November 2nd, 2008

The prize-winning entry in my company’s Pumpkin Carving competition this year was, in concept, a fully functional steampunk automaton – a Victorian-inspired paleo-futuristic mix of technology and art, an ensemble of brass, leather, and stone designed to inspire awe and delight. That was the concept, anyway. The actual execution of the design had to be carried out in an hour’s time, so the pumpkin – the so-called Steampun’kin – was somewhat less elaborate than the plans would have it.

Even so, it was sufficiently awesome that it took home the Great Pumpkin award.

And here it is, in action:

Automatonic Pumpkin Moving Picture Show

We could hardly do worse

July 14th, 2008

My dentist sent a version of this to me, and it’s so well done I thought I’d go ahead and modify it slightly and then put it up here for shits and giggles. Mostly shits.

EDIT: The site responsible for this “Get Out The Vote” effort apparently doesn’t care enough about its message past the time of a big election to bother keeping the videos created on it active, so this entry is basically… dead.

Thanks a lot for ruining my entry.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

July 13th, 2008

Further illustrating the fact that I am a raving dork of the highest order, I am so very excited about this:

Teaser from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

As I understand it, Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame), in response to the recent writers’ strike in Hollywood, decided to look for a way to sort of circumvent the system and produce something of professionalish quality without being bound by the rules set up by a system that no longer works. Or something like that. Thus, an Internet Miniseries!

Act 1 goes live on Tuesday, July 15th.

Act 2 joins the party two days later, on Thursday, July 17th.

Act 3 – the denouement – rears its head on Saturday, July 19th.

They will remain live through midnight on Sunday, July 20th, and then it’s bye-bye. Or buy-buy, as they will soon after become downloadable for a modest fee, followed by release on a DVD chock full of extras.

Remembering the brilliance of Whedon’s musical episode of BuffyOnce More With Feeling… I expect that Dr. Horrible will be phenomenal. Besides, look at the trailer. It stars Neil Patrick Harris, and he is comedic genius!

Yeah. Dorkiness confirmed and documented.

(But I still can’t wait to watch it!)

EDIT: See it here (while it lasts): Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog