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Category: "Yale Daily News" - Charlie's Thoughts

Category: "Yale Daily News"

Life Update

05/16/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The Life, Yale Daily News, Theater, Classes

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Oh my gosh. One full year at Yale is over. You know it's amazing how much can change in a year. All four years of high school weren't as eventful as the past year has been for me. I'm shocked when I think of the Juniors (Year behind me always), who are just getting ready to graduate high school, and consider that I walked across that stage under one year ago. As you might have guessed, the fact that I'm writing again means that finals are over! I think I did well on the ones I had.

After Finals, I took a much needed breather and threw myself a James Bond Party! Mainly because James Bond is awesome. The party was a huge success and a great way for me to close out the year with all my Yale friends (Who, since they are reading this, should come visit me in Michigan this summer...PLEASSSEEE!!). Unlike some of my friends who have departed for Hong Kong, Europe or other exotic locales, I only made it to Old Campus after finals. I'm spending a week working on the Commencement Issue of the YDN and helping out with lights for the commencement musical. So far, it's been a great time. It's nice to bum around campus without considering which classes I have work due in. In addition, we just hacked out a great cover/theme idea for the paper today, so things are coming along well!

Before I moved in to old campus, I had a few days off to get certain things in order. For example, I got to take a day trip to New York. It's amazing how much you can fit in a day! I managed to finally get Rush tickets to Wicked (3rd try is a charm) and also packed in some shopping and good food. There's a great italian pasta place on 50th and 9th if anyone is in the area. Try the Gnocchi!

So that's been my past couple weeks. Unfortunately, all this fun means I jammed the start date of my internship right up against my return flight. So i get home Tuesday night and go right to work on Wednesday. Oh well! There's lots of little side things I hope to accomplish this summer, so I'll keep you posted on those.

For now, I'm swamped again with work somehow...I guess it's good to stay busy! But it's good to be done with classes in any case. Thanks for sticking with the blog and check back over the summer for more random meanderings!

What a Day

02/06/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The Life, Photography, Making Money, Yale Daily News

As I went to bed this morning, I couldn't have predicted how nicely things would go today. As you already know, I took snowboarding pictures yesterday. What you may not know, is that I also did photos with the new football coach last week. Well good news, both stories ran today. So I have the Front Page Photo and Back Page Sports photo today. Furthermore, there is a full page color spread inside with snowboard photos. Needless to say this issue is one I will be saving hard copies of. What? You want to see them? Checka checka my Facebook album!

Of course Friday is Scene day. Scene is like the arts and pop culture section. There's a fun article about Yale in Pop Culture in today's issue that you should check out. There's actually a lot of very good articles in the paper today! From that same article comes a great summary of Yale from Fitzgerald’s “This Side of Paradise”:

“Yale is November, crisp and energetic.”

So as I looked over the beautiful Yale Daily News today over a bowl of Chef Stu's own cream of wheat, a kid next to me struck up a conversation that went something like this:

Kid: "Oh so you know that photo that was in the YDN a few weeks ago? The one with the cop playing solitaire?"
Me: "Yeah..."
Kid: "So there's this site I visit called, where they post a lot of funny videos and photos. So I saw it a couple days ago in one of their galleries."
Me: "Oh cool!"
Kid: "Yeah and they pay 25$ per photo, so that's kind of cool that someone sent it in."
Girl next to us who knows that it's my photo: "Uh oh, sounds like a lawsuit"

So Anyways, I wandered over to check out this site and found my little picture hidden in one of the galleries they posted. Apparently this site is legitimate even though their design sucks. Check out "Cops are Bored" here. I was quite surprised to find that I had 18 humbs-up ratings, and almost 150,000 views...WOW...that's a lot in only 2 DAYS, I love the internet. It amazes me how these things travel around. To put that in perspective, that's 100 times more than everytime, everyone has looked at every photo on my photo blog. So I sent an email to try to get the money, which probably won't happen, but it's very cool that it made it onto there anyways!

I also managed to not fail my German Quiz and successfully complete my CS Program this morning.

Things were on such a roll that I've decided to apply for internships today. I spotted one that stood out to me at EA (Electornic Arts). For people in the know, EA is the Google of video games. They make everything. The Red Alert Series, Battlefield Series, the Sims Series, Madden, NCAA, NHL, SSX, and the always successful Scrabble for Facebook. Anyways, longshot, but fun to think about.

To round out my day, there's a VQ show tonight. Our signboard is a purple unicorn impaling, which is awesome and relevant since it's our valentine's day show. Singles Free, Couples $5. Needless to say there will be many unhappy marriages tonight.

So that's my day so far...time to go finish it up! Finish might be a bad term, I'm going to make my day better the only way I know how...watching The Shawshank Redemption!

Snow Jam

02/06/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Yale Daily News

Just back from my first Yale trip to NYC! We spent two hours there at the Red Bull Snow Jam. They basically constructed a 9 story ramp, threw some snow on it, and let famous snowboarders ride down it. To make the trip even funnier, I rode with a bunch of people from the Football Frat Houses and other universities from the area. Good Times.

