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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

So hotttttt

The weather here is 35 degrees ++++++ and so humid. I'm not used to this heat. Never mind. Aside from that, I'm having heaps of fun and spending lots of $$$ --- I'll be broke at this rate!

We travelled from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast. Both are beautiful in their own ways.

Went to Ginger World, The Big Pineapple and the Macadamia Farm yesterday. Today we went shopping -- I now have PILES of beautiful and vibrant makeup. Hooray for me! Dad is genuinely perplexed by the sheer amount each of us has purchased. I guess he'll never understand, but at least he doesn't mention it more than once. Mum told him the good ol' adage: "To each their own". Does he need to contemplate why Stef needs another pair of shoes? No. You're only young once.

Tomorrow we might go to Australia's zoo. Stef, Van and Dad attempted to go today but they were a bit late and it was chock full of people wanting to torment--I mean view the poor animals. I'm not looking forward to it as I'll be probably dragged along.

We'll be returning to Brisbane on Friday for another four days before we return back home. I love Brisbane!

Enough rambling now! I'm planning on going swimming tonight. Can't wait!

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Happy Christmas eve

Wishes going out from me for everyone to have an AWESOME Xmas and New Year. Australia is great, really really hot, but I'm enjoying the beach and the shopping. I wish I could post a picture but the PC at the resort isn't very good so I won't. Besides I only have 17 minutes left. Anyway, that's all I can be really bothered blogging about.

Merry Xmas again!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Zombieland?

Zombieland is rated R16 but is a comedy--I have to say, as much as I found some bits amusing, I was mostly horrified. I spent most of the time with fingers blocking my ears as I peeked out from my eyelashes. It was gruesome and had some shock moments. I'd give it two stars out of five. Mostly because the whole idea was cliche, but bearing in mind, the movie isn't made for its "quality" but blood and gore content. The only thing that made it original was the main character's "Zombie Killing Rules" which were amusing.



Speaking of Zombies, now that I've watched the movie, I reckon I met one yesterday. He was a man aged 65 - 70 years old with only one front tooth left. I met him first at Trafalgar square. Here's the general convo (I had difficulty understanding him because he only had one front tooth):


ZOMBIEMAN: Nice hat! I'm (insert name which I can't remember). *shake hands*
ME: Thank you.
ZOMBIEMAN: It's New York.
ME: Um. Thanks?
ZOMBIEMAN: What are you doing this year?
ME: Oh, I'm going to Australia for a holiday.
ZOMBIEMAN: That's nice. I went here in the 60's.
ME: Yeah. I'm looking forward to it.
ZOMBIE MAN: Have fun. God Bless.

Then later while dad and I were in town we spotted him again. This time he had his shirt undone (because it was hot) showing everyone his old man chest. Not the most desirable site I can assure you.

ZOMBIEMAN: Hey its you again! New York!
ME: Hi...
ZOMBIEMAN: Got your Vodka yet?
ME: Um...no...
ZOMBIEMAN: Too hot to make love.
ME: [No comment]

And then he just walks on. Dad looked at ME weird and asked me how I knew that strange man. AS IF I KNOW! Weird men always turn up when I'm around.

Friday, 11 December 2009

A Hole In My Heart

Baked a cake yesterday...it was a massive failure. I totally underestimated the cooking time and the filling poured out when I removed it from the tin. Thankfully, the other cake went back in the oven and cooked beautifully---only to break when I was removing it from the tin! Stef and Van tell me that it is a lovely cake--moist and soft--despite the less than appealing appearance.

Also found good ol' Twinkles nesting in my tulle underskirt for my Comix dress. Wasn't impressed but she did look cute.

I've also been getting ready for Xmas with cards, gifts and wrapping. I took some photos so I could flaunt what an amazing wrapper I am.


Also made my own Christmas Cards. I used a little angel picture from an old 1950's magazine. They're tiny cards: 13 cm x 10.5 cm and come in matching tiny envelopes! I know its slightly disturbing how "into" I get with stationary etc.


This is while they were drying after I applied glitter----I love glitter.

Aren't they cute. Anyway, gotta finish this post quickly I've been forced to go to the movies to watch "Zombieland". Bah! My mum is so evil.


Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Uuurrggg!

I feel grumpy and disgruntled. I don't even have a explainable reason behind my mood. In analysing my feelings I've come to a few conclusions:

1. Everyone else is grumpy and whiny.
2. I'm either at home or at work.
3. I have lots to finish before going to Australia.
4. I've eaten all my nails and might not have any fingers left by the new year.

I hope my mood improves.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Hello--------again

Does it make me a dork that I'm updating this blog everyday?

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Actually, don't answer that question...

Went to the third year's graduation today--Stef and I were volunteered by a certain blonde girl who we won't name (Sammy ^_~). It was pleasant. We just had to supervise while they were at the Opera House getting their degrees. I just sat at the Havoc Kiosk and cut out new signage for the cafe. Woo hoo, that's one job finito before we jump the ditch. Now, only a few additional problems to solve the predominant being a really bad caffeine addiction.

