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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
2:43 am - Wussies
What? Some of my friends have canceled their accounts? Wussies!!!!!!!!!!!

current mood: awake

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
9:34 pm - Video Contest Finalist!
I'm a video contest Finalist! Please vote for me before July 31st!

http://www.rolandus.com/go/how_do_you_juno/

I'm the very last video, at the bottom, user Parsec994a.

This is satire. I don't actually "deconstruct birdsongs", but I do use the Juno when recording music, and making sound effects!

Humor too dry? Please let me know if you thought it was funny.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2008
5:06 pm
Thank you all so much for your input. Sorry I didn't follow up sooner. I brought 2 of my guitar playing friends to Guitar Center with me to test all the copies of the guitars, as one can play vastly better then another, and you want the best copy they have. Well, one did play vastly better then the others, which happened to be red. So I was going to get that one.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-V-Series-V70CE-Dreadnought-Cutaway-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-102567492-i1150613.gc

But then one of my friends picked up this Ibanez (only one they had of that model) and told me it felt much better. So that's the one I ended up getting! And it was $199 instead of $269! And its sort of like Bon Jovi's!! SCORE!!

Thanks for all the suggestions. I've been practicing every day for about 2 weeks now, and finally have calluses and more strength, it's easier then I thought!

I also finally found someone showing how to set up a FLoyd Rose Tremolo, so hopefully I will be able to fix my electric and play it again!

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Saturday, June 21st, 2008
6:14 pm - Guitar Color?
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ovation-GC057-Celebrity-Super-Shallow-Bowl-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-103574778-i1166381.gc

Quick which color- red or black?

The black looks like Bon Jovi's which is cool, but I know its not the one he uses. So that doesn't really matter. Most people have been telling me to get the black.

But I think the red is more interesting. Less goth-rock ish. I already have 1 black and 1 red electric, but they both have issues at the moment where I can't play them. And I want something to compose on.

Tell me- red or black!! And give me a reason why you like it!

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Sunday, December 9th, 2007
4:27 am - 26
I turned 26 today.

26 seems pretty useless, but its an excuse to go out to dinner!

Holy crap its been awhile since I posted. I'm back!

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Friday, November 10th, 2006
5:37 am
I'm working 2nd shift now. Aparently October-January is peak coupon season, so we are on mandatory overtime. I work 4:45pm-3:15am. So for my 3rd week out of 1st shift training, I'm pretty well adjusted.

My favorite part about my job are my coworkers: its enjoyable to have decent creative coworkers who have senses of humor and understand all my esoteric, geeky jokes. Whats scary is that they have started identifying my impersonation voices- voices that even I had forgotten where they came from. (Ace Ventura and Jean-Luc Picard, so far.) And when I was told "You look like Lo-Bot" when I was wearing my headphones, it doesn't get any better then that.

The one thing that sucks is that if I'm getting hungry, typing up a 3 panel menu flyer, which are almost always for a gourmet pizza place, is torture. Garlic Knots, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese, Primavera, Proscuitto, Supreme Roasted Garlic Bar-B-Que Chicken Pizza, Deep Dish Silician Pizza with Marinara sauce- try typing these things out when you are hungry- you'll be trying to buy pizza later that night. The same goes for Chinese Restaurant flyers. Tire flyers, at least don't make you want to go out and buy new tires.

I am getting better at spelling all these somewhat exotic words.

And I saw an ad with Huey Lewis (From Huey Lewis and the News) on it. He was endorsing hearing Aids. Since he was in one of my favorite bands, I'm sold. If my hearing ever starts to go, you're damn straight that I'm going with whichever brand he is endorsing.

And I've been learning a lot of things about dreamweaver, maya, photography, voice overs, and animation when I have the time. I am hoping to update my site soon with some great stuff.

Oh and I bought a used, water damaged drafting table from a church sale for $4. Now I have to make a place to set it up...

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006
11:25 pm
I will be in Orlando on Friday and Saturday, tailgating at the UCF USF game. Call me. I will be walking around saying hi to as many people I can find. I don't even know if I will be able to get tickets- but it doesn't matter- the car has a radio. It's all about tailgating- which will be gone when the new stadium is done and it's a dry stadium on campus.

So come hang out and drink a brew with me.

