Friday, September 30, 2005

And the Lord spake from on high: "Yea verily, I give unto thee Serenity, and may it be a light upon your very souls."

And lo, the Lord did watch the film, and it was good.

Went to the midnight showing last night, where they actually were running in on three sold-out screens, at a very cool indie theater. The place was filled with geeks, including at least five people I saw in just my theater wearing Jayne's knit orange hat. They ran clips from the DVDs before the movie, had a five-minute short on Chinese swearing, trivia from the show, showed cheesy clips of the actors from really bad movies they'd done in the past, and it my favorite bit, played the part from "Our Mrs. Reynolds" where Book tells Mal, "If you take sexual advantage of that girl, you'll go to the special hell, the one they reserve for child molesters, and people who talk in the theater."

And then they cut to a title, saying, "Don't talk during this movie or you'll go to hell, and only have child molesters for friends!"

Then back to Book, peeking around the corner, saying, "Special hell."

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Big Damn Movie! Today! Squee!

(Technically, it is tomorrow, at 12:01, but since I don't plan on sleeping between now and then, it's today.)


Here is a brief clip from the movie, nothing terribly spoilery. Just something to whet one's appetite.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

One of my new favorite things is the Panda Cam from Animal Planet, which is a 24-hour live streaming video of two pandas, a mom and her baby, in some zoo. Right now, mom panda is eating. Earlier, she and baby panda were sleeping, all cuddled up together. It is the cutest thing.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

In case people were interested, there is a Making of Serenity special tonight on the SciFi channel at 10/9C. I think it repeats at midnight tonight, and I'm sure they'll have it on later in the week, too. But anyways, yeah. Cool.

Monday, September 26, 2005

My website is up. This is just to document my work in my experimental film/art class, so it may not be all that exciting. I'm just happy about coding and designing my own site from scratch, which was very difficult. And it's done! Yay!

(Except I'll still have to update it after every project, but now that I know what I'm doing, it should go pretty smoothly and quickly.)

Sunday, September 25, 2005

River Tam sessions, part two.
Four days! Eee!

It was so hot today I could actually feel my flesh baking. Everything in Austin is edible. Including me! But that would be cannibalism.

I had to watch The Verdict today for class this week. It's an older movie with Paul Newman, and I think it may be battling My Life Without Boring for the most boring movie I've ever seen. Like, I would be filing my nails or drawing on my Gatorade bottle or just staring at the wall listening to it, instead of actually watching it. And I still followed the plot completely. It was not good.

My roommate is back. Le sigh. I really enjoyed yesterday, like, a lot much.
Busy busy busy. But in a good, stimulating way. I've been working on my class website, and even though it's going very slowly as I have never made a website from scratch before, I am very happy with how it's looking right now.

My roommate went home to Dallas this weekend, so it's been very exciting to listen to my music and be able to keep my bedroom door open (I feel weird doing it when she's here, like I'm on display), and watch TV in the living room as loud as I want. I was talking to my mom about the fact that there's something wrong with someone who makes me feel like I'm being a loud, obnoxious loud person when I'm actually not. But it's not really in my nature to go out of my way to be mean when there's not really a reason for it, so, anyways. It's just been a nice weekend, that's all.

I don't know if anyone saw this, but here is part one of the River Tam sessions, some viral marketing that Joss did late this summer, to promote the BDM. Very creepy and some good character background.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

And finally, here is part four of the gag reel. There's a chunk in the middle that is kind of a crew acknowledgement thing, but the beginning is cute, and there's totally bare-ass Fillion at the end.

Monday, September 19, 2005

The model is done! I had to take pictures for the website, so those will be up soon, so you can see what I've been slaving over. (And you'll go, "That?") I also took a few pics of my apartment, so's everyone can bask in the pretteh and the individual bedroom.

I love AD. I love it like Satan loves evil.
Here is part three of the gag reel.

Working on the model, which is coming along much better than last week. I am being more patient; letting each section dry before moving on to gluing the next; being very meticulous about measuring before cutting, and so on. I'm pretty happy with my design, although once I get the website up for this project, you'll see why I was having trouble with it. It's very open-ended, so I've just had to come up with an honest response to the painting and try to interpret that in three dimensions, which is not something I do all the time.

Arrested Development tonight! Squee!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Part two of the Firefly gag reel; this includes Wash adlibbing about all the reasons he loves Zoe.

I have had a headache for three days now. I think there is some kind of alien being either gestating inside my brain, or perhaps it is fully-grown and is just trying to dig its way out. In either event, the pain, it is hurting me. The strongest thing I have is Advil, so...I don't know. It is troublesome, in any case.

