Sunday, August 31, 2008

Packing, Animating Etc.

1) Watched the past 2 Daily Shows with lunch.

2) Worked on packing

3) Used home made graph paper to make to draw and cut out my furniture so I could arrange it in my apartment tomorrow.

3) Finally applied for Zipcars. I couldn't decide between them and IGo for a long time, and then I decided on IGo, but they didn't accept my license as valid so Zipcars it was. I also get a discount as a University employee.

4) Setting up Electric service and Mail to transfer/forward to new apartment online. Cancelled the internet service here.

5) Animating "because there's nothing more obscene than the sun turned green"

6) In an attempt to clear out whatever food is left in my house so I don't have to move it I had scrambled eggs for dinner.

7) NE - "The Russian Flu" - This episode had a self-referential dream sequence. Not quite as great as a regular dream that breaks the forth wall and then calls itself out on it, but still.

8) Made a small batch of cocoa throwdowns to use up the last of the oatmeal. Also because they are delicious.

9) animating - aquabots take up arms to defend their home, one lone wariior, only you can decide

10) Made a motion graphic for- "the movie you never thought possible" Not going to post a link to the newest version, but I've calculated it and I'm ~60% done.

Paul and Stephanie Move

0) A while back I was at CVS and saw this product. What a terrible name.

1) On my way to Stephanie and Paul's place I stopped at Corner Bakery and used the gift card to get an OJ and a Blueberry Muffin. Delicious.

2) I also got a sub from Jimmy Johns for later. In the blue line there was this meta-ad but I'm not sure what it's an ad for? Polaroid I guess?

3) I arrived ready ot help out and Stephanie told me my job was to sit and guard their stuff. Easy enough. Later we had popsicles.

4) Then I went w/ Stephanie to pick up the truck. It was a nice little walk and get the truck was even easier than it is at Uhaul.

5) Then we started loading the truck. My job was to pack the truck while they brought everything to me. Stephanie gave me this job because
A) I was injured
B) She didn't want to think about where to put stuff
C) She wanted someone to be with the truck at all times to ensure nothing was stolen.
I put my ipod on to the Bad Plus and worked away. I think I did a damn good job as it all fit and there was only minimal shifting. Here's a picture of my masterpiece:

6) Then we drove over to their new apartment. There was an alley behind the place, but at first it was not clear where we should put the truck, then we found a perfect spot for it, which was close and did not obstruct traffic.

7) We got treats from Dairy Queen to replenish our energy. Mine was a vanilla shake. It was so good. Stephanie said that her Blizzard makde her a little nauseous. I say that it approached that line, but remained delicious. This let to creation of the words denauseous and naudicious.

8) Unloading was much faster, this may be due to the fact that their new apartment was on the ground floor, but mostly I think it's due to the Kroop factor. Dana showed up to help out with the unloading and since she hadn't been moving stuff all day she was full of energy and was a great help.

9) Then she suggested we all go out for dinner, which was good, because I hadn't even thought of food. After returning the truck she drove us to a Moroccan place near her apartment. There were lots of cool lamps and we had some good food. The appetizer was called Zalouk or something and was this tasty paste made of eggplant and tomoatoes and onions and basil I think. I had a chicken and rice and pototoe thing. I devoured it.

10) Got home and took a fantastic shower. For the first couple minutes I just stood there and let the water fall over me. Redressed my wounds. They seem to be progressing nicely towards health.

11) Went immeditaely to sleep for a good 11 hours.

Friday, August 29, 2008

A Little Excitement

-1) Meet my new nemesis

That's right, a pothole. I hit this while riding my bike to work today and proceeded to go flying. Luckily my arms took the brunt of the fall , and for aside from some cuts and scrapes the biggest wound was in my pride. The handlebars on my bike were also knocked out of alignment, but otherwise it seemed fine.

1) Josh was in the office when I arrived all bloody and went and got a first aid kit while I cleaned off the worst of it in the bathroom.

2) Today was the first time I was paid via direct deposit. It was glorious.

3) Renee was trying to get some pictures off her camera but had left the cord at home. However thanks to my mad problem solving skills I thought up a solution, which didn't require her leaving the office. I joked that even if my arms were maimed I could still use my brain.

4) Spent some time teaching Caitlin the basics of DVD Studio Pro. It's fun to pass on knowledge. Also the more my students know the less I have to do.

5) I left my bike locked up at work and had a nice walk home.

6) Dinner was chicken tenders + corn on the cob + left over bread and cheese

7) Conclusion of "Another Life"

8) Sam also posted a living coat fic

9) I was a exhausted so I took a nap.

10 Took a shower and redressed all my wounds better than they were this morning.

11) So I have a couple small cuts on the heel of my palms. and while they are easy enough to cover up with bandaids, the bandaids come off really easily. So I bought some cheap gardening gloves when I picked up other bandaging supplies and cut off the finger to make some hobo gloves:

The primary purpose of these is to prevent the bandaids from slipping, while still allowing me to type, animate etc. I think I might also wear them when I go biking in the future to protect my hands in case of another spill.

12) Mom posted some pictures of Isaiah, here are my favorites:

13) Animating "and through sheer willpower, they turned the sun green"

14) Editing what I animated and also the credits screen and changing background under titlescreen. Here's the latest.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gouda Day

1) The first part of this day a work was not the best, stuff was not going right and I wasted time by trying to go to a shoot that isn't for another month. However, then I went on another shoot that went swimmingly well and it changed my whole attitude for the day. It's easy to get pessimistic and depressed when things aren't going well. But all it takes it one thing to go really well to pull me out of that silly misery and right back to cloud nine. :)

2) Perian is like magic for quicktime. Why didn't I know about this before?

3) On my way home I was trying to decide what to do for dinner. I didn't feel like making anything (I've been very lazy this week) and I couldn't think of any place I wanted to get take out from. So I went to the grocery store and wandered about and bought whatever caught my eye. I almost always go to the grocery store with a list, and even if I deviate or add to that list, my shopping experience is defined by the list. It was sort of thrilling. There are so many things to buy in a grocery store, it's amazing really and easily forgotten when you're focused on getting a few specific things.

4) My dinner consisted of the following things I purchased on said whim. Some california rolls, half of a mini baguette and gouda cheese. Twas wonderful.

5) Part 6 of Another Life. I really thought he was going to do it for a second. Bravo Sam.

6) Thanks to Stephanie for giving me the link to watch Obama's speech live over the internet. I didn't watch it, so much as listen while I worked on packing, (I mean how much is there to see really?) but it was really good. His list of plans / promises was basically perfect.

"I will -- listen now -- I will cut taxes -- cut taxes -- for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class."

"I'll invest in early childhood education. I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support. And in exchange, I'll ask for higher standards and more accountability."

"I will end this war in Iraq responsibly and finish the fight against Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan."

" of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other's character and each other's patriotism."

Etc. It doesn't even matter at this point how many of these things he can actually deliver on, I mean the President can only do so much when it comes to legislation anyway, but the mere fact that he has his targets set in the right places is what matters. It was so clear and concise, so much better than the muddled mess of Kerry's bid. I certainly won't have to resort to voting for a green party candidate this time.

7) Tonight I worked on filing. My files are not quite the mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, but they do possess a logic of their own. They include normal catergories such as "Credit Card", "Pay Stubs", and "Ideas/Sketchs/Storyboards" but also more unusal ones like "Should probably keept this", "<3", and "Raw Materials." They were getting to be too much for the one filing box, so I recently purchased another and split them into business-y stuff (green) and fun/creative/other stuff (purple). I also went threw stacks of papers and such and recycled/ threw out a tremendous amount. One of the best parts of packing.

8) Along the way i came across these two photobooth pictures of Adam and Jeremy. I don't have a scanner, so I just photographed them with my iPhone, I apologize for the resolution.
This one was from my high school graduation party.

And this one was from the second murder myster party. Both I think demonstrate the zaniness that formed the core of our interactions. See also: Lego Movie 2: Volume 1.

