Friday, December 30, 2005, 11:05 AM - Relationships, Vegan/Vegetarian, Art/Design
Yesterday my husband sent me this link about procrastination, I know it was a bit of a dig... but I'll let it pass. (True, I did spend two hours the other day on the vegan freak forums talking to people, but it was a rare occasion, maybe). I did get up in the middle of the night and ended up talking to people in the chatroom for a bit, had a horrid sleep with my mother ringing every few hours to tell me how my step-father was doing, and that they were going to operate on him soon etc etc.
So speaking of that topic which I supposedly frequently participate, I did spend nearly all day on the glossary, and feel, apart from two appendixes that need to be added, that, I am at the point of printing it out and cross-checking it. I was trying to do it on screen last night, 60 A4 pages of info scrolling back and forth, very frustrating. So, I shall soon, perhaps, have it out of my system.
I am a little loathe to speak about this, but it annoyed me; so here goes:
So, for months, I was told I was going to be in a feature about Australian Designers in an Asian (Hong Kong) magazine called IdN. It was pushed out and pushed out, and finally I received the magazine with said article in it yesterday, and I wasn't in it!! 15 Designers out of the list of 20. So there are 4 others, like me, wondering why, no doubt.
I have a theory...
I'm not cool enough.
So I have concluded my work was excluded because I wasn't cool enough for their publication. I really like their magazine normally, and good on the people that managed to get in, but, man, how grumpy am I about it?! Now I really feel like I am worth NOTHING...
That's my rant.
It has made me want to work harder.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 07:27 PM - Relationships, English, FrenchYesterday I received the best things!
I received a card from a very good friend, a present from another and a very large box of stuff from my mama. She is too nice! She sent me books, and vegemite, and bits of japanese fabric, perhaps to temp me to be creative with them again (haven't sewn anything for ages), but one of the best things she sent me was the first "The Young Ones" DVD. My man looked at it puzzled, they never showed the French the mayhem of that show obviously. Maybe they thought they wouldn't understand? Perhaps scratch their heads in bewilderment? Wonder what in fact, they watched at the end of the program? Haven't tested it out on him yet.
Subscribed to a new podcast today : The French Podclass (which I found while listening to The Word Nerds. I have half listened to the first podcast, can tell you my French is much better than basic greetings, but I am happy I found it, he has done alot of work on it. I am impressed! Take a look if you are trying to learn French, I think it is a good resource so far...
illustration friday : holidays
Saturday, December 24, 2005, 09:22 AM - General, Relationships, Illustration, Illustration Friday
So, I promise I will do something in colour next time I have an illustration friday submission.
I have been told that we are going into the FNAC today to buy a gift for the nieces, why today?
Christmas celebrations tonight, had a horrid sleep over night due to neighbours kid deciding he was going to start partying at middnight. He is only 10 or something like that, already listens to death metal and punk and last night was honestly the first time he has annoyed me with playing music really loud, and the first time I was able to hear it in my lounge room. I guess, I am in an apartment, it is Christmas, and, well, two good reasons not to be grumpy about it. Makes me sound old.
my own ord!
Friday, December 23, 2005, 05:51 PM - General, Relationships, Art/Design
Received my own copy of Ord's new comic today. I went to school with Ordy and I still can't get used to calling her Mandy. Always Ord to me. So I am happy. It was a red letter day for me, a few things in the post JUST for me! I even got a really nice letter from an old friend of mine, who I write to, even when I lived in Sydney. We have always written to each other, snail mail, and I honestly haven't seen her in 5 years. Disgusting isn't it.
I am a little concerned about the IdN feature I am supposed to be in in December... the website hasn't changed, the Ripe Off The Press people have said nothing. I hope the IdN people are just too busy with their conference to put out a new magazine. I was hoping to use the magazine plug as a new stepping stone to getting a real job again. I guess I have to go about it the boring, old normal way?
Have had a quick look at Illustration Friday, and I need to create now, or I'm not going to have a submission. I guess I could swap to Photo Friday instead this week? Opps, that's right, no challenge this week on Photo Friday... illustration it is.
Is Christmas over yet?
long living glossary
Thursday, December 22, 2005, 06:07 PM - General, Relationships, Politics, Art/DesignToday, I dug out my long, forever still not finished glossary for terms to do with graphic design, printing, restoration, typography, bookbinding and (it seems) whatever else takes my fancy, for stuff I would like to know as a "designer" or whatever I have become here in France. It was started due to the fact I would go to interviews and have not a clue what the name of that was in French. Kind of embarassing really...
"and this is a... a... I don't know the word in French... (smile wanely)"
Great! That would be a letterhead (papier en tÍte) or a brochure (same word) or perhaps even a business card (carte de visite)... see I have learnt something in the past year or so!
So, I thought a few weeks ago that I had lost the version I was doing in the week after returning from South Africa (yes, in August), as we had overhauled the computer and gave it a new life... but I found it again, so I have kicked myself in the butt basically. Enough teaching people English and not doing much but illustration, I cannot forget how to use the applications I was extremely fast in using before.
There was a reason that instigated this little outburst, but, I am not going to write it down and give it
I did spend the day at the fabulous Prefecture, the shame of it all, they wonder why the foreigners riot! All day, didn't work. All for picking up my ten year residency card, true, I don't have to go back there again, but still ALL DAY (or close).
Aren't Mormons supposed to be God loving all compassionate creatures? The conversations these boys were having in the Prefecture were typical 18 year old stuff, except no girls, all blood and violence and stupid television. I guess they're allowed.