27 February, 2008
It's callin' my name. I can't wait... we're leaving in about 10 minutes and I just finished packing... in fact, I even made a datacard about it. What to pack... camera, sketchbook, ipod, SKATEBOARD... definitely the most important. I think eggl blogged about this before, but we've been skating alot at the park in Barcelona, but man am I excited to cruise Amsterdam. I was checking out the park online, and they have a massive bowl that looks awesome. Can't wait, but first I've gotta write one more blog and catch a plane. Probably more photo and video documentation to come.
My family is all about the food. We love to cook or find a new good restaurant. And I love it. I have a huge list of favorite meals that my mom and dad cook. And two distinct best meals of my life out to eat with my parents. It’s weeks like this past one that make me realize how much I miss that. I am longing for one of my favorite family meals. My dad’s salmon, or tuna, steak, massive pork chops cooked on a tiny grill at a Panther’s tailgate. My mom’s chicken and vegetable stew type thing, pot roast, homemade mashed potatoes. And appetizers… I miss appetizers. This week was a lot of quick-grab meals. Grilled cheese on the stove in the room, with or without turkey, pb&j, maybe some soup, mcdonalds, or a falafel pita, microwave food from nostrum, a coke and some chips from the supermarket. A few times I even forgot to eat, or just didn’t really have time. That’s what happens when the work piles up. Eighteen hours a day at the computer, walking away to eat something quick, then right back. I would love to sit down to a hot, home-cooked meal. The closest I’ve come recently was when a few of us decided we were stressed, tired, and it was time for a good meal. So we went to a place not too far from studio called Sukur. It was a nice place, cool ambiance, and good food. We split an awesome appetizer of warm pita with a mix plate of different Greek spreads, ordered drinks, and I got mushroom risotto. It reminded me a little of home, and was definitely the food highlight of the week. But it cost us. I don’t even like to think about it. That meal alone was probably more than all the combined quick-grabs the rest of the week. That made me miss home cooking even more. Where I could have gotten the same quality meal, not forked over my life savings at the end, and then rolled right upstairs full and content to throw on some sweat pants and watch a movie. Tough life.
Last Saturday Johanna and I finally ventured out to the montjuic fountains to see the light show, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Everybody loves water for the most part, I know I do. Growing up on a lake, there is something about being near a body of water however large or small that I find comforting, peaceful, and relaxing. I could have sat and just watched this relatively simple combination of water, light, and music for hours. And I was not the only one. The plaza was packed out with locals and tourists alike, as I imagine it is for every single show. The transition of fountains across the multi-level plaza makes an incredible public space. It is really unlike any other area of
I'm probably one of the few people who made peace with Form Z by the end of second year but its been a year and a half since I have used it so I plan on learning Rhino. I had glanced at the program before and tome it looked like a mixture between formz and autocad so I am hoping the transition to the program will not be too hard. In playing around with the program so far I have learned a few of the tools including rendering properties but it is such an enormous program it will probably take me awhile to learn all of what it has to offer.
Best restaurants within 5 mins of studio
Oviso - 2 mins
pro: great combi del dia that includes soup and a second course, both of which change daily
con: not fast with large groups
Dionisos - 2 mins
pro: best pita falafel con hommous in Barcelona, only 3 euro
con: cant eat a pita falafel every day...you just cant
Vegetalia - 2 mins
pro: incredible homemade organic food, great homemade hummus, fresh mixed juices
con: typically costs around 10 euro with hummus, meal and juice
Belgious - 3 mins
pro: food and dessert crepes made fresh in front of you, many options for both
con: winter hours are terrible and its hit and miss if it will be open
Starbucks - 3 mins
pro: fast coffee that you know and love from home
con: the prices here...not the same as home
Safra 18 - 5 mins
pro: menu del dia that is two main courses, dessert, wine or water and bread for 9 euro
con: only available mon-fri 2-4:30, not a fast meal if you're in a hurry
We are off to Amsterdam today and boy am I excited. I can't wait for 5 days of clean fun and whistling down the street to barbershop quartet tunes. hahahaha....cumon now! We're goin to AMSTERDAM.....
