Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gah! I'm an imbecile!


Dammit! Again!

I normally drive so well. I drive all the way around the city every day on my normal commute. On Thursday I drove even slower than normal in order to save fuel and because it was coming up on a public holiday weekend (double demerits). I see a yellow light (incidentally, the last set of lights before my house) and what do I do? I think "I can make it" and try to get through.

Of course, the lights change and I get flashed by the red light camera.


I'm not mad that I got flashed.I did the wrong thing and so a fine is due. I'm mad at myself for doing something stupid. I think it's been about four years since my last traffic infringement. Now we re-set the counter and wait for the fine to show up so I can pay it.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Curses - blocked on two fronts!

First, the site I signed up for is taking it's sweet time activating my account. So I can't upload anything yet.

Second (which sort of mitigates the first), turns out that my camera can't focus on teeny little things right in front of the lens. *shakes fist* The problem is that the auto-focus has trouble with flat plastic. I'm going to try a webcam and see if that works better, specifically one with manual focus.

Since I can't generate any content for this project, I'm going to get busy doing storyboards and planning things out so that when I do get into gear, I'll be ready to go with a mess of content.


Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A successful hunt

Well, today I spent a better part of hunting down specific Lego sets.

Theoretically, I only needed two. Since the shops that I went looking in didn't have the ones that I wanted, I kept going to different shops (and seeing more stuff that I wanted but didn't really have the money to buy).

Having said that, I found the sets I was looking for:

Lego set 8631

Lego set 7731

The sad thing is, I didn't really want either set. I only wanted one part out of each set - the hair out of set 8631 and the head from set 7731. These I want to make a sigfig for me.

Oh, and I also picked up sets 5620 and 5612, 'cos they were like totally cheap and all. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! :p

New project building momentum

Well, I'll let slip a few little teasers for the upcoming project.

I'll be using Lego, and it'll be telling stories.

If you know a bit about what I do, then that should pretty much give the game away. More details will be forthcoming once I can get the account for it set up properly.

And since it's Lego, it gives me the perfect excuse to dig all my old stuff out of storage. I had more than I thought! And it's not enough! So buying more is what I'll do.

Any excuse to buy more Lego.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

And ... yet another project

Well, let's see now.

First, I tried my hand at stop motion animation. I wasn't too bad at that. I made three films (one proper film and two tests). I still hang around that community, but I haven't made another one in three years.

Then, I tried my hand at webcomics. Three times. Turns out I can't draw consistently (though I can draw well) and I'm rubbish for keeping to schedule. Actually, the first comic did alright - it had a start and an end and I managed to keep to the update schedule. The second one did okay too, until I just sort of ran out of steam and stopped updating. The third one doesn't count as it was a test site.

After that I tried my hand at writing. Again, started off okay, but simply haven't had the momentum to keep it going. I mean, over the Christmas break I had four days off during which I was going to get busy and write a whole lot of stories. Then I had two more days off, then New Years and now another weekend.

During which time I haven't written a single word.

Actually, I wrote a fair bit - just not on my site. I've been busy larking about on forums and YouTube and other people's sites and ignoring my own. That one is still going, I'm just dropping its priority level (is there a level below "no effort at all"?).

Anyway - I have another project that I am starting to work on now. I have no idea how this one is going to play out. It does require a little bit of an initial outlay, but it isn't too excessive. I'll keep this one under wraps for now, but hopefully it'll keep my interest a bit longer.

I'm reluctant to lock down a specific goal for this project as that seems to be a cue for me to lose interest, but I'll see how it goes.

More news soon.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

First post for 2009

Well, an auspicious start to 2009.

Got smashed in an attack on the OGame. A fleet of over 60,000 ships is pretty hard to fight off. On the plus side, it'll give me more time since I don't really care about it any more. I wasn't really playing that much, not the proper way.

Our cat was attacked by another cat. My brother took her to the vet to get sorted out. For some reason she'd bitten down so hard that she had bitten into her tongue and couldn't let go.

Cat got her tongue?

Sorry, really lame joke. Anyway, as usual, not much to report - other than it is stinking hot. I toyed with the idea of making more stop motion movies with Lego, but can't be bothered. Still looking for a creative outlet. Drawing didn't work out, music never got off the ground and writing isn't coming along very well either.

The hunt continues.