For months I haven’t been using the internet at all. It began when I started working full time and my laptop’s video card died. Without the money to replace it, I decided to just take a break from computers completely. After two years of sitting at one all day every day it was something different and nice. For months, the only thing I used a computer or the internet for was logging my hours for work. Then one day Holly got fed up with asking me over and over again to hook up a VPN so we could get US Netflix, and finally told me to get it done before she came home from work that day. It was easier than I thought, and immediately I regretted putting it off so long.
I was shocked at how much Sci-Fi content is available when compared to the Canadian equivalent. I added everything I could think of that I had been missing since I lost all my DVD’s to my ex. The first thing I watched (if you haven’t already guessed) was Stargate SG1 and it’s subsequent films. When I was done, I had the overwhelming urge to try Â and model a decent Stargate. I decided to make an exception to my “No computers / No internet” rule, and fire up the Sketchup for the first time since completing the book.
It took me a few hours to model and texture, the bulk of that time being spent on getting the symbols as accurate as possible, and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I even decided to try something I had never done in Sketchup before, with hopes of animating an active Stargate with ripple-y water event horizon effects. It worked pretty well (as anyone viewing this post in Firefox should be able to tell… everyone else will just have to take my word for it) and gave me lots of ideas for projects in the future. It also made me miss my blog.
I didn’t realize how much I love blogging until I was doing none of it. I constantly longed for the motivation to write about life and what I was doing with it (whether it was models of Stargates, or the latest cute thing Roan said), but I still had no desire to sit at my desk. I hadn’t planned on doing any blogging until I procured a new laptop as I find it more fun to do while relaxing wherever, and not sitting at desk. However, I have had an excess of free time the past few days (explanation to coming soon…) and the boys have been kind enough to share their laptop with me lately (which is getting slightly less frustrating to use all the time!) for some work I’m doing for John Deere (possible explanation coming soon…).
So prepare yourselves internet populous, for I am gearing up to fill in the gaps, and will soon have a powerful new tool at my disposal.
Holly decided to sign up for Netflix this weekend. She was looking through their listings to see what looked like it was worth watching and she found a few decent documentaries. Yesterday we watched I Think We’re alone now (trailer above), and Confessions of a Superhero (trailer below). Both were funny at times but also quite sad.
I Think We’re Alone Now, is about two different people who stalk Tiffany (80′s pop icon) and how nutty they are. The one has a Radionics lab in his basement where he uses a bicycle helmet with tubes attached to it as an amplifier for his telepathic connection to Tiffany. The other (a hermaphrodite) had an accident when he/she was younger and was in a coma. During her coma she had a vision of Tiffany (who she had never seen before) then when she awoke she saw a photo of Tiffany and decided they were meant to be together, and that Tiffany would remember her from her coma hallucinations.
Confessions of a Superhero was done by the Super Size Me douche. It was put together really nice and focuses on four people who live and work in Hollywood as superhero look-a-likes. They all had great quotes, but my favourite part about this film is listening to the guy who dresses as Batman talking about how he’s “…left a body count trying to get out of his old gang related activities with guys who have really long, really Italian last names…”.
I recommend watching both. Holly says Netflix is free this month, so if you can’t find it anywhere else, go there. So far I don’t see much else worth watching on there, so I’m refraining from actually linking to the site and endorsing them further.
Also, if you’re ever in Hollywood and you get your photo taken with Batman, TIP HIM. Otherwise he might add you to the body count…
Thursday night Holly took me and the boys to the drive-in. We decided to see Knight and Day and A-Team, although Roan would have preferred to watch Karate Kid and Grownups. I told him the old Karate Kid movies were awesome, and that my “cobra” moniker was inspired by them so now I have to download them.
We took bets that Roan wouldn’t be awake for the second movie, but he managed to see the first ten or fifteen minutes. The next morning, he told Holly why he fell asleep.
Holly: Yes love.
Roan: So, like, the reason that I fell asleep during the scond movie is that I just wasn’t into a team. Like, the first movie was good, but like I just didn’t care about a whole team.
Holly: Yea, Okay!
Roan: What?!? It’s true!
