may last the rest of your life

People don’t visit my blog anymore. I feel so lonely. v.v

(It really is “a big dark echoing room” now. Maybe I should stop calling it that. *ponder*)

But I must keep up my blog, if only for myself! *super pose*

I don’t remember whatall I did Saturday. Sunday I went grocery shopping with Hidek. I mention that only because I was looking for something to clean the shower with and found a Bon Ami cleaner that says on the front, Environment Friendly, no bleach or perfumes or a couple other ingredients I don’t remember. I thought, ‘Wow, Bon Ami really is my good friend!’ (Okay yes I’m an envirodork. *grin*)

I didn’t get it though, ’cause I’m too lazy to scrub the tub. >_> I’m an environmentalist up to a point. After that I’m a germophobe and I don’t wanna touch anything that’s touching something dirty. (Seriously. Germs can, like, travel around on objects, and walk onto my hand. Or … something.) So I got Lysol shower cleaner. (Kills bacteria! Woohoo! Er, at least until someone touches it again. *furtive glance* Then it’s dirty again.)

Boring diary stuff: Monday lecture then lab. In lab we had a final project that day. We pretended we were a design firm (or something) and the teacher was our client and we all had to work in teams (or departments) then split up the work (like there was advertising, then there was … I don’t remember :x in advertising we had to make a magazine ad, certificate for something or other, product logo, and a memo pad for internal company use [I don’t get it either, but meh]). I was on the advertising team and made the memo pad. ^^;; Yeah, I thought it’d be the easiest since we couldn’t know what the product was, just what the code name was (Wonder Widget), and since in my Intro to Graphic [Communication] class at the community college I went to we had to design something like that, so it wasn’t something completely new.

Every so often the teacher would send us messages over the network (like what’s the progress? and stuff). It was fun! Well, you know, if you forget the part where I thought I’d run out of time to print it out ’cause no one else had done it yet and there was 5 minutes left of class. Ahh!!

That’s one thing I didn’t learn while working over the summer. I don’t know how to work with a deadline. There was one, but it had already passed before I started working, haha, so I was pretty much just told, “Work as fast as you can so we can get the catalogue out.” Oh well.

Last night practically right before bed I planned out most of my art journal. Woo, go me. (Dare I say “Goby!”? I haven’t played Animal Crossing in the looooongest time. *tear*) I just have to get around to actually putting it together. *shifty eyes* I’ve decided on a guinea pig as my personal theme! XD I hope I can use it again next year. *furtive glance*

Today I went to lecture, then art lab. Had a critique in art lab. It’s cool, seeing everyone’s version of a project with guidelines. I also like hearing the technical explanations of why something doesn’t work, and what would make it better. XD

I asked him later to clarify what I had to do with my project. I understand it for the one I’m going to turn in, but the other one I still don’t understand what he means by “scale everything.” ._. I thought it was a pretty nicely scaled piece. He also said the columns going off into the distance are too strong (kind of why I put them in XD I just liked looking at them). I guess it’s because there’s too strong of a focal point. There’s nothing to move the piece from the back of the room around again to the front or even the middle. (But I still don’t understand the scale thing.)

Now I’m here. Need to eat dinner.

From about 1:30 (when we got out of art) to now I was stressing. meep. I felt like I had lots to do, and so little time to do it in (from that point until now, or when I have to go to art lecture), and I couldn’t do anything to change or lessen either problem. So I just didn’t do anything. *laugh* I just tried to make myself not stress.

I could have studied for art, but again I really don’t know what to study. I could read the book, but it’s really boring, and I don’t know what I’m supposed to get out of it. I find some stuff interesting, but of course it’s not what we’re supposed to be learning in the course and thusly get tested on for a grade. I looked over notes, but again I don’t know what we’re getting tested on and don’t know what to focus on and everything just goes over my head. It’s easier when it’s a technical subject, you understand how and then the quiz is easy. You don’t have to memorize stuff!

I could have written all the stuff I need for my art journal, but that would just remind me of all the work I still need to do and it would make me stress more.

I could have worked on drawing the guinea pig pictures on the computer but one: I didn’t want to turn on the computer (desktop) for such a measly amount of time, and two: I didn’t really want to get into something that I didn’ have the time for. I could do it tomorrow, I have practically the whole day and don’t need to interrupt my work to go somewhere. (Oh yeah I have to work on the pictorial space project.)

And … that’s all I really have to do. *nod* I’m currently working on validating the (X)HTML of all my websites. I didn’t want to do that either because I would just feel guilty goofing off when I have all this other stuff I need to do.

But I really should go eat dinner so I can stop stressing about that, then get ready to go to class and take the art final and come back and watch Gilmore Girls. woo!

two different petitions

You don’t know how happy it makes me to go to this petition to save the Sequioa park and find that the signature goal has already been reached. *grins wide*

But this petition to “End Dolphin Slaughter in Japan” is rather disappointing. :/ They want one million signatures? How do they expect to accomplish that?

The most disappointing thing, though, is the thought that dolphins aren’t cute and cuddly and can’t be pictured with sad looks on their faces like the seals of that one petition that wanted to end sealing in eastern Canada or someplace up there. That petition also showed so many gruesome pictures of clubbed seals and skinless bodies and whatnot. Yeah, because people really can’t care about something unless they’re shocked or “awwed” (“how cute!”) into it.

The seal petition asked for only 120,000 or so signatures, and I think it got a couple thousand more than that. :( I don’t think the dolphin one has much of a chance getting anywhere near their goal.

