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Class Schedule Reworked

Sandy and I talked at length after class yesterday, trying to determine if it was better for me to keep pushing ahead with the material I had prepared… or to spend more time in-class, allowing students to work on their haikus. We decided that having a completed project in their hands was a better approach, letting them have something to…

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I Guess It’s Good I’m Busy

Sorry for the late update folks. Class ran a bit over last night. It was one of those classes where I stopped moving, looked at the clock, and realized we were already 5 minutes over when class was supposed to end. Aftewards, Sandy and I went back to the same place – DePalma’s Italian Cafe. Like yesterday, I didn’t eat…

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Second Day of Class

It went well, although I have this feeling it could have been better. We struggled a bit early on, which is the residue that I’m probably experiencing. Don’t get me wrong – we covered a LOT. But at the start of class, I let everyone loose to create a basic animation that entailed having a graphic symbol start at the…

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First Class – Rocked

A good mix of students, but many that were fairly new to Flash. We got through the exact amount that I had set aside for our first day. There were some awkward moments, where a few students got hung up and I had to pause the whole class to help them out. But for the most part, good responses. I…

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Images From the Campus

Whew! What a day. Here are some shots and quick commentary. It’s late, and I need some sleep! Here’s Sandy’s old office – where I work most of the day. Interior shot – my workstation. Blurry shot of Sandy’s bookshelves. Throughout the day, I had this urge to camp out here and read every book. The idea made me wistful….

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The Campus Paper

Is called "The Crimson White." Homecoming was the day before I got here. I kept hearing about how crazy it was, from both Sandy and Tim. I open the paper and in the middle of a series of images, I see students with their hands in the air by a bonfire and stage. This caption was beneath it: "Fans attending…

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The Only Bad Thing About Alabama So Far

is this damn liquor law about not selling on a Sunday. I debated bringing my own bottle of whiskey here, and now I’m kicking myself. No beers anywhere around, no nothing. It’s not like I’m planning on having a drinking contest with the Hampton Inn deskclerks (although one of them is rather cute)… I’d just like a drink or two…

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Two Quick Pics

Getting late, and I still need to write a haiku for Matt. We’ve been doing fairly well about keeping up our back and forth, sending each other a small haiku each day. It’s not heavy, prolonged writing… but it’s still writing. First picture is my hotel room. The second would be the voodoo doll I picked up while in New…

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Dinner With Sandy

When I arrive, Sandy’s left a message for me to call her. Originally, she was the one who liked my work on Synesthesia, and pushed to have me come teach an introductory Flash course here. She’s being kind enough to lend me her laptop (which I’m working on as we… uh… speak?), which I ran up to my room. We…

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Hello Tim, Nice to Meet You. I’m Felix

At the airport, Tim (the graduate assistant whose job it is to coordinate the whole visiting writer series) meets me and we walk to his car. The Birmingham airport is about an hour outside of Tuscaloosa, so we pass the time chatting about our MFA experiences and Flash and Alabama in general. Tim is incredibly nice, opinionated but not overbearingly…

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Hi From Alabama!

*waves* Unfortunately, I’ve got no good images to share. Considered taking a picture while in the plane, looking out the window… but felt that’s been overdone. In retrospect, I really wish I had taken a few shots of us coming for a landing. But let me back up a bit. After running around the apartment and getting everything packed, I…

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Can You Feel the Love? Can You?

That’s right, dear reader. I’m going to try to update this mother from the road. Bringing my digital camera with me, along with many fresh batteries. I am planning on uploading images and jotting down thoughts every night – hopefully things won’t be that busy. OK. OK. Starting to slip into Content Whore mode. Woohoo! Alabama, here I come… Next…

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Holy Shit

I just did a quick search on Google, and found another guy who likes the Papermate Sharpwriter. What a freak.

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So… Does This Make Me a Freak?

Got up early today, so that I could run out to Target and get supplies for next week. Bought a new sweater, some more socks, shampoo, mouthwash – usual suspects. Every time I go on a road trip for "business," I tend to stock up on office supplies. In particular, there’s a pencil that I like a great deal –…

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