Browsing Real Life, Starring Me
Yay! Some job updates! I’m working with MOVAAR, a non-profit, student movement, that give students learning experiences through mentoring, project development, and networking to create scholarships. I’m their graphic designer, and I’ve made some business cards, newsletters, fliers, color templates, etc. It’s very exciting!
I’ve also left my internship, sadly – they really were some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I got a real job though! I’ve decided to apply for an admin/web design job at Australian Products Company, and while I didn’t actually get the position I wanted, I’m working really hard and the people there are really nice too (I’m fortunate that way) so I’m happy! Plus, like I said on Wednesday, I’m actually planning on getting an iMac as soon as I save enough money. I’m excited about that!
Last night, I went to my first Sharks game in about 15 years, and it was awesome! I had loads of fun, and the Sharks won (WOOHOO!). I don’t bleed teal and black yet, but it was definitely a good time! I’m just glad hockey is easy enough to understand; baseball and football confuse the stuffing out of me!
And that’s all that’s going on with me right now!Comments
Real life has gotten a hold of me again.
My internship is getting busier now that the big fundraiser is approaching. Lots of things to do, including updating and adding new pages to the program, designing a logo for the organization’s blog, and designing some plaques/award certificates for the donors and the school districts. Nothing too fancy, but enough projects to keep me busy. I’ve also applied to a couple jobs here and there, but again, helping out at the internship has been keeping me pretty busy.
In blog news, I’ve decided to have theme days! I love theme parties (as long as I can find something to wear, anyway), so why not transfer them to my blog, where, technically, it should be an extension of myself. I was thinking like, Design Tuesday, Cute Wednesday, Sculpture Thursday, stuff like that, and then on Sunday or something, have like a general “what’s going on in my life” day. I feel like this will give me more structure to go off of, so I know what to post and stuff like that.
In my personal life, since the middle of June, I’ve been going to the gym and training with a trainer. If you told a younger me, even one from a year ago, that I would be doing this today, I’d not only laugh in your face, but probably also check you for signs of mental illness. However, I’m relatively happy (though sore) and my trainer is super nice, and I’m going to the gym with my friend (who helped me sign up), so I feel like an adult. Which is cool and weird at the same time. I’m eating meat again, which sucks, but health is more important than principles right now, isn’t it?
I also just went to my first LGBT wedding out in Yosemite over the weekend. One of my very old friends (we’ve known each other for 11 years now) just married her partner, and it was just such a beautiful and adorable wedding. I hope you guys have a long and happy marriage, Shawna and Stacey! ♥ This is the second friend wedding I’ve been to, and boy, do I feel like I’m getting old.
And finally, there was some business with my brother, and it feels like the media over here is hounding us when we just don’t want to talk. On one hand, I understand that it’s their job, but on the other, I honestly don’t think they care for our privacy at all. This is all just really hard, and they aren’t helping at all. I’d say some rude words to express just how angry I am, but it wouldn’t help anyone’s case.
Anyway, sorry again for the mini-hiatus. I’ll start posting stuff now!Comments
Again, apologies. This blog had to be put on the back-burner while I was getting reacquainted with Real Life stuff. I’m doing work stuff (times two) and planning on going to a Yosemite wedding all in one day and I just feel a little stressed. On top of that, I’m half-sick because of my allergies.
Anyway, China pictures have been sorted through, but I have no time to post them! I’m going to start my Inspiration of the Days again, and just post the China pics when I’m done.
I have some big news! I’ve started as a Graphic/Web Design Intern at a startup non-profit called MOVAAR. It’s an inspiring non-profit where students can help out other students in developing countries enroll in higher education, as well as help students who are already abroad gain scholarships. I’m not totally confident in my skills (but I’m willing to learn and grow, as everyone should be) so I’m only trying this out on a trial basis, but I’m excited! I feel like this is finally something I can do without it being too difficult to reach the unbelievably high standards that are usually set.
And at my old internship, I’m doing less graphic design jobs and more tutoring and supervising graphic design jobs which I don’t really feel like I’m qualified to do, and it’s not my first choice in jobs, but I don’t really have a choice seeing as I’m not exactly getting paid. (Yes, still.)
Anyway, enough grumbling! I’m probably going to delete My Flavor of Fandom until next year – I think half a year of not doing your New Year’s Resolution is long enough for me.Comments
Hello everybody! I’m back and all shiny from China. It was an amazing but exhausting trip, and while that’s not the best combination, it’s certainly better than a crappy and exhausting one! I have pictures, but I will wait until next week to share them – it’s going to take a while to compile and put together!
