Monday, July 26, 2010

Graphic Design

So still on the Star Trek kick. Now, since the first time I saw Star Trek - the Voyager episode "Night" c. June of 1999 by the way -- I have loved the graphics on that show. Star Trek has been at the forefront of computer graphics since the original series. Things that look silly now, were the most groundbreaking (on a TV budget) effects television has seen. But now, living in the age when anyone with a laptop can pretty much do anything with graphic design, I wanna see what I can do! Express my own artistic talent so to speak. I am not interested in art enough to want it to be my career, or even a hobby I take too seriously -- there are plenty of people that pour their heart and soul into this trade and I wouldn't want to take an ounce of praise away from them, cause they deserve it. With me its more of a passing hobby, one of the millions of aspects of the world I would like to know enough to get by in should I need to/for the heck of it.

"Termites of Loracus Prime" (ENT: "Strange New World")
My creation, to imitate the book from the show. Risan moth.

This recent CGI interest stems from a Star Trek message board I occasionally follow. Usually, I like the artists there's recreations of the computer screens from Star Trek (which I use as wallpapers, etc.) but both an artist there and myself were interested in imitating a book that was in an episode, an "Eyewitness! Guide to Alien Lifeforms" particularly animals. Above is my attempt using google, Paint and Word below the book screenshot from the episode.

Awesomness, from This Website. (I did not create this, nor claim credit for it in any way.)

I already mentioned the cool-awesome picture I liked in my blog "Stuff that's been entertaining me", but here is another pic from that forum that is beautiful and I want to be able to do!

Song of the Day: "Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris. Ha, this song was the first time I'd ever heard of Taio Cruz. It's actually not an awful song, pretty average though. My favorite part of Ludacris' part actually, lol, the Taio Cruz lines are all very average but the Ludacris lyrics are catchy. When this song is stuck in my head, I only find the Ludacris parts actually on repeat. Woah! The original version doesn't even have Ludacris in it, only the remixes (which is the single popular in the US right now.) Just realized my verison on iTunes doesn't have Ludacris' part. Sad. Haha, Taio Cruz (who I used to mistake for "Tiger Cruise", and figured it was somehow a reference to the Tiger Woods affair...) is British, but says "Eh?" at the end of all his lines in this remix.

Picture of the Day: Haha, I don't even remember how I accidentally came across this but it looks cool. This is a real, actual working bike! I feel personally like it would collapse under me, or I would break it - but if the designers think it would work. I would totally buy my kid this (after I had more confirmation it was safe, I feel like I'd fall forward and my face would get caught in the front wheel...) For further details on the designer.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

People Say I'm Forgetful

Last night came to Garfield to hang with Amanda and Danielle, boy did those plans fluctuate! Amanda had dealings with a washing machine, so I spent most of the day time at home watching Star Trek DVDs, then went out to Parma Town with her -- bought the Bad Romance (Remixes) which is the Gaga American version of a single I guess?

Anyway, got Applebee's with Danielle (who I haven't hung with in forever!) and was joined by Sarah who got out of her friend Pure Romance party earlier than expected, and Panda came too. Then Brit joined us, as we decided to go to some bar called Islanders in Middleberg. That was fun, there were some issues - like I didn't exactly make a friend when I asked the DJ: "Can I request.... No-Beastie Boys?" (Because Sarah hates Beastie Boys) he was like "No, that's my favorite band." So that was a great way to start the night, haha. Then I was doing all the drink buying when it was ladies night, so they got 2$ drinks >>; err. Then when we left, Sarah lost her ID. So, the night was hardly free of hassle - but fun none the less.

MYSTERY SOLVED!!! So there are a bunch of terms apparently that singers put in their songs that kinda go unnoticed, but I've noticed. Sean Kingston has said "J.R." such as the song "Beautiful Girls", which starts "J.R.! Sean Kingston! Yooooou're waaaay tooo booooootiful guuuurl....". Lady Gaga says "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" in the songs "Starstruck", "Eh,Eh", and "I Like It Rough". But the one that's always annoyed me was "Toluca Heights..." that's hidden in all the songs by Jason DeRulo. Well, it's actually *Beluga Heights*, and they are all the names of managers and recording labels.