We will make some bruhaha.

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Sunday, September 10th, 2006
11:35 am
Did anyone else feel the earthquake this morning? I'm in Largo, near the beach.

I was in bed, when the bed started shaking and everything in the room started rattling with a constant fequency. It was fun! Rob was on the bottom of the bunk bed, and I was like, ROB do you feel that? He said "yea" but aparetnly he was half asleep. The funniest part is all out software boxes on the shelves were rattling.

I knew it wasn't a subwoofer, and the cadence was much too fast for a truck driving by or a well being sunk by construction.

I turned on the news, and BREAKING NEWS, a 5.8 earthquake epicenter happened at 10:56:07 and
the epicenter was 250 miles off Ft.Meyers and it was felt as far noth as gainsville!


UPDATE, its a 6.0!!!

Well, maybe I should goto the beach and see if there will be any rogue waves.

Does this mean insurnce will go up as well?

I can now check off one more things on my life checklist- Experienced an earthquake.

And I thought I was going to have to move to California. Not anymore!

It is weird since we have no fault lines here. All my life I was taught in school that there aren't earthquakes in Florida. Even that MOSI chart didn't include Florida. Well, theyre ALL WRONG!!

So did anyone else feel it?

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Friday, April 21st, 2006
1:05 am
Yes, I'm still living at home. With the parents.

I bought this 486/586 computer at a thrift store for $5, and when I brought it home it worked. I immediately installed my adlib soundcard I have bought 3 years earlier in the hopes of one day building a true dos gaming machine. Well, turns out it's a 386 is crap for games, and can't even run Raptor. It runs Blake Stone, but not at a playable pace. Oh, and forget Doom. Oh and I never realized the Adlib wasn't supported as much as the Soundblaster in the later days of DOS.

Bottome line- I had tons of fun playing TUBULAR WORLDS. Besides being the coolest videogame name ever, its also fun to say.

Then I discovered DOSBOX today, a program where you can play games in a DOS shell on you modern computer. It's no substitue for the real thing and has lag making many games unplayable, but it sure helped me waste about half the day reminding me of games I played 12 to 14 years ago- the first computer games I ever played.

Nostalgia of those early 90s dos games and that awesome soundcard music. Expect dos gaming-rig tutorials on my website soon.


I also managed to apply for another job today at St Pete College. I will worm my way in somehow.

Oh and you'll love this. The woman who was sooo excited about me being an animator and "not a programmer" has changed her mind (I called her up a few days ago) and now says she wants a programmer.

Thanks lady, for sitting in on my interview to tell me about another position and making me turn down a job that I could have had for a job you promise me, then "change your mind" 2 weeks later. I probably should have mentioned something about how not I have NEITHER job thanks to her enthusiasm, but I just said "Thanks. Talk to you later."

But today my fortune cookie said "In the middle of every difficulty lies oppurtunity."

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Friday, March 31st, 2006
2:39 am
Well, I stopped calling Daktronics every week after they kept telling me to be patient.

I scored an interview with St.Pete College a few weeks ago. Oddly enough, they basically told me they thought according to my resume I would be really good for another position that opened up. (I had applied for Computer Support Specialist) They were really excited about my resume. They told me that they were "Really really excited about getting an animator on the team" becuase they said that all thier other technology design specialists came from a programming background. Not that I have anything against programmers, but for some reason that felt really good to hear. For once having an uncommon major that I had to work my ass off for, and stick with it despite people telling me its worthless or that it will never get me a decent paying job, seemed to be paying off well in distinguishing myself from the rest of the crowd- something I'm always trying to do.

They're supposed to contact me again. I hate waiting. Especially when I have no paycheck.

I really dont want to start applying to retail jobs like I did when I first came down here. Those are even impossible to get! My patience is really wearing thin.

On the flipside, I've been exposing myself to lots of new software. Dreamweaver is amazing! I never thought I would have a handle on web development- but ironically I already got hired to build a site!

I was doing free videography work of my friend's band and also did a photoshoot of them. Awesome how doing free stuff to learn can hook you up with freelance work!

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
10:53 pm
Well, I have exciting news. I was interviewed by an animation company a few weeks ago.

