Omelette by Madeline Sharafian

I just saw this and I had to share — with the end of the semester means a new onslaught of student-made animated films, and Madeline Sharafian’s short, Omelette, does not fail to disappoint. Especially if you’re the kind of foodie who loves cooking for people, I think you’ll find something very close to the heart here.
Because seriously, there’s nothing quite like cooking for a loved one who desperately needs a little TLC. If you like Sharafian’s style, she’s also the mind behind The Mew-sician which you can find on her vimeo channel here!

Indoor gardening for res life

Hey all – seems like I have another pearl of wisdom floating along by, and this one is just as obvious as that entire post about walking from a few days back. If you’re going to be trapped within the fluorescent-lit, blue-mattress-standard dorm we’ve all come to know and expect, sometimes a bit of freshness is appreciated. So if you have the space to spare–and don’t lie, I know you do, even if between yourself and your roommate you have enough (heavy) text books and little trade paper-backs to stack to the ceiling–you can make space for a house plant! Or flowers, if that’s your thing.

Hyacinths in a terribly square container -- the smell is amazing and filters through a teeny-tiny dorm room nicely

Hyacinths in a terribly square container — the smell is amazing and filters through a teeny-tiny dorm room nicely

Plants in general have so many benefits: they remind you of the glory of the outdoors, they’re easier to take care of than a goldfish (And more forgiving), they brighten up the place especially when finals are coming, I suppose you can bounce ideas off of your plants if there’s no-one else to talk to, and you’ve just bought yourself another potential Instagram subject. Go you.

But no, seriously, plants have a lot to offer with their soothing presence, nice scent, and air-purifying qualities.

I’ve kept some dried eucalyptus and some hyacinths and a lovely bunch of daffodils this past year alone — and they’ve all been a nice center-piece to an otherwise tiny, cluttered space.

Dried eucalyptus!

Dried eucalyptus!

Of course — there are many, many in-depth guides and more compelling reasons for keeping indoor plants; I do plan on writing a bigger, and better, well-researched piece after I return home and bug my mother (Who has a bit of a green thumb and lot’s of determination) about some plant-keeping tips!

But for now — please enjoy this lovely informative graphic that pretty much spawned this post in the first place:

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  1. Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
  2. Snake plant: It t absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.
  3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
  4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.
  5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.
  6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.

Personally I come from a family of spider plant collectors — they’re really lovely plants with their stripes and such. An knowing that they remove carbon monoxide and are NASA approved is a plus; you can definitely use that on your common kitchen table or near your window in the dorm!

Roads Go Ever, Ever On

So if this blog was to ever have a theme-song, it’d have to be this interpretation of Tolkien’s hobbit walking song by Ernest Kinsolving and Kristoph Klover.

I’m struck with wanderlust and the desire to have some nice meadows to return to — at least some destination to the end of all this wandering.

Budo Diaries: In which I remember I’m graduating

Ah, I can now look fondly back on some simpler times; and a rather cruddy example of a do woops. But I do remember it fondly.

Ah, I can now look fondly back on some simpler times; and a rather cruddy example of a do, woops. But I do remember it fondly.

Hello and welcome to another exciting Budo Diaries entry! Unfortunately today’s practice was a bit of a sobering, and rather painful, moment for me. For one thing I had to keiko with Sensei tonight (Ugh! We went from CPU Level 5 to CPU Level 50), and it was also hot as hell in the dojo.

But the heat I can deal with, and getting wiped across the dojo floor by my Sensei is a bit of the norm.

Nah, what really got me was the fact that this is my second to last practice and I am graduating and it just caught up with me.

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A little bit more about this wandering girl. . .

 

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So I feel like I don’t adequately describe who I am in my About section, so it’s time for a little more vague-blogging for you all to get a better picture of who’s running this ship.

BONUS: This post comes with explanatory photography!

