Saturday, April 30, 2011
When you think of food that makes you happy, what comes to your mind? For me there is cherry pie, apple pie, my mom's chocolate black magic cake, and now I have something new to add to the list. Tonight at work one of my co-workers (Ari) made these hamburgers which were...they were so good that I couldn't find the right word to adequately describe them, and then I remembered the word to say when you can't think of what to say: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! She made bacon to put on the burgers and she put some awesome seasoning and brown sugar on it and cooked it in the oven and let me tell you..mmm....you have no earthly idea. It was so good, and she made these potato wedges which were also quite delectable; it was a night for amazing food and extraordinary company. The SED's also weren't half that bad either remarkably enough. All in all it was a very good day at work, and a fantastic finish to a seemingly rather lengthy month. Everyone have a great May Day tomorrow!
Friday, April 29, 2011
No I didn't wake up bright and early to watch the wedding live. I caught the replays and summations on Youtube and MSNBC. I would like to extend formal congratulations to now Prince William and Princess Kate of Wales; I hope to God that they have a lovely marriage and continual enjoyment of each other's company as they age and bear children. It's an interesting time to be a young adult in the world, from my point of view. An incredible wave of democratic yearning is sweeping across the Middle East, the world is seemingly on the verge of a never-ending, yet never fulfilling economic breakdown, people of all countries are getting fed up with their governments; it is just a remarkable time to be alive and cognitively aware of what is happening all over the globe. I mean, how often does a young person such as myself get to blog about a royal wedding, and I still remember that day when former Princess Diana died in that car crash. Now the boys are all grown up. Sorry I was feeling a little nostalgic. I grew up in farm land Wisconsin and now living in San Diego, the world seems much bigger and always growing. Aside from the wedding bells (still most likely ringing in the prince and princess' heads) it was a very average day for me. I did my usual routines and then baked some cookies which of course turned out fantastically (chocolate chip and snickerdoodle). I happened across the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon Trailer which looks incredible, albeit confusing as to what precisely is on the moon that attacks earth and why, but I suppose I'll find out in July. I watched this film called Love in the Time of Cholera which was lent to me by a co-worker. Apparently the book it is based off of is quite good, but I didn't really care for the film. Ordinarily I love Javier Bardem, but he came off to me as very weak and...boring. It was an interesting film, and something I would not have thought Mike Newell would have directed, but I don't know if I'd ever watch it again. Perhaps I'll read the book someday. Alas I did no writing, except for a few pages for the audio drama. I'm hoping that I'll have it finished by the end of May so that I can concentrate all of my energy on my other projects that I should be working on. Back to work once more, Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more..."
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Well there it is folks; the beginning of the end. After about ten years or so, the phenomenon that J.K. Rowling began (at least in the cinema) will be coming to a close come this July. The trailer looks mighty good, and apparently all the new additions should make the battle between Harry and Voldemort more...dynamic to be certain. I'm really looking forward to all of the wand/magic action. Since the previous two were slim on that, I'm hoping he makes up for it in this film and based on the preview alone I don't think anyone will be disappointed in that regard. My day was blah essentially. I had training this morning from 9am-1pm (how to transport severely emotionally disturbed children) and traffic was a pain in the neck, and then I...relaxed and watched Iron Man which was nice. For the evening I went to some family friends of mine and had dinner with some excellent conversation and returned home. While surfing Youtube, I found something of a jewel really, at least for me and people who like it. About ten years ago or so there was this cartoon called Mad Jack the Pirate and it was completely funny, witty, and so humorous but it ended rather abruptly and I have been looking for episodes for years and I finally found some at last. It was a lovely nostalgic moment. Because of all of the busyness today and the absence of any...of my usual daily routine no writing was done, but I came up with a lot of good ideas for stories. In particular I am beginning to assemble a romantic comedy in my head, which is a very difficult genre for me to write, so I'm hoping that as it develops more in my head the better it will become. Well early congratulations to Prince William and his lovely bride Kate; I'm sure at this very moment right now they are preparing to say I do and getting all kinds of butterflies and what not. I hope the two of them are truly happy and have a better happy ending than William's parents did.