Matador Kevin didn’t know at the time, but Alex knew all about the affair he was having with Alex’s wife.
The Emmy nominations were released today, and normally I care very little about the Emmys, because it usually seems that it’s the same few shows that get nominated and win every year, very few that I could give shits about. But this year, Game of Thrones came away with a shitload of nominations: Best drama, best actor, writing, directing, costumes, casting, hair, title designs… fucking everything.
My tumblr has been a place where I “like” and re-post other people’s original content and amusing internet finds. I have some free time coming up, and there’s no shortage of things I’d like to try my hand at. The only reason I haven’t done them yet is because I haven’t given myself a deadline or pressured myself with an announcement that I’m going to do anything. This is that announcement. I’m actually going to try to contribute something to this blog: content I can call my own.
The Early Adopter’s Assessment of Final Cut Pro X
I recently took the plunge and bought the FCPX suite of apps on the Mac App Store. My “expertise” in video has run the gamut from class projects, commissioned wedding videos, commercials (amateur and professional) and several kinds of web and indie projects in-between. I’m by no means a professional, despite having worked on professional shoots and editing for professionals above me. Video has always been a beloved hobby, and I’m self-taught on Premiere and Final Cut Studio. In terms of NLE competence, I feel I occupy a middle-ground between the amateur and pro sects.
I don’t have any wedding shoots on the books, and no screenplay with which to start principal photography. All I have at my disposal is the ProRes422 encodes of several hours of Police Academy footage. I plan to re-edit my academy video and employ the new tools FCPX offers to make an even more polished product. At the conclusion of this effort, I’ll reflect on what worked better, faster, cleaner… and what left me scratching my head. My first academy video weighed in at 11 minutes, summarizing six months of training. I’m aiming for a similar duration this go-around.
St. Michael Tablet Sketch
I wear a St. Michael pendant around my neck all the time. Several friends and family members are in law enforcement. I make it a point to never take it off. For a while, I’ve been kicking around an idea for a drawing: St. Michael re-imagined for today.
My pendant depicts St. Michael as wearing renaissance era garb, fighting a serpent with a sword. I want to update his look with a modern uniform, with modern equipment. I think I’d have to keep the serpent and general pose, or else others might not “get” that it’s a remix of St. Michael at all. They might think it’s just an officer about to beat up an ethnically ambiguous stereotype of a criminal. I don’t want to open that hornet’s nest of racial or economic insensitivity.
Everything I draw, deliberately or not, looks like a cartoon. I can’t draw realistically. If I’m going to undertake this project, I want to evolve my craft of cartoon drawing to more closely resemble the style of Patrick Brown. You can find his gallery here.
I want this to look good, and if it comes out the way I see it in my head, I’d like to entertain the thought of getting it as a tattoo.
So now that I’ve shouted these goals out onto the internet, for my legions of tumblr, twitter, Facebook, and Google+ followers (an audience of approximately… what… 20 people?), maybe now I’ll finally start these projects instead of just saying I’m going to start them.
Penny has been a real bitch since inventing that hovercraft. Marcus wasn’t the first to notice this.