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Field Trips

25 Jan

While I’m all for class field trips, usually meaning downtown in the city, somewhere close, convenient and affordable for everyone, I didn’t expect my teacher today to propose going to Vancouver/Seattle for a four day weekend type thing. While it sounds pretty great, it’s not exactly my type of traveling, two cities in 3-4 days? A bit overwhelming. Two days traveling on a bus is not my cup of tea and most of all – I have nothing in my budget for this kind of thing.

I’m already broke, I really can’t afford something like this on a whim. Plus, in my mind set, doing a trip like that just isn’t worth it or the money spent.

If I were going to Vancouver and Seattle I’d at least make it a week if not two, not one day in each city bustling around to numerous galleries and the like without really even being able to soak in anything of the city itself. Also, I figure the nights will be like Italy all over again, everyone getting having a party or being loud in general in another room, while I have a bath to myself and go to bed early.

I probably sounded about 78 just then, but that’s what I did in Florence haha. It was actually quite nice to have a moment of quiet, the hotel room all to myself without the 5 other girls and get some much needed sleep.

If this trip happens, I’m quite sure I’m staying put at home.

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NFLD I

23 Dec

I’m currently about 45 kilometres outside of St. John’s, capital city of Newfoundland & Labrador, on my way to see my Nan for Christmas. After a very long day of flying yesterday, with Inception as one of the movies, we arrived in St. John’s at about 11:30 PM nfld time with a stop along the way in Ottawa. Phoned my Nan when we were there and she said she baked my apple pie with 18 apples! Amazing. That will involve a picture no doubt.

After getting to the Sheraton Hotel, putting our bags away in our rooms, my folks and I went out to a pub that is 24 hours, the Celtic Hearth. Brilliant having a 24 hour pub. Edmonton/Calgary, let’s make this happen! My mom and I had the fish and chips with dressing (stuffing) and gravy on the fries. Amazing combo of flavour, while my dad had a burger. I’m not sure how much seafood I’ll be having when out here, so I want to consume as much as the fresh fish as possible!

The weather is something to be desired, raining and very very windy, which is apparent even more when you’re in a vehicle that is about as aerodynamic as a toaster. Though with no snow, it’s hard to complain about it. Something about the rain just makes it all that more “Newfoundland” in my mind. We just came into some fog as well. Just passed a sign saying Clarenville is 87 km away. We are heading down to the Burin Peninsula and will probably be hanging around that area for the majority of the trip. On Christmas Day we will be spending lunch at a seniors home where my Great Nan, 91 years old, is living. Her mind isn’t so good, but we know her and it’s good to see her as realistically she could go at any time now.

My great uncle Dave will also be around when we are as he wanted to come home for Christmas, I only met him when I was a baby, so it will be good to meet more of the family, plus it gives my dad another guy to hang around with and I’m sure they can get away from us ladies.

There are a couple things on my to do list, so hopefully I will be able to do those things in the days we have here. Apart from a few set events, like Christmas, everything is pretty open, so I hope we can do some driving so I can see some spots I went to as a kid that really stuck in my mind.

No moose sightings yet, but that could change.

Outliers

11 Jul

Well well, hello there blog. Been almost a month, eh?

I’ve been busy working on a project dealing with QR Codes and Transhumanism/Post-humanism. It’s all very complex and stuff, but the history of barcodes it genuinely interesting. So is transhumanism for that matter. This is basically a far more fleshed out idea than the linear barcode idea I talked about a few posts ago. If you’ve seen the film Minority Report, the idea is kind of based off the eye scanning system they have, to track, identify and personalize adverts for whoever is walking by. There is also a bunch of ideas behind barcodes that we will all just be a number in the future etc…

I’m trying to get into reading again. I’ve started a book I bought ages ago called “Outliers.”

It’s basically talking about success and how part of you becoming successful can be where you are from as well as when you were born. Not just parenting, hard work and all that. Which of course are important, but it’s an interesting view. I’ve only read the intro so far but I will keep with it!

