Archive for September, 2004

High-Paying Job. Interested?

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

The past few months have found me browsing the various job boards on Monster, CareerBuilder and the classifieds in the LA Times and Register – in search of the “right” opportunity. A few weeks ago, I came across one that caught my attention. Since I wasn’t interested myself, I didn’t save the ad; but am attempting to recall some of the key requirements of the position:

Position: Corporate Management Professional

Experience: Preferred; optional with proper sponsorship

Location: Southern California (subject to change)



Global Fortune 500 corporation seeking an experienced management professional with direct responsibility and authority for executing and completing high-stress projects on time and within budget. The manager will oversee a group of 50 experienced employees, each with over 20 years of on-the-job training, who are in no position to make any decisions without specific direction from the manager. The right candidate is expected to remain focused on the company’s bottom line and shareholder revenue targets, and will avoid introducing any changes or improvements that require behavioral changes on the part of the corporate management and executive management team.



Desired Skills:

  • Disregard for individual employee growth and development.
  • Caustic attitude and closed-door management style.
  • Owner mentality, vs coach or trainer.
  • Command and control style of communication. Graduate of GTT (Gestapo Tactics Tech)
  • Certified Black Belt in DAAQ-JDI (Don’t Ask Any Questions – Just Do It) management program.
  • Specialist in one-way, outgoing communication.
  • Uncaring and impersonal; never considered a “people person” by others.
  • Knowledge and experience with “team-building” highly undesireable.
  • Ability to apply ethics on a sliding scale, based on personal factors.

All candidates will undergo a 120-day probationary period during which time any observed non-compliant behavior will be grounds for immediate eradication of the position on any of the company organization charts, which releases the company from any financial or moral obligation to compensate the candidate for their time and effort.

Like I said, I had no interest in pursuing this. Would you?

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Not-e-Worthy – the birth of a blog with great potential.

Time For Change

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

After more than 5 years on the web, I believe its time to give weidemannia a major design overhaul. I realize that very few people actually ever get to this page – and are even reading what I am posting, but as a courtesy to those few of you out there, I thought I would let you know what’s going on.

Over the next few weeks, you will find parts of the site that either disappear completely, or are restructured. This is driven by my need to intentionally force change and improvement; the ultimate goal being to create something that actually HAS some meaning.

Design parameters: Clean. Whitespace. No frames (this will be a major change for me). Improved content.

Anyway… the construction crews will be arriving any time. Later, dudes.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

gladwell dot com / The Tipping Point, and New Yorker articles by Malcolm Gladwell – Thanks to Mike Oswalt for sending me the link. Some great writing.

Employed Again.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

You would think that I would have posted this with some fanfare as soon as I was offered the job. But the past week has been pretty hectic.

On October 4, I will be starting a new career as a Loan Officer with a local mortgage and lending firm. After 3 weeks of on-the-job training, I will begin building my pipeline and moving on my way toward helping people achieve the American dream – or possibly just help them to continue holding on to their American dream during tough times. Thanks to my chance meeting with Jack (mentioned earlier), I now have a new direction to build my personal abilities. It seems like an excellent way for me to begin interfacing with the public, while potentially being able to bring in enough income to pay the bills. A future “George Bailey”.

In parallel, the Flash consulting work has picked up, and I am happily building animations and movies to interpret some abstract thoughts and concepts into something that people can understand. Extremely nice to be able to work closely with people that have a passion for what they do. Looking forward to a long and profitable relationship working with Parnassus Consulting. This will be my “evening” job – the one that allows me to pursue my passion.

So, this is my last week of “vacation”.

I’ve notified the EU folks that this is my last week teaching the networking and interview preparation training sessions. But oddly enough, most of my co-instructors have found jobs and will also be leaving EU. Maybe by teaching we ended up becoming the best students of the material and parlayed that into employment.

"We Got Fired!"

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

We Got Fired! : . . . And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us by Harvey Mackay

This new book came to me via a link from the Achievement newsletter that I receive from AdvantEdge. Seemed appropriate to post a link here so I did.

