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Apparently it's been 3 years since I wrote. What happened? Where are you now? I've been making book covers for romance novels, you'll find a bunch of them on Amazon kindle. Don't read them though, they are filthy. Just look at the cover. Actually, don't look at the covers either, they are filthy. I've been busy. 

I bought a mini quadcopter, they are awesome. If any new pilot is planning on dropping like $200 on a drone, I would recommend first dropping $30 on a mini one which is amazingly good at crashing. I mean, I'm getting better at flying (still nose-out flying, I usually crash nose-in) but crashing is to be expected when you fly a copter indoors. It's a bit loud for an indoor toy, but it's like a flying vacuum cleaner in the sense that it scares the shit out of the cats. I wouldn't recommend flying a full size drone indoors, I can imagine that would proceed badly for everyone involved. You can even build your own or fly POV if you have the setup for it. One thing, buy spare propellers AND extra batteries. The battery lasts for an appalling 5-10 minutes but you can charge up 5 at once and fly long enough to maybe get bored. 

I built a green screen studio in my friend's apartment using bristol board, tape, ten thousand cheap ass desk lamps, tape, tape and adhesive strips. Yes, the tape is visible more than the rest of the the screen, can't really avoid that. But if you tweak the chroma key settings, push the screen white balance a bit farther, I found you can hide the tape almost entirely. So, green screens on the cheap DO WORK in case anyone was wondering. I would prefer a nice muslin screen but I'm not about to buy one. 

Photoshop CC is cool, but I feel very cramped for some reason. I think the text is bigger or something, the tools make me feel claustrophobic. I press TAB alot.
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So here I will list all the crap I intended to do over the past month and in the next little while, because I need to organise my thoughts a bit. People sometimes wonder how i get all these random ass jobs, but I don't really know. THAT IS JUST HOW ERRATIC MY LIFE IS.

-30"x24" Batman poster, the render is done i just need to colourise it and draw Batman in properly.
-Still Born's "Let's Go To Jail" album cover
-Rig the Locust model for animation
-"Broken guitar" tattoo
-A cool design for the name "Rich" (will be lasered onto a stein)

Now we'll see how well I did in another 6 months or so. By then, if all of these things aren't done, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING AARON. STOP BEING LAZY. DAMN IT.

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Some new photoshop painting probably coming up soon, I am so very slow at everything.

Watch out for signs of zombie apocalypse, I have been gathering an army of giant bugs to help out and digging a bunker out in the countryside.

To team up you must show zero signs of infection and share all of your resources.

That is all.
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Here I make a new entry. Maybe one day I'll look back on all these entries, and realise what an idiot I am.

I am still a teacher. Not much new there other than I shouldn't let myself be late for work any more :facepalm:

I have fallen back into my old ways. I rarely see friends any more, so much that I'm not sure if I still really do have any. It's all my own doing, of course. I don't really know how to invite myself into other people's schedules, not really sure how everyone else does these things.

My grandma is 93 years old and she is finally starting to go off her nut, so my mom is visiting her in England. I remember every time we went for a walk with her, I would have to take 2 steps for every one step she took. She is built like a damn racehorse. She would walk up ahead and then have to stop and wait for us. She's a tough old battleaxe, that one.

I love working on the art projects that I do manage to find, but it's damn impossible to make any real money doing it this way. Those poor saps at OSAP will soon have me drawn and quartered. I think they send letters on different coloured paper to let you know how much trouble you are really in. But I guess I'm off to bed, I'm going to choose a new project to work on. I was thinking about drawing up a tattoo to scar myself with. I'm 29 this year and I need to like myself again. Another possible project coming up is this portrait of someone's kids. People generally want to see nice things instead of the cool things I normally enjoy working on. The lady I painted that dog for cried when she saw it, I needed to escape the room and then come back later when she had settled down a bit!