In my opinion the A-Team was the weaker of the two movies, but I’m surprised both boys passed out during it. It definitely had more action and less romance or adult humor than Knight and Day, yet both boys barely lasted the first act. I actually enjoyed Knight and Day, and I’ll probably watch it again some day. I hate Tom Cruise, but it was like a Bourne movie that wasn’t so serious.
The new Kids in the Hall series just ended on Tuesday, and it was amazing. Holly and I figured out the killer and a lot of things that were yet to be revealed, over dinner at Boston Pizza. Less than a minute into the show, we knew we were right. I just spent a few minutes watching all the extended scenes and bloopers on the CBC site, and I read an interview Dave did with torontoist.com.
What other stuff have you got on the burner at the moment?
Actually Kevin and I are writing a pilot for Canadian TV right now. Itâ€™s for CanWest, I forget who the outlet is. I think Showcase. The premise is that Kevin and I were in a Tears For Fearsâ€“style band in the â€˜80s, but weâ€™ve hated each other for years. Our career ended when Nirvana came out and Kevinâ€™s character, who wrote all the songs, has lots of money and lives well, and Iâ€™m broke and divorced several times. A bit of a middle-aged womanizer. But anyways, we decide to get back together and cash in on the nostalgia craze.
Anything planned for the whole troupe?
Well, I hope people like Death Comes to Town. We talked a bit about how if people like it, maybe weâ€™ll do a movie together or do another mini-series with a different storyline. It all depends on if people like this series.
I really hope people loved the show as much as I did, because it would make me so happy to see them do another film. Brain Candy was genius.
Monday I went and helped the Dude do some work at his buddy’s house. It wasn’t a tough job, but it was a pain in the ass because we were on our backs the entire time, under a 24″ crawl space. It took us about 6 hours, but it looked pretty decent when we were done.
Yesterday I woke up and my back and knee were killing me. I hurt my knee last year, about this time, and it feels like I woke a sleeping giant somehow while crawling around on the pavement. Going up and down Holly’s stairs is brutal. Sitting in my chair at my desk is also brutal. I didn’t do much of that yesterday, nor do I plan to today.
I did spend some time at the desk with the Dude yesterday, making some changes to his winery model with him. Then he left and asked me to fix some geometry in another model he made, which is also part of the winery (the lab). I took a look at his model to see where he’d gone wrong, and I saw a few things I’ve been guilty of doing more than once. Nothing too major, but I decided hunting down the problems and solving them was more time consuming than redoing the entire model. It took less than an hour to recreate it, “improve” it, and put it in place to find out it was too large in two directions, and although it didn’t take much work, it was all for nothing.
The Dude came back late last night, and I showed him what was happening. His origilnal model is on the left, mine the right. In this view, you really can’t tell there is anything wrong with the Dude’s model, but mine certainly looks “neater”. The Dude decided to start over, but I’m not sure if he meant the entire model, or just the lab, or what.
Holly got home just as he left, and we had almost 4 entire sentences of dialogue before she passed out. I watched some UFC ultimate knockouts, then tried to sleep. It wasn’t happening so I threw on Idiocracy until my laptop started to get white hot. I finally fell asleep around 1:30. I woke up this morning feeling like shit. My back is killing me, nnd so is my knee. I should force myself to get my last drawings finished, but at this point I don’t think I can sit in that chair long enough to finish a single drawing.
I did manage to finally remember to transfer some images of a ninja robot I made a few days ago. He’s not as cool looking as I’d hoped, but I dig his sword and tribute logo. I’m calling him Gary the Gear driven Gaijin. I should have put some blood dripping off the tip of his blade. Oh well.
Last night Holly and I picked up the Dude and went to go see the Klopeks/Matadors show in Burlington. When we got there I threw four loonies in a Buck Hunter machine (the original!) so the three of us and Hooch, could play a quick round. The gun calibration was off, and the reload was finiky, so we played maybe one board each before giving up. It was also time for the Klopeks to come on, so I just set the gun down and watched Josh make fun of Burlington and the kid who’s birthday party they were playing at (who wasn’t even there at that time). Holly finished off all our credits by holding the gun against the screen, but the gun was so bad she could still barely hit anything.
