Archive for January, 2007

School vs. Job

Posted in Life, School, Work on January 24, 2007 by blakejohnson

This is a somewhat minor and somewhat major issue at the moment: I might have to quit my job in order to stay in my film class at school. We can’t shoot during school hours becuase most of the class have full schedules, so it would have to be on weekends and vacations (when I work) and on weekdays after school (if possible). I may be able to get days off, but it would end up being closer to a month off or so, maybe even two months off, and by then the work would have ended anyways. I’m almost thinking I should quit the job just because it would free up time to work on this film project, which is going to be a huge project. We’ll be making a feature-length piece (maybe, but not a short film, most likely) and it will take up most or all of our time outside of school, except hopefully weekdays. I don’t necessarily mind quitting my job, but I am in debt to my parents a bit (I don’t know if I can pay them off yet, there’s a chance that I can though, which would be good), but then it also cuts out any kind of money I can make for myself. Maybe I’ll need to look for a different job. This is not usually what I would post about on here, but who really knows, this is my blog and it is, after all, “my life recorded,” so I guess it’s fine. Anyway, anybody have any thoughts? Go ahead and respond if you feel the impulse.

Rebel Without A Crew

Posted in Books, Resources, Reviews, School, Video, YouTube on January 19, 2007 by blakejohnson

Here’s a book review of Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodriguez. I made this for my writing class this past semester (the one that just ended for me, today actually). Enjoy.

b.personal is now up!

Posted in Blog, Coding, Design, School, Web on January 15, 2007 by blakejohnson

I know I haven’t talked that much about my website, if at all, but I’ve been wanting a personal website for a few years now and have had a few in the past, but I wanted something better, something cooler, but simpler too.  It turns out, a school project was enough of a push to get me to make something like that.  It’s not finished yet, there is still much work to be done, but I can say that this site: http://www.jdb-designs.com/blake/schoolsite/ and the JDBdesigns site are both undergoing extreme work efforts, and have lots and lots of progress on them to be seen sometime soon.  I don’t know when or if JDBdesigns will be available for public viewing until it is released but my site is welcoming enough for anyone who’s interested.  I used both sites for two school projects for two different web classes.  I don’t have the requirements/guideline sheet for my personal site so I can’t finish it at home, but I have plenty of other work to do, so that’s not a problem.  And I will have last block during school and at-home time during this next week to work on that as well.  For now, it’s back to homework.  Enjoy the site.

Onus Art.org

Posted in Resources, Reviews, Web on January 13, 2007 by blakejohnson

Well here I (Blake) am with another website about two minutes (or less) after my post on the site Design Meltdown. This site, though, is called Onus Art.org and is currently moving to a different server, but their content and design are very attractive and very useful. I found Design Meltdown through here, in one of its many articles. There are also Tutorials, and post categories ranging from computer Applications to Home Decor, JavaScript to Quitting Smoking, and they each have their own RSS feed. I personally wouldn’t subscribe to every single RSS feed, but it is useful to be able to only subscribe to one topic at a time, to filter out what you don’t want to read, but I do think RSS readers can filter out topics or posts themselves. I haven’t had much experience with the matter though, so I wouldn’t be one to ask or talk about it. I really like the design on this site, and with the simple slogan “design lab, productivity tips and photoshop tutorials,” I look forward to its new home. Enjoy the site as long as it’s up, and bookmark the Steel Frog Project website for the future, (that’s their new location-to-be). Enjoy!

Link: http://www.onusart.org/ … soon to be http://www.steelfrog.com/

Design Meltdown

Posted in Design, Resources, Reviews, Web on January 13, 2007 by blakejohnson

This site is a really cool site about web design. It’s got some really nice links and samples of work and good and bad design, with articles on different topics, including Music and Band websites, Designer Portfolio sites, and more. It’s cool for me to just browse through the site and check out different links and go through mazes of links and resources that way. I haven’t looked too much at this site, but it does definitely look very cool and very resourceful, even if just in terms of reading material on the topic of web design. With main categories ranging from Color Usage, Design Elements & Techniques, Site Types, Problems & Solutions, and Tutorials all having to do with web design principles and the goal of achieving sexy and successful websites, (in the totally un-erotic way), this is a great site for web designers and coders alike to frequent as much as possible, even if only to keep up their reading skills on the topic. Definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!