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I don't know how many of you are writers that experience this, but I hate it when I sit down to write and I stare either at the computer screen or a piece of paper for sometimes over a half an hour without writing anything down. I guess you could call it writers block, and at the time I was very much distracted by something that was stressing me out greatly. When I finally resolved what was stressing me out the creative juices flowed and I was able to write some more of my associates audio drama. It's actually coming along quite well, although it's frustrating trying to write something that there are only 7-8 characters doing most of the action if not all of it, and since it's also just dialog I have to be mindful of not putting characters into situations or settings where there is no talking occurring. It's like a fine dance, and although I came up with the whole story and what not, it's not flowing like all of my other stories usually do which is really vexing when it comes time to writing it. Anyways I did that for a while and then relaxed a little. I decided that I needed to watch a film that was light with an excellent score and so I chose The Mummy which is almost eleven years old come this May I believe. It features one of Jerry Goldsmith's best scores that he composed for a film I think of the late nineties and the latter part of his career before he died. I love the music which is heroic, action driven, sweepingly romantic, grand, and has of course some choral parts dotted around it. And of course I thoroughly enjoyed the film; I really wish that Stephen Sommers had duplicated the same success with GI JOE: The Rise of Cobra. After watching the movie I did some more writing on my rabbit hole story and am now on page 30. I'm trying to figure out how I want to get to the ending which is proving quite elusive to get to, but I'm closing in on it. Tomorrow should be a full day, so I'm going to get plenty of sleep and hope that the rest of my week continues to be productive.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Who would have thought that at 8pm this evening I would feel like falling asleep; certainly not me. I don't know why I have been so tired lately, but it is very frustrating indeed. I want more sleep and my body seems to think that I need it, but I don't know why my body believes it needs it so. I haven't been out of my regular sleeping regimen or anything like that. Very annoying. The day was quite boring. Did a lot of cleaning, was on the computer for a while, and then watched Sherlock Holmes (the new one). Man I love that film; great cast, great story, great music, and honestly I just love Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did an amazing job when he crafted the ultimate sleuth, and although Robert Downey Jr. is completely amazing he is a different type of Sherlock Holmes than ever existed before, so he stands apart from those who have played Holmes. In my mind, Jeremy Brett will always be the Sherlock Holmes that Doyle had in mind when he wrote the character. The great British actor has the mannerisms down, the speech, the attitude, and the look; he really is Sherlock Holmes. It was a fairly blah day, but somewhat productive although none of it had to do with writing. I figured that I earned a day off from writing. Tomorrow though, it is back to the grindstone. It is true that there is no rest for the wicked, but that is especially true of the diligent.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thank goodness my work weekend is finally over! Three doubles in a row was a little too much for me, and I was tired most of the time irritatingly enough. I had training for work (it was a class about culture) early this morning and then went right to the facility after stopping by my apartment to pick up a few things. The SED's weren't too bad despite the most irritating of the lot had a minor tantrum (which is actually amazing it was so small) and he didn't try to attack me. My writing group was fine, just really hyper. The annoying part about working today was that I was so very sleepy; every moment I could I was shutting my eyes for a few moments. That was it; that was my boring average day. Oh, one thing I have been wanting to write for some time is how awesome the internet browser "Chrome" by Google is. I switched over to it from "Internet Explorer" by Microsoft after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about the speed of the various browsers. I highly recommend it to everyone; it is very simple and quite speedy.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Despite working on a rather large holiday, things went quite well. Several of the SED's were on pass with family or other individuals, and the ones remaining weren't too much to handle. This one SED though just either has a brain thick as a brick, or he just doesn't care too much to remember anything that you tell him. I was constantly prompting him to not do simple things that he should know not to do already; it was rather irksome and I was quite tired for the better part of the day despite it being a gorgeous day in southern California. Towards the end of the night this one SED got mad about something and started shouting, screaming, and tantruming. He then urinated on his bedroom door and on the floor in the bathroom, needless to say I was entirely too vexed and tired to really deal with that kind of crap. Anyways it's over and I have one very long day tomorrow; I'm essentially working three doubles in a row and I am not very happy about the last one. Aside from that doom and gloom, I hope that everyone had an excellent holiday and has a lovely work week.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
