Sunday, February 6, 2011

Throg statue Part 1

I was looking forward to watching the Superbowl today, not because of the game, but for the half time show and the commercials (maybe one day when I get MUCH older, I would understand the game more).

I really wanted to watch the Captain America and Thor trailer because frankly, watching it on a same 12.1” laptop is not as great as it versus the TV. 

This weekend, I picked up a few comics and came across Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers and the cover had Puddlegulp/Throg.

Making sculptures is fun, however, I don’t think I’m at that level to sculpt people (trust me, I tried) so in anticipation for the superhero movies, I decided to make a Throg. Tried looking on google and ebay for “sample” Throgs, but there wasn’t anything interesting. I did find a link where the creator sculpted a cool Throg hanging on a column like Spiderman, however, I can’t find my way back to that link.

Here's my attempt on making a Throg statue.

Drew a picture I saw on the comic:


Made an armature (skeleton) and started to cover with polymer clay (Super Sculpy in this case):


Couldn’t make him stand (especially when the Mjolnir is melting) so made a stand so It looks like he’s taking it from the rubbles (like in the trailer sans Throg):


Throg’s face:


Stuffed him in the oven for maybe an 1.5 +hrs an painted with acrylic:


A brighter version:


Now that I already saw the trailers and that the game ended (yay Packers!) didn’t have the eye sight to watch Glee, so the finishing touches will be done tomorrow.

Stay tuned (hopefully I wouldn’t lose interest and blog about something else)!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Covered in a white blanket of winter ...

The whole city was covered in white on this cold Groundhog Day. Our little furry meteorologists from both the Atlantic coast and in good ol' province of Ontario predicted that we would have an early spring (thankfully they didn't tell us this last night or all their credibility could have went down the drain).

We were suppose to expect about 30 cms of snow, however it looks more like close to half. I think the gusting wind took it over to Lake Ontario so we don't complain as much. Every year it seems like people forgot how to drive when snow magically appears. Drivers forget to yield to the various road signs, stop in the middle of an intersection when the red light hits. Some even drive REALLY slowly as if a fairy godmother sprinkled her magic fairy dust across Toronto, and instead of getting pumpkin coaches, we get a bunch of grannies.

It's home time in Toronto and it looks like a mess, not because the city didn't clear the upset of old man winter (an estimated 5 million dollars as per today's Metro) but sadly, snow doesn't stay so white and pure when everything and anything is mushing into it.

Well, tomorrow's another day. And for those celebrating the year of the rabbit, happy new year! Wishing you health, happiness and prosperity for the new year! Holler to the rabbits! This year is our year to shine!

(new years post to follow)

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

How TV pretty much took over my life (and then some) part use

I know I was suppose to talk about Tiger Moms, but I think there's still time to talk about that after all the hype is gone.

It's a Tuesday night, and I'm at home, watching Law & Order SVU. My dog, an American Eskimo, is running around the house like a madman frantically hiding from the big sharks. 6 hours from now, our busy city is gonna be even more busier with 30 cm of snow over it. Too bad there's no such thing as a snow day in the working world.

I didn't have a lot of friends when I was a kid. I was (and still am) an only child with a TV who taught me everything about the outside world. For example, Sesame Street taught me my ABCs in American (I only know my Zees and not my Zeds). I am still cringe when I see the chattering teeth on their old episodes (my mom still taunts me about it). Thankfully, the DQ mascot is only a pair of lips.

TV also taught me not to trust anyone as people always had their hidden agendas to deal with. Especially if the person is too good to be true, they are the most devious of them all.

And the coolest thing of all, cartoon characters never die no matter the cause of injury. Homer fell into the Grand Canyon, hitting each and every jagged edge, and all he had were scratches. Wouldn't life be great if you had the near immorality of Homer Simpson? Do anything you want and only come out of the situation with only some bruise and scratches! I think the world would be full of only stunt people, doctors and insurance adjusters.

Gonna continue to watch SVU which taught me that everyone is innocent until proven guilty (especially when there is insufficient evidence or if evidence has been tampered with).

"I've trusted you for years. What's that got me!"

Tata for now!

Location:Undisclosed location

Monday, January 31, 2011

Neighbours, you’ll learn to love them (eventually)…

It’s always good to have a friendly and helpful neighbour. I think my neighbour is the greatest because he’s basically a jack-of-all trades and he tells interesting stories about life before retirement.

Sadly, when you buy a house, they always state that the house is “as is” condition. I always thought that meaning “unless the house can be physically moved elsewhere, you are stuck in this position as is … too bad, so sad, get use to it because you can’t afford any better!”. I think its funny when you see a house in your neighbourhood that just got off the market, and a few months later it goes back in … Haha, can I blame the neighbours on this one?

