I did about 14 hours of work today. I got 10 drawings done! My back is sore, my eyes are going nuts, and I’m completely fucking wired because I haven’t given my mind a rest since 6:30 this morning. I had multiple meetings with James today, and got a ton of other work done (not just the drawings). I’m finally ready to call it a day, so I leave you with this blog:
I call it “Bongbot Doesn’t Care If It’s Raining, He’s Blazin’!”
I just made this in Sketchup. It took me about 30 minutes to make, and then 30 more to mess around with all the cool styles you can use. I saved about a dozen images, but I’ll share just two with you little blog.
I hope I’m not a zombie tomorrow. I actually had fun working on this stuff today.
Oh, I thought I should mention that one of my favourite albums of all time is “Prick”. I have listened to that album about 15 times in the last 40 hours. I love it so much. It made me think about what other albums I love that much, so I’m going to have to make a list on here of what my favourite albums are.
Bedtime. I hope Holly is having fun.
I’m definitely completely finished with Post and Beam as of this morning. James got a printed copy of everything, and had no complaints (I hope that doesn’t change in a few days). He told me he spoke with the editor, and she said contracts are approved and money is on the way. I’m in the middle of trying to send them all the images in a .zip file right now. I just hope their mail server is setup to handle files as big as 35mb. The Internet is so fucking slow here it’s taking forever.
Holly went camping with her girlfriends this morning, so I won’t be chatting with her again until Sunday. She made me promise to get at least 15 drawings done this weekend. I have finished 8 so far today. The Bents might go faster, but I’m not sure. Either way, I’m telling the publisher it took longer. I better get rewarded for busting my ass this weekend.
Also, as you can probably tell, I am totally in love with the styles in Sketchup. I wish I had figured that shit out sooner.
I had a really long meeting with James this morning, where we discussed the last few details for the Post and Beam section, and got some things rolling as far as the Bents section goes. I’m trying to eliminate having to do each drawing 15 times this time around, so I’m having James go over every drawing of his with me, before I go putting it into Sketchup. This will prevent me from worrying about things that don’t matter, which happened quite a bit with the last section – too much time was spent on things that seemed important, but turned out to be either wrong, or trivial.
One thing I brought up to James was that I had figured out how to make edges whatever colour I want, which would be handy in showing the “fat” on the Bents style of building. I also showed him some neat effects (like the one above) that I figured out how to apply by accident, while trying to figure out the edges thing.
After the meeting I had to go back and redo 2 drawings from scratch basically. Hopefully now this section is finished. FINISHED.
Now I have even more reason to be done with this book – I so desperately want to just go back to fucking around with sketchup in a fun way and learning new things.
Monday was my last day hanging out here with my parents. In the morning they went for breakfast – as per usual, and I went outside and picked blackberries for about a half hour. When they came back we ate some berries then I packed my stuff and got ready to leave. We decided to go check out the Petroglyph park, since it was literally seconds away from the hotel. It wasn’t a huge place, but it was a nice little walk, and the carvings are somewhat interesting.
Another interesting thing was the fact that someone used white out and sharpie (very poorly) to cover up the word “Indian” on every sign it appeared on (all of them).
After our little petroglyph tour we went over to the grocer near the ferry terminal. My parents bought me a bunch of food to live off, and a few things I needed (spatula, dish soap) for the trailer.
We got in line for the ferry (not fast enough for some) then went and had lunch at the fry truck. That’s no ordinary fry truck, let me tell you. I got a veggie burger, and it came with lots of edible flowers on it, as well as some fresh organic arugala! I never thought of putting arugala on a burger before, but it was fucking fantastic, and I plan to do it again. The woman who owns/operates the fry truck was super friendly, and she told me she grew all the flowers and herbs herself. IF YOU ARE EVER IN NANAIMO, GO TO THE GABRIOLA FERRY TERMINAL FOR DINNER AT THE FRY TRUCK.
Once we made it across, we came to the trailer and dropped all my groceries and goodies off, then we went out for some more exploring on Gabriola. First stop was Silva Bay for ice cream cones, then we tried to find Whale Bone Beach. I’m still unclear as to whether or not the Gabriola Sands is at Whale Bone or if they are two separate places. Either way, we ended up on a nice beach and drank a few beers while walking through the warm water.