...Well minus the beauty part at least. For some odd reason I felt sleepy all day long, and am really feeling the eyes shutting down on me now. I couldn't fall back asleep early this morning for whatever reason and then I had to go to work. Blah! Later on during the course of the PM shift we watched Sleeping Beauty which is one of the most astounding Disney Classics I personally believe, even though some of the SED's disagreed with me. It brought back a lot of good memories from my rather interesting childhood. Overall the day wasn't too bad, and although the SED that causes much trouble was there most of the time, he actually behaved himself surprisingly. Well I am very, very sleepy so goodnight everyone and I hope the Easter bunny comes and visits all of you.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I watched Charlie Wilson's War this evening without realizing what it was really about, and although I enjoyed it greatly it got me thinking a little. How ironic that the American government secretly helped the Afghans expel the Soviets, and now we find the same weapons they used to eradicate our cold war foes killing Americans in Afghanistan which America in a sense occupies just like the Soviets did. History has such a sense of cruel irony. Well the day was partially productive. Aside from the fun and relaxing that I had, I was able to sit down and do some writing, although it was small. I also added Klaus Badelt and Marc Streitenfeld to my film composer compendium that I am continuing to build up. That was essentially my boring day, and I am certain that many of you most likely had a more interesting time than I did. Every now and then interesting things happen in my life (some of which I can't really speak of) but for the most part things are rather hum drum, which I am certain will change one day considering where and what I want to do in life. Well happy "Good Friday" to everyone and enjoy your Easter weekend to those who are celebrating it. I will sadly be working and hopefully trying not to be bitten, scratched, or punched by number one unfavorite SED.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Here I am again closing in on another week, and I am befuddled as to where the time went. Actually I have a fairly good idea what I did, and let us merely say that it wasn't the most productive week I've had in a while. I just found myself wanting to do other things instead of writing. Some really good news though. My wonderful sister Paula got the tickets to come out and visit me in June of this year! It'll be really sweet and my five and a half year old nephew will be accompanying her, and her boyfriend as well. I think it'll almost be a year since I last saw her! Wow time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana. I believe that was something that Groucho Marx said once. Today was filled with intermittent writing, but everything I am writing is something that takes a while to get to the finished product unfortunately, but I am hoping my rabbit hole story is something that people will find enlightening and interesting despite it's darkness and grittiness. Slowly but surely I am adding pages for all of the composers I have reviewed on my website; today I added John Williams and Kevin Kiner. While creating John Williams' page I began to remember how awesome of a film composer that man is despite the fact that some of his more recent music sounded somewhat similar to other scores he had composed before. He still remains though the finest film composer America has ever had, and perhaps even the film industry since it has been around.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tonight is just one of those nights where I really don't feel like blogging. I attempted to write some more of my rabbit hole story, but that didn't go very well; I sat in front of my computer for about fifteen minutes trying to get into the right mood for writing. I hate it when that happens. I went to work today and went on an outing with a few kids and a co-worker to Hometown Buffet which was quite an adventure. I did some housework and decorating and watched The King's Speech which was entirely too delightful. There was my day, and now goodnight.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The weather was so lovely and cloudy today, but every now and then the sun came out and warmed things up a bit. I had a delightful time sleeping in and relaxing throughout the day being lazy and not doing a thing. I didn't do as much housework as I had anticipated doing, but I'll save that for next week. I don't know about all of you, but I can't believe that there is only one full week of April left before May! That is so incredible and I thought that April had just begun. I picked up The King's Speech DVD from Target today but I didn't watch it because I had to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 since I was unable to watch it last Friday. It was still as delightful and as much fun as when I last saw it back in December of last year. Makes me want to finish the whole series off now, but about three more months before that is possible. I really have to get a Blu-ray player because there was nothing on the DVD aside from the film, but it is so frustrating trying to pick one out. There are apparently so many different technical details about refresh rate, loading speeds, menu simplicity, and other stuff that it's a little overwhelming for an individual who doesn't specialize in technology. I think I'm going to get a Sony or Samsung, but I'm trying to be a good consumer and wisely research so I can select the finest one. So for writing, I was able to get a little accomplished today; my rabbit hole story continues to go well, but I think it is going to be a while before I am completed with it unfortunately. I know exactly what the ending is going to be like, but it's just getting there which will be the difficult part. I guess I'll keep plugging away, but for now that's all folks.
