Friday, July 17, 2020

10 Years!

So, it has been 10 years to the day since I started this blog! I started writing here on July 17th, 2010, because I had been reading all kinds of blogs for several years, and I had really wanted to start my own. It took me forever to actually begin though, because I had to get past my own thinking that I had nothing to write about. That's kind of a theme with me, because I remember wanted to start a diary or a journal when I was a kid, and thinking I either had nothing to write about, or that I needed to start it at the beginning of the year, and then I just never did it.

So, I didn't want to just never start a blog, like I never started a journal, so finally I decided to just go for it. I didn't have a theme, I didn't really have anything to write about, I just wanted to write, so I did. Now it's 10 years later, and I still don't have any real theme, I just write for fun whenever I feel like it.

A lot has changed in the last ten years. Soon after I started this blog I decided to go back to school. I had always wanted to go to art school, so I decided to go for it. I used this blog to chronicle my time at Iowa Western Community College, and to some extent I did the same when I transferred to Iowa State University, though since I switched majors and had a lot less art to share, those posts were a lot fewer and father between than my Iowa Western updates.

I also ended up using this blog, as well a second blog I started in 2011, to explore photography. I still continue to take pictures most everywhere I go, but sitting down and blogging them has proved to be a challenge. I do want to get back to that at some point though, so I guess keep an eye out. I will get back into that eventually.

Nowadays I have a bunch of different projects that I've prioritized over my blog, though everything I do is teaching me new things, so that's not really a bad thing. I have my YouTube channel and podcast, which I have now spun off into a second podcast, and those take up most of my free time. The YouTube channel was another instance, like the blog, or even going back to school, where it was something I had wanted to do for a long time, and finally I decided to just go for it. I seem to make a lot of impulsive decisions like that. I want to do something for ages, and then I just jump into it randomly one day.

Some things in my life seem like they haven't changed at all, like when I started this blog I was living on our family farm, and working at Hy-Vee in Harlan, and even though I moved to Ames to go to Iowa State, and I've now worked at several different places over the last decade, this year I moved back home, and I'm back at the Harlan Hy-Vee. So even though so much has changed, in some ways, nothing has. Though that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Anyway, I guess that's all I have for this post. I just wanted to mark the occasion, and I didn't really have anything special in mind. Like I've said multiple times, I have plans for more blog posts, whether it's pictures or writing, but I can't promise timely updates. With all I have going on, they'll probably just happen whenever they happen, but I haven't forgotten about this blog, and I'm going to keep writing. This blog was where I got my start online, and I have no intention of quitting any time soon, so we'll see you next time. :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Out of Context! - Full of Cake & Fatigue

You know the drill: These are all real quotes, from real conversations that I had, heard, or overheard. They all made sense in context, but I thought they were funnier without.

Full disclosure: The majority of these are from me and my cousins. We say weird things sometimes. Okay, lots of times.

"It's a sourdough panini full of mint and pop rocks."
"I like that she’s a 40-year-old woman."

"Don't sneeze on me, you filth!"

"We had a screaming match over whipped cream."

"I'm breathing on you with my human breath!"

"I'm gettin' $9 worth of mealworms."

"Right now he's got the cocaine rat and is going berserk."

"It was in the chicken hole."

"People kept choking on the babies." 

"There's a lunatic in a van chasing me."

"There’s kind of an obnoxious smell coming from the sink hole."

"It’s like drinking jet fuel!"

"You were blessed by the kitten fairies."

"I have a purple cardigan with a bad reputation."

"Maybe it's Monday in my heart."

"Inside every snowflake is a tiny naked person."

"Tear out its jingley entrails!"

"Can I try a baby out?"

"I'm not the meat-mobile."

"I'm so full of cake. And fatigue."

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Watch This! (November 2019 - But like, in April 2020)

Hey! A new video sharing post! If you're wondering about the title, it's because I started this post in November, and then kind of forgot about it. I had so much going on last year that my blog definitely fell by the wayside, but I'm going to try to be a bit more active on it this year. I'm not making any promises, but I am going to try.

And I'm definitely not going to promise more of these kinds of posts, they're probably on the low end of my priorities, but since I had this one started, I figured I might as well finish it. So let's just jump into it!

Since this is April, let's start with a video from this month. Peter Hollens' April Fools video! This was originally teased as a cover of Billy Eilish's Bad Guy, not whatever this video became. But I love a good Rick Roll. 😆

And because Peter Hollens and Lindsey Stirling have consistently been two of my favorite YouTube musicians for most of the past decade, it's only fitting that I start the post with both of them. Lindsey put out a few songs toward the end of last year, but this one was probably my favorite. In going back to put this post together, I listened to it in it's entirety at least 4 times in a row.

Rosanna Pansino is mostly known for her baking videos, but she also can sing! Including opera! This was just a short, one-off video she did last year, but I hope she keeps it up!