I'm not joking. I had five espresso's before midday: latte (breakfast), short black (espresso test), latte (lunch), slopped flat white (un-serviceable failure) and another flat white (made by the new girl I was training). I love being a coffee guinea pig, but I come home shaking like I'm performing "Jitter Bug" by T-Rex---that, or quite possibly the "Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Show. Then I drink piles of tea on top of it all.

So, the root of the problem is coffee and tea taste so good and that herbal junk like Green Tea a.k.a stewed broccoli water, just doesn't hit the spot. Can you blame me?

Anyway, after the ceremony finished people returned to the Atrium and there was a snack feast, where everyone poked their fingers into cakes etc. They culinary department did a good job, they had these delicious cup cakes with raspberries and white chocolate. Yum. Can't wait for this time next year. I will have completed the basic degree and will be free to roam or not roam in the quest for greatness. I hope that I can go over seas and do an honors or masters or whatever addition at another art school. That would be fabby. I should research my options.

Alternatively, I could go to Italy and get an apprenticeship as a Barista. The options are endless...

Moving on, I found the "Meet Me Halfway" official video from the Black Eyed Peas on YouTube. I really like the beauty and interest of their video. It's avant-guarde but modern as well. I really like their outfits and the guy riding the elephant.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Berry Muffins

Made mixed berry muffins today. Yum. These are less pretty but they taste amazing simply dusted with icing sugar.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Espresso Photos

I took these photos for a "Espresso Guide" I'm working on. I'm going to give it to all the new people because I feel they need a visual guide to coffee.

Long Black. Double shot espresso dropped on hot water.

Mochaccino. Espresso with chocolate foam.

Latte. Espresso in a glass with medium textured milk.

Fluffy. Heavily foamed milk topped with chocolate, 100 & 1000's and marshmallow.

Flat White. Lightly textured milk with espresso.

Cuppuccino. Heavily textured milk on espresso, topped with chocolate or cinnamon.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Wasting time with Twinkles

Just come back from work. It was an okay day.

I decided to try tinkering with this new FinePix camera. Everything is a-okay, though downloading from camera to MAC is difficult. There must be an easier way. Anyway, here are some pics I took of Twinkles.

Poor clovers were shredded by the time she was finished.

Twinkle's has such pretty pale green eyes. Photo doesn't do her justice really. Makes up for her rather mundane coat.

She adores attacking these flowers, only problem is she attacks dads bonsai's which is really, really bad. He bought her a scratching pole, but apparently fuchsia trees are way more scratch-able.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Don't judge me

Okay, so I completely erupted like Swine Flu into dancing. My dancing is quite ridiculous and quite possibly lethal. Watch with caution--Parental Guidance would be advisable--content is traumatising.

Please don't ask why Janet Jackson's song is playing. I have no idea what was going through Lily's head. I attribute it to another wild relapse in OD (over-designing).

Hell, the whole craziness is attributed to ODing.

Summer in full swing

Poo. The Fashion in the Field at the race course was canceled. I'm so disappointed. I had everything sorted: dress, shoes, gloves, hair dressing & makeup appointments--all for nothing. Never mind...maybe next year.

Went to work today. One of the girls has apparently slipped a disk, so I'm taking over all her hours. Contrary to what most people think, this is good. I've got a list of things to save for.

  1. Twinkle's accommodation at the cattery during our holiday. As much as I hate the idea of her being dumped there, I know she doesn't love me--all her affection stems from her fickle appetite and her love of my bed. So really, I shouldn't feel guilty. Damn cat.
  2. New lenses. I have two new pairs of vintage glasses. One of them are a real rad pair from the eighties. They're large and pink---very chic geek.
  3. AGIdeas conference in Australia.
  4. Money for next years classes.

Anyway, the day was pretty uneventful. At least there was no difficult customers.

Right now, I'm totally slumped out surfing YouTube. I love this song by Little Boots. The video is pretty and she makes a change from the usual American stuff---I get so tired of boobs and arse flashing up on screen all the time.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

UNDERGROUND 2009

Okay, I didn't post the results of the 2009 competition because I was quite stunned and determined not to think about it until the year at CGD finished. I did really really well--in fact the best I've ever done. Here are the categories I won:

"Tha Street" -- 3rd

Garment Name: Halftone


It was inspired by an old piece of fabric I had with a gradient. I saved it for years for the "perfect" moment. It is a summery retro piece that comes with a checkered caplet.


Prizes: Bilabong handbag & wallet, $50.00 Cheapskates Voucher, two Cinema Vouchers,$20.00 iTunes card.



Next was the "Something Old Something New" Category -- which I won! It was such a surprise because I didn't think my craft in the garment was very good. Obviously they weren't looking at the sewing but the visual impact. It looked so awesome on the runway *sigh*.

"Something Old Something New" -- 1st place

Garment Name: Blue Moon (a.k.a Glamazon)


This was made from a old, over sized dress from the retro section of a second hand shop. I bought it for $9.99. I reduced the size, maintaining the sweetheart neckline, and cut slashes which I beaded with long bugal beads. It doesn't look nice in these photos, but it looks like dynamite on a model.


