school work more important than work work

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school is helpful, but you are a priority

Letters to the Signs

Aries: You’re trying to do so much in such little time, but darling take a breath it will be okay. Time is still time you can’t change it even if you waned to. Everyone’s fighting for something, but you’re fighting yourself. Don’t do that because everything will be alright in the end

Taurus: Love is tough, love is rare to find but when you find that special someone s/he’s going to be like finding a diamond on the street: unexpected, inconvenient, but something you will never let go of

Gemini: You’re scared about the future. You’re scared you’re not enough. BUT YOU ARE. BABY YOU ARE. Don’t try and be someone you’re not because you can only be the best version of yourself

Cancer: The past tends to hold onto you. You scream of high hopes and sweet dreams. It’s the best thing about you, but baby don’t let it hurt you. Keep moving forward because things that are meant to be will work out eventually. Work for what you want but don’t hurt yourself more than you have to

Leo: You’re busy getting your life together. You want to party and socialize but you life is taking a toll on you. Balance in your life is important. Make sure to cherish yourself and others equally. Even when life is tough, you got this. I believe in you

Virgo: School and work, school and work, that’s what your life revolves around. What’s a bath? You don’t know. How do your pamper yourself? No idea. Live a life that you want! Don’t be afraid to take risks. Nothing is a bad as it seems

Libra: You socialize and smile but on the inside you feel isolated and sad. Don’t surround yourself with negative people. People who are supposed to be in your life will be there. Not everyone and everything is permanent. Some are there simply to help you grow

Scorpio: You want things to work out but you’re scared! You’re not used to vulnerability, and you’re scared to let people see you for who you truly are. You’re wonderful and beautiful cutie, don’t let anyone else think otherwise

Sagittarius: You think that everyone is distancing themselves from you because you’re distant from them. All you want is to be loved. Don’t worry. You’re funny, and witty and the life of the party. People will love you as long as you tell them you love them too

Capricorn: You’re so confused all the time. People think you know what you’re doing but you’re so frustrated all the time. Don’t think about other peoples opinions because your life is yours so live it. Don’t worry about what others think

Aquarius: Do you ever feel like you’re ahead of your game but behind everyone else at the same time? You feel like you’re missing SOMETHING but you’re not sure what it is. What you’re missing is confidence babe! You’re doing great and you’re gonna keep doing great things i promise xo

Pisces: What you want to do seems so unattainable right now. You feel like no one supports you, not even yourself. Everything will work out as planned if you keep going though. Love is something you should fight for, not back away from even when it gets hard. You got this darling

Oh, you had me living a lie for a year? Maybe I'll just go ahead and dismantle every aspect of your life.

Well I was had! I been took! I been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok!

This is a trailer trash roller coaster. All aboard!

The Lies

I thought I was in a slightly tumultuous but overall fun relationship for a year. I had gotten out of a 12 year relationship when I met Fuckboi, he was so charming and handsome I thought I won the lottery! He was super pushy about saying “I love you” first and defining our relationship. He introduced me to his family. His niece started calling me Auntie. He tells me about his 3 children and their mothers and lies about how the mother of his oldest hates him and is keeping him away from the kid.

But then things started getting weird. His “ex” started calling all the fucking time, multiple times a day. They had children together, but the grandmother had custody the lie I was told to make it seem normal was that both of them had jobs where they traveled a lot, so they signed legal guardianship over to the g-ma to make schooling & emergency issue easier. Then she moved down to the city we were loving in for “work training”. Then she was moving down permanently without the kids. When I asked why the kids weren’t coming, the lie I was told they need to stay in the same school Um, they are 6 and 4 I’d say staying with parents is more important at that age than their peer group. It was weird, but I’m the cool girlfriend and it wasn’t my place to tell them where their daughters should live.

His “work” was in the cannabis industry, kind of. He worked with the “ex” brother in law going to legal states, buying pounds at a time and trafficking it via USPS. So, when he tells me he’s going to Oregon I think nothing of it.

After a week in Oregon, a lot of stories aren’t adding up, like his phone is always dead even though he carries a power bank with him. THEN one of his “friends” starts posting cuddled up selfies with him. I quickly put 2 and 2 together and dump him for cheating on me with this chick in Oregon.

The Truth

After I dumped him I made a messy facebook post on his wall, which the mother of his oldest child sees and she contacts me and lays out the truth!

He never contacts his oldest daughter, even though he has her cellphone. No one is keeping him from her.

  • He owes $20k in back child support for her, as he has never once made a payment and he moves around a lot & works under the table, so the mother was never able to collect garnishments or anything.
  • He has a huge criminal record starting with rape he committed at age 15, and then a lifetime of fraud, larceny and drug charges I knew nothing about!
  • His “ex” who moved to our city was his girlfriend of 9 years who was very much still in a relationship with him
  • They willingly gave up the 2 children because they preferred to use drugs; him - heroin, her - pills
  • There is a FOURTH child!?!?!?! He and the mother conspired to pin the paternity on another poor sap and it’s been 17 years now that this other man has been paying for a kid that is not his
  • I was his side chick
  • His family knew and played along in the lie and included their 10 and 16 year old children in the lie!
  • His chick in Oregon is actually his starcrossed lover from childhood! And every time they would try to be together one or the other would end up in jail!
  • The Oregon chick ALSO has a criminal record highlights include criminally negligent homicide from a DUI where she killed her passenger, fraud, larceny, drug charges

This shocked me, so I paid for a criminal background check which is how I learned of their records.

The Revenge

I PROFUSELY thanked the ex for telling me the truth about the situation. I mulled on it for a bit trying to convince myself to simply consider myself lucky and just walk away with my dignity intact. But then he’d be winning and I knew I had everything in my power to come down on him like Thor’s hammer.

