California State Fair 2015: and Queen Nation

CalStateSignThis past week I visited the fair, I laughed, I cried, I learned to crochet, and fun facts about crocheting such as how crocheting was originally developed by fisherman to make nets. Fascinating stuff! I was probably one of the worst crocheters at the fair though, I was barely able to get things started without dropping everything.


I also really love the art exhibits, but because of certain copyright laws I couldn’t take pictures to share. My old friend Zoltar was there too! In the Science Fiction exhibit it was a pretty cool theme for this year it didn’t just cover old Science Fiction to the tune of old Lost in space shows from 50 years ago. There were also some relevant facts about historical figures in science such as Tesla, and apparently about how Google wanted to build an elevator to Space!


The fair food was a little disappointing in my mind, but that doesn’t mean it was lacking. You could get fried oreos to fried cheesecake. Personally I tried fried cheese curds for the first time and I found them to be a bit tasteless. Kind of like if I took mozzarella sticks and fried them, it was all just a bit flavorless. When I think about fair food what comes to mind is something very bizarre the unordinary, an escape from our everyday foods into a land of the unnatural or atleast something you can’t find at your local fast food place. I wanted something akin to fried scorpian or alligator. Or one of those donut burgers, but I couldn’t find anything like it. It is possible that I just happened to miss the stand I was looking for in favor of yet another place that sells garlic fries.

While I was there I saw a tribute band called Queen Nation. While I was waiting in line a full 90 minutes before they started I heard some people talking about them behind me. About how they had the mannerisms down and how they sounded just like Queen. Sitting in the crowd people had the anticipation of people who had seen Queen live, but I was not one of them, so I can’t say whether the act was faithful to the real deal. I have heard Queen many times though and I have to say the sound was pretty close, i’m sure they’d have some cheers in any karaoke setting.

All in all it was a riveting day, and I hope you all find the happiness that I did that day. Hanging out with Zoltar and eating cheese curds.

My name is Chris Diel and when i’m not at the fair i’m playing music on KSSU

Where are all the hoverboards?


So it’s 2015 and everyone are asking where their hover-boards are. After all Back to the Future foretold the future in much the same way that the Jetsons and pretty much everyone back in the 60’s did. We should be traveling in vacuum tubes and flying in cars while our robotic butlers do the cleaning and house work. The reality of things seems fairly far off, but when you take a closer look you may notice that the future is actually closer then it appears.

For starters back in the Jetsons we had Rosie who ran around vacuuming, although possibly not as intelligent as Rosie, we do have small electronic vacuum cleaners which interestingly enough were based on an algorithm developed for military applications. Of course that shouldn’t be too surprising considering we did the same thing with Radar and the microwave.

Looking a little closer to Back to the Future’s predictions we may not have tiny pizzas that hydrate into delicious full sized pizzas, but Nike is planning on making the self tying shoes.

As for Hoverboards which are the hot topic of debate these days we do have a few not so great hoverboards, let’s call them prototypes in the works at the moment. Recently there was a Kickstarter by Hendo who did create a functional hoverboard. The campaign has already ended, but the board isn’t exactly what you might expect. It really only works on a special surface and it hovers a small distance above the ground, apparently the creator intends on using the technology to float buildings in case of emergencies in the future. Seems like a noble effort to me, but if you’re interested in roleplay Marty Mcfly this isn’t the board you’re looking for.

The second hoverboard prototype that i’m aware of operates more like Goblin’s glider from Spiderman, but if the Guinness world record people accept it as a hoverboard then so shall I. It does have certain limitations, and apparently it’s only considered safe to fly over water as well as apparently running for a limited amount of time it does reach an impressive height, and honestly it looks like a whole lot of fun. It does fall short of the hoverboard image, but even if you were looking forward to this hitting the market you may be in for a world of disappointment as apparently the creator has no intention making it available to the public.

So we may not have mass produced hoverboards, and we may not even have hoverboards in the style of Back to the Future, but the way I see it we seem to be heading in the right direction.

