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January 3, 2008

University (BGSU) mourns student deaths

Very tragic...

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Seven Bowling Green State University international students were involved in a car accident early this morning (Jan. 2) on I-80 near Angola, Ind.. Two of the students were fatally injured and the five other students were either not injured or received minor injuries.

My prayers go out to their families.

August 22, 2006

A New Job in Place of College

Fall classes started, and I didn't even go. That's right, I am not even enrolled this semester. I don't know if I can give up my "Professional Student" title. It has served me well over the years.

I was going to take a class or two, but I got a job offer from X2GO a month ago. I jumped at the opportunity, and of course said yes. Sadly, I haven't signed a contract with them yet -- they still do not have the business paperwork back from the government yet.

That has been an excruciatingly long wait. I have been working on a corporate identity for them though, hopefully I will have a logo to post soon.

September 15, 2005

Guacamole costs extra

I think this is as good a time as any for a rant about BGSU's insanely outrageous pricing in their dining centers. Their grocery store pricing is equally outrageous as well, but that is another post all together.

I try and brown bag my lunch as much as possible, because of BGSU's need to ream their students over everything they buy on campus.

Today was not a brown bag day - I have no food in my fridge at the moment. So I got a burrito at the Student Union. This is my usual lunch when I do not bring my own lunch.

Its setup like Subway, you tell them what you want on it. When I get down the bin of guacamole, the preparer of the burrito kindly informs me that the guacamole will cost me 50¢ extra. To which I asked "Have I always been paying 50¢ extra?" Her reply was "No" thankfully. This new condiment charge was just added, today.

I can't flipping believe it! This burrito is overpriced as it is, and now they want me to pay more just to have guacamole on it?

They are out of their minds. Yes, indeed they are.

September 12, 2005

The College Degree for Working Adults

Have you heard or seen the advertisements for these accelerated college degree programs? They are everywhere. I kept hearing them and getting all these emails. They looked too good to be true, but I thought I would look into it.

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August 29, 2005

Using ARTstor at BGSU for off-campus students

To use at BGSU you have to jump through hoops. If you happen to live off campus, you have even more steps. ARTstor is not free, so there is a reason for the steps. There could just be some clear cut instructions given to art students. Thanks to a few emails back and forth between my art history professor and myself, this process is a lot clearer now.

Step 1: Go to the BGSU Libraries site.

Step 2: Click on Research Databases.

Step 3: Click A.

Step 4: Go to page 3.

Step 5: Click on the #28, Artstor listing.

Step 6: Click on Off-Campus Access on that page.

Step 7 : Type in your last name and P00#, click Submit.


Step 9: Wait a really, really, really long time for the massive Java app to load.

See. That was less then 10 steps, piece of cake. The site is very helpful. I wish I was told about it the FIRST time I took an art history class (that would have been years ago, say 1999).

August 28, 2005

Thurstin Avenue construction

There are times when this town does things that make no sense at all. Right now, the second week of classes, they have started construction on part of Thursten Avenue and Court Street that I am told will go until November.

So now part of both Thurstin and Court are ripped up. Right at the beginning of the semester. Someone is smart. How about doing this work during the summer semester? Thurstin is a main drag for the west side of campus, which is where I work.

Smart move BG.

August 23, 2005

My Soc 101 book

Selling used college books sucks. Especially when they decide not to use that specific book for the current semester. So my $70+ book got me a cool $20. Could I have got a better price elsewhere? Like eBay? Maybe. But not worth the effort.

I am usually not disappointed in the value of the books I sell back, but this one was brand new when I bought it. Oh well, I got an 'A' so it was worth it, I guess.

August 13, 2005

My overall GPA went up

To say that my GPA is in the crapper is an understatement. It was at an all time low of 1.61 before the summer. As you can see, this is why I got kicked out a couple years ago. But I got an 'A' in Sociology 101 this summer - a huge help.

My GPA is now a 1.67. Since I have a sub 2.0 GPA I am still dismissed but can continue (because BGSU wants my money) because I have kept at least a 2.0 GPA this summer session. I now have 85 credits to my name. Yay.

D is for diploma, right? I need a 2.0 GPA to graduate (OK so that is a C) and a total of 122 credits. At least I am more then half way there. And I am getting close to that 2.0 too.

August 9, 2005

Soc 101 final test and grade

Although Matt already let the cat out of the bag early, I still wanted to comment on this grade.

