Monday, December 5, 2005
Well, I'm all moved into my new apartment! It's gonna be a pretty slick pad once I fix it all up. I'm gonna throw a party once it's ready, so stay tuned! But man, moving was a B-I-T-C-H! I hate moving. I spent every day after work moving, and then the whole weekend. Gah. But now's it's done! My folks are coming down this weekend to bring some stuff from home, so that'll be nice. It's gonna be the coolest pad ever! From here on out, it shall be known as the Crocco-cabana. And whenever anyone comes to hang and tells stories afterwards, they must incorporate the name into the tale. Ie: "So last weekend I was hanging out at the Crocco-cabana..." You get the picture. I'm glad everything survived the move in one piece, well, almost everything.... which leads me to...
As I was moving, I found my old friend and nemesis, APEX!!!! For those not-in-the-know, APEX was my old dvd player. He was a good little trooper, and got me through some hard nights these last few years. However, a few months ago, he started to be, well, difficult. You see, he would start off being nice, and play the movie like a good lil player, but then, just when you were all settled.... BAM! Green screen!!! BUSTED! However, he wasn't completely broken. I was able to communicate to him that I wanted him to play my movie with a series of ejects and blows to the head, and eventually he would understand and cooperate. And just when your hand had stopped throbbing from hittin' 'im, and you were once again settled.... BAM! Green screen! "APEX!!! Why have you forsaken me???" could be heard throughout the hallowed halls of Parkwest at any given weekend. At first I was in denial. I mean, APEX was my friend, how could he do this to me? Maybe it was just a phase, he would grow out of it. However, I finally realized it was time to acknowledge the problem. The only way to save him was surgery. I broke out my tool kit, and pryed the little guy open. After what seemed like an eternity of tweaking, adjusting, and bashing, I deemed that there was nothing more I could do. We would just have to wait and see if the surgery was a success. I plugged him back in, and with a sputter and a pop, he lived again!! Success!! But it was not to be. After about a week or so of flawless playing, APEX had a complete relapse. There was nothing I could do to save him this time, and I pulled the plug. I put him in his little box, but I still did not have the heart to let him go. He was laid to rest in my closet. Some people say you could hear taps playing that night, slowly, and gently in the breeze.
Fast forward 3 months: Moving day. As the closet was being cleaned, I found a strangely familiar box. I dusted off the top, and could it be? Yes! It was APEX! After 3 months of grieving, I deemed I was ready to finally let go. Feelings welled up inside me. The times we shared, the movies we watched. Then finally of his horrible disease. I now realize in hindsight it was not his fault, but, overcome by emotion, I raised little APEX above my head, and thrust him down in a mighty blow. "HOW COULD YOU APEX??? I thoght we were friends!!!" I then unleashed a mighty kick. How ignorant I was. Even in death, APEX was more than any mere man could handle. The mighty kick crippled me, my big toe lay limp, a casualty of the feud among friends. I picked up the remnants of APEX, and limped to throw him down the garbage shoot. But he refused to die! His cord, caught in the crack of the shoot, clutching to a life he longed to have and was denied long before his time, still clinged to that glimmer of hope. APEX??? WHY??? I, I, I, Loved you... And with a swipe, I lay the old friend to rest among his other fallen comrades. But not to fear readers! APEX still lives on! In the form of my sprained, black and blue big toe. APEX!!!!
With a new spring in my step (or limp in my gait, however you view it) I arrived at the Sony lot early this morning for my orientation. It was your general new hire meeting, but it was fun. We took a tour of the studio, saw the apartment where Cary Grant and Elvis used to stay, the sound stage where they filmed Wizard of Oz, and also saw them building new props for Spider-Man 3. We also went to the set of Jeopardy, which was neat! At the end of the tour, they gave us a goodie bag containing a wind breaker, hat, notepad, mosuepad, pens, and a dvd (I got Hitch). Pretty sweet deal!! Oh, and I also found my new favorite movie!
It has shadows, it's at night, with thrills, doctors, crimes, trances, and ghost killers! What more could you ask for???
So there you have it. A 3 act update from yours truly. Stay tuned until next week!
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Family Size! 62 cubic inches of 'taters!
It taunted, nay, BAFFLED us for a week!
Until Nick had a brilliant idea!
"We should go buy it! One per each!"
