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AVT 180 Complete

Posted by Karla, 13 May 2015 · 355 views
art, class, avt 180, digital
So I finally finished my art class for the Spring, and I am free until June 1, which is when I will take Typography (and SS for ACX, of course. Since this class takes place through the entirety of June, I will probably start SSing early in the morning).

These were 3 of the 5 project's I've done. I would like to show projects 4 & 5, but they aren't images.

Project 1: The Object

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Project 2: The Architect (This was supposed to be in higher quality, but since the PSD for this project got corrupted, I resorted to scanning a physical copy of my project. :C)

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Project 3: The Masquerade

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So yes, that was my first (and waste of time) class. Here's to my Typography class during the summer!


AVT 180, Other stuff, I'm tired.

Posted by Karla, 15 April 2015 · 209 views
art, graphic design, music, tired
So for those of you who are not aware, I'm attending school again to obtain a certificate in Graphic Design. It's going good so far, but I've yet to find out what other things are in store.

I'm currently taking a course called AVT 180 (New Media in the Creative Arts). It's a class for people who aren't totally experienced with Photoshop and Illustrator. I do have experience in these programs, however my advisory says "YOU MUST TAEK DIS NAOW." So yeah, it's a minor setback, but when I complete this, I'll be able to take Typography which I plan on taking during the summer.

My plan,when it comes to scheduling, is to schedule my classes on Mondays and Wednesdays so I will be able to play in orchestras on Thursdays & Saturdays.

HOWEVER,

The orchestra I'm getting payed to play in is pulling stupid shit and scheduling their rehearsals on some Mondays and Wednesdays, and these days somehow happen to fall on the days that I have to present my projects. This means I only have about an hour and a half to transport myself from my class in Virginia to my orchestra in Maryland. I have no time to eat, no time to rest, and I end up being late.

I really do not want to play in these orchestras anymore. I've lost interest, it's a lot of work, and it's not worth coughing up the gas money just to get payed $50 a week. However my parents insist I keep playing because they don't want me to "lose my touch."

Being an adult is hard. ;___;


Birthday, My Last Day Volunteering, and my “Awesome” Brother.

Posted by Karla, 17 December 2014 · 422 views

I usually try not to make a big deal out of my birthday because I’m not too into it anymore. Every time I get a year older, I get a little sadder. I don’t know why...

Anyways, my birthday was uneventful. My mom brought me some fried chicken for dinner and gave me some mousse dessert (Wish me luck walking all of that off). I wanted to go to IHOP to eat pancakes for my birthday, but they wanted to stay in and watch the Wizards basketball game. My brother, who I usually look up to, was still being an asshole, and he didn’t even wish me a happy birthday. I didn’t even see him even though he was home most of the day.

Today was a little more eventful mostly because it was my last day volunteering with Neighborhood & Community Services. Before I left, my supervisor threw a small going away party, which is quite surprising, because I broke the news to her about my leaving a week ago, I’m surprised she actually took tome to plan it. A few of her coworkers came over to my desk and we ate cake and were merry and stuff. My supervisor and her coworker gave me some small gifts before I left. (Cards, a phone charger, and a stuffed animal)

I went outside to wait for my bus, but it never came, so I ended up standing in the cold for about an hour waiting for my dad to pick me up. When I got home, my mother decided that we were going to IHOP for dinner like we were supposed to do yesterday. XD I went with my mom and dad and we had a good time. My brother decided not to come, and he usually loves going to these places. I would have enjoyed my days more if he had joined us. Oh well, there’s next year I guess…

Oh, in case you’re wondering why my brother’s being an asshole as of late…

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Volunteering

Posted by Karla, 31 October 2014 · 326 views
god, help, me, find, job
For those of you who don't know, I am currently a volunteer for an organization called Neighborhood & Community Services. My hours/years there are supposed to help me obtain employment as an Administrative Assistant.
I wrote this entry in my Livejournal back in April of this year, but nothing has changed since I've typed it:


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TL;DR – This volunteer job is supposed to help me, but it sucks ass.


So at this very moment, I'm attempting to go back to school to get a certificate in Graphic Design in hopes of getting a job as a Graphic Artist/Designer. On the bright side, I'll be studying for something that I actually have interest in, and not do shit that my parents want me to do anymore.


