Sunday, November 28, 2010

long time no see

So it's been a while since I posted last. I guess it's been out of laziness or impatience or the fact that I have no time. It's senior year in high school, so as you can imagine, things are getting pretty crazy with AP classes and college applications and whatnot. But I've been thinking a lot about clothes I'd need for college, so here are some things I really want. It seems like fashion is the only thing keeping me sane right now, so I'll allow this indulgence.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

it's not easy leaving everything behind

This blog, I'm sure you can tell, has had very little direction, so in keeping with that theme, I figured I'd share a bit of artwork I've done. Most of my blog entries have related either to rants on nuclear wepons or fashion, so I figured I'd combine the two (in an odd sort of way) and post some illistrations for my thrice-written, once finished novel, which centers around a modern cold war and features fashionable people. God am I lame. Anyway, I hope you enjoy, larger versions can be found at my deviant art page.

I plan to use this blog as a sort of sketch blog as well. So, yeah, enjoy. I might post some excerpts from my paper on science and denialism if anyone wants, but since no one really seems to read this blog, I'll post it anyway. :)

Also, I have my ACTs tomorrow. Fun. Note the sarcasm.

Music: Medicine Hat by Graham Wright

Note: Most of my post titles will be song lyrics, unless stated otherwise. Or, you know, they don't sound very lyricky, or whatever.

Monday, April 26, 2010

say hello to the kids you meet

Um, yeah, I haven't posted much in a while, so I thought it was time to give it a go. I've been very bored lately, so I made some I would absolutely love to own, based on a few different themes.

This is the outfit I'd wear on my imaginary yacht.

I want this dress so badly. I'm absolutely head over heels for that print and don't get me started about those shoes.

I based this outfit off the anthropologie tights, which I just fell in love with. I adore the gold and pink color scheme.

This is what I'd wear on my fantasy trip though Eastern Europe (Yes, I do have a fantasy trip though Eastern Europe, thank you very much). I tried to go with a bit of a retro vibe, but included my favorite accessory this season, knee socks.

For this one, I went with the theme of my blog title "A Modern Cold Warrior", which referred to my fascination with the politics and espionage of the Cold War. I wanted to capture that clandestine aesthetic with dark colors and a pop of color in the tights. I was thinking of those old fashioned spy movies while I was making this one.

Music: No Hard Feelings – Graham Wright

Monday, January 4, 2010

belated resolutions

I know it's a few days after new year's, but I figured I'd still write down my new years resolutions so I don't forget. Hopefully having them on my blog will actually inspire me to follow through with them!

In no particular order...

1. Read More
With school the way it is and my internet addiction sapping the free time I have, I want to set aside some time to read every night and hopefully finish my reading list for this year (60 books, with quite a bit of massive nonfiction).

2. Eat Healthier
Last year was the first year I every really started thinking of making a change in my diet. Now, I've never been overweight, but I've never felt quite perfect about my body, and I don't think bad food is helping that. I want to stop drinking soda, eating fried food (or limiting it), and generally eating better.

3. Draw at least once a week
I've been neglecting art as my schedule has gotten busier, but I want to draw a good picture at least once a week, just to stay in practice.

4. Finish editing my novel
For the past few years I've struggled to finish writing the novel I've been dreaming up since 7th grade, but finally, last year, I finished most of the writing and a good chunk of editing. I still have a long way to go, but hopefully 2010 will be the year of completion.

5. Do well on AP tests and ACTs and get into North Western Speech Camp
Pretty much self explanatory.

6. Try to always dress fabulous.
Once again, self explanatory. :D

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Hawk and the Dove

So, I've been deeply immersed in The Hawk and the Dove by Nicholas Thompson, and it's been incredibly interesting so far. I'm just over half way through and hopefully I'll finish it in the next week or so. It's the story of the Cold War from start to finish though the eyes of Paul Nitze (the Hawk) and George Kennan (the Dove), as they work for the government from the very beginning to the very end of the cold war. I'm at Watergate right now, but I think the book is magnificent so far. Originally, I went in thinking I would be on the side of Kennan, the father of containment, but I actually find myself taking Nitze's side more often than not. I've never thought of myself as a Hawk, quite the opposite. I remember, for instance, in fourth grade when I tried to get all my class mates to sign a petition to stop us from invading Iraq, but I think my perspective has changed quite a bit because of this book.

I wasn't alive during the Cold War, I was born two years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and grew up more afraid of another 9/11 than a nuclear strike. I'd always figured that nuclear war was some sort of far off fear, one that never would really effect me, but the state the word is in today seems to put that fear aside. Reading Thompson's book, I finally realized just how close we were to an all out nuclear holocaust during the Cuban missile crisis, during those moments of the highest tension. Sure, I knew what could have happened, but one wrong move could have sent the missiles towards our silos and cities. It's a chilling feeling to realize that although this fear isn't as prevalent in this day and age, it is still there, always present, and all it takes is one mad man to push that button.

The fact is, I'm afraid of places like North Korea and Iran. I'm afraid of what they do to their people and afraid of what they could do to us with the right weapons. We need to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power. No matter what. The fact is, the only way they should have any sort of nuclear power is by way of Russia, and if they continue their march towards nuclear capabilities, the world must step in and impose sanctions they cannot ignore. This is one case where China, Russia, and the United States must stand together, otherwise, no sanction will truly work. If those sanctions do not work, we need to make sure Iran cannot gain nuclear weapons at any cost, and we need to go so far as to dismantle their nuclear facilities if that is what it takes.

The Cold War was a scary time, but today we put the fear of nuclear attack on the back burner, but if Iran gets nuclear capablilities, we might have another Cold War on our hands. I know this is a disjointed argument right now, but I just wanted to share my opinion on Iran and the book I'm reading.

"For the love of God, for the love of your children and of the civilization to which you belong, cease this madness. You are mortal men. You are capable of error. You have no right to hold in your hands — there is no one wise enough and strong enough to hold in his hands — destructive power sufficient to put an end to civilized life on a great portion of our planet."-George Kennan

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Pants: Marshall's
Boots (obscured by sweet photo effect): Marshall's

So, these are a few pictures from Monday. It took me a while to get them up. I thought a little floral print would warm up the cold, since winter seems to have finally arrived here. I haven't even left the house today (home sick) and for once that's a good thing. It's pretty much just over 0F here, below with windchill, but I'm toasty warm. :)

Oh, and tomorrow is the first night of Hanukkah, so hopefully I'll get some clothes. Happy early holidays everybody!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

thanksgiving and my fail pictures

I wore the cutest Urban Outfitters dress to Thanksgiving, which I happily got on sale at half price. Hopefully the pictures will be bettwer when I wear it again.

As you can see, I'm still horribly innept at using the timer on my camera. I need to face the facts: My camera is horrible. Half the pictures are blurry, the other half are just bad quaily, oh well, it's what I have right now.
I wore the above outfit to school yesterday, since it was a little more casual. I love, love, love my Born boots and wear them all the time. Seriously, Borns are great when you can get them at a discount. Totally worth it.