June 23, 2009
Head felt messed up for a few days. Feel somewhat more straightened out now.
Twitter is a monster.
"Jumbo" is a pretty cool band. The songs "Dia" and "Aqui" in particular.
Lyrics in another language in songs make them better to me, in some aspects. The vocals sound more instrumental than trying to convey a message. Not to say I don't like lyrics in songs.
Dads Fathers Day gift finally came. Will have to drop that off today while they're in Towson.
Finally got paper so I can redline Thom's novel. I'm excited to do that.
More to come later.
Finally got a mirror so I can continue the painting. We went to the bookstore and I looked at a few books for Flash and I think I'm seriously going to look into learning it. Maybe even scripts too... (not sure what I would use them for though).
I'm a little out of date. I don't know XHTML. Never really had a need to, but I should probably find out what's changed.
June 17, 2009
Dress painting I worked on, oils
Sketches from imagination or reference
Oh I am so out of date...
I found something I had been looking for a little while ago. A website by a Mexican artist by the name of Vinnie Veritas. The stuff at www.vinnieveritas.com isn't especially polished, but I love the art style of his flash animations and they only get smoother over time. The most recent one was great and I love all the CCC related stuff. Actually, sometimes the physics in my dreams are similar to what is shown in his Flash stuff, but all very vivid in color and the like. That's what leads me to this. In 2005, he did a Flash called "Rush 2", a sequel to one of his earlier bits.
Later, a German group (I'm pretty sure they are anyways) did a fairly accurate live action version of it and released it in 2008. It's pretty good! Here's links to both the original flash and the Live Action version.
Original Flash Version
Live Action Version
I actually feel kinda embarrassed by putting out stuff like this... I guess because it touches me in a strange way that I don't really explain or show. Rather, it's likely something that I'll enjoy while someone else could leave with disdain. I like how rough it is though. I like the pure SPEED conveyed in Vinnies stuff and the kind of haphazardness of the shapes, the style, and I LOVE the strange oddities like the clothes and the cityscape with all the extraneous doodads, smileys, airships, and all other forms of strange stuff decorating the landscape. I think even moreso I like that they aren't just decoration, but are a part of the everyday life of these people and are interacted with.
Speaking of creativity, I did write a complete outline for a short story, though it's not anything near what I was originally considering. Far from the kind of "gritty fantasy" position I was originally considering. In fact it's a more modern tragedy I guess. *laughs* That fact alone makes me want to not write it, but at the same time pursue it. It gives me mixed feelings. I love the individual character I came up with for it, but I hate where he ends up. I think that it may be because it potentially could be someones real "life story".
There is the possibility of going out to the handgun range with B today. This is humorous for the fact that I don't have ANY 45 and haven't even seen any in stock for at least a couple of months now. That said, we do still have that Rohm RG24 left by his grandfather in 22LR... I'm actually kinda scared to shoot it. Brad's managed to keep a supply of 40 though. Makes me wonder if should have gone with the 40 version.
I did go to OC last week for a day. Did plenty of drinking per my brothers request. There were some amusing things that went on. Like the "Clown Condo" across the hall that had the cops visit and resulted in OVER THIRTY PEOPLE all being told to leave. The crowd just kept coming as we sat at the window and counted them. There was a point when my brother asked why I wasn't drinking anymore beer. I told him I couldn't drink anymore. He asked if I was drunk, to which I replied no. He said that I was drunk since I couldn't drink anymore. That's when I told him that I couldn't drink anymore because I was too FULL!
I also managed to jump around in the ocean some, but it got chilly, gray, and breezy when I went down. Of course, the next morning I got an email from the boss telling me I was off work that night. I was happy as all hell! I was going to stay late or even find somewhere to sleep in my car and stay til Friday! Sun came up and it was a brilliant day outside. Then at 9:30AM I got a call from the guy who was supposed to work that night, begging me to cover for him. His wife got into an accident and was fine, but was shaken up and wanted him home. I was hard pressed to say I'd cover, but ended up doing it. I know if Deb had an accident, I'd probably do the same thing.
Before I left, I talked my brother and thanked him for letting me crash there for the night. Went down to the boardwalk area and stopped at this place by 25th street called "Happy Jacks Pancakes" and got a pretty good Western Omelet for a decent price. Left my car parked in their lot since it was uncrowded and walked around the boardwalk for an hour or so. The day was crystal clear. People were already out on the beach and plenty of folks were hanging out on balconies and in shops. I walked down to about 11th from 25th and then back. I wish I'd been able to stay longer, but rolled out around noon. Made it back before 14:30.
Of course, I was pretty annoyed when it turned out that pretty much the whole family, plus Brad, Laura, and the Veeches were ALL down there for the weekend while I was here at work. Added into that was the OC Airshow was that weekend. Damn did I pine for being down there...
When Brad got back, we went and had lunch on Monday. He told me about what they'd gone, seen, and done. Sounds like he and Laura had a great time. I felt pretty wishful when he'd said multiple times he wished I'd been down there with them. Turns out there were things he wanted to do that she didn't and vice versa. More amusingly was that I would've been happy to do any of the things he mentioned!
That said, we started looking into maybe heading down in August and getting a room for all 4 of us. We both agreed we'd like to stay down for at LEAST one night, maybe two. We both said we'd love to spend a day running around the mini-golf courses and maybe taking one of those OC Air Tours that my Dad and I went on a while ago. That and gettin some of those bikes to ride around the boardwalk in the AM. Can't wait for it and everything better work out!
Hm. So much more I could write... I made spaghetti last night! It was win.
Maybe later. I've spent a helluvalot of time on this one already.
June 03, 2009
Just a few things from 4chan that make me laugh.
4Chan is as evil as it is wonderful. Endure and profit or run and be frightened, for 4chan can be just as tainted and horrific as it can be hilarious and enlightening.
Remember, everyone is a fag. Everyone. Thatfag, Carfag, Stonedfag, etc.
Just a couple simple things to keep in mind, should you delve into it. BE SURE TO BEWARE /B and /D!!!
Loraxia came by yesterday! Had a great time! I made awesome-sauce chicken.
I had a short story in mind... I'm actually embarrassed to say what it is, but... The story in Final Fantasy Tactics is so full of political intrigue, backstabbing, double-crosses, deceit, and questions of who is friend or foe that I was considering writing a short story set in that universe. Something where it's either after the end of the events in the game, or some type of alternate ending to the game. It's hard to really describe without giving any spoilers. The game itself is good enough to be a novel.
Had an inspection at work, that was interesting.
I've been interested in and researching Hypnotism in relation to meditation and also the general benefits of hypnosis. The fact that for the past 16 years, the NIH has now confirmed it as a viable therapy method really got my attention considering how taboo it seemed considering all the stage hypnosis that's out there and the BS associated with the real field. I was also surprised at just how many notable psyche Drs, including Sigmund Freud, have actually studied it as well.
Plenty of random stuff to pray/meditate (or at least try to meditate) about. Been reading a few different books slowly. I'm kinda picking up where I left off with some things with unexpected results.
I'm getting used to the food I've been eating lately too I think. Real Deli Meat and Muenster Cheese tastes amazing.
HOLY FUCK THAT LIGHTNING STRIKE WAS AS CLOSE AT THEY GET! That damn thing was literally just across the parking lot and the report was so sharp I almost thought some asshat was outside with a high powered rifle! Sounded like a Mosin Nagant almost, just a little less bassy!
So yep! Off I go!