My mum asked me to take her to get some pictures of alpacas, so we left the beach after a couple beers, and made our way towards the Surf Pub. We stopped along side the alpaca farm, and I tried to convince my parents to go ask for a tour with me. I think if my dad didn’t want to get going so badly they would have been up for it, so I’ll have to wait to meet that super cute bi-colour alpaca I keep seeing.
We got to the Surf Pub, and as usual, there was a few seals out playing in the water. My mum and I wandered down close to get pictures, then just before the sunset they brought me back to the school and headed off to the ferry.
I came back home and found a half dozen giant spiders in my room. I decided to leave them alive, hoping they eat all the fucking moths and other annoying things that land on me while I try to sleep. I really hope it works.
Saturday night my parents and I went to see the fireworks in Nanaimo, near the ferry terminal. They have them every year as part of their annual Bath Tub Race celebrations. They take the place of the Victoria Day fireworks, and I am glad for that. If it had have taken place then, we wouldn’t have had the beautiful night we did. First it started with this sunset, then came a rainbow, followed by another rainbow, then lightning, then fireworks! It was amazing.
I took a short video of the fireworks, and tried to catch the lightning at the same time. It’s not the best video, but it’ll do.
This is for my brother. Since you liked the bungle videos, I thought I’d share these in case you hadn’t seen them. Both are amazing, and he has directed a few other Aphex Twin videos that are cool. These are my favourites.
MUM DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO
The Monkey Drummer video is “mum friendly”.
On Sunday my parents and I went to Salt Spring Isalnd to visit my mum’s cousin Pam, and her husband John. They have lived there for about 20 years now, and used to have a huge farm on a lake. Now they own a waste holding site, and recycling centre.
The ferry ride was nice and the weather was perfect all day. We used my parent’s sat nav system to find Pam’s house, and we we got there she was washing windows. We chatted for a minute, and I told her I was interested in rammed earth as a bulding style, and that I’d heard there was a school or something on the island. She said she didn’t know of a school, but that her friend up the road had bult the first rammed earth wall on the island, and that he does teach workshops from time to time. She lent me her scooter and I went for a little tour.
When I came back I convinced my dad to jump on the other scooter Pam had, and come for a ride with me. We explored for a bit then went back to meet John. He took my dad and I to tour the island, and showed us the farm property they used to own. Then we hit the beer store, and John introduced my dad to “road pops”. A Gulf Island tradition I’ve become quite familiar with.
When we returned I went for a tour of Pam’s garden which had a few things growing in it that I’ve never grown before. Eggplant is the only one I can think of right now. Maybe that’s because she fried some for dinner and added some cheese, and it was unreal. She also made really good potato salad and some sort of rice, then we had crepes for dessert.
After dinner we sat on the porch for a bit until John started to fall asleep, then we walked over to the recycling centre where Pam and John hooked me up with all kinds of good stuff for the trailer!
*My mum will probably be pissed about this photo, but I thought it was funny how the three of them are making silly faces.
Maybe this photo will make up for it. (Clark Cobra Family – 1)
And of course the sunset on the ferry ride back to Nanaimo was beautiful. I want to swim in the ocean during a sunset like this.
There are a ton of fan-made Mr Bungle videos on youtube, which is good, because as far as I’m aware they only ever made one video (Quote, Unqoute) and I’ve only ever seen a shitty version of it. Some of these videos are great, some are okay. However, I love each of these songs so much, I would probably watch a video of someone killing cats to them.
Okay, maybe not cats being killed, but something really brutal.
This photo makes me laugh because, my mum and I look so serious and pissed to be eating lunch with a goat, when really it was the exact opposite. I guess it just shows that my “angry, sun in my eyes” face is inherited.
My parents leave tomorrow, and that means I’ll be getting back to work. I’ll post some more about our adventures in the morning, before I start working, but not before I talk to Holly. We’ve barely spoken the last few days, and I miss her.