Jaymay

June 25, 2008 at 8:42 pm (hear)

So I’m totally late to the Jaymay party (I said to my sister, “Ooh, I heard about this new singer who is supposed to be really good” and she said, “Yeah, I’ve had that CD for a few months.”) but I listened to her CD Autumn Fallin’ four times in a row in the car today and it’s lovely. I think my favorite song is “Blue or Grey,” which you can see her performing just with her guitar here.

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Skinny Boys redux

June 15, 2008 at 12:24 am (look)

This is a self-referential post, but:

I recently discovered the “blog stats” feature of wordpress, which tracks how many views you get, how many people click on links, etc. It also shows “search terms people used to find your blog.”

What cracks me up is that the by far most common post searchers end up reaching is this one about skinny boys, found by the search terms “skinny male,” “skinny buff model,” “I like skinny boys,” “shoes skinny” (?–what were they looking for?) and more.

So to not disappoint anyone who stumbles upon this new post, I thought I’d better post more pictures! Sorry boys/girls like my sister who like muscle-y people.

(Hilarious bow tie!)

By the way, all these models are with Red Model Management. I think I should work there.

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Art Collector

June 8, 2008 at 12:26 am (look)

The other day I bought my first piece of art.

It feels sort of silly to buy art because A) I have no money and B) I do my own art. But clearly, other people do better art than me, so I just used some of my graduation money on a very small portrait.

20th St. Art, a local gallery, has a 50-50 show, where artists paint 50 paintings in 50 days. Most weren’t that impressive, but then I got to these gorgeous portraits. Turns out they’re by a 16 year old (15 when she painted them) named Sarah Croft, and she was the show’s top seller–she had sold 40 by the time I saw them. There was also an article about her in the Sacramento Bee.

I’ve done my fair share of painting and looking at painting, and can say that she’s damn good. This picture doesn’t really do it justice.

I was wishing she took commissions, so she could paint my portrait (vain, I know), but then I remembered that in my closet I actually have three portraits of myself from back from high school when I modeled a couple of times for a portrait-painting class. I don’t think they particularly look like me, but I like them!

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Back from the dead–with presents

June 6, 2008 at 10:58 pm (watch)

So this whole thesis and graduating and starting a job 7 days after graduation thing killed my blog. But I’m back! For all of you remaining readers…and by that I mean Liz, who has me on her blogroll.

But anyway, I’m back because I just saw something that blew my mind, and I thought I’d share it.

I love gymnastics–I did it, I taught it, I wrote a script about it–and this weekend is the US Championships, which determines the Senior National Team and who competes at the Olympic Trials in a few weeks. So I was talking about Shawn Johnson (a girl, btw–currently unstoppable and super cute and charismatic) and my dad brought up how he has a really strong recollection of when he first saw the cute and charismatic Olga Korbut (from Belarus) in 1972.

Olga changed the game. Before her, gymnasts were actually women, not girls. And while this whole shift to the waif-like gymnast child hasn’t necessarily been pretty–see the book Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters–Olga captured a nation. Claims her website: “She did more to ease the tensions of the Cold War than all the politicians and diplomats of the day put together.” Says my dad: “That might be true.”

But to the blew-my-mind part: usually, if you watch old gymnastics routines, they look really easy and not that impressive compared to the dare-devil routines today. But this bar routine is the coolest thing I have ever seen. It’s also funny that you can hear the announcer say, “This is a historic performance you’re watching”–and I’m watching it 36 years later.

So watch this:

Then watch it about ten more times because you can’t get over that sequence where she did a backflip on the high bar.

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