I sold my old computer today.
I built my desktop machine from scratch in January of 2004. Six years is a long time for a computer. With that machine, I played games, got jobs, got dates, and produced some of my best work of recent memory. It's a lot of history. It's strange that my relationship with a machine should last longer than with most people.
I helped the buyer load the machine, Monitor and cables into his VW. I felt sad to see the shiny aluminum case of my creation through the door window laying on it's side in the back seat like some sad puppy going away forever.
I look at the space where the "19 monitor was always staring at me and feel a little empty.
Farewell Xur, You'll be missed.
Haven't been on LJ in a long while. Too much to read and not enough time. My birthday was yesterday. I took it easy. I cleaned and cooked. I had a guest for dinner. She brought me cake. :)
One more week of class. Things are winding down to Final Exams and Final Projects.
This is from my Cinematography class. I finished it early to submit to the school Fall show.Find Her, Tell Her
from Jeremy Parsons
Something bit me on my hands and elbow last night. I woke up with my hands extremely itchy. I think it was a spider as the bites were gone by this afternoon. I also woke up with a headache and could not fall asleep because Xero was meowing constantly. I need to sedate him at night or something.
My car is making a squeaky engine noise when I start it. Hopefully its the cheap belt making that noise and not the expensive one.
My writing class and the philosophy component of my Art history class are both kicking my butt. I am good at neither. My cine class is a breath of fresh air though.
I once had a conversation with mhat
about how I don't like to place too much trust in technology. To do so puts you in the hands of those who make it. Yesterday that paranoia came to fruit. I noticed part of the screen on my Pre not working. Upon closer examination, I noticed a hairline crack running the length of the device on the right hand side. That whole side is unresponsive.
I assumed it was a faulty screen since I had not dropped the device. I got on chat support with Palm. "Ryan" from Palm, said that Sprint would replace the device since it was still under it's 1 year warranty. To me, a defect
is any breakage that happens premature within the bounds of normal use. I get to the Sprint store, and they say that the warranty does not cover my situation. To sprint, a defect
is a corporately-recognized flaw by Palm. Of course it is in Palm's interest to recognize as few defects as possible. Sprint won't replace the phone because it is "physically" damaged. The tech won't repair it because the damage is internal. As much as I love sprint's actual phone/data service. The way they back their phones is TOTAL SHIT!!!
Palm, on the other hand, was nice enough to allow me to mail it to them for free evaluation and repair.So I have that to deal with now.
I pulled out of the Cowboy film as production designer. They wanted way too much of my free time for free. I had to accept there was no way I could dress a set 5 hours away on the other side of Yosemite
. Then again, it is also very foolish of them to try to shoot a film in the sierra mountains in the end of November. Can we say Donner party
?So I don't have that to deal with.
I did not get my last unemployment check. I am well over a week overdue. I went tot he EDD center today and got on their batphone lines to inquire of my status. The nice lady on the other end said I she just needed the address of my last employer (Trauma) and they could mail me my next check. She also said they owed me money from back in June. I love when people admit they owe you money. Even if it isn't much.
Dammit, I need a job.
I just pulled brownies out of the oven. When they cool, I will eat them (possibly all of them). I will be (temporarily) happy.
The worst summer of my life is now over.
School started last week. I had one class. I had to leave early to work on Trauma, so hardly anything to report there.
I can view my class roster online. Very few of my previous classmates are in my current classes. Many of them took summer classes are ahead of me in the program. I am somewhat relieved as I did not get along with many of them..emphasis on the "they to me" as I have no ill will toward them. I have learned over the years that about 1/5 of all people I meet in life do not like me or are put off by me for one reason or another. I've learned to deal with it. Sometimes I get the idea in me that it's something I about me I can fix, but it isn't. I am responsible for what I do and say. I am not responsible for your reaction.
