Shortie

April 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm (Personal Blog, Uncategorized, When in South Africa, Wisdom for Tomorrow) (, , , , , , )

I just saw a bit of a program on E! about people that buy desserts for 25 000 $ American, take baths in Evian water and have diamonds rubbed on them. It made me frustrated. I also became frustrated when a classmate of mine casually spent money on buying the Microsoft office package alongside his new mac book.

I don’t have much money, i couldn’t afford to do what my classmate did. And yet i can’t find ways to spend it. When i do spend my money, i want it to be meaningful.

I do pirate things, but then i buy everything that i actually like or need, when i can afford it. Every now and then i make an attempt to stop pirating but bad experiences prevent that from happening. I would buy something without the possibility of properly previewing it and end up being disappointed.

I used the Open Office package because i found it better than the popular microsoft alternative up until the 2007 version. Now it actually offers something which Open Office doesn’t, like a better layout and a pleasant usability (i haven’t thought what it is that does it exactly, i should), but i’m not convinced yet it justifies the 2000kr price tag as opposed to the Open Office alternative.

Spending money in a meaningful way is hard in a capitalist society, where a lot of commerce is based on accidental buys and the power of marketing which encourages you to spend your money on things that you don’t really want or need.

With all this enforced on me by media and my co-dependent personality, it is hard for me to know what it is that I really want.

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Photography

February 15, 2009 at 8:19 am (Design, Personal Blog, When in South Africa) (, , , )

Hi all This week we had a photography class in school, and you can see some of the pictures i liked at the end of this post. Those pictures aren’t the ones i’ve submitted, as the task was to photograph specific subjects in specific, premeditated ways, which proved to be very hard for me as i come from a street photography background. But thanks to that, i earned a lot.

In other news, i finaly got a scooter πŸ™‚ It’s a Vuka, believe that’s a local brand. I don’t have a picture of it, but i will. To be honest, i don’t like the way it looks at all but it gets me places and it was cheap. It’s still a bit scary to be out in the traffic on it, but i’m getting used to it very rapidly.

When i get back home i think i will set getting a yellow Vespa as one of my goals in life. But first i need to check out the traffic laws, as in what kind of vehicle does the Vespa count as, do i need a special licence for it, can it be taken on the highway and so on and so fort. If anyone knows, i would really appreciate a little comment here with some info, so i at least know where to start looking.

The day before yesterday was also the first time i attended a CouchSurfing meet. I loved it a lot, the people were wonderful and i got a couple of new contacts, even to a pair living just across the street from me! I can literally see their windows from my balcony. How cool is that. Also a girl called Mandy, with the cutest facial expressions, asked for the address to my blog so she can check out my projects πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, after a couple of drinks my face problems started acting up again , but i hope ppl didn’t mind. I really need to do something about that…

Anyway, here come the pics.

Tall Metropolitan Building

Jellies in the grass

Jelly-o-rite

Mountain cloud

Stop, sit, roll, relax

Smirk

Rose

A corn

Back to the roots

Vibrant

Sweet composition

Skewed Metropolitan Building

Ps. I tried changing the way this blog shows my pictures… what do you think?

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My Own Graphic

February 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm (Design, School, When in South Africa) (, , , )

So this time i’m inviting you to view some of my original work.

This is part of the result of last weeks project. The task was to go to a place, and in five drawing capture the essence of that place and the emotions that it creates in you. Then, make 5 drawings using opposite techniques. I’m only showing you the pictures i’m somewhat proud of, and none of the opposites.

The inside of the little booklet i made, showing both of the Free Thought image version.

The inside of the little booklet i made, showing both of the Free Thought image version.

The cover and binding i used to put the booklet together. Yes, it's a six pack of Heineken.

The cover and binding i used to put the booklet together. Yes, it's a six pack of Heineken.

) I'm quite content how it turned out.

My first ever image in colour, not counting what i did in kindergarten as a kid πŸ™‚ I'm quite content how it turned out.

A drawing i inverted and imposed on a photograph of a pool table.

A drawing i inverted and imposed on a photograph of a pool table.

It's a precise version of the shack logo.

It's a precise version of the shack logo.

An image i drew using a ligh board, then cut out and pasted on a pamplet i found at the place... the little table there was first drawn and then edited in photoshop.

An image i drew using a ligh board, then cut out and pasted on a pamplet i found at the place... the little table there was first drawn and then edited in photoshop.

I’m quite tired now after a long day, so that’s all for now.

But please leave comments and motivations to do more work/posts πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed it.

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Bag and Shoe of happiness

January 31, 2009 at 1:33 pm (Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa)

So the first week of school is over. My class is nice, they’ve accepted me after the first day. I still haven’t got any contacts tho, so this weekend will be spent alone, again. But i get a feeling this is the last time.

