Terror Off Campus – Skipper Left Hanging

Sep 24, 2012 6:13pm

A local Graphic Design major seems to have snapped under the pressure of campus life. Known to most everyone as “Duch”, she led a normal life and presented a calm demeanor up until the moment she got home today. Barbie never saw it coming. She didn’t have a chance to protect her younger sister, Skipper. When the teen-boy got home, he saw his mother had already tortured Skipper and hung her, naked, from a noose in her office.

 

No one saw this coming.

Why would someone do this? We spoke with her close friends, to gain a better perspective.

“I just spoke with her yesterday.” TheAntiChick said, when we interviewed her this afternoon. “She was under a lot of stress, worried about getting assignments done on time and life getting in the way. I told her to breathe, to do what she could, and it would work out. By the time we got off the phone, she was laughing. I thought she was ok, really…”

Barbie, at this time, has no comments.

I couldn’t have said it better, myself.

Continuing from my previous post

Today I read a post from The LawDog Files. I’m not sure who the author is on this blog. I read it every now and then, when I see a link on a friend’s page that catches my eye. LawDog made a post on September 12, after the violent protest in Libya, that did a far better job of stating what I tried to state in my last post where “I State the Obvious”.

Here’s a direct link, where LawDog says “And damned-all we’ll do about it.”

I State the Obvious

Things in the Middle East are getting out of hand.  Ok, not only do I state the obvious; I grossly understate the facts. As I hear the news and read the headlines, I have a mixture of emotions. I’m appalled that anyone would go to such radical extremes for any religion – especially a religion that claims to promote peace. At the same time, a part of me is darkly amused, because I know that this group of extremists does not represent the entire Muslim faith. While I do not claim to know much about their religion, I do recognize radical behavior. When insulted by the way a film portrays your religion, one does not want to go attacking embassies and promoting chaos in the streets. It only serves to decrease one’s credibility.

In case you aren’t up to speed on current events, let me give you a brief summary:

On the 11thanniversary of 9/11, Islamic demonstrators staged violent protests at U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya. The attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The last time an American ambassador died in a violent assault was 33 years ago, when Ambassador Adolph Dubs was kidnapped and assassinated in Afghanistan.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2201780/Christopher-Stevens-death-US-ambassador-killed-attack-Libya.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/world/middleeast/us-envoy-to-libya-is-reported-killed.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/adubs.htm

Demonstrators attack the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on 9/13. Protesters were throwing stones and there were reports of gunfire. People were injured before the government got troops on the scene.

That same day, about 200 demonstrators gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Kuwait. This demonstration was peaceful, but the signs of “USA stop the bullshit” (in English) … well, that’s something we’ve always seen in the Middle East.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/13/us-protests-idUSBRE88C0J320120913

Western embassies in Tunisia and Sudan were attacked. In Tunisia, two people were killed after crowds breached the embassy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19602177

While the U.S. embassy was the common target, protesters also hit the UK and German embassies. I could keep on listing, but why don’t you look at this article that shows a map of all the protests going on instead. Just scroll to the bottom:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/201291482159758224.html

Two U.S. Marines were killed early Saturday during a sustained attack on an Afghanistan base. Three or four more troops were wounded. While there were no organized demonstrations outside its gates, the timing is just impeccable…

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/14/world/asia/afghanistan-fatal-attack/

I’ll be honest; I don’t know how this is going to play out. I know they need to calm-the-fuck-down, and I don’t see it happening any time soon. :/

Third week in…

My digital imaging class is strictly focused on Photoshop CS6. Unlike my other courses, this is a fast-paced short course. It only lasts 8-weeks. It’s like they took a summer semester course and plunked it down into the Fall semester, so they could add a “Late Start” course when it ends (yes, they did that – another 8-week course for Digital Imaging II). You get the same amount of credit hours as you do with the full semester courses. The only difference is there are assignments you do at home and turn in online. I suppose you could say half of this course is web-based.

Did I mention this is a fast-paced course? Oh, yes, I did… What I haven’t mentioned is that most students are used to running PC’s instead of Mac’s. This entire course is based on using a Mac. There is not one PC in this classroom.

On the first day I found it a bit intimidating, and I’m sure the other students did as well. But really, everything we need is in the textbook. If you don’t understand the Mac UI, the instructor opens the classroom an hour early to give students extra lab time on the machines. There are other classrooms that have posted lab times throughout the week. All it takes is practice and a little initiative on your part.

We’ve already had 3 students drop from this class… Unfortunately, the one student I wish would drop still remains. We’re three weeks into an eight week course and he still doesn’t have the textbook. He constantly asks other students questions about where things are on the Photoshop toolbar — things that are covered in Chapter 1 of the textbook. And he goes on about how much experience he has in Photoshop, but it’s a very old version and he just doesn’t get this new version. He complains about everything, and he’s loud. His voice gets on my last nerve. This guy rarely asks the instructor for help (he’d rather ask other students and waste our time). However, when he’s forced to ask the instructor, it’s always at the worst time. It’s when the instructor is on his way to help another student. The guy interrupts the instructor and wastes his valuable time when 3-4 students actually need help with something new we’ve covered.

