Monthly Archives: October 2020

Installation and Vision Process

Blogs are A LOT of work, let’s just put that out there. If I didn’t have someone to guide me on the entire installation, editing, backend process I don’t think I could have gotten my blog up so fast. I found that making an account and registering the URL and domain was even a little hard for me. I couldn’t decide what name to use for my blog’s URL and the fact that I couldn’t change it after was something pressurizing. However, once I decided on the name I could tell that not being able to change it is better because you learn to own your URL name rather than keep changing and rethinking it continuously over time. After that, figuring out how to set up categories, make posts, edit the actual blog itself, was so mentally draining for me. I just couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong and how to access everything. I had a lot of help from Jaiden, my TA otherwise I was going to keep drowning in worry.

When I learned how to do editing I thought about how I was having such a hard time because of the mental block I had created for myself with overthinking. I have also learned that blogging is not easy at all. It takes a lot of you; your time, your energy, your personality, and your heart and soul literally. I’m still in the process of learning and making my vision of how I want my blog to look come alive. It’s very difficult to recreate the vision in your mind’s space out onto a canvas; whether it be on paper or digitally and you can’t understand that until you try it yourself. My blog is nowhere near what I want it to look like or “imagined” it. It’s a work in progress and creativity is not my strongest pursuit which I know a lot of people say but are saying it as a casual statement. I realize that my blog may not look like what I want it to right now, but I’ll keep working on it to get as close as I can.

WEEK WRECKER 4; HOLIDAYS

National Complaint Days Needs To Be a Holiday

I think everyone can appreciate a good holiday but there are also so many things that make me angry about them!

Racism

The fact that the Canadian government only gives days off for holidays that are a part of the Christian/catholic religions is just disgusting. If, as a country, we are going to claim to be a mosaic of cultures then all holidays should be observable and given days off for! I find that POC often have to make excuses for themselves wanting to celebrate their own holidays but when they don’t celebrate Christmas they’re the weird ones! It is an ingrained source of ethnocentrism that Canada could really do away with.

Food

Every time around the holiday season, there is a lot of food. This is not a problem. The issue that always makes my blood boil is that there is no end! Cookie, pumpkin pie, hot toddies, anything with cranberries, you name it and someone is making and offering it. I always end up gaining at least 5 pounds and it makes my clothes tight and my face bloat. I can’t stand myself around the holidays because all I can do it eat!

Gifts

I love gifts and I think it is an amazing way to show your love or appreciation for someone! What angers me is the people who put too much pressure on it. They push people over at the malls, complain about wrapping, and can’t seem to go a couple of minutes without mentioning the long list of people they have yet to buy for. There is a simple solution: don’t give gifts! If you complain about giving me a gift then I don’t want it! That makes me feel bad and I didn’t give you a gift to receive one. I only gave it because I wanted to. There is never an obligation and I think people create stess by thinking that there is.

Timing

I have a love-hate relationship with the timing of the holidays. Some of the best Indian and “traditionally Canadian” holidays happen at the end of the year starting in September with Rakhi and ending in December with New Year’s Eve. It leaves me desperate for something to do between those months. Although I enjoy every moment of the end of the year, I can’t help but wish that the joy could be spread out a little more!

Although I can find many things to be angry with about the holidays I think that it is fair to mention that no one can really be upset for too long around the holidays.

PROCESS POST WEEK 5; REVIEWING

This week the task was to review a peer’s blog and it was extremely difficult to refrain from saying only good things. Each student’s blog is meant to be about things that they enjoy and, therefore, to be critical about something that someone likes, felt wrong.

An extremely useful middle ground was the compliment sandwich method. Stating what was first praiseworthy and then moving onto how it could be made better, was a lot easier than pure criticism. Using the readings as suggestions on what to improve rather than me stating everything that could be fixed also made my review feel more like I was a friend giving advice rather than a critic just looking to see things as improvable.

