Diggin the scene with a gangsta lean…

So, a lot has gone down since I have updated this. I spent last week packing up my stuff and putting it in my bedroom, and Friday night around 10pm I left Morgantown, arriving in New York (after about 4 hours of naps at various rest stops) at 8:30 the next morning. I’ve spent almost the entire time here finishing up my web portfolio. Check it out here.

Tomorrow I’m going back into the city to hit the pavement. I’ve been staying with my friend in Newburgh, NY, a slow suburbanish town about an hour North of the city. There’s not much to do here which has been good because I needed a state of no distractions to finish everything up.

I’m feeling super-productive now after getting that enormous gorilla off my back, and I’m ready to start sending out cover letters, drinking Red Stripe at a bar where it’s the cheapest option and looking at overpriced studio apartments.
Brooklyn here I come.

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It’s been a few days since I wrote my first entry into this blog. I suppose it’s in the nature of blogs to be updated fairly frequently and I’ve considered posting something here and there but to be honest, there hasn’t been a lot worth blogging about, so I’ve hesitated, not wanting to cover ridiculous minutiae.

I have begun coding the new version of my portfolio site. For a graphic designer, your portfolio is the biggest part of preparing to look for a job, and for a web designer it’s much the same. I’m looking for jobs as both and they dovetail pretty nicely. It’s very strange because you’re essentially trying to reinvent yourself or brand yourself. It’s also a huge task so it’s hard to know where to begin.

SketchbookAt the moment I’m working on a skeletal layout. I’ve done some sketching and come up with a rough design I like. I want the site to be fairly simple with only a little styling at the top, but nothing too distracting. As I mentioned before I’ve started coding on it, shouldn’t be long now before I have something concrete completed.

I also might be DJing at a mall in Pittsburgh during some sort of a fashion show. Unfortunately it’s not a paid gig but I have trouble turning down gigs and I’m always thinking I could use the experience. I’m currently quasi-resident at Duck & Cover, a pretty chill night where I mostly spin funk and odd other items alongside my friends Paul and Matt, who play a lot of afrobeat and reggae. I have intentionally neglected to schedule myself many regular events because I end up spending so much time preparing for them and flyering and the like that I neglect other more critical duties. But in a couple weeks I am probably going to be spinning at a big dance party at my house which should be fun.

There you have it. A not-terribly-concise roundup of all things me. I’ll try to keep regular entries up and worthwhile. I’m still getting a feel for what’s worthy of blogging and what isn’t. It is nice to have some place to collect and present your thoughts and activities if nothing else. Hopefully it’s not too dull for you all.

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a friend or acquaintance of mine. Yep, I’m starting a blog. Nope, there’s no reasonable justification for doing so. The world is full of blogs, it’s kind of ridiculous to start one right now. But then, no more ridiculous than trying to write a book or a song in a world full of them. To create into a world that is saturated with creations. Hopefully I can justify oversaturating this world that little bit more.

For the time being a lot of posts on this blog will cover two topics: preparing one’s design portfolio for the wacky world of finding a job, and preparing one’s overabundant possessions for an impending move to a location pretty far away. Maybe an aside or two about preparing one’s cats for being without their owner for a few weeks and then being moved several hundred miles. Cats don’t like that very much so it should be infinitely interesting to read about.

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