Kitty cats and lazer beams

If you frequent the Interwebz like I do, you’ve probably seen this cat (above). I see it reblogged on tumblr, on 9gag and reddit, on youtube– it’s ubiquitous. However, few know who the artist of the iconic lazer cat is. His name is Joe Van Wetering. Check him out!

And here’s a little tune I found today. It’s kind of weird in a really sexy way.


Art & Industry

Today I met up with a director of the National Wildlife Fund to organize an upcoming rally for the nation-wide November 6th protests. Before leaving, she handed me a book. “This has just been laying around here,” she said. “Read it.” I looked at its boring, outdated, serif text and ugly and outdated cover art and already knew it would make a perfect coaster. But when I got back to my dorm, I found myself bored and in the mood to do anything but study. I cracked it open, and after the first few pages was already filled with a sense of disgust and dread. In just a year, we create enough trash to encircle the earth 300 times over. That’s just the US. Industry is seen as an asset, but it’s slowly destroying us. It just so happens that today I discovered the work of Drew Etienne, an artist with a noble cause and powerful message:

Throughout our modern age, we’ve ignored the negative effects that industrialization has had on the world around us. The consequences of our neglect loom over us as we seek shelter in man-made alternate realities. How can we expect to exist in these digital realms once our physical reality can no longer support them? My paintings, at times surreal, at times abstract, are expressions of our post-industrial societies and their false sense of superiority over the natural world. My work is directed by vivid memories of childhood surroundings, a passion for succeeding and finding solutions, and a refreshing contentment in the fact that even if there appears to be a sensical structure to the universe, it does not necessitate a logical explanation.
–Drew Etienne

How fitting, right? Today is becoming a day of enlightenment for me. Hopefully, Etienne will enlighten you too.


College

I’ve been so MIA from the blogosphere, my apologies. I’ve been attending to some more important matters, like um, my education I guess… I’m a college girl now! Yes, they allow people like me to receive a higher education, cray cray right? I’m living in Austin, Texas now and the vibe is a lot different. Everyone is extremely kind and mellow and cute and I just want to bask in everyone’s eclecticism. Where Singapore was fast, Austin is slow, and where Singapore was materialistic, Austin is holistic. The music scene is very different too. Singapore was ravey crazy and Austin is very much folky and indie. I like that. It’s different, but I like that.

Here’s a little taste of what Austin has done to my music palate (it’s a change, but I hope you embrace this new side of me)