Having a criterion for the critique also made the assignment less daunting. I realized it was not so much about what they were writing but rather the cohesiveness of that content, which was really well explained in the lecture.

This was a great way to gauge how I would critique someone’s work who I do not really know. I think I can apply this experience to my life because I have begun to volunteer for the SFU writing centre and I think learning to be more constructive and less fluffy is an important trick.

Interaction with a Stranger

A few weeks ago, I was at chapters to pick up a book I ordered. I was waiting in line and this girl started asking me if she should get a hardcover copy or a paperback copy of the book in her hand since she couldn’t decide. I told her that I had done some research and found out that hard cover is meant to last longer but paperback is best for travel purposes or just carrying around. I myself, was getting a hardcover copy of my book so I figured she’d prefer the same. After talking about the book type she should get, the conversation continued. She seemed young, around the same age as me, so I decided to ask her if she goes to high school or university. She then went on to tell me she just graduated from high school and is now attending university online. Don’t worry we are getting to the good part….

So, our conversation kept going and I found out that we both graduated from the same high school! We were both surprised since we had never talked or seen each other and I know that may be hard to believe but I was always more of an introvert in school so I had limited friends and acquaintances. Plus there’s so many kids and your energy runs out by the time you graduate. We talked about our experience briefly with Covid-19 and how university is going and it was nice to get to know someone else besides the other people I already knew from school. We even exchanged socials and I have talked to her a few times since! It’s true when they say this is a small world-like really small for real.

Reflecting on that experience, I find that talking to someone face to face, is so much more engaging and connecting. I’m not saying that getting to know someone online through facetime, zoom, etc. is any less meaningful, but there’s a sense of disconnect when everyone feels like they have to act a certain way or say certain things in order to make a connection with one another. Another thing is, the fact that we are online so much now especially because of school, it gets tiring to talk to someone for “interaction” online repetitively. I’d rather meet people and talk in person. However, I still prefer a balance since I’m not super social but not super introverted either. I guess I’d call myself an ambivert because it really depends on whose company I’m in and the energy they bring with them while interacting.

PEER REVIEW ONE

My peer review will be on the the blog fairything.net which is written by Alex Masse.

First Glance

The website is bright and welcoming but a little confusing. The use of a title or a caption that tells the reader what this website is about could help clear things up. There is a really catchy tagline about art, but art can mean a lot of things and therefore, a picture or a description right at the top would be helpful.

The site appears to be set up for new posts to be visible at the top. However there is a lack of continuity regarding whether the article has a header picture attached. If this is a stylistic choice then that is fair, but leaving the space for pictures and not filling them makes it seem like something is missing. Creating a consistent style will make things a bit neater!

Menu

The menu is a bit sparse. There is a home button which is good, however, the word blends into the header picture making the button almost undetectable on all pages other than the home page. 

There is an about page button which is great and it is easily accessible. 

Although this article talks about containers of media it could be helpful in deciding how to organize the posts, because the blog deals heavily with various forms of media.

There are only two menu options that lead to the blogs content and there is definitely room for more! It is not explicitly clear what inward and outward posts means in terms of organizaton. There is also not really a clear path to access all of the academic assignments in one place. Assigning a drop down menu to academics and even just giving an explanation on what inward and outward means could be really useful.

Content Structure

The author has a really unique voice and that is amazing! However it can leave people who are first visiting in the dark! Making what they are talking about in a post explicitly clear can make for a more user friendly experience. 

This can be fixed by including hyperlinks, which can be explained in this article. This can help create a network when mentioning previous posts, which the author does often. Using headings, subheadings, and maybe at the end including a list of links to all the pages on the blog that are mentioned in the post can be helpful as well. Adding tags is a really useful way to make sure all content is accessible in one area.

There is also always a little catch up before getting into the content and it would be more clear if the author could keep the personal commentary about life events to only ones that relate to the topic they are talking about in the post. It would give the blog more flow. Separating these funny anecdotes into a separate post could be a possibility.

