Stuff I Have Been Up To

It’s been a while since my lovely rant about trash so I guess I should catch you up on the actual things that have happened in my life since them.

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In our design communications studio, we had to design a lantern and cut it out using the laser cutter. It was pretty awesome AND I didn’t burn the building down! Here is a picture, pre-assembly. (I don’t have one taken after it was put together because I forgot)

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We also went to the arboretum for part of studio to look at so rainwater features. After our little lecture, we were allowed to stroll around. We went into the Children’s Garden which apparently has beds of vegetables and such that you can actually pick. I got this cool, tiny carrot.

 

 

The Friday of that week (which would be not the most recently encountered Friday  but the oneIMG_8049 before: The 25th maybe?) my cool friends and I went down to the Farmer’s Market to look around and buy
plants and stuff. I bought a delicious tamale (pictured), an tiny pie and some apple cider. I hadn’t been to the Farmer’s Market before then, but it is very nice! There is so much food and I wanted to buy everything.

 

 

 

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That night, one of my friends and I went geocaching in the dark, which seems like a bad idea because looking for small Tupperware containers is already not super easy when you can see everything. But it was super fun, and we found TWO geocaches! I won’t tell you where they are, of course.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday (the 26th) I played my ukulele downtown to raise IMG_8052money for PSUkulele (the Penn State Ukulele Club). I have done this a total of three times now and I really enjoy it. People get all happy and start swaying or bobbing to the music, which is funny.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday night was the eclipse/blood moon. That probably would’ve been super cool if the sky wasn’t so cloudy. We sat on a wall looking at the sky, while I serenaded everyone in the vicinity with my guitar.

 

 

 

In studio, we have been working in Autocad, tracing a plan of Citygarden in St. Louis, MO which was so stressful you wanted to punch the computer and drop out of school (my friends can attest to this). Then we had to color it in. I drew a shark on mine:

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We are also in the process of designing a rain garden in this “leftover” space created by the visual arts building, the Palmer Art Museum, and Au Bon Pain cafe. Here are some pictures of rip-and-tear models and stuff that I have been working on.

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I think that’s it… except for that I participated in the observation of a nationally-loved sporting event on Saturday, which could also be referred to as “football”. (but that’s a whole other post).

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Near-End of Semester Panic: Part 1

New Projects and Adventures

Some stuff has happened while I was away from my blog.

First of all, it is weird that the semester is sorta almost over. It definitely went much faster than last semester.

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In studio, we are knee-deep into Project three. Our assignment is to design a space using land form. Our ‘rip-and-tear’ models are made of clay this time, although I use cardboard structures underneath so I don’t have to use as much clay. Now, let me tell you about this clay we have to use. It’s super soft and easy to work with but the smell! The smell is putrid and it doesn’t come off. My hands still faintly smell even after a day. Even worse, it sticks on your clothes so your whole person just wreaks of clay-smell. Anyway, here are some process models.

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Team Uke

Something more exciting: I joined the ukulele club (TeamUKE) and get to design their logo and website! Yay! I think they just started last semester and its very exciting! Here is the link to the website I made if you are interested! –> Team UKE

Club Gymnastics Nationals in Philly

I am currently in Philly for club gymnastics nationals. It is pretty cool. We finished our first day of competition and finals is on Saturday, although we won’t know what everyone has qualified for until after Friday.

The above paragraph is no longer relevant since nationals was a few weeks ago. Good news though, both the A and B team for girls qualified for finals!

Philly was fun! on Friday when we weren’t competing, we walked around the city and look at some historical buildings. There was this cute little historic alleyway – Elfreth’s Alley – with tiny houses facing a cobblestone street that I loved.

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We also passed classical historic sites like Independence Hall and of course, I went to the Reading Terminal Market.

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Finals was amazing! There were so many teams there, it was crazy and so much fun! Here are some pictures so you can see the crazy amount of people who still think gymnastics is a good idea:

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I also qualified for finals on bars and floor and I am very pleased with how I did. People underestimate the skill level of club gymnasts because at nationals, there were so many amazing team. Anyway, I got 8th on bars and 2nd on floor! Shout out to my mother for driving up for for qualifiers and to my whole family for coming to see every one of my meets this season! I love you!

Mastering the Microwave

Well, not incredibly exciting has happened, but spring break is soon! Yay! In less than a week, I will get to go home and see my pets (and my family).

Meanwhile, studio is moving along well. I have not been on top of things as much in the explanation or documentation of my projects but I really enjoy the models I’m making. Here are some picture of models that I have made with little to no explanation of what they are supposed to be for.

Our second project is getting into it’s final stages. The end goal is to design 2 sequential spaces that make the user experience certain feelings. Here is my “rip and tear” model:

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Also this unrelated set of six models that I made that, when put together, look like a swirly thing:

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On Saturday night, my roommate and I decided to make ourselves dinner instead of going to the dining hall. It was quite a set up. We had all three microwaves running in our dorm. We made vegetables with garlic, meatballs, spaghetti with meatballs and sauce, couscous, and mashed potatoes. We actually made enough to fill up three people. It was quite impressive, I think.

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Oh, an something very exciting happened today. Well, it would’ve been exciting if it had impacted me in any way (which it didn’t). But Penn State actually cancelled all classes after 4:00 PM today because of the ice. This is incredibly suprising since, I’m pretty sure the university believes they have incredibly hardy students, willing to brave any conditions to get to class without complaint. (Of course this is incredibly false because we are college students who are very lazy and complain about everything).

Also, I forgot to mention that I went to THON. Here is a picture of the “largest student-run philanthropy event” or something along the lines of that. Whatever their shtick is, it’s an impressive happening. I did not stay for that long.

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Cardboard Models and Blanket Forts

So since my last post, some exciting stuff has happened. I went to my first ever club gymnastics meet at Ohio State. I also went to my second ever club gymnastics meet at JMU. Both meets went very well in my opinion. At Ohio State, I got 1st on bars, 1st on floor, and 3rd in the all around and Penn State Men’s and Women’s teams got FIRRRST! woo! Very exciting! The JMU meet wasn’t as great for the girls team (we came in third), but not too shabby I say. I got 2nd in the all around! yay!

Here are some pictures of me doing my thing at Ohio State:

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So studio is getting very exciting. We are doing actual work! By that, I mean building models, which I like to do. We are learning about different “archetypal landscapes,” and building ‘rip and tear’ models to demonstrate each of the archetypes we learned. There are six:

Sky: It is a space that feels open and free, kinda like a sky on the ground

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Sea: A landscape where you feel immersed

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Promontory: One landscape that sticks out into another landscape

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Harbor: The viewer feels safe (the back is protected), looking out at an expanding landscape

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Island: Probably self explanatory. A patch of one landscape type, surrounded completely by another

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Cave: A protected landscape with a strong overhead plane and a controlled view to the outside

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I thoroughly enjoy my stick figure scale people.

Surprisingly, not much has happened in the last…3 weeks? Something like that. The only thing that happened was that I realized what a terrible mistake it is to go home for two weekends in a row. Why? Well I missed these two back-to-back weekends for meets. Both times, I erroneously believed that I would actually do anything productive over the weekend. I did nothing. I don’t have much of an excuse for that, but I was tired.

In other news, I have joined the PSU Ukulele Club.

Also, I have been gradually expanding the blanket fort I have created at the head of my bed. Here is a picture:

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If you’re wondering, I am building this blanket for to block out desk lights when I’m trying to sleep and my fellow roommates are not. So far, it is working.