Avi Kaplan keeps putting out amazing music. As sad as it was when he left Pentatonix, at this point, I am so glad he did. I really love his solo music.

And speaking of Pentatonix spin-offs, not that he's left, he hasn't, but Scott Hoying has a new project - except he's not actually the one doing the singing! He has put together a kid's choir, and they are really good!

And then of course because I really like Bohemian Rhapsody for some reason, here's their mash-up of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and Somebody to Love.

I absolutely love it when Postmodern Jukebox does something really out of the box. Their jazz covers of Lady Gaga or Motown versions of Katy Perry are good, but when they do a jazz/tap-dance medley of songs from the Super Mario Brothers video games? I am all over that!

If you follow my video sharing posts, then I'm sure you know how I much I love the music of Steven Universe. A few years ago I made a giant BLOG POST of all my favorite covers of songs from the show. Now, as much as I'd like to do another post like that, I really don't have the time to comb YouTube again, so I will just share a couple covers that came out after last year's Steven Universe: The Movie was released.

There was a ton of great music on the film, it was a full on musical after all, but there was one song that I've played over and over since the movie came out, Other Friends. And soon after the movie was released, a couple of my favorite music cover channels put their own spin on the song, Video Game Remixes and Caleb Hyles. Normally I'd just do one here, but you know me, I love multiple versions of things, so I'm including both. Like most musicals, the lyrics don't make complete sense out of context, but who cares. I love it anyway. 😆

These posts have mainly been a way for me to share music or comedy I really like, but I saw this video and had to share it. It's made entirely out of photographs that people had posted online. It's amazing.

I have loved Pogo since I first discovered one of his Disney remixes back when I first "discovered" YouTube. Last year he did a remix of my childhood favorite film, Bambi, and it was everything I could have hoped for.

Walk off the Earth has come a long way since they started on YouTube, but this video really seems to be getting back to their roots. Specifically their roots of crowding a big group of people around one oversized instrument, and all playing on it together. :)

The Piano Guys did a collab with DoodleChaos, a channel who'd made a couple of classical-based videos I'd seen online, but always on a third party site like Facebook or Reddit, that never gave credit to them, so I didn't even know who they were. I am so glad The Piano Guys reached out to do this collab with them, otherwise I might never have discovered them for myself!

I think that'll be where I quit for now. I could probably add more, but I (re)started this post at the beginning of the month, and I haven't touched it for like a week, so I should probably just get it out there. I won't make any promises about doing another post soon, even a tentative promise like last time, but I probably will do one eventually. I enjoy putting these together, but I have other projects that are taking up more of my time at the moment, so I'm giving my own work priority. And hopefully I'll have some of my own stuff to share soon. :)

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I'm In Canada!

So I made it to Canada! I met a super nice border guard named Maureen, and at first she didn't want to let me in, but once I explained that I didn't believe in passports, and my dad was from Canada, she was super understanding.

Right now I'm working on learning the language, so I can find a place to rent a moose. So far it seems pretty simple. Canadian is a pretty easy language to learn. So far I have "Eh" and "Poutine" down, and I already knew a lot of the other words. American and Canadian must have a common root language or something.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in to let you know I was doing fine and to tell you April Fool! Yes, obviously yesterday's post was an April Fools day joke. I haven't done one of those for a few years, and I wasn't really planning on doing one this year, but then everyone on Twitter was like, "April Fools Day should be cancelled this year! Everything is awful! Nothing is funny! This is no time for jokes! Stop being so insensitive!" And I was like, Oh yeah? You can't tell me what to do, lady! And that's how yesterday's post happened.

Anyway, if you liked this post and you want to read some of the ones I've done in the past, here's some handy links for those.

Becoming a homeless street mime: Click HERE & HERE.

Becoming an interpretative dancer: Click HERE & HERE.

Auditioning for DWTS: Click HERE & HERE.

Joining a doomsday cult: Click HERE & HERE.

Marrying a Russian mail-order bride: Click HERE & HERE.

Interning at PBS to replace Big Bird: Click HERE HERE.

And of course, if you missed yesterday's "Announcement," you can click HERE.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

I'm Leaving America!

Well, it's been a long time coming. I'm leaving Iowa. And the country. And the continent. Provided my car can fit on that teeny strip of land between North and South America. I don't actually know how thick that place is. Maybe I should check into that before I fully commit to that part.

But  I am leaving!

I just finished my internship last month, so, I technically have no real commitments that I care about. So, seeing as how I have been having so much trouble finding an actual job, I've decided to stop trying. I'm giving up! I'm going to become a world traveler instead!

In case you're wondering what I will do about money, don't worry! Most money is just theoretical anyway, so I am choosing to stop believing in it. Once you don't believe in money, your life just opens up to all kinds of possibilities!

So first thing I'm doing when I leave, is heading north. My last name is North, so I feel like that's a sign. Plus my ancestors are from Canada, so that's like another sign. I don't have a passport, but I don't believe in those either, and since I'm half Canadian, I'll just claim asylum, and they'll have to let me in.

