Monday, August 23, 2010

He's Not Gonna Just Talk About His Classes, Is He?

No, he's not. Don't worry.

Although, I do want to try something a little different today, so stick with me.

I've been thinking a lot about relationships lately. Relationships with friends, family, and of the romantic variety. Thinking about this got me thinking about how people handle these relationships and I have a question:

Is anybody really any good at relationships?

Are there people out there who actually have no issues with any of their interpersonal relations? Do we, as a society, actually function properly or is it some kind of delicate balance of internal issues and the need for companionship that keeps us going?

These are the things that run through my mind all the time.

Most of the time these questions aren't quite on such a global scale. Typically, they are much more hyper-focused on me and my personal problems.

You know, the whole "why do I seem to always come home alone" question. It's idiotic, I know, but it still rises to the surface and eats away at any confidence I've managed to build up for myself since the last time it hit me.

But, upon further contemplation, I have to wonder; do any of us have it all figured out?

I don't think we do.

I think there are plenty of people that claim they do. Followings are built around these people, call them what you will: cults, support groups, "families," self-help symposiums, religions. But, the truth is, no one has it all figured out (well, maybe the Dalai Lama, but he'd probably deny it... further proof that he just might).

For a long time, I thought some people did have it figured out. They seemed "normal." Seemed like they were in total control. Of course, it was really an elaborate house of cards and shifting one Ace would bring the whole thing tumbling down.

This summer, I realized something. I am not "normal." Never will be, don't really want to be. After finding some like-minded people that I can truly consider peers, I realize that I've been worrying too much about fitting in.

Anybody who knows me is probably scratching their heads at that last statement. I don't tend to be part of the "in-crowd." Let me explain. I always get a little upset when people say I'm "weird." Why? I should be proud to wave my freak flag. They're "weird" for finding me "weird."

I have spent most of my life trying to impress people in some way. Either through word, deed, or sometimes appearance I would try to make people like me. We all do it to some degree. That girl you like is really into that crappy book series that's all the rage, what could it hurt to read? (answer: A lot. It hurt a lot) That guy you consider your friend doesn't like this other person you also consider your friend, what would it hurt to make jokes at their expense when they're not around?

I'm so sick of it. I sometimes feel like that Everclear song "Everything to Everyone." I've done it. I still do it. Afterwards, I hate myself for doing it.

Why the hell would I say I liked that? Typically to avoid an argument, I think. I don't want people who like me to get upset with me. Why? If you can't have a healthy discourse with your friends, what's the point of having conversations? What's the point of being able to form your own opinion? Be your own person?

I acquiesce far too much, and I'm done with that. If I don't agree with something you say, I'm going to let you know. I feel like an idiot for letting this hold me back for so long.

You stumble and you fall and you do it again.

William the Bloody Acquiescent Redd

Sunday, August 22, 2010

What Happened This Time?

A very good question. Wish I had an answer.

Well, Wednesday night we had the Scoop investigation. I almost didn't want to wake up for my Thursday class. The rest of my day was spent trying to sleep, but not succeeding. Still managed to go to bed early that night (without blogging, but I did vlog for my collab channel. Does that count?):

Friday I had 8a.m classes. Fun. Then I came home, filmed a bit for my vlog this coming week, cleaned the house in preparation for my parents coming to town, and got things ready for the Battleship event that Research Paranormal put on that night.

Fun, but tiring, and Friday traffic was IN-SANE! This means I arrived late and didn't get the tour of the ship... which is unfortunate since I was supposed to lead one of the groups to the Infirmary. Paul Bradford and I did find it easily enough, but we went the wrong way to get there. Again, the event was fun, and Paul and I are a pair of photo-bombing fools:


Didn't get home until 4a.m. and woke up the next morning around quarter to 11a.m. (again, because the parents were there and I knew they wanted to grab lunch before heading back to New Bern) Saturday morning. Found out that their show was not good. They went to the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach to see the Temptations and the Four Tops. Apparently, both groups are down to one original member and they have "re-vamped" the show to make it more appealing for younger audiences.

According to my parents, it was too loud and they barely recognized any of the new versions of the classic songs.

That sucks. Why call it a Temptations/Four Tops show if nothing similar to either group is going to be played? Kind of glad I had the Battleship event because Dad invited me along and I don't know how I would have liked the changes.

The rest of Saturday and most of today have been lazy days to recuperate for class tomorrow morning. Did some organizing around the house and online. Going to start revising the Media Blitzkrieg website because that thing needs some serious help.

Now, I need to get to work on the little bit of homework I've been putting off for tomorrow. Nothing major, more introductory stuff. Mainly a few papers explaining how I feel about aspects of my classes.

I think tomorrow I might discuss that in my daily post. Give everyone a break from the "this is how my day went" blog. Maybe go into some new ideas in pedagogy or a brief discussion on linguistics. Or, maybe I'll just post some more wizard rock.

