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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
5:40 pm
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
6:05 pm
what's a LJ?
I think like 3 people still use this thing that I know?

Just an FYI, if you ever see Outphase Studios...it's me. Kthnxbye.
Sunday, March 11th, 2007
1:11 am
Loki madness

Seriously folks, don't be fooled by his cute innocent demeanor...he's called Loki for a reason! Lately he's been getting used to me around and letting me handle him more and more. Today he learned that cage door opened means Loki can go out of the cage. I let him get about a few feet around, but he kept trying to run off! After helping himself to his bathhouse and running around my entire apartment in the giant plastic gladiator ball I have for him, he decided to be smart and con me into letting him climb on me. Once he was on top of me, he decided to jump and make a break for it. Luckily, I was able to catch him before he could run off! (I would let him run loose, but I still have too many hazards around and I need to Chin-proof my apt first)

Anyways, tomorrow I'm seeing Allan Jay Friedman again for the first time in over a month. Apparently there's some sort of surprise. I'm hoping that its, "Ariel, sorry for blowing you off for a month, how about you work with me and I'll pay you lots of money?". Perhaps there will be some celebrity at his place or something, which wouldn't surprise me considering this guy used to hang out with the Kennedys and Hugh Heffner (and still does).

Oh and still no word from MTV about Blackwater, but hopefully Romee can get in touch with her brother soon. I'd really love it if my first band on my label (I'd have one if MTV was interested) got free advertising from MTV.

DST sucks, I hate losing sleep :(
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
12:32 am
I'm a daddy!
Introducing the newest Levi:

Loki Olivander Levi (L.O.L.)






He's fuzzy (like father like son!) and loves to hop and jump all over the place! And in case any of you were wondering what Loki is, he's a chinchilla. Tomorrow during lunch I'm gonna buy him some raisins and will start training him. Right now he's all disoriented and adjusting to his new surroundings. More pics will come later :)
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
12:57 am
Inner Peace
Nothing in the cry of cicadas suggests that they are about to die. ~Basho


This morning I found myself reading up on Taoist and Buddhist quotes. I started reading about the origin of Taiji (Tai Chi), and thought about how much out of center I am within myself. I decided to begin meditating daily, as well as start to exercise and train my body along with my mind. And now, with the warming of the weather, perhaps once a week I shall journey to the mountains and meditate there as well. I think one day I shall either live on a beach or on a mountain, for I love the sound and sight of moving water, and I love looking down at the world from a mountain's cliffs. I imagine that one day I will live next to both these things, for being around them brings me peace.

Heh, I just noticed through the reflection of my monitor onto a blank cd that the first word of the last 3 lines are: Live Love Live. Interesting...


Step out onto the Planet.
Draw a circle a hundred feet round.
Inside the circle are
300 things nobody understands, and maybe
nobody's ever seen.
How many can you find?
~Lew Welch
Thursday, January 25th, 2007
1:48 pm
orchestration job
So I met with Alan Jay Friedman on Tuesday and he is interested in having me orchestrate his songs for his upcoming broadway musicals. I'm meeting again with him Sunday and he's gonna give me 2 songs to work on to see if I am what he's looking for. Hopefully I am. I'd be working with some of the best orchestrators in the world, people that have been doing it for over 40 years for companies like MGM.

Is this my ticket in? I hope so!

I also randomly saw Paris Hilton at where I worked. Paper thin, but actually not bad looking in person. She was going to Warner Bros records, which is across from where I work (and also owned by my company).

And I passed by the house where OJ killed his exwife. Weird.
Monday, January 22nd, 2007
4:21 pm
Thank you dionel
New Icon. Rockin'

Dionel, could you make him bigger? He's kinda tiny O.o;
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
11:48 am
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.
Monday, January 15th, 2007
11:27 am
Curse of the Golden Flower -- my review
So last night I went with my cousin, Jen, Steve, and Viv, to the Arclight Theater in Hollywood to see Curse of the Golden Flower. It was the first time I've ever been to the Arclight theater, which features assigned seating (I think ALL theaters should do this). Price of admission was 14 bucks, which was a little higher than most theaters in California. Overall it was worth having paid the extra money; their sound systems are INCREDIBLE. I was very pleased :)

The movie starred Chow Yun Fat, a Chinese martial arts legend in movies. He plays the emperor of China. This emperor not only has imperial guards, but NINJAS too. This movie had some of the best ninja fighting I've ever seen in a live action movie and seemed the most realistic too. Basically this whole movie started out slow, delving into the subplots of each character and it all leading to the main plot: No one in the royal family likes the emperor of China, except one of his sons. The empresses wishes to overthrow the emperor and make her favorite son emperor, so she gathers up an army secretly before the Festival of Chrysanthemums (Sp?).

What I got from this movie:
Don't mess with the Emperor, especially if your Emperor happens to be Chow Yun Fat.

