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 Here is my Flikr photostream. I just posted some tests with the lens, but I will try to update it regularly. 


Finally.
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Just posting a quick update, since I haven't posted here in far too long. (What a bad habit.)

L.A. is wonderful. Living here has given me a lot of motivation for life goals, and may even open a few doors. I've met a guy who works in sound on Community, and I hope that he will be the first of many people in the industry that I meet. I am going to need many, many contacts to get started.
 
Anyways, after way, way too long I finally got a DSLR. It's time to take photos and videos, and to finagle all of the digital and automatic settings until they work for me as well as manual does. I'm super stoked, and eagerly anticipating the lens I ordered from RUSSIA to show up. The kit lens is good enough for the moment, but it lacks character and doesn't quite reach the specifications that I would like. 

Oh well. It will be nice to have a chance to get to know my camera before slapping a vintage lens on it. That will complicate things, since the aperture will have to be set by hand (which I love), while the ISO and Shutter Speed will be set digitally (which so far, has been more annoying than elegant). I've got about a month before it gets here. This is going to be a long month.

The Time for Swearing is Now
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 No CSU accepts applications for Spring 2012 until August. Being proactive, I went and started the process, only to discover that there are only a few CSU's that are accepting applicants for Spring, and that none of them are the campuses I want.

Also, the one school that is accepting applicants in Spring and has the Major I want has the most ridiculous policy on transfers into the Major. You must be accepted in Fall, then apply for the Major in Spring. WTF.


I am so tired of hitting walls in education. I just want to graduate and start the rest of my life.

Honestly, if it weren't for the job market being a huge clustercuss, I would be very strongly considering walking away with an AA and doing whatever I could. I'm starting to just not care.
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 I guess it'sa good thing that I made a decision when I did. My parents just bought a house in LA, and are closing the deal in 30 days.

I really hope that this time, my life makes sense.

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 Rational Phillip is angry at Idealistic Phillip right now. It's not a comfortable feeling, but at least I can say that I am trying.

I'm going for the Film degree. Future Phillip can deal with any negative repercussions. 

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I hate it when these things happen.

Battlestar Galactica spoiler:

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It's funny, I thought that I was having doubts about my faith over the last few weeks, but upon writing an entry about it, I suddenly knew what was actually bothering me.

I am realizing that I am far too concerned with things that I have no control over. Sure, there are some things I can do, like donating money to people who can have an impact, or buying Free Trade things, but there are other things that I can't do anything about.

Other than that, though, I am generally far too concerned about world events for my own good. I have recently, anyways. It's time to find that place of balance where I can continue to attempt the impossible while not laying my emotional well being on it.  Over the last few days, I have repeatedly been reminded that I am generally a pretty awesome person when I'm not pre-occupied with every large and small problem facing the world. 

This could free my attention up to do something that might actually impact the lives of the individuals around me. 

I don't know. The message of Christ, as far as I can interpret it, is completely overwhelming and isn't something that I can actually follow. But in some way, isn't that the point? Part of me feels like this only leaves a soft, feel good Christianity, but I'm certain that my personal aversion to such a thing will help me be critical about it.

All I can say right now is "I don't know". 

People are Calling for my Old Pastor to Resign
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People are freaking out, because the head of the church I grew up in told someone it was okay to get an abortion. Here's the audio clip from the radio show he regularly hosts, Pastor's Perspective. (Don't worry about the video, I omitted it on purpose, as it just has a bunch of out of context verses trolling the audio. There are two parts, the second part has a follow-up the next day.



So apparently it is a terrible thing to say that it is okay to get an abortion to save the mother from complications. People (notably my Mom) have been calling for him to resign over this.

Nikki noted that the doctors recommended it based on complications, and given the very obvious convictions she displays, I can only guess that they were complications that threaten her and the child, who would only potentially live for a day, if the child survives to term at all.

So what I am getting from this is that a political stance is more important than preserving the life of this distressed woman. 

We pray with fingers crossed, but You listen patiently anyway
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I just applied for a bank teller position and a test administrator position.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I need all the blessings and/or luck I can get right now.

Friend Cut
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For the first time ever, I have cut my friends list down. If I haven't seen an entry or comment from you in a long time, you were probably cut. Nothing personal, it's just that you probably don't even log in to livejournal anymore.

But just in case, if I cut you and you would rather I didn't, just send me a message and the mistake will be rectified.