- Fridays--TTTomorrow'sF :D)
- Love, because it gives me hope
- Puppies, especially when they yawn (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
- That dumb look you have on your face =P
- A chocolate Frosty
- And lastly, the song "La vie en rose," because it always reminds me of our 'humanness'
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I can't STAND it. As an avid ninja-lover that is. But let's not start a war, pirates are awesome too.
Check out more outrageous tees at Threadless.
~Nerdette Ari (goes back to the reality of life right....about.... NOW.)
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Glad to be done with that godd*@n French project, but now need to study for AP Bio and practice. DOES IT EVER END???
Here's the practical answer: Not if I want to get into college =(
That's pretty much the reason I'm blogging. I need an ESCAPE from the shitloads of work to be done. (Excuse the expression) Also on my list of needs: more self-control :(
So that means I'm done for today and seriously need to go do something productive now. But maybe I'll get some coffee or tea before I do... this is how it all starts, isn't it? ("it" refers to procrastination, BLEH)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
~I is a human and humans must sleep. TTY in a while, crocodile. Nerdette Ari. <3 Sh*t, my mom's coming home; byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyye!!!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Now that you've thoroughly enjoyed losing the game as well as losing in every effort you have and will ever give in your life, how bout some GROUNDBREAKING NEWS? (Just kidding about the You-just-failed-and-will-continue-to-fail-at-life thing; losing the game is a very good and somewhat amusing thing!!!)
Blinda and I, at ages we do not wish to disclose because they are so very out there in terms of what we finally did, have gotten our ears pierced. Piercing Pagoda, baby. She's got the ladybugs, I have tiny gold flowers, and man, is it good to be earring-initiated.
Secondly, I urge you to go out and buy only reusable metal water bottles from now until death do you part. And when you come back home from the store, recycle all of the plastic bottles in sight. Pourquoi/pourqué/为什么, you ask???? Hey, it's BPA (bisphenol-A) attacking you in your very home!!! BPA is a chemical used in plastic production that's been linked to reduced sperm count in men, premature puberty in girls, and diabetes. So if you buy the reusable METAL water bottle, it saves plastic, the energy it would have taken to make all those plastic bottles you would have used throughout the rest of your life, and you don't get to lose any sperm! That's what I call a win-win situation. ;)
The questionable hazard of BPA is described in these 3 articles, and is--as of now--inconclusive. However, it's your choice whether you expose yourself and your family to a potentially toxic chemical that could be easily avoided if you just knew where to find BPA by reading up on it (and if you just bought the dang metal water bottle!!!) Make sure it doesn't have a plastic lining, though, cuz the first article describes that.
Yours 'til the foot steps,
~Nerdette Ari (P.S. I stole this closing greeting technique from here. Thought I should give the author some credit.)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Regarding this post's title--Janelle Monae is crazy, but she's the man.
In other news--Today, Jason Mraz taught me how to compost. Actually, he gave a link that led to a site that taught me how to compost; it wasn't a face-to-face conversation, me standing a few feet away from the beloved singer/blogger/beginner, where I was graciously receiving his instruction. Yeah, when pigs fly.
Blinda and I did, however, hug John Ondrasik (alias Five For Fighting) a night ago at a free concert. He told us he was a big hugger, and our awesome friend who informed us of the concert got him to autograph her CD. Greg the guitarist was also made of awesome.
It was a great night, where fun was had and great live music was heard by all.
But on the topic of composting in your own backyard, um, yeah, I'm thinking of doing that--I just don't know how well the idea of keeping a heap of decay by the side of the house will go over with my mom. All the same, it's so much greener than throwing away the organic material with the food wrappers in the trash, and not making economical use out of it, so I'm workin' on that.
The same can be said for my progress in Jane Eyre, which, while a good story-driven novel that doesn't melodramatize its depressing sort of tone, is taking for-freaking-ever to finish. The three other assignments I was given this summer will have to wait 'til I finish that really long, really verbose novel.
In other news besides the first tidbits of news--How was your day??????????
(Sergio, that is the one impression of you you will ever see in typed words from me, despite the innumerable impressions you have on me. So suck it [as Natalie would say]).
Yours 'til the sun_dries,
Nerdette Arine (lied to you when she said she would post more often. I entreat you to build a bridge, and get over it)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I should've gotten myself dinner half an hour ago, but the heat is too oppressive for physical exertion.
I also have a Yorkshire Terrier in my lap.
