|Saturday, February 21st, 2009|
|Every once in a while, I like to share something beautiful.
After a few exchanges, the director introduced this talented pupil. A short red-haired boy shook hands rather timidly and went straight to the piano. With the first few bars of the Appassionata by Beethoven, I felt I was in the presence of a true God-given talent. I wanted to hear more and he played the still little-known Jeux d'eau by Ravel like a finished master. I kissed him on both cheeks and took his name, which was Emil Gilels.
--Artur Rubinstein on Emil Gilels
-JB Current Mood: thoughtful
|Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008|
|What some people find cute...
Only $39.99, free shipping. But Monkey Cuddles is even better--
$23.99 plus $9.99 shipping and handling.
Well, at least I'm set for Feast gifts.
|Monday, August 25th, 2008|
"Where's your little rocking horse when you need it?"
-Susan, upon observing my elation at the
William Tell Overture
|Tuesday, August 5th, 2008|
A) Spiked heels usually don't look very good (low blocks or tapered heels are much nicer and better accomplish the oft-lauded "extension of the leg")
B) This unobtrusively excellent pair of heels is perhaps even better than yesterday's nominees--
Now, really, don't the shoes just grab your attention?
-JB Current Mood: Highly amused again
|Monday, August 4th, 2008|
|The Perfect Pumps
"A Highly Unusual Post"
In my wide and varied travels over the seething sea that is the internet, I occasionally stumble upon people who make outrageous and unsubstantiated claims. In fact, I find such people are surprisingly common.
This is such a case, albeit a mild one.
I present the so-called "perfect pump"--
The shoe, I daresay, is far from the "perfect pump." For one thing, referring to anything as "perfect" invariably implies a certain universality--without even looking at the "perfect pump," I would imagine a shoe that is equally beautiful and appropriate in formal, business, or nicely-casual settings. The fact that this shoe is made out of some hideous velvet-like-stuff disqualifies it immediately. And what's with the dental-floss-esque stitching on the sides?
Furthermore, the overall lines are, for lack of a better word, a little goofy--tame by most standards but still far from "perfect". The need for a wavy arch and what I call the"floating foot effect" (i.e., the uncomfortable-looking levitation of the arch of the foot inside the shoe) is slightly awkward.
A brief browse on Zappos reveals my quick-and-preliminary nominee for the perfect pair of pumps. Or at least, the best I could find for searching on one website without the motivation of eventually wearing them.
1) - The Peter Kaiser "Ila"
2.5" block heels (just high enough to gain the unique advantages of heels while avoiding the RAWR factor); almond toes.
A slightly shorter, less-pointy toe might be MORE "perfect" but the almond toe is always lovely, extending the natural lines of the foot and avoiding the pointy-toed Wicked-WItch-of-the-West trap so many women fall into.
No, they're not "playful"--there are shoes like these
for "playful" (which in this case is no more than a euphemism for sexy and the aforementioned RAWR factor). Those are just good examples, mind you. Not to say I don't like the way they look (I very much do in fact!), but I hesitate to recommend them. I'm not a fan of public sexpots and I think most high heels are suggestive of it. If you disagree, I do hope I offended you.
Now how do I know these things? How is it I have strong, informed opinions on WOMEN'S SHOES?
It is simple - I think girls are pretty and I have considered what makes them so. Like anything else, I analyzed what seemed to be consistent trends. Furthermore, my general aesthetic ideals--smooth lines, balance, simplicity--are applicable to most things...including the fashion of both genders.
Before you deem me effeminate, I must point out that even James Bond knew what perfume he liked.
-JB Current Mood: Highly amused
|Friday, June 27th, 2008|
|Thursday, June 26th, 2008|
|Sunday, June 22nd, 2008|
|Two of my sister's quotable quotes--
"Your arm looks pregnant"
--(Referring to my triceps)
"My goodness, you look like you popped out of a cake"
--(upon seeing me in my boxers and a necktie)
|Wednesday, May 28th, 2008|
|For crying out loud.
I weigh exactly 139.5 lbs.
Good thing I planned on working out again.
I don't really have the time to start today, but I'm going to anyway. Right bloody now.
-JB Current Mood: I am a gnat.
|Wednesday, May 21st, 2008|
Two finals, Indiana Jones, and a presentation.
Today is definitely a Wagner excerpts kind of day.
-JB Current Mood: Wagner.
|Friday, May 9th, 2008|
|Wednesday, February 20th, 2008|
|Wednesday, February 13th, 2008|
| Courtney: :outs thoughtfully::
me: Don't pout about it
|Saturday, February 9th, 2008|
"He was supposed to get some Philistine foreskins...he got 200. I always wondered how he presented them..."
"I won't give you the ideas I've considered..."
|Tuesday, February 5th, 2008|
|Monday, January 28th, 2008|
I just tore a door off its hinges.
-JB Current Mood: Moody.
|Saturday, January 12th, 2008|
|The Merrill/Tucker tornado...
This is why I got into opera. Stuff like this. Wow. And they're both old men!
Tucker (the tenor who looks like a bullfrog) does not have a pretty voice, but he is powerful. And Merrill is one of the best. Ever.
Courtney: "I was thinking of how to make the world better"
Me: "Oh, what were you thinking?"
Courtney: "I don't know, but it involved those toy styrofoam thingies and quarter machines."
|Sunday, December 30th, 2007|
|Wednesday, December 12th, 2007|
"I can't do a thing
without my cookies!'
-JB Current Mood: amused