Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Experiences You Should Have & Dinosaurs

Site of the Day: "Five Jobs Everyone Should Experience" - a blog or something I found randomly googling. A conversation I had today, mixed with an episode of How I Met Your Mother, led me to think: where could I be in 5 years, if not teaching/in government? Well, I remember Hillary Clinton once saying she worked on a fishing ship: WTF? Random right? But like the census and American Eagle, I feel everyone should have a job in certain sectors... it teaches you interesting things.

Quote of the Day: Watching a documentary on the Smithsonian channel on the science of Jurassic Park. Mom mentioned she didn't see the value behind cloning Dinosaurs in real life like Jurassic Park, "I don't think Humans need any competition", and asked me for my opinion:
"Well I don't know if they should do what they did in Jurassic Park, but I think it'd be cool if there was like -- an island museum [zoo] people could go to... oh, well I guess that is the plot of Jurassic Park." - Me.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Ello, readers. Well, It's been kind of a hectic semester, filled with things I am not quite at liberty to blog about all the time - so you'll have to forgive the lack of postings. But stay tuned! Never know what adventures are just around the corner.

Well, firstly: I finished that Magic School Bus/Pokemon drawing and even colored it in a way I was happy with. Submitted it on a DeviantArt contest.

But for those who don't keep track of my life, in ASG I've been working on quite a number of projects. As chair of the Facilities and Services Committee, I've been responsible for coordinating the Safety Walk (and all future ones); I'm trying to turn all the campus bathrooms "touch free" that means sinks, soap and paper-towel dispensers so you don't have to touch anything; I'm looking into green-ifying the University's building policy, which I have to say has been lacking -- but the Vice President of Capital Planning has said he's just waiting for the Trustee's to tell him "just do it..." so my goal is to make them do that; I've been nominated for Homecoming Court by them, so trying to best represent ASG there; there's a Handicap-accessibility version of the no-touch thing I'm working on; the College of Education has a number of things going on at once, and my adviser insists I look into getting undergrads conference funding - which is expensive x_X; oh, there's plenty of projects I'm working on right now. Combine this with being Governor, trying to pass classes, fill out my Spring student teaching application, my internship and it's various responsibilities, and additionally of course my family, it all really makes me want to cry at the end of the day. Here's hoping it's all worth it.

Song of the Day: "Someone Like You" by Adele.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Vulcan Medical Poster project

Hello avid reader! Whether you care or not, I'm going to talk about: the fact that the Vulcan medical poster I've been working on is complete! I'm so excited :D

I'm sure you know by now that I love things that make fiction seem real -- and in line with this, I've always wanted my own Star Trek props!!! Since the actual ones can go for thousands of dollars, and I am a poor college student, I must be creative and make my own: and designing a poster is pretty easy, especially when I've been practicing with Inkscape and Vector art for the last year.

(To the right of the right-most Vulcan's head) Screen cap from "Stigma"

This idea started as a poster seen in the background of the ST: Enterprise episode "Stigma" at the Vulcan offices at an alien Medical Conference. It may have been reused again in a later episode, in the background of a Vulcan ship's sickbay. (Oh hey look, it was!)
(To the left of T'Pol's head on the wall.) Screen cap from "Impulse"

Well as you can see, it didn't get much screen time or detail on screen - but luckily, when a bunch of Star Trek props were sold at "Christie's Hollywood Auctions" -- these medical posters were among the items sold. In fact, these two listed below sold for $2,640. Another similar medical poster also used in these two episodes sold for a whopping $20,211.99, which was even more than most Trek prop-collector-experts expected!

(Picture of the prop, from the auction. Too low quality to print up :/)

For the sake of being thorough, even though most of my friends that read this probably won't care, the auction listing read:
"Two posters mounted on black sheet plastic, each depicting a stylized medical diagram featuring Vulcan script writing with paint oversprayed to simulate age, both -- 22x22in. -- designed by Timothy Earls and featured in the Vulcan medical center in "Stigma" in Star Trek: Enterprise and again in the doomed Vulcan ship in "Impulse" in Star Trek: Enterprise (2)"

Anyway, I think I'll print up my version (which is even higher resolution than I uploaded here) and put it on my wall! Lol

Video of the Day: Yellowtail Wine commercial: "Go To" -- haha, this was on TV the whole morning during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It's very retro-modern art-sy. My favorite line would have to be "I just love that Kangaroo-- " Zips Pride baby!

Song of the Day: "Lighters" by Eminem ft. Bruno Mars. The song is kinda catchy, I can't help but think wow is Eminem old, and why did Bruno Mars have to be a crack addict. My favorite line is in direct violation of one of my petpeeves, which is songs that rhyme the same word with themselves: "Had a dream, I was king; I woke up, still king..." Haha, the video is pretty bland -- with the exception of that awesome underground abandoned tunnel/hidden passage in Eminems living room!? Metaphor or not, me wants.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Feelin' Artsy: Vulcan-style

Haha, as you may remember -- like a year ago, I had the urge to try my hand at various digital art forms and bought a pen and tablet. Well, as you may have predicted, I don't really break that out nearly often enough. Especially since the day after I bought that, rather than "drawing" style art, I found a free program to do vector-style art -- which I gotta say I'm much more interested in. And lately, when taking a break from ASG, CKI, class and the stresses of my life -- I've been trying to do artsy things! Here are some completed stuff and works in progress.

