‘Evidence’ that spring is here

12 04 2008

pollenicooooleBefore I go into the pros and cons of spring’s arrival, I’d like to address an important issue. A recent comment on this blog suggested that my Peeps clip resembles footage that would typically be garnered from camera hidden in a flower stamen for potential criminal evidence in the Court of Law. This reminded me of that poor Zebra they found recently off I-75. (“They” being the overseers who control the Matrix and thus our thoughts.) The police kept using the word “evidence,” so the new caretakers were calling the Zebra “Evidence.” Anyway, can you imagine what you would say if you found a zebra on the side of the road? I guess you’d say, “I just found a zebra on the side of the road!”

In other animal news, it’s spring and that means spring-loving animals are out and about. Most “spring-loving animals” either have lots and lots of legs or the capability to fly. The giant bees are back to their typical antics and I’d like them to buzz off. They tend to not see the big picture window in my living room and thus fly straight into it, making a loud “smack” every so often. Another fun-filled feature of spring is the large amount of pollen scattered everywhere. But, thankfully, besides casting gloom and doom over the city, delightful spring showers are washing all the pollen away. This of course means that you never know when it’s going to rain. Tornadoes are still a vague possibility and I don’t know how well my apartment would stand up if one came through the north side. But it also helps the drought, so hey.

In other news, I’m finding that “Robot Chicken” is great to have on when you’re doing housework because the skits are so short that you don’t have to worry about missing too much. It’s also a good way to put some cheer, joy and offensive humor into your day. Cheerio!





Flickr allows video posts!

12 04 2008

peeps test video on flickr And this is what I do with it… it’s not easy to embed, though. The code I grabbed showed up as a white space. I had to just grab the thumbnail and link to the video, which is the old way of doing things…

I like this feature though, in terms of my own personal use. It’s helpful for those times when you have good photos and video but the vids don’t stand on their own. YouTube, it’s not, and it’s not trying to be. (Here’s the other mini-peeps-production)

The story behind this video? It’s an outtake from Monty Peeps and the Holy Grail. I started working on it over my “spring break” in the PHX but didn’t do much with it. I filmed the parts up to approaching the cute bunny, but I haven’t finished filming the elements featuring the bloody battle.

The yellow Peep chick is the bunny, and the purple thing is actually a lavender-colored peep. I stuck a straw in its side to serve as a sword, and the paper stuck through the straw is a “shield.” It’s kind of a hack job, but I thought it was kind of amusing.

I tried to put it together with Windows Movie Maker on my old PC that remains at the parents’ house, but the stop-motion segments combined with the video were too much for it and the whole thing kept freezing up. I’m wondering if iMovie will handle this any better. (I’m now a Mac user; hell hath frozen over. I love my speedy, agile little MacBook. It even runs Second Life. I’ve never seen a PC that could do that, other than a Dell XPS upstairs at work.)