Jun 30, 2011

Digital Imaging II - Final Project

So originally I just found 4 pictures I liked and decided to copy them or be "inspired" by them. Then I learned we had to make it some kind of narrative or concept. So, I decided the first 2 pictures represent Tracie and I alone, chaotic, in pain and frankly, dead. The third picture represents union or creation, and the final picture is the product of 2 coming together, our son, made up of pictures of us. See below for the original pictures I was inspired by. Do you like?

Jun 29, 2011

I Better Post something

...Because the month is almost over and I've only got 2 entries.

I haven't blogged of late mostly because I've been busy or lazy or haven't found much of what I've been doing to be very blogworthy. But I need to write, and one of the best ways to find something to write about is to start writing, as they say.

In case you're concerned about me reaching my reading goal, I have read several books since my last review, I just haven't written new reviews about them, but I'll try to get them written either today or tomorrow so I'll be at book 6 of 12. Phew. Concern over.

I finished my first block of this summer's classes, also known as Digital Imaging II also known as Photoshop Advanced. The final project was to have 4 images on a theme, my last blog post of the MC Escher copy was one of those 4, and the one my teacher said was "graduate quality" and one of the best in the class he had seen. Not bad for one of the only two graphic design students in a class of photographers/photo majors. In fact, not enough of you have commented on it, I've decided. Tell me you love it. TELL ME!

For the second block I'm taking 3D Design again (hopefully for the last time). I really like this teacher, he actually substitute taught the sculpting class I took 6 years ago, I only remember this because he brought the casting of Bug's Life characters he had made for Pixar then and now. He's also from Katy Texas and knows a few people I do. Go figure. (His name's Leland Prince for those of you curious. Since I'm only saying good things about him I assume it's acceptable to mention him by name. Leland.) Our first assignment is to make a sculpture out of wire, I'm doing a skull because I'm not creative and because skulls are cool.

I'm more looking forward to the final project which is supposed to be a combination of found objects, I'm planning on making a monster out of toys that's coming out of a toy chest and attacking a doll, or possibly small child. I told the teacher the idea and he suggested a smaller box like a shoebox or something, I might go cardboard depending on what if any type of toy chests are at D.I. He also told me not to worry about being too creepy or offending anyone, I told him that's what I'm aiming for, so thanks. ;)

I'll post my other 3 pics from the photoshop class, though to be honest the one I'm most proud of is the M.C. Escher homage or copy I did that you've seen already.

Many people have been asking and thought I've told them already it gives me something to write about, no, I'm not pregnant I'm just fat, and also, December of 2012 is when I'm scheduled to graduate. Only 12 years after I first started college, I'll finally have a bachelor's degree, even though I'll be married over 6 years by that time. (And yes, I'm the first person in history to make a joke about getting a bachelor's degree while married, so laugh, dang it.) Growing up I dreamed I would have a master's degree and a PhD even, but I've just been in school that long instead. But, getting a Bachelor's at 30 is better than 40 I guess, and if they're right that 30 is the new 20, I'm doing pretty well for myself, (as well as a pedophile, but still).

Speaking of pedophiles (no, I wasn't, you were) I'm finally ready to start writing again after my writing assignment/project from Hell. My next story will either be about a Mormon serial killer who targets kids under age 8 so they'll go to heaven, or about a medieval squire who has to do the knight's job after the knight dies, a fantasy comedy, what I hope to be my niche. The serial killer story sounds like it could be fascinating, but it's not my style and the last time I wrote something that wasn't my style I ended up with an old west ghost story so dull and poorly written it's used in writing classes as an example of what not to do and in birdcages as lining paper. What does this have to do with pedophiles, you ask? Why are you asking about pedophiles, I ask? How dare you.

Now I want to talk about Moby, but it seems wrong somehow after mentioning pedophiles in the last paragraph. Fluffy bunnies, Summer rain, the Princess Bride, innocent lambs and freshly popped popcorn. All better.

Morgan is growing like crazy. He still doesn't talk much but he's fairly good at telling us what he wants, and not just with whining either. He's learned a good number of signs to tell us if he's hungry or wants more or thirsty or wants to go outside, for example. His second birthday was 11 days ago, we had a Tracie's-side-of-the-family family birthday party, but haven't gotten around to a friend and more family party yet, but we'll have it sometime before he's 3. One thing I was impressed with that someone who's not his parent may just find gross, but Morgan has the habit of taking off his diaper during nap time if it's dirty. The other day I came into his room after nap time to find the diaper on the floor, but unlike usual it was surrounded by 'used' wipes. My two year old wiped his own bum. And he did pretty good too. I was impressed and wanted to post it on Facebook but thought it was TMI even for me. My blog I have no qualms, however.

For TV we're still watching Netflix with no end in sight, thanks to recommendations from both friends and Netflix we finally watched Avatar: The Last Airbender (the show. Not the movie) and loved it. It's now one of my favorite shows. Ever. I recommend it, is what I'm saying. Even if you've seen it already. Watch it again. I've also watched the 3 episodes of Sherlock, I liked it quite a bit, the writing and producing is tight and excellent, but what makes the show great are the dual performances of Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch. (Or should I say Bilbo and Smaug? nah.) I'm no Sherlock Holmes scholar or even fan, but they both are mesmerizing to watch. Other than that I'm rewatching old favorites like Psych until the next season is finally on Netflix, Better Off Ted, IT Crowd, etc. What have you been watching?

In final note since I'll probably forget (to post it) tomorrow, June 30th 2011 is our fifth wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Tracie. Thank you for making the last five years the best of my life, I look forward to the rest together.

Jun 21, 2011

M.C. Escher is my favorite Emcee

Copying MC Escher's famous hand drawing for my Photoshop class.
Thank you to Carrisa for letting me borrow your Wacom Tablet:

Jun 17, 2011

Book 5 of 12: Homegrown Democrat

For book 5 (which I finished quite awhile ago but haven't taken the time to write about it) I listened to Garrison Keillor's Homegrown Democrat, hence the title of this entry.

I've loved Keillor ever since I heard his voice and that love has only grown since I went on a mission to Minnesota hoping to convert the residents of Lake Wobegon and their non-imaginary sister cities.

Homegrown Democrat I expected him to tell humorous stories he's famous for and perhaps a few anecdotes on why he's a Democrat. What I got was the opposite. Maybe 3 chapters of classic Keillor stories and 20 on why Democrats are awesome and Republicans... not so much.

It wasn't necessarily a bad experience as you might think. For one thing Keillor's voice and prose is indulgent in a good way and I still enjoyed it, though to paraphrase Agrippa, He didn't almost persuade me to be a Democrat.

I come from Republican stock and for a long while thought myself Republican, but as I've gotten older I've mellowed and gotten to be not as smart as I think I am and so remain apolitical.

If you're a Democrat listen to this book, if you're a fan of Keillor just listen to a Lake Woebegone collection instead.

2 out of 5 stars.

Jun 11, 2011

Sometimes bed doesn't quite cut it.

But a drawer will.

...and for some reason a fork.