Game Room Tournaments!

Hey, everyone! Things have been pretty hectic this semester! One place that’s been especially busy is the Game Room (that place next to Pop’s convenience store. Near the Warrior Grill!). This is my second year in the Game Room, and this semester I’m organizing the tournaments! We’ve had a high demand for FIFA and billiards since school started, so those are the first tournaments we’re going to have! I’m still putting together the announcement posters for the events, so the details aren’t completely finalized, but I thought I’d give you all a heads up on what to look forward to.

October 16th will kick of our FIFA tournament! This event will most likely consist of the 16th and 17th, and will include free food, as well as gift cards for the top three winners!

fifa-14-gamesplague-2174066Later in the month (I’m thinking October 23rd), we will be having our billiards tournament! i’m excited for this one, because I personally really enjoy pool. This tournament will start at 6 p.m., and will include free food, as well as gifts cards for the top three placers.

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Tournaments cost $5 to enter, and they are always a lot of fun! If you want to know more, feel free to leave me a comment here or stop by the Game Room! I work from noon to three every day but Friday! I will be updating everyone with another post once I have all of the tournament details finalized.

 

 

This crazy weather, let me tell you. (A week of weird weather in review)

Hey, everyone! How were your weeks? Mine was great, though I do have to comment on something. How wacky has this weather been?! I know what you’re thinking…”Is he really writing a blog post about the weather?” The answer is yes, for a couple of reasons! For one, I’m a huge fan of the rain and overcast weather, and I can’t wait for Autumn and Winter. Also, we’ve really needed rain (I’m sure most of you [hopefully] know we’ve been in a drought).

The beginning of the week was nothing particularly special, since it was pretty much the usual heat we’ve been having for quite a while. The middle of the week was where things got crazy, though! The day started out surprisingly overcast, and by the afternoon it was pouring rain in buckets. Of course I hopped up from my seat in the Game Room and ran outside.

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I was so happy, and just really glad I’d locked my bike up under an overhang! I looked forward to the rainy weather, and to my dismay this was the scene at my last class of the day.

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I was pretty peeved! I figured the awesome weather had completely disappeared…until this Sunday overcast decided to move in! I went for a walk, bought a bike helmet (safety first kids), and just overall enjoyed the day!

The forecast for Monday is a high of 84 degrees…but I’m going to be a rebel. I’m going to wear long pants. I’m going to pretend like we have the fall weather we deserve. Hey, maybe I’ll suffer a little…but you have to stand up for what you believe in, right?! I believe in rain!

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Let me know how you feel about the weather! Do you like the rain, or does it get you down? Leave a comment!

A Month of Fitness!

Greetings! How is everyone doing? I’ve been swamped with school work and work work, so that’s why this post is a bit later in the week. I do want to talk about a couple exciting fitness related bits that have popped up in the month of September! I’m not a fitness nut, but I do really like seeing the college coordinate exercise related events!

The first of these events was the RUN4U Color Run!

run4u_picThe Color Run was a 5k run open to students, faculty, and staff held by the ASI/USU. I worked the run as traffic control, so I got to see all the runners covered in various colors make their way around campus. Dedicated runners and casual participants showed up in the morning to take part in the event, and it was really great to see! My arms and shirt ended up covered in green, blue, yellow, and orange pigments, so I looked pretty goofy! Hopefully next time I’ll be able to participate in the run itself, since it looked like a ton of fun!

 

THe second event I wanted to talk about is the Student Health Center’s Step-tember!

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Step-tember is an attempt to spread awareness about walking, and the number of steps you take in a day. As you can see above, posters have been put up around school with a map of walking routes you can take throughout the campus. I actually use some of these routes while on my bike, so I was happy to see these posters around! If you get the chance, you should take a look at the one I’ve posted here!

If you want to hear more about the Color Run, head on over to Carrie‘s blog and see what she’s written about it!

Recommended Fitness Apps: RunKeeper and Pact.

 

Art Space on Main

There are big things on the horizon for the CSU Stanislaus art department! The biggest of which is the new work space/gallery that opened Friday, September 5th.

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Art Space on Main, Downtown Turlock, Art Space on Main studio-gallery, 135 W. Main, Turlock.  Open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and evenings 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Art Space on Main will serve both as work space for art students, as well as a place for people to go see art and the process leading to the pieces that will be on display. My own New Genre Art class will be working on two installation projects over the course of the semester in the new Art Space! These projects will involve painting, sculture, paper art, and more.

