Friday, 31 May 2013
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Just need to reinforce it with some wire, putty it, rivet it, paint it etc...
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
So I missed a post yesterday (although I wouldn't say I missed it ha ha ha *groan*), but I spent practically all day working on graphics for Perth's Allied Costumers as I am now for the time being their official pixel monkey. Same story today although I did spend some time at a friends house discussing costuming for an event in July. I almost didn't write this blog but I honestly don't like missing posts, even when I've been completely slack in the writing of them. I've still got three posts I need finishing but haven't had the.capability to do it. Hopefully this will be rectified within the next week or so as I want to write a con report for Supanova. Btw I'm using an interesting text swipe thingie on my new phone, kinda neat but does require more concentration than I have at this time. Time to a letup, or sleep... Stupid phone.
Sunday, 26 May 2013
Saturday, 25 May 2013
Friday, 24 May 2013
Thursday, 23 May 2013
"Okay, bad signs for a job interview...
- After turning up 10 minutes early to see the previous applicant still chatting isn't bad, the fact that they are still talking 15 minutes after your allocated time is.
- Knowing the interview took a turn for the worse when you want clarification some of the obscure terms; specifically when the interviewer says, "We pay the company money..." turns out to actually mean, "You pay the company money..."
- Being told you foot ALL the upfront costs, including hire of equipment and possible hotel accommodation, and THEN pay the parent company a $80 fee per customer (regardless), all of which you then have to attempt to retrieve from the customers by up-selling a service being pandered initially by the company for free.
- Lastly taking approximately five minutes to conduct an interview it took the other person at least 25 minutes is never a good sign."
What made me more angry then anything was the fact I deeply suspected going into this interview it wouldn't be a simple "Hey we're going to pay you to shoot things!" .. just for clarification it was a Photography job .. however when it was "Your interview is taking place at a public café..." alarm bells started to ring in my head. I've had this experience before when an old friend from primary school suddenly turned up out of the blue and asked me to get involved with essentially the same thing... I haven't spoken to him since, he obviously wasn't interested in reconnecting further after I turned down his glorious offer (also know as a PYRAMID SCHEME!!!).
And then I listen again to the latest Book Was Better podcast and Luke and Suzanne asked for a cheaply made picture based on certain criteria, which I promptly delivered because I thought the idea was stupid and funny... and this is it!
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Over the last couple of nights I've been re-watching the older Star Trek movies, quite specifically the good ones, namely II, III, IV, and VI, and it's been quite enjoyable and I enjoy watching these fantastic movies and will do so again and again. To say that the effects do reflect the time period in which they were made, I think the movies have held up extremely well (well lets face it, well made Sci-Fi has a tendancy to do that) and yet I still enjoy watching these "tired old men" more then I enjoy watching the fresh young crew of the reboot, in spite of knowing a little bit too much of behind-the-scenes with the old crew and the animosity towards a certain Captain. In spite of everything, these particular movies are incredibly well made tales that just made me want to be absorbed by the storytelling.
Tonight I popped in Star Trek VI as a break from cobbling together a photography portfolio ready for a job interview tomorrow, and I was only wanting to watch it whilst I finally ate my dinner and get back to finishing sorting through seven thousand photos. However I just couldn't stop watching. I grabbed my pizza when it finally cooked, eat it and just couldn't grab myself to stop. The movie itself isn't the best of the franchise, it certainly isn't the worst, however with all this b.s. in my head surrounding 'Into Darkness', namely the fact that it seems that I'm in a minority of not enjoying this movie (especially when it keep constantly kicking me out of the suspension of disbelief), that I realise that I think I'm right about my thoughts on that film. Star Trek VI isn't a movie that's all about two men having a fist fight nor gratuitously phallic black starships; it's got intrigue, drama, betrayal, anger, comedy, plus it doesn't have plot holes you can drive a Constellation class starship through. It may not be the best Star Trek movie ever made, but I enjoyed the hell out of it a lot more then the new ones.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Just about to head in to see the last performance this year of John Robertson's "The Dark Room". Well when I say 'just' I mean I'm about 20 minutes early and completely surrounded by strangers and am trying not to freak the fuck out. I haven't seen the show since Wai-Con with an audience at least 10x what I'm guessing the capacity of this theatre from previous experiences... In fact the last time I was in this theatre was the first time I dressed up as a Ghostbuster several years ago for a comedy performance and screening.