9) Read this business article on lego's corporate restructuring in 2004 that saved them from doom. Fascinating (to me).

10) Hershey's Special Dark Minatures

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My Animation Studio

1) I discovered a new technique in Squeeze today that saves me a lot of hassle when compressing a whole bunch of things at once.

2) I was hungry at work and had consumed my normal daily foodstuffs and then remembered that I had left a yogurt in the fridge a littel while back for just such an occasion. Thanks YesterDave!

3) I couldn't be bothered to make anything for dinner so I got an italian sandwich from Potbellies.

4) This short lego pirate movie - The fragmentary map

5) Lego announced one of the new themes for next year today: Power Miners. Hopefully it will be better than the terrible Rock Raiders. I do like the sound of "half-rock/half-crystal monsters."

6) Then I went to sleep for 3 hours. It wasn't entirely intentional, but I certainly enjoyed it.

7) When I woke up and realized I wouldn't be able to get back to sleep for a while I had a popsicle. It was exactly what I need.

8) Then I spent an hour doing the dishes which had piled up. I wanted to do them a couple days ago to discover that my kitchen sink was clogged. And by clogged I mean that it had backed up to the extent that gross stuff had come out of the drain and was floating in the sink. I'm not quite sure how it happened. I don't think it's my fault, the plumbing in this building is pretty bad. Another reason I can't wait to move. Well anyway with the help of some Draino I managed to get the drain going in the right direction again.

9) Then I animated the "nefarious engine setting the hills afire." Since all the days I spent setting this up were rushed over in my catch-up, I didn't talk about my current set-up for animating. Here's a picture of my "studio"

I've animated in various places over the years, all over the lego room in PA, both dressers, I've owned, Lila's sink/countertop, the blue/green table in our apartment, digitally at CMIG etc. My current set-up is definitely the best. Those two lamps are not the ideal set-up, but they're much better than anything I've used before. Those black legos on the back of the baseplate are used to keep the camera in place. I've also built a turntable with the same top for getting angle shots. The table is wonderful, because it means I can sit while I animate , which is not the way I used to do it. And of course the baseplate is taped down so nothing moves accidentally. How I ever got by without securing it is a mystery.

10) Another nice thing about my current set-up that you can't see in the picture is that my MacBook is on the table as well, which means after I shoot a scene I can bring it into Final Cut immediately and edit it right there. Since the real joy of animating is seeing the fruits of your labor, this is quite awesome.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Jenny

1) Our weekly production meeting was a lunch meeting this week and so I ordered Jimmy John's for the 4 of us. The process was painless (even by phone!) and the results were delicious. I myself got the beach club.

2) My future landlord called today to talk about when I would come to pick up the keys! This was nice both because I'm excited about my new place and because, even though I knew it was a silly worry, part of me couldn't help being afraid that somehow this was all going to go wrong and I wouldn't have a place to move. But that's just inevitable paranoia.

3) I called Jenny to wish her a Happy Birthday and we talked for a good half an hour. We talked about her day, Leo's new job (he will be teaching 3rd grade at a Catholic school in town), Northern Exposure, my impending move, Torchwood, Isaiah's adventures at daycare, The Procrastinator etc.

4) Took a quick shower

5) Had a roasted garlic chicken pizza for dinner.

6) Read part 5 of "Another Life." Action!

7) Then everyone (all four of them) came over for a Screenwriter's meeting at my place. There was woodchuck cider and we read Mead's Walmart horror movie. And we ordered pizza from Dominoes online and there was a pizza tracker that informed us that Dwayne was custom making our order. But then I messed it up and we couldn't track it the rest of the way. It eventually showed up though and then we decided to go rent Brazil and take it and the pizza to Joe's place to watch on the projector.

8) I'd seen Brazil once, years ago, but I had forgotten how great it was. It's got amazing art direction and is wonderfully absurd and funny and vibrant. It's got creepy parts, but not too many and it has awesome dream sequences. I guess it's a little hard to follow, I definitely had a better grasp on it this time than my first time, although there was a suspicious man whose importance I never figured out, but I like movies where you have to work things out a bit. (Donnie Darko, Fight Club, etc.)