"If we offend, it is with our good will"
Oh yeah, I haven't mentioned here yet. I've been working as a "background artist" for the new NBC series Trauma. I will not place the work I do on any pedestal. I am the grunt of the acting world. I laugh at the others vying for camera time. If I am seen on camera, I have failed at my job because It is my job to NOT distract away from the principal actors. Some days it's hard work and I run around a lot in heavy firefighter gear. Other days I hang out in the holding area for 14 hours reading on their dollar. I will probably be most visible in the Halloween episode. I am the guy in the gorilla suit outside the night club. The best part about working on set is that I get a first-hand look at how a set is run. I am a fly on the wall watching the camera crew and DP set up cameras and lights. More knowledge to alienate my classmates with. *shrug*
The Bay Bridge was closed for four days this weekend as part of the long-term seismic retrofitting project. I somehow managed to end up traveling to San Francisco for every single one of those days. Actually more, because I had to drive home late Thursday night. It looks like construction hit a snag and the bridge will be closed one more day. Guess where I have to go tomorrow.
Projects are picking up.
- I am Cinematographer for a documentary for a colleague who received a grant to have his work displayed at the SF Art Commission in October.
- I am working as Production Designer for a Western short film.
- I recently landed a lead role in a children's play called "Nina and the Monsters". Rehearsals start this Saturday. Show opens mid October.
- I am filling in as props master for the Magic Theater while the real one is away in Europe.
I hope I survive.
I got new glasses last week!
I the girl whom I was kinda seeing earlier in the summer moved to a new place. I helped her with the move last week. We got along really well the whole day and had lots of fun together. My little car hauled EVERYTHING. It took us about four trips. I was even able to haul her mattress/box springs. Earlier this summer she pulled the typical disappearing act on me, but still kept in touch. When we finished, I kissed her goodbye. She said just wanted to be friends, blah blah blah...
I'm not afraid of failure, but I'm starting to wonder why I even bother if the results are always going to be the same.
I took last Thursday to pick up my mother at the airport. Then I took Friday off so I could attend an audtion for Trauma
. I could not take 1/2 days or extended lunches like I normally would do for auditions. I had to take the WHOLE day off.
Then they let me go. Despite what such an excellent job they said I was doing, they still decided to replace me. I guess that's why its called a temp job
I have reapplied for unemployment. I am never sure if I'm going to get it until I receive a check. Once I do, I will be less stressed because I only need to last until September when school starts. At least EDD pays more than the job did.( They paid me to write about the asinine things I do for them.Collapse )
In the meantime, I am running more and catching up on my reading, writing, and painting. All are free and contribute to my education and general well being. I definitely need it.
I am still here.
I got a job. Answering phones for an executive suites company. Basically they rent the whole floor of an office building and sublease out to smaller companies and provide them with a shared internet, phone network and reception lounges. I work in the reception area and answer phones. The whole reason my position exists is so the clients don't have to confront the outside world. I have to wear a tie. There are a lot of "company policies" that were obviously written by people who haven't a clue what it's like to actually work in these centers. I'm getting some good material for my upcoming writing classes.
The job pays about the same as I would get if I stayed on unemployment. I still prefer working to collecting. When I come home, I can relax and not have to think about finding a job 24/7. I am still looking though. A part time position in my old profession would pay more than what im doing now.
Not much on the social life. I was kinda seeing someone from school for a while. At some point she faded out like they usually do. I call every now and then. She answers. We talk. She laughs. She never calls me though. There are other interests here and there, but no real prospects. C'est la vie.
I lost my phone last week. I had thought about going without for a while since its not exactly ringing off the hook. I can still check voice mail via other lines. I got a surprise residual check in the mail last week so I broke down and bought a Palm Pre. I don't know much about the iPhone so I cant say much in comparison. I like it. It will be nice once school starts and I can keep track of film productions.
Most of my classmates are taking summer classes to get ahead. I should have taken summer classes as It would have alleviated the whole job thing. The upside is I didn't get along with most of my classmates(most can't light the broad side of a barn in daylight). They will be ahead of me in the program and I won't have to deal with them as much.
Not much else going on. I'm watching a lot of movies while painting minis. Both are free.
