March 2nd, 2007
|09:46 am - Rhinestones and glitter|
First things first: I'm feeling a lot better. I had a couple of days of being really sick last week, and when that was over I was fine. Saw the doctor a couple of more times about my kidneys, and they couldn't find anything, which means a small kidney stone which either passed, or shifted position and will re-emerge later. Either way, it's fine now.
Last night offBeat met with a couple of choreographers in order to help us spice up our stage presence for the Harmony Sweeps... That's kind of a scary idea, because it's one more thing we're going to have to perfect in the next three weeks. The choreographers also brought up the good point that when you're on stage (especially at a competition), the audience expects entire experience to have been deliberate and planned, which means we should probably think about image. I think we've ruled our rhinestones and glitter (seriously, it was discussed and ruled out), but the jury is still out on fezzes and pince-nez spectacles.
I've also got a new episode of Science Fiction Double Feature up, in case anyone (who hasn't already heard it) is interested. This time we look at two space-operas from the mid-1980s: Enemy Mine, in which time and necessity prove that the only thing separating Dennis Quaid and Louis Gosset Jr. is a layer of makeup, and The Ice Pirates, in which Bruce Vilanch is revealed (unsurprisingly) to be a cyborg. Download the MP3 or stream it from Odeo.com, or add the RSS feed to your livejournal Friends page by clicking here.
Oh, I gave up on the RPM Challenge, incidentally. It's funny: February was an unbelievably productive month in terms of writing music, but the more I worked on stuff for the RPM Challenge, the more I wanted to work on the other long-term projects I have. Ultimately, I ended up finishing like, an hour of new music, but only 17 minutes or so was composed for RPM, which means that I failed. I suppose I could have submitted the other stuff, but I'd really rather finish the projects than give them away in unfinished form, even if that means missing out on the exposure that might have been afforded me by the RPM Challenge. The good news is that one of the projects is coming along so well that I'll be unveiling it at No Brand Con. Some of you already know what I'm talking about. The rest of you, sadly, will probably remain in the dark. 'cept Becki. Keep quiet, Becki.
Anyway, I suppose I'd better get back to work. They just pushed another upgrade through the network, which means that I have to reboot my PC. The upgrade -- whatever it is -- is probably a pretty serious problem for me. My PC has 256 MB of RAM, which is not enough, and it takes literally up to ten minutes for my e-mail to open after I click on it in the morning. I am constantly having to apologize for the speed of my PC when I'm on the phone, but (thankfully) I only ever have to talk to internal clients. I'm due for an upgrade sometime soon here, and I'm SO ready for it.
Current Mood: bored
Current Music: Screamin' Cyn-Cyn and the Pons -- Screamin' Target Heart Rate
Steal a stick of ram from someone whom you don't like's computer ;-)
Glad you're feeling better!
I would love to do that. I wonder how in trouble I'd get?
Depends on whether or not you get caught.
Actually I would say it depends on whether they have 128 or 256 chips.
The newer PCs must have 256 chips at least -- possibly 512s. 'course, there are security cameras, but chances are I'd get away with it. Who thinks to check the security footage when their computer stars having speed issues?
Hehe, and the great RAM Aquisition caper of '07 is proposed without a hitch.
As a devout reader of BOFH, I would check the security footage.
If you do get caught just say this "Happy Birthday!"
I guess I was hoping we could re-visit the rhinestones at least. I don't look good in a fez, so that's out. And I'm not wearing makeup (unless I wear makeup). I agree about the whole "look" thing. Any ideas? Want to poll your livejournal friends?
Just listened to the podcast--have you thought of submitting it to the itunes store?
Amazingly, I've actually never seen all of "Ice Pirates." I remember it being on cable a lot, and I always seemed to tune in at the same pint--when the caqst is about to be castrated. One line I've always liked, though, was one about how clergy is always allowed a pass when it comes to castration "just in case there is a god."
"Enemy Mine," however, I remember seeing on New Years Eve, with my mom, in the theater--the movie was so long we missed the countdown. My mom put it best, when she said "there were times where it was funny...and just as many times it was unintentionally funny."
I probably should look into iTunes. I don't have an iPod, so I haven't looked into iTunes much, but it would be a good way to get myself heard.
Anyway... Ice Pirates and Enemy Mine. If you ever get a chance to finish Ice Pirates, it might be worth your time. The climactic time warp scene is one of the strangest action sequences I've ever seen, though I wouldn't encourage anybody to actively seek that movie out.
Enemy Mine, well, I talked to matt_william
after I did that episode, and his reaction to Enemy Mine was a lot like mine: it has its moments, but generally it's pretty lousy. They could have done so much more with that story, and instead they decided to make a sub-Flash Gordon space opera (well, maybe it's not that
silly). I'd love to see how David Lynch would have made that film. Or Terry Gilliam. Wolfgang Petersen -- whom I don't even like very much -- is better than this.