My name is Chris Diel and when i’m not pondering the future of Hoverboards i’m a DJ for KSSU

Linda’s Chicago Style Pizza

Linda3So I found myself at a “Chicago Style” pizza place in citrus heights, you can find Linda’s located on Greenback near sunrise. GPS should be able to find it or the internet if that lets you down. Anyway, this was my first time eating at a Chicago style pizza place, but I love to try new things so I was very excited about it. The staff were extremely friendly, and the pizza came out in a giant round metal pan.

The Pizza itself looked like a mix between a casserole and a flat pizza that I would be used to, the cheese cakes the bottom of the crust while the sauce meat and vegetables are on top. After getting used to the idea of eating a piece of pizza with a fork I dug in to a very unique experience. It really didn’t feel like eating a pizza like I would be used to; the Chicago style pizza felt more like an open faced pot pie in a lot of ways. The first fork full of pizza was basically all sausage which generally i’m all for, any way we can get more meat involved in the pizza experience is a plus for me.

By the time I finished my first slice of pizza I was nearly full, which is just an odd thing to happen. I love pizza, truly love the stuff and i’ve never felt full after one slice before. Of course this is a completely different experience, but all the same it is an odd feeling. Another thing that got me was that I didn’t feel like I was eating a pizza, of course all the components are there but like I mentioned earlier this feels much closer to eating a pot pie then it does eating a flat-bread pizza. I’m not entirely sure why it feels so different, after all the ingredients should be more or less the same, but it’s not just the process of eating the pizza but the taste too. I’m guessing this is in part from having the sauce on top of the pizza.

Everything considered this may not be my preferred form of pizza, but I certainly enjoyed it and very well may go again. Linda

My name is Chris Diel, and i’m a DJ for KSSU

Fathers Day at Denio’s


Denio’s is a Flea Market located in Roseville, and if you grew up in the Sacramento area it’s very unlikely that you haven’t heard of this place until now. I have fond memories of going as a chid, and trying to barter with people in what felt like a humongous garage sale. An old childhood friend and I would go to find Yu-Gi-Oh Cards at a large building there, and then we would go and get mini-donuts at another flea market across the street, the vender was this elderly man who had a loud speaker that you could hear as soon as you stepped foot on to their side of the street.

Every once in awhile I’ll get caught up talking about Denios to people i’ve just met and the fact that the mini-donut man isn’t there anymore strikes a chord with everyone. In a sense it’s like losing a part of our collective childhoods, but as society becomes more health goal oriented I suppose a lot of mini-donut men are counting their days. What kind of world will we be living in without these noble men dispensing mini-donuts covered in powdered sugar? I don’t know, and I don’t think I really want to know.


Last Sunday was Father’s Day and Denio’s was having a celebration in the only real way to celebrate a father’s day. They had a Car Show and a barbeque, and I have to say that it was truly an enjoyable experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this car show, but going off some previous experience volunteering at a few other Car Shows I realized the turn out wasn’t usually that great at first so I didn’t expect things to be too great. Boy was I wrong there were about 5 rows of cars and they ranged from the 1940’s through the 1970’s for the most part, and it Even had a few of my dream cars.

Now Denios just doesn’t hold the same appeal as it did in my younger years, it’s still a great place to pick up produce and maybe kill a few hours on a Saturday/Sunday morning, plus there are decent priced movies/games, and I really dig the Lemonade Stand out there. So even without the Car show it’s a decent place if you’re looking for something in particular or just trying to kill a few hours. Maybe it’s lack of mini-donut man or just growing up just changes the way we experience things, but it no longer is that place I really look forward to going to and now it’s the place i’d run down to if I was looking for a cheap movie or a record.

Either way I still dig the place, and I thought the car show was pretty killer.

My name is Chris Diel and when i’m not at denios i’m a DJ for KSSU

Macaroni And Cheese


Today I have made a concoction that you may have heard of before. The kids call it “Mac & Cheese” and there have been many variations on this American comfort food over the years. Melding Macaroni and cheese into a dish that could be described as pure bliss. As kids we grow up to appreciate the days we’re lucky enough to have this treat, but as we grow up many of us don’t let this delicious concoction go. As our culinary abilities improve we tend to experiment with this classic by adding a myriad of different ingredients and cooking it in many different ways.