Who knows?

See you all again tomorrow.

William the Bloody Still A Bit Tired But Has Work To Do Redd

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How Time Does Sneak Away

No blog yesterday. Sorry about that.

Time literally got away from me. I had plans to attend the Guttermouth show at the Soapbox (because it's rare that a recognizable name band plays in Wilmington), but I neglected to keep a decent track of the date.

It was last night.

I realized this after a day of errands (and Bill's BlogTV show) when my friend Amanda posted a Guttermouth video to her FB page saying "singing along to this tonight."

Of course, I panicked a bit.

My plan for last night included, editing two projects and shooting another.

None of that happened.

Instead, I ate a fast dinner and rushed back to town (I live about 15 to 20 minutes from Wilmington now depending on the traffic).

The show was awesome (even though it didn't start until around 10p.m. and the website said 8), but a bit long. Got to hang out with Amanda and her beau, and it did prompt this awesome pick with Amanda:

Thank whatever higher power is up there I didn't have my 8a.m. class this morning or I would have been in really rough shape. That class involves going to a high school and observing, so they are still setting things up and we need to have the other part of the class first to know where we need to go.

I was able to sleep in today, meaning I could work late last night on finishing a few things and getting things ready this morning.

It was nice. And it was one of the last times I'll be able to do that, probably.

At least for a while.

My one class today was horrible. The teacher seems great and the class will be interesting, but the AC in the building wasn't working for some reason, so it was sweltering in there. I nearly dozed off once and a girl I know from last semester said she felt faint near the end.

Then there was the line at the bookstore (expected, but still annoying). I'm convinced that the people working at the bookstore don't have a full grasp of how to handle that much foot traffic at one time. I had to move a display to make the line move a little easier, and I don't work there.

Tonight, Research Paranormal returns to the Scoop for another investigation. I'm going to grab some lunch, maybe take a nap, and get ready for that.

Also, hoping I can squeeze in a little editing before I go so I don't have as much to do later.

William the Bloody Sweatin' Like a Long-Tailed Cat in a Room Full of Rocking Chairs Redd

Monday, August 16, 2010

In Which William Talks About Wizard Rock

I think the title sums it up nicely, so let's get right to it.

This summer, I found myself attending and filming two wizard rock concerts. One in Raleigh at the Cameron Village Regional Library and the RoflcopTOUR stop in Chapel Hill.

I have finally started editing and posting these shows on the 5 Regular Guys Youtube channel.

Here is the first video. It is the Blibbering Humdingers playing "Daddy's Tattoo" by the Parselmouths in the style of the B-52s:

The quality on the Raleigh show won't be nearly as good as the Chapel Hill show because I shot it on my Flip Cam. Of course, the cinematography will be much better on the Raleigh show because I arrived in Chapel Hill later than intended and got there right as the show was starting.

Note to self and any potential videographers out there:

Arrive early or you will have a horrible camera position and not get the shots you intended.

It also didn't help that we were in the basement of the library in Chapel Hill and I set up the camera before the audience was asked to stand. This made filming from the back of the room rather difficult, not impossible, but extremely awkward shots keep popping up.

Anyway, I'm complaining. Both shows were a lot of fun and it was good to see some of the people I met at my first Wizard Rock show last year at Camelot Treasures. The wrock community is really awesome and has some great people in it.

The videos from those shows will be popping up on the 5 Regular Guys Youtube channel over the next few weeks.

And now, I must end this blog because I have to get a good night's rest tomorrow so I can run some time trials on the trip from my house to campus first thing in the morning. I am now, officially, a commuter, and must deal with commuter traffic on the way to my 8a.m. class.

William the Bloody Going To Regret It Soon Redd

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I Ain't 'Fraid O' No Ghosts!

I'm trying to remember if I've mentioned Research Paranormal in this blog.

Well, there is a paranormal research and investigations team in Wilmington called Research Paranormal and I am a part of this team.

We've been investigating for a few years now and have found some interesting evidence. We have EVP, a few interesting photos, and some really interesting video moments. Of course, none of these can be proven, but they also can't be disproven.

There are some interesting things happening this week with Research Paranormal.

First, we have a return investigation to the Scoop. The Scoop is an ice cream shop in the Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington. We first went to the Scoop a while ago. We got some interesting EVPs and Mike had an interesting moment with his headphone chord. There is a clip, and I think it is online, of this chord being pulled hard by some unseen force. We've yet to determine what it is, but it was definitely something.

Along with this investigation, there is also another event that Research Paranormal is hosting at the Battleship North Carolina.

From the event page:

Spend a night on the Battleship NC with Donna Lacroix, Paul Bradford, Ashley Godwin, and Brandy Green all from Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International. Special guests Paul Browning and Research: Paranormal. Dave Jones from Para-X will be there to Live broadcast for

The last event we held was a lot of fun, so I'm definitely looking forward to this.

