Archive for July, 2007

ReThink

Posted in Computers, DIY, Film, Friends, Life, News, Work on July 25, 2007 by blakejohnson

Well… today was a rather traumatic day.  I got in a car accident with a friend, we’re both fine, I’m still shaken up about it, getting better but I still would rather keep my feet on the ground, stay calm, inside, quiet, you know, just no excitement really.  Anyway… I’ve got a gash on the inside of my left arm, by the veins in my wrist, I’ve also got a bruise on my right knee and my left hand.  The car’s front left wheel looked like it was bent off the axle – or even worse, the axle itself was bent out of shape.  We didn’t expect it at all, it happened really fast, I don’t really know why I’m telling people (possibly nobody) about this but I was here posting about something else and decided to mention it.  Anyway… we’re fine, as I said.  My friend got thrown around a little more than I did, hit his jaw on the window and his knees on the glove compartment, and he said the seatbelt held him firmly in his seat and gave him a bruise in his ribs.  But that’s better than something else.  Both airbags deployed and it smelled funny, the smell of the small explosions that released the airbags into the cabin.  We took the rest of the day off work, the car’s at the auto place, will be towed to a place much closer to my house (I was at work about 45 minutes away from home) and my friend and his mom drove me home.  I think, almost needless to say, I’m pretty adverse to driving for a while.  Good thing I’m leaving for vacation in two days, that’ll give me about a week or two to get over it and have fun at my brother’s wedding.  All day today I’ve just been dazed really, since the accident, just like things went on as normal, but yet they’re not quite normal, since we had this crash in the morning around 11.  So I guess I just wait and see what happens with the car and we move on with normal life.  I’m just pretty shaken up, I’ve been in a mood basically for nothing ever since it happened, I’m not repelled from usual habits, I’m just not really attracted to them either, nothing seems intriguing really.  But I think this blogging might be helping and earlier I was reading some articles in Videomaker magazine so that was a good relaxing thing to do I think.  So anyway… right before I leave, at least I’m OK.

In better news… I recently ordered a computer to be used solely for video work, which will be wonderful, and it shipped today so I will have it to put together when I get back from the trip.  It’s going to be a powerful system loaded with the brand new Adobe Production Suite Premium that I co-bought with my parents for graduation.

The ketchup commercial I shot with a friend this past Sunday night, so that’s done as far as shooting goes, now I only have to capture and edit and run it through my new effects program (all to be done on the new computer in a very short amount of time at the very last few hours of the Heinz competition) called After Effects for some last-minute touch-ups and tweaking and finalizing.  I’m looking forward to breaking in the new system and programs… I’ll also use them on various projects I’ve filmed throughout the summer and on a more serious effort I want to make this summer as a trailer for a longer idea so I can make it look finished and professional for pitching to possible investors for when I have a fully-written script.

Lastly, I’ve bought the wood for my new desk I’m going to be making, though that will happen also after I’m back from the trip to Seattle (my brother’s wedding).  It was expensive, but I hope it was worth it.  It looks nice and I’m hoping it’ll come out pretty nice as well.  Anyway… Thanks for reading, whoever did, and I’ll talk more later.  Be safe, have good summers.

Robin Hood's Dead

Posted in Articles, News, People on July 25, 2007 by blakejohnson

You’ve got to admire these types of people… as long as they’re doing things with good intent… I don’t know any more about this man than the article below states, but I’ve still got respect I think for him.  I always liked Robin Hood

clipped from www.foxnews.com

NEW DELHI — Indian police killed one of the country’s most notorious bandits Sunday — a man who ruled the ravines and forests of central India through a mixture of fear and love for three decades, with many hailing him as a modern-day Robin Hood.

Shiv Kumar, also known by the alias Dadua, led one of the few remaining bands of outlaws that have roamed central India for centuries, their exploits romanticized in Bollywood movies.

Kumar, thought to be in his 60s, was wanted in more than 200 cases of kidnapping, extortion and murder and had a bounty on his head of more than $12,000, a small fortune in this region.

A.K. Jain, inspector general of the police special task force, said Kumar was slain after a fierce battle between police and bandits. He was identified by villagers, Jain said.

Four of his accomplices were also killed in the battle in the Chitrakoot region, about 400 miles southwest of New Delhi, Jain said.

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Robin Hood’s Dead

Posted in Articles, News, People on July 25, 2007 by blakejohnson

You’ve got to admire these types of people… as long as they’re doing things with good intent… I don’t know any more about this man than the article below states, but I’ve still got respect I think for him.  I always liked Robin Hood

clipped from www.foxnews.com

NEW DELHI — Indian police killed one of the country’s most notorious bandits Sunday — a man who ruled the ravines and forests of central India through a mixture of fear and love for three decades, with many hailing him as a modern-day Robin Hood.

Shiv Kumar, also known by the alias Dadua, led one of the few remaining bands of outlaws that have roamed central India for centuries, their exploits romanticized in Bollywood movies.

Kumar, thought to be in his 60s, was wanted in more than 200 cases of kidnapping, extortion and murder and had a bounty on his head of more than $12,000, a small fortune in this region.

A.K. Jain, inspector general of the police special task force, said Kumar was slain after a fierce battle between police and bandits. He was identified by villagers, Jain said.

Four of his accomplices were also killed in the battle in the Chitrakoot region, about 400 miles southwest of New Delhi, Jain said.

  blog it

DIY Goodness

Posted in DIY, Film, Inspiration, Life, People, Resources, Video, Web on July 17, 2007 by blakejohnson

I’ve discovered two new helpful DIY sites recently that I think are both very entertaining and enlightening.  Enjoy.

IndyMogul – Funny, entertaining, cheap ‘n’ dirty FX for filmmaking.  Fun and worth watching.  Some great tips as well.
ThreadBanger – Great ideas on making your own clothes cheaply or for free with very simple methods.  Cool podcast, worth checking out.

In Recent News…

Posted in Articles, Get Meta!, News, Web on July 17, 2007 by blakejohnson

Apparently the most expensive websites are the ones with the most blatantly simple names… duh.  But what’s actually interesting is the prices of those URLs and what maybe it might say about the world we live in today.  Isn’t it interesting that Sex.com and Porn.com came before Business.com, in terms of price?  What’s that say to you about the internet, business and financial worlds?  What about the social and consumer worlds?

Link: http://www.forbes.com/2007/06/28/google-news-corp-ent-tech-cx_ll_0629webaddresses.html

Common Sense

Posted in Life, People on July 16, 2007 by blakejohnson

I just thought this was interesting:

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved friend, Common Sense, who had been with us for many years.
No one knows for sure exactly how old he was. His birth records were long ago
lost in government bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having
cultivated such valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain!!
Why the early bird gets the worm !!
Life isn’t always fair !!
And maybe it was my fault !!

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not the children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6 -year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate and teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents started attacking teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do to discipline their own unruly children. Then it sharply declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; and were banned from informing parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live when the Ten Commandments became branded as illicit contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar robbing your home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was too hot and spilled a little in her lap, then was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights… Someone Else Is To Blame, and I’m A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do absolutely nothing.