Archive for August, 2006

Short thought because I’m too tired to write more.

world.pngEveryone should be banned from using “under construction” as a stand-in for unfinished sites. Web sites aren’t constructed. They’re developed. Just say “coming soon.” And a email notification option is always nice.


Sunday, August 20th at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

Twirl! Twirl!

_5200006.jpgcart1.pngI’m sad that I don’t go to places where dressing up fits in. Probably ignorantly, I’m going to blame this on lack of having a car available to me right now, because without this, going to a fancy restaurant in dolled-up mode would require riding the bus like that in the vicinity of crazies mumbling to themselves.

Alas…tonight I found a very cute outfit for such an outing: Necessary Objects Babydoll Dress. I love the empire waist, adjustable straps, and oh how it looks so flowy and soft. $58 @ Nordstrom.

Saturday, August 19th at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

I know what you’re up to, Mel

drinkI haven’t cared much—really, at all—about the recent Mel Gibson hubbub. Maybe this is because I had no interest in him in the first place, or maybe more because I don’t see the point in discussing it to death and rather put my faith in karma to do its job (i.e. nobody going to his next big-screen production). But then, of course, I do end up hearing about one thing that strikes me as perhaps blog-worthy. From the Seattle P.I. article:

Gibson volunteered to make a public-service announcement about the hazards of drinking and driving, but the judge did not make that a condition of his sentencing.

Not to automatically be cynical, but I can’t for the life of me believe that Mel Gibson wants to do a PSA for the benefit of others. Shouldn’t he go to, um, at least a handful of AA meetings before even suggesting this? Is it not obvious that this was simply something his lawyer, PR people, etc., recommend to him in an effort to salvage a fast-sinking career?

Not to mention that the judge obviously did not think a PSA was necessary for Mel on his path to alcohol-free enlightenment. And you know why? It’s because this is not a punishment to Mel, it’s a publicity benefit, unless the PSA is composed of him disheveled and intoxicated, humiliating himself to an even more embarrassing degree, so that he is so shamed by his behavior that he involuntarily gags every time he sees a container of alcohol.

Pssh. Shame on you, Mel. And for a different reason than everyone else seems to be talking about.

Friday, August 18th at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

“A great concourse of phantasmagoric shadows.”

book.pngWord of the day: phantasmagoric, meaning “A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery, as seen in dreams or fever.”

Thursday, August 17th at 10:18 pm Leave a comment


world.pngThis isn’t something I discovered today, but I think it’s an awesome site and anyone who isn’t aware of it needs to at lease take a peek. allows you to bookmark anything on the Web and then share these links with others–in turn also discovering new gems in the process. I’ve always wanted a sort of central location on the web where it would be possible to link to any conceivable site. Yes, I know that’s what search engines are… but you have to search to find. offers you paths of exploration straight up.

Wednesday, August 16th at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

In the Mood for Marienbad

marienbadtelevision3.pngRecently watched the majority of Le’ Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad, 1961), which is obscure, French, and feels entirely like a wandering dream. I didn’t automatically love it but it was definitely intriguing. I had a thought in the middle of it: I could imagine utterly falling for this film if the soundtrack was different. The organ (or whatever that may be) didn’t get me all swelled with joy like the most beautiful movies do. I’m thinking something with strings, and something along the lines of Fa yeung nin wa (In the Mood for Love, 2000).

I think someday I’ll have to watch the film on mute with the audio from In the Mood for Love. And I can imagine it being absolutely perfect.

Tuesday, August 15th at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Seafood, anyone?

commentsSo Yao Ming has sworn off shark fin, a Chinese delicacy which also happens to come from an endangered species. Which is cool that he’s speaking out about it, though it also sounds like the dish is so engrained in Chinese high-society that it’ll take a whole lot more than one ball-bouncing celebrity to change the traditional ways. But here’s why I wanted to blog about the news:

…[Yao Ming is] an adored star who once played for the Shanghai Sharks, [and] his girlfriend, the 6-foot-2 basketball star Ye Li, is a member of the Shanghai Octopuses…

Does this not totally sound fabricated, like it’s straight out of The Onion? I love it.

Monday, August 14th at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

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Hi! I'm Rachel, and this is my blog. I've tended to assume that if I ever blogged, it'd be a sappy diary. But based on what I've favored reading in other posts, I'm going to do this instead: pluck out isolated, varied things/ideas/experiences I find engrossing, try to choose the few right words out of a potential million, and hopefully cleanse my writing skills in the process. Because, you know, when I was little and was questioned about a future career, my answer was typically: "I'm going to be an author."

Oh, and I'm an aspiring film connoisseur. See my ratings at IMDB.

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