Little did we know, it came with bonus 'desserts' of gravy!
Dowis dove right in...
Rob and Nick were a tad more tactful in their methods of consumption...
"Goes down smooooooooth...."
Andrew: "Aghast and agog, and it's still early yet!"
Nick lost his patience...
He's got a heart of a champion!
Then Andrew grew impatient...
Insanity breaks loose...
An hour in, our team begins to struggle...
But one is undauted...
But then Rob gets a second wind!
Behold the madness!
Nick rises to the challenge!
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Success for our challengers!
Consumed by madness...
...Andrew defeats the monstrous potatoes!
At a high cost.... DIGNITY.
Rob's victory has led to a spud-induced coma.
Not to be outdone, Dowis meditates before his last stand! He can make it on his own!!
Fueled by Metallica, Dowis gives it his all, but faces difficulty.
"I'll get you next time! Damned 'taters!"
Everyone's a loser in the mega-mash challenge.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I was working in the lab late one night
When my eye beheld a frightening sight
For my stomach had a rumble that began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
I saw the mash
It was the MEGA MASH!
I saw the mash
It was a tater smash
I saw the mash
I grabbed it in a flash
I saw the mash
And I ate MEGA MASH!!
I grabbed a straw and dove into this beast
And so I began my potato feast
But my stomach churned with unpleasent sound
And I wailed in pain as I hit the ground
It's madness smash!
OH GOD! THE MEGA MASH!
It's too much mega mash
A madness splash
It came on in a flash
PLEASE NO MORE MASH!
It was the MADNESS MASH!
Monday, November 14, 2005
Well, December 4th is our official move out day at Park West, so last weekend I went and found a new apartment. It's called the Meadows and it's right behind Fox Hills Mall, which is literally a mile from where I work, so that makes it nice. So I got a studio there, and can move in starting the 19th. It should end up being a pretty slick bachelor pad, and even though it's a studio, I think I can fix it up real nice. It has vaulted ceilings and everything looks really new, so I'm pretty excited. Goodbye LAX!
Work has been going well, so that's been fun. It hasn't gotten old yet, so that's a good sign, and everyone there is really nice.
As for myself? I think I'm doing well. I'm not sure if I've really grasped the fact that I'm off on my own now, even though I have been for the last few months. Maybe because I'm still living where I lived during school? I dunno. I think moving to a new place by myself will really symbolize the fact that I'm off in the real world, and I'm doing alright. I always thought that being a 'grownup' meant that you don't like cartoons, you watch the news every day, read the paper, and listen to talk radio while drinking coffee and caring about the latest politcal... stuff. I for one love to watch cartoons (animation major, duh!), HATE the news, only read the paper to laugh at the Crime Watch section of the Argonaut, I listen to a podcast that might be considered talk radio, but it's about He-Man, so I dunno if that counts, and could not care less about politics. Oh, and coffee burns my tongue EVERY FRICKIN TIME I DRINK IT. But then I have a full time job, pay bills, taxes, have responsibilites, and all that crap. So what does that make me then?
PS: Bass-akwards is my new favorite word. Work it into your daily vocabulary! Here's an example: "I was trying to code a new game in Flash, and it turned out all bass-akwards so I gave up." Or: "What took you so long to get here?" "Well, I took lincoln to jefferson to the 405 to the 105 to the 605 to the 5 to 10 the 110 to get back on the 5 got off on la cienega and took it down to fountain" "That's a bass-akwards way of going... but heck, you made it!"
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Monday was officially my first full day of work! So I went over to the Imageworks building to turn in my paperwork. They had the bike from Ghost Rider on display, and tons of storyboards from Imageworks next animated feature on the walls. Pretty cool! Then I actually ran in David Feiss, my old soccer coach (who created Cow and Chicken)! So we talked for a few seconds, but we both had to go. We're gonna "do lunch" next week lol. So that was fun. Good times, good times.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Today was really fun. Slept in real late, then got up and met Jess at Derek's to go pumpkin patching! We were trying to look for Dr. Bones' Ol' Timey Pumpkin Patch, but, alas, no luck. We stopped at another place that had some good pumpkins, but it was on the pricey side. We went to a Halloween store and got some decorations, followed by a trip to the gas station. It must have been my lucky day. As I was pumpin gas, I look down and see folded up cash on the ground. I pick it up, expecting maybe a dollar or a fiver, but no! $100!!! I found a hundred dollar bill on the ground at the gas station! NUTS! So after that, we went to Target to check out their pumpkins, and they actually had a pretty good selection. We ended up getting 10 pumpkins :) Derek had to head out, so after that, Jess and I went to pick up some Chipotle (CHIPOTLE!!!) and headed back to my place. Watched some Seinfeld, shopped for Halloween costumes online, and played some CROSSFIRE!!!! You might even say we got caught up in it. Worked on Jose's website a bit as well. That's about it. Overall, a very fun few days. I can't believe I found $100!
