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Hundreds of Crimson Seeds


Goodbye, Internet!

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 28 2014 · 155 views
finals week, hiatus
It's Finals Week, and I have soooo much work to do and studying to dive into, so I'm unplugging and getting right to it. 

I'll probably be back on Friday the 2nd, so, uh, hold on until then? Stay strong? Nobody is really gonna miss me, I'm only going for like a handful of days anyways :P

See ya then, folks! Wish me luck.


Staying Ridiculous

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 25 2014 · 100 views
oversleeping, video editing
It happened again.

I was gonna pull an all-nighter recording and editing a commercial for my Digital Video class, and technically I succeeded, I passed out around 6-7 AM waiting for my mom to leave for work so that I wouldn't disturb anyone. I woke up at 12:59 noon, an hour late for class. After crying for a half hour since this is the third time I've accidentally slept right through this class and three absences is an automatic failure, I was finally able to put the numbers together and realize that class ended an hour later than I thought and that if I flew out the door, I'd catch the class right before it ended. And that's what I did. I sat on the train and edited my commercial with the hours of footage and audio I collected that night, and got to class in the last ten minutes. 

Thankfully, my teacher is the bomb and likes me, so he was totally cool about it and went with my "I was too sick to leave the house this morning" story, which was pretty plausible considering the weather and the virus going around and the combination of red crying eyes, staring-at-screens-all-night-and-all-morning eyes, and only-got-like-7-hours-of-accidental-sleep eyes, and my voice cracking due to inhaling cold air as I could as I rushed to school. That last bit backfired later, 'cause my voice cleared right up and he was all "your voice got better" and I realized he probably thought I was faking it now when that voice thing wasn't even something I planned on :P Anyways, I threw my commercial onto the server and he told me to come back in twenty minutes to start the final editing exam that everyone had obviously already finished. The test is him giving us a 10 second clip, and a folder full of graphics and clips and audio files, and we have to recreate the clip as exactly as possible. It took me three and a half hours, 'cause there was a lot of work involved and I had to use Final Cut instead of Premiere because I couldn't figure out how to do alpha mattes in the latter and they were an important effect in the video, but I did manage to make a near exact replica of that video and he was all *thumbs up* so hurray, I guess this means I'm all good as far as not failing the class for absence goes. The written exam is next week but that's the least of my worries.

Anyways, yeah. Ridiculous. I hate sleep. It's so weird. I had like 10 hours of sleep the night before due to missing my Thursday class so I wasn't even remotely tired last night, it just sort of happened. Again :/

Welp, everything worked out.

I'd show off the commercial I made 'cause I'm proud of it but it is naughty and would more than likely break BZP rules :P 

The basic rundown of the thing is that it's nighttime, there's a water bottle that I'm advertising on the window sill. You hear two people undressing, clothes start flying towards the window and falling to the floor in front of the camera, and a pair of panties lands around the water bottle. The light goes out and the sound of uh, fun and mattress springs bouncing plays while the sky rapidly accelerates from night to day and the room slowly lights up. The audio stops when the sun is finally up, a man's arm enters the shot, takes the water bottle and the words "rehydrate" appear. He puts the opened bottle back and leaves the shot holding the panties, then lowers the blinds. The panties soon hit the window and fall next to the bottle again and the audio resumes, and it transitions to closeup shot of the water bottle, with "Round 2" as the name on its label :P

I had a lot of fun with that one :P


This is getting ridiculous

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 24 2014 · 110 views
oversleeping, finals stress and 1 more...
This morning, or rather, afternoon, I woke up two hours after my five hour class ended <_<  Basically overslept by like 9 hours. This isn't the first time I accidentally slept right through a class, but it's definitely the longest I overslept by.

I remember setting my alarm so obviously at some point I woke up and turned off all handful of my alarms one by one, completely delirious. I'm so mad, that's so many hours I could've been working.

I didn't even go to bed that late, it was like, the earliest I went to sleep this week. It was like 3 AM, but still. Come on. That's nothing. Whatever, the class wasn't that important. Ugh.  :mellow: 

Finals stress is really stressful and stressing me out so I'm really stressed out about everything. Way too much to do in my last week. My girlfriend helps me relax and feel better about all that stuff and I'm really grateful for that, but the timezone difference is a big part of why I go to sleep so late so that just goes back to the first issue. Oh well. Almost done with the semester, I'm kickin' into maximum overdrive, and I'm gonna get everything done and hope for the best, and then pack my things and fly over to see her. And I will sleep so much.


A painting, and a derp

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 19 2014 · 103 views
watercolor, im such a dummy
So I painted this portrait of my dad which was fun, but his eyes were too close together and the bridge of his nose too narrow (I really need to get back into the habit of stepping back and looking at the sketch from a distance, 'cause obviously it looks perfect close up) so it looks more like a caricature :P

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Also I was cleaning up and realized I had forgotten about two small bins of LEGO that are literally right under my arm next to me on the shelf, which is ridiculous cause I dragged my large bin and like 5 big bags of LEGO right under them and I dunno how I missed those, I'm absolutely blind. Of course they're filled to the brim with a ton of tan and dark grey parts which would've been perfect for my contest entry elephant thing, and also the 2003 Kraahkan which I'd been looking for for a while. Awesome :P


A season and a half.