Prizes: DVD Player & MP3 player, Roxy Luggage and Makeup bag, Chonel Hair & Body Spa Voucher, Cheapsakes Goodie Bag. Also a really neat glass trophy that we get to keep!





The next category was also a surprise. I expected another dress of mine to do better.

"Evening Trendz" -- 1st


Garment Name: Nouveau

The gown was made from a nouveau inspired satin. I made the chain neck piece, which was expensive and difficult to produce but the effort was worth it. This is not the best photo and the dress has taken a little battering from the runway so keep that in mind.


Prizes:
Fuji Swim n Shoot Camera + case, MP3 Player, Roxy Luggage and Makeup bag, Chonel Hair & Body Spa voucher, Cheapskates Goodie Bag.



Finally, I got Whanganui UCOL "Most Promising Designer Award", which included a $1000 scholarship. Woo hoo! Makes next years fees a little easier.

Thank you so much UNDERGROUND for this opportunity and all the amazing prizes. Thank you all the sponsors too! This inclues:
A special thanks to Chonel Hair & Body Spa, Pub Charity, Cheapskates, Dick Smith Electronics, Ministry of Youth Development, UCOL, Embassy 3 who donated the awesome prizes I received. Thank you!

And Finally, thank you Jo McDonald & Kirsty Simpson who were the coordinators. You did a stellar job.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Kate Bush CD

This is my CD assignment. I recreated Kate Bush's identity to better reflect her music. The goal was to produce a package that didn't require a jewel case to hold CD.
First picture: the lyrics booklet.
Second picture: Book & CD in book-inspired package.
Third picture: All components together and rustically bound with embellished belt.



Bondage Bear

The aim was to produce a toy and packaging. The toy counted for 40% and the packaging 60% of our grades. We were to create custom type as a logotype. This is my piece: "Bondage Bear" a teddy that you can take anywhere. The teddy is made from vinyl and the box is wooden--it has been painted cherry red and coated in red glitter.

I absolutely adore my teddy and I've had heaps of requests from people to buy it. I think I'm gonna keep it for now.




Cupcakes!

I made some *pretty* little cupcakes today:

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Netiquette

Well, it appears to me that people have no understanding on internet language. Just because you can't see a person, doesn't make you infallible or give the right to abuse the person. It certainly doesn't make you look powerful, it just comes off as juvenile. I'll give you an example:

I recently purchased a product off the internet. The seller sent me a glowing report on my quick payment. Their product, however, was poor and my feedback response reflected this. Instead of being fair (especially since I didn't ask for a refund), they changed their feedback on me to a negative response and refuse to change it until I changed mine. To me, that seems childish to try and extort a better response. That would also be a lie. I abhor liars, this is why I am maintaining my stance and not removing my comment even though he drags my rating down. Its the principle behind it. What's more, he used capital letters in his comment, which is not netiquettely polite. If anything, it diminishes the effect of a rational negotiation.

So, I have decided to post Five Golden Rules For The Internet

  1. Text language abbreviations, especially those that defy logic. Eg. Like >> Lyke.
  2. No capitals at the start of sentences, as well as no basic devices inserted anywhere. Eg. im mary. ive got a dog called sue.
  3. Use of capital letters to express anger or excitement. Eg. THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.
  4. Exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You only need one!
  5. No paragraphs. A chunk of text is often skipped because it is too difficult to read.
Right, well I hope that helps people to understand basic internet courtesy. Please use it!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Rambling.

I'm really tired but I must keep plodding along. My eyes feel so heavy and almost like they have some weird gunk in them that distorts things I see. Thankfully, since I am a touch typist I don't have to look at what I'm writing. I feel like a genuine zombie but I have to finish work, its just easier to ramble in my blog then do any thing.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Wasting time with Iona

Hm.

I'm trying to make a superly awesome amazing website--so great it knocks your socks off--and I can say that I am doing an absolutely fabby job at failing! I'm wasting time now because I don't know what the hell to do!

UUURRRRGGG! I'm in trouble.

SOS.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Coffee!

I had a triple shot Flat White and it still wasn't enough. I have this incredible craving for the strongest most potent coffee I can get. Damn it! I want a short black! I want a nice HOT double shot short black!

Monday, 26 October 2009

"I will survive, I will survive"

I feel like Death warmed over--thankfully I am coherent after having a double shot Flat White. I will have another in an hour, which will perk me up for another nine hours of classes. I'm very tired because I worked all Labor weekend, which was not what I planned but blah! What doesn't kill me...you know the expression ^_^.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

POISON

The brief for this assignment was to create a restaurant identity. All the pieces had to be different but unified. This is my restaurant: POISON.

POISON sells poisonous delicacies to the more adventurous soul. The style is supposed to be Victorian / neo-gothic. I love it and it was so much fun to do.

Image1: Promotional Item: Cigarettes
Image2: POISON wine bottle
Image3: Takeaway box / gift box
Image4: Menu, table tent, glass
Image5: Whole spread





Ranting

I'm such a slack blogger, I mean I barely bother when I know I should. Blogging is quite therapeutic. At the moment I think I am going quite mad. I'm suffering Graphic-itis. What is this Graphic-itis? I'll demonstrate:

OCD tendencies + assignments + lack of funds + over ambitious plans = insanity by OD (over-designing).

My poor lower lip has become my stress ball -- ie. chew toy with an ugly blister that's big enough to warrant a birth certificate...think I'll call it "Bastard" cuz that's what I curse every time I chew it. I know that no one particularly wants to look at Bastard but tough! This is my blog so you'll be forced to see it. Also, notice the fingernails----they were delicious.


Other than that, most things are progressing nicely. I got Bondage Bear almost finito...I just have to finish the box. Also, everyone keeps reminding me to "add the whips and chains" gah! Nothing is innocent anymore! I mean, just cause BB is made out of vinyl doesn't mean he's a blow up toy. I'm very excited that he's so close to being done. Maybe he'll become a fashion trend.

How are my other assignments? Let's not talk about them...nuff said.

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I seem to have run out of things to say so I'll post this so I can get back to chewing Bastard. Happy Labour Weekend everyone!!!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Reach for you Dreams

I found this on YouTube! I LOVED Gigi when I was a kid. I remember sitting for hours watching and imagining my own episodes. This has had a profound effect on my WHOLE life, I've never forgotten it. Probably it was the first thing that inspired me to go into fashion-y things.


Thursday, 17 September 2009

The world is completely crazy

I am so sick of this "Politically Correct" stuff. We shouldn't do anything because someone will kick up a storm. Lately its been racism accusations, left right and center. I'm so ttttiiiirrreeedddd of it. Just by constantly referring to racism keeps it alive. Humanity is depressing, sometimes I feel ashamed of my race because we have a "racist" stigma. But by other races assuming we're racist, doesn't that make them racist in their assumption?

Now we've got this W(h)anganui issue. I honestly don't care about the spelling. What I care about is the cost of legally changing everything. Firstly, everyone here has to change their signage. Secondly, Mr. Laws is going to fight the decision. Do you know what these things have in common? $$$$$$

And do you know what they'll do? They'll go put more parking meters up (outside UCOL) to re-fill the Kitty. Honestly, I'm over this. I'd much rather have the money used to help students. But no...everything has to be complex.

Feeew, now that I've got that out I feel better.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Long time no post...

Gosh, I'm lazy. I haven't posted in ages ^_^. Mostly because I've felt sapped out. Not too much has happened since my last post. The semester break was a few weeks ago, during this time I worked my arse off at the cafe. I enjoyed the hard labour and it shows on my hands. They are rapidly becoming the ugliest feature I have. Pretty soon (I'm sure of it!) I'll be called lizard girl or some such. On a more serious note, I am concerned with my hands. I use them for sewing, labour and building...they don't get a break very often. Which draws me to my biggest worry--will I wear them out too soon? Will I be an old lady with such arthritic fingers that I can't even hold a mug of tea?

It's a sobering thought because I am a hands-on person.

Never mind.

At the mo, we are working on the restaurant project. I adore this assignment because its right up my alley. However, I'm gonna try to stick to a budget because I do a lot of pointless money wasting and it huuurrrttsss. I imagine how many hours went into earning the money for whatever I buy. Again, a very sobering thought. It's not nice when one realises that one hour of work equates to three coffees at the Havoc Kiosk. I've got to stop drinking there!

Again, I'm ranting. I've just got to remember to stay positive. No one likes a whiner.

To do list:
- Take Sam to the market to find plates
- Complete h/w for respective tutors
- GO TO SPINNING!
- FINISH gowns! (I'm serious here!)
- Find out hours for work on Sun.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

"Dead Snow" ?!?

I was just messing around on the net, as I usually do, when I came across the trailer for this movie called "Dead Snow" which is about a group of medical students who find themselves confronted by Nazi Zombies.

Its supposed to be horror/comedy, but I don't know whether to laugh or cry because it looks so stupid. I didn't think anything could surpass "Bikini Girls On Ice" as far as pointless bloodshed goes. 

So these students go for their Easter vacation to cabin up the mountains--what they don't know is that that mountain was occupied by Nazis during the occupation of Norway during WWII. Wow, how horror-esque. The producers must be patting themselves on the back for coming up with that (un)original plot. Anyway, the locals in Norway chased the Germans up the mountains (after getting sick of the Germans raping, pillaging and stealing their gold) where they froze to death. Et Voila! They turned into zombies to reclaim their gold.


Friday, 19 June 2009

Woo -- hoo!



End of semester-- Yay!!! I'll post the illustrations I handed in today just because I want to.


Thursday, 18 June 2009

People are so weird

I've been floating round stuff.co.nz again today and found some interesting stories. Firstly, a 38 year old British man was jailed for four years because he's been stalking girls on networking sites. He also seemed to have a fetish for them wearing Ugg boots. Anyway, they got him and psychiatric said he had an unusually high sex drive and would benefit from chemical castration. Now that is freaky. Does that mean that he'll have to have a chemical castration? Can the court of law say he has to?

I'm going to research it. Ooh, I  think I found a good site here. Okay, so it says chemical castration suppresses testosterone. They use the drug used for prostate cancer patients which reduces testosterone produced in the testes. Prozac also works for three months or so

"France has conducted tests using the prostate cancer drug Leuproreline to dampen the sex drive of offenders when they are released from prison."

Does this mean the French force sex offenders to take the drug?

Side effects seem to indicate that there is little known about this process, but it does reduce sex drive as well as making people lethargic and can trigger breast-like protrusions in men. The countries that do this are: Sweden, Denmark, canada, and eight US states to repeat sex offenders.

But isn't that against human rights to force this upon people even if they are sex offenders? We don't remove wombs from mothers who beat or kill their children. 

According to the U.S. Constitution: Eighth Amendment, excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Reference. Wouldn't castrating a man be cruel? It would make them feel damaged, so why does eight states do this practice?

Now I'm not saying rapists are good people or that they do or don't deserve chemical castration, but wouldn't this be bad for rapists from a mental point of view? For most rapists, it's not about the sexual act but the need to prove their dominance and feel like a man. If you took a rapists sex drive away, then they would have feelings of impotency which would feed their need to assert their manliness over another person. It's not solving the problem, is it?

In Poland, they want to impost compulsory chemical castration on pedophiles. What may have motivated this decision ins the incest cast near eastern Polish village of Grodzisk where a 45 year old man was allegedly sexually abused his 21 year old daughter for six years. The poor woman seems to have sired to children with him.

The news appalled Tusk. "I don't believe that such individuals, such creatures, can be called human," he said. "In this case one can't even argue on behalf of human rights." He wants to impose "chemical castration" as a punishment in Poland. In his words, castration would not come "at the request of the convict, but rather as a part of the verdict." The forced punishment would apply "mainly to pedophiles, particularly those who have no hope of reform." Reference.

Oh, I think I've found my answer: Great Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany already offer convicted child molesters the option of "chemical castration," but only on a voluntary basis and if administered by a qualified psychotherapist. In Germany, sex offenders have the legal right to psychotherapy.

It doesn't explain if America makes it a compulsory, but since Poland is the first to attempt this one can assume that America makes it a voluntary thing too.

Anyway, I found the article on that girl who requested three stars and got 56 instead. Holy cow it looks ugly. But beside that, how the hell do you fall asleep and "accidentally" receive that many more! I think she's lying on the account of a few points.
1. Getting three stars on your face in black ink wouldn't take a long time, but 56 would undoubtably take longer.
2. The pain of tattooing--especially your face--would keep you awake, no matter how much she professes she fell asleep.
3. Apparently her father had a fit and her boyfriend threatened to dump her when they saw what she'd done. Suing them would be a good way to get the money to receive laser treatment.

But they really are ugly. They are too big and black to be considered nice. They just look like moles all over her face. Reference 1. Reference 2. I researched tattoos on youtube and some people are so stupid. Youtube has some weird stuff.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Anything is entertainment these days.

At the moment its 12.29am and I'm watching television. There is a program about losing your virginity "Virgin School". We've got this man who is 26 who is unable to do the deed, so to speak. So now he's getting tuition to learn. There are a lot of points contained in the program which relate to society's values, which make this young man feel pressured to have sex. Firstly, a man who hasn't lost his virginity early ie. in their teens, is considered less of a man. For women, its different. A girl who loses her virginity in her teens runs the risk of being regarded as a tart and easy. Although society is a lot more tolerant of girls who lose their virginity later -- a lot of people still hold the ideal that a woman should abstain from sex before marriage.

The young man confesses that he is frightened that his private parts are inadequate because he's got nothing to compare it to. I can't blame him. Look at the men in movies. They are mostly sex-icons, big and ripped men who know exactly what to do to entice the opposite sex. How can a small, nerdy man compare to that when they aren't considered the "perfect man"? He's runty and unremarkable, not ugly but sooo plain you'd totally over look him.

That aside, this guy is a loser--not because he's a virgin @ 26, but because he just is. His main source of income is the local paper run. This can be attributed to the fact he's always been taunted by peers and felt inadequate compared to everyone else.

He has three coaches to tutor him. First one consults him, the second teaches him how to touch and receive touch (though she doesn't have sex). And the final tutor is the one who will take his virginity. All the women are rather old forty to sixty, so safe to say they're double his age. Though they are helping the man, at the same time, they aren't. They've arranged a situation where he's guaranteed to get laid, but in real life the chips don't fall into place.

But don't worry, he managed to be deflowered. So all ends well.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Group Assignment

Okay so we are 95% finished with our group project. Hooray! But I'm freaking out about everything else.

List to do:
- Print Annual Report
- Do the Interactive
- Do the type spread for Ad Busters
- Get ready for Exhibition Dance (Oh, someone please help me!)
- Work on Sunday @ 10am


I feel physically sick that I have the exhibition dance on Friday and I can't get out of it. I'll just have to get through it and not make an arse of myself. I've got a dress, so at least that's sorted.

Monday, 8 June 2009

"The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover"

I thought this movie was pretty neat! I liked it despite the warped reality, crazy sex and cannibalism.

Directed by Peter Greenaway in 1989

Notes:
- Opening is of dogs feeding. Could be seen as a metaphor for the whole structure of the story. Everyone feeds on each other figuratively and literally.
- Two trucks park in dingy back entrance of restaurant. These stay here for most of the movie. There is fish in one truck and meat in the other. Eventually the produce rots as the plot progresses, again it could be another metaphor for how the relationships between characters become more complicated and twisted.
- Georgina emerges from car totally dressed in black. She looks like she's attending a funeral.
- Albert's "cronies" drag a man out who didn't pay his restaurant bill. They abuse him, rip his clothes off him and force dog shit down is throat as well as rubbing it over his body. They totally humiliated him. After Albert leaves, man gets up and stumbles back to the kitchen where the sympathetic chef sits him in a chair and the kitchen hands hose the distressed man down.
- Kitchen in short, is depressing. It is what I'd consider miserable, desolate place for people with broken hopes and no ambitions. The area is done in washed out dull colours and there is an overwhelming feeling that the area is a prison of some sort.
- Music is provided by a young kitchen hand. He looks about ten or eleven with white blond hair that is sticking up as though he got electrocuted. His voice is a beautiful pre-pubescent tenor found in church choirs. It is creepy and lovely--haunting would be the best word to describe it.
- Health hygiene in the kitchen is horrifying (but maybe that's because my dads a health inspector). Firstly, they let the man who is covered in shit back in the kitchen, which is just asking for cross-contamination. Faeces are the main cause of salmonella. One of the chefs is shirt less and no, he isn't eye candy, he's quite fat and the sight of him makes me shudder with disgust. Albert also tosses Georgina's cigarette in chefs saucepan--ewww! Despite his piss-in-the-wind attitude he seems obsessed with making sure Georgina always washes her hands in the toilet. It's quite funny.
- The camera follows their movement from kitchen to restaurant, which shows us a huge contrast between the areas. Where the kitchen is sad and depressing the restaurant is luxurious. It is decorated in sumptuous reds with gold trimmings and oil paintings. It's very vampy. The people are also dressed like Victorian snobs with over-the-top ornamentation. The clothes are very beautiful though. The costuming was done by Jean Paul Gautier so of course they'd be stunning.
- Albert and his cronies all look high-class but their table manners are terrible. Albert considers himself quite the conoisseur of food and etiquette. In reality he's shocking. He has a low class British accent, his manners and mannerisms are disgusting and his French pronunciation is hilarious. He isn't classy at all, where as Georgina is smooth and precise yet Albert always paints her out as a seductive shrew who corrupted him.
- When Georgina leaves for the bathroom, her blood red dress changes in the rest room to white. Her liaisons occur here with the demure librarian Michael. Maybe the change of colour shows how her relationship with Albert is dark and unhappy whereas with Michael the white could indicate how she's happy and what she feels with him is true love.
- Back in the restaurant Albert tells all his companions about the diseases to be found it bathrooms. Georgina claims she's forgotten her lighter and goes back to toilet to retrieve it. This is where she meets Michael in a stall. She gives him oral sex and then they do the whole deed only to be interrupted by Albert looking for her.
- He's crude and crass, leering about how long it took her and that she must be getting herself off -- which he succinctly tells her she's not allowed to do. He also says that he can help wipe herself if she isn't able to do it properly.
- "Don't forget to wash your hands, you don't know the women who use this place" -- Albert. I thought this quote was quite appropriate for the situation because in reality Albert doesn't really know the real Georgina and has no clue about what she does in the bathroom.
- On the return back to the deviant restaurant her white dress changes back to red.
- Albert is cruel to Georgina and blames her for steering him down a corrupt path. He tends to say "...but that was before I met Georgie." The viewer also learns that he beats her and doesn't care too much about where he abuses her.
- In the kitchen Georgina's clothes always become a pretty green. This is where she meets Michael again and they have sex in the bread pantry. It's quite a disgusting idea, especially since people are going to consume that food, however it is amusing at the same time. The director deliberatly positions them to have sex in comical places to alleviate the dark cynical-ness of the rest of the movie. Still, there is tension because Georgina only has a small time allowance before Albert goes looking for her.
- Albert gives the restaurant new cutlery which are gold and match the restaurant. However, they prove to be of poor quality and the chef tells him they are no good. This is a reflection of Albert. He looks classy in his nice clothes and car but his personality and soul are poor quality and evil.
- Albert does show weakness when someone mentions why he and Georgina don't have any children. He starts off professing he doesn't need them then breaks down confessing the Georgina can't have children. He also gropes her breasts in front of everyone.
- When Georgina embarrasses Albert he hauls her through the kitchen with the intent of punishing her. He also hears the choir boy singing and drags him off too just because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Young boy witnesses Albert sexually assult Georgina. Next time we see them, Georgina has a badly bruised jaw and shoulder.
- At this point, Michael and Georgina are formally introduced after Albert saw Michael reading at dinner and claimed that dinner would give him indigestion.
- Albert fabricates a life for Michael when he doesn't find the real person satisfying. He says he's jewish because he "looks like one" an proceeds to insult jewish culture.
- He forces Georgina to talk about herself. When she doesn't he tells her wat to say and she repeats it. When he urges her to make up her own answers, she angers him by pointing out the weakness in their relationship by confessing how many miscarriages she's had and that her gynocologist says she can't have children.
- Micheal says he's a gynocologist (though he isn't) which sends Albert in a tiz. He forces Michael back to his own table. Forces Georgina back through the kitchen where he punches her. She antagonises him further and he shoves her in the car and takes her home, running over a dog in the process.
- The next day, Michael and her have sex in a closet where they keep all the dead birds that need plucking.
- While they are here, they are spotted by a woman from their table who dangles Georgina's "toilet breaks" in front of his face and implys he's too stupid and conceited to even notice she's banging some other guy.
- Furious, Albert stabs woman in cheek with a fork. Then he says he has to go bathroom where he kicks all the stalls open, drags people off the toilet and throws anything throw-able at the customers. She's no where to be found so he rampages through the restaurant and breaks things. All the while he chants "I'll kill him and then I'll eat him".
- To get away, the chef hides Georgina and Michael naked in the freezer and then transfers them into one of the meat trucks outsidel. It looks quite traumatic for the couple because they are naked amongst rotting animal carcasses. When they arrive at Michaels place they get hosed down and for once Georgina looks optomistic about life. She is still afraid that Albert will find them but she's happy to be with Michael.
- Kitchen boy brings them food and lends some books from Michaels massive collection. On the way back to the restaurant he is captured by Albert and his cronies. They interrogate him on where the couple are and Kitchen boy refuses to answer, so Albert rips the buttons off his clothes and forces boy to eat them. When he runs out of buttons Albert says "there's one more button" and proceeds to cut the boys belly button. This is when he faints.
- Albert does look at the books which are stamped with Michaels name and address.
- Georgina hears about Kitchen boy and wants to go see him. While she is away at hospital Albert and his cronies get Michael. They force book pages down his throat with a wooden spoon causing him to bleed profusely. They stuff him as if he were a turkey and eventually he suffocates. They wreak the books and leave a horrid sight for poor Georgina who is distraught.
- She copes with the pain by acting completely normal. She tucks him in bed ad sleeps beside him saying all her hopes for the next day. When none of those hopes occurs she realises that he is totally dead and there is no return for him. She cries and becomes resigned to a life without him.
- Georgina confesses to Michaels dead body that Albert would beat her. He'd make her take a hot wet towel and accompany him to the toilet. After he finish, he had a suitcase with all sorts of things. Tooth brush, wooden spoon, broken bottle, drain pipe which he'd use on her. She said he wasn't interested in sex with women or anyone for that matter. Everytime she'd leave him, te cronies would retrieve her, strip her naked and beat her.
- On return to the restaurant, she asks the chef to cook Michael. It is completely mad!
- She asks the chef to tell her about all the liasions she had with Michael who describes their sex in vivid detail. Her justification for why he must tell her this is so that she knows that everything she experienced with Michael was real.
- At first chef is reluctant and tells her that she can't keep Michael by eating him. Georgina says that's not the reason she wishes to do this. She wants to cook Michael and feed him to Albert.

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That's all for now. Hopefully we'll finish the movie on Wednesday.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Boo hoo T_T

I'm writing a post because I don't want to do any work. I'm sooo tired and it took all my effort to tumble from my warm cozy cocoon (bed). What's worse is my hands -- especially the right one -- has numerous bloodless cuts because I used a pile of Jiff yesterday at work. It huurrrttsss!!! They're even up my fingers.
And just to finish up my moan session, I've caught ANOTHER cold.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Undercover Dance Party



As promised...the video from Savannah's birthday party. I've had people nagging at me to get it done and it took the whole day. Unfortunately, youtube disabled the audio because of copyright issues--I half expected that though. I chose Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and it was good with the video but can't do much about it. It proves to me how people are cracking down on illegal usage of their products. But its done...hooray! That's one less thing to do.

It was interesting how people reacted to us when we walked down the street in our dress up. Some people were friendly and genuinely curious and some people avoided us, as if we had the "weirdo" plague. Other young idiots did try to intimidate and wreck our fun but they were sent off by a bystander. Kudos to them!!!

I want to do it again.

To do list:
- Interactive
- Annual Report
- Work at 10am
- Double page spread for type
- CATCH UP WITH MEDIA NOTES!!!
- Photoshop pregnancy photos
- Second illustration

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Group Project

List of everything we need for project

Context matters
Costumes:
Samantha -- Cowboy boots
- Jean skirt/shirt
- Camisole
- Apple Juice
Lily -- Baggy pants
- Sport shirt
Shiona -- White mini
- White Socks
- Cutsie top
- Ballet Flats
House wife - Demure skirt
- Demure top

Extras: - Cigarette
- Wooden spoon

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Saved!

