Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Dangerous Waters

I have finally decided that if my blog's title was going to be "Miscellaneous CREATIVITY", then I had better add some new color to it for that "creative" look.

I am way out of my element here, being the type of guy that asks his wife if this white t-shirt goes with these blue-jeans. So be patient with me whilst I'm in experimental mode. Ahh, for the day when there were only uneditable, fixed templates.

If you have any feedback, please submit it in triplicate to the management. Or here.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Anduril, Sword Reforged

Last month, we went to the Scottish Highland Games. We had a great time and did our usual listening to our favorite celtic influenced rock music (Bad Haggis, which was great as usual), watching the caber toss (which is essentially throwing a telephone pole end-over-end), as well as other games, and looking at the thousands of weapons available for purchase.

I have always fancied Aragorn's sword Anduril (from Lord of the Rings), but have never gotten one... 'til this trip.

What can I say, I got a great deal, and it's a terrific replica, measuring in at 53" total length. So, now I just need to find some practical uses for it.
So far I've come up with:

1) letter opener
2) butter knife
3) to clean out my dirty fingernails
4) hedge trimmer
5) When the girls become dating age, I'll wear it when I meet their boyfriends.
Maybe it isn't the best idea to use this sword as a common household item, but since there is a shortage of ORCS around here, I have to or it'll never see the light of day. If you can think of more uses, please share them with me.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Driven To Tears

We went to see The Police at Dodger's Stadium last night. It was so great to see the band play together again. (I went to see them on The Ghost in the Machine tour 25 years ago) Anyway, last night was a terrific show.

Personally, I think Stewart stole the show. He hasn't lost a step at all since the "old days". The highlight for me was "Driven To Tears". On that song, he played better than I think I've ever heard him play. I'll even say that one song was worth the night for me. His choices and taste were amazing.

The Foo Fighters preceded The Police, and though there were sound issues, they had a great set. Thanks to LA traffic, we missed Sting's son's band that opened.

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Dilettante's Dictionary is Back Online

The .com for this audio/sound dictionary expired a little over a year ago, and I just happened to find it has been reopened under a .org suffix.

Dilettante's Dictionary

Check it out. It was compiled and written by Sandy Lerner, who was also one of the founders of Cisco Systems. She has a high interest in audio, so she spent one Spring writing and compiling it to burn off what she calls her mid-life crisis.

Some people buy convertables, some people write dictionaries...

Ms Lerner also owns an 800-acre estate called Ayrshire Farm. I would love to visit that place.

Friday, June 15, 2007

34th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards

"The Batman" has been beddy, beddy, good to me. Last night we won the Daytime Emmy for 'Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action and Animation'. "The Batman" has won this category for the last three years, and I guess it has proved it's no flash in the pan.

That makes four wins for me personally (and more than that for some of the guys on the team). I'm very thankful for the times I've had at WB, and when it comes time to move on one day, I'll have great feelings and memories of the place. It seems though, that my time here has not yet ended. Good.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A Few Highlights From The WB Ranch

A horrible self-portrait of me in front of the "Friends" fountain and other buildings. I'll get a better one sometime.

A now defunct WB television icon.

The Walton's house, now being dressed to be a Chinese restaurant for a new series titled "State of Mind", premiering on Lifetime in July. (seeing this house as a possible location for a Chinese restaurant took a lot of imagination in my opinion, but I know it won't look anything like the Walton's house when it's ready.)

The Walton's barn. It is a total facade. Around the other side, is just a bunch of boards holding it up.

High Profile Parking

The building I work at on a regular basis on the WB main lot has had a few powerful visitors recently. For some reason, my parking space is non-existent when they're there. Hmmmm...

Friday, June 08, 2007

WB Animation now at Warner Bros Ranch

We have finally made it to our new destination, moving from Sherman Oaks Galleria to the Warner Bros Ranch. It's about 1 mile north on Hollywood Way from the main WB Lot. It's small (only about 33 acres and 5 sound stages), but it's very cool here.

Here's a great site that has tons of pictures from the Ranch. There are many famous TV and movie houses on this lot, the fountain from the "Friends" open, etc.

Give it a look-see. I'll put some custom pics on here about it soon. We're still settling in.