Jan. 28th, 2011

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The Lion King.  It wouldn't be quite so bad if the recent DVD releases didn't have extra garbage songs added to make it fresh and new.  What was wrong with the movie before, and why can't I get the movie to play without extras?  I guess I could say the same thing for Beauty and The Beast.  Does Disney not get that plenty of their revenue is adults buying a movie they saw as children for their own children (or themselves)?  I want a movie to be the same as it was when I was young, not edited because someone thought they can make more money if they keep altering the movie and adding songs without the original performers.  Do they think we can't tell the difference?  This has led to me only really enjoying Disney movies that were released to DVD for the first time.  Mulan and Tarzan are still the way they were released in theaters and watchable.  I expect when they re-release in a few years some new junk will be added trying to get people to purchase again. 

Why?

Jan. 28th, 2011 04:11 pm
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I opened this account for two selfish reasons.  The first was just to track the many excellent stories I'm reading on live journal, without obsessively checking each link each day.  The second reason I only discovered after I signed up.  I intentionally set up this account without contact info, and without any of my standard e-mail addresses.  I don't want it attached to who I am in the real world.  I'd rather no one searching my e-mail address or name finds it.  I expect many people intentionally have this setup.

It occurred to me that this solves one of my recent problems.  Back in March I lost my job (internet company not enough business to keep me).  I had two months severance, went on unemployment for a while, and spent my time applying to jobs, or trying to brush up my out of date web design skills.  I redid my portfolio (three times) and included my blog as a design reference.  Suddenly I couldn't post personal information on it.  I had outed myself.  This has led to my blog being very slowly updated as a potential employer may see anything I put up.  No more rants about coding issues, or random complaints.  Those might reflect poorly on my prospects.  I may in the future change it back, or design something else as an example, but for now I've felt bottled up inside.

I can't post about dropping unemployment at the end on November and only buying food for the last two months.  I shouldn't post that I'm paying rent by doing manual labor or home repair for my landlord, or that I'm down to $800 or so dollars in my Savings Account.  I can't complain about minimum wage retail jobs that won't even call me.  I graduated college; I have decent interpersonal skills, how qualified do I have to be to work a register at Kohls?  Is there some giant glaring defect in my resume, or is the fact I won't list the 6 hellish weeks in August I worked at a pet store (never again) making it seem that I have not worked for 11 months and must be unemployable?

I shouldn't post about dropping my thermostat 5 more degrees and putting heat sources on the reptile cages for the first time in 6 years( I'm hoping electricity is cheaper then gas).  Graphic designers probably shouldn't admit that they hate advertising and are quickly deciding that the current world is so over commercialized it actually makes them feel sick sometimes (nothing like having no money to help you notice the buy buy buy mentality).  I don't think mentioning that my dog's food is almost 1/5 of the money a month I spend on food, or that I'm trying very hard to keep credit card debt from being another thing i have to pay every month. 

Random pictures of my dogs or repeated pictures of my other pets seem lazy for my blog now.  I feel like I need to go out and photograph everything just so that it can be posted on my blog, or stuck on my portfolio.  Mind you since I lost my job I have dropped the amount of photography I do by a huge margin.  Last summer was probably my slowest for photography in the last 5 years.  Which I find hugely depressing, but photos aren't making me any money, and when you're staring at your bank statement and wondering what you'll be eating next month it's hard to pull up creativity.  It's a viscous cycle. 

It never really bothered me the idea that everyone could read what was on my blog.  I expect if they did a small amount of research they could figure out who I am.  The upside of live journal however will be not telling anyone about it.  My mother reads my blog (everyone's mother peobably reads their blog) and that slightly limited what I would post.  I'm going to try hard to not let that happen here. 

Hopefully here I will find a place to stick my annoying thoughts without worrying a potential employer is picking over it with a fine-toothed comb.  I'm off to go finish obsessively setting alerts for transformers fan fiction now.  I refuse to feel weird about it. 

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