  • I gave the ex ALL of his info - SSN, State ID#s, current and past known addresses. With this she contacted her state’s Child Support Services.
  • He now will have his Drivers license revoked and can’t get one no matter the state he moves to until he is current with his past payments.
  • If he ever gets a real job 25% of his wages will be garnished
  • He now has a warrant for his arrest in the state his oldest kid lives.
  • He’s trying to play house with his new GF and contacted the mother of his oldest to arrange a meeting with his kid and his gf’s child. The mother is “playing nice” and pretending it’s a-go and he is planing a trip to visit the daughter. He will not see her, at the “meeting” he will be seeing the police and they will arrest him for failure to pay, and he won’t get out of jail until he pays a sizable chunk of the $20,000 past-due PLUS bail!
  • I gave the ex his info THE DAY BEFORE his federal tax refund was set to go out, She was fast enough at getting his info to CSS that they INTERCEPTED his full tax refund and now he has for the first time paid for something for his child.
  • His past due child support is also going on his credit report
  • I know the name of the business his ex brother in law owns and uses to launder his drug trafficking money, I dropped a dime to the IRS. So, he’s losing his only steady income soon and can’t get a job a Walmart due to his criminal record, and if he DOES manage to find someone that hires without criminal background checks he will lose ¼ of his paycheck.
  • I told this story to two of my “hacker” friends and they got into contact with hackers more talented than themselves and are now going to “take care of” a few more things for me, like finding the guy who was conned into paying for a kid that’s not his.
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pastel!dan and punk!phil

important facts about community college

- just as much of a quality education as you would get at a state school or uni 

- much more affordable 

- usually more night classes that make going to school while working and/or taking care of kids much easier 

- transfer students actually have a higher graduation rate than students who have been at a university all 4 years 

- there is nothing wrong with aspiring to go to a community college 

- there is nothing wrong with being proud of attending a community college 

- there is absolutely nothing wrong with community college 

high school tips

class

  • if your school bag is always a mess, only use bound books ( even just a plain old composition book ) to take notes. that way you’ve don’t have loose leaf paper in binders to lose or accidentally tear out.
  • ALWAYS handwrite your notes no matter how badly you want to type them.
  • don’t read your notes. use them to to write questions that you can turn into a study guide. if you can answer the questions, you’re in good shape.
  • form group chats with people in your classes. you’ll never miss an assignment.
  • get a planner. put your planner on your desk at the beginning of each class.

homework

  • if you have free time during school, do your homework.
  • if you have free time on a friday night, do your homework.
  • don’t listen to music, you will get distracted.
  • set a timer for 25 minutes on your phone. you don’t get to check your phone it until it goes off.
  • check your planner before starting homework.

time management

  • life requires effort. a lot of effort. you’re going to feel tired and overwhelmed. this does not make you weak, or less successful than other people. take it one week at a time. you’ll be okay.
  • if you find yourself spending too much time on social media, delete all social media apps from your phone during the school week so that you’ll be less tempted. you can catch up on scrolling during the weekends.
  • avoid the illusion of productivity. the best thing you can do for yourself is to get off the college/scholarship/study tips sites, and go do your homework, or go study. looking at other people studying WILL NEVER be as good as just buckling down and doing it yourself.

jobs

  • if you’re working during the week, try to limit your hours after school. working until 11p.m, and getting up at 6 a.m WILL have a negative effect on your grades.
  • DO NOT take extra shifts/switch shifts during the week just to get more time off on the weekends. school is more important than Netflix, which is what you’ll most likely be doing anyways, right?
  • save your money. college is right around the corner, and you will need/want it more then than you do now.
  • treat it like a class. just because you’re working in a fast food joint, or retail store doesn’t mean there’s nothing to gain besides a paycheck. learn from your experiences, and pay attention.

social life

  • it’s going to feel like you never see your friends during the busy parts of the year, especially if you work. you’re going to have to actively make plans and stick with them.
  • if parties make you nervous but you still want to go, or if you don’t know what to expect, offer to be the designated driver. it’ll give you the opportunity to gauge the scene at your school without the pressure to drink, etc.
  • never do anything if your gut tells you not to. even if you feel like the only one. don’t ignore that feeling.
  • look out for your friends. it’ll be harder and harder to hold to on them as the school year goes on.
  • it’s also okay and normal to grow apart from your friends, but try to hold on to at least few people. it makes your junior/senior year a little more bearable.
  • approach dating however you want, but in most cases the less your classmates know about your relationships, the better. it’s your business.

teachers

  • have some teachers in mind your junior/senior year for recommendation letters.
  • they’re just as fed up as you are.
  • if you have a teacher that covers material too quickly, ask if you can use your phone to record voice recordings so you can go back and fill in your notes with what you couldn’t get in class.
  • if you’re struggling in a class, tutorial is your first step. talk to your teacher THE SAME DAY that you see your grade drop. start early.

If I can impart some wisdom upon those who are going off to college just based on my own experiences.

Cooking- While it’s not hard to pick up the basics of cooking from cook books (or simple online recipes), learning how to safely use knives is a must, whether that means watching videos of safe knife handling or having someone show you. Don’t use metal utensils in pans, you’ll scrape off the nonstick coating. Safe food handling and storage is also essential to learn. You never know if the particular piece of chicken you’re making is going to give you food poisoning if you mishandle. If you live off of dining hall food, that’s all well and good, but the cooks are human. Learning to recognize when food is undercooked or spoiled can be essential to you avoiding getting sick.

Laundry- Your clothes will last a lot longer if you follow the instructions on the tags. In a pinch, if you want to wash certain things together but be careful because on the wrong cycle things will shrink, colors will run, and things will stretch. Always remember to empty the lint trap before you dry your clothes to avoid dryer fires (your clothes will also dry better). Many washers and dryers will lock until the cycle is over in public laundry spaces, but you need to make sure to come get your clothes when they cycle ends. People will move them to use the machine and nobody wants stranger hands on their clothes. Washing your sheets, pillow cases, and towels weekly is a good way to avoid breaking out.