As I type this blog post in the stifling humidity, I have no idea what to write about (rather, complain to you about), aside from the brain-melting conditions that surround me.
Except the fact that this t-shirt reminded me of Blinda:
Click here for link 2 Threadless Tees
I really shouldn't be wasting precious time in front of the computer, especially since the main AC unit is down and sitting one place for an hour has not been particularly comfortable, but I just did some research on green universities (nerd that I am).
AND, I found the sweetest, most soft and cutesy romantic music you'll ever hear from the 21st century: Click here for Zee Avi's amazing music album !!
I was supposed to be Sparknotes-ing the The Great Gatsby, but after that I kinda got sidetracked...
Like I am getting now. SO, there are apparently a bunch of colleges that specialize in environmental subjects like sustainability. One offers a degree in human ecology and is located on an island in Maine. UC Berkeley's College of Natural resources says they're "a community of natural and social scientists working together to improve the quality of our environment" whose mission is "...to advance our knowledge and understanding of natural resource systems in order to develop innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges." And they have so many courses at USC under the general name "sustainability"--more than 40 to be exact. Many of them claim their environmental programs are awesome, but after reading the mission statements of the last couple, it's like they're all saying the same thing. I don't even know what I want to do with my life; IF I do so choose to go into environmental science, how will I know which colleges to go for?!?!?!?!?!
Sorry for that slightly melodramatic interjection there. Here comes another one: I just looked out the window. It's pouring!!!!! K, it's definitely time for dinner now. I really hope that stating my flaws will help me develop effective solutions toward bettering myself as a human being.
Well, it's a first step.
Thanx for letting me pour my thoughts out to yall. Have a nice evenin' now. XD
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
- ...to post more often, whenever I'm not breaking my back and losing my sanity over summer assignments (which happen to be rather demanding).
- ...to relax this summer.
- (The bullet point above may seem contradictory, considering my extensive summer homework, but I'm definitely not attempting to work on that crap ALL the time. However, I am in serious need of some time management skills.)
- ...to acquire some time management skills. (There we go.)
- ...to not spend excessive amounts of time on the computer, but instead to work on all internal management there is to be done. That means I'm forcing myself to shut down the iMac within the next ten minutes. T_T
- ...to get some coffee.
- (Everybody needs a coffee break once in a while. Unless you're not into coffee; that's good too. It's a decaffeinatedbeverage break.)
- ...and my most important point is: to post discussions/issues related to the environment. With nerdy flair. Because I'm pretty sure that's what this blog was set out to accomplish in the first place, and we've been hurtin' without our eco-posts. Those, and Blinda's nonsense rants. ^_^
Thursday, June 24, 2010
P.S. Isn't it ironic how most kids who take karate aren't Asian, and not that many Asian kids actually take martial arts??? Secretly, however, we all have a passion for bursting out in song. Jk, it must just be me.
~Nerdette Ari (believes that this is ALL Blinda's fault for showing me Threadless Tees :P)
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I got two poems into my school's literary magazine!!! First off, I should probably say this:
I do not write poetry.
I was going to write a short story, but I let procrastination get the better of me and the would-be kick-ass short story never happened. (And I mean, it would've been a kick-ass story.)
They decided to put the only two poems I ever wrote into this tome of creativity and innovation on every level of design--and I just found this out yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like that they valued those two poems enough to put them in, but I looked over the magazine yesterday and they seem really...romanticized; as if I had only been thinking about the ideals--but I guess we all need to look at things that way sometimes. I wish I could show you the cover, but I would probably be infringing on some copyright law and it would SO be worth it for you to just SEE this cover, but I can't put it up. =( Just a tip off, it features an irrelevant yet very well-placed [composition-wise] cow.
Yeah, but the one thing that pisses me off is that they made three typos in my poems. WTF. Now all the words are typed and published and there's no going back, and the geniuses couldn't even check to see if they spelled the word "the" right. Now all that does is make me look bad; but it was NOT mah fault!!! I have the original typed versions in my desktop computer to prove it!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyways...
I'm vennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnting my butterflies by typing this up right now (that's what blogs are good for; Blinda has actually set this standard. Try it sometime). There ARE some unbelievably good poems plus artwork in there, and It's really great the way it came together. Maybe I'll get a pen, actually put it to paper, and have a story for next year's that I could put in the running. For now, this is your everyday literary-nerd-in-the-making signing out.
~Nerdette Ari (wishes you an amazing summertime...and the living's easy...)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
"Do anybody make real sh*# anymore?"
Seriously, that's what I've been wondering for the longest time.
Um... so how does the rhetorical question tie in with conformity? (Btw, quote comes from "Stronger" by Kanye West; see playlist @ right) It just frequently pisses me off to see new movies, or songs, or celebrities that are complete cop outs, in that they all follow the same stupid formula!!! What I mean is that some film production companies choose to use the same type of stories over and over again; there are only a few different ways to make a tragic romance, you know. And I guess it's not just the things or people that make the headlines; I can't tell you how often I see multiple girls carrying the same bag or wearing the same t-shirts walking by in the high school hallways. I just can't stop asking why conformity is such a huge part of living with other human beings. Before I continue my opinionated rant, here's a *semi-less-biased* section on the issue:
Ok, so ever noticed how "conformity" just happens to rhyme with "deformity"? Not that this STRIKING coincidence has anything to do with the actual definition of conformity, but wait... how to define conformity? "Behavior or accordance with socially accepted conventions," says the dictionary on our Apple computer. Yeah, whatevs, I think most of us can agree that it's copying the look or behavior of a standard that everyone can accept, ultimately to make yourself look good among your peers. Such a standard might be a celebrity who doubles as a role model, or even a trend in fashion or culture. I guess some examples might be more helpful, so I'll put some in the comments later. MOVING ON. So if we look at conformity from another point of view, it turns out that it has some characteristics that aren't all that bad: it establishes a moral and behavioral standard so prominent, a wide range of people look up to it for guidance; so at least people aren't running around causing chaos as a result of doing whatever the bleep they want, with a lack of morals. I'm running quite low on time, so it's back to the Me Ranting Part:
The thing about social conformity is that it stems the flow of new ideas and improvements on existing ones. Doesn't that make reasonable sense? If all we are trying to do in product ads, the entertainment industry (including music), and in the social hierarchy is to maintain the status quo, we don't go anywhere. There is no room for innovation. Or improvements. I dislike conformity because it chokes up the amount of great quality great ideas that could be being accepted, if we weren't so hung up on sticking to the goddamn formula. Ever heard of Romeo and Juliet? Tell me that story hasn't been played out 5,000,000 different ways in pop culture. Forget about how many times it was copied during Shakespeare's times (or apparently before that, cuz it supposedly wasn't his original idea), think about how many R&J takeoffs there have been in the past 4 years. Yeah. And how many times do you see the quality of music or a movie being compromised just cuz the initial idea of it sells like hotcakes? Which prevailing social standard do you think contributes to that shit? Remember that everything in American is a business, and every person involved in creating your world of media is trying to pay their rent/mortgage. Everyone has to make a living, and in the U.S., money is the only thing that really talks. But who's to say these are barriers that we can't break past; that we're not too tired of playing it safe? I have to tell you straight out--I am the biggest hypocrite for saying that, since my life's story has so far been me never being able to stop playing it safe. Still, I happen to think that there're people out there who have potentially phenomenal new ideas that could make the way we live run much smoother, enhance our movies/music/art, and generally enrich our lives, but the only way to unlock it is to break free of conformity's chains in large numbers of people. Generally, people are put down for being different, because they don't fit in. Yet, I don't see what's so wrong with people using their own creativity and talents to make a contribution to the world.
- If people encourage each other to embrace the new, maybe we could actually realize the talents hiding in millions of individuals out there, who will ultimately result in raising world standards as we currently know them. That's all I can hope for and work towards. Guess what?? My 15 mins of ranting are up.
Your day--enjoy it.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
- Peeps (preferably the yellow chicks. Gotta love the classics.)
- Kevin (actually a girl)
- Jason Mraz
- A hot fudge sundae with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry
- This guy
- [I mean seriously, look at his hair and his tux and the effing way he plays the cello]
- Puffed Cheez Doodles (wondering why most of the items on the list are food? If you knew me well, you wouldn't be)
- Mario D'Andrea--professional entertainer on a cruise ship; his show was the best one; if you're ever on a cruise and his name is listed, you should go see him
- [This guy seriously deserves his props. Plus, most of the songs in the live show of his I went to were famous before I was born, and I still had a fun time.]
- Kol Nidrei
- The drums
- And last, but certainly not least, dark chocolate
That's definitely all the time I have for today cuz I have to practice for my cello lesson in 45 mins. and I spent ALL my practicing time typing this. By now you've figured out that I give in very easily to temptations like junk food and mindless computer nonsense. Self-discipline? Yep, I'm workin' on it.
