Monday, January 31, 2011

Apples to Apples

Transmedia is flooded with Apple. You can almost smell the fruitiness of it from a mile away. I dare you to bring the new Windows phone to Shaefer, you may not leave alive. VPA is so immersed in Appleness that a PC user is basically shunned from everything. Walking down the halls of shaefer, students are working on their Macbooks in all forms: pro, air, vintage, ibook, g4s. We text, schedule, and do assignments on our iPhones and for the handful that are better off, iPads. I can always spot a VPA major in an academic environment. We always tend to write "notes" on our laptops or our sketchbooks. Half of the time we draw our notes in our sketchbooks and for some odd reason, we have our own dress code. Our professors are decked out in the most prestigious apple gear. Shaefer, ComArt, Crouse, and the Warehouse are havens for mac users and hell for PC users. 

Want to print something? Gotta print it from a mac. 
Want to use internet? Safari and Chrome only. 

Everywhere you go you see the shining apple logo from everyone's macbooks and the familiar text tone of the iPhone. I admit, I have conformed to this apple nation. I can't help it. I wouldn't be able to do anything if I didn't have my Mac. In fact I've become so immersed in it that I have lost the ability to work a PC. I was trying to set up my personal preferences in the library PCs but I completely forgot how to change even my wallpaper. Apple has become my choice for tech. I cannot work with any other phone except my iPhone (and some of the Droids). Our professors absolutely despise and hate Windows with a burning passion. The first day of CAR 430 last semester was spent as a rant-fest of how we all hated Windows. The first hour of TRM 451 this semester was spent as a bash-fest on Blackberries. The nerd rage that goes on in class is my source of entertainment on Mondays and Tuesdays. Its interesting because ironically, those that hate Microsoft can't work without MS Office. Honestly I'm a 80% mac person. The other 20% goes out to Windows for gaming and MS Office. 

I'm an apple convert and probably will stay that way for the rest of my life. I think all my fellow readers who are designers, producers, writers, artists, or just creatives in general can agree with me when I say Apple is definitely catered towards the creatives. Rarely do you see apple products in Whitman or Life Sciences. Overall it just comes down to personal preference unless you reside in one of the VPA buildings. Than you're forced to join the apple fanatics cult.


Bible Progress - Leviticus Ch.2

Sunday, January 23, 2011

God grant me serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.


My life motto. Living one day at a time and enjoying one moment at a time at the Grove. Could not ask for a better last retreat. Bittersweet with a hint of saltiness.

Bible Progress - Exodus Ch.21

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We Weren't Born to Follow

I refuse to conform to society.
So why should I conform to the nonconformists?

I refuse to be ignored.
It doesn't mean I'll be arrogant.

I refuse to be silent.
It doesn't mean I'll shout out hypocrisy.

I refuse to be prideful.
So I just won't let up any room for self absorbing thought.

I refuse to be violent.
Doesn't mean I won't fight back.

I refuse to be pushed aside.
So I'll march against the main problem.

I refuse to be melting away in a melting pot.
So I'll be the one stirring the pot.

I refuse to be utterly destroyed.
So I'll stand up in the path of a devastating tank.

I refuse to be the book everyone reads.
I'll be the author of thousands.

I refuse to be a chicken, spending everyday of my life looking at the ground.
So I'll be the eagle, spending everyday of my life soaring above the clouds.

I refuse to change the world.
I want to be the catalyst for thousands to change the world.

I refuse to be drowned in my own evil.
So I'll build an ark.

I refuse to have my beliefs trampled.
I refuse to have my morals spat on.

I refuse to let my inner devil take control.
I refuse to let my inner saint be overpowered.

I refuse to follow the world.
Because we weren't born to follow.

I refuse to walk away when He calls.
This I will not refuse.

-Etrnl Creativity 2011


Bible Progress - Genesis Ch.37

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 and 1754 Pages to Go

Happy new years everyone!
Happy birthday Etrnl Creativity, you are now 3 years old.

...and with that we welcome a new year, new challenges, new blessings untold, and new memories.

I'm always fascinated around this time of the year when people always says "I know 20xx will be a good one", despite the fact that next year they're going to say "2011 was such a bad year, 2012 will be a good one". These people I've never understood but I guess its nice to hope for the best for a refreshing new year.

2011 is going to be the biggest year of my life thus far. In 1st grade when we had to take our state exams, we bubbled in our expected year of college graduation. In 1995, 2011 seemed like an eternity away. Senior year of high school we filled out our college apps and checked "class of 2011". Even then did 2011 seem like an eternity away. 4 years of high school felt like forever but 4 years of college just went poof. This is the year where many things will happen in my life, milestones will be accomplished, and the true beginning of the "real world". Theres many things that I want to do this year but it narrows down to one thing that I've finally mustered up enough willpower and faith to do; read the whole bible, cover to cover. Today I have read Genesis 1-3. Its something I've been wanting to do since forever but could never find the will to do. Maybe 2011 will finally be "the" year. I'll be reading on a 3 chapter a day schedule and if I follow it, I should be finished with the whole bible by December 27th, 2011. Once school picks up and job rush hits its gonna get tough. Hopefully I'm committed enough this time around. Personally it'll be a nice little test of faith and commitment.

From here on out I'll be posting my current place in the bible after every entry. My goal is to write "Revelation 22" at the end of my last entry for the year. 2011 has risen over the horizon and we've got 365 days to welcome new adventures and endure new hardships. 

I'm not a big fan of ddukgook but tradition calls and now I've gotta go get some. 

Have a blessed new year everyone!

Bible Progress - Genesis Ch.3