The Klopeks only played for about 25 minutes, then they all bolted out the side door. The bar had UFC 105 on, so I pulled up a chair and watched Couture/Vera while some old drunk dude tried to talk fighting with me. The fight went the distance, and I was worried Couture was going to lose the decision, but he actually won unanimously. I love Randy Couture.
The next band came on, and although they didn’t sound too terrible, the rockabilly slut they had singing was gross. Her dress was too tight, and her body was very curvy in a lot of ways (none of them good). The Dude was getting bored, and asked if I wanted to join him outside for a smoke. While outside we talked about leaving, then decided to stick around. We walked back in, and five minutes later walked out and got in the car. We dropped the Dude off, and he lent me Brain Candy – which Holly has never seen (wtf!) – after showing me his latest adjustments to his winery model. We came back and threw it on, and I think Holly lasted maybe 25 minutes, and me almost an hour. Luckily for me, I look forward to sitting through it again.
Above is a robot I began this morning while attempting to let Holly sleep in. As per the Dude’s request, he’s got some round bits. The Dude likes his robots round. I have to do lots to him, but I was working on him on my laptop and didn’t feel like pushing my luck with it’s stability. I’ll transfer it to the other machine and then it’s going to get lots of detail. And some colour. My laptop sucks now.
Last night Holly and I decided to make our own bar food, instead of going out for bar food. We got a recipe for deep fried dill pickles off the Internet, and made them with a jar of my homemade pickles (the only jar I had).
They were homemadeÂ²!! Not only did I grow the cucumbers, I also grew the dill and garlic I used to pickle them. Then I made the batter, and breading.
Holly made us a huge tray of nachos to go with our pickles, and both were incredible.
The only thing our bar dinner was missing was beer. We neglected to stock up on that while gathering our groceries earlier in the day. Even still, it was better than any bar I’ve ever been to. We got to watch Deadwood while we ate, and then crawl into bed right after.
After what seemed like 10 episodes of Deadwood, we decided to check out Zombieland. My brother gave me a rip of it earlier in the day, which I’d forgotten all about. It was actually a decent movie. Although lame at times, the zombie killing was really graphic, and I give bonus points to the fact that they never tried to find a solution to the zombies. Instead, they just had a good time slaying them by the dozens. I’d like to think if zombies attacked, I’d handle it in much the same way.
I made it back safely. Jeff got me to the airport just in time, and my flight wasn’t too bad. I finally got to see a decent copy of Star Trek, although it was on a 7″ screen, then I rocked some Super Stardust and Space Invaders Extreme on the PSP. My flight also had the map feature I’m ever so fond of (as I’ve mentioned before). My brother left work early to pick me up, then drop me at Holly’s. We hung out with the boys for a bit, then went and got some Sahara! – I love those guys.
Friday was Holly’s birthday and in the morning she went to work, and I walked Roan to school. I found a little wood pipe on the ground on the way to his school. I brought it home and threw it out. I had a bit of a panic attack when I got up and tried to get my desktop machine running.
Holly had some dude put a wireless card in it while I was out west, and although it powered up and booted XP no problem, not one of the ports on the board was working, and only one input on the video card was working. I’ve come to the conclusion the machine does not like being moved. The board was never meant for the case it’s in, and I don’t really give a shit. I’ll leave it where it is, finish this book, then build a new machine. One that is able to dual boot XP and Ubuntu. Or maybe I’ll just build an Ubuntu machine and keep this one as an XP machine until it dies beyond what I feel like putting the effort into fixing. I got everything working (including the wireless card), and now just need some speakers from my parent’s house. I also need to install all my ruby scripts on my desktop, and make sure Sketchup is setup how I like it.
After I got it working I called Mary Beth. I haven’t heard from her in probably a year, and I wasn’t sure why she disappeared. Turns out she was pissed at me for turning into who I was. She said I changed for the worse, and I asked if there was anything I directly did to piss her off. She said no, which makes it harder on me, because I would rather know what I did so I can prevent it in the future if I choose. Either way, I’m just glad she’s still my friend and we’re not too far from each other so we can hang out.
