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I'm anxious and bored, and my self-doubt is loving it.

I wonder if I'll ever allow myself to get past it.

On a happier note, my check for working at the TOMS Style Your Sole event should arrive tomorrow.
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I sent in an application for a temporary part-time position at Powell's as a shelving crew member.

I hope they look past my overqualification; I wouldn't try to ask for more money out of a minimum wage job because of my BFA.

If I get the job, at least it would be something. And I'd be surrounded by books, so that would be a plus.


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Your result for The Sorting Hat: A Comprehensive Harry Potter Personality Assessment [Test/Quiz]...

Ravenclaw

58% Ravenclaw, 54% Hufflepuff, 40% Slytherin and 41% Gryffindor!




Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,


if you've a ready mind,


Where those of wit and learning,


Will always find their kind;











         The cardinal traits of Ravenclaw are intellect, wit and openness to experience. They are the most introverted house of the four. Ravenclaws are more likely to prefer small gatherings of like-minded individuals and require recooperation after stressful social interaction. These individuals are intuitive creatures, the quintessential researchers. They lack the stubborn, strict, and rule-abiding qualities that would inhibit intellectual growth—one can't be too set in their ways if they are to be open to exploring new ideas and paths of thought.In contrast to Slytherin and Gryffindor, Ravenclaws in general are much more emotionally stable. Their reactions seem dampened compared to the sometimes dramatic responses of the other houses—they're much less likely to get offended, they're more open to criticism, not particularly argumentative and interested in hearing different points of view. They can at times seem to be less interested in people and more interested in their own inner world, and appear to be disconnected from the rest of humanity.


          Ambition is secondary to them. Although they may strive to excel in school, knowledge and self-enrichment is the primary goal as opposed to simply wanting good marks. If they do happen to strive for excellence, it is because it fits with their other goals, not out of a desire to be superior or the best. Due to their intuitiveness and willingness to listen, Ravenclaws can be empathetic and make good advisors. They should generally leave leadership roles to people who are more extraverted and who would enjoy them more, however.

Take The Sorting Hat: A Comprehensive Harry Potter Personality Assessment [Test/Quiz] at HelloQuizzy



Haha, okay, I saw this on Ellie's Tumblr and did it for shits and giggles. I'd been told by friends that I'd probably be a Ravenclaw.
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I never thought I would have heard these two perform together before! Wonderful combination of talents. <3

And for good measure:



Gilmour's guitar in this vid is fantastic.
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This song and video just made my night. Tom Waits for the win. <3
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I think this show is going to make me love Portland even more.

And DUDE, they're hanging out at the docks on the east side of the Willamette River! THAT'S A FAVORITE HANGOUT OF ME 'N' MY PEEPS.
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- of keeping silent when I'm home.

I've been home for three weeks; I fly back to Oregon on Saturday. I wish I could have another week off before starting class, but why bother? - I graduate in June.

I'm excited and horrified. I feel under-prepared.

Spent my first week home screwing up my sleep schedule. I'd go to bed at 5:00 AM and wake up anywhere between 12:30 and 2:30 PM. I was a slug, but a CREATIVE slug!

I began the revision process on Brainsick, and I am having a ton of fun with it. I must thank The Elements of Style and The First Five Pages for this endeavor, as well as multiple suggestions and critiques - old and new - from friends.

Yes, most writers revise AFTER their manuscripts are finished, but it can't hurt to start fresh with stronger ideas and plot form.

Rant's background is much more plausible; I can't wait to share this with my friends and readers (freaders?). Chestan and Fieran's situation is going to be more difficult, but more realistic. They NEED more realism.

I turn 23 next Thursday. 0_______0

Tiny update is tiny.
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^ Simply gorgeous. This is a cover of Peter Gabriel's song, from his 1986 album So.