Bills- Set reminders in your phone, calendar, whatever will help you remember to pay them on time. Missing payments can result in not only being fined, but they can even impact your credit. If you can, pay them ahead of time. Keep your bill and pay statements in case there’s an issue and so you have them in your records.

Finals- For the love of God start these are early as possible, even if it just means doing a little bit whenever you have time so that you aren’t having to write a whole essay or cram overnight.  It will help you get a better grade and avoid burnout. Read through your final draft at least twice and if you can, have someone look over your work. Listen to the professor what they tell you what will be on the test. Highlight those portions in your notes and study them.

Cleaning- Everybody has different preferences for cleanliness, but if your mess will attract bugs and other pests (like food left out) or post a safety hazard (like large piles of stuff on the floor) it needs to be addressed asap. Most dorms will also require you to clean to some extent before you move out and if you leave a mess you’ll be charged. Taking the time to sweep, dust, and clean the bathroom now and then could save you a lot of time when you need to move out.

Homework- Check the syllabus whenever class ends. Your homework will be there the vast majority of the time. Just because your professor doesn’t mention homework doesn’t mean you don’t have it. Set your student email to send alerts to your phone so you know immediately when a professor emails you about extra work, cancelled classes, extra credit opportunities, etc. On the subject of extra credit, it isn’t always necessary to do, but if you’re trying to keep your gpa up or you didn’t do so well on a big assignment, it can really help your grade to make yourself do an extra credit assignment or two, especially because most professors won’t offer you many of them. 

Friends- I’m probably one of the least social people that I know, but being in a new place away from everyone that I knew caused a pretty lengthy depression spell for me. Being willing to talk to people in your classes, sign up for a club, and/or attend campus events is a great way to meet new people.

Roommates- Some people become good friends with their roommates. Others hate their roommates. As someone who has dealt with both of these scenarios, let me tell you that the best goal you can set is to simply be able to live with your roommate. That is not to say that if you have a serious issue with your roommate that you shouldn’t talk with student housing asap. What I’m talking about is the roommate who has some rude habits. You have to compromise when possible and learn to change your own behavior elsewhere in order to make your life as easy as possible. One of my roommates was messy while I’m a neat freak. The compromise was that his mess never crossed onto my side of the room or into shared spaces and that nothing that could rot was ever left out. My roommate had the table manners of a wild animal while I have SPD. Since I can’t exactly tell him not to eat, I would put on my headphone and find something to keep my attention while he was eating. I thought he had a shit personality and he thought I was a sap. We didn’t really talk with one another unless it was important. On a brighter note, my other roommate and I regularly supported one another, joked around, and watched tv together. I consider him to be a good friend of mine and I’m excited to get to know him as a person rather than as a roommate this year. Roommates are a grab bag. Learning communication skills and being willing to set boundaries and respect the boundaries of others is an absolute must.

Homework- My recommendation is to figure out how many days you have until the assignment is due and then work on it in portions. If you have to read 100 pages in three days, reading 33 pages a day is a great way to get it done. If an assignment is small, getting it done the day you get it is advisable. Larger assignments need to be started as soon as possible. Taking the time to read through your assignments before turning them in can be the different between whole letter grades. Professors love seeing revision. If you’re struggling with an assignment, you’re probably not the only one. Trading numbers or emails with people in your classes can help when your having troubles or don’t understand something.

Burnout- It happens, especially around finals. Take naps when you need them. Try to aim for at least seven hours of sleep. Sometimes setting your homework aside for the day is necessary if you want to be productive the rest of the week. It’s very rare for someone in college to do 100% of the work assigned to them. Figuring out what the important assignments/readings are and focusing on those is a lot more realistic than doing everything on the syllabus. Having a relaxing hobby like watching tv, playing video games, or something else that completely takes your mind off of school work is essential just as knowing when it’s time to work and when it’s time to play is. Finding balance is difficult, but possible.

Health- Whenever you return to campus after a break, people tend to get sick. Starting vitamin boosts before hand can help in the long run, as does getting a flu shot if you can. If you have a mild cold, taking dayquil and going to class can help you keep up, but if you’re hacking or have a hard time getting out of bed, stay home! You’re professors expect students to have a certain amount of sick days. However, if you think you’re going to miss class, you’ll need to get in contact with your professor. Make sure to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, nose, and face. Colleges are also notorious for offering free condoms and packets of lube. Personally, there was no freshman fifteen, but the dining hall food did spike my cholesterol. Little things like only eating bacon a few times a week can go a long way, but at the same time, making sure to eat enough is essential.

Anyone is free to add to this or correct me.

Rules of the House : How my Parents Raised Me

1) Mistakes are never allowed.
2) Never ask for help.
3) Never make the family “look bad” - even if you have to lie.
4) Do not mention God (even though we go to church).
5) Social workers are evil people; go to all lengths to make sure they never have a reason to take you away - even if you have to lie.
6) Friends are not welcome.
7) Sex does not exist.
8) Parents may never apologize, but children must apologize for everything - even things they didn’t do.   

9) Never express emotions.
10) You are always wrong.
11) You don’t deserve respect.
12) If you are not working to serve your parents, you are a horrible person.
13) Never relax. Always work.
14) Having fun is wrong.
15) Unnecessary chores are more important than homework or sleep.
16) You are lazy and disrespectful, and that can never change.
17) Violent yelling is encouraged.
18) You may not be independent.
19) Your opinion is wrong.
20) Your memories are wrong.

21) Do not socialize.
22) Fear your parents.
23) School work must be above average.
24) Do not share your feelings.

25) Always make the family look perfect on the outside.

HOW TO: Be a Theatre Student

1. ATTITUDE

The most common negative quality in Theatre Students is a lack of appreciation. There are so many individuals in this world who feel forced into career paths that have nothing to do with their true passion. We are so lucky to be allowed to follow such a unique dream, and to bring joy to so many audiences. Remember even when completing difficult assessments, or doing back to back late nights, we are working towards something bigger. Being appreciative and passionate is an inspiring quality. Embody this. 