I'm definately excited about the architecture and touring the amazing city. I wanna see how the architecture interacts with the water and how Holland does it different.
I also want to see the Red Light District. You have to. It's one of those things. I think tonight our class might hit up club Vandersexxx....lol Just got remember that safeword.....
The site for our project is on the northeast side of the Barcelona Port Authority which is close to Mare Magnum (mall) and La Rambla. The port is quite segregated from the city, which I do not really appreciate. I have discovered that the port is continuing its southwestern march, and I am wondering if the city is planning to have the port be completely visually separated from the touristic areas. Montjuic plays it role in this because its massiveness blocks most of the port when looking at it from say the Columbus statue. I appreciated the sight of it from a distance as I went to the mall for the first time because there is something aesthetically pleasing to me about industrial design and the idea of a mechanized area where there is a constant movement and distribution of imports and exports. I hope to utilize my favoritism of industrial design in a proactive way when designing the project. The port is a major contributor to Barcelona's economy, and it needs to be better approached as far as its publicity and integration within the city's environment.
Interesting experience to say the least.
Rewind to Monday evening...
The group got going pretty well and had a really strong brainstorming session. We actually got excited about this project for the first time. We really worked well together and formulated a concept that related to time usage of different spaces and designing areas that overcome the time restrictions we found evident within the city. We come up with a frank plan that we like, with tons more ideas in our heads that we havent quite gotten onto paper. We go for our sketched idea because none of the other groups had really designed any similar ideas in the past and we wanted ours to be original (big mistake numero uno). We work with the Predator idea of night vision and focus on the hot spots of the city changing between day and night. We use our time research to come up with areas most densely used at different times.
Things that led me to believe our review was bound for failure...
I am sometimes an optimist...but laaate monday night...just not enough things had gone wrong. It was creepy...and nice? We finished around 5 and actually got about an hour of sleep which is completely unheard of for me before a review. We all meet back up at 8am and go to the university at 8 to print. The printing...went well...which is always suspicious for me haha because i dont think thats ever happened for me before. We get back to studio and easily find some white paper to mount the small maps on and some push pins.
Fast Forward to Crit
Our presentation went ok...we tried to explain our ideas. I dont think we succeeded...at all. Juan Carlos did not like, well, anything that we had done. He felt that we had done nothing at all since the last week. The datascape was still a total miss in his opinion. As well as the Frank plan. And the rest was old information in his opinion. Well, we did actually have reasoning behind our ideas. The hot spots on the datascape did actually directly relate to our site design ideas, although that did not seem to have been presented well enough. We wanted our whole focus, in fact, to be around these hot spots and to be able to create spaces that transformed in ways throughout the day to fulfill different purposes. For example, a park space within the site that had LED screens that were maps and information during the day, an maybe music video screens for an outdoor club in the park at night. We wanted this park to not have an "open" and a "closed" but more of a continual usage. Professor Hecker had some really interesting ideas about making the datascape a video, which we had really wanted to do all along, and to show the change of space use throughout the day, week, month, year (sounds like a TON of info!!!) but all in all, I think we want to try some element of that idea.
Yesterday's review was pretty disappointing. I feel like we finally got really going in a direction we liked, and we tried to do a few of the things that were required in a little different, creative way. I dont think that was well received in most ways. We did get some feedback that we are going to work with but our general direction of thought seems pretty confused right now. Good thing we're going to the Netherlands today and we have plenty of time to clear our heads!
The first formal review went pretty well for us. We got some decent feedback and one of the critiques that really struck home for me was the need to really converse the conclusions that we made during our research. Especially for the timeline, I need to work on making an argument about the research rather than just throwing research out at people whenever I am trying to prove a point. I think the overall material that we presented to the Juan Carlos and Doug Hecker was appropriate, and it encompassed multiple factors of the past, present, and future that were appropriate to our site. We discussed the evolution of tourism, the city, temporary housing, and the more focused areas of the airport, port, and Montjuic. We as a group also need to work on a more graphic unity, but I feel like over time that can really be remedied. It will take some time to get to that point where our graphic levels and our way to identify ourselves as a whole is unified, but it is a necessary step to make.
