I am stuck on the 50’s!

With the arrival of games such as Fallout3 and L.A.Noire to my boyfriend’s PS3 (and the advent of TF2’s rise in popularity because it’s free-to-play), I have been really stuck on 50’s culture lately. I checked out several books from the library in the hopes of becoming inspired for a story rewrite I would like to do, but discovered that the era wasn’t really apropos to what I wanted (more on that later-perhaps). Instead I was left with tons of books depicting a romanticized world that I’m sure it would have been awful to live through but just looks so damn cool.

But what is it about the era that’s got me so excited? I could think of lots of reasons:

  1. Beautiful colour schemes– the 50’s adored turquoise
  2. The almost comically “futuristic” furniture. Chrome = yes
  3. Seemingly infallible family values (it’s a beautiful lie!)
  4. The positive attitude everything seems to take on
  5. Do-it-yourself mantras that make me feel like working on things
  6. Creative advertising- straight out lies, but with a smile!
  7. Catchy music (not my favourite era, but still good)
  8. Preppy fashions– oh, I want to dress like the ladies from the sexist ads!
Despite making my list and puzzling over which of these things really appeals to me the most, I still don’t know what it is! I guess I’m going through a phase- having a fling with a snappily dressed decade long-past. I just can’t help it though; this techie just wants to go vintage!
(but not post-50’s vintage– all form of taste and style disappeared after 1959)
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Trip to NYC: Day 5

Due to lack of internet in some places and lack of energy on my part in most others, I haven’t been online long enough to update anybody on my adventures in NYC except for the occasional Facebook status update. I’ve been keeping track of the important events in a sketchbook, using stupid little sketches and phrases to mark the events as I go along. When I return home, I’ll scan these pages. Unfortunately following my trip to California, my camera lacks a battery charger, so no photos from me this time around. But you know me, I love lists. So here, have a list!

NYC Days 1-5 (in no real order):

-NYC is hot, averaging 90’F with 90% humidity each day

-Minor league baseball is somewhat dull, they have to do a lot to make people excited about it

-I ate peanuts at the park, complete with leaving the shells under the seat in front of me

-I bought a knock-0ff Tokidoki bag from a random street vendor in SOHO

“There are so many hot Asian guys here; it’s like the closest I can get without walking down the streets of Shibuya!”

– Is 16 blocks a mile? Oh, how many miles I’ve walked.

-I’ve only had Dr. Pepper once since we arrived here. This here is a Pepsi-Cola town.

-Cash-Only, cash-only, cash-only…or minimum $15 credit card charge

-Taxis don’t care if you’re jumping up and down, unless you’re IN the street you won’t be seen

“I can’t tell if some of the people here are crazy or just really friendly”

-There’s a Chinese take-out place called “U LIKE”, underneath the Chinese characters read “take out” and nothing else.

-I got to eat chocolate (and buy buttons) from the Chocolate Bar. They are located in NYC, Dubai and Qatar- no where else on earth. The chocolate was interesting, but nothing special. The button says “Wear More Chocolate”.

– #26 in the ball game did nothing but practice pitching for every at-bat. He’s my hero.

-I had the best french toast ever, with real Vermont syrup. I tried to sketch it and it looked like a bleeding sponge. The bread was light, fluffy and porous.

-The “Think Coffee” coffee shop cups said “made from plants, not plastic”

“If it’s made from plants and not plastic, why isn’t it green?”

– UNIQLO is a Japanese fashion store with only one store in the US. It’s really cool.

-I’m pretty sure UNICLO [yoo-nee-clo-wuh]  is supposed to be “unique clothing”

-Apparently in Japanese sizes I don’t have a 29″ waist? Why can’t things fit as easily as just “S”?

-I don’t think half the fire escapes on these apartments could support an actual human being

-I had Fish n’ chips that was made with something other than Cod.

-Cafe Bari has the best sweet peanut sauce I have ever tasted. Chicken Satay win.