I hope all of you are doing okay out there.
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Looks like I havent written a journal entry for like 5 months. The sad part is, nothing is really all that different for me. I am a teacher again, unfortunately. I have updated www.ak2k.com, it is a brand new site from top to bottom. Well, the artwork you may recognise but i have revamped the whole thing. Yay javascript.
Anyways check out ak2k.com if you have time, let me know if it sucks or something. Cheers.
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well after so long of looking, i finally have some real work. not weak ass freelance web work either, now i'm making websites in an office. whats really cool about it is one of my former classmates recommended me to them and she's working in the same building, which is pretty badass. the only reason i'm there is because someone demanded more money for their work and when they didn't get it they went on a rampage and deleted everything. needless to say, they got fired after that. but apparently i've accomplished in 2 days what the other person had accomplished in 2 weeks, so i'm hoping this company is going to want to keep me around for a little while at least. it seems to be piece work for the moment, but maybe i can get salary if i keep at it.
if anyone else is looking for work, remember to always tell everyone you know that you're looking! even if i was just at the bar i would be throwing business cards to everyone, its easier to get work through people you know rather than sending out billions of resumes every day. it's too easy for someone to ignore an email.
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and by that, i mean speculative work, i.e. "If you design this for me, I'll pay you if I like it."
i just thought i'd spread some word about how much people are willing take advantage of artists and designers. "I can't pay you for this, but it would be a great piece for your portfolio." Would you go to a tattoo parlour and ask for a free tattoo to add to their portfolio? their entire portfolio is full of paying customers already! any artist should not have to put time and resources into something without a guarantee of getting paid. the client makes a decision and accepts the risks involved. you don't tell a mechanic that you can only pay $50, you pay the $250 because THATS HOW MUCH IT COSTS. why should someone take away hours of your time and get something for nothing? they are asking for professional grade work for free. it just ticks me off, theres a little man in my head running around punching walls. you worked hard to learn the things you know, now get paid for it! and always, always write up a contract.
its something that happens every single day, and it will continue to happen as long as artists keep feeding the trolls!
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I can't believe that the last time i updated this was september of last year.
Well I quit my job a month ago and so far i have been able to support myself with freelancing. For the most part, websites with html, css, flash and a dash of php. Seems that everyone and their mothers want a website. Whatever works, thats what i say but i dont even like making websites. At least now i have time to work on my demo reel and possibly get a real job. I was a teacher for over a year and my students were pretty upset when I left, I do feel bad about that but seriously now. Repetition is not really my thing and I can't rehash another year of the same courses. At least websites are always something new, it is always interesting to see what people have to throw onto the internet haystack. If you want your website to be successful you have to tell people about it and market it constantly! No one will know it is there otherwise...
I will have new models to show soon, my next demo reel needs to be good if it is going to take this long. I haven't updated it since college (www.ak2k.com) and I was disappointed with that one. It was never what it should have been, this time I can do what needs to be done. I have solidified what I learned at humber and I have been learning since. so once again, if anyone wants to pitch in on my reel to add to their own reel, or wants a partner to help with their demo reel who will actually do work, let me know.
and of course, if you need a website or know anyone who does, let me know. although i'm sure you guys out there on dA may be able to make your own websites.
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You get out of the shower and you use your towel to dry off. You continue to get drier, and drier, until you are way, way too dry. You can't stop getting dry. Soon the towel has removed all moisture from your body. Even in your weakened state, it is easy to drag your dehydrated husk of a self across the bathroom floor and out into the hallway. You reach a phone to call for help but your fingers break off on the phone, explode into dust and drift to the floor. The telephone soon costs you both of your hands and without them to help you support yourself, you fall to the floor and shatter. You're dead. DEAD!
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Usually when i can't figure something out, one of the first things i will try is looking it up on the internet. Whenever you have a particular problem, chances are a million other people have had the exact same problem as you and fifty thousand of them have either posted a video, written an article or had a forum conversation about it. i tried but i couldn't really find anything useful. so here i present this situation to you guys:
if you're an artist, people around you eventually come to understand that you are an artist. they'll see your drawings and maybe once in a while someone asks you to draw them something. i don't mind this at all, i enjoy having little side projects going. but when i go to give them their shiny new drawing, i haven't been able to bring myself to give them the original.
part of me feels kind of bad, handing someone a shitty photocopy or a printout, while i keep the original work. but i can't really bring myself to tear the page out of my sketchbook.
so, when you are creating something thoughtful for someone or doing it as a favour, are you supposed to give someone the original pencil work? it seems like it would be more of a personal thing if i were to give you the original copy.
i feel like this is the kind of thing i was supposed to learn in school, but im too stupid to remember.
well back to work. i hope you are all doing okay out there.
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my website is up again, and for those of you who have had to sit through the painful experience of waiting for my website to load, it shouldnt take as long any more. it was loading a large file (my demo reel) whether you were watching it or not. so now the main menu is a separate page from the demo reel page. check it out, tell me if it broken. (www.ak2k.com/)
(try clicking on the claymation dude)
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I'm updating this now.
Still working as a teacher at an academic upgrading centre in brampton. I make lunch for myself every night and get up at 5.30 in the morning every day of the week. I have a report on one student which needs to be done by tomorrow, but i already wrote one today so i'm highly unconcerned about the next one. i was told it needs to be done "tomorrow" so i'm sure tomorrow at quitting time is fine. they didn't say WHEN tomorrow...
i want to draw  and make some new stuff but looking at the empty paper just makes me want to wreck it and break pencils. i want to bang out a new demo reel, you know, not give up on the initial goal and keep trying for that job. what i have in mind for it sounds like it would be a much better reel than what i have now, but making it just seems damn near impossible at this point. i have everything i need but time.
the only time i really have for myself is friday, where i go hang out with a few friends after work. i dont hang out with very many people (you already knew that) and fun friday is usually a toss-up. sometimes i'm comfortable and i have fun, but sometimes i just feel tense and unable to really say anything worthwhile, and sometimes friday is just some stupid shit that happens.
the more people you see every day, the more of their problems you can see, their routines and basically kind of what their lives are like. at the same times of day, you see the same people on the bus, you see the same people waiting in line at the tim hortons first thing in the morning, you see the same people struggling to make it to class every day, the same people in the elevator. every time you see them it puts a little piece into this little story of their lives that you've made. maybe they look tired today, or sad, or hurried, or nervous, or distracted  by something. i find their stories are not all that different from mine. they're in the same places everyday at the same time, just like i am. but even as i use these stories to give the best advice i can to these people when they ask for it, it makes me realize how little i really know about myself. I still dont know how to have a normal conversation. i dont know how to make friends, they just seem to happen. i don't know how to talk to a girl that i'm interested in (who has standards) without shitting bricks.