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The new space also includes the Building Imagination Center, which was previously in Modesto. This area will be a place for video projects. This will bring the artistic efforts of CSU Stanislaus faculty and students into a central hub, and really give the department a strong presence in Turlock! I am personally extremely excited to be able to work in the new space, and am happy that this area is now here in Turlock where I live. The idea of giving the department this expansion is exciting a lot of students, and I look forward to seeing all the ways it aids us in our artistic pursuits!

Thanks to The Signal and The Modesto Bee for photographs! gallery

 

 

2014 Class Schedule Run Down!

Hey, bloggers and blog readers! How are everyones’ semesters going so far? I know Fall 2014 just started, but I’m sure we all have opinions on our classes and work loads! I’ve already learned some of the ins and outs (now I’m hungry) of my classes, and I’m looking forward to the semester to come. Here’s the run down:

Monday/Wednesday:

Game Room:  I’m still in the Game Room, and things over here are going well. It’s been pretty packed in here for the last few days, and that’s really great to see. If you find yourself around the Game Room area, I’m here from noon to three every day but Friday, so you should stop by and visit!

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Figure Sculpture: I’ve been wanting to take this class with Daniel Edwards for a while, because his sculptural work is amazing. You might remember seeing a sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth on a bear skin rug? Or Jay-Z with Care Bears? Yeah, that was him! The class is also going to help me draw the figure more accurately, which is something I’ll really need if I want to get into comics.

Tuesday/Thursday (The Long Days):

Ancient Art History: I have this class early in the day, and I really thought I was going to dislike it. While it is a bummer to get up early, I’m actually really enjoying learning from this class. Ancient history has fascinated me since I was a kid, and this class can be really thought provoking at times.

New Media Theory: This is a new lecture class being taught in the art department by Dana Peters. The class is all about how art has changed with the evolution of media, and how technology especially has influenced the way people create and present art. This class is something fresh for the department, and I’m quite looking forward to taking it.

More Game Room: Yeah, I’m in the Game Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

New Genre Art: This is another class taught by Dana Peters. This one is a studio class, though, and is focused on two big installation art projects we are going to be doing as a class. The first project was conceived by the instructor, and we are bringing it to life as a learning experience before we envision and create our own installation project together. This is the class I’m most looking forward to this semester!

Friday:

BFA Critical Concepts: I’m finally in the Fine Arts Program in the art department! That means I can take BFA classes, get my own studio space, and participate in the reviews that happen every semester. Woo!

This is my schedule for the semester, and I think it’s own of my better ones. Let me know what your schedules are in the comments or on your own blogs!

Song I’m Listening To: “It Feels Like I Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala.

Comic Recommendation for 9/3/14: “Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0

Summertime Radness

Hey everyone, long time no blog! How is everyone doing? Are you excited or bummed that summer has come to an end? I’m admittedly a little bit of both, but I’m quite excited for my fall semester! My schedule is full of art classes this fall, which should make the semester really enjoyable. I’ll talk more about that in my next blog, once I’ve been to all of my classes.

My summer has been full of events worth talking about, which is good, because I can blog about them! The high point of my semester was having my girlfriend back from her college in New York. We finished our semester long mission to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she was introduced to the world of comic books, we went to San Francisco and saw Boyhood (review coming), and saw Against Me! at the end of the summer. We also spent a ton of time with our friends who are also back from school for the summer. I saw The Fault in Our Stars, Edge of Tomorrow, 22 Jump Street, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Wow, when I list them I realize just how much I was at the movies!

I did spend some time outside! I went to the river with friends a few weeks ago, and I also got a beautiful ten-speed 70′s road bike that I ride almost every day. I’ve been biking and going to the gym a lot, and I’ve also been trying to improve my diet by eating more fruits and veggies! I lost seven pounds over the summer, and now my goal is to put on some muscle. I’ll keep you all updated on that!

With my time at my apartment I’ve been enjoying my new PS4, which I currently only have one game for. The Last of Us is a brilliant game though, and I recommend it to anyone with a PS3 or PS4. I’ve pre-ordered Destiny, also, so I’m really looking forward to playing that with friends!

That’s enough about my summer, though! I want to read about your summers. Let me know if you saw any of these movies or did anything awesome during your summer. Have a great first-ish week of the semester!

