Monday, 27th April '09

And... Here We Go Again

I can't help myself! There are so many great artists who deserve this honour!! And this is about the most fun I have had writing something in weeks!

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Pick Your Artist:
U2

Are you male or female:
"A man and a woman"
[Woot! I'm a tranny!]

Describe yourself:
"Magnificent"
[Humility much.]

How do you feel about yourself:
"Numb"

Describe where you currently live:
"Where the Streets Have No Name"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
"Until the End of the World"

Your favorite form of transportation:
"Running to Stand Still"
Or, "Who's Going to Ride Your Wild Horses"

Your best friend is:
"So Cruel"

Your favorite color is:
"White As Snow"

What's the weather like:
"Electrical Storm" or "Staring at the Sun"

Favorite time of day:
"When I Look at the World"

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

What is life to you:
"Stand Up Comedy"

What is the best advice you have to give:
"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"

If you could change your name, what would it be:
"Miss Sarajevo"

Your favorite food is:
"Crumbs from Your Table"

Thought for the Day:
"I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"

How I would like to die:
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"

My soul's present condition:
"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"

My motto:
"Love and Peace Or Else"

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 01:55 am
[1 photograph developed.]


Sunday, 26th April '09

You've Got Stuck in a Moment and You Can't Get Out of It

Sometimes I believe God does speak to me in strange ways. I think I know what to do now. I THINK. Well, I hope, anyway.

I may life to regret this. SIGH.

Or maybe it's just PMS. wink

Stuck in a Moment
-- U2

I'm not afraid of anything in this world
There's nothing you can throw at me that I haven't already heard
I'm just trying to find a decent melody
A song that I can sing in my own company

I never thought you were a fool
But darling, look at you
You gotta stand up straight, carry your own weight
'Cause tears are going nowhere baby

You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment and now you can't get out of it
Don't say that later will be better
Now you're stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it

I will not forsake the colors that you bring
The nights you filled with fireworks, they left you with nothing
I am still enchanted by the light you brought to me
I listen through your ears, through your eyes I can see

You are such a fool to worry like you do
I know it's tough and you can never get enough
Of what you don't really need now, my, oh my

You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it
Oh love, look at you now
You've got yourself stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it

I was unconscious, half asleep
The water is warm 'til you discover how deep
I wasn't jumping, for me it was a fall
It's a long way down to nothing at all

You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it
Don't say that later will be better
Now you're stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it

And if the night runs over
And if the day won't last
And if your way should falter
Along this stony pass

It's just a moment
This time will pass


en ying snapped a shot of life @ 06:52 pm
[1 photograph developed.]


Saturday, 25th April '09

... and Now for a REAL CHALLENGE.

Part VI and I think I'm ready to take on a REAL TOUGHIE.

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Pick Your Artist:
Sufjan Stevens
[If you haven't heard his brand of indie music yet (or, indeed, read the titles of his songs), continue on and you will soon know why this is going to be a Real Challenge. You may have to use some creative thinking to figure the references out. And um, of course I cheated and searched for the songs by this artist. Do you think I actually remember titles like THESE? I'm good, but I'm not insane.]

Are you male or female:
"Sister"

Describe yourself:
"A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze"

How do you feel about yourself:
"Size Too Small"

Describe where you currently live:
"In this Temple As in the Hearts of Man for Whom He Saved the Earth"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
"Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals As I Run"

Your favorite form of transportation:
"We Won't Need Legs to Stand"

Your best friend is:
"They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!"

Your favorite color is:
"Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)"
[What colour is flint anyways?]

What's the weather like:
"Prairie Fire That Wanders About"

Favorite time of day:
"Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)"

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
"A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons"

What is life to you:
"The Black Hawk War or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You're Gonna Have to Leave Now, or, 'I have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight...'"
[There's a good reason his songs are not played on the radio. Can you imagine the poor DJ trying to introduce this one. Or worse, a title like this on the Billboard Charts. Heh. smile Actually, this isn't even the full title. This is only as much as could fit into that field in my iTunes.]

What is the best advice you have to give:
"The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us"

If you could change your name, what would it be:
"John Wayne Gacy, Jr."
[All jokes aside, this is a one of the most special songs I've ever heard. The lyrics are amazing and I once read a review about how brilliantly Stevens portrayed the twisted stories of this man. But you have to read up on John Wayne Gacy, Jr. first.]

Your favorite food is:
"Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, and the King of Swing, to Name a Few"
[The only song I could find with a vaguely food-ish word in it.]

