ferrumaeternum: (concerning hobbits)
For some reason, school started on a Thursday (on my birthday, of course) and all of my professors gave us a week’s worth of homework to make up for it. Thursday is most UWM students’ last day of class, so everyone was rushing to get everything done by Tuesday over Labor Day Weekend, including myself. :/ This was not easy to do on the weekend after my birthday. I also had a ton of work to do last week, and I just have two things to do today before I’m finally caught up. Today is the first day where I’ve felt like I had enough time to sit down and breathe, so I’m going to try to catch up on updating my journal, too. I also decided that this semester I won’t be updating anything on Twitter or COLOURlovers to give myself more time for homework.

* On that note, with LiveJournal’s new features, please don’t link anything from my journal to Facebook or Twitter! I don't know why anyone would want to, but you never know. I know most of my journal is public, but I still don’t want certain people I know to have an easy time finding it. ;)

This semester marks the beginning of my senior year, and I can’t believe how quickly the time’s flown by! I’m taking First Semester Swedish, Advanced Art History: Early Medieval Art & Architecture in the West, Figure Painting, Intro to Ceramics, and Visual Journals. Swedish is pretty easy so far because so much of it is similar to German. My art history class is once again online and mainly focuses on medieval Scandinavia, Germany, France, and the British Isles. I was told that it’s been several years since a medieval art history class that doesn’t focus on Rome has been taught at UWM, so I definitely feel lucky to be a student here at this time. I was a little worried about Figure Painting and Ceramics, but everything is going well so far. Loosening up my drawing has definitely helped relax my painting style. This is the second painting class I’ve ever took, but working from live models and having limited time to paint the poses helps inspire me and forces me to rely on instinct when I’m painting. Visual Journals is also online, and I’m basically creating an art journal/diary with a theme and using it to solve weekly problems that the professor posts. The theme I chose was body modification. I originally wanted to create a grimoire, but I think death is a bit too broad of a topic to make a journal on for only a few months. If I enjoy the process of making this visual journal, maybe I’ll do another one with that theme in the future. I actually have to create a page today for it, since it was due Monday. I hadn’t received any feedback from my group or the teacher before then, so I didn’t know if I should have just went ahead and started on it. (Apparently, I should have.) I also spent that day doing two paintings that my painting teacher decided the next day wouldn’t even be looked at until Thursday. Just my luck, eh?

At least luck was on my side earlier this week when I found out I won the contest at The Rave. I am on the guest list to see Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, and Orphaned Land for free tomorrow! \m/
ferrumaeternum: (spinal tap)
I. Something fishy is going on with LiveJournal. Ever since the Russians got a hold of it, strange things have been happening. (It’s not that I don’t like Russians, I just don’t trust their government.) A few days ago, my default icon was mysteriously replaced with an image of a Rubik’s cube. This is the second time it’s happened in less than six months. Now there’s talk about the site going under, which would be such a shame. I don’t know of any other blogging site out there that has a real sense of community. Most of why I use this site is for the communities, friends page, and all of the customization options. All I know is that LJ laid off a bunch of their employees and there have been several glitches reported recently. I’m backing everything up just to be safe.

II. I’m getting more tattoo work done on Friday, and for the first time, I’m not looking forward to it all that much. Part of it is because most of the next session will be on the back of my ribs and kidneys, but there are things about the shop that have changed a lot in the past two years.

Cut for tangent on shop drama and the sexism and sexuality of tattoos )

I’m not so sure I even want to try to get an apprenticeship there after I graduate. Hell, if the economy doesn’t come out of the recession, I probably won’t be apprenticing anywhere because the body modification industry is suffering. If I can’t get a job because my concentration was in painting and drawing, I’ll get an associate’s degree in graphic design because that is something that comes naturally and I enjoy doing. I was going to major in it in the first place, but UWM’s program is ridiculous and has ten more credits of required useless classes than the rest of the visual art concentration areas. As I’ve mentioned before, their printing lab is a living hell every time I’m there (mainly because it’s run by hipsters), so I need to avoid it as often as I can. I just want it to be known that I’m not giving up or lowering my expectations of myself like so many of my peers have been doing. I definitely have a bit of a change of heart about the body modification industry after delving further into it and would be just as happy doing other art-related things. I would also probably be better off getting into tattooing after I’m financially independent, if I even decide to. Just look at Guy Aitchison – he’s one of the best of the best in the industry, and he started out as an illustrator, which helped set his designs apart from other tattooists.