2. TUTORS

We are extremely lucky in my course to be taught by a group of working Professionals, not Lecturers. Although you will spend every day with them, remember they are Professionals who deserve respect. They will be your most valuable resource. Do not waste their time. Ask questions. Drink in all that you can. They will know you better than you know yourself. Theatre Professionals in the Industry do not have time to stop mid-show and explain their decision making. Working with such people is an amazing privilege. Use it. 

3. OBSERVE

As well as observing the Tutors methods, also observe the other students around you. Before screaming about how much potential you have, take time to watch other students succeed and fail. Take from their methods the aspects you want to incorporate into your own practice. Never ignore the potential of those sitting next to you to have incredible ideas. 

4. OPPORTUNITIES

Theatre School will immerse you in an environment of external opportunities. My school offers a variety of non-assessed events that we can volunteer to work on. We are also able to be hired as Venue Technicians for weekend work. I would highly recommend using these as platforms to practice your craft and keep you fresh. This will make you a known face around campus, and give you extra experience your peers may not have. It’s easy to get stuck in the classroom. Remember you are here for live art! 

5. EVERY DAY IS AN INTERVIEW

Every day we are surrounded by current and future industry professionals. Although you should feel safe to make mistakes, know that the way you act now is being constantly monitored and will be remembered. Try to handle stressful situations with grace, and always have an air of professionalism about you. People in theatre are good judges of character. Think quickly, and be respectful.

6. STAGE MANAGERS ARE TIME KEEPERS

You are completing a Stage Management course. A Stage Manager’s first job is to be a time keeper… So meet your goddamn deadlines. Seriously. There is nothing that makes Tutors cringe more than seeing Students getting extension after extension when they are training to be a professional organiser. Your ability to stay on top of work, even that unrelated to productions, is being judged as part of your work ethic. Although sometimes it is overwhelming, remember this time of your life will end and you DO have the ability to complete the work in good time. Write the essay. Read the play. It will get you one step closer to theatre.  

7. TEACHING OTHERS TEACHES YOU

Although Theatre School can sometimes be a competitive atmosphere, it is important to remember that teaching others actually teaches you. I do my best learning when I have to explain concepts or procedures to someone who doesn’t understand them. Although sometimes you want to keep your knowledge close to your chest, be generous with your learning. It will consolidate the knowledge in your mind, and doing favours for others does not go unnoticed.

8. LET OTHERS FAIL

You also need to find your own moral ground on when to stop pulling friends across the line. As with any Degree, at the end of the day you need to all individually be capable enough to walk into a theatre and create a Prompt Copy, or set up a console. Don’t do all the work for people who aren’t interested in learning for themselves. Sometimes it takes a blown system or poor grade or yelling Director to wake a Student up. Ensure your work is always  high quality, but it is not your responsibility to manage any other work load. Do not get walked all over. This education is yours.

9. STOCK UP

Use this time to Stock Up! Create useful templates and file them nicely for you to use once you’re in the Industry. Buy a Stage Management Kit, and begin slowly stocking up throughout your time at University. Invest in the Tools you deem most useful. Buy the Stage Management book you keep reading from the Library. Collect the elements you want to be a part of your professional practice. This is the perfect time to gather resources. Do not waste it.

10. DON’T GIVE UP YOUR LIFE

The best advice I received at the commencement of my First Year was to not give up your personal life for a 9.00AM-6.00PM Monday to Friday course. I was ready to give everything away. I moved out of home to be closer to the city, worked through my weekends, and over the year stopped caring about my friends, family and other interests (including this blog!). Let me tell you, this does not get you ahead in your career. It left me lonely, and vulnerable to toxic relationships that I didn’t need. You need a well balanced life and support system to be good at your job. You need to be healthy and happy to inspire passion in those working for you. My best work of the year was during my November production, once I had realised this the hard way. Make an effort with your friends, stay with your family, have other hobbies that make you happy. Don’t throw your life away just because you got an acceptance letter. If this career is going to sustain your whole life, it needs to fit into your whole life. Theatre is not the only beautiful thing in this world. Just look around. You might surprise yourself. 

Best of luck to the 2017 First Years in all the kickass Theatre Courses around the world. I’m here for every single one of you! 

Ella X

5 Tips for Staying Productive

1. Get ahead on your work. There is always something you can be doing. A great way to stay productive is looking forward a few weeks in your schedule and seeing what’s coming up. This is especially handy when you know you’ll have a few tests in one week. Staying ahead of your work allows you the freedom to focus more on one or two subjects without getting behind in the rest. 

2. Take breaks. Short, frequent breaks can help you stay productive and not get tired as quickly. You don’t want to burn out on your assignment and then rush through the rest of it. Also, it’s a good idea to break up large amounts of reading over a few days, so you don’t have to do it all in one massive tiring chunk. But, it’s important to set a time limit on your breaks. If you leave it open-ended, you may never get back to work. 

3. Work hard all week, relax more on the weekends. Put in the extra hours during the school week, and you’ll be able to have a much more enjoyable weekend. Your friends will probably want to hang out over the weekend more than the school week anyway, so it’s great to actually be able to take a break and do things with them rather than staying home to catch up on all the work you neglected. 

4. Don’t do unnecessary work. Learn what works best for you and tailor your study style to the class. If you know you can make an A in a class without doing the readings, then DON’T DO THE READINGS. It’s important to delegate your time wisely, or you will constantly be stressed and overworked. Be careful though, sometimes this can backfire. Pick and chose your workloads with a lot of consideration. 

5. Be proud of all of your work. If you just look towards a bigger picture goal- such as graduation or getting an A in a class- you will feel much less accomplished throughout the semester, even if you’re doing a lot of work to achieve your goal. Make smaller goals and be proud that you achieve them. Focus on the work that gets you to the accomplishment, not the accomplishment itself. 