Now I’ve seen Macaroni and Cheese cooked on a stove, with additions of anywhere from Bacon to Lobster. I’ve also seen it baked with extra cheese and breadcrumbs on top, and I have to say anyway I can get it is usually an enjoyable experience. Generally there are a couple of different ways to dealing with the cheese part of macaroni and cheese. Some people like to make the sauce in a separate pot we’ll call this the “right” way. Of course if you’re an advocator of the boxed Mac and Cheese method such as I am you’re probably more familiar with the “Easy” way.

When the Macaroni is done cooking we drain it and throw some butter/milk/and cheese into the mix. The heat from the macaroni is generally enough to help things melt together.

Now when making Macaroni and Cheese from a box I like to mix things up a little bit, i’ll add a different cheese or two to the mix, some bacon, and Ghost Pepper on it to add some spice. Today I used Oregano and onions to the mix. Which I have to say ended up being so delicious that I may never make macaroni and cheese without it again.

In retrospect I feel like Chorizo would have gone well with it so I may use some in the future to see how things go.

My name is Chris Diel and i’m a DJ with KSSU Sacramento State’s only student run radio station.

Taco Bells New Diablo Sauce

DiabloI’m sitting here after having tried Taco Bell’s new Diablo Sauce that they came out with for Cinco de Mayo. As a man who enjoys his food with jalapenos and a side of habanero sauce I was happy to see that Taco Bell were coming out with a new hot sauce. It’s been a good couple of months for frequenters of fast food restaurants who also like spicy food. Currently Wendy’s is serving up some Ghost Pepper Fries while Carls Jr. has a limited run of their El Diablo Burger.

Taco Bell’s Diablo Sauce was advertised as being their spiciest sauce yet and was set to come out on Cinco De Mayo(the fifth of May). It’s taken me awhile to actually go and try their new diablo sauce, but I finally found my way there.  I got a bean burrito, which I drowned in a couple of packets of the Diablo sauce.

When I bit into my Diablo sauce covered burrito with joy in my heart it was the sickly sweet taste that I walked away with, I tried a few packets in order to make sure it wasn’t just the one, and I got the same thing from all of them. Now in my experience a lot of hot sauces go this route, where they start to sacrifice the taste of something and just focus on how hot the sauce ends up. Which in this case didn’t do anything for me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a weak hot sauce. Apparently it is made from some sort of chili pepper so if you find red pepper flakes to be a walk on the wild side you may find your home with this sauce.

I was hoping Taco Bell would have that spice I crave in their new Diablo Sauce, but maybe I just need to wait until they expand their Siracha menu from the Quesarito.

My name is Chris Diel and I approve this message; mainly because I wrote it. Listen to me DJ here: KSSU

My thoughts on KSSU


KSSU – Sacramento State’s very own student run radio station. What I have learned and experienced from my time here has truly been amazing, and I wanted to take this time to talk a little about my time here at KSSU.

I am not sure what exactly made me apply to be a DJ in the first place, however I am sure it had to do with my love of music and people. This seemed like sort of a perfect fit for me to share my passion and enthusiasm for music with all of you. I was also drawn to the station because I had initially done some research on KSSU before applying and it looked like an amazing group of people who enjoy working together, as well as being a part of the Sacramento State community.

I was a bit intimidated as well, however, given this impressive work record and prestigious place in college radio. Nonetheless, I decided to apply and see what happened. So I did, and here I am. The process was rather straight forward, and I have no complaints. I think that the hiring process (if it can be called that for unpaid folks like me) was as easy and logical as it could be, and from the moment that I set foot in the KSSU offices, I was made to feel right at home.

But then came the first day. That day when you realize that you actually have to fill an hour with content and think to yourself, dear god, what have I gotten myself into! But after the first few shows, I began to find my groove. I started to experiment with what music I played, what order I played PSA’s and talked, or even changing up the ratio of talking to music for a particular show.

I am still not one hundred percent confidant about my show, but I certainly have come a long way from that first day when I timidly entered the studio with a USB drive of some music and a vague idea of what it was I wanted to accomplish. I think, perhaps, that the point of KSSU is exactly that. The ability to find your own voice and to pave your own path. The very anxiety of that first show transitioned into the competence of my shows now.

