Wow. No really, Wow.

So I'm watching late night tv as is my habit... and there is an ad for... I don't know, some toilet paper. It has a red animated bear and a blue animated bear running down a beach towards outhouses.

Yeah, dumb. Not the point.

The thing is... these animated bears were SO badly masked into the beach scene, the pixels were visible - it was distracting. How low budget do you have to be to find a video editor that can't mask an animation into stock footage?

Effects and digital video have come so far, there is no excuse for ugly animation.

Even in a toilet paper commercial.


Too much time too little to do?

It's really not true, I have lots to do... but I just spent like half an hour looking for pictures to support my allegation that Kat von D's facial tattoo looks like Dax from Star Trek.

I still say I wasn't wrong.


Fashion over style, every time

There are things I get tired of seeing over and over again. Discolored, old-looking photos, made in obscure ways with obscure equipment. Photos of third-world kids who didn't have to sign model releases, didn't get to have a chance at the proceeds from the certainly holier-than-thou photographr who took them. Collages of 50's era magazine women and white strips with trite or snarky typewriter sayings.

These things are BORING. They have been boring ever since the person who first thought of them saw the first copy. There is nothing even remotely creative about copying a third-hand fashion because you think it'll get stuff sold. But creative doesn't really matter, does it.

Sadder still, it will! Because once someone sees something twice, they come to believe it's hot, it's new, it's the way it should be done.

There is no room for innovation in the marketplace. There is no room for style in the marketplace. There is only room for Hot Topic, for Clare's Botique, for every sequel to every movie that defiled our screens by sucking so badly. Because we bought it anyway. We bought it, and we'd buy it again.

It leaves me feeling sad and creatively dry. Maybe sometime fashion will turn in my favor. But probably not.


We'll just keep on trying until we run out of cake

That's my new motto. It's the co-motto of "If you're calm, the bees are calm."

Portal is by far the most charming game I've never played. I watched Snow play most of it, and then he was sweet enough to replay the last boss fight (most awesome boss fight ever) and the wonderful, charming, delightful ending. Warning, enormous spoilers. Do NOT view if you are playing or plan to play Portal. Don't say I didn't warn you.

But yes. It makes me very, very, very happy.




Experiments in dawn arboreal examination

Dawn is a dark time. Glow is notable.


Yes, I've been listening to Sisters of Mercy again...

I decided I'd start posting some stuff that isn't right to sell but I like. I used to do this all the time! Those were the days...

random life.

So tonight I bought a frickin awesome hat from skully on etsy. She lives in Wales, and I had a nice fantasy chatting with Snow about living in Wales and raising sheep, goats, and having a field of mice for his cat to torment.

Skully happens also to sell hula hoops, at Hyperloophoops - and has a forum by the same name.

Posts there led me to HoopGirl, who I found out have classes in SF as well as DVDs. Not sure I actually have room to hoop at home. Back to that house in Wales.

Then I found a guide to making a hoop, which led me to Identi-tape, where I've spent like an hour looking at pretty... and possibly useful... tape.

So from the evening, I netted one hat, a desire to live in Wales, a desire for a hula hoop, and a very possible future purchase of shiny, shiny tape.

This is not the sort of random life they talk about on those HP commercials. This is much, much geekier.