That will be on Friday.

Classes start on Wednesday.

I'm going to have a busy week.

Should make for some interesting blogging.

William the Bloody Planning Ahead Redd

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

I love going to the movies.

Sadly, the offerings from Hollywood as of late have been less and less interesting and "must see" compared to when I was a child.

Leave it to Edgar Wright to give me back my sense of absolute wonder in the movies.

Thursday night I went to see the midnight showing of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and was completely blown away.

Now, admittedly, I had reservations when this was first announced. I'd read Bryan Lee O'Malley's brilliant graphic novel and knew that Edgar Wright was the only guy who could bring it to life on the screen, but I didn't see Michael Cera pulling off Scott. Nothing against the guy, I'm a fan, but he's a bit of a one-note actor. Every role I've ever seen him play is exactly the same.

Again, leave it to Edgar Wright to prove me wrong.

I knew it was going to work when I saw the trailer:

After that, it was just the waiting game. I have been waiting for this movie all summer. Out of all the releases, this was THE ONE.

And it did not disappoint.

From the start we are treated with a taste of what we're in for. The Universal logo is now 8-bit and the Universal theme comes through as if it was the opening of a video game. If you've read the graphic novel, you know why this is pure genius.

Then it is a series of brilliant visuals and 4th wall breaking dialogue.

I wish I could break down this movie into each individual moment, but this is one of those movies that just has to be experienced.

While it's not for everyone, assuredly, it is absolutely an amazing film and I highly recommend you see it as soon as possible.

The soundtrack is also amazing. It features new songs from Beck (who has created songs for Scott's band Sex Bob-omb) and Metric (performed by the Clash at Demonhead with Brie Larson doing an amazing job as lead singer Envy Adams). I'll be picking up this album immediately.

So, go, see Scott Pilgrim and experience a movie that is just fun, visually stunning, and brilliant in every way.

William the Bloody Gonna See It Again Soon Redd

Well, That Didn't Go As Planned

Yeah, no blog yesterday.

Sorry about that.

I was fully planning on writing up a Scott Pilgrim review, but things got away from me. My friend Jason is here visiting, so I'm gonna keep this short.

I promise a full blog with Scott Pilgrim review later today. It will happen.

William the Bloody Trustworthy Redd

Thursday, August 12, 2010

And Knowing Is Half the Battle


Today I just had to watch my newest purchase, the G.I. Joe movie.

No, not the unbelievable P.O.S. from Stephen Sommers, the classic animated movie based on the cartoon. You know the one, with Golobulus and Cobra-La?

Yeah, that one.

Well, I watched it twice. Once just straight through, and then again later on with the commentary (I've been editing video today, so needed something I could just have in the background and not fully pay attention to).

The commentary was very informative.

Buzz Dixon, story consultant of the movie, who as it turns out was actually one of the writers, but could not receive credit due to a rider in the man who was given credit's contract. This guy was apparently guaranteed "written by" credit regardless of how much of his script they used.

Screwy, but it happens.

Anyway, Buzz told a lot of great stories about writing the movie. For one, Cobra-La was never meant to be the final name of the ancient civilization, it was merely a place-holder. Hasbro loved it and left it in, however. He also said that regardless of the dialogue, Duke does die in the story. That's the way it was written.

To drive this point home, Buzz quotes the entire Dead Parrot sketch when referring to Duke as he dies.

"This is an ex-Joe," he says. This made me chuckle.

Later, when Doc comes over the radio at the end and says, "Duke has come out of his comma," Buzz only says one word in response, "bull."

I have to say, I did always wonder why we never actually saw Duke once he was awake. Now I know.

Other than that, I've got a video for In the Great Perhaps uploading to Youtube right now. Should be live in a little while.

I'm going to have to leave things here for today. I have to get ready for the Scott Pilgrim midnight release. I am incredibly psyched for this movie. Been waiting for it all summer.

I promise a full review tomorrow.

William the Bloody Excited to Finally See Scott Pilgrim Redd

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Joys Of Getting Tagged Online

So, recently, I was tagged in a Youtube tag game. There have been several of these, probably the most famous of which was started by Alex Day, aka Nerimon.

In the past, I was never officially tagged in any of these games, and I always wanted to be. And thanks to Helen, aka helenzebcharles, I have been.

The Questions:
1.What's your favourite TV show and why?
2.Favourite YouTube channel and why?
3.What's your worst habit?
4.Worst movie you've seen? Why was it the worst?
5.Favourite gadget and why?
6.What video camera do you use for your videos? Show us them!
7.Favourite smell?
8.When and where is your next vacation? If you don't have one planned, where would you go and why?
9.What is your favourite Internet meme?
10.When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you were older? Can you remember why?