First of all, it was so nice to not have to wake up for a 9:30 AM class today! It is so nice to have it done and over with.

I got a 95% on the last test. And to be honest I only studied for half an hour before the test. If I can get a 95% by doing that, I don't see the point in burring my nose in the books for longer. That and taking classes while working two jobs is a not-so-fun juggling act. It does not leave a lot of time to study.

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August 5, 2005

Soc 101 Advertising Portfolio

The second and final assignment for this summer class is to put together an advertising portfolio. It has to contain ads, in any 10 of 12 categories, that objectify women. Not that hard to find in even the tamest of magazines these days.

I did some extra work and got a 103% on the project. Yawn.

I am really glag I payed $1000+ to cut up magazines. [/sarcasm]

July 29, 2005

Soc 101 test #2

Well, this is what happens when I don't study as much as I think I should. I only got a 86.5% on my second test. But hells bells, I'll take the "B."

The class average was an 81%, so I was still above the curve. I am not used to being above that curve, that's for sure. It's a great feeling.

Today the class found out what grade we have thus far. I have a 96% right now. There is a project due that is worth 20% of our overall grade, and the third test that is worth another 15 percent. There are a couple more pop quizzes left too, but that's it and this class is over.

I just love summer classes.

July 26, 2005

Soc 101 "People Like Us" paper

I just got my paper back on the video "People Like Us: Social Class in America." We watched it over Wednesday and Thursday, and it was due the following Tuesday. Of course I waited until Monday night to write it.

Barring a couple grammar mistakes (not a strong suit) I did really well. I got a 98% on it!

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July 17, 2005

Soc 101 test #1

I meant to post this weeks ago. But my reading and studying (cramming) for hours before class was well worth it. I got a 100% on my first test. I can't remember the last time I ever scored 100% on anything, much less a test.

Two more tests, a couple projects, and this class is history! I really need an A in this class because I need a boost to my overall GPA, which is in the gutter right now.

Jordan Sigalet featured on ESPYs this Sunday

Former Bowling Green State University student-athlete Jordan Sigalet (Surrey, B.C.) will featured this Sunday, July 19 at the 2005 ESPY Awards Show as a nominee for "Best Comeback Athlete." The broadcast is scheduled for 9 p.m. (EST) on ESPN.

If you don't know who Jordan Sigalet is, you should google him.

July 9, 2005

BGSU tuition increased 6%

The BGSU Board of Trustees approved a 6 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2005-06 academic year.

Students who enrolled before the summer of 2002 will see a $232 increase in tuition per semester, while those enrolling at or later than summer 2002 will see an increase of $244. The six percent increase reaches the maximum cap approved by the state of Ohio.

Source: BG News

If Ohio had allowed another 9% hike in tuition this year, I have no doubt that BGSU would have raised it 9% (again) this year. BGSU always raises tuition the max amount that the state allows.

Since I enrolled (originally) before the summer of 2002, I would assume my tuition only goes up $232. I will find out when I find out the cost of my fall classes Monday.

The number we did not publish in The BG News was the $900+ incoming freshman will be paying more then last year's incoming class. This is because room & board, and general fees also increased. Tuition used to be $14,000 and change, now it is more like $15,000.

Sociology 101 in the summer

Summer classes are always hit or miss. You are either extremely busy or bored out of your mind. In this case, I am extremely busy. But I would not have it any other way.

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July 6, 2005

BGSU Seal stolen; returned

I meant to post this at the beginning of May when our BGSU Seal was stolen. Not that I haven't been busy lately. But anyway the guy who stole it returned it after an anonymous tip led police strait to the perp. Read on...

The missing University seal was returned to campus police last Wednesday, June 15.
Source: BG News

I never thought someone would be that stupid to steal the University Seal. The guy also wrote a apology letter which probably swayed the university's decision to not press charges. That was the brightest thing he did.

July 5, 2005

8:44 AM today

I set my alarm for 8:45 this morning. I occasionally lose five or 10 minutes of sleep because I wake up early. I can live with that because I can go back to snooze for a little while. But I woke up one minute before my alarm this morning. Not even enough time to get comfortable again before my alarm went off!

Some of you might find this extra five to 10 minutes trivial, but for someone who regularly gets less then four hours of sleep a night, every minute counts!

I just found it very odd to practically jump out of bed at 8:44 this morning. It was annoying. At least there was no pop quiz in my class today.

June 30, 2005

Which came first: the color orange or the fruit?

This was rather humorous. I am sitting here at the Union with my friend Stephany and this communications student comes up and asks us a survey question.?

"What do you thing came first, the color orange or the fruit?"

We both think it is the fruit, and then the color orange came from the fruit, but that is beside the point right now.

Not two minutes later, another student came up to ask a question. I though it would just be a diferent survey question. Nope, exact same question. And we looked around, the Union is swarming with communications students asking people eating their lunch about oranges and the color orange.

I love being a test subject.

May 19, 2005

BGSU puts credit card use on a short leash

From the things-the-university-does-to-piss-people-off Department:

The university changed its policy on accepting credit cards, effective July 1. Students charging their tuition either online or by telephone will be faced with a 2.5 percent convenience fee. Credit cards won't be accepted at the bursar's windows anymore, and VISA won't be accepted at all.
Source: Toledo Blade

I really didn't know anything about this until a letter to the editor was published in this weeks BG News.

So I had to find the Blade article myself. And then I went to the Bursar to talk to them. I had a bill to pay anyways.

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December 24, 2004

Art History 146 is over!

I passed Art History 146 with a "C." I was really worried. I did great on the final exam but I knew I did horrible on the mid-term exam. With great quiz grades and extra credit I pulled out with a "C" and I could not be more elated. I know I can do better, and will try to do better when I take Art History 145 next semester.

Right now I am only signed up for ARTH 145 for Spring 2005, but I might also be taking Advanced Digital Imaging. I think that would be a fun class. And it would be doing artwork again, and not the "commercial" form of artwork that I have to do to pay the bills, if you know what I mean. So I very much look forward to the Advanced Digital Imaging class.

December 15, 2004

Last Art History 146 quiz & test

Last week I got a 24/25 on my last quiz in Art History 146. The final exam is this Thursday. If you have wondered why I have not updated the site recently, that is why. I feel very confident I will do great on the final exam. I have to, I did poorly on the midterm exam. This exam is over: Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. These movements are very easy because they are so close in current history. Wish me luck!

December 6, 2004

Last week of classes - Fall 2004, Site update

Hey its the last week of classes! I have a quiz in art history on Wednesday that I am very ready for. I could have taken in last Friday. Its just a little odd for me to be ready and waiting for these quizzes and exams. Its a good feeling.

Anywho I have been freakishly busy lately with a number of things, and have let Matt take over the site recently. He has done a great job with the DVD and video game reviews, as usual.

Matt Just got a story printed in the Toledo City Paper, be sure to check out the web site (it has not gone to press yet).

November 21, 2004

Author Howard Zinn to join the Resistance, Sunday night

This Sunday night, well known historian and author Howard Zinn will be interviewed on the on-campus radio show Audible Resistance.

Those interested in political issues and/or dissapointed with this year's election should tune in. Graduate student and DJ Daniel Boudreau hosts Audible Resistance, which airs Sunday nights from 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. on 88.1 WBGU. The show was originally called "Operation Banish Bush," but Boudreau changed its name to reflect the ongoing struggle for social justice which is broader than one administration.

Source: The BG News

I read "A People's History of the United States" for an Ethnic Studies class, it was one of the best books I have read in college.

If you are not in Bowling Green, you can still listen online to 88.1 FM.

Second major art history test

Well I blew it. I really am pissed off at myself. I did not do good on this exam. And I am going to have to work twice as hard for the final exam. I know I did bad on this test, I do not have to wait for the score. I simply did not study enough. I have no other excuses. I know I can get a good grade in this class, I got an 86% on the last test.

I will pass this class for good and get it behind me. Just watch.

Did I ever tell you I hate college sometimes?

October 21, 2004

BGSU Technology Fair

BGSU had its 4th annual Technology Fair today. I have gone each year, and this year seemed a little bigger, but only because it was in the Union Grand Ballroom this time and not in Olscamp Hall.

I got to see the new iMac G5 in person. I did not expect it to have think plexiglass like clear plastic around it like it does. I figured it would be more like the iBook finnish. But OK, its fine. The 17" they had on display was amazing. I thought it was the 20" model before I asked.

At the Staples booth I got a $10 off coupon, that will go to good use.

