Browsed by
Month: July 2004

a few changes

a few changes

Nobody is posting any comments and that makes me a very sad panda. I asked Mr. Machine why that is and he said that “comments” was too confusing for some people, so I changed the link to make it more obvious. I also removed the “trackbacks” and “pingbacks” links. The comments form was also changed so that you DO NOT have to register or provide any information about yourself to leave a comment. You can provide the information in the fields if you wish, but it is no longer required to post something. All you have to do is provide a name for yourself (which does not have to be your real name).

enjoy….

U. resume

U. resume

ok, Mr. Machine has informed me that it is a watermark of sorts in Word that was causing the problem. I had to go into the file properties and change the author. Problem solved.

Amy, Will, B, Brian, Mr. Machine, and so on

Amy, Will, B, Brian, Mr. Machine, and so on

Amy was here from Thursday to Monday this past weekend. I taught her how to play racquetball and she taught me how to play tennis. She took me to a store called Wild Oats that is pretty interesting. We also went to see I-Robot on Saturday night. Here is my review of that:

I haven’t seen every Alex Proyas film, but this has to be the worst one I’ve seen. Having said that, I should state that is still better than some other attempts at the genre. There are several factors that drag this movie into a three star (or two) review. First off…product placement. Not only was there product placement, but it was patently absurd. At least in Minority Report we saw what the brands would look like in the future, in I-Robot we see “converse all-stars, circa 2004,” a JVC (or was it Bose?) cd player model year 2004 among other things. What a terrific coincidence that detective Spooner (still can’t get over the name..) only likes to keep “circa 2004” appliances/items in his apartment. The other half of the product placement was the automobile factor. In Minority Report we saw a whole new breed of cars (on the mag-lev system) and one red Lexus of a future variety. Now, obviously these movies need chase scenes, and that means the hero needs a fast car to drive…it has to be SOMETHING, so I have no problem with that sort of product placement…however…detective Spooners car AND EVERY OTHER CAR in the movie was an Audi. Not only that, but Proyas decided to go the Back to the Future Part II route and simply put “futuristic” body cladding on current cars. In BTTF part II we could tell that most of the cars were simply Ford Probes underneath. Here we can plainly see that the cars are Audi A4s, A8s, and TTs (he jumps out in front of a black “future” TT in the opening chase sequence). What Proyas did seem to do a good job of, however, is the other technology. Computers and TVs are simply flatter-flat screens. The opening street scenes were just too much though, apparently every single thing people use today changes completely in the next thirty years. Did I see a kid riding a three wheeled bike?

Now, on to the plot.. blah… Such a standard genre ending…christ – if you’ve seen The Wizard of Oz you know how this movie will end. The writers painstakingly made great effort to give Will Smith his trademark comic book dialogue “atchooo!….oh, I’m sorry, I’m allergic to bullshit” I couldn’t help but think of an episode of southpark when Will Smith “figured out” the great plan when his grandmother said something about breadcrumbs ..which lead to something else…which lead to something else…”breadcrumbs…Gigi, you’re a genius.” That was just one of the many clich? of sci-fi in this movie. Another problematic point was that there would be (estimated) one NS-5 robot for every 5 humans (in the US or the world?). When the revolution starts TV stations warn us that the same thing is happening throughout the country. Instead of seeing this mass destruction on a national scale (the company that makes the NS-5 is also responsible for defense contracts..can anyone say SkyNet?), we see a few choice blocks of downtown Chicago…with only a few thousand robots. Lets see… According to the US census bureau NOW the (US) population numbers over 290 million people. By 2035 that should be a lot more, but we’ll just say 300 million. So, one robot for every 5 people…that would be sixty million robots. Quite a shipment. At the end of the movie we are led to believe that these robots are rounded up and shipped to a pier (?) in what used to be part of Lake Michigan. We see a few thousand robots here, not 60 million. Maybe they shipped them to a bunch of different places..even so, with 60 million robots you would think there would have been more than just a few hundred guarding the “mother” robot at head quarters wouldn’t you? Not so… Why does every future sci-fi villain these days have to have a giant human head made out of a bunch of little things? I can see traces of Proyas’ style in this film, but overall it seems more akin to John Woo or Jerry Bruckheimer. The only standout sequence for me was the highway fight/crash. After all this, then we have to deal with the Chris Cunningham connection: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=794&ncid=790&e=1&u=/eo/20040716/en_movies_eo/14531

Byron couldn’t get authorization to fly to Dayton in time, and so I won’t be hanging with him this weekend. It is also still up in the air whether he’ll be in Texas or Arizona when I’m on the road.

