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March 2nd, 2009

01:17 pm - Announcing MeghanGrammer.com
As someone who talks a big game about wanting to get an MA in graphic design, it seemed important that I have a personal website to show off my design chops. Web design isn't really what I want to focus on, but I like to think I can wrestle CSS and Javascript into shape when I have to.

So consider this your formal invitation to MeghanGrammer.com. Please take a look and let me know what you think. But only if you love it.

In related news, my Etsy shop is open for business over at MGChains.etsy.com. Yes, I've restarted the chainmail "business," for really real this time.

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February 24th, 2009

02:55 pm - Ironic Therapy Note of the Day
I crave praise and applause for being strong and independent enough not to need praise and applause.

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January 22nd, 2009

01:13 pm - WWOD?
Dad had an idea for a t-shirt/bumper sticker, and I made it happen:


You can get it from CafePress.

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December 24th, 2008

08:54 pm - Buffalo
Plans were made, plane tickets were purchased. I'm going to be in Buffalo from 1/1 to 1/5.

AND I'm going to be reffing for the Queen City Roller Girls at their bout on Jan 3. So if you're in Buffalo and you haven't checked out the roller derby team yet, this is the perfect time to see a bout! Special guest referee Ruth of All Evil in the hiz-ouse!

Now I gotta go figure out if I can fit my skate gear in a carry-on bag.

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December 20th, 2008

12:10 pm - travel plans
Buffalo friends, if I go to Buffalo January 1-4ish, will I get a chance to see you?

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December 3rd, 2008

12:48 pm - Prop 8: The Musical
See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

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November 14th, 2008

11:46 am - higher learning
So on Wednesday I bought a round-trip ticket and wedged my generous ass into a seat a bus bound for Boston and the New England School of Art and Design. NESAD has the graphic design program I'm currently leaning towards applying to. They've got the highest-level program I'm likely to get admitted to, as someone without a BFA in graphic design, or even a BFA in anything. They offer a pre-graduate summer program, 10 weeks of art school boot camp, and will conditionally accept you to the masters program. I.e. if you get a B or better in the pre-grad summer thing, not only do you get accepted into the MAGD program but you also get to skip some foundation courses.

So I sat on a bus and watched all but the last 10 minutes of a bad movie (Indiana Jones and the Magnetic Alien Head). We pulled into South Station just as crazy Russian lady was screaming to the aliens about wanting to know everything. I think I can guess how that turns out.

Somehow I'd gotten myself mixed up when looking at the map (which I forgot to bring with me, of course) ahead of time, and what I thought was the southwest corner of Boston Common was really the southEAST corner. I went a few blocks in the wrong direction, realized Arlington St wasn't where I'd imagined it to be, downloaded google-maps to my phone and got myself straightened out.

Once I found the building I got a quick tour of the department. While looking at the classrooms themselves doesn't reveal a whole lot (oh look, another classroom full of computers with a projector screen in front) I was trying to get a feel for the student assignments on the walls and the general mood of the place. Do the projects and assignments look interesting? (yes) Are they things I could imagine myself doing? (yes) Are there people around and working or is the place deserted after classes end? (still lots of people there when I left at 7:30) Et cetera.

All (except one) of the people I met were very friendly and helpful and encouraging. The one woman I met who wasn't encouraging acted as if I had just stumbled in off the street and told her I wanted to start my thesis. Yes, I realize there's a lot of work involved for someone without a BFA. Yes, I know I'd need to take this-that-and-the-other foundation course. Yes, my computer skills are fine. I could probably teach your lower-level Adobe classes, in fact. That's pretty much why I spent two hours on a bus to attend a one hour info session - because I realize how much work is involved and the challenges I'd face, and I want to make sure I like the place before I commit to that.

So there's still a ways to go, but I feel like I'm one step closer to art school. There's lots of scary logistics involving money and moving and income and rent and what Colin does while I'm grad-schooling it up, etc. And how to still do roller derby somehow, whether commuting back to Maine on weekends or hooking up with NHRD or BDD or the new league I hear rumours about outside of Boston.

The whole process is scary and exciting at the same time. Here's hoping I don't blow it somehow!

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November 5th, 2008

08:33 am - bittersweet
As happy as I am about President-Elect Barack Obama, I am absolutely sick that proposition 8 (apparently) passed in California. I sort of considered Arizona and Florida to be lost causes, but I didn't think California would let me down so hard.

As Melissa says over at Shakesville: "And I still want to grab by the shoulders and shake every person who voted for inequality and demand to know of them: "How could you?"

How can you bigoted fucks invalidate the marriages of 2.5 million people in the name of defending marriage? And how dare you celebrate?

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01:06 am - thank the FSM
Obama wins! new puppies for everyone!

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October 28th, 2008

09:01 pm - I've always been a Democrat.
I am voting for Mr. Dukakis

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