The people I tagged:
Adam/Gears: TheGearsKeepTurning
Melissa: akmelza
Stacey: staceyg1988
Heather: PinkPixieDF
Blair: PrimroseMarie

That's the one problem I always had with the tag game, limiting my choices to five people. A lot goes into the decision of who to pick. My criteria is someone I think will actually make a response, someone I enjoy watching in their videos, and someone who could potentially choose any of the other people I might have chosen within the realm of infinite possibility. It's a pyramid scheme, but more fun and no one loses all their money over it.

So, I think I'll leave things there for now. I'm in the middle of editing another video and I still have to shoot one for my collab channel tonight before I go to bed.

Tomorrow I plan to talk about a little experiment I'm going to run on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday in order to prepare for school. Classes start in a week.

Oh, and on that front, I finally got my acceptance e-mail from the Watson School of Education. I can now officially pursue my teaching license.

William the Bloody Happy Dancing Till the Break of Dawn Redd

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Day That Almost Wasn't

I have been severely slack today.

Sure, I finished and posted a story, but past that, I have done very little. I planned on shooting two videos today, just finished shooting one a few minutes ago. Still planning on shooting the other and editing both tomorrow for upload. I did finally get Part 2 of the Nerdfighter Meet-Up from VidCon rendered out and started the upload right before shooting my vlog. That'll be done some time in the middle of the night/early tomorrow morning.

So, I guess I did get something accomplished.

Just not as much as I'd like.

I did discover a new love, though it won't treat me well in the long run:

Bacon Cheesesticks from Papa John's.

Too good to exist. And extremely dangerous.

Tomorrow I promise a full post with video and everything, but for now here's a little catch-up blog to finally put me back in the black.

William the Bloody Caught Up Redd

The Catch

The following is a very rough short story that I am submitting to the Tenth Daughter of Memory. Enjoy.

The Catch

      "There's no way. It can't be that simple!"
      Rob just smirked at his roommate's consternation. He shrugged.
      "Dude, I can't help it if the ladies find me irresistible."
      Joe started laughing from his usual spot on the couch, the spot with an imprint of his butt molded into the cushion, where until now he'd remained silent.
      "Shut up, Joe. Look Josh..."
      "Look nothing! You paid the bitch or something."
      "Well shit, Josh. Maybe if you didn't call women bitches you could convince a model to date you, too."
      Josh snorted, "Yeah, and maybe if I had received a small fortune from my dead grandfather, the ladies would find me irresistible too!"
      "Oh! So now she's a gold-digger as well?"
      "Basically, yeah."
      "Fuck you, Josh."
      With that Rob flipped his roommate the middle finger and stormed off, slamming the door behind him.
      Josh looked at Joe who had never taken his eyes from the game of Marvel vs. Capcom he'd been playing.
      "Tell me I'm wrong, dude," Josh said to Joe.
      Joe, without looking away, shrugged and slightly nodded.

      Rob was still seething when he pulled up to Kiki's house. They'd met, curiously enough, on one of Kiki's shoots. Rob was working with the lighting crew and Kiki came up to him during a break and started talking. She said she'd heard him talking about movies and thought he had good taste. Now Rob was one of those shy guys who didn't approach women, but Kiki was so easy to talk to. They hit it off immediately.
      For the past four weeks, the two had been together every night. Most of those nights were spent watching movies, either in the theater or at one of their homes, typically Rob's because he has an absolutely massive collection. Of course, there were a lot of nights at Kiki's as well because her roommates were away a lot and Rob's never seemed to leave.
      Not that anything had happened to absolutely necessitate an empty house, but it was nice to have a little alone time.
      He parked the car, gathered himself, and walked up to the door.
      There she was, gorgeous as ever. He had thought why a woman so absolutely beautiful as Kiki would even give him the time of day, much less date him more than the one time. Things like this didn't happen, did they? Maybe Josh was right...
      Rob forced those thoughts from his head and said, "Ready?"

