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  • Wow, I could pay off my tuition

    genuwine was not lying about that after party. But not so much Lord of the Flies. I would say...gay cruise promotional video. I watched for a while, but there was a point where I decided I'd rather go to my room and read. As I type this, there are 140 shirtless guys (only 8 girls and they are off...


  • Lonely Gaijin

    Konnichiwa I finished my façade design last Wednesday and gave it to Hiraoka san. So for most of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I just screwed around in 3D Studio Max modeling Ando's Azuma house and practicing rendering. At least I learned some skillz. Thursday was my big day last...


  • SPACE FLAVOR!

    Konbanwa Why does everyone in this country run everywhere? Also, please only greet me once. I enter Starbucks across from Takenaka and it sounds like a pet shop full of kittens. Irasshaimaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Irasshaimaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Irasshaimaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! There is one especially hyper...


  • More nonsense

    Konbanwa. This one is rambling. In Osaka Station the other day, commuter traffic was slowed by a roadblock of a human. Staring intently at an object in his chubby hand, exiting passengers began to collect behind him. As I passed I looked to see what was so important as to disrupt the daily trek. A...


  • It took long enough!

    Today I was ridiculously tired at work. I haven't been sleeping well the past two nights. I slept 10 hours on Saturday, then I couldn't fall asleep until about 1:30 on Sunday night. That only gives me 5 hours of sleep before I need to get ready to be compacted into the train. So, in my zombie-like...


  • No Boiled Bacon!

    Konnichiwa (that is actually in the Word spell check) On Saturday I went to Kyoto and visited with Tomoko. I did absolutely nothing intellectual. We went to Starbucks, and just walked around. We also went in Channel and the sales people kept looking at me like I was going to buy something. Then we...


  • First Japan Blog

    Ok, this is the pictureless blog version of my 'newsletter.' I know, maybe I'm lazy, but I want to include a lot of pictures and it's easier to make a PDF that automatically compresses the images than resize everything for Archinect. I don't want to spend even more time making two versions. Sorry...


  • school bag project

    It's raining on and off all day and literally all but maybe one of my friends have gone to other states or countries for the summer, so I'm kind of bored. #1 I got my visa today, so Japan is all set. #2 The last boss in Prince of Persia 3 is really starting to piss me off. #3 King Kong the game...


  • SCHOOOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!

    Greetings. Long time no blog. The semester is long over, well a week over and I again had another cracked out, dazed up review. So we had a pretty good jury. Rotating throughout the day was Julio of course, Sean Keller, Mark Kocent, Sean Rickenbacker, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, David Leatherbarrow...


  • One down, one to go

    WARNING: This blog entry is stupid. Someone needs to do something to piss me off so I can rant. I had my final review for Surface/Effects today. It went pretty well. The course is essentially making a cool wall system with some type of visual effect. We started with the idea of water and how it...


  • The Ravages of Time

    While preparing the documents I will need for my summer job, I had to get new passport photos taken for a work visa application. I then compared them to the photo from my passport taken a few months before starting school. I look like a crystal meth ad.


  • Osaka Bound

    I'm totally pumped. I got the internship at Takenaka in Osaka for June-August. SWEET. I will post more details after I finish getting all this crap together oh, and finding some time to do school work! YIKES AHHHHHHHH. I am so pumped I'm seriously shaking. Someone told me that my voice was...


  • Brad at Penn NO JOKE!

    This painting was hanging up today in the lower gallery of Meyerson. Kinda creepy. Weird morphogenetic Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie creature. I took this with my phone all covert like. Note: 1. No I did not paint this. 2. It's like 8 feet tall.


  • Rejection #1

    I got my first job rejection today. Among other things it said: "After much consideration, it has been decided to continue to pursue other candidates whose work and experience more closely match our current workload and staffing ojectives." This morning I called all of the places to which I...


  • 540 frontside nose grab

    Studio has done a major turn around, at least for me. After the pithy email volley, Julio came in on Monday with a new perspective on studio. He didn't understand that we, as a whole, kind of didn't know how to make buildings. He had looked at our archived work over the weekend and realized that...