Television also depicts the “neighbour” in a variety of ways. There’s Wilson from Home Improvement that gave helpful advise to Tim, but you’d only see his bucket hat and his eyes. Homer (Simpson) was watching Home Improvement where Tim ran down Wilson with a lawnmower!

Speaking of The Simpsons, Homer (and family) always has reliable Ned Flanders, the number 1 teachers pet of the man upstairs, to “borrow” stuff from and totally take advantage of. By the way, why does Flanders has a beer gut with his sweater on, but has a six pack sans sweater? That just doesn’t make sense. My favourite quote from Flanders is when the Simpsons went skiing and Homer came across Flanders and his fairly revealing ski suit. And the only time Homer need his brain to tell him what to do when rapidly accelerating down the slopes, all he can picture is Ned, shaking what his mother gave him, saying “It’s like I’m wearing nothing at all, nothing at all, NOTHING AT ALL!”

And there are neighbours with all their dirty laundry (figuratively, not literally). Look no further than the suburbia of Wisteria Lane, where secrets and neighbours are never a good mix (unlike their booze cabinets). Seriously, the show is like a soap opera but funny and less people enjoying themselves. All the housewives on the show are usually miserable (Gabby wants monetary goods and Carlos at the same time, Lynette had too many curve balls thrown at her, Bree lost her lover, her company and her husband, Susan …well …. is just Susan). FYI, I didn’t catch up to this season’s episode, so bear/bare (???) with me if the info is outdated.

I can go on, but I can’t. My brain is going “type, type, type”, but my eyes are slowly closing shut like my garage door!

Tone in next time when I try to over analyze Tiger Mom and asians depicted in the media! And FYI, my mom is NOT a 100% Tiger Mom … she did not force me to play piano or violin … I played trombone voluntarily and it drove her nuts!

Tomorrow’s another day!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Interesting sign of the month…

Hello blog world! It’s been a long while (approximately 1 year and 1 month). Life’s been busy with having a job, but sadly, no social life to counter-balance. And, having to stare at a computer after work after staring at it during work does not sound so appealing, especially since my eye sight have gone blurry from working. But, I made a promise to my dear friend Joan @ Kukukawaii that I would eventually re-boot my blog when she starts (Joan is going to pursue something she enjoys, which sadly does not involve prospectuses or circulars).

So I have some catching up to do as she already made 2 entries. And since technology made it possible for you to blog without the need to sit in front of a computer at anywhere, anytime, this may be the best time to add “express yourself” on my new years resolution (along with losing weight, having a life, and getting rid of debt).

Here is a picture that I thought is interesting and sad:


The first thought in my mind was LOL, someone either had a Sharpie in their pocket and when there was no soap, they decided to write a note OR someone was annoyed that there was no soap, went back to the office, got a pen and came back to write the note, hoping that this would incriminate (maybe encourage is a better word) the caretakers. I hope it was the 1st option because the latter would mean germs everywhere (like we need more people sick)!

My second thought is that they had to CAPITALIZE the word “SOAP”. The note would do as good if “soap” was not capitalized. This note sounds sketchy on so many levels: i.e. did the cleaner caretaker put something else in lieu of soap? ARGH, I use that soap dispenser!!! (note to self, bring own soap from now on).

That note in turn probably gave more work for the caretaker because he/she probably had to their gloves off to remove the tape and ending up cleaning the mirror because of the leftover tape residue and the fingerprints it took to put them there.

Well, its time to turn in, and dream about new, exciting things to blog about. Most like its gonna be a nightmare abut work.

Goodnight blog world!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

gift giving (and getting) season!

Its been a while since i blogged anything that decided to pop into my head. Its the holiday season (yay) which usually means one thing … NO SCHOOL!!!! The good thing is that I passed with flying colours! The bad news is is that there’s only 2 weeks of holiday vacay (because of how exams are scheduled). BUT that's not the reason for this blog entry thing.  

It’s gift giving season! The only time in the year when malls are jammed packed with people and people are willing to seat their children next to (or on top of a) creepy old man in a costume. Competition is fierce this time of year especially in this economy (even though its steadily rising from the dawn); sellers are trying to get you into the store, buyers want to pay the lowest price possible. Its funny that all these stores have the wackiest gimmicks in order for you to drag you butt into their premises, but once your in there, its disappointment all the way. I think you all know what I’m talking about, such as ‘would you like to try a free sample?’, ‘I’m sorry but only selected items on sale’, ‘Sorry but it’s all sold out, and my favourite, ‘I’m sorry, the only sizes are the ones on display’.