In other news I got my long dead Xbox replaced. I traded up to get a glossy new xbox slim. It is very nice, the chrome details made me nearly swoon, as I am a loser for little details like that. I’ve been playing far too much Red Dead Redemption in some free time and I’m now working to get 100% game completion. Why? I’m not exactly sure. To say I have I suppose. I’m looking forward to starting Splinter Cell: Conviction. I’ve enjoyed the games on game cube so I’m sure it can only be as good if not better for xbox this time round.

I bought one of my friends -the- perfect purple western shirt. The colour she has chosen for her riding accessories is purple, so her bridle, saddle pad, blanket … everything! Is purple. I went to one of her first horse shows of the season and her western shirt she bought when she was 16. It still kind of fits but is a bit tight in some areas, if you know what I mean. So I got this shirt, it’s a men’s shirt but it should fit her. Totally plain. I’m going to add new buttons and embroider the hell out of it to make it awesome and flashy. Which is the way of these western shirts. It’s her Christmas present… shhh. (This is my friend who is a technophobe so she won’t be seeing this.) I’m pretty excited to use all the purple shades possible, sequins and pretty purple buttons to jazz up the shirt.

Product shot from the Wrangler 20x website. No offence to the model but I hope it looks better on her.

And, as if I didn’t have enough projects going on, my very good friend Lucas is going to teach me how to knit. I bought needles (orange ones, obviously) and yarn today! I’m looking forward to knitting, crocheting and cross stitching parties haha!

Some pretty cool things are going on.

9 Jun

First off, I sent my address to Jill Wignall the lady behind Today I Saw. When Jill sees something she draws it on a blank postcard and sends it to someone. I got my address in at the last second! Her project is over this July, having done it for a whole year. I feel so lucky to be getting one:

On another note, Thankfully the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is starting to be controlled. I’m certainly not a hippy or deep environmentalist, anti-oil and all the rest. But the disaster is a huge concern of mine. The clean up will be one hell of a job. On one of the blogs I follow, they had a link to a little application where you could put the size of the oil spill over your home region, just to put it into perspective. I was blown away at how large it is over my home area. Seeing the small satellite picture on BBC News doesn’t really do the scale justice. So, if the spill was over Calgary, this is how it would look:

Scary.

In other news, I have gotten myself a volunteer position at abrecords. A little recording studio here in Calgary. I’m basically going to be a gopher, filling envelopes, getting office supplies and updating social networking sites. I think it will be a great opportunity. Down the line it might open doors for photography opportunities and may turn into a job down the line. I’m really looking forward to it.

It's June.

2 Jun

Nothing on the job front so far which is getting annoying. I guess it gives me all the time in the world to make things, which is great. But income would be most appreciated.

I’ve been cross stitching. I made a small 3.5×2.5 one of a bridge I’ve never heard of before. It was a pattern in one of the many cross stitching magazines I have. I’m now currently working on a 3.5×3.5 delft design out of one of the CrossStitcher magazines that will be for my Oma. I think she will really like it.

One thing that’s nice about the little projects is they give you a sense of accomplishment. I have a couple large cross stitches going on right now. A banana and a beach water front scene, and they are taking ages. So It’s nice to busy yourself with little ones in between. I also have an idea for something for my Mom and my Nan, but I can’t say what they are because I know they read this. In any case they will be awesome. And one of them rather practical.

On the photography side of things I think I found a new style I quite like. I’ve been interested in bar codes recently and after looking at some of Dabe Alan’s work on Flickr, I got to thinking about how images work. The little strips of pixels on Dabe’s stream were really interesting to me. Though now I think they might have been little previews of something else… I have no idea what the full image is and my mind went into over drive trying to think about what they were. So in taking parts of that, and parts of the barcode that is so interesting, I’m making images that are made up of a bar code. Essentially what the bars on the code “say” is what is in the image. For example:

The bars on this image say “Grainery.” Which is what the building is. Of course as you add more information to the barcode, the more thick and longer it becomes. I personally think it’s really cool and I hope to flesh it out during the summer and really get a nice concept behind it. Instead of “I like barcodes and thought this was cool.” Not so deep.

