03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
In a patriotic mood t'other day, I rented on impulse a charming old DVD of WWII propaganda cartoons, discovering, among other things, a character created by Theodore Geisel (sp?, also known as Dr. Seuss) called "Private Snafu". Internet Archive has some of these old cartoons posted, so I thought I'd share a couple. A particularly Seussian one, and one probably from a different director. Also note the vocal work of the inimitable Mel Blanc as Snafu, and probably most of the other characters. All in all, a hidden gem, barring the obligatory wartime 1940's offensive-ness.
Point the second: Who knows more about NXNE than I do? I'd like to go to some type of show, but I honestly haven't been paying attention to who's performing where. Any help? I can do things tonight and on the saturday.
My grandmother died yesterday so I'm going up to Kingston for the funeral (and from there to Montreal to write the LSAT). So I'm going to miss Leo's visit (though hopefully you'll be coming down/we'll be coming up at some other point). I think I'll be back in time for Sam's birthday.
HAPPY Antichrist Day everyone! Have you seen the beast today?
Do you realize how iconic (word choice?) yall are? (Sam does.)
Sam's great workaine stories, Ben's education and alcohol stories, Neil's animation and Warhammer stories and WB's breakin-into-shit stories.
I'm at the NHE conference in Georgian college in Barrie. You'd prolly recognize the residence building I'm in from driving the highweay. It's the one that looks like a blue Howard Johnson. I'm feeling a lil' sick but that may just be the recycled air and sleep deprivation. Now for some hiSTORIEs.
Today I went to Ste Marie Among the Hurons. It was fantastic. I'd never been. The re-creation of the Jesuit mission and the Wendat (Huron) longhouses were great. The main interpreter who guided us around was dressed as a "blackrobe" and he was a riveting speaker. Just calm and even but extremely captivating and intense. They did a good job of presenting all sides of things. On the one hand, the Jesuits had the best of intentions, but on the other, they behaved like an aggressive cult and inadvertently brought the native settlement massive disease, weakening them for invasion by the Iroquois. The Wendat settlement and the mission lasted only 10 years. Imagine how things would've been different if the French had sent 1000's of troops to defend the mission. Now, they probably wouldn't have cause it wasn't a fort or nothing, but it would be a different game today.
Thanks to all who rapidly responded a my email. F'sho we'll get up to something. If I din't have yer email address at the ready then lemme tell you now I'm confirmed to come in to TO on Thursday night and leave Saturday evening. So we'll get up to something all right. I like the sound of Ein-Stein's and quite possibly bowling. Oh and maybe Balderdash some time in the day? I have some great stories and some great comics. I karaoke'd Bust-A-Move for a pint and nearly picked a fight with some big jock and I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. Oh, and we've got a video of the karaoke, so hopefully we'll all get a look by the end of the summer.
"HE WAS MY BROTHER" "IF YOU ARE NOT WITH ME, YOU'RE MY ENEMY" "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"
I just re watched Star Wars: Clone Wars and Ep. III. I appreciated the continuity between the cartoons and movie after watching them back to back. Is it just me or did the writers for Ep III steal some lines of dialogue from "Wild and Wacky Adventures in Nineteen Eighty Four that iconic film around which The Big Idea is centred. Sheeeesh I sense some styles being bitten.
The Continuing MADventures of White Box
This is The Commoner, from 1969 to 2000 it was the Trent University student pub, the social hub of the community. In 2000 the university's Health and Safety Department closed down to pub. Since then it has sat vacant, the university only uses it for storage.
BAH. What does the university Health and Safety Depeptment know about keeping me safe? Who do they think they are? My MOM? NO! I spit in the face of danger.
A couple weeks ago I resolved to explore The Commoner before it gets demolished later this summer. On Friday my power screw driver and I made short work of the plywood covering one of the windows. Once inside I could see why the place was condemned. There were clear signs of decay, the ceiling was falling in places and for the most part the place was appallingly grimy. The only souvenier I could find was a picture of the bar staff from the labeled 1984, unfortunately it was destroyed when I tried to take it off the wall.
It's too bad the place was allowed to deteriorate so much. I estimate the building is about 4000 square feet, lots of hardwood floors. Hundreds of students had lovingly carved their names into the brick walls at the wooden ceiling joints, that will be all be lost.
Kate and I spent a great weekend at her friend's cottage in Muskoka. We got lots of swimming canoeing, eating and drink done. Next week I'm going to Kingston to meet her parents. We just realized that as of today we've been together 9 months.
I've decided that because I'm applying to several overseas volunteer placements which would start in the fall that I will move home sometime during the summer. More news on that situation later.
Wow, long time no post.
So what's been new with me recently?
Well for those who care about these things Gamesday was last Saturday. It was a blast, great games, cool peaople, awesome t-shirt, spent far to much money.
So this week was my last week at work. As of now all the animation (almost) is done on Everyone's Hero. It's the project I've been working on for the last year. For anyone who's interested in these things the movies official web site can be found here.
Looks like the movie might be better than first suspected, though the web site is quite lousy.
On Friday it was also the producer's last day in Toronto so there was a small shindig in his office after work. There was scotch, absinth beer and wine to be had, as well as some pizza. The two accountants tried to convince me to work for them instead of taking time off. Depending on how bored I get after a few weeks on my ass I may just take them up on it.
That's about it for stuff for now. I'm pretty bored so if anyone wants to do anything let me know!
Thursday I was in my postmodernism class at OCAD and my prof makes a delightful proposition. Downstairs, concurrent with the class, a party was being thrown to fête the new president of OCAD, Sara Diamond (who has actually been prez for some time, but was only just invested). At this party was free alcohol. Prof asks: Would we like to end class early and go?
I can't recall the last time I was that drunk. Actually, I'm not sure how drunk I was. I can't recall.
Anyway I bonded with a bunch of my classmates, got trashed for no money down and no interest, and generally had a good time. I really like this course. The prof is fab, the content challenging but eminently interesting, and there are some good folks I share the three hours with. Bliss.
Elsewise, I must share some things with you:
First, the best pickup line ever. Apparently. Jeff Cohen's got all the answers.
Next: Awesome Schiele-esque webcomic(?), Perfect Stars. It's gorgeous and peculiar in its humour-- or subject-matter at all. There are a few recurring character, my favourites being Oscar Wilde and Dorian (Gray?)
And another wicked comic site: Jason Shiga's, with many full comics to be read. My favourite is Bookhunter-- not the prettiest comic ever, but incredibly compelling in an odd way. Also notable: Fleep and Deadlock (the latter drawn by someone else), for their... inventive... use of logic.
And that's it fer now.