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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 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!

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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O'Reilly Hacks Series

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Resources, Web with tags , , , , on July 31, 2008 by blakejohnson

I discovered this while perusing filmmaking books on Amazon and thought it was a sweet idea. I really don’t know what O’Reilly’s reputation is, but I’ve heard the name and seen the label many a time over the years, so I can only imagine they’re doing something right. Anyway, the “Hacks” series sounded pretty sweet, so I wanted to pass it on. I know I’m going to go through the list and pillage their supply of books, adding it to my wishlist :P.

O’Reilly Hacks Series

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Resources, Web with tags , , , , on July 31, 2008 by blakejohnson

I discovered this while perusing filmmaking books on Amazon and thought it was a sweet idea. I really don’t know what O’Reilly’s reputation is, but I’ve heard the name and seen the label many a time over the years, so I can only imagine they’re doing something right. Anyway, the “Hacks” series sounded pretty sweet, so I wanted to pass it on. I know I’m going to go through the list and pillage their supply of books, adding it to my wishlist :P.

Open Source Cell Phone

Posted in Design, DIY, News, Web with tags , , , on July 29, 2008 by blakejohnson

I found this a while back and saved it to read later, but while cleaning out my list of “to-read” items, I rediscovered it and thought I’d post it. It seems pretty basic in concept, and after thinking about it, I’m actually a little surprised it didn’t come out before now (that I know of). One of the cooler parts about it is, following through with the open source ideology, the CAD plans are available for you to customize and work on for your own design. Manufacturing might be a bit of trouble if you’re not handy with molding plastic or metal or whatever, but it sure would be sweet for the people who can pull that off. I’d love to see the creations when they start coming out.