Date: Dec 18th, 2008 11:44:11 pm - Subscribe
Mood: The Summer Set - "Love In This Club"
Duuuuuuude, its finally over. Fall 2008 semester is finally over. This was my most stressful finals session by far. There was just so much to do, and I don't even know how I got through all of it. I'm just glad that its all finally over with. All I can say is, Its about freakin' time.
I'm thinking that my grades will be as follows:
ART259 - B+
ART102 - B
ART103 - B
ART240 - B
GEOG101L - C
These are the worst I could get (at least I hope), but maybe i'll get better grades. I hate thinking about grades though, because Its so freakin' hard to raise my gpa to a 2.75 (currently at 2.57). If I don't, then i'm screwed and cant get into my major (Art Multimedia). Lame. I really tried stepping it up this semester too, but getting A's is always so distant, impossible. In my ideal world, 75% should be an A, but that'll never happen. Then again, Barack Obama is president, so who knows.
Nikon D40 FTW!
I feel like changing my layout because I feel like the pictures I post are too small, or are not appreciative from such a small resolution. I'm just too lazy to create wider layout, but maybe sometime during this break, i'll get around to it. Now that school is over, I have more time to my Nikon D40 that I totally love! Yes, i've been keeping it a secret for a while, but now you know. Sure its entry level, but my philosophy is that its more on the creativity of the photographer, rather than the amount of expensive gear that you have. Sure you still need good equipment, but I don't need the best. I can't afford the best anyways. Being a full time student with no job. I would like a flash though. Nikon SB600 to take my pictures to another level. Bounce flash and diffused flash ftw.
Random pics in my backyard w/ d40
I'm learning how to use my built in flash to my liking however. It isn't totally what I want, but the outcomes are nicer. Usually, when I use the direct flash, the front is overly light and washed out, while the background is really really dark. I learned from messing around with my d40 that if I set the flash to be weaker, and set my shutter speed lower, then I get a more even out spread of light. It works, but a bounce flash is much more desirable in my opinion.
I'm still learning a lot about DSLR's and what not. I learned a lot from kenrockwell as well as from fiddling around on my own. He absolutely loves the d40 and it makes me feel better about the purchase ($450 - 25% off from navy exchange). It was kind of an impulse buy since we had the 25% off scratcher. I didn't know much, if anything about DSLR's at the time. All I knew was that I wanted one so that I could take leet pictures like i see on DeviantART. But anyhow, kenrockwell prefers the P (program) mode, but i'm loving the manual mode, and adjusting all the settings on my own. There really is more than just point and shoot to photography, and i'm now just starting to learn.
Warm Warm Warm!
Upon experimenting with my camera, I learned that I really like warm pictures. Just something about them that I like. The overall tones are just much nicer and appeal more to me.
In the future when I get a job and stuff, i'll probably get a flash first, then look more to lenses. I want to make the most out of my d40, rather than buying a more expensive and higher quality camera body right away. Make the most of what I got! One problem with the d40 though is that I can't use older lenses, as they wont auto focus. I can only use the newer lenses. That doesnt bother me as much because I can't even afford a new lens, nor do I have any old nikon lenses. So its all good. Next lens I want is the 18-200mm VR Lens, which will most likely be from a 3rd party company. I want to get a macro lens too (they're for really close up shots)
Dusty ass Gundam
For some reason, I wanted to get Canon so bad... for reasons I dont know. I still wish I had gotten a Canon, but I really love my d40. I even wanted to get a pentax dslr because it has built in SR (shake reduction, aka VR Vibration reduction for Nikon), which would be very handy for non flash shots where you have to be very steady, or else you get a blurry picture. Besides, I don't think it would matter too much.
