Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Step #1 of Helmet #1 Complete

Sara helped me with my big mache head
We made it while watching the movie Judge Dredd
There was glue everywhere
and... how'd it get there?
"You look retarded" she's known to have said





Yes, you just got hit up with a limerick and a bunch of half naked pictures of me.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I've always wanted to do this but someone beat me to it

A photographer recorded the video game faces of a bunch of kids. He put the camera behind a piece of glass and they played the game projected onto the glass or something:

"Immersion"

It's pretty cool. The girl with the rap music playing makes me laugh A LOT.

I'm not so much a fan of those kids playing what are obviously some M rated games. I feel that this only enhances stereotypes and that's no good. I also kind of wish it wasn't enhancing the stereotypes of "Videogames are for kids" because there isn't anyone older in there. I would like to see someone my parent's age or my grandma's age or even my own age doing that. I LOVE game faces, they're soooo funny.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cool Commercial

Reminds me of the Sony Bravia bouncy ball commercial. Really cool looking and hard to think about how they did it. I mean I guess I can understand how one would go about doing this, but it's still really difficult to pull off:

Monday, November 10, 2008

Does anyone remember this?

I just remembered it. I couldn't remember much about it except that it was anti-drug and featured Alf and Kermit. It's a video featuring all of our favorite late 80's early 90's cartoon characters with a strong anti-marijuana and crack cocaine message. I remember the imagery from this very very well:



Includes an anti-drug message from our president George H.W. Bush!

Right after the McDonald's commercial featuring a bunch of kids with Downs Syndrome.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Awh mah gaaawwd

This is probably the cutest, most adorable webcam I have ever seen in my life.

Puppy cam

If they're asleep check back when they're awake, they make little cute squeeky noises.

C'mon dad!

I found this image today:

Monday, October 20, 2008

My new favorite porno is now online!!

"Who's Nailin' Paylin"

My new favorite porn of all time. Here's the first few minutes:

Friday, October 17, 2008

What the FUCK is going on???

http://www.monsterfactory.net/html_charcters/ow_owen.htm



It's a gorilla, his name is Owen, and this is his description:

"Owen considers himself a great, undiscovered talent. Though he has his doubts from time to time."

Who the hell is looking at my life?? What the hell is this?? WTF?!?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Really cool abandoned city.

Check this place out, it's called Gunkanjima (also Hashima Island):

http://www.archibase.net/archinews/14101.html

It's a man made island built on a reef in Japan in the early 1800's.

Here's the wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gukanjima

They built it as a coal mining facility. It had the highest density of people ever recorded worldwide. Here's some pictures:









Sunday, October 12, 2008

I have never ever been interested in typography...

but this stuff is wonderful: http://abduzeedo.com/fantastic-frilly-bits-typography-inspiration

I love curls and intricate stuff like that. This is one of the first times I've looked at something like this and thought "Wow, that took a lot of work, good job."

Friday, October 10, 2008

I think this man is amazing.

This is extremely quotable.



Here's a video where he becomes a McDonalds Dollar Menu Millionaire:

Monday, September 1, 2008

To kick off work on my senior project, I figured I would post this relaxing video of a windmill in action:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I'm back

1) I'm back, and I've been out of the loop on EVERYTHING for 3 months. The reason I wasn't updating was that basically that other post I made was some kind of fluke. I could never get back on to this website (and have it work, too much stuff on the screen at once) from yellowstone.

2) I cannot begin to say how amazing this piece of software is:


Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene from pro on Vimeo.

The possibilities and ideas that can come from this are absolutely astounding. Thanks Tom for pointing this out to me.

Friday, May 23, 2008

So when they said they had internet here...

What they meant was: "Yeah yeah... the internet... you're talking about the world wide web right? Netscape and all that?"