^ "Mercy Street" is one of four songs I hadn't heard from this album. (I've got his Hit collection, which contains forty songs.) Aaaand as much as I love Peter Gabriel's music, it's only fitting I'll eventually start collecting individual albums, 'cause I'm a freak like that. When I finally did so with Depeche Mode's albums (I started off with their newest at the time, 2001's Exciter, and singles collections), I was rewarded with amazing music that I'd never hear on radio.



^ Another new song by Fever Ray. Very calming and odd; the noises throughout are apparently of mother and baby seals.

You know.... I'm not interested in seeing Red Riding Hood next year, but the SONG in the trailer - holy fuck, that's totally Fever Ray. The song gave me chills.

Karin Dreijer Andersson, you are a goddess.
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I'm on a David Bowie kick right now. Still fantarding over Outside. That album does not grow old.

I was sad to learn that the official music video for "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" (yes, it is written without an apostrophe) has been removed from YouTube. I'd watched it once; perhaps I can find it on another site.

However, I did discover a wonderful backup. Bowie's hypnotizing in this performance.

MMMMMMMMMHOLYFUCKILOVETHISSONG.

OH WAIT HI THERE, that was easy! Here's the official music video:



For anyone unfamiliar with this album, it's based around the concept that murder has become an underground art form.
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We've hit an unexpected "cold snap," as the news puts it. This is the coldest weather for this time of the year Oregon has experienced in twenty-five years.

Sunday, I celebrated an early Thanksgiving dinner with my family; I got to see Jessi, Mitch, Maddie, and Katie's new home for the first time. Dinner was PHENOMENAL and was topped off with three kinds of pie (I had tiny slivers of chocolate and Oreo) and watching Toy Story 3 in their cozy bonus room.

ALSO, Kat called! <333 I had to tell her the bad / annoying news that I'd sent the wrong fly-home and fly-back dates to Mom and Dad (they'd been a week early). My plane tickets have been changed, but now Kat can't come to SMF to pick me up and drive me to GV. That would have been fun. BUT! we will still have lots of fun! Need to call up Elsa, Katlin, Brandon, Jason and Terra, Brenna (if you're home?)... depending on who's around.

Alex and Kile! <333 If you two happen to be in GV at any point for the holidays, let me know. I'd love to see you guys again!

It's odd sometimes thinking about how infrequently I talk with some of my friends from high school, yet every once in a while, we can get talking again and it's like nothing ever changed. It's a nice feeling. <3

Lack of sleep, good work on Production Team, and insane snow driving. )

Aunt Pam started chemotherapy on Friday. She’d had 38 lymph nodes removed from her right breast and the surrounding area; the chemo is a precaution to make sure any remaining cancer is killed. She’s going to be dealing with chemo for a solid sixteen weeks. I’ll be around to help her out, though. She felt so bad about asking me to do simple things for her, like grabbing a couple pillows to put under her arms – she’s used to doing things for herself. I can see some of Dad in her in that respect. But I want to make sure she’s comfortable, so I kept repeating that I didn’t mind her asking me to get things for her.

Going to the Chinese Garden tomorrow (today, ha) with Laryssa for our (godawful boring) Chinese Cultural History class. It’ll be nice to hang out with her, though; I miss hanging with her and Brit. The kids and I aim to see Tangled tomorrow as well, weather permitting, which should be a lot of fun. Looking forward to it!

OH AND BY THE WAY, it's now 16 degrees outside. Dayum.
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I hadn't been able to access the Self Service portion of AIPD's website (which includes grades, my audit, and other very important things) through Google Chrome, so I used Internet Explorer and lo and behold, I can see my grades now. (Need to edit Chrome's pop-up restrictions to allow them for the college site.)

Intermediate 2D Animation: B
Motion & Broadcast Graphics: A-
Intro to Audio: B+
Astronomy: C+

I got an A- in Motion Broadcast Graphics? The one class that caused me more stress than practically ANY OTHER CLASS I've EVER TAKEN at AIPD?

HOT DAMN I'M AWESOME.