Paragraphs on Conceptual Art

By Sol LeWitt 

The editor has written me that he is in favor of avoiding “the notion that  the artist is a kind of ape that has to be explained by the civilized  critic”. This should be good news to both artists and apes. With this assurance I hope to justify his confidence. To use a baseball metaphor (one artist wanted to hit the ball out of the park, another to stay loose at the plate and hit the ball where it was pitched), I am grateful for the opportunity  to strike out for myself.

I will refer to the kind of art in which I am involved as conceptual art. In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work.  When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art. This kind of art is not theoretical or illustrative of theories; it is intuitive, it is involved with all types of mental processes and it is purposeless. It is usually free from the dependence on the skill of the artist as a craftsman. It is the objective of the artist who is concerned with conceptual art to make his work mentally interesting to the spectator, and therefore usually he would want it to become emotionally dry. There is no reason to suppose, however, that the conceptual artist is out to bore the viewer. It is only the expectation of an emotional kick, to which one conditioned to expressionist art is accustomed, that would deter the viewer from perceiving this art.

Conceptual art is not necessarily logical. The logic of a piece or series of pieces is a device that is used at times, only to be ruined. Logic may be used to camouflage the real intent of the artist, to lull the viewer into the belief that he understands the work, or to infer a paradoxical situation  (such as logic vs. illogic). Some ideas are logical in conception and  illogical perceptually. The ideas need not be complex. Most ideas that are successful are ludicrously simple. Successful ideas generally have the appearance of simplicity because they seem inevitable. In terms of ideas the artist is free even to surprise himself. Ideas are discovered by intuition.  What the work of art looks like isn’t too important. It has to look like something if it has physical form. No matter what form it may finally have it must begin with an idea. It is the process of conception and realization with which the artist is concerned. Once given physical reality by the artist the work is open to the perception of al, including the artist. (I use the word perception to mean the apprehension of the sense data, the objective understanding of the idea, and simultaneously a subjective interpretation of both). The work of art can be perceived only after it is completed.

Art that is meant for the sensation of the eye primarily would be called perceptual rather than conceptual. This would include most optical, kinetic, light, and color art.

Since the function of conception and perception are contradictory (one pre-, the other post fact) the artist would mitigate his idea by applying subjective judgment to it. If the artist wishes to explore his idea thoroughly, then arbitrary or chance decisions would be kept to a minimum, while caprice, taste and others whimsies would be eliminated from the making of the art. The work does not necessarily have to be rejected if it does not look well. Sometimes what is initially thought to be awkward will eventually be visually pleasing.

To work with a plan that is preset is one way of avoiding subjectivity. It also obviates the necessity of designing each work in turn. The plan would design the work. Some plans would require millions of variations, and some a limited number, but both are finite. Other plans imply infinity. In each case, however, the artist would select the basic form and rules that would govern the solution of the problem. After that the fewer decisions made in the course of completing the work, the better. This eliminates the arbitrary, the capricious, and the subjective as much as possible. This is the reason for using this method.

When an artist uses a multiple modular method he usually chooses a simple and readily available form. The form itself is of very limited importance; it becomes the grammar for the total work. In fact, it is best that the basic unit be deliberately uninteresting so that it may more easily become an intrinsic part of the entire work. Using complex basic forms only disrupts the unity of the whole. Using a simple form repeatedly narrows the field of the work and concentrates the intensity to the arrangement of the form. This arrangement becomes the end while the form becomes the means.

Conceptual art doesn’t really have much to do with mathematics, philosophy, or nay other mental discipline. The mathematics used by most artists is simple arithmetic or simple number systems. The philosophy of the work is implicit in the work and it is not an illustration of any system of philosophy.

It doesn’t really matter if the viewer understands the concepts of the artist by seeing the art. Once it is out of his hand the artist has no control over the way a viewer will perceive the work. Different people will understand the same thing in a different way.

Recently there has been much written about minimal art, but I have not discovered anyone who admits to doing this kind of thing. There are other art forms around called primary structures, reductive, ejective, cool, and mini-art. No artist I know will own up to any of these either.  Therefore I conclude that it is part of a secret language that art critics use when communicating with each other through the medium of art magazines. Mini-art is best because it reminds one of miniskirts and long-legged girls.  It must refer to very small works of art. This is a very good idea. Perhaps  “mini-art” shows could be sent around the country in matchboxes. Or maybe the mini-artist is a very small person; say less than five feet tall. If so, much good work will be found in the primary schools  (primary school primary structures).

If the artist carries through his idea and makes it into visible form, then all the steps in the process are of importance. The idea itself, even if not made visual, is as much a work of art as any finished product. All intervening steps –scribbles, sketches, drawings, failed works, models, studies, thoughts, conversations– are of interest.  Those that show the thought process of the artist are sometimes more interesting than the final product.

Determining what size a piece should be is difficult. If an idea requires three dimensions then it would seem any size would do. The question would be what size is best. If the thing were made gigantic then the size alone would be impressive and the idea may be lost entirely. Again, if it is too small, it may become inconsequential. The height of the viewer may have some bearing on the work and also the size of the space into which it will be placed. The artist may wish to place objects higher than the eye level of the viewer, or lower. I think the piece must be large enough to give the viewer whatever information he needs to understand the work and placed in such a way that will facilitate this understanding. (Unless the idea is of impediment and requires difficulty of vision or access).

Space can be thought of as the cubic area occupied by a three-dimensional volume. Any volume would occupy space. It is air and cannot be seen. It is the interval between things that can be measured. The intervals and measurements can be important to a work of art. If certain distances are important they will be made obvious in the piece. If space is relatively unimportant it can be regularized and made equal (things placed equal distances apart) to mitigate any interest in interval. Regular space might also become a metric time element, a kind of regular beat or pulse. When the interval is kept regular whatever is irregular gains more importance.