Cool movie stuff:
Imagery. The backgrounds and set were by far the most colorful and decadent I have ever seen.

Pros: Watching Chow Yun Fat kick ass and be the man.
Cons: Slow beginning and the ending. Three letters came out of my mouth at the end: WTF?

Rating: 3.5 Chow Yun Fats out of 5
Sunday, January 14th, 2007
3:03 am
3am thoughts
When you fight yourself, who really wins?

Funny how people spend their whole lives doing this, and yet in the end, irregardless you will be victorious no matter what.

For an adult, life is the most complex puzzle box that cannot be solved.
For a child, life is the simplest puzzle box until the world makes you forget how to solve it.
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
12:20 am
past week ramblings
Recently, my neighbor has been packing and moving out her things. We both were in the elevator and the conversation went like this:

Me: Was I making so much noise that you had to move out?
Her: *laughs* No, no, I just found a place to live closer to where I work.
Me: Ah, well that's always good. That's why I moved here.
*elevator stops and door opens*
Me: Well, good luck with your move and congrats on your new place!
Her: Thanks! Oh and by the way the noise that I did hear I happend to like...keep it up!

It's always flattering to know that even if my music is bleeding through the walls of my neighbors, they like it. ^_^


Speaking of which, I recently have written a GORGEOUS melody that I'm still developing. And sometime next week I'm supposedly going to be introduced to Allan Jay Friedman who is VERY well known as a musical producer and composer. I may even get the opportunity to work with him.

I was at the mall today and apparently Macy's and Ralph's (which is a grocery store, not in the mall) BOTH have IPOD VENDING MACHINES! And I mean LARGE vending machines too. Not just ipods, but ACCESSORIES too. I guess where I live people have a few hundred dollars cash on them and ask themselves, "Man I need music...if ONLY there was an iPod nearby!!!".

California is a silly place. I can't wait to gain a solid position in the music industry so I can be anywhere in the US and STILL work. I'm definetely not living in L.A. the rest of my life.

I might start teaching piano lessons again. Yay for $40 an hour. I may already have 2 students. I might also get a part-time job doing more computer tech work since it pays so well. If that happens, I'll be working 6 days a week for about 60+ hrs, but I'll be making an extra $1k a month. Starting your own record label isn't free, ya know?

My fortune cookie today read: You will be unusually successful in business.

Ok China, don't let me down!

Current Mood: sleepy
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
3:46 pm
New Year -- thought I'd see if my personality had changed much
ENFP - "Journalist". Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
Take Free Jung Personality Test
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Nope, I still kick ass :)
Monday, January 8th, 2007
12:49 am
If it wasn't for this horrible car accident...
...I would've had great credit and would now be driving a Lexus IS 300. Oh well. By the end of this year I should be just about out of debt and hopefully making a LOT more money. That's assuming G-d doesn't kill me off. Instead of buying a luxury car, I'll focus on getting furniture and nicer things. The record label is gonna be on hold while I research some things, but instead I'm gonna try to focus on getting some computer technician certifications. This coming week I'll be hopefully meeting someone very big in the music production business and hopefully will want me to work with/for him. He'll hopefully hook me up with one of the top talent agencies in California too.

Here's to hoping!

And now I sleep. Good night all.

It's only a dream if we keep sleeping.
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
8:54 pm
me...record label???!!
So I've decided that I am going to pursue attaining my own record label. It's something I've thought about for a long time, but I figure everyone has a hobby. Mine's having a record label. I already know the basics of what I need and what will need to be done. Of course, I'll probably be doing a lot of the PR in the beginning. Hopefully my friend Danny (bassist of Blackwater) will make my website all nice and flash-like.

So there you have it folks. I'm gonna be the president of a record label.

I'm also going to sign myself to myself :)

And with some time, hopefully one of these record labels I work for will want to buy my label out and pay me to run it.

Welcome to California, place full of people with lots of money and music industry. Time to get crack-a-lackin'.

Current Mood: determined
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
2:21 am
Reflections of 2006
Last year was very interesting. I can describe 2006 in 2 ways:

1 - It was one of the worst years of my life
2 - It was one of the best years in my life

I'm just glad it's OVER WITH.



Seriously, time for a new start. I have a new life here; a new independent life. I don't need to hear someone's voice to get myself through my day, I don't need to be told I'm loved, and I definetely am not the weak little boy I once was. I think I've changed so much this past year. California really is toughening me up. Living in Boyle Heights really has changed my perspective on life and survival. I took the biggest step in my life and made it. I've been out here for about 10 months now, and though I've grown accustomed to being alone, I love it. 2007 is going to be a big year for me. This is the year where I will get paid to produce and compose music. I can feel it. I will finally get paid for doing what I love fulltime for a living. Most people who come out here barely make it if they even do make it their first year. I overcame everything, including my car being totalled, and now look at me.

