Saturday afternoon, as promised, evil_jim and I got together and went to The Animation Show, which was a lot of fun. It's a collection of animated shorts selected by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt, so I went into the show knowing it would be... interesting. Good stuff. I really liked the Mt. Head segment which is a modernized adaptation of a traditional Japanese folktale, complete CGI enhancements that don't look like CGI... which is cool if you're me. Also good were Mars and Beyond, created in 1957 by old-skool Disney animator Ward Kimball, Tim Burton's Vincent, and the Mike Judge short that inspired the movie Office Space. There was some really nice CGI stuff, but the one I found most impressive (The Cathedral) really feels like somebody just wanted to show off his new video card. I also loved some of the visuals in Strange Invaders, although it was otherwise pretty lacking.
In case anybody hadn't noticed, I'm not a professional critic and probably don't know what I'm talking about.
Anyway though, the good segments are really good, and the less-fantastic segments are either funny or pretty, and you get to see Don Hertzfeldt's Rejected, which makes me laugh until I cry no matter how many times I've seen it. I'd recommend seeing The Animation Show to anyone who thinks it sounds even remotely worthwhile.
Saturday was also (as I've mentioned) Ellen's birthday. wendybyrd had offered to make us spaghetti, so we went over there for dinner. I know that Italian cooking consists of more than pasta and marinara sauce, but that's the kind I like, so it's a little odd that spaghetti has never done anything for me. I guess I've just had the wrong people making my spaghetti sauce, because Wendy's was outstanding, and I implore you all to let her set you up with one of her coworkers so that you too can have spaghetti when one of you has a birthday. We watched The Two Towers and then went to Rocky, where my voice kept giving out, and the one person to whom the "stiff/stiffy" callback was directed didn't catch it. Such is life. We skipped out on Country Kitchen and I got home at 5:00 AM. I need to stop doing that.
Today was spent in Stoughton with the family. Nothing special to report there, except that my mom is planning to breed dogs. There's been talk of my parents moving into the country, and if the dog thing pans out, I hope the move happens relatively soon. Now I'm home, away from all the animals (which is a nice feeling). I see xoshua has moved his bed downstairs into my old room, which is cool, because I have a lot of recreational hammering to catch up on.