9) Right after the movie I was walking to the bathroom and looking at the windows in Joe's kitchen I had a fleeting sensation of another time and place. I couldn't even tell you where or when it was, it was so brief, but it felt familiar and fresh.

10) Mead gave me a ride home. On the way we took a little detour and saw some taggers in action.

11) Today's xkcd made me laugh more than I've laughed at xkcd in quite some time.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Let's see how long I stay caught up

1) Got up with my alarm - it's the small victories that matter.

2) Today is the 30th anniversary of the minifig.

3) That blog linked to three cool vintage lego commercials

4) And this contest had these three cool lego animations.

5) There was a shoot today that I covered with Tiffany. It's fun to work with her.

6) Leo got not one but two offers for teaching jobs!

7) California wrap

8) My stroke of genius that allowed me to catch up on this blog, even if it was cheating.

9) Talking with mom and dad.

10) Nap of indeterminate length.

11) Listened to Michelle Obama's speech while I updated. This particular angle was filmed by the blog Lila works for.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


1) Part 4 of "Another Life"

2) As I was walking to Dana's house I turned a corner and there was a refreshing burst of breeze.

3) Why was I heading to Dana's House you ask? Why to attend her science party of course. I was the first to arrive, as I had exceptional CTA luck and generally overestimated the amount of time it would take me to get there, so I helped her and her roommate Caitlin finish setting up. I got to mix the colors for the celery experiment (that ultimately failed). And I looked at the instructions to an experiment that wasn't conducted at all. Very useful I was.

4) Eventually Stephanie and Paul arrived and then I hung out with them for the rest of the party. I mean it's not like I ignored everyone else, they were welcome to join in our awesomeness if they proved themselves worthy (read: funny).

5) One of the experiments involved eggs that had been soaked in vinegar and thus become squishy and strange. While Paul and others were off trying to bounce some in the street. Stephanie and I wondered what would happen if we poked it with a fork. So like true scientists we experimented. I held the egg while Stephanie poked it. It popped and the yolk went flying. It was very satisfying.

6) Then there were a series of diet coke and mentos experiments, and while not as comprehensive as the ones in this video, we did discover that Diet Coke is superior is fountaining ability than off brand diet cola, and the culminating experiment involved Dana and I pouring Diet coke and mentos into Paul's mouth to make a human soda fountain. I really hope someone got a picture of that, although it's certainly my most vivid memory from the party.

7) A while back I download Urban Spoon on to my iPhone because Dana had mentioned how cool she thought the concept was when we discussed the fact that I was getting an iPhone. Today I remembered I had it and let her try it out. She was ecstatic. Her reaction was certainly worth the minimal effort. :)

8) On the CTA on the way there and back I watched "Hancock" on my iPhone (Josh had given it to me a while back already compressed.) It was entertaining enough for the CTA, but I'm glad I didn't pay to see it in theaters. It's a jumble of ideas, and none of them really go anywhere. There were a couple good action sequences, but nothing spectacular. My biggest problem was that the convoluted weakness they introduced directly contradicts several parts of the movie and in general does not make sense. SPOILER WARNING: So basically there's a superwoman and Hancock and her are drawn to each other, but when they are close the lose their powers and become mortal. And yet somehow they manage to have a big superpowered fight all over the town. And sometimes they feel wounds inflicted on the other, but sometimes they don't etc. It's just sloppy and after 2 tight superhero movies this summer, it just looks that much worse.