Link: http://www.designmeltdown.com/

Lately I've Been…

Posted in Friends, Life, People, School on January 12, 2007 by blakejohnson

It seems generally like a lot of girls are a little hard to understand in terms of logic. It’s becoming more evident that yea, some are really manipulative, but some are just twisted, not like they’re bad people, but they want things or prefer things a certain way because they do and that’s that, and if you don’t comply then you suck and they’ll tell you about it. But no, they won’t break up with you and save you both the trouble of a fighting relationship, they’ll just be mad… and that’s where the really stupid part comes in, when they get mad or sad and they just ignore you, don’t talk to you, they just act like they hate you when they don’t and expect you to comfort them even when they tell you not to touch them. It’s fucking insane. My girlfriend right now isn’t like that at all, actually she agrees with me on this kind of stuff, so that makes me so happy. Like her ex and my ex would have freaked out if we had been really close with any opposite-sex friend, physically or just friendship-wise (and I don’t mean cheating at all, just excellent friendship), and now we’re both like no, you go ahead and hug them, it’s awesome, I don’t care at all.

That’s great and all, but I am having a little bit of trouble here. There’s this girl who is awesome in my math class, and she reminds me of my ex from Colombia and it rips my heart; it feels like something’s really poking or ripping it. We had to finish our final portfolios for my writing class (which was/is quite the amazing class), since the semester is ending next week, and we had a journal topic to write a letter to someone we never did, so I wrote one to her. We don’t send it, but writing it was hard enough. I’ve gotten pretty upset in school a few times, not publicly or anything just in my head. Maybe it’ll get better, I guess we’ll see. I never thought this would happen like this. I miss being there, life was the best.

Anyways. I went to a Christmas party about a month or two ago for the TV station I’ve been volunteering at for the past two summers in a row. I’m hoping to get a paid full-time job this coming summer there. It’d be great to be able to go down and see everybody down there in Colombia with the money I earn, but I don’t know what’ll happen; I think we’re going down at some point (maybe) during the summer for my cousin’s wedding. That would be awesome. There’s another guy at the station that I’ve been emailing and talking to since this past summer, he’s 19 and out of high school, and I don’t think he’s going to college, but he’s got some cool ideas for movies, and we’ve been going back and forth for a while about ideas, plans (that pretty much never ended up happening), and other random stuff. He’s really cool, I like him. My friends here are really good friends, but I do still miss Colombia.

I’ve been playing with my guitar a little recently too. I tried to set up a mini-recording station, so I have a few little programs for music recording and editing, all free. Audacity is one that’s really good, I used that for the audio on my movie last (school)year. I was almost done with making a movie during the fall, but those plans got messed up because my ex here didn’t want to see me for a while, so that’s been on hold. I’m hoping thought that we can get back together and shoot the last two scenes I need of her. Plus I’ve been growing my beard out since October (yea, I know) so I’ll look scraggly enough for the all-nighter writer’s sequence I’m acting in. I’m the writer writing the story in the film, and I want him to look not stressed but like he’s been working on this for a while. It took me an all-nighter and some of the morning to write the whole thing, then about 12 hours of sleep to recover from the whole ordeal. This was at the end of this past summer.

