Actually just leaving there now. There are many moments when a person begins to feel like a grown-up. That happened to me yesterday when instead of cursing the asshole in a uhaul truck, I became the asshole driving a uhaul truck. Its a little unwieldy but otherwise a reasonably comfortable ride. The added bonus is we have to stop at weigh stations! If only we had a CB radio. The goal now is to take a chunk out of Texas.
Archive for March, 2008
I’m on the plane heading to LA now, slowly recovering from Nick’s wedding. I woke up early friday morning and went to the albany city hall. Nick and Masha and his family and friends came as well. There was probably 15 of us in total. They filled out some paperwork and then we all went into the courtroom, the judge came out, and then they were married. When I got in the car to leave, I noticed the time, 9:15. I said to Dennis, “I usually wake up around now.”
Amongst all those wedding magazines newstands have, they should have one devoted to Dream weddings for men. For this truly was one. Articles could be “Finding that Perfect Courthouse!”, “The 40 dollar fee: cash or check? We weigh the options”, and “Circle Around Again!: 10 tips for finding cheap municipal parking”.
Next up for me is picking up that moving van.
As we speak, my epic adventure has begun. I’m on amtrack heading for my state’s capitol, Albany. Where apparently the men legislate and the women stand next to podiums waiting for the inevitable.
My first leg will take me to the courthouse tomorrow to watch my good friend Nick marry his love true in front of his family, a justice of the peace, and any other scofflaw that happens to be paying a ticket nearby.
From there I am flying to LA to help my other good friend, dolder, move to New York. We’ll be driving a uhaul with a car carrier which I think will make our top speed around 35 mph. But during that time I hope to update you, the reader, to my whereabouts. I’ll be able to do that through my fancy phone but I won’t be able to add pictures. Which I find to be a limitation and a blessing. Instead of simple pictures, I will take you there through my descriptive prose.
I ride beside the mighty hudson river on this first day of spring. My train, a cocoon, for when I entered I was larvae but NAY! When I exit, I will be a moth or something, ready to see the world through new gooier eyes. As I look out my window at this bewitching hour, I can see… well… nothing, it’s really dark out.
So get your awards and your tissues ready suckers!!!!
My co-worker Ben and his friend made this animation for boingboing.net. It is fantastic.
It is based off their original holiday themed cartoon which is equally fantastic.
so the long talked about hulu is up and its actually pretty great. I had misgivings about it since NBC stopped selling their programs on itunes and touted this site as the alternative. You can’t put shows on your ipod and its all in flash video (a pet peeve that I will address in a later post) but it has a whole lot of content to watch when you should be doing something important with your life. Its actually the first instance I can think of of a copyright holder coming up with a reasonable alternative to a grey market site (youtube etc.)
The only thing I don’t understand is the concept of the “minisode”. Who watches these? Here’s a minisode of one of my favorite newsradio episodes, “The Cane”:
Did you notice anything? First, they kept the plotline and cut out all the jokes. Second, THERE IS NO CANE. Why NBC, why?
My brother sent me this:
It reminds of when dolder and I were moving a garbage pile I had at my cabin. In the pile we found a snake skin, which made us wary. A few minutes later we found the actual snake slithering through the pile. He was bleeding, probably from one of our shovels. Dolder stared at it, steely-eyed and said, “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”
Yeah so I was doing an all nighter at my office and wouldn’t you know it, a bomb goes off in front of my building. Even at the 31st floor it blew out my ears and shook the building. I went out on my balcony and I could see smoke down in times square. I had my shoes off so I was ready to get all John McClane-like in my escape with a firehose wrapped around me. Actually it was pretty scary, I went downstairs and could see where the bomb went off at the recruiting center. It looked like the police were looking for another device so I figured I was better off back in my office. Which is where I am now. Still working. EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR!
So I’m at work late tonight waiting for things to render so I can see how bad I messed up and then I can rerender them. To pass the time I’ve been trolling youtube for music videos. The early eighties were filled with lots of cheap clips that were shot on video and employed lots of horrible video effects. Most of them gave the idea of shooting on video a bad name and led to everyone wanting to shoot on film when they could afford it. I love the look of old video and old video effects. I especially like when they are done well like these two vids are:
The The- “This is the Day”
Before it was used to advertise dockers and m and m’s, this was the music video. Like I said, a rare example of tasteful chromakey.
Simple Minds “All the Things She Said”
Yes, there is a pink guitar. Yes, he is holding a bird of prey. And yes, he is wearing dollar bill stirrup pants, but how did they do that video? I have a rudimentary knowledge of technology of that time and all I can come up with is: it must’ve been a huge pain in the ass.