I got some new accessories for my d40. They're not professional grade or anything since I don't have the funds. I got some quantaray filters at Ritz for experimentation. I read up on circular polarizers filters, and found out that they give more vibrant colors and remove glares, so I wanted that, and I knew I wanted a cross filter, which crosses lights and gives it a cool effect. I also got a UV haze filter since it was buy 2, get 1 free. I just use that as a lens protector, but then again, I always leave my polarizer on, so the UV Haze filter just kinda sits in its box. I also got a new toy today! Well, its not really new, as my dad just found it in the garage. But wooot! I got a tripod to use now! Now I can experiment more. I was gonna buy one, but mann these cost a lot too. Good thing my dad used to have a Canon FILM slr (it broke =).
Wow, I just talked sooooo much about my dslr. I've learned so much, and have gained so much interest in photography. Its crazy. I totally dropped the whole headphone scene. Just seemed like a waste to me, which I realized. I got my Sansa clip 2gb, Koss KSC75s, and my JVC RX700's for home. Maybe i'll get some audio technica's in the future.
I'm almost 21, hahahha. Weird. I know i've said this a million times, but I don't feel this old. Seriously. I still feel like a teenager.
Its been freeeeeeeezing lately! I like it, hahaha. Its way better than being hot, sweaty, and stinky. Especially in my rooom! Its either super cold in here, or super hot! I prefer the winter time though. I like winter clothes too. Looks a lot nicer on me I guess. I love the feeling of being warm on a cool day as opposed to being cool on a warm day. Getting into the shower and into the blanket is just more satisfying. Its also been really rainy. Haven't experienced that in a while. I even heard there were floods across the county. Crazy! Now when will the snow come? Haha.
I've been watching the Chargers games lately. I don't know what struck me, but yeah, i'm down for the chargers. I barely know the game rules and what not, but i'm always glued to the TV (which I rarely watch) when they have a game. Last weeks game was SCARY CRAZY! I can't believe they pulled that off. Good stuff. I was actually jumping around and stuff. It was kinda funny now that I think about it. Lots of OMG's and WTF's. And cheers at the end of course.
Naruto and Bleach are getting really really good. I just wish they wouldn't talk for 5 minutes straight sometimes, and continue with the action. But hey... what can you do. I also finished deathnote (finally!) The ending wasn't very satisfying, and I was left kind of empty... or something like that. I wish they could've added more to the story or something.
Ernestine is finally moving back to her beloved home after living in mission valley for which seems like forever already! Woot. Hopefully her house looks great and they get settled soon. Now we can carpool again, although the semester is already over, hahahaha.
Hmm... Idk what else to say. At least the semester is over and I don't have to keep asking myself whats due on this day or that day. I really need this break. Time to relax and enjoy myself.
Ernestine is awesome! I know she did really well on her finals too. And if she didn't, theres going to be huge curves anyway which would give her super good grades in her class. So its like she gets A's anyways. Lucky.
Her birthday recently passed (Dec 2) and she had the most delicious cake ever. I forgot what was in it, but when she brought a slice for me to school, it was heavenly! I liked the stuff in the middle. It was so goooood, hahah. I want some more! Minus the frosting! Haha, why was I never given a cake like that. No wonder I don't like cake. Its because I've never had a good one.
Nes found out that she has a Film SLR camera, and when she realized she did, she got super happy! She wanted to find it right away, and now that shes at home, shes probably looking all over the place for it! Hehe, I sparked the interest in her. Now shes gonna find it somehow, get some film, and take some shots with me! I bet she's gonna be super good at taking pics too. She's gonna get better than me and i'm gonna get jealous. Then shes gonna get a super good DSLR OLYMPUS camera and laugh at my face. I could so picture it.
She got an Ipod touch for her birthday! Its pretty cool, with a touch screen and colorful interface. She also has some games which are very frustrating on there. She has this whack a mole kind of game, but its so BLAH because it doesn't detect my hits sometimes! And I do not freakin miss!
She went to mitsuwa recently as well, and got some "Water on lip" (LOL, some kind of weird lip balm) for her luscious, big, yummy lips. They don't need to be watered, but I guess she likes it like that. HAHAHAHAA, jk jk. She loves lip balm though. She also got me this really yummy candy that was apple flavored. Its really goood! I like the chunks that are inside the candy too. That'd be cool if they sold really big packs, hahha. I'd get some of those.