Monday, April 18, 2011
It wasn't a half bad day. For the most part work went very well, only at the end did I have any difficulties and they were minimal. My writing group went quite well and the SED's loved the chocolate chip cookies and behaved themselves relatively well. It was essentially a very boring day, unless I am forgetting something (which is very possible and likely). I don't know how productive this week is going to be, but hopefully I can get a bunch of writing done because the projects are beginning to pile up and time is beginning to run short.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Well for the most part it was a really good day. There were times at work when I was losing patience and having to re-direct negative behaviors, but overall it wasn't anything too bad. My co-worker and I made dinner for the kids and it turned out marvelously, and they loved my red velvet cake....well except one of them. He barely took a bite of it and threw the rest of it away. Such a waste, and such an ungrateful pain in the neck. Well now we come to the heart of my interesting day (which technically only had an interesting ending). I was checking up on this one kid (who tends to be the most wretched of all the SED's in the cottage) and I found him in the back corner of his room sitting. The first thing I noticed was the smell of smoke in the air. So looking at him quite stern, I demanded that he hand over whatever he used to light what ever he lit on fire and he handed me a lighter. I then asked for what he tried to burn, and he handed me a charred pamphlet on anger management ironically enough. Well after speaking with him about where he got it from and the dangers of fire, he began to become belligerent but I was able to distract him by threatening that I would tickle him, at which point he jumped back into bed smiling and trying not to laugh loudly. I was eventually able to get him calm and he fell asleep without any further difficulties. Aside from the paperwork and other things that I had to do, the crisis wasn't that bad; fortunately nothing adverse happened on a large scale. How he got the lighter though and some of the stories surrounding that were quite interesting, despite the fact that they were very disjointed. I'm very sleepy and need to finish the 2nd season of Merlin so good night.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Well when I got to work this morning there weren't any vexing surprises awaiting me, but apparently there were dead and alive mosquitoes everywhere inside the cottage which was a horrendous thing. I don't know why these evil creatures are suddenly coming out of the woodwork, but it is quite annoying, and itchy. I suppose it might have something to do with the sudden burst of heat we've been having lately. We eventually cleared all of the pesty insects away and moved on with the day. In general, work actually was phenomenal today as far as this job goes, and I didn't really have any difficulties and was actually enjoying myself a number of times with several of the SED's. I'm hoping that will last throughout the rest of the weekend. I got back home from work and made a red velvet cake and it is now baking in the oven smelling so delicious. Me and my co-worker are making dinner for the SED's in our cottage since it's Palm Sunday, thus the reasoning behind the cake I made since it's red and all that. Well goodnight and have a fantastic weekend everyone.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Well you had to be there in order to understand the grandma part, but I went to a co-worker's place to have home made pizza which was delicious beyond words and I stuffed myself as much as I could take; I'm still full from all of the good eating. I hope everyone loved my cheesecake for dessert, it actually turned out very good with no cracks in it whatsoever; always fantastic when that happens. It was a good time with good food and company. Thanks Erin and Adrienne for such a lovely time and congratulations Adrienne for getting into graduate school; I hope to be following in your footsteps one day. Today I also made some chocolate chip cookies for my writing group for Monday, and I finally found the time to write up a 2011 Summer Blockbuster Preview like I have been doing for the past two years. This year we have a lot of good titles to see being released, although most of them are comic book related, but then there is also the last part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which promises to be one hell of a finish ten years later. The summer blockbuster season kicks off with a highly anticipated film for me; THOR which is directed by a great British actor and director, and it has a fantastic cast, so hopefully it'll be a win-win situation. While I was making cookies and cleaning up the kitchen afterwards I was watching the Disney classic of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which I have loved since I was a young boy. It is a great book written by Jules Verne, and the film which Walt Disney crafted still remains timeless and enjoyable. I was actually surprised with how good the special effects looked for being an older film. Work begins again tomorrow, so hopefully there aren't any surprises for me on the cottage porch when I get to work bright and early tomorrow morning.