Advice for a Coffee Newb?

Posted by Karla, 30 September 2014 · 539 views

Okay, so as you may have concluded from the title, I have never drunk a cup of coffee. I've only had a sip of it, and didn't really much care for it back in the day.

Every morning, since I was about 10 years old, I have told my mom and dad that I am not a morning person. I could go to bed as early as 9 pm and get 8-12 hours of sleep, but I would always be tired in the morning. Soooo this morning, my mother suggested that I start drinking coffee. I wouldn't mind starting drinking coffee, but there's a lot I don't know about this beverage.

So, to the frequent coffee drinkers out there, my questions to you guys are…
  • What is your advice to a first-time coffee drinker?
  • Is there a particular brand that you guys recommend?
  • Would it be better to drink hot coffee or iced coffee?
  • Would you suggest any other alternatives to coffee?
  • Anything else I should know?


Plz & Thx. :D


10 Things You May Not Have Known About Me

Posted by Karla, 21 July 2014 · 373 views

Hay guys. I thought I’d take this journal entry to list some things you may not have known about me (that wasn't in my 50 things entry). They're mainly personal facts, but I'm telling you guys anyway because I give no fucks anymore. XD


1.) I have Hirsutism. If you don’t know what it is, Hirsutism is when a person, mainly a woman, grows hair in places that aren't intended for them to have hair. In my case, I seem to be growing hair on my face, neck, and chest. I’ve tried several methods of trying to remove the hair (or make it less visible), like waxing, laser hair removal, hair removal creams, and threading, but they do not work. Threading seems to be the only thing that works, plus it is not very expensive, so I've been continuing that lately in hopes that I don’t look like a man. D:

2.) I have severe anger issues. You may not have detected this behavior often in my posts on the forums, but I get angry and stay angry for a very long time. I usually can curb this by doing some of my hobbies, like drawing, playing games, writing private stories, writing journal entries, or simply getting some fresh air outside, but I cannot forget the things that make me angry easily. My hobbies in this case are like drugs. They help ease my anger, but it doesn’t make it go away. Some of the things I do when I get angry is yell at someone without thinking of what I’m saying, punch my stuffed animals, and crying/screaming into a pillow like a little girl. XD It’s a miracle I actually haven’t physically hurt someone yet!!

You probably don’t get the impression that I’m a very angry person because I tend to keep angry words off of public forums, usually out of fear of getting warned, suspended, banned, or just people getting bad impressions of me. I often resort to writing private blog posts just so I can get a little of my anger out.

3.) I forget things easily. Unlike the last thing I listed, there are things that I can easily forget. When it comes to my emotions, I cannot forget. However, when it comes to schoolwork, work, birthdays, etc., I tend to forget it almost instantly. This results in people getting angry at me for not remembering things. It’s not like I forget things on purpose, it just happens. :( I have to write things down constantly so I don’t forget, and it gets quite annoying. Despite this, I was able to get good grades in school and do a decent job at work, but it was hard work.

4.) I have perfect pitch. When I started taking piano lessons at age 6, my piano teacher deemed that I had perfect pitch, because I can easily identify notes, and I can easily tell if a note or two is out of tune. Now, you would think this is a good thing when it comes to music, but IMO, it’s pretty bad when it comes to listening to it. You can easily pick out notes that are out of tune in a song, and you can’t help but feel like it’s one of the worst things you’ve ever heard. XD When you are playing music, you can use this to your advantage to try and get your notes in tune, but that’s really the only good thing about it. :p

5.) I HATE vegetables. You know when you’re a kid, and you’ve always been told to eat your veggies? Well, I’ve been forced to eat my veggies as a kid, because I freaking hated them. I hated them then, and I still hate them now. I hate them because whenever I eat them, I literally feel the need to gag, and I often had to swallow them down with a fruity drink or water. The only vegetables I can tolerate are lettuce in salads and corn. Every other vegetable literally makes me sick. Despite telling my parents this, they still feel the need to serve me veggies, while they let my brother opt out of eating them.

