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Does anyone know if there is some way to take my DA account offline for a little while without actually deleting the entire thing? I don't want to do deviant art for the time being, but I would absolutely hate to lose all my posts, friends, etc. Any suggestions?
  • Listening to: Fleet Foxes
  • Reading: Biography of Walt Disney
  • Drinking: Lemon spiked water
:iconghostcharmer: tagged me for this particular meme. I normally don't go for these, but this was fun and I was in desperate need of a journal update!

1->You must post these rules (VERY Important )
2->Each person must post 10 things about themselves on their journal.
3->Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create ten new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4->You have to choose 10 people to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5->Go to their pages and tell them you have tagged her/him.
6->No tag backs
7->No crap in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you're reading this." You legitimately (AKA, really, truly with all honesty) have to tag 10 people.

Ten things about me:
1. I'm afraid of sharks. And horses. And that weird, mythical half horse/half shark hybrid thing.
2. My left pinky-toe sticks straight up in the air
3. I'm the father of 4 awesome sons... Jacob, Isaac, Linus and Charlie
4. I was once attacked by (and successfully fended off) a drunken, Brazilian ninja
5. I had an ancestor named He Man
6. The other day I had a dream about a box. I probably don't need to state this, but it was rather uneventful.
7. I once won an award for my ability to entertain others with a single piece of hair.
8. I'm double-jointed in my thumbs and big toes.
9. I coined the phrase "Man-tastic!" I'm still waiting for it to catch on.
10. I really want a pet waxy monkey frog: 25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_liz…


Answers to Ghostcharmer's 10 questions:
1. Are you allergic to anything?
--- Penicillin, walnuts and kryptonite. One gives me hives, one gives me canker sores, the other makes me sleepy.
2. How many countries have you been to?
--- Four, and sadly all in the Americas. I don't get out much.
3. What is the funniest name you've ever heard?
--- I once read about a Chinese couple that tried to name their child "@". Apparently the Chinese government wouldn't go for it. What's wrong with "@"?
4. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
--- You think being born was rough. Wait until you have to file taxes.
5. What was your favorite pet you had as a child and why?
--- We had a dog named Tramp. He was awesome. I don't need to justify his awesomeness! Back off!
6. What is your favorite number?
--- "1." It's easier to manage.
7. What is your biggest fear?
--- Losing my wife or one of my kids.
8. If you ever had an imaginary friend, what would he/she/it be like?
--- My imaginary friend would be a massage therapist. That way I could imagine awesome back rubs all the time!
9. What is/was your worst subject in school? best?
--- I. Hate. Math. On the flip side, it was also one of my better subjects. Life is cruel that way.
10. What is the most beautiful place you've ever been?
--- This is a hard question to answer. I'm generally able to find the beauty in most places I go.

My 10 questions:
1. What would be the outcome of a group fight between Lord Voldemort, Darth Vader, Freddy Kruger, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Dracula, King Kong, and the Wicked Witch of the West?
2. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip? Why?
3. What's the meanest prank that you've ever pulled?
4. When have you been the most scared?
5. Favorite movie or television series?
6. What is your #1 guilty pleasure?
7. Who is your hero and why?
8. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
9. Are you a morning or night person?
10. What animal do you identify yourself with? And why?

My taggees:
:iconbearmantooth: :iconmingheilee: :iconpocketowl: :iconstumpyfongo: :iconnafah:
  • Listening to: Modest Mouse - Satin in a Coffin
  • Reading: Duh.
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Drinking: A cold can of coke
I just picked up this book by Hugh MacLeod, and artist writing on the subject of success and creativity. I've only read the first few chapters, but I'm seriously impressed. A few quotes....

‎"With business colleagues it's even worse. They're used to dealing with you in a certain way. They're used to having a certain level of control over the relationship. And they want whatever makes them more prosperous. Sure, they might prefer it if you prosper as well, but that's not their top priority. If your idea is so good that it changes your dynamic enough to where you need them) less or, God forbid, the market needs them less, then they're going to resist your idea every chance they can. Again, that's human nature. GOOD IDEAS ALTER THE POWER BALANCE IN RELATIONSHIPS. THAT IS WHY GOOD IDEAS ARE ALWAYS INITIALLY RESISTED. Good ideas come with a heavy burden, which is why so few people execute them. So few people can handle it."