Ok, enough ranting and raving. On a lighter note, during the end of my 17th wind today, Matt and I were downloading Photoshop onto my computer (which, by the way, hates me) and we had to restart my computer... My login password has been the same for years, and the particular word I use has been in my life for 8 years... and I can't login. Wrong password. This goes on for an hour, so I walk away from the computer, panicking about how I am going to finish my work for Wednesday. Mad panic. I email Doug. I email the 'rents. I email someone I pretty much promised I'd talk to later on that night, and I am not happy. I get done emailing from Matt's computer and get this brilliant idea to try one more time to login. Magically it works. I just can't spell my own password. It's okay. And then, later on, f inishing up some other work, we totally get locked in studio and have to phone Hecker. What are the chances?!
And, I totally woke up with this blog open, computer in lap, in my bed, about 2/3 of the way through class this morning. 23 winds must be all I 've got this week. Off to the Netherlands!
So when I came first to
Unfortunately, with all the work that we've had to do, I think my perception is broken. I think I'm ready for a break from seeing the inside of studio. Not to mention, seeing everyone there at all hours of the day is messing with my perception of time. But that could also have something to do with the weird/nonexistant sleep schedule that I've been on.
It's actually kind of weird to go outside and have some fresh air...more sadness. Reviews didn't seem to go too badly, but that may have been partially because I was falling asleep too much to hear any of JC's talking. Funny thing, it's already two, and I'm still up. This habit is become old really fast. Oh well, at least reviews are done with for now and Amsterdam is tomorrow...well, today!!
I do know about surface and solid modeling though and both are very stylistically different. I like the fact that you have a text command line at the bottom of the screen as one of the biggest problems with FormZ is it's limitability to get to functions quickly.
We are headed to Amsterdam in 4 hours and I'm very excited.
Here is a little image of the trouble we can get into in Amsterdam
Topic 2 possible car package items: I really have been missing some reese cups ever since Bret gave some to Dulce. So I’m saying like a bag of those at least. Next, Taco Bell hot sauce packets!!! Mild, hot, and fire and 10 of each. You can easily provide the perfect compliment to any tasty treat. Some mack&cheese would be amazing seeing how we can only cook on 2 stove tops. But they don’t have any here so I’ve been thinking about cheesy goodness.
Topic 3 The weather in the Netherlands. Windy and light rain showers.
Topic 4 How BA does Josh look in this picture? Those thumbs in his pocket like that. Do you hear cover of El anyone.
26 February, 2008
Anyone else tired of looking at this room? Thought so, me too. Ready to "play hard" in Amsterdam? Meeee toooo. Since I've only slept 2 of the last 36, wait, 37 hours I'm gonna make this short and sweet. Yet again, Juan Carlos was not able to stay for our review today and, yet again, we have to wait until next class to get his feedback. I think our group has a lot of room for improvement and we really need to up our production. Then again we are only 3 people so we can only be expected to produce 300% instead of 400%...right? All I know is I need this break and I am pumped to go to the Netherlands!!!
Wednesday February 27 BCN►AMS 15:10
Meeting Place and Time: 14:00 at the BCN Airport Transavia Counter Terminal B. Give yourself at least an hour to get to the airport!
Transavia flight HV5136 departure: 15:10 arrival: 17:30
*If you arrive ahead of me go ahead and get in line. You can check in with your passport. If you go to the counter in groups of 2-3 you will be seated together.
Hotel des Arts, Rokin 154-156,1012 LE Amsterdam Tel: 00 31 20 6201558
Doug nearby at: 't Hotel Leliegracht 18, 1015 DE Amsterdam, Tel: 0031 20 422 27 41
Thursday February 28 Amsterdam
Meeting Place and Time: 09.00 start of tour at Hotel des Arts, Rokin Meet Anneke Bokern
followed b tram tram ride to the Eastern Docklands
09.30 Eastern Docklands
former docklands transformed into housing area -explanations about the three urban design concepts, city context etc.