Specific Posts And Design

The author has made many posts for their site, and it is easy  to get lost in what is going on. This appears to be an art blog but some of the posts are process posts which disturb the flow of art content. 

Specifically there are two posts about books and then one about inktober. The titles do not make the subject of the posts clear. If the author could  have specific theme titles or pictures, it would give a more clear idea of what post a reader is about to experience. This article could really help the author figure out how they want to distinguish one category of posts from another.  Again, tagging can also keep things really tidy and show the connection from one post to another.

Conclusion

Overall the blog is really interesting and sets the stage for some really amazing content. It could benefit from some organization but all that will come in time!

The Leather Pant of the Season: Aritzia Wilfred Melina Pant… and More

If you haven’t seen all over the Internet this fall, everyone is naming the Aritzia Wilfred Melina Pant as the pant of the season. They can be seen on Emma Chamberlain, BestDressed, itsyuyan and many more!

retrieved from the Aritzia website

Once autumn weather rolls around, it’s a must to take out the leather! These pants were released last year, but they are the new hot item this fall. The Melina Pant comes in a range of neutral colours, as well as the classic black shade. At a whopping $148, you get what you pay for, as they’re vegan leather, high-rise, and straight leg. It basically ticks off all of the boxes necessary for this fall.

Fortunately, for us short girls, they also came out with a cropped version with a 26″ inseam! Although this is an amazing feat, their black cropped pair is on special order until December 31, 2020… yikes. So, if you find a dupe, make sure to snatch it up before anyone gets them (and leave a link in the comments so I can also cop a pair). If you are taller though, the regular length pants are still in-store and online at Aritzia, so grab one before they’re all gone. It’s best to try them on in-store because they tend to be very tight at first but stretch over time – so it really depends on what kind of fit you’re looking for.

The Aritzia Wilfred Free Daria Pant was also popular (and still is) in previous seasons, so if you’re not into the straight-leg pant look that the Melina Pant offers, these leggings give off the same leather look at $138. They also come in an ankle version for us short girls as well!

retrieved from the Aritzia Website

I don’t have either of these pants, but my friends own them and they can vouch for how soft and easily washable both of these items are!

Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to cough up right now for some Aritzia pants. However, I did end up buying a pair of faux leather leggings from Topshop for $75 (cheaper if you can get them on sale, as I did). Leather pants are definitely out of my comfort zone, so I thought I could take this opportunity to try and style them a few ways to keep up with the fall trend. It’s a comparable dupe to the Daria Pant, as it has a soft feel compared to many other cheaper leggings that are rough and not malleable to the skin. This pair has a zip and button closure on the side, as well as an elastic waistband that keeps everything tucked in well. Also, it’s super important to note that these come in regular length as well as petite length. I’m normally a size 4 or 27 in pants, but I bought these in a size 2 petite and they fit perfectly around the waist and at the ankle. I’m assuming that they will stretch over time, but I will update this post after I’ve worn them more. I also looked at the washing instructions before buying them (because if they were super tedious to wash, forget it) and they’re very easy to wash!

I wear the same shoes in every photo so I’ll just link them here for reference – The Adidas Grand Court Shoes in White/Core Black (6.5).

Long Coats

Outfit 1: Babaton Flowy Trench Coat in Modern Taupe (S)
Babaton Sculpt Knit Tank in White (XS)
Outfit 2: (similar) Babaton Flowy Trench Coat in Black (S)
Outfit 3: Adidas Women’s Originals Relaxed Strapback Hat in Black (OS)
Men’s Abercrombie The A&F Perfect Hoodie in Light Brown (M)
Topshop Millie Bonded Coat in Grey (US2)

I didn’t like the way the backside looked on these leggings, mostly because underwear lines are super prominent even when wearing the right underwear. But, surprisingly they aren’t see-through. If you can find a way to wear these without having visible underwear lines then it would be great with cropped items as well (I will have to investigate further)!

