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November 14, 2012


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Journal Entry: Wed Nov 14, 2012, 6:03 PM
Hey again! A couple of friends stumbled on this new art program, and it's free to use (and for mac and windows!) It handles like a very simplified version of SAI mixed with photoshop, and it's pretty neat! (and doesn't take up much disc space). It's not as powerful, but if any of you were looking for a good program, this is definitely the thing to get, and it's pretty somple to get the hang of for beginners@

here's the site-

ALSO!! If you're looking for a cheap tablet pen, check this out~…

They are ridiculously cheap, and I used a friend of mine's and it handles better than my bamboo! And it has a bunch of cool features (and holy shit it's cheap!)

Alright, hope that helps!


Hey guys! Because this was kind of popular, I decided to make an advice askblog with a friend: . You can go on there and as questions, and you can do it anonymously if you don't want us to know who asked!


So this fall a friend of mine started their freshman year of college, and asked me for a list of things that he should know before going. Now, most of the people who watch me are around the same age as him, so I decided to post the list here because 'why the fuck not'. He found it helpful, and I hope you do too! This can also apply to people not going to college, if you're just planning on moving from your parent's house C:

Keep in mind, if any of you ever need advice, or help, or just someone to talk to, you can always shoot me a note or ask for my phone number. I like to make sure my friends are taken care of, and you guys are no exception~ Especially those of you moving away from home or trying something new, that stuff can be scary. Just keep that in mind, you aren't alone out there!

THE LIST (not in any particular order)

General life know-how!

1) Know how to do your own laundry. This seems pretty basic, but you'd be surprised. Make sure you know how to separate your clothes and what settings to put the washer and dryer on as to not ruin your clothes~ That information is usually on the machines themselves, but you can also find it online.

-This includes learning how to iron your clothes, ESPECIALLY if you're trying to get hired.

-Know how to dress professionally. A bit off topic, but you should dress nice when entering a prospective workplace every time you are inquiring about work. You should look decent even if you're just asking for an application, managers do actually pay attention to that kind of thing.

2)Learn how to sew. You'll be living on your own, so no more parents to help you with this stuff. And as soon as you move out buttons are going to start flying off your clothes. So you gotta know how to put 'em back on! This will also help you with small tears and rips, because let's face it, you're not going to have the money to replace stuff, so you'll need to know how to keep your clothes around as long as possible.

3)Learn how to keep track of your money. This includes balancing your checkbook, learning to pay bills and keep a schedule for them, and being aware of how much money you have at all times. Never leave bills just floating around, always keep your cash organized and in one place (like your wallet or a safe, whatever). Make sure you pay your bills on time, and if you get Comcast cable service MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR EQUIPMENT. They ask for it back when you cancel your service and they have the ability to destroy your credit if you don't return it.

Also, on the same note, be careful about credit cards. It's a really good idea to get a low-limit credit card for stuff like groceries so you can start building your credit score, but be very careful with them. Monitor yourself, and make sure you do all your payments on time. Stay on top of that stuff.

-Also, know the importance of good credit. I had no idea about that stuff when I first moved away, but it's essential if you want a decent loan for anything later in life.

4)Learn how to cook. Start simple, but know how to cook at least three different meals (at first). Know your way around basic cooking utensils and measurements, because it sucks trying to live off top ramen (personal experience haha)

5)Learn about basic nutrition. This is easy as going on websites like 'myplate' and checking out what you need to eat and how much. It seems tough eating healthy on campus or on a budget, but I promise it isn't as hard as it seems. It's easy just to get pizza or whatever every night, but I know from experience you will feel a million times better if you're eating right and getting enough water, and it will really help you at work or school.

6)Learn how to communicate in a professional manner. This starts with phone calls, It is essential to learn how to talk on the phone. You'll be making calls for anything from food to paying bills, and you need to be able to speak clearly and get your point across in an efficient manner.

