Sep. 11th, 2009 03:33 pm
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Its 9/11 again, its raining out instead of a clear perfect skye.
So much better
that is all.

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Just heard the news

I Have had the great privilege to know him over the years and and have many great memories of his wit and great humor as well as his service to the community.

He was an amazing person and I am incredibly saddened by his passing.
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Back in one of my early careers I was an animator working in 3D and 2D animation I worked on this project for the second season of liquid television.
This is the cut down version that it seems finally aired in the third season of the show, sadly one of the gags missing is I animated Autoguard killing the entire line up of the second season for Liquid television. We had heard that for second season Aeon flux would go from being unkillable to dying each episode and we asked if we could kill her in our episode.
We were given the green light and the gag was all the characters standing line at a beach outhouse and Autoguard fires a harpoon thru them with Aeon flux at the head of the line.

Parts that I animated directly are the robot morph to gun firing in one of the credits and the POV shot of the little kid with the Knife which was rendered in D-paint in Hi Res mode on an amiga 2000


I just put in the query Autoguard at youtube and bang there it was i am just amazed
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So off to prelim test results for surgery on the 1st. head is just not in the best of places. Anyway happy day and sunny
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You cant apologize for being who you are.
especially when your asleep
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Thank you! to whoever sent me a very nice little bundle of 5 nice canes. to help refill my empty cane tube.
No name on the invoice all very anonymous.
Its nice to get a present like that ;-)
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Ive always had problems with my birthdays and this last week reading Blindsight by Peter Watts i came across a little gem that if you apply game logic to birthdays the only way to win is not to reveal your birthday.
Essentially the potential for problems on a birthday is so high that the W.O.P.P.E.R answer of "care for a game of tic tac toe Dr Falcon" is preferable to un-winnable thermonuclear war.

My problems with birthdays have run from my family forgetting them to having my friends put mine off in an uncool manner and in the last number of years having my birthday filled with people i dont know really nore care to know.
Over the last 6 years ive worked to correct that with limited success and this year I took the whole effort under my hand made one goof which was forget how long chinese new years runs but in the end with restaurant screw up not to bad with a little offered help.

The only real issue remaining from the past years brought up this logic structure in my head which was something I had forgotten a long time ago but recently I realized how important it is.

It goes something like this.
Q: Do you want me at your party
A: Only if you want to be there if you don't then please don't bother

Why this exchange? because it removes the potential "Hi jacking" of who the event is about Ie.. how could you have those people there or how dare you ask for assistance because you couldn't get things right in setting up the event etc... these are things that turn the act of being present and of helping out into blackmail tokens seeking undeserved powers that change the event from about oneself into it all being about the persons efforts being somehow worth more than they are.

The responses that the above wording allow me then is
1. You said you wanted to be there if you hadn't wanted to I said it was fine.
2. You offered to help and I accepted I didn't ask for that help

While I was on my road tour the last 2 weeks 2 conversations brought this into focus for me, the first was having a friend who met me at shibaricon 5 years ago comment that I seem more complete today than I did back then. That 5 years ago I seemed like I was clutching at straws emotionally and well I was.
Today while not perfect at all I seem more integrated and better than I was which leads me to the second commentary which was being told that everything ive been doing in the last 6 years and more so the last 4 months were not caring and deliberately nasty, because i didn't throw myself on an emotional bungee stake and stop the world to take care of fears. When i did try to help, those efforts were rebuffed because they weren't the ones that were demanded which means that any effort is wasted because only compliance will satisfy, nothing else and even then no matter what compliance is reached no effort is remotely good enough.

We can only give what we have, we can only offer what is accepted we can not demand what isn't ours to demand
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Yep I twittered this last night but not everyone I know is on twitter.
Anyway somewhere between the Chicago and LGA with a stopover in Philly someone opened the large art tube with the screw down top and all 50 some odd canes went bye bye!

What tipped me off at the airport was seeing the big bag and tube pop out of the luggage conveyer and noticed the top of the tube was now pointing towards the bottom of the bag and extending above the bottom like I usually have it when its attached in the right direction on the bag.

It stands up above the bag about a foot or so like a mast normally.
I would have expected someone to have attached the tube so it was equidistance from both ends if someone had seen the tube come off the bag.
The problem is the tube looked like it had been put back in place by someone who had bothered to notice its placement but got the direction wrong.
The case top was tightly screwed on and there was nothing to indicate the tube had been damaged or the cap had been ripped off and no TSA sticker.

Yep I lodged a report with the baggage ladies who didn't bat an eyelash when I explained what was in the case and what they were used for

Whats gone!
All my rattans which are replaceable except for any that have sentimental value.

My bamboos that I rounded and finished years ago, replaceable by me and I dont look forward to the amount of work I have to do to recreate them.

More devastating all my good rawhides that I made myself out of drum head rawhide are gone they are pretty much unreplacable (Yes I can buy new rawhides but NO one made them like I did) the effort to do another skin of rawhide is just way more than I can do right now.

So if you've enjoyed my canes to any degree that wonderful collection is now no more

Home again

Feb. 23rd, 2009 10:50 am
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Flying home tonight very tired and a bit relaxed.
Didn't get everything I wanted done this trip but still got somethings done.
Good People and good times.
Teaching in DC next weekend its a nonstop month
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Well in our last episode our intrepid hero was off to teach at wicked winternnes in ohio and was driven there by the intrepid driver who then became to ill to drive back to NY(Luckily hes gotten better so no glue factory for him).

Our heros options were accept a ride back to NY from a man who now seems to have most of the women on the eastern seaboard and middle america after him to give him what-fore. Said ride with this doomed man would land me in boston to take a bus back to NY in time to maybe catch my weds plane to chicago or miss it.

My other choice was to catch a ride direct to chicago with [livejournal.com profile] arkaea
[livejournal.com profile] avaamnesia which would be only 6 hours and get me there 2 days early and well in time to present my class the coming saturday.

I took the sure thing heading to chicago early and discovered on arrival that you cant use a round trip ticket one way so the last week has been a bit of a search to find a one way ticket back to NY.

I will be flying back monday night and sadly missing suspension now twice which is even more painful, to all the people who were hoping to see me and my rope there.
Next one guys I promise.
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February 6-7

Winter Wickedness:

teaching: Crazy Glue bondage, Working with Escape artists


Februuary 14

Teaching: Predicament Bondage


February 27-28

The Crucible Academy ROPE

Teaching: 4 classes on rope


July 2-5

Piscataway, NJ www.tesfest.org

TES Fest: In charge of programming the Rope class schedule and teaching some classes.

If you do rope and are interested in teaching do drop me a line at dov(AT)washi-nawshi.com
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Odd how its coinciding with chinese new year
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Supposed to have wandered down to suspension last night after getting back in from Jersey and the shoot.
Sat down for a few minutes before heading out to answer some mail and didn't wake up till 3-am went out like a light switch.

This weekend was more exhausting than I thought
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The text of Barack Obama's inaugural speech
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11:12 AM CST, January 20, 2009

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.

The complete speech here


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