I do not think I have seen the Geek Squad booth before. Their brochure verbiage is very funny, very retro cop lingo. I saw their Bug in the Lot A parking lot. It is a white Bug with a black hood and trunk, and their logo really big on the drivers side door. They gave out a CD that has a Flash presentation on it, well done I might add, with info about them and even a space invaders like game to play. I have never heard of the Geek Squad before, but they are affiliated with Best Buy. Check out their web site for more on them.

The Technology Fair was better this year, as it was in a larger venue and not as crowded. Its always great to see friends in other technology related departments. Give-aways abound and the cookies were exquisite this year! A fun time all around.

October 15, 2004

Jerry Springer, Robin Weirauch at the BGSU Union

This past Wednesday. Jerry Springer, Robin Weirauch, and Nathan Nickens spoke at the Union. Jerry Springer is, in my opinion, a very good speaker. His speech and question/answer session were great, I thought. You can read more about the rally in The BG News article "Springer motivates democrats."

My buddy Mike was their for the Sentinel-Tribune taking photos, though that did not even help in getting a picture of me and Jerry Springer. I got a handshake and an autograph.

It was great to finally meet Robin Weirauch's campaign staff. So far they had only know me as "the guy who does the web site," and now we can both put faces to names, which is always nice.

Afterwards I stayed to watch the 3rd presidential debate. They had it projected on a huge screen. This was great as I had been busy during the other debates. Watching it with a bunch of college Dems in the room also proved to be entertaining.

October 13, 2004

First Major Art History Test

I knew I did good after I took it. And I did, I got a 86.5%. I even got the bonus questions right, where we were shown paintings not shown in class, but from artists we had studied. I only got part of the multi-part bonus questions right, but the part I got right was the artist's name. I am pretty happy with an 86%.

October 11, 2004

Jerry Springer, Robin Weirauch to be guests at Democrat gathering

"No Excuses: Get off Your Duff and Vote!" with special guest Jerry Springer and honored guests Robin Weirauch, candidate for U.S. Congress, and Nathan Nickens, candidate for the Ohio State Senate, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Multi-purpose room). Following the event, the College Democrats are sponsoring a presidential debate-watching party. The event is free and open to the public. No outside signs, please.

October 9, 2004

The price of coffee at BGSU

The price of coffee at BGSU is outrageously high. I am not at all surprised by this, but I am disturbed by it and think someone needs to do some re-thinking at Dining Services. The reason I am not surprised is because (almost) every food item at BGSU seems too high. On a slightly related topic, one which does not bother me anymore as I no longer live on campus, but the University grocery stores could have some competitive prices to say Kroger.

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October 5, 2004

Second Art History 146 quiz

This quiz was a piece of cake. Granted it was only on two chapters this time, but I prepared for this quiz a lot better then the next one. I knew once I took it I had a 25/25, and sure enough I got it back today and I aced it!

Test is Wednesday. We had a review today, and some practice questions. That was easy too. I am fairly confident I will do great on the test. I just need to go over all the slides again and look over the terms for each chapter.

September 24, 2004

First quiz in Art History 146

Last week I took my first quiz in Art History 146. I did OK, I got a C with 18/25. There were two Dutch painters on the slide list that I did not study because we did not see their paintings in class. They were on the quiz. I would have got those right too, so I could have gotten a 21/25 as I would have known three more paintings. I mentioned this to the teacher, but it didn't seem to matter much.

Considering I have failed this class in the past, I am pretty happy with a C on my first quiz. We are getting into the High Renaissance in Italy, and these are easy because I am very familiar with the art of that time period. There is another quiz on October 1, and our first big test on October 6. Wish me luck!

September 19, 2004

Vending machine outrage at BGSU

I tell you, if I did not work for The BG News, I would have written a Letter to the Editor on this very subject already.

At BGSU it used to cost $1.00 for a 20 oz. pop, water, Snapple, etc, etc. This summer they changed it to $1.25! Everything else got a healthy price bump. Chips that cost 50¢ now cost 75¢ or 80¢. Candy bars made the same jump in price that chips did.

Granted this is not the most heathy food, but its convenient and its right around the corner of my office when I need some caffeine or some quick nourishment.

But we are all slaves to the man, we pony up the extra 25¢  for a Dr. Pepper when we need it. Incedently if you walk your lazy but to any of the Dining Services mess halls you only pay $1.15, which is still an outrageous price if you ask me.

You would think I would be smart and just put a 12 pack (of Dr. Pepper) in the fridge at work.