Voices From Your Past

Monday, September 27th, 2004

While the music from our past is indelibly etched into our souls, you also have to give credit to the people – the disk jockeys – that played a significant part in introducing them to each of us. For me, the personalities of Ace Young, Paraquat Kelly, Sam Riddle and Jim Ladd created the aura that put a frame of reference to the music.

I think you might find this website a great help in bringing back some of these names from the dead – or even from the live. I’m sure they would appreciate getting an email from you telling you how much they meant to you. Do it.

ACTION: 440: Satisfaction – Radio People, Radio History, Radio Stations

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Those Were the Days, Today in History

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Adam Curry’s Weblog

Friday, September 24th, 2004

List of Disallowed Personalized Plates – Courtesy of the Smoking Gun. Warning: You may be offended. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Bubble Wrap – Because sometimes you just need to escape from the grind.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

– Albert Einstein

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Albino Blacksheep – www.albinoblacksheep.com

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Posting – Steampowered.com – Mirrored by Trials-shack.co.uk

Ready For A Change?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

On Saturday, I received an email from Jack saying he had spoken to the head of the company, and has set up a meeting between he and I for Tuesday morning. Having taken a few days to consider this shift in gears as far as targeting a new career direction, I decided I am actually looking forward to doing something new and challenging. It will be a true test of my inner drive and strength. The pay structure is completely driven by commission – unlike any of my previous employments – and the potential for great rewards is dangling out there. I’m looking forward to the meeting and finding out the specifics of just how fast I can become a millionaire. (Maybe it IS all about the money.)

Another idea came to me in an email from RF about developing some artwork to support an upcoming game between University of Texas and Oklahoma U. [I get the feeling their’s is a rivalry akin to the USC vs UCLA battles we have here in So. Cal]. I put together some designs over the weekend, but it turns out there doesn’t seem to be enough time before when the materials could be delivered to customers, and when the came will be played. So this ends up on the back burner and maybe a better strategy will be put together for next years event.

NM notified me that we received a go ahead for an animated image map, and I will be meeting with them over the next few days to get a better idea of the client’s desires. This could be my FIRST paying gig! Also, we plan to discuss our ongoing relationship (which may be altered if this job opportunity mentioned above pays off.)

Sherry had worked hard all weekend getting her stuff boxed up and ready for some sales in the next few weeks, so today we did a “nooner” and went to the movies to see Collateral. A pretty intense action flick and some great acting from Jamie Foxx.

Turn Of Events

Friday, September 17th, 2004

PART 1 – Although I didn’t mention it on Wednesday, on my way home from the EU training, I wanted to swing by Albertson’s and pick up a few of the 2-liter softdrinks for 69 cents. (Watch the pennies and the dollars watch themselves).

As I entered the parking lot, I happened to spot my long-time boss and mentor leaving a deli with his son. I pulled the beemer next to Jack’s Z and got out and greeted him. We hadn’t spoken since the architectural alumni event a month ago. Wanted to know what was up with me. I mentioned that the car was still for sale. Oddly enough, he and his son had been discussing new cars – although the subject at hand for them was one of the new Hummer pickups. Anyway, Jack and I agreed to get together early next week for lunch. Just a casual meeting…

Later that afternoon, I received an email from Jack and he said his other son Jeff sounded interested. I emailed a few photos. That evening, I got a call from him and wondered when I might be able to let him see the car. We agreed that Thursday morning sometime would work best.

This morning, I drove the car over to meet he and his dad. After driving the car, he came back and said he would take it – ready to cut a check for me right then and there! However, I asked for a cashier check, rather than a personal check. He would go to the bank, and give me a call later to arrange the handoff. That gave me time to get all the paperwork together, round up the keys, and get the car washed. Bottom line: At 2:30pm, I was no longer the proud owner of a BMW.

The way I see it, it is a win for Jeff getting a beautiful, low mileage car for a well-below bluebook price, and I get a bit of relief on the financial side of things.