Mom and dad are in Quebec City for the next six days.

Brian didn’t sell his car yet, so he will be moving out later than me. It looks like I’ll probably live with Mr Machine and maybe XXX, and then we’ll get a place with Brian later. Speaking of XXX, something weird is going on with my resume. Go to google, and search for “XXX” (XXX’s last name) and see what comes up. …weird, huh? My only explanation for this is that XXX must have watermarked his Word resume. When I redid mine I used Mr. Machine’s as a guide, who had in turn (I believe) used XXX’s. Anybody have any better ideas? (Name removed upon request)

Amy is planning a return trip on August 4th. She can’t wait to study the rednecks at the Ohio State Fair and I can’t wait to study her again.

B and Meg

B and Meg

Well, I can officially announce what has been in the works for some time now. On Wednesday night, at the last showing of the fountains display in front of the Bellagio, with the star spangled banner playing, Byron asked Meg to marry him. So congratulations B and Meg.

I also found out the official date of my cousin John’s wedding. October 30th. Because of the timing, I probably won’t be able to attend the actual wedding. However, they will have a nine hour layover in Los Angeles on the return trip from their honeymoon, so I’ll see them then.

I guess Mr. Machine is moving back to the desert, so no three/four bedroom animal house in the works, at least not yet. I’ll find out next Tuesday if Brian is coming out in August with me or a little later. There is only about six weeks left until mom and I hit the road.

beksinski reunion machine

beksinski reunion machine

I went directly to Marietta after work Friday. Saturday it was back to Columbus for a trip to the store to stock up on Amy-friendly groceries. Then today I spent the day at the family reunion. I answered many questions about my move, showed my car to my cousin Anne (she is deciding on a new car), picked up some tennis racquets from my cousin Kelly (and husband Charlie), and found out that my cousins Anne and Andrea got to be extras in two scenes of the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Fat Albert. They also attended The Tonight Show and wound up on TV as some of the people shaking Jay’s hand as he walks out at the beginning.

Earlier this week I got an email from Jeff Wyner, a friend from art school. He has a cool new flash site: www.theboxthebox.com Check it, G.

Boy, I caught hell (from Mr. Machine) for my Salvador Dali comment in the last post. Maybe “blows them both away” was a bit harsh, but I’m not going to edit it because I still think on the whole that Beksinski is better. He just didn’t make any melting clocks that would end up on dorm room posters…

Amy will be here in 3.5 days.

Zdzislaw Beksinski

Zdzislaw Beksinski

ok, so I’m cruising darkworlds.com for some more xenomorph memorabilia that I can’t afford yet and I come across this interesting painting. I google the guy…and discover one of the most awesome artists that ever lived. His site is impressive as well.

http://www.beksinski.pl/

Now, those of you that have seen my sketch books will see a strong resemblance to this guy’s drawings. I’m glad I found this guy, but it also makes me very very angry. I went to art school for almost five years, and was told many times (given names) to look up certain artists that “(you) might like.” Artists like Lucian Freud, Hopper, Shirin Neshat…. All well and good, except none of them resemble what I am/was trying to do that closely. This Beksinski guy is almost an exact match. This guy takes the best of Salvador Dali and Giger and blows them both away. There is no way in hell Cam De Leon and Gerald Scarf were not inspired by this man… as well as anyone else that has delved into the “dark art” genre post 1975. So anyway, yeah, five years and none of these art “professionals” could tell me about this guy….did I learn anything at all in college? Oh yeah, I got a business minor so I guess so. I would feel like I’m behind, but then I found a biography for Beksinski written in English and discovered that he didn’t start painting until he was about 35 years old…so I’m still ahead I guess. Maybe I’ll start painting again when I get out to The City.

more Amy, more everything

more Amy, more everything

This past week I spent my free time on a freelance project. I created a simple site for an aerial artist (think Osseus Labyrint fellow Tool fans) named Neal Everett. The link can now be found in the portfolio section, so go check it out.

As I spoke about last week, Amy will return two more times. The first will be from the 15th to the 19th (this month). Then the weekend after that I’ll hang out with Byron. Amy will come again in August, but we are not sure when. We have to get our schedules coordinated better for that one. For now I’ll just look forward to the 15th (of this month).