since i became an instructor, when i open my mouth and say something, people actually listen and take my opinion seriously. this is hard for me to handle because no one has ever really done that before. i dont think anyone should listen to me, i barely even trust myself.
anyways, these were my words in their raw form, sans censorship. usually when i think of something to say, it goes through a STUPID/NOT STUPID filter, and alot of stuff (no, not all of it) gets sent to the STUPID trash. since that filter isn't in the way right now, i'm sure nothing i just said made any sense at all.
i typed alot. i'm sorry if you have read this far.
later.
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I know you all have been extremely upset that my website has been down. it should be up now, just give it a visit and let me know if it is working or not. we have set up a server in our living room, and we are hosting sites there now. try it out: www.ak2k.com
hooray for student loans, i begin repaying them this month. im sure a few others here can feel the pain too. you know who you are.
need some web space? i can even make sites in flash and html, so if you require any services i'm sure we could work something out.
not much to say other than that. until next time.
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greetings. i guess there really isnt much for me to say right now but i am updating my journal anyway. just working my ass off, not very exciting. it is mostly upsetting that i no longer have the time i want to do any artwork. if i don't keep drawing stuff, i feel like i'm going to forget how. maybe i should force myself into the drawing-a-day routine, after dropping so much money into college it would be sad for it all to be for nothing. which is basically what it seems like. after all that work, i'm a fucking teacher. :iconisneezestars: is banging out a new demo reel, which makes me want to get a new one in the works too. i already have a list of the things i want to put on my new reel, but i dont feel like i can just publish a new one without making something brand new to put on it. but i feel better because now i have a to do list full of things i want to do. for me. and if all goes well, this reel will kick the shit out of my current one. i am getting some contact lenses tomorrow, just for a change of pace. my current glasses were literally mauled by a dog, so they are in bad shape. i fell asleep at my brother's house and woke up to his dog chowing down on them. i also cut my hair, maybe now girls will like me. ha!
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I think i have a job. I seem to be going to this office every morning and guess what i do... I help people find work. ha! i guess it's true, those who can't do... teach. in doing this i have found a few interesting job resources that i wanted to share with you guys. the first one is the National Occupational Classification webpage. www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/N… here you can discover the NOC code for any job that exists in canada. i'll make this part easy for you and just say your code is probably 5241 or 5223. ;)
the other is Labour Market Information. www.labourmarketinformation.ca… specify that you want to search NOC codes and enter the code of choice... and presto. more information on that specific job than you could ever want, including wages, employment prospects, job descriptions, current job market for it, you name it. 5241 will yield more interesting results than 5223, just more info for it i guess. anyways, that is all, maybe that was really boring for you, in which case i am sorry. i am going to bed now.
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okay, weird lights over norway on the 9th, while obama was visiting norway for his nobel peace prize ceremony. watched a few videos of it, it looks fake. but, in the interest of entertaining the idea that maybe it isn't fake, i started to dig around a bit and research what could possibly cause this kind of wild looking phenomenon. im sorry i just find it hard to believe that it is a failed rocket launch like they claim. when the first inquiries reached the russians, they said they hadn't launched any rockets, but then there was a total 180 and they now claim yes, it totally was a rocket. www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMUhS-… is a link to a shaky video of the thing. this is the highest quality video on youtube, that i could find. superficial research turned up alot of paranoid religious garbage concerning demon portals, and god finally coming to kill us all. among all these silly things, i found this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixLE3i… that happened roughly 20 years ago in china. i can't understand what they are saying about it, but for some reason i really trust that nerd guy and their footage is uncannily similar to this new norway footage. so this isnt a new thing. in the norway video and long-exposure-time photographs, you can follow a secondary light over yonder hills, so it is coming from the ground. so, soon i learned that just over those hills, is a HAARP station, much like the one in alaska. so naturally i wondered, what the hell is a HAARP, and what is it shooting at. so then i started looking into what HAARP is for, and i ended up watching a very informative documentary on nikola tesla. that man was absolutely brilliant. possibly my new hero. and thomas edison was a jerk. you can watch the full documentary on youtube, i think its about an hour and a half total, you just have to find parts 2-9 using the related video links... here is part one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAhI19… get some popcorn or something, i found it really interesting. but anyways, if youre impatient, you can just watch part 9 where they explain what HAARP does. HAARP is based on the ideas of nikola tesla, and basically it is used to transmit radio waves, but can also be used to manipulate the ionosphere, the inner edge of the magnetic feild which surrounds our planet. the applications of this technology have the possibility of bringing about some really crazy technology. tesla wanted to use the ionosphere to share electricity wirelessly with the entire world, and since he was such a nice guy, he wanted to share it for free. he did manage to invent wireless power using his patented alternating electrical current(AC) like 100 years ago. this man's achievements were remarkable for the time in which he lived. he had used the ionosphere to create the effect of arora borealis. he started an artificial earthquake and when the police arrived and said what the fuck man, he smashed the contraption with a sledgehammer to make it stop. even weather control is even possible with HAARP technology. anyways, i think those lights over norway was from this russian HAARP station. they were giving our ionosphere a good kick in the nuts, for whatever reason. possibly just russia telling obama, hey, we have HAARP too. the video i gave you isnt that great, there is a HQ one on there somewhere, i can't seem to find it. but the black dot that grows in the middle gets bigger than the spiral itself was, which makes me think that the black is just a hole blasted through our atmosphere, through which we are seeing the blackness of space. the activities of any of the HAARP stations seem to be shrouded in secrecy, and the only reason a government would keep something this freaking amazing a secret would be because they want to use it as a weapon.
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well, damn it. it is 6am and i'm tired as fuck. why am i still awake? sleep is a harsh mistress. if i were to fall asleep now, i will end up sleeping all freaking day. but if i stay awake for another hour or so there will be no turning back. at that point i might as well stay awake until tomorrow night and reset the cycle. i could try squeezing a nap in a little later, but when i sleep i tend to hibernate for at least 12 hours. i know that's horrible. but my cat sleeps for like 20 hours out of any given day, so really she's the lazy one here not me. to me, sleep has always seemed like such a waste of time. einstein never really slept, apparently he would take 30 minute naps throughout the day. maybe i'll try that out for a week.




