Mirror Mask

Ok, in the spirit of catching up here is another post for today.

So there I was the other night, cruising the movie aisles and there, sitting all by itself, was this little DVD case with an interesting image on the front – a girl sitting looking off into the distance with, well, with fish flying past her head. Catchy image, wouldn’t you say? So I picked up this little loner and checked the back. Hmm… Jim Henson, this may be interesting – but am I in the mood for stuffed critters? I often am, you see as an animator watching how the puppeteers do so much with so little, well suffice to say it’s a great learning experience. But this one said it had lots of CG. Jim Henson and CG? Interesting. Plus CG is cool, right? Well, sometimes…

Anyway, without giving the story away, here is what the Internet Movie Database says about the film: In a fantasyland of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MIRRORMASK in order to save the kingdom and get home. It was released in 2005, but I never really heard anything about it… so off I went, back home for some movie watching.

After watching this movie I wasn’t sure what to think. Here are some words that came to mind: weird, fantastical, strange, cool, huh?, neato, and did I say ‘weird’? Usually after watching a movie I can tell whether or not I liked it, but this was one of those few movies which I had to think about and I still don’t know if I liked it. Weird huh? I think I liked it… but it sure was weird (but a good kind of weird – is there such a thing?).

Lunar Eclipse

It’s been a week and I haven’t posted anything… it’s really been a week? Wow. I’ve been knee deep in projects and that is good. Some pretty cool stuff I get to work on, but unfortunately I can’t talk about – at least not yet.

So you have to endure my talking about what I’m doing in my spare time (yes, I do have a few minutes here and there). I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what I’ve missed in the software development world in the last 10 years. Mainly because I’m considering writing a game and that involves art and programing. Not a whole lot has changed – but now I remember why I took the artistic detour 10 years ago. Anyway, it’s to the point that it is like a battle between the Arts and the Sciences in my head. I’m trying to decide which I prefer to participate in more… I feel like a yo-yo. One minute I love one, and hate the other. The next minute I flip flop. The side that wins will probably determine what I will do with the rest of my spare time for a number of years. Decisions, decisions… You may not think that a minute or two here and there make a difference, but consider this: say you have 1 hour a day to spend on something, 1 hour times 365 days a year equals about two weeks of time in a year. Take that number and multiply it by, say, 20 years. That’s 40 weeks, almost a year! Now imagine you had that year to spend on something – what will it be? (edit: that’s full 24 hour days… if you change that to 8 hour days, well… now you have two years worth (120 weeks) – that’s a lot of weeks!)

Anyway, on a side note… here is a composite image I created last year when the earth cast a shadow on our moon. Boy I miss going out with my camera and telescope (it’s been too busy, cold and cloudy)…. too many interests and so little time. I think I’m starting to envy Methuselah’s life span!