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Well for the most part I was rather lazy today, and I thought to myself, "I would rather be doing nothing than writing," and that is precisely what I did. Not very interesting or exciting I know, but there are times when idleness is more...useful than obvious productivity. This is why I didn't write much, although I wrote a few more pages for my friend's audio drama (I'm going to call it that now instead of 'radio' since it won't be on the radio most likely). I think I finally got my website appearance where I want it after a last bit of tinkering on it today, and I like the new look very much. It shall be a good change for another year and a half or so. I put together the film composer webpage for John Ottman who is a favorite composer of mine, but fortunately all of the fat heads who make films have been using mediocre composers instead. I just finished watching this documentary, which is part of a series called The Universe I think and it's on the History Channel, but anyways it was about the sun. It was amazing the information that I heard, and I wish that I could remember all of it. Solar Flares are bad and shoot out a ridiculous amount of energy into space, sun spots can lead to very bad solar flares, the core of the sun is denser than lead but still liquid, and the sun is going to...have...well I can't think of the proper scientific term but think of it as hurricane season for Florida except on a solar level with energy levels on the scale of 100 nuclear bombs going off, and this is going to take place in......guess....yep, you got it folks 2012. This happens every eleven years or so and once it is over the sun begins to kind of calm down. So the world could go crazy or blow up because of intense solar flares from the sun, or something like that. Should be a great light show at least (watch the episode for more detailed information if you're concerned). I've been watching Merlin season 2 lately since I've been done with Battlestar Galactica and it is probably the finest production I have ever seen with anything having to do with Merlin, Camelot and Arthur, with perhaps the exception of the film Avalon. Well have a good night everyone, and try not to think of the sun blowing our planet up, that apparently won't happen for another 5 million years.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Although I didn't get any writing done today, I was able to work on and complete the rough sketch for a map that is going to be featured in book 2 of my fantasy trilogy. My map maker friend gave me some really good advice on how to address the whole proximity issue and after that all of the locations were pretty much how I imagined them on the map. Now I have two maps left to finish for my sequel and then I can send them off to be fine tuned by the awesome map maker Jared Penland, who is also one heck of a good science teacher for jr. high kids. Aside from doing that, which took longer then you would think and making a run to the grocery, today was fairly unproductive. I had two conversations on the phone that combined lasted well over 2 hours, so that sucked up some valuable time, and of course I had to be lazy on the computer for a while. During dinner I watched Murder by Numbers which starred Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling. There were other actors, but those were the two that I wanted to see the most. I enjoyed both of them and their characters, and the film had great potential, but I expected more sociopathic tendencies out of the wannabe killers, especially the one that was apparently the book smarter of the two. I however was irritatingly disappointed, and the ending was quite anti-climactic, but Bullock was very good. I tend to like her in every film that I have seen her in. You know, I'd really like to see her play a cunning villain since she's always the hero of the story, which she does amazingly well, but it would be quite something to see the flip side of that. FYI for all of you British Royal fans out there, don't forget to mark your calendars for April 29th for the British Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate; it should be interesting.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I love baking and I love cherry pie. When I first made my own pies from scratch a few years back, it was a lengthy process and there were some problems, but now I do it with confidence, and the results are.....quite delicious. Aside from baking (I think it was the best cherry pie that I've ever made), cleaning, and being lazy on the computer I did positively nothing else all day. I watched What About the Morgans and it was interesting and funny at times, but Sarah Jessica Parker didn't come off very funny for me and it seemed a little forced out of Hugh Grant unfortunately. It was diverting and light enough though and was therefore precisely what I needed. I tinkered around a lot on my website and decided to try out a new look. I don't know if I've got it down quite yet, and there are some glitches to get out still, but I think it's coming along quite well. It's annoying when you build a website around a certain look and then when you change that look...well it kind of messes everything else up and then you have to change all of that. Meanwhile everything has got to look nice and blend well; not too strange, not too familiar. It is a hard balance to strike, especially when one has access to limited software with which to do stuff with. Time, money, and knowledge are three very useful commodities that I would always buy out if I was offered them. Saw my roommate today and almost blanched. Why do you ask, well it might have had something to do with the two earrings on his lips (one on each end). He casually mentioned that a friend had put them on over the weekend or something like that. I said something to the extent of that being.....nice or interesting and then he left, after he had dropped his keys and lost them down our stairs at the apartment. It was rather amusing; good old karma.