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STEPHANIE FOUND MY PAINTING!!!!!!!!!!

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I SUBMITTED MY PAINTING FOR THE 2012 SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATOR’S STUDENT SHOW LAST FALL THEN I WENT TO ITALY AND IT DISAPPEARED INTO THE ETHER NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN AND ALL I HAD WAS A CRAPPY DIGITAL PHOTO FILE AND STEPHANIE JUST CAME IN AND SAID THAT IT WAS IN BOB’S OFFICE UNDER A SHIT TON OF OTHER STUFF THE WHOLE TIME.

IT’S BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR AND IT’S NOT EVEN DIRTY.

THIS IS THE BEST WEEK EVER, I FINISHED 3 ART PIECES AND FOUND THE LOST ONE, EVERYTHING IS CHRISTMAS AND CAKE.

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Broken Arrows

Ug. Okay, I just finished episode 4 of Arrow and… headdesk.

When I said this show had potential, I wasn't joking. It does. The set up is interesting, the protagonist is delightfully unapologetic about his actions, and the complete lack of superhero posturing and idealation is lovely. That said, I think my eyes almost fell out from rolling so hard.


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On a lighter note, I think there was like 75% less Fucking Narration ™ this time, John Barrowman appeared (!!), and the previews showed someone who looked delightfully like Deathstroke the Terminator~ <3

Hurricanes of convenience

Well. Uh. Looks like I have no class today and tomorrow. On the one hand, Yay! I didn't finish that ink piece for Concepts or my midterm rendering for Computer Design or my Christmas ad. Which I was actually finishing up today. On the other hand, I am missing all my classes and the semester is only so long.

Boo, when you actually enjoy college.

Issues with creativity

Pros of using wrapping paper as a background: it's pretty, it's pre-patterned, and it's relevent.

Cons of using wrapping paper at all: OMG stop tearing, I'm not even doing anything to you anymore!!!1!

Once upon a knight

Offfffff course. Of course! Awesome Lancelot shows up and is awesome and not only is he actually dead with the exceptions of flashbacks, but- no, wait, HE'S JUST DEAD. Maaaaaan, and I was so hyped for that. I wanted to hear the whole Arthurian bend of OUAT. Who's his Guinevere? Is she nice? Does she miss him? 

Mmmmmmmmm, and I was so happy for Sinqua to have a roll where he actually talked. I mean, Boyd talks, but not that much. At least there was more Jerfferson and Mulan. I love Mulan. I'm waiting for the part where she kicks ass and takes names in a more than 'oh, shut up Aurora' way.

The Girl who Smoldered

Last weekend, I watched The Hunger Games for the first time with my roommates and Martie, who is over so often he might as well be a roommate and should start paying rent. I was… not impressed.

It was good, don't get me wrong. It was just… boring. I didn't care about anyone. There was literally not enough time spent on anyone to make me care about them. The pacing was really fast in some parts where I was expecting it to be delved into more. Like with Cinna. He showed up and was nice for like a minute, then the Tributes were paraded in the chariots at the Opening Ceremony. Why does Katniss trust him? We only see them interact for that part before she trusts him absolutely. And Katniss and Haymitch communicating via the parachutes. There were only two, and only one was when she was with Peeta, so Katniss pretending to love him was pointless and mean. One of the key points of the book was to serve as a critique of trickledown capitalist structure, which were very interestingly fleshed out in the text. In the movie, however, the structures are only hinted at before moving on to feature special effects, the internal/ritual conflict of the games, and the relationship between Katniss and Peeta. The point was that keeping entire groups of a civilization oppressed and killing their children for sport would fester enough anger that rebellion and uprising would occur once given the proper spark, that no matter how much control you have over someone, something will eventually give. Katniss wasn't valuble for herself, she was valuble because she was a survivor, and that survivalist core inspired people. 

The books were entirely from Katniss's point of view. She is a very internal character; she doesn't speak all that much and she thinks about everything. That thought process allowed us to make connections with her, dispite her being sort of bland herself, with her society, and with the supporting characters. The movie didn't have that. Without her inner dialogue, there was nothing to link the cast together.

I enjoyed it aesthetically and the scene where Katniss was poisoned by the Tracker Jackers and hallucinating was brilliantly done and an inspired piece of editing, but otherwise, it was pretty much just another action movie. The sets, costumes, effects and cast was lovely, they just weren't given enough to work with.

I hope Catching Fire and Mockingjay are handled better. Lord knows if they screw up Finnick, dead men are walking.

Bows and Arrows

So, I just started watching Arrow, the CW's latest in reboot media. Other examples are; The Vampire Diaries, a wonky book series with a surprisingly addictive story; The Secret Circle, a book series by the same author and the same plot; La Femme Nikita, a fucking awesome tv show and a movie starring Jane Fonda; Smallville, from back when the CW was the WB about Baby Superman; 90210, a tv show on the life and times of the California zipcode; Gossip Girl, a book series about rich brats; and Beauty and the Beast, a fairy tale, which I'm not sure counts on this list because it's just as new as Arrow, with it's second episode also having come out this week. 


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In conclusion, Arrow is worth a watch. The Fucking Narration ™ will drive you nuts, but so far in episode 2, there seems to be a great deal less of it so maybe this is a temporary affliction. The acting is good, the action is good, the production everything is good, and the plot seems to be leading somewhere.
Ooooooooooak! Lahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plaaaaaains!

No, I'm from New York, but we don't quite have so nifty a theme song. ::shrug::

But I digress. I have returned from Italy and I do so much tanner and feeling pride in myself. I left the US January 9th in order to study Art History abroad for the Spring semester of my Junior year, because I had taken all the AH courses I was interested in at my home campus and because going to Europe, Florence especially, is like a personal prerequisite for anyone who claims to have any affiliation to the art world. I, for one, am so happy I did it, and for more reasons than simply study. 


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The fiasco continues

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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So….. Italy. That happened

Right. So I'm in Italy. Florence to be precise, Firenze to be vernacularly correct. 

I signed up for my University's Abroad program last term, and I've been getting things together, like my Visa and banking and health insurance and all that. And on the 9th, we flew over. Jet lag is a very large bitch, btw. Especially when you leave at 4 in the afternoon, spend 8 hours on a plane, are secretly kind of terrified of flying, connect to a smaller plane that has terrible turbulance and lets you feel every minor drop, arrive at 8am and aren't allowed to go to shower or sleep until 7 in the evening, if you don't care about missing dinner, because you have to go to meetings about things you have to do and what's going to happen next. Not fun. I was exhausted for days.

Buuuut, here I am. It's Thursday, class started Monday, there's no classes Friday and I'm going to Carrera tomorrow to see where sculpures got their marble and Ravenna the day after that for I don't know why but my Black Death class wants me too for some reason.

The people are Italian and I've been warned over a hundred times about the pickpockets and the gypsies. I don't speak a word, not really, but I've taken Spanish and French so the language classes aren't that difficult to understand. They eat snadwiches all the time and I would really kill for a hamburger, which they kind of offer by the Duomo for 9e in a +beer+coffee combo and Marcin says he saw a McDonald's somewhere, which is kinda sad.

Needless to say…. I'm kinda not awed. At all. It's just a city and I'm still in university. The people are just a little incomprehensible and I'm eating actual food for dinner. So. Yeah.

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