Last Saturday (October 5th) was my friend Hannah's wedding, for which I was contracted to make the table centrepieces. They turned out fairly bragworthy, and so I am sharing them pretty much everywhere. They may be found on deviantART or on Facebook (the Facebook link will work whether you have Facebook or not).
I started work on these in June. I finished two nights before the wedding. It was great fun and I am never doing anything like this ever again.
Come to think of it, there might be one or two people who read this who I'm not in other forms of communication with...
My brother has a Kickstarter for his debut album! (He has been on other albums, but this is the first one that is specifically his. It's a jazz "soundtrack" to The Odyssey, and it's really good stuff. There are a few sample tracks here, and a video of the entirety of Act I being performed here.
The drive has passed 50% after a third of the month, which sounds good, but bear in mind this means that all the family members and personal friends who could be more or less assumed to pledge have already done so. Now is when we need the kindness of strangers!
So here's the drive, and if you're into groovy jazz and/or Greek mythology or know anyone who is, please help! Remember, if you pledge, you won't be charged anything until the end of the month, and then only if he's met his goal.
The Small Press Expo was this weekend, and right in my area! It was immense fun, even if my feet did feel like they were going to physically detach from my body by the end of things.
I found the perfect use for my Really Useful Book (a MirrorMask tie-in journal which comes with an invisible ink pen/UV light): invisible sketches! That is to say, most of the sketches were mostly visible with an invisible component, though a few were entirely invisible. The cartoonists loved it and rose to the challenge and I collected some great stuff... which, unfortunately, is not exactly scannable (unless the scanner produces some weird reaction I'm not yet aware of).
I made three shrinky-dink Psychonauts insignia pins Saturday night/Sunday morning (I didn't even glue them 'til I arrived at the expo). One I bartered to the lovely Jess Fink, creator of fine Victorian robot porn, for a pair of (non-smutty) earrings. The other two I gave to Scott Campbell, who is to pass one on to Tim Schafer!! I am still flailing.
Next weekend is Intervention, only one Metro stop away from where SPX was! The weekend after that, I'm going to the Renaissance Festival. I am going to have no money. None.
Fascinating nature sight of the day: two mockingbirds (I'm pretty sure) dive-bombing a crow under their tree. Even after it vacated their turf, they pursued it clear across the highway before returning home. Mockingbirds take no guff from anyone, man.
Shortly after getting on the first bus of my two-bus, hour-long-if-I'm-lucky commute home from work, I spotted on my rolly laptop case a tiny, brown-and-greenish baby mantis, less than a centimetre in the body. I managed to get it all the way home (mostly persuading it to crawl from hand to hand when it was restless) and onto my ornamental pepper plants! Their leaves have plenty of bug-holes, so hopefully it'll do okay.
Oh, yeah! Please vote for me here (unless you're in the running yourself)! You have to log in, but you can do that through Facebook; I forget if there are other means besides signing up fresh. Then click the Vote tab, search for "VaCKo", and proceed accordingly! You can vote once per day!
Yeah, so I probably should have mentioned this a while back, but, sadness, they won't be using my captions on the ReBoot DVDs after all. Rainmaker found them what I presume were the captions used on TV. On the one hand, I would have loved so much to be involved, but on the other, my captioning was entirely self-taught and I'm sure I got plenty wrong (technique, not content). So it's probably just as well. (Of course, now I'm learning proper captioning for work. Timing, thbppppt.)
Shout! Factory said they would still send me a free set "for all my help," but since my contact didn't reply to any of the last few e-mails I sent, I have no idea if he's actually received my mailing address. I hope I can figure this out, because the DVDs are being released on my birthday, and if I'm not already getting a copy then this has obviously got to be a present from someone (or a birthday self-indulgence, which counts).
I'm still planning to finish my captions (or, rather, subtitles) for the sake of those who have video files, so they can be translated into other languages, and so I can do the different characters' lines in pretty colours. I will probably use the DVD captions to check mine against (or copy the DVD captions and fix any errors they made, it amounts to more or less the same thing).