Officially in Pittsburgh

Finally staying in Pittsburgh for good. Its an amazing place, and having an apartment “mostly” to myself has been awesome! I have a roommate, and hes a cool kid… I’ve known him since elementary school, so thats a plus too.

I’ve found it hard to do things on my own, but I’m getting better at it everyday. Riding the buses here in Pittsburgh is an adventure too. Yesterday after my Orientation at the Art Institute, I wanted to catch a bus and go down to Carson St. and get something to eat with a friend. Well… The bus was supposed to come at 4:01 but it didn’t come until 4:20 so I was worried that since it was late, I wouldn’t have enough time to stop and eat and then be able to catch the next bus that leaves at 4:45 because by the time I was at Carson St. it was almost 4:35. I just gave up and rode it all the way home.

The Art Institute is a wonderful place too… Orientation was on Saturday and my roommate, a friend that was visiting, and I made it there okay… but once we got to the school, they ended up making us walk across the river down to Station Square to the Sheraton Hotel where they were having the beginning part of Orientation. A lot of the Deans spoke about the school and things like that. They played 2 movies about the Art Institute in general and the specific Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Thennnn came the fun part!

They had all the “guests and parents” leave and had us play some games. In the first game they asked us questions like “Stand up if you’ve ever worn steel toed boots” and odd things like that. Next they had us move all the chairs to the sides of the room and we got into groups and played the “Mrs. Right headed left out of the driveway when Mr. Right came pulling right into the left lane right across the street.” (where you had to pass a prize left or right based on what you heard). That was pretty fun. Then we played Human Bingo, where we had to find other people that had what was on our card. That got us to talk to random people, which was really really cool. THENNNN we played “evolution” where we started as a tadpole, had to play “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and if we won, we would become a Frog, then an alligator, then a Fire Breathing Dragon. If you became the Dragon you won and got some candy. 😛 This also made us challenge random people. I of course won 🙂 Then after that we all sat down on the floor, and six people (Hurray! I was one of them!) stood up in front of everyone in a circle and made a string web. She handed a mic around and had us tell everyone what we are most excited about when starting at the new school. It was awesome to stand in front of almost 300-400 people and tell them how excited I was about starting. After that, we walked back to school and had lunch.

On our way back to school, I found out that my roommate and our friend were back at the apartment already, which I thought was really dumb because he was going to miss the rest of Orientation. I walked back with my new friend Becky, and her roommate Angela, which are both awesome people! (I met Becky through facebook, which is how I met most of my close friends that go to AiP)

The rest of the day was more excitement. I got my ID, I got to meet one of the people that heads the Visual Effects department (for now). I got my schedule changes a bit… Now I have classes Early Monday and Early Thursday morning. Heres my schedule:

Monday: 8am-12noon Introduction to Visual Effects. 12:45pm-4:45pm Freshman Studies


Wednesday: 12:45pm-4:45pm Fundamentals of Design

Thursday: 8am-12noon Color Theory for Media. (long break?) 6pm-9:35pm Composition and ‘something else?’ (<– English class 😦 )

Friday 12:45pm-4:45pm Drawing and Perspective!

I’m so excited… thats all I have! We got our supply kits too the other day, and mine weighs SOOO much. Theres a ton of stuff in it. I got a 100gb Hard-Drive for saving my projects. A HUGE drawing board and HUGE sketch pad. Lots and lots of pens, markers and pencils! and a 30″ T-ruler that didn’t even fit in the HUGE Portfolio bag that it all game with. Thats just a third or less of what was in there! I’ll take a picture soon.

My Supply Kit

Not much else to talk about yet. I’m sitting in my apartment bored as heck… I read most of Chapter 1 in my Visual Effects book, even though I haven’t even started the class yet…

Xbox 360 Update: Yeah… Okay Heres the full story. I bought a broken xbox 360 off of someone that goes to the Art Institute. (The only thing wrong with it is that it didn’t have sound) I sent it in to get repaired by Microsoft, and they sent me a new (refurbished maybe) xbox and it played really well! Except that the DVD drive didn’t work! I could still connect to xbox live (they sent me a free month of it, for ‘fixing’ the xbox) and It would also play the xbox live demos and everything. Well…. I had to send that one in to get fixed too (luckily they renewed my warranty so I didn’t have to pay for the second repair).

Well, as I was waiting for them to repair it and send it back, HALO 3 came out. Of course I pre-ordered it, and waited 4 hours in line to get it. I was 4th in line too! 🙂 I got it, and… My xbox is still in Texas getting fixed. fun fun fun… NOT I can still play Halo 2 online on my original xbox though.

Moving into the apartment, all we have is wireless internet. So I can’t play xbox live until my dad gets me a connection to the router with an Ethernet cable. He said he would look at it on Monday.

But… MORE GOOD NEWS! (not :P) I called Xbox customer support yesterday because on the service website, it said my xbox no longer existed. NO LONGER EXISTED?! What the heck. I was on the phone for a half hour trying to sort it out and they said it is still in the workshop being repaired, but do not know when it will be finished. The guy on the phone said to wait 3-5 business days for the xbox to at least re-appear on the website. Maybe they couldn’t fix it and are sending me another “new” (*cough*refurbished) xbox!

At least I’ll get another free month of xbox live ^_^.


2 Responses

  1. No way! Very cool. Did you reall get a hard drive or a jump/flash drive?

  2. Its a real Hard Drive… but its portable, about the size of a small book (its that orange and silver thing in the picture. It can connect through Firewire 800, Firewire 400, or USB 2.0 Its really nifty, but the school is saying that were going to use that up really fast. They said a Terabyte (1,000GBs) hard drive would be even better for us to get. Thats when we start to use High Definition camera’s which take about 10GB a minute! (at least thats what I heard)

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