Month: April 2020

A picture I took of the outside of the museum.

Slanted Suitcase: DeYoung Museum

Instead of driving into the city to drop off only 70 pages of thesis work, I decided to go to the De Young Museum at Golden Gate Park as well. It's down the street from my school. As I do, I got lost trying to find the parking garage. Just once, I'd like to drive somewhere and know where I'm going. But let's be real, I do enjoy getting lost. Once I make a mistake, I learn from it immediately. I got there around noon or so. I didn't eat breakfast so I ate at their cafe. I had a…

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11 things i learned from pokemon, featuring Charmander, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur

11 Things I Learned from Pokémon

Pokémon came out when I was in high school. I wasn't the target audience. But I was drawn to the characters, the monsters that fit in my pocket, and the adventures and hijinks they got into together every day. A cynical person will say that cartoons are meant for kids. But a great cartoon brings joy to anyone who watches it and teaches you something new about yourself. With the surge of popularity - and my devoted attention to the mobile game Pokémon Go - I began to look deeper at the stories the show was trying to tell. I've…

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Call a Paramedic for Proof

Call a Paramedic for Proof

As is custom, my end of the year mixtape featuring my top 10 most played songs for the year. 2018 was a great year for pop music. Solid releases, breakout stars, gossip. Calvin Harris — Feels (featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, & Big Sean) from Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 Paramore — Proof from Paramore Paramore — Hard Times from After Laughter Run the Jewels — Call Ticketron from Run the Jewels 3 Tony! Toni! Toné! — Feels Good from The Revival Paramore — Rose-Colored Boy from After Laughter SOB x RBE — Paramedic! from Black Panther: The Album Young…

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vincent ventresca as darien fawkes in the invisible man (2000)

The Time Machine

Rating: PG-13Category: Humor/Action.Summary: The Agency's latest project causes some unusual results.Timeline: Season 3.Disclaimer: The Invisible Man characters belong to their respective entities. Made-ups are mine and mine alone. Darien Fawkes approached the Keeper's lab in search of another discussion on getting the gland out of his brain. "Claire? Hey, Keep, ya in here?" Darien called. It was a literal ghost town in the Keep. "That's strange." He began asking around to no avail. Finally, he was able to get the slightest hint from Eberts. She worked on a "top secret" project for the Agency and would be unavailable until the…

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Steve Wozniak and Stan Lee at the inaugural SVCC

Slanted Suitcase: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016

I attended two days of the Silicon Valley Comic-Con, which was also their inaugural celebration. They'd been hyping it for a few months, and I saw electronic billboards on 101 promoting appearances by Jeremy Renner and Stan Lee. It took place in San Jose, so it was a no-brainer for me to attend. Thankfully the library had a 25% discount on general admission tickets, which helped immensely. Overall, this was an excellent first year for the con. My itinerary for Saturday: Spotlight on Jeremy RennerSpotlight on Nathan Fillion There truthfully weren't any other panels I wanted to attend that day.…

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a picture of my birthday cake from 2019

Birthday Number Ones

I tracked down the Billboard Hot 100 #1s for the week surrounding my birthday and made a playlist. I can't believe some of the songs that ended up on it because each track fully reminds me of where I was when it was a hit. Maniac by Michael SembelloMoney for Nothing by Dire StraitsSt. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) by John ParrTake My Breath Away by BerlinI Just Can't Stop Loving You (featuring Siedah Garrett) by Michael JacksonSweet Child o' Mine by Guns & RosesDon't Wanna Lose You by Gloria EstefanRelease Me by Wilson PhillipsThe Promise of a New Day…

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David Anders as Mr. Sark

Poison

Rating: PG-13Category: Drama/SuspenseSummary: Mr. Sark's past collides with his present position in SD-6.Timeline: Mid-season 2.Disclaimer: Alias belongs to JJ Abrams, Bad Robot, Touchstone Television, and related entities. Made-ups are mine and mine alone. Three pictures appeared on the screen in front of Sydney Bristow in the SD-6 briefing room. The first and last were two men about Sark's age; another was a woman a little older. They were black and white surveillance photos. "This is David Warner Griffith, Randolph Wilder, and Ericha von Stroheim," Sloane began. Sark glanced at her and held his gaze on her a little longer than…

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My picture of the 2017 Believer Fest stage

Slanted Suitcase: Believer Fest 2017 American Dreams

I had the opportunity to attend the opening night festivities of American Dreams: A Festival, hosted by the UNLV's Black Mountain Institute and their newly adopted literary magazine, the Believer. So it was nice to get out of my head for a few hours. Panoramic of Red Rock Canyon I love Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It's one of my favorite places globally, a little slice of heaven twenty minutes from home. You could be on one side of the canyon and see cars on the Loop but never hear them. As soon as I'm able, I plan to…

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