Architecture and three-dimensional art are of completely opposite natures.  The former is concerned with making an area with a specific function. Architecture, whether it is a work of art or not, must be utilitarian or else fail completely. Art is not utilitarian. When three-dimensional art starts to take on some of the characteristics, such as forming utilitarian areas, it weakens its function as art. When the viewer is dwarfed by the larger size of a piece this domination emphasizes the physical and emotive power of the form at the expense of losing the idea of the piece.

New materials are one of the great afflictions of contemporary art. Some artists confuse new materials with new ideas. There is nothing worse than seeing art that wallows in gaudy baubles. By and large most artists who are attracted to these materials are the ones who lack the stringency of mind that would enable them to use the materials well. It takes a good artist to use new materials and make them into a work of art. The danger is, I think, in making the physicality of the materials so important that it becomes the idea of the work (another kind of expressionism).

Three-dimensional art of any kind is a physical fact. The physicality is its most obvious and expressive content. Conceptual art is made to engage the mind of the viewer rather than his eye or emotions. The physicality of a three-dimensional object then becomes a contradiction to its non-emotive intent. Color, surface, texture, and shape only emphasize the physical aspects of the work. Anything that calls attention to and interests the viewer in this physicality is a deterrent to our understanding of the idea and is used as an expressive device. The conceptual artist would want o ameliorate this emphasis on materiality as much as possible or to use it in a paradoxical way (to convert it into an idea). This kind of art, then, should be stated with the greatest economy of means. Any idea that is better stated in two dimensions should not be in three dimensions. Ideas may also be stated with numbers, photographs, or words or any way the artist chooses, the form being unimportant.

These paragraphs are not intended as categorical imperatives, but the ideas stated are as close as possible to my thinking at this time. These ideas are the result of my work as an artist and are subject to change as my experience changes. I have tried to state them with as much clarity as possible. If the statements I make are unclear it may mean the thinking is unclear. Even while writing these ideas there seemed to be obvious inconsistencies (which I have tried to correct, but others will probably slip by). I do not advocate a conceptual form of art for all artists. I have found that it has worked well for me while other ways have not. It is one way of making art; other ways suit other artists. Nor do I think all conceptual art merits the viewer’s attention.  Conceptual art is good only when the idea is good.

SO this has been done so many times, but I figured that everyone has a different way of going ~back to school~ and that this might help some people! So, without further ado… how to prep for your freshman year (of high school)!

STEP ONE: Get your schedule

Everyone’s school has a different way of distributing your schedules. My school and most schools do it online. You’ll have found out how to access your schedule, be it email or Aspen or canvas or something else entirely, at the end of your eighth-grade year. If you don’t know how to access your schedule, don’t worry- try to check in with a friend in an older grade (or an older sibling even) to figure out how to access the website.

Once you have your schedule, set about reading through it. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • does my schedule have all the classes I need to be taking (aka the core five- usually languages, sciences, history, english, and math)?
  • are all my classes at the level I need (standard, honors, advanced/ap)?
  • are all my electives in place? 
  • ext ext

If you don’t have all the classes you need, don’t panic. Many high schools have a day for students to come in (before the school year) and fix their schedules with their guidance counselor. If your particular school doesn’t, take a deep breath. Again, check in with someone older who has done this whole pre-freshman summer at your high school and ask what the standard procedure is. If they don’t know, you can even email your school’s secretary/office and ask what to do. Your school is there to help you, and it’s important to take initiative. 

Once you’ve gotten your schedule, if you can, then it’s onto

STEP TWO: Organize!

I like to write down all of my class details in my bullet journal. This includes teacher’s name, room number, the time, and the color code that I assign, to for class. Then, I write down my schedule, again in my bullet journal. If you don’t use a bujo, then I would recommend writing all this information down in your planner, and printing out your schedule. 

If you don’t have a color code, I would recommend creating some system of distinguishing between your classes. It’ll come in handy for midterms/finals studying, and keeps your life a litte more organized. You’ll be able to find and distinguish between important papers in a much quicker manner than if you didn’t, but everyone has a different system that works for them! 

Speaking of systems- start to give some thought as to how you’d like to organize your school work. Ask yourself:

  • what has worked for me in the past? 
  • do i like binders or file folders more?
  • do i like to take notes by hand or by typing?
  • ext ext 

STEP THREE: Back to school shopping

The studyblr favorite!

I wouldn’t personally recommend purchasing binders, composition notebooks, dividers or folders before going back to school. Each teacher and class have different requirements, and there’s no sense in buying more file folders or binders than you need. I do like to go in and purchase pens, pencils, paper, sticky notes, ext., and at the beginning of my high school career, I purchased two 2″ binders to contain my work from past units so I wasn’t lugging all my papers around at all times.

Questions you should ask yourself while shopping usually run along the lines of:

  • am I buying this because I’ll need it, or because I’ll want it?
  • how long will this last?
  • how will i use this?
  • do i have space for this in my backpack?

A general list of items you should probably get (if and only if you don’t have them yet) are:

  • mechanical pencils
  • a pack of sticky notes
  • a pack of index cards
  • page flags
  • white-out
  • loose-leaf lined paper 
  • loose-leaf graph paper (SUPER useful in math)
  • 2 binders for old papers (useful for looking back on and studying)
  • a planner or notebook for bullet journaling 
  • red, blue and black pens of HIGH quality
  • sharpies for projects
  • glue, scissors, that sort of thing
  • highlighters 
  • erasers 
  • A WATER BOTTLE (this is SO important to have)
  • a backpack and lunchbox (but think SUPER hard about if you need new ones here like SUPER DUPER hard)
  • and a pencil case that is durable 

STEP FOUR: Relax (and do your summer hw if you haven’t yet)

Hopefully, you’ve done your summer homework. If not, then get your butt working on it. Make sure it’s completed well because it’ll often be the first grade you receive in your first term. Make a good first impression!!

Then, relax. Back your backpack for your first day of school, spend some time with friends, buy new clothing, go to the beach… treat yourself and try to keep the stress levels low. 

