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Buddy of DoQ: Thoughts on Life, Machinima, and Everything - It's Done.
Buddy of DoQ: Thoughts on Life, Machinima, and Everything
It's Done. 
Saturday, August 6, 2005, 01:04 PM - SummerTech
The Film Festival has come and gone, and I must say it went quite well...

The kids worked really hard this summer to produce 10+ films for your downloading pleasure (These will be posted ASAP) so when your having a drink with your buddies at work, make sure you bring up the kids at Summer Tech and the great films they made this year. I couldn't be prouder of anything I've ever been involved in as I am of the kids at Summer Tech, and I don't think anything I do on my own will ever compare to the passion and fire that fueled the kids through these films.

In other news, as the White Stripes once said in a song: “I know it I said it once but it bears repeating now, I fell in love with a girl!” But before anything could blossom, we had to go our separate ways. We’ll always have New York! Ironically, as a parting gift, she gave me some lotion for ‘pain,’ but it doesn’t quite reach my heart. For the first time in my life I managed to stop half way through running away. I turned back down those stairs and I ran to her room to say good-bye properly. Does anything beat a summer crush? I should have some pictures up of our short adventure together sometime soon.

So, I’ve returned to Texas and it’s back to work as usual on Monday, the return of my calm life in the nurturing bosom of “working silently” on my art, refining my craft until it’s what I deem presentable. Maybe this time next year a one Soul Meridian will be ready for release. I just found a flyer for the Tokyo Anime Festival that I got in Ottawa last year, and the “Brain Child” churns the grinding wheel another few steps. The dream of being a man of the world comes a bit closer; the power of narrative will be the sails of my ship...

Things may get a bit quiet around here now that the chaos of Summer Tech has closed to an end, but that only means I’m working on my films, and nothing of note has happened. Just finished Book 5 Harry Potter.

At this time I would like to thank the Staff at Summer Tech for just being who they are, and becoming some of my dearest friends. I love you guys! I hope to see you all again next year!

PS. The Mathematicians freaking Rock! Thanks again for the CD (and well, everything you do for me and Machinima) Ben, you rock!
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Tonight's the night! 
Thursday, August 4, 2005, 01:03 PM - SummerTech
For the Summer Tech Film Festival!

From 7 till 9, films go till 10.
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It's 1:30 and I'm at the lab. 
Thursday, August 4, 2005, 01:30 AM - SummerTech
Ok it's late, I know, and the Summer Tech Film Fest is mere hours away...

This is the infamous 'crunch time' as people in the working world lovingly call it. It's late, I can barely read these lines as I type them, and there are overnight campers fighting over voice over 'clean air' space all around me. Good times.

I had a really good weekend, but I'll have to save those details for when I can type without going cross-eyed.

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Just One More Week 
Friday, July 29, 2005, 01:00 PM - SummerTech
Man, this sucks.

Summer Tech is one week from complete, and I'm just now really getting into the grove of things.

Eating breakfast is habit for the first time in my life, I'm just finally memorizing everyone’s name (And I mean everyone,) and I was just pointed to a horrible character flaw I didn't realize I had. This Friday has been one of the longest days of my life, 90% was the best day ever and 10% the worst. I played my best round of Camper Strike, I made contact with some Machinima friends via MSN and had some nice chats, I called home and didn't get the "we miss you, come HOME! wrap," and most of all I had a wonderful (and long) dinner with two lovely ladies from Japan. (Which went extremely well, especially after the botched attempt earlier in the week, I owe it all to my wingman Lee, who never fails when it comes to the ladies.) The other 10% of the day I won't get into detail with, but it was clearly oversight on my behalf, and something I have to work on to evolve as a person and educator. Steve was right, you find your self here. Almost seems like it happened all at once, this summer has been like a great big movie, circa 1985. Complete with melodrama and ditzy music, if only in my mind.

My, it's been a reflective day.

And Good Luck on your karate belt test Saturday John! (Going for Blue Belt + Black Stripe)

P.S. Nothing major, but we got a letter from BioWare about a possible something something yesterday. w00t!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005, 11:37 AM - SummerTech
First things first: It's been way too long Mr. Blog...

Where do I begin?

This is week 2 of the second Machinima course, otherwise known as week 5. EST my last post I have done the following in chronological order.

Finished one segment of Machinima teachings with a positive film-to-student ratio. I made my farewells to many of them, and shed silent tears. I was also voted staff of the week, I was so blown away that I took a camper T-shirt in the chaos. Soon thereafter I found my way to Hoboken with 2 other staffers in hopes of a fun night out at the improv show. Naturally the show was for the weekend after, so we hit the town in traditional tourist fashion and made a beeline to Times Square where I obtained a tasty bottle of OJ for 5 bucks, I complained about the price. We then proceeded to lounge on the steps of a random building looking at the light soaked sky, and generally inhaling the hustle and bustle of the unfamiliar city around us.

The next night off was the guys’ only emergency staff meeting with Mike and his lemon-flavored aide. Things were said, and I’ll remember them always, pending we don’t have another meeting of that nature.

Sunday started off without a hitch and I got the new bunch in, things went crazy again and the whole week was a blur after the relaxing weekend. Ben Grussi came by for the day Wednesday, and like the last time we met, it was a blast talking about Machinima and the art form it has and will become. The next day I get sick as a dog, and completely loose my voice, and I am pissed. So pissed was I, that I sustained substantial bruising to my limbs playing the roughest game of dodge ball ever. It still hurts. Friday is of course, as everyone in the world knows (but Paul), Paul Marino’s surprise party. I was way late due to a lovely Italian diner/staff meeting over in little Italy, but I made it in time to have a few drinks and give my best. Of course I can barely talk due to my massive cold, so my reunion with the ILL Clan was reduced to nods and the like. I also met Nathan (MuNansen, he did the awesome BF1942 flick Ours Again) and his wife (who happened to be from Texas and was also missing the Mexican food.) Ben and I left around 12:30 and after a series of subways, trains, and car rides, we finally stumble into Summer Tech turf around 5am. So we spent all last Saturday hanging out again and enjoying the nicest weather of any summer day of all time. At this point I picked up a Harry Potter book (#5) to fill in the gap Wheel of Time left. Sunday and Monday went smooth as usual, and my voice came back fully, just in time for today.

First Contact. Things were off to a rocky start, as Lee and I made our first pass across the café she took off for the food line, so we made for the soda machine as cover. The 2nd pass was much delayed and not much smoother. The second we scoot chairs over and sit down, she takes off as though we scared her off, but as it turns out, she was just making room and invited us to sit. *whew* Soon her friends arrive, and we begin formal introductions, and it seems they mostly understood us, and I discovered the important facts straight away. Name: Midori, Age: 19. It’s a bit late in the summer for these things, but a pen pal in Japan would rock.

So here's to, um, uh... Pen Pals! *drinks*
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