Sunday, October 9, 2005
This weekend was fun. Friday night after work I went to Best Buy and got a new iPod. My mom mentioned she wanted to get one, so I'm gonna give her my old one. I also listen to it at work a lot, so I needed to upgrade to a model that holds more songs, and my old one (a mini) has more than enough space for my mom. So I got a color one, which is really cool. I spent all night friday updating my library to sync with the new 'Pod (including all my album artwork, since it's viewable).
Saturday, I slept in 'til late, which was really nice. Got like 12 hours of sleep lol. Then Andrew and I went to Michaels so I could pick up a frame for my Submarine Voyage print I got at Disneyland. Of course, Disneyland matted it with an akward size, so I had to trim it to fit. No biggie, it turned out nice! We stopped by Party City for Halloween stuff. I got a pirate pistol for my pirate costume, and also gloves, a mask, and chains for whenever. You can never have enough Halloween costumes. Damn, I love halloween! I can't wait until I have a house so I can decorate it for Halloween. It's my favorite holiday, and yet I've never lived in a house that had trick-or-treaters. That's one of my life goals, have a house that I can decorate for Halloween. I want to be that one house on the street people go out of their way to go to. I'd seriously hand out full size candy bars and everything. Oh well, one day...
Today we went over to Mike's party. It was really fun. Had some good BBQ, played some Candyland (GO CRACKER!!), some b-ball, watched some Labryinth, saw some people I haven't seen in a few years which I wasn't expecting, but it was good times.
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Then again, who doesn't?
Friday, September 30, 2005
I'm so fucking happy I could cry.
Friday, September 23, 2005
n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties
- The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
- The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
- An instance of making such a discovery.
Lately I've been thinking about serendipity, the crazy word Van taught us in class. Does everything happen for a reason or is it just a coincidence? A forunate accident?
Like yesterday, Mike, Derek, Derek's friend Thomas and I all went and saw The Presidents of the United States of America in concert last night. They were literally my firsr favorite band, and they were also my first cd I ever bought. I listened to that thing over and over. Some of my favorite songs... anyway, I was stoked to go. They broke up 5 years ago, and just got back together and released a cd at the end of last year. So of course, where do they end up playing? Disneyland (my most favorist of places), at the House of Blues. And where was their previous show? Orangevale. My hometown where I grew up. Serendipity?
I was thinking today as well. Here I am working at Sony, using all of the things I've learned either from school, or what I've taught myself, literally what I did for fun in my spare time. If I never would have messed around making my first website over 8 years ago (quick side note, if you want to see my first real website made in 1999, I actually found the old files and uploaded it again here) I never would have taught myself html. I also would never have had a reason to teach myself photoshop. Also, my html knowledge helped me understand actionscript, and if I wouldn't have picked it up so fast, I never would have made a game for my thesis, which helped me get the job at Sony, and it never would have lead to me becoming Tom's TA, which lead to the opportunity of me teaching a section of Interactive Animation at the college I just graduated from next semester. Serendipity?
And then 9 years ago, my grandma won a trip for a Disney vacation at Florida. While at one of the Disneyland resorts, I was introduced to the art of cels, and I also got my first cel kit. It came with a clear plastic sheet with the image of the genie from Aladdin printed on it, and the right colors of cel vinyl (cel paint). It also gave instructions on how to properly color it, on the backside. Getting that kit lead me to start making my own cels. I bought my own clear plastic. I drew a drawing on a piece of paper, then laid the clear plastic over the top of it, traced it with a sharpie, turned it over, and painted it. I had to be selective with what I drew, because all I had for paint was the leftover from my Disney kit, about 6 colors. Then I found a hobby shop in Sacramento that sold cel vinyl (made by Cartoon Color, ha!) so I started making my own cels with no limitations. I probably made over 30 different ones all throughout middle school and highschool, which I enjoyed showing off and framing. This was all years before freshman year in college with the infamous cel painting. If my grandma never would have won that trip to Florida, I never would have gotten my cel kit, I never would have begun to make my own cels, which lead to me drawing more, increased my appreciation for cartoons, and, who knows, maybe I never would have become an animation major. On that note, if I never would have painted cels, and if I never went to Jesuit Highschool, I never would have heard of LMU, and never gone down to LA. Serendipity?