"Well, as I'm fond of saying on my blog, don't quit your day job. I didn't.... Even after my cartooning got successful, I still took on corporate marketing and advertising gigs, just to stay attached to the real world. Keeping on foot in the "real world" makes everything far more manageable for me. The fact that I have another income means I don't feel pressured to do something market-friendly. Instead, I get to do whatever the hell I want. I get to do it for my own satisfaction. And I think that makes the work more powerful in the long run. It also makes it easier to carry on with it in a calm fashion, day-in-day-out, and not go crazy in insane creative bursts brought on by money worries."

"Being good at anything is like figure skating - the definition of being good at it is being able to make it look easy. But it never is easy. Ever. That's what the stupidly wrong people conveniently forget."

I'll post more great excerpts as I come across them.
  • Listening to: Modest Mouse - Satin in a Coffin
  • Reading: Duh.
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Drinking: A cold can of coke
I'm not sure if these could be of use to anyone, but I recorded them for my Creative Perspective class.

1 Pt Perspective (crank the audio, the sound levels got jacked during compression): vimeo.com/11317810

2 Pt Perspective (in two parts): vimeo.com/12901785 vimeo.com/12901937

3 Pt Perspective (in two parts): vimeo.com/10319068 vimeo.com/10319492
The "new" DA doesn't really bother me... with one exception. Is anyone else having problems with Ads overlapping the artwork that you're attempting to view? I really hope this isn't one of those "annoy you into purchasing a premium account" things.
  • Listening to: Drink Up Butter Cup
  • Watching: Lost
  • Drinking: H2Agua
How many baby chicks would it take to constitute a threat?
  • Listening to: Arctic Monkeys
  • Watching: Animation Tests
  • Eating: Just chewing on some gum
  • Drinking: H2Agua

Hey there, kids!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 17, 2009, 8:12 AM
Today's the big day! Danielson's Moment Soakers video just debuted on Pitchfork. This video was a collaboration between Marji Fortin :iconmarji4x: (character animation) and myself (layouts and compositing). We were also assisted by several other talented folks, including Laura Ceredona, Alexandria Kwan, Jay O'meara and Kevin Helmbold.

Take a moment and go check it out for yourself!
pitchfork.com/tv/#/musicvideo/…

  • Listening to: Danielson
  • Watching: Moment Soakers music video
  • Drinking: Coca Cola

The Beatles Album from an alternate reality

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 14, 2009, 1:59 PM
I have no idea what the crap this is...

There's this site where the author claims to have been transported to a parallel dimension. He gets into a conversation with his "host," comparing and contrasting the other dimension from our own. The Beatles come up and this host explains that in his reality the band is still together, touring and writing music. He shows the author some of the albums. The author manages to steal one of them before being transported back to our dimension. Then he proceeds to write up his story and post the album online as a free download.

Its 99% a bunch of crap. But still, its an interesting story and the album is actually pretty good. Go check it out for yourself! www.thebeatlesneverbrokeup.com…

  • Listening to: Beatles - Everyday Chemistry
  • Watching: 30 Rock
  • Drinking: Coca Cola
My good friend, the incredibly talented Becky Dreistadt (aka Pocketowl pocketowl.deviantart.com/) is needing some help to get her own Golden Book style children's book published. She's set up a site to take donation. You even get cool swag, proportional to the amount of $$ you donate. Go check it out, and you'll agree that the world needs this book! www.kickstarter.com/projects/b…
  • Listening to: of Montreal - Beware our Nubile Miscreants
  • Watching: 30 Rock
  • Drinking: Waters
I've really wanted to purchase the Art of Monsters, Inc ever since I first saw it in Barnes and Nobles, back in 2001. It is now an out-of-print collectible that goes from $140-$500 online. So the question is, is it worth plunking down $140 to buy myself up a copy? What to do? What to do?
I've never been bungee jumping. I've never driven a car faster than 100 mph. I've never streaked a sports game. I've also never been laid off... well, that is until today. And to tell the truth, its a strange, strange experience. It's a big ball of mixed emotions. Sadly, it wasn't a huge slap in the face. I kind of saw it coming. It was more of a wake up call. I'm not sad, angry or depressed. If anything, I'm excited. Excited to try something new. I'm ready to get out there and share myself with new people and new opportunities.
  • Reading: the news
  • Drinking: waters
Scratching my head about this one... My ipod touch - which the Apple Store genius dubbed as "irrepairably dead" has somehow returned from that state of "deadness." Much to my delight, because my "backup" ipod appears to have "bitten the dust" on me yesterday afternoon.

