my new dream: making it as a google doodle


Google has its faults (it’s desire to become an all-encompassing know-it-all for instance) but its search engine is unrivaled and good gracious it’s useful. Normally I don’t click on the Google doodles, but this one intrigued me … something about it stirred my architect little heart and I clicked it. And voila! Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, noted French architect and theorist. Heck, I wrote a paper on him last year. And without his Dictionnaire raisonné de l’architecture française du XIe au XVIe siècle [Dictionary of French Architecture from 11th to 16th Century], my thesis would never have become what it is. So even though he was kind of a crazy ol’ fellow (seriously, you call that a restoration?), I owe him a lot.

Happy 200th birthday, Viollet-le-Duc! Congratulations on your Google doodle! It’s the true sign of making it in today’s world.

hey little man, can you wait a tad bit longer?

So … I’m in China. Sounds exciting, right? Well, eh. When I went to Beijing at the end of June I stopped by Shanghai and left a daruma doll in the apartment – one eye filled in. The daruma doll is a good luck talisman of sorts. You’re supposed to fill in one eye when you make a goal, and when you’ve reached the goal you get to fill the other eye in. So by having a one-eyed creepy little doll staring at you, it encourages you to keep working at your goal. It’s supposedly a traditional Japanese thing (all my information is coming from Wikipedia), and even though I’m not Japanese (and have no knowledge of this thing outside what Wikipedia is telling me), I like the premise of having a visual, physical signifier of a wish. Post-it notes and to-do lists I have. But those are about tasks; this is about a goal.

I’ll fill in the other eye once I have stable employment that I’m happy with. At the moment, no bites. A short little gig teaching English? Yep. But that ain’t gonna pay the rent. Needless to say, it ain’t gonna make much of a dent in the student loans either. Wish me luck! (I’ll need it.)


2012 – happy new year!

Woot! This is my first post of 2012 … yay! Yet another year has passed, oh wow.

120101 stuff

I graduated college two years ago and it’s amazing how much stuff I still have from my college days. I really should get rid of a lot of it, because when am I ever going to pick up charcoal again? Well, considering how I hated using that incredibly messy stuff, I’d say NEVER. That leaves me the problem of what to do with lightly-used art supplies. Most have been barely touched but they’ve been opened, so who knows. If I don’t get rid of them during what’s left of my break, I’ll probably just leave them at my parents’ house for yet another year.

I wish everyone a happy new year. Time to get started on those resolutions!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

making the effort

I have always been a procrastinator. It’s always been one of my biggest failings. I manage to get everything done and I’m generally rather punctual. It’s the process of actually working that usually gets me. Once I get into something, then I can work steadily and just knock it out. It’s that getting started part that gets me.

Normally what I end up doing is writing little promises to myself. For some reason, if I see it written out clearly in red cursive, I tend to be a little more diligent. It’s more of a psychological thing, seeing it written out makes it more unavoidable. Anyway, let this be my promise. Every single darned day I will review my Chinese lessons and I will do all the homework. And I am hereby limiting myself to two hours maximum on tudou.


the beginning of a dream

So today I have decided to go ahead a begin a blog, for real. I used to have one of those anonymous ranting blogs, but those are so passé, but I wanted a blog, this blog, to motivate myself to be productive. Thus, squareby’s corner was born.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake. That blog was known as Squareby’s Corner and was hosted on Blogspot. But then I moved to Shanghai and was forced to start a Publr due to access issues, and then a WordPress, again due to access issues. The WordPress is the one that stuck.]

The plan is for me to write twice a week, and complete at least one project a week. This is essentially a functional little place, a place for me to document me not being a total waste on society. And well, there may be the occasional rant.

In conclusion: Greetings.