I hardly check LJ much these days. I tend to favor actual email and phone calls or lurk on FB - if you call that socializing.
Still here. Still searching for a job. I have some leads and an interview on Friday. It will be weird to work full time again after a year.
Since when did I become such a grumpy old man over technology? I used to be such a technophile. I think a big part of it is just refusing to keep up with buying new crap that does exactly what my old crap does. I got an email about free iTouch with the purchase of a Mac. That'd be nice since im looking to buy a Mac anyway. So I look up the iTouch: its an iPod...I have an iPod. It plays movies...movies I have to download first. The iTouch looks more like a straight-to-ebay item.
I must admit, there is one piece of technology coming up that does have my interest. The Palm Pre
. It's a Palm Pilot (I have been carrying a palm for 8 years) and phone on the Sprint PCS service (which i have been a member for over 9 years). I can directly port my phone and Palm data to the Pre, and carry one device. It looks stylishly portable as well. The thing is, both my phone and palm work perfectly fine right now. I do anticipate my phone battery dieing soon.
In the meantime you can all laugh at the following audition notice I got in my email today. FAIL!
A young man sets up a meeting with his long time girlfriend to finally propose, but unbeknown to him, she decides to break up with him on the same day. She thinks that he has setup their meeting to break up with her, so she writes him a letter to end their relationship. This film is about how timing can mean everything in a relationship and how relationships respond and grow in the strangest ways. Project Notes
This project will be shot on a digital still-frame camera for the purpose of creating Stop Motion. There is no dialogue, but actors will need to be able to convey a wide variety of emotions through facial expressions and body language. Audition Note
Auditions will be phone auditions.
So at last, I am DONE with this semester. Five more to go.
Classes ended well. I had three big projects due finals week which was a hell in it's own right. I spent a lot of time in the editing labs. I got to know Final Cut Pro VERY well.
Remember that Super-8 film project I posted? It won FIRST PLACE at the super-8 film festival. First prize was a refurbished (Canon 814 camera upgraded with present-day materials) super-8 camera and four rolls of film with processing and digital transfer included! So I'll be making another film sometime soon!
I registered for Bay to Breakers back in December. Unfortunately I did not make much time to train for it. I ran it cold-turkey today. I did ok, surprisingly. No side stitches. I felt like vomiting on the Hayes street hill, so i had to take that easy. The second half was mostly downhill which felt really hard on my knees and shoulders. I managed to run most of it though.
In my registration package was a tracking tag they tell us to tether to our shoe. "Oh, its an RFID! (just like those tags you see on merchandise that makes security systems beep) I should just need to carry this on me and it will read as I run through the start/finish gates." As I'm running the race, I notice large pads on the ground at the start and finish lines and recognized them as the sensors that activate my tag. Apparently the sensors are VERY WEAK because they did not register my tag 36" away in my pocket. Hence the seemingly abstract instructions to tie it to our shoes. No run time for me. Bollocks!
Now my most pressing task is to find a summer job. Great.
Sat, Apr. 11th, 2009, 12:45 am
In case you haven't noticed. The streets in downtown SF which are normally Tow-Away zones from 3pm-6pm are now 3pm-7pm. This pisses me off for two reasons:
1. The local businesses have their weeknight business cut by one hour. Sure, you can pay to park, but who really wants to do that when you used to be able to squat a parking spot at 5:55pm. I am inclined to go home.
2. Extending rush hourto 7pm makes absolutely NO sense in the current economy. Since unemployment is 8.8% in SF, logically, there are LESS cars on the road than usual.
Instead of spending $xxx,xxx.00 on who knows how many new "NO PARKING" signs, they should enforce the no-cell phone while driving law. I fucking see it everywhere.
On a lighter note. I really like SEAL, the musician. I don't know why. He's not really techno, not dance, not rock, not even easy listening. I can't seem to classify his music. Just general Pop I guess. I have all his albums. I can put my entire collection on shuffle and listen all day. In fact, I have listened to him on infinite loop and I never get tired of it.