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It’s not you… It’s me… Maybe? : Complaints about information unavailability

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(Beginning of Rant)

Life is so hectic as usual, now that I’m in my junior year of college. At first, I didn’t really feel the whole “junior year is the worst year” thing because I’m not really in management or those usual courses so I thought it didn’t apply to us, but yeah — I haven’t really had a weekend or a night wherein I just bummed around for the past 3 weeks… or more… I no longer recall for my nights have turned to day, and the days have turned into endless nights of staying up late to work on my project which seems to take forever to finish.

I’m ranting, but there really isn’t much hatred in my words because I like my course. Really, I do, although it is a love-hate relationship thing. On one hand, its fun doing these things at first, although after working on a project for a long time, you tend to get bored with it. On the other hand, it gets really frustrating when you can make it look the way you want it to because of your lack of skill. I’m really confused with my course right now because I don’t think I’m doing too well, and I’m not really as skilled as my classmates although I’m trying to work as hard as I can, albeit I’m not doing my best. I also get really frustrated when I like a design I’ve made, and I’m satisfied with it, but everyone else thinks it suxs. I can’t seem to move forward from this point unless I start from scratch with a totally new idea.

(End of Rant)

(Start of actual reason why I made this post but still with a bit of ranting. Sorry bout that.)

So I’ve been working on redesigning a brand for my Visual Communication class. I picked my philosophy teacher’s home-based business, wherein she bakes and sells cupcakes, because her logo is horrible. (Sorry, Ma’am >.<, her cupcakes a really good though! Or so I’ve heard because I haven’t had the chance to order from her yet.) We’ve been assigned to redesign the logo, make a letterhead, business card, and place all of the above in a folder.

Now, I like making my life miserable and thinking of fun yet hard to do designs that involve things outside of my reach but within the bounds of reality. Like for example, when I redesigned my current business card for this same class, I wanted to have the letters of the text die-cut. Printers don’t die-cut for a single card, so I had to manually do it. Fee cut out one card, and I did the other, but I passed his since the cut was cleaner. It took a really long time since I chose a thick paper, and because the letters were small and were all curved. Damn my lack of foresight.

So once again, I have decided to make my life miserable by choosing a weird folder. I was looking for a folder die-line on the net and I found one and fell in love with it. It met my needs very well, but the problem is it was more complicated than a normal folder, and it had a lot of pockets. Long story short, I’ll need to print on a 27×26 inch sheet of paper, or something close to those dimensions. Now, I think it should be possible since the site where I downloaded the die-line was a printing press site, but I’m not so sure if they have it here in Manila, specifically, the printing press I go to which is Freeform Katipunan. (I should be given some kind of loyal customer discount along with the rest of my classmates since we seem to be going there every other week or something.)

(Here comes the actual topic)

Now, being the web-obsessed person that I am, I went to check online if they have a site wherein I can check what services they offer — I end up with nothing. Actually, I knew they didn’t have a website, but I was hoping nonetheless that I would find some information somewhere that would help me.

After this little bit of shallow inconvenience on my part, I realized how annoyed I was at businesses that do not have websites, or the information I’m looking for online. Maybe it’s just me being totally dependent on the world wide web for even the tiniest problem, but I really believe that all businesses should post all important information about themselves online for transparency and convenience. It’s not so hard really, and I don’t want to believe that I am the only person who thinks like this. I know the Philippines, is no U.S.A. but I think we’re advanced enough for the things I’m looking for. There are a lot of free website makers out there and even if the site is ugly, what’s more important is the information. (Although I’ll mind if the website is ugly :p)

Taking freeform for example, they’re supposed to be this good digital printing press which also offer graphic service, so I figured they would be just as technologically advanced as everyone else if not more, but they don’t have a website. Most Filipinos would create a multiply site, but freeform has nothing but some descriptions and a landline that no one was picking up when I called. I mean, I think that Freeform is more advanced than my teacher whom I’m making designs for, but even my teacher has a multiply site and a “i.ph” site! (Whatever thats for…) And it’s not only freeform I’m annoyed with but also other printing presses. I was looking for printing presses closer to home because it’s more convenient and I did find one along Wilson street which is very close to my home. However, I do not recall a printing press there because the shops along this road keep changing constantly and a lot of shops are not as prominent as others. They too did not have a website, but I was more forgiving since I figured I could just go there and ask them because it was near. I looked for an address, and I even found a google map locator for it, but I didn’t find what I was looking for which I don’t think was a lot to ask… All I was looking for was a picture of their store. I don’t think it’s that hard to take a picture of your store, and in a busy, and crowded place like Wilson street where there are a lot of buildings whose names we do not know, it would be more practical to post an image along with that locator instead of just telling us it’s located at whathisorhername building.