Meanwhile, I can say that I’ve read fair share of books, including several mystery novels starring a high school teacher and his baseball playing boyfriend. They’re really good, especially since I’m a huge fan of gay characters and mysteries. The series is simply called “Tom & Scott Mysteries” and they’re by Mark Richard Zubro. I read the first two: A Simple Suburban Murder and Why Isn’t Becky Twitchell Dead? I found the mysteries really compelling, and the pauses for couple stuff between Tom and Scott are completely adorable.
I also read some awesome teen summer romance books by Hailey Abbot. The books are kind of predictable, and some of the protagonists got on my nerves, but they’re super sweet and good for a fun, no-nonsense read. Like I said, I read several of them: Forbidden Boy, Getting Lost with Boys, The Other Boy, Waking Up to Boys, The Perfect Boy. My favourite one might be Getting Lost with Boys; it was just way too cute a story. The Other Boy has this hilarious scene where the slightly spoiled brat of a protagonist cooks a meal and it turns out so horribly wrong, that you just can’t help laughing. Brilliant.
I also watched three movies on the plane ride back. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart is a story of two men in love with the same girl. I won’t give anything away, only that the guy I was rooting for totally got his lady. (Oh yeah!) It was much better than “normal romantic comedies” since I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to keep you guessing who the girl will pick in the end. Anyway, I really enjoyed it. /chickflicks
I also finally watched Despicable Me and wow, yeah, I totally should’ve watched that movie earlier. The minions were so cute and the story is really good. Did that make a lot of money? That should’ve made a lot of money. And the last movie I saw was called Detective K: Secret Of Virtuous Widow; the summary I read, which got me watching it, said that Detective K is “Korea’s answer to Sherlock Holmes.” Me on my mystery kick, I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed every last minute of it. The comedy is very apparent in acting, and the story was intricate enough to keep you guessing. And the twist at the end was genius! I’m not sure if this character was an actual literary character, or if the character was made up recently, but I thought it seemed very genuine and fun.
More on China next week!Comments
Starting right now I’ll be on a three-week hiatus because I’m going to China! I’ve been immersed in so many memes these past couple of months, so let me explain my trip with a meme.
If you don’t know what this is, I suggest you go to Rage Comics @ Memebase. It’s the BEST. (Also, NSFW probably.) I’ll be back sometime between the 19th and the 21st! :)Comments
So I just learned that Lion OSX is coming out this summer, and that means it’s nearly time for a new computer! Right now, I’m trying to get in touch my customer service side to get a job that will pay for a new Macbook at the end of this summer! Applied to some FedEx positions, a bunch of admin jobs, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I’m literally excited to work on anything right now, and I think I owe my newfound enthusiasm to my brother.
I’m toying with the possibility of re-enlisting in a university to go for my Master’s. I know SJSU has a really good art program, but I’m also looking into SCU and Stanford, and maybe even the Academy of Art. I don’t want to go far this time, so it’s looking like even longer before I visit my friends back in NYC.
I did a little tangram design on a binder for one of the managers here – and I’m thinking of turning it into a series. I really used to love tangrams as a kid. Here’s what I made:
I’m also thinking of making a grunge tutorial based on what I did. I feel so productive today!Comments
We had a really nice Memorial Day weekend. First, we went to Golden Gate Cemetery in San Bruno, because that’s where Harry was buried. It was a nice service, but the weather was very confusing. It would literally be freezing one minute, but then the sun would come out, and it would be really warm. I couldn’t decide whether I should wear my jacket or not.
Then, we went to lunch with my family and we talked for a really long time. So long, in fact, we almost missed all of the next Memorial Day service we wanted to go to, which is all the way back in Santa Clara (about a 40-minute drive). It started at 3, and we managed to get there at 3:15, and saw the rest of the ceremony, which was much nicer, weather-wise. Both services were very nice, though.
Later, the parents of one of Harry’s friends invited us over to their house, so we stayed a while and chatted. We love and miss you, kiddo, always.
After what seems like forever, I’ve finally updated my resumé, and used InDesign to do so. I kind of avoided using InDesign since, so many people and websites prefer using .doc documents instead of .pdf, but I’m just going to put the PDF in a Word Document and let them worry about it themselves.
(Gosh, that sounds really cynical. Oops.)
Anyway, the new resume can be found here via Google Docs.Comments
So, the unexplained, unexpected hiatus is over.
My dear, amazing little brother, Lance Corporal Harry Lew, USMC, who I mentioned in my second-to-last post and had his birthday March 31st, was killed in Afghanistan, in the early hours of April 3rd. During the following week, I was basically a wreck of a human, and while I’m not 100% back up now, (nor, frankly, do I expect to ever be 100% again) I am back to blogging.
I won’t go into detail about what happened because 1) this is not the place, and 2) the investigation is still going on. I will say, however, Harry, you will always be in my heart, and the hearts of everyone you met, because knowing you is probably the best thing in my life.
