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Time:11:33 am
So I just bought Adobe Creative Suite 3 last week, and I'm doing some projects in order to try to gain some knowledge of the programs. I have played with photoshop before to do several things, but nothing particularly special.

Today, I looked up the entry on here that shows how I make the signs, and I went into photoshop and recreated the letterforms at 300 dpi for the sizes that they are on the sheet. I'm considering making it into a stamp or something, and then I could try to get them made up as shirts if people are interested.

In the meantime, I came up with this, and I'm probably more excited about it than I ought to be.

Smile Self
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Time:11:04 am
Something I forgot to mention from yesterday....

I was walking home, or rather I got off work and I was walking to the bus stop, when I made the determination that I could get to another bus stop and catch a potentially earlier bus in the process. I was walking northbound on 1st Avenue, by Magic Mouse Toys (is that on James?) and I pulled out the SMILE sign. There were several reactions to it, one guy thought I was interested in paying him to smile and I get at least one "nice sign," but there were better reactions.

I walked past one man, who said "anarchist" in a muttering tone as we passed. Next thing I know, I'm walking past a restaurant that has outdoor seating and all four of the patrons were catching my eye. Typically, I refuse to be the first to speak on the SMILE sign, I don't want to solicit someone's attention any more than I probably already am by holding the sign and making eye-contact with people -- rather, my goal is not to be obnoxious -- however I felt it necessary to say hi and ask how things were. One man in the group responded with something along the lines of "I want you for President!" I responded a more-or-less polite "I'm not so sure I want the job," when he replied "it's yours!"

I was struck by the fact that these two people made these remarks virtually back-to-back. I'm sure they didn't hear each other, but I should say that the SMILE sign does elicit a variety of responses.
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Subject:xposted from my lj, with edits
Time:01:47 pm
It has come to my attention that another person at Willamette has borrowed my "Smile Sign" user picture on facebook without my permission.

I'm not upset about this, although it does cause an interesting set of emotions to wander through my brain. For instance, it is a reminder that by putting the Smile Sign on the internet, I'm putting it in a realm that I cannot control. I realize that the dude who came up with the smiley face got screwed when he didn't copyright it. So I'm slightly concerned by the potential mis-use of the sign.

The sign is, in a very large way, mine. I've spent some time propogating it, I've made more than a dozen of them (and am still taking requests/making more), it has become a symbol that has represented me. I give the sign a lot of credit for getting me into Willamette, as it speaks to my character, feelings, and way of life in a way that an essay really can't.

It's open-ended, and I feel free to assume that it's a part of other people's experiences as well in a way that I cannot fully comprehend. Or perhaps I'm giving myself too much credit. What I mean to say is that different people have different meanings and feelings attached to the Sign, so while I just got through saying that it's mine, it's also part of the community.

One person carrying a smile sign is a very small gesture, but also a very easy one. I really enjoy the fact that there are Smile Signs in, well, I forget how many states the Sign is in now. Washington, Oregon, California, Ohio, Vermont, I'm not sure where else it is. I love the fact that it's decentralized, and that it does have meaning for other people aside from my own.

I'm at work right now, I'll be back to finish this later.
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Time:11:25 am
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Subject:fun with sidewalk chalk
Time:08:49 pm


My friend Liz and I were messing around with chalk... her driveway is also very colorful, but you can't tell from the picture.
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Time:05:18 pm
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Time:10:00 pm
I'm taking a break from a paper to write this... it is a story from today, although has a few days' backstory.

Last Wednesday, I went to Willamette's Art Club (The Student Art Co-op, or "SAC") in order to paint a flamingo, and a sign for Culture Shock. I didn't manage to do either. Instead, I spray painted five bowling pins various colors as gifts and awards for people who had come many times to bowling club this semester, and I took the sign and made it into a Smile Sign. I had to come back to the lj-community in order to get some sense of the proportions of it, but I obviously couldn't measure that well and expect to get it done quickly. In short, it took me two attempts but I came away with a Smile Sign that's about 3ft wide by 2ft tall, red, with white letters.

I've been taking the big 'ol unwieldy thing pretty much everywhere. It's even been in my car on at least one trip off campus. I was walking home from work with it today, and passing Goudy I ran into what appeared to be a girls class from a Catholic school on field trip. None of them were older than 10, maybe 11, probably closer to 9. So many braces-wearing little girls in white shirts and black skirts/pants going "Smile!" "I'm smiling!" and all that. It was kinda scary, although also pretty nice.

I thought you guys might enjoy that story.
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Time:09:39 pm
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Subject:bus stops
Time:09:42 pm
A week or so ago, I ended up taking the bus to work because Mom had to be elsewhere (with the car) at the same time. On the way there, this involved at least as much sitting and waiting at bus stops as actual riding of buses. So, needing something to do (and realising that, unusually enough, I was somewhere where there were people I didn't know (yes, it's been a quiet summer)), I spent the time waiting for the first bus making a mini smile sign (letters almost full size, no margins) on bright yellow paper that I pulled out of the bottom of my purse. The stop for my second bus was right before a medium-busy intersection, so I could sit there with the smile sign, and read while the cars zoomed past, and then the light would turn red, traffic backed up next to the bus stop, and there while they're waiting for that red light to change so they can hurry on their way, there's a sign that says SMILE... and they do.
I think I'm going to back that sign with cardboard so it's not so floppy, and keep it in my purse so next time I look around and go "I should have brought the smile sign, this would be a good place for it" I don't have to choose between making a new one or ignoring the thought.
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