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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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Larry Lessig @ TED on Law & Creativity

Posted in Art, Film, Get Meta!, Inspiration, Music, People, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by blakejohnson

This may be one of the best videos I’ve seen as a plea for business and industry and politics to embrace and support new media, technologies, and youth culture instead of fighting it with lawsuits and ‘non-common-sense’ methods as they’ve been doing. This is a huge debate these days and one that needs more accepting, supportive and constructive tones – much like Lessig’s presentation style – from both sides in working toward resolution and progress. Enjoy the video… I dare you not to become addicted to the collection of recordings available on the site. Comments welcome :).

DIY Steampunk Pocket Knife

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by blakejohnson

Found this at Instructables the other day, posted it at my Curbly blog today. Enjoy!

Writing, Podcast & News

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Journals, Life, Poetry, Writing with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2009 by blakejohnson

Disclaimer: This post will not resemble the title’s order of topics.

Now then, I’ve been getting out a lot more recently, I’ve taken to daily walks down to the waterside, picking different sitting-and-watching-spots each time I go to the park by my house. It’s about 6 blocks away, down the hill and across the streets, and I go when the sun is almost setting, to soak in the last few rays and feel the breeze on my cheeks, to breathe the fresher air and remind myself that there are other people living and moving around me, no matter how I shut myself up in my apartment room.

On these walks, I bring a book – Dune, for you curious types, and I’m almost done with it…a review should follow, but that simple mention is not a promise – and a notebook for recording ideas and thoughts, describing the sun and the mountains, the waves that lap the rock-cement seawall, or for remembering the old couple who wander down the path at sunset. I’ve begun writing much more, much like I used to, endeavoring to rediscover that spark I had before, the endless flow of ideas and thoughts that formed themselves into words, phrases, the lyrics of my mind that came pouring out like fresh, cold milk, coating and soothing and solidifying into a sweet cream… letting me understand their substance and intent.

And even now, inspired by a podcast series from the Open University (hurrah! for open learning initiatives) on creative writing, I’ve decided to link said podcast and some new writing of my own.
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Blood Trail

Posted in 3D, Entertainment, Film, Inspiration, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by blakejohnson

Holy craziness. I’m not a connosseiur of CG stuff, but I’ve come across a fair amount, and this is without a doubt the most brutal, visceral, gory, violent piece I’ve ever seen. That said, I quite enjoyed the article and the fact that someone without prior experience was able to push the envelope so fully. Good inspiration.

Link: Leaving A CG Blood Trail

Inspiring Romance

Posted in Family, Health, Humor, Inspiration, Life, News, Realtionships with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2009 by blakejohnson

I had no idea, but reading this article I couldn’t help but smile. This is fucken awesome. The President, leader of a nation on the front lines of the world, makes dedicated, regular quality time for his wife and their relationship.

In his lock-step schedule, he sets aside daily “Michelle time.” And last weekend, he fulfilled a promise to her. They got all gussied up and flew to New York, took a limo to dinner and a Broadway show, then flew home. Date night, just the two of them. Michelle and Barack. And their security detail.

As far as the comment about it being a “staging of matrimonial contentment,” I don’t care; it’s the image, the message of being happy, making time for romance and emotion and letting go of the routine and the job for a moment with your better half. Someone who’s clearly got solid good intentions in public and private office is setting an example for married couples all over at the same time, “and a man who can do that can plan my castle onslaught any day!”

via New York Times

Cool Artists

Posted in 2D, Art, Entertainment, Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2009 by blakejohnson

Pretty cool: *VampirePrincess007, *NorthernBanshee, *racoonnook, *iumazark. Enjoy :P.