Monday, March 31, 2008

got up at the crack of dawn, took meds, getting ready to test BG when i discovered it was 3AM.

all in a day's work. or play.

stayed cooped up over the last weekend. worked on a 4th "movie" for DVD which at present contains three. movie is fine, or can be made fine, down to a few fixes. but the soundtrack crackles. i used, among other things, "ixquarks" on mac to make it which may be the culprit. i had no idea of how to use it but liked the results. but when transferred to pc and brought into vegas i got some strange crackles.

i heard some hip-hop artist somewhere talking about why he was changing from sampling to playing instruments. he said arraigning the samples into intricate patterns was way too labor intensive. you must be very obsessive to persevere when writing code, or finishing a painting that is not going well, or generated animation or music on a computer. luckily i am that. before bed last night i looked at an oil that i have been working on for too long, grabbed a tube of color and brush and finished it. looks great this morning.

now on to a new soundtrack.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

watercolor i painted at my dad's house landscape i made up.

or maybe it made me up.

Friday, March 28, 2008

well i'm clear. signed up for urtv yesterday, orientation next wednesday. this should allow me the use of real video camera and editing facilities. i don't know where it will take me.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

picture i received yesterday of granddaughter grace. beautiful print, the jpg hardly does it justice. it was taken when she was 3 months old. what presence.

finally have cobbled together a method to create video DVDs. i caught on tv last night while i was roaming from room to room a short interview with a lady who is producing or has produced on a low budget some sort of animated version of, i think, peter and the wolf. she is five years into it and stated that it was all she did. it was as she put it, an obsession.

without being obsessed i would never have beat my way thru the jungle of creating first dvd. i guess for some of us obsession is necessary. i'm obsessed. every day i paint, record music, work on soundtracks, animation, video. why? obsessed with the creative.

downside: everything else pales into insignificance. a price i will gladly continue to pay. it keeps meaningless at bay.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

i was going to post a detailed and clear exposition of where the world culture is at, why, and why cultural evolution can result in (and has at present) a retrogressive situation peopled by warlords, pathological power addicts, cheaters and six pound users. the shrinking owner class spinning downwards into insanity.

and the other 99%: us modern peasants.

instead i posted the above picture. done with repidograph technical pen which i used for years. dates from @ 1966-67. found the other day in the endless cleanup.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

i finally got a dvd out with menu, three places to go. two short video pieces, one computer generated a long time ago using, if i remember right, infini-d on a mac quadra os9. the third is 6 minutes long plus. it has been a nightmare piecing together some sort of production protocal (take a, conver to be, convert to d, script here and there in languages unknown, burn, learn.

actually it's been great fun.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

i slowed way down this week and it was not pleasant. some sort of internal reorganization.

got up to parkway yesterday where i ran into an old friend.

but i probably will not be posting daily for a bit. however maybe the feel and look and content of this blog will continue to blossom too much white space can be creepy. i know i know it's an integral component of a lot of beautiful work. maybe it's just my urge to make a mark. play dough. handprint. quicksand.

Friday, March 21, 2008

still kicking.
passport dissappeared
vision demands
nothing can be feared

wish i could make spellchecker work.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

gloomy doomy weather. indoors after the ides. i have been engaged for a few days - in this order - recovering (recreating really) source files for dvd i am making; painting 2 oils; recording various instruments on mac, transferring to pc and making soundtrack for flash project, have started finding visuals for it; reinforcing waterproofing on camper; and last but not least cleaning up kitchen. i've also been hauling out various boxes full of cassette tapes, cds of material i backed up at some point, and lots of dust and cobwebs.

but today is a new day so i'll finish these activities one way or another. probably another.

