Wednesday, December 4, 2013

300 Weird Eyes

Well folks, this is my 300th post. Thanks to each of you for following along, whether you're an old pal or a new reader! I can't really promise much for the future of Weird Eyes, except that I have no plans to stop any time soon. It's hard to be consistent or try and make this space into a "real" (professional, money making??) blog at this point in my life, but I'm at peace with that, enjoying sharing my musings and discoveries and hearing back from you all on occasion. I do have an updated layout for the blog in the works, which I'm super excited about, but I'm not sure when it will be completed.

You guys probably know a little bit of the back story on the name "Weird Eyes" from my little bio under my picture to the right of the blog, but I'll give you a few more details today. You've probably noticed that the blog address is "Meow Mazagine" - I don't remember whether that had a story behind it at some point, except that I like cats and I used to call magazines "mazagines", along with most other people who grew up speaking English. I may get that fixed some day, but it would require me to fix all the things I've ever linked to on the blog, and that sounds like a lot of tedious work. I don't remember why I chose "Weird Eyes" either, except that I like the quote from Kurt Kobain. I had a crush on him for a while, in high school. My family visited D.C. in 2005 when I was 14, and my parents wanted to get each of us kids something from the gift shop at the Natural History Museum. I'm not sure why, but they had a poster of Kurt Kobain, and that's what I wanted, but my parent's wouldn't buy that for me. I was not very pleased about that, but ended up getting a book of photos by Steve McCurry, which I still have and love. The quote about Kobain liking girls with weird eyes is actually just a bit from a longer quote from a journal entry he wrote.
“I like punk rock. I like girls with weird eyes. I like drugs. I like passion. I like things that are built well. I like innocence. I like and am grateful for the blue collar worker whose existence allows artists to not have to work at menial jobs. I like killing gluttony. I like playing my cards wrong. I like various styles of music. I like making fun of musicians whom I feel plagiarize or offend music as art by exploiting their embarrassingly pathetic versions of their work. I like to write poetry. I like to ignore others’ poetry. I like vinyl. I like nature and animals. I like to swim. I like to be with my friends. I like to be by myself. I like to feel guilty for being a white, American male.”
My other favorite bits from that are liking poetry and liking ignoring other people's poetry, and feeling guilty for being a white American male. Now that I'm old and boring, I don't have a crush on him anymore - he just kind of makes me sad now. I don't consider myself to have weird eyes, except that they can't decide what color they are. I more like the title for the blog because my life thus far (everything I've seen with my two eyes!) has been eclectic, and occasionally weird. Here's one of my favorite songs of Nirvana's, it always makes me chuckle. And if you're a fan of his, check out this awesome story.

Over the past years (in fact, my earliest posts on this blog were carried over from an old xanga blog, if I'm not mistaken!), a lot has changed in my life, and it's both fun and embarrassing to look back in the archives of this blog and see what all has gone down. The first entry, in fact, is about Obama's first inauguration. Good times, and it feels so long ago. And yet, not very long ago at all, somehow.

I've learned that the most popular writing I do is personal, and as it happens, I take comfort in having this space in which to work out my thoughts and feelings when those personal things happen. I enjoy the writing and brainstorming process too - I have lots of things I mull over, wanting to or wondering whether I should write about them (72 drafts in the works as I write this!). I open a new draft and write a few sentences, and it's usually months later that the finished product gets posted. One thing I am planning to start writing more about is my memories of China. What are some things you like to read about here?

As it happens, all things eyes are having a moment in pop culture right now, so I've put together a weird collection to commemorate 300 published blog posts. I definitely have to give a shout out to my Aunt Cathy for showing me some of the following weird eyes.

One of the best Halloween costumes ever. 

Just a weird eye.

My kind of fortune teller's ball

An enormous eyeball sculpture.

A brooch by Salvador Dali. 

plant covered in eyeballs! 

Eyes on nails

A few of my favorite eye-bally things! (See here for product details)

And, for some more fascinating eye-related things:

Thanks again to everyone who reads this blog. Here's to the next 300 posts! 

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