9) Candy corn

10) Mega Man (it came out for virtual console last week) I fianlly beat the first part of Dr. Wily's castle. And while I had to use gamefaqs twice, they were both justified. The first time it was because I was stuck, and as I found out, the only way to progress was go back to a previous stage and acquire a hidden weapon. Now, granted, it was hidden in plain sight, but still it's poor game design when you can get to the final stage and not possess something you need to complete it (unless it's intentional like in Stephanie's impossible game, then it's just sadistic). And the second time was to figure out the easiest way to defeat this boss. If you watch the first minute you'll see why I decided cheating was acceptable. 90% of the time this boss is invincible and throwing himself across the in lots of fast moving chunks, if you get hit by one of these chunks it takes away about 1/5 of your life. If you manage to score a hit on him during his rare moments of vulnerability you take off an 12th of his life (or a 6th if you use the right weapon). That is, unless you exploit a glitch in the game.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

This is how fast August has felt, so it's only fair

waking up at the alarm
packing star destroyer
rainbow -> LDD
sandman - sleep of the just
bike ride -> pack of people watching A&W show = turn around
sandman issues 2-8
packing lego sets rest of DVDs
peppercorn chicken and peas
Mom and Dad
DW- Lazarus
little time at work
cocoa throwdowns
sandman 9 -12

tiffany's call waking me up
day of meetings
production meeting
leaving early
mega man~ cut man and bomb man - got to fire man
bike ride - malifios forcing phil and sheery apart - their first broadcast - their last broadcast
DW -42
lego pirates 2009 set list leaked?!
BaL - war games
crossing things off the to-do list
mega man - fireman - figuring out to use cut beam on the annoying spiky floor monsters - elecman

slow morning
lunch with paul
mark e-mailed back
renee said I could have the office
chocolate croissant
pictures of new pirates sets
sam's first chapter of ALT DW fic
magic forest AMAZING
not going to screenwriter's
waking up from fever dream- not being trapped far north
mega ma - iceman and guts man
sandman and ricola

feeling better than last night
gobero videos posted
stephanie's western blot worked
lots of vitamin c
waking up to stephanie
dw - human nature
another life part 2
qi clip from stephanie
cutting up audio
mango fruitbar /popsicle
gamefaqing to find about magnet beam

almost all better (or so I thought)
cut the audio together - 1:55
DW - "The Family of Blood"
chicken noodle soup
saltine chicken
DW - Blink
getting animation place set-up
marshall picks up change

feeling better again - now with cough
italian wedding soup
dw- utopia
part 3 of another life
shopping - easy exchange - dayquil
call uhaul -can drop it off in Lincoln park
animatic work
"Chose Your Own Stoyline - The fight for Paradise hills" motion graphic
left overs saltine chicken dinner
DW - sound of drums
animating favorite activities
shopping - doing a good turn - popsicles etc.
dw - the last of the time lords

nearly all better
daily show with breakfast
sandman extra bits
short bike ride
made pasta salad
animating - sam, simon, solomon, steve
dinner - left overs once more
martha jones' blog
animating - horses
actually finishing the animatic
amazing lego dragon
mead's party

Animation Progress

As of right now, I haven't gotten much animated. Here's about a 1/4 (not in order) of the movie (it'll only be 2 minutes total). A lot of this animation is placeholder. The last three shots are the only ones I'm definitely keeping in so far. I decided today to change the title to "Choose You Own Storyline..." because I found out that "Choose Your Own Adventure" is a register trademark, which I could have guessed, but I realized since I'm entering this in a competition, I really need to be careful about those pesky copyright issues. So I'll have to re-record that one line, which is a pity, because I really liked my delivery on "Choose Your Own Adventure!"

UPDATE: Here's what I've got as of tonight (August 23rd).

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Rainbow Council needs your help

So I recently thought up another element of the NNN universe. I've always known that there were wizards and witches running amok all over Figuria and that some of them were allied with Zundar and helped him maintain the sky and so forth. In particular I knew that Malbus Windumbledore was his closest ally. But it was only in the last few weeks that I came up with the idea of the Rainbow Council.

This group of 6 witches and wizards live in the Rainbow Palace in the sky and from there watch over all of Figuria. They will show up in episode 3 (though mostly in the background, only Malbus will be talking)

Obviously this is Malbus Windumbledore, but I have no clue who these other people are. That's where you come in. These people need names, any help would be greatly appreciated. First names, last names, crazy titles, anything. Bonus points if you cleverly work an appropriate color into the name. (Gerald the Green is non-clever and thus would earn no bonus points.)

