I’M BACK

31 Mar

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Ohhhhhhh man, what a year I’ve had. It’s been a while since I wrote anything substantial here, so LET’S CATCH UP.

RADIO

Starting in May of 2012, I began working at KZSC Santa Cruz, 88.1FM. What do I do? I write the PSAs. Oh, what’s a PSA? Hold on to your seat; Public Service Announcements. Yeahhhh, I tell you what to do when there’s a flood or you see a mountain lion, I write the diddy about the local farmer’s market, or where to volunteer with the homeless. Does this sound boring? Only sometimes, and only when dealing with people who write perfect drafts of their public service announcement, but for some reason write the whole piece in caps lock. The DJs will not shout your PSA, I am sorry.

OH! I also DJed a show or two. From June to about September of 2012, I hosted my first radio show. It was a hip-hop/electronic program called “B-B-Beats”. We played stuff like Gorillaz and BBNG and I learned a lot about what not to do on air. One memorable caller phoned in after an unedited hip-hop song just to say, “freedom of speech sure is great, huh”. Sure is, although nothing beats the guy who requested I ask people to call in and tell him to put WD-40 between his toes. I’m still a bit befuddled on that one.

Since September, I’ve been DJing an indie rock show that showcases newer artists and more recent bands. Katie’s Tree House has been wonderful. It got me back into indie music and I think I’ll probably be sticking with it for my final quarter as a DJ and student at UC Santa Cruz.

WRITING

Around the same time that I started working as the PSA Director at KZSC Santa Cruz, I started writing for Uloop News. College news written by and for college kids, it was a good experience but I believe my time with Uloop has come to an end. My contributions can be found here. I also got to be a contributor for the Huffington Post and USA Today through Uloop News, which is pretty sweet. However, I missed the freedom and personality of this blog so I’m back! Sunday updates will happen, even if it’s a picture of me apologizing for not writing anything. While we’re on the topic of writing, last quarter I wrote my senior paper for American Studies. I discussed gender roles in reality television with a focus on masculinity and perceptions of men as a whole in the domestic realm (non-existent or incompetent). During my research, I found an interesting exception to the dated gender roles of reality television in food-based reality programs, which is interesting considering how food preparation has been heavily gendered. Men grill and cook on special occasions and ultimately cooking is executed by men as a hobby and craft. In comparison, women cook daily and perform a labor. Men can cook in a domestic setting and not be pegged as ‘feminine’, just as women can be in a professional competitive environment without sacrificing a part of their feminine image. If you want to read it or discuss the topic further, let me know.

LIFE

I work a part-time job at a pizzaria. We get new beers each month, so I’ve been able to try a lot of new beers this year. My favorites have been the Ruthless Rye IPA by Sierra Nevada, Ninkasi IPA, and the Amber Ale by the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company. The new beer we have on tap is a lager by Anchor Steam and it is a foooooamy mess. Tastes sweet, but it is a pain in the butt to pour.

Oh, I’m moving to San Francisco in June. I’m going to be working as an intern and hopefully they like me and I like them and we can go steady (income). Tomorrow I’m going to round up all the abandoned Easter candies and melt them down into a new, super candy. I’m also going to be reviewing the Santa Cruz Secret Film Festival again. If you’re looking to follow something I contribute to more than once a week, check me out on tumblr at conkerrtheworld.tumblr.com . I’m back, kiddos! Stay tuned.

Cheese

30 Oct

Realizing I’m lactose intolerant is really putting a strain on my relationship with cheese. I’ve suspected my dairy sensitivity since I was a kid and didn’t ever want milk with cereal, or even cookies. Milk has never been my thing, but cheese is a different story. A hearty slice of an extra sharp cheddar on a thick slice of grained wheat bread, or some brie mixed with strawberry jam, even a chunk of bitter blue cheese with some strawberries, all qualify among my favorite snacks even though my gut disagrees. People with a lactose intolerance cannot digest the sugars in milk, especially cow milk. This can result in a calcium deficiency since dairy products are usually where people receive their daily dose of the vitamin. Not having the proper amount of calcium results in weak joints and bones, height shrinking, and spine and back problems. Beans and greens got your back though and can give you the sweet calcium your body craves.

But let’s get back to cheese. In addition to being delicious, cheese is great for your teeth. The calcium makes your teeth strong, and the low lactose levels help prevent cavities. If you’re a vegetarian, cheese can be a prime source of protein, because let’s be honest, tofu doesn’t always get the job done. The older the cheese is, the lower the levels of lactose are in the cheese, so if you’re lactose intolerant you might be able to get away with eating cheeses like aged cheddars and bleu cheese. Also, everyone loves cheese. Nearly every country and culture has figured out how to make nasty milk into a totally groovy cheese product, you dig?

While Americans consume thirty pounds of cheese annually, America is not the chief consumer of cheese, in fact America barely makes it in the top twenty consumers. Europeans take cheese consumption much more seriously, but this might be because America isn’t on board with the stinkier and moldier of the cheeses and the way meals are designed in Europe emphasize snacking on cheeses and breads more than the typical breakfast-lunch-dinner pattern we see in the States.