I’ve also been shooting out of my car window with the Lensbaby. Those will be up on Flickr fairly soon.

I thought I'd better make an effort.

8 May

Oh man, things have been crazy busy. OK. I lied. They have been boring.

I got a call from a camera store located in Edmonton all jazzed up that I might be getting an interview but… turns out they are looking for someone to work from now through until Christmas. That wouldn’t work at all. So those hopes were dashed in a matter of 5 minutes. -sigh-

Markets are still tough here even though Canada has been very economically strong through the recession and we are “out” of it as far as I know. But no one is hiring as I think things are still a bit fragile.

On the upside, this week I felt a bit famous. I saw this:

It was designed by Ed Nacional and I love it. The second I saw it I thought it would look great like this:

Of course it does. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Ed Nacional likes is a whole lot, which is so great, and so do so many other people. I even got tweeted by Friends of Type, Kitsune Noir [gasp!!] and Ed himself. Along with a couple other lovely people. I’m really flattered about all the compliments and it’s really encouraging to keep doing this stuff and, of course, coming up with my own designs.

I’m also going home to Edmonton for next week for a couple weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing my three cats who I miss very much. [Insert shout out to Kiwi, Nyx and Pollux] I’m also looking forward to seeing my parents of course. It’s been a while, since February I think, when reading week was happening. They are going on a little anniversary [20th!] getaway to Victoria for some golf and fun in the sun. So, I’m hanging out in Edot looking after the house and doing a lot of sewing! [and cleaning, but that isn’t all that fun.]

Tethered

29 Apr

I know I don’t post to this a whole lot. But It’s going to be a wee bit less frequent until I get my grandparents house into the 21st century by bringing internet into the house. Until then I will tether to the internet via the iPhone for brief periods of time! Plus following a lot blogs on the ol’ Google Reader is bound to get backed up in a huge hurry and that terrifies me.

Grades were posted today and I did pretty alright. Which I’m happy about. I seem to struggle/not care about my art history courses, I finally passed on first time round. Thank Christ. The subject matter is interesting just not in a 3 hours lecture way of learning it. I’m hoping that this 300 level art history dealing with photography will be more interesting and much more relevant and contemporary. Seeing that photography has been around for maybe 150 years, there isn’t really any 30 000 year old cave photos to be looking at.

Apart from that nothing really going on. I haven’t done anything creative yet this summer. That’s ok. I’m pretty burned out I think. Plus I’ve been busy moving and such. But, I’m hoping to do a lot of sewing and starting to make prototypes of things that LR and I are going to sell in our shop. Fun things will come out of it I’m very sure. Especially with this book:

End Those What-To-Wear Woes!

No more spending more than you can afford on clothes! Chic & Simple Sewing shows you how to make modern, stylish, and fun clothes you’ll want to wear every day. Plus, you’re in control. You pick the fabrics, the cut, the size–all tailored just for you, not mass-manufactured on an assembly line. For about the price of two or three commercial sewing patterns, this book will give you full-size patterns to make the more than 20 garments, including a classic shift, A-line skirt, and figure-flattering wrap dress. What are you waiting for? Your new, one-of-a-kind wardrobe awaits!

I’m really excited to try some of these projects and [hopefully] sell them like crazy. A lot of the shirts and things are really pretty and I think the ladies will love them. I also saw a pattern for a tunic and a pattern for bow ties and neck ties that I’m really tempted to buy, but I’m not sure how “in” bow ties and neck ties are. Regardless I might get it down the line once the store is a bit more established and that.

Anyways, I’m going to get off the tethered internet and play some Sims3.