      "Yeah," she said grabbing her keys from the hook by the door. Just let me tell the roomies.
      "Bye! Try not to have some sick lesbian orgy while I'm gone!"
      "No promises!"
      Kiki shut the door and beamed her 21 kilowatt smile at Rob. "Okay. Let's go."
      He opened her door for her, being the chivalrous man he was, then walked around to the driver's side and got in.
      As they drove, Rob couldn't help but keep flashing back to what Josh said. It wouldn't leave his mind. He tried to focus on what Kiki was saying, but it was no use. To him, she sounded like an adult in a Charlie Brown cartoon. All he heard was, "wah wah, wah wah wah."
      "Sorry," he said, trying to get himself focused.
      She smiled, "I was asking what you were taking me to see tonight. You were very cryptic over the phone."
      This made Rob smile. He had a friend who owned the land where the old drive-in theater used to be. The screen was still standing, so he got a great idea for a date and got a projector set up. He then borrowed a popcorn maker from his church and got a cooler. His friend agreed to work concessions as long as the two could at least talk about Rob investing in a film he was trying to put together.
      Not saying a word, he pulled into the old drive-in lot, now overrun with weeds, pulled up to one of the still standing speaker boxes, and parked.
      Kiki just looked around and was about to ask what they were doing when the screen came to life. Her eyes lit up as the old dancing food cartoon appeared. She looked at Rob, then back at the screen. She was at a complete loss.
      Rob just smiled wider. "Popcorn," he asked.
      Still unable to form words, she just nodded. Her eyes were beginning to glisten a little.
      He stepped out of the car and walked up to the concession booth where his friend Tom was waiting.
      "Surprised," Tom asked, handing Rob a large tub of popcorn and a pack of Red Vines, Kiki's favorite.
      "I think she's tearing up in there."
      Tom just winked, gave Rob the thumbs up and a cheesy grin.
      Rob just chuckled, shook his head, and returned to the car. On the walk back, his mind returned to what Josh had said. Maybe she was just with him for his money, at least at first. In the end, did that really matter? They did have a lot in common, they enjoyed spending time together, and Kiki was legitimately pleased with Rob's surprise. He opened his car door, sat back down, and was quickly attacked by Kiki's passionate hug and a strong kiss on the lips.  Sure, things like this didn't happen to guys like him often, but they were happening right now, no matter what the reason.
      When he finally got a chance, he offered her the pack of Red Vines and the popcorn. The two snuggled together as "To Catch A Thief" started.

William the Bloody Fictionalized Redd

Monday, August 9, 2010

If You'll Pardon Me, I'm Going To Briefly Talk About Avatar

And by briefly, I mean it will be just a minor mention to get to another topic.

So, when I went to see Avatar, I was struck by a specific piece of the score. It was familiar to me, but I couldn't place it. It was a trill of trumpets used for battle and action scenes in Avatar and I knew for sure I'd heard it in similar context elsewhere.

For the next few days, I tried to find a piece of James Horner score that had a similar trill. I remained stumped and annoyed until I decided to watch the new Star Trek on DVD. Right in the middle of the movie, it hits me.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan!

That's right, James Horner cannibalized a part of his own score to use in the newest James Cameron spectacle. I often wonder what makes creatives do this. I understand reusing something that didn't get major play when you first did it, but Horner's Star Trek II score is probably one of the most well known scores from the Trek movies (at least in my mind).

I don't know, maybe it's just me. I don't really mind that Nino Rota took his score from a Fellini film and retimed it to create the score for the Godfather. But for some reason, this bothered me. Maybe with Rota it feels more genuine and with Horner it just feels lazy.

I don't know, maybe I'm just getting bitter with age.

But, "On Ceti-Alpha 5 there was life, a fair chance."


William the Bloody Better Believe I'm Watching Wrath Of Khan Right Now Redd

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Technology Is Against Me, I Swear!

Apparently, Friday and Saturday wiped me out more than I thought. I've spent most of today sleeping. Fortunately didn't have anything planned, because I would have either missed it or just been completely useless.

So, story time. My friend Ash messaged me back in May about a little project she wanted me to work on. She wanted to put together a slideshow for her friend who was getting married. The wedding was yesterday, August 7th, so I said yes because there was plenty of time. Also, this was going to be Ash's wedding present to her friend, so I was getting paid (Huzzah!).

Fast forward to two weeks ago, Saturday July 24th, Life in a Day day. Ash had just received the pictures from her friend a few days prior and we were both going to the Cape Fear Roller Girls bout that night, so we figured it would be a perfect time to meet up for the hand-off (wow, I can really make something benign sound illicit, can't I?). I got the pictures from her and was all set to get things ready to begin the edit.

A few hang-ups though. First, I didn't have internet at the house. They weren't coming until Monday. Also, I still needed to move my printer/scanner/copier (the pictures were actually physical pictures, not digital) from the apartment to the house. This would take until Tuesday night when I finally got the remaining items from the apartment to the house. Then, on Wednesday, Dad came to town to help clean the apartment so I would finally be done with it.

Then, after the final inspection of the apartment and key hand-off on Friday, I was driving to New Bern and planning on uploading my Life in a Day footage. So, as yet, no time for pictures. Of course, as readers of my first BEDA blog know, I had some camera trouble and couldn't get any footage from my camera. That sucked, but I think after running some compressed air through the camera, I've got it back to proper working order. I'm going to be trying to work on some things next week, so I'll keep everyone updated on that.

So, returning home after a trip to New Bern, I finally had internet on Monday and immediately hooked up the printer. Things were working fine and I'd been working on the slideshow off and on all week (mostly just importing the photos and finding the music she wanted). Then, we get to Friday, the day I'd planned on doing most of my work. First, there was the surprise visit from Joe and Carolyn. While, being very glad to see them and spend time with, did kind of eat into my editing time. Especially since my friend Vanessa was throwing a wrap party for the movie she's been working on and had invited me. It became a question of priority, and considering that I was being paid, work won out. Much to Vanessa's chagrin.