~Nerdette Ari (does not think the standard conventions of English allow you to use two semicolons in one sentence, but yep, she did it anyway)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Then my posts got all "Nerd Empowerment!!! Ima save the world!!!!" Then they got so random--I had total self-expression moments and epiphanies, and they're all documented on this very blog!!!!!!! Now I'll stop talking about myself, cuz what about YOUR posts??? We do share the blog after all, and I think you should keep doing playlists because the concept is genius. But then your posts started disappearing. T_T And now here I am, pouring my heart out into the computer so it can show up on the flashing monitors of pedophiles we don't know, but you're APATHETIC to all that, aren't you??!?!?!?!?!?! Sorry there, just had a blogging moment. Excuse me while I compose myself. Ommmmmmmmmmm.
So, I'm done with venting for now, but I'll end with an open question, a conundrum if you will. When I typed the title of this post I wasn't thinking about anything in particular, but now I'm wondering: Is the term "fish sticks" one or two words? If it's two, is "fish" describing the "sticks"? And if one, is that simply the name of the food? Does it have a hyphen?????? O.o
As always, I like to express myself to the best of my capability whenever possible, so I encourage you to do the same. My method is taking a piece of me and attempting to share it on the internet, but everyone needs to find a way that works best for him/her.
IMUSTSLEEP, so ciao for now, biscuit heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Man, am I tired out of my mind!!!!!!!!!!)
P.S. Yes, I'm pretty weird. But I try to be straightforward and honest about it. [And you know you love it. ;) ]
Sunday, February 21, 2010
So I just finished procrastinating on this graded English assignment, which is the reason I'm up late, and I read about this Charter for Compassion online (charterforcompassion.org)--which, incidentally, I noticed a nod to on Jason Mraz's blog (freshnessfactorfivethousand.blogspot.com)--and I LOVED the blurb on the homepage explaining what the whole enchilada's about!!! K, I really have to sleep now, so catch you on the flip side!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
~Nerdette Ari (believes the only good thing about staying up late is the chance of glancing at the clock at 11:11 pm XD) Je vais etre tres fatiguee demain.
Monday, February 1, 2010
So in response to the list of quirks Arine has listed about me, here is MY list about her.
- She says she loves thing way too much. Much like my inflation of "sexys", she loves way too many things.
- So, I got a new tshirt! "OMG! I LOVE that!!"
- So, I got a new toy ;) "OMG!! I LOVE that!!"
- So, I decorated my locker " OMG!! I LOVE that!!"
- So, I got a lollipop in the shape of a penis! "OMG!! I LOVE that! Can i lick it?" <-- okay, maybe not the latter question...
- If she doesn't say she loves something, she will be all excited and happy. Even though she is supposed to not care. Like does ANYONE care about what the other person ate for breakfast? NO. But SOMEONE does. * cough* *cough* *ARINE*
Therefore, she is the perfect person to talk to if no one else cares about you and you need to feel accepted back into society and not feel lonely anymore. Because Arine will talk about anything. With anyone. Even if they are talking about the most stupid, pointless thing. She will not laugh out loud in your face like I would. Because she's too nice to do that :P
- Arine is WAY too perfect. Like she's smarter than everyone at school. And she doesn't even admit it. pshhhh. gosh. If you need a tutor for whatever subject your failing, call Arine. She'll probably not only tutor you, but give you the answers to all the previous tests she took <-- Ok, maybe not...
And she won't charge you either. Unlike those ridiculous tutors who are barely out of school and have no idea what they're talking about. Arine is probably smarter than THEM too.
... I can't think of anything off the top of my head right now, since I was pressured to this post RIGHT NOW. But I shall post another list later... or never :P
~ Blinda :D
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This morning I look out the kitchen window and see a gentle flurry. I have a toasty-warm waffle for breakfast drenched in sweet syrupy goodness. I remember how I love not having to go to school today.
Once I let Moki outside in the back I stare into the distance, watching the clusters of snowflakes coming down gracefully. Seriously, these are some big snowflakes, and it's like they're coming down to attack me on all sides.
I let Moki back inside where it's warm again, where I can stare out the window on end at the flakes continually falling down until it's time to go to my Math midterm.
