Wednesday, January 25, 2006


ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog

It's Mary Blair week at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog. You go there now.

There's self-involvement. Then there's self-delusion. Then there's Yes, it has its own site.

I was a bit relieved to learn that Meryn Cadell, of "The Sweater" fame, did not in fact write the Cat Carol; that honor goes to Bruce Evans, a classic example of someone who can't even milk their little bit of fame for fifteen minutes. And best of all, you can get an MP3 of the song! Just Paypal him $3.35, and when the transaction clears he'll email you the link! Handy, no?

Friday, January 20, 2006


Make like my pants and split

So there I am, getting into the car for another magical commute to employment happyland. One foot on the ground, I put the other into the car, I lower my head to squeeze myself into the car, and as I'm sitting down--SHWIK--I feel something tearing down there.

For the whole ride I'm thinking, please ghod let it have been my underwear. When we get to work of course it's not my underwear, it's a long, impossible-to-hide split, not even along a seam, but about halfway between the buttcrack-seam and the back pocket.

So if you ever wondered how it feels to be at your desk, sitting on the packing tape you've used to repair your torn pants because that's the only kind of tape the receptionist had besides scotch tape, let me know and I'll describe the unique sensation in vivid detail.

Copyright 2004 Rich Bowen

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Yes, I know it's been a while since I posted. I've been busy, in case you haven't heard.

So, as of today, I've been at this job one week. For those of you in Canada, that means it's been one week since you looked at me, cocked your head to the side and said, "I'm angry." I've completed my first three assignments, each of which consisted of simply selecting an iconic image and reducing it in Photoshop, occasionally making adjustments so that it will "read" when reduced. I then get to create a banner ad in Flash, which at least affords a little creativity. The challenge is to vary the techniques I use for each one, so that I learn a little more each time; my earlier assessment that Flash was just Premiere with the Photoshop toolbar...yeah, that was a load of shash. Two hours to create a simple gradient...aiyah.

I know some of you are fascinated by this, while others spent that paragraph thinking about soup.

Now, since I'm slightly ahead of the game (about half a step. Half of a very small step), I'm taking today to crack the flash book and start learning this thing for real, and maybe start making some notes toward the next iteration of my demo. That's the fun part right there, coming up with an aesthetic theme, figuring out the actual tools to do it, designing the interface, putting it all together...maybe I'll even teach myself DVD Studio Pro, since DVDit! is, well, a toy.

So, how's the bean with bacon?

Copyright 2004 Rich Bowen

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