First of all hi, my username is the Wandering Girl but I believe you can pretty much see my real name instead of my handle. So if you don’t like referring to me as that Wandering Girl, I’ll also accept Angie — if that makes this blog feel like it’s run by a human :)

 

I am a young Filipino American with a little more American in me  — although I do visit the homeland often and can understand Tagalog I daresay my own mastery of the language is beyond atrocious. And at times I don’t feel like I know enough about my own culture–well, except for the anxieties and strains of being an American Filipino–but ask me about history and food and we’re good to go.

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Although I don’t feel wholly disconnected from my background and my relatives who humor me whenever we visit; I sincerely hope to remedy my own understanding of what it means to be pinoy and well, we’ll see what happens from there.

 

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On the flipside you all should know by now that I am a soon-to-be-graduating student at New York University. I was an LSP transfer into CAS, member of the Dean’s Honor Circle society thing for a year, president of an unwanted club, and also kendoka.  There’s a lot I can gush about and criticize about NYU — but that’s a post for another day — especially since being part of the kendo team pretty much cinched at least some modicum of school spirit for me.

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I believe I said it awhile back but: kendo changed my life.

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And I honestly don’t think I would have survived the vastness that is NYU without my team to support me, ground me, and remind me to laugh at myself at times. You really can’t take yourself too seriously at a money-grubbing school that would like to fancy itself as a part of the Ivy League. (Haha yeah right)

Besides that, to practice kendo has always been a bit of a lifetime dream from the minute I learned what it was thanks to some good ol’ 90s anime I’ve wanted to try it out. And it suits me fine to know that after four years of hard-work, blisters, swearing, and going toe-to-toe with guys who are bigger and stronger than me–knowing that I can hold my own, that I have improved, is nothing to shake a shinai at. (Haha)

 

So basically, within the last four years, I’ve fulfilled one childhood dream. I can drink to that.

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‘Course I did more than sports while I was here in the city. I tutored for the GO Project, which is something I highly recommend if you’re up for giving back to the community. I also was a short-lived research assistant for the archaeology department, which meant that I spent once a week making itty bitty beads with stone tools I knapped  for a graduate student’s collection. It was pretty sweet.

 

Of course that made me believe I wanted to go into archaeology after graduation, and that lead to several internships/fellowships devoted to museum work and restoration. Best one was with the San Gemini Research Project, which pretty much doubled as my “study abroad” where I was flung off to Italy to sit in a dungeon and fix ewers.

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Best thing ever. You don’t even understand.

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IMG_8849 It also doesn’t hurt that the view was rather exceptional. Living in Italy was another dream down, so it was well-worth it, guys.

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And then when I got back I started blogging for a little site known as MoarPowah.com; and if you think I’m rather geeky now, wait until you see what myself and other students and alumni from NYU have cooked up. It’s well worth a look if you’re interested in comics and commentary, anime, video games, and well, whatever else may strike your geeky fantasies.

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Annnd it’s at this point that I realize you all still hardly know anything about me. Well I suppose I can say this much: I’ve got a case of wanderlust and an artist’s eye. I’d like to fancy myself a painter, although I’m better with digital mediums (Correl Painter all the way man), and I suppose I’m good at taking pictures of inanimate objects: interesting scenery, buildings, and flowers especially. I suppose I’m funny; my friends seem to enjoy my presence because I’m bubbly and tiny and when I’m excited or passionate over something I gesture fiercely with some hand motions that were totally picked up by other friends from long past. I’m caring and often take the mature, motherly role in any group — I’m known as a big sister, a “mom” away from mom, and I do wear that title with some pride.

I’m loyal at heart and have a love affair with food–good food mind you. I’ve also got a thing for animation, pop culture, Internet subculture, comics, video games, and novels — all wonderful modes of escape and representations of the creative spirit. But that’s perfect for me since that’s what I devoted my academic field of study to, and if commentary and over-analyzation is  the way that I’m going to keep my skills alive, I’d like to keep up with it.

So did that explain a bit more about me? I hope it did.

