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Life decision Advice

I have a question that I would like some advice on….

I graduated in August 2009 with my degree in Interior Design. I do like Interior Design, I like space planning/way finding mostly, but I’m not a big fan of decorating (which incidentally most people think that Interior Design has to be what they see on HGTV… argh) I have not been able to find a field related position in the past year and a half. I do have a job at Kroger, and hate it with a passion. Anyway, I have come up with 2 possible ideas. The first is to finish the first degree I started, and finish Graphic Design in 2 years. It would be my second bachelor degree because my GPA is .02 too low to go to grad school. If I go back, I can both improve my GPA significantly, and more importantly combine it with my interior design degree and do exhibit design (here’s an example: http://www.premierdisplays.com/our-work/). Exhibit design would be really cool, and trade show design even cooler. I have decided to make it a goal to be able to design (or probably rather be part of a team that designs) an exhibit for E3. Also, a perk about graphic design is to be able to do what I want, I don’t have to rely on somebody to give me 2 years experience so I can take some government test (NCIDQ) so I can practice interior design legally. Instead, with Graphic Design, I can always do a little freelancing if I can’t find a company to hire me.

The other thing I’ve been considering the past few weeks is teaching ESL in South Korea. Why? Several reasons, first and foremost I really feel I need more adventure in my life. My life is pretty dull, as I spend most of my time working a job I hate, and then coming home and spending some time on the internet before I go to bed. Not exactly exciting. Also, because I can pay off most of my debt in just 1 year of being in Korea…. something like 10,000USD. It’s also a great time to do some soul searching, especially since I know I will be placed a bit out of my comfort zone (which I believe is needed for decent self examination). South Korea’s ESL program has some great perks including the number of days off, the number of hours you work a week (not including overtime), the fact they pay for your rent, and they will pay for your airfare. Additionally, they also give you a months pay at the end of a 12 month contract. South Korea also has Universal health Care, which is still paid for but the schools pay for half and its approximately 20$ for the other half. Not bad… On the same note, cost of living is supposed to be fairly cheap, which means more saved money as compared to JET in Japan. They also pay on average 2million won (or approximately 1800USD) on top of all that. That means I could send 800 or so home every month and still have quite a bit to play with or use for living expenses.I’d be able to come back with little to no debt, which means a lot of freedom.

The problems with these ideas….

I was just re-accepted to USA right before christmas, and didn’t get any information until after Christmas. I am still waiting on hearing back from financial aid office to see how much government loans I am eligible for. I am not exactly certain, as this is my second BFA. Also, because it is taking so long (schools starts in less than 15 days) I am not sure what to do about housing. I do have the majority of my family that lives an hour away. Its possible I may be able to live with somebody no longer than a semester. Also there is always the fact that I might go to Korea and decide I should’ve had a completely different major. For example, somebody on a blog I was reading went to SK and paid off student loans, came back to the states and got their MFA in English. Now they teach in the UAE for something like 80,000USD a year.

With Korea, there are all sorts of problems. First is that I have to stay at Kroger for another 2 months. This is partially a good thing because I JUST got my health insurance there, and I can spend 2 months going to the doctor… But otherwise, I really don’t want to be there any longer. I don’t know the language, and will have to rely on some others (such as my co-teacher) until I can get a grasp on how things are there. My brain just sort of went blank on all the reasons, but there were a few obvious ones.

Now I’m trying to figure out if I should go to school, and not go to Korea… or vice versa… or do both, but in what order…. I’m sort of thinking I’m gonna try to get everything for school ready, and then go for a semester of graphic design, and then a year of Korea and then come back not having to pay a ton of bills every month. But I would really like whatever advice, questions you might have to help me decide. Thanks!

Zelda Lounge CD

Whenever I think of Skeleton Keys, I always think of the big boss key in Zelda, most specifically the one in A Link to the past.  So for gifts this year I decided to make a zelda themed remix CD. I found a LOT of music on http://www.ocremix.org. Based on the songs I found, I decided to make a Lounge style CD to gift. I finished making the CDs last night, but haven’t had time to go back and relook at the playlist, which I changed at the last minute. When I get back I will update this post with the song info.

QotD – September 07, 2010

“The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

QotD – September 06, 2010

“There are two major products that come out of Berkeley LSD and UNIX. We don’t believe this to be a coincidence.” – Jeremy S Anderson

QotD – September 5, 2010

“Don’t get suckered in by the comments … they can terribly be misleading.” – Dave Storer

QotD – September 4, 2010

“Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.” – Sydney Smith

Friendly Cats

QotD – September 3, 2010

“Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.” – Maya Angelou

QotD – September 2, 2010

ear clipart

“Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.” – Plutarch

QotD – September 1, 2010

“That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of our time.” – John Stuart Mill

Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon

QotD – August 22, 2010

“Trying to be normal is the greatest abnormality in the world.” – Becky Alunan

QotD – August 21, 2010

Helicopter and Lifting Wing - Leonardo DaVinci“Iron rusts from disuse water loses its purity from stagnation and in cold weather becomes frozen even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.” – Leonardo DaVinci

QotD – August 20, 2010

Stack of Books

“Books have the same enemies as people fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.” – Paul Valery

QoTD – August 19, 2010

“Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.” – Chinese Proverb

Angel of Death by Evelyn De Morgan

Angel of Death by Evelyn De Morgan

QotD – August 18, 2010

The Sheepocracy

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”-Oscar Wilde

Alchemy Lamplighting

I was just surfing through the interwebz, and I found two pictures of me doing lamplighting at Alchemy last year. What is lamplighting?

As described by the Alchemy Festival website:

“The Lamplighters perform the important duty of lighting Alchemy each night. The team is responsible for building and installing lamp poles, cleaning and maintaining the lamps, and fueling, lighting and placing lamps, and associated pageantry, daily during the festival. The team coordinates with Site Layout regarding lamp pole placement.”

Basically, we light your way throughout the burn each night. Each night, right before sundown we walk the paths with our lamps, and one by one they get placed on the poles. Each path is lit, so that you can see where you’re going and get your bearings. It is an essential part of the event.

The pictures:

and a video of the lamplighting ceremony:

QoTD – August 17, 2010

Image of Clone High's Ghandi“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Collection of Caricatures

YoutheDesigner has an interesting collection of 35 celebrity Caricatures. I especially like one of the Dr. House caricatures. I’m a little confused on the Sarah Palin one. Doesn’t she look like that in real life? 😛

Bruce Lee Caricature
Bruce Lee caricature by ~AndrewMok

BLP – State of the Lumens – Week 2

This week I have made several advancements in the Better Life Project in several different categories: Morning Routine, My Business, Organization, Motivation & Sleep. Press more to continue reading.

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I’ve been taking walks in the morning, to change up my morning routine a bit. Yesterday I wasn’t able to get out to the park so I walked on the treadmill.  There is a TV in front of our treadmill, but the cable doesn’t work for it so I grabbed one of my old random VHS tapes (it has a VHS player but no DVD). The tape was Hackers. Man I used to love that movie, and still do. It’s a pretty fun movie. My favorite character was Cereal Killer.

Here’s a video clip with one of the main songs from the movie:

Prodigy – One Love

QoTD – August 15, 2010

Large Mouth

“I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her” – Rodney Dangerfield (1921 – 2004)

QoTd – August 13, 2010

Albert Einstein Memorial Statue

Albert Einstein Memorial

A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” – Albert Einstein

Did you know there is an Einstein Memorial in Washington D.C.?

QoTD – August 12, 2010

Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell CD Cover“I  don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell you see, I have friends in both places.” – Mark Twain

I just twotted all over the place

Yes, indeed. I just tweeted for the first time in a year. I thought that might warrant this video (if you haven’t seen it, shun… SHUN)

Dare to Dream

Step Number one of the “How to Live Life to the Fullest” article posted last night is Dare to Dream.  The article also posts some questions to think about under the category of the same name. Here are the questions with my answers.

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Link: 50 ways to start fresh

I have recently run across the dragosroua website. It has several good articles, and I enjoyed the 50 ways to start fresh article –
http://www.dragosroua.com/50-ways-to-start-fresh/ that I felt I needed to share it.

A few of my favorites:
24. Restart Your Morning Routine
28. De-virus Your Mind
35. Keep (And Read) A Log Of Your Breakthroughs
36. Learn How To Be Ridiculous
50. Recycle Aggression

Photoshop Style a Day Website

Hi Guys. I thought I’d share another link I’ve been visiting lately. Photoshop Style a Day http://www.psstyleaday.com/ is a website with free styles for Photoshop. Styles allow you to change effects of a layer with a single click. They also don’t change the layer at all, so if you want to change the effects or style (or delete it altogether) it is very simple to do. Check them out! Here are some examples of what they have:

Example Styles with SpikeKido text

top: Red Embossed, Bottom Left: Glowing Neon, Bottom Right: Comic Book Photoshop Style 2

QoTD – August 11, 2010

Pumpkin Eating a Baby

“If you’re in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at some guys, throw one of those little baby-type pumpkins. Maybe it’ll make everyone think of how crazy war is, and while they’re thinking, you can throw a real grenade.” — Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

Transformus 2010

Unfortunately I didn’t get to make it to transformus this year. This year marks the first time I’ve missed in 4 years.  I was unable to get off of work to go. Somebody posted this well edited video on facebook, and I thought I’d share it here. It’s well done, and captures some of the energy from Burn Night. Man I wish I could’ve made it. Looking forward to Alchemy Festival.

QoTD – August 10, 2010

“You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” Jimmy Carter