Topic: Just Cause...
Home after the Namco Big Top party...
Home after the Namco Big Top party...
A little silliness I did for a captioning contest...
SPOCK: This Grande coffee is frozen. Its temperature is exactly minus 8.24 degrees centigrade.
SULU: Oh my! This tastes almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.
UHURA: I SAID sit your @#$&% down and ENJOY!
Given the family emergency that followed right on top of my return from Portland, Oregon in August, I never got around to writing about the trip there and the experience of working on the 48 Hour Film Project.
I just finished backfilling those entries, so here they are (click the links below:
Sometimes I'm just a glutton for punishment.
Lats night we were up rather late drinking after the screening of our film. Youd think I'd try to make it a short day.
So, it's up and at 'em. Scott delays going into work until after dropping me at the airport, so I pack up, we grab breakie at a nearby cafe, then I say bye to his kitty, Gloria, and we're off to the airport.
On the way I call my friend Diana, whom I knew was flying TO Portland this morning. She's just landed as we leave Scott's. Ships that pass on the freeway...or something.
Goodbyes said, I check in at Portland's airport. No sooner have I cleared security than I see a familiar face. I walk over. He looks up. "Good Time Charlie" I say, pointing at him. Yep, it's the actor who played the title roll in one of the films ours was screened with. He's heading home to L.A. I give him my card, we chat, then he's off to the plane.
The flight home is uneventful, and I finish the book I've been reading: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, by Bruce Campbell. It's a fun book, and oddly inspirational for someone who wants to make movies.
I'm in the office by 3. Now the fun begins. Right off, I see our visitor from Japan and wave, and he waves back rather tentatively. It's clear he doesn't recognize me. This theory is supported by the numerous double takes I receive from co-workers, some of whom don't realize who I am at first. I guess the shaved-head and lip makes me look a lot different. I suspect the latter especially.
Scott calls from Portland to say our short didn't win the audiece favorite last night. The winner? Good Time Charlie. I suspected as much... Scott's upset. I'm not surprised by the result.
I'm pretty beat, but I do get some work accomplished. I find my car where I left it on Saturday in the company garage. Now I have to drive to Cupertino for a Yakiniku dinner with our visitor and some select co-workers. The food's fantastic (as usual), but I deflect the drinks as much as possible. I'm tired and still have to drive an hour to get home. Finally, we part and 10 p.m. and I hit the road. I text message one of my friends as I leave. He texts me back as I arrive in S.F. He is getting off work at 11 p.m.
Now, I should just go home and sleep. This is where I get really stupid. I go have a drink with him in the Castro. It's great to see him, but I'm fading fast.
1 a.m. and I get home and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
Shaved my head again today to see how the dermatological surgery was healing and it looks really good. A little pink, but the nasty looking but harmless ol' sebhorric keratoses is gone for the time being.
I'd been wanting to change my look for a while now, and the razor in my hot little hand more than excuse enough. Since my noggin was freshly shaven I decided I'd bare my upper lip to the sunshine as well.
The fun thing about shaving facial hair is that you can do it in stages and see what it looks like when you excise this bit or that. First I started by excising the middle of the moustache out to the ends of my mouth, but left the bits on the side. I'm not sure if it makes me look more like a Fu Manchu caricature or a Klingon. If my eyebrows were bushier, I'd say the latter.
(Note that you can see just a tinge of pink on the horizon of my head to the left of my eye...that's where the scalpel did its work.)
After scowling in the mirror for a few minutes, cursing Tribbles, and calling the Enterprise a garbage scow in my best Michael Pataki imitation, my instincts tell me this isn't the best look for me. The side tufts go, and no one will be offering me blood wine.
* "Trust your instincts" in Klingonese.
Nothing bad happened. Get it? Nothing...bad...happens!
And the full moon doesn’t affect you, either.
Just found a note I'd scribbled on a receipt Saturday December 16, 2006 in Berkeley. I was trying on clothes at Shoka. One pair of jeans elicited the following from friend-cum-fashionista, Becky:
"Where did your ass go?"
I got this via email. I'm never comfortable sending things like this around...as it smacks of Spam, but I filled it out anyway and decided to put it on here and on a Yahoo Club I maintain.********Welcome to the next edition of getting to know your Friends.
What you're supposed to do is copy (not forward) this entire email and paste it onto a New email that you'll send. Change all of the Answers so that they apply to you. Then, send this to a whole bunch of people you know "INCLUDING" The person who sent it to you. The theory is that you'll learn a lot of little known facts about Your friends. It's fun and easy. You might be surprised with some of the things you learn about People you think you know!
1. IF YOU COULD BUILD A SECOND HOUSE ANYWHERE WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Somewhere in San Francisco with a view.
2. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING?
My shirt that is nearly magenta, which everyone always compliments me on.
3. THE LAST CD YOU BOUGHT?
Songs for a New Generation, the B-52's
4. WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
5. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE KITCHEN APPLIANCE?
6. IF YOU COULD PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
7. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLORS?
Blue...no! Yellooooooooooooow! (and if you get it, kudos!)
8. DO YOU BELIEVE IN AFTERLIFE?
Of course. It's a game, commercially available. Buy now!
9. WHICH DO YOU PREFER SPORTS CAR OR SUV?
Sports car. SUV's are glorified trucks that roll over waaaay too easy. I hear about SUVs rolled over on the traffic reports all the time. What did they say about the Suzuki Samurai? 0 to 180 (degrees) in 1.2 seconds!
10. FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK? As a child, The Boxcar Children. I don't read Children's books now, and neither should you. And the Harry Potter books are technically for young adults, so Booyah! on you if you said it. DO not pass Go, do not collect 200 dollars.
11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?
12. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The power to block SPAM and keep people from forwarding lame jokes.
13. IF YOU HAVE A TATTOO, WHAT IS IT?
Don't have any. Won't get any.
14. CAN YOU JUGGLE?
At work, yes. Mandatory!
15. NAME ONE PERSON FROM YOUR PAST YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK AND TALK TO?
Charles F. Johnson...my musican once-friend who sorta fell off the face of the Earth.
16. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE DAY?
17. WHAT'S IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR?
My car is a hatchback, ergo no trunk. But in the back are rain clothes and a tripod. Thanks for asking.
18. FROM THE PEOPLE YOU WILL EMAIL THIS TO, WHO'S MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?
Not gonns email it...but I'm gonna post it on my Yahoo Club called Fallon's Fallen. My guess is Sherri will reply first, since I know she sent this to question 21's answer.
20. WHO'S LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Brian Doe. Karen. Tracy. Gene. Barry. Damn you all! ;)
21. WHO DID YOU RECEIVE THIS FROM?
Phil in Elko...the metrosexual in the middle of nowhere!
While poking through my weblinks today I rediscovered an piece about the work I did for the Cyber Studio design discs that was published on a website devoted to that software series. I was interviewed for the piece back in 2002 I believe. Funny to think I was doing 3D animation 15 years ago!
CLICK HERE to read the article on the Design Discs!
Speaking of web links, there's a very clever animation called "I Love Death" that Nick pointed out to me recently, set to the music of a band called Lodger. I was really taken by the absolute simplicity of the graphic design and the execution.
CLICK HERE for the "I Love Death" video (requires Shockwave Flash).*
*-This will be a real slow download if you're only on a dialup connection...
CLICK HERE to download PC Flash Player if you don't have it installed
CLICK HERE to find Mac OS versions of the Flash player
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