10.00 Housing block The Whale (Frits van Dongen/de ArchitectenCie, 2001)
10.30 Walk across Borneo-Sporenburg
Urban plan by West 8 (1999)- patio houses mixed with megablocks
Housing projects by West 8, Claus & Kaan, Neutelings Riedijk, de architectengroep, de ArchitectenCie, MVRDV, Herman Hertzberger, Koen van Velsen u.v.a.
Bridges by West 8 (2000)
KNSM-Eiland + Java-Eiland (1995/1997)
Urban plan by Jo Coenen and Sjoerd Soeters
Housing projects by Diener & Diener, Hans Kollhoff and Christian Rapp, Wiel Arets, Kees Christiaanse Architecten
Tram ride to IJburg
new housing district on 7 artificial islands in lake IJmeer - (to be completed in 2012)
Explanations about the history of the project, urban design concept etc.
self-built houses and apartment blocks Haveneiland and Rieteilanden
urban blocks with collective courtyards
Housing projects by a.o. Maccreanor Lavington, Bosch Architects, Architecten Cie., VMX Architects
13.00 lunch break
Tram ride back to the city centre
15.00 architecture centre Arcam (René van Zuuk, 2003)
blobby pavilion housing the local architecture centre -Interior visit
Walk along the waterfront
16.00 Housing block Silodam (MVRDV, 2002)
"stacked sea containers" with colourful façade in the old wood shipping harbour
17.00 end of tour return to hotel
Case Study: Silodam (MVRDV)
Friday 29 February Almere/Utrecht
09.00 train ride to Utrecht
university campus De Uithof - densification of a 1960’s campus -
Explanations about the urban design by OMA
interior visits to several buildings:Educatorium (OMA, 1997), Minnaertgebouw (Neutelings Riedijk, 1997), Management-faculty(Mecanoo, 1995), university library (Wiel Arets, 2004), BasketBar (NL Architects, 2003),
NMR-laboratory (UN Studio, 2002), thermal power station (Liesbeth van der Pol, 2005), student housing Spaceboxes (De Vijf, 2005)
12.00 lunch break
13.30 Rietveld-Schröder-House (Gerrit Rietveld, 1924) - icon of De Stijl movement
return to Utrecht station, train ride to Almere
15.00 Almere City Centre- a centre for the sprawl - Masterplan by OMA
Retail and housing projects by a.o. Christian de Portzamparc, Gigon Guyer, SANAA, René van Zuuk, Meyer en Van Schooten, David Chipperfield, OMA, Will Alsop, de ArchitectenCie, SeArch etc.
17.00 end of tour, train ride to Amsterdam
Saturday March 1
Free day to visit museums
Sunday March 2 Amsterdam-West/Hilversum
09.00 start by bike from Central Station
10.00 Sportplaza Mercator (Ton Venhoeven, 2007) - swimming pool and health centre with plant façade -bike ride along housing blocks by Mecanoo (2007), de Architectengroep (1997) en DKV (2007) to
10.30 WoZoCo (MVRDV, 1998) - old people’s housing with cantilevering boxes
11.15 Parkrand (MVRDV, 2007) - housing slab with large view holes
return to Central Station, bike return
12.30 train ride to Hilversum
13.30 Media Park - broadcasting cluster in the Dutch media capital - 14.00 Villa VPRO (MVRDV, 1997) - Interior Visit Institute of Sound and Vision (Neutelings Riedijk, 2007)
Interior Visit, RVU-building (MVRDV, 1998), Media-commissariate (Koen van Velsen, 2002)
City Hall (W.M. Dudok, 1931)
17.00 end of tour, train ride to Amsterdam
Monday March 3
Meeting Place & Time: No later than17:30 at Schiphol airport Transavia counter for check-in
Amsterdam (Schiphol) (AMS) to Barcelona (BCN) 03-03-2008, flight HV5133 departure Amsterdam (Schiphol) (AMS) at 18:30 arrive at Barcelona (BCN) at 20:45
Ballin' presentations today, geis. Seriously, lookin' sharp out there. If you haven't already received your high five, they're on tap in B411...get 'em before I fall into an eternal slumber.