First of all, this next image is NOT my creation. There is a book called the "Star Trek: Encyclopedia" last updated in like, 1997. In it are thousands of illustrations, some of them of uniforms/costumes.

I gotta say, my artistic attempts are not so often "creating new stuff" as imitating stuff I like. And I like these illustrations, they are just non-detailed enough for their purpose. So lately I've been trying to make pictures similar to this style for the Vulcan uniforms seen since 1997.

The two on the left are done, based on the uniforms seen here. The one of the right is I'm still working on. Below is my attempt to recreate a poster from the background of an episode, by making it in scalable vector graphics (SVG format) I can resize it all I want and it doesn't lose detail. So when I'm done with this one, I might get it printed up.

My next thing is complete. You may reconize in a recent blog I said something about how I like the "Eyewitness" books' style, and made the cover page? Well, later I completed a sample interior page. 

And finally, a little something for those who don't care about Star Trek -- something I *did* create using my tablet: The Magic School Bus explores the world of Water Pokemon! This is also still a work in progress.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"What's your badge number?"

I had the strangest dream last night, the night I got the most sleep all week!

It started here at the condo with mom and Sarah. The lights were weird, the walls dark and wood colored - it was night time, maybe raining, and there was this sense of "uh oh, something bad is happening" like a freak storm - but I don't think it was raining. It also had the sensation of being in like a 1930s noire train station, and I'm not sure how else to explain that. But for one reason or another, I go to check out my room -- and right as I turn around my doorway I see a giant crazy dog that jumps at me, bites the edge of my hand, but then lets go and I escape - shutting the door on him. I yell something along the lines of "Why and HOW is there a dog in my room!?" From there me and Sarah decide to leave and drive in the crazy weather, but mom does something and then tries to go into my room. And I yell at her "Hello, there's a crazy dog in there you'll get yourself killed!"

From there, it's suddenly daytime and I'm at this everglades-style park. Not sure exactly what it's a museum for, but apparently Brit, Sarah and Kenny went on ahead of me and I arrived late. So the tour guide lady is like "Follow me and I'll take you to them!" So suddenly we're crawling through a miniature version of the museum!? It's like just barely big enough to crawl through, but you can see miniature exhibits on both sides, kind of like being in a beavers dam. Well that being awkward, eventually I get through it, but then:

Kinda like this - only less cave, and more "Cleveland Museum of Natrual History."
 I'm like in a metropark, and walking a trail that parallels an abandoned train track. Parts of the train track have grass growing all over it, and you can see that it's abandoned -- but it's not! In the distance I can see one-car trains riding on them. And I think, "Well that's not safe." But then I encounter a handful of abandoned trains - but don't explore them cause I have to catch up with Sarah and them.

Which leads me to the museum/park? gift Shop! Where I finally meet up with Brit, Sarah and Kenny. It kind of seemed like a Sea World kind of place, or the Zoo, but there weren't really any animals in the park part of this adventure. The three of them go make a joke about something, and I get distracted by something for a second and they disappear.

So hiking back to the abandoned train part, I finally catch them by one that looks like Thomas the Tank Engine -- and they say they're done at the park, they're going to head home and meet me at the party tonight. I say okay, and decide to stop hurrying around and see a bunch of litter by the abandoned trains. So I start picking the pop tabs off the aluminum cans! Some walkers past judge me, and I am thinking "There should be a recycling bin right here..."

So now I'm on the road, going to a party, and eventually I realize a cop is driving behind me so I drive extra careful. It's night time, in a different version of downtown Akron - more a combination with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. And I make a turn to turn around, and the cop flashes the lights to pull me over in a parking lot at the same time an SUV of late 20 somethings pulls over near me. The cop, in a curiously informal tone complains "Finally! I've been trying to pull you over for miles." I ask what was the problem, wallet out to show ID and all that, and he's like "You can put that away... just go to this hotel at 9:00. The door will be open. Pet the cat." I'm like "uhhhhhh...." thinking woah, what kinda crazy is this. So I say "Can I see your badge number?" And his expression turns to anger, and he fiddles for a second then doesn't get it - and I say "yeah, I'm not going to do that." And drive away quickly!

Except it was night time!

Then we're in a slow chase. The cop picked up a parter who is fixing his uniform in the passenger seat, and I'm racing to get to the party, before realizing they would just bust the party. So I try to think where I could go they couldn't get me.

Apparently, that was home - because I don't notice the inconsistency that suddenly I'm in my house during daylight. I wince when I see mom has decided to decorate the walls in a tacky fashion (no pun intended) by using thumb tacks to hang modern road atlases of France all over the place. I notice the staircase wall is still empty, somewhere we want to hang portraits of relatives, and mom reminds me that we just found out we're related to Kelly Clarkson! And I say, "Well that's good, lots more relatives to hang pictures of!"

The End.

Haha, if any of this can be explained easiest -- yesterday I was listening on the radio in the car to an interview with Kelly Clarkson about her new album Stronger to be out October 25, I believe. So lets make her first single, released the day before yesterday, the song of the day in honor of our new found cousinship! lol

Song of the Day: "Mr. Know It All" by Kelly Clarkson. Honestly? This song is pretty average, but I just like the idea of Kelly Clarkson not fading away into kinda-stardom.