PART 2 – When I took the car over to let Jeff drive it, I spoke with Jack and he showed me around their new offices and explained their operation. He also wondered if I would be interested in possibly filling a position as a loan officer with their company! He sent me some material to review, and if I was interested, to let him know. I explained to him that I am still pursuing my passion and exploiting my creative side, but am very willing to commit to working with his firm. When I dropped the car back in the afternoon, I told him that I was very interested, and he was going to set up a meeting with the head of the company next Tuesday.

So, as I sign off, today was a very good day!

Oh, add to that that my friend Jeff being asked to fly to San Francisco to spend half a day providing his advice and opinion to a software development firm further reinforces what I have said before. Jeff’s day has come! It will be an interesting situation if he gets to a point where he decides to leave the corporate mothership; who will replace his role with the KM development team.

Good night!

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

Wired News: Instant Messaging Goes Graphical – Jeff has arrived!

Pursuit of Passion

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

Another Wednesday found me back at EU in the morning leading the training on interview preparation. Seems like a couple of the lead trainers may have found jobs, so I may move into the lead role. Perhaps ironic since I have not personally been heavily involved in actual interviews. Is the rule “those that can’t do, teach” being applied?

Attended the Orange County Multi Media Association’s (OCMMA) Business Interest Group SIG tonight. The focus of this group is to provide guidance and support on the business side of selling services to clients. Great presentation by Scott Inglish, president of OCMMA, explaining how he went about marketing his services the first year. Extremely relevant and some great advice. He was the guy I spoke to at last week’s Flash meeting – a good guy. Stressed the importance of having a “brand” in place with all marketing information. Relied heavily on snailmailings the first year (didn’t hear him mention email once), with followup phone calls. Used the approach of giving things away (i.e., tips, tricks, “did you knows”) on his mailers – similar to the kind of stuff you see on the flyers from real estate agents. Goal: Get noticed by being persistent. Also, another key is to focus on a niche market that you are targeting and saturate it. Don’t try to eat the whole elephant – there’s enough to go around for everyone. But position yourself to be the best resource for a particular service for a specific client base.

A guy named Scott at the meeting mentioned that he was kicking off a new internet service over the next week or so. Named “KSix” it is targeting a specific market. But is getting a lot of support. We spoke a bit, I gave him my card, and wished him success.

Came home with some great ideas. Will attend all future meetings of this group, which meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Note to self:

Stop using the phrase “trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up” when asked about future direction. Heard it used twice tonight by others. A meaningless platitude that sends the same message as “gee, I don’t know.” Personally, this always pissed me off when my kids responded that way, so why would I want to piss off others.

Clearly communicate your objectives with the response, “Well, I’m pursuing my passion which is [insert specific goal here]” This conveys purpose and self-awareness, and you will come across as a confident individual.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Internet Archive: Prelinger Archives: “Welcome to the Prelinger Archives – 1,948 movie files

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 48,000 ‘ephemeral’ (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven’t been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and some 1,600 (soon to be 2,000) key titles are available here. The collection currently contains over 10% of the total production of ephemeral films between 1927 and 1987, and it may be the most complete and varied collection in existence of films from these poorly preserved genres. “

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Licenses Explained | Creative Commons

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

The Smoking Gun: Arresting Images

Pre-Hump Day Update

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Not every day is upbeat.

Devoted time on Sunday to explore alternative approaches to quickly producing Flash animations, exploring cascading style sheets. Also knocked out a storyboard for another project. Storyboards are basically me sketching on paper, hardlining with a Sharpie, scanning into Photoshop, adding a few annotations, and creating a PDF. Posting them in our Yahoo group for review by the team.

Monday, my buddy Jeff, proud owner of BigBlueBall.com, mentioned he had been contacted by Warner Brothers regarding a potential business deal. Too freaking cool! I always knew that Jeff would “make it”, so maybe now its his turn. We met for lunch at Wahoo’s and brought each other up to speed on what’s been going on. I explained that I was on my way to turn in a job application at Staples. They are looking to hire someone for their Copy Center! [Hey, I’m fully qualified for that one.] I went in and filled out the online application in the store, and it took 30 minutes. For some reason, they just love these “character assessment” questionnaires to see if the applicants are unstable serial killers or loonies. Some of the questions are really laughable – at least to me. How would YOU answer this one: “Would you have a problem if you were required to NOT use cocaine either just prior to working or during work?” Then, they ask the same one again for alcohol, marijuana, and crack! Unbelievable. So, maybe I’m too normal to work there. As I left, one of the employees said that they would be reviewing the applications in the next day or two and “would be in touch.” I’m not holding my breath.