Gotta group meeting tonight to discuss our hybrid section--pretty pumped about it. Not sure where we're goin' with this thing yet, but I know where we're goin' after we finish it...
"Work hard, play hard" comes to mind. Also, a hearty Joey-esque "whoooooooooooahahwowhowoeeowh!!".
Class rule: No one says the word "data" while we're in Holland. It's just unnecessary...don't be harshin' my mellow.
Future methods of group reviews…?
Back on 13-Feb, we had a group review of our Case Studies from our first Study Travel week. Being innovative, we simply placed our laptops on the table and chairs in order to view everyone’s case studies at one time. Look at us, saving trees….well, in a way…. I don’t think anyone calculated the power surge created by this activity. …Is this the way of the FUTURE? Yet again, Clemson on the leading edge. GO TIGERS!!!
Here are some photos of the studio space and our former group of students during their final presentations in December. This is the first year that our Barcelona campus has a real studio which is a real exciting development of this node of our Fluid Campus. The students have an entire floor of this beautiful building in the center of Barcelona in the Gothic district. On the other two floors of the building are two other architecture exchange programs which is another opportunity for more exchange. There is also a kitchen and a piano in the space which is shared among the groups. As was presented in an earlier blog entry... the studio was transformed for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner organized and thoughtfully put together by the entire group. We also had the fortune of hosting a couple of students from our Genoa node and a couple of parents and a sister and a boyfriend who joined us for dinner.
So after I freaked out about not having my clothes washed and thought we were leaving this afternoon, I realized that today is indeed Tuesday and not Wednesday. Apparently I was in reference to Monday and Tuesday in the previous blog. Just goes to show that happens to your mind….. It goes to mush! I know the Netherlands isn’t considered a break, but man I can’t wait! At least it’s a change.
SO, I just walked back from studio...it was almost 7 am...Our first review for Juan Carlos is tomorrow/ today in less than 4 hours.
If there is anything that architecture taught me, I would say its time management most of all. I came back, took the dirty clothes, put them in the washer, went back to my room, put some potatoes on the oven to boil, at the mean time, took a shower. And hopefully between now and 11 am, I would have worked and finished 2 data cards so I would take the chance and actually SLEEP for a change after we come back from Juan Carlos' review.
so I guess in these 4 hours I have, I should manage my time pretty well and get the most out of it... ohhh add to the list, I got one post on the blog accomplished ;)
Your friends are just now starting to get tuckered out in the states, my friends are just now getting started… its Thursday… NO WAIT, its Tuesday! No its Wednesday! -
WELCOME TO MY MIND AT 5:50 IN THE MORNING. No recuerdo que es dormir. Am I even in Spain?
Good luck to my fellow architects. I want to shred the NTLNDS.
A little bit of fun we had this weekend. The band makes me smile.
Not so much Love and Architecture
25 February, 2008
Doing all this datascaping is making me want to hide in the corner of my 25 x 25 room with the lights out while listening to Dashboard and cry. At least then i'll free myself from that which is made up word created by the devil.
Definition datascape: day-ta-skayp . n. information pertaining to the area of interest of architecture, landscape architecture, and millions of hours of work for nothing. Also see: Matrix, Superman, Predator, and imaginary.
On a lighter note Kathrin mentioned CLOUD STRIKE today which is definately not a type of imaginary city. I believe it is a Decepticon from Transformers. He is part of the elite allegience of terrorists trying to use the cube for the worst of humanity and machines alike.
Ok, so the title is a little extreme, but the work amount is pushing my limits. This week we have worked on datacards, datascapes, park projects for Kathrin, and playing juegos with Dulce. And all this is ok and expected, excpet for when it alls comes at you at once. For my birthday this year all I want is my 14,000 hours of sleep back.
