Far away in time

Not Making a Lot of Sense, Sorry August 3, 2008

Filed under: Misc.,The Coast is Toast,Yum! — Echo Beach @ 12:09 am
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Hi.  So, I’ve been avoiding you, sorry about that.  But I’m supposed to do a book review for here, which I (clearly) have not done and *spoiler alert* I totally hated it, which makes it hard to review, which only makes me hate it more.  It’s a vicious cycle.  Also, July was not my best month.  My life right now is a total mess, every single area of my life, starting with my hair and moving on to everything else, is falling apart (although not literally, even in the case of my hair).  And I know I’m probably not making much sense, but I’m freaking out right now and I really don’t know what I’m going to do.  I’m not even sure what I should do, except find a job, but there’s the SAG thing, and I don’t even know.  Plus, I’ve started exercising, which is supposed to make you feel better, but it turns out that when I wasn’t exercising because I thought I didn’t like it, I was totally right.  So now I’m exercising, which I totally hate, but I hate giving up more, plus it turns out that I’m totally weak, and I want to be able to pick up heavy shit, so I’m going to keep doing it.  But I’m not going to like it!  Also I tried to make sourdough starter, but it got all weird, to the point where the internet could not even tell me what was going on.  So I’m trying again, but it looks like the same thing is happening, and since I don’t know what I did wrong I might just have to give up on the sourdough thing for now.  But I did make some really beautiful white bread in the bread pan my sister got me for my birthday.  (My mom got me bread pans for Christmas, but they are unnaturally big, so my sister got me a normal sized one.)  Also, sorry if there are an unusual number of typos here, the spell-check method seems to have changed, and I’m not 100% I’ve got it figured out.  PPS. Did you all watch Dr. Horrible?  Was it not the awesome?  Turns out you can still watch it for free online!  (In addition to downloading it from itunes.)  This is yay because I’ve been listing to a bootleg version of the soundtrack, and really wanting to watch it again, but I am totally broke (more so than usual).  So yeah, I will try to be less avoidant, but no promises, sorry.

 

Not Making a Lot of Sense, Sorry. August 2, 2008

Filed under: Misc.,The Coast is Toast,Yum! — Echo Beach @ 11:54 pm
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Hi.  So, I’ve been avoiding you, sorry about that.  But I’m supposed to do a book review for here, which I (clearly) have not done and *spoiler alert* I totally hated it, which makes it hard to review, which only makes me hate it more.  It’s a vicious cycle.  Also, July was not my best month.  My life right now is a total mess, every single area of my life, starting with my hair and moving on to everything else, is falling apart (although not literally, even in the case of my hair).  And I know I’m probably not making much sense, but I’m freaking out right now and I really don’t know what I’m going to do.  I’m not even sure what I should do, except find a job, but there’s the SAG thing, and I don’t even know.  Plus, I’ve started exercising, which is supposed to make you feel better, but it turns out that when I wasn’t exercising because I thought I didn’t like it, I was totally right.  So now I’m exercising, which I totally hate, but I hate giving up more, plus it turns out that I’m totally weak, and I want to be able to pick up heavy shit, so I’m going to keep doing it.  But I’m not going to like it!  Also I tried to make sourdough starter, but it got all weird, to the point where the internet could not even tell me what was going on.  So I’m trying again, but it looks like the same thing is happening, and since I don’t know what I did wrong I might just have to give up on the sourdough thing for now.  But I did make some really beautiful white bread in the bread pan my sister got me for my birthday.  (My mom got me bread pans for Christmas, but they are unnaturally big, so my sister got me a normal sized one.)  Also, sorry if there are an unusual number of typos here, the spell-check method seems to have changed, and I’m not 100% I’ve got it figured out.  PPS. Did you all watch Dr. Horrible? Was it not the awesome?  Also, it turns out that, in addition to downloading it from itunes, you can still watch it for free online!  Which makes me happy because I’ve been listing to a bootleg version of the soundtrack and I really want to watch it again.  And I am totally broke.  More so than usual even.  So yeah, I’ll try not to be so avoidant, but I can’t make any promises right now.