I tell you, there is this guilt that builds inside that says I need to be doing something that brings in money – while I’m trying to get this new career kicked off. But can’t help but wonder if I’m taking the easy way out. This issue will keep running around in my brain, I’m sure, until something breaks. But I honestly don’t see me doing any more of that Corporate life. I did my 30 year stint. So, now its me time.

Created another storyboard and spent the evening really focused on learning CSS. Went to bed around 11:45pm… a bit early for me considering over the past few months I’ve been putting in really late hours.

Somewhat surprised that I have not heard back from the BMW guy or his daughter – one way or the other. I figure that either they are trying to arrange financing, and don’t want to call until its in place; or the daughter has decided that the monthly payments may be a bit more than she wants to pay, since she is going to have to move to O.C. from Riverside when she starts her new job with a PR firm. Sigh.

This morning, I woke up at 6am, got my coffee, and sat down to pick up where I had left off on the CSS stuff. In the course of my reading, I came across a review of a CSS editor called TopStyle Pro. I pulled down the demo to give it a shot, and it greatly simplifies the process. When my 20 uses runs out, I’ll probably purchase a license. Great tool.

Putting on my KM consultant hat, I responded to the woman in Brazil with a bit of information about Fluor’s history with KM. Since the writeup I sent was public information, I don’t think it should be an issue. Also, pointed her to a few books by John Kotter and Melisse Rumizen that I think would be good for anyone starting out in the KM business; and gave her my 2 cents about the noise you see in the KM-related Yahoo groups. Caveat emptor.

Took Sherry out to lunch at Mimi’s today. Gee, we haven’t been there much over the past few months; and we used to go probably once a week. Probably not a surprise when you have to manage the budget more closely.

This afternoon, I created an interactive schematic flow chart to define the logic, variables and debugging of the Flash project. As I built the file, I’m thinking that the entire project may be perfectly suited for being a standalone Flash application, and eliminate the HTML pages all together – other than the shell from which the application runs. Will make handling variables much easier, as well as helping prevent it from being decompiled. While not complicated, its still the project of my design and I want to protect it from prying eyes.

Plan to spend the next hour away from the PC, and doing some reading and getting my paperwork organized.

Musical Aside: Listening today to Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, and laughed out loud at the lyrics to “The Strawberry Roan”. Seek out the song if you get a chance. Maybe its my failing ears, but I wonder if it would get airplay nowadays.

Monday, September 13th, 2004

[Progweed.net == Progressive Music Reviews]

Monday, September 13th, 2004

-[ LeRoy TeleVision ]-[ www.leetv.tv ]- – Pretty cool demonstration of what can be done with Flash by one creative guy. And this is his “fun” site.

Sunday, September 12th, 2004

Tokyo Picturesque:Alpha Version:Final

Warning: Couch Potato Zone

Sunday, September 12th, 2004

Life’s all about balance, right? So…

Today found me sleeping in late, but spending the morning with Sherry out and about doing a thrift store run. Hotter than hell here in the southland… Or maybe its just the humidity today.

Arrived home around noon, and found a message waiting from the BMW guy wanting to bring his daughter over to take a look at my baby. Gave me a couple hours to run it over to the carwash and get it spiffed up. They showed up and seemed pleased. After all, its in mint condition and thousands below bluebook. My loss is someone else’s gain. They were going to discuss it over lunch; I told them to sleep on it and there was no rush. Anyway… so far – so good. Sort of expect a call tomorrow letting me know one way or the other. Nice family.