I would really like to find out what the price hike is for, I am going to suggest this as a story idea to The News' staff.

August 22, 2004

Fall 2004 Classes; 36 page BG News issues

This fall I have 2 classes. Art History 146 (Western) at 8 freaking 30 in the AM on M W and F. I took that over the 3 hr. class one day a week. The second class is Economics 200 at 10:30 AM on M W and F. I am not gonna complain about that 8:30 Art History class (too much) as my classes are done by 11:20. I haven't been posting much lately because we have just put out the 2 biggest papers of the year. Both the Freshman and Welcome issues of the BG News are 36 pages. The new system works, and works well. This is a major success for me as the hardware, software, and new templates and libraries were all overhauled by me this summer. The process for both editorial and production is also new. It all went well. These 12 and 14 page papers will be a walk in the park after two 36 pagers! I am just so proud of all the students involved, because they had to learn a new workflow and a new software package, InDesign, in a very short period of time. The students have done great, and these first two papers look great. I have to give them a lot of credit on a job well done, and I think they will do even better work as they become more familiar with InDesign. I originally though that teaching InDesign would be harder then Quark. I was wrong. Teaching InDesign is so much easier. And I am very thankful for that. I keep tweaking the templates and libraries. It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but as I found out the templates and libraries we use needed a lot of work. I still have things to fix, and I find more little things as we produce more papers. I made a long list of things to fix Thursday when we put together the Freshmen issue. I will fix those this week. If that isn't enough for my first day of college this fall, our Student Publications graduate student is starting work today. I have plenty of work that she can help with, mostly web sites that need attention. More on that later.

July 31, 2004

Get your complimentary ticket(s) to the Bowling Green rally!

Join our campaign today! Fill out the form to print out your complimentary ticket(s). What: The Believe in America Tour When: Sunday, August 1, Gates open at 1:30 p.m. Where: Downtown Bowling Green, Corner of Main Street and Wooster Street At first I heard that tickets to see Kerry and Edwards were going to cost money. Of course at that time they were not even telling us where the event was going to be. At least it was just a rumor. I have my ticket, do you have yours?

July 17, 2004

Less stops on the way to work

They took our a lot of stop signs on Clough street which makes the drive to work a lot nicer. Much less stop and go. I assume they did this because of the Wooster Street construction. They are turning Wooser Street into Wooser Highway all the way from the i75 exit to Thursten, going from 2 to 4 lanes.

Financial aid scam targets students

The BGSU Office of Financial Aid is warning students of a scam in which a con artist impersonates a federal education official to gain access to information about students’ checking accounts. Financial Aid Director Craig Cornell said a letter describing the scam is being sent by email to BGSU students this week at the request of the U.S. Department of Education. Someone claiming to be a representative of the U.S. Department of Education is calling students, offering them grants, and asking for their bank account numbers so a processing fee can be charged. The caller claims he can replace the students’ federal loans with an $8,000 grant, and then obtains the student's checking account information. Source: BGSU Monitor I have not noticed such email, of course my BGNet email is 99.99% SPAM anyways.

June 30, 2004

The use of "CE" and "BCE" to identify dates

CE stands for "Common Era." It is a new term that is experiencing increased usage and is eventually expected to replace AD... BCE stands for "Before the common era." It is expected to replace BC, which means "Before Christ..." Source: I had to go googling because my history book uses B.C.E and B.C. all over the place. I have never seen this, of course the last time I looked at a history book was my senior year of high school. I figured BCE = BC and thus CE had to equal AD, but I am so used to BC and AD for dates that I have to make a conscious effort when I see 40,000 B.C.E, for example. or 1200 C.E. If I read 1200 AD, it would be instantaneous, and I could move on in the reading and know exactly what time I was reading about. My mind gets hard wired for things like that. Thats just the way our mind works. Just like, for example, I was taught in school that you put 2 spaces after a period (that ended a sentence). Then all of a sudden it became one space. I have gotten used to this new syntax, but for a while I had to concisely think about it every time I typed a paper in college. Further Readings: Why space-space is a no-no

June 28, 2004

Summer Classes Going Well

It has been a long two weeks, a very long two weeks. I survived the last week of Geology 100, created a video for DIgital Video Production, and have started a piece of artwork for Digital Painting, all in a two week period. *sigh*

I had some take home homework to finish, a paper to write (I got a 95%) and take a final exam (I got a 78%) all for Geology 100. I passed Geology 100 with a final grade of 82.85% !!!