What else, I don’t know what’s going on completely, but I guess nobody ever does. I don’t want to seem emo or anything, even though I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with emo people unless they hurt themselves, but sometimes I just wish I could watch a good cry movie and watch it alone. It just would make me feel better. I’ve been thinking recently that I feel a sort of family-type bond between certain people in certain classes, and I’m dreading the day next week when those classes end. They just end, and they’re gone, and I probably won’t see the kids much after that, unless I have classes with them again, which would be good, but you know it’s not the same, since it’s a different setting, different teachers, subjects, other students, etc. Now I sound like I’m just complaining. I have tons of things to do, I guess I’m just stressed with school, and outside-of-school life. I guess I just wish there was some friend here that I could talk to and get this all out to, it’d be better in person. I have to post on my blog and the JDBblogs one too, because Dor will be gone for the next few days and won’t be able to. I’ve never been sad or “depressed” at all about leaving a semester behind. Maybe it’s partly due to the writing class, since we all let out truths and secrets anonymously to each other (we did this thing called roundtables where we would read someone’s work out loud with no name on it, then we’d all critique it and give it back to the teacher who would discreetly give it back to the writer.) Sometimes it was obvious whose work it was, but sometimes not, and then it reinforces the family bond with everybody, because we know something more about someone now, and it brings you closer to… the collective group I guess, since you don’t know who it is specifically.

I try to live upbeat and happily every day, just looking up and ahead, and mostly I can, but this ex-from-Colombia and end-of-semester business is really bringing me down. My friend talks to me in the mornings about how he feels closer and different about his new girlfriend (his 5th I think so far this school year… yeah, I know). I like hearing it, and I’m glad for him. I can’t help thinking that a lot of people at my school aren’t quite up to the level that I am of… I don’t want to say thinking but I guess that’s what it is. “You think deep thoughts, Blake,” I’ve been told by my writing teacher (who is not in any way behind me in “thinking level”) a few times, and other people have definitely pointed things like that out, and I look around at all the people in my school and it’s like the typical stereotypes, and I’m just not sure if there’s anyone who’s as open-minded and accepting and wants to work for as much as a challenge and their best work as I do. I just don’t know if people are ready for it yet, and it’s sad. I don’t mean to sound like I’m preachy or saying I’m better than them, because I know I’m not, and maybe I’m just not looking hard enough or something, but I just wish there was someone to be able to talk about things like this with, and I think it’s sad that there isn’t. I guess I’ll figure things out. I’ll live for math class, since it’s the most fun class I have, and when that’s over, film class and web design, and then my graduation party, and then whatever comes next. I guess day by day is just the way to go for now. I’ll figure it out.

Lately I’ve Been…

Posted in Friends, Life, People, School on January 12, 2007 by blakejohnson

It seems generally like a lot of girls are a little hard to understand in terms of logic. It’s becoming more evident that yea, some are really manipulative, but some are just twisted, not like they’re bad people, but they want things or prefer things a certain way because they do and that’s that, and if you don’t comply then you suck and they’ll tell you about it. But no, they won’t break up with you and save you both the trouble of a fighting relationship, they’ll just be mad… and that’s where the really stupid part comes in, when they get mad or sad and they just ignore you, don’t talk to you, they just act like they hate you when they don’t and expect you to comfort them even when they tell you not to touch them. It’s fucking insane. My girlfriend right now isn’t like that at all, actually she agrees with me on this kind of stuff, so that makes me so happy. Like her ex and my ex would have freaked out if we had been really close with any opposite-sex friend, physically or just friendship-wise (and I don’t mean cheating at all, just excellent friendship), and now we’re both like no, you go ahead and hug them, it’s awesome, I don’t care at all.

That’s great and all, but I am having a little bit of trouble here. There’s this girl who is awesome in my math class, and she reminds me of my ex from Colombia and it rips my heart; it feels like something’s really poking or ripping it. We had to finish our final portfolios for my writing class (which was/is quite the amazing class), since the semester is ending next week, and we had a journal topic to write a letter to someone we never did, so I wrote one to her. We don’t send it, but writing it was hard enough. I’ve gotten pretty upset in school a few times, not publicly or anything just in my head. Maybe it’ll get better, I guess we’ll see. I never thought this would happen like this. I miss being there, life was the best.