Monday, March 17, 2008

weekend: great progress in emptying domicile of"things". unburied all sorts of stuff, some of which, of course, i kept. the above ink drawing is one of these; i would guess i drew it sometime around '77.

what does it say about me? nothing much except i must have been throwing images into the sea of multiplicity longer than i remember.

and i blew away source files for a little movie i have been working on since last memorial day. seven minutes of of high quality video and audio all from my still camera. typical project. began with little audio eventually six minutes plus sound track. then i decided it needed to be a movie with visuals and jumped into various editing packages. then this and that. then deleted whole package by mistake, cleaning up disks.

maybe i can rustle up an older version and if i do, you'll see it here.

Friday, March 14, 2008

pretty much farted the day away yesterday. that's how i get things done - or not. added this to twinkies animation. this morning i go to DMV to figure out if i renewed my license plate and then a sort drive on the parkway. later i'll figure out something to put up in the right sidebar.

like "arrest the criminal overworld".

Thursday, March 13, 2008

really strange. the last few days have been beautiful. i am experiencing this as an order to get out, drive the parkway, walk through the jungle.

but i haven't done that. a scattering of errends is about it. i don't think i'm agoraphobic, just anagoroaphilic. wow, what an ugly word.

i did set up spot in backyard with easel etc and painted for awhile.

i've been up at 6 the last two days which is a good trend. i feel better when i get up early.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

beautiful weather. very busy yesterday, onward with digital animations headed for dvd land. puttered w/ painting. ditto with look of this blog, drove out to leicester for pleasant visit with tom. later at house t dropped by. we played a little music and i learned a little. two signs i got: read the "heart sutra" which i did the morning, and zazen practice is a good way to do nothing, which i think is a current need of mine, picture above is a water color, not new, which i fooled w/ a little last night. leaving now to buy a used vacuum cleaner and groceries.

Monday, March 10, 2008

deep slumber.

wake up.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

i find the damnest things on computer. i have no idea of when or how i created this image, but i know why.

a post a day keeps the street away. got rid of last whatchamacallit icon. burning a data dvd right now, the begining of clearing an external hard drive on quadra. i want to use it as a voice to text gadget in case i am supposed to write the great post american novelty.

meanwhile jim (happy birthday) points out that this page still has little edit pencils showing. they gotta go.

Friday, March 7, 2008

got rid of little tool icon that was hanging all over the page.

next: colored backgrounds, some anyway, fix font sizes, work some things of interest in right sidebar.

so what if i lost a day getting rid of that line of bloggercode in modified template? it's the same as doing nothing. which seems to be.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

hmmm... not sure what blogger will do with this, a late night image i just finished. jane emailed that nate is visiting in az. i've been in a solid hypomania space, worked on camper, a painting, saw dvd on richard's flat screen HD monitor and was pleased. right now i'm burning another, this one i added menu and 3 choices, one an old 3d animation i did with infini-d, one straight footage from camera, and the good one, the one i've been working on forever.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

what is it about the human that drives him or her to stay busy? yesterday the electricity went out from 1:30 to 8:30 on a dark and stormy afternoon. so i relocated a canvas near a window and a couple of tubes of paint near a window and puttered. my landlord stopped by for the rent and remarked that i did my best painting in the dark.

it's true.

then today opened up wide, dry and beautiful so i did about 10 things simultaneously, still am for that matter.

think this will be a prize vacation someday on wheel of eff?

electricity off yesterday from about 1:30 t0 8:30. very stormy lots of rain. first chance i've had since summer to check out truck camper for leaks, there were a few small ones. first sunny day a little fixin' to do.

i drove up to richard and debbie's to try out some video DVDs i've made. electricity went out as i was driving up driveway.

so as always back to drawing board.

Monday, March 3, 2008

just got a call from eric. he and nathan are in laramie wyo. where they spent the night. they are driving large u-haul towing car from san jose to denver. many wrecks between salt lake and laramie. they are on schedule and will be in denver this afternoon.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

photo from delightful sunset mountain yesterday. still messing with 2 cyber marathons: dvd that plays on tv; the appearance of this blog; and unloading a very crowded hard drive to dvds. and ordering epson printer supplies.