Still waiting on VM 7. But for those keeping score at home, The Inside episode I have been working on for over a week is now up to 98.3 percent. Woo! In three more days, I should have it!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Reading the website thread over at Snarkfest, and they linked to DogBlog, which is essentially photos of dogs tied to things outside while their owners go into stores or whatever. The captions, though; the captions are priceless. Here's an example:

"If I told you that someone somewhere right now is probably having a Technicolor X-treme sci-fi action movie dream complete with opening credits and blasting theme music with lasers and cyborgs and exploding spaceships and that dream was called BATTLE DOG, well, that wouldn't really be all that out of the question, now would it? Would it?"
Just Like Heaven was cute, if very formulaic and a bit hokey. It did tip a few winks to the audience, though, so some of the hokeyness was absolved. And Mark Ruffalo gave a great comedic performance. The film accomplished what I needed it to accomplish: I wanted to go to the movies and see something that didn't suck. Voila!

Here is part one of the extended gag reel from Firefly. If you have the DVDs, that gag reel was edited down considerably from this reel, which was given out to cast and crew at their wrap party. It's almost 20 minutes long, so it's broken up into four parts. And it's very funny.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Today commences the two-week countdown to the Big Damn Movie. I have found a lot of media since I've been back at school, so I figured I'd share. Everything's hosted on yousendit, so links expire in one week.

Up first is the international trailer, which is fun, has shots not in any of the domestic spots, and includes one particularly hot AB moment.

Going out with UT Laura today to see Just Like Heaven, which features the highly tasty Mark Ruffalo. I think I've finally forgiven him for My Life Without Boring. I shall report back on the film later; we're cautiously optimistic.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Tonight, I talk to Alyssa on phone. I always enjoy the phone talks; the conversation is always so much more organic than on AIM, so that was good times. Although talking about HBP just reminded me of how it wasn't as totally awesome as it could have been, and that's sad.

Someone give me a banner/desktop assignment. I want to work on something but have no personal inspiration at this point.
Doing this survey from Alyssa's Xanga. Mostly because I opened up Blogger earlier today and couldn't think of anything to write about other than my anger that Everything is Illuminated isn't opening in Austin this weekend.

things i've done=bold

I've consumed alcohol
I've run away from home
I have lied to my parents about where I am
Not liked Bush because he is dumb
Not liked Bush with my own reasons to back it up
Liked Bush

I listen to political music.
I collect comic books
I am shorter than 5'5
I think I'm ugly
I shut others out when I'm depressed
I open up to others easily
I am keeping a secret from the world
I watch the news
I own over 5 rap CDs
I own an iPod or MP3 player
I own multiple designer purses, costing over $100 a piece
I own something from Hot Topic
I own something from Pac Sun
I own something from The Gap
I own something I got on e-bay
I love Disney Movies
I am a sucker for hair/eyes

I don't kill bugs
I curse
I paid for that cell phone ring

I am a sports fanatic
I have "x"s in my screen name
I've slipped out an "lol" in a real conversation
I love Spam
I bake well
I would wear pajamas to school

I own something from Abercrombie
I have a job
I love Martha Stewart
I am in love with love
I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS
I'm self conscious.
I like to laugh
I smoke a pack a day
I liked Perks of Being a Wallflower
I liked Go Ask Alice
I have cough drops when I'm not sick
I can't swallow pills
I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem
I eat fast food weekly
I have many scars
I believe in ghosts
I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room
I am really ticklish
I see a therapist
I take anti-depressants
I love white chocolate
I bite my nails
I am comfortable with being me
I play video games
I'm single

I'm in a relationship
I'm married
Gotten lost in my city
Saw a shooting star
Wished on a shooting star
Saw a meteor shower
I had a serious surgery
Gone out in public in your pajamas
I have kissed a stranger
Hugged a stranger
Been in a fist fight
Been arrested
Laughed and had milk or another drink come out of your nose
Pushed all the buttons on an elevator
Made out in an elevator
Kicked a guy where it hurts.
Been close to love
Been to a casino
Been skydiving
Broken a bone
Skipped school
Saw a therapist
Played spin the bottle
Gotten stitches
Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour
Bitten someone
Been to Niagara Falls
Gotten the chicken pox
Kissed a member of the same sex
Crashed into a friend's car
Been to Japan
Ridden in a taxi
Been fired
Ever had a crush on someone of the same sex.
Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
Stole something from your job
Gone on a blind date
Had a crush on a teacher
Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Been to Europe
Slept with a co-worker
Been married
Gotten divorced
Had children
Been to Africa
Driven over 400 miles in one day
Been to Canada
Been to Mexico
Been on a plane
Seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Thrown up in a bar
Eaten sushi
Been snowboarding
Been skiing
Met someone in person on the internet
Lost a child.
Gone to college
Graduated college

