Friday, October 26, 2007

Escaping the deer baron

There's this town in California called Boulder Creek. It's a small place, located in the Santa Cruz mountains. Apparently, there's no sewage on the left side of the street.

Somehow I don't think I'll be back there any time soon.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pointless Factoid XX

THAC0 is an abbreviation of the term To-Hit Armor Class Zero (0). It was once a crucial statistical shorthand for any melee based D&D character.

Friday, October 19, 2007


I try and make it a point to read one non-fiction and one fiction book a month. That isn't exactly a break-neck pace, yet lately it has been unattainable. I shudder to think that I could ever lose my love of books, but it's hard to deny the evidence.

Damn internet.

Monday, October 15, 2007

No accounting for taste

This is sort of old news, but as I am not exactly what one would call a diligent blogger, it's taken me a while to post. On September 30th Scary Cow had its screening. For those of you who don't know about Scary Cow, it's essentially an independent film co-operative. Members pay a monthly fee, join into teams and produce short movies. At then end of a three-month period, the movies are shown and members vote on their favorites. The winning films are then awarded a budget to make a future movie.

Although SC is by no means perfect, it is an excellent way to get out there and gain some hands-on film making experience. Most of the members are amateur hobbyists like myself. Some are professionals looking to do side projects, and a few more are aspirants hoping to use this as a launchpad to fame and fortune (good luck). I've been a member since the beginning, and though there have been three rounds, this was the first time I produced my own film submission.

My movie, which can be seen here (or watching the thing above) was one of the award winners. How exactly that came about I cannot say; some form of mass psychosis most likely. To the extent we merit any praise at all, it is due pretty much entirely to my cast and crew, who proved more gracious and paitent than I really had any right to expect.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Did I do that?

While I was trying to install the language packs on my computer, so I could see foriegn language characters instead of those annoying boxes, something odd happened. Now everything on blogger is displayed in Japanese. I have to go by memory to figure out which buttons to push in order to post.

Most confusing.