Saturday, November 5, 2011

My First Recorded Rap :)


This goes to the song: Epik High - Maze
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-XDo1Kac8

Z a p kraz
Zap loose control
Lemme show u how we do it
Uh Check it out
Hehe

Walkin thru streets not know where to go
Lost all control and ur feelin so cold-uh
Day in and day out, constantly chasin and
runin after what can’t exist
endin up lost or back to the stahrt
where u ganna go bro? when you lost all control
tryin to do any thin to get outta this sh- hole
we goin with the flo cause dats how we rohl                               

I may not be the brightest
But I kno my flo is the tightest
I’ll strive to be at the top, the mightyest                                                                  
And that’s why imma out shine ya                                                             
Nd pass right by ya
Too sleek to detect on ur radar

I’ve learned to be a fihgta
And follo my desiya
Go ahead call me a dreamer, but watch who’ll be an achiever

(Chorus)
Its stressful wishin, sacrifice
he list goes on, it’s the facts of life
But when I get there it’ll be king me
I aint afraid anymore of the slient screams

Carrying the burdens when u barely kno the person
That’s the difference between a pharaoh and a servant
I choose to serve no man but serve man kind
But at the sametime avoiding all the landmines
Then u blow up u exit or u grow up
Or get locked up
The pigs catch u eatin doughnuts

But I’m keepin it real, cause that’s how we deal
Forever bein a mystery
always done up in steel

Just no my past was no breeze
Or even a stroll in the streets
I wasn’t born with everything you had
But check
 I’ll make it like had more than that

 (Chorus)

I’m not so complicated
That u can’t get wit it
Just kno that
When I’m a free bird, no one can control dis shit
Word


Live life how u want to
Cause theres only one chance to

Peace.

* what ever is italicized comes from the original rap

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Portfolio Proposal

Cars look like People.
                Yup. I said it. Cars look like people. Let me explain. Every time when I’m traveling, I love to look out the window and just look at all the scenery and different cars.  Then traffic time comes, and I sit there looking at all the rear ends of cars. Strangely, when I was little, I thought that each car’s rear, well, looked like faces. Let me illuminate before you think I’m crazy. The rear lights were similar to different shaped eyes, and the bumper or the black outline of where the trunk met the rest of the car was a mouth, and the color and size determined the gender and the side view mirrors were the ears. But there’s more to it than just that.  With the prominent characteristics of each car, I turned it into and visualized a human face in my head. At first they look like caricatures but then I shape and re-shape in my head and they look like real people that you might find walking down the street. And when I compared what I had at the end to the car, I realized, cars look like people.  In my mind, some cars smile, some are grouchy, some are African American and some are Asian, and some are lost and some are found.  Each car is a person with a personality and profile.
                So enough with the explanation; here’s what I plan to do. My objective is to draw at least  5 well developed car people. Car people being the person I developed in my head from looking at a car’s rear end. And with it, I’ll have a picture of the car next to it. Hopefully, people will see the relationship between the car’s features and the person’s features. My plan for the first week is to go picture crazy, and take digital pictures of at least 50 different car rears. From there, I’ll upload them and select the 5 lucky cars that get to be transformed into humans. Of course, I’ll blur out the license plate while I’m at it. From there, I will print the 5 cars out on large photo paper. This will conclude the first week. The second week begins the drawing period. From here, I will select the mediums I want to use to make the people depending on what feelings are evoked from the pictures of the car’s features. (Mediums I have in mind are canvas with acrylic, drawing board, or photo collage etc.)After figuring out the mediums, I will begin to do several sketches of features in my design book. By the end of the second week I should have rough sketches of human faces to go with each car. This concludes the second week. The third week goes to making caricatures in the selected mediums. I’m starting to refine these features a bit more at this point. As well as finding people with similar features to what I have in mind and taking reference photos. This concludes the third week. The fourth week is dedicated to making the people become real. 
                Even then, I feel as though I’ve given myself extra time in the beginning so I will probably have more time to make the car people come to life than just one week. For the display, I will have the car pictures on the right side and the car people on the left. (For the lack of my clear explanation abilities, I have an example layout at the end of this report.)Now that I think about it, It is kind of similar to what Shawna did for people who associate numbers with color. This is me associating car rear’s with people’s facial features.  The challenge will be to get what images I have in my head perfectly down on paper, and refining the way I think imagination wise (It’ll help me in vision my piece perfectly before I begin to try and put it on paper). Drawing realistic human faces will be a great challenge for me but I have confidence that I can do it since I’ll have reference photos and enough time to do rough sketches before I start the real thing. I think this will be a challenging project for me as well as an opportunity to let others into my strange artistic and imaginative world.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Portfolio Project

