Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Last Day At Sams OR A New Dawn Is Breaking

Tanner has his last night working at Sams yesterday. After working for them for 7 years, (including a time when he quit and went to work and Blockbuster for a few months) he is finally free from the indentured sevitude that is food service.

But enough about that slor. I'm so happy with my new car. I've been driving around for like two days and it's only burned like an 1/8th of a tank. Buying the Toyota Tercel was an excellent choice in this fuel price climate. (Wow, that sounded weird, what the heck is a fuel price climate?)

Going to be heading up to take a shower in a few minutes, then off to Wal-mart to buy a few unmentionables 0(j/k socks, pizza, photos that I had developed) Then after that it's probably some Mario Kart on Gamecube, then writing, then dinner, etc. It's going to be a pretty chill day.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

First Day Of Work

Well, today was the first day of work this summer, and even though I only worked a 4 hour day, it really wiped me out. I really have gotten out of the habit of working, and am now just a lazy sluff.

Fortunately, it seems like they'll be easing me back into the work week, since they don't have enough payroll to bring me in full time until June. In June I'll be working full time in the back room. I was also really proud of myself because I asked for a raise this year and got it. It was really nerve racking to ask, because I didn't want to come accross as ungrateful or greedy, but I really needed the extra money, especially with the way fuel prices are these days.

I've got to get crackin' on my scripts if I am ever going to make a film this summer. I just spent the last few hours repairing the damage to my music collection, which I had to pull off of my iPod when I lost a bunch of my music. I am very happy with all the errors that I fixed. Now my next project is to go through the many versions of One Tin Soldier by Coven, and find the Covers that I like the best. The song has seriously been covered 20 times.

After that, I really need to get working on this DVD authoring I need for my Film IIs that I was almost finished with when my computer harddrive failed. I think I'm going to try recovering data one final time before I call my brother and ask him to help me return the defective drive (he and my dad got it for me this christmas).

I bought a few small upgrades to my computer, and they should be very nice. I'm excited to say that I will finally be replacing the stock CPU fan in my computer with a really cool looking and better proforming CPU fan and heatsink. It's gonna be awesome.

Well, that's about it for today, but I'll try to keep you up to date on exactly what's goin' down in my neck of the woods.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I'm Back In Maine, EVVYs and School are over, and more...

Well I have finally returned to Maine and it has been too long. I'm currently dictating this blog post to you, the reader from a cool program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7. It took awhile to get it trained to recognize my voice. I had to read passages from books and other readings like letters in order to get the program to recognize the idiosyncrasies of my voice. I find it rather impressive that a piece of software is capable of this level of recognition after only a few minutes of training. My assumption would be that after several hours of reading more and more documents the program would have very high if not flawless comprehension.

I start my new job at the North face on Tuesday. I'm pretty excited about it although it seems like I haven't had enough time off before jumping into the rat race. However I do realize that I need to make as much money as possible during the summer and after all, that's what the summer is for. I talk differently than I write I realize this as I am reading back what I just said. The funny thing is that I will have to go back and ad certain punctuation marks where they are needed, and also correct mistakes that the program makes. The program doesn't interpret pauses as commas, because when you're dictating you often stop in places you wouldn't normally stop to collect your thoughts.

Okay, it probably is still quicker and easier at this point to type, so I am going back to writing with my hands and a good old fashioned keyboard.

The EVVYs went swimmingly this year. I really think The 25th Annual EVVY Awards was probably one of the best EVVYs ever. Maybe I'm just proud. Whatever the reason, we had some really cool people on the show, including the Emmy Award winning actor, Sean Hayes. (From will and Grace) along with Tom Bergeron of America's funniest home videos and Max Mutchnick, executive producer of Will and Grace. The shows were fairly smooth, with only some minor hiccups, as well as some lucky accidents. For example, in the evening show, we had Sean Hayes presenting an award to Max Mutchnick, but he left his hotel or something late, so we inserted two unrehearsed but AMAZING songs into the beginning of the show from the a-cappella group Noteworthy. It really got the audience excited and ready to see our show. It ended up really working in our favor.

I finally made it up to Maine, and am pretty much settled in for the summer. I've got my job lined up at the North Face, my 1993 Toyota Tercel is inspected and ready to roll, and I've already got some ideas rolling around in my head for summer movie projects. Tanner and I would like to do a dramatic short, and we are already making great strides in the brain storming process. Also, since Tanner will be working pretty much the same hours as me at his new job, we won't be working weird schedules and things to keep up with one another.

It's the beginning of summer, I'm in the beautiful state of Maine with almost four months ahead of me to plan and think--and I've already got some great plans.

Not even the fact that it will soon be hotter than heck and I will be workin' all the time and the fact that I lost all of my data when my hard drive crashed and burned a week ago (including a years worth of digital photography) can't keep me down!

I'm also already eating too much Wendy's food. Tanner is such a bad influence.

Love and kisses, I'll try and update at least 3 times a week from now on.