-Also, learn how to write professional emails. These can't be treated like facebook comments. You'll be emailing employers, teachers, ect, and you need to be polite, concise, and professional. Use good grammer, always spell check, and always get to the point immediately. Start your emails with a salutation (i.e 'Good afternoon,) like a letter, and end with your full name. Some professors have guidelines for email etiquette, USE THEM. Nothing pisses a professor or employer of more than crappy email manners.

7)Learn how to budget your time. Buy a planner, make a schedule and stick to it. This is a tough one for some people (myself included). Make time for studying, sleeping, eating, work, and fitness time. You'll find that keeping a schedule will keep you on track, wheras flying by the seat of your pants is incredibly stressful.

8)Get organized. Along the same vein as scheduling, keep your stuff organized. Get a filing box and file all your bills, the instruction manuals to your appliances, receipts, ect. Any paper documents you may need in the future. If you're a student, keep your notebook organized by class, and don't just let papers float around in your backpack.

9)Learn how to drive manual cars. This might seem frivolous, but it actually is important. Employers will always ask if you can drive manual if transportation is involved, and it might just help you out if you need to borrow someone's car. It's also not very hard to do, and it's just like riding a bike once you know how to do it.

10)Learn how to change your oil on your car. Simple enough, and it will save you money. Also, learn how to do basic maintenance on your car: Learn how to jump it, know how to check your spark plugs, how to change the windshield wipers and antifreeze and any other liquids; know how to change a tire and how to check and fi your tire pressure. These things aren't hard, and they'll save you money. Your car's manual should be your best friend.

11)Learn CPR/first aid. Seems a bit frivolous, but you can find very cheap (or free) classes where you can get certified in a day. Not only does this make you an even better samaritan, it actually makes you look better for employers.

12)Know how to clean and how to perform basic 'handyman' tasks. If you're getting your own place or a dorm, make sure to keep it clean-- even the bathrooms. A messy place is very distracting. Also, learn how to do some basic handiwork: this will save you money. Learn how to patch holes in the wall, how to snake a drain, how to fix a blown fuse and how to reset your circuit breaker,basic electrical stuff, basic plumbing stuff, how to sharpen kitchen knives, ect. You can literally find videos on all of this stuff online. Again, this will save you money!

13) Know how to grocery shop. Always make a list of things you actually need, and don't stray from the list. Grocery stores are designed to make you want to buy things you don't need: Avoid this. You end up spending a lot of money that you shouldn't.

-- And, just as a little hint for what to stock: Buy a simple toolkit with a hammer, interchangeable screwdriver, allen wrenches, pliers, socket wrench, and crescent wrenches. You will never know you need this until you really, really need it.

--Keep a funnel in your car for oil changes. These also come in handy for other things.

--Always have a roll of duct tape or gorilla tape (it's cheaper). This stuff comes in handy all the time.

--Keep a basic sewing kit around

--Keep a first-aid kit in your home and your car (if you have one)

--Always keep a flashlight handy, in your home and your car.

--Pocket knives are also great to have on your person all the time; not for a weapon, but they come in handy often.


1) Schedules, budgets, and food stuff were already covered above, but they are incredibly important.

2) Learn all the services your campus provides. All this stuff can be found on the website, and it's generally all free. There's everything from financial aid counselors to free psychiatrists to free nutritionists to pretty much anything you can think of. USE YOUR SCHOOL'S FREE SERVICES.

3) Join a club or an intramural sports team, get a job, or volunteer. It's incredibly hard to meet people in class, so joining a club basically forces you to be social. It's intimidating at first, but it's really important to make friends in college. It can be an incredibly lonely experience without a local support system.

4) Stay or get active. School and homework can be overwhelming and stressful, but you can schedule your time to make room for this. It might not seem important, especially to those of you who have never been active, but it really helps keep the stress levels down. Whether it's joining a sports club or utilizing free services your campus provides, get out and be active for at least 30 minutes for at least 4 days a week. I shit you not, you'll feel way better. It's as simple as riding your bike and taking the stairs.

5)Stay on top of studying . There's no easier way to make unnecessary stress for yourself than procrastinating. Get your stuff done first, then mess around. Again, scheduling your time is important here.

