the country, so when the opportunity came up to see him in a play here, in LA, I jumped at the opportunity!

I can't even say how happy I was to actually see him perform live! And after the show, when Best Friend and I stayed behind to met him and ask for his autograph, he could not have been nicer!!!

Unfortunately, I was completely speechless when we did meet him and felt like a complete loser afterward, but it was still an unforgettable experience and it definitely made it to my list of favorite events!

Of course I can't make out what he's written past the "Bite me" (which he explained he writes on all his autographs because for most of his acting career he's been a vampire and that is what he's best known for, not that I was complaining ) but it still gives me butterflies to look at it.

Here's to dreams, as little as they may be, that bring us happiness.

<3 MM

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summertime girls

Last week, I went to the Santa Monica Promenade with the Best Friend and BF's Ice Skater friend. It was my first time there and I was stunned by how beautiful it was!

For the most part we had fun walking around and sightseeing. Not to mention, proving right the stereotype that valley girls and notorious spenders! I think we were trying to, single handedly, bring the economy out of its depression!

I don't quite understand what was the deal with all the dinosaur themed shrubbery, but at least it was something interesting to look at!

What made it even more interesting was Ice Skater's massive phobia of birds! Of course, it being SoCal and right next to the beach, the place was swamped with fat little pigeons and Seagulls. It was actually somewhat fun to chase away the birds! Like trying to recapture the days of your childhood when you went to the part and chased the birds for the heck of it.

Of course some of these birds were down right stupid and flew right into your face! It happened once to me and once to BF. This did not help ease the IS's fear

Oh Dear, and then there was this guy
<--- the shinny metalic one
who started making odd ticking noises like a robot and following us around. Being the lovely best friend that she is, BF started walking away very fast, leaving a very scared me there to pretend to be a tourist and not speak English!

I think my Russian accent sounded more like Indian!

Note to self: try to improve fake accents!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Livin' the Dream

You gotta love SoCal.

No disrespect to other places but to be I can't think of anything better than being so close to Hollywood, not the mention the beach!

Plus, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

Being back home for the summer, in the valley, I'm reminded of all that I miss out during the year by being so far from the hubbub.

Driving around the streets in the warm weather with the wind in your hair, the radio playing the hits from last summer, bringing back wonderful memories... ah, there's nothing like it!

SoCal has a spirit of its own.
Sure, it basically consists of crazy, bad drivers, scorching weather, surfer boys, and outrageous fashions but that's its charm! And I would not trade it for a million dollars!

Where else can you walk out of a mall and be surounded by grown men and women in movie costumes, especially a certain Darth Vadar who has a whole in his tights and says, "Who's your daddy?"

I would highly recommend putting in on your must-visit list.

Drive around Hollywood.

See the walk of fame stars.

Go to the beach.

See the sunset.

See Shamu perform.

You'll be amazed by the beauty
I am
Every time I go out.

<3 MM