Got the butt planted on the couch and ended up getting more than my fill of westerns on cable. Slept through The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and could only bear about 45 minutes of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West. Then, later tonight, Sherry was watching Eastwood’s Pale Rider, so watched that too. She then switched to HBO’s Deadwood and I bailed.

Decided to spend some time before bed playing with some more Flash routines…

Head Down

Saturday, September 11th, 2004

Walk and swim, and then took care of personal matters.

Took a project from a blank sheet of paper, through completed, fully-animated and soundtracked SWF file in just under 4 hours. Included a false start at some of the text effects, so the next one should be even quicker. At the back of my mind, I’m thinking I can develop a series of routines in a “text effects” library. Although, what I ended up creating is pretty straightforward. Here is where you need to look at what you are trying to accomplish and come up with a solution that is appropriate.

Added the project to the prototype.

What Got Me 40 Years Ago

Friday, September 10th, 2004

The cover story in the September issue of Uncut (see my references below on how excellent this music magazine really is) targets The Kinks. What I was pleased to learn is that their hit You Really Got Me was released 40 years ago this month! Damn. I was a mere lad of 12 when I first heard the tune – clay waiting to be molded and it is now obvious that what is now being referred to as the first in the string of heavy metal tunes produced by the Davies clan was key in shaping my musical substance.

The opening rif of 5 simple notes defines rock for me.

And as you know, it was this very song that first endeared me to the “then unknown” rock group, Mott The Hoople, when their instrumetal version pierced my soul for good back in ’70.

ACTION: Listen, it’s ALL about the music.

CREEM ONLINE: Rock-A-Rama Raview

Friday, September 10th, 2004

“Mott The Hoople Live [30th Anniversary Edition]

2004 Columbia UK

To quote Ben Edmonds’ CREEM review of Mott’s Hoople LP 30 years ago, MTH was ‘a band that could probably please me just by farting with the slightest degree of sincerity.’ And while the thought (and smell) of a gassy Overend Watts may not reek of rock ‘n’ roll as much as Mr. Edmonds may have thought in 1974, the fact remains that Mott The Hoople were probably the best live act seven bucks could buy a teenager anywhere that year.

The problem was their new Mott Live long player was a half-assed chop job splitting two different shows on each side, short-changing fans with an oddball song selection, muddy production and sorely missing any tracks from their then-current release The Hoople.

Well, all that has now changed with the 30th anniversary release of Mott The Hoople Live.

ACTION: Read the Review

Getting Loaded

Friday, September 10th, 2004

My son, David, surprised me this morning and called to indicate he was in town on a job interview; wondered if I was available to get together. (Just a minute, let me check my busy calendar… wide open!) When it finished, he stopped over and we spent a couple of hours catching up on the meaning of life and downing a Quiznos – his first one. Nice diversion to the day and he’s welcome anytime. Snapped a few pictures of him to update my resource files, so you should see his face appear a bit more often on weidemannia-produced images.

Received an inquiry from a consultant in Brazil asking for some guidance on KM. Found me in LinkedIn and valued my perspective. I told her I was more than willing to help, and asked for a bit more background. Don’t know where it might lead, but the whole KM things is based on collaboration and sharing knowledge.

Thanks to flashgeek.com, I now have some insight on how PowerPoint and Flash can live together in harmony. While I don’t have any specific need to know how to do it right now, I think its a useful technique to have in the toolbox.

Ended the day developing some simple preloader routines for the Flash Asset library that keeps viewer informed when loading large SWF files (i.e have a lot of sound or images). Each is a single frame that can be cut-and-pasted into the first frame of any movie. Ultimately, a well developed movie allows content to load without letting the viewer know it is loading. The order in which images are presented, or actions are triggered can help camouflage the long loads.

Giving Back

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

Being a holiday week, I didn’t know how the EU handled the courses since Monday they were closed. Ends up they cram the Monday and Tuesday sessions into a very long day. So the 8 participants came into Wednesday’s session without having the luxury of letting some of the concepts sink in. Turned out we made references to things – like PARs – that made no sense to them. At the request of one of the students, stayed after the training for an hour to assist with formatting a resume. I get a real satisfaction from what I consider “volunteer” work.

