Tuesday, April 17, 2007

oh thank google

I know, I know- I am always full of love and giggles for google, but damn! Now they are coming out with their own web-based presentation software that will rival powerpoint.
read the news article about the release
As a Mac using distance library student, I have developed a deep hatred for powerpoint which has kept me up late and left me being the asshole who turns in 110 Meg homework files. And, I also bitter towards Adobe for charging so much damn dough for Captivate, Breeze/Presenter, etc. I hope it's good. And, I can't wait to learn Flash.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

short story advice from the master

Some writing advice by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on the subject of short stories, from Bagombo Snuff Box:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

everybody puts baby in a corner

Does anyone want to go see Dirty Dancing on the big screen with me on May 1st? It's in honor of the 20th anniversary of that spectacularly badly good flick that inspired countless young teens and tweens like myself to want to touch it, smoke, dance, and wear pedal pushers. Dirty Dancing made getting laid for the first time look so good. Even at 13, I was embarrassed that liked it as much as I did. It contrasted sharply with my new love of The Smiths, The Cure, other such bands and punk rock boys. I coveted that font for Tammytown- it's perfect.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

She quit! is quitting?

One of the most exciting things about going to Oly overnight to work on Tammytown was Liz waking me up to ask if I would take her to go get some patches to quit smoking! I am so happy. Happier then when Liz got ahold of everyone on our list to move ahead with getting music rights and putting together a self-distrubution plan.

So, that's right- we're thinking on trying to self-distro the movie through filmbaby, lulu, and other online places. We could print the covers with the gocco- providing we can find some DVD cases in paper/cardboard or something nice like that. Where did those An Inconvenient Truth porducers find those cases? We're thinking of charging $14.99 for each copy of the movie, but providing it for free download to cast and crew. Does that sound good? Please, let me know your opinion on this- it would help.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

PDX people! Learn After Effects with me!

OK, so my After Effects class at PNCA is in danger of being cancelled due to low enrollment and I'm all like "say what?!" because it is an awesome two-day workshop on two Saturdays at the end of this month that costs about 1/4 of most of these types of classes and even includes free lunch at the very yummy Daily Cafe in the Pearl. If you know anyone who makes movies or any type of multi-media, then PLEASE tell them all about this workshop as it is rad and will help them learn compositing and effects for digital apps. Plus they'll get to pass notes with me in class and wouldn't that be a blast?!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Kiva micro loans

Liz and I discovered kiva while watching Frontline and making crafts. We were reminded of the remarkable book and movement Banker to the Poor. As Liz said, it's the only economics book that will make you cry. It is so f-ing lame to feel helpless- not contributing much more than CO2 to the planet on most days, so it feels really gratifying to do something good. Almost all micro loans are paid back. Most local money lenders and banks charge between 35-300% interest on the smallest of loans in poverty-stricken countries. We both immediately went online, like tons of other folks (evidenced by the crashing, failing site) to become members and assuage our rich, white American pig-dog guilt. Can't recommend it enough!

Monday, April 9, 2007

welcome to the Grindhouse

Liz and I went to see Grindhouse, and it was a barrel of fun. Planet Terror, the first film in the double feature and directed by Rodriguez was really great as both a parody and a fun film. Rose McGowan has really come into her career with this one. She was just perfect. Much better than any episode of Charmed, thank god. (And, I loved Charmed.) Tarantino's Death Proof was (intentionally?) kind of lame for the first half, but kicked ass in the second half. My favorite part came with the comic twist of how the villain- Stuntman Mike played by Kurt Russell- responded to an injury. Lots of hot butts, and too many feet shots because Tarantino can't let you watch a movie without reminding you he has a foot fetish. And, because his style is "homage", he also can't let you enjoy a movie without too much unnatural dialogue impossible for actors to say and still seem like characters, let alone people. I think it's the only way his ego can be satisfied. Even so, I loved it as I usually love his stuff. Zoe Bell was also amazing. You could definitely tell that the stunts were for reals. For really reals! The fake trailers, bumpers, and missing reels markers were HI-larious! Great for any movie-goer or filmmaker. I recommend it!