Anyways, lots of YDN photos tomorrow! Front page, back page, inside color page, everything. It's nice, I put up a render I did for the paper on my photoblog. It's kind of blown out right now, but I'll work on it more later. Plus there should be more photos in a facebook album to come later today. Till then, get pumped and check back later today!

And we all float on...

01/29/09 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: The Life, Improv Comedy, Yale Daily News, Theater, Classes

Well my last couple posts have been rather specific so I thought I'd update you on what's been going on in my life around Yale. There's so much going on, which of course is just how I like it :)

First off though, I should mention the new Yale Drama Coalition website. The look and feel are almost identical to the old one, but I gutted the whole thing over break and rewrote it. So now it's all database driven, meaning there's lots more versatility to be had. It's still a work in progress, more features will get added soon, but for now all the normal functionality is there.

Speaking of the YDC, we just finished applications for the next board year. So there will be a whole new group of people to work with on there. It's a really great organization that ties together the various Sudler (Yale funded) shows, actors, and techies on campus. I've been thrilled with the work they do. For instance, I have to attend one of the periodic workshops about theater so I can get "ladder certified" for my shows.

Oh! My shows! This semester's lineup features a variety of shows for me. First up is Equus, you know, the one with the horses and Harry Potter naked...that's the one. I'm doing Lighting Design for that. I just drew up my initial ideas yesterday and will talk that over with the director later this week.

Next there's Laughing Stock. This is a comedy about a theater company. It's put on by the Dramat meaning it's one of the larger shows this semester. But what makes this one special is that it's done entirely by Freshman. Each year the Dramat puts on a spring show run entirely put up by Freshman (Oddly called the Freshman Show). I'm Master Electrician for this one, so I'll be handling the load-in, hanging, gelling, focusing of the lights, etc.

Finally, there is a play I'm intimately involved in called Romance by David Mamet. I haven't read that many plays, but I'm told David Mamet has a It's entirely Male, and the F-word is the most prominent word through out the play. Anyways, we just finished casting the play, having had auditions last weekend. It's a great group of guys and we're excited to get started. The other two guys working on it (so far) worked on Speech and Debate with me, so I'm glad to be working with them!

My own acting career is getting busy as well. The freshman from all of the improv groups are doing a show this Friday. We've been practicing for a couple months now and I think it's going to be a really fun show. Exactly one week after that show, is the VQ's Valentine's Day show, which is always fun.

Photography's been going great as well. I *finally* got all my flash equipment and batteries together today. I've been reading the Strobist Blog for a couple weeks now learning about different ways to use a flash. I even went and made my own cardboard gobos and snoot (like a bazooka you stick on the flash). Plus I have some gels from an old show I use to color the flash. I got ready to go do my first portrait today only to find that my wireless battery had died. Naturally it's an obscure 3v photo battery so I wasn't able to replace it in time. Nevertheless, look for some samples of my new flash look on the photoblog soon! YDN has been great, they wanted to send me to the Presidential Inauguration, but the transportation schedule just didn't work for me. Looking forward to another good semester there though, I've already had a few photos in there, including this nice portrait I did for a friend upstairs.

EDIT: I almost forgot...there's three new header images for the blog...see if you can find them all! (And use all my bandwidth in the process)

There's been plenty of activities on the social scene as well; Parties and dances to boot. We've had the Silliman and Freshman Screw this month (your roommates "screw" you with a blind date) plus lots of other gatherings.

Oh right, then there's schoolwork. That's all good too. Data Structures and Algorithms, German (I might be fluent next year!), Psyc and Stats. Nothing too exciting, but all good classes. On that note, C is a worthless and stupid programming language and I'm mad at it.

Well that's a pretty good life summary at this point in time. I am REALLY excited about this semester, if you know me, you know I love to work on contributing to things, and opportunity abounds this semester. The reception to the new Drama Coalition site has been positive, and I'm looking forward to converting the entire YDN photo desk to flash photography (yea, right) but hey maybe I'll at least convert myself. If anyone gets a chance, please come out some weekend, there's lots of shows I will at least have helped with, tons of great concerts, and of course improv. You never know what you'll get.

Great time to be at Yale, welcome to the new semester!

Through the Lens

11/11/08 | by Comp615 [mail] | Categories: Photography, Yale Daily News

In what's being called the best thing since USB, YDN created a new section this week replacing the old "Week in Photos". For the past few months YDN has run the best photos from the previous week on Monday, in full color, on the back of Mondays issue.

This week, however, "Through the Lens" is beginning. It is a photo-essay done by one photographer. I elected to start things off with "Yale in Fall". The design of the page and all photos are my own work. The file is a rather large PDF (~8 MB), I have been unable to alter it with my computer being dead. But please enjoy!

Please keep in mind this is also copyright by the YDN. It may not be redistributed or printed. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THROUGH THE LENS

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think, or ideas for future ones...

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A collection of musings from my time at Yale along with some thoughts about my "Freshman year of life" in San Francisco.


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