My hard work paid off. I could have put more effort into Astronomy, and should have, but... that class was so godawful boring. Excuses excuses. And no, I did not write that five-page research paper after all. I did, however, feel good about the final. In fact, after I finished, Camille and I went to the docks to celebrate. Watched the Steel Bridge go up for a barge and then had a bit of food at McDonald's off 82nd.

ELLIE! <3 Your mentioning Sock Dreams reminds me of how much I want to go there still! :3 I passed by it with a couple friends a few weeks ago when we got sidetracked driving.

Speaking of driving, I drove into downtown Portland a grand total of four times spring term. FOUR. The first time(s) I'd driven into Portland since fall 2007.

I feel accomplished.

Saturday night, after Cammy and I walked to the post boxes, Kat picked me up and we hung out at Cafe Mekka for two hours, catching up and laughing and just sharing our lives as they are currently. I had a Vietnamese Coffee (which includes sweetened condensed milk and a shot of espresso - yummy!) and Kat had a Fairy Tea (also delicious). We shared a ton of little snack bars her mom had given us, too.

On Sunday, Mom, Dad, Cammy and I met Kat at Sierra Cinemas and saw Toy Story 3.

I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN.

Fantastic humor, animation, and story. That's all I'll say for now. Just... a wonderful way to wrap up Pixar's legacy-initiator. I really want to watch Toy Story and Toy Story 2 again.

Yesterday, I went shopping with Mom. Picked out a swimsuit at Target and nabbed the special edition of My Neighbor Totoro, which I'm very eager to see. Said hi to Jason; I may get to visit him and Terra tomorrow.

Today, I had my consultation for my wisdom tooth extraction. Surgery on Friday. My right upper wisdom tooth is growing parallel to my bite line and faces backward, the freaky little bastard.

Coolest bit about consultation? Had to get updated x-rays, so I got to see my skull in 3D and see each of my wisdom teeth rotated in 3D. It was like being inside an episode of House.
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Posts are once again few and far between, but I've had my reasons for not posting.

This term, I have been at school six out of seven days of the week, for at least 6-8 hours per day. I've had several 12-14 hour days as well, including last Thursday. Typical arrival time at home has been anywhere between 9:00 PM and 1:30 AM. I have Wednesdays and Fridays off, but I have been using them to get work done at school. Every week.

Motion Broadcast Graphics is the main reason I've been half-living at the college. Here's an idea of what the class is like: on the first day, our teacher told us that this class is extremely work intensive; After Effects (one of the Adobe suite programs and an industry standard for film and television) has a high learning curve; and expect to devote at least fifteen hours a week to our assignments. We've had an assignment due every week since the start of the term. The current assignment, 3D Space (also Parallax Camera - due Tuesday) is the last piece of crap we have to deal with before we finally dive into the final.

Oh, about the final for this class: it's due a week early, week 10 rather than 11. Teacher's reasoning is that there's not enough time to show everyone's projects in a two-hour finals schedule, so she cuts the last week off entirely. Good news for my three other classes, I suppose, but a soul-sucking black hole of time, as Jacob warned me and Grace last term when he took the class.

HOWEVER, I am far less stressed now than I was at the beginning of the term. I'm getting through pretty well.

Allyson and I have been spoiling our friends with rides home. Grace has spoiled us with free Subway sandwiches two Fridays in a row now. And in the past couple of weeks, we've enjoyed four Late Night TBRs - Taco Bell Runs. What is a LNTBR like? Allyson driving her car with me, Jacob, Aurora, Grace, and Camille all stuffed in with her. Good times, good food, good memories.

I've also had three EPIC CONVERSATIONS recently with Kat! We had tried planning on having her visit after her graduation (ONE MORE WEEK TO GO, KAT! ROCK FACE!), but it's best that she conserves her money for the time being. We'll see each other when I'm home for summer.

Flying home on Saturday, June 19. I really look forward to being home for three weeks. More time to dumb down, rather than being flung right into spring term after only a week off.

