I somewhat recently started to animate and I've really enjoyed it. However, it takes a large amount of time and as a college student, time is not something I have a lot of. My longest video, Chop Chop, Pyro! took at least 72 hours of work, though I had a relatively work-free summer so I did have time then. My other two videos were short and didn't take much time, though. I have two large projects planned, but I worry that I'll never be able to get around to starting them. It's frustrating because when I'm busy, all I think about are all these ideas I have for videos, but when I do have free time, I usually waste it playing video games or watching Youtube videos. A couple days ago I tampered with my TF2 files so that I'd need to update and verify the cache in order to play it; TF2 was too much of a distraction, so I'm hoping I can focus better without it.
So, I have some questions for you guys: How do you balance school/work with your projects? How do you relax so that you can concentrate on working without getting stressed out and quitting when something goes wrong?
I worry that I may be too ambitious. I'm trying to be a prestigious student, an excellent engineer, a skilled animator, and a talented musician, and each day it becomes more challenging.
I created something (gmod video) Posted on June 09, 2014 at 00:11
Hello 64D, for the first time in my eight years here I have finished a major project:
Took over 72 hours of work and 964 screenshots. Whew!
For those that don't know, the way I'm using Garry's Mod to animate is basically using it as stop motion. This is why everything's so time consuming; it takes about an hour to create 2-3 seconds of action.
Here's the first video I made, to test everything out:
I do my editing in Sony Vegas, recording with OBS (hopefully Fraps soon) and I do any complex audio edits in Audacity. I've had fun learning all of these programs. If anyone has extensive knowledge on any of these, please tell me your secrets.
Once I'm really good at all of this, and once I have a decently sized fan-base, I plan on making a serious, story-driven series of videos. There are several gmodders who do these, and they're pretty awesome.
Please, if you have the slightest interest in gmod or want to be a cool person, subscribe to my channel. It's a lot more motivating to sacrifice my free time to animate if I know I have a group of people willing to watch it. Also, I have a Twitter account where I post updates and such so follow that if you're interested: @Kamira929
Anyway, enough of gmod, onto life stuff.
I just finished my sophomore year at Baylor and I've been kicking butt in my classes. My GPA's pretty good, and it's gone up every semester. Unfortunately I did not get an internship this summer, but most sophomore engineers don't so I don't feel bad. I've been looking for a normal job but I've been animating instead:p
Next year I'll be in maybe the best dorm room type possible at Baylor, which is great because last year was dreadful.
I can't remember all of the games I've played since my last blog over a year ago, but I've really gotten into TF2. I recently reached 550 hours on it. I've also been playing Guns of Icarus (awesome), Fistful of Frags, Borderlands (I waited too long to play this. So much fun), FF7, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
Some thoughts. Posted on November 02, 2012 at 12:53
Dumping my thoughts here, hence this not being front paged. This might not make too much sense, feel free not to read it. I was rushed to write this because I have class soon, plus I'm hardly getting any sleep anymore.
So I’ve had fun here at Baylor and stuff, but this blog isn’t about me. (crap, it kinda ended up being about me. Whatever)
I’ve noticed that since I’ve left, my three closest friend’s lives have all kinda started to suck. I’m not at all saying it’s because I left, this is just coincidence. It’s just weird that all kinds of bad crap keeps happening to them. These were happy people a while ago. Normally whenever one of my friends is sad, I'll talk to them and just try my best to make them feel better, and I was actually pretty good at it. I was almost like a counselor to a lot of my friends. that's changed though. The stories I hear now leave me speechless. One of the friends I've mentioned is pretty sick and might have to miss going to an incredibly important, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity marching contest that most bands don't get the opportunity to go to. She also had to miss homecoming, quite a bit of school, and another competition, all while being sick. Normally I can comfort people but nothing I can say helps. In a way, this all actually hurts me. I'm fine over here, but the people I care about aren't, and I feel really helpless. Maybe I'm too sympathetic, but that's one of my traits I like most. Another of my friends I found out is on parole. He wasn't the best kid, but certainly not someone who would do something like... Whatever he did. He won't even tell me. All I've heard about him is from my other friend. I feel so distant out here. Here at Baylor I'm more surrounded by people than ever, and yet I feel much lonelier than I ever have. The people back at home who promised that we'd Skype weekly don't. The people who said they'd keep in touch don't. I've essentially lost mostly every friend I have.