6.) I am VERY slothful. I mean… PAINFULLY slothful. If Hell exists, then I would go there just for this sin alone. This journal entry is literally being written while I’m supposed to be doing work! This is mainly due to me having a low attention span and a lack of motivation, so I find it hard to focus and get things done, and I feel the need to do something else that’s not work/school related. The only way I can actually get things done is if I can somehow get my brain wired up so I can focus, like drinking 5-hour energy (It keeps me energized and helps me focus). My mother discourages me from drinking this and doesn't let me drink it, despite it really being the only way I can stay focused on my work so I can get it done.
(BTW, I hate working in general, lmao.)

7.) I have been single all my life. I have never dated anyone for as long as I’ve lived. I had a blind date when I went to prom, and there was a time I should say I’ve gone out on a date, but that person was already dating one of my friends. So those two times don’t count. ;___;

The boys in my grade school were very unfriendly towards me. They were always tormenting me during and in between classes, called me a lesbian even though I am clearly straight, and felt then need to get me in trouble with teachers… so I was extremely turned off by them. I thought I would have better luck finding a date in college, but this was not so. A huge majority of the guys at my college were gay, and the ones that were straight already had girlfriends. Even after school, my luck in finding Mr. Right is dwindling, and my folks aren’t helping me much. I can’t go out and meet people unless I am “supervised.” You don’t know who the hell you’re talking to when talking to guys online (That’s my rule). I can’t talk on the phone without my folks being suspicious. I am discouraged from talking to strangers when I’m out. Despite these rules my folks set for me, they’re still expecting me to get married and have babies. Ironic, right?

(BTW, I also suspect that I have no luck with guys because they guys in my area, regardless of their race, don’t like dating African-American women.)

8.) I am secretly jealous of my brother. The main reasons I am secretly jealous of him is that he has the things I want/need, and that I often live in his shadow. He has a job, and I do not. He gets to go out on his own, but I cannot. He gets to do what he wants, but I can hardly do the same. He has very few worries, but I have many. If I had what he had, I would probably be a better, well-rounded person, but alas, I do not, and I kinda hate him for it. Also, whenever people or friends talk to me, the only things I hear from them are: “How’s your brother?” “Is your brother doing alright?” “Does your brother still do sports?” I tell them that he’s good and is doing alright, then they just sort of leave. They hardly ask how I’m doing, nor do they really want to know me or how I am. They just ask me how my brother is doing.

Despite all this, I actually love my brother, but he annoys me with his awesomeness sometimes. XD

9.) I probably have Attention Deficit Disorder. Even though I have and have had signs of ADD, I haven’t actually been diagnosed with it. I kept telling my mother and father that I might have ADD, but they keep telling me that I’m just fine and I’m not using my head enough. I keep trying to “use my head,” but it’s not easy. Not for me anyways.

The signs I know I have and have had since I was a child are: Inability to focus (zoning out, easily getting distracted, struggling to complete tasks and inability to pay attention), Forgetfulness (Look at the 3rd fact on my list) Acting on impulse (interrupting others and having little self-control, but I can get over this easily now.)

Whether or not I actually have ADD, I am still able to get by doing the things I need to do. It’s not easy though, and I’m sure people who actually have ADD/ADHD might agree with me.

10.) I have an addiction to musicals. I started getting into them when I was in college. The vocal majors wouldn’t stop talking about what their favorite musicals were. I listened to one of the majors’ playlists which was full of musicals, classic and modern, and I started falling in love with them. I loved musicals so much that I started buying OBCRs, I even did my homework to musical songs. Whether it was an actual stage performance or a film adaption, I would see the musicals, because I’m obsessed with them. The last musical I saw was “If/Then,” the musical I really want to see is “The Book of Mormon,” and my current favorite musical is “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Avenue Q” being a close second. BTW, did I mention I’m addicted to musicals?


