Tuesday, January 3, 2006, 08:04 PM - General, Work (The Man), Vegan/Vegetarian, Art/Design, Illustration Friday, English, FrenchI feel the need to write, how's that!
I haven't felt the need to impart any information for days.
Had one of the most revolting NYEs ever. Man was sick, he lay in bed all weekend, I watched The Young Ones (Series 1), in its entirety... went to bed at about 10:30pm, perhaps not that early, but pretty close.
Didn't do an illustration for Illustration friday until now : Not finished, but here is the basic, non-coloured version. The topic was "Flavour".
Damn students didn't turn up for their lessons again today: really boring sometimes... I listened to a few worthwhile podcasts, so it wasn't time completely wasted. Had The Vegan Freaks to listen to today after a good week and a half, I was laughing out loud on the tramway here, which was pretty embarassing, but I don't really care. Better to laugh than not to at the moment.
They had an interview with the guy who runs Herbivore Magazine, and they were talking about a "lime green thong" which reminded me of when I was 21, we bought (as the joke "now your 21 present") a lime green, fluorescent, polyester thong, that was given to everyone of my friends... then it disappeared, perhaps someone gave it to him? Actually I know who kept it, and it didn't really surprise me.
The othe podcast was from The Creative Cow. It was podcast #11, and the main interview was with KINO, he was a really interesting person to listen to and he had some new interesting ideas about keeping your mind creative: the one I liked the most was a simple mind game (he referenced Kipling's "Kym" as where he got the idea from):
You ask someone to set out some objects on a table, at least 10, and you look at them and try to remember everything about them. (I can understand the idea that you don't remember much the first time, as this has been proven to me whilst playing Chinese Whispers in French, I honestly am really bad at it), but if you try really hard you get really good at it. After looking out of the window all afternoon at said "where students don't come to lessons" company, I would expect every detail of the scene outside would be burnt into my memory, but I could bet that is not true.
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.
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.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005, 12:30 PM - Relationships, Music/Books/Film, Art/Design, IllustrationMy husband has created an application called "PumpItUp" (you can look at his blog if you must know all the dirty programming details)... so, he has been bugging me for this "icon" for ages. I had hand-drawn ideas, he just couldn't understand why I would want to do it that way first. I asked him which ones he liked, and he mentioned my least favourite. So, I sat in front of the computer last night, I did the one he pointed out, and the one I liked the most... I won. hehehehehe.
Asaurus Records have a T-Shirt competition due for the end of the year. I now have a goal for my non-existent student lessons this afternoon. Short deadline, but I am sure I'll manage.