Ooh, my favorite!

“Very Mary Kate”
April 29, 2010, 9:13 am
Filed under: Silly, Smile, Videos

You MUST check out these Very Mary Kate comedy shorts created by Elaine Carroll; this chick is hilarious! After watching every episode to date, I looked her up and found an awesome character reel she made. I so hope we get to see more of her soon.

“Ooh, my favesies,” how did I not think of that?

[Thanks for the head’s up mom]

iPhone chocolates
April 29, 2010, 6:39 am
Filed under: Sweets

Cute! Gourmet chocolate iPhone or iPad app buttons on Etsy. Even made with organic and fair trade chocolate.

Eyjafjallajökull video
April 28, 2010, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Nature, Simply Amazing, Videos

Video of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. In addition to the smoke and spewing lava you can see the shockwaves! This truly is a living planet, kinda gives you shivers.

Disco Suite Volume 1
April 27, 2010, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Mixes, Music

Here’s a new mix for your listening pleasure. I’ve always been a fan of disco music, and I shared my embarrassing story of calling in song requests on Saturday nights before; but now there’s a whole new class, and even if I had to call-in there’d be no need to be ashamed. This mix showcases the best in modern disco music…all of the best parts of classic disco without the cheesiness. Each of the tracks are great, but you MUST check out the ones by Empire of the Sun, Flight Facilities (my fave!), and 40 Thieves.

Disco Suite Vol.1 by DeeJay Tone


Baby I’m Yours (Siriusmo Remix) – BreakBot
Plastic Woman – Los Amigos Invisible
Disco Sirens – Midfield General
I’ll Get You – Classixx featuring Jeppe
No Time (Shit Robot Remix) – The Juan McLean
Gifted (Treasure Fingers Remix) – N.A.S.A
We Are The People (Shazam Remix) – Empire Of The Sun
Across The Dancefoor (Chromeo Remix) – Treasure Fingers
Crave You featuring Giselle (The C90’s Remix) – Flight Facilities
Don’t Turn It Off featuring Qzen – 40 Thieves

*Just a note that past mixes are MIA at the moment, but all will be working again soon. Stay tuned.

Emilio Pucci
April 27, 2010, 9:44 am
Filed under: Fashion, Yes please

If you’ve seen the latest SATC 2 movie poster then you’ve already caught a glimpse of the gorgeousness that is Emilio Pucci’s Spring/Summer collection. I think I saw the price tag around $6700. In that case I’ll take two, ah but I’d have to factor in a beach trip to Capri so I’d have the appropriate setting to wear one of these, so I’d better just stick with one.

Images via Style.com

Crayola color evolution
April 27, 2010, 7:29 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

So cool, the evolution of Crayola crayon colors from 1903 to present.

[via Weather Sealed]

M.I.A Born Free
April 26, 2010, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Music, Videos

Holy shit, M.I.A is back with a crazy new sound and her first single just hit the internets! It’s epic, and the video is UNREAL, like in the sense that I’m still shaken and may not be able to sleep tonight. It’s intense, scary, obscene, grotesque, and disturbing–but it’s also soul-stirring at the same time. If you’ve seen Battle Royale, you may get a sense of what I’m talking about.

WARNING: This video is very graphic and disturbing. It’s NOT for everyone and it’s definitely not suitable for work.

Blog it On
April 26, 2010, 4:10 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

One of the perks of having more free time is that now I get the chance to volunteer! As terrible as it sounds, I was so protective of my weekends since my weekdays at work were often so bad. As I mentioned before, Sandhya over at Livin Wide has organized a Blog It On volunteer campaign through her blog, and there are lots of wonderful people participating. I’m really excited about this, and I’ve been researching for weeks to figure out where I’d like to spend my time.

Since food is such an important part of my life, I decided to work at the San Francisco Food Bank. I’ll be based at their warehouse sorting and repacking food for distribution throughout the city:

The San Francisco Food Bank works to end hunger in San Francisco. We provide donated and purchased food to over 400 non-profit agencies, enabling them to give nutritious meals or supplemental groceries to thousands of low-income families and individuals in our community. These agencies range in size and mission, from the city’s largest soup kitchens to smaller agencies such as after-school programs, AIDS service providers, battered women’s shelters, child care centers, food pantries, health clinics, homeless shelters, residential programs for people in recovery or transition to independent living, senior lunch programs, and street outreach programs. We are the largest distributor of food to non-profit agencies in San Francisco; for many agencies, we are their only source of food. This year, we will distribute nearly 36.5 million pounds of food, or enough to provide 78,000 meals a day.

This seems like a wonderful organization and I’m so excited to help feed so many people. My first day is tomorrow, so I’ll try to get some good pics to share.

When I grow up
April 26, 2010, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Personal

Me, a long time ago.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to be when I grow up, and suddenly a series of events have made this question so much bigger. Friends, I have news. BIG, crazy news. I’ve been debating on whether or not I was ready to share this with the world, but I’ve decided that it’s such a big part of my life lately and it will ultimately affect everything that I want to be, so there’s no point in hiding it.

I have left my job, and there’s not a single ounce of me that regrets it! Ahh, that felt great to say out loud.

I’ve been a Web project manager at two of the worlds largest and most well-known companies, and as excited as I was to form a career and kick some ass, I was never able to get used to the corporate culture. There are too many reasons to mention, but one of the biggest reasons was that it just wasn’t satisfying, and it was just too political and had that “watch your back” mentality. I posted once before on the horrors of my job, and still words cannot express how utterly toxic and unhealthy the environment was, and how belittling and cruel my manager and director were.

One day last month on the way to work I had a full-fledged meltdown in the car, and suddenly it dawned on me: “What the f*** Natira, you’re not supposed to cry with your co-workers on a weekly basis. And you’re not supposed to have a panic-attack before you meet with your manager. And good grief, you’re definitely not supposed to come home at the end of the day and take your frustrations out on the one that loves you most! This is wrong and you know it, so DO SOMETHING!” An immediate call to mom for some support, and by the time I made it into the office we decided that my notice was going in that day. Oh my God, instantly I felt the knot in my stomach loosen. (We also decided that we’d wait to tell dad. For those of you with an Asian dad, you understand. And I do say that with all the love in the world!)

I realized you do the things you have to for so long, that you don’t often stop to think about the things you want to do. I went to school, got good grades, and found a job because I had to. And while I’m thankful for many of the benefits that came with my job, they never really added up to being blissfully happy at work, especially when you consider how much of our self-worth we associate with what we do as a career. I can say now that I’m on my way though, and while being completely unemployed is scary and crazy, I know that it’s up to me to create a wonderful and meaningful way to support myself. I have some ideas I’m researching now, and I will do everything I can to achieve this vision I have in my mind. So here’s to finding yourself, living your best life, and avoiding sucky people along the way!

PS. The first pic of me here on the site. I hear this hairstyle is coming back…have you seen Heidi Klum lately?

April 26, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: Silly, Videos

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a gorgeous day yesterday, so I camped out at Golden Gate park for a bit to soak up some sun. What were you up to?

It all went by so fast…as usual, so here’s a funny video to kick-off your week.

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