In elementary school, I played baseball and soccer. One year of soccer, our team was the Sharks, and our coach was a guy named David Feiss, whose son was also on the team. One of my best friends then and now, Ryan's dad was good friends with Mr. Feiss as well, so we ended up being friends too. His son, Davy, ended up being on my baseball team for 2 years, which my dad coached. We would play basketball together and also went trick-or-treating once or twice with our mutual friend. I remember his dad being gone sometimes for long periods of time, which I later found out was him being in Japan working on animated Pink Panther commercials. David Feiss later went on to be the creator of the show Cow and Chicken. We've stayed in touch through the years, I always watched the show, and took time to e-mail him now and then. Junior year in high school I found out he was working at Sony Animation, and early this year he was able to give me some tips on how to apply for Sony. And now I'm working here. My old soccer coach when I was 12 helped me get a job in the field I ended up studying. Serendipity?
So what does it all mean? Is it all a coincidence or something more? have I come to be where I'm at because of chance? Has it all just been a chance of fortunate accidents? Actually, I'd rather it not be a series of accidents that lead to where I am today. There's gotta be more to it than that.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Following Tom Klein's advise:
Would you be interested in teaching one section of Interactive Animation 1?
Let me know ASAP. It would be in the evening, 7 til 10.
I was like OH SHIT! NO WAY! I mean, I always kinda planned of maybe someday coming back to work part time at LMU.... but never this soon! Damn. So of course I e-mailed him back and said I'd love to! I'm just hating myself now, because I was gone all night and now I have to wait until tomorrow for a reply. I'm just so damn excited. The time works too, since I get off from Sony at 6:30, I have enough time to go teach the class. Me. A teacher. I'm so excited and scared shitless at the same time. So hopefully Jose will e-mail me back soon with more details. DAMN!
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Saturday, September 17, 2005
First of all, one of my favorite movies is Nightmare Before Christmas, I love Tim Burton's stuff, and Ray Harryhausen is one of my idols. With that said, I had very very high hopes for this movie. So, what did I think? I was actually dissappointed. Now don't get me wrong, visually and technically, the movie is jaw droppingly amazing. It is the best stop motion animation ever seen on film. The character designs are incredible, the animation is AMAZING and the camera movements are wicked. Like I said, visually and technically unmatched. But story wise? It was kinda boring. No character development. The main character Victor was very boring, and I didn't like him much. Danny Elfman did the music, wrote the songs, and performed one of them. And yet, the songs were lacking. The thing that was amazing about Nightmare was how the songs would develop the story, let you gain insight to the characters mind, and set the mood. Music was a huge part of Nightmare, and there are very few scenes where there is none. 80f the music has music in it, and it was done perfectly. In Corpse Bride, there is not very much music, yet it's a musical. The songs didn't develop the plot, they just riiterated what you already knew. They were very easily forgettable. There was no "Town theme" or "Dead theme" or "Victor theme" either. The movie just kinda went along for the ride, and seemed very very short, yet it's exactly the same length as Nightmare.
So yeah, I was dissapointed. This just proves that you can have an amazing looking movie with the best people in the business working on it, but if the story isn't there, it just ruins it. I've been looking forward to seeing this movie since it was just a rumor. I was blown away at the props at comic-con, and talking to one of the animators there (Peter Dodd) was just awesome. Seeing the technology of the puppets was great. I coudln't have been more excited to see it, but after seeing it, I felt Corpse Bride was just okay. If you want to get your mind blown by visuals and the pure insanity of how good it looks, by all means, please go see it. There really is nothing else like it. If you're looking for another Nightmare Before Christmas, with unforgettable music, great character development, and an awesome story arc, you'll be let down.
