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Alex: It's not going wrong, it's just not coming together.
Me: It's coming wrong-whoops.
Everyone: (Laughs)
Ben: Yeah, you went there.
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Apex Prey logo concepts
by ~u63r on deviantART

Art for a fictional band I'm designing promo stuff for for school.

Any remarks or preferences? The floor is open, ladies and gents.

On memory.

Jan. 14th, 2012 12:46 am
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To remember things without paper handy, I used my fingers. I started with my index, and turned whatever it was into the Radio Phonetic Alphabet. "Milk", for example, becomes "Mike", and I imagine Michael Jordan dancing on my finger. Alpha is an Alpha symbol. Bravo was Johnny Bravo. Charlie was Charlie "Winning" Sheen. Delta is Jason Bourne (Read the book!) Echo is Echo from Dollhouse. And so on. It was less than effective.

"Sherlock" mentioned the memory palace mnemonic technique in S02E01. Now, I had actually heard of it before, thanks to Derren Brown. I, being I, decided to take the mustachioed magician's method and put a little backspin on it. I decided to mix it with another technique from the novel "The Pigman", involving imagining the objects touching each other. So I imagine alphabetical things that are on, near, or contain other things. Armoire, Beneath the armoire, a Chair, Diamonds, Elephant (toy), Fireplace, golf Clubs, Hatrack, Icebox, Jumper, Kite. This worked so well I was up to K before I realized I had forgotten the first two.

I decided I needed to specialize. Study/Den/Library for things related to personal art and writing. Garage for schoolwork. Kitchen for shopping lists. Living room for everything else. I spent something like half an hour trying to find items that were at least vaguely appropriate to each room. The Living Room, for example, seems to belong to a family with lots of kids with lots of afterschool hobbies, who are always leaving stuffed Arachnids and Kites and Jumpers and Trumpets and Umbrellas about. I came up with a Blotter for the study while I was trying to get some sleep last night, and since all three of my main categories lacked As at the time, I stuffed it into an imaginary Armoire, under the classic system. Then I realized that I didn't need to strictly adhere to the themes, and bizarre, illogical items might actually be easier to remember.

And that's why the Queen is in my Garage between a Poker Table and a Roomba.
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I've managed to draw five frames of animation.

I have about 15 seconds worth due next week Tuesday, and I've got about three.

Still, that's five frames more than yesterday.
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Mouse in the House got a B.

The essay I wrote about the animation based on Thurber's "The Unicorn in the Garden" got an A.

Considering that I wrote the first half of the thing pretty much overnight, and the second half was more or less finished the night before it was due, I'm pretty proud of that.

And my essay for another class about psychedelic illustration? B. Again, mostly finished the night before. I was fully prepared to sleep not a wink, when suddenly I realized it was 2AM and I was essentially done. I actually went over the word count. The essay itself was fine, but the presentation and sourcing weren't quite the right format. That's a'ight. I can deal.
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>I'm basically done right now

I...I don't know how to feel about this.
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Given that this is an art-related course, I'm not surprised in the least.

Also, it would be hypocritical of me.
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Is there any particular reason why your program has been around since 1988, yet only Photoshop CS5.5 has introduced the ability to scroll outside the document bounds when zoomed in, a feature which OpenCanvas has had for the better part of a decade?


Step One.

Nov. 6th, 2011 06:41 pm
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I just made a key fob for my nail clippers with some string while watching funny internet videos and ignoring homework.

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juilet whiskey 003 "I suck"
by ~u63r on deviantART

I'm not sure what I feel about this girl, but I obviously feel it very strongly.

I made this after getting a D on an assignment I thought I did well on. Cue obligatory self-recriminiation. I was planning to make this anyway, though.
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>google image search for "friendship is magic"
>find picture of 6-way orgy of the mane cast


From Skype

Sep. 21st, 2011 07:01 am
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[6:59:02 AM] I spent half the night shivering under the covers.
[6:59:15 AM] Jonathan Wood: Then I realized the radiator wasn't on.
[6:59:22 AM] Jonathan Wood: Then I went back to shivering.
[6:59:28 AM] Jonathan Wood: Then I turned the radiator on.
[6:59:34 AM] Jonathan Wood: Then I felt like an idiot.
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Ever since I got that Grill, I find myself making certain food items faster, every time I walk into the kitchen, and I have the supplies, I have to make a Will Save vs. Bacon.

One of these days, I need to actually play a game of DnD instead of just using it for metaphors.

>wash pots

Jun. 10th, 2011 07:12 pm
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>leave on draining board
>flatmates use without permission and don't wash
>make bacon
>leave dirty pot on stove
>nobody touches it
>make bacon in recently acquired George Foreman grill
>nobody touches that either

So the only way to keep inconsiderate flatmates from using my stuff seems to be leave a layer of bacon fat all over them.

One of the flatmates in question is a fairly affable guy, but rather selfish. I walked into the kitchen last week to find him using a can opener to open a tuna tin. he asked if I had one, and I coldly said he was already using it, whereupon he asked for permission. I told him to wash it afterward. not only did he not wash it, he went and used my table knife from the same cupboard, again without washing.

I've confronted him already about the friends he brings over getting into my food, but seriously.
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>Go to school's 24/7 computer room
>three types of computers,
>>Macs with Photoshop and Flash and all that stuff
>>PCs with Photoshop and Flash and slightly less stuff
>>PCs with Office and that's about it
>try to use Flash on on Mac to do animation
>give up
>teacher says Flash version on those Macs is CS3
>the classroom Macs are CS5

>run out of time to finish my animation before computer labs lock up
>resolve to finish it monday

>I realize I could've just
>>exported the individual frames and saved them
>>open up a new CS3 document in the 24/7 room and done it in that
>>cut/paste from CS5 document on Tuesday

TODAY(bank holiday)
>decide I don't need my tablet because I can't work on the Macs
>head to 24/7 room
>get on PCs with PS because Macs and Office PCs are occupado
>try to open Photoshop
>it's CS5
>check flash
>it's CS5
funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

Honestly, it's kinda my own fault. It's also rather ironic that I finally get to art school, and I start writing more than ever before.

Also, rainbow cake in a jar.
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It bounced back with the usual "message undeliverable" thing you get when you've typed the address wrong.

The server is named "tardis".

From class

May. 20th, 2011 10:56 am
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Me: (To Maya) What am I doing?
R—: I think we're all asking ourselves that question.
Me: (kidding) I meant with my life.
R—: I think we're all asking ourselves that question.
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I've wanted to use this software since Mike from Penny arcade mentioned it years back. I'm not good at drawing directly into el equipo, and I could use the practice.



It's got this interesting feature where it remembers what the last file saved was. When I saved that second doodle, it automatically suggested "PsylockeDoodles02". The program is also designed to be operated with just a tablet for the most part, so there's none of the Ctrl/Alt/Shift dance one has to do with Photoshop. It's closer to OpenCanvas than anything else, and I've already given it the keyboard launch slot where I used to keep that program.

I also have use of Maya, as long as I don't use either for anything commercial. Thanks, Autodesk Student program!

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