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14 May 2010 @ 01:36 pm

Last final of the year's in an hour. o/ In the next week before I leave for Italy I'll try to get less shamefully behind since it's likely I won't have scanner access for the next five weeks. So! In no particular order:


China & Shinatty (art trade)

pyrrhiccomedy (one of these days. I will spell your username correctly on the first try. one of these days.)

"Scar" sketches: rescan, clean up
Fem!Russamerica: same
Request meme #6: Victorian England


Moscow landscape colored


England FST cover
17 March 2010 @ 06:19 pm
Fall '10: World War Propaganda in Britain & US

This seminar examines multi‐media propaganda in World War I and World War II Britain and the United States to 
investigate the total war experience, the relationship between these two nations, and the workings of a critical 
weapon. Propaganda was a bloodless weapon in an era of hightech tools, but it was also a feared and ubiquitous 
one. Some of the issues addressed in this course will include: Who were some of the targets of propaganda?    How were posters different from films or radio broadcasts? What were the messages of propaganda?    What does propaganda say about these nations as cultures and societies as well as about their war efforts?    We will analyze multimedia primary sources as well as use secondary ones in our discussions.

(--But I already have like twice the history credit required. One more fluff class and I will not graduate in 5 years.)

28 November 2009 @ 01:51 am
Haircut. Need. This whole having hair thing is out of my budget

Happy Black Friday! My family has come to the conclusion the U.S. has a holiday for every cardinal vice:

Thanksgiving: Gluttony
Christmas: Avarice
New Year's Eve: Envy
New Year's Day: Sloth
4th of July: Pride
Superbowl Sunday: Wrath
Valentine's Day: Lust
Current Mood: fullfull
30 July 2009 @ 01:53 am
Y'know, I'm kind of getting tired of this username. It's "Kyo" (spelled O-T-A-K-U) + the drummer for The Beatles. I came up with it when I was 16 for a fan site and I've since used it all over the Internet. I think I'll stick with it over at dA and use it on my business cards at artist alleys ('cause it has a nice ring to it and キョ☆スター just looks cool), but otherwise it's gonna be tough to shirk. I'm debating whether or not to create a new journal 'cause a rename costs $15 (touché, eljay; touché).

Incidentally, I'm currently bidding on a (now overdone?) Keep Calm and Carry On wall scroll for my dorm this year, as I've resolved to increase last year's grievously small collection of stuff on my wall. Guess I missed this trend, I didn't even know this existed till last month... maybe it wasn't as big in the States? Anyway, hackneyed or no, I still love this poster-- it's just so British. :b Not to allow oneself to be put out of sorts by such a trifle as fascist takeover, oh no! "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory" was another one from that era along the same lines; not quite as punchy, but still-- somehow, I don't think adorable is the right word, but it's two in the morning and that's the best my brain's coming up with.

Speaking of England, um. I Think my British Ancestry is Showing, or: I Hope My Family Forgives Me for Turning A Birthday Cake Into Amorphous Slop, The Sequel.

Current Mood: awakeawake
03 July 2009 @ 12:18 am
cross-posted to teamunemployed

Favorite job app questions so far:

"How will employment for this dead-end clothing franchise in the middle of nowhere advance your career o young and promising undergrad whose aspirations could not possibly extend beyond retail?"

"If you really needed it, would you take a break?"

Sixteen applications later and not so much as a call back, having knocked on the door of every business in town with summer job hunt season waning, I decided to look for other productive ways to occupy my time.

❧ Tackle a project (work on my art; practice working with new media I'd learned about the past year; also, work with friends to make things to sell for an arts & crafts fair in the fall)
❧ Build my resume (volunteer as an interpreter at the hospital where my mom works. I have four years of high school French under my belt, and patients from francophonic African countries often don't speak much English; the dialect's different, but I should be able to help the doctors communicate with these patients a little better. As an Intl. Affairs major, this will look great on my resume!)
❧ Odd jobs (helping friends, babysitting)
❧ Get my license. Freakin' FINALLY. I'm really close. I've been really close for going on two years. Now I finally have time to practice.
❧ Look for more funding for school (applied to a grant to study in China for a year)

I'd rather have some steady income. However, this is better than my fruitless job search, or sitting on my hands next to the phone. If nothing else, I can say the summer didn't go to waste. Maybe I'll gain some experience while I'm at it.