 

Last night I heard something I wasn’t meant to hear. The instructor called Mr. Obnoxious to his desk and quietly talked to him about something. I wasn’t trying to listen, but sometimes you can’t help but hear, y’know? I heard the words, “missing assignments,” “I have to do this,” and, “this is your first warning.” Mr. Obnoxious comes back in his loud voice with, “I don’t have the book. I’ll probably get it but it won’t be for a few weeks. Probably by the end of class.” What?? Oh, it gets better… He then said, “I’m really just here to learn Photoshop. I don’t really care about the grade.”

I was floored.

Ok… so we finish class. I stick around a few minutes getting to a stopping point on my assignment, saving my work, and saving a backup to my DropBox account online (always keep a backup – it will save your a** more than once). Mr. Obnoxious leaves about 5 minutes before I do. I’m the last one out. I’m tired. I’m cranky. I just want to go home and take a nap. I get outside, get to my car… as far as I know, no one is behind me.

All of a sudden I hear Mr. Obnoxious’ voice dancing on my last nerve, and he’s right behind me, talking to me! “I think that Photoshop class just assumes the students already know certain things, and they could do a better job of explaining how to use the product.” Now, I was tired. I didn’t think to say, “If you had the textbook you’d be up to speed with everyone else. No… what fell out of my mouth? “I knocked the shit out of the last person who startled me like that.”  I then looked up at the stormy sky and said, “Looks like rain.  I have a long drive.” Mr. Obnoxious backed away from me and said, “Yeah, it does… er… have a good weekend…”

Why. The. Fuck. is this guy bothering with taking the course? If he just wants to learn Photoshop, Adobe has free online tutorials!!! :: headdesk :: Well, perhaps he’ll stop bothering me in class now…

A summary of my morning thusfar

4:15am

Freyja kitty jumps on my bed.

“Meow? Meow? I want my kitty treats now. Why aren’t you awake mom?”

Just as I doze off…

4:45am

Harley puppy at the side of my bed, wagging her tail.

“Harroow… mom? Feed me? Why aren’t you up yet?”

Me: “It’s not time, damnit! Go AWAY!

Just as I doze off…

5:00am

From somewhere in the house, Bagheera kitty yowls as he is once again lost in another room. I contemplate forgetting about how pretty he is.

Right about now, Freyja jumps on the bed. “Meow? Are you up yet?”

Hmm… did they plan this? They both want treats… I toss her off the bed and go back to sleep.

7:00am

Paul leaves for TRF to go work on the booths.

I wake up because I’m sleeping light at this point. I’ve been awake already. He was being very quiet. I told him it wasn’t him.

We say goodbye for the day and I get kisses.

Just as I doze off…

7:10am

BLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM!!!!!

I give up. It’s the construction going on in my neighborhood. I get in my car and find the source, to see who I get to vent my Foamy Wrath upon this morning. But as I think about it, it’s really not their fault. They’re following a schedule. Who scheduled them to do this on a Saturday morning? So I see where they’re tearing up the street and I manage to talk to someone, and find out where I can complain.

Coffee now. It’s got to get better…

 

I made it through the first week!

One definitely has to make adjustments when getting back into the swing of a classroom routine, but it isn’t so bad. I think my major challenge is that I’m working on a Mac. You see, I cut my teeth on a PC. I know the Windows OS like the back of my hand. A Mac??? This is foreign territory to me. I find myself getting to class early just so I can hit the lab and navigate the UI. Oh well, at least I’m a quick study. Regardless of the challenge I’m facing, Photoshop is still Photoshop, regardless of the platform you’re on. Digital Imaging is my favorite class. 🙂

In addition to classes, we’re gearing up for Texas Renaissance Festival! It starts in October, but we have a new booth this year! The Mystic Armory! If you’re in the Houston, TX area (or traveling distance), I highly encourage you to come out to the festival. You’ll have loads of fun!  Just a few pics of the booth can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150857802162117.405696.280964277116&type=3

I’ll post more in a few weeks. Between classes and getting ready for Festival, I’m kinda’ busy now. 😉

As for our latest addition to the family? She’s just as mischievous as you’d expect a kitten to be. In fact, I’m beginning to think Missy should be short for Mischievous. I find myself calling her “Missyfus” every now and then, especially when she’s playing with things those in my office that I’d rather she not… :: rolls eyes ::  But all in all, she’s the cutest kitten ever, and has me wrapped around her paw. I mean, really…. just look…

And yes, the other cats are talking to me. However, Little Missy has a foul mouth. You should hear the way they talk to each other! :: gasp! ::

And on that note, it’s time to get ready for class. Have a great day, everyone!