 

Things I’ve Seen This Week May 9, 2008

Filed under: The Coast is Toast,TV,Work — Echo Beach @ 7:40 pm
  • A cop car pulling over a mail truck
  • A motorcycle cop pulling over a bicyclist
  • The purple trees blooming.  This is one of the reasons I love living in LA, there are tons of flowering trees.  These ones have bright purple flowers all over, they bloom before they leaf out, and they’re all over the place.
  • Zero television episodes.  I’ve been crazy busy with work, I had today off, but I still had to run wok related errands.  But I am going to rectify this at once, and see how much I can watch before I fall asleep again.
 

Lots of Pictures, You’ve Been Warned April 13, 2008

Filed under: Artsy,The Coast is Toast,Work — Echo Beach @ 12:56 am
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Hi people! I don’t know where you all came from, or if you will ever come back, but hi!

I’m tired now, I was working today (for free, blah) on this student film that was a total mess, 9 hrs of everyone taking their sweet time, then 3 hours of oh my god hurry up 2-take set-ups. But the good part was that we were out at Linda Vista which is this amazing abandoned run-down art deco hospital, close to downtown LA. I’ve shot there twice before (on longer and better organized shoots thankfully) and I love it. It’s falling apart, and it’s full of room after room of abandoned furniture, and discarded hospital stuff, and random shit that film crews have left there (also, tons of dirt, not very costume friendly). Last time I was there I tried to take those “empty rooms with stuff in them” kind of pictures, which I’m not very good at. So this time I tried to do more “abstract close-ups”

and “things framed by windows”,

which worked better, because composition was one of my stronger skills in photography. Also most of the building is unlit, except by natural light, so taking pictures through windows works well. I also threw in a healthy number of “things I couldn’t see without the flash”.

This is the view up the dumbwaiter shaft (like an elevator shaft, but tiny!).

This is the same view with no flash, I assume that the lights are coming through the open dumbwaiter doors on each floor. I know that if you are reading this on RSS and or have a slow internet connection you already hate me for posting this many pictures anyway, so I’m going to go ahead and post my favorite ones.

(more…)

 

Coincidence? I think not! September 23, 2007

So, I haven’t written in ages, and I’m kind of tired, so apologies in advance if this turns out to be an incoherent info-dump. I’d do bullet points, but I’ve forgotten how, and I’m too lazy to look up the HTML.

Last weekend I went to the first wedding where I wasn’t related to anyone there. It was awesome. I got all teary during the ceremony, then later I did that thing where I say “awww” about everything and I cannot stop myself. I also almost fulfilled a wedding cliché, until I was interrupted by one of my “friends”. And you know how I like clichés.

It rained here! Last night and today, I am very excited. It smelled so good yesterday when it started, and then this evening my apartment complex smelled like eucalyptus. It’s finally starting to cool down here, and I am very excited about fall in LA (it is my favorite season after all).

I started interning on this movie today, which I’m still a little conflicted about, so I’m going to try to sort all my thoughts into a pro/con list. (Wish me luck)
Pro: I am completely in charge of costumes and wardrobe, I get to do all the shopping, etc.
con: I am the entire wardrobe department. The production as a whole has a very small crew.
Pro: I have to buy less food.
con: I have to buy more gas.
Pro: I get experience and connections.
con: I don’t get paid.
Pro: What we’ve shot so far (one day) looks really good, the location is great and the lighting is vary atmospheric and moody.
con: The script. It is so bad, you guys. It suffers chiefly from a lack of exposition, and the fact that if you actually think about it for 30 seconds it makes no sense. The gaping plot holes, completely unexplained bookending scenes, and silly dialog are really just the cherry on top.
Pro: The costumes look great.
con: The costume budget is down to about $15.
Pro: Everyone seems nice.
con: There do not appear to be any cute boys. (hey I may be shallow and/or oversexed, but at least I left it for last)
It’s going to be one of those movies that are on TV on Friday night or Saturday morning, where coming in halfway through doesn’t really impact your understanding of the plot. Although you could overestimate it if you missed the beginning, as you might assume that key plot points were actually explained. We actually made really good time today, I left the location just under the 12 hr mark, which means that we didn’t run late. So hopefully that will continue.

