I am so freakin' bored out of my mind. Very slow day at work, and tomorrow is not shaping up to be any better. Most exciting thing to happen was the planned meet and greet by one of the senior executives. "Hi, how are you doing, what exactly is your job?"
The walk home from work is not going to be pretty either. Well, visually it's going to be very pretty, but the sidewalks are going to be a mess. And the temperature is dropping, too.
Went to see Fellowship of the Ring with my brother last night. Quite enjoyed it, though a gentleman sitting in the same row as us fell asleep during the movie. His snoring was quite audible. David was tempted to throw candy at him. I already have our tickets for Two Towers next Monday. Not that the theater was packed (though surprisingly well attended for a Monday night), but I don't want to take chances. I just which it started earlier in the evening.
I am so looking forward to Return of the King next week. I'll catch the last show on opening day over at the Har Mar, after SCA and dinner at the Ground Round. My group has done this for the past two movies, and we saw no reason to break with tradition. Just need to remember to buy tickets *before* going to dinner.
Once I get home from this deadly dull day of work, I'm going to have to get my computer reinstated onto its shelf. I took it with me for the Boar's Head weekend, and spent much of Sunday at Master Haloti's getting it back up to speed. It now has all the critical patches applied, IE has been upgraded to 6, and I've downloaded Opera. Two programs that needed to be automatic have been toggled, and the bugcheck that was crashing my computer (damn BSOD) has been turned off. Those three things were buried DEEP within Windows, and I doubt I would have found them on my own. I can abuse the graphics card and it won't crash, and I can make After Effects run, even though it is still stubborn about talking to the dual processors. But it is much less likely to crash. I didn't update the video card drivers, though I do have the newest version. I want to see if I *need* to upgrade it first.
More importantly, I need to get the 'puter up and running so I can rebuild a Flash tutorial to submit for a job application. It's a neat tutorial on how to make a beaded veil, but when I created it for my class, I did not include controls beyond start, pause, and rewind to beginning. As a demo within the web site, that's ok. But as a stand alone (I've had some requests from SCA folk to have a copy of just the demo), it needs more controls. Which means a lot more programming. It's not difficult programming, but I still have to do it. Since I need to burn and mail this on Friday, I need to get started last week.
I'm not all that confident that my first round of job applications is going to be all that successful. I'm doing all the "right" things, good cover letter, resume, demo reel, will call dates, etc., but my reel is short and kind thin on the computer animated stuff. I've seen my demo reel so many times now that I KNOW where all the problems are, and they make me wince. Some of it is damn good, but as a whole it screams "student work." I don't know when the next version is going to be ready, and I'm not sure how I'm going to get it compiled and dumped out to tape. AE is not designed for that, and Final Cut Pro is not available for PC, and I DON'T have the funds to buy a G5, much as I might like to.
Ah well. These are problems for the future. I do need to find new employment, one way or the other. Right now, I do what I can - a little modeling, a bit of animation. With the box getting onto the 'net, I'll be able to register and start working through some of the tutorials for spiffy stuff, like particles and dynamics and such. Spend a bit of time learning MEL scripts. Maybe figure out how to make camera movements work for me - I suck at moving camera. Definitely start drawing some more. Maybe a series with my gryffin, for Northwatch covers.