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In case anyone was confused that I stopped blogging here

I lost interest in blogging for a time, and lost even more interest in explaining what Sea SVC Vacant meant. 

My interest in blogging has been renewed in a slightly different way and exists at a new site:

zackbites.wordpress.com

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I know how to embed links. Really, I do.

Well this wasn’t really pointed out to me, but every now and then I do enjoy reviewing my entries to look for little blunders and snafus. I make all kinds of grammatical errors. Spelling, not as much, but there are some. But when I imbed a link that ends in .cocm, well. . . that ain’t right.

So if you tried to click over to my friend Tiana’s blog, you should be able to do that. Also check out her more politically charged one as well. If you’re not crying and angry by the end of the day, then I haven’t done my job properly.

-Z

Back From Vacation (posted nearly 2 weeks later)

I typed the following around 2 in the morning on 3/23.  In my state of exhaustion it’s likely I didn’t publish it as I thought I had.  I have things to add about this vacation but now let me just post my little sigh of relief, late as it may be.

I finally understand why people enjoy Vancouver (the one with the maple leaves and the kilometers). Such an awesome place, and it’s also the first time I’ve actually gone on a trip out of town for vacationy purposes as a single man in the better part of a decade.

I had some fun. Maybe not quite as much debauchery as one would hope for but there’s always tomorrow. At least I feel refreshed, though I’m starting to figure out that I’m going to feel like battered hell tomorrow if I don’t get some sleep.

Will write soon, promise.

-Z

Surface Effect Art by Norman LeBret has a new site

Several months ago, I made this post about some really cool artwork.  I was shocked as well as pleased to see how many hits the post has been getting, but also I’ve been noticing his website getting clicked on a lot as well. 

Then I found out that it stopped existing.

But fear not, I did  some checking around and the new place to go is here.

Okay, now here’s the confusing bit:  If you want to actually see his full gallery of artwork, don’t click on the part that says “Gallery” but rather click on the artist’s portrait where you will be treated to a hefty little collection. 

User friendliness is awesome.

-Z

I’ve been vacant for a while, let’s try a comeback. Also a project to report.

So it’s been a while since I’ve made a post here and an even longer while since I’ve made regular updates.

I’d like to change that. I can’t promise I will, but my intentions are in the right place. I think.

This has been a crazy few months with my work all a flutter over economic turmoil followed by me losing my job followed by me ending up not losing my job. . .

*long sigh of relief*

Okay so I’ve really got nothing to talk about or review or what not, but I’d like to mention a new project that I’m working on.

I call myself a composer but I haven’t really produced anything new and certainly nothing worthwhile for the better part of 3 years. I’ve figured out that the reason for this is my uncanny ability to prematurely self-edit, thereby killing any decent ideas before they can evolve into something better.

That brings me to my project. I will write and record a new song every week. Eventually (in the next month or two) I will purchase the space upgrade so that I can upload these tiny gems for your enjoyment.

The idea is that I will force myself to create and not look back. No matter what, even if it’s garbage, I will have an uploadable audio file by Sunday and delete any project files in order to prevent myself from going back and tweaking. Some will be good, many will be not. In doing this I hope to strengthen trust in my own intuition as I pursue more serious and ambitious project.

Why upload them? Well, what better motivation to get better then to know that just about anyone out there could have a listen? Also I value your feedback.

-Z

Vote to have part of the International Space Station named after everyone’s favorite firefly!!

That’s right, Node 3 should really be named Serenity.  So vote.  Do eeeet.

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/name_ISS/index.html

The Alien 3 that could have been

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You know, I personally feel that David Fincher’s (heavily compromised) vision of Alien 3 wasn’t bad.  In fact, given that the amount of turmoil and heartache that went into that production (Fincher almost quit making films,) I’d say it was actually a pretty good movie.  The drab, bleak atmosphere turned a lot of people off but I rather liked it, nothing is safe about the world created. 

But people hate Alien 3 for whatever reason.  Personally I like to focus my hate at Alien Resurrection where you had an amazing Director (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amelie) and a script by my favorite writer (Joss Whedon, Buffy/Angel/Firefly) that contained not a shred of anything resembling good storytelling.   But hey, look at this nice tangent I’ve created.

So at some point in 1990, Alien 3, was in the hands of Vincent Ward, director of What Dreams May Come.   From what I’ve read it seems that the setting was to be a church colony, floating about in space.   Designing this world was artist/architect Lebbeus Woods.  Scans of his design for said floating colony reside here.

I dunno, maybe it’s just because they’re sketches, but color me underwhelmed.  I miss the Alien series as it once existed.  Sadly I think if the franchise will ever survive it’ll be by way of a complete reboot which seems all the rage these days (I moan, but I loved Batman Begins and Casino Royale, plus Star Trek looks amazing).