50 Questions because why not.

Posted by Karla, 07 July 2014 · 489 views

Jumpin’ on the Bandwagon cuz everyone’s doin’ it! :D

What was your favorite food when you were a child? Spaghetti and Meatballs. Still love it today!
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? Spice Up Your Life by the Spice Girls because we all need a little spice in our lives.
What is one of your favorite quotes? “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? I like drawing, animating, and reading indoors, and I like to walk outdoors.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Dishes. Our dishwasher is currently broken so I have to do ALL of them by hand.
What is your favorite form of exercise? Walking. Simple yet beneficial. :D
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I like the evenings. I like Saturdays, and I like October because it’s nice and cool and HALLOWEEN.
What’s your least favorite mode of transportation? Riding the train. You never know what’s going to happen on those things...
What is your favorite body part? My right arm. I do the most stuff with it.
What sound do you love? MUSIC!! To elaborate, I like the sound of Classical music. Quite relaxing.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for? A Summer Bash. I’d throw it to celebrate the coming of Summer!! :D There would be summer themed songs, tasty fruity drinks, tasty food, and outdoor games.
If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint? The mountains in autumn. So colorful!
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 24. I’m young enough to hang out with young people, yet I’m old enough to do what I want.
If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently? Try to make amends with people who I may have wronged or insulted, though I attempt to do this every day.
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Anyone who is proficient and experienced in the Animation field. Don't care who, I'll just tell them to shut up and take my money.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? The past event I’d like to witness was the ruling of Brown vs. BoE when segregation of schools was declared unconstitutional.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? 3D Animating. Or just animating in general.
If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be? Animating a Trailer for one of my short stories. I got a LOT of them and it would feel good to make one of them come to life.
If you were immortal for a day, what would you do? Explore the bottom of the ocean, I dunno.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? Angela. I HATE my first name, and any name that doesn't sound German would be suitable. D:
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Dead: Whitney Houston. She was the first Pop/R&B singer I’ve ever listened to. Alive: Adam Harrington. He voices this guy!! :drool:
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy a house near the ocean. Not right by the ocean, but near it so I can walk/drive to the beach.
If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be? A Tiger, Pina Colada, CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH.
If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be? To live and learn and die. Simple, right? XD
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Michonne from the Walking Dead. I wanna slice some zombies. :D

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for? None. I’m too generic looking. :(
What do you want to be when you grow up? I’m already grown up, but I want to become a professional animator for TV shows and Games, and Movies if I'm feeling cocky enough. :D
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Browse the internet! Mainly to educate myself or just to have fun.
What would you name the autobiography of your life? "Here's My Life in a Book."
What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? When Will My Life Begin, It’s My Life, Going Under, When I Fall In Love, etc…

Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best? My mother took away my video game consoles every school night due to me playing games over school work. I thought she was trying to take away the fun, but I eventually realized that this was to help me do better in school. ^^’
What was one of the best parties you’ve ever been to? High School Homecoming in 2003. This was the only party I was able to enjoy with people I could actually call friends.
What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? The Help, both the book and the movie. *holds back tears while typing*
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Putting aside my personal interests to major in music performance, in order to please my mother. *still holding back tears while typing*
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person? My Grandmother’s funeral. It taught me how to cope with loss and that no one lives forever, no matter how much you love them. *Is literally crying now*
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? Chatting with strangers on the internet, lol. Only this time I’m an adult and I get in no trouble at all. XD
When was the last time you had an amazing meal? Back in 2007 when my father introduced me to great sushi. It was delicious but damn was it expensive.
What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received? Best gift given: Assorted Chocolates. Worst gift given: Cheap earrings. Best gift received: My Bamboo Create Tablet! Never put it down. Worst gift received: A tiny violin trinket. Apparently this was a message that I was supposed to continue pursuing music.
What do you miss most about being a kid? Going to recreational summer camps. Swimming, dancing, arts & Crafts, sports, you name it, they had it!
What is your first memory of being really excited? Getting this Playmobile Dollhouse as a kid. I had to give it away when my brother and I were forced to give up our toys as teenagers. I still miss it up to this day. D:
What was the first thing you bought with your own money? A Nintendo DS game. I believe it was Pokémon Platinum.
When was the last time you were nervous? Deciding whether to continue my musical studies or go back to school. Still nervous about this decision today!
What is something you learned in the last week? Trypophobia is the fear of holes (JESUS JUST THINKING ABOUT THIS GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS AND I CAN’T UNSEE THE PICTURES FOR IT AAAAAAAGH!!!!!)
What story does your family always tell about you? My mother always tells people about my musical accomplishments and abilities while my father tells people about the last embarrassing thing I did. Ick. >__<
At what age did you become an adult? I personally can’t say I’ve become an adult. I’ve always felt like I am a kid at heart. I REFUSE TO GROW UP AND YOU CAN’T MAKE ME. I’M THE MOTHERFUCKING PETER PAN.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate. No. I think a picture is worth however words you want it to be. Ex: Picture of a fish. Not much to say other than it’s a fish in water.
Where’s Waldo? Waldo is everywhere. He is omnipresent. He’s like God!!
The best part of waking up is? Foldgers in your cup! XD *slapped*
How now brown cow? What what what what?
Whasssssuuuupppppp? https://www.youtube....UEzWvlV348#t=21