Thought for the Day:
"Let's Hear that String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard it All the Way Out in Bushnell"

How I would like to die:
"The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts"

My soul's present condition:
"One Last 'Whoo-Hoo!' for the Pullman"

My motto:
"Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!"
[Those are not typos.]

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 02:11 am
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


This Has to be Easier than Queen

Part V.

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Pick Your Artist:
Aerosmith

Are you male or female:
"Never Loved a Girl"

Describe yourself:
"Crazy"

How do you feel about yourself:
"Jaded"

Describe where you currently live:
"Livin' on the Edge"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
The "Other Side"
[I'm allowed to use extra articles, yes?]

Your favorite form of transportation:
"Back in the Saddle"

Your best friend is:
An "Angel".

Your favorite color is:
"Pink"

What's the weather like:
"Amazing"

Favorite time of day:
"Seasons of Wither"

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
"Toys in the Attic"

What is life to you:
"Same Old Song and Dance"

What is the best advice you have to give:
"Falling in Love (is Hard on the Knees)"

If you could change your name, what would it be:
"Janie" [Well, she's got a gun.]

Your favorite food is:
"Sweet Emotion"

Thought for the Day:
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
[I never really got this song.]

How I would like to die:
"I'm Ready"

My soul's present condition:
"Cryin'"

My motto:
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 01:31 am
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


I'll End Up With Two Hundred Entries This Month, At This Rate.

Part IV of the Song Title Quiz. Mmhmm.

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Pick Your Artist:
Queen

Are you male or female:
"Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy"
[Erm. I'm regretting the choice of Queen already.]

Describe yourself:
"Fat Bottom Girls"

How do you feel about yourself:
"I'm Going Slightly Mad"

Describe where you currently live:
"Living on My Own"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
"Barcelona"

Your favorite form of transportation:
"Bicycle Race"

Your best friend is:
"You're My Best Friend"

Your favorite color is:
"A Kind of Magic"
[I'm seriously getting stuck here.]

What's the weather like:
"Heaven for Everyone"
[OMG. Queen is very difficult.]

Favorite time of day:
[ARRRGGGHHH!!! Skip.]

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
"These are the Days of Our Lives"

What is life to you:
"It's a Hard Life"

What is the best advice you have to give:
"The Show Must Go On"

If you could change your name, what would it be:
"Killer Queen"
[Queen is really very very difficult. Or I just don't know enough.]

Your favorite food is:
"Another One Bites the Dust"

Thought for the Day:
"I Want It All"

How I would like to die:
"Under Pressure"

My soul's present condition:
"Bohemian Rhapsody"

My motto:
"Don't Stop Me Now"

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 01:19 am
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Friday, 24th April '09

Once You Pop, You Can't Stop!

Oh no. It's a disease. Part III

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Pick Your Artist:
Jack Johnson

Are you male or female:
"Same Girl"

Describe yourself:
"Fortunate Fool"

How do you feel about yourself:
"Broken"

Describe where you currently live:
"Cocoon"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
"Holes to Heaven"

Your favorite form of transportation:
"Traffic in the Sky"

Your best friend is:
"What You Thought You Needed"

Your favorite color is:
"F-Stop Blues"

What's the weather like:
"Monsoon"

Favorite time of day:
"Times Like These"

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
"Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"

What is life to you:
"Situations"

What is the best advice you have to give:
"Staple It Together" [... and call it bad weather.]

If you could change your name, what would it be:
"Taylor"

Your favorite food is:
"Banana Pancakes"

Thought for the Day:
"The 3 R's"

How I would like to die:
"With My Own Two Hands"

My soul's present condition:
"Losing Hope"

My motto:
"Sleep Through the Static"

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 12:48 am
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


OK, So I'm Really Stressed and I Really Want to Do the Beatles.

So here's Part II.

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Pick Your Artist:
The Beatles

Are you male or female:
"Girl"

Describe yourself:
"I am the Walrus"

How do you feel about yourself:
"I Feel Fine"

Describe where you currently live:
"Octopus' Garden"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
"Penny Lane"

Your favorite form of transportation:
"Ticket to Ride"

Your best friend is:
"Across the Universe"

Your favorite color is:
"Yellow". [Submarine, that is.]

What's the weather like:
"Here Comes the Sun"

Favorite time of day:
"Yesterday"

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
"A Hard Day's Night"

What is life to you:
"O-bla-di, O-bla-da"

What is the best advice you have to give:
"All You Need is Love"

If you could change your name, what would it be:
"Eleanor Rigby"

Your favorite food is:
"Strawberry Fields Forever"

Thought for the Day:
"Help!"

