Thank Yous For This Weekend: Macromedia, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, and of course Microsoft for making my weekend a living hell!

Non-stop up to the point that I'm writing this, I've been working on the much-aformentioned Flash project, Rupert. I've bragged that I've been getting paid $40 an hour to make this masterpiece, but I was supposed to have gotten $40 an hour because Ben Parker, my employer, thought it would be finished in a few hours. Instead, it's taken a few months.

I was working on Ben's PowerMac G4. The project was going fine until camp started... then I had to focus on being a counselor and put the project off. This gave my trial version of Flash enough time to expire. So I couldn't work at Ben's house anymore. Pretty professional, eh?

So I frantically looked for a place to continue this project. Unfortunately, Macromedia decided to make Flash development files incompatible between operating systems, and, like any SANE person, I use Windows. I couldn't continue working on the project at home. So I had to go to Kinko's, for God's sakes!

After a hectic day of working at Kinko's, I still wasn't done. And the computer was getting slower and slower, and the file size was getting bigger and bigger. Fortunately, James directed me to the DigiQuest Learning Center, where he's been loafing around all summer being an "intern," and I was able to finish animating the project there, thanks to a wide selection of great big Mac G4s.

But I wasn't finished yet!

Sure I was finished, but GOD DAMN, was the file big. So I couldn't email it or upload it to myself at home to put on a CD burner, so I had to split it into sections and send the files one by one. Great, now I had the file back on my home computer, in one piece. Hold it... my HOME computer? But that's a PC! Ben won't be able to read this!

Which brings us to THIS weekend.

After a long, boring vacation to Bear Valley, I came back to find that my file was too big for my computer to process into an SWF (a regular Shockwave Flash internet file). After hours of deleting semi-valuable stuff off of my computer, I finally gave my computer enough virtual memory to complete the conversion. Yay! I've got the file in its final form, ready to go to Ben's!

I go to Ben's, the CD-R decides not to work, and my internet backup version is 5 minutes of nice, smooth WHITE. Everything on the Mac is CORRUPTED!

So far, all I've accomplished is the WHOLE PROJECT. That sounds like a lot, right? Well, it's like having created the Lincoln Memorial in my bedroom. There's NO WAY TO MOVE IT. But there's always tomorrow! And I'll be spending all of it doing the SAME THING AS TODAY!

Well, happy happy joy joy. That's my weekend in a NUTSHELL. I've got to stop capitalizing THE END OF EACH SENTENCE. Good NIGHT.
8/25/2001 07:35:59 PM

I saw Planet of the Apes last night. After a good night's rest, and overall having recovered from stuffing my face at the local Fresh Choice all-you-can-eat buffet, I can think clearly about that movie, and how it sucked in so many ways.

I haven't seen the original Planet of the Apes, but from what I've been told, this is a different story, the characters act differently (the humans more like humans, and the apes more like apes), and it's just not as shocking as the first one. But this is what I've been told.

From what I've seen, Tim Burton dug himself into a plot hole and died. There are minor spoilers ahead about the Planet of Planet of the Apes, so if it's REALLY IMPORTANT that you don't find out ONE THING about this movie before you see it... well, if you've read this far, you're too late already.

  • There are horses on the planet. How the hell did they get there? The only way it would be explained is with yet another sequel called "Planet of the Horses." If you watch the movie, you'll see what I mean.
  • The apes are too scary to pay attention to. They act like apes, therefore they breath really heavily when the talk (WTF), they jump REALLY high (WTF), and some of them talk like they've got Halloween teeth in their mouths (WTF, although it's probably non-intentional).
  • At one point, Charlton Heston, who plays the father of the main villian, Thade, in one scene, hands Thade a gun. Plot element destroyed. Burton must've forgotten about it - Thade didn't use it once.
  • NASA made guns powerful enough to knock down trees, but not to shoot through clear plastic doors. Ugh.
Well, that's that. I suggest you see it anyway, because... uh... I did.
8/20/2001 08:00:20 AM