Done hard drugs
Had someone cheat on you
Miss someone right now
Taken pain killers when you didn't need them
Smoked weed
Snorted cocaine
Ate shrooms
Inhailed Nitrous
Been in love
Cheated in a relationship
Woke up crying
Peed from laughing
Watched the girl/guy you like make out with someone else
Accidentally made yourself vomit
Kept a journal for more than a year
Read more than five books in one week
Have a website

Hate baths
Dance when no one else is around
Create imaginary friends
Refer to actors by the name of a favorite character they portrayed
Love bruises
Have sat on the roof
Stayed out past curfew
Ignored people cause they weren't popular
Love rain

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Veronica, date Weevil. Weevil.

Extension on the model project. Woo! It is now due on Tuesday, and this time, I'm totally going to work on it during the weekend and not blow it off to watch TV and fiddle with my iPod.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Link to a really cute, funny Australian beer commerical. The random things one finds on TWoP.

So, I'm making this model for my art class, and I worked it out all ahead of time, and did sketches and the like, and it will not work the way I want it to. I have no mechanical intelligence, which I knew beforehand, but which I did not know extended to cutting little pieces of wood and gluing them together. How hard can it be? I thought.

It's hard. I spent thirty minutes working on a section, gluing it together, let it dry, came back...and the whole thing fell apart.

Let's just say it's a good thing Roommate wasn't in the apartment, because I was very loud, and very cursing.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I can't believe they found a way to make me watch Smallville.
Roommate sings when she's in her bedroom, sings when she's cooking, sings when she's cleaning. There is absolutely no way to ask her to stop singing all the time because it's like nails on a chalkboard, without sounding like a complete bitch, is there?

I didn't think so.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Screencaps from this trailer were finally put up. I've been wanting to do a banner like this for almost a month now. Tonight was kind of scary; I started working it, not really intending to finish it all tonight, as it usually takes me a couple of days to get something the way i like it, except that I looked up and it was nearly four hours later and I was done. I completely lost track of time, and wow, I wish I had that kind of diligence and focus on something approaching useful.

There were a bunch of cars drag racing in the supermarket parking lot behind my apartment complex for about half an hour tonight. Lovely. I actually was looking up the police dispatch number online to call when they stopped; either they dispersed on their own or someone else decided to call before me or a patrol came through. In any event, it was like fingernails on a chalkboard; just constant screeching over and over and over again. It was driving me crazy.
Went out with Laura last night; she's in the screenwriting program, too. We went to Olive Garden, which was okay. It was fairly cheap, but I didn't really care for what I ordered, which was pasta, which is the Olive Garden's entire raison d'etre, so it should have been good. Then, we went and wandered around Best Buy, although the Arrested Development season two set isn't out yet, so didn't get anything there. It was just nice to do something that wasn't class or my apartment.

You know, this whole summer, anytime I talked to anyone about Austin, they would gush about how great a city it was, and how nice everyone was, and how I'd just love it down here. I'm not seeing it. It's an okay city, and certainly better than Los Angeles, but nothing that spectacular. It's hotter than hell. (Literally. I checked the Weather Channel, and hell's only seeing highs of 95 today.) The traffic is pretty awful, there are a ton of panhandlers everywhere, and the people are pretty much the same as anywhere I've been. Some are nice, some aren't. So I'm waiting for the Austin is Magic revelation.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

I am so livid right now. My class let out at 8:45, and I walked in the door of my apartment at 10:15. That's right; it took me an hour and a half to get home. The shuttle was supposed to arrive on campus at 9:20; it showed up at 9:45. After we all loaded on, the driver took a ten minute break. Then, instead of going down the freeway, he took a meandering route through downtown. Like, for Christ's sake. There is no reason I should be getting home almost 45 minutes later than what the schedule says. That's just incompetence.

I know I had my Bitch Face of Rage on the whole ride home, and I'm just glad there weren't any small children on the bus, because I probably would have frightened them. Maybe scarred them for life or something.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

I swear to God, at least once every day it seems like, I get "I Can Love You Like That" in my head. I haven't actually, physically heard this song in years, at least, and yet every day? In my head. I'm walking down the halls to class, and here it comes, out of nowhere, "i would make you my world / move heaven and earth / if you were my girl / i would give you my heart / be all that you need / show you you're everything that's precious to me / if you give me a chance, i can love you like that"

Thanks, brain. Thanks a lot for getting hung up on old All-4-One songs.