This green wizard is supposed to have a green cape and non-mangled green wizard hat.

This yellow witch will eventually have a custom face, something Cleopatra-esque.

There are very few options in orange, pyromancy was really the only way to go.

Sorry I haven't been posting the past few days, I'm taking time off work to animate and I'm sick, so my days are a little strange.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sentences = Overrated

This is genius. Why didn't I think of this sooner?

another slow morning - this one with waffles
bike ride - to the beach north of millenium park
season 1 arc of Malifios v Zundar - week 2 = plot foiled per day - week 3 = dragon lands excursion and poison fruit salad - week 4 = malifios resigned - sherry encourages him - weather machine absconded - week 5 = strange weather occurences all around rising pressure from various groups - weekend between 5 &6 - dance party snowstorm - week 6 the trial of Zundar Silverspine and subsequent exile - the sky begins to fall down and New Block City is all but destroyed - Zundar saves the day.
DW- Shakespeare Code
shower good shave
eating a third of that french bread on the walk home
grapes & walnuts
mah jong w/ S + A + P
pictionary w/ S + A
panzanella v 2.0
mom and dad
genius of laptop = work from home
pulling out sereno narrative = easy

This incredile dragon temple
biking timecards in
working from home - leftovers for lunch
cutting to music
Stephanie and I agree on Uhaul and shared labor
dishes and dinner prep
taking a break from work to make dinner
curried chicken SO GOOD
northern exposure - episode 2
last bit of work
working on the trial of zundar script

uhaul rental and go vertical registration
buysite- spoons and a microwave and soap and toilet paper and food
renee being back - teamwork ahoy
checks arrived
dinner -leftovers
more trial of Zundar writing
talking with Mead about NNN - is she more NNN informed than Stephanie? close 2nd for sure
two days of Stephanie's blog to read

amazing lego creatures - snake soldier - centaur - mecha-knight - ice dragon - gryphon -tree house - transformer
stone golem gets separate mention, because the instructions give me a better idea of how to build a mannequin
my pirate smilies are doing well - 2nd and 5th
half a muffin
avocado sushi
a lesson is learned but the damage is irreversible credit: Stephanie - also Penny Arcade a while back, but I had only read half and then forgotten it existed
DW - Gridlock
mannequin attempt 2

realizing how much power I have in the office
boxes for free for me!
caitlin handling the NVC guy
awesome lego scientists contest (not that I have time to enter)
run bike
yogurt and orange
space ghost clips
blogging three days
playing slither link

lunch at med with NSIT
eating outside at the Med
biking part way home with Tiffany
the work week being over
fixing my bike wheel's alignment
RC- chicken curry
DW- daleks in manhatten
empty sink
working on my macbook in the living room - videos
signed up for metacafe
poll is over - crazy eyes have it

sleep in
chocolate chex
getting sereno videos sent off
bike ride - palm tree beach

rainbow council conceived
DW - "Evolution of the Daleks"
building the rainbow council
putting boxes together plus discovery of old boxes from last move
packing books
NE - Soapy Sanderson
NE - Dreams, Schemes and Putting Greens

Saturday, August 9, 2008

7 in 1

In the interest of actually catching up I am going to post a week's worth of wonderfuls in one post with as little explanation (and capitalization) as possible. I won't even copy and paste quotes from TV episodes.

made pirate smilies
torchwood fic (not sam)
josh (opotzner) finds the triforce
vegetables pre cut (from yesterday)
fried rice and peanut chicken
mom and dad
knights of cydonia video
fake-carcassone with Paul, Stephanie and Alex

weird Communications dream
sick day
sleep away the day
leftovers lunch
DW/TW snippets
talking with Karan
bike ride
DW- runaway bride
SFU- parallel play - "you can shave my legs for free"
text from juan - he can help with the shoot.
break a leg - ghost's mimes and partridges - francesca miming & yelling at that guy
heroes snippets
SFU - can I come up now?