Thanks babe. You really are amazing . Thanks for always keeping me company and buying me food at school. I think I would starve if you weren't there to share some taco bell with, hahah. Man, that sounds good right now. Since its all cold and all, and i'm kinda hungry. MMM grilled stuffed burrito sounds so good -_-. Darn it. Arts and letters is a great place for us, huh? Has great internet, we can eat there, and its just cool. And you can read your stuff in peace, and we can take funny laptop pictures together, lol. Hooray!
Now write more about me! Hmph.
I'm really cold babe. Lets cuddle! I need your body warmth! Stop being so selfish and share!
I wish we could have a movie night, or even a movie day, where we just watch movies on the couch, with a blanket, so we're never cold! Hahaha. Yeah, i'll get you your food every now and then, since I know you'll make me. And I wont take off your socks! Promise! Unless you tell me too. haha. Since youre feet are just so heavenly.
Date: Dec 2nd, 2008 2:29:11 am - Subscribe
Mood: Inoue Joe - "Closer"
SO COOL. Finally Learned more about my camera and how to do this light write stuff. Ernestine is Super good at it!
Aww she loves me!
Haha, writing Chelsea practice.
ANd most of all.
HAPPPPPPY BIRTHDAY ERNESTINE! I LOVE YOU TOLAAAAAAAA!
Date: Nov 28th, 2008 4:05:16 am - Subscribe
Mood: loud fans of my computer
So apparently, I was missing. I was fixing my uncles laptop cause it was horribly slow, and no one knew where I was. I was just at the back corner where they usually do their bbq. Didn't think I would worry anyone, but apparently I did. Sorry! At least now I feel more loved, hahaha.
I feel kinda left out because i'm probably not gonna get anything for black friday. Man, I should just get the headphones I want already, before they discontinue it and get really expensive.
Date: Nov 26th, 2008 11:35:46 pm - Subscribe
I am a zebra and my girlfriend is a bunny. I am a zebra with a Sansa Clip and my girlfriend is a bunny with an ipod touch! She wishes she could be a bear though, but chocolate first. As a zebra, i'd scare the fried shrimp away from her. <3.
Date: Nov 22nd, 2008 1:15:16 am - Subscribe
Mood: Utada Hikaru - "Letters"
no blog in a while
Date: Nov 15th, 2008 4:28:48 am - Subscribe
Mood: The Juliana Theory
I forgot to add borders to the pics. Oh well, im lazy. And sleepy.
Beeeeeeeeeeen a while. Haven't been up for blogging. It happens all the time. Idk, I guess sometimes I just get caught up on those blogging phases, and sometimes it just fades out, but eventually comes back.
I finished my global warming poster and had to present it. My teacher kinda made me feel awkward up there. Idk, seemed like no one really liked it, but yeah. I get all fidgety when I have to present stuff -_-. It also took forever to get my poster printed, and they kept doing it wrong. But whatever, I ended up getting three posters for free. They even printed this one huge ass one, lol. Like the size of a movie poster.
Today Nes came over and surprised me. Goodness, I was like how the heck did she get in the house without letting me know. Haha, I love when she surprises me. Glad to have her back in my life . We played little big planet and talked a lottttttt. We ate toaster scrambles too, which were really good. Then we ended up going to a lollicup because she was craving boba, and we went to two radio shacks in search of these awesome earphones. The Koss KSC75 are really good for the money and are now discontinued, therefore they were on clearance for $6 about! STEAL! These sound really goood. I bought three, and gave one to Nes cause I love her, haha, and she doesn't like my marshmallows.
I got mad today because I was trying to modify these headphones to make them sound better, but I don't think I was successful. I now notice this slight rattle that comes up randomly during any song, but its pretty faint. Its not that big of a deal, but to me it gets annoying and makes me not wanna use them anymore. I still have an extra pair, but blahhhh! I dont wanna open it. So i put them back to its original setting, and it doesn't do the rattle thing as much, or its not as noticeable as before, but it does sound a little better when its modded. Oh well. Can't go wrong for $6 right.