Oh well. At least the company was good!
Oh, and tomorrow, Fletcher and I are going to Disneyland!!
Friday, August 26, 2005
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Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Definitely one of my favorite Little Rascals shorts. After Best Buy, we grabbed some Taco Hell, watched Kid from Borneo, an episode from Simpsons season 6, and then Sin City. It's really funny, at comic-con, Andrew got me a kickass Sin City poster, and after watching the movie again, I decided to put it up. So now I have 2 posters up in my room of my 2 favorite places: Sin City and Disneyland. I have some pretty varied tastes I suppose, just by looking at the stuff in my room you can tell. Anime cels, Disneyland poster, Sin City poster, a framed Bambi print, a Captain EO poster, a 3D sign with a gargoyle that says "Abandon all hope ye who enter here" which is right next to my Fraggle Rock poster, then you look at my dvds, and you'll notice that my Full House season 1 set is right next to Goodfellas. Then I also have a Bambi artbook sitting next to the From Hell graphic novel. My music collection has everything from Garth Brooks to Nine Inch Nails to Al Jolsten and Cab Calloway. Pretty eclectic (wow, vocab word!), but I enjoy it all! I figure the more variety in taste I have the more chances of having fun I have... And I like to have fun. So today was pretty chill. Now to figure out what tomorrow has in store..... perhaps Hollywood? The possibilities are endless.
Monday, August 15, 2005
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Monday, July 25, 2005
But then the difference with MySpace is that everyone can see it. It makes it really weird, because I may want to say something but then I would hold back because of who may be reading.
I think lately I've finally come to the realization that I am off on my own now. No more going back home for summer vacation, no more winter break, no more spring break, no more school. Just me in the real world. I know my parents are there to help me along and everything, and I've got some great friends that I know will be there too (hopefully for life) but it's just...... scary. I think it was because I just got my first big check from my first real job. It was the biggest check I had ever gotten, and realizing every last bit of it will go to pay rent was a wake up call. Since this transition from student to working stiff is new, what I do now can affect everything I do later. So it's been a period of reflection of what the future has to offer, and now is my chance to mold it into what I want it to be.
That being said, I've been thinking a lot about the people I know. People that I call aquatence, the people I call friend, and the people I know I will always be friends with for the rest of my life. I don't mean to sound rude or like a terrible person or anything (see, the only reason I wrote that is for the people reading, if it were a true diary, I would never have said that) but I feel like now is the chance I get to choose whom I want in my life and who can get left by the wayside.
It's like one of those things where you started off as their friend and slowly but surely, you realize the way you work and the way they work is very different. Your views and their views clash, and there are just certain things about them you can't stand. One of those people that when you talk to them, they say something, and when you reply, they don't pay attention, they're just waiting to say what they want again (and sometimes they don't wait.) I have very few pet peeves, but damn! I can't stand people that don't pay attention to you or wait your turn to talk! I know sometimes I may jump in at inapropriate times in a conversation, but I usually just stop to be polite and et them finish, or consciencly remember what they were saying and ask them to go back to it. Anyway, the hard part is you're pretty sure they don't feel the same way about your friendship. And also, you may have mutual friends, so you can never truly just drift apart, which is what I want to do. Don't worry people reading this, I can guarantee it's not you just by the fact you're reading this. So the tricky thing is what to do. You want this person to move on and do their own thing, but that probably won't happen. I could go into soooooo much more detail, and I really feel like blowing off steam, but this isn't the place to do it.
So much reflection lately, so much thinking. It feels like my head is going to explode. It's so damn scary too. But damn, it's sure is exciting! One quote that I always keep in mind when I'm feeling a bit down or overwhelmed is from the very last Calvin and Hobbes strip. At the time it came out, I thought it was stupid. But the more I have thought about it, the more I believe it and the more true it has become:
"It's a wonderful world Hobbes ol' friend. Lets go exploring."
That's what I feel like I'm doing, exploring this wonderful place....
