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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
It's been a long five years, and it's finally official - as of May 1st 2010 I am now an Alumni of Grand Valley State University. Undergraduate was a fantastic experience, but I am definitely ready to move on. This coming fall I will begin working on a Masters degree at Bowling Green State in Ohio, where I will begin studying Digital Art.

It still amazes me that after 17 years of schooling, people (myself included) willingly choose to continue with a formal education... :)


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
I've spent the last few months adding the finishing touches to a personal website and a blog. The links to these two sites have been posted below:
Narrative Machine
Towi's Blog


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Red Steel 2
The World Ends With You


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"God Is Dead, Nietzsche. Nietzsche Is Dead, God."
~Printed on a T-shirt by Now and Zen


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Apophysis
:devart: NEWS FLASH!
Its hard to believe that a year ago from today I found myself, for the very first time, woken to the sound of the busy Tokyo street in front of my Azabu guesthouse. Its both encouraging for me too see that I've come this far since then, and very sad that I am that far detached from it all.

Its strange how sometimes when we are emotionally burdened we can become inspired. Today I decided to post several poems that are very dear to me. The quote posted a few lines down spells it out perfectly.


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
(A Rehash of My Previous Entry)
The few of you who follow my page religiously may have noticed that I've been doing some reorganizing of my gallery, trying to make it appear a touch more professional, as well as uploading several old compositions that predate my college career. Its interesting to see just how much I've changed since then; I can't help but laugh at some of the comments and follow-up responses made to my old deviations. Though many of these were taken down, I made sure to save these pages to my Hard Disk as a sign of the progress we've made, if not simply for a good laugh every once in a blue moon.

More to come as time allows!


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Final Fantasy (#1)


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"...All artists' work is autobiographical. Any writer's work is a map of their psyche. You can really see what their concerns are, what their obsessions are, and what interests them."
~Kim Addonizio


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
It's been quite some time since my last journal entry, almost a year actually. I find that my trip to Japan has, believe it or not, helped me to appreciate certain aspects of home, despite all the problems with West Michigan, which include a record setting unemployment rate. Still, I cannot help but miss Tokyo - I did a lot of growing up while I was away, and its far too difficult to get good Asian cooking ingredients here.

The past semester was busy to say the least, having taken both my Thesis and Capstone courses together, but the time I spent doing so was invaluable. I have a clearer understanding of postmodernism, much more than I did in high school (this was a frequent topic of my COM 495), and I feel that this has made me a more understanding person. And while it may seem that it does not follow, at the same time, I feel that my personal beliefs are stronger than they have been in the last few years.


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
The few of you who follow my page religiously may have noticed that I've been doing some reorganizing of my gallery, trying to make it appear a touch more professional, as well as uploading several old compositions that predate my college career. Its interesting to see just how much I've changed since then; I can't help but laugh at some of the comments and follow-up responses made to my old deviations. Though many of these were taken down, I made sure to save these pages to my Hard Disk as a sign of the progress we've made, if not simply for a good laugh every once in a blue moon.

More to come as time allows!


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Ikaruga
Patapon
LocoRoco 2


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"We are all jumping."
~Rob Bell


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
For those of you who don't know, I am currently away studying in Tokyo and rather than writing about my experience here through Deviant Art, I have posted a blog online. If you are interested please send me a note.

:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
I recall viewing a political program that spoke of a dilemma of the American people: we have to decide between two very good presidential candidates... I used to think that too.


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein."
~Joe Theismann (American Football Player)


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
Often times, things have a way of working out, even when we cannot see a way for them to. Tomorrow I leave for Tokyo where I will spend the semester at a branch of Temple University. Ideally I would like to set up a website to document my experience, though either way I will be posting frequently here on DA to stay in touch with people back home. For those of you who read this, I ask that you wish me the best of luck. I anxiously look forward to this trip - I'm counting down the minutes as I speak.

:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
To my friends Joel, Urs, and Justin who are going off on their own excursions this semester, I hope that your adventures are unforgettable!


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'"
~George Bernard Shaw


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
For quite some time I have been planning on Studying Abroad in Tokyo, but obstacle after obstacle has seemed to find its way into my path. In short, I am faced with a very difficult decision - I can follow through with this, but it will require me to take out a very large loan in addition to living by myself, neither things I feel ready to do here in the States. To do these things will take a great leap of faith - if only faith weren't so hard to find.

Since early this year I have been faced with a dilemma of perception. My mother (bless her heart) has told me that if God wants me to go, that things will find a way of working out. If not, then I am simply not meant to go. -If only it were that simple. I wonder to myself, is what she says true? Can't things just happen without a reason, good or bad? Beyond that, if our lives are guided by the divine, how am I to know what to do? Is this discouragement a sign I should not go, or a test of faith? What should I do? What can I do with such little time? I need to look for options, make a decision, and pray it was the right one.


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
After a lot of saving up, I finally caved and bought a Canon 40D. With those fantastic 10 Meg Raw files my hard drive is done for.


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Gyrostarr
FFCC: My Life as a King


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"You kids are gonna grow all sorts of things! Vegetable plants, pizza plants... Its good to be home!"
~The Captain from Wall-E


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
A few weeks ago I was ecstatic to see that an image I had submitted to GVSU's Lanthorn Literary edition had been published. No, it's not the New York times, but its a start. I'll be sure to post it within the next week.
Lately I've been busy pulling 10 hour days at school finishing a children's story, an animation, and a compilation of all our CFV 325 course work on top of working 3 days a week. In my little free time I've been messing around with Apophysis and playing Mario Galaxy. Trust me, if you haven't played it yet, you need to. Now. ;)

:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
One more final to go, oh I can almost taste freedom!


