Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I've started teaching part time at Ex'pression College in Emeryville.

Which is very much like the private media arts college I went to years ago. For the first semester I'm acting as a teachers assistant of sorts in an introductory texturing/lighting class.

Not since teaching this class have I realized how far I've come since my college days. I still see myself as the scrappy student fresh from school trying to figure out how the pros do it. But after a few hours helping real scrappy college students with problems that are as familiar and easily solvable as breathing is to me, I realized that I am in fact much farther along than I realized. I'm a lead/senior artist now and have been for years, and I don't think I've really integrated that into my self concept until this experience.

I'm joining the faculty as "Course Director" or some such title, and I think the plan roughly is for me to be more involved lecturing and teaching a number of different courses in upcoming semesters, perhaps with a focus on fundamentals such as figure drawing, and concept art, etc.

All very exciting, and happily in keeping with my recent resolve to start using my art and skill to give to others.

Monday, January 24, 2011

No Talking Tuesday Year End Wrap Up
End of Year Three

Click here for summery and origins.

Click here for end of year two.

Click here for end of year one.

Impressions of year three

The third year of my no talking Tuesdays has come and gone with fewer insights and revelations. I feel like I’ve hit my stride with the experiment and it’s become a part of my routine in much the same way brushing my teeth or cutting my fingernails has. As a result it’s reseeded a bit into the backdrop of my life. I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Part of me wants to keep pushing boundaries with it and take on new challenges that extend it’s principles in untested ways. Another side of me sees the calm sustained note the experiments has hit as an indication that the beneficial aspects have fully integrated into my being and that I can simply enjoy having made it through the break-in period and relax a bit.

In the third year I have consistently shied away from social interactions on Tuesday, and that I rarely ever use my notepad to communicate anymore. Perhaps the most palpable change is that I have lost the impulse to fight for airtime in conversation. I’ve drifted towards listening in a way that suggests quite absorption. When I do express my ideas they are almost always couched in abstract terms that separate them from myself, and present them as notes and observations, detailed, and thoroughly examined, offered for consideration. In other words conversation has become less a kinetic fencing match, and more of a research lab of ideas. I’ve become almost loath to any form of small talk that attempts to relate menial anecdote or explain dry bullet points of someone’s past or experience.
This is awkward at parties when I’m likely to stare blankly at someone talking about what they study at school and how they plan to spend spring break, and if I do talk, I’m more likely to ask: “Do you have really violent dreams?” instead of “So where are you from?”

Anyway, the third year has been calm and routine, has made me a social outcast with my inability to see the merit in small talk and lack of compulsion to “chit chat” as it were.
No rule revisions for the fourth year.

No Talking Tuesday # 167

The List:

One vegetarian
burrito please
-black beans

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Resume!

I finally updated my resume, after not having one for like 5 years...

I thought I might have more to say about it, but looks like I don't!

Image of it below:

(PS. If you're wondering why it's an image instead of formatted html, or pdf or something, it's because "fancy web format designy stuff" isn't on my resume.)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Trish Keenan R.I.P

Lead singer Trish Keenan of Broadcast, died today.
One of the best, and certainly my favorite contemporary rock band.

The statement from her Label is as follows:

It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am this morning in hospital. She died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks in intensive care.

Our thoughts go out to James, Martin, her friends and her family and we request that the public respect their wishes for privacy at this time.

This is an untimely tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly - a unique voice, an extraordinary talent and a beautiful human being. Rest in Peace.

Link to the statement: http://warp.net/records/broadcast/a-statement

I put together a mix of my favorite Broadcast tracks for download:


Wiki Page

No Talking Tuesday # 166

This Tuesday found me "participating" in a round table discussion with some highly innovative and influential designers, producers, artists, technology developers and the like, brainstorming what the future of 3D scanning and projection technology might be and how recent developments and breakthroughs in the field can best lend themselves to theatrical productions and end consumer products. Since I can't show any of the demos or get into the nitty gritty yet, I'll cut the explanation short for now. In any case I mostly took notes and made tea for everyone since I couldn't directly participate in the discussion.

Monday, January 10, 2011

No Talking Tuesday # 165

I made a mistake today...

It was less than ten minutes past midnight and I was playing Tetris Attack on Super Nintendo...

It smelled like chicken in the air, and I said "It smells like chicken or something?"

I was so pissed at the phantom chicken and myself for my absentmindedness.

The List:

Both endeavors garnering
enthusiastic praise by both merchants
and consumers

You can also just buy
bones from any deli
like at Berkeley Bowl.

One bunch of bones and
a cut of meat a day
is probably enough, just
feed her outside in a designated

I think just buying bones
is super cheap


Saturday, January 01, 2011

Quick Hyper Aggressive Checkmate
(Fried Liver Attack)

I've begun playing the "Italian Game" opening as white
mainly to have the opportunity to play the "Fried Liver Attack" line
against unsuspecting or daring opponents.
Here was a game I played today that ended in an early checkmate:

[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2011.01.01"]
[White "aliartguy"]
[Black "pineault"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1492"]
[BlackElo "1319"]
[TimeControl "10|0"]
[Termination "aliartguy won by checkmate"]

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bc4 Nf6
4.Ng5 d5
5.exd5 Nxd5
6.Nxf7 Kxf7
7.Qf3+ Ke6
8.Nc3 Nd4
9.Bxd5+ Ke7
10.Qf7+ Kd6
11.Ne4# 1-0

No Talking Tuesday # 165

The List:

$40 on # 8 please

Sorry it filled
at $33.05

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