I cannot explain in mere words how happy I am, and what kind of weight has been lifted off of my back, so to speak. I can't remember if I have ever got a 83% on an academic class, much less a general education requirement class. Geology 100 was one of those classes I failed in the past, one of the reasons I dropped off the face of academia 3 years ago.

Now the cat is out of the bag, I can actually pass these classes and get better then a D in them. Next up is History 151: World Civilizations, yet another class I have received an F in years ago.

This history class is going to be a lot of work! Not only do I have the text book to read, but I have another book to read, "The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason." You can read the reviews at Amazon, it has mixed reviews, but most are positive.

This book is thick, and by that I mean "thick." I need to write a review of this book, it is worth 25% of our grade. So I have a lot of reading to do. It sounds like an interesting book, that always helps, but like I said, its a thick read, not an easy read.

So this explains my lack of updates to my blog as of late, and for that matter pertains to the near future as well. But I wanted to write about my great news about my Geology class. If it was not for these art classes I would be going insane. More about the art classes later.

June 14, 2004

ARTC 400 - History of Animation

This was a 3 week, 1 credit hr. class. It was 6 to 9 PM three days a week. We watched animations from all over the world, and all throughout the history of animation. Everything from stop motion to scratching on film to claymation to cel animation to anime to computer animation.
As a side note, we watched Yellow Submarine in class. I just got the book Up Periscope Yellow, written by the producer of Yellow Submarine, Al Brodax. I am reviewing it for the book's publisher and Fun little coincidence. I am 1/3 through the book and will have a review when I am finished.
We had two small writing assignments to do in the class, one of them you can see here, the other I guess Bonnie didn't put online. Most probably because she simply does not have the time. We also had a small cel animation to make. A metamorphoses from organic to mechanical objects. Every person in the class had to draw either organic or mechanical (we chose these subjects the first day of class). We then swapped our object with someone else. This way everyone was morphing their object into someone else's. I drew a pocket knife. I had to morph this into a branch with leaves and flowers. Here is the finished animation. It is a QuickTime. I do not have time to make a poster image, and put in all the code, so if WMP or RM hijacks it, then thats because they like to. Just click the thumbnail. I also reversed it so you can see the effect as if I were animating from the branch to the knife. More or less only because iMovie has this nifty "Reverse Animation" feature. The QT is 324 KB, but please be kind to the bandwidth bill, and download it only once.
This was done on 4x6 postcard stock. 75 frames at 15 fps is 5 seconds on amination! I am very happy how it turned out. At some point in time in the near future I will have the entire metamorphoses online for your viewing pleasure. There were 14 people in the class, and most did the least 75 frames and not the max 150 frames, so 70 seconds or so is the length of the entire thing, plus titles and credits. Thanks to my free FreePlay music (because I am a .Mac member) I even contributed a music track. I hope to have the full metamorphoses online soon as well. This class was great. I wish it was a full 6 week summer class. Heck I wish this class was offered during the semester. They offer a History of Design class during semester. They need a History of Animation class semester long as well. There were so many animations we did not get to simply because we did not have the time. This was the first cel animation I have done and it is pretty cool. Just time consuming! If I think of any other morph type anims to do, maybe I will give another one a try. So should I go back to animation - my first field of study, before I wished to web and multimedia? Ahhh... Fond memories of Alias|Wavefrom PowerAnimator 8.7 and the arid switch to Maya 1.0. Yea, that was fun. Safice it to say I made it through Maya 3.0 and a bit of fun with MEL scripting before I just got burnt out with 3D animation. OK, that trip down memory lane was sponsored by Dr. Pepper/ Red Bull (scientific 50/50 mix) because I have been up for 26 hrs. strait. CIAO

June 8, 2004

Large Format Digital Scanning and Printing

The Large Format Digital Imaging Laboratory, located on the first floor of the Saddlemire Student Services Building, would like to assure the campus community that we are still very interested in supporting your needs for large-format scanning and printing on a long-term basis. Our laboratory’s capability cannot be matched on any university campus in the country. The Cruse high-resolution reprographic scanner has a capacity of 3' x 4'. The new CREO ultra high resolution scanner cannot be matched for slides and other archival work. We have a wide variety of large-format printers with printing capacity up to 72". The lab is able to print everything from simple posters and banners to Giclee fine art reproductions. As for media, we can print onto the widest possible variety of media types ranging from photo papers through aquarella fine art paper, art canvas, vinyls of all types and even textiles. We welcome you to visit us and explore the possibilities for using this equipment.
I got this today in the daily SPAM we get from Marketing & Communications. I did not know it was unmatched to any university campus in the country, I have my doubts about that. Either way, it is rather amazing the equipment they do have. The 3D printer is the most amazing thing they have. Some pretty spiffy stuff.

