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Ages... [Mar. 23rd, 2012|11:37 am]
Nik
It's been far too long...

As exciting as it used to be to update about my life bi-weekly, share my views on the world, and publish my art all in one place, I have felt stuck with the format of this journal.

So on that note, I'd like to put out a request... has anybody had any experiences with other blogging sites? Which ones are comfortable to use, that allow for a good sense of community? I'm thinking about Blogger/Wordpress style sites that I can import cleanly my journal entries so they display well on my website. That way, I'll be a bit more current with my goings-on. Facebook is fun and all, but I do find that I edit myself quite a bit because I don't have much of a chance for elaboration. That said, in blog format it is much easier to explain my blunt views on the world, then allow myself to digress, and finally bring it home with a decent conclusion.



But enough about that.

I'll be blunt about a few things: I don't understand small, yappy dogs. Small, friendly dogs are ok. I guess it's a different kind of personality it takes to have these types of animals, but I see it as a trend sweeping the world. Where have all the big dogs gone? I miss seeing German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Labrador Retrievers everywhere. I don't want to be able to carry my own dog... if so, not easily.

People + Roads = Idiocy. I don't care if you're on a bike, in a car, or even running... Stupidity is amplified when people are required to conduct themselves to reach a designated destination. I've had more frustrations en-route anywhere than ever in my life... mostly because I spend more time getting places being that my work and home are six miles apart. That doesn't sound far, but on a bicycle, it really requires one to analyze his surroundings. 

I can't think of much else, right now, aside from the things about my own life that aren't easy.... but that would be just complaining. Growing pains are just my main issue right now, preparing for huge changes and really "becoming" that adult I've always hoped I'd never have to be. I feel like this moment in my life could be the conclusion to a huge chapter in my life that I'll look back on fondly, but be pleased to be over with. It's like when a couple talks about when they were young and in love and bohemian as all get-out, but had all the frustrations of living in poverty and working their asses off. That's kind of where I am... where every moment is bittersweet and I can't let it pass for all my wants and needs. 

Life isn't easy, but it's amazing. I have been pleased to find someone I am in love with, who makes me wildly happy, who also makes SENSE. It's always a collaborative effort talking about anything we take on. We support each other through the thick and the thin and have both grown so much in just a year's time. We're coming up on our first ever St. Baldrick's event... a culmination of fundraising efforts that ultimately end when we both shave our heads to donate to childhood cancer research. Together, we've raised over a grand... not an exorbitant amount of money, but it's enough to say we put our hearts into this. Shaving our heads will be an experience to truly stand in solidarity with the people who have experienced radiation/chemotherapy and have lost their hair unwillingly. Kelly will feel it probably more than me, being as she has had long dark hair her whole life and it's more of a social stigma to be a woman and bald. I'm excited to start over with her. 

All in all, I've been still cranking out the art, madly. Recently, I've just finished my ninth comic book (this one written by one of my students), as well as several commissions, two shows, and a music video. It's been good... I've been motivated... Now let's keep it rolling.

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[User Picture]From: j_b
2012-03-23 11:20 pm (UTC)
LJ is awful, but other sites are awful-er. For a site that handles hosting /for/ you, it's one of the least awful. That said, the engineer who inspired me to join LJ gave up on it and moved to hosting his own WordPress site. His tech details are at:

http://www.jwz.org/blog/2010/11/wordpress-migration-mostly-complete/

Cheers!
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2012-03-24 02:13 am (UTC)
How did you get banned??
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[User Picture]From: thecatscratch
2012-03-24 12:34 am (UTC)
Wordpress is okay, although they're kind of weird in some aspects. I had two blogs get considered ~spam for no reason.

Been living on Tumblr. Maybe you'd be into that place. :)
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2012-03-30 02:34 pm (UTC)
Just started a tumblr thanks to you guys!

http://nikarnoldi.tumblr.com

Working on getting something on the page. :)
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[User Picture]From: lady_fox
2012-03-24 03:28 am (UTC)
*hug* good to hear from you some.
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[User Picture]From: cleverkitten
2012-03-27 05:59 am (UTC)
Saw the pics you were tagged in on Facebook... luckily, Kelly has a very nicely shaped head. :)
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2012-03-30 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hehe yeah she does! :)

I wasn't as blessed in that regard, but at least my hair grows fast. ;D
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[User Picture]From: kidgit
2012-03-28 06:54 pm (UTC)
awesome video nik!
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[User Picture]From: nodecafpls
2012-03-30 01:17 am (UTC)
OMG UR ALIVE. GET TUMBLR.
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2012-03-30 02:34 pm (UTC)
Just did. How do we stay in contact?

http://nikarnoldi.tumblr.com
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[User Picture]From: byname
2012-06-16 07:12 am (UTC)
Hello Nik!

Long time no see! Did you end up delving into another blogging site? I've been on the same hunt myself for a while now and haven't found much exciting yet. It's too bad that everyone doesn't all move to the same site. I hate making a move at all, especially when it means losing friends.
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2012-06-16 11:16 pm (UTC)
Hey there!

I actually did find a different site... I don't write as much, but I use Tumblr and Facebook to keep updated with my images and life. Tumblr isn't too hard to work, and it supports image-heavy posts like mine. :) Also, it's good for a bit of text here and there.
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[User Picture]From: byname
2012-06-17 05:21 am (UTC)
I like the look of tumblr, in that I typically enjoy looking a photos and reading deeply psychoanalytical posts rather than 'here is what I did today' posts. I have a few more questions for you:

1.Is there a charge for using the service? What about for having an upgraded account?
2. Were you/are you able to import all your old entries from LJ?
3. Is there a text heavy post limit? I tend to write more than I post photos.

It's all good if you don't know those answers. I just know myself. I'll EVENTUALLY look those things up myself, but if someone I know, already knows, then I'm just going to ask lol
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2012-07-22 02:47 pm (UTC)
1. No charge! It's pretty easy to use, too! :)
2. I didn't attempt to import my old entries... but I don't suspect that would be easy.
3. Not sure if there's a post limit, but if there is, there probably is a way around it (linking to articles/blogspot/etc)

So yea, I can't really say I have easy answers, but I hope to find you there anyway!
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