In portfolio, we are starting a new project. The only guidelines are to make sure you are working for a complete 4 weeks on the project, and that it has to be some sort of a series. I'm very excited for this but don't know exactly what I want to do.

At first I was thinking photography. It would be a great chance to get some more shots to my collection but the thing is, I don't have a digital high quality camera. I only have a great analog camera. And film now a days is pretty expensive, so I'm debating on wheather or not to really go through with it.

Then I was thinking of painting. Thats still an option, but again the canvas would be expensive, and I'm not exactly the greatest at painting.

Then I though of carpentry. I wanted to make a walk through story book page with 3-D characters in a story book setting. Its not that expensive but the thing with this is that I think it will take too long to finish.

The last idea that I had was to make my ME collection clothing range come to life. But that would take way too long to do all of the pieces, so maybe just creating one.  Or maybe even creating a new piece. A girl who took portfolio and graduated last year, I think also did this so it feels a bit unoriginal. But I think this option is a very realistic one for me but I don't have a sewing machine XP. I've always wanted to make my own clothes, and how great would it be if I could do it for this project?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Recent Tsunami

Recently, I went to the FIRST regional at WPI. There was a team from Hawaii there. I was concerned for them since there was a chance for them to get part of the tsunami. Luckily the girls on the team said that it wasn't at all that bad in Hawaii and their schools had been evacuated safely.

However, Japan wasn't that lucky. with an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami there was a great deal of destruction. Not too long ago we all experianced what it was like for Katrina to hit and how we are still trying to recover from it. Homes and personal belongings destroyed, not enough food, lack of drinking water just begins the list of hardships. Here is video link for those who havn't seen footage of the damage:

Monday, February 28, 2011

Thoughts on "Teaching the Facebook Generation"

I think that its a good thing that students and teachers are banned from being friends on facebook for obviously the same reasons of restraining off school hours student and teacher realationships. However, I don't believe social networking sites should be blocked. They should be allowed because students are going to find a way around the blocks in the school system anyways. Plus students can use thier phones anyways to access facebook so it won't matter anyways. Plus you can use facebook or other sites for school purposes too. It makes sense to block such sites for elementary school and middle school but high schoolers should be allowed to access these sites.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Artist

I got a request/suggestion from my principal, Mr.Larkin, to upload my artwork onto my blog. I wasn't planning on it, but why not, since art is a big part of my life. I'm currently taking Portfolio at BHS(kind of like AP Art since Mr. Ratkevich is merciless and I don't know if there are any art courses you can take after it in its field). The most recent project/homework assignment topic was "Who are you?" and we could use any medium we desired. After a week of having the concept of using clothes as a way to express this I came up with stylized sketches of clothes in my wardrobe.


(Insert Picture Here:)


First things first, its pronounced "M.-E. Collection" vs "me collection". It's supposed to stand for something(don't know what yet XD) and spells "me"(but not pronounced) if you use the initials only. I think of myself as different because just when people think they know me, I sporadically change. I find myself to be like an actor on the stage of the world (hence the blue and green stage that the characters are standing on). I can't be just one character. Its just no fun. Although my character does change I put the word ME on every face not only to brand my creations but to symbolize that the  there are some fundementals of me don't change even when there is a change in character. I believe its those fundimentals is what the people around me, love about me, no matter who I sporadically change into. The character change doesn't necessarily mean I'm a cameleon blending in with those around me. I'm too sporadic to stay constant in that manner. Some people find it annoying but its just no fun staying one way.