“NYC seems to be the only place it’s OK to be foreign and not have to act like you fit in. Ironic, since it’s the most iconic “all-American” city in America.

-Average stuff here costs more than Indiana, but about the same as California.

-SUV Taxis may be terrible for the environment, but they sure are wonderful for my sore feet.

-The Metro may be great for the environment, but it sure is a terrible experience to go through.

-They recycle here, Yay!

-After all that walking, I got a blister on my finger. The index finger of my left (non-dominant) hand. I will never figure out how or why. It’s just there, being annoying.

-Did I mention it’s hot? Too hot to stay inside the apartment we’re staying in. Yay for stores, cafes and other places with A/C.

more later…

A List of things to make a List about:

I like making lists, it makes me feel like I’m doing something to get organized-even though in actuality it is probably just another form of procrastination- ha ha. Anyway, a list of things I need and want and must do, in no particular order, over the next month or so (things due this week marked * as needed).

  • Write a blog entry on my awesome new Toshiba Satellite A505 laptop, Myrskyä.
  • Work on portfolio site [technically, my M355 final]
  • Research on New Media [LOL, that’s like my entire major right there]
  • Talk to Informatics Dept about Study Abroad opportunities for NM majors [DK plz?]
  • Get Lady GaGa music, so MAYBE it’ll stay out of my head if I get sick of it!
  • Do laundry [LOL, what?]
  • Work on final concepts for cubecats — I want to take this somewhere big. ;3
  • Create and print new designs for new travel mug See it here
  • Find better resources for learning Dansk Now I have to find them on learning Finnish
  • Finish reading Orbiting the Giant Hairball*
  • Work on “ART =/= TECH” piece [more on this later]
  • Empty camera memory of all old photos and videos [more space plz]*
  • Write a cool short story to perform for audio class [N265]
  • Be friends with more artsy people
  • Clean my flashdrives and install Portable Apps on one of them*
  • Find ONE place to put the stuff I carry everyday [and LEAVE it there]*
  • Replace light bulb in bedroom with “green” light bulb
  • Find “SkinIt” cards and order awesome new laptop skin for Myrskyä*
  • Learn the key-combo for the [ä] so I can quit copypasta-ing it* Thanks Alex.
  • Reorganize first 10 pages of R.H and figure out some good redesigns for chara
  • Find all old school textbooks, make an inventory, figure out who takes what, sell
  • Clean phone’s MicroSD and put new wallpapers on it [customization plz]*
  • Find upload cable for phone, make it not so lame
  • Throw out all old school work from last semester [Recycle, plzkthnx]*
  • Use more post-it notes [they are your friends, you know]
  • Doodle daily~ don’t be afraid to draw badly [it’s all good now]*
  • Cook the tofu in the icebox [noodles + peanut sauce plzkthnx]*
  • Buy more Dr. Pepper [oh, ASAP]*
  • Organize computer desk drawers [so full]
  • Organize dresser drawers and closet [so empty]
  • Look through old manga, figure out what to save, list the rest, sell/trade/gift
  • vacuum around computer desk [ask Li for vacuum]
  • Look for decent May plane fares to Dallas and San Jose
  • Eat more chocolate [it makes you happy]*
  • Organize paper-holders in bedroom [too full]
  • Organize boxes on dresser and under bed [too empty full]
  • Figure out which bed is closer to more outlets, move to that one [two beds, yes]*
  • Get a table tripod for digital camera Thank you mom.
  • Get a power strip for bedroom [at least 4 plugs, grounded]
  • Put away now clean dishes*
  • Return Chinese CDs to EALC dept at school [What? I JUST found them]*
  • Find all my pencils [I know I have like 6 million somewhere]
  • Bring in pens and pencils for IT131 lab [because they gave us TWO]*
  • Get gigantor TV from Li [find strong guys to carry it to PP] <She gave it away
  • Make new playlists for iTunes so Dane Cook, Smothers Bros, Wind Waker Soundtrack and my own recordings and assignments quit playing randomly when I put the entire library on “Shuffle” [This is SO ANNOYING]*

Let’s try this again- New Notebook?