Song I’m Blogging To: “A Brief Yet Triumphant Introduction” by Against Me!

Recommended comic for 8/24-8/30: Amazing Spider-Man #1.4

 

Until Fall!

Well, it looks like another semester has come to an end! Finals week is over, and for me that means a lot of change. I will be spending my first summer in my new apartment in Turlock. I will be out of class, out of work, and free to really experience the new place and the town of Turlock. My girlfriend is back from her college in New York for the summer, so we will be spending all kinds of time together! I’m hoping this summer brings great experiences, for myself and for all of you! I know for some of us the summer means a lot of free time, so I thought I would leave you all with some entertainment recommendations, for when you’re not busy having summer adventures.

Television:

Mad Men: This brilliant show is going on its mid-season break this weekend, so this summer is a great chance to catch up on it if you haven’t already! The show has six thirteen episode seasons, and season 7 (the final season) is currently airing. 1960′s drama in the world of advertising is in the hands of some great talent with this show!

Game of Thrones: This show is on its fourth ten episode season, and is on a short break until the beginning of June! Hop on the GoT train and experience the fantasy drama that everyone is probably already spoiling you on!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: If you want a show that’s already finished and isn’t chugging along ahead of you, try hopping on Netflix and checking out this classic! Joss Whedon brought to TV seven (mostly awesome) seasons of this show. It’s a great commentary on horror, high school, and growing up. I’m approaching season seven now!

Anime:

Attack on Titan: If you’re a fan of beautiful art, this is the show for you. This dramatic anime can be quite intense at times, but the emotion behind this great story is what will keep you going through all twenty-six episodes.

Sword Art Online: This brilliant looking show follows ten thousand video game players that are trapped in a virtual reality world and have to battle their way out. This twenty-five episode show is more light-hearted than something like Attack on Titan, but the action and characters are still great!

Black Bullet: This anime is just beginning, with only seven episodes out! I always describe the show as Attack on Titan meets Resident Evil. There’s a virus, there are government agencies, there are monsters, and there are some badass fight scenes. Check it out!

Podcasts:

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour: If you’re a fan of all things pop culture related like I am, this is the show for you! This group is hilarious and very well informed about everything from movies and television to books and comics.

Stuff You Should Know: This show is hosted by two everymen who do the research and bring you podcasts on everything from avalanches to amputations. This podcast is funny and really informative!

 

Well, there are some of my recommendations for the summer! I hope you enjoy some of them, and I hope your summers are wonderful. Until fall, see you later!

Song I’m Blogging To: “Three Legged Dog” by Harlem.

New Schedule! FALL 2014.

Howdy, bloggers and blog perusers! The semester is officially ending and we are going into finals week! How does everyone feel about that? I’m just ready for it to be summer, that’s how I feel. I have one more final on Monday, for my political science class, and then I’m done! While this time of the year can be really stressful, it can also be very exciting. For me the prospect of picking my classes for next semester is always exciting, because I get a sneak peak at what the next few months of my life are going to entail. I am going into the fine arts program this semester, so I decided to sign up for all art classes in the Fall.

Art History Survey Ancient- This class is one I have to take in order to join the BFA program. While I can’t say I’m especially excited for it, I do think I’m going to learn a lot!

Figure Sculpture- This is the class I’m most excited for! I really want to learn how to draw and sculpt the human figure, and this class is being taught by my favorite professor in the department, Daniel Edwards.

New Media Theory- I don’t know a whole lot about this class, but the description sounded interesting, and the class is being taught by a newly hired professor, Rachel Debuque. Should be interesting!

New Genre Art- See the previous class! This is also taught by Debuque, which is why I signed up for it.

BFA Critical Concepts- This class is a required two unit class for the BFA program, and only meets on Fridays!

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I’m looking forward to seeing what this different set up bring me! What are your schedules like this next semester? Are you excited about them, or a bit nervous? Let me know in the comments!

 

Yoga: A Retrospective

I went into yoga with a very basic understanding of the subject. The only reference point I had was my girlfriend, who has been practicing yoga for many years now. I have been relatively thin for a few years, and was not very committed to starting a fitness routine. This spring semester was different, though. I decided I was going to start going to the gym, start doing yoga, and begin running. Yoga was the part I was most excited about, though. I wanted to learn what all the fuss was about, because yoga has become such a craze recently. It was in the first class that I learned there was so much more to yoga than I had really understood, and it was then that I realized exactly how yoga was going to benefit me.