So I'll probably drive around Canada for a few months, I've always wanted to visit Nunavut, and riding a moose is something I really need to check off my bucket list. Plus I've heard Anne of Green Gables lives on an island in Canada, so I might try to visit her.

After I've finished revisiting my ancestral home, I guess I'll head back to America. There's still some things around here worth looking at I guess. Like the Grand Canyon, and that giant crater that killed the dinosaurs.

And then I'll head to Mexico. The people on Facebook say it's SUPER easy to cross the border, so I'll just head on over, and try some real burritos. Apparently they taste different than the ones here. I don't actually believe that, but it's probably worth investigating.

Of course, my true goal is to actually visit another continent. Canada and Mexico are fine, but they're basically the same thing as America except different. Like Canada puts gravy on their fries instead of ketchup, and Mexico puts limes in their tacos instead of sour cream. Yeah, those are weird, but that's not any weirder than Americans putting pineapple on pizza. I tried that and it was fine I guess.

So I want to visit all the continents, and I need to start with the one I can (hopefully?) get to by car. Like I said, I need to see if that little strip at the bottom of Mexico will hold my car, but as long as I can get through there, I'll be fine.

Once I get across that, I need to visit Baia in Brazil. I watched a movie with a dancing parrot asking if I've been to Baia, and I hadn't, so that seems like the most important place to check out down there. Like, America has zero dancing parrots, so even if Baia only has the one, they're doing way better than us.

At some point I'll get to the bottom of South America, and then I'll need to find a way to get to Antarctica. I'm not sure how that will happen, but once I get there I'll probably figure it out. They're close enough, they probably have a ferry or something.

So, that's all my plans so far, eventually I want to visit all the other continents too. No one ever really thinks of it, but all the places you see in movies are actually real, and totally visitable! Even Australia! So, I guess I'll update you when I'm on my way! I'm leaving this afternoon, and I'm taking my cell phone with me, so as long as I have reception, I'll let you know when I get to Canada!

Monday, March 30, 2020

My Internship is Over!

Well, it has been a long road, but my time at ISU has finally come to an end! Last month I finished the final assignments for the internship, this month I finished the final projects due to my advisors to close out my internship, and today I finished the "paperwork" and filled out my graduation forms, so as far as I know, I am now officially done with school!

The internship took a little longer than I expected, I figured I'd be done by the end of last year, but it turns out that 400 hours is a LOT to finish if you're not working at it full time! But I kept working, slowly and steadily through the year, and I am now finished!

One of the final projects I was working on this month was a portfolio, to give my advisor an idea of the kind of work I did over the course of my internship. I asked if I could do a video instead of a regular boring portfolio, and he agreed! In fact, he loved the idea!

My advisor has been super on board with my non-traditional internship from the beginning. If you'll recall from my post last year when I started the internship, there was nothing normal about my particular situation, and he's totally helped make this happen for me.

To submit this final portfolio video, I uploaded it to YouTube, on my non-movie-reviews channel, and sent my advisor a link. And then I thought, why not just share it on my blog too. Maybe someone else might be interested in seeing the kinds of things I was working on all year.

So if you're interested, here is the video portfolio of some of my work during my internship for Rachel Wagner and the Hallmarkies Podcast Network.

I had a great time working with Rachel, and thankfully I still am! I started doing freelance work for her in 2018, and now that the internship is over, I've already gone back to doing some of that! I really like what I've been doing with Rachel, and I'm really glad that we can keep going.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Rotoscopers Roundup 9

It's been way too long since I posted one of these, and I don't have nearly as many articles to share as I normally do. I was so busy with my job and my internship last year, that I probably didn't even get half as much written for the Rotoscopers as I usually do.

Since I didn't have as many articles as normal, I elected not to do first half/second half of the year posts like I have been doing, and just do one update for 2019. And I actually meant to share this at the end of last year, but I guess I was so busy I forgot. I just found it in my drafts and figured I'd better get it up.

So anyway, these are all the articles I did last year for the Rotoscopers! I am closing in on the end of my internship though, so hopefully I'll have more to share next time.

Adventure Time: The Complete Series - DVD Announcement

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse - Blu-ray Announcement

Interview with Howard Jones, VFX Supervisor on Early Man
(Includes a link to the interview as a bonus episode of my podcast!)

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse - Blu-ray Review

Captain Marvel - Blu-ray Review

Infinity Train - Trailer Release

Cinderella - Signature Edition - Blu-ray Review

Avengers: Endgame - Blu-ray Announcement

Infinity Train - Premiere Date Announcement

Avengers: Endgame - Blu-ray Review

Interview with Leslie Iwerks, director of The Imagineering Story
(Includes a link to the interview as a bonus episode of my podcast!)

Frozember - 'Let it Go' 10 Different Ways
In honor of the release of Frozen 2, the Rotowriters contributed to a series of articles celebrating Frozen. This was my contribution.