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I have gotten this link when I was in the middle of reading Harry Potter 7 so, it was a bit difficult to fight my urge to click on the link but, I’ve waited. Now after finishing the book, I’ve been reading this blog, Potterdammerung [Mega-Spoilers] by gibberish in neutral.

I had to crack a laugh down the line when I read,

“…With everyone dressed, they go outside and mount their rides. Harry’s in the sidecar of Sirius’s old motorcycle, which is now driven by Hagrid. They take off — and are immediately attacked by Death Eaters. Death Eaters to the left of them. Death Eaters to the right. Death eaters to the front. Suddenly Hedwig dies in a blur text! Millions of children around the world scream while their parents curse Rowling. But Rowling just cackles madly, secure in the knowledge that she’s richer than the Queen and has gonads the size of bowling balls.”

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I had a pretty good weekend this week. I finally got to catch up with some friends and met some interesting people and I watched a musical, “Thrill Me” & saw some interesting Pop Arts today.  I will write about it later because I got two sad news this weekend.

One is that one of my favorite live music club, Tonic is closing soon and the other is that one of my favorite writers, Kurt Vonnetgut has passed away at his age 84 last week.

Tonic is located on Norfolk Street near Delancy street in my NYC neighborhood, LES (Lower East Side) and they have a basement dance lounge called, “Subtonic” where often ITP’s interactive sound performances are held as well as artists and musicians explore their ways of expression. I once went to see an afropunk band playing live in Tonic and was amazed that they were open near huge construction site (yup, another expensive condo was constructed) oh the show was awesome.

I saw an email titled, “tonic is closing –> CULTURAL EMERGENCY – demonstration @ Tonic 4/14″   Musicians and Friends: It is time to Claim what is our Right!   I hear them! I hope their demonstration was successful and hope that Tonic can survive late fast development of LES area.

For Kurt Vonnetgut, I like his sense of humor and line of thoughts… his writing style reminds me of ‘hyper text’ and that’s a lot like how I think. I know my friends often find it hard to keep up with my conversation which jumps to different subjects… goes out and come back, if you know what I mean. hmmm

Anyway, I found an interesting writing about him online that I like to share on my post.

“Kurt Vonnetgut’s 8 Rules of Writing Fiction”

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

— Kurt Vonnegut

Kimchi Salad is a very famous blogger among netiznes of Korea and I have to give him a credit for his fascinating creativity of telling different stories that is original with ordinary things.
This guy has a big number of fans already. I read his blog once for the first time recommended by a friend from ITP, NYU. It was titled, “Codes for Crazy Women part I: Why all the crazy girls wear flowers on their heads?” It’s narrated by two fingers that is called, “fingers who show you pictures” and a floating fish. A floating fish is always full of question such as what is it? why are you doing this? etc… 🙂 ) Anyway, that blog showed examples of mad girls with flowers on her heads in famous paintings or movie scenes by numerous artists from different cultures and explain why flowers on heads are related with madness and mad girls desire to be a part of nature.

His works come from everyday ordinary objects or themes that are unnoticiable to us. He uses his vast imaginativeness to notice what we have passed by without much thoughts. He is an artist and performer, writer and blogger whether he uses his fingerman or create a life-size figure out of green tea bags, they are all his artistic expression…and gives us a fresh look of something that we all took forgranted and meaningless.

Anyway, his blog got my attention again after couple of years as I read an article about his new book which was composed with his blogs on line – which also included his visitors’ comments.
I look forward to finding out what would be next subject he will deal with.

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drawn in ink & pastel
A part of illustrated story of faith of love. Written in 1992 & created QTVR interactive story project in 1998.

I haven’t drawn much lately. I used to draw everyday for 9 hours for years back then. Drawing life models in different pose every 30 second was a passionate creation and at the same time, it was almost a meditation. Then, perhaps my interest got shifted. I don’t like to stay in the same place doing the same thing. Somehow, I have to feel that I’m progressing. That’s how I began to explore technology and physical computing part of design and fashion design itself. I bought a sewing machine 3 years ago and started to design fashion items with small chips integrated. Learning how to sew from the manual of the machine was a bit frustrating but, it was challenging enough and I felt like somehow I was progressing.

I’m due for another transition. How shall I find out what next? Process counts most, I will follow through my heart.

I picked this book up on the way to Milan, Italy out of curiosity…just to learn what M’s desire to return to Beijing. What kind of girls he would encounter there. I was quite surprised about this fiction that is obviously based on true stories. I liked Annie Wang’s writing style. It was an easy reading and some of episodes were humorous and reminded me of episodes from HBO show, Sex and the City. However, I had a mixed review of this book. It stereotypes Chinese women into these glamorous but, gold digging, western men chasers based on few women. I also read about the part all Korean girls have plastic surgeries. (I’ve noticed that Chinese girls tend to write a bit catty when they write about Korean girls 🙂 ) I for one haven’t gotten any plastic surgery and many of my friends who happen to be Koreans haven’t done any. Most of chinese girls have double eyelids so, girls probably won’t get their eyelids fixed often like in Korea. I have single so-asian looking eyelids and I think I’m okay with it. (I have a long story about my single eyelids but, I will write about it later) I know for sure many Korean celebrities do get plastic surgeries as much as compared to celebrities in Hollywood.

Anyway, it was quite interesting to read how new lifestyle is like in Beijing with new wealth and new power. It reminded me of South Korea in 80s when there were many over- night rich people all they wanted to do was to show off their wealth and power. But, in my opinion, it’s totally in a different level and scale in Beijing based on this book. For momemnt, I thought, a life could be cheap in China if you weren’t born into a prostigious family and also I thought China seems so close but so far from Korea.