I'm registered for summer term and look forward to it. Eager for this term to be over, though it has been a much, MUCH better term than winter was.
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Fever Ray is a new music addiction of mine. She's Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of The Knife (formed with her brother, Olof Dreijer), which happens to be one of my favorite bands. I just discovered her solo work as Fever Ray and am completely enthralled. While very similar to The Knife, Fever Ray's music has a more organic quality, and is far more personal.

I LOVE this woman's voice, and the music gives me chills of inspiration. I'm very taken with the video, its imagery and mood.



Ramona Falls is an indie rock project based in Portland. My Motion Broadcast Graphics teacher shared this in class on Tuesday and I was thoroughly impressed. The video was made using After Effects, which we are learning how to use (currently like learning Maya all over again, but we're slowly getting the hang of it).

FANTASTIC video, and a damn catchy song. I wonder what animal head I'd have if my human head were torn off. Hummingbird, most likely.

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This is fantastic and fills me with space-geek glee. The music is damn catchy, too!



Admit it. You know you love Carl Sagan's fuzzy-caterpillar eyebrows.
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Calm down calm down calm down calm down CALM DOWN.

Fifth album, titled Heligoland, set for release (hopefully) around February 8/9.

VERY impressed with the tracks I've been listening to on YouTube (though I am very easy to please when it comes to music). These guys evolve with every single album.



"Psyche" is stunning. Vocals by Martina Topley-Bird, whose solo work I am very interested in hearing now. Ethereal, abstract lyrics and a haunting rhythm and melody. Deliciously infectious, like something out of a calming dream.

Kat, Brenna, Ellie, I feel you may all enjoy this song. <3

This is definitely going on Lily's playlist after I buy the album. The lines "Rip the cage out of your chest / Let the chaos rule the rest" are so befitting of her... and her desire to keep Paranoid safe.



Vocals by Tunde Adebimpe, lead singer of TV on the Radio. LOVE this guy's voice (and TVOTR!); matched with powerful lyrics and music.



Vocals by Guy Garvey, lead singer of Elbow. Highly unusual tune, but very pleasing. Grows on me more and more. The throbbing pulse throughout the song reminds me of "Three," from MA's 1994 album Protection.

SO excited for the rest of the album. Massive Attack are fantastic. Gotta love that good ol' Bristol Sound!
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In memory of family and friends who have lost the battle with cancer; and in support of the ones who continue to conquer it! Post this on your LJ if you know someone who has or had cancer. 93% won't copy and paste this. Will you?

For Papa Bob, loving father and grandfather, whose sense of humor never let up despite his cancer.

For Eva, one of the first friends I made as a new student at Bear River High School, who passed away at just nineteen years old.

For Grandma Ruthie, loving mother and grandmother, who held on for so much longer than we thought we'd have her.

For Grandma Jo, who, along with Grandpa Jeff, will be living with Aunt Pam, Uncle Larry and me to live out her (their) life (lives) as happily as possible.

I saw this in Banka's journal and thought I'd share it as a simple memorial post, and a reminder that Grandma Jo and Grandpa Jeff still have many happy years to come. :)
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Quick pointless geekery: a few days ago, I got back into the groove of Final Fantasy X. (Besides its heavily male-pleasing sequel, FFX is the only FF game I've played.) Like, WAY back into the groove, where I may play for up to two or so hours at a time. I'm simply adding to a game I began as... a sophomore in high school, if I'm not mistaken. 154 hours, baby!

I tried dodging lightning bolts to attain items for Lulu's ultimate weapon. I was caffeinated on a Starbucks Mocha Espresso Double Shot (what a mouthful) and felt ready to conquer this damn side-mission once and for all. (Hung out with Alex and Kile yesterday! Will update more soooon.)

After about twenty minutes, I GOT STRUCK. I cursed and hoped that somehow I'd made it to 200 consecutive dodges.

