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, and Mack Scogin. It was cool to have a group of guys that build stuff rather than a bunch of Spirograph addicts. I'm not going to go off on these self-proclaimed science/math experts again. FOOLS! So I went in the middle of the review order, right after lunch. I had the whole gang other than Leatherbarrow and Kocent. My boards looked pretty ugly just because I've never been good at laying out boards, but these were particularly unattractive. The individual drawings weren't bad, but the layout overall was ugly as Slash in a Speedo. Anyway, I was feeling fairly awake considering the 5 hours of sleep I'd had in the 3 days prior. I gave my jibba jabba and all seemed to go fine. Then Srdjan asks “Did you make the site model?” and I said “No, we made it as a class.” “Why?” asks Srdjan. I kind of looked around, not knowing how to respond. I knew the answer, but luckily Julio pipes up and says, “I asked them to make it.” (That was what I wanted to say, but figured that's not what you're supposed to say.) The Srdjan asks, “Do you like it?” To which I answered, “I guess it's pretty good.” And like a Scooby-Doo cartoon, the stairs turned into a ramp and I slid the whole way down. Any adrenaline that was keeping me sharp was gone. I have no idea how long my review went on. I noticed a lot of people coming in and out and leaving because I just stood there nodding and giggling when asked a question. I had NO idea what was going on or what people were asking me. I seriously think I was standing there for about 45 minutes. I think they were asking good questions, but I was so far gone by that point. But, they liked my project, which was cool. I have a lot more pride when someone like Mack Scogin says “I wish I could make some of the moves you chose to make” then when one of those math-fools tell me they liked the rigor of my Fibonacci sequence. Although, Scogin said he wishes I could explain why I made such moves. Scogin also said that I have an “incredible architectural talent” with “great potential,” but that I need to challenge myself. And I totally agree with the challenge myself thing. I don't. I just haven't really been compelled to take it to the next level. Maybe I will next semester. I may punish myself with Wesley Wei if he is back. From what I understand when he is good he rocks, and when he is bad, he sucks. The work from the fall 2005 studio looked really cool. So it's a gamble.
That night after going to dinner with Julio and a few other students, I slept for 14 hours. Delicious.
I thought I was done with that project, but I got an email and they might be putting it in the StudioWorks book. It's cool to be considered again (I was in it last year), but when you think you are done only to have to render up some stuff before you clean out studio, that kind of sucks. Oh well, maybe I'll be “published” again. I guess they ask two people from each studio to submit stuff then they choose a few.
Photo review was uneventful but also delicious because he brought donuts. It was cool though, he liked my work and hoped I would take his photo journalism class, but I don't really have time. I'd like to take it, but Photo I was hard enough to find time to get it all in and do it well. Most of my photos were super simple, and like the architect in training that I am, there are no people in my photos haha. That bumbling kid from the beginning actually ended up with some really nice work by the end. You know, after he stopped trying to develop film with stop bath.
I went home on the weekend for a baptism. My best friend from high school already has two freakin' kids! Guess I'm getting old (I don't say growing up, because that's certainly not true).
Finally rockin' a 2GB memory card in my D50. It's sweet. I'll probably go out and shoot tomorrow.
I went to an undergrad party last night. I know it goes against my hatred of undergrads, but it was a going away party for some international students, so I wanted to see my two friends off. Although it was weird to only know two people and be at least 5 years older than everyone (in some cases 8 years). It's not that much older I guess, but there is a huge disconnect between a sophomore and someone that has worked and is back in grad school. Interesting though. I took candy sushi that I made. It took two hours. I was bored. I will probably hang out with the two girls though when I am in Japan. I talked to my lady friend and we might go up to Tokyo on a free weekend. Speaking of Japan this summer, I Googled the dudes from MIT and Yale who will also be going and they are intimidating. They have like...done stuff. You Google me and you find a fat mafia guy and an article about me melting rocks as an undergrad. WOO.
My current agenda until I leave is to beat Prince of Persia 3, King Kong and Gun. I also want to sleep a lot and do nothing. Oh yeah, and go to NYC and get my visa. I guess I need to buy a suit too, and some underpants.
Ramble ramble ramble. I'm done...for now.
By the way, I am stuck in the PC lab doing work study tonight, hence the massive document.