P.S. If one more person on my Facebook list complains about their job... |D;
Current Mood: amusedamused
11 June 2009 @ 07:38 pm
I'll be updating this index whenever I post something new on my obsession du jour the Hetalia comm~ (Listed from Newest —> Oldest)

::Art Dumps::

[Fanart] Blob!Nation-tan, Revolution!America WIP
[Fanart] Scandinavia + Hug Project
[Fanstuff] Sketchdump, Fancomic, LJ Flag Divider, Icons x 6


[Cosplay] Baltic States
[Icons] Meeting of the World x 29
[Cosplay] (Closet) Finalnd-Santa & Hana-Tamago
Current Mood: dorkydorky
09 June 2009 @ 11:23 pm
—Wait, you mean French has practical applications?

The hospital where my mom works could use French interpreters to better communicate with patients, particularly Francophonic Africans. Not only will this be a great volunteer experience, it's an amazing thing to have on my resume when I apply for Peace Corps (...and yet one more reason I'm gonna be sent to Africa, as opposed to China, Latin America, or eastern Europe. Um. Not that I'm opposed to Africa, but I'd have an easier time adapting culturally in Europe or China ). It's definitely relevant experience for my International Affairs major, and it could help me when I apply for an internship with the Dept. of State.

Not to mention it'll keep me busy while I LOOK FOR A JOB aclja;dja;df D:

Yeah. It's pretty much a sweet deal all around.

It's kind of surprising there are so many more Spanish speakers in this country... no love for French? Peace Corps needs French speakers pretty desperately since so many more applicants speak Spanish.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
26 April 2009 @ 04:59 pm
Hey hey daddy, brew me a cup o' joe!
Hey hey mommy, hey hey mommy!
Just can't forget the taste of that homemade apple pie!

Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
I'm the United States!

Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
Meet me in St. Louis!
Let's all Hail to the Chief!
I'm the United States!

Aaah~ it's sure nice to be
The only superpower left on the earth (HAHA!)
So raise a toast to LI-BER-TY!

"Everybody knows you don't use your feet in football, stupid!"
"Hey, I should know, I INVENTED it!"

Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
Hey, who needs your Commonwealth!
Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
I'm the United States!

Aah~ I'm independent
I hold this truth to be self-evident.
So raise those stars & stripes on high!

Hey hey papa, don't you get sick of tea? If anyone could manage to burn water, it's definitely you! McDonald's serves more customers per year than there are people on the planet, y'know! Yeah, s'what I'm talkin' 'bout! F-Fat? Who, ME? Hey, I'm healthy as a horse! Pretty sure you mean THAT guy!

Remind me again, who landed on the moon first anyway?

So you say you want Revolution? Hey, let me help you out! (YAHOO!)
"After all, I'm the HERO!"
"And I won't hear any objections!"

"Lithuania? Yeah, that's out by Connecticut, right?"

Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
Draw a circle, hey there's earth!
I'm the United States!

Aah~ Protecting the world
That's just what a hero's got to do!
Truth, Justice, and the American Way!



Pfffft. In case you haven't had your fix of American cultural trivia, have some Marukaite Chikyuu footnotes!

-Cup o' Joe = coffee
-Meet me in St. Louis
-Hail to the Chief, he's the one we all say hail to--
-So you say you want a Revolution?
-Truth, Justice, and the American Way!
-Self-evident. As in, like, duh.
18 April 2009 @ 06:39 pm
I'm working out some issues in my love life right now, and I'm pretty sure I know what I have to do. I find writing things down helps me sort out my thoughts. (This was actually pretty therapeutic!) Here I present to you my Slightly Schizophrenic letter to myself.

Dear Myself...Collapse )
Current Mood: amusedamused
04 March 2009 @ 02:04 am
Piove piove la gatta non si muove
si accende la candela
si dice buonasera
stella stellina
la notte s’avvicina
la fiamma traballa
la mucca è nella stalla
la mucca e il suo vitello
la pecora e l’agnello
e tutti fan la nanna
sul cuore della mamma.

The Italian version is really much cuter.

Current Mood: awakeawake