STEP FIVE: Go to your first day

The night before, make sure to get to bed early. In the morning, make sure you’ve eaten something nice and filling, and double-check that you have your water bottle. Not even messing around here, you do NOT want to be dehydrated on your first day of high school! 

Walk in that building, and remember that every kid there is feeling just as nervous and new as you are. You’re going to do great!

STEP SIX: Compile your syllabi, mark important dates, get binders

When you get a chance, usually after your first week of school is done, try to go through your syllabi, mark down important test dates in your planner or on your calendar, and figure out what each teacher expects from you. Look at what you need for each class (a binder, a notebook, your laptop…) and get it! Don’t be afraid to tailor the requirements to your needs, either. If the teacher provides note sheets, but you’d rather follow the note sheet along on a separate sheet of paper, you do that! 

Remember that this process is about you, and helping you learn the most and the best that you can. Take your time, and try to enjoy your first year of high school! It’ll go by pretty darn fast :).

Worry

have i mentioned i cant title things for shit?

Originally posted by sneezes

Pairing: Vernon x Fem!Reader
Genre: little bit of everything??
Warnings: Swearing, arguing a lil, bad self care, idk. an argument bc s/o is taking terrible care of herself (I accidentally wrote it not gender neutral and im too tired to fix it atm but if you want a male/gender neutral version tell me and i’d be happy to fix this sfjksl 

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anonymous asked:

#19 with Baekhyun please? And maybe he ends up using you as a decoy date cause his ditched him? Idk anything you're comfortable with!

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#19. “Could I sit here? All the other tables are full”

➸ a/n: godddddddd, okay so i must apologize in advance if this is a giant mess! It has been a day, and i imagined this going better but i can’t find a way to make this less lame. i still hope u like this lovely, thanks so much for the request and i hope it’s not as bad as i feel it is right now.

Baekhyun doesn’t like to go on dates–mostly first dates, but yeah, dates in general are just not his thing.

Because he was the type to talk quite a lot even when he wasn’t nervous, Baekhyun more often than not ended up talking way too much and sometimes that did not sit well with his dates. To top it off, his nerves made him terribly clumsy, and almost ninety percent of the time he either dropped or spilled something on himself or his date.  

So yeah, Baekhyun doesn’t do dates.

There are rare occurrences though, where he does give the dating scene a chance.

Which of course brings him to this current rare occasion, the one which involves him being ass face drunk the previous weekend, causing him to make promises he was now forced to commit to.

It had been a long week at work, and Chanyeol had been pestering him the entirety of it.

Apparently, a friend and coworker of his had seen them a week prior when Baekhyun had picked Chanyeol up for their weekly lunch, and had offhandedly complemented Baekhyun’s ‘handsome’ appearance.

This had delighted Chanyeol to no end, and he’d taken it upon himself to set both of them up.

The thing about Chanyeol was that somewhere along the line, he had secretly not so secretly appointed himself as ‘The Cupid’ amongst their group of friends–how lucky for Baekhyun that he was currently the only one who was single.

Hence, Chanyeol’s utter delight.

So of course when they’d all gone out for drinks that weekend, Chanyeol made sure to pester Baekhyun further onto agreeing to going on a date with this girl whose name was slipping his mind.

That couldn’t be a good sign, he thought. He was already starting on a bad foot.

Still, Baekhyun had been much too drunk that night to carry on evading his friend’s pleas of getting him to go on this date–so when a very drunk and flushed Chanyeol draped a heavy arm over his shoulder and slurred into his ear, “Baekhyun, you’re my best friend and I just want you to be happy. Take a chance man, one date, you don’t have to marry her”, Baekhyun went a little soft and he figured he’d say yes.

He had secretly hoped Chanyeol would get so wasted, he’d forget about the whole thing.

Spoilers, Chanyeol did not forget.

Which is why Baekhyun is now nervously walking towards his favorite coffee shop, a whole thirty minutes earlier than the time he and Chanyeol had agreed upon.

Blowing out a puff of air, he straightens his back, squares his shoulders and mentally tells himself, you can do this!

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anonymous asked:

Hi. I see you have great posts so I just want to ask for your opinions on students working part time? Especially for those whose families are financially able. Should they spend time on part time jobs? Or just focus on school and ace everything school-related? Thanks!

I’m a full time college student with two part time jobs. Its a huge struggle sometimes, but honestly if you can handle working and school at the same time, fuckin go for it because there’s nothing wrong with earning some bank while you’re in school. Job experience looks great on applications and resumes, and shows that you’re well-rounded.

I will say it does depend on how intense your school schedule is. I have 12 hour days at school sometimes, so I only work weekends and some evenings during the week, when I don’t have class. If your GPA is slipping because you’re working too much, cut your hours down or quit your job for either something more flexible, or to focus on your studies.

Some tips if you are gonna work during school:

1. Have one day a week to yourself (no school, short shift/no shift at work). Trust me, you’ll need it.

2. As soon as you get your syllabus and lecture schedule, request off of work for the day before each exam/major assignment due in advance.

3. If your job does not have flexible hours that allow you to study/go to school, quit. There are better jobs out there.

4. School always comes before work.

5. If your job allows, find time to study during downtime or hours where it isn’t so busy. Otherwise, review your notes during your breaks or lunch hour.

6. A lot of colleges actually have student employment programs where you can work on campus during long gaps between classes. Some of these jobs may even let you study if it isn’t too busy, so ask your financial aid office if they have anything like that. Applying for federal work study is also a good idea if you have long gaps between classes.

Remember that your education is more important than working part time at some shitty department store. However, if you can balance your grades with work without killing yourself, go for it!

chaos-online  asked:

I saw on a post of yours earlier, you mentioned being an archeologist. I've always thought about getting into archeology as a career, but I don't much about it. I don't know what the work is like or how it pays. May I ask you a few questions about it? What kind of jobs are there? What kind of degree do you need to get an archeology job? How easy is it to get one. As an archeologist, what do you do? How easy is it to find work in the field? Thanks so much for everything you do, I love your blog!