There is still a ways to go, for me at least. Twelve shows is hardly time to find my footing proper. I do hope to continue my show over the summer, but we’ll see. Since I am a graduating senior, this may just be goodbye. I hope that this goodbye will not be an end. While I may no longer be on the air Tuesday afternoons, KSSU will most definitely continue to broadcast from the tiny studio in the University Union of Sacramento State. Brave new DJ’s will take my place, build up their own shows and audiences, and share their message with the world. That is, I think, the greatest thing about KSSU. The ability for us as students to share our voice with whoever will listen, and to shape the very future of a little internet radio station known as KSSU.


David is a DJ with KSSU

Stress & Summer Bods.

Tostada is vegetables right?

A Tostada counts as vegetables right?

So, that time of the year is coming. The season where weather starts getting out of control, clothes start shedding, and pool parties start happening and guys and girls everywhere start showing off their Summer Bods. I started working out this month at Crunch Gym (9.95 a month, what??!) and I know that once I get into the swing of things, I’m going to have to be consistent. My dad keeps on telling me that consistency is key, and he’s right. Luckily, I have found a reliable gym partner who is there to motivate me to do better. My so-called gym partners in the past have only liked the idea of having a gym membership and wanted to take selfies in the mirror with “#GymFlow” in the caption. But anyways, as mentioned before, my dad believes that I need to be consistent and keep pushing towards my goals. He has been pretty concerned about my health as of late.


About a month ago, I was having really bad cramps, so I took a hot shower with hopes that it would soothe them. However, it wasn’t working and I began shivering, so I kept turning up the heat. The hotter the water got, the colder I started to feel and the more I started to shiver. The shivering kept intensifying and I started to feel the walls closing in on me. Yeah, I was having a panic attack. Luckily, my mom was home and she heard me hyperventilating and crying and helped me out. College is kind of evil…It helps you get an education and opens you up to so many opportunities, but if you let it, it will BREAK you at times. This is the second time I’ve ever had a panic attack in my entire life and it was just as terrifying as it was the first time. Ever since then, my dad found out about it and he started looking up ways to ease stress and stuff. Of course, the number one cause of my stress was my unhealthy diet.

I mean, I am pretty active already. I am seriously the most active lazy girl you’ll ever meet. I dance, walk, and I workout from time to time BUT, that doesn’t really mean much without a proper DIET. So now, my dad is cracking down on what I eat. He wants me to incorporate fruits and veggies into my diet and start eating more healthy and stuff…but this is so HARD. I mean…have you tried my mama’s cooking? Nope. You have not. If you did, you would understand why it’s hard to not eat what I eat. But, it’s something I have to do. I can’t be sent to the ER again…not again. I’m still young and I can change my life. I know I can. I just need to focus and NOT spend every dollar i get on fast food. I can do this. And for anyone who is reading this blog going through the same struggle and journey that I am going through, you can do it too.

xoxoBrandiMarie. is a dj with KSSU

“Matriarch” by Veil of Maya Album Review


Veil-of-Maya-Matriarch-artwork-600x600So here I am, chilling in my philosophy class before the professor shows up. I whip out my iPod and check out the channels I am subscribed too. I mostly use YouTube for finding new music and cool skate videos. Browsing through the videos, I noticed that Sumerian Records put out the whole new Veil of Maya album “Matriarch” and I about exploded. I had to sit for an hour and fifteen minutes anticipating the awesomeness of VoM. Luckily, I only stayed in class for about twenty minutes because class today was an optional Final Exam Study session. Who needs to study for finals anyways? I’ll just wait until the day before my finals.

So I had already heard a few songs from the Album and had already been in love. The rest of the album was fantastic as well. I did not even need to listen to the entirety of each song before clicking to the next and welcoming in frission (where you get goosebumps from good music). There was the usual VoM stuff; technical math-core (complicated song structure), drop tuned guitars, and ominous background sound effects. VoM threw in some new stuff such as clean vocals (in comparison to the low gutturals from the “Common Man’s Collapse” Album), guitar melodies in the higher registry, and an overall album theme, hence the name “Matriarch”. Before the album was released, my favorite of the leaked songs was Mikasa, which also had a music video. There was heavy breakdowns, awesome never-before heard clean vocals, and an overall empowering feeling brought forth by the entire band.

