Post Halloween Sugar Crash

michael myersSometime in the night the candy stopped having its effect on me and I just crashed hard. We were supposed to have handed out all that candy, as well as serving our frosted cookies to our guests, but the rain kept the kids to a minimum and our guests seemed to be happy to sip their cocktails, visit, hand out candy to the few intrepid water rats that arrived.

Later in the evening, we all sat and watched the perennial classic, Halloween, with Jamie Lee Curtis in her breakout role.jamie lee curtisThe movie still stands as a movie that all other horror flicks emulate. Watching the special features, we were enthralled to find out a few things:

  • the mask that Michael Myers (The Shape) wears was a Captain Kirk mask
  • the movie was made for $300,000… and made over $50 Million (good investment)
  • Donald Pleasance was the highest paid actor on the movie ($20,000)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis went on to have a great career
  • P.J. Soles’ career went downhillpj soles

I highly recommend the movie and hope you all get a chance to see it. Maybe OnDemand or Netflix.

Web Toys

I continue to enjoy playing with the latest and greatest web toys and producing more fluff for the internet. Animoto  allows you to upload images and select songs and then creates a video for you. You can then post it anywhere you would like. I sent these off to YouTube as well as posting them on my Facebook page. Not bad for a couple minutes of playing around while I was waiting for some other files to upload to a site for work.

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Streaming Reality

The site I’ve been working on went live today at BlairCollinsAudio.com. I worked in conjunction with Cornerstone Designs to put it all together. I was focused on the design; creating the icons, graphics and layouts. Michael coded the database and the structure of the PHP.

It was a great relationship and I hope to work with him again soon. I was reminded of when we worked together back in the 90s starting Brawley Web Designs. A few differences back then; we created static pages with tables and HTML. We were pretty proud of those rollover buttons. Now we started and ended the job without ever seeing each other, wrote the code in PHP and scripting, its cross browser compatible, 508 compliant, and dynamic.

It is not just that the world is changing around us and that there is new technology, innovation, communication and sophistication around and available TO us. It has to do with how we grow and change in response to those forces. I myself, feel differently about my environment because of the things I learn and, therefore, act differently towards my environment. The circular feedback loop causes me to develop with my community and environment. On that note;

This week I had the first meeting regarding a new consulting project. I will be heading up the user experience research and design for an exciting new multi sensory haptic interface. Like the touch tables, iPhones, and shaking game controllers.

I am just wrapping my brain around what they are doing and it is really cutting edge and will be a part of the way we interface with, affect change to and learn from our newest toy; Web 3.0- Symantic, Social and becoming the REALity.

Second Life was only the first step. SEGUE: There is a film premiering at SXSW about reality and its permutations in the gaming world called Second Skin.

We leave for Austin tomorrow and I am excited to hear music, learn about interactivity and see films. As well as partying all week because Audrey passed a licensing exam. We have had a stressful winter with many changes , good and bad. I think the spring is here and we are about to experience the new growth that always happens so naturally on our world.

I wish you all the best.