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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2012
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    #ArtSchoolsToronto

    1) Depends on the school, but generally, from what I've seen it's the former. Try for grants/scholarships and stay as much out of debt as you can, and it will definitely be worth it.

    2) Being in the western U.S. and all, I have no specific school suggestions. But I do suggest you meet the faculty and see what their work is like. See what students are producing (which is often in the hallways for display if you go looking mid semester) and compare the two. Don't push a school away because it has a smaller program, or the facilities aren't the greatest. That means it's cheaper, has smaller class sizes, and teachers that are generally more likely to care a lot about their work. Sometimes. At least, that's how it was for the tiny two year school I went to to start. I'm now in the place with amazing facilities and astoundingly large tuition, but it's okay because what I started with got me scholarships that have allowed me to get my BFA debt free. I just lucked out being a printmaker, because I would not want to be a painting and drawing major at this school.
    Basically, just talk to people. Talk to the staff, talk to the students when staff aren't around. Take a glance at RateMyProfessors and see if there's someone teaching there that is just wonderful, or if all the art teachers are less than great.
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    Cheers. I'll try RateMyProfessors and see what's what.
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    #ArtSchoolsToronto

    Some schools (and instructors in particular) suck at encouraging creativity, others don't. At the art school I went to, I had to take a class that was entirely about tediously photorealistic painting, and a comics class (their first) in which the instructor tried to teach us to draw like Jim Lee, instead of developing our own style (or using the one we had). But I had other classes that pushed me creatively, and I wish to hell I could have finished the program.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    That's great glukkake - Thank You!
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    #Smartphone Internet

    I connected my new phone up to my home internet/ wireless router and now it's not working out and about.

    being a tech noob I throw myself on more savvy minds.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    #smartphoneinternet

    What kind of phone?
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    #smartphone
    Dumb n00b question: did you set it up to use a static IP or specific DNS settings?
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    #ArtSchoolsToronto

    Don't get stuck in a degree program. Find singular night courses, from schools or offered independently, that seem good -- and don't be afraid to drop it immediately if the teacher rubs you the wrong way. Like Jason said, it's instructors and their ideas of decent programming that make or break. I'll query some of my vis-arts friends and get back to you, but most of them are in illustration or animation. Did you have a specific skill in mind? You should start by browsing course outlines at OCAD or the other colleges to get some ideas.
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    @Jason: I'm looking for a certain amount of the tedious photorealistic tuition. I can paint surreal and cartoony stuff all day, but can't produce a conventional portrait or landscape to save my life.

    @Allana: thanks, that'd be terrific. And yes, I'm interested in single courses. I like the look of the ARA's workshops, but they're pricey.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    #Smartphone

    Nexus S

    I'd have to check DNS settings. But what I do know is that i's a basic wireless router.

    I am bad with tech.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    #Smartphone

    Do you actually have a data plan with your wireless provider?

    Linking via wifi to a router is one thing, connecting to the internet via a 3G or 4G wireless connection is another.

    To link to wifi - you will have to find and connect to other wifi routers out in the world. It will not happen automatically.

    But generally, when you get a smartphone, you've signed a contract with a wireless provider to give you 3G or 4G wireless service, which is a data connection via the phone network, NOT a wifi spot. That should work anywhere your phone has coverage, regardless of whether or not you have an active wifi connection.

    Do you have a data plan, where you pay for data over your phone? If so, are you in an area that your service provider covers? You shouldn't need a wifi connection if those are the case.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    # Smartphone

    Yeah I upgraded my contract the day after I set it up so have internet. It's just a bit disconcerting searching and getting an error page on browser.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
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    #smartphone

    These directions may be a little different if you are using Android 4, I don't have experience with that version.

    Go into settings -> Battery & data manager -> Data deliver and make sure that Data is enabled, (many apps will require background data as well and data roaming, well that is up to you). You can also check the Wireless & network settings to setting you how you connect to the net. Also, you can see if you are in airplane mode. That has messed with me before.
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    #smartphone

    The wi-fi settings shouldn't be effecting your ability to connect to mobile data networks, since the protocols and even the physical antenna are all different. Obvious question is obvious: have you tried turning the wi-fi off in settings and rebooting the phone?
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      CommentAuthorNeilFord
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    #ironpalm

    I've always wanted to be able to smash the fuck out of inanimate objects with my bare hands, anyone know how to train for this without crippling myself or others?
    • CommentAuthorGordon
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2012
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    Graphic Design Question

    Hi. I'm self-publishing a comic and looking for advice on which art package I should use for creating an inside cover with creative team credits, copyright warning etc? I don't have much experience in this area and to date haven't used anything more complicated than Publisher. Can someone please recommend a relatively easy-to-use package that will also give me a clean, professional look?
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    #GraphicDesignQuestion

    No particular reason you couldn't use Publisher for this, though it may not give you many options for exporting it in a format that a printing service can use. Photoshop or Illustrator will work fine if you have one of them. If you want a proper document-layout program that's less hand-hold-y than Publisher, take a look at Scribus, which is an open-source DTP app for Windows, OS X, Linux, etc.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    #RegionfreeDVD

    I've been gifted a region one DVD collection that I'd like to watch on my PC, but Windows tells me that I can only change the region of my DVD player three times before it's locked to that region forever. Can anyone recommend a good piece of software to get round this? Thankew.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012 edited
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    #RegionfreeDVD

    VLC PLayer is region free, as far as I know. You can download it for free.

    If that doesn't work, there's a good commercial player called DVD X which is reasonably priced, very stable and will play anything.