OK, with a slight change in plans regarding the iPod Touch situation I have decided to focus my attention on getting a new notebook. Not necessarily a netbook, but certainly something to replace AcerDemon. The truth is, my mom’s laptop (Oldy-moldy) Owl, took a spill the other day thanks to our adorable kitty Mu and now something isn’t quite right with the power adaptor cable- or that general area on the machine. I attempted to take apart the machine to get to the area in question, but poor construction on the part of Dell (c. 1998) kept me from the power supply and all I managed to do was break the table I was working on when it collapsed under momma’s Dinosaur–I mean PC.

TL;DR? I want to give mom AcerDemon– which at least WORKS –to replace the (Oldy-Moldy) Owl.

This means, I need to get a new laptop. My parents are going to front me the money and I will pay it off in increments over the next year. Now that I have a job as a TCC at IUPUI, I will have a fairly steady income with which to pay them back. It shouldn’t be a problem, at any rate. Anyway, a few must-haves on the notebook that will either limit or expand my purchasing options:

  1. Must be a PC. NO, it has nothing to do with me hating Apple (I’m getting over that- in fact, I’m typing this from a Mac right now) it is in fact a choice based off of how comfortable I am with my computing skills as a programmer–comfortable enough to use a PC Fine, I’ll be honest, I just like PCs better, so there.
  2. I will NOT get another Acer- I don’t care HOW awesome it is. Acer gets no more money from me after last time!
  3. Needs to run Windows 7 OR Windows Vista with possibility of Upgrade is fine, since I own the OS. Needs to meet 7 specs.
  4. Needs to be able to run the Adobe CS4 Suite –
    • 1.8GHz or faster processor
    • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation
    • 1,024×768 display (1,280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card

That’s really all that I have spec-wise. There are a few aesthetic/personal things I’d like to avoid, such as teeny-tiny touchpads (or the ones that have holes and feel like little air hockey tables), less than 3 USB ports, an easily scratched surface and short batterylife. Ideally, if the battery life is less than 3 hours, I would like something in a 12-15″ screen, so I can carry the A/C adaptor with me in the same bag as the computer. A netbook would obviously solve this and I’m still in love with the supposed 9 hours that the Toshiba NB205 used to brag about, but anything from 3-5 hours would be great (the average time that I’m in a lecture or away from home).

The most important thing overall is weight. It HAS to be light. Less than 7lb, preferably less than 5lb. Oh yeah, and I don’t want to spend more than say $400-500 on it unless it’s a really epic machine.

But, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions…

I hereby declare that I do not resolve, but might otherwise attempt to achieve in the next 360 days:

  1. Lære mere Dansk!
  2. Be more honest with my opinions of people
  3. Keep up with washing the dishes
  4. Do my laundry BEFORE I run out of clothes
  5. Wear more green.
  6. Find a proper illustrator for Reality. Hacked
  7. Take shorter showers
  8. Work hard in all my classes
  9. Surround myself with cute and happy
  10. Eat more food! Gain 5 lbs!!
  11. Blog at least weekly if not bi-weekly
  12. Do something exciting/profitable with Cubecats
  13. Dis poor font choices less often (ext. Papyrus, Comic Sans)
  14. Make a portfolio website!
  15. Don’t let my lack of phone/car prevent me from socializing
  16. Take the REDLINE more!
  17. WALK more!
  18. Take more photos of things.
  19. Look into studying marketing/merchandising
  20. Learn to love Macs (ugh)

ACHTUNG: Chores Ahead!