In my first practice in class I reached a level of harmony and carefree weightlessness that I had never really experienced before. I realized then that yoga was going to benefit me mentally more than it was going to benefit me physically. Through practices and journal entries I have come to learn lessons concerning letting go of anxiety, surrendering to the flow of the universe, and finding harmony within myself. I have always been an anxious person, to the point that I have had to take time away from school in order to come to terms with what makes me happy and what just stresses me out. Through these classes I have learned to maintain a better outlook on life, and only feed the good wolf inside of me. If I fuel those bad thoughts and anxieties I have had in the past, I will only end up backtracking. I have come to realize that the meaning of life is to move forward and broaden ones horizons, while not forgetting to stop and appreciate the world around us and our connection to it.

Yoga has benefitted me because I am committed to educating myself and opening my mind. This class has been all about opening ones’ third eye and looking around at the beauty of the world. It is so easy to walk through life, especially at school or work, without respecting and appreciating the beauty the universe gives us. As an artist I try to keep an eye out for the parts of the world that stand out as beautiful and majestic. Yoga has benefitted me by showing me that more of the world meets this criteria than I thought it did. Even parts of the world that might seem distasteful or annoying can be beautiful in a certain way.

I have also benefitted from yoga physically. Yoga makes me feel more limber and relaxed, and allows me to experience muscles that I had no idea I could stretch and exercise. This, paired with trips to the gym, has made me feel very good physically. When I feel good physically, my mental state is also improved, which creates a very beautiful cycle. I am able to perform better at work, concentrate more in classes, and I just feel happier overall. When I am feeling sore from the gym, or just down in the dumps, I find myself wanting to do yoga because I know it will improve my state both mentally and physically. While I am not a spiritual person, yoga is the closest I get to feeling one with the universe and everything it is connected to.

My beneficial experiences in yoga have lead me to encourage others to try it, because I feel that everyone should learn from the process. I will continue to practice yoga on my own, as well as during sessions at the school. I feel that I still have much to learn from the various methods and teaching of yoga and meditation, so I do not see myself stopping any time soon.

The Start of Something Amazing!

Face front, true believers! There’s a new comic shop in town! As a new citizen of the city of Turlock, I’ve been trying to figure out the lay of the land. For someone who has been going to school in this city for three years now, I’m come up pretty empty handed when people ask me what there is to do in Turlock. Now I have a real recommendation, and it’s something that is near and dear to my heart! If you’ve read my blog before, you probably know that I’m a huge comic book fan. I read them, I draw them, I watch movies based on them. I grew up frequenting Kriers Cards and Comics in Modesto during my days with trading card games, and when I moved across town I began stopping by Bonanza Books and Comics for my comic book needs. Recently I found myself living in an apartment in Turlock, and really having no idea if there was a place for comic lovers anywhere in the city.

Thankfully, Sky High Comics and Collectables has come to the rescue! The new store opened on April 5th, and I just today had a chance to check it out! I know I’m a little late, my spider-sense has apparently been on the fritz. I walked into the store unsure of what I was going to see. Some comic stores can be musty and disorganized, as thousands of comics can quickly take over a room. Other comic shops are very well organized and decorated, and thankfully Sky High is one of those stores. Blue walls adorned with comic art, posters, shelves, and action figures greeted me upon my arrival.

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Ray, the store owner and self professed Daredevil fan (good choice Ray. I’m more of a Spidey guy myself, but good ol’ Matt Murdock is another favorite of mine), greeted me as soon as I entered. I took some time to peruse the selection in the store, and was quite impressed! While the shelves have not been entirely filled to the brim with comics, there’s still a good selection of material to look through! Besides a well organized area filled with new comics, the store also boasts alphabetized boxes of older back issues! And boy is it a good collection! For those of us looking to fill in gaps in our personal collections, this is a good place to go. The store also has some awesome action figures on display, though my interest was drawn to some of the more expensive books and statues kept in glass cases. In the end I picked up a couple new issues of Spider-Man I was very excited about!

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My first impression of the store was a great one, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some awesome comics! This Saturday, May 3, is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. So you all should definitely swing by Sky High and pick up some free swag. Then feel free to support the store by picking something cool up! And heck, there are even going to be artists across the street from the store drawing covers and sketches for fans!

Sky High Comics and Collectables is located at 120 W. Main Street. Type the address into your phones and head on over this weekend!