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 18 2014 · 89 views
breaking bad, homework, editing and 1 more...
A season and a half. That's how much Breaking Bad I've watched tonight while editing my videos for homework.

I vow to never ever ever do stopmotion again  <_< This twenty second video was a half hour of photography and like 7-8 hours of straight editing.

To be fair, this isn't the longest I've worked on a DV assignment this semester so I guess I'm just annoyed at how tedious and dull this particular thing was. Adjusting and aligning 300 photos by hand is not fun. I haven't been able to catch up on BZP today either, though.

Breaking Bad is fantastic though, wow. I was not mentally or physically prepared for all this gore but I guess eight seasons of House softened the blow.I think I'm more worried about Skyler and Walt's relationship than anything else :P 

Also! Saw the last two episodes of Agents of SHIELD after watching Winter Soldier and wow I am just SCREAMING IN CONSTANT ANGUISH AT ALL THESE TWISTS WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO US JOSS? WHY? ;~; These two episodes were just insane, I don't know what to believe anymore.

Anyways, it's just been a heck of a day for me, and one endless night. I'll prolly get some sleep on the train as usual, prolly nap when I get home. Friday night Magic awaits :D



Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 16 2014 · 101 views
woot woot
*throws confetti*

And it only took me seven years :P 




Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 13 2014 · 94 views
missing parts, captain america and 1 more...
So I've been missing my blue bohrok feet for yeeaaarrs and my Gahlok has been sitting on my shelf all this time with replacement black feet, and I'm so freaking excited 'cause I'd given up hope a while ago. Now it looks beautiful again :D

I'm gonna have to thank the SBC Contest for that, since I was digging through every single bin and bag and LEGO in the house for the last two or three days while building. It's like, this really weird idea that I had as soon as the contest was announced and I'm glad that I've actually been able to build it, considering I haven't built anything in System for like... years probably. It's an elephant with long thin dangling legs based on Salvador Dali's The Elephants (this), but with also a long sort of giraffe neck, and a big ol' propeller on its butt like Karlson (foreign children's story/cartoon, this), but it's more like big helicopter blades. I gave it a sort of mix of diesel-punk and surreal flair, and it's all tan and dark grey, with some light grey too. It's SUPER HEAVY and I built the elephant head SUPER COMPLICATED, so it comes apart if all 3 or 4 major areas of connection aren't locked in place, and the ears pop off a lot, but it's nothing too bad. The legs are really thin and delicate so I have more trouble with those, and at this point I took em off and will attach em last. Cause I can't suspend it on string for the contest, I had to make ginormous stands for it to keep it up, and my only peeve with those is that it'll interfere with seeing the dangling legs fully since it'll prolly obscure one of the back legs, but, oh well I'll work it out. I'm really happy with how it's coming out :D All I have left is to finish building the front and top of the body, stick on the propeller, and mount it on the stands and pray it doesn't break.

I had a nightmare last night about bullies completely demolishing my MOC while I was on the bus, since apparently I had to take a bus to bring the MOC to a physical location for the contest I guess. I woke up super angry, I think they also stole my ipod? It was a long complicated dream but yeah, that's how worried I am about this thing breaking :P

I also saw Captain America! It was INSANE oh my god, this movie changes EVERYTHING. EVERYTHIIINNNNG. I have no idea how it's gonna affect Agents of SHIELD because WOW UM how is this gonna work but yeah, blew my FREAKING MIND. The part where Cap'n Merica and that other character go into that elevator and see the things and then that character explains the entire conspiracy? I still haven't gotten over that. Terrifying.

Oh! And Passover stuff starts tomorrow (and I'm working) so I prolly won't be online as often as I usually am tomorrow and most of the week. Wishing a good Passover to any o y'all who observe it, and I think Good Friday is this week too, so, sweet, wishing a good Good Friday to any o y'all who observe that ^^ (Am I missing anything? Arbor Day! That's like usually in the last week of April and changes depending where you live, so happy preemptive Arbor Day everyone! :P )


I can see clearly now! - also, MtG stuff

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 11 2014 · 86 views
new glasses, mtg commander
So, I've never actually been prescribed glasses, and I've always had 20/20 vision, but I guess my vision started going a bit fuzzy in the last couple years, and I have found that I look really good in eyeglasses and always wanted to get some false lenses to wear as an accessory. Anywho, my friend brought me his old pair of glasses 'cause he still has 'em for whatever reason and I put 'em on and woooow wow wow wow wow I never realized how poor my vision actually was until I put them on. It's like upgrading to HD Vision. Well, like, Ultra HD from regular HD, I guess. Everything is so clear and crisp and I can read things from really far away now and I actually see the edges of things and don't get as much glare from the light and everything is less grainy and basically, yeah, I think I can confirm that while my vision is definitely really good, it's not 100% perfect anymore and I'm really happy I have these glasses now. And they look great, so yay.