My answers are going to be in the context of the United States because that is where I am and what I am familiar with. This may vary depending on other countries.

What kind of jobs are there?

There are primarily two kinds of jobs for archaeology: commercial and academic. Commercial archaeology primarily consists of Cultural Resource Management (CRM). CRM is when companies go in to assess the archaeological and historical significance of a construction or work area before construction or work can begin. These kinds of projects are normally done for state and federal projects or commercial projects that involve the state or federal government. Most of the work consists of surveying, digging test pits, and doing limited salvage work before construction/work begins. If the survey, test pits, and salvage work uncover something truly important and significant, the construction/work project has to work around the designated area. This could mean reducing a highway, moving the location of a building, and not putting up an oil well.

Academic archaeology focuses on research, but you must be affiliated with a university, museum, historic park, etc. While academic archaeology may focus on research, often you must do other things like teach classes, design and set up exhibits, write reports to the government, etc. For academic archaeology you do much less field work. If you become a professor your time is split into thirds. One third is teaching and all its trappings, one third is grant writing, and one third is field work including excavation and lab analysis. Somehow you have to fit in writing articles for high impact journals, book chapters, or entire books to ensure that you can get tenure or just hold onto your position.

What kind of degree do you need to get an archeology job?

If you do just CRM all you need is a Bachelor’s. But you will be restricted to seasonal and part time work forcing you to move around the country chasing jobs to pay off your bills and student loans. You can move up to being a crew chief in which you oversee teams of people in CRM, but you need a Master’s. If you get a PhD you can become a Private Investigator (PI) for a CRM company. You may be able to publish some of your work, but you also handle working with companies to meet their needs and requirements for archaeological work in accordance with the law.

For academic archaeology you need a PhD. You cannot really do anything else without it.

How easy is it to get one?

A BA is easy, usually four years. A Master’s takes work and can be as little as two years to more. A PhD takes a lot more work and you are looking at 4+ years.

As an archeologist, what do you do?

I’m pursuing the academic route. So what I do is design research questions to answer using data collected from the field. This can be my own data or I can do a secondary data analysis on data collected by others. 

Typical work consists of finding a site, mapping the site, placing test pits for potential excavation units, digging said excavation units, carefully documenting soil levels, soil changes, and the presence of artifacts within the unit, analyzing recovered material, and publishing a paper on your findings. The same hold true for CRM, though there may be less lab work and publishing depending on the project budget.

How easy is it to find work in the field?

For CRM it can vary. Sometimes years are booming and CRM companies are in desperate need of field workers. Other years it seems as though the only jobs available are those that require a MA or above. On top of that you have to scramble around for work. A couple months in Nevada, two weeks in Texas, three months in Tennessee, two months of no work, three works in Utah, etc. It is not a field with regular work opportunities.

The academic route is … depressing. Even if you go through all the hurdles and get your PhD there is a slim chance of finding a university position and an even slimmer chance that the position you get pays well and is a tenure track position. I don’t like to think about it.

This is the reality of archaeological work. It is bleak, depressing, and sad. As important as some of the work is and as interesting as some findings can be, there never seems to be enough public support to help drive and fund more archaeological work. If you want to get into archaeology you have to want to do it more than anything else. You have to be at peace that you’ll have a massive amount of student debt. That you’ll be poor for 10+ years after high school while you try and get a PhD. That you may be left behind while everyone else is buying a house, starting a family, and living life. 

As bleak as that sounds, the pure thrill of finding something, of doing an analysis that answers a question, the excitement of learning something new about humanity and its past, the light that flares up in someone else’s eyes as they learn something new and get excited about it makes all of that bleakness melt away. At least, it does for me. And that’s why I chose this path and why I started this blog.

anonymous asked:

"Well me? I fall in love with you everyday day." with Monoma or Kirishima?

I picked Kirishima, he’s just easier to write than Monoma for me


The two of you were having a rare lazy day; Eijirou had overworked himself the last few days, and you’d threatened to withhold any affection if he didn’t take the weekend off to recover. 

“But babe–”

You’d crossed your arms and looked at him sternly. “No buts. I’ll spend the weekend with Shouto and you know I will.” When he nodded, giving up poutily, you’d let your gaze soften and run your hand through his hair. “I don’t like it when you work yourself to death like this.”

He’d positively melted into your touch. “I know. But I can handle it.”

You disagreed, but had let the argument die there. Now you were here, cuddled together on the couch and eating crappy takeout, like you used to do in high school. 

“Thank you,” you said suddenly. He looked at you in confusion, slurping a mouthful of noodles. “For taking the weekend off. I know you don’t like missing work.”

He shook his head. “It’s nice. You’re more important than work. Sometimes I forget that.”

“Your health is more important than work,” you corrected. But you didn’t deny that you’d missed him; he’d been working so much lately that you never saw each other.

“You’re adorable.” He leaned over and nuzzled his face into the crook of your neck affectionately. “Have I ever told you that? Most people fall in love once but me? I fall in love with you every single day.”

You giggled. “Even when I’m overprotective and overbearing?”

“Especially then, obviously.”

why are antis so obsessed with pedophilia though

like, i’m a csa survivor. i work as a therapist/social worker, with lots of other survivors. i made it my life to help the victims so they would have the support i didn’t have

i have to deal with some awful stuff sometimes daily but i am still not hyperfixated on it like antis are. i have to detach from my work at some point or i will fall apart. my work is literally triggering but i do it because it is important to me.

i have to wonder and worry what goes on in their home lives for them to seem to have no other outlet for their lack of control and cruelty cravings than to obsess over hypothetical harm and fictional things?

please by all means! stay in school and work hard and you can do what i do, if you want to help make the world easier for victims. help directly if you can. we need more therapist and more social workers. you can do so much good for people

crusading against randos online (who often survivors themself) and constantly accusing anyone who dares disagree on anything isn’t how you can make a positive difference for the us