Monday, 30 November 2009

Pointless Update

Last Thursday my back started hurting so badly that by 2am I couldn’t breathe.  May have had something to do with falling down the stairs on my back twice in the last two weeks, but whatever.  It’s starting to hurt a bit less now.

Also, let’s see if this Flickr plugin thing works:

Hey look at that, it’s my boy!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Video & Waves

Between us, Kei and I must have taken over a thousand photos of baby Milo since his birth (and the poor sod’s only 8 weeks old!), but yesterday I dug out Kei’s old* mini DV camcorder so that we could capture those moments not quite so suited to digital stills – ie, him flailing his arms and shouting gibberish, like a very small drunk.

It’s been good fun, and I anticipate that soon my external hard drive will be filled with hours of footage that are of no interest to anyone but his doting parents :)

In other news, I finally got a Google Wave invite from Bob! Now I was never quite sure how Wave was supposed to work or what it was supposed to do, but from the moment it was announced I wanted in; mainly because a) it’s made by Google, and b) it’s new. So yeah, me and about 3 people I know are on there.  I like it, but it’s hard to describe; kind of like emails, but that can also be public, like Twitter, but with realtime editing and a slew of options for embedding media and such.

This morning I did find out how to search public Waves, so I’ve been talking to random people and finding out how some of the other features work, which is really cool, so it’s not so bad that so few of my friends are on here.  I guess the only thing to do is keep playing with it and see how it gradually develops; maybe it’ll grow into something as all-pervasive as Twitter, or maybe Google will give up on it and drop it like a hot bag of shit.  Who knows?


*old as in, bought in about 2005.  Not really old, but already quite dated…

Thursday, 19 November 2009

They Even do Great Pixel Animation....NSFW

Just saw this hilarious, scatological animated music video.  Didn't realise until the end.... that it's made by bloody French people. Again.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Another test, this time of vPost

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Franimation Again

Yet more French people being good at animation. Those bastards.


Sunday, 15 November 2009

Email Post

Just a test, folks.
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Saturday, 14 November 2009

Let’s pretend that Shrek never happened

Let’s face it, Dreamworks haven’t exactly made a lot of great animated films.  Kung Fu Panda was fantastic, but that was a rare blip in a history of ok (Monsters vs. Aliens) and terrible (the Shreks) films.

But lo!  Here is a trailer for a new Dreamworks offering that not only features some nice animation and non-hideous character models, but also seems to not completely rely on dated pop-culture references.

Just a shame about the terrible voice acting of the lead character, really.


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Blah Boobidy Baya

Day two of Argos training: complete.  Now I know the mysterious inner workings of the big place where they keep all the stuff that you buy!  It’s not bad so far, pretty straightforward like.  It’s a shame that it’s only for the Christmas period.  I don’t think I have the will to look for another job afterwards. 

That’s all I have to say really, other than that I feel really, really, really tired, and that my showreel is taking longer to finish than it really should.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Curse you Frenchies

In terms of animation, and art in general, French people seem to inexplicably kick arse (look at some of the stuff coming from Gobelins…).  Just look at this trailer I found – I’m assuming it’s French purely because the people involved in creating it are called things like Charles Lefebvre and Thierry River – how do they bloody do it?


Bloody French people do it again

Friday, 6 November 2009


That Argos interview must have gone alright – they said they would call everyone later in the afternoon to let them know whether or no they had been successful, and sure enough, come 6:51pm, they called to say I’d got the job.

Or they would have if I hadn’t been using the toilet. 

I got the voicemail message, and tried to call back (as they asked) to discuss contracts and start dates and whatnot, but couldn’t get a fucking answer.

I tried calling again this morning, again to no avail. I will try again this afternoon. But as far as I know, I am now employed. See the look of joy upon my features:



Thursday, 5 November 2009

Argos Again

I have another interview at Argos today.


Yes well last month they phoned me, twice, to ask me about my application, and even invited me for a group interview.

I didn’t get anywhere with this, but then yesterday they asked me to come to the big branch in the retail park for an interview.

So fingers crossed, ‘cos I really need a fucking job now.