shoot went well despite - being far away (also 10th floor), lack of power, etc.
real firestore a/c adapters!
kidwell up - cross it off the long term post-it
shopping - remembering sandwich bags
bike ride
dinner and shower
lego wind orchestra - the instruments!
screen writer's
discussion of film school and film and fire escape etc.
sam interview

sleeping in
not having to take a shower (because I took one the previous night)
sam's hp snippets
couple blog posts
DW- Smith and jones - "they've got a shop!" - dijoon platoon on the moon
lego as art post
recycling lego boxes
Northern Exposure - pilot
why we banned legos
writing my response to the lego as art post

another response to art conversation
reading other people's thoughts throughout the day
dad's dog nap story e-mail
leaving early
bike ride
hanging out
helping krista with lego set
gorgeous lego taj mahal pics

lego pirates vs. lego fish monster
another reply in the art thread
margarita with stephanie while her mom played cornhole
art museum for free with them
LGBTQ alumni mixer at minibar
went to Roscoes's with some of them afterward
mini mighty mango
77 & 9 busluck - also will someone please explain this vehicle to me?

dana's party
meeting dana's sister
delicious cake -> frosting fight

waking up without an alarm
lazy morning/early afternoon
couple blog updates
fixing bike = removing these parts

bike ride
corn on the cob
riding CTA with Tiffany and Seth - incredible luck both ways
mama destas
butter beer and ROTJ
volcano base is available! (but I have to wait until I move to buy new legos)
not going into work

Saturday, August 2, 2008


1) Woke up after my first alarm, but before my second. That may be a small accomplishment, but it's an accomplishment none the less.

2) Went for a bike ride, don't remember how far I got.

3) DW - "Fear Her" - I liked the scribble monster - and the pothole paver guy
This exchange is so sad, knowing what's about to come
Rose: You know what - they keep trying to split us up, but they never ever will.
The Doctor: Never say never ever.
Rose: Nah, we'll always be alright, you and me. [pause] Don't you think? Doctor?
4) DW - "Army of Ghosts" - The last episode was sort of meh, and the preview for this one looked really good, so I couldn't resist. This one is awesome, when the Torchwood theme first played, I nearly squealed with glee. (Is that what squee stands for? Or is onomatopoeic? Stephanie?) Jackie is absolutely awesome in this episode.
Rose: [voiceover] Planet Earth. This is where I was born. And this is where I died. The first nineteen years of my life, nothing happened. Nothing at all, not ever. And then I met a man called the Doctor. A man who could change his face. And he took me away from home in his magical machine. He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end.
The Doctor: [with Rose on an alien planet] How long are you going to stay with me?
Rose: Forever.
Rose: [voiceover] Well, that's what I thought. But then came the Army of Ghosts. Then came Torchwood and the war. That's when it all ended. This is the story of how I died.

Yvonne Hartman: You always travel with a companion. There's no point hiding anything. Not from us. So where is she?
The Doctor: Yes. Sorry, good point. She's just a bit shy, that's all.
(The Doctor opens the door to the TARDIS, where Rose and Jackie are hiding and grabs Jackie, pulling her out.)
The Doctor: But here she is, Rose Tyler! Hm, she's not the best I've ever had. Bit too blonde. Not too steady on her pins. A lot of that
(The Doctor makes a movement with his hand to indicate she talks too much.)
The Doctor: And just last week she stared into the heart of the time vortex and aged 57 years. But she'll do.
Jackie: I'm forty!
The Doctor: Deluded. Bless. I'll have to trade her in. Do you need anyone? She's very good at tea. Well, when I say "very good" I mean not bad. Well, I say "not bad" - anyway, lead on. Allons-y - but not too fast. Her ankle's going.
Jackie: I'll show you were my ankle's going!