  • Dear Brad Pitt

    Dear Brad Pitt, From one international celebrity to another, I have a favor to ask you. Could you please come do my project for me? I'm kind of tired and all this rigor is really getting to me. I mean, I'm pretty far along, so if you want to just come out here and finish up some models for me...


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  • Hardware, Harsh words and Heads a rollin’.

    So the computer is still broken. It's really starting to piss me off. I spent about 4 hours trouble shooting with Greg, our IT guy. He's totally cool. Looks like it wasn't my motherboard, but actually half of my RAM was bad. Still under warranty. HOWEVER, my Windows install is messed up, so I need...


  • Drive you MAAAAAAAD

    This will probably drive some of you mad, so it's funny for me. In the hallway of Meyerson are 4 or 5 mail totes, most of which contain "the big envelope" except for one...which has a large quantity of small envelopes. It should be any day now kiddies! SWEAT! LOSE SLEEP! DON'T EAT! SUFFER!!!!! I...


  • Red Jump Suits

    A group of about half of the 500s have purchased red jumpsuits ala Slipknot which are embroidered with their names and PennDesign. It was pretty funny to see a group of them running around in the suits. I'm contemplating getting one, although I don't know when I would wear it. The funniest part...


  • SPRING BREAK WOOOOOO!

    It's spring break here at PennDesign. I visited with my parents for a few days out in boring land suburban PA. While there I worked on studio and watched Harry Potter. I was also treated to a musical produced by my 94 year old grandmother at her retirement community. It was...interesting. Even at...


  • Shhh. Squishface is a single mother

    Title means nothing. Well, High Performance Building Envelopes is over. Review at Kling went well. I think I was the only one to use stone and the critics appreciated that. People liked my renderings, but there were a lot of other really nice ones too. I helped one girl do her's and she just used...


  • A legacy ends

    Bet you thought I decided to quit, right? No. Tomorrow is the last day of High Performance Building Envelopes. We have to present our projects at Kling. Here are some pictures of mine. The project was to design a skin for the new FDA building. The wall has a southern exposure and is 500 feet long...


  • Bored, yet again

    God I am bored. I have two credits from going to Japan, so I think next year I am going to go part time. I will only need studio and one elective in the fall and studio and professional practice in the spring. Missing out on a world class education? Who cares? BORED!


  • DISASTER! (+)

    Studio is finally starting to pick up. We had Friday desk crits. Julio was in Norway during the week, missing studio, and came in to make it up. His team won some competition. He said he would explain it more sometime. He was very vague about it. I built pretty much my first model yesterday...


  • Almost that time of year

    I'm realizing it's almost time for me to apply for my first architecture job. Does anyone have some tips? I had a solid resume for a geologist, but well, it's not that unique for architecture. No jobs, no awards. Any thoughts on what I should do or how I should approach this? Also, suggestions for...


  • Wednesday the uneventful_v1.3

    Nothing major has really happened lately. But I figured I would blog anyway. I rode the subway down to Utrecht today. There was some crazy guy on the train SCREAMING, and I mean screaming, "GOD D@MN I HATE THOSE WHITE B*$CHES!" over and over. Then he kind of smashed a muffin into his mouth and...


  • Mild Frustration

    Photo I is slightly frustrating because I don't really have the time to have fun with it. I'm in class most of the day which makes it hard to do high speed photos and shadow rich shots. I end up with maybe 30 minutes at the end of the day to run around campus shooting the library or something. I'm...


  • Go Robot, it's your birthday!

    We had a pin up today and this one guy's cell phone started ringing with the theme from Beverly Hills Cop. I spontaneously broke into the robot. I look to my right and some other guy is also busting out the robot. We saw each other and lost it followed by giggles from other people that noticed us...


  • New Syllabus

    No, not because of new course requirements, but because for whatever reason, teachers are now required to inform students of how much various assignments are worth. My question is...why? Why do we even get grades? I'm not complaining, because I get good grades. I just think it seems incredibly...


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