I desperately need a means of transport to become more independent. I was hoping to get a scooter this weekend, but the guy i’m buying from seems to be away just this weekend so i will most likely get on on monday, i hope. Otherwise there is a girl in class who is selling her old one, but the resell value on that one isn’t as high, so i aiming for the other one. It’s a Yamaha BWS 100. The BWS stands for Big Wheel Scooter, which apparently makes it an off road scooter. Ever heard of anything like that? 100 stands for 100cc, which is the size of the engine, but even despite that Johan assures me it’s the best possible scooter to get, and since i don’t know squat about those and i can’t get a vespa, i’ll trust him.

The first week of school was pretty intense. I worked from 9 to 20 every day, and was done by Thursday afternoon with only printing left for friday. Unfortunately everything took a lot more time as usual, and i help out Suzanna with her project a bit too, so i ended up at home around 15, just before the heavy traffic hit. I really need my own transport.

The result of my first week at CPUT and a small miniature showing the backside.

The result of my first week at CPUT and a small miniature showing the backside.

In other news, my favourite sneakers broke. It’s a pair i bought when i was last in Vienna, since i couldn’t find a pair i like at home. I exchanged the shoelaces from the original black ones to red before i came here, so its a very personal pair of sneakers to me. All the more annoying that they broke.

Original Shoe

But, very unusually for me i decided to fix them myself. This course of action is probably inspired by the book Bohemian Manifesto which i am (still) reading. I could have given them to a shoemaker for repairs, or even worse thrown them out and gotten and new pair. But they weren’t all that badly broken, all that happened was that one seam broke on the outer side of the shoe, so it wasn’t really a hole, just a minor cosmetically rip.

With some determination i took a sewers kit and a red thread, and i sow up the rip myself. I’m actually pretty proud of myself. The new seam is very visible, and adds another nuance of red to the shoe, and a whole lot of personality. It feels incredibly good to do something practical with your hands, without any prior knowledge or training or help.

The new seam in my shoes

The new seam in my shoes

It’s incredible how good a rip in your shoe can make you feel.

PS. sorry for the crappy quality of the pictures recently, i’ve been using my new camera -.-

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Living away from home

January 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm (Design, Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa) (, , , )

Heja

So things have been happening at the University. Next week is the first week of school for normal South African students. The first years have an orientation week, but everyone else just continues their education as normal. Not sure how this is going to work out for me, as it’s becoming more and more obvious that the university here hasn’t really got a plan for receiving Masters students. So people are unsure how it is supposed to work and preferably it would be nice if someone else took care of that problem for them. I’ll be there Monday morning, but i ‘m still not sure what will happen. I would love to do my own projects, got at least 2 proposals.

This is a picture specialy for Ahrens. Check description.

This is a picture specialy for Ahrens. Check description.

I have started moving my blog to my private domain. You can look at its start here, but it’s just an empty page now. Depending on what happens in school, i will be working on creating my own CSS and some custom features. I hope it’s easier than i think it is, but understanding someone else’s code is never simple. My goal is to have a couple custom made CSS you can choose from and exploring the blog in terms of usability.

Since i moved here, the cultural differences have been creeping up on me slowly. I really love how the generally mentality of the people is. They are all really friendly and eager to meet a new face. One major difference i’ve noticed is eating at home. Not many people do it. There’s no point. It takes time and effort, and is likely to be more expensive than eating out. So very few people cook at home, and they do it mostly for pleasure. It made me realize, the the way of life i had been taught at home, doesn’t have to apply. ‘The proper way’ of doing things is just a way i’ve been taught because of local reason, cultural or habitual. Interesting.

If you peel all of that away from me, i wonder what would be left?

*lick*

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Postponing

January 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm (Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa) (, , , , , , , )

Heya

I’m working on a bigger post expaining the majority of my move here, but it’s so big it’s taking time and effort. For now i have a little treat for you.

I’m finaly moved and settled in with Johan, one of the professors at my school. I got my very own room here, and it’s a totaly awsome appartment. Johan is an amazing and intrigueging guy (avoiding the word interesting here), and i hope to learn more about him and from him during my stay here.

I’ve also found out more about how school works. Apparently masters student are much more valued here. I don’t really have the same possition as most students. I’m even able to propose a project which i can do as part of my education. I think i will do the GVC website that way, it’s a wonderfull opportunity to work with a user group that needs my work.

Oh and about the appartment again. It’s got really good internet, by a wireless modem! And i don’t mean that it sends a WLAN around, it acctually gets the internet via 3G. Amazingly good speed. Johan chose to do it this way because heΒ  refuses to use land lines, that are owned by Evil Corporation. That means i have decent internet.

So here’s a treat for you.Β  I would edit it but for some reason i don’t have Movie Maker 😦 Does any one know a good alternative?

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