Call back from a guy who had called a few weeks ago on the BMW. Still interested and may want to bring his daughter down on the weekend to look at it. It will be her car. It would be nice to find my baby a new home. A small sacrifice to help relieve some of the unnecessary financial pressures at this time.

Successfully eliminated some bugs I had seen in Outlook regarding an LDAP server and other address book related noise. Things are working well now.

Sherry and I enjoyed (is that the right word) Fight Club on FX. Now I’m planning on finishing a “glowing orb” Flash asset in the next hour or two. Requires doing some math functions in ActionScript. I don’t anticipate any problems, since it seems straightforward.

Time for Earthquakes

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

Well, judging from the clouds visible out my office window, my personal meteorologist has warned me we should expect earthquakes very soon.

So, not wanting to get into an argument about her cosmic abilities, I decided to record her prediction with a timestamp here in the blog.

Consider this a warning if your here in Southern California.

Administrative Stuff

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Spent the morning dealing with miscellaneous administrative stuff regarding EDD, EU, business finances, and project management. Purged the Notes databases and migrated project tracking information into Outlook’s Business Contact Manager (BCM). Goal: One place to do any one task.

So, I’ve determined that my nifty, cool Zire71 has no real value, other than to provide a way to carry my calendar and address book around without having to drag around the Day Timer – which I consider to be THE best place to document activities. [Something about putting pen to paper that just feels right!] I know that Outlook will manage my email. Part of my daily routine is to now review the Day Timer, transfer any relevant information regarding meetings, time logging, or business notes into the appropriate section of BCM. That’s the plan for now.

Created a Flash Asset library; which is nothing more than an organized directory structure on the hard disk. This will be a place to begin cataloging all of the cool routines and movies that perform a specific function or effect. It is critical that I have a way to quickly access the knowledge base. But realize, there may be more sophisticated approaches. Added a “soft button” routine to christen the folder.

Attended my first session of the O.C. Flash User group in Irvine. Group meets first Tuesday’s of the month. Figured there is no better way to dive into the pool than to surround myself with those with a common interest. About 16 people in attendance. Personable group of people, with a variety of backgrounds and skills. I consider this a great addition to my personal network, and exchanged business cards with a few people. I plan to stay involved with the group.

Monday Monday

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

Teleconference with the consulting company to review my interest in providing graphic and animation support for the presentation for a potential client. I think it went well, and it seems there may be a chemistry among us. Next step will have some graphic files sent my way for development. Waiting to hear the results of their call with the client this afternoon.

Exploring the capabilities of Office 2003, I used Publisher for the first time and developed a letterhead. Carries the same look and feel as the business cards and website. Pretty nice application, and will consider it the preferred tool for developing all of my marketing materials.

Spent some time getting to better understand nested movie concepts in Flash.

Monday, September 6th, 2004

Knight of Shorts Film Showcase – Riverside-based film festival where Justin’s starring role in “A Dark Tomorrow” closes the evening. You heard about him here first.

Change is Good

Monday, September 6th, 2004

Implemented the new routine for personal organization. Should help clear the mind from clutter. (You wouldn’t know it from these posts, would you?)

Contributed to the Bill Gates’ personal retirement fund and purchased the Office 2003 Small Business Edition. More than I wanted to spend, but a necessary business investment for me. While I was primarily intending to upgrade my PowerPoint for its enhanced animation features, I ended up with Outlook 2003 and the Business Contact Manager. I believe that THIS is the solution to some of the problems that I’ve been trying to resolve with Notes, my Zire, DayTimer and Outlook. Devoted a good portion of the day to understand what features will be useful to me.

Called Justin and made all things right with the world. Had a good discussion, and he indicated that he has all sorts of ideas for products and comedy bits. As I’ve said before, he WILL end up connecting big time with his passions and realize the attention he deserves. He informed me that the independent film he starred in, has started to make the rounds at some small film festivals. If you happen to catch the disturbing “A Dark Tomorrow”, keep an eye out for Justin – he’s the lead character. I have not seen it, but he told me he asked the director for a copy of the DVD. He did warn me that the movie may not be suitable for all audiences. Still, its on his resume… May become one of those “Before They Were Stars” clips that E! pulls out in the future. I’m encouraged for him.

