The exam was difficult. Really difficult. I can see how I failed it the first time around. But after some speaking with my academic advisor, which allowed me to access some knowledge in my brain that I already had but couldn’t get to I guess, I was able to squeak out of there with a high B. A lot of praying and very little sleep went into it but that seems to be a formula for success I’ve...
I don’t entirely feel ready for this test tomorrow even though I’ve gone over all the material about three times in the last couple weeks. I guess we’ll see what happens. On a lighter note, I did order my 1.8 prime lens today! By this time next week, I should be taking much clearer pictures.
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I tried printing out some new art “business cards” today in the schools print lab but we couldn’t figure out how to arrange them properly. The new design I made is thinner (about half the size of a normal business card). I made them after seeing a couple artists who had them in this size and I thought it was pretty cool.
Did I mention I really want to get a canon 1.8 prime lens? Actually, I really want to get a 1.4 but seeing as how it’s several hundred dollars more, I could really be happy with the 1.8.
So we finally shot this music video for Allison Weiss. When I say “we” I mean Sarah Wilson and Sean Brown with the help of dozens of other talented human beings. I got there with Allison shortly before we had to set up all of my drums for the band shoot and was asked to participate in a little on camera action that will be revealed when the final cut of the video is release shortly. ...
Tonight I went to an Etsy party and it turned out to be pretty cool. Dozens of people set up makeshift shops on tables around the place and sat behind them to sell and show off their arts and crafts to attendees. There was a really good turn out, a few hundred people at least. After that I trekked down to the new Tampa Museum of Art for their monthly (or as monthly as possible) Art After Dark...
We are falling behind on this album. It makes me sad. But I’m still hopeful I can finish it up by the time school starts back up again.
Today, I had another kind of exam. An eye exam. The first one in a long time for me. The optometrist was really great. I say that of course without any idea about how scientifically accurate he was or how precise his diagnosis turned out to be. In fact, most of the time when we visit a new doctor and come back saying he or she was great or terrible, I think what we are really reflecting on is...
I just finished the thin man and I have to say it has one of the most fantastic plots ever written. The whole thing is bursting with charm from cover to cover. Hammet was a genius, pure and simple. I wish someone would make a movie of it. I wish I could make a movie of it.
In the Studio 2 As you can see, Kevin and I programed drums for another song. What helped a lot this time though was that we had our friend Joyce’s electronic drum kit. Using that, Kevin was actually able to help me write the parts we wanted quickly while I played guitar. Then he expertly recreated them using the microkorg and Reason.
I’m really thinking about getting a 1.8 Canon prime lens. That’s all.
I found out that my photograph that showcased at AMA’s conference in Chicago won 3rd place out of 33! Pretty cool. I was surprised. It was just cool to be included. I saw the new Karate Kid film tonight with Zahra. I thought it was really good. Great cinematography and convincing acting (one of Jackie Chan’s best roles I think). The only “flaw” was that the kid was...
The Market Polley and I went to the Asian Supermarket today downtown to take some photos (me) and buy strange foreign sweets (her). Surprisingly, I came out of it with a whole new set of photos (22 to be exact) that I enjoyed editing in a way I never really have before.
I watched Anchorman for the 34732486472657820752 time tonight. Still the funniest movie ever made. I definitely believe a good comedy is more difficult to make than a good drama.
Another great session of going over molecular medicine with Allison. She just makes everything clearer. And she doesn’t even know she’s doing it either. She thinks her notes are all that I need but what she doesn’t understand is that it’s the way she talks to me about the science that makes it stick in my brain. This is how I know she will be a good doctor. Her ability...
I went out with a couple of the psychiatrists that work at the VA to the homes of some of their patients including ones with schizophrenic and bipolar disorder. The experience was a rare glimpse into the lives of these patients and their relationships with their doctors. One assisted living facility we visited was rundown to say the least. Some of the patients sleep three too a room and a...
I finished writing the third and final verse of the last song on the EP today. I finally found a way to say exactly what I wanted to say. I also watched Pulp Fiction for the first time and thought it was really well done. You can definitely tell Tarantino’s style was more developed in this film than in Reservoir Dogs. I loved the way he weaved in and out of the linear timeline. The only...
Wow. Was today really my 300th day in med school? Crazy. In the morning, I gave a presentation on my medical missions trip to Bolivia at a local, Spanish speaking church. They really enjoyed it and even prayed for me afterward which was great because I definitely need it. Most of the rest of the day was spent alternating between molecular medicine powerpoints and The Thin Man both of...
Party Time I swear, this week was the week of movies. I think I saw about 7 films this week. This morning I watched Prince of Persia with my dad in the theater. It was surprisingly really good and well done. Except for the fact that all of the “Persians” were played by the whitest actors Hollywood could throw on the screen. But really, it was a good film. ...
I watched Paper Hear today. I think I was a little disappointed even though I found it to be a cute, funny, and enjoyable film. Maybe I had some weird sub-conscience objection to the pseudo-story line. I don’t know. I just know it didn’t quite stick with me.
I saw the movie American Splendor for the first time and was pretty impressed. It was an interesting mix of documentary and biographical narrative. Also, I purchased and started playing Super Mario Galaxy 2, quite possibly the best game out there right now for the Wii. And yes, I do consider video games to be art. The level and character design for this game have a fantastic, simple, clean...
Programin Kevin and I finally got crackin on the album today. We gained a rudimentary knowledge of the recording program Reason and programed drums for the first song. I’m pretty excited about everything. I can already tell, Kevin is bringing out the best in me as a songwriter. I also received word back from the literary journal I submitted to called The Legible...
I finally saw Fantastic Mr. Fox and I must say I quite enjoyed it. The voice acting was great and the animation was very well done. I liked the texture of the fabrics they used for the characters. Wes Anderson continues to be one of my favorite directors.
Metropolitan I had been planning for a while to take photos of my friend Kimberly for the “My Favourite Book” series I’m doing but the shoot actually kind of happened spur of the moment when we both had some time on memorial day. In shooting and later editing, I tried to stick to a sort of “di-chromatic” (is that even a real term?) color...
Pre-Baby I took some “pre-baby” photos with my friends Vanessa and Shawn by the new museum. I had never taken photos of anyone who was pregnant before so I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I also wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to edit these but I tend to push a warmer, yellowed tone in my photos so that’s what I did. I also desaturated a...