Heck, the petition to stop ocean drilling near California never reached the goal, and that was only 10,000 signatures. (Then again, I’m not so sure it wasn’t just a political campaigning move for Steve Westly. ^^; I still signed it though.) I don’t know, am I really that naive? Do people really not care about those ugly oil rigs that can be seen along the coast? (From Huntington Beach to … somewhere by Santa Barbara or Ventura, I know they’re there.) I mean, you can’t even get good shots for advertising to draw in the tourists or for postcards in tacky souvenir shops! Oh wait, we have Photoshop now. :x

The dolphin petition doesn’t even have 1/10th the amount they want … :/

Westly and Angelides

Yesterday while watching Today, I again saw Steve Westly’s commercial about how Angelides is attacking him with negative campaigning, how Angelides didn’t agree to a non-negative campaign, how Angelides compared him to … who? Nixon, some other people, because of his tax ideas. It made me wonder, yet again, what exactly Angelides’ ad was like, and why I hadn’t seen it so far.

Later in the programming I saw Angelides’ commercial saying that Westly attacked first and that actually Westly wants to raise taxes on three things (I don’t remember what; I don’t ever pay attention to tax promises stuff in campaigning) and … I forget what else, I’ve only seen it that one time. When I saw that, I could only say, “What the hell?”

So Westly’s negative commercial was out first? I’d have to see it again. After seeing it three times so far, I was lead to beleive that Angelides had a negative ad out first, and Westly was just responding. (Actually I always wonder who really throws down the gauntlet starts the negative campaigning during election years.) Tricky, tricky man.

But I’ll still vote for him [in the primary], because he played the environmentalist card. :b (Go green!) And, dang, Westly’s petition is still short over 500 signatures. ;_;

Howl’s standstill castle

(First, I’d like to mention that I talked to my mom today, and she said she was looking at our city’s sanitation website where she found out that we can recycle plastics. Did you hear that? No specifications [I think it was something like 1, 2, 6 when I was a kid, lately it was 1–5], nothing, just that all-encompassing word, plastics. I can now recycle styrofoam, folks, do you realize how excited this makes me? My mom said she’s throwing out only one bag of trash every week, the trash can is so empty, and the recycling bin is practically overflowing. Oh my heart, it races.)

(On to the real interesting post.)

I finished Howl’s Moving Castle on Sunday. When I closed the book, I was grinning, the story made me so happy and thoroughly satisfied. It’s even better than the movie. Although the movie’s still good. It’s just, you know, a shortened and simplified and prettified version. And it’s a bit different than the book. I don’t know if it’s bad. It’s Miyazaki, so I’m biased. I like both the book and the movie. But I’d choose the book over the movie.

The problem I have now is, well, I finished the book! No more moving castle to read about, no Sophie and Howl to join while they go about pretending the other isn’t important. I miss the book. :( (I can’t tell if it’s sad or a sign of a good reader and a good book that I miss these characters so much.)

I just had a thought. I should go buy Castle in the Air. It’s sort of a sequel. Howl and Sophie are in it, but they’re not main characters, I don’t think. ^^’ That makes me a little happy.

I kind of wanted to point out all the differences between the book and the movie … just because. But I figure that no one would want to read it (unless they don’t mind being spoiled, or they’ve already read the book, the latter being highly unlikely). Also, I’m typing this entry up rather late, and seeing as my sleep schedule recently is already messed up enough … I shall skip the contrasting.

For now. muahahaha …

not sweaty shoes

Links I want to save for myself. BlackSpot Shoes No Sweat apparel

[edit@8:40pm] (It’s pi day! …I found that out on an LJ community. I don’t know why I never saw that before.)

I wonder if I annoy people with my Save the Environment!! and non-American(/UK/Australia/etc.) human rights!! I wonder mostly because I’m not vegan/vegetarian and not anti-leather. (I do feel guilty when I buy leather though. >.>) I understand why people are, it’s because of cruelty to animals (erm … that’s one of the two main reasons I hear), and I agree with it … but one person not buying meat products won’t make much of a difference. (I know all the arguments against my silly one, but I still think that way about meat.) The other reason, that animals just shouldn’t be killed period, I don’t agree with, but that’s just my beliefs (that everyone and everything is here for a reason, and some animals are here to provide sustenance, and that they agreed to it … yes I do sound insane), and if people feel differently then that’s fine with me.

But … I’m really writing rather poorly at the moment. Um. So I was just wondering. Because some people are more … I don’t know the word. They care about more things? And when they talk about it, I feel a bit put out, like Okay it’s fine for you but I feel differently. So. I was wondering if I annoyed people when I talk about stuff I care about. >_>

(The reason I’m not anti-leather is because I figure cows are killed for their meat, and we might as well not waste the rest of the body … right? Calfskin is another thing entirely though.)

Yesterday I found out that Converse was bought out by Nike. :o There go my plans for possibly buying a pair in the future. (For even though there is no proof that Nike uses slave labor for Converse shoes … I just won’t buy from Nike. And I wonder if there’s hypocrisy in that, because I still buy from Forever 21, and it’s been proven they used slave labor for some of their products…:x)

I found that out in an LJ community. haha. (…It was in reply to Neil Gaiman’s blog entry. ehehe) Then other people commented with the above links, and now I feel like buying from either or both companies, even though … I never really was into the look of those shoes. ^^;; (I mean, recently. I think I liked them as a child.) But it would mean spending money I don’t really have, on something I don’t really need nor want.

… Wow this entry is horrible.

[another nifty link Responsible Shopper I’m a dork for thinking it’s neat, aren’t I? XD;;]