The Doctor: I like that, "Allons-y". I should say allons-y more often. Look sharp Rose Tyler, allons-y! And then it would be really brilliant if I met someone called Alonso, 'cause then I could say allons-y Alonso every time.... [beat] you're staring at me.
Rose: My mum's still on board.
(The Doctor looks up at the shelf on the wall, horrified.)
Jackie: [Sitting on shelf] If we end up on Mars, I'm gonna kill you!
5) I was listening to Pandora today and I realized I really really liked the song (Lost of Love by the Bad Plus) that was playing, I mean I had given it a thumbs up before, but i loved it so much that I needed to be able to play it whenever I wanted. So I went to iTunes and after listening to all the samples decided to download the whole album. It's awesome. Their similar to JFJo in a lot of ways, they are sort of on the fringes of Jazz, heading over into other realms, they do covers/adaptations of songs from other genres and they have an amazing pianist.

This paragraph from the review I linked above perfectly explains what I felt listening to Prehensile Dream.
"At times it feels like it's out of control and just about to explode into complete chaos, but the band always brings the structure back at the exact right moment to let you know they are in control. You are only a passenger and when you learn to relax and trust this band they'll take you places you haven't been."

6) On my way to TI I ran into Josh from the News Office (not Josh our Senior Producer) with his wife and baby daughter. They were also walking to TI and so we walked and talked a little bit. He's a nice guy, probably my favorite of the News Office and it was nice to see him outside of work and talk a little. He didn't know about my lego animations until then, I figured everyone already knew, since I still very much have a reputation.

7) DW - "Doomsday" -The part where the Daleks meet the Cybermen is hillarious.
Cyberman: Our species are similar, though your design is inelegant.
Dalek Thay: Daleks have no concept of elegance!
Cyberman: This is obvious. But consider, our technologies are compatible. Cybermen plus Daleks; together, we could upgrade the universe.
Dalek Thay: You propose an alliance?
Cyberman: This is correct.
Dalek Thay: Request denied!
Cyberman: Hostile elements will be deleted. [they shoot at the Dalek, but it is unaffected]
Dalek Thay: Exterminate! [exterminates both Cybermen]
Cyber Leader: [to another Cybermen] Open visual link!
[the Cyber Leader appears on a screen in front of the other three Daleks]
Cyber Leader: Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen.
Dalek Sec: This is not war. This is pest control!
Cyber Leader: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
Dalek Sec: Four.
Cyber Leader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
Dalek Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect.
Cyber Leader: What is that?
Dalek Sec: You are better at dying.
The scene where Jackie and Pete meet is great. And the end is good, if very sad (though less so thanks to season 4 spoilers) "I'm burning up a sun just to say goodbye." Poor Doctor, poor Rose.

8) Then I went into the office to use one of our microphones to record the voice parts for that 2 minute animation I'm working on for the Nicktoons contest. It was fun, but after three takes I was out of apple juice and since I had been doing an action trailer voice my throat was not too happy with me.

9) So on my way back home I got more apple juice and some green tea ice cream from TI.

10) I finally e-mailed Mark all my thoughts on Fabuland Housewives. I had collected notes as I read through, but not made them into a coherent e-mail until now. Though, to be sure it was long and rambly.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Allergies? Sure, why not

1) I went into work, but I was feeling weird, I was coughing and sneezing and had a headache and my throat hurt. So I used a sick day and went home.

2) I watched an episode of 8 out of 10 cats that I had downloaded because Sam linked to it. It was entertaining, but not as much so as some of the other crazy British game shows he's made me aware of .

3) Then I had a Benadryl induced approximately four hour coma.

4) I woke up famished. Luckily there were leftovers in the fridge. They quickly became my lunch.

5) Then I watched "The making of me - John Barrowman." (This was also by Sam's rec, but Stephanie was the one who sent me the file.) The part where he was home with his family and speaking with a Scottish accent was very strange, (though not as strange as hearing Hugh Laurie's natural accent). The documentary was a bit drawn out, I guess I already knew a lot of what they were saying already, but it was still entertaining. For instance, I already knew about the older brother study, which was sort of the big reveal. But I guess I have a vested interest in the topic.

6) This onion article about Al Gore's son - link courtesy of Stephanie's blog.

7) Putting away lego - carpet is clear. This is what it looked like after my sorting rampage last night.

8) My dinner consisted of corn on the cob, apple juice and a soft pretzel.

9) Putting away more legos - half the coffee table is clear

10) Redesigning my youTube page