I leave you with this slideshow of grilled cheese sandwich porn, complete with a seductive voice actress to tell you of the glories of Wisconsin Cheddar. It’s legend, wait for it, dairy.

 

My new phone and I aren’t getting along

28 Oct

Goose Waiter Explains Daily Special

18 Oct

Goose Waiter Explains Daily Special

I had a dream I went to a restaurant staffed by human-sized geese and decided to draw it.

Fall Midnight Movie Schedule at the Del Mar!

26 Sep

The Del Mar theater on Pacific goes beyond the typical movie experience. Midnight movies and the secret film festival are just some of the special events that the theater puts on each year. The Del Mar and its sister theater The Nick both focus more on films than they do on movies and often feature films that are playing in limited selection. The midnight movie is a weekly screening of a film. The selected film is usually a cult classic and something everyone should see at some point. Check out this run-down of the fall midnight movie schedule at the Del Mar, previews included!

Fight Club (9/28-9/29)
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Bases on the novel of the same name, Fight Club is a movie everyone needs to see at some point in their life. Simply, Fight Club is the story of a man who is becoming increasingly disconnected with his environment and creates an alternative to his own reality. It is difficult to fully explain the movie without giving away the power of its story, but it is one of my personal favorites and I would highly recommend it.

Pulp Fiction (10/5-10/6)
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Quentin Tarantino had developed a particular style in his cinematography which is best demonstrated through Pulp Fiction. The story is a mess of other stories weaved together into one. Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thermon, and John Travolta all come out to play in this film. Keep your eyes peeled for the UCSC t-shirt!

The Lost Boys (10/12-10/13)
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Vampire film based out of Santa Cruz, CA. If not for the hokey acting, it’s worth seeing all the familiar sites of the boardwalk becoming overrun with vampires. Lost Boys follows the story of a pair of brothers and their interactions with the local vampire gang. The older brother becomes involved with the vampires, and the younger brother desperately tries to save his brother from his fate.

The Shining (10/19-10/20)
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Jack Nicholson plays an author driven to madness in this film based off of a Steven King novel. While looking for the trailer to this film, I almost linked to this spoof trailer that makes The Shining seem much more playful than the film actually is. The film, like most King films, has a surreal quality to it that is unnerving and makes for great suspense and discomfort. If you have not seen The Shining yet, a theater setting is the way to go.

Rocky Horror Picture Show feat. Slugs in Fishnets (10/26-10/27)
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Rocky Horror is the longest running film of all time. Accompanied by “Slugs in Fishnets” acting out scenes live on stage and the ever enthusiastic audiance participation, this is a great film to see to get you in the mood for Halloween. Rocky Horror is made great not by its plot, which is pretty weak, but by the outrageous characters and high energy musical numbers.

American Psycho (11/2-11/3)
American Psycho
Ohhh Christian Bale, you are one crazy chainsaw weildin’ yuppie. Bale is straight up malicious in this film, and it is magnified by the people around him not picking up on his madness. This is not a movie for those who are squeamish to violence. Christian Bale plays a yuppie by day, and a twisted psychopathic, narcissistic serial killer by night. Truly frightful.

The Crow (11/9-11/10)
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Crow is a dark film based on a comic on the mythical power of crows to revive the wrongly killed so that they may once again walk the earth. The story gained an immense following, with multiple film sequels, a television series, and books.

Mars Attacks (11/16-11/17)
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After watching the trailer for this, I am definitely going to go see it. Tim Burton directing, a slew of famous names, and aliens. Really, really, goofy lookin’ aliens. The story is that of a very botched first contact with Martians and the repeated attempts of the people of Earth to successfully broker peace with the visitors.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (11/30-12/1)
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This is the movie of my childhood. My brother and I would watch this movie on loop on weekend afternoons. To this day, I can still name this as one of my all time favorite films. After several years of secrecy, Willy Wonka, renown candy maker and local eccentric, decides to open his factory doors to whomever can find the golden tickets he’s placed inside five chocolate bars. The characters are surprisingly well developed for a children’s movie and Gene Wilder is a delight.

Gremlins (12/7-12/8)
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MOST MISLEADING TRAILER EVER. Gremlins is geared to be a kid’s film, except kids don’t find gremlins to be cute. In fact, their antics prove to be most terrifying. Watching it all grown up is definitely a must.

The Thin Man (12/14-12/15)
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I’ll be honest, I do not usually have patience for older films. I find the dialogue to be drawn out and the acting to be cheesy. However, I appreciate that the Del Mar does not limit its selection to only high-energy modern films. The Thin Man is a mystery comedy about the disappearance of “the thin man” and his possible involvement in a murder. His friend, the main character, sets out to not only find his missing friend, but to bring the real murderer to justice.

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If you’re looking for something to do this fall, the Del Mar has you covered. Pop up some corn and let me know what you think of these groovy films!

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Doodles

19 Jul