Anyways. I went to a Christmas party about a month or two ago for the TV station I’ve been volunteering at for the past two summers in a row. I’m hoping to get a paid full-time job this coming summer there. It’d be great to be able to go down and see everybody down there in Colombia with the money I earn, but I don’t know what’ll happen; I think we’re going down at some point (maybe) during the summer for my cousin’s wedding. That would be awesome. There’s another guy at the station that I’ve been emailing and talking to since this past summer, he’s 19 and out of high school, and I don’t think he’s going to college, but he’s got some cool ideas for movies, and we’ve been going back and forth for a while about ideas, plans (that pretty much never ended up happening), and other random stuff. He’s really cool, I like him. My friends here are really good friends, but I do still miss Colombia.

I’ve been playing with my guitar a little recently too. I tried to set up a mini-recording station, so I have a few little programs for music recording and editing, all free. Audacity is one that’s really good, I used that for the audio on my movie last (school)year. I was almost done with making a movie during the fall, but those plans got messed up because my ex here didn’t want to see me for a while, so that’s been on hold. I’m hoping thought that we can get back together and shoot the last two scenes I need of her. Plus I’ve been growing my beard out since October (yea, I know) so I’ll look scraggly enough for the all-nighter writer’s sequence I’m acting in. I’m the writer writing the story in the film, and I want him to look not stressed but like he’s been working on this for a while. It took me an all-nighter and some of the morning to write the whole thing, then about 12 hours of sleep to recover from the whole ordeal. This was at the end of this past summer.

What else, I don’t know what’s going on completely, but I guess nobody ever does. I don’t want to seem emo or anything, even though I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with emo people unless they hurt themselves, but sometimes I just wish I could watch a good cry movie and watch it alone. It just would make me feel better. I’ve been thinking recently that I feel a sort of family-type bond between certain people in certain classes, and I’m dreading the day next week when those classes end. They just end, and they’re gone, and I probably won’t see the kids much after that, unless I have classes with them again, which would be good, but you know it’s not the same, since it’s a different setting, different teachers, subjects, other students, etc. Now I sound like I’m just complaining. I have tons of things to do, I guess I’m just stressed with school, and outside-of-school life. I guess I just wish there was some friend here that I could talk to and get this all out to, it’d be better in person. I have to post on my blog and the JDBblogs one too, because Dor will be gone for the next few days and won’t be able to. I’ve never been sad or “depressed” at all about leaving a semester behind. Maybe it’s partly due to the writing class, since we all let out truths and secrets anonymously to each other (we did this thing called roundtables where we would read someone’s work out loud with no name on it, then we’d all critique it and give it back to the teacher who would discreetly give it back to the writer.) Sometimes it was obvious whose work it was, but sometimes not, and then it reinforces the family bond with everybody, because we know something more about someone now, and it brings you closer to… the collective group I guess, since you don’t know who it is specifically.

I try to live upbeat and happily every day, just looking up and ahead, and mostly I can, but this ex-from-Colombia and end-of-semester business is really bringing me down. My friend talks to me in the mornings about how he feels closer and different about his new girlfriend (his 5th I think so far this school year… yeah, I know). I like hearing it, and I’m glad for him. I can’t help thinking that a lot of people at my school aren’t quite up to the level that I am of… I don’t want to say thinking but I guess that’s what it is. “You think deep thoughts, Blake,” I’ve been told by my writing teacher (who is not in any way behind me in “thinking level”) a few times, and other people have definitely pointed things like that out, and I look around at all the people in my school and it’s like the typical stereotypes, and I’m just not sure if there’s anyone who’s as open-minded and accepting and wants to work for as much as a challenge and their best work as I do. I just don’t know if people are ready for it yet, and it’s sad. I don’t mean to sound like I’m preachy or saying I’m better than them, because I know I’m not, and maybe I’m just not looking hard enough or something, but I just wish there was someone to be able to talk about things like this with, and I think it’s sad that there isn’t. I guess I’ll figure things out. I’ll live for math class, since it’s the most fun class I have, and when that’s over, film class and web design, and then my graduation party, and then whatever comes next. I guess day by day is just the way to go for now. I’ll figure it out.