Mary came by, and Holly got off work early. The Dude dropped in, and we hung out on the patio. Brandi came by to pick up Mary, and the Dude left at the same time. Holly and the boys made Lesley and I eat a unicorn, then we came back here for a bath and UFC.
Today the Dude came by again with Benz, and the boys went nuts when they saw him. Gage played with him for a couple hours I figure, and eventually Benz got comfortable enough with the trampoline to not only jump on and off it, but to also play with the boys on it. It was pretty cool seeing him play with the boys the way he was, considering the last time I saw him he was still a complete asshole. Perhaps getting hit by a car changes a dog for the better. If the same is true for humans, I can think of a few who could really use a city bus intervention (okay, maybe more than a few).
For dinner, Holly made some strange dish with mashed potatoes (gross) which was actually pretty good (don’t tell her), then she left without feeding me dessert. Even after I bought her a huge bag of her favourite candies today. She went to see some lame band in Hamilton, so I hung out here with Roan and watched UFC, while Gage played his DS. Now the boys are in bed, and I’m thinking about doing the same.
I’m glad to be here, and it’s nice to be comfortable in a lot of different ways finally. Now if I only had belly full of dessert…
Yesterday I came to Vancouver to hang out with Jeff for a few days before I head home to Ontario for my mum’s birthday, Ryan and Amber’s wedding, and the In These Walls show. I’m looking forward to seeing tons of people I haven’t in years, and spending every moment I can with Holly.
I still have a huge pile of work I’ll have to be doing, but since I work from wherever my laptop is, it makes it pretty easy to manage. The only issue is going to be communicating with James about drawings. I’m more than half way done the Bents section now, and I’m hoping a short recess from the island puts me in a better mood. Lately I’ve been hating living in the trailer, missing people, and just working constantly without anything to do for fun or exercise. Even James said (as I was leaving yesterday) that I should enjoy myself, and take it easy. He’s been telling me he sees how hard I’m working, and he seems pleased. That’s good news to me, because the more he likes me, the more he shares his knowledge with me, and the more likely I am to actually end up regularly visiting, or possibly living (one day) on the island. I am hating it at the moment, but I’m not getting to experience it in the way it should be – sitting at a desk all day in front of a computer is no way to enjoy an island as beautiful as Gabriola is.
Today I worked for a few hours while Jeff had a meeting, then we went to the arcade for a bit. I love that arcade. I meant to bring my camera, but I forgot as I always do. I wanted to get some photos of all the games i love that they have there. i also wanted to get a shot of the peep show booths. It’s a classy arcade. After some pinball and Buck Hunter, we came back here and ordered a pizza. We killed some zombies, then just finished watching Bruno. It made jeff laugh so hard at the beginning, I thought he was going to hurt himself. I think Holly will love it. I’ll find out in a little more than 24 hours!!
Above is a new doodle, inspired by our trip to the AGO next weekend. I’ve decided to title it: Bongbot Gets Dressed Up And Takes A Touch Lamp To A Fancy Art Gallery To See An Exhibit On The World’s Most Pointless Interesting Blog.
Oh! I almost forgot I wanted to mention that I’m modeling a penny farthing. It’s for a special project, and I’m pretty stoked about it. I’ll post pictures as I finish it.
It was pouring rain again when I woke up this morning. It has been going off and on all day, switching from drizzle to downpour every so often. I made a fire around 11 this morning, and I’ve kept it going all day. I’m just talking to Holly as I watch it die down so I can go make some dinner in a bit.
I got a drawing done this morning that was a bit of a pain in the ass, and I was almost done a second drawing, when James came in for a smoke and decided he wanted to give two options to the reader. So, now I’m basically half way done it. I figure another hour or two after dinner and it’ll be finished.
I’m also watching the progress bars on Utorrent, as I’ve run out of interesting stuff to watch when I’m going to bed. I’m waiting on all three seasons of Deadwood, and The entire Cube Tetralogy – I love those cubes.
Above is a doodle from a few days ago that I never posted. It’s titled: Bongbot Uses Pot And Pie To Make A Touch Lamp Pass Out So He Can Touch Her Base. Enjoy.