Aimee Valle
Friday, July 21, 2006
  Stupid Isn't Cute

I'm sitting in my cubicle listening to at least two different radios compete with each other. I'm trying to come up with a program description and eligibility criteria and my brain isn't working very well with all the distractions.

I am getting a job transfer here at Russell Nesbitt Services, but I'm not exactly sure what it is I'll be doing just yet. I'm excited to be changing scenery though. There have been a lot of changes this month. People quitting, new people coming in, and the corporate reorganization. I just hope people are satisfied and don't complain too much when it's all said and done.

Earlier, I spent a lot of time looking for scholarships and grants for adult students. I also looked for online degree programs through accredited schools. I want to be working toward something. I feel like a lot of my time is wasted and I could be doing more. The truth is I like to work. I like to see results and I like to learn. if I'm not learning I feel like I'm not doing anything. I've also been exploring volunteer work online. I'd love to do some volunteer graphic design projects so that I could add to my portfolio.

I still have to ask grandma and grandpa about some property to put toward our loan in Costa Rica. After the discussion about my car last week I'm not sure when would be a good time to do that.

I'm so glad that it's Friday. After this past hot and humid week I just feel drained. I can't wait to sleep in. I'm gonna get out of here and relax till Monday when I have waiver training all day long.

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Here's a truly blog worthy stupid item. I have to give credit to Gizmodo for making me aware of this magnificent product.

The claim is that it's “A whimsical potty that turns your toilet into a nautical wonderland”

Fish ‘n Flush™ is the safe, fish-friendly aquarium for your bathroom. Best of all, it's just $450.00!

I have to wonder a few things though. If all the water goes down after each flush, wouldn't you have to buy new fish every single time? Isn't that how the tank on a toilet works?

What about the health and well being of these fish? Tank water is notoriously cold. I just can't help but think this might not be the best environment for a living creature. I wonder if PETA knows about this...




Sheep of the Day July 21, 2006
 
Sunday, July 16, 2006
  It's Not Easy Being Green

I added a new link button today to a place called "43 Things" It's a place where you can keep track of your goals and find out who else has the same ones.

People have known for years that making a list of goals is the best way to achieve them. Why is that? First, getting your goals in writing can help you clarify what you really want to do. You might find you have some important and some frivolous goals. That is OK. You’ve got space for 43 Things on your list. Not every one of them has to change the world (but save room for the ones that might).

What do you want to do with your life? It is not an easy question to answer – and you shouldn’t have to answer alone. Browse 43 Things to find out what others want to do. You might find some goals you share. Click the “I want to do this” button to add a goal to your list. Got an idea for a new goal? Just type it in the text box on the homepage or at the bottom of any page on the site. Bam. Now, it’s your thing.

We all have stories about what we care about. Writing down your progress on a goal can help someone else learn about something you both want to do. When you see a goal you’ve achieved, click on the “I’ve done this” button and share a story about how you did it.


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I guess this would officially qualify as "old news" but I just found the actual press release and decided to post it.


GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY TO DIRECT
POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL

Orphanage Animation Studios Also Comes Aboard as Production Partners of Classic Fantasy Sequel

Odyssey Entertainment to target distributors at
European Film Market in Berlin

Hollywood, CA, February 1, 2006 – Award-winning animation director Genndy Tartakovsky, who created the hit series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory, will direct Power of the Dark Crystal, the much anticipated sequel to The Jim Henson Company’s 1982 classic fantasy film. The announcement was made today by Lisa Henson, co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company and a producer on the film.

Additionally, Tartakovsky’s newest venture, Orphanage Animation Studios, has been brought on board as a producing partner to head up the CG animation elements that will be incorporated with the film’s live-action animatronic characters. Legendary fantasy artist Brian Froud, designer of the original film, will return to design the new characters. Odyssey Entertainment is representing worldwide sales and distribution on the film.

Set hundreds of years after the events of the first movie when the world has once again fallen into darkness, Power of the Dark Crystal follows the adventures of a mysterious girl made of fire who, together with a Gelfling outcast, steals a shard of the legendary Crystal in an attempt to reignite the dying sun that exists at the center of the planet.

“As an auteur of such exciting and fantastical adventure projects, Genndy is the perfect director to bring to life Power of the Dark Crystal,” said Lisa Henson. “I am sure that his visualization of Brian Froud’s designs will thrill fans of the original film as well as audiences who are meeting these beloved characters for the first time.”

Genndy Tartakovsky said, "The original Dark Crystal was one of the most inspirational and imaginative pictures of its time, so it's a real honor for me to be able to bring the world of The Dark Crystal to a whole new generation."

The sequel is only one of several projects exploring the world of The Dark Crystal, a fan favorite that has remained consistently strong with worldwide home video and DVD sales. Other projects include an animated television series, a manga series from Tokyo Pop, and myriad licensed products such as books, apparel and collectible sculptures.

Power of the Dark Crystal is a production of The Jim Henson Company in association with Orphanage Animation Studios. With a screenplay by Annette Duffy and David Odell, the film will be produced by Lisa Henson and Orphanage Animation Studios Chairman Scott Stewart. Executive Producers will be Brian Henson with Ralph Kamp and Louise Goodsill of Odyssey Entertainment.

Ralph Kamp and Louise Goodsill commented, “The original film remains a classic and it’s an honor to add Power of the Dark Crystal to our strong family line up. With Genndy and Orphanage Animation Studios joining The Jim Henson Company, the final creative elements are in place, and we know Berlin will be busy for us as we start the process of bringing this long-awaited sequel to its many fans around the world.”



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Sheep of the Day July 16, 2006

 
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

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Location: United States


Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

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