Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tears in the Rain, Giggity

I am so wiped. All last week I was in a weird daze, staying up late to work on my writing samples and Statement of Purpose for graduate school, getting up early to work, and repeating the cycle as soon as I got home. I was drinking a lot more caffeine than normal and eating a lot less. I think I really screwed up my neck and shoulders typing in weird positions. I had the SciFi Channel on until two in the morning last night, with Sin City and Blade Runner: The Final Cut on in the background (which must have lent a weird air to my writing).

Cj got me out of the house today to go to frisbee, even though I couldn't bring myself to play with the writing hanging over my head. Instead I sat out in the park in the balmy, unseasonably warm air and typed like a madwoman. I was so exhausted I felt so disconnected from everything and everybody, sorry to all involved if I was a little weird.

BUT! About 5 minutes ago I finally finished both writing samples (although the third draft of the Statement will have to wait until I am sane once more). Hallelujah, hallelujah, the South shall rise again.

P.S. the Giggity is cause I'm watching Family Guy in celebration.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


BMW presents GINA, a new take on car design, materials, and flexibility. The GINA replaces the traditional metal/plastic skin with a textile fabric skin that’s pulled taut around a frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. Even the shape of the car can change. Fascinating and creative design study. The rear lights just shine through the skin:

Here's a shot of the headlights:

Monday, November 10, 2008

RIP Gloo. We Loved You

I went to the Apple Store today after having lunch with my lovely friend Ryan, who used to music direct for the company I ran in Santa Barbara. I wanted them to fix my Ipod's headphone jack, which wasn't working. But when they tried to turn it on, it had fried itself completely. I mean, firewire cable didn't work, super ultra manual reboot didn't work... nothing.

I could pay an Ipod doctor site to fix it, but that would probably cost as much as just getting a new Ipod. So for now I guess I'm pondering the Iphone and making lots of CDs...

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Goings On

I hosted an event tonight with the author of Girligami, a book about the fun projects you can make with author Cindy Ng's original origami designs. The author is really tiny and cute, and I've got tons of ideas for what to do with little origami shoes she makes (Yes, yes, I'm shoe obsessed, we got it).

Cj also brought me delicious foccacia bread from Panera Bakery, which I ate with oil and vinegar and a big tall glass of milk. MMmm. It was sorely needed as I worked all day today proctoring and SAT test, coming home to do dishes and clean up the house, and then going back out again to host the event.

I've proposed a few other of my original show ideas to an area theater this week, now I just have to wait and see if the board thinks they're financially viable. But it feels good to actually have the possibility of directing something else professional.

I'm still working on grad school applications. I thought it would be easier this time around, but actually it's harder, since one of my recommenders is a playwright and I'm super insecure about my original plays. I have to give him enough time to read them and write a letter, but I also really don't want to send anything that's less than my best, so I'm frantically trying to churn out another draft in the next few days.

It's also proving really difficult to say everything I want to say in my Statement of Purpose without being redundant - two out of the three schools I'm applying to are ones I interviewed at last year. But I can't leave too much out just in case they don't pull out my old file. And I AM applying to one new school. Also, my recommenders need my Statement to write their letters. Blech.

Also also, I just heard the best line ever on the new episode of American Dad:

Steve Smith: "How will we get to the exit? The stage is lousy with Drama Nerds!"
Barry: "Actors killed Lincoln!"

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Show...

Oh my lord, thank god that's over. That was possibly the hairiest rehearsal process I've ever been in, INCLUDING the Musical Revue. 3 weeks of rehearsals 5 days a week for 2-3 hours a day. That's it. One day of tech. No full dress rehearsal. Props added at the last minute. Theater with no comm system. Etc.

But I'm 98% satisfied with how it turned out, I think. There are a few things that happened that we were either aware of and didn't have time to fix, or that we weren't aware of because we didn't have enough time to run them properly beforehand. But in all honesty, with the schedule we had, I'm surprised there weren't more of those little problems.

And we made enough money for the theater that I don't think there will be any problem getting invited back in the future. So that's good for them and good for us too.

And now, I sleep the sleep of the dead. Until I wake up tomorrow to proctor again.