"Between me and life is a faint glass. No matter how sharply I see and understand life, I cannot touch it"
Fernando Pessoa (via blackestdespondency)
Happy birthday Mikael Akerfeldt, you wonderful, talented man~ #mikaelakerfeldt #opeth #progressivemetal
"The suffering or the bad memories are as important as the good memories, and the good experiences. If you sort of, can imagine life as being 99% of the time quite linear, and most of the time you’re in a state of neither happiness nor sadness. And then that 1% of the time you experience moments of very crystalised happiness, or crystalised sadness, or loneliness or depression. And I believe all of those moments are very pertinant. It’s like I said to you, that for me it’s mostly those crystalised moments of melancholy which are more inspirational to me. And in a strange way they become quite beautiful in their own way. Music that is sad, melancholic, depressing, is in a kind of perverse way more uplifting. I find happy music extremely depressing, mostly - mostly quite depressing. It’s particularly this happy music that has no spirituality behind it - if it’s just sort of mindless party music, it’d be quite depressing. But largely speaking, I was the kind of person that responds more to melancholia, and it makes me feel good. And I think the reason for this is, I think if you respond strongly to that kind of art, it’s because in a way it makes you feel like you’re not alone. So when we hear a very sad song, it makes us realise that we do share this kind of common human experience, and we’re all kind of bonded in sadness and melancholia and depression."
My Steven Wilson’s impression.
"We accept the present as something that is only temporary, and regard it only as a means to accomplish our aim. Thus, most people will find, if they look back when their life is at an end, that they have lived their lifelong ad interim, and they will be surprised to find that something they allowed to pass by unnoticed and unenjoyed was just their life—that is to say, it was the very thing in the expectation of which they lived. And so it may be said of man in general that, befooled by hope, he dances into the arms of death."
Arthur Schopenhauer (via blackestdespondency)
What are the best places to eat around UCLA?
(on or near campus)
Bella Pita. Wowshi’s and falafels are outstanding and they have the glass bottle cokes all for under $10. This was one of my go-to spots in college.
I have to agree with . Bella Pita is probably the best place to eat in westwood. Extremely affordable, amazingly delicious, not overly unhealthy, and something for everyone. I’ve had many friends visit from out of town while I was a student at UCLA, and all of them can’t get enough of Bella Pita. Definitely get one of the wowshi’s, and load it up with all the extras. Their hot sauce is money.
800 Degrees is a pizza shop which opened this last winter and has become one of the most popular spots in Westwood… it’s a “create your own pizza” type of place. It also features a soda machine made by Ferrari which allows you to mix different types of sodas and flavors :). Absolutely highly recommended.
Other ones - In-N-Out for fast-food, Barney’s Beanery for wings, burgers, pizza and beer, and Yamato for sushi!
I can’t believe no one is mentioning the Sawtelle Japanese district. Tofuya bulgogi was my favorite meal when I was at UCLA. Asahi Ramen next door is good, too.
Also: the best Lebanese food is at Sunnin on Westwood and Santa Monica. You also have to venture down to Pico and Westwood (roughly) and hit Apple Pan. Some of the best burgers on the west side.
In the village:
- Jersey Mike’s
- In N Out
- Corner Bakery
- Jerry’s Deli
- Diddy Reise
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Hm, I might go back to Guild Wars 2 later. To check out their new update. When I get a new computer. I’ll also download
- Star Trek Online
- The Secret World
Because I’ll have a ton of memory and a decent graphics card that can actually play stuff.
Gojira - Oroborus [live]