And my friend and I were meeting up for our weekly MtG session at a little game shop. No FNM this week for us, we just split a Heroes v. Monsters Duel Deck (that foil Sun Titan is niiice) and after a little back and forth we played some Commander/EDH with the deck I built last week. I also fiiinally got yellow sleeves which are beautiful I love 'em :D My deck did pretty good, but he kept shutting down my commander in really frustrating ways and I never drew the removal I needed and spent most matches kinda unable to do anything, but I did win a few times so it's not awful. I'm gonna have to add on to it as I find better cards. My commander is Bruna, Light of Alabaster, and my deck is blue/white centered around control and auras and creatures that have good synergy with auras and such. I had a lot of fun with it. So woot, if anyone here cares bout MtG, I hope you enjoyed understanding what I'm talkin' bout :P


Waste of a semester

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Apr 11 2014 · 94 views
college, gimme back tuition and 1 more...
So far this semester, a combination of snow days, gas leaks, taxi accidents, and miscellaneous teacher excuses have led to all of my classes having been cancelled at least twice, some more. Today's animation class was cancelled for whatever reason, putting us a solid month behind in that class. Not only did we lose 4-5 weeks of the most crucial class to our future careers, but we were supposed to have the best computer animation teacher in the school (this guy won multiple Emmy's!) until he got in an accident/went on temporary leave right at the beginning of the semester, leaving us with a replacement teacher who, while he's good at what he does and has made a ton of commercials and stuff for Framestore, has never been a teacher before, ever, and does not know anything but animation and isn't thaaat great of a teacher and was, as far as I can tell, totally unprepared to be thrown into this. This guy is in his twenties, late twenties tops. He sends us funny emails with animated gifs at the end, and his gmail icon is an awesomeface-pikachu. He's taught us the heck out of animating balls, pendulums, walk cycles, and pose-to-pose animation, but this is all stuff we should have gotten out of the way in like a month and a half or two months at the most, and he cannot teach us basic modeling, rigging, lighting, or rendering. Basically, we are pretttyyyy screwed. I'm gonna have to spend my summer self-teaching through tutorials I'll have to steal from the computer labs' servers just to catch up to every other computer animation class :/

I'm just really, really frustrated. My grades prolly won't fare too well this semester either, 'cause I was dealing with the insane amount of work we had to do in our new digital video class and personal and work things, and started falling behind on my essays in literature class and started coming late to class and being absent once or twice in prolly every class besides art history. I know there's no way I'll match my 3.8 GPA from last semester, and I'm gonna do my best to make up for all the lost time and work in these last couple weeks and prolly do some hardcore pleading just to stay on the Deans List. I know everyone told me freshman year doesn't really matter as long as I don't fail pretty much, but I really really wanted to hit a nice 4.0 this time around and get as many merit scholarships as possible, and I just reeaally dropped the ball this semester and it doesn't help that all my teachers got lazier and I've been learning a lot less in those classes and my new classes are a bunch more time consuming and harsh than the ones they replaced. And the fact that all my classes got cancelled like a whole bunch of times.

*siiiggghhh*  :shrugs: 

Sorry for the rant. It's all really frustrating and I'm really worried about everything, and for around $40K a year I would like to get my money's worth. I know it's mostly just bad luck this time around, I'm sure everything will go a lot more smoothly next year. I live an hour away from the school so I'm far away from all my school friends and anyone who I could hang out with just for company and mutual angst, 'cause almost everyone else dorms, and being out of the loop of dorm life and fun stuff that happens in the area bums me out too.

Being on BZP again has been great fun and it's been helping me out a lot with all the stress, so hurray, y'all are the best  :afro:


Yeah, this is my obligatory "I'm back!1!" post

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Mar 28 2014 · 100 views
been away, too long, maybe a year and 1 more...
I seem to make this post at least once a year :P I plan to stick around this time, though. I always say that too but I really mean it! I hope :P

I'm running a tumblr blog now so I'm just really torn between that one and this one. What do I post where?? :P I'll probably use this one more for day to day things, since I avoid getting too personal on there and focus on making gifs out of scifi shows and posting my artwork. Anyways, through tumblr I discovered a Bionicle community off of BZP (WHAT A DISCOVERY WOW) and so it drew me back here ^^ I can never stay away. Anywhozzles, I'm hoping to get reintegrated into the mix of things here like I used to be and relearn all the rules and stuff. Having spent a lot of time as a moderator on other forums, I've learned what it's like to be on the authority end of rule breaking and it is so annoying. 

I plan to start drawing Bionicle stuff again, and I still make MOCs now and then so I'll definitely be posting those up, too.

I really missed this place and all you guys, although I don't see too many familiar faces anymore, or maybe a ton of you changed your names and I haven't figured them out. Here's to new friends, I guess! *knocks back shot of espresso* Oh yeah, being a full time art student, furniture designer, and blogger has made me dependent on coffee. The stories were true ;~;

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