How I would like to die:
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

My soul's present condition:
"Hippy Hippy Shake"

My motto:
"Let It Be"

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 12:32 am
[1 photograph developed.]


I Could Really Enjoy This One!

Got this off Shane's facebook notes. Thought I'd better get cracking on it before everyone jumps on the band wagon and starts using up all the prolific artists. Dude, I cannot believe you didn't tag me. wink

I may even do more than one, for sheer stress relief.

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Using only song titles from ONE ARTIST to answer these questions. Pass it on to 15 people you like and include me. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think.

Pick Your Artist:
Out of loyalty, John Mayer.

Are you male or female:
"Daughters"
["Man on the Side" may have been a more appropriate answer but no one would believe it.]

Describe yourself:
"Who Did You Think I Was?"

How do you feel about yourself:
"Not Myself"

Describe where you currently live:
"City Love"

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
"Back to You"

Your favorite form of transportation:
"Wheel"

Your best friend is:
"Comfortable"

Your favorite color is:
"Another Kind of Green"
[I'm feeling downright brilliant for having this answer up my sleeve.]

What's the weather like:
"Covered in Rain"

Favorite time of day:
"Wait Until Tomorrow"
[Does a Hendrix cover count, d'ya think?]

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
"This Will All Make Perfect Sense Someday"

What is life to you:
"Clarity"

What is the best advice you have to give:
"Good Love is On the Way"

If you could change your name, what would it be:
"Lenny"

Your favorite food is:
"Vultures"

Thought for the Day:
"Waiting on the World to Change"

How I would like to die:
"Out of My Mind"

My soul's present condition:
"Something's Missing"

My motto:
"Try"


en ying snapped a shot of life @ 12:05 am
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Sunday, 19th April '09

"I Don't Know Whether to Fart or Die"

Even in his drunken madness he is a genius.



Hilarious.

And I may just collapse from the sheer cuteness of this one:



en ying snapped a shot of life @ 01:31 pm
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Sunday, 12th April '09

Bloody and Fantastic.



The Shinjuku Incident is the Best Film I've seen all year. Maybe that's not saying much because the only other two I've seen this year were "Australia" and "Confessions of a Shopaholic" (though I have to say I enjoyed both too).

Well you ain't never seen Jackie Chan like this and I do think this is a break out role. Neither his, nor Daniel Wu's acting in general were perfect, but there was an unmistakable level of commitment to the characters that never failed to impress. I must be shot for not knowing the names of the lead Japanese actors, but they did an admirable job too, and the supporting cast was simply brilliant.

Conceptually, a premise like this must make for a great story. Fleeing immigrant searches for the love of his life, tries to make a slightly dubious living filching Takashimaya goods and rigging pachinko machinese, and in the midst of protecting his people ends up embroiled in the dark world of the Japanese yakuza. Having rescued his people from harm, he leaves a wounded, angry "gang" brother to manage the territory and soon realises that the brother's trauma has changed him and the old "power corrupts" saying rings true.

Much bloody machete hacking, much flying body parts, much blood - much like Kill Bill, really, but so much more tasteful. Much dramatic ambience music, much effective cinematography. Much impressive language switching; I was really impressed with the seamless and utterly believable way the script weaved Mandarin, Japanese, Cantonese and Taiwanese into the dialogue, in that characteristic way that a creole language would form amongst immigrants in a foreign land. Even more so, the character development was impressive and so coherent, which is really quite a feat given the vast changes to some characters that had to be portrayed in the short span of two hours. Added to that some very literary moments, such as where the warm-fuzzy happiness of a roast chestnuts cart is juxtaposed against its potential use as a torture instrument at the hands of a vicious Taiwanese triad leader.

And it may sound silly, but even the SUBTITLES were well done. Everything was in proper English, translated tastefully (everyone has seen at least one cheap Taiwanese movie where a character says "tamade!" and the translator seems to think it fit to write the English words "sh*t motherf*cking c*cks*cker!" - which is just embarrassing) and in appropriate context. They even had the decency to write the Chinese names as just hanyu pinyin words and leave it as that (instead of trying to translate nicknames like "Lao Gui" to "Old Devil". Steelhead himself being one tolerable exception).

Some may not agree, but I venture to say that if it were not for the fact that Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu simply do not exude the presence of Tony Leung and Andy Lau, this movie could have been a hit beyond even Infernal Affairs. And I'd dare any Hollywood studio to try and make a remake of this which could bring across all that culture and spirit that this one did.

This movie makes me very proud to be Asian.

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 02:56 am
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]