Looking at the track listing, each song is named after Matriarchs or powerful women, both fictional and non-fictional. In one of the YouTube comments, someone even mentioned that one of the song names is a very threatening character from an action anime. I took the Youtuber’s word and moved on to the music. I will have to say that my favorite song, other than the leaked ones, would have to be “Daenerys”. I have no idea where the name Daenerys comes from, but it did not spell check me on Microsoft Word, so it is legit. Anyways, the song starts out really light with some nice moving around on the guitar. It then goes into a two-measure guitar solo before the vocalist pops in and the song takes a more serious turn. With some power chords blasting right into a heavy breakdown, Veil of Maya shows off what they are known for. Right after are some clean vocals from their new vocals, which were pretty impressive by the way. The chorus is repeated throughout with some technical instrumentals in the background, before closing the song with a guitar solo build up to more cleans and a mini breakdown. Finally, a guitar playing a riff in the higher register ends out the song.

Most of the time I listen to music on YouTube except for when I really like a whole album, which I purchase to support the band. Veil of Maya, I’m going to support you and buy your new album “Matriarch” when I get home tonight.

Thanks for reading everyone!

I may or may not have a show during finals week due to, well, finals. However, check out and listen to other DJs do their stuff!

Much Love,


An Unexpected Inspiration

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Beginning Drawing, a class of few limitations. Never would I have imagined a college level art course to be as simple and as daunting as the one that I’m enrolled in.The class itself is founded upon freedom of expression–a concept that I have yet to master. I realized early on that this class would potentially be one of the more challenging courses I would take in my college career as an International Business and Pre-law student. Our final project quickly approached as we were given the requirements of a completely open ended assignment. We were to create a piece using any medium we desired of anything we desired.

Out of the endless avenues to choose from, how was I supposed to pick only one thing that inspired me? Thousands of inspirations find their way into my mind each and everyday, and now I was forced to channel one of them. Being the impulsive, ambitious, and impatient person that I am, I had much difficulty discovering a way to approach this nightmare of an exam. I went into this final project without a single clue as to what I wanted to create; I figured I should wait for inspiration to strike, however, I’ve found that inspiration only strikes when one allows it to. Like most assignments I take on, I realized I had to distract myself from directly analyzing the possibilities for this final, which would dig me in to a deeper hole. Once I began the in-class assignment of an unrealistic twist on an object in the class room, it occurred to me that I was trying too hard to make something that was not at all reflective of me. I was not pushing an idea that allowed me to express myself as an individual nor was I pushing an idea that I was completely comfortable with. In this, I had the opportunity to reflect on a manner of art I related to—one that I felt comfortable presenting as my final accomplishment in this course.

Historically, I gravitated to pieces that depict strong women in an unusual harmony with wildlife. While consulting with a fellow classmate regarding the endless possibilities of this project, I was given the idea to use my zodiac sign, Sagittarius, for inspiration. My mind had burst out into several directions; I had finally hit something that would satisfy my personal taste in artwork. The inspiration had finally struck. I began brainstorming different takes on the half-man/woman half animal properties of a Sagittarius by looking to sea creatures and potentially rearranging the traditional idea of this zodiac. I ended up playing it rather safe by going with a half woman, half deer  by utilizing black ink markers and water color paints to add contrast to the whiteness of the paper—a technique that I commonly visit. As demonstrated in the piece, I wanted to incorporate the sense of movement among the Sagittarius—demonstrating their desire for action, independence, and incessant ambition. The woman depicted in the piece is seen with her arms in the air which symbolizes her in pursuit of something unforeseen, a natural sense of curiosity and hunger for life. Being the impulsive, ambitious, and impatient person that she is, I realized that the Sagittarius that I had created was a twist on a portrayal of myself born from an unexpected inspiration.


When Mia isn’t drawing portraits of half deer half humans she’s a DJ for KSSU


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