Thursday night I had an epiphany: EA is teh sux0rz. I realized that I didn't like working there, I didn't like doing overtime, and I didn't like working weekends. I don't want to sound like an ass, or I'm full of myself or anything, but I know that I'm the best guy there and I can't stand stooping down and testing other people's games that suck. I should be making the games, not testing some other person's crappy idea because I know I could make it so much better. Yes yes, I know it's a temporary position, and I know "you gotta start somewhere!" and I know it could be a lot worse and I know I should be glad for having a job there and I know it pays the rent, but still. I hate it. I can't wait to get the hell out of there. It feels like a job, and I didn't go to college to get a fucking job, I went to college so I could have fun with work and do what I wanted. Why the hell did I decide to major in animation?? If I wanted a "job" I would have majored in business or something equally as boring. At EA, all I do is find other people's crappy mistakes (bugs) and tell them how I found it so they can fix it. Fun huh? Oh yeah, and I found out today overtime is now mandatory! So that means working 9am-9pm mon-fri and saturday 10am-7pm on something I don't fucking care about! Woohoo! So EA sucks, and I want to get out the hell out of there. I can stick it out for a little while, but man I hate it. It actually makes me depressed working there, and I'm never depressed. And when I am, I fucking hate it. Fucking EA.
(wow, that was a pretty mean entry, huh? Lots of nuaghty words...)
Friday, July 22, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
But what if it does? the interview went so well, and I know I impressed the hell out of 'im... Gak!
Monday, July 18, 2005
Quick draw was really fun. It was 3 of the top comic strip artists drawing what is suggested as fast as they could. Quick, if you will. It was really funny. A good time was had by all (even if we were kinda falling asleep.) Then after that, was the panel I came to see. Ray Harryhausen.
If you don't know who Ray Harryhausen is, then you haven't truly lived. And if you think you have lived, then I will come to your house and kill you just to prove my saying true. Or maybe I won't.... But I most likely will, most likely. He's the guy that did the stop motion animation for films like Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, and Seventh Voyage of Sinbad single handedly! He's an amazing fellow and the way he incorporated animation into live action paved the way for todays CGI boom. Just listening to this man talk was incredible. Oh yeah, and Ray Bradbury was there too, and he was pretty kick ass as well lol. You can learn so much from people who have been in the biz for the last 60+ years!! I also got a DVD of his early works and tests which looks awesome too.
After that, I went back down to the floor only to meet the author of my favorite comic ever (Usagi Yojimbo), Stan Sakai! He was such a cool, nice, humble guy. I completed my Usagi collection, got an action figure, and he signed it all and drew a sketch in every book as well! Kick ass!!!
Man, what a day? Could it get better? Hell yeah! Two words: Umm, well, one word that's hyphenated? Err.... Two words (I guess): He-Man! The classic He-Man finally came out on dvd last week, and I was able to pick it up at the con. That was cool in itself, but what was even cooler was the fact that the people who made the dvd were there to sign it, along with a he-man.orger I had known from online. Cool stuff.
That was a crazy day...... oh wait, I almost forgot! We also saw a Tenacious D concert!! It was sooooooo fun. The D is so funny, and they know how to rock the house. Top it off with a little Juanitas, finish it off with some Nick Arcade starring Mikey, our video adventurer, and you have a pretty awesome day.
Oh, and we also ran into PB$, and we invited him to stay with us at Derek's so he wouldn't have to sneak into the hotel across the street and sleep in the kitchen again (!) So that was cool.
Sunday was spent mostly recovering from Saturday. We woke up later, got to the con later, and mainly just wandered all day, and that was fine with me. The highlights were getting to see the head animator of the Corpse Bride (Peter Dodd) animate Scraps the dog and being able to ask him a few questions, meeting Ray Harryhausen again and getting his autograph, and mostly wandering around checking stuff out. I found Captain EO on dvd (bootleg of course) and I spent about 3 hours looking for a Rocketeer comic from the 80's done by Dave Stevens. I finally was able to find one (just one!) which I bought with 10 minutes left of the con. I got the guy to drop the price $10 so that was cool. Andrew picked up a sweet Sin City poster and an even sweeter Pirates of the Carribean 2 poster (if thats even possible) so now that means I need more frames! And of course I spent too much money, but thats what overtime is for, eh?
We got back to Derek's pad, chilled out a bit, had some cookies, some brownies, some pita, some hummus, and shared stories. We then packed up and rolled out. Headed to the local New York pizza place, ate and started the long traffic ridden trek home. Good music and good company made the time past quickly. Good times.
and as a frequenter of the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, Comic Book Guy would say, "longest........blog........ever........"