6)Learn how to get friendly with your professors. Professors love to talk about their chosen subject, so go talk to them! If you have any questions, use their office hours. Making nice with them will make your life infinitely easier.

-On the same vein, learn how to ask for help when you need it. Don't bottle away your problems. College is the time for you to learn how to live independently, but that doesn't mean you should push away help. Even if you just need someone to talk to, TALK. Don't think you're being a bother, especially to your professors. You are paying a ton of money to go to school, so it's their job to help you when you ask. This isn't high school anymore, people will not offer you help. You need to seek it out for yourself.

7)Learn how to take good notes, and what study habits work best for you. This is self-explanatory. Good notes will save your life.


Also, some random college-y things you may find useful.

-Enter your campus security's number in your phone. Also be aware if there are blue-lights around campus, and familiarize yourself with the public transit and if they offer any 'saferide' services. STAY SAFE

- Never, ever, ever let people you know drive drunk. Take their keys, whatever you have to do.

-Lern how to throw a punch. I'm dead serious (But don't go punching people out :P) But if you find yourself in a situation, you'll want to be able to do this without breaking your hand.

- FOR GUYS: Understand that 'no' means 'no' and no matter what they wearing, they're not asking for sex. Just because you treat someone nice does not mean they owe you sex Drunk people cannot consent to sex, so don't even try. Always carry a condom and make sure to replace it when it expires.

-FOR GIRLS: Just because someone treats you nice does not mean you owe them sexual favors. Never let someone force you to have sex by holding something over your head. You don't have to do anything unless YOU consent to it.

FOR BOTH: Remember that rape is not a joke. If you were sexually violated, do not be ashamed, Report it immediately. Look out for your friends. If they're getting too wasted and people are creeping on them, get them out of that situation. Keep an eye on each other.

-Learn how to tap a keg if you like to party. It's a party trick that will help you out. Also, learn how to open a beer without an opener (I can teach you how to do it with a ring or second bottle ^^)

-Learn your limits. Don't drink to black out, that's when you get stupid and make bad decisions.

-Avoid drinking on weekdays when you have class the next day

-Stay safe. If you're underage, don't wander around drunk. Have a plan.


-Don't feel like you need to drink or party. There are plenty of people who don't, and you don't have to feel bad for not wanting to.


Alright, that's all I have~ If you have any questions or concerns, again please ask me C:

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sarani-chan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Artist
oooooh thanks much :meow: i will be sure to look into this~
snakes-on-a-plane Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
KirasDarkLight Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
While FireAlpaca does have some great mixing features it does miss a lot of both worlds. :\ I watch someone else who advertised this about two months ago and I've had lots of time to play with it. Yeah, it's okay. But it's missing key things I use from both SAI and Photoshop.
snakes-on-a-plane Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I;m just thinking it's good for people to use if they're new to digital. And it's a whole lot cheaper than photoshop... and the free version of SAI doesn't recognize pen pressure on macs.

It's pretty decent for a free program (much better than the crappy app store one I had to use for a while when my laptop broke)
KirasDarkLight Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know! ;A; The fact that the free version for SAI doesn't do that bothered me so much. I've actually gotten used to it though so it's not TOO bad. But I also have a PC with actual SAI on it so any painting style pictures I do will be done on there and then the file will be taken onto my Mac for uploading and stuffz.

That is true there aren't a lot of good app drawing programs, which is really sad. :\
snakes-on-a-plane Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeeah I can't do no pen pressure anymore haha, I got too used to photoshop~

And none that don't take up a ton of space :P
KirasDarkLight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I still love Photoshop though~ Even if in SAI Im' way better at a painted look.

Very true. -w-
snakes-on-a-plane Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do too C: Never used SAI actually
KirasDarkLight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lol Really? I started on SAI but then when I got CS5 I stopped using it for the longest time. >.<;
snakes-on-a-plane Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah when I was a junior in high school my volleyball coach was a graphic designer and gave me CS4 (well she gave me the product key) haha
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