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Changing Seasons (A mini on-campus project for emotional health)

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As you all must know by now I am a soon-to-be-graduating student of New York University, NYU, Now You’re Unemployed, etc. etc.  Our campus is the sprawling city of New York (And anywhere else Mr. Sexton decides to colonize — we’re all still gunning for NYU: Moon Base) and as such it seems fitting that our campus “quad” is none other than Washington Square Park. Once a strange sort of square for carriages, horses, and people to walk through, it’s become a sprawling park with its iconic arch and the fountain that was moved a few centimeters to the side for optimal picture taking when the tour buses rush past.

Honestly, it’s a nice enough place–the perfect spot for some quiet contemplating, or to catch plenty of vitamin D, or to even do some people watching/gesture drawing — there’s a lot of folks of different shapes, sizes, and fashion rushing about to keep an artist happy. Plus there’s Shakespeare in the Park on most weekends, and if you’re lucky you might even spy the pair of NYU hawks as they divebomb pigeons and squirrels.

It’s also a rather nice spot to watch the seasons fly by:

 

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Take a walk with friends

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Hey! So if you don’t remember, this blog is meant to be a sort-of advice-editorial-space for post-grads ready to step into the uncertain job market, so of course, there has to be some sort of advice-type-or-suggestion-type-or-other-unnecessarily-hyphened-type of blog posts right? (No it’s okay, I do love the geekery too)

So here is one of many pearls of wisdom (Or maybe a “no duh”) that you, dear readers, should consider. Especially if you’re a senior undergraduate and you only have two more weeks left to enjoy yourself and your time with your underclassmen friends who you must leave behind. (I know, it’s quite sad)

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Therefore, especially during this lovely spring weather we’re enjoying on the east coast, I suggest that you and your choice of friends go out for a walk.  Not only is it relaxing, and rather healthy, but walking and talking gets ideas bouncing, and makes for the perfect photo ops. Basically, walking can lead to memory making, and right now with the “future” becoming the “present” and the end of my undergraduate career careening towards me, I’d like to make as memories as I can.

No seriously – a walk is a good thing, especially a walk through some nice background scenery such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s even better if you can hit it up during the Sakura Matsuri — which has become the “annual tradition” for my group of friends.

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is very convenient to reach–especially for New York residents or tourists willing to try out the subway.  Just take the Q line all the way down to Prospect Park, head out of the station and either walk straight through the park to get to the Gardens (The long route), or make a right turn and follow the street towards a Wendy’s and to the “back entrance” of the Garden that you’ll see on your left. Unfortunately there’s admission into the garden: Adults are $10 bucks a pop, but students and seniors with a valid ID get in for $5, and children under 11 are $free.

Overall, it’s a great place for a moment to relax and enjoy what little warmth we’ve been treated to as of late. And it is the perfect photo opportunity with locals and visitors alike crowding around some of the Garden’s amazing flora to fawn over. But don’t worry too much about crowds; it can get hectic along the main paths but there’s always ways to get away from other people and enjoy a quiet stroll through the flower beds.

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Again – there are many benefits to walking, and there are many ways you can walk — with a set destination in mind, around a determined route in a park or garden, or you can even make up your own walking trip. Or you can walk together to the nearest deli or grocery and come back to hang around and play Brawl — just get up and go and spend time with your friends!

Not because you’ll never see them again, but because nice memories are always a plus — and being outside makes it all the better ;) (Seriously, finals week is coming, enjoy that sun and get some vitamin D)

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But I’m a Nice Guy

Tired of Nice Guy-ism? You know what I mean, that kind of guy who uses friendship as an overture towards a romantic/sexual relationship and whines when it doesn’t work out.
Yeah if you’re tired of that kind of rhetoric, here’s a neat-o animation by Scott Benson that in less than 40 seconds pokes holes into every Nice Guy argument out there.

EDIT: It seems that Scott Benson switched the video to private, which I respect, but the message that he wanted to convey remains the same underneath the cut!

JK It’s back! :)

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