I'll probably switch off between my marshmallows and these ksc75's. Sometimes I get tired of putting the mellows in my ear, so the ksc's should fix that. Depends on how I feel.
I also ordered a Sansa CLIP! $21 shipped from woot.com. Looks sleeek. BUt the I saw the Sansa Fuze on the best buy black friday ad, and its only gonna be $60 for 8gb! Mannnnnn, lame.
Two years and seven months!
Date: Oct 31st, 2008 10:08:52 pm - Subscribe
Mood: MYMP - "True Colors"
Long time huh? Love you tola!
I dropped Nes <3 off at school today then headed off to check out frys since I haven't been there in a while. Can't wait til black friday to score a deal! Hopefully something good. I got her a gift (My Sims PC), and left the price tag on it for some dumb reason, lol. Oh well. Shows how much I love her, hahaha. Didn't stay there long because I had to pick up Nes in like.. half an hour or so.
After that, we went to ihop! I got some pecan coffee cake which was pretty good and Nes got some super good nutella strawberry crepes! MMM. I hope her ihop cravings are satisfied now. Good stuff!
We got home and took a super long nap o_O. Felt like forever. Then we played LITTLE BIG PLANET! Such a fun freakin' game! But its boring playing by myself. Gotta play with other people. The obstacles are fun to solve and stuff. We eventually played online and the people we were playing with were super weird, lol. Funny stuff.
As I stated a couple blogs ago, i'm really turning into an audiophile. I keep reading about audio, and its like how I first was when I was reading about comps and eventually started building my own. Its so interesting and exciting, and breaks the bank -_-. I'm planning on getting a good portable audio setup. I'm gonna get some audio technica's and a sansa fuze which supposedly have kick ass sound quality, then a budget headphone amp. Its gonnnnna own, if I actually do get them. Can't wait! Portable audio in hifi (high fidelity)!
No idea why i'm listening to MYMP right now, lol. Its soothing though.
Oh yeah, its halloween and only one group of kids came by, hahaha. This holiday is dying.
A little discouraging
Date: Oct 30th, 2008 10:30:29 pm - Subscribe
Mood: Thrice - "So Strange I Remember You"
First of all, happy belated birthday to my mom. 44 years old as of the 27th this month. Woot.
Haven't blogged in a bit because of school and crap. I swear, it doesn't feel like I have much things to do for my classes, nor does it seem like it, but when I'm actually doing the assignments and what not, I end up without much time to spare for anything else. I feel like in my art class, i'm a step or two below everyone else. Its pretty lame. I need to step it up in that class, but I just don't know how. I'm not naturally talented in drawing, nor am I quick at learning how to draw. Makes me wonder how i got an A- in art100. Compared to everyone elses work in my drawing class, I always have the shiitiest one, and its lame becuase I spend a grip of time for only mediocre things. Maybe I expect too much out of myself, but its like, jeez... all my classmates come up with much better pieces in the same or noticeably shorter amount of time, and looks 10x better than my crap. Its all so discouraging sometimes and I tend to question my major a lot now lately. Not like I can do anything else anyways.
Now my wire project for my 3d design class is probably mediocre as well. It doesn't really resemble a human form...., but I spent so much time on that thing -_-, and that wire crap is hard to work with. I somewhat see a human form, but idk if anyone else will. Ernestine sees a penguin, so, bleh, maybe not.
I got a freakin C on my art history test... WTF! I really thought I did better then that on that stupid test. ITs so bs man... I need goooood grades this semester, and I do tryyyyy...but -_-.
I hope I get at least ONE A this semester.
Just so I have a picture in this blog, I have a poster for my digital media class, and I'm not really sure how to make it. This was one of my mess arounds.
omggg i'm becoming an audiophile...
Date: Oct 26th, 2008 11:17:24 pm - Subscribe
Mood: The Cab -
BLAH, i'm getting into hobbies that are so expensive! Dammit. I need a job but I know it isn't good to get one right now... But dammit. Digital Photography, Audio quality, Computers... They all require $$$ and a lot of that too. MAnnnnn, hahhaaha. I'm craving for better audio right now -_-. I want to know what i'm missing out on, FREAKIN' A!.