I checked the log book at the Thunder Plains Travel Agency (this sounds so real, yes?) and it read 136 bolts.

WHYYYY?!

I gave up playing for the night.

I've taken notes on all that I've done over my break, and will eventually update with a MASSIVE TL;DR post under a cut. Whee!

Hey ya'll!

Dec. 22nd, 2009 10:55 pm
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Quick update (quicker than usual): I'm home for the holidays!

Flew south on Saturday (probably the least stressful flight I've ever had, which was awesome), saw James Cameron's Avatar at the Esquire IMAX with Mom, Dad, and Cammy on Sunday, and hung out a bit with Katlin today. I'll be seeing her again tomorrow and will also be able to visit with Mindy.

Avatar is the most technically and visually sumptuous film I've seen to date, and it has a pretty damn good story to boot. I want to see it again - perhaps with Kat if she doesn't see it with her dad. <3 Will gush more about it later.

Got a new 500 GB Seagate external drive because I thought my WD drive was dying (thankfully, it wasn't, and I now have two backup drives for over 37,000 files) and VNV Nation's new album, Of Faith, Power and Glory, which is lovely. "Ghost" is now one of my top-favorite songs from those guys.

I fly back to Oregon on January 9th. I'm going to start calling friends up soon, probably right after Christmas or on Christmas Eve to make plans.

Love to you all!
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Super-quick post.

For the past five days or so, the daily high temperatures have been under freezing. The highs tend to hover around 23-29 degrees. (Note that these temperatures deal mostly with Beavercreek, which can be anywhere from 8-10 degrees cooler than Portland.)

Yesterday morning, I got up at 4:45 to give myself plenty of time to layer my clothes, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, and warm up my car.

When I was ready to head out, my car's thermometer read 12 degrees.

A few times, however, while driving to the Clackamas Town Center, the temperature dropped to 8 degrees.

I was prepared: I wore a t-shirt under my red hooded zipper-front jacket under my heavy-duty rust-and-gray jacket; the lovely super-soft scarf Mom got me earlier this year; my pajama pants layered under the black hand-me-down pants I got from Jessi; knee-high wool socks with a pair of Gold Toe socks over them for extra warmth; my kickass winter-ready black boot-type shoes; AND my thick Thinsulate gloves (I could have even layered my old gloves under them, because my fingers were still damn cold.)

Clackamas warmed to 14 degrees, which is still bitterly cold.

But you know, at least it kept me awake during the drive! I actually felt good yesterday morning despite having to get up so early. Had a couple cups of coffee, too.

I've noticed that caffeine is not having the desired effect on me anymore. TOO MUCH COFFEE. Hell, I downed an entire 12-oz. Monster Monday night and it never really perked me up.

It's around 27 degrees outside right now.

I may still see The Princess and the Frog tomorrow after getting out of Acting Fundamentals with Aurora, Grace, Henry, and Robin, and I think Camille might make it, too. Jacob is probably going to be too busy (or we may guilt him into joining us, like we did yesterday for lunch at The Roxy, lol). Of course, we're supposed to get freezing rain later tomorrow night, so I may have to bypass the movie until after finals. It'd be the smarter choice, but... 2D ANIMATION HOLY CRAP YES.

Going to head all the way to Gateway tomorrow (first time since late September!) to get Aunt Pam and Uncle Larry on a red line MAX to PDX. They're flying to southern California tomorrow to pack up a bunch of Grandma and Grandpa's belongings and U-Haul them back up here. They'll make a pit stop at Mom and Dad's on the way north. They'll be home on Tuesday, so I'll be home alone for five days... and busy as hell.

