Of light and fire

I’m sitting at university right now. I don’t think I am looking forward to today’s class. Well, I haven’t been looking forward to it all week, but it’s the last lesson I have before a short break. During this “study” break I have to meet up with my group for one of my subjects and we have to do some planning. We’re planning a Melbourne Cup event for the Riding for the Disabled organisation we’re volunteering in. I think it’s going to be really fun. We are going to be far too busy to completely run it, but to organise the whole thing will be great.

I haven’t been looking forward to today’s class because, again, it’s that whole thing with not knowing how to use the photo studio and stuff, that I mentioned in an earlier post. I haven’t gone very far in my assignment but I don’t know why we’re getting so much time to do it either. We get the study break and we’ve got four weeks outside of that, to take about eight photos, and print them all. I don’t think it’s that difficult, and this is coming from someone who hasn’t really started. I think it’s because the thing I’m photographing is simple for me.

Our concept is “The Double” and though I spent some time contemplating what I would be doing to represent this concept, one of my tutors was lovely enough to give me an idea. I wanted to work with my drawings/scribbles… which some of you may know that I do. I used to put them on meladori.info before I moved my domains around, and DeviantArt before I deleted my account. They’re basically pencil doodles which are a result of my stream of consciousness. I tend to fill up a whole page of graph paper in ten minutes. I decided to make a copy of one – hard as it is to replicate something spontaneous – and take a photo of the two of them side by side.

My tutors liked the idea. I guess I just have to photograph them. I have a photo on Twitpic but it’s bad quality; I’ll upload another one soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

On that subject, James and I kept bidding on cameras on eBay and finally we won an auction. I was looking at the time left while I was in class and quickly outbid the person before us. No one bid again before the listing ended so woo, the camera is mine. ๐Ÿ˜„ It’s a Canon 1000D and comes with a tripod and lots of other equipment. I am excited. ๐Ÿ˜

My first day of work was really good! I was only there for four hours but I learned some new things as well that I should be applying to my designs. I didn’t know how to use CSS sprites before (or rather, didn’t quite bother), and now I realise it isn’t that hard. I got an idea of how things go on at the workplace, and I even have a work email address too now.

Yesterday I also managed to get rid of some of the stuff building up in my room – sent some parcels, dumped some CDs and so on. I wanted to get cash for selling my CDs but I only got credit for the store that I had to use straight away. I was in a rush to go to work so I just picked up three random CDs (The Beatles, Funeral For A Friend and New Found Glory). Ah well, CDs for CDs, not too bad. I don’t have those albums even in digital form, so I guess that was alright. I’m planning to get rid of a lot of my old children’s books – but I’m keeping my favourites of course. ๐Ÿ˜†

Last week I forgot to mention that we had a fire drill at university. It was so weird. I was in photography class and we were in the middle of discussing the photographers we’d studied that week. Bryden was in the middle of saying, “Er… I made a mistake…” as the alarm went off. We all started laughing because the alarm and the voiceover (“Please stand by and await further instructions”) was interrupting him as he tried to explain. Our teacher said, “This is your punishment Bryden!” ๐Ÿ˜†

We ended up going outside and continuing class discussions in the courtyard and on the pedestrian bridge. We were out there a while trying to talk over all the commotion. A very interesting class, haha.

After a while a representative said, “The exercise is over, thank you for your cooperation. We cleared the building in 30 minutes”. We were all thinking – half an hour – that can’t be good…

Oh! And my mum finally gave me a new light bulb for my nightlight. I’ve been sleeping in the dark for months, and I’m scared of the dark. ๐Ÿ˜ถ Though the new light bulb is really bright to me. Or maybe I’m getting used to sleeping in the dark? Could be a good thing. โ˜บ๏ธ

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