Well, not only did they interview me, but they also gave me an hour and 15min tour of the whole huuuge studios and introduced me to the whole animation team of 20ish people. (Whom, I might add, includes 5 very cute girls...) After the tour was over he asked me to drop off any films or examples of my work sometime. The next day I dropped off my demo reel and a DVD animated short I did my senior year.

When I called back a week later, he told me he liked my stuff. However, he told me "Now just be patient. Things take a long time in this company."


(The backstory is I was sending them an email every week- since I found out about them, which was a few months after I graduated, about 7 months ago. They're "Keyframe", an animation dept of Daktronics INC, a company that makes animations for jumbotrons in stadiums. They also make animations for screens in time square in NYC, and also for gas pumps found around the world, as well as broascasts and TV commercials. They also showed me thier 3 soundstages- they do video production, and they have 3 audio recording studios!! I was drooling and wanted to move in immediately! They do headshots for athletic teams, like when you see football players' faces on ESPN during football games.)

So I'm being patient, but I'm very, very, I repeat, VERY excited!!

Wish me luck.


I miss all my UCF friends.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
6:27 am
Why when you have no job do you end up staying up all night? Maybe becuase of the lack of excercise?

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Saturday, January 28th, 2006
6:20 am - Naked EYES
I just saw NAKED EYES at the Largo Cultural Center. It was awesome. You know, they sang "There's Always Somethin There to Remind Me" and "Promises Promises" and were big in the 80s. All of thier songs at the performance were well crafted in songwriting and fun to listen to, only 3 out of an hour and a half performance felt weak to me. And theres nothing like KILLER SYNTH BASS!!

Since they are Synthpop I was dying to check out thier setup. I was hoping they would have a bunch of original analog synths like from thier original days. But suprisingly they were using just a Roland JP-8000 (from circa '99, made to emulate the older sounds) and the other guy was using some unlabeled Roland, probably a controller. The first synth guy had a laptop with his Jp-8000 and I could tell he had the songs sequenced in a seqencer and was using MIDI to control the Roland and was running everything through a POD 2.0, probably for effects.

The variety of sounds they got just from those 2 boards was so amazing. It definetly wasn't the same as the original recordings, but was pretty close. Thier guitar riffs were stellar too, and relied heavily upon the whammy bar and that awesome-delay effect. The drummer was great, taking full advantage of syncopating the driving beats like few other bands do, similar to INXS or SIMPLE MINDS.

It was a shame that it was in a small place and not that many people showed up. Mabe it's becuase around here there's a lot of older folks. I was very suprised. But there was more sound per person, IT WAS AWESOME.

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
6:36 pm
I went to a St.Pete job fair. Even though it was about 1/4 the size of the one at UCF I felt like there was a much bigger sense of community. So many businesses said "Have you checked with Marriot, or Bic, they're looking for a graphic designer" which impressed me. They all seemed to know eachother as businesses. They also seemed to be more professional on the whole in the way they treated and interacted with me. Maybe becuase most people weren't fresh-out of collegers? I'm not sure, but there definetly was a different atmosphere. But I'm also glad I went to the UCF job fair becuase it was great practice and I wasn't nervous at all this time around.

I left 8 resumes, some of which were at companies that I already had applied online. What is funny is I talked with a HR advisor at the fair and was told even though some companies only have applications online, they still only hire people they see in person at a job fair or that knows someone at the company. It's all a confusing game that I'm trying to figure out.

But, I'm very excited about getting a careerish type job soon. :)

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Monday, January 16th, 2006
5:46 pm

Becuase everyone needs a chimpanzee bust sitting on thier desk that screams and makes servo noises.

Click on video to see it in action.  Suprisingly, only $119!

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Friday, January 6th, 2006
7:06 pm
I saw Narnia today! I liked it. It made me actually proud of CG, not embarrassed as is the case all too often with movies. For me, Naria was to fur effects and animals what The Incredibles was to hair and backgrounds. I couldn't tell it was cg from rendering and most animations, and usually, if anything is even a little funny looking my brain picks it out and screams it to me. But I guess having almost every CG character assigned to an out of house effects company didn't hurt, and neither did spending 18 months just building the Lion's rigging and fur dynamics.

And, more importantly, I thought all the imagery was seamlessly blended into the story. Unlike the Lord of the Rings movies and new Star Wars, which threw the cinematography focused storytelling in the garbage and became a special effects show-and-tell.