Character 1: Punk/Rock - I LOVE love love heavy metal. Chop Suey by the System of a Down. It has been my number 1 favorite song since 8th grade. The phrase "I cry, When angels deserve to die" just gets to me everytime. So to represent this part of me, I took out whatever rockish clothes I had, took picture's of my friend in rockish clothes as well for reference, combined them and made the first stylized picture in the "M.E. Collection"

Character 2: HipHop - I love dancing hiphop even though I think it looks weird. It just feels good when dancing hiphop. I listen to a great amount of Korean hip-hop. Of course, I also listen to American hip-hop, as well as Russian, Singaporian, and etc.

Character 3: Nerd - I guess I am a bit nerdy and socially akward. I read in my spare time and I'm president of Robotix Club. I probably would be a hardcore gamer too but my parents won't let me own any kind of game consoul. I used to be severly addicted to Runescape though. Now its just a pass time hobby. Yes, I know, I'm old school.

Character 4: Bollywood/Indian - Both my parents are indian and I grew up as a first generation American from my family. I'm not a "FOB" but I still am greatly attached to certain aspects of the indian culture. My parents are both from Gujurat. The dress is a 'chanya chori' from india explaining the dress on the character.

Character 5: Trendy - It represents my extreme interest in fashion. Yes, I'm pretty much addicted to fashion. Its not my side I like to freely advertise. I may not look like it from the way I dress but if you know me well than you know that I spend more than half of my days looking into it. Unlike most teen girls, I don't exactly go by brandnames. I do go by designers because its like picking an artist you really like. Artists have different styles of doing things and if you like a certain style than you keep yourself updated about them and their art work. To explain why I have so many teen brand named clothing, is because most of the people around me buy my clothes so why not wear it to school as long as its comfortable.

Character 6: Business/Tomboy/Conductor - I'm also very into classical music. I don't believe I could be a great classical music conductor ever but I love picking apart the different instruments in classical music pieces. It's like I can see the notes being played. Its much like reading a poem with expression. Its also a business suit because some how I'm a natural at it and somehow always end up being involved in the business end of things. I always think I can do better or I can take this further (competitive side comes out XD). Lastly, the character is wearing what you'd more likely find a man wearing because I am a huge huge huge tomboy. I think it just has to do with my straight-forward-ness about things and the fact that I like to "roll out of bed in the morning, throw on what I want and go"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Ah, My leggings won't stay up!" Solution

I used to hate wearing leggings because they would never stay in place! always slipping down because the elastic wouldn't hold up. It made me avoid them for a long period of time. But then I found a way to solve this problem.

Its funny because technically my mom and dad came up with the solution. When I was little, I was a off the walls all the time! And my skirts always used to fall down. So my dad brought different elastic string to put in my skirts. We tried them and eventually found the right elastic and viola, my skirts stayed in place.

I find that flat elastics don't hold up so well, and eventually begin to loose their elasticity. However, with ROUND elastics won't loose their elasticity for many many years. It will also keep your clothes up 10 x better. I never have to tug at my leggings anymore because they stay up so well. It really re-assuring and now I wear leggings more often. I made instructions using a pair of Cambodian leggings I just got that I want to wear to dinner tonight:

How to make your leggings stay up:


1) Get your materials: round elastic from a local craft store, scissors, safety pin, thread and needle, and of course leggings. (Its best if you use leggings made of a non-wrinkly material)

2) Find the back of your leggings

 
3) Locate the elastic and cut a little slit on the inside of the elastic part of the leggings. You can try to take out the already given elastic in the leggings or just leave it.


4) Take your round elastic and put a safety pin on the end of it

5) Take your safety pin with the attached round elastic and push it through the slit you cut earlier. Push the safety pin through  all around until you reach the slit again. Make a removable knot on the end.



6) Wear your leggings backwards (tag in the front) and remove the knot you made, adjust how tight you want the elastic to be, and tie a triple or quadruple knot. You want to make sure the elastic isn't too tight nor too loose. If its too tight, it'll dig into your skin and leave a mark. If its too loose than it'll slip down. Now sew the slit that you made in the back close. Wear your slip proof leggings out, work them, and your done!