Thursday, July 14, 2005
It seems like that's been the case lately for me. If you want to make sure you get anything at all done, you sure as heck better take care of it. There are fewer and fewer people you can count these days.
Sometimes I just kinda want to go along for the ride, because it takes tons of effort to be the organizer, especially since it seems I am always the organizer. But the problem is when I feel like standing back and watching, nothing happens and I end up taking control anyway.
If you want it done right.... you better do it yourself, or it won't get done.
Friday, July 1, 2005
Anyway, wednesday I get an e-mail from Sony asking me to go in for an interview today. I got lucky because we got today off from EA. So I go in, and the interview went really well. It's for wat they call a Web Designer position, and it's pretty much making website assets using all the programs I know. I talked to 3 different people, and I think it went really well. They seemed impressed by my skill set and it seemed it was exactly what they were looking for. Hopefully they felt the same way! So now I've been at EA about 4 days, and might leave already lol. Sony's a much better job, and I'll actually be able to use my skills. Wish me luck, and hopefully I'll get it!
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
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Monday, March 28, 2005
Almost too scary.
Oh, and I guess I dislocated my knee cap at the Senior Banquet. The POP I heard was my knee cap coming out of where it is supposed to be. And later that night when I heard another noise coming from my knee that floored me because of the pain, that was my knee cap going back into the joint. It pretty much sprained every thing that could be sprained next to me knee. And it bruised my bone. Ouch. It's still sore, but I can walk on it without a brace and crutches, and it's tons better that before.
Spring break was okay. It was good to be home, even thugh I had to go to the doctor 3 times and get an MRI cuz of the ol' Thriller injury.... I got some stuff done on thesis. Not as much as I hoped, but I got some done, which is good. Now it's time to lock and load. Take no prisoners. Hide you women and children. Put on your Sunday best kids:
We're going to Sears.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
And now tomorrow I go home for a week for spring break. I hopefully will be able to get some stuff done while I'm there, mostly backgrounds for my game. It should be nice though.
Time is still a tickin'.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
And I'm still scared to death.
But I will finish.
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Monday, February 28, 2005
But here I am, a senior in college, and I'm shy.
Like I said before, have you ever heard the perfect song that sums up how you feel at that point in time perfectly? That happened to me today. The song's called Let Go by Frou Frou.
drink up, baby down
mmm, are you in or are you out
leave your things behind
'cause it's all going off without you
excuse me, too busy you're writing your tragedy
you bubble wrap
when you've no idea what you're like
so let go, jump in
oh well, whatcha waiting for
'cause there's beauty in the breakdown
so let go, just get in
oh, it's so amazing here
'cause there's beauty in the breakdown
it gains the more it gives
and then it rises with the fall
so hand me that remote
can't you see that all that stuff's a sideshow
such boundless pleasure
we've no time for later now
you can't await your own arrival
you've 20 seconds to comply
so let go, jump in
oh well, whatcha waiting for
'cause there's beauty in the breakdown
so let go, just get in
oh, it's so amazing here
'cause there's beauty in the breakdown
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Today, after a looooong night (I barely got any sleep at all) we all got up early and went to the Zoo. Stopped on the way, got some doughnuts (ugh, and whole milk by accident.... *puke*) and after some "creative" driving, we made it to the zoo! It started out slow, we were all a little tired and cranky at the beginning, but soon we all started having a really good time. I think everyone had a great time, so that was awesome. We saw some really cool animals, got in some great quality drawing time and just had fun. I really liked hanging out with everyone, since we never really have a chance to do so outside of class (with this many people anyway) so that was a blast. So we were there until it closed (5:00pm) and then we headed back. The ride home was nice. We were all so tired, both sleepy tired and fatigued from walking tired that in order to stay awake, Andrew, Mike and I were singing 80's songs. I think Trey was asleep, but it doesn't matter since I was having so much fun. You know you have great friends when you can let all your gaurds and inhibitions down and sing "I just died in your arms tonight" at the top of your lungs in your highest pitched voice. So much fun, damn. We then stopped at Long Beach, grabbed some Chinese food, parted ways with the gals and headed home. One of the most fun weekends I've had in a long time.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Lets see, what else. I guess the animation lab flooded over the weekend, so now it smells like crap in there. I went to TA and an hour into the class, we were kicked out. Apparently we weren't supposed to be in there. Now I got a clogged nose and a lungfull of spores. Fun stuff.