Grandma and Grandpa sold their house for the amount they wanted, and they'll be moving in late this month, I believe. It will be wonderful to have them around. Grandpa's bent on paying to have the Buick repainted for me. He's so funny. :)
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I feel I've deserved to finally update this thing: I spent seven hours updating my PDF for Conceptual Design via InDesign. HOLY SHIT I LOVE INDESIGN AGAIN. It had been ages since I'd used it regularly - Fall 2007, to be exact - but it's a snap to get back into with a little refreshing. SO much more efficient than composing pages in Photoshop and having to individually import them into a PDF with Acrobat. No wonder Lee hates Acrobat. Since I couldn't get into creating my roughs for Background Design & Layout (which were due on Wednesday, augh), I decided to get the most tedious task ahead of me out of the way. And I must say it's a damn nice-looking file now, ready to be exported.

I had a random bout of astronomy geekage last night. It was perfectly clear out, and very cold: fantastic star-gazing conditions. I headed down the driveway (sans flashlight!) to look at Orion and other constellations above the neighbors' property and the butte. I spotted a small, hazy cloud which appeared to be a nebula to the far upper-right of Orion - then I thought, Wait, are those the Pleiades? Heading back inside, I fired up the desktop, searched star maps, and sure enough, the Pleiades they were. They're also called the Seven Sisters, after characters from Greek mythology. Most easily visible star cluster in the night sky, and very beautiful.

Fun trivia: the Japanese name for the Pleiades is Subaru. That's right - the car company. They once had a model called the Alcyone (al 'SY uh NEE), derived from the Greek character.

Yaaay GEEKING OUT. I love astronomy and etymology 'n' such.

Having a blast at the Rock Bottom Brewery! )

Whee, typing! I NEED TO GO TO BED SOON but I want to update a bit moooore.

THAT DAMN AVATAR AD AT THE TOP OF THE PREVIEW PAGE REMINDS ME OF HOW BADLY I WANT TO SEE IT. Fantasy sci-fi aliens and OMG I CANNOT WAIT.

Jacob has joined us girls at The Roxy for the past few Wednesdays. Nice to get guy friends involved for hanging out during lunch.

Okay, yeah, NEED to wrap this up. Must be productive tomorrow (TODAY). Shit-tons to get done.

TIME TO JUMP TO THE FOLLOWING: I watched Treasure Planet for the first time last month. Saw parts of it - including the ending - in Za's class several weeks ago: she showed the clips to give us an idea of what we needed to accomplish in our final assignment, in which we are to demonstrate an understanding of weight.

I'd wanted to see it when it was out in theatres - November 2002, for crap's sake! - but I remember Dad telling me "Oh, that's kid's stuff; you don't want to watch that." NOW LOOKIT ME: I'M A FRIGGIN' ANIMATOR. I devour animation like candy. Go figure.

BUT to cut to the point: HOLY FUCK I LOVE. THAT. MOVIE. Not the strongest of Disney's films in terms of plot, perhaps, but GORGEOUS animation, phenomenal voice acting, and inspiring design, backgrounds, cinematography... just DROOOOOL. And hey, there's some really nice character development, too!

JOHN SILVER IS AMAZING. :D

Commence instantaneous rabid fantarding NOW. I also adore Captain Amelia. Just... all the characters are so much fun and so distinct. I personally think (this manifestation of) John Silver is one of the most fascinating characters to come from the Disney company EVER. I mean, he's a fat Irish catish-doggish-bearish alien fucking CYBORG PIRATE. Sweet Jesus yes. Brian Murray's voice acting is TO-DIE-FOR good.

You can tell I'm caffeinated right now, yes? This is what happens when you get a headache and consume large quantities of chai tea late at night.

ANYWAY, I let Jacob borrow Treasure Planet on Friday; he hadn't seen it in several years and showed interest in watching it again on Monday. I've watched the film twice now and this keeps me from watching it AGAIN, because I can assure you I would have. *purrs at Silver* Will write about some other fun days later.

BED TIME NOOOOW.

OH, one more thing: I am quite fond of Lily Allen's It's Not Me, It's You album. Aurora introduced me to her music. She'd warned that the album is pretty sexual at points, but ppphht, plenty of the artists I love get all shenanigansy in that respect here and there.

OH LORD my head!

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