Even though we as conscious wise consumers try to get the best gift at the lowest price (especially those who are broke) whatever we buy is NEVER the lowest price (unless you are those people who wait in front of the store before it even opens). I especially love the stores who say that the product is ‘on sale, for a limited time only’, but in real life, they just jack up the prices ever so slightly, probably to up their margins and what not. The worst things I find are electronics where you thought you got the best deal, but you haven’t, especially the fact that it either goes obsolete and the new model comes out a month after your purchase (considering that the return/price match/exchange policies are 30 days or less).

But there is a slight difference to the last days of shopping compared to last year, the malls are a little but not overcrowded, as in ‘this might be a fire hazard’ overcrowded. A few years ago, it would be packed, you were basically getting ‘acquainted’ with the person in front of you and ditto for the person behind you. The check out lines were snake like and usually take up 3/4 of the store, and the product you want is usually gone, or has been destroyed by who knows how. All I remember is that leaving the malls would be slow and painful, and it seemed like we were all headed for the slaughterhouse (mooo)!

Today, I finished getting gifts for my two closest friends. Usually, by definition, I am an isolated person, or in laymen’s terms, a loser … oww or better ye a loner! I learned from Social Networking class that people usually have 3 friends, and that’s already very isolated (which means no hope for me). Naw, I’m gonna be hosting a party next week, so I’ll get gifts for my other friends then, but these two I see them like every day, so its an obligation. Anyways, I didn’t have any boxes for these gifts because the stores decided to make nice flat boxes that can fit clothes and books, but i could never find any normal square box (unless they are a multi-pack if sizes I don’t need), so, I thought that I had these plain boxes at home that would fit, but I was totally wrong. So I compromised and wanted to freak my two friends out (btw after this posting, I might not have any friends) by using household boxes I found around the house.

For the sake of hilarity, I jammed one of my friend’s gifts with a cracker box (it was a unopened and my mom thought I was gonna use them to feed the squirrels) and wrapped it neatly with penguin wrapping paper. For my other friend,  decided to use the box that came with my bio-filter (for the aquarium) which is an added bonus considering that this friend was hinting soo much stuff she wanted to get and she doesn’t own an aquarium. Hopefully this experiment will not go overboard, plus I’m saving the environment by reusing boxes that just sat in the dark of my basement, waiting to be recycled in the blue bin.

I had too much fun wrapping the presents because for some reason the pattern on the wrapping paper made a funny design:


Stay tuned to see my change in friend count next!

Monday, December 7, 2009

yay, its snowing!

I thought global warming had the best of us and took away our snow … but not anymore! I’m happy that its snowing, because it’s weird to be a Canadian and not see snow (well, cold for that matter) for the majority of the year!

I for one hate rain and everything that comes with it. Rain makes you dread going outside, at least its not the same feeling with snow! You would always have to carry an umbrella and question whether you would have to buy a new one at the end of the day. Radio stations suddenly start obsessing with the song ‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna. Rain means pedestrians become a target for splashing, I swear, i feel that cars intentionally drive closer to large lake- like puddles just for the fun of it.Rain means that public transit is packed with soaking wet people (because cyclists like me don’t wanna be splashed (or hit for that matter). Rain means not being able to sneak into a lecture without people noticing you. Rain just means problems (for those in the city).

I’m psyched that its snowing (but sad that I cannot bike so often), because now i can re-live my childhood by making a snow… thing! We use to live in an apartment, and I felt funny (an immature) if i went outside to build stuff with snow. Now, i can build stuff in the comfort of my backyard (please, no gawkers invited!).

For some weird reason (i think its a genetic defect), i actually like shovelling snow! I think its fun and relaxing, its a workout, and when im done, i look like Sid from Ice Age, popsicles coming out of my nostrils and all! I use to shovel snow for my neighbours, but my mom usually yells at me after i reach my next door neighbours’ neighbour door. Seriously, i wanna have a mini shovelling business for the neighbourhood and charge people based on their laziness and ability (ie seniors get huge discounts, lazy bum watching TV will have to pay a high premium!). I think i wanna pursue such venture because (a) i have no money because of university, (b) it would mean people don’t have to venture outside to shovel, (c ) people wouldn’t slip and fall, and (d) i can lose weight from all the holiday goodies (and stress eating from exams). Everyone wins! Plus, i wanna make a cool flyer.

And if anyone is interested in someone to shovel them snow in downtown Toronto, pls comment on details! and BYOS (buy your own salt) because i for one an NOT lugging around KGs of salt, plus, i already feel too much sodium overload from the food!

Btw, Joan, if you’re reading this, the snowman contest is on (on condition that there is enough snow on the ground)!