July 6, 2011

Going to Another Country?

Just remember that the ONLY THING there is to do whilst visiting another country is eat and talk about eating “weird shit”.

DEPTH, people, DEPTH.

July 1, 2011

Milk is for Babies. When You Grow Up You Have to Drink Beer.

Yeah, so, summertime. I am terrifically terrible at thinking of anything worthwhile to write on here, so I am not going to think about it and am just going to type away. I have a new job, working as a cook helper in the mess halls at the military base nearby. The pay is really good, but the hours are sporadic, inconsistent. I pretty much have to sit around every day waiting for them to call me to come in from 3:30am until about 1 in the afternoon. It is not as bad as it seems, but I haven’t been getting as many hours lately. Hopefully things will pick up again soon.

I have been in this nutrition class for about four weeks now. I am surprised at how much I like it and am interested in it. I unabashedly write in the margins of my textbook and highlight– something I normally do not do, since I have always tried to sell my school books after I am done with them– but this time I would like to keep this book. It, along with the class, has actually changed my eating habits and my outlook on food. Not the love of it, but the importance of what is actually going in my body. I considered myself to be a semi-healthy eater before, with minor slip-ups here and there, but after this class I will be one of those “crazy people” who reads the food labels and actually knows what everything means. Why that is crazy, I am not sure, as it is something that should be taught very early on for everyone’s benefit. That is just what I’ve been told. I’ll just share some things I have learned that I can remember off the top of my head while I am sitting here:

Try not to eat past six in the evening– unless you consume plenty of fiber on a daily basis. I know, I know, this one is kind of an old one, but I didn’t actually know why we aren’t supposed to eat after six until I started taking this class. In the evenings, your metabolism slows way down as is typical for most people since this time of day is the most sedentary. When you eat during this time frame, your body can’t fully digest things at the rate it would be able to when you are active during the day, so it tries to compensate and speed up the process by not..fully.. digesting things. Basically, while in the intestines, instead of being able to fully break down the food for the nutrients, the body will make these little pockets of crud within the lining of the intestinal tract. These have these undigested food particles and attract all kinds of bacteria, most prominently e-coli. When you get older, your body slowly loses its ability to break down these pockets of fun and they can actually become infected, fill with pus and other nasties, and rupture. This causes severe infection within the abdomen. The good news is that if you eat your RDA (recommended dietary allowance) of fiber daily, about 20-40 grams a day, depending on your gender, the fiber acts as a kind of comb in your intestines since it can’t be broken down by the body and gets rid of those pockets. Mmmm, thanks fiber barber!

Thennn I learned a really un-fun fact that I probably should have already known but didn’t because.. I just didn’t, I don’t know everything!– grilled and smoked foods, especially meats, are really bad for your health. The delicious char marks on your juicy burger are highly carcinogenic, meaning they cause cancer. And the juicy burger, unless it’s a chicken or turkey burger, is full of saturated and trans fat and cholesterol and all sorts of crap that will greatly increase your chances of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. The latter was not the bit I didn’t know about, just the charred bit. Also, smoking foods fuses the carcinogenic agents from smoke into the food. At least with the char marks, you can scrape them off the surface and probably be okay, but there is nothing you can do about the smoked stuff. /sheds single tear

In any case, if you’re one of those fortunate enough to have one of those stove-top grills that just use electric then you are safe. Pan-frying and oven frying or baking are alternative ways to cook your foods. Another interesting tidbit that I probably should have known but didn’t is that when you cook with a cast iron pan you are actually infusing whatever food you cooked in it with iron. And you need about 8-11 grams a day if you’re a dude, 8-18 grams a day if you’re a woman under 51, 8 grams a day if you’re a woman and over 51, and a whopping 27 grams of iron a day if you are pregnant. Woo!

Dovetailing off that last bit, if you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant or anticipate being pregnant at any point in your future, do not become iron deficient. Iron deficiency during conception and pregnancy is the main cause of abnormal fetal development that leads to mental retardation. Just read the labels on the foods you buy and try to keep track of how much you’re getting a day, and if you think you aren’t getting enough iron through food alone, a multivitamin pill is a safe thing to take for insurance. Not one of those crazy vitamins-on-steroids that give you like 2000% of your DV, or daily value. Just a nice, normal one that gets you what you need a day. Don’t go crazy.

