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All my sibs and my mom seem to have done pretty decent updates today so I thought I would chime in.

1. Work:
Work has been more than a little strenuous this week, what with looming deadlines and a ton of animation to crank out.  I am happy to say that it's actually going reasonably well.  I timed out all my sequences today in what turned out to be a 51 second little movie.  It was good to see it all together and see how it played.  The producers who saw it appeared to like it...though I did think to myself that they WERE producers.
THEIR job is to make sure it's DONE on TIME.  I was talking to BJ about it and mentioned that if I had been working on that sequence for two months and it had the most incredible elegant animation, I probably would have gotten the exact same reaction:  "Looks good."
I do get a week (well, they're telling me Wednesday, which means for my own satisfaction with the sequence, more late nights,) to polish it up.  I think it might be a nice little sequence on my demo reel.  I was joking with the other animator...how come we are asked to do FEATURE work...and we're still getting GAME salary?  (Okay...maybe joking, not so much.)

2. Beowulf:
He's been rather yowley in the morning to the point that at times I want to throttle him.  I've started letting him out in the mornings when I go to work and then the roommate upstairs lets him in a little later in the day.  He's very cuddley at night though which is always good.  I need to give him a good brushing.  Getting a little matty in places.

3. Family:
I am hearing rumors and rumors of rumors that there may be a wedding in the family sooner rather that later.  I am startled...and not.

4. Productivity:
Not being as productive this year as much as I had hoped...haven't made any new sketchbooks or quilts or even drawn any cartoons.  Of course, I HAVE been rather busy at work.  I'm making a cover for my sister's `hipster' this weekend though.  That will be fun.

5. Karate:
Oh man, we luvs the karate!  I'm feeling my muscles return which is intoxicating.  Not sure how much weight I've lost so much this month but I feel better than I have in a very long time.  This ties in with...

6. Resolutions:
I have given up dessert this year.  This means candy, cakes, cookies...sweets in general.  I'm purging the sugar out of my system and I'm feeling my energy levels perking up considerably.  I DIDN'T give up soda...mostly because I need SOME vice.  I allow myself one can of diet Dr. Pepper a day.  (some days that goes up, but I'm no where near the crazy levels I had been at.)

7. Faith & Spirituality:
Along with taking care of myself physically, I'm endeavoring to take better care of myself spiritually.  (no quotes from church leaders, please.) This year in church we are studying the New Testament.  I am really enjoying cutting through talks and interpretations of interpretations and who said what about what particular scripture when...and read from the source.
Even if I didn't believe in the divinity of Christ, I am being ...restruck...at how powerful and novel his messages were and how relevant they are today:

Forgive your enemies.
Turn the other cheek.
Render unto Caesar what is Caesars.
Preach to the people who need it.
Don't be obnoxious with public righteousness.
Righteous indignation is okay.
The widow's mite is worth a LOT.
Know your scriptures.
Pray always.
No one is above temptation.


There are others but I'm still marinating with these for a while.

8. Today's #8 is out on a work release program.

9. Odds and Ends:
Frank Miller gave an interview with NPR that I must admit rocked my world.  Frank Miller is one of the great comic writers of our time, most famous for "The Dark Knight Returns," which was a watershed even in the history of comics.

10. Utah:
It's Sundance this week.  Thinking I may drive up to Park City tomorrow with a few friends, walk down Main Street and play Spot the Celebrity.  I was telling Bryce if I were SMART I'd have a demo reel I could leave laying about.  One of these years I'd like to make an animated short and submit it.

Utah also is introducing a new licence plate.  Frankly, I think it's ugly.

Comments

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mortuus
Jan. 27th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard about the new plates till I read your post, so I went searching for what they looked like. You're right. Ugly. I still like the centennial plates of the arch best. I've always thought the Ski Utah ones were lame and wish they'd ditch the skiing emphasis, unless the could come up with something cool.
kimnrowdy
Jan. 27th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
You're totally right. Those new plates are incredibly ugly. I'm sad our state senators feel like this is a pressing piece of legislation. There are many more pressing problems to address.
parodypictures
Jan. 27th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
"Even if I didn't believe in the divinity of Christ"

what a curious statement. It conjures so many questions
firynze
Jan. 27th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
9. Odds and Ends:
Frank Miller gave an interview with NPR that I must admit rocked my world. Frank Miller is one of the great comic writers of our time, most famous for "The Dark Knight Returns," which was a watershed even in the history of comics.

I need to find a recording of this. I'm the biggest Frank Miller fangirl to ever fangirl, especially since I found out that one of my dearest friends is his NIECE. I got to design her dress for the Sin City premiere.
mitchy
Jan. 27th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't been able to find anything about the new plates. Possibly I don't know what I'm looking for :) All I can find are pics of the Arch and the Ski Utah.
toma42
Jan. 27th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
..though I did think to myself that they WERE producers.
THEIR job is to make sure it's DONE on TIME. I was joking with the other animator...how come we are asked to do FEATURE work...and we're still getting GAME salary? (Okay...maybe joking, not so much.)

As a camera man, if I had a name badge that said Producer and an employee joked to me about money, I wouldn't take anything else she said seriously. Producers are the folks that fund a project, correct? Not the lead animators? You should change your name to Cœsar.
toma42
Jan. 27th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)


And the new utah plate is: An inverted covered wagon with blood stains at both ends! Life elevated & greatest snow on earth together...that's comedy. Wouldn't Utah: Live Elevated be more grammatically correct?

I haven't seen another state plate with contrast like this one...props on that if you like a brown header. The greatest on earth slogan will get covered by most plate frames, I think.

Nice, CA: 37°, visibility: 4 houses.
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