"What if there had been real animals inside this box??"
"Yeah, Joan, I'm going to crash into a big box of animals."
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"Yep, that's the last one, literally. All the pandas in the world are on this truck..."
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You guys probably have no reason to care about this, but i am now running a mandriva linux/mac OSx/windows 7 triple boot, with mandriva bootloader. Sound and graphics card now working. linux can run blender, was thinking of checking that out too. I'm still new to mac and linux but once you get used to it, it's all pretty much the same kind of stuff i think. Now we will see how long it takes for this setup to make my computer want to destroy itself.


"Congratulations, you are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not any more..."
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soooo yeah. here's to november. i don't know where this whole job thing is going, most of our class is going through the same thing so don't blame yourselves. i saw an ad the other day for Graphic Design, and guess what lofty wage they were offering. TEN BUCKS AN HOUR. are you kidding me? don't let anyone ever pay you this much for that kind of work, it just cheapens our entire industry. people are far too willing to take advantage of a needy graduate. i'm just not going to complain about it any more. went biking the other day, first time since the weather went sour, and i thought my lungs were frozen. then i remembered why i don't normally bike in this weather. thats just asking to get sick and die. last night a friend of mine decided it would be a super idea to install linux on my computer, as it would fix all of my problems. so once that was done, we restarted it, and then -tada!- nothing would boot anymore! windows, osx and linux are all fighting over boot order or some ridiculous claptrap like that. apparently now i need a bootloader of some kind. having three different operating systems on the same computer isn't as simple as it sounds i guess. i kind of resent how i am dumb and can't really fix problems like this, i have to wait until my brother fixes it. so that's a series of unfortunate events, until then my computer is a brick. but its a powerful brick.