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Simply writing down spelling words that are legible for homework when you're eight doesn't seem that extraordinary of task to me, but perhaps kids are getting dumber or even lazier. So I have this SED finish the rest of his homework before he goes to this birthday party (of which he is almost finished with) but he immediately tantrums and throws the beginning of a major fit which lasts for two consecutive hours with me standing by his door. During this tantrum he spits, kicks, punches, bites, attempts to scratch, uses a stegosaurus dinosaur toy as a weapon on my arm, pull off little plastic stars that glow in the dark and throw them like those ninja stars (one of which jabbed me right below the eyeball), somehow twists my thumb so it hurts every time I bend it, tries to break everything in his room including the door, the window, the fire door, and the light switch. This child was in bad space for over four hours, two which I spent with him screaming and shouting obscenities at me (amongst other things). During this time I was attempting to be a bud of calm...but that was difficult at times shall we say. Then this other kid, who shouts so much for so long very loudly could power all of California if we could harness that energy, starts to tantrum and have problems because he doesn't get what he wants either. It was a very long shift and turned out to be a very long day. Sometimes I wonder how and why I put up with what I do at work and then I remember; money and experience. I am so sleepy right now, but I am so very thankful that my days off have arrived. I have a busy week and weekend planned though, so hopefully I'll get some rest in between everything I have to do.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
All things considering, it was a rather good day for work with very mild behaviors. All of the SED's were in good moods, or were at least not willing to behave poorly to earn negative consequences thank goodness. I was really tired though throughout the day for some odd reason. I was explaining to my co-worker that Saturday is usually always a night that I sleep well during, and either because of church or work I have usually always been unable to sleep in despite sleeping so well. It's amazing what a simple lack of sleep can do to one's body. This one SED at work behaves so much like a cat and I was at my wit's end about how to deal with him, and then I had a revelation (he was essentially raised by cats at a very young age)! I need to read more about cats so I can figure out what makes this SED tick. He's a really odd and disgusting SED; sometimes I wonder what kind of sperm he evolved from. Right now however I feel like crap, so I'm going to watch a little bit of television and go to sleep. One more day left of my work weekend thank goodness!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Sometimes I come up with strange titles just for the fun of it, without any clue as to the meaning behind them. The one above sounded cool, or at least was as good of a one as I could come up with after a long and full day of work. Double Saturday wasn't too bad, although one very special SED flashed me the front part of his body unfortunately; I still cringe upon reflecting on that moment. However, the usually tortuous SED that gives me major grief on the weekends behaved himself quite magnanimously, which was a delightful shock to me and my other co-worker. Apparently the chocolate chip cookies that I made were excellent according to my one co-worker, which is always great to hear; I think it was one of my finest batches in a while. I would also like to give a great big shout out to Staci for reading my blog for about 2 hours to help her sleep; she is a great co-worker, friend, and woman. Overall it was a lovely day, and I got to work with a lot of lovely people, and also this was one of those days where the kids were relatively lovely themselves, although the early morning hours left much to be desired. Sleep, sleep, sleep and then more sleep.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Well for now it seems as if the U.S. government isn't going to be shut down. The actors and liars in Washington D.C have managed to find a common ground compromise for now. Who knows what the future holds, but I am very, very thankful that nothing was shut down. For those of you who sent your prayers and positive energy that direction thank you most emphatically. Today was lovely for the most part and even productive. I had some relaxing fun and did some work as well. I went to Target and picked up Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is the 3rd Narnia film, and my favorite of the three thus far theatrically released. I watched that after I was finished eating my dinner and reading the Wall-Street Journal, I know that I'm acting like an "old" person. I had a co-worker who is one of the program social workers ask me how old I was at the work meeting the other day. She was a little surprised when I told her that I was only 25 years old, and commented that I act very mature/odd for my age. Whereas most people my age party and act crazy apparently, I do not. All of those things simply have no appeal for me, and I've never been drunk; the most I've had to drink at one time was two shots of gin over ice. It wasn't even that tasty. Anyways. I was able to do some writing today. I wrote some more of that rabbit hole type short story starring a young boy and some rather strange companions. It is actually really cool and the ideas just keep coming; it is going to be fantastic when I am finished with it. I also wrote some of the story for my friend's radio drama. You know it's really different writing for something that will be all audio; you only hear stuff, so all of this detail that I want to add I really don't need to. There's a long road ahead, but it'll be good when I'm finished with it all. I watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader and it was as splendid, humorous, and breathtaking as I remember it. I don't know why people didn't like it that much. I believe it is much better than the first two and encourage everyone to watch it if they like those kinds of films. I particularly like how they designed the sea snake at the end. A pity all of you couldn't have smelled the delicious chocolate chip cookies that I made for a co-worker; it was quite scrumptious. Well I hope the world keeps spinning and everyone let's keep that positive energy going and see if we can't direct it towards the Middle East to help those people find their way.