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Super Mario Galaxy
My Rating: 10/10


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
~Confucius


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
Happy International Animation Day! Animation class has been a blast. So far we've worked on several small projects which have all turned out pretty well. I will post some of my "experiments" once I can encode the files to a smaller size as they are far to big right now.


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
School and work. Sorry, thats about it.


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Waiting for Mario Galaxy...


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Sorry, I got nothin'.


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What a boring entry!
:devart: NEWS FLASH!
Michigan's heart stops tomorrow, metaphorically I hope.


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
By the end of this semester I should have some great animations to post, provided that the college holds together.


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Metroid Prime 3
R-type Final


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
There's only so far you can go before you say enough is enough.
Jennifer Granholm (Do I sense irony?)


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(BTW, I don't think this is all one persons fault.)
:devart: NEWS FLASH!
A lot has happened in the last few months, which hopefully explains my lack of attention to DA. I just finished a film and video class (a prerequisite for Animation 1) at school, and I've been working two jobs. Thanks for hiring me MOTOPHOTO!


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
User Avalon4aSixpence and I have been working on a sci-fi novel for around two years now and we've just finished editing. We will be sending out copies of it to agents soon, cross your fingers!


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
F Zero GX
Super Paper Mario
Pokemon Leafgreen


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world." ~C.S. Lewis


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
I have finally reached 1000 pageviews! (For those of you who have 900,000 ignore that) I thank you, my few loyal watchers. Yeah, something like that. ^_^


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
2 Reports + 5 Classes x 1 Speech = No Free Time


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Final Fantasy XII
Kid Icarus


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"By yourself!?" ~Joel


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
Classes are going well, photos are being taken. I will be sure to scan them in at the end of the semester. I have been listening to a lot of KMax and LODVG music lately, as well as editing "The Story" (you know which one Joel). If it were warmer outside, I would have a heck lot more enthusiasm in my writing.

:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
It is colder then Hell here in Michigan right now... (you know what I mean). The thermometer as of right now reads 0 degrees F, and University classes are actually cancelled tomorrow.


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Mario Kart DS


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"He who does not desire power is fit to hold it." ~Plato


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
Well, despite my plans to get things done, go places, and see people, most of my holiday was spent at home with the flu... FUN stuff. But life goes on, and a new semester at GVSU has started.

:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
Somehow I missed December for my Journal!


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Zelda: Twilight Princess
Final Fantasy III


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"It is no fun being sick." ~A Bazillion People ^_^


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
We got the Wii!!! What an adventure! After sitting out at Circuit City all night and freezing our butts off, I can officially say that I must be crazy... in a good way. I've never been so happy and tired at the same time... ^_^

:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
Who ever reads the other news anyway? ^_^


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Metroid Fusion
Final Fantasy Tactics


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"What if, on a crowded street, you look up and see something appear that should not, given what we know, be there. You either shake your head and dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than we think. Perhaps it really is a doorway to another place. If you choose to go inside you may find many unexpected things." ~Shigeru Miyamoto


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
Last Friday I went with Surfboarderjim, LittleWingedOne, and Avalon4aSixpence to Bronner's, the worlds largest Christmas store. All I can say is is was one of the best times I ever had! You guys rock!!! (Okay, I can say more) While we didn't have a lot of time, it was undoubtably adequate. I also found my new true love: Black Raspberry Faygo. おいしいですね!


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
The semester drags on... but there is light at the end of the tunnel: only a couple weeks untill the release of the Wii...


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Kirby: Canvas Curse (thanks Urs)


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Heeey!"


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
I apologize for not updating, school is killing me right now. Please don't loose faith in me!


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
Yes. I gave into the peer pressure. I have a facebook.


:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
Starfox Command
Puyo Pop Fever


:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
~Winston Churchill


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:devart: NEWS FLASH!
I have some wonderful friends. Several of them along with my mother threw a preemptive birthday party for me and surprised me with a shiny new Nintendo DS! But even more shocking, rather than stay inside and play it all day, I've gone to the beach. Actually I plan to head there again tomorrow. If only I wasn't so steamed about textbook prices now I would be enjoying life...


:devart: IN OTHER NEWS
Poor *Neolucky, some idiot decided to steal some of her art and claim it as there own. HELP STOP ART THEFT PEOPLES!


:deviator: CURRENT GAME PROJECTS
The world may never know...



:addtodesktop: CURRENTLY PLAYING
The New Super Mario Bros.



:pencil: QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
~Albert Einstein


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---NEWS FLASH!---
I haven't been able to do much lately due to poor health, but I have been making the best of summer so far. I'll try my best to update frequently.


---IN OTHER NEWS---
Italy won the World Cup! Oh, but thats old news now... ^_^


---CURRENT GAME PROJECTS---
Dragon's Cry


---CURRENTLY PLAYING---
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures


---QUOTE OF THE MONTH---
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
   ~Albert Einstein


---MY CLUBS---
None (So Far)
---NEWS FLASH!---
My Photography Class at GRCC is almost over. It's been a lot of fun, but at the same time it has been one of the reasons I have not posted many new Deviations in the past few months. If you are one of the few watchers of Towi don't be surprised if you start to see some new creations in the next two months.


---IN OTHER NEWS---
¡Necesito estudiar español y japonés o cuando el Otoño viene, tendré un problema! ^_^


---CURRENT GAME PROJECTS---
Super Mario Moonshine


---CURRENTLY PLAYING---
Megaman X6
NEWS FLASH!
Several weeks ago I was playing Final Fantasy IV and for the very first time encountered the Pink Puffs! For those of you who know what I am talking about, you realize why I am so excited. I just thought the world should know... ^_^

In other news...

Spring break is almost over. Que decepciona.