July 3, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on July 3, 2013
I love creatively collaborating with friends. The other day, my friend Sara, an amazing chef and freelance journalist, asked if I could help her with a graphic for her article. What started off as a Photoshopped chart of sorts turned into me getting out my tablet and drawing the whole thing. I haven’t drawn something in quite a while, and this was a fun reason to start again.
You can check out Sara’s article on making delicious French vinaigrette here! It would be perfect for a 4th of July salad.
June 17, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on June 17, 2013
I’ve had quite a busy week. My friends Kimmis and Adam visited and lots of fun was had. We went here and here and so many other places. I love when friends visit because I get to see places I should have seen but haven’t. I’m so sad you guys are gone!
Over the weekend I saw The Postal Service with my friend Rachel. It was such a great show with amazing lighting (I kept saying how much I loved the lighting of this show!). Jenny Lewis is a very cool chick. If you haven’t listened to their album recently, do so now!
On Sunday I had such a great day, which came with the strange realization that I am slowly becoming an adult. I went to Target, went grocery shopping, stocked up on some tea, and scrubbed down my apartment, but I really enjoyed doing these tasks that I used to hate doing. I can see my mom laughing evilly because her weekly “clean day” has been successfully instilled in me. At night, Ben and I made these, which are delicious and insanely easy to make. I wanted to try it because I had a ton of panko leftover from my croquettes. I ate three of them!
May 28, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on May 28, 2013
I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. It was my first long weekend of the year, and I filled it up so I couldn’t regretfully say that I wasted it. Out of all the things I did, one of favorites was going to see Before Midnight, the sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (after a pick-me-up at the cutest place!)
Don’t read on if you don’t want any spoilers, but I don’t think I can review this film without revealing some plot lines.
Before Sunrise is the magical romantic meeting, Before Sunset takes you nine years after when the two characters have moved on but still cling to the fairytale of the events in the first movie, but Before Midnight is what happens after all that – what happens when you no longer yearn for what you don’t have because you finally have it. In my opinion, this third film is the one that defines what love really is.
In Before Sunrise, Jesse says, “Let’s say we’re together all the time: You’d start to hate a lot of my mannerisms, the way every time that we would have people over I’d be insecure and I’d get a little too drunk. Or the way I tell the same stupid pseudo-intellectual story again and again.” Well, Celine is still an idealistic feminist and Jesse is still a disheveled romantic, but they are now in their 40′s with a family to take care of. Celine no longer has time to play music and Jesse is struggling to be a father to his French family as well as his son in America. They now get to see each other everyday and being together is no longer just a chance meeting constrained by time. Set in beautiful Greece, the two have one of their trademark discussions which culminates to a huge argument in which they lay out all the resentments they have held against each other.
It was so weird seeing these two be so … normal, but despite their amazing story of how they met, they are essentially just two people in a relationship. It was sad seeing them argue and being passive aggressive toward one another. One scene in the movie has them and their friends talking over lunch, and a younger couple describes their long distance relationship that is Skype-based. You’re reminded that Jesse’s and Celine’s story probably wouldn’t have happened now – they probably would have found one another on Facebook or Google. An older woman describes how she misses her now-deceased husband. All these stories, including what happens to Jesse and Celine, are all definitions of what love is. And the moral of the story is that love is a lot of work. It’s a lot less depressing and dramatic as Blue Valentine, another “realistic” depiction of a relationship; in fact, many people were laughing during their arguments probably because of how silly and true to life they were.
Sidenote: How does Julie Delpy not age? She looks exactly the same as she did in the first movie. French women are definitely doing something right. (Below: Before Sunrise and Before Sunset)
April 16, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on April 16, 2013
My friend Eric was here this weekend and showed me a new app he discovered: Rando. Upon first glance, I dismissed it as another social photo sharing app. Why would I use something other than Instagram? But after him saying, “Hold on, I need to Rando this” for the tenth time in five minutes, I decided to download it myself and see what was so cool about it.
One thing I love about it is its simplicity. There are only two screens. The first is your camera with an upload button beneath it, and the second is your photo stream which I’m assuming has infinite scrolls of all the photos you receive. There’s no menu screen or help screen or anything. Another interesting design is that all the photos are round.
What sets Rando apart though, is that it’s not really social. The premise is that you take a picture of anything and upload it. A few minutes later, you’ll receive a notification that your photo was sent to Russia or Brazil or Seattle and then you’ll receive a photo from someone from somewhere. That’s it. You can’t “like” anything, you can’t comment on anything. Once you exchange photos, that’s the end of it. The mystery and disconnect is what makes this app so great.