Honestly, I think that ACHTUNG sounds a lot more like a warning than CAUTION. Can’t you just hear an angry German person shouting it? “ACHTUNG: PANZERSCHWEIN!” (Warning: Armadillos!) I don’t know, it always attracts me first when I see it on signs. Especially the neon pink ones they use in the IT building at IUPUI…

I’m getting off subject here. This was supposed to be an entry about the chores I need to do today, designed to help me organize them in my head first before I can “put them down on paper”, so to speak. Then it will be easier to focus on exactly what I need to do. And it’s more fun than just writing a list and taping it up on the wall so I can see it…though, I’ll probably do that too- I have some awesome aqua colored paper from working at Office Max last year. ❤

OK, so I need to first make my bed, which will involve taking everything off of it so I can find all of the socks, shirts and various papers and electronics that I’m sure have found their way into my bedsheets at some point thanks to my habit of tossing everything on the closest available flat surface. Then, one the bed is made, I will pile the clothes onto it and decide what is actually dirty and what accidentally fell out of the clean pile into the dirty clothes bin. I will then place all the clean clothes in one bin and all the dirty ones in another so that I may later-at some point-eventually do my laundry. Then, I will tidy up all of the books and papers on the floor and throw them on the desk to be dealt with later. Then I’ll take all the bags off the floor and do the same thing, only with the closet. Then (if she isn’t awake yet) I will awaken my roommate by pushing her box of clothing, which has been taking up the floor of my room since she moved in back in May, against her door so she can do something about it.

Now, at this point everything should be off my floor. I imagine there will be a lot of junk and trash and I’ll pitch that. I also need to take everything out of my IKEA chest of drawers so that my dad can fix it because I made the mistake of hiding almost a decades worth of old notebooks and sketchbooks in there and they slowly and steadily warped the bottom of the drawers under their combined weight to the point that they don’t actually close anymore. Whoops.

At any rate, after all of the above is finished I should have a totally clear floor, cleaned off bed and more space to move stuff around when I get ready to move nine days from now. ALSO, I’m looking for missing articles! One of which being my AQUA DUCT TAPE! Of which I obtained to repair the inside of my bright orange “Watch the Cat” bag that my aunt got for me in New York. The part that needs repair is the canvas on the inside, which has ripped and torn over the years. I figured the extreme contrast between the neon orange and neon aqua would be enough to make me love the bag all over again (plus the bag is made of recycled goods already, so I’m just extending it’s life a little bit longer). I’ll take photos when I’m done.

Projects (a personal list)

Stories/Concepts/Worlds
Reality.Hacked -aka- project_h4x -fka- h4xX0r5 [03-09] -comic // 12 char / 2 worlds
Wishing Stars [05] -comic portfolio project // 7 char
H.S.F.K -aka- Hide Seek Find Keep [09] -comic practice // 4 char
Earth Sound [09] -narration practice, character interaction // 3 char / 2 worlds
Earth Sound: Echoes (prequel) [09] – narration/writing // 5 char / 2 worlds
And We are Only Birds Made for Flight [08] -narration, character design // 4 char
{Unnamed Storyline} [08] -character design, world design // 4 char / 5 worlds
Triple Technicality [09] -character interaction, narration // 2 char
Passwords [08] -story concept, character design // 2 char

Battle of the 5 Kingdoms [09] -game design, character design // 8 char / 2 worlds

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Story-less Characters
Shimoyake [m]
Fushicho Shade [m]
Kenishi [Kin Xi] Tao [m]
Reilly O’ Neillan [m]
Faye O’Neillan [m]
Nyx (Onyxi) [m]
Faber [m]
Judai [m]
Johnathon I. Dowe [m]
Janet T. Dou [f]
Lady Aka of Cheshire [f]
Clarissa [f]
Akiko Hanode [f]
Misoba (Minh Soo Bai) [f]

There are doubtless many, many more I just can’t think of all of them at once. Also,  the reason why there are so few female characters is because all of my well-developed female characters wound up staying in the stories they were created for.