On a school note, I did like my datacards this week. I chose to model them after the metros of the different places we've gone. If they place we went didn't have a metro, or we walked, I traced our path over a map and used different symbols and lines to represent walking, bus riding, and metro riding. I hope Hecker likes them. I had a little trouble at the end with saving Illustrator files and it worried me and it was Hell...literally. I think this week I'm going to do my two datacards on Paris, and maybe on taking my friends around Barcelona.
This week My friend Rick came to visit me from CT, and I toured him around. It felt good at first to take him around but I got bored after awhile. Oh well, can't write on here too long got our first review tommorow so I probably won't sleep AGAIN... tonight. :(
Its been hard to keep with everything going on in American sports, and its frustrating I can't just go to a bar and watch basketball, so a little FC Barcelona was just what I needed. Seeing some of the world's best futbol players, it was something I may never get a chance to do again. I was expecting to Ronaldihno and Messi to be impressive, but my man Eto'o was lighting it up. Pulling off the hat trick, I'm his newest fan.
replace the girl with said punkass
Switzerland does it right. The public transportation (mostly an outdoor tram) is simple and efficient. Streets are clean, everyone knows English, the people are all nice. I found out it has been rated number one in "quality of life" for the entire world a few consecutive years in a row. The one thing I wished it had more of was contemporary architecture. With such a successful and technological city, it lacked the contemporary icons you might expect. When dining in McDonalds and eating their 4 franc french fries, we met an Australian who has lived in Zurich for the past ten years. When we asked him if he had any recommendations for contemporary architecture, and he told us we should check out Dubai. Thanks, a lot. We did find a train station by Calatrava that was kinda cool. We didn't have much time to explore much else other than Zurich, and I know there's plenty out around the area, but just being in the city less than 48 hours, I was extremely impressed. BLOG, out.
I'm in studio gearing up for a long day/night of preparing for our first interim review. We have to present our final group card, datascape, "frank" plan, and all the data we've collected on tourism and lifestyles. Our group is trying to focus on creating sustainable tourism by developing a system of exchange between the citizens and tourists. The idea is that citizens will be able to use the tourists' spaces during low seasons so that nothing is wasted. We're going to create a datascape showing the fluxes in tourism and the spaces shared with citizens. We are also going to dissect the typical tourist to present his/her lifestyle. Its going to be a lot of work, so wish us luck!
I was in Barcelona for sixteen days before I took my first night-time stroll alone. I was hungry for a durum from Malik's. My wallet was shoved in my front pocket along with my new cell phone, my keys, and my hand [protecting everything]. I wasn't taking any chances. Some call it paranoia, I call it vigilance. Tactful awareness.
That particular trip went off without a hitch. I made it back to RESA and grubbed on my delicious durum with a feeling of accomplishment and relief. I'd traversed the mean streets of BCN without being swindled by the swindlers, pick-pocketted by the pick-pocketters, or hooked by the nasty, scary man-hookers. But, as we've all realized, every late-night journey through the shady streets of Barc-town is a roll of the dice...I've got a one in six chance of not being heckled, eyeballed, or molested. I need some weighted dice.
Then one night I had a realization, an epiphany of sorts. I was leaving studio around 3am to cook up some comida and clear my head before getting back to work on something involving the word 'data'. As I entered the intersection between the chicken place and that ceramics store, I noticed that I was gettin' eyeballed by a few of the sketchy characters who'd set up shop there. Wearing a polo and north face...I may as well have been draped in an giant, well-coordinated American flag. Showboating.
North Africans: "hasish? marijuana?" Cromie: "no gracias".
Catalans: "shhesshh? charlie?" Cromie "no hablo".
Dirty Canadian hippy: "have you seen my shoes, man?" Cromie: "..."
And before that old Spaniard can breach my bubble..."no cervezas, gracias."
I didn't let any of their offers affect my b-line toward the dorms...at least they were being passive. Also, let's face it, it's hard out there on the streets..sometimes you gotta sling..to quote tupac, "that's just the way it is". It was only when a squirelly spanish kid started following me [despite my apparent lack of interest in whatever he was pedalling] that I became frustrated. After he made his proposals, he started doing that stupid little handshake dance that they do when they're trying to pick your pocket [most should know this dance well...Brett got got, now he knows, too]. At this point, I threw out a few choice words which conveyed my displeasure...words I learned from my older brother when I was twelve. This was followed by a brief exchange and some gestural profanities, some of which were legitimate...others I think I made up on the spot. Long story short...I made it to RESA unscathed.
