Monthly Archives: July 2008


I’ve seen a lot of egos and attitudes grow and prosper during my seven quarters at PC.  I was just reading at article about Creative Circus and how nice everyone is there.  Though I wonder if that’s really true or just good PR,  I really can’t say I percieve the same thing at PC.  Yes, competition is healthy, but good sportsmanship is also needed.

And yes, I do know some really great people there with admirable minds and personalities…but you know there are always some thorns that give an unpleasant vibe.  Just a thought that’s been building in my mind lately…

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Chi Wow Her

What a great start to the  week, and then what an awful turn it took midway through.  It’s so hard when crap happens outside of school life.  Present and smile like nothing happens at all, eat up criticism like it’s candy.  Save the scowls and deathly expressions for later in the quarter, when they are expected and needed for “real” reasons.  Would an instructor consider it a personal tragedy that a little furry animal friend has died?  Not a good enough excuse, though my boss would take it.  She took a whole day off form work when it happened to her.  But this isn’t a job with real people.  This is a crazy, insane factory.

Well, despite that incident, this quarter is still going well.  After hearing from some grads, I should enjoy this time while I can, a wild ride awaits me this fall. And to leave on a lighter note, here’s some great copy found in the advertising world:

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A Pre-Bauhaus Gift

I notice a lot of people have been coming to this blog to look for info Pre-Bauhaus Europe.  I don’t know who you are, but I know the feeling of not being able to find much on it…I’ve been meaning to get my paper on the subject from 4th quarter Sustainable Concepts uploaded here, so finally, here you go.  Use what you like from it, just credit the authors noted in the back.



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Long Weekend, new Quarter

Seventh Quarter has started, but not quite in full gear yet.  I had two of my classes cancelled last week, so I can’t give the full outlook yet.  However, I am optimistic that it will be better than 6th quarter.  What an awful, awful quarter!  I’m still reeling from it and trying to regain my confidence.  I won’t go into details on the public world wide web, but I will say that Portfolio Center encourages taking risks.  It also says not to fear mistakes.  Well, I took a few simple risks, ended up with some big mistakes, and ended up scared, in a huge mess, and some nasty health ailments

Since this is my last quarter of classes, I’m hoping I’ll have a breakthrough and catch up on some areas where Media Architecture pulled me away.  I was able to catch up on some idle time this weekend, a lovely 4th of July…I haven’t had an idle Saturday since March!  April and the first part of June provided non stop stress, and during break I was constantly travelling…Saturday 1, arriving in Milan and seeing as much as possible including a way to get from the airport to the hotel on a miniscule budget, Saturday 2, going from Rome to Calabria, Saturday 3, from Calabria to Rome.  This weekend?  A visit to PDK airport, viewing of Grindhouse, and family gathering.  Quiet downtime before the chaos starts all over.

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I’m back, after a remarkable 2 1/2 weeks…

It wasn’t easy ato come back to the land of homework hell and criticism after all the cafes, relaxed strolls, and meeting of family…if fact, it makes me want to choose carefully the lifestyle I head into next.  There is much more to life than just working  Contentment and success comes in all forms and the stress of a non stop high profile job is not the answer for all.

So yes, I finally made it to Milan…after a night in Virginia, and a day at JFK.  We didn’t get in to Italy until Saturday afternoon, in fact.  But the days afterward make up for those delays….Milan, Lugano (Switzerland), Torina, Genova, Rome, and the region of Calabria.

Those are all posts or talks over coffee that will have to wait – I’m far too tired to write about those adventures.  While the 11 hour flight was not much fun, it was the 2 hours going through customs hell  in Atlanta that diminished my level of energy completely.  I did make it back for my 1pm class today, only to have the instructor not show up.  But that was ok – instead I had a relaxed lunch with a few classmates and did nothing but catch up and drink margaritas.  I never had a chance for that last quarter, and I was quite miserable with the isolation it created.  It’s good to know the fears and worries that I have are shared by fellow 7th quarters as well.  Well, I’m not wishing them to feel this way, it was just nice to vent together.

Anyway, I am tired and have the opportunity to sleep, so I will take it.

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