So now I'm watching the news, because I woke up crazy early after some strange dreams. There is nothing interesting on early in the morning. Before the news, flipping through channels found The Wizard of Oz TV series (a DiC production, I should've known...) and "Clyde." (It's Canadian. I knew it.) Now the news is talking about a new trend apparently -- "Bridal Diapers" for wedding dresses that are hard to get out of. I may go drive up to get breakfast somewhere soon. Getting hungry, and no food at Garf house.

Song of the Day: "Handlebars" by Flobots. I'm pretty sure I've heard this song on Sarah's iPod before, but it was on at the bar last night and I like it! There was a fairly lengthy conversation about if the song was by Gym Class Heroes or not. Then Panda song-ID'ed it, and it wasn't.

Quote of the Day: So I saw this once weeks ago, and I just saw it on TV again, and I Love this commercial and the quote - don't really care what it's selling.

"People say I'm forgetful... maybe that's why I go to so many memorable places."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stuff That's Been Entertaining Me

As you may know, I go through my periods of obsessions on occasion. Pokemon, Lady Gaga, etc. Well it is safe to say I am in the middle of a Star Trek-obsession phase, that's really all I've spent my free time doing lately - reading, writing, watching playing, and listening to Star Trek! With the magic of uTorrent, I'm able to watch all my favorite episodes I can't afford to buy! (Since a typical season of Star Trek costs about/more than a hundred dollars. Unless I buy it used.) Add to that there are 28 seasons of Star Trek, across 5 series'.

While contributing to the various Star Trek wikis, and fan-fiction sites -- I found the above picture. It looks so cool! I found it on this message board, and mean no infraction on the authors rights except to exemplify and promote how good this picture looks. I want graphic design technology just to do this for fun, not like as a job or anything. Sigh.

Haha, oh the magic of uTorrent. I also downloaded the first couple episodes of the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers!" from my childhood. And this is so god-awfully made, the acting, the effects, the lip-syncing... just everything about it is bad. I have to appologize to my mom later for putting her through me and Dave watching this for so long. But while googling, I did find this picture which I think is hilarious and totally makes the list of top-10 ideas for this Halloween!!!

 GO GO POWER RANGERS! Haha, seriously though this show sucks. Alpha 5's voice is on the two historically most annoying voices in my moms opinion. She would just get instantly angry whenever we talked in Alpha 5's voice. And god forbit Woody Woodpecker was ever on in our house. She would get instantly pi$$ed if we imitated his voice even. Strange but true facts!

Haha, another thing: Fall clothes shopping! So I'm probably not going to get my application in in time to get a job at American Eagle again this year, which is fine between CAing and getting paid for ASG time. But here's one shirt I want from the Asian clothes store. And there's another I want from American Eagle but their website is down, which is blank with Abe Lincoln -- and it says "Party in the USA" but I don't wanna pay 20 bucks for it, I'll wait til it goes down to like 9. I don't think it'll be too popular.

Alas there are few good Television shows on anymore -- but me and Sarah have been watching the Real World New Orleans. And it is pretty darn funny. The characters are annoying and hypocritical, bitchy to each other etc. but this one scene from the last episode had me hurting myself laughing. Drunk roommate girl is searching the house for roommate guy to sleep with, and he is hiding in the shower. She goes crying to roommate guy 2 who is on the phone and hates roommate guy 1, "*cry* Find Knight For me! *cry*!" and his reaction is priceless.

Finally before I go, Sarah, Panda and Brit are planning a trip to Myrtle Beach in the weeks ahead! Woop woop finally some traveling after a boring-@$$ summer because of Sarah's co-op and my Censusing. Add to that Sarah and I may be going on a trip for our *one year anniversary* at the end of the month, woop woop! So hopefully I'll be going somewhere exciting and image-producing within a few weeks to make this blog interesting again.