They opened up one of the computer terminals here (running windows CE? wtf??), but they have a cap every day of 500 megs of downloading, after that it's 56k. These computers are so slow I'm typing faster than they can display the informatin on the screen. So with the amount of time that I'm allowed to use this terminal, mail is actually one of the fastest ways to contact me, outside of the phone, which works intermittently. These computers don't allow youtube or IM and they won't download anything (they think yahoo is a program and refuse to go to it.) But I should get my computer back from MN by like monday or so. While I was backing up my harddrive the hard drive failed so it had to be fixed. Apple was going to throw away my hard drive (right after I said I wanted to keep the harddrive) without telling me. They seem to view it like they're just replacing a part. It's more like a plumber comes into your home, then replaces what needs to be replaced, then takes off with all your artwork, family photos, and music collection and says it's company policy. BS.



SYNOPSIS OF YELLOWSTONE SO FAR:


Anyway, besides that headache yellowstone has been pretty sweet. There is snow EVERYWHERE. On the way here the snow was higher than my van, so it was like I was driving through these big channels in the snow with walls of white on either side. It was sweet.

Everything here is really spread apart and hard to understand the layout of. The employee dining room is 3/4 of a mile away and I have to walk through snow channels to get there. Also when it snows here it's basically white out conditions, I haven't seen it do just a light snowfall yet.

I've spent the past 3 days cleaning bathrooms and getting all the hotels in Grant ready for today. Today is the first day that people are allowed to be here.

Also there's a grizzly bear down by the lake so every time we go down there we have to make a lot of noise.

What else? I've found that there is so little to do here that everyone is constantly drinking or doing drugs of various types. It's either that or you can do a puzzle. We've gotten so bored we're making up new types of ping pong games.

Also I'm a semifinalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. That's pretty cool.

There's a guy here named Roger that has a tattoo down his forearm that says "ROGDOG" in that tribal lettering style. He's pretty much the new Steele Pletts. I don't have any real stories about this guy yet because he works in the kitchen and I'm housekeeping. The guy is ridiculous though. He speaks with a twang from virginia I think (70% of the people here have a twang of some kind, I'm actually now able to tell them apart from one another). People like my complete lack of an accent.

There's a guy here that works out CONSTANTLY. Too bad for him no amount of weight lifting can fix your face.

Also no one here shares my sense of humor very well. It took me two days just to find someone that knew there was a new batman movie coming out. I mean wth? It's BATMAN. Lame.

Anyway, I know there's more, but all of this seems to read rather boringly and I doubt anyone will read this far anyway. If you do though, kudos, I can't include pictures to break things up at all cause this computer is ridiculous. Today is my day off so I'm gonna go find something to do.

Friday, May 9, 2008

So last post for a while...

I mean I haven't made a post in a while to begin with, but this will probably my last post for a while until I'm at least on the road to Yellowstone.  I have to be there by the 16th of May and I'll be staying there cleaning rooms until the 15th of August.  So I'll be gone for 3 months out in the wilderness hopefully.  I've got a lot of stuff I have to do before then, like get an atlas, get some sneakers, maybe hiking boots I dunno, I should probably get a bicycle helmet as well, mosquito repellant, sun screen, bear repellant, etc.  Also I have a hard drive I'm in the middle of backing up and I have to back up my computer as well.  Also I have to get moved out.  I only realized tonight how much I'm gonna miss some people.  I mean I knew I would, but tonight was when it struck me the most.  

Anyway, goodnight, people probably won't be hearing from me for like a week at least.

Friday, April 25, 2008

That guy that makes the realistic pictures of cartoon characters...

He put a video up on his blog a couple days ago of his process.  Pretty sweet.  I've been wanting to do something like that for a long time.  I'll do it over the summer sometime.  Probably not a cartoon character, but maybe something original.

Gracias to Julie for linking me.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Vote for me!

I need a high rating. Then if I win I get 1000 dollars to make a one minute clip, then radiohead selects from the finalists and I get 10,000 dollars. So I need as many people as possible to click the 5 bombs icon underneath my video.



Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at aniBoom

I don't know if you have to have an account to make it work though, I hope not... :-/


Help is appreciated and I thank you!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Turns Out I Just Needed to be Emo for 2 Hours

I'm back and it's all good. There are still going to be some parts that are going to be a bitch to handle, but I've increased my efficiency a lot, so it should work, even though mathematically my dad said it was highly improbable.