Knocked out a couple of story boards and posted them in the group.

Overall, a long day – but accomplished quite a lot.

Today’s Menu

Sunday, September 5th, 2004

Being the middle of the Labor Day weekend, I suppose I can say its time to do nothing. Well, today I need to: “hose off the concrete”, take the missus out for breakfast, call Justin and make up for my mistake, upgrade my software and knock out 3 storyboards.

Looking Back and Forth

Sunday, September 5th, 2004

Don’t know why I can’t seem to take 5 minutes each day to update the blog. I KNOW its easier when taken in small doses. Perhaps its because the most logical time to do it seemed to be at the end of the day – you know, wrapping things up. Well, I’m going to try to make it an every morning activity now. Make the first activity a summary of the previous day’s events, and a place to define the day’s agenda and plan of attack. Check back later to see if this is any more successful.

SUNDAY 29Aug04 – Applied some of my recent learnings and built a slick gallery interface for weidemannia design. Essential that the page makes it easy for people to see my range of work, while demonstrating my web design capabilities. Sent off a few emails to the network.

CONCEPT – Ended up making a run to Leslie’s when I heard the pool sweep’s hose sucking air. There are about 8 segments of hose and when the sun/chemicals have taken their toll, air begins to seep into the line. The only way to maintain its effectiveness is to replace the hoses that suck. I see parallels to corporate operations. Will ponder.

MONDAY 30Aug04 – Developed a first pass at an animated splash menu for the portfolio. When category is selected, the first movie in that section is displayed. Keeps the visitor from having to always start at the first image and then click the next button ad nauseum. Pleased with the result. Will consider using the category variables in the future to further focus the experience on the visitor’s interests. No call from RF, but figured my time developing my gallery interface would apply to the new application. Received a call from a guy in Rancho Cucamonga regarding the BMW and gave them my best price. Would consider and call back.

TUESDAY 31Aug04 – Finally received payment for the mexican comics, so shipped the package off. Lunch with KSC to get caught up on the latest lunacy at Bungo Corp. RF posted his brainstorm ideas for storyboards, and I added them to the table in our Yahoo group space. I now have a set of initial concepts for developing prototype movies. Closed the day providing a reworked guideline for the networking section of the EU training. Printed it and made copies – unlike last week.

WEDNESDAY 1Sep04 – Handled most of the interview prep training myself at EU. Having the outline, and using a planned approach seemed to make the material flow much better. Made a few notes to improve it in the future. Devoted the afternoon, evening and wee hours looking at variable handling in ActionScript. Goal was to have the gallery movie read an external table, loading variables, and allow the use of filenames without having to do any renaming. Got a big headache on this one, and with little progress made, sent off an email asking for assistance from a Flash-guru friend. I’m just missing something in the syntax. Guy called back on BMW and turns out he’s a broker. Wanted me to give him the car for 5 days while they checked it out. I told him if he want’s the car for 5 days, he can give me a check for what I’m asking. He can then have it as long as he wants. I sent him the pictures to give him a better idea of the condition. He was going to call after he looked at them. [No call received.] Sherry mentioned later in the day that somone called who had seen the car at the post office. When I called back and told him the asking price, it was out of his league. [I think he thought it was a Honda, and was willing to pay maybe $8,000.] So, the car is still available if you care.

THURSDAY 2Sep04 – Spent the morning developing 3 storyboards using pencil and paper. Very traditional method for creating them. Fine tuned the process of taking the pencil/paper drawings, scanning them into Photoshop, applying necessary filters, and then loading the cells into Flash. Results is that I can assemble movies rather quickly to establish the flow, and then replace out the artwork later as the story is refined. Works GREAT! Combined all of the storyboards in a PDF and posted them in the group. The afternoon and evening allowed me to build a complete prototype movie, including animation and sound. Posted it in the group to get feedback from RF. Is this on the right track? