Thursday, June 9, 2011

(Belated) Bay to Breakers

I have good news! My computer, which I thought was toast, is functioning again! The day after my dad and I dropped it off at the UCI repair shop, he got a call saying that he could come pick it up. Turns out they were able to turn it on, no problem, and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. So, while I may not know why my computer decided to crash for one day and then fix itself, I get to use it and it's working fine. And the best part is that I didn't lose any of my files! I'm now on a weekly backup schedule, just in case my computer designs to act up again.

I now know that you can never be too careful with things like this.

And now, as promised, here are some of my pictures from last month, when I went to Bay to Breakers in San Francisco. 


Justine loves America!



Thor, one of the first people we met. Looking back, he was one of the tamest!

Black Swan. It seemed to be a popular theme this year.

"Come on ladies, don't be scared."


SF's finest.

Uh, yes, that is a jersey made of back hair.

The Black Swans at it again.
Have a lovely week, everyone. And hope the sun finally comes out!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Disappointments

Hello, all. Do you ever have those days where every little thing that goes wrong seems to be much more important than it really is? I'm definitely having one of those days.

Last night, my MacBook Pro decided to crash on me. Now, I actually managed to not freak out too much, as it had happened before and I was pretty sure that I knew what the problem was. Instead, I calmly set up an appointment with the Genius Bar at our local Apple Store, and took it in this morning. The "Genius" was very nice, and the poor guy worked on it for nearly an hour before conceding that it was a harddrive problem that he couldn't fix. Fortunately, I can get the harddrive replaced for free. Unfortunately, we may not be able to retrieve any of my files from the computer, which (ironically enough) I was starting to back up when the computer crashed. 

Needless to say I left the store trying not to freak out in public. But what can I say? I have all my writing, all my music, all my artwork, and all my pictures from freshman year on that computer. Losing all that is like losing an entire year of my life. Well, that's probably a little overly dramatic, but that's how I'm feeling right now. Thankfully my dad knew of another repair shop, so we took it there where they are trying to diagnose the problem and see if they can save the data. That being said, until I get the new harddrive, I am stuck using this very old computer that I got in seventh grade:


Now, don't get me wrong. I'm thankful to still have a computer to use at all. But for a self-proclaimed internet junkie, this is a blow. This computer's ability to perform even the most basic of tasks on the internet is spotty at best, and it cannot handle videos at all. But, at least I can still write for all of you lovely people. In fact, this whole experience has really forced me to realize just how addicted to technology I am. Between my laptop and my Blackberry, I am almost completely controlled and indebted to the machines in my life.

To add insult to injury, I received an email from Threadless.com informing me that my design has been dropped from voting, and will therefore not be getting printed. Apparently I didn't get enough positive votes within the first 24 hours it was up. I blame the computer meltdown, as I didn't get to do half of the promoting I had planned. Well, that and the fact that it was only my first design and I'm still learning how to draw for an audience. I guess I'll have to just keep designing and submitting!

Thanks for listening to me rant. May the end of your week be better than mine.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I Need Your Help!

So, remember when I told you that I'm trying to get some t-shirt designs printed on Threadless.com? Well, my design is officially up for voting! I get one week (yes, only seven days) to get enough votes to get considered for printing. That means I need as many people to rate and leave positive comments as possible.

If you'd like to help me out, you can find my design HERE.

Don't be confused by the username littlespider. It is me, I promise! Thanks so much guys, and hope you all are having a fabulous week!