It better not rain tomorrow... I have to walk 2 blocks to my internship because of our new parking spaces, and I really don't want to walk in the rain. I don't even own an umbrella.
Thesis is coming along slowly but surely. I have to make 2 more levels and 2 more bosses. Not really too bad, but then I have the artwork to do as well. I sure hope it all comes together. It will, but I sure hope it does...
I could use some gollashes. And a hug.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Have you ever heard the perfect song that sums up how you feel at that point in time perfectly? That happened to me today. The song's called Dizzy by Rob Thomas. I must have listened to it 4 times in a row.
And outside, the sky is falling
People dodging raindrops, staying dry
And inside, I never gave a damn 'bout those outside people anyway
And it hurt me, they don't even know who I am
And inside, there's no rainbows
And inside, I try I try I try, try to clear my head
And outside, the rain is drying
And inside I'm dying
Cause in here, I'm staring at the rings my coffee cup has made on the table
And in here, I know I know I know that this is as good as it gets
and in time I hope to be the one that talks about my better half
Until then, I count the cracks on the wall
Until it's time to lay my head
And inside, I play with shadows
And inside, I know I know I know that I'll feel this way all day, all day
And outside, there's hope for trying
And inside I'm dying
You walk before me, lord knows I can't follow
You walk behind me and I don't think I can lead
You walk around me, please don't walk around me
Cause you know how dizzy I get.
Then I worked on thesis a bit, got some work done on level 3, which was good. The bad news is I got on a roll right when other Andrew came over to play Smash Bros. So I was sitting here in my room by myself coding while Smash Bros is outside. Suckage. By the time I was done with what I wanted to do, they were done as well. Then they started watching this terrible dvd I wasn't in the mood for, so I just sat here waiting to do something and nothing happened. That really sucked.
Now, I'm sitting here typing and talking with Jess on IM while it's thundering and lightning-ing outside. Oh man, it's soo cool. I have all my lights out, and since Jess is only 2 miles north, we're pretty much hearing and seeing the same thing. It is sooo tight, man. It's like being in the haunted mansion. Creepy and cool. Damn, this is so fun. Weather like this kicks ass. Nobody else here seems to care, but I'm just sitting here alone in the dark talking to Jess loving every minute of it. It's like the blah all day today led up to this moment. It's just so damn cool. Definitely the most fun I've had in a long time! I'm so in awe and creeped out and loving every moment. There goes another one! Too awesome beyond words. What a great night, I love it.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Fun Full House Factoid: Uncle Joey is not allowed to use the phone. It's true!
So after that I did nothing for 2 hours (go me!) and then went to Nintendo Narratives. Sadly, Fun Hat Day didn't turn out as well as planned. Perhaps next time... I can't believe how boring NN is. We even have a midterm! Gah! So now I'm sitting here loathing the fact that for dinner it's Top Ramen again. I need to go to the store!
"Never opened myself this way,
Life is ours, we live it our way.
All these words I don't just say,
and nothing else matters." - Metallica
Lets see, what else. I gave Jess some mini Krackels to tide her over until we strike the BIG one, heh. It was weird, I had gotten them yesterday on my way back from G4 to give them to her during the speaker last night, but she couldn't make it. When I got back home, I had an IM from her saying we should get some mini Krackels and melt them down to make a big one. Killer Koincidence. Came back to an appartment full of sick people, so I hope I won't get sick. Time to go into obbsessive compulsive mode and wash my hands like crazy. Burned Mike a copy of Lost, which is a pretty cool show. Then went to TA and worked on thesis during TA and afterwards in the lab until about midnight mostly debugging. I hate debugging. It takes so damn long and usually you get absolutely nothing done and feel bad because it took so long to do nothing. But tonight I actually got some stuff done, so ha!
Oh yeah, I just got charged a buttload of money because my file trasfer limit or my website went over the alloted space because people have been playing my Nemo game. It's cool people are playing, too bad they're not actually paying... There goes what little fun money I had left. *sigh*
So now I'm just sitting here, thinking about bosses to use in my game with Rob Thomas' new single "Lonely No More" stuck in my head.
I don't want to be lonely anymore.