I don’t really know if I was asking too much, but I don’t think I was. Even with restaurants, it’s not so much of  a hassle to post your menu AND prices online right? I mean… I think there was a site for restaurants in the philippines to post their menu on…so what’s so hard about doing it right? I mean, I’ll bet that most Filipinos who have easy access to internet go online at least once a week, and I bet that these people I’ve mentioned go online at least once a week.

So now, I’m stuck with a semi-big problem because I’ll be going to freeform to have some of my stuff printed, but I’ll have to stay a bit longer than necessary as usual because I will probably need to do some last minute editing again because I’m not sure if they’ll be able to print my folder. If this is the case, I’ll probably ask them to print stickers which I will just stick to cartolina which will be what my folder will made of bec it’s the only semi-hard piece of paper I can think of which is large enough to find my folder (which even then I had to shrink).

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One by One

Ahh! Sophomore is almost over! I just had a hell day! It seemed like all the harder exams (except Psych101) was done today. I have been so overwhelmed by exams these past 3 days!

I can’t do anything about my economics class anymore, now that finals is over, except pray.

I’ve been telling myself these past few days to just take it slow and do things a little at a time, finishing projects and classes on at a time with the mantra “Tick Things Off Your Checklist, One by One”.

It was actually very helpful. It’s kind of weird hypnotizing myself to become a bit calmer. I’m relaxing a bit before the last stretch.

I’ve been getting myself addicted to Pet Society in Facebook. (I revived my Facebook due to peer pressure and sheer boredom) I’m hoping to make a porch/garden room, a living room, a kitchen/dining room, a bedroom, a tech room, a bathroom, a 2nd living room/library, a 2nd bedroom, and perhaps another bathroom. It’s quite hard considering my earnings to be about 1.5k per day, which won’t even cover the wallpaper I want. I needz more moolahz!

I’m less active in Plurk, although I try to plurk at least once or twice a day.

I’m also addicted to Vocaloids and am planning to make a vocaloid blog/mp3 and video database because I’m OC like that. XD If you’re interested in helping me, please check out Bel Canto Vocaloids.

I am getting interested in PVC figurines as well. I don’t have the money to immerse myself in the hobby, but they look really nice to collect don’t they. <3 Maybe a blogger can make a post like ‘Introduction to PVC figurine collecting’ or something. I’d really like that. :3

I’ve also been reading blogs, and design blogs/feeds as well. I’m really trying to improve my creativity although I haven’t had the time to put my ‘research’ into practice yet. Soon. Because of a school project. :)

Plurk

I just joined plurk. Gave in and joined the horde. Lol. I really didn’t want to join because it sorta felt like stalking… or that was the excuse I gave. I just realized I have this stupid arrogant elitist pride about wanting to be different from others all the time…
But after joining Twitter first… just to get a feel of the whole stalking-ish business… well… Twitter isn’t visually pleasing… In plurk… at least you have a visual of a timeline… plus it’s easier on the comments and such…

http://plurk.com/hirika

Shelfari

Long time no blog! Anyways… a bit of an update on my blog. I have a Shelfari account! It’s so cool! I now have a list to keep track of the anime I watch, the manga I read, and now the books I have read! I didn’t put a lot though… like the Sweet Valley books I’ve read and such… It’s just too much of a hassle. But generally I really like the interface of Shelfari. It’s a bookshelf, and it can segregate your list into books I’m planning to read, books I’m reading, books I’ve read, and favourites, I own, and a wishlist. So it’s a good thing to keep track of what I’ve read as well as to see what other people have read so I have an idea on what I might want to read/buy next. I think I might put whatever review I come up with there as well. I’ll probably just copy and paste from here though.

So if you have a shelfari account, add me if I know you personally. http://shelfari.com/hirika

Web Spring Cleaning

I think I mentioned it before but I’m really annoyed that I have so many accounts that I don’t use so I’ve been spring cleaning. I might regret it though… it’s not bad to have open accounts everywhere but… I don’t know. I feel like starting over. But usually I can’t for sentimental reasons… that’s why I’m a pack rat. I always cling on to sentimental things and cry over the littlest things. Like I remember crying before when I was little because my mom bought me a Goody hairbrush but I broke a tooth on the first day. (Not so durable is it?) I cried bec I wanted a new one bec I didn’t like imperfect things. I’ve realize that until today, I’ve had this attitude. I cry over the littlest things even if I am 18 yrs old. Like now I want to cry because I lost my mini-Cabbage Patch doll and I’m afraid it might have fallen over the cabinet and into the trash can a long time ago. I’m trying to find it now. But… I’m trying to be less sentimental even if I guess that’s really my personality. A clingy person who cries a lot. Maybe I’m trying to change because of theology. I mean, we are being taught that there are more important things than material wealth, but I can’t help but cling on to these material wealth. Although, technically I’m clinging on to the memory of the material wealth. Ahh I don’t know anymore. Anyways… I’ve deleted a lot of thing already.