My stop motion final is an epic failure.

I've done 11 shots, of them 4 have worked. I'm not even talking worked as in "Alright, this is perfect!" I'm talking worked as in: "Okay... I'll accept this..." One of those shots (the one I finished about 15 minutes ago) took me 8 hours to complete. I feel absolutely horrible. I'm not going to have anything to show for any of my classes by the end of this semester.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Stratacut!

I made this stratacut yesterday:

Monday, April 7, 2008

An M. Knightmare...

Texas just did a raid on a polygamist compound. Some girl called in saying that 14 and 15 year old girls were being forced to marry old men. The place was full of people that had lived there all their lives. They had no idea about the outside world...

The Village is real...

Everyone there was dressed like a pioneer and it comes fully stocked with a Church of Later Day Saints, a cheese factory, and the rule: "No wearing red, for it is reserved for Jesus..."

I Spy With My Little Eye...

Owen Dennis in a Raisin Bran Crunch commercial:

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Any Ideas?

So I was on a high today cause I finished my set and got all my lighting and everything ready to go.  I got iStop Motion working, I got the computer set up, and I decided to do a test shot to see how it worked.

Answer?

Nooooooot gooooooood...

The first thing I dealt with was the fact that I had to make him look heavy, cause he always had this seam of light underneath him that screwed it up.  So I put a little dark wad of tape behind him where the camera can't see which blocks the light and makes him look like he's sitting properly.

Now my biggest problem:

I can't get the dog thing to stay in one place while I animate him. One idea I've thought up is to glue a magnet to some pins, and push the pins into his butt.  Then I could put another magnet underneath the table to pin him down, but I just don't think that will be strong enough.  Sam said I could stick a wire in him that would pin him down or something... I dunno.  I'm just not sure how to get something in there that's strong enough to hold him in one place, while not ruining the paint job.

Freaking out a little because this is definitely a very hard problem to solve in a good looking way.

EDIT: The magnet idea totally is gonna work.  I stuck some pins on it and put them up in his butt.  Haven't tested it in front of the camera yet, but it's looking pretty promising!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Zelda: The Movie

A high class april fools joke: The Legend of Zelda.

Looks pretty cool, only solidifies that fact that a Zelda movie could never ever ever be made properly.  The flying spinning guys though, those look pretty sweet... *thumbs up*

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Finished my puppets!!

I haven't painted the eyes on the dog yet. Also I need to decide of some new way to make the pins in eyes and mouth shapes stay attached to the eye and mouth pieces. The super glue keeps coming off for some reason, not cool.


I'm finally done building the puppets! I've been working for months for these little guys (I figured out that it's probably a little over 50 hours each).

 I'm so excited!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

It's My Fault they can't find the leak

Oh wtf they're blaming all their invalid gas readings on me! They weren't picking up any natural gas with their instruments, but my apartment is right next to where they do all that stuff. So they decided that half of the problems they're having with everything is that my apartment is giving off an odor (from when I baked that foam latex about a month and half ago) that is messing with their instruments.


Wtf, I didn't do shit!!

Gas leak in my apartment building...

2:30 in the morning I'm trying to go to sleep and security is pounding on my door. Apparently there's a gas leak (which there definitely was, you could smell it pretty strongly in the hall). Now I'm stuck over at the school with nothing except a cell phone, my clothes, and an open computer lab. I'm kinda freaking out about the fire department clomping through my mess of an apartment destroying delicate projects (see previous post) trying to find a gas leak that was in another apartment the whole time. If my building gets set on fire I am going to flip the hell out in a go-into-shock sort of way.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Props for my Stop Motion Final Are Done!!

So today I finished the last of my props for my stop motion final.