The beauty of the flurries, the toasty waffle (XD), and the pleasure I can find in my circumstances at the moment are what make my day; they make it. What will make your day, today?
Some Quick Fun Facts About Nerdette Blinda
- She calls almost EVERYTHING "sexy." She's very keen to give out her "sexy"s, so that gradually the word "sexy" becomes synonymous with "mildly good-looking," when you're dealing with her. Jeez.
- She is an overachiever. That's the type of nerd I find her to be. She sets high goals and does a lot of achieving, but isn't always willing to do what it takes to reach some of her goals and gets lazy. Plus, she walks really slow all the time. :P
- She aspires to be a tattoo artist! How cool is that?! (I just personally hope she really knows what she wants and that she won't get too lazy to do what it takes to get there, leading to a future with no way to support what she would really like to do with her life)
- She doesn't like getting chewed out, and while I respect this I would like to apply some tough love to her situation. She is completely free to write a similar post, using ME as the test subject. She'll have lots of fun!!! :D
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
have a French midterm tomorrow. T_T (crying face)
felt like blogging after I read this brilliant post on Jason Mraz's blog, so now here I am; I tell myself I'm looking up music, when all I'm REALLY doing is wasting time on the computer before I have to take that midterm tomorrow. Ugh. Hey guys, did you know that Jason Mraz has a Youtube Channel with insane vids that are hilarious in the randomly-making-no-sense way??? CLICK HERE! Anyway, I just found some of his new songs, (see Ousmane [he's always happy to see you! :D]) and the acoustic ones are really nice. LOL, the title of his blog is really funny because I'm pretty sure he thinks he's gangsta (see the aforementioned link to blog; see also his very "gangsta" song Geek in the Pink, Ousmane's 4th song).
SEE, this is what I do to procrastinate!!!!!!!!!!!! Actually, sorry, I shouldn't impose my very human flaws on you now. It's just that I need to explain to myself that when I often go on the computer and 'look up music' or 'look up Pixar movies' (both of which I classify as research), I get stuck surfing the internet for over an hour!!!!!!!!! Then I can't do whatever the heck I'm actually supposed to be doing!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGCCCCCCK
So yeah, at least I got a lot of research about Jason Mraz and James Cameron and the movie "Alien" done because of my procrastination. And I got some great new songs for my iPod! *Thumbs up!* (Yeah, that's my denial acting up) Hey, I also watched "Spirited Away" today. Miyazaki is a creative GENIUS.
So feel free to let me know if you took any of my suggestions from this post (the music/Youtube/movies suggestions, not the procrastination stuff) and/or just leave a comment describing how your day went. Or you can pretend that this webspace is actually your blog, and that you're free to vent as long and as heated as you want to make it. Because mi blogspace es su blogspace, and everyone is free to vent as they please. OMG, I've picked up the cello again and I've vowed to practice almost everyday so I can perfect my piece for All-state which is in the first week of April and I haven't done NYSSMA for 2 years, but this time it's more intense + competitive and I need an accompaniment which could actually sound pretty cool, but I'm just sayin that this is my major dedication for now and I hope I stick strong with it until April and keep improving my work on the music; wish me luck and I wish the greatest fortune to smile upon you and your endeavors--peace out, homeskillets
~Nerdette Ari (who is now sounding like a gangsta poser herself. Isn't that ironic???)
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Okay, melodrama aside, "Costello Music" shows off the friggin' brilliance of this Scottish hard-@$$-alternative-rock band. Their music is pure, supremely-catchy gold; it speaks for itself. You can tell this is one talented trio with genuine attitude. I don't care if I've never before heard a Scottish band in my life; these guys are the definition of rockstars. And if I'm not mistaken, it sound like there are some references to The Beatles in their songs, like if you listen to this one here:
In this one, they say "all right" a lot, just like John Lennon did in "Revolution," and they did say "military man." Oh yeah, and they have this crazy break towards the middle that's just instruments and mindless screaming that sort of makes no sense (JUST LIKE The Beatles sometimes have!!! :o Kewl). And I swear that in "Come Together" The Beatles are talking about a hippie, but maybe that's just me. ;) This one's pretty good:
Verdict: "Costello Music" blows my mind. I will keep this album on repeat as the soundtrack of my life. Well, I hope you enjoyed Nerdette Ari's musical revelation!!! Till next time, nerdette-ified world savers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
~Nerdette Ari (thinks more people should become nerdette-ified world savers. Then we could band together and actually change the future course of the world!!! :D)