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and 3D glasses

goodbye new york, hello san francisco

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A toast to the internal screaming about my flight on Wednesday.

Knowing that I've got a short window to decide if I want to relocate to California has contributed to one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make. I'm at a crossroads between excitement and fear; and it's an intuition that's very much in line with the reality of my situation. Not knowing what to expect and having to make adjustments to this big of a switch is kind of terrifying. I've still got packages waiting and a laundry list of responsibilities to cover. But first, I have to get some stuff out of my system and celebrate.

Where we then said some things at the table. Even gave ourselves a good cry.

And oh. - a toast to the old gods and new beginnings - je vous aimes tous. ♥.


so i've been playing overwatch ...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quietly sipping our enemy's tears in the background.

But you can hear my teammates lose their shit over my clutch play to victory. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

And ohh mayne. Okay. So. Let me just say that I'm still learning FPS on PC. Just last week I've started tweaking my mouse settings and experimenting with new keybinds to maximize my gameplay. And as you can see, my recording skills could also use some work. But although my experience with Overwatch feels like an entirely new territory for me, I continue to enjoy competitive play.

I'm also invested in seeing how the game will continue to evolve and compete with my undeserving loyalty to FFXIV. I mean, how about that flaky, diminishing raid scene and Alexander Savage amirite? Kek.

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along the coast

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Coasting. But I already can't wait for this summer to be over.

nyc subway graffiti artists of the 80s

Monday, July 18, 2016

Scans from the revised edition of Subway Art, featuring Lady Pink

Something happened to the original post - haha - but here are some of the new additions to Subway Art's 25th anniversary edition, co-authored by photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. Since picking it up I can honestly say that it's had a long influence. I mean. It's now my favorite reference to a part of New York City history that I've only heard stories about.

The youth of the 80s man. What a crew.


Monday, July 11, 2016
Real talk.

It's been an exhausting week in the newsroom.

Every day it's part of my job to consume and interpret so much information. And so often I see how we can get so passionate about the work we put in, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves.

So I just want to take the time to acknowledge all my black contributors in media — the artists, writers, reporters, photographers, and activists who are out there putting in the time to do good work — I want you all to know that you are entitled to your personal space and well-being. And if you ever feel overwhelmed to the point where you know you'll need to take some time away from the noise, then don't feel ashamed or 'less than' for wanting to unplug and find some peace.

I'll have my days where I'll get so tired of having to hand-hold and explain to those who would rather derail, dispute, and dismiss the truth instead of coming to terms with the reality that we live in a world where anti-blackness is very much alive and well. It is voluntarily work. And I don't owe anyone the time to walk them through the what ifs and the whys and the hows.

Because at the end of the day when I take out the trash, I have no moral obligation to then devote my time and my energy to educate it.

Protect your energies fam.


it's all a blur

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Earlier at the studio I had a very interesting conversation with a guest about 'fandoms.' They were middle-aged, an established journalist, and - for personal research purposes - were eager to learn more about the experiences young girls have when dabbling.

I thought back on some of my earliest memories of —

Potter and Glee and shipping ...

... and by the strange powers not vested in me I short-circuited and said that my participating had been a maaarvelous experience. Absolutely splendid 👌👌👌 spectaculah spectaculah ahaha ayy whaddyamean you've heard things lol #omg yo we've had our fair share of death threats and political intrigue and organized coups coupled with carnage but it wasn't all that bad ahahaha ...

[ s c r e a m i n g ]


ffxiv: and the return of the comeback kids

Monday, June 27, 2016

I can't believe it's almost been three years ...

And look at how far we've come.


just another day in midtown

Sunday, May 22, 2016

What she says: I'm fine.

What she means: I know this is a bit of a long shot but, I was kind of hoping we could talk more about some of the new directions Bioware's taking with Andromeda? So let's go over what we already know with a quick review, shall we? I think it's important that we discuss some of the more common threads in theorycrafting and other memorable talking points that appear to suggest that Jennifer Hale as Lieutenant Commander Shepard is going to be a tough act to follow.

*pulls out a powerpoint presentation*

So as you can see from the following diagram ...

J.P. Morgan's personal study, looking straight up like some ancient evil sorcerer's lair.

I show up late. And I'm looking for the buffet. But they wanna play peekaboo, pfft.