III. On Sunday, my mom and I went to the Starving Artists show they always have advertised on TV, looking for a new picture to hang in our living room. There wasn’t a lot to pick from. The whole show seemed like there were five or six different artists that painted the same scenes from around here, France, and Tuscany. There were also some Harlem Renaissance-influenced and abstract postmodern pieces, but they wouldn’t have matched the style of the room. When my dad was living here, he insisted on spending well over $200 on this ugly piece of scheisse print, and my mom ended up spending just a little over $100 for this framed, hand-painted canvas: 01 | 02 | 03

Although it’s not completely my taste, I deemed it the best at the show, and I’d definitely say it’s an improvement.
ferrumaeternum: (wooden pints - katie cook)
Why did LiveJournal have to mess with the user profile layouts again? The two previous designs they tested looked good, although for some strange reason, a lot of people complained about them. This one doesn’t even look remotely nice, and it sounds like this is the one that’s going to be here to stay. I know I’m not an expert when it comes to graphic design, but I think it was a mistake for the designer(s) to take to heart user feedback that’s coming from people who don’t know anything about what makes an attractive and practical design, given the purpose of the User Info page. I am also surprised that this layout’s composition is supposed to be the better of the three, especially when [livejournal.com profile] chasethestars is involved because she is a talented designer. I will be reposting this to [livejournal.com profile] lj_design because I’m not paying LiveJournal $20 a year for bad design.

The four main problems I have with the new User Info layout )
ferrumaeternum: (skull)
Good news first: today I went to Village Hall and voted absentee for Barack Obama! (I’m not registered to vote in Milwaukee County, and since I only live in the dorms on campus, I’m technically a resident of Waukesha County.) This is the first presidential election I've been able to vote in, and I'm glad there is a candidate this time that I can fully support.

This is kind of random, but I just noticed that one of my icons has disappeared and been replaced by an image of a woman I’ve never seen before. I made the original icon myself, so the image was uploaded directly from my computer.

WTF? )

I’m obviously changing it immediately because it’s not 100 x 100 pixels, which drives me insane, and I want my old icon back. I guess I’m also going to need to change my password, even though I thought it was already nearly impossible to figure out to begin with.

Now for the not-so-great news…

Two days ago, my mom moved my college money over into a money market. Unfortunately, this happened too late. She found out through a mailed statement that with the recent stock market drops, I’d lost about $15,000 from my college funds. It’s a good thing she didn’t wait any longer. I wish she would’ve done it sooner, but my dad is the only one who has access to these accounts. With his self-imposed exile and depression, I doubt he was/is concerned with my college funds. At least my grandpa has been giving away money like crazy, so there’ll be enough to pay for my education. Still, I knew this was going to happen way before it did, and it sucks that I had no control over it. I’m going to need all the money I can get when I graduate, and this is just making things worse. Apparently, my dad only put $5,000 into it when I was born, so it’s not like he’s completely paying for my education. However, he promised he would explain to my mom what he had invested the money in, and he never did. When he moved out 10 months ago, he also moved all his money over into more secure accounts and ignored my mom’s, my sister’s, and mine. I normally wouldn’t be concerned, but not only did I lose $15,000, my sister who will be graduating from high school and starting a two-year college this year lost about $6,000. Luckily, my grandpa was a stockbroker and an accountant; so he’s been giving advice and helping to somewhat fix this. I know this all may sound greedy and materialistic of me, but I’m in college right now, so I need the money. I understand a lot of people have to take out student loans, but most of them will be looking for standard, stable careers once they graduate that will help pay them off, whereas I won’t be. As I’ve mentioned before, the body modification industry in this country is currently extremely competitive, so if it’s impossible for me to get an apprenticeship here, I’m going to need to go and get an associate’s degree in graphic design so I can start out somewhere while still looking for an apprenticeship. Ideally, I’d like to get an apprenticeship here and relocate to Europe where things aren’t so competitive (according to my tattoo artist, anyway).

This story of how a couple murdered a UWM student over his car has been in the news lately, and it’s made me do a lot of thinking. I didn’t know him personally, but he was in my astronomy class. He was essentially kidnapped near where I go to school and live during the week. My farm is also located near where the murder happened, which I also find surprising for such a small, rural community.

In lighter, gory news, I had my bottom teeth crudely stripped some more with sandpaper this afternoon courtesy of my orthodontist. All I have to say is my teeth better look perfect after all of this is done because it was quite painful and I spit blood for quite some time afterward. My ortho looked like an axe-murderer after it was over with all the blood on his gloves. I may have to have this done yet again in six weeks depending on how well my teeth are aligning. But at least I’m, you know, still alive and fairly well.
ferrumaeternum: (vittu)
I got a paid account for this journal today! Once you’ve had one, it’s hard to go back to having no polls, boring comment pages, and hardly any icons.

