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(no subject) [Feb. 28th, 2012|06:37 pm]
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I don't know when ponies started overrunning my life, (actually, I do. It was a few months ago when I started watching the show) but I still have to show off my new wall hanging:

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(no subject) [Feb. 28th, 2012|05:07 am]
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Here we go again...

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(no subject) [Feb. 24th, 2012|03:21 pm]
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So, that video of me explaining a walk cycle from My Little Pony has over 30,000 views...

Can't say I expected that.
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(no subject) [Feb. 22nd, 2012|05:43 am]
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I spent 2 days
making a 5 minute video
explaining a couple hours worth of work
detailing an 18 frame walk cycle.

Still, now you too can make your own jaunty My Little Pony walk cycles right in your very own home!

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(no subject) [Feb. 17th, 2012|06:31 pm]
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Employment may be on the rise, but it hasn't caught up to me yet.

I haven't had a job since the end of September, and that was non-paying. (I don't even want to mention when my last paying job was) I interviewed with a studio shortly after New Years, which obviously never turned into anything. except for a couple "we'll get back to you in a week or so" emails.

I have actually seen a few more compositor jobs open up this week, but they're all the same "3 years of feature films or GTFO" type I always see.

I'll be out of money in a month or two, (I've been getting by lately on a little money left to me when my grandmother died in November) so I'm left to start looking for more menial work to pay the bills.

I reasons I'm so apprehensive is the same reasons I haven't done it earlier:

-I have no idea where to start looking. Anywhere near where I live would require me to speak Spanish and who knows what I can get with my weird job history.

-It makes it harder to take a proper media job if one were to come up.

-It makes it harder to justify being here at all rather than doing the same thing back in Montana.

I'd better start before I have to worry about being evicted, but I'm not exactly looking forward to my prospects.
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(no subject) [Feb. 11th, 2012|10:25 pm]
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I just got back from an advanced screening of The Secret World of Arrietty, Studio Ghibli's poorly named adaptation of The Borrowers. Was it worth standing in line for an hour and a half to see it a week early (and for free)? Well...

My only experience with The Borrowers is the BBC version that's 6 freaking hours long and ends up eating a tiny piece of your soul with how blandly unsatisfying it is. This is clearly better than that, if for no other reason than it's a more palatable length.

It's amazing that for as many times as this story's been done, it hasn't been an animated feature until now. Ghibli did a lot with both the animation and the sound to really make it feel like tiny people instead of just an oversized world.

The voice work was quite good; far better than the trailers would have me believe. It wasn't packed to the gills with name actors (compared to Ponyo bringing in Matt Damon to read three sentences) and Carol Burnett really stole the show.

If you like Ghibli (and I've never met anyone who didn't) you'll want to take the opportunity to see this one on the big screen.
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(no subject) [Feb. 9th, 2012|07:46 am]
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My GPS liiiivvvves!

After getting such useful tech support as "try plugging it in the back" I was reasonably skeptical of Garmin's follow-up suggestion of "try unplugging everything else". But I'll be damned if it didn't work, which to me means the real culprit was my pain in the ass printer.

I swear, every single HP product I've ever bought has been nothing but trouble; with the exception of my scanner, which I've had since 1999 and still works great.
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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2012|03:54 pm]
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I'm generally not the type to show my nerdy interests in shirt form, but if you are, holy crap does We Love Fine have you covered.

I'm seriously considering getting one of these even if I would end up having to explain it every single time I wore it:

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(no subject) [Jan. 30th, 2012|02:01 pm]
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I don't think I've ever been more excited to see a movie I've already seen.



The crazy, faux-80's DDR gang B-movie The FP is hitting major US cities for a short theatrical run. (Full list of cites and theatres here.)

I'm not sure how many premieres a film can have. This thing had played a few festivals before I went to the "premiere" last August hunched up in the dirt in a field. The screening in LA next month is also a premiere, I guess, so I'm hoping sitting in an actual chair will further enhance the movie-going experience.

I also snagged the film's soundtrack a while back, (their website has a free sampler) which is full of cheezy 80's techno; my favorite kind. My gym mp3 player was dying to get a song on it literally titled "training montage".

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(no subject) [Jan. 27th, 2012|06:23 pm]
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I've been fighting all week to get my GPS working again, so far to no avail. The best advice to Garmin has given me so far is to plug it into the back of my computer rather than the front. So I've been forced to get around town using Google Maps like some sort of animal.

Despite not having access to navigational space rays, I did get a second chance to see Fullmetal Alchemist: the Sacred Star of Milos It turns out the Downtown Independent theatre is downtown, and not in the middle of Hollywood. Who knew?

The movie... wasn't good. At all.

Given the way the series ended, you're forced to make the movie a midquel, which already means it's inconsequential to the main plot. In fact, this movie could tie into either one of the TV series and not make a difference.

The story was rather mediocre until the last half-hour which devolved into incomprehensible mess of fire and screaming.

Visually the film as merit. On several occasions I noticed some rather obvious homages to older Miyazaki films. At least that gave me something to pay attention to instead of squirming in my seat in a completely empty theatre.

If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, don't feel the urge to watch this movie.
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