I'm going to just keep crossing my fingers that everything remains copacetic!
  • Listening to: John Lee Hooker - Face to face
  • Reading: a game script
  • Eating: dehydrated mango
  • Drinking: Rockstar Juiced - yum!
What a great documentary! Seriously, everyone should be required to watch it. Nay, legally obligated. Nay, required as if your soul depends on it.

Seriously. I really enjoyed it.
  • Listening to: Iron and Wine
  • Reading: minds
  • Watching: (Watched - past tense) The Pixar Story
  • Eating: dehydrated mango
  • Drinking: various fluids
Best Pixar "art of" book since the Incredibles...
  • Listening to: Iron and Wine
  • Reading: Duh!
  • Eating: Tin foil dinners
  • Drinking: H to the O
I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting back on top of this drawring stuff. Man, it really sucks when you slide into one of those dreaded slumps. Unfortunately mine lasted for almost two years. Plus it gets compounded when you're working so much too. I've got my full time job, which barely manages to pay the bills, so I've been working on the side to make up for the rest. Between the two, I've just been physically and artistically stressed. I'm starting to find release again in the process of creation, so look for more coming from me.

Aside from that, I recently saved up enough pocket change to plunk down on the Adobe CS 4 Master Suite. And I must say, "RIGHTEOUS!" (In my best Keanu Reeves voice.) Definitely worth every penny. It feels really good working with software that I actually own again. Also, I'm expecting on a career change soon. While I've had this love/hate relationship with video game animation, I'm come to realize that it just isn't my path. So, I'm planning on moving along to explore other opportunities.
  • Listening to: Franz Ferdinand - Van Tango
  • Reading: Raymond E Feist
  • Watching: Nada
  • Eating: Egg Salad Sandwiches
  • Drinking: waters
iPod Touch (1st Gen)

February 2008-April 2009

Those who touched you, loved you.
You will be missed.
  • Listening to: The Hives
  • Eating: pizzas
  • Drinking: waters
thru-you.com/
  • Listening to: DCFC
  • Eating: Red hots
  • Drinking: Coca Cola
Thank you to all that commented and "Faved" the Daily Deviation that I scored back in January. I sincerely tried to take the time to individually thank each one of you. But it was a bit overwhelming, so today, I officially gave up. My apologies.
  • Listening to: Los Campesinos - All Your Kayfabe Friends
  • Reading: Dec/Jan issue of Animation Magazine
  • Eating: Nothing - I'm hungry and lazy
  • Drinking: Aquafina - To Life!
I'd like to express my gratitude for the friendships that I've developed here on the DA and wish everyone the best this New Year. Now go out and do something productive! (Not that the majority of you haven't already!)
  • Listening to: Calexico - Two Silver Trees
  • Reading: Art of Bolt
  • Playing: Rock Band 2
  • Eating: My wife's famous Cinnamon Rolls
  • Drinking: Doktor Pepper
Have any of you ever had any experience with the Wacom 12" Cintiq?

I've been saving up for months to get one. And now that I finally have the money, I'm starting to reconsider. It's about $1000 USD. It's got a 12.1" screen - the actual dimensions are 10.3" x 6.4". I'm nervous that this won't be enough "real estate" to get the job done. That being said I would use this in conjunction with another monitor, and the thing apparently has the ability to control the second monitor at the touch of a button. So going back and forth would be a piece of cake. It's also not quite as portible as one would hope. I believe it runs one cable from the cintiq to a converter/router box, which in turn requires USB and DVI input/output as well as the power cord.

I think it would work well for my situation, especially since I don't want to have to wait another 5 or 6 months to save up for the 21" Cintiq.

Any thoughts?
  • Listening to: Spoon
  • Reading: Art of Wall E
  • Playing: Mario Kart Wii
  • Eating: Broccoli
  • Drinking: H20