But on a more serious note, I've been looking more forward to spending my time alone. For the past year or so I've had maybe, at best, 30 minutes to myself e v e r y day. And yeah. It wasn't until I went back to making edits again that I realized how much I've missed things? Hell, the other night I wrote several drafts for ASOIAF and I've been responding to fluff requests - eyy! - with vignettes that I'd like to grow into multi-chapter clusterfucks for ao3.

So mmm, yeah. Clearly aiming for that Pulitzer.

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ffxiv: server transfer finalized + notes from a8s like bbbburraah! 🔥🔥🔥

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Looks like we've finally settled on a server. Girugamesh.

I've gotten so used to being around the same people for years in Hyperion and since they left the game I've been traipsing with Beckys. It's my problem with MMOs. If the social construct's lacking, I lose interest.

Since I agreed to move to Gilgamesh I've had no regrets. I've been seeing a lot of familiar faces in the server — I'm talking about old connections from circa 2.0 who've just returned to the game and made the switch as well.

We spent some time catching up. I reclaimed my name. And I gave away one of my old faces (pictured above) to a dear friend and it's been a riot seeing it back in play, haha. But oh man. I can't believe we all wounded up in the same fucking server.

And the best part about all this?

My new raid group is something to talk about. ♥. We came full circle boys and girls!

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hamilton doesn't hesitate, he exhibits no restraint, he takes and he takes

Monday, April 25, 2016
Leslie Odom Jr and Lin Manual Miranda in Hamilton

"Answer for the accusations I lay at your feet or prepare to bleed ..."

On the night I went to see Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. absolutely floored me as Aaron Burr. And as much as I love the original soundtrack it just does not compare to the real emotions that went unhinged live on stage. [x]

For those of you who don't know, in the play, Hamilton is characterized as this passionate and outspoken immigrant foot soldier who's too smart for his own good. He has real ambitions of starting a revolution and changing a nation. But his political rival, Aaron Burr, seems to have no clear objective on any issue. He's self-serving, indecisive, and comfortable with the political uncertainty of their time. And he's jealous of Hamilton's success.

And what's so wild and Amadeus-y about the musical is that Burr is the narrator. He's the one telling Hamilton's story. And throughout the play he steps in and out of the frame just to add his own rhetoric to certain events that pertain to him. There are moments where Burr's cynicism is asking you to choose and sympathize with his point of view. But Hamilton's too fucking charming and there's really no stopping your preference for the ten-dollar founding father without a father. It's impossible.

Christopher Jackson as Washington in Hamilton

"We ride at midnight, Manhattan in the distance." [x]

By the time George Washington enters the fray everything really starts to take shape. Washington sees right through Burr's guile and thirst for recognition. And he knocks Burr down a peg, keeping him at a distance while choosing to trust Hamilton as his right hand man.

Broadway's Hamilton - Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Battle of Yorktown. 1781. [x]

Hamilton photobook scan of Lin-Manuel Miranda

"I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory ..."

I've been thinking back on the amount of patience and excitement I had about the show since last summer, when I first booked tickets to see it. I remember holding off on the original soundtrack so that I could go in with an open mind, unlike what I've done in the past with RENT and Les Miz where I replayed the soundtracks over and over and learned all the lines like it was my homework. But a week before I was scheduled to see the show I gave in, betrayed my values and my ancestors and played the album. And after hearing the first 8 tracks that was it for me. I knew I was in for something special.

Hamilton touches on the concept of legacy and what it means to leave one behind. And Lin-Manuel Miranda has been an advocate of its meaning throughout the play's success. In a recent TIME mag interview where he gives millennials Advice for Surviving Their 20s — he talks about the positive connotations of being an immigrant and how he's been worried about 'legacy' since he was a kid.

At its core Hamilton is a story about an immigrant who writes his way out of poverty. And because Lin's been able to make that connection, it's a truth that I easily identify with because — as a product of immigrant parents and as a person of color, I had to learn at a very early age that my existence came with plenty of expectation. And for a lot of first-gens out there it's natural to grow up feeling like you have so much to accomplish just to make up that difference and be able to convince yourself that everything you've done up to this point was worth the sacrifice.

I mean. I don't know what the fuck I'm doing with the time I've been given on this planet. But Lin has certainly made me think about it.

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