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I deleted my Friendster Account. I couldn’t delete the other one because I can’t remember my login info.

I deactivated my Facebook Account.

I’ve deleted my 2nd Livejournal account and kept the first one. (Actually I deleted the first one but I activated it again after a few minutes of thinking that I might regret it bec it was my first blog and holds many memories… It doesn’t delete until after 30 days thank goodness.)

I’ve deleted my Xanga account.

I deleted my WordPress.Com blog.

I can’t delete my minitokyo.net account… How sad…

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I still have a lot of inactive accounts like old MMORPGs that I don’t play anymore. Some game accounts of the companies that made some of those MMORPGs. Anime sites. Etc. There are even some that only allow deactivation like Facebook. Or some that don’t allow deletion of accounts like WordPress.Com But I can’t remember them anymore. So I’ll just leave them be for now until I remember them then I’ll delete them. I know it’s in my mail but I’m just too lazy to look through them properly.

Fads, Links, and Opinions

Here are some things I’ve tried out and their current status.

SOCIAL NETWORKS

Friendster. It was cool at first. I even made accounts of anime characters and wrote profiles on them. Lots of people added my characters then. I also had my own personal account… but I guess I’m not really one of the popular ones, also because I opened an account much later than everyone else, but I never got to make a 2nd or 3rd personal account. Right now, I don’t think anyone uses Friendster anymore. Maybe because there were a lot of Trojans on it. As of now, my Friendster accounts still exist because I still get email from them, but I never open my accounts anymore.

Facebook. I honestly didn’t want to make one. Based on past experiences, once the fad’s done, it really is a hassle. I don’t like to make accounts I don’t use. It annoys me. However I do have a lot of them. But in the end, I gave in because Facebook was a way to connect with my cousins from Australia. At first it was a bit fun, especially the Heroes game. I got a bit addicted to that one, and I also became OC with the layout of my profile. However just a few days ago, I decided to deactivate my account. I didn’t delete it, just deactivated it.

I never had and never will have a MySpace, Hi5, or any of those other social networking sites accounts.

Plurk. I dislike the idea of Plurk. It’s a stalking machine. Why do people have to know what you are doing everyday? All the time? It’s weird. Although honestly I’ve stalked people on friendster and multiply as well… but I don’t think I’ll create a Plurk account unless I give in to peer pressure bec people keep sending me invites and I just keep on ignoring them. Twitter had the same concept but I think I liked it more than Plurk although I did not have an account there. But my mom has both.

PHOTOS

Flickr. I have a Flickr but I don’t update it anymore. I use my… Multiply account instead. It’s Friends Only though. Or at least most of it is. At first I didn’t want to use Multiply for the same reason I gave a while ago, but I gave in because it was useful to me. Everyone posts their photos on their Multiply account and in order for me to view…well…pics of me, I have to have an account. It is also an efficient way to show people pictures I’ve taken of them.

I have a Photobucket account. In fact I have two but it’s for personal use. Although I only use one now. I created a new one because I became OC about my folders and blah, but I was too lazy to fix it.

BLOGS

I once had a Livejournal account under the name carauy. I stopped. I moved to Xanga under the name carauy. I stopped. I moved back to LJ under carauy. I stopped. I created a new one hirika. I stopped. I had another one called paradisiad. I stopped. I have a DEVIANTART and MULTIPLY blog. But I rarely use them. I had a paradisiad wordpress account. I think I have a hirika one too. I actually can’t say how accurate this is bec I created many accounts and lost track already. And this is my latest blog hosted by my significant other who probably never reads this bec he is too lazy.

Other accounts:

I have a lot of other accounts for many different things like forums and such across the net, but a lot of them are inactive. It makes me really sad. Maybe one of these days I’ll hunt down my accounts and delete them one by one.

File Hosting

Sometimes email isn’t enough. I use Gmail and Yahoo! and they both limit how much you can send in an email. I don’t know the term for it. I’m not very techy but here is a list of some hosts I’m familiar with, along with some comments.

YouSendIt
YouSendIt used to be the best way to send large files over the net. However, perhaps because of it’s popularity, they require you to pay now, although they have free trials. I don’t use this anymore.

FileDropper
Although it can go up to 5GB of file hosting, and it’s a clean site, I don’t really like it much. The last time I used it, it was quite slow. But the first time I used it was okay.

MediaFire
I actually like MediaFire. It’s easy to use, and they even have folders and such. Although it only goes until a 100MB.

PhotoBucket
I’ve been using this for how many years now. I like the old Photobucket. The new Photobucket doesn’t like me and takes time to recognize my uploads. What I do is choose the old uploader option. :p You can upload photos and videos on photobucket.