Some Madness Required

This is a text heavy post, but it has multiple photos! Feel free to skip over the text. I know nobody besides my family really cares about what's going on in my life, but whatcha gonna do? The story laid out below simply serves as the context for all of the images. 

The last few days have been rather hectic. On Thursday, my first class was normal. Then I went to my second class, Yiddish in Theatre and Film, a history class. It was the final day of lecture, which meant it was time for our final project. There are only 9 people that are actually in the class, so instead of writing a big final paper, the class did a joint project at the insistence of our professor. He wanted us to do a Yiddish dance, so we came up with the choreography on Tuesday and then performed it on Friday. Our professor participated in the dance as well. The best part is that I think that ends up coming out to about 40% of our grade. So you know, there's that. Immediately after that, I headed over to rehearse for a scene that I was performing the next day. My scene partner was 30 minutes late, but whatever. We rehearsed for a bit and then I believe I headed over to the Campanile to do some portraits for a friend friend with the carillon. 

Fun side note about the portraits: This is the first time I've had the opportunity to really test out my new LED light panel and it works really well. Perhaps I'll do a review of it soon, but I just want to say that it's super helpful.

On we go. Friday morning, I left my place around 9:00 to head to class. It was fine and at the end, my professor said that she might put me on a Room 7 show in the Fall. After that, I went to my section where I was supposed to have a presentation but we ran out of time so I didn't have to go (hooray!). Then I went to rehearse my scene a final time, popped home for less than an hour to grab some equipment for later, and then went to my next class really early to get everything set up for the scene. The scene went fine, and immediately after class ended, I went to the next building over to run tech for a friend's a capella group. I shot this on the way home from that because I was also filming the show so I had my camera with me.

The next day, it was time for me to do photography for the 7th Annual Queer and Asian Conference at the request of a friend. I was there from 9:15 in the morning until 5:00 at which point I left to go do tech for the second night of the a capella show which ran until around 9:45. I stopped at home very briefly to drop off my gear and then I headed out to meet some people to see The Amazing Spiderman 2 at 10:30. It was pretty good. Much like the first film of the reboot, it was better than the previous Spiderman trilogy. Then I was offered the option of free food, so I naturally opted for that road which resulted in me staying up all night and re-watching Black Dynamite. I finally went to sleep on a couch at around 7:30am, and woke up at 11:45.

Lunch Line at QACON

At that point, I ate more free food, and then went home briefly to wash my face before I headed back to the Campanile to listen to my friend's final recital and then go check out the very tippity top of the tower. For whatever reason, I thought it would be super smart to run up the equivalent of ~20 stories of stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. On the plus side, we were exactly as fast as the elevator, on the down side, I very nearly fainted which was a new thing for me. Sleep before heavy physical exertion, kids. At least the top was worth it. If you ever happen to be up there after an end of semester recital and you see a ticket stub for The Amazing Spiderman 2, it's mine. 

Tip top of the Campanile

I got home around 5:30, finally thinking it was over. I cleaned up my place that had become a hideous mess over the last month of not being home much, I ate, and I sat down to do my take home final. After completing that, I started last night's episode of Game of Thrones (S04E05 for those in the future). I only got halfway through when I heard a knock on my door. From there, it turned into YouTube viewing, a video chat, and an unannounced free pizza delivery. At 3am, I finally laid down to sleep. 

Thus ends my tale. But before I depart, I shall leave you with a parting gift. It is fun, much like that other song by the same band that I put on my previous blog post. 

Sunsets Suck

I'm cheating today. Many of you have already seen this photo because I've posted it on my Facebook photography page, it's my main page cover photo, and I even posted it on my website back in September, but I'm quite a big fan of it so I hope nobody minds me sharing it. It's also not in the store so I suppose I can change that. I'm also working on the new email subscription thing, so I need daily posts for a bit to get that whole thing figured out and working properly. So uh, enjoy. 

Venice. Which is in Italy. Which is in Europe. Which I guess also has sunsets. 

I also have this video that I made and uploaded a while ago. It was for a contest but I never submitted it because I was kind of dissatisfied with it. I just watched through it again and felt very self-conscious because of my very poorly executed use of the After Effects warp stabilizer. Whenever I see other people so obviously using it, I harshly judge them, yet here I am doing the same. So anyway, watch this video and feel free to harshly judge me for my poor attempt at making my absurdly shaky video slightly better.   

Winter Isn't Coming

I was camping for the last few days up in Northern California at Mattole Beach, the North trailhead of the Lost Coast trail. I was finally able to get a picture of the Milky Way that actually sort of turned out, but I'm still working on getting it to look presentable, so tonight, I present to you a standard picture of a setting sun over the ocean. 

I do quite like sunsets

And for bonus points, a GIF of some waves or something, I don't know.


I took this at sunset from Alexandra Palace on one of my first days in London. I'm pretty certain I've shared this before, but I don't think anyone has seen it in two years, so I'll share it again because it's pretty.  

Also, I saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug last night. It was cool, but if you don't like having fun at a movie, I wouldn't recommend it. There was also a teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar which is coming out next November. The trailer really, really excited me because it looked like the movie might depict humanity's transition to interstellar spaceflight, which is something that I've always wanted to see in a film. I mean, sci-fi movies usually show a distant future in which we've already been flying around in space for a while. 

From the International House Balcony

So I work here. In the International House I mean. The view from the Home Room balcony is pretty good, if you like beautiful sunsets, a bay view, and the Golden Gate bridge. If you don't like any of those things, I'm truly sorry. Also, what planet are you from? I apologize for the quality. It's not that great but whatcha going to do, it's a smartphone.

This was the day I made $36 setting up a single projector