Updated: Here, have an update. Posted on August 12, 2012 at 23:57
So preseason week is almost over now. I've been here since Monday and this is the first time I've been in my dorm during the day. Band has us doing stuff from 7:30AM to 11PM this week, but after that it's just 2 hours for 3 days a week, plus football games and etc. Band's actually been a ton of fun. It's exhausting, my back hurts, and I'm allergic to the field we march on (I'll talk more of this later). Unlike Highschool, everyone here actually wants to be here so everyone tries and is really good. Somehow, I'm already one of the better marchers. As for playing, I can't really tell because we're ridiculously loud, but I think I'm one of the loudest in my section of 17. It's weird being a freshman again.
Class starts Monday. I'm not looking forward to this because while I'll be less busy, band is a lot more fun than physics. I almost never studied in HS so this will be a huge change for me I'd imagine. I shouldn't be too busy to have to leave here though, so I guess I'll stay.
My suite somehow became the hangout room for the other engineers in our building. I came back from practice one day and there were around 20 kids just hanging out here. It's pretty cool, except when I need sleep like I do now (Somehow, I've been running on less than 6 hours of sleep this whole week).
I'm allergic to something here, I'd just assume it's the grass field we march on. I've just been getting normal allergy symptoms, but my second night here I woke up at 5:30AM because I could hardly breathe at all. Fortunately I got better, because I had no way to get medication for it. Since then my symptoms have gotten better, thank God, so I guess I'm getting immune or something.
This is the common area of my suite (I have 5 suitemates). We've since moved the furniture, and it looks different with 20 people here.
This is just the table and the door in the common area. This picture does not work for some reason, at least for me.
The 2 dressers and the door.
My half of the room with my crap thrown around.
And my half after my stuff is set up (mostly).
The ceilings are pointlessly tall.
Last time I was here my ipod couldn't take pictures, and I saw this, so I finally got a picture of it. I was talking to Pounce about it a while ago, so now she can finally see it. This picture is just randomly in one of the buildings here.
And this is the baritone I'm marching with. It's a small shank Bach, somewhat beat up. It kinda sucks but it sounds ok, has really good valves though, but they're clangy. Uncomfortable to hold, it digs into my left pointer-finger knuckle and my right thumb. I'd guess it's about 6 pounds. The tuning is the weirdest ever, my F in the staff (a good tuning note) is a half step sharp. (I tune to Bb)
And here's the original blog (8-13-12):
First, and the main point of this blog, is I leave for college tomorrow at 7 AM. Therefore, this blog will be rushed as I am pretty much packing whilst typing. Anyway, I don't know what to expect, so there's a chance I might not be around much until winter. I'm going to Baylor University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and I will also be in the marching band so I'll be busy. Baylor is in Waco, TX, and is 2 hours away from where I live.
Guess I need to put up some content so this is front page worthy.
I guess being on my own will be weird. I don't like the idea of having a roommate. I suppose this all should be a little overwhelming, but I'm not phased much, except that I'm leaving my friends. I said goodbye to my best friend about a half hour ago, and that was no fun... The only 2 things I really care about are friends and music, so, yeah.
Speaking of music, I hope they have a recording studio or something there so I can show you guys what I sound like. I know I'll have a marching instrument (Though my good mouthpiece won't fit on it because it's a smallshank instrument), but I realllllly hope they give me a concert instrument. A good one.
Anyway, I won't have my xbox there, so I guess the only multiplayer games I'll be able to play are Terraria, Minecraft, and TF2. I might buy some more games since my PC library is lacking, oh well.
Guess that's all. Bye everyone, hopefully will be back soon.
Edit: I have 1 roommate, and 4 suitemates. Wish I had my own room.
Edit2: If you go to one of their football games, you might see me! They're kinda really good.
Edit3: I also got a 4 on the Music Theory AP test. Got a 5 on nonaural and a 3 on aural. I did not study:) So yeah. Didn't get me any college credit because I'm not a music major, but I don't care. No one at my highschool had ever passed the test, though 2 or 3 others did this year so I'm not too special. I love theory.