The first question anyone asks is, “Well haven’t you gotten hundreds of boobs or penises?” I’m not quite sure how it works and if there is someone filtering out all the body parts (which is how Eric thinks it works), but the most inappropriate photo I have received has been a roll of toilet paper. You can mark photos as inappropriate, but I just like to send more Randos out in hopes of receiving an interesting photo. I have gotten Randos of people, but all I know about the person is their approximate location. I don’t know their interests or relationship status or age.
But try it out for yourself! You may find yourself trying to take tons of interesting pictures and excitedly waiting for a photo from somewhere in the world. And unlike other apps, I can’t tell you to find me or follow me or like me – we can only hope that our Randos find one another.
April 11, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on April 11, 2013
Theo Jansen, a Dutch artist, has created this magnificent creatures called “Strandbeests” which means beach beasts. What makes them more incredible is that they have no electronics and “survive” on just wind power. Some of them have jugs for detecting water and one has a barometer of sorts which can detect if a storm is coming, causing the beast to hammer itself into the sand.
He eventually wants his beasts to be completely self sustaining so he can release his them in herds on the beaches of the Netherlands where they will migrate back and forth with the tides.
February 26, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on February 26, 2013
I may love tea a little too much. I go through at least five cups a day. I grew up with green tea and jasmine tea as my staples (iced barley tea in the summer!) but recently I have been branching out. A few years ago I started drinking genmenchai (roasted brown rice green tea) which I instantly became addicted to, and so did my friend Tassi.
About a week ago, Ben and I went exploring and found David’s Tea. It was such a cute tea store with fantastic branding. Instead of going for the “zen” and “spiritual” atmosphere, it was fun and colorful like an ice cream shop. I was a little wary since I am not a huge fan of fruity teas, but I got the Banana Dream Pie and was sold. Their pitch is that the tea is like dessert without the calories and they were right! I still am drinking my green tea everyday since I still feel like dessert tea isn’t really tea, but I definitely want to try more flavors.
I of course, could not resist but buy a bag of their Red Velvet Cake. Because the tea was loose, I had to buy an infuser. This Kikkerland robot one was perfect. Not only is it adorable but it fits perfectly in my mug. Name suggestions welcome!
February 15, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on February 15, 2013
AMG, someone photoshopped Calvin & Hobbes covers, replacing the comic backgrounds with real photographs. These make me feel like I could wander into the woods and see Calvin screaming up at Hobbes who is in their treehouse.
Have a happy Friday!
February 14, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on February 14, 2013
So I have decreed this an eating day when I was single. Now that I am in a couple, not much has changed. I still plan on eating something yummy. I stumbled across this funny and accurate article on couples, and I try very hard not to be that kind of couple (although I do think trying to cook a new recipe with my boyfriend “adventurous.” But hey, on the other hand, I went to Coachella last year!)
Here’s a round up of my favorite Valentine’s related posts from the blogosphere. Hope you all indulge in some good food! =)
February 6, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on February 6, 2013
This past weekend my birthday, was once again, eclipsed by the Superbowl. (At least the Pats weren’t playing this time!) But despite that, I had a wonderful weekend.
I got a new birthday dress (from Modcloth of course) which really pumps you up. I think whenever you get new clothes, you want to take them out and show them a good time. This dress definitely had a good time. Everyone told me that the dress made them hungry.
Last year I had a huge joint party with my friend Eric whose birthday is the day before mine. We picked a place with a good DJ and danced the night away. However, it was such a big, loud party, that I didn’t get to spend quality time with my friends (not that dancing the night away isn’t quality time). Some friends I only saw for two seconds.
So this year I wanted the opposite of that. I know it was my first birthday in another city and a part of me still wanted a wild, crazy birthday, but I really just wanted all my friends in one place hanging out. So I had my my birthday here (also mentioned here).
I also received cards and even presents from friends that now live far away. It made me feel extremely grateful and loved to have such wonderful, thoughtful people in my life. I’m even more determined to be better about keeping in touch.
I wish I had more pictures to post but unfortunately most of my phone photos are blurry. The memory of the night will live in my mind! Thank you all who came out and celebrated. And thank you, Mosaic for being awesome!
January 31, 2013
By Carolyn Lo on January 31, 2013
My friend just informed me of a PS3 game animated by Studio Ghibli and scored by Joe Hisaishi. I got so excited I almost bought a PS3 online.
From what I’ve been reading, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an RPG about a boy named Oliver who trains to be a magician so he can attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. What a sad but beautiful story.
The images I’ve been seeing are classic Ghibli. Kind of reminds me of Howl’s Moving Castle.
I’m not great with controls since I’m used to playing games on my computer, but I would seriously consider getting a PS3 just for this. Being obsessed with Studio Ghibli and a lover of RPG’s, there is no way this game would disappoint me.
Has anyone played this yet?