Hey all. I think now would be a good time to do a blog. It has been since Easter that I have done one. Now that school ended at the beginning of May, I'll give a brief report on how the semester went for me. Right now it's 12:31 in the morning as I type this.
SPRING SEMESTER 2009 REPORT
Drawing Fundamentals: I thought this course wasn't so bad. I actually enjoyed a lot of things I learned, and I'd say I improved on many things such as perspective, value, and a heavy emphasis on observational skills. For our final, we had to do three big drawings (debating on whether I should upload pictures of them) on any theme we chose. Mine had to do with video games in which 1) I'm sitting in front of a TV playing, 2) the screen goes dark as I ponder what is going on, 3) and then a light flashes from the screen while I cover it with my free hand. Now that I think about it maybe I should upload pictures of them. :)
Overall Average: B
3D Model Design: Let me start off by saying that this course was a big joke for most of us. From the things that we learned in Principles of Visualization were taught in this course. In other words, it felt like we hardly learned anything. After a few tutorials on how to use a few other tools on Maya 2009, we just worked on our final project after Spring Break was over. Yeah, it was rather disappointing that we didn't learn anything else in that class. :( I ended up doing a character model of an anthropomorphic wolf which ended up being much better than the one I did in Principles of Viz.
Overall Average: B+
Physics: Man, this was definitely the course from hell. Even after using Cramster.com I struggled to try and pass it. Fortunately, my homework average helped me stay afloat throughout the semester. After I took the final exam, I spoke with the professor who had started grading the exams about the test, and he told me that he would have to be lenient with everyone since the tests weren't looking so good. After a couple of days from coming home, I checked on my final average for physics, and I couldn't be any happier that I won't have to take it again. Plus, I'm even happier that our department allows us to take one semester of it. :D
Overall Average: D
Physics Lab: Even though the actual course was difficult, the lab was surprisingly enjoyable and fun. All we did was do weekly experiments and lab reports. The latter was very annoying because I always didn't feel like typing up a simple report on what we did. I mean they felt very repetitive after a few weeks into it, but I was glad that I was getting at least 8 out of 10 on them.
Overall Average: B
Game Modding: Whereas physics was the most stressful course, this one was flat-out aggravating. I'll admit that I now know what to expect when working on game projects, but having to go through this one was often ridiculous as to how I stuck to it. At first, the grad-student had planned his game prototype for a 5 - 6 person effort. However, it ended up being three of us including myself, the grad-student, and another person. Then, the other one dropped out because he wanted to work on his own project after having some issues with the grad-student. It was very nerve wrecking having to do a lot of work and not knowing what else to do for the grad-student. I say this because there were a lot of times when I expected something to do from him, and he would often not have his stuff prepared for me to do. From what I've heard, the grad-student was supposed to have a lot, if not all, of the things for his project done by the end of the Christmas Break. Well, you can guess who was the one that was not totally prepared. I will say that I had my doubts on the work that I had been putting out for the prototype, but my professor complimented on the good things I've been doing after checking on us periodically. In the end, we were able to finish it the game prototype, and I was thrilled to see the end result. When I say thrilled, I was glad that it was out of the way for I had physics to study during that time. :P
Overall Average: A
And so, my GPA for this semester came to be a 3.00, and that puts my overall GPA to a 3.21 out of 4. :D Before anyone asks, yes, I am still playing my tuba. It's just that I didn't bother saying anything about it. :P
WHEN I CAME HOME...
Let's just say that my dad wasn't very happy when we told him that I was partly packed to go home. At the time, there were some nasty storms that were coming towards the campus area, but they happened to pass us up north on the way home. So instead of getting a week of sleep like my mom begged my dad for me to have, I was told to go out job hunting, and that's what I have been doing ever since I came home. :( I have just lost count by how many I have applied to, and I thought that I would not have any luck at all. During this time, my dad has been on me of what I had applied for and to where I should be looking. I have tried my best to do as he has asked, and it's like I have hardly pleased him. It came to a point that my mom called her father in Puerto Rico about maybe giving me some work at his bakery if I couldn't find any work before the middle of June. I would not have minded at all even if it meant to get away from my day, but the problem was that I had plans with a friend from college to go on a road trip to Michigan to visit some family of his. However, I was able to get a part-time job for a company that does food demonstrations much like I did at Costco. This time I'll be at my local Walmart (now spelled like this) giving out food samples to customers. It may not be much, but a job's a job with the way this economy has been going.
SOME CLEARING UP
Remember that stalker issue I mentioned back in March? Well, I decided to send her a note of apology after thinking it over, and I did not get a response until some time during April. I will say that I did stalk her. I wish I was joking about it, but I'm not. What I said back in March, I gave half of it. How so? There were things I left out like I would check on who her friends are and what they do. Whenever she had mentioned about the conventions she goes to, I had obsessed on the idea of meeting her in person and would often tell her about it. Now that I think on this, I should have known better to give her the space she needed, and I do regret for what I had done to her. So if there's anyone that deserves the scolding, I am the one to receive it. I'm saying all of this because she had pointed out what I wrote in my blog, and she is correct by doing so. Even after all that, she forgave me, and you have no idea how much I was happy to receive forgiveness from her. After reading it, I had thought that I didn't deserve to be forgiven; yet she did. All I can say is that I am more relaxed now that it's been taken care of, and I do apologize to all of you for not giving the straight truth when I mentioned it in March. Since then, I have made a promise to myself that I will be sure to act in a more civil manner for as long as I stay involved in online communities such as GameSpot, DeviantART, etc. By doing so, I have seen how much of a changed person I am, and I have received a lot of kind responses when I try to show the user some respect. Also, I told myself that I had planned on bringing this up when I believe the time was right, and now I am telling you all what I really did just so I can get it off of my chest once again. I guess now I have nothing to be afraid about it anymore. What will happen, it'll happen regardless. Thank you all for the much-needed advice. I did end up learning my lesson even if it was the hard way.
Ever since I came home, I haven't been gaming as much even though I have been playing on my Genesis and SNES a lot. :P When I came home, I was told that we now have Mario Kart Wii. After playing it, I ended up sticking to the Gamecube controller for I can't stand using the steering wheel that was included. I mean it's often fun to use, but I find it to be a nuisance most of the time. Anyway, I do plan on trying to spend some time on Okami whenever I can along with my DS (DQ IV and Sonic Chronicles) and GBA (FF VI and Tales of Phantasia) games.
The same thing goes with my anthro drawing. Hopefully, I'll be sending a lot of my time doing a lot of drawing and digital coloring. You all know where to find me on DA. :P
RETURN TO YOUTUBE
As crazy as this may sound, I have decided to give YouTube some needed attention. So I will try to be very proactive on uploading more videos onto my channel. Speaking of which, I have already done so by uploading five more videos to it.
Wow. I think I will end this blog for it is 2:27 in the morning as I finish up. Anyway, I'll be in Florida until June 8. If I'm not mistaken, E3 will be taking place during that time, but I could be wrong. Also, one of my friends, hart704, will be doing a Retro Revival Week, and it seems that I'll have to start late after I come back... again. :( Oh well. Such is life.
Anyway, I thank anyone for taking the time to read this very long blog.
Until next time! 8)