Speaking of being pregnant… Oh god no, not me. But everyone around me is so pregnant it is not even funny. And all of these pregnant ladies, hobbling about, are just looking at me really intensely. “When are you and Jonas getting married?” or, they give birth and then say, “YOU’RE NEXT–AAHAHA!” I think, when they look at me really intensely, they are trying to use their mind and their eyes to impregnate me. Now, come on, ladies. Leave my uterus alone. Sometimes, people don’t want to be pregnant at 23. Nothing wrong with wanting to be, er. Well, maybe, but that is for another time. Or never, who knows. But I just want to be not with child and finish school and slave away at paying off my student loan debt and figuring out how I’m going to survive in the Midwest as an independent artist and decide whether or not I should move so I don’t totally fail at life. Yeah. I can do without being pregnant right now. /pops birth control like candy.. sweet, delicious, baby-less candy

June 22, 2011

Forget Something?

The ‘Remember me’ function in the login meta does not, in fact, remember me.

May 5, 2011


Feel like this. This picture.

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April 29, 2011

April 16, 2011

From Winter to Spring

It has been a long time. I have had such a busy semester I don’t even have time to write anymore. I have been tired for months. It will be nice when summer break comes along. I am sorry for those who have been checking only to see nothing new for months.

The winter is “officially” over here now, but that doesn’t mean much in Missouri. The weather will continue to be totally fucked up until June or something. In any case, season changes always make me moody and sentimental. It always makes me nostalgic, makes me remember things from the past. That is the curse of human memory, everything becomes nostalgia, and all new things make you think about the old.
My dad and I would always do something in the new season, our whole family, really. Every family has it’s rituals, however different. Tending to the plants, digging them out from under the brown blanket of fallen leaves of winter, picking flowers from the blossoming trees to fill the inside of the house, going to the river to pick wild vegetables, cutting the watermelon-scented grass in the yards. Spring is such a beautiful time of renewal- it is a deep breath accompanying a stretch after shadowy winter. And just the same, it is the reminder of heartbreak and beautiful springs past. Springs that you looked forward to before but are now missing things that used to make you look forward to them. That is a season change for me.
…But it also makes me look forward to the future- that I cannot disregard. I am still human.

It is, however, in my nature to keep the winter with me. To remind myself of the inevitable curtain draw. If only I could go back to the days when I knew nothing of the curtain, or what was to come. There is a sweet innocence to being able to look forward to something in that manner. It is so pure and beautiful and casts a warm shade of white over everything and makes all seem so luminous. I wish I still knew how to do that.

April 4, 2011

Want. One. Now.

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February 15, 2011

Oh God, so Tired

So you guys go look at this artist's stuff while I do exactly this.

This has to be relevant to me and so many people I know. This artist, Mitra Farmand, is good at hitting the nail on the head and has a great set of comics on her Flickr for those who might be interested. Which all of you are.

February 10, 2011

Avoiding the Dreaded “Art Fart”

Baikan, Kawashima

I’ve been collecting hundreds of reference images lately, but I’ve always had a habit of collecting things that I just happen to like, so some of those will probably end up here for you all to see at some point or another. Most recently, I have been looking at a lot of Japanese art- mostly paintings and prints- to study differences in composition, areas of artistic interest, colors, that sort of thing. I find that I have a Western sense of composition that is combined with an Eastern way of mark-making. Someone told me once that I should draw everything with a Sumi-E brush, which was flattering in a sense, but not practical -so I don’t do that.

I am very obviously influenced by Asian art, as my mother is Korean and we have many Korean oil paintings, silk screen paintings, crafted wood furniture and ceramics in our home, but I never realized exactly how much those seemingly ambient surroundings effected my subconscious until late 2009. Since then, I have paid very close attention to my surroundings and the elements within them like color, patterns and texture, and have noticed that a lot of my color choices in my work come from those very surroundings- even though they weren’t intended to. So now my life has become a huge visual and subconscious observance of pretty much everything. Which is overwhelming, to say the least. But it is also richly informing, being able to look at most anything and gain some sort of inspiration from it to incorporate into my work. I highly recommend this kind of gathering to anyone in an artistic or visual slump, or any other kind of slump, surely because it will help the rusty cogs to turn again in your mind.

But sometimes it is okay to just sit around and drink tea, too.

February 8, 2011

Often, I am praised for being honest about things or speaking honestly. I can only do that because I was a shithead adolescent.