Crewnecks

Outfit 1: Adidas Women’s Originals Relaxed Strapback Hat in Black (OS)
Jerzees Men’s Adult Crewneck in White (M)
Peta and Jain Paloma Bag in Black Nylon/Silver (OS)
Outfit 2: Gildan G180 Men’s Heavy Blend Fleece Crew Sweatshirt in Sport Grey (L)
Any white polo works since you can only see the collar
Outfit 3: Forever 21 Mockneck Crewneck (S)

I never really wore crewnecks up until quarantine. I didn’t realize how versatile they were to pair with anything and everything. They wore well under thick coats as well, since hoodies sometimes bunch up weirdly around the neck. I originally thought they were bland until I realized that pairing them with a bag delivers a whole different vibe that I’m clearly into. The middle outfit is a classic for this fall, as many people are pairing collared shirts underneath sweaters and crews! Also, I normally don’t wear black-on-black outfits, but since the leather adds a different texture, it ends up working out quite well in the third outfit.

Denim Jackets

Outfit 1: Adidas Women’s Originals Relaxed Strapback Hat in Black (OS)
Men’s Abercrombie The A&F Perfect Hoodie in Light Brown (M)
Men’s Levi’s Denim Jacket (M)
Outfit 2: Babaton Sculpt Knit Tank in White (XS)
Abercrombie Cropped Denim Hoodie Jacket (XXS)
Outfit 3: Items listed in Outfit 1 & 2

Lastly, denim jackets and hoodies look amazing to give off the model-off-duty vibe. Considering that I live in a cold climate, the first outfit is perfect. However, if you live in a warmer climate, outfit two and three would work out well! I’ve personally always matched denim jackets with everything that I wear and they never do me wrong – a true classic. Honestly, I took this one from my dad’s closet for a true oversized feel so that it would fit over my oversized hoodie.

Before I did this styling exercise, I was still debating on whether I should keep these leggings or not – but I’ve decided to keep them. They were super comfortable to chill in while styling them + very easy to pair with everything in my closet.

Are you guys invested in the leather pant trend? Drop in the comments which pant style you prefer!

MINI ASSIGNMENT TWO; SPIDERMAN

With Great Power Comes Great Frustration

Being Spiderman really is not as great as you would think. Although some of the perks are great like, swinging from webs, getting the girls, and not having to wear glasses, it honestly kind of bites.

The Mask Situation

Whenever I swing around town as Spiderman I wear a mask. Everyone knows it! It goes with my outfit, its breathable, and it looks really cool. Now people want me to wear another mask on top of the one I already wear! How does that make any sense. I literally had to publish my own smear campaign about how I’m supposed to be cancelled because I wasn’t wearing a surgical mask over my regular mask. Do people think I my actual face looks like that? If only a spider that injected reality checks into people existed.

Faulty Spidey Senses

I get that I chose to be anonymous but sometimes I get really tired of people not knowing who I really am. One time as Spiderman I saved this old lady from getting hit by a bus. I did the whole shebang. I swung down, snatched her off the street, and placed her gently on the sidewalk. She was swooning all over me. I literally had to pry her arm off of me.

A week later I see her at the grocery store and I’m just in my regular clothes. I smiled at her and she started screaming at me. Saying how a young men these days are so disgusting. I almost regretted what I did for her last week. Knowing that I’ve helped people like that really gets my webs in a knot.

Movie Remakes

I hate all the remakes of my movie. I don’t get why they keep making so many without me when I’m still spinning! I’m never doing much these days. I get that while we were filming the original I would disappear to save people, but I wasn’t a diva. I made the franchise and now they’re phasing me out! Like who even are Tom Holland and Andrew Garfeild? What really makes me mad is that they didn’t even ask me to come to set when they were filming with the imposters. Their webbing techniques were obviously terrible. Had they just asked me to come I would have happily showed them the ropes. Its honestly disrespectful.

WEEK WRECKER 3; SUPERHEROES

Why Do People Love Them so Much?

It makes no sense why people love superheroes so much. There are so many problems associated with the superhero industry that people seem happy to ignore. If anything it seems as if the villain’s need more of a voice.

Misogynistic

I think the main issue for me is the fact that there is a lack of female superheroes. Although there are a few there are obvious issues with them. They are always wearing very little clothing, getting considerably less notoriety, and always being forgotten about until someone is trying to argue that superheroes do not have enough diversity.

These movies also perpetuate the idea that when a female is in distress she needs a man, but when a man is injured in a super human fight he doesn’t need a woman. To make it even worse, the women these men do save all seem to have to fall in love with them. It’s as if she is not given any sort of autonomy, and as a trope of the genre she falls into his arms.

Destructive

Not enough people talk about how much superheroes ruin when they are saving the world. The amount of cars they throw, buildings they take down, and general catastrophes they are a part of must have some civilian casualties. Many people argue that the movie is set in which superheroes exist, and therefore I cannot argue the realities of innocent lives lost. However, the issue should then fall on the creators of the genre who set these superheroes into reality. If the movie is set in a reality where civilian do not get injured, then what is the superhero even saving them from? They can’t get hurt! Therefore by saying that it is fictional and that they would not get hurt refutes the very purpose of the movie, and anything with that big of a plot hole should not be produced!

Self centred

All superheroes are cowboys of justice which is just unacceptable. As a society we work to make it clear that those that are different should no get special privileges. The rich should have to pay taxes, people with fast cars should stop at stop lights, and people with more should help those with less. Therefore it makes no sense why these random people who can do weird stuff, like shoot lasers out of their armpits, should get the privilege of policing, destroying, and assaulting others.

In Conclusion

It just doesn’t make any sense how people can blabber about these concepts when really they make no sense. Even looking at it from a linear plot driven perspective. A lot of the plots contradict each other from one series to the next! Any old producer or writer can come in and change everything and it is expected to be canon while also not getting in the way of the other supposedly canon versions of the series.

PROCESS POST WEEK 4; DIFFICULTIES

This Is Actually Very Difficult

I have a real new found appreciation for small businesses and people who start sites on their own, because I do not think I would be able to do this without the help that PUB 101 provides.

As the semester gets into full swing I find myself second guessing everything. Whether I got my mood board right, the colours perfect, or my tone correct? However, my main issue is the technical side of everything. Watching the YouTube videos and listening to questions that come up in tutorial have allowed me to customize my site more, but I am sure that I am miles away from knowing even just the basics of what everything there is to know about running a website.

In keeping with the theme of this blog I want to talk about some of the things that frustrate me from building this site.

The process of my blog has been really fun, but it has been a steep learning curve. Writing posts is something I find really enjoyable and if I had more time I would definitely write more! However, the technicalities of font, spacing, hyperlinks, and pretty much anything that alters the websites frightens me. I find myself having to really pull myself away from what I think will just be the easiest. I want to push myself to make this website fit my content and to do that I need to get myself to learn, not only the tasks associated with the class, but also those on the periphery. The things that are not on the syllabus but can definitely allow for me to get the most out of this class.

Another annoyance is that I want to do so many things but that is just not possible. I want to make my sight about pictures, but I want it to have a lot of writing, but at the same time I think linking out to different resources and keeping this an academic space is also important. Although the vision board helped me realize what I want to do with my online space, it did not help me with the amount of aspirations I have for this space.

I am also a little bit stumped for the mini assignment for this week because I want to pick someone who will fit the theme of my blog but I also don’t want to be so commonplace. Although a villain would be amazing, imagine a superhero getting mad when they are usually holier-than-thou beings! There is just so much to do with this blog that it’s over whelming, not in workload but in possibility.

This is however not a complaint. I think that writing this process post has actually helped me to compile a list of things I want to do moving forward. I know this is all about the process and with time I will get better at navigating and controlling. On a positive note, I actually do feel better about my site than I did in the first week. I also think I have finally figured out how I want to organize everything which helps a lot.