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I do what I can to make this a non-political, and non-religious blogging site; it is meant primarily to reflect my journey in life and how it is connected to my writing. However, with the recent difficulties that Congress and the President of the United States of America have been having in funding this government and coming up with a budget have finally reached me. This when I begin to have issues with what Republicans and Democrats are doing; both sides believe they have the answers for the problems facing Americans and the other side doesn't have the right answer. Both are willing to only go so far and then just stop. President Obama is acting more like a referee or cheerleader instead of a leading President, and that is what this country needs right now; a singular voice to help lead it through this dark gloom that is looming forebodingly over everyone's lives. My roommate works for the Federal Government, and if the government shuts down then he is put automatically on furlough from work for two straight weeks without pay come this Monday. That irks me greatly, and so I'd ask all of you to pool together your prayers, positive energy or whatever and hope that all of that combined together will force those stubborn liars and actors in Washington D.C. to do something sensible for the common American for once in years. Okay that's my political rant for now. Today wasn't too bad. I got up early for a meeting at work, which I was early for because one of my co-workers gave me the wrong time, but oh well. After that I was very lazy. I tried to do some more writing, but there was nothing in me; I felt blah. I managed however in my lazy stupor to tinker some more on my website and added Maestros James Hannigan and Jason Graves to the film composer compendium that I am building. I then watched a very disturbing film called Sleepers starring Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, and Dustin Hoffman. It's about four boys who live in New York City area and get into trouble and because of that are sent to a reform school where they are beaten and raped multiple times by the guards. It isn't a light film, and is very dark and disturbing. I had no idea what I was walking into, but only saw the cast and thought that it would be good. For the most part it was, but I don't know how often I'd watch it; that kind of material is pretty heavy to see constantly and I put up with it enough in reality hearing about it to the kids that I work with. John Williams did the music which was a pleasant surprise, and it wasn't half bad. A good film, but not one I'd watch that much, or if even again. There was my day, and now I say goodnight and sleep in the hopes that my somewhat stable life does not come crashing down around me over the weekend.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Today was very much like any other day. I was lazy, did my usual routines, and even did some writing today. Nothing very special though. I added Howard Shore to my series of film composers (Howard Shore Music Page), tinkered around on my website and then wrote some more of that strange story about the kid who's kind of gone down the rabbit hole so to speak. I also went to a talent show at work that the SED's put on and it was quite....interesting to say the least. I have to hand it to many of those kids, they aren't afraid to make themselves look like fools, and many of them possess a good deal of raw talent. The rest of the day went by fairly fast. Eventually come the evening I watched The Hunt For Red October which is one of the best modern submarine films I have ever seen. Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neil, Scott Glenn, and James Earl Jones create a stellar cast and the plot, characters, and story are enticing. It is also, in my opinion, the best Tom Clancy novel adapted to a film; it has real class and has stood the test of time. Basil Poledouris did an incredible job with the music, and is a favorite score of mine. It's hard to believe that it was released in 1989, twenty-two years ago when I was only three years old. Wow how time flies, and I grew up watching this film. You know, that is what this generation is lacking, good war films. The weird thing is though, we have all of this conflict around us and Hollywood can't seem to make any good films out of it, and with the Soviet Union all we had was a cold war. I think I shall make a modern submarine story, although I don't know how I'm going to do that. At least I'll never run out of ideas to write about I suppose.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Well my first day off was completely unproductive aside from a little apartment cleaning. I am finding once more how wonderful doing absolutely nothing is. Perhaps its not very good in the long run of things, but for now I can live with it. I got Tron: Legacy on DVD/Bluray and watched it while eating dinner. It was lovely to see again, although I've really got to stop procrastinating and get a Bluray player and a much better sound system. I didn't do any writing today because I was merely feeling quite lazy, hopefully I can get kick my laziness and do something productive tomorrow, but I'm not going to stress over it. If you pay attention to the Clone War series you'll know of course that they had the season finale duo and ended it with a bang starring good old Chewbacca. Well...for some odd reason, I never really care for their season finales. With seasons 2 and 3, the season opening episodes were better I thought than the finales. I won't critique the entire season yet, but I wish the episodes were more closely connected to an overall story and plot instead of being so very episodic. Oh well, perhaps it'll get more like that as the seasons continue. I think they did a fantastic job with Chewbacca and bringing him into the series. I liked the Trandoshans and how they made them look, sound, behave and what their culture was like in general. Very cool. The story however...well...it at times came across a little weak. I'm not a real big fan of idealistic heroes and Ahsoka, although she has somewhat matured a little, still retains that..naive way of thinking that annoys me. The design of the jungle worked very