Song of the Day: "Ribbons" by Lady Gaga. Haha, so I got ahold of a bunch of rare and unreleased Lady Gaga songs. This one's pretty entertaining. I was looking up the lyrics, or whatever info on it when I found out that apparently this song is about condom usage hahaha. I mentioned a line of lyrics to Sarah and she immediately figured out it was about condoms, dunno how I'm so naive. Okay, checking the lyrics again now I just feel dumb. And I think she mentions Richard Simmons...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dancing in the Dark at the Monster Ball

Wow, sorry for the blog black out this past half-month. My daily schedule has been pretty hectic. So it's 10am, I've got until 4:00pm for my Census meeting to get caught up in all my secondary priorities, blogging included.

OMG! We saw Lady Gaga in concert last week on Wednesday!!! AHHHHHH! I think we all unanimously agreed it was incredibly awesome. Sarah and Britt definitely wish they were taller so they could've enjoyed it more, but it was still the experience of the year. I was worried pretty much up until we got in the door that our tickets would in some way not work, but all turned out well. Our "Tickets Express" thing was basically I just swipe my credit card and it remembers me and prints my tickets. So alls well. Then we got floor (not-really-seats!) So a couple of hours of standing, but we were two meters from the front island of the stage!!! AHHH! It was Amazing! As usual per awesome experience, Facebook for the primary pictures, here for the extras/behind the features...

The opening show was "Semi-Precious Weapons" who I've looked into before, back when I first heard GaGa was coming to Cleveland. They played background diner-ers in the diner scene of the Telephone video. They were a little too over the top for me, and I think the others that went agreed.
Then, Lady Gaga eventually finally came out - first song was Dance in the Dark. Followed by a pre-Fame/Fame Monster song "Vanity." Song of the day btw.
Haha, I just noticed no two of these pictures are the same outfit.
(Above) The infamous disco stick, which she wants to take a ride on.

Haha, I took this one and showed brit right away cause it was hilarious. Just showing how freakin close we were!
And above here is the "Fame Monster" which the album is of course named for.

Quote of the Day: "Hey! Lady Gaga don't like you dressing like her..." - creep on street to Brit.

Song of the Day: "Vanity" by Lady Gaga. I like it! This video isn't really a video, just here for the music. My favorite line is "Touch me, t-Touch me baby, but don't mess up my hair..."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Return to the Abandoned Hospital

Ahhh, it's been like a month since I've blogged! Time to finally post the continued story of my abandoned hospital exploration.  Actually, I think I'll keep this primarily pictures.

Immediatly after getting in, the first room we found was an auditorium/lecture hall/theater thing. Amanda noted that they have a similar room used as a lecture hall on HOUSE. It was cool, most of the seats were in perfect condition but the theater stage part was pretty badly degraded.
Looking out from the stage, these things on the sides reminded me of Ford's Theater where Lincoln was assassinated. Note the detail on the ceiling.
The entry hall that would connect the lecture hall to the outside world; none of these enterences/exits were accessible though. The walls were made with some pretty intense polished stone. And there were two giant mirrors on the left and right of this room out of view, they were pretty darn creepy considering how pitch black this room was without the flash.
Amanda and Sarah pose inside an abandoned hospital room.
 Me and Sa1rah also pose in an abandoned hospital room.
Some damaged ceiling, walls, etc. The websites leading here noted all the copper has been stripped already, but you know we never go to these places for copper or vandalism.
Some more remnants of a hospital room.
In the back-right of that room above, was a closet/office. In that closet was this mural thing on the wall. For those interested, my dining room used to have a mural on the wall -- haha.
View outside from a room.
Some of the roof of the building. Alot of building, alot of roof. I was weary of the stability of the structure, so I didn't venture too far out.
(L) Looking out towards the very front of the building. (R) Sarah collects some technical manuals.
(L) Looking out a cool window. (R) Freakin crazy baby-vulture that threatened to kill us all!
And finally, as we were heading out, I was still snapping shots. Here's one of the doctors offices' room number chart.