This is the chair, it's not very detailed so I'm kinda getting it out of the way first.  It's barely seen, it's only going to be used as a "Oh... looks like that's kind of a chair back there" kind of prop:


This is the desk my egg man will sit at.  It's made of aluminum and the wood laminate is a wood texture I made and printed off the computer:



These are the puppets.  They're not painted yet but that *should* only take a day to do:





These are sheets of paper.  On one side it's an expense report I found on google and on the other side it's a tax form about like... property taxes or something...  In between the sides is a little piece of tinfoil so it retains shape.  I photoshopped the expense report into being about my birthday.  It says stuff about how Colin and Dylan and I went to Pancho's and had tequilas and how I got a videogame from Julie.  Also the paper is signed by me and BATMAN!!!



These are replacement mouths and eyes that will get pushed into the egg shaped guy's face for different frames.

This is the stamp he will use and his favorite mug:


This is the suitcase he carries around with him, the inside isn't nice looking cause you never see it, but it does open up with little hinges and it's cool.


These are the tubes that come down from nowhere that deliver the pieces of paper.

Next I gotta move all the furniture in my house and make my gigantic white sweep.  Also I have to paint my puppets which is really important and I keep not doing it for some reason?



Anyway, END POST.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Man masturbates onto woman on an airplane while she sleeps...


How does something like this even happen???

Story goes as follows:
Woman sleeps on plane.
Wakes up 20 minutes before the flight is over to a man suddenly sitting in the seat next to her, he is masturbating and staring at her.
Woman hides face in embarrassment and runs her fingers through her hair.
There is semen in it.
Eventually she is able to get the attention of the person in front of her who then comforts her and confirms that it is in fact semen.

wtf??

1) How does this woman not completely flip the hell out when she sees this happening next to her?
2) How does this woman not completely flip the hell out when she finds that his has happened on her?
3)How do you not completely flip the hell out when you find out that this just happened to the woman behind you?
4)How does no one notice something like that? I mean the position you would have to put yourself in to not only masturbate, but to then get it in her hair? That's a big distance to cover. You can't move anywhere on a plane without everyone around you knowing about it.

Friday, March 14, 2008

21st Birthday!

My family took me out to dinner for my 21st birthday tonight, it was the most expensive dinner I've ever had. I went to a place called Murry's and I had a 14 oz mustard with peppercorn steak and some red wine (Didn't like it, went back to being middle class and got a coke). It's supposed to be the best steak house in Minneapolis. Get back to my apartment, helped someone with some homework, go out drinking a little with Colin and Dylan, then come home and am retelling the night online when I realize: MY LEFTOVERS ARE STILL IN MY PARENT'S CAR!!!! NOOOOOO!!

AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGH!!!!!

I'm just so stunned at my incompetence. This of course had to happen on the same night that I was talking about: "oh yeah, I never forget leftovers, like ever, I'm always so focused on the great meal I'm gonna have the next day that I-" blah blah blah STUPID.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Video of a really good dancer

This girl is going to be a star some day:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Greg Simkins

Greg Simkins is a guy I just found today. Kate linked me to a site he was featured on. He's sort of a surrealist that has a strong focus on character.









He also did this picture, which I had seen before and didn't know he did:


Pretty cool stuff. I like it. Go to his site.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Your brain can now control videogames!

There's a company that has just created the first consumer quality videogame brain controller. As in you put this headset on and it converts your brainwaves into movement inside a videogame. Apparently it can also figure out what kind of facial expressions you're making and can put those on your in game avatar: Brain controller.

I would go with the only downside to it being that the controller is 300 dollars and that you would have to start making games that support it, but I mean come on, it reads your mind! That's pretty cool. I was at the gas station today and there were TV's at the pumps that were advertising to me, this is reason number two in just one day that I feel like I'm in the future.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Marmo and the Awesome Grandma

I would post a single picture from this series, but it's all one giant image. Check this lady out: Awesome grandma

On another note, of something that I personally have done, this is an illustration I did of a toy named Marmo. He's pretty action packed; he yells a lot.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Gorilla made of coat hangers

So I was looking for pictures of gorillas (cause gorillas are awesome), and I came across this picture:




It's a gorilla made of coat hangers.

Don't care if you've already seen it, it's effin' sweet and deserves a repost. It was made by this guy.

It's pretty good stuff, none of it catches my eye like this gorilla though.