Saved!
Directed by Brian Dannelly
2004

Protagonist: Mary
Antagonist: Hilary Faye

Opening quote which gives the viewer an idea of what type of person Mary is: "I've been born again my whole life. Accepting Jesus into you heart and getting saved is a big decision -- Especially for a three year old. My father taught me that everything is a part of Gods plan. Mom said He even had a reason for taking my father to heaven. She explained daddy is with the angels. I wanted to be with the angels too but God had a different plan..."

Mary is the American girl next door in a highly religious community. What the community deems immoral and unacceptable becomes apparent as the movie progresses. She and her friends are anti-abortion and anti-gay. Christianity is the main motif and they've got religious propaganda all over the place. Her mother received the award as "Best Christian Decorator" which seems quite crazy.

While in the pool playing a confessional game in the pool, her boyfriend admits that he's gay and Mary has a vision. She has to save Dean from being immoral. When Mary researches the word "gay" on the internet, a bondage YMCA-like website comes up horrifying her and further consolidating the idea that she has to "save" him. Her solution is to have sex with him because it's the "direct approach". They have sex and the boyfriend does not protest as he was already horny from reading gay porn. Shortly afterward he is sent to a boarding school to reform him.

The movie plays to stereotypes--anyone who is not Christian is condemned etc. Dean is labeled a fagot and the Jewish girl is rumored to be a stripper and constantly hounded to recant her evil ways. Mary used to be like this, trying to save everyone, but as her pregnancy progresses she questioned the merits of a God who is so judgmental. She did not realise she was pregnant for months because the Christian school were only forced to do Sex Ed classes after she did the deed. She figured it out by watching television and got a pregnancy test which proved to be positive. While biking home with the test she chants "please let it be cancer" which goes to show how bad it would be if she were pregnant. At first she is angry and tries to find another explanation. Eventually she begins to accept the truth and realises that the labels everyone puts on a person is incorrect. Just because she had sex once did not make her loose or a slut like people assumed, it was just a fact of life.

With pregnancy Mary's character becomes more accepting of other people in society. She's always been dealt the upper hand. Her family and friends also become more aware that life doesn't go as God preaches, therefore they should understand a persons situation and not try to change or condemn them.

Mary hides most of her gestation, which indicates that it is an object of shame and she's afraid someone will notice. However, she doesn't have an abortion and remains optimistic about the baby. She is quite clueless, but I feel that she is willing to learn and will make an excellent mother.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Happy Birthday Queenie!

Thanks to the good ol' Queen we got Monday off -- Yay!

To do list:
Annual Reports
Illustrations for CGD
Hypothesis for Sci Fair
Work at 9am

Doesn't seem like much, but I'm sure I'll think of more. Doesn't help that I'm so easily distracted.

GROUP PROJECT

Group members: Iona, Lily, Samantha & Shiona

These ideas were discussed last Wednesday and Thursday (27-28 May) @ our media group meeting.

Our topics are aimed to be a social experiment. Initial ideas:
- Dress up as opposites of ourselves and see the reaction people have to our appearances.
- Everyone wears the same uniform as a base and then it is further customized depending on their style. For example, someone could wear it provocatively or sensibly.
- Dress as social outcasts. Eg. Punks or freaks.
- Maybe a miming act. Perhaps posters that say SPOT ME with an image of a person to spot and the reward of something if someone comes up and says they've found us.

We want to use the media to get attention. We can use all sorts of media -- Youtube, Newspapers, blogs, radio.
Youtube means we could get international responses.

PREGNANCY Experiment

Different mothering stereotypes which are up to interpretation. Can either do videos, photos.

NEEDS TO BE DONE:
Researching mothering stereotypes
Look at different movies involving women who are pregnant/mothers. 
Potential movies to explore:
- Rosemary's Baby
- Baby Mama
- Saved!
- Juno
- Where the heart is

Friday, 29 May 2009

Half full

After my rather negative post before hand, I went up stairs to find Stefanie doing some detective work to solve the problem. Hoorah! She was successful.

She phoned the library to look up spinning clubs in Wanganui >> Phoned the club leader >> got two potential helpers >> one picked up and is willing to help us! Hooray!! I'm so happy.

Remember everyone -- it's half FULL.

wrong, Wrong, WRONG!

At the moment, everything seems to be going wrong!!!!!!!!!! Grrr!!! You can tell I'm stressed because I've used multiple exclamation marks. 

Seriously though, I don't know what to do now. PLEASE, someone up-there give me a break? Let my idea work....please.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Deodorant Advertisement Analysis

You know the term Serendipity? Yeah well, I was flicking through a Print magazine when I found an article addressing vintage deodorant campaigns. What a surprise to find something so specific at the perfect time for my blog. So I scanned the article and am putting it here, so I don't get sued here's my disclaimer: I didn't write this, Steven Heller did. Comes from Print Magazine, Volume 61, Number 4, 2007. Now that's all clear enjoy reading this.