Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Brain food

Reading is good. Lists are good. Guess whats coming...
Top 10 books

1. The Little Prince (pure magic)
2. The Dark Materials trilogy
3. The Poisonwood Bible
4. The Bell Jar
5. The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
6. Lord of the Flies
7. Alice in Wonderland
8. Choke
9. White Oleander
10. Rant

(I also like linocuts)

All anyone wants

Found these on Flickr by TheVoiceThatSaid. The man who tells me I'm more perfect than Helvetica=instant marriage. No discussion.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

18. Short the pain

One of my many passions in life is body modification. At the moment it doesn't show so much, I only have 4 holes in my ears, a surface bar in my neck and a tongue web ring. (That sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but they're hardly visible) And my favourite favourite, my wrist tattoo.
Below is me getting tattooed by Tyler from Sins of Style at last year's Tattoo Convention.

The next convention is from the 22-24 Jan, check it out here. I'll definitely be there, hopefully adding some ink to my collection :)
Plans include an antique key inside my lip, birds flying out of a birdcage on my back, Alice in Wonderland illustrations on my legs and a phoenix on my feet. I love the idea of the body as canvas, and as the Maori chant goes, "Short the pain, long the adornment."

Here in my head

17. told you i like lists

Here begins my round-up of 2010.
My top 10 songs:

1. Jesus Christ- Brand New
2. Lost- Pogo
3. Daniel- Bat for Lashes
4. Piazza, New York Catcher- Belle & Sebastian
5. For Emma- Bon Iver
6. Ballad of a Comeback Kid- The New Pornographers
7. Being Cool- Kimya Dawson
8. Happy Birthday to Me- Bright Eyes
9. Home- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
10. Walking on a Dream- Empire of the Sun

16. Mr Palahniuk

There are few authors who can write a single sentence that makes you shiver. Even fewer who can write several. Chuck Palahniuk ends each paragraph with one.
No book since 1984 so aptly describes a dystopian reality, however unintentionally.

My top 10 Chuck quotes:

10. "Your heart is my piƱata."
9. "Another thing is no matter how much you think you love somebody, you'll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close."
8. "Besides, it happens fast for some people and slow for some, accidents or gravity, but we all end up mutilated."
7. "Just remember, the same as a spectacular Vogue magazine, remember that no matter how close you follow the jumps: Continued on page whatever. No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying attention. Well, get used to that feeling. That's how your whole life will feel some day."
6. "More and more it feels like I'm doing a really bad impersonation of myself."
5. "I want out of the labels. I don't want my whole life crammed into a single word. A story. I want to find something else, unknowable, some place to be that's not on the map. A real adventure.'
A sphinx. A mystery. A blank. Unknown. Undefined."
4. "The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on."
3. "Let’s look in the mirror. Really look at your face. Look at your eyes, your mouth. This is what you think you know best."
2. "The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open."
1. "Find out what you're afraid of and go live there."

14. Sandy Claws

I love Christmas.

As Star points out, this is rather odd considering my cynical views on nearly everything, but there you are.

I love the carols, the lights, even the ridiculously large amount of cooked meat. You just cannot be grumpy having consumed twice one's weight in trifle.