Have some time off of work with a gazillion things to do and not knowing what to do first, I have finally sat down to update my website. What website? yeah.. http://www.neuralcluster.net. I know, not much goes on there anymore but I still like to have my own spot. Early last year the website broke due to me not keeping the software updated. It was not hacked (like last time it broke), but it simply did not work with the PHP update the server did. So I sat down and found a nice set of tools and updated. Problem was, none of the coding for my videos worked and it was going to take editing every single video page along with putting them into the mosaic as well as putting them into the showcase up top. It was a lot of work and I did some until I got called back to full time work (and selling the house). Basically I got busy. I will probably get busy again later this year but for now I have brought some more videos back into the light. This includes videos made by raspberry_splat and humansrsuperior !
When I check all of these videos to be sure they are working, I get nostalgic. Ah, so much for the days when I had nothing to do so I could watch my shows and vid all day. I miss that. I miss my Farscape, John and Aeryn, and I miss my Doctor and Rose. I miss being sucked into a show and being so excited about it. I miss being sucked into a video and finding the perfect clips to match the rhythm and lyric. It really was a fantastic time in my life.
I just resurrected this video yesterday: A Hundred Pages. It is not nearly one of my best but the song has held me prisoner these last 24 hours. I keep hearing it in my head. It will not go away. My first Doctor Who video! And now I'm yearning for Doctor/Rose again.
And then I put this one up as well: Weird Science and I'm yearning to follow John and Aeryn on their adventures again. Almost time for a rewatch.
As I bring more of my videos back to the website, I've realized that sometimes I used too much audio from the show. Sorry I went a little crazy with that. I do love the audio, but sometimes it was overkill. Too bad I can't re-edit!
I am getting older and I don't like it. It's looking like later this year I may have the chance to have my own route. If not this year, then next for sure. That means my free time will definitely be at a minimum with my artistic and creative life put behind me. It's a good thing, working, but not so good for having fun. I would love to know how other full-time workers (with kids) juggle working/exhaustion and fandoms.
Oh yeah, kids are well. They are 13 and 11 now, with the youngest almost out of elementary school. In a way I'm glad because "I" have senioritis and am over elementary school. Bring on middle school! They are growing up too fast, too. Puppy (Loki) is doing well. He will be 2 in June. I can't even recall if I ever mentioned him here. We bought a new house 10 months ago that has more of a backyard. Now I have room for a garden. I recently bought a greenhouse and have started some seeds (jalapeno, squash, watermelon, pumpkin, onion, carrot, tomato). Excited! Well, there's my (yearly) update. If anyone actually reads this, maybe I'll post more often. :)
Hello flist! Still alive, doing pretty well. :)
On a completely different note, have you seen the trailer for the new Star Trek movie coming out in May?? It looks awesome! I can't wait to see Benedict Cumberbatch playing the bad guy, whether it be Kahn, Gary Mitchell, whoever. I need some more Trek in my life. But why oh why do I have to wait so long??!
Still watching Star Trek TNG with the boys, thanks to Netflix. We are on Season 4. :)
RIP a_mistletoe . You will be remembered by many. Also a thank you to tempertemper for attending Sara's funeral on behalf of all of her internet friends.
You know this scene?
My conversation with my youngest son (who is 9):
B: Where are their clothes?
Me: (after long pause) They took them off.
B: Why? Why are they all wet?
I love this boy's innocence. I want to keep him this way as long as I can.
I forwarded through the drawing scene, much to my boys' dismay. I don't think they are ready for female frontal nudity. Connor thought the movie was good. He's not a big talker, so that's on par for him. Brayden thought that it was "long". His other thought was that it made him very sad for all of those people. He was especially sad when there was a child on screen. I think he liked and understood the story more. Maybe we'll watch it once per year on the anniversary, or wait a few years for both of my kids to gain some maturity.
For me? I was a tearful basketcase throughout. I have loved the Titanic since Ballard found it in '85. The movie resparked and solidified the love. The historical aspects are what I love the most but I think the movie as a whole is amazing. Titanic was the second website I ever made and then I was a part of a website that explored the officers and their roles in the sinking. Sometimes I miss those times and the friends I had. I wonder if they are 'reliving' memories of Titanic today like I am. I'm also a little sad today because there are no survivors of the Titanic disaster alive anymore. One hundred years is a long time, definitely. I can't believe it's been so long. RIP
It's been a few days since I took to the theater to watch Hunger Games. I was alone, as the others that I had wanted to go with me were working. Perhaps it was better that way. My first thought while watching was OUCH, STOP THE HANDHELD CAM! I was in the third row, as I always like to be, and had some trouble with my eyes focusing on the shakiness of the district scenes. Thank goodness they toned it down when Katniss and Peeta got to the Capitol. I think I understand why they did that, giving it a gritty, underdeveloped feel in the districts, but it was a little extreme on my eyes. Okay, since I'm getting old, I should probably stop sitting in the third row.
My other initial thought is that it seemed rushed. But they couldn't keep in every scene and every statement/comment said by the characters in the books so some things had to be cut along the way. I think that's why it gave me the feeling that things are just flying by so quickly. The movie does have a lot of ground to cover. But honestly, it didn't feel like I was in the theater for that long at all. I enjoyed my viewing experience, all 2 1/2 hours of it.
When all is said and done, I really loved the movie. I thought it was amazing. In my mind, it does have it's flaws like any other movie, but it was a seriously very well done book to movie adaption. Since I read the book and
became obsessed with loved it, it is great to be able to put the characters and events into my mind visually. I will own it. I will watch it multiple times. Perhaps I will do more with it. Now I'm not really that good with reviews, but I wanted to at least post what I liked and what I had a problem with regarding the film. Also since I read the book a week before the film came out, it is still very fresh in my mind as I watch. I think that lends my mind to being a bit more picky than normal.
I know the movie can stand on it's own and be great on it's own but it's even better after you read the book and get all of the backstory and descriptions. If you've already seen the movie and liked it, I encourage you to pick up the book. There is so much depth in those pages and it makes you feel the way Katniss did because the whole book is from her perspective. Amazing read.
And the movie? Awesome. I will own it, rewatch it, maybe icon it and maybe even vid it. Who knows. I'm getting sucked into it's fandom and that's a feeling I haven't had in a long time. They are going to make three more movies for the other books in the series, so something to look forward to!