Well I hope you enjoyed this 50 Questions. If you didn't I apologize for wasting your time. XD

TL;DR: I had a good childhood and have a boring life. :p


My First Year, My First Blog! [My First Year and AC Confessions]

Posted by Karla, 16 June 2014 · 497 views
neocodex, first year, altador cup and 1 more...
Whoo, first blog! XD

I've been on Neocodex for a whole year!! I’d like to talk about my first year on Neocodex and playing in the Altador Cup for AC9.

Back in AC8, before I joined Neocodex, I became part of the ASG “Stealth.” I’m sure some of you are familiar with them. Anyways, I was invited to join their ranks and I accepted. Our goal was basically to grind and grind on the flash games until our daily quotas were met. As pumped as I was to be a part of this group, I eventually grew super tired from grinding, I had less devotion and even less time to devote to the AC.

Then I eventually heard of “Team Codex” on the forums, and how they (you) used score senders to rack up points in the AC. At first, I was like the typical whiner that hated cheating groups and wished they would get lives. However, in the middle of the tournament, I finally came to realize how pointless it was to grind constantly for a month, and considered that the folks on Codex actually had some common sense. I regretted joining Stealth. Because of them, I had wasted so much time. Time I could have devoted to hanging out with people or improving my art skills.

So after TY won AC8, I decided to become active on Neocodex and tried to get to know its members. After spending some time on here, I realized you guys aren't lowlifes. You guys are actually really cool and very nice! It wasn't until I've heard users’ stories about being unjustly frozen by TNT that I decided to be more involved in the Codex Community. I took some time to get to know the programs, and used the ones I was comfortable with (Mainly Array of Bytes and Scripts), and I enjoyed every minute of it. :)

I still have a long way to go to becoming less of a noob here on this site, but I feel like I’m getting there. :)

 

Now, here's what's been going on with me during this year's AC. You're going to have to bear with me on this, as it might raise some questions...

I am still on Stealth, and I have joined VP on my main account. However, this will be my last year with them, as I am tired of all the grinding.

As for Team Codex, I have joined the team. I have side accounts that joined HW for Team Codex (HW is also one of my personal favorite AC teams). Even though I first thought that joining both teams would be a double-edged sword, I would be getting shiny trophies on my accounts, regardless of who wins the cup.

If you’re worried that I leaked private information about the team, I can confirm with you that I have not leaked information (and I’m not that F-ing Neoleaks guy). It is against the rules here to leak private information, so I have kept Codex’s plans to myself. It was also against Stealth’s rules to leak information about the team, so I had kept their plans to myself as well. As of this day, I continue to keep both parties' information to myself. :shifty:

My plans for AC9 were to reach All Star on my account with VP, and then put the rest of my energy on HW. Well, I reached All Star on VP a few days ago, and I plan on only supporting you guys on HW from hereon out. Honestly, I’ll feel real good when we wipe the floor with VP. Grinding is such a waste of energy and time, Now that I've found you guys, I’ll finally get revenge on them for wasting so much of my time. :neocodex:

If you have any questions, I’ll try and answer them as best as I can. However, I will remain to keep Steath’s plans private until the winners of this year's AC are announced, then I’ll talk more about them if you are still interested.

 

So to basically sum this whole year up…

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Well, that was my whole first year on Codex, and I hope to spend more time with you guys. You all are awesome and good people. I really mean it from the bottom of my heart. :wub:

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