Nothing seemed to go right from the start of the actual edit. I decided to use iMovie just because it has the built in Ken Burn's effect for photos and I was planning on doing a lot of that to add some motion to the slideshow. Of course, anyone who has used iMovie knows how much of a pain in the rear it can be. I was planning on working most of the night, getting a good sleep, and finishing first thing in the morning to have it to Ash by noon.

How silly of me.

After losing my render files multiple times and having to reboot on several occasions to reclaim some much needed memory (time to clean off the hard drive again), I was up most of the night just getting most of the pictures into iMovie and getting them in a rough order and resizing.

Knowing sleep was a necessity, I took about an hour's long nap and then jumped right back into it. Time fast approaching, I started getting the edit locked down, having to reupload and replace several pictures that insisted on appearing upside down for some unknown reason and not allowing me access to any setting changes (it's like the files had been deleted and all I saw was a black screen as I tried to change things).

Finally getting everything ready to go about two hours after originally stated (Ash had to be at the church by 3, so cutting it close), I finally readied a DVD burn. Knowing it would take a while, I hopped in the shower. The burn completed seemingly normally, except iDVD didn't want to shut down for some reason. As always, I tested the DVD before leaving the house, and a good thing because it didn't work. All I got from the DVD player was NOPLAY. Extremely upset at this point, I was about ready to fling the laptop at the wall.

In the midst of all this, I started getting phone calls from everyone. My Dad and Vanessa both wanted to talk, and I had to tell them that I'd have to call them back because I was in the middle of a project crisis. Vanessa has little grasp of "can't talk right now" because she always has time to talk, so I had to shut her down and tell her I'd call her later (still haven't called her back). I was severely freaking out and it's hard to explain that to people when you're in the middle of it. Dad said he just wanted to chat, so I told him I'd call him when I got everything settled.

Things would not be settled for another hour and a half. I could not get any DVD to read in the laptop for some reason and was really starting to wig. Eventually, Ash suggested getting a quicktime file that could be uploaded to a jump drive. I wasn't pleased because that would mean massive quality loss, but it had to be done if I was going to have it in time for the wedding. I exported a CD-ROM version and burned it to CD (which for some reason worked, so at least I knew it wasn't a hardware problem, thank the maker) and rushed it to Nate (Ash's husband) around 3:45pm (Ash was at the church). Dad called while I was on the road to meet Nate, so again I had to tell him I was still rushing and would call him back.

Now that the CD had been passed along, I could focus on part two of my day, a planned video shoot for Research: Paranormal. We were shooting the intro footage for the show and Saturday was the scheduled day. I was planning to be done long before three, so Mike decided to schedule the second half of shooting for three until whenever. Plus, the cemetery we were using closed at five. So, leaving Nate's I called Mike to find out where the cemetery was and then called Dad as I drove to the shoot. This was where I had to inform him that I hadn't done anything on Friday that I'd planned to do (relating to school) because of the Weaver's unexpected visit. This led to a "lecture" from him on setting my priorities.

It should be said that I love my parents, of course I do, but sometimes they just drive me insane with their unwillingness to allow me to handle things my own way because it's not the expected way of doing things. I say, as long as it gets done, what's the difference?

Also, my priorities strongly involve spending time with friends when they unexpected drop by for a visit. And considering I missed the party because I was working on the paying customer's requested item, I'd say my priorities are sorted properly.

Rant ended.

Filming went fine, and we were done before five, so good news there. Then, I returned home and a sense of relieve and exhaustion came over me. I didn't realize how tired I was until I got back to the house.

I eventually tried another DVD and it worked fine (of course, the deadline was passed so why wouldn't it work fine NOW?), so I burned another DVD and have been a little worried about trying to play it. I'll try that in a little while, though I'm sure everything is fine without the added pressure of a deadline. That's just the way things seem to go.

Most of today (Sunday), I have been sleeping. I had no idea that everything from Friday and Saturday had tired me out so much until this morning when I passed out on the couch and slept for about six hours.

Awake now, fully rested, and ready to get a ton of things done tomorrow. I really need to get more organized before jumping into these projects so this stuff doesn't always happen (maybe test everything before I start next time).

Tomorrow, a much happier topic. Also, the much stated catch-up post will be up tomorrow because I'm going to spend the rest of the night working on a short story to post for The Tenth Daughter of Memory.

William the Bloody Relieved Redd

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Entertaining Guests or, The Visitors

Today, I want to talk about some recent guests to the house (I need a name for the new house, and I'm having trouble thinking of something. Might turn it into a contest for the vlog) and show a little video.