Children of Bodom are coming back! They’re playing again at The Rave in the beginning of October, and even better news: I don’t have class that evening and not until 11:00 the next morning, and there won’t be exams or final art projects to worry about getting up to finish, so things will hopefully go a little more smoothly this time. I doubt I’ll be able to get on their bus since they’re headlining and it will most likely be parked in the back, but I’m sure the majority of the band will be drunkenly wandering around – especially Roope. Regardless, I can’t wait to see them since they weren’t able to play much at Gigantour. There is only one thing that could put a damper on all of this, and it’s Robbie. I managed to not talk to him for a month and suddenly the other day, he leaves a message on my Facebook wall saying that “we” are definitely going. I told him I would be there, but there are no guarantees I’m going to stick with him. He hasn’t said anything to me since then so I’m hoping he’ll just leave me alone because I want to find some new people to talk to there, preferably their lovely Finnish fans that were there last time. (If you’re wondering what all happened with Robbie and why I decided I can’t be his friend anymore, it’s because he tries to control me, is very immature and ignorant, can’t see women as being humans let alone equal, has jealousy issues, and wants me to be his spiritual mentor which I don’t have the time nor the energy for, among many other things.) Anyway, the point is I’m not going to let him waste any more of my time nor ruin this concert for me. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, but I’ll have to get them after I get home from work. Gigantour didn’t sell out right away, so I’m hoping there will still be plenty of tickets by the time I get back.

Other than that, my life has been very dull, which explains the lack of updates. All I do is work, and go on the computer, hang out with Cat, and sleep when I’m off. There are a few things I’m looking forward to: The Police and Elvis Costello next week as well as German Fest on the same day (denn ich moechte Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte essen), possibly Irish Fest, moving back into Sandburg and getting first semester out of the way because I’m taking a bunch of classes that fulfill general education requirements, the Bodom concert, and then the Study Abroad Fair to see if I can study in Europe with my major. Filippo is here on vacation for a couple weeks, and since he flew in Wednesday and I had to work then and Thursday, Catherine and I ended up going out to lunch to the Olive Garden and then swimming at her grandparents’ house with him today. My work schedule is getting more ridiculous, and it’s really starting to screw with my sleep because it forces me to change my schedule everyday. Some days I work 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM; others 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM and all kinds of crazy shifts in between. Needless to say, I’m tired pretty much all the time. I’m probably going to quit in four weeks so I can actually do some artwork before I go back to college. I’ll need the week off before I move in anyway to get all my stuff together and buy whatever I need for this semester. The good news is I got the room I wanted with the big window, slightly larger space, a view of downtown Milwaukee, and I’m on the fifth floor which will make things a lot easier because all the elevators stop on it.
ferrumaeternum: (lady in black)
My paid account expired, and I decided I wanted to start a new journal because there’s so much irrelevant baggage here from high school and in general.

[livejournal.com profile] ferrumaeternum

Add at your own risk. The entries I’ve posted so far are a taste of what’s to come. This time around, I don’t want to just focus on what’s going on in my life and I don’t want to water down or censor myself. I’m also going to try to update more often to avoid all those “too long; didn’t read” posts. I also know I’ve somehow turned into the world’s shittiest commenter over the past couple of years, so if you happen to add me, I’ll try to actually comment this time around. However, I want to let everyone know that I do read all your entries. I should also warn you that the Lord of the Rings nerd I’ve been since middle school has finally been unleashed. There will probably also be more geeky-ness about music, film, religion, astronomy (since I’ve always been interested in it and I’ll be studying it for a year), Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett which I honestly and vehemently swear has hardly anything to do with me being pagan, other literature, mythology, astrology, other various environmentalist/democratic/hippie crap (I’m also taking yoga next semester), and of course art.

I’ve actually posted the artwork I’ve done in college that doesn’t look like total shit here: Art Blog (Not Safe for Work). In the next couple days I’ll upload a couple 3-D pieces as well as stuff from my senior year of high school that hasn’t been shown before. And now that the whole Lithium Picnic/Suicide Girls/deviantART legal drama has been sorted out, I’m thinking about returning to deviantART and actually keeping up with updating it now that I’m habitually forced to produce new work. …Even though I have yet to actually draw anything this summer. More importantly, I’ve been messing around and creating things with Photoshop, which I will need to master in order to do well in my digital arts lab this fall. Anyway, if I do go back to deviantART, trust me, you'll hear about it.

Alright, I’m done rambling and whoring out myself, so go ahead and gleefully ignore me, lurk, and/or add my new blog 'cause it's going to be mostly public.



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