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Update

Posted in Books, DIY, Entertainment, Film, Inspiration, Life, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2009 by blakejohnson

So…been a longass time since I posted. Figured some sort of update was in order, so here goes…

I’ve moved back to VT. For the holidays, but also for the foreseeable future. It’s vacation, then working, saving up, and if all goes as planned, film school starting in the Fall. I’ve taken a two-year detour from what was really my dream, and I’m back on track. So that’s good.

Before I left, I got to check out a MAKE IT! fair and was pretty impressed. I’d wanted to go last year in Vancouver but looked up the vendors that had websites and was pretty turned off. This year I just took the plunge and am sure glad I did. From Cocoa Nymph (awesome chocolates) to Thyrza Segal’s Plantscapes to Daughters of Bastards Warrior Wear (awesome chain mail jewelry, no website, sorry) there was plenty of awesome stuff to check out and to gawk at. Catalyst Reaction had some cool leather stuff and I picked up some great Christmas cards from Hug + Kiss Designs.

Other than that, not much else to report. T-day in Seattle with the bro, a week in NYC with an old friend, then getting settled in here, ready for Christmas, watching the last of my funds slip away.

Moved onto Season 2 of Fringe and giving Leverage a second chance. Finished Dexter Season 4 last night. I’m still traumatized. Fantastic show…they don’t pull any punches. Hoping to start in on Supernatural Season 2 soon. Being Human was a no-go for me; the emo vampire dude was waaay over the top annoying, I couldn’t even look at him. Watched Slither and Gremlins recently. Both were awesome. Definitely to-purchase. Great fun. Excited about Chuck’s Season 3 and Burn Notice’s continuation in January too. Workin’ away at my to-watch lists…

I’ve been on a pretty major Star Wars kick lately. Partly nostalgia (I found my first screenplay – a Star Wars fanfilm, almost 70 pages!), partly reading Death Troopers (fun!) and partly finally getting around to watching Star Wars Clone Wars from Cartoon Network. Pretty awesome series, I’m having a blast. You know it’s good when it gets you excited about watching the prequels. Yea. That’s serious.

Listening to lots of industrial and gothic, generally dark stuff lately…Rammstein mostly but Imperative Reaction, Assemblage 23, Zombie Girl a bit, I:Scintilla, Heimataerde, Icon of Coil and Birthday Massacre. Got Nightwish’s Dark Passion Play on in the background right now. Never a baddie :P. Awesome album.

Hope all’s well with everybody reading. And everybody not reading. And no I didn’t get you presents. Have great holidays! 🙂

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DIY Lightbox

Posted in DIY, Inspiration, People, Productivity with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by blakejohnson

I wish I had teachers do cool, simple stuff like then when I was in school. Not only is it cheap and gets the job done, but it’s something the teacher took the effort and initiative to do outside of the classroom in order to teach more adequately the material to their students. In general, I think creative, crafty teachers are some of the best kind, and maybe it’s overkill to applaud them, but after the last year of making fruitless tuition payments, I applaud them whole-heartedly. Way to go, bigtreehouse!

The goal was to make a light box for my students to use that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Went to the second-hand store and found a florescent light… ($4.99 with 50% off) then noticed a suitcase/briefcase ($3.99 with 50% off). I got them both and started thinking of ways to put them together.

Instructables via Lifehacker.

YouTube Find: ThruYou

Posted in DIY, Entertainment, Inspiration, Music, Video, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by blakejohnson

Coolness. I like music/video remixes that come up with something different than the original, and this video is no exception. Been thinking about doing some music type stuff on my own recently, actually. I used FruityLoops once for a high school class, and I had a training DVD for the app once a while back, maybe I still do. Anyway…here’s the video, called ‘ThruYou’, enjoy.

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Umm…Mel Gibson?

Posted in Computers, DIY, Entertainment, Humor, People, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by blakejohnson

My initial reaction was slight shock, followed by a general creeped out feeling. but the more I think about it, it’s kind of cool. In this photo it looks sort of decent. The rest I think it’s out of place. How often has Mel Gibson ever had facial hair?

This guy looks like Lance Henriksen from The Quick and the Dead or a Mad Hatter or something. Either that or an Australian version of The Butcher.

Via Superficial

Mozilla Ubiquity

Posted in Computers, Development, DIY, Productivity, Web with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by blakejohnson

Ubiquity is a term I associate with the internet, however, after watching this video, I’m beginning to think it may become more manageable in the next few years.  Check it out.

Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

via NetTuts

Threadbanger and Me

Posted in DIY, Humor, Video, Web with tags , , , , on September 5, 2008 by blakejohnson

I’ve been a fan of Threadbanger and IndyMogul (and generally NextNewNetworks just because of what they do) for a while now, and I post comments on the episodes and whatnot pretty often. So, I posted last week on a Threadbanger episode, since they’d been having one host for each episode the last few episodes, and I was wondering what was going on. It’s not quite the same when you get used to a couple and they show up separately. So, I asked about it, and this was my response… I thought it was pretty cool, being in a video and all, but mostly it was a funny surprise in the morning while eating my breakfast :P.

Repurposed CD Spindles

Posted in DIY, Productivity, Video, Web with tags , , , , on August 6, 2008 by blakejohnson

This is pretty awesome. I’m using a lot of DVDs recently, so I have quite a few of these spindles laying around. I don’t want to throw them away, but don’t have a use for them, so this video naturally caught my eye, and I’m definitely trying out numbers one and four. Check it out, any other ideas? Let me know in the comments.