Holy shit.

Mar. 12th, 2011 10:43 am
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I know that some have posted this on my f-list already, but the full magnitude of Japan's disasters didn't hit me til I read the newspaper just now.

What is going on in the world? It's been one major disaster after the next in that area...
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I'm jumping on the minimalist bandwagon and getting rid of some books. I'm posting a list here and on LJ to see if anyone would like a book before I send them all to the library. They're a mixture of random books, some old and some new. I'm getting rid of them mainly because I don't read them anymore and have no room left on the shelves to let them continue collecting dust.

They can go anywhere in the world, and the only thing I ask is that you pay for the shipping and handling fees.

Feel free to link to others if you think they'd be interested.

-The Druidry Handbok: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth by John Michael Greer
Condition: Very Good

-Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic by Lupa
Condition: Like New

-Drawing Down the Spirits: The Traditions and Techniques of Spirit Possession by Filan and Kaldera
Condition: Very Good

-Trance-Portation: Learning to Navigate the Inner World by Diana Paxson
Condition: Very Good

-Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Condition: Acceptable, has a slightly worn cover and permanent marker on the page edges, but can still be read just fine

-Seidways: Shaking, Swaying and Serpent Mysteries by Jan Fries
Condition: Like New

-Dracula by Bram Stoker (Dover Thrift Editions)
Condition: Acceptable, has a slightly worn cover and some dog-eared pages

-Native North America: Belief and Rtual, Spirits of Earth and Sky by Larry Zimmerman
Condition: Like New

-The Wind is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman by Bear Heart (no, it's not a white guy)
Condition: Very Good

-(Manga) King of Hell, Volumes 1-3 by Ra In-Soo and Jae-Hwan Kim
Condition: Very Good

-Writing Themes about Literature: A Guide to Accompany The Norton Introduction to Literature by Jenny Sullivan
Condition: New (I never opened it, lol)

-Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Condition: Very Good

-Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Dover Thrift Editions)
Condition: Very Good

-Medea by Euripides (Dover Thrift Editions)
Condition: Acceptable, has some dog-eared pages, permanent marker on the side, and a bit of writing on the pages, but it's still fine for reading

-Macbeth by Shakespeare (Dover Thrift Editions)
Condition: Poor, has dog-eared pages and writing, but is still readable
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I've thought about doing the Life In Point Format post, but meh. Blah life, not enough points to make, lol, just rambles.

I'm somewhat annoyed by my ceramics teacher at the moment. We did a mid-semester critique on Friday, and while the class liked my stuff, the teacher said I was not going outside of my comfort zone and making anything unique. Description included the words generic and uninteresting.

Well gee, that's fine and all, except for three things:
1) I'm not done. I have to wait for them to dry to leatherhard before continuing.
2) This is my first time making pieces at this size. In order to have a comfort zone, one has to have experience with doing the same things over and over, and I do not have that experience, nor do I have the time in this condensed semester to gain it (I'm severely limited in time actually). Without knowing how the clay works at the taller scale, I do not know how to push it just before it breaks.
3) During the creation process, she's never said one word or comment on going beyond what I'm doing. She saw each one and commented positively on them initially. If I needed to do more to their form to be at least satisfactory, I feel she should have made some mention of it, rather than saying nothing until after it's too late for me to change much.

I'm not angry though. After the critique session, I started getting some ideas on how to manipulate the forms further to make them more "interesting", or at least attempt to. I'm just a little annoyed because she said that she rarely gives A's in her class to the projects, and I'm probably not going to get any A's because she's apparently hard to please. I just wish I had more time.

On top of it, I'm not going to be able to get anything useful out of this course now, in terms of end products. I wanted to make some food dishes that I could actually use, and instead I have to make these giant vases and serving bowls that I can't do anything with. I would like to sell them because I already have stuff from other courses taking up space in my room, but I'm not exactly in high demand at the moment. I could give them away too, but I've already given stuff away to family members and they don't really use them either, so that's kinda moot point.

All in all, I have to say that this is a rather lackluster course, and I'm a bit disappointed. I'll be glad when the semester is over, and I will not be taking ceramics courses at Carthage again. It's quite clear that the ceramics room are just for college kids needing a blow-off course to fulfill the fine arts requirement. I'm sticking with CLC from now own, because that studio (and the people) is awesome, and SO much more professional. Half of the "students" there are actual potters who make a living off of what they create, let alone others who pursue ceramics as a major hobby.

I miss being there. I don't know when I'll be back again, but I would love to go back within a couple of years.


Food-wise, I've found myself developing a morning routine (though I don't know if I'll be able to maintain it once the Spring semester starts and I have to wake up at 5am again). For the first time in...man, probably a decade, I've been able to eat a warm breakfast. I've gotten accustomed quicker than I expected with eating porridge, and I've had that daily now with either eggs or peanut butter toast. I've been putting bananas in my porridge too, which tastes good, and now I want to try strawberries too.

I'm quite happy with how well I'm doing on the food front. A year ago I was regularly eating McDonald's and other junk foods, and now I don't even go near most aisles in the store anymore, since it's mostly junk. I didn't even think I would be able to cook just a year ago too.

So even if I'm not doing much on the exercise front, I'm still doing something right. To be honest, my activity level isn't that low anyway, and I've found that I actually gained muscle mass and strength since attending Carthage. That coupled with all the moving around I do at work, my body's doing pretty good right now, despite the lack of sleep I usually get. No more chest pains.
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yes yes yes YES. Make this day instead an honor of the Indigenous people who deserve to at least get a federal holiday set aside for them.

Spirit Day

Oct. 4th, 2010 11:36 am
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Originally posted by [personal profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

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Something to fill up the big, blank, purple area in the middle of my journal screen :P I miss having foxies be my emote icons, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

Dunno if this'll be the first in a long list of posts or not; if the LJ problem is fixed then probably not, but if it continues then I'll be dual-journaling on both here and my LJ account.

Won't be too hard, I'll just do copy-pasta.

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