And I think I watched some animated version of Narnia when I was in 2nd grade........

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Sunday, January 1st, 2006
7:18 pm
New Years Resolutions:

Be better about answering my cell phone

Better time management

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
4:38 pm
Now that I'm back from the family gathering in Gainsville and we have internet again, it's time for everyone's CHRISTMAS PRESENT!

You know you want a 320kbps ULTRABASS version of Frosty the Snowman.

I started working on it in November and still didn't meet pretend-deadlines.

LIVE IT UP

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
12:06 am
Well, I had a great time seeing everyone last weekend!!
I never realized how many of you weren't from Florida either.
Due to me being a lazy bum who's been sleeping in and my Mom distracting me, I got a late start leaving to drive up there.
Upon arriving lo and behold the first person I see is Michelle outside the clubhouse!! :D

I took some pictures of people and will post them where people can download them soon. The only problem is, I'M NOT IN ANY! So guys please send me all your pics when you get a chance.
I took some videos (unfortunetly no audio) of Rob jumping off the air hockey table during Bon Jovi's "Livin on a Prayer", which happened 3 times at the least.

That poor, poor air hockey table.

One of the highlights of the night is when I was outside checking out the TIKI bar thing with Elana. We headed back towards the building only to see this guy staring at the wall, which had a hole with water spewing out.
I was just like "What the hell? Ohhhh. Uh oh. HAHAHA! HAHAHA!"
Little did I know how much that event changed so many things in the future universe!
But I did think it was hilarious! I just hope he didn't get charged more then $5 for it, it didn't make sense that it just "popped off", it obviously had problems for awhile.

Plus what's great about being buzzed is when Rob picked me up for a picture and bonked my head twice on posts when he carried me 15 feet, I didn't feel a thing! But I heard the cool "Bong" it made.

I wish I had gotten there a little earlier becuase Allison, Amanda and Kat were leaving before I knew it! It's been too long since the college days, and seeing everyone. And poker was fun the next day, even though Rob's a fucker! But guys I had a great time, thanks for having me!

And my dad's experiment on adding acetone to the gas yielded mabe 2 mpg better. It is still inconclusive. And dont worry, I still have my 75 Olds. It's just right now, although pimp and luxurious, 12mpg isn't the way to go to Orlando.

But as crazy as this party was, it just couldn't compare to the one where people where exchanging shirts in the bathroom with the lights out, only to have pull-down-pants guy yell "Enough talking, more DOING!" and pull down his pants while still safely cupping his hand over anything questionable that might show. But when the lights came on, his pants were at his ankles.

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Friday, December 9th, 2005
1:07 pm
"You know how I have fun going out? I don't! I stay at home with my phone and chat! In fact, I chat with UCF for hours on end. There are hundreds of singles waiting to take my call and chat endlessly about getting a transcipt sent to potential employers. When I'm not being transferred from Transcipts to The Sexy Regristrar's Office, to Sassy Student Accounts, the Cashier's office, or even the Library's Circulation desk, or back again in endless circles, I'm listening to relaxing, easy-listening on-hold music that was recorded from a REAL piano! Sometimes I'm told I will be able to speak to a supervisor and I think that's HOTT! Sometimes that means I'll temptingly be put on hold, or have to call back 3 times after I listen to sexy voicemail messages and cute phone-menus, but it's soo worth it when I get to chat about policies different departments aren't aware of. Even if it means the fun forplay of explaining what another department told me six times to someone until they finally throw in the towel and get thier supervisor!! HOTT! And at the end of the night, I get the satisfaction of leaving a tantilizing message 2 hours before office hours are over, becuase all my sexy friends stopped answering the phones at 3:00 even though they get off at 5:00! Those naughty transcriptors sure know how to get a boy going!

So next time you need a transcipt, and you have a hold you paid off a week ago but it hasn't gone through yet, call UCF! It's what I do for HOURS!"


Okay, and now something useful: You can get a temporary lift off a hold if you've sent in your payment already and it hasn't gone through, you dont have a job, and the transcript is being sent to a potential employer. Bet you didn't know that! I sure didn't. But they will deny it, make you beg, and then when they finally ask thier supervisor they will grant it for you. Amazing!!!

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