When I went shopping for the movie I went to this fabulous thrift store, which sells clothes from movies, television shows and studios. And it had the most gorgeous, and cheap!, vintage, I could not resist. I got this light grey 40’s jacket, with functional welt pockets and weights in the hem (to make it hang straight) for $17. Of course that was $17 more than I should have spent, considering that I also bought a new bra and a crinoline (stiff petticoat that makes 50’s style skirts poof out) in Portland. My mom actually paid for the crinoline, but I have to pay her back, so I was kind of pissed to see that they had much cheaper ones at the store that I went to.

The other thing that I desperately want to buy is a TiVo. As you may, or may not, know, the new TV season this week, and I really want a TiVo to record everything for me while I am working. Of course I a) totally cannot afford one (even though I did work for money one day this week) and 2) need to have cable in order to record two shows at a time. Allegedly it is possible to siphon cable television off of one’s cable internet, but I would never do that, because it is probably illegal, even if I could afford to get my own internet. *sigh*

And now that I have written an insanely long post (698+ words? What is up with that?) I need to go to bed, so I can get up in the morning and work for free some more. (Don’t worry, I’m not bitter, just tired). Maybe there will be donuts, that would be nice.

 

It’s hot. And late. September 1, 2007

Filed under: The Coast is Toast — Echo Beach @ 4:59 am

So, I was going to write a post about how it is crazy hot here, but then I got totally distracted by this webcomic. The problem is that whenever I see a webcomic I am all “Ooh, pretty. I shall read them all in order from the very beginning.” Which takes forever, especially since I thought this one only had ~300, but when I checked the homepage to get the link, yeah it’s over 900. I am also like this with books and television shows, apparently I have an obsessive need to understand backstory and obscure internal references. Actually, now that I think about it, it’s probably a damn good thing I never got into comic books. And this is probably also why I can’t get into soap operas.

I’m still going to write about the heat, because it is fucking hot here. It’s 4:30 right now, and it’s still 79 degrees out. The high today was like 105. Which is insane. I ended up making a nest out of blankets and pillows on the floor in front of my air conditioner. My bed is only about a foot and a half off of the ground, but it was too hot to sit up here till 1 AM. It’s still hotter up here, but my butt got really sore from all that sitting on the floor.

So, I should really stop reading and go to sleep, but I’m afraid that it’s too hot, and I will just lie here and be miserable. In summary: I’m bored, my sleep schedule is FUBAR, I don’t have anyone to hang out with, and I can’t go anywhere because I do not want to be boiled alive in my car (I was going to go out this afternoon, but I realized that if it’s 104 outside, it’s even hotter in my car, at that point, not even air conditioning is going to help). What sounds really nice right now is a movie theater. If there was a movie theater that was open at 5 AM, I would totally go, and fall asleep in the really cold air conditioning, with the movie playing in the background. Instead I’m going to have to settle for putting on the tank top in my freezer, and trying to turn off the light on the overhead fan without killing my self. If I was planning on leaving the house ever again I would get a free standing fan. Or if I was less tired I would find some 24 hr place and get one now. Ok, I’m going to go put my bra in the freezer and go to bed. Goodnight.

 

Earthquake August 9, 2007

Filed under: The Coast is Toast — Echo Beach @ 1:47 am

I’m pretty sure there was an earthquake here about half an hour ago, it’s the first one (that I’ve felt) since I’ve moved here. It was very small, my paintings aren’t even crooked, but it was scarier than I thought it would be. The only other earthquake that I’ve been awake for was while I was in high school, in Spanish class actually, and it was just exciting. Plus, anything that gets you out of Spanish class is a good thing. This time I just ended up with adrenalin swirling around in my stomach. I may have also been freaked out because I’ve been worrying about my television breaking if there’s a big(ish) earthquake. It’s just sitting on top of a nightstand right now, and I don’t know if I should be securing it in some way?

On a related note, I finally saw the Tommy Lee Jones movie Volcano, which I’ve been wanting to see for years, and it was awesome. It actually achieved unexpected heights of awesome. Plus it totally helped that I now actually know where Wilshire Blvd is, and I’d been to the tar pits earlier that week. But either way, lava = awesome, even if it moves unrealistically fast.

Lastly, I pretty much hate having to come up with titles for anything, but the solitary noun post titles are getting a little too Soviet even for me, so I’m going to try to come up with something that uses more that one word in the future. (Although actual verbs might be a bit of a stretch.)