I work at the 3rd largest music company IN THE WORLD.
I have MY OWN PLACE IN LOS ANGELES.
I survived living in a gang covered territory for 4 months without a gunshot wound.
I've made SO many connections out here.

There are still many obstacles to overcome, such as not trusting anyone but myself (which even at times I struggle with). I know that I have a long way to go, but I'm ready to face whatever comes my way head-on. BRING IT.

"Death smiles at us all...the only thing you can do is smile back."

Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
12:14 pm
Furniture upgrade!
BEFORE =
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AFTER =
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It took me a little while to assemble the damn thing, but now my room looks respectable :) I'm grounding myself from buying anything for awhile now lol. Guess I'll send myself to my room =p

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, December 28th, 2006
11:21 am
New goals for 2007
In an effort of New Year's resolution, these are my goals to hopefully be complete by the end of 2007:

- Obtain at least A+ and MCDT certification
- Have my own personal site for my own music and begin life as an independent composer
- Lose some weight, add more muscle
- Eat better
- Clear myself out of debt
- Drive a car that I will enjoy driving (as opposed to my subaru)
- Finish my surround system by getting 3 more speakers
- Get some more furniture for my place
- Learn guitar
- Get back into Kung Fu
- Kick more ass and take more names

Time to get crackin'.
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
12:21 pm
Ari surround sound, version 4.1
So I took all my gift money and spoiled myself to a surround sound system...something I've wanted for YEARS. If you know me, you'll know that music is VERY important in my life. My speakers MUST be good. So I went out to Circuit City and purchased:

Amplifier:
I got an amazing deal on an open box Pioneer 700watt amp. Pro logic 2, dolby digital, it does everything and supports up to 7.1 surround sound. I'll have that once I buy 2 more side speakers. I got it for 50% off normal price. It was brand new.

Subwoofer:
For the sub, I used all my Jew powers of haggling. I ended up with a 400 watt 12 inch VELODYNE subwoofer for $250. They wanted $300. It was open box and had several scratches on it. You can barely see the scratches the way I have it setup and plus when you are watching movies the lights are out anyways. You don't look at a sub, you LISTEN to it. So I bitched and got %55 off the retail price (its currently on sale new for $531).

Speakers:
Front speakers were cheap 100watt Pioneer speakers that were on sale for FIFTEEN FREAKING DOLLARS EACH. They were originally going to be my back speakers, but they didn't have any holes for wall mounting. So I used the other 2 Boston Acoustic 75watt speakers as my wall speakers. Both of these were on sale and didnt cost that much at all. With the sub, they sound crystal clear.

And now...PICS:

Front speakers:
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Sub and amp:
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Back speakers and my awesome wall sconce:
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10:51 am
Back to the root
It's time that I return to the center and start things over within myself. I feel that parts of me are stretched out too thin and that I'm being pulled in all sorts of directions which are all going nowhere fast. This past few weeks I have been really thinking about where I want to be in a few years. I also realized that I'm doing the same thing here that I was in Florida:

Floating.

No movement forward, and my arms flailing because I want to move. Just sitting there on my path, floating and feeling hopeless. So what am I going to do to remedy that? Well, since I'm doing I.T. as my main career right now and I.T. brings in a nice chunk of change (especially if you are really good at it), I am going to pursue several certifications. Things like getting A+ certified (basic cert.) and MCDT certified (Microsoft Certified Desktop Tech). This will show the company that I'm working for that I am pushing to further myself and the company. It will also beef up my resume and (hopefully) my salary. The money used from this will clear me from debt and let me also have a career in music MUCH easier. A former co-worker at Burger King who was an executive producer at one point is going to help me on the right path so that I can advance in both careers. Thankfully, I've been blessed with a mentor. I've been gone from school for too long, it's about time I hit the books and get crackin'.

As far as spiritually, well, I'm gonna start doing Ba Gua (a form of tai chi) and if possible some more Hsing-I. Kung Fu (well most martial arts essentially) will help me train my body, my mind, and my soul. Since I can remember, this has been my outlet...my rock. It is an essential part of who I have become and I believe it to be necessary. I will also start trying to put on tefillin everyday. I did this in college my last year and I did notice a positive change in my life while I did so. I've lost touch with not only myself, but with G-d as well. No, I'm not going to become a religious zealot, but after everything I've been through, I believe that G-d has been behind me all the way.

In Taoism it's said that you should return to the root when your mission is completed, or when you are lost. Once you have returned to it, grow from there. I guess even the mightiest trees in the forest can be uprooted, but rather than die, they replant their roots deeper into the soil so that they are better prepared for the next storm.

Time to dig deep.
Monday, December 25th, 2006
6:03 pm
happy holy days
To all my friends,

Hey everyone! Merry Christmas, Jolly Kwanza, Happy Channukah, King's Day, Winter Solstice, or whatever you celebrate!

Go get drunk, make love, sleep in, or whatever you like to do. Drink one for me, and I shall do the same for you!

Strength and Honor,
Ariel
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