Archive for January, 2014
ehmeegee: I never want to forget that I was the kind of kid that ate lunch in the bathroom freshman…Friday, January 31st, 2014
I never want to forget that I was the kind of kid that ate lunch in the bathroom freshman year of high school, and that girl Erin threw gum in my hair because I said I didn’t want to watch her and her boyfriend make out during homeroom, and I never had a date to prom. Those things were so sad at the time but now I just kind of roll on the floor and laugh at the ridiculousness.
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This is guest post, written by the great Arachnologist & Blogger, Catherine Scott. You can find her blogging over at spiderbytes. People seem to have a particular fear mixed with fascination when it comes to venomous animals, and whenever I talk about my work with black widows I am invariably asked questions like, “have you been bitten yet?” The answer is, of course, no. Spiders alm …
I’ve been working on my own arachnophobia for a long time. Black widows (which live in our woodpile, and occasionally show up when we’re trying to gain ground on the junk in the garage) are kind of my last frontier.
This research should help me relax a bit.
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In case you haven’t had your fill of literary adaptation series, I just launched a new series of micro-directing projects over at my personal channel, http://ift.tt/1aMnLyM. This one is a little bit different though.
I Didn’t Write This is a new literary adaptation series in which I adapt and direct excerpts of poetry and literature written by other people. Basically one long commercial for why we read. My goal is to get parts of poetry and literature stuck in your head like a good song. Or John Mulaney’s standup.
Sometimes I say things at the end of the videos; you don’t have to watch those parts. New episodes every Friday, until we run out of world enough and time. Subscribe, maybe?
Directed by Yulin Kuang
Shot by Zack Wallnau
Makeup by Julika Engols
Dedicated to matterofawesome, who had requested a recording of “Ode” by Sean as a prize for her submission in the Shipsters FTW competition. I thought we might be able to do her one better than a recording, so we shot this. Hope you enjoy it, matterofawesome!
Gahhhhhhhhh! I can’t watch this right now because of stupid real life reasons but I’m freaking out so much!! My heart is beating really really fast! I can’t wait to see this!! GAHHHHHHH aslksdjasdalda
Nothing whatsoever about any of this that I don’t love.
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While waiting for the “I Didn’t Write This” upload to finish, I finally got around to watching this behind-the-scenes video of the shooting of “The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested.” If you’re a Shipwrecked Comedy fan, or a Yulin Kuang fan, or a web video fan, you might enjoy it. I did.
P.S. I found another thing Twitter is good for:
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“Practicality in the context of googly eyes is probably overrated.”
So, this was from a discussion that started from this image reblogged by the awesome @matterofawesome: …and led thence to anonsally talking about a pair of dice with googly eyes affixed to them in the appropriate configuration to correspond to the dots, which led us to compare notes on the likely effect this would have on the distribution of the resulting die rolls. Note, though, that at no point in this discussion did I make the connection to the fact that the Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus), a bird that was at that very moment making an appearance in our dashes, has evolved actual biological googly eyes: I felt it was important to mention these things.
So, this was from a discussion that started from this image reblogged by the awesome @matterofawesome:
…and led thence to anonsally talking about a pair of dice with googly eyes affixed to them in the appropriate configuration to correspond to the dots, which led us to compare notes on the likely effect this would have on the distribution of the resulting die rolls.
Note, though, that at no point in this discussion did I make the connection to the fact that the Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus), a bird that was at that very moment making an appearance in our dashes, has evolved actual biological googly eyes:
I felt it was important to mention these things.
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Reblogging to add some artist information.
This is by French Impressionist Marcel Dyf (1899-1985). I’ve been unable to find the date for this specific painting, but that’s his signature, and it’s totally his style. He had a thing for flowers in vases.
Fun/creepy fact: At the age of 55, Dyf married 19-year-old Claudine Godat, who appears in many of his paintings:
I don’t know; maybe in the context of 1950s-era France the age difference wasn’t considered as big a deal. They remained married until Dyf’s death in 1985.
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I went birdwatching on Christmas Eve, and found a small group of hooded mergansers. Two of the males were vying for the attention of one of the females. They made a noise like a frog and used their plumage to effect. They seemed beautiful and ridiculous at the same time. The female was impressed though, and eventually went over and swatted her chosen one repeatedly on the side with her head. It was a neat thing to see.
These are my favorite birds (I have a few favorites) ! I want to see them in person so badly! I saw two females two weeks ago, but have yet to see males. I lovingly refer to them as the Bride of Frankenstein Duck, but they’re actually called Hooded Mergansers.
Beautiful and ridiculous: pretty well sums it up.
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In case you still haven’t had your fill of literary adaptations on YouTube, I’m launching a new series of micro-directing projects over at my personal channel, http://ift.tt/1aMnLyM. This one’s a bit different, though.
Tentatively titling this directing series “I Didn’t Write This”. In which I adapt and direct excerpts of literature and poetry using visual metaphors and voiceover and whatever else I have on hand. Usually pretty things I found at flea markets. Basically one long commercial for why we read.
I’m out of taglines. New episodes on Fridays. Subscribe, maybe?
As I am usually a writer/director, I’m especially excited about this directing series because it’ll allow me to focus entirely on visual directing and really stretching those creative muscles in particular. It’s a bit different tonally from the heightened historical comedy brand we have at shipwreckedcomedy, but I hope fans of ATTV and KitR will find things they liked about my directing style in this series as well. Plus our source materials are excellent. My inner English lit fangirl is super pleased about this project.
Speaking for myself, I don’t think I’m a fan of “heightened historical comedy” per se, or with anything else genre-specific. I’m a fan of certain people, because their work makes me feel things, and yes, I suppose the particular genre(s) those people choose to work in are part of that. And occasionally it’s possible for an artist whose work I love to take a genre-bend that for whatever reasons I’m not able to appreciate as much as their other work.
But with music, or film, or web video, or art, or whatever, I’m much more interested in following particular creators whose work I love than I am in following particular genres. It just seems to work better for me in terms of finding worthwhile things to enjoy.
So, long-winded way of getting to this: I’m very much looking forward to seeing anything you and your collaborators choose to create. If you think it’s worthy of your talent, and are excited about the end result, then the fact that it’s a different kind of thing or even that it’s written by someone else doesn’t worry me at all. If anything it makes me even more excited.
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It’s time to fangirl because Fangirl author Rainbow Rowell has signed a two-book deal with First Second. She’ll be writing two as-yet-untitled graphic novels which…
This is such exciting news!
So. There’s the answer. A two-book deal to write graphic novels/comics, collaborating with artist Faith Erin Hicks.
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