"Congratulations, you are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not any more..."
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alright. so i heard from various sources that NO ONE from my graduating class is working. with the exception i guess of a few people who kicked ass of course. so i suppose i shouldnt be bitching. but really though it is enraging. we worked hard. school is full of kind words and encouragement, but they don't tell you that the work just ISN'T THERE. college seems like such a scam. you can learn to do ANYTHING YOU WANT, but that doesnt mean you can get a job doing anything you want. it just doesnt work that way. but they dont tell you that. you wouldnt have paid them all this money otherwise. seems like the only way you can get work in this field is to teach the bloody subject. i should apply to teach at humber. for those of you who are going to see me at graduation down at lakeshore next week, you will know perfectly well why i am pissed off. i had to turn down an invitation to a halloween party in brampton because i'm not working, so i can't afford to travel. YES I'M THAT POOR. but yeah. like i said. must stop bitching.
i've been churning out a bunch of stuff on this photoshop blitz, but i think i want to work on something more complex. throw some 3d elements in there, photoshopped background, make something more of a polished looking finished piece that has more of a point to it. the stuff i've made in the last week is decent, but it's not really going to knock anyone's socks off. i'll start thinking about it, but if any bored people out there want to maybe work on some kind of a collaboration and get some practice under their belt, i'm sure we could work out some sort of plan.




"Congratualtions, you are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not any more..."
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