-Z

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My pajamas have M&Ms on them

Well, the bottom part anyhow. The long sleeve shirt is drab, grey and boring. . . perfect for sleeping. What does this all add up to? Not a damn thing, I just felt like saying it.

It’s about 12:15 a.m., not generally a time that I should be completely exhausted, but for some reason I am. However there’s the burning desire to write yet nothing really to talk about. Well, I’m sure there is but I can’t think of it just now.

Well, to the drawing board I go. Fresh ideas will be had. Until the, boom goes the dynamite!


My “Golden Globes” picks: The short list

This is weird.  I feel like I’ve been to the movies a lot this year,  and saw some great things.  However as I read this list, I find myself either having either a) not seen it, or b) simply no desire. 

I will, however, comment on the ones I have actually seen.  It’s not my desire to reprint the entire list of nominations, so please do read along for yourself if you’re curious to know who I didn’t pick.

Best Actor: Musical or Comedy

My pick is James Franco for Pineapple Express.  I’ve never been a huge fan of his and this film seemed like such a departure from his usual.  Not only was he funny as hell, but if it’s true what he says that he doesn’t smoke pot, then this is a damn convincing performance.  He’s silly and ridiculous without falling into simple parody.

Best Supporting Actor

Now this one possibly could be out of not seeing any of the other noms but my pick is going to be Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight.  If you forget about all they hype, both about Ledger’s death and his insane performance, this is a role that very much shocked me.  Like Franco, I’d not been a huge fan; I didn’t dislike him, I just felt highly indifferent.  His portrayal of the Joker REALLY changed the way I look at him and his body of work and I hope he gets recognized posthumously this awards season. 

Best Animated Feature

Seriously, they should just start calling it the Pixar award cause I’m pulling for Wall-E.  Pixar always gets a lot of credit for how good thier movies look as opposed to the cruder animation of, say, Dreamworks, but where their strength has always truly been is their strong storytelling and character work.  Clearly aimed more at the adult crowd (if you’re too young to have ever fallen in love, you probably won’t understand much of it,) Wall-E shows a side of Pixar that I haven’t seen before.

Best Original Song

This is a category I generally dislike.  Every time a movie is packaged with a single song (ie. My Heart Will Go On,) I can’t help but cringe  a bit.  Sometimes they’re good, but often they’re not.  I haven’t heard any of the other nominees so I suppose I’ll go with Wall-E – Down to Earth by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman.   I don’t have a lot to say, I liked it.  It was nice that the two artists worked together to combine Gabriel’s songwriting with elements of Newman’s score.  Kudos.

Best Television Show – Musical or Comedy

Um, THE OFFICE.

There are so many shows out there, I like a lot of them.  I only make time to follow one of them completely, and that honor goes to the good folks at Dunder Mifflin, Scranton.   The genius of this show is you can watch just about every episode on it’s own or follow the continuous storyline from the first episode onward.  By the way, how cool is Dwight this season?

Which brings me to-

Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical

Steve Carrell.  He’s great when he’s funny.  He’s great when he’s serious.  He’s REALLY great when his character is being serious but inadvertantly funny.  Go, Steve, go!

Anyhow, that’s all I got.  I’d like to see some more of these films so as to have more informed opinions.  Personally I’m much more fond of catching the smaller indie/foreign films when they hit theaters.  It’s not that I’m an art snob, it’s just more rare of an experience and without the screaming children! 

Though I did go to the movies last Tuesday.  Saw Repo!  The Genetic Opera.  More on that later.

Passive aggressive email from the head honcho

The funny thing about this job, I’m happy with the pay I get let alone the fact that we get bonuses at the end of the year.  I’ve never had a job that offered such a thing, so you’d not hear me whining if one didn’t happen.  I’m not exactly sure what conversation led to this. . . but I couldn’t help but chuckle as I read between the lines in this email.

The Executive Committee decided on behalf of the partnership to pay the staff holiday bonuses this year as we have in the past, notwithstanding the current and projected economic difficulties of the country, and that this has not been a particularly good year for businesses, including the firm.  The bonuses should be paid by the end of next week.

 There are daily reports of job eliminations, closings and bankruptcies.  Our clients are not immune to that economic decline, and therefore neither are we.  The firm’s top priority for next year will of necessity be to partner with our clients to help them through this difficult period.  No one is projecting that 2009 will be appreciably better.  We appreciate the work you do for the firm each day, and are confident that you will do your utmost to help the firm succeed during the coming year.
 

It’s a bit like telling the wait staff at a restaurant, “We’ll tip you like we always do, but you should know that alot of jobs out there don’t include tips,” yes?
-Z