Well that just killed several minutes, now just several more of social awkwardness before seeing a guaranteed cackfest. I wonder if my mobile has enough juice for several rounds of sudoku...
Friday, 17 May 2013
Strangely enough re-reading that just then my overall thoughts haven't really changed, and even though they improved on a few things which I'll get to I still think they dropped the ball majorly in other areas.
About the only real positive thing 'Into Darkness' has given me is a desire to imbibe more Trek, and a hope that someone takes the franchise away from Abrams and makes something good for a change.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Monday, 13 May 2013
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Friday, 10 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Monday, 6 May 2013
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Lately I have been struggling with what I want to do in regards to career and life in general, one of the drawbacks from having to fulfil job searching requirements imposed by the government so I can afford to do things, and honestly it has been getting me down a bit. It’s that paradox between doing something you want but for no reward or doing something you hate to get a reward, and lately I don’t want to do the later. I have a very loose and broad skill set I’ve developed over the years, not really a ‘Jack of all trades’ but definitely ‘master of none’ so to speak, especially because if I’m interested in something I’ll try my hand at doing it, which makes a lot of what I do very flexible but I feel I have nothing I can showcase. Whilst I have a couple of IT degrees, IT is the last thing I want a job in (a few bad experiences have kinda ruined that pursuit for me) and I just don’t fancy pursuing my current degrees any further at this time (academia gets in the way of learning things). About the only thing that gives me any kind of satisfaction has been costuming, but it’s becoming a rapidly expensive habit again with little reward... and yet I’m actually okay with that to some degree but I just don’t see my current skill/exp level as being able to afford me a career.
The long winded point I’m trying to make is that I’ve had a lot of time of self-reflection lately, looking over what I’ve done recently and trying to assess my strengths and weaknesses when I came along a recurring thread amongst a lot of things I do. I have a lot of creative pursuits, some old, some new, some fresh, some atrophied, but all practically revolve around storytelling. Lately nearly every single thing I try and do I try and tell a story with it. A perfect example is when I’m weather proofing an object, I always just and think of what happened to it to become damaged in what way, even including when I included a boot mark on my helmet to look like someone had kicked me in the head. Even recently when I’ve been gaming, I’m either consciously (because of the game) or subconsciously meta-gaming, adding my own layers upon the game itself... and yes I learnt it from watching Wil Wheaton, and it is such a fun way to experience things.
It was a revelation, albeit it one that wasn’t accompanied by a beam of light or a chorus of angels or any sort of life affirming change, but it did give me some sort of comfort. Just like writing this blog, I post daily and I know no one reads it unless I promote certain posts on faceblargh, but having an outlet even at my most shittiest of times is somewhat comforting (or at least when I’m not feeling like utter crap or wallowing in self misery). I think I’m happy I reached #100 posts, and I whilst I don’t want to negate what I said all the way back in post #1, I’m unsure just how far I can push this thing but I’ll sure give my best shot and I hope some people will come along for the ride.
Friday, 3 May 2013
The frustrating this thing is that I have at least one full days worth of costuming on this weekend which coincides with my 100th post and I want to at least try to a decent length on it. I was feeling bad for typing out these long ass diatribes but know I feel bad for just vomiting out content via obligation. I want content to be fulfilling, one of the reasons I don't bother posting such shitty posts any more. Oh well I've at least got something on the boil for the big post, I'm hoping I can finish it tomorrow.