May 27, 2004

Cool Flash Animations

I am researching Flash animations. I have covered the usual bases, Happy Tree Friends, Homestar Runner, and the SIGGRAPH conference. I am looking for some nice Flash, I am talking Doorsteps caliber (or close). This includes Flash games, they count I guess. I want to thank Jake and Neil in advance, as I know they have many posts about cool Flash stuff. Oh and no, this is not a homework assignment I need to finish. I did the assignment already because it was due the 23rd. Our professor, Bonnie Mitchell, has put together a web site based on our research. You can check it out here. The class is History of Animation, but my focus was on the years 2000 to 2004, which happens to consist of a lot of Flash and Computer Animation. Thanks everyone!

May 18, 2004

A week after fee hike, BGSU buys president new house

Bowling Green, Ohio - Bowling Green State University's foundation is spending $1.1 million on land that includes a new house for the school's president. The foundation board voted Friday to buy a 5.74-acre parcel that includes a four-bedroom house with a pool for $750,000, and an adjacent 13.36-acre undeveloped lot for $350,000. School President Stanley Ribeau is expected to move into the house next year. The purchases came a week after the school announced it would raise tuition and fees 9 percent for next year and cut $4 million out of the personnel budget by eliminating vacant positions. "There is never a good time for a project such as this," said George Mylander, the foundation's chairman. "There will never be enough money. In the long run, this will be a true asset to the university." Ribeau moved out of the present president's residence in November 2002 so the school could develop an extensive renovation plan. Doug Smith, president of the foundation and the university's vice president of advancement, said that proved to be too costly. Source: The Plain Dealer Too costly? No kidding! And who is Stanley Ribeau? Its Sidney Ribeau. The U. always seems to spend money on our prez at the most inopportune time. This is yet another great example, right after a 9% tuition hike.

April 14, 2004

The Master Plan

I will elaborate on how I got to this point in my college career later, when I have more sleep. For now just go with the flow if you don't know me personally. Today Bonnie Mitchell and I put together a plan to graduate in 2 yrs. I hope that happens, but if it doesn't I am not gonna go crazy. I mean I graduated high school in 1997 and I am not itching to get the heck out of college. If I take 9 credit hrs. for 6 semesters (that includes summer semesters too) I should be able to graduate in May of 2006. I can handle 9 credit hrs. a semester. I get started on this plan this summer. I have left classes that normally freshman take, not people with 73 credit hrs. under their belt. I sorta did things backwards. I took a ton of my computer art classes first. Oh well. This summer I start with Intro to Geology and Intro to Ethnic Studies. Now don't laugh (well OK, laugh) I have had major problems with general education classes in the past. The reason I got suspended for a year is because of gen. ed. classes. I am also taking three one credit hr. art classes this summer. This was to get up to 9 credit hrs,. that and all gen. ed. and no art makes Kenny a bored boy. Summer Session 1 is coming up soon. I can't wait.

Today's the Day

I am starting a new category today, it is called College. You can guess what it is all about. So why am I starting a College part of the site? Because Today's the Day(tm) (blatent rip off). No I did not get a job, but I am a college student again. I haven't been a college student since 2002, and I have not been a productive one (class wise) since 2001. In 2002 I was suspended for one year. I "served" my suspension by getting a Non Student Letter of Appointment (which I might add gets signed by the U. President). I could have gone back to college earlier, but I simply did not feel like it. I feel like it now. So today I met with Bonnie Mitchell, my advisor and computer art professor, set up a meeting with Diana Carpenter from the College of Arts & Sciences, reapplied to BGSU, and enrolled in classes this summer and fall. After I talk to Candy (the secretary) in the School of Art to get into my computer art classes, I will be taking 9 credit hrs. this summer, and another 9 this fall. 9 credit hrs. a semester is enough for me, I do not want to do full time by any means. But if I do not do at least 9 credit hrs. a semester it will take forever to finish. I am psyched in an odd weird way. More on this later!

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