well I thought, and I would have liked to see some darkness come out of Ahsoka instead of the other Padawans/younglings. Oh, the general gist of both episodes is that Ahsoka gets kidnapped by Trandoshan slavers and taken to an island where she is hunted down with other Padawans for mere sport by the Trandoshans. She and the others try to escape and stay alive while being constantly hunted. There you have it. I personally think something should have happened where there was a cliffhanger which would be revealed and completed in season 4, but they all prefer to be mainly episodic apparently. To each their own. Well the preview for the new season looks good, but I don't see any Darth Maul yet just some dude with two double bladed lightsabers who looks like Dexter Jettster which should be very interesting. I really hope they don't forget about Savage Oppress, Ventress, and the Nightsisters; they were fantastic villains. Good night everyone, and have fun working or playing; which ever you do the rest of the week.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Thank goodness another work weekend has come and gone and I have lived to tell the tale. Today we actually had a little action. The SED's were playing flag football when two of the kids collided accidentally and tried to get the football. Well, they soon began trying to punch and kick each other and this is when I intervened. I got one of the boys to try and calm him down, while the other SED was still trying to get at him but fortunately the awesome staff that I work with intercepted him before he did anything. Eventually the kid calmed down, even though the one SED I was with got a bloody nose, but he lived and had a good rest of the shift. I found out later on that he got some blood on my jeans; hopefully all of it comes off. The remainder of my day went by very well and the majority of the SED's behaved themselves, although one of them tantrumed for about three hours or so. He wasn't getting his way. Now I can rest, relax, and recharge for the next round. Hopefully I can sleep in tomorrow, I've been having a little difficulty with that lately.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
I was told by a client today that I was half boy and half girl, which I at first had no idea what he was saying or what he was trying to get across until some other client translated for me. Apparently one of my co-workers had said that about me and the co-worker that I ususally work my shifts with. We are still entirely uncertain as to what it means, but there you have it. Let me know if you have any insight on that. Work went well and wasn't quite exhausting as it was last week, and I didn't get any injuries either. That was essentially my day; 6:45am-10:40pm. One more day to go and then.....relaxing time, and of course writing.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Well I came to work thinking it was going to be a fantastic shift, and as I got down to the cottage I saw two kids on the porch and one meowing like a cat. To say the least I most likely looked like the dead from what I can recall of my expression, especially when I saw that one of the clients was there who I thought was suppose to be on pass with his mother (this SED was what caused me immense grief a week ago). However, after a bumpy start to the shift things didn't go half that bad thank goodness and the entire day for that matter went really well. Came home and found a very interesting note that my roommate left me concerning rent. I won't go into the details, but I will say that this has happened before. What I found particularly irritating is that he didn't communicate this problem to me personally, he waited to the last moment, and his note was full of incompetent spelling errors and grammar mistakes that an eight year old child makes. This is the same roommate that holds a very high government paying job in which he gets paid more money than I do. Somehow, that doesn't really make sense to me. Anyways. I hope tomorrow goes well, and if it does I'll be over halfway completed with my work week!
Friday, April 1, 2011
That title up there was the rallying cry for the people during the lifespan of the television show Battlestar Galactica which I as of tonight have finished all four seasons. It has been quite an adventure from where the whole show began and where it ended up being, and also quite the surprise but I won't spoil it for all you potential viewers. It is definitely a show worth seeing for a number of reasons; good plots, excellent stories, fascinating points of view and reasoning, and a heck of a fantastic cast that brought amazing characters to life. Some of the more philisophical and religious ideas that came up are....very interesting to say the least, especially with where they went with them all. I highly recommend anyone that enjoys good drama and science fiction to watch this; forget all of the gimmicks and technology, it is a desperate story about real people, with problems that aren't easy and have no trite conclusion where everyone but the "villain" is happy. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and was sad to see that it was over; SyFy and the producers behind it did a fabulous job. I finished watching the final three part episodes tonight instead of a film; that's how I justify watching that many in a row. Before that though....well...there's not much to tell. I did a whole lot of nothing, ran some errands and fixed a few things. This week I allowed myself to be comlpetely lazy and not be as productive as I usually am. We'll see how that works for next week. This seems to be the night for series finales. The Clone Wars Season 3 one hour finale is tonight; I will be reviewing it on Tuesday hopefully (if they post it on the website by then). I can't believe they'll be starting season four of that series this fall. Well work starts up again tomorrow and the cycle continues on, this has all happened before, and will happen again. As 'The Old Man' put it, "so say we all."
Oh....and I almost forgot...Happy April Fools Day!