On top of that, theres a lot of games that are coming out that i'm really looking forward to and want, but I just can't get all of them. TODAY was the first time I bought a console video game in a long time, and it hurt... it hurt A LOT to spend $60 + tax on a video game. Omg thats a lot of money.
But damnnnnnnnnn, Little Big Planet is the funnest game ever. I could only image how fun 4 players could be, especially when I try the other modes and try more challenges/build custom stages. If you don't know what the game is, go google it, lol. Its for ps3. Actually got the game today and it wasn't supposed to come out until Tuesday. Woot. I can't believe I actually got it today -_-, hahaha. I bet theres gonna be like sales where its only $50 or something. But whatever, I only had some good free time to enjoy games today. Gonna be busy again this whole week, most likely.
Tomorrow's my moms bday and my bro, sis, and me couldn't think of anything at all to get her. When I found out that Little Big Planet came out today at gamestop, as I was leaving the house to go to my car, i heard my dad say "aba, ang bait ang anak mo" (wow, you have such good kids) to my mom, thinking I was going to go get a present for my mom with Chelsea. LOL. Man, now I feel bad. So me and my sibs talked about and we thought of getting her a snow globe or something. Plan is Chester is going to get it after school, since me and Chelsea can't get it because she comes home when we come home and we're gone, she'll be all suspicious, knowing we're out getting a present. So Chester is gonna get it and say he was just helping someone with homework or something. Hopefully the plan works.
I forgot to blog yesterday, but nothing much really happened. I played a little bit of the new Kirby game on ds and went to Joel's house for a fam party, and we just watched TV. I did my hw art 240 and made my cheat sheet for the 103 test tomorrow.
Moms early bday coworker party
Date: Oct 25th, 2008 1:34:58 am - Subscribe
Mood: Utada Hikaru - "Final Distance (mflow remix)"
edit: Deng... its a hassle resizing, uploading and writing all the html code just to put pictures.
I didn't do much at all today. I cleaned my room a little and tidied up some of the boxes I have on my wall thing (you'd know what i'm talking about if you've seen my room.) But I love to clean my room... its fun/ feels nice, well at least, to me. I was originally gonna throw some of my old boxes away of computer stuff, but I ended up not doing so, for Idk what reason. Other than that I should stop being a fat, lazy bum, haha, but its so nice to have a weekend from school. I'm getting fat though, but whatever, enough on that.
Nes visited me this morning before class, woot, even though she now lives in a super nice, rich apartment. She came after school for a bit too, wooot! She looks so great on cameraaa! Haha, look at her gangstanes, LOL. Hahahaha, while she was here though, she started taking lots of pics of random things, and my dogs! I love Bella!
Anyhow, I think i'm progressively turning into an audiophile. I keep having the urge to hear the music I have in its best form, on higher end equipment. I always have the urge get new headphones and high end amplifiers to power, just to hear how good music can really sound. ITS SUPER EXPENSIVE THOUGH. BLAH. Theres a higher end version of my JVC that only cost ~$20 more and i've read that they sound much better and have a more "airy" feel to them since they have some kind of mesh to let air in. I should have gotten themm mann, blahh! Thats not even high end though, they just sound good for the $. The high end are like... Sennheisser HD650's, which is what I will get when I win the lotto. Yeah right.
I feel like drinking orange Vitamin water. Its my fav one! I like how its not so juicy, but it still tastes really good. Love it.
Today was my mom's early bday celebration with her coworkers. I can tell she really loves them. They're always so happy together, so "masaya" (sp?) But yeah, its nice to see her happy and having a good time on her bday. Everyone was so happy, hahaha. I wonder if when i'm hold, if i'm gonna have a nice party where everyone is happy like that, haha. The foood was gooooooood! Well, I love chinese food. I love Salted Pepper Chicken Wings! They're the best. MM. Good thing none of them took food home, because now we have a lot of leftovers of the good stuff! WOOT!
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