For those interested, I’ve created something of a “Dear Harry” tumblr, where I will write the occasional letter to him. It’s mostly stupid stuff, but it’s my outlet. I’m not going to be reposting the Dear Harry letters to this blog though.
Right now, actually, I’m working on a small music video for him using the pictures and videos I have, so when I finish it, I hope you’ll do me a favor and watch it.
Anyway. I will resume regular blogging tomorrow.Comments
For some strange reason, most of the world finds Google to be an evil corporation where your passwords are mocked, your emails are judged, and your personal information is stored for nefarious purposes. Now, I don’t know if this is true or not — though, to be honest, I love the smell of conspiracy theories in the morning — but I do love my Google products.
Gmail was introduced to me and I was skeptical. I liked my Yahoo! Mail just fine, thank you very much, and I had no reason to change. Until I did. And it was glorious. There are a couple of things that I’ve personally heard Gmail doubters don’t like about Gmail, and they are mainly:
- Threaded emails: My aunt and several coworkers state that some emails get lost and unread when threaded.
- Labels instead of folders: Doubters don’t like that emails don’t “go away” when you put labels on them.
- Privacy: Doubters claim Google has no sense of privacy, and that emails are easily hacked.
Here are my explanations and solutions:
- Threaded emails: I actually love this feature because helps me organize my emails. Did I forget what this person is talking about in a reply? That’s okay, because I can just scroll up, instead of pushing back, and searching for my previous email. I still get those chain letters and FWDs from my mom and some of my friends. Don’t want three of those emails? No problem, because they’re all stuck in one thread.
However, I do understand where the complaint is coming from. I mean, I’ve accidentally ignored emails because I read the very bottom thread and didn’t see the three in-between. However, the kind entity that is Google has found a solution for those who don’t like this. Go to settings, and search for Conversation View. Turn that off. Now, you can have all those pesky threaded emails out in the open.
- Labels instead of folders: I’ll admit; this bugged me once upon a time as well. Before the days of just tagging posts, blogs and other things were put in categories and folders, but only one of each. You couldn’t have one email or blog post in two different folders, even thought it talked about cats and dogs. But now, using labels instead of folders, I can label an email a million times if I wanted to, and it wouldn’t be constricted or confined to one folder.
To be honest, I don’t really see the problem with labels VS folders, because I really think labels are far superior, so I can’t really think of a solution for this, other than just get used to it. They’re relatively the same when it comes to organizing things, and if you really hate having two labels on one email, then you just have to be organized and make sure that doesn’t happen. I, on the other hand, love it.
- Privacy: According to the Gmail wikipedia page: “Google automatically scans e-mails to add context-sensitive advertisements to them.” I honestly don’t see the problem with this, at least not in the sense that this is solely on Gmail’s shoulders. I used to see ads in Yahoo! and Hotmail accounts too, so I don’t understand why there’s a sudden frenzy of panic over Gmail accounts.
The only solution that I can see is ignore it. Unless you’re a CIA agent or paranoid parrot, you probably don’t mind, and might even like seeing those ads. If I’m talking about food in my email to my mother, I like seeing recipes for corn chowder in the margins.
If there was one Google product I would propose to, and marry, it would be this one. Google Reader changed my life, and I mean that literally. Before Google Reader, I would have to go to each website and see if there were any updates, and if there were, I would have to go back and find the last thing I read and then read all the stuff up until I ran out, and I had dozens of sites that I had to read. And that’s really irritating when it comes to web comics.
But then, I stumbled upon Google Reader, and wow. It was like a huge weight had been lifted and I don’t have to worry about how far back I have to go, because Reader already knows. It’s beautiful. My only complaint is that it only keeps unread posts for a month, and sometimes I’m busier (or lazier) for longer than that. But seriously. It’s wonderful.
I found out about Google Docs from Common Craft so here’s the video I watched:
I was really amazed at the community aspect, and was really excited to try it as soon as possible. Fortunately, Google has added so many features and available documents, so it’s even better than in the video. So far, I don’t know anyone that has complained about Google Docs. That’s because it’s amazing.
I’ve had a Blackberry, and it was alright. I have an iPod Touch, and I like it. But I’m basically in love with my Android phone. It’s so customizable, simple to use, open source, and just beautiful. The multitasking this OS can do is by far my favourite part. The one-stop notifications is also great. I mean, pop-up notifications on the iOS are good too, but sometimes I’ll be doing something, and then I’ll accidentally click “Close” before reading the message, and it annoys me so much. And I love the Google integration. I mean, I guess this part is obvious, since Android is Google made, but still, it’s pretty amazing.