My macpro just died. It all started with the grey screen of death yesterday, but somehow, I managed to get it to turn on properly and all seemed well. I should have used that chance to get all my data moved into a external hard drive, but I just let it sleep and spent the day using my laptop instead. It was in a worse situation today. It it miraculously does start up, I can’t get it to work past 5 seconds, which means I can’t see if I can repair the disk, or get any data off of it because all it’ll do is freeze and turn the screen magenta.
I’ve tried pretty much everything except reinstall the os, but I don’t think I even have the cd for it.
There’s really nothing on my pro that I’m upset about losing, but this is all really inconvenient, and it’d be nice if I could save some of the data, but it’s not really worth paying a king’s ransom to save it.
This is the second time I’ve used a mac to its death. I used my first imac for about 6 years. The macpro I bought used, but I think it had a total life of about 5.5 years… my macbook pro is on its 5th year… I’m backing up all my data right now, preparing for the worst, just in case. I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point where I’m computerless, but I guess I might want to prepare myself for that just in case… I’m not sure if I could ever really convert from a mac to a pc though. I’m okay with using someone else’s pc short term, but I think they’re too high maintenance and confusing. Not to mention most of the programs I have are all for macs.
I suppose I could buy a new mac… but would i really want to spend that much on a new mac? I kind of need one to work and all, but at the same time, I could manage (just barely) on my laptop. Traveling seems like a nice option too. Having extra money’s also nice. I suppose I need my priorities straightened out.
I really should get a new mac though.
3 years worth of LACMA memberships. Aside from my freshman year of college, I had one for every year of school. Although I had it, I never really took full advantage of it. It’s a shame really, and I can’t regret it enough. I always thought I was too tired or whatever. Now that I’ve graduated, I have to think twice about whether or not I should get one for another year. LACMA’s nice because it’s so close by. I like the Getty too, but I hate the 405 (and the PCH, oddly enough I’ve never been the the villa before, but I’ve driven past it several times), so I only go once a year or so.
I recently dyed my hair. I don’t know what I expected, but I didn’t expect it to turn my hair so light. My hair was relatively dark, but now it’s like a warm chestnut brown (a dark one, but it’s still a lot lighter than it was before). The color I chose was a maroon-ish color so I guess this is to be expected, but I just didn’t think it through. The color’s nice and all, but it doesn’t match my skin tone because my skin has red undertones too… I don’t know why I thought this color would look nice. It was a spur of the moment purchase. I know better than this… This is because I wanted to go blonde, but decided that it might be too much of a commitment, and opted for this dye at home box instead… If I went blonde, I’d force myself to go to a salon (in fear of frying off my hair). I don’t think bleach will take too well to my dyed hair anymore anyway. Oh well.
Another thing I’ve been working on is a chair.
Actually, this one’s probably going on hiatus.
This is how it used to look like.
I’ve been getting SUPER into unfinished, solid wood furniture. The only problem is that it tends to be kind of expensive, so I had the seemingly great idea of making my own (kind of). I never liked this black chair much because it was already wearing through the paint a bit in some spots. I thought it’d be a easy DIY project for myself, sanding it down and maybe adding a splash of color somewhere.
I didn’t have an electric sander, but I didn’t think it’d take too long to sand it down and have the wood show. I’m used of hand sanding panels for paintings and I’ve sanded down unsatisfactory paintings several times, so I didn’t think this would be any different.
I basically ended up with this piece of crap. The black paint’s stained the wood so I had to sand it a lot harder than I expected, and I was using sheets of sanding paper because I had no idea where my block was.
Ultimately, I decided that it was too much work and am giving up until I can get my hands on an electric sander, because I don’t have the willpower or time to hand sand this thing. Until then, I have this partially sanded chair to grace my room with.
I was supposed to queue that Thousand Sunny post, but got a bit too excited and posted it immediately. This is what I made with the stars that are shown with that post.
As you can see, I have a bit of an obsession forming for tassel earrings. This was originally what I was planning on making. I had to search high and low for those large star beads. Thank goodness for Etsy. Then I had to wait for it to get to me from Canada, and I thought it’d take forever, but it actually got here really quickly, so that was a nice surprise.
I have two more of those star beads left, so I think I’ll try to make something else that’s interesting.
One of the reasons I’ve been so distracted lately is because of a package I got in the mail the other day. I actually wasn’t expecting either for at least another week and a half, so it was a surprise for me too.
I’ve been wanting one of the One Piece model ships for quite a while now. Originally, I was going to get the Going Merry. I think it’s cuter than the Thousand Sunny and I like the character’s outfits better than the 2 year time skip. However, I own a little lego-ish version of the Thousand Sunny, so I thought it’d be better to get something that matched. That and I wanted something more complex. That was a huge mistake. I under-estimated how TINY the pieces were going to be and the level of details that go into it. I wasn’t expecting as much as I got, so I definitely bit off more than I could chew. Since this is the first model anything I’ve ever gotten, I really hope it turns out well.
One of my friends suggested that an air brush could make it look super professional, since you can’t get flat coats of paint with a brush, but I don’t think I’m ready to commit that much money into this, since a decent air brush (with a compressor) costs quite a bit. Maybe someday. For now, I’m just going to deal with what I have (I’m already painting with “normal” acrylic paints and brushes) and a whole lot of patience.
The brush strokes are driving me insane. I really wish I could prime it, but I’m afraid of losing details.
This is the base I painted. It’s not perfect, because my lines aren’t straight, but I think it looks alright. As long as the paint doesn’t peel off or something, I think I may do alright with the rest of the ship. I’ll just have to make it and never touch it again.
(I’ll write about the stars later)