First, the video:

I believe I mentioned the collab channel, In the Great Perhaps, that I make videos for every Thursday. This week, I also had a few guests on Thursday, so I got them to make a little cameo. Mary Kate, Bobby, and MK's brother Zach are on their way to New York and are traveling up the east coast, so of course I offered my place as a resting point. It was so great having them here. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Mary Kate and Bobby at VidCon, and it was great to be able to see them again and spend more time with them. There is talk of more visits and I definitely hope that happens.

Anyway, on Friday my friends Joe and Carolyn made an unplanned trip to Wilmington, so of course called me to see if I could hang out. Joe is the gentleman with the shotgun in the video, by the way. The timing was impeccable since Mary Kate, Zach, and Bobby hit the road shortly after I received the call from Joe telling me they were an hour away.

So, I got to spend two full days with some of the most awesome people I know.

Sadly, some time after that, everything turned to crap.

But that's a story for later (later today since I'm playing catch-up). I'll explain why this blog wasn't posted until today in the next post. And believe me, it's a doozy.

William the Bloody Welcoming Redd

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Very Soulful Thank You

On my Youtube channel, I recently reached what I think is an impressive milestone, 100 subscribers. While it's not as impressive as some numbers on the 'tubes, it is a number I've yet to reach until now. So, to thank all of my Youtube viewers, I made the following:

To thank those 100+ wonderful people, I decided to show my karaoke session from VidCon.
On stage:

Thanks again to Rob from sivartis for filming this:

Also mentioned/referenced in this video:
Bill (who has no love for Tab):
Heather (who gave me the line "It tastes like bubbles"):

3 o'clock dance break courtesy of Stacey:

by way of Pauley Perrette:

Other than that, I'll let the video speak for itself.

In other news, this house has guests in it for the first time since I've moved in. It's kind of awesome. More on that tomorrow/today.

William the Bloody Thankful Redd

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Asleep At the Blog

This is going to be a quickie because I fell asleep last night before writing one.

I spent most of yesterday cleaning out a closet for some new bookshelves and then installing those bookshelves and a washer and dryer. Fun stuff.

Needless to say, I was exhausted by the time my folks left. I was still planning on blogging, but then got caught up cleaning the rest of the house and editing a video. A video that will be posted later today as my daily blog post (it's uploading to Youtube right now).

The house is clean, my video is uploading, and I'm expecting some awesome people at my door some time today. This is going to be a good day.

Now, if only I could figure out why it stays so hot in this house.

I'll be back in a little while with the video.

William the Bloody Accomplished Redd

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Book Versus Movie

One of these days I'll actually start writing before midnight. Been in cleaning mode today because I have some guests coming tomorrow. I'm excited.

As I write this, I have Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone playing in the background. Normally, this would not be important, but I have now read the book (I know, I'm way behind the times, but I saw the movie first and wanted to wait until closer to the end of the series to start reading the books). Having read it, I've noticed a few differences.

First, there is the opening. I like the build-up following Vernon Dursley around on the day the Potters died. Having him see all the curious witch and wizarding folk around town in celebration over the defeat of "He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named" would have been an interesting opening for the movie, but it was apparently decided to just start with Professor McGonagal watching the house at night and Dumbledore showing up.

Now as a filmmaker, I certainly understand why there must be a difference from book to screen because not every bit of information can be translated into a movie. However, there are a few moments I can't understand why they changed.

First, the longer moment with the centaurs in the Forbidden Forest would have been great. We barely see any of them in the movie, in fact there is just the one, Firenze. He is not portrayed at all like he is in the book, and the prophetic way of the centaurs is completely written out. Personally, I would have liked to see Harry riding Firenze. That feels like an important moment because it is something that centaurs consider extremely taboo.

Then there is the ending. In the movie we are left without the second troll, which is fine because he's already knocked out when Harry and Hermione get there, but the potions portion is definitely missing. Also, why was it necessary to change Devil's Snare's weakness to sunlight instead of fire? Maybe just a chance to show off some more magic spells.

But, back to the potions. This is a very important moment between Hermione and Harry. First, it is the moment in which Hermione really gets a chance to shine because of her quick mind. It is also a touching moment and the fire effect would have looked amazing on film. Harry and Hermione do have their moment (with the exact same dialogue from the potions scene I notice), but it doesn't feel quite as strong as it could have been.

The reason I am talking about this is because when I saw the movies I didn't get the fervor in which some fans (many who I consider good friends at this point) seemed drawn into the world. Now that I've read the book, it completely makes sense. I'm just glad I know so many of these people even without having read the book first, and I look forward to discussing things with them now that I am reading the series.

Also, the skill level between J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer is so remarkably sharp that it makes Meyer look like a teen girl writing her own masturbatory materials (wait...)

William the Bloody Magical Redd

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Obligatory Shameless Plug

If you'll indulge me, I'd like to take a moment to talk about my ongoing projects with Youtube.

Now, people who know me are up to date on my video projects, but anyone who just reads the blog has no idea what I've been up to for the past few months (the sounds of silence often speaks volumes). Well, first I'd like to talk about VidCon.