Monday, September 5, 2005

Eee! That is the most awesome poster. It's so wonderfully old-school; very reminiscent of the original Star Wars poster in terms of style (although obviously it is not illustrated). Unfortunately, it's the Australian poster, not the domestic one. The domestic poster? Not so much a fan.

Serenity also has the most awesome viral marketing campaign I've yet to see. Joss actually got Summer Glau, who plays River, to do these little films to release over the internet. Amazingly awesome. Here's the link to the mirrors. They're all short, about 1-2 minutes long, but it's very important to watch them in the order listed, not in chronological order. Joss is such a magnificent bastard.

Sunday, September 4, 2005

For Alyssa, Caroline, and anyone else who might be interested, I made the above banner into a 1024x768 wallpaper here.

So, I went to the Whole Foods Market today for the first time. It's more complicated than that, though, so let me explain. That will take too long; let me sum up: I went to regular Albertson's this morning, but they did not have barley, which I wanted to make a beef and barley stew. So, I came home and googled Whole Foods, and the location provided was about 2.2 miles north of me. I mapped it, did some alterations so I could stick to surface streets, and decided to just ride my bike there. Three miles later, I show the distribution center.

So I biked back home. And let me tell you, when you're not used to biking six miles at a time...yeah. That was fun.

Got back on Google, and it turns out that the actual store is 4 miles to the west of me, in downtown. Thankfully, I could take a straight-shot bus almost completely there, and only had to bike about 6 blocks the rest of the way. It is a very awesome store; insanely crowded, though. I mean, I don't really see the point in buying organic pop or potato chips or, like, candy, but to each his own. They did have barley, though, so that was exciting. I wish I could go there more often, for bulk grains and produce and such, but it is about an hour-and-a-half outing, all told.

I only have class Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, so I get this four-day weekend every weekend. That's awesome. I need to find a job, though. My resume's been up on the UT website for hiring for almost a week now, and it looks as though no one's biting, so I guess I'll have to do an actual search. Sigh.

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Ah, my very favorite episode. I finally got the software to screencap this one; would you believe that none of the major cap sites have done this episode? /Maxwell Smart

Bought my art supplies for my experimental media class today. I love buying things; I hate paying for things. It's unfair that the two are so inextricably linked. Anyways, I had to ride the bus, and coming home, not one stop after I get on, the bus breaks down. And I'm thinking, it's going to get hot, we're going to have to wait until a replacement bus gets here, I'm not going to get home for another two hours, JESUS, huh, this is kind of like an Amazing Race Moment (ARM), and those are always fun. Then, about two minutes into my fascinating interior monologue, the driver starts the bus again, turns to us and literally shrugs his shoulders, and we're back on our way.

Friday, September 2, 2005

This is the third Friday in a row I've forgotten to watch Arrested Development. GODDAMMIT. At this rate, I'll forget to watch the season premiere.

I'm very sad about the prospect of watching the Emmys alone. This suddenly occured to me today out of nowhere while vacuuming my bedroom.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Went to screenwriting class this morning, which thankfully is an intro class so's I can get all caught back up. Afterwards, I went to the graduate cinema library, which is great; they have a ton of DVDs and even more on VHS, and we can actually take movies home to watch. This is a large improvement from the USC cinema library, where one had to watch movies sitting in cubicles. So, there's not really any need for me to get Netflix now; the man who buys the movies says that he doesn't necessarily get movies right when they come out, but he has a sense of what people like to watch and tries to order things he knows will be popular. And, he gets various TV shows, so I'll have to check that out.

Then, I went to my experimental media class, which seems cool with regards to the actual media production, and a little flaky when it comes to the grandiose artistic bullshit. (Actual moment today: "Rhyme blue." "Stew?" "No." "Sad?" "No." "Slight constipation?" "Better.") This website is an example of the work we'll be doing, including the website manufacture itself. (See what I'm talking about? Blah blah blah.) I mostly took this class because I've always wanted to make an experimental film, like where you paint on the film stock and such, and that's the end product; but the rest of the projects look pretty cool. For me it will be a case of creating the art and then backtracking the reasons and what-all; some people are left-brained, analytical thinkers, and that's just how it is. I'm all for stretching oneself intellectually and artistically, but I know the way I think and it's not going to change. It's my brain. That's just how it works.