Moral of the story: I don't want to be pestered every time I'm gettin' my pedestrian on. Here's the solution I came up with: look sketchier than the sketchballs. If you've got a hood, put it up! To avoid dealers: Have some swagger. Show determination in your stride. For deterring those awful hookers: Talk to yourself. Argue with yourself. Apologize to yourself for yelling. I've been workin' on my creepin' and I'm getting pretty good. You'd be surprised how easily you can slip under the radars of even the craftiest dealers and dumpster trolls. So if you see me skeezin' up the streets late night, don't be alarmed...it's a defense mechanism.
24 February, 2008
The Korean Dragans of Harry Han
with 2nd place taken by:
The Cripps of Ryan Ramsey
The Korean Dragons
23 February, 2008
So, two all nighters in a rows, tuesday and wednsday night. the all nighter wednsday night was necessary to finish datacards so I could make my flight to Zurich on Thursday afternoon. Seven are done at 8 AM Wednsday morning. I need a nap. I head back to RESA and throw in some laundry that hasn't been done since travel study. Wake up late and rush to studio forgetting to switch laundry to the dryer. Dang. Get to studio, and finish with group discussion. Begin working on final datacard. Completed at 1:30. Flight is at 4:10. Plenty of time, Oh wait, forgot to put laundry in dryer. Awesome. Laundry goes into dryer at 2:00. Go to room to save Illustrator files as PDFs. Computer keeps crashing because illustrator files are huge (my camera pictures are set on the highest quality, I am an idiot). I need more RAM/new computer. PDF's are finally saved. Transfer files to Harry's jumpdrive. Clothes are packed, and I am out of the door at 3. Make the 325 train to the airport at the Sants Estacio. Transfer to bus at the airport. Walk in front door. Phone rings. Cromer: "hey man, we just started taxiing." Me: "......" better not insert some of the words I may or may not have said. So I am still in Barcelona. And i forgot to blog.
22 February, 2008
BREAKTHROUGH...Juan "the mathmatician" Carlos finally told our group what he wants in this mythical datascape that has yet to reveal itself. He said "in my opinion, i would like to see a datascape look like, well have you seen the film predator? It shows data on everything he sees." Okay time to do that......soooooooooooooo our group put together a datascape that looked like that...JC comes back around....NO BUENO....why am i playing hopscotch? I guess i am kind of delierious after those looooong nights....and i agree with my comrads that i am feeling a little bit vitamin D deficient...i need the sun. But to bark more on JC....he expects us to put in so much work...i belive someone did the math one day (don't quote me i am not good at math...) and we are there around 48 hours a week....(class time mind you) and he is there 60 hours a semester....where is the problem here? I NEED A PROFESSOR THAT WORKS WITH ME AND DOESN'T PLAY PING PONG WITH WHAT WE WANT. It is always a relief with Professor Hecker.....he is not hard to please he is understanding and i feel as tho he gives una mierda about us.
Today I woke up after a long night/ day sleep at 3 pm. and I'd like to take the chance and congratulate whoever invented those "Las Perisanas" aka window garage doors aka blinds... etc
so I woke up and I felt like exercising since I havent done that in a while thanks to Architecture. So I and Harry went to run by the beach. We got to that pushups & pullups area, worked out a little and then when we were done, started joggling with the ball.
after a while I realized that there was this kid, looking at us so I passed him the ball and he started playing with us, I was stuck by how well he played. It never occurred to me how with Futbol there is no need to even speak to the others, you just let the ball do all the ice breaking between people.
When we were done, we walked back home and on the way we passed by a school teacher who had a lot of little students walking around her, and as soon as they saw the ball they started shouting, Pasa la Pasa la.
So I guess there are some few things in life that take our minds away from our differences and make us just think about how we are similar. and Futbol is one of those things.