VidCon was an online video conference held in Los Angeles this July, and I was there. It was such an amazing event. Getting to meet people you watch and communicate with online and actually speak to them face to face is a surreal but completely awesome experience. The month prior to the event, I and several other vloggers decided to take part in a project called "Vlog to VidCon" where we would make a video every day for the month prior to VidCon. I found many new people through this project and we all got to know each other very well over the course of the month. Here is the playlist for my project which I called "No Sleep Till VidCon:"

Of course, in hindsight, I should have been posting those videos and the month prior as blog posts as well.

Sometimes, I'm just not that bright.

Anyway, with the success of No Sleep Till VidCon, I began to work on other video projects. Mainly, I finally posted something to the Media Blitzkrieg channel:

First with this welcome video, and then with something I'd been meaning to post for a while, a revamped version of the short film "Taboo" that I made a few years ago:

Along with updating this blog more regularly, I plan to make more videos and update both my main channel and the Media Blitzkrieg channel. All this while making a video every Thursday for my collab channel, In the Great Perhaps and possibly another collab I have just been asked to join. Oh, and I am still working with Research Paranormal and plan on posting more content to the 5 Regular Guys channel.

Now, if I can only find some way to make myself busier. Hmm...

Well, there is that novel I've been meaning to revise from last year's NaNoWriMo.

William the Bloody Busier Than A One-Legged Man In An Ass-Kicking Contest Redd

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Return to the Blog

Let's not get in to where I've been and what I've been doing and why there hasn't been a post here since March. Instead, let's just say I've been extraordinarily busy and leave it at that for now. The full story will be revealed over the course of the next month as I once again attempt BEDA (Blog Every Day August).

Now, the previous BEDA was held in April, but the lovely and amazing Maureen Johnson decided to move it so she might be able to participate (thinking at the time that her schedule would be more open in August than it was in April). That, sadly, is not the case. She has stated that she will be around, but she will not have the time to participate fully in the BEDA experience.

This doesn't mean that the rest of us are left in the lurch. Maureen has created a community of bloggers to help back each other in this venture, who hopefully will be around to talk to and share ideas with.

So, let's start this blog off right by not going into some long, tedious explanation of where I've been this summer.

In the place of that, I'm going to talk about an interesting project I tried to take part in called "Life in A Day." This is a documentary directed by Kevin MacDonald and produced by Ridley Scott that will chronicle the lives of thousands of people all over the world in the course of one day. To pull this off, the two men asked people to film their day on July 24, 2010 and submit it through the film's Youtube page by the end of the month. I decided that I wanted to be a part of this experience, so let's briefly go back to that day.

I woke late and decided not to shoot my original opening of myself waking up. The original plan was to go and help my friend Mike shoot something for a project he's working on. Having not received a phone call from him, I decided to just film some bits of my day before he called. I filmed myself showering, dressing, eating breakfast, cleaning the dishes, rolling a garden hose, and editing some video on my laptop. This whole process took a few hours as I just did these tasks whenever I felt like it and started recording only those events. Mike never called, so I read Volume 6 of Scott Pilgrim (amazing, by the way) and got ready to go see the Cape Fear Roller Girls double header that night. After two outstanding victories from the CFRG, I went to Cape Fear Wine and Beer with my friend John and his friend Jeremy. We had a drink, then stopped by the CFRG after-party at the Cellar. Later, I stopped by the Browncoat and listened to some karaoke (I was planning on singing, but by that time I was too tired and didn't really feel like it). I went home confident in my footage, and went to sleep.

Now, fast forward to this past Friday night (July 30th) in New Bern (had to run home for the weekend). This was the first opportunity I had to upload my footage and get it ready to submit on Saturday (the last day). Upon hooking everything up and attempting to capture the tape, I hit a snag. The heads on my camera are apparently dirty or damaged and not playing the tape properly. I tried the head-cleaning tape I keep in my camera case, but no luck. While dealing with this I was also in the middle of repairing and replacing my parent's computers, and I had already promised my friends Joe and Evan that we would go shooting on Saturday (at the time expecting to have this footage uploaded and done with). The camera still won't play back anything properly.

Needless to say, I did not submit any footage to Life in A Day and I'm worried that I won't be able to fix my camera, even after getting it professionally cleaned.

What's the point of this story? First, camera maintenance is essential to any video/film maker, and second, always check your equipment the day before you plan to use it.

These are both things that I know, yet I somehow always manage to ignore them when it is important. Something for me to work on, I guess.

So, with that I shall end my inaugural BEDA blog post for this August 1st evening. At least I can take comfort in this:

Jeff will be over the moon that I'm writing again because that means I have no excuse not to write something for The Tenth Daughter of Memory (because I know he's going to read this and respond with exactly that, but possibly with more colorful language peppered in his response).

As always, I leave you,

William the Bloody Lesson Learned Redd