It’s been about two weeks since I last wrote anything here and I have to admit, my enthusiasm for everything has been diminishing a lot lately.
I’m not entirely sure what’s happening, but there is a general sense of melaise going on.
Over the last year, my internet presence has been dwindling (not counting the blog of course) and I’ve all but abandoned all the forums that I used to frequent as I just don’t find them interesting anymore. Up until a few months ago, I’d been a semi regular reader over at Gallifrey Base, but during the course of the last couple of years, I’ve slowly turned from an active contributor to a lurker and finally to a lapsed member. I find myself thinking that forums are just not worth the bother – too much bitterness and oneupmanship going on and I have better things to do with my time than read a lot of depressing drivel.
On a lighter note, I have discovered a couple of websites that I like, some I’ve been reading for years while others I’ve found in more recent times. Tested is a great site, very wide ranging in its topic coverage, it has a lot of interesting articles and I’m particularly fond of the Adam Savage videos, including the podcasts that he takes part in. Then there’s Video Co-Pilot, an online resource hosted by Andrew Kramer who takes the time and effort to talk about (and demonstrate) digital visual effects techniques, you know, compositing, grading, effects of all kinds and I do enjoy his video tutorials very much.
Then there are blogs. These can be a very mixed bag, but there are two that I do enjoy. One is Katie Renee‘s Discovering Different, the other is Steve Neill. Both are hosted by WordPress, like mine is.
With Discovering Different, Katie talks about all manner of things, much of which I wouldn’t normally look into as a subject, but I find her writing style to be very humourous (for the most part) and so that draws me in, while Steve Neill’s blog is purely about prop and model making… which I kind of like, as you know.
So that’s my current view on the internet.
Out in the real world, there’s been a few things going on. I won’t go into much detail here, but one issue has been bubbling away for quite some time now and that is about Alex and the nursery that he attends.
There’s been some issues that I’ve not been at all happy about, but kept quiet about it because my son seemed relatively content there. Recently however, everything changed. He screams when he arrives there in the mornings. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, something happened that ended up with me and my wife, but mainly me though, telling the teachers and one in particular, exactly what I thought of them and the way in which they run the place – they are disorganised beyond belief and they seem incapable of taking responsibility for anything, instead they like to push blame away from themselves and shift it onto the shoulders of the toddlers that they are charged with taking care of. Unbelievable!
Then there are the various projects that I’ve got going here. After all the enthusiasm to get going on them, in the last fortnight, that enthusiasm has gone very slightly off the boil, mainly because I’ve been feeling so out of sorts. I’m just so tired, lacking in energy and strength. Do you know, I’ve been going to bed at 9 o’clock practically every night for a very long time now.
I’m hoping that soon I’ll get my mojo back. I’m not sure that I ever actually had a mojo, but if I did have one, I certainly don’t at the moment.
Well, I think it’s time to end today’s entry here as I don’t wish to turn this into a moanfest, so let’s have a look at someone who’s been making me laugh for years, the brilliant Hank Azaria.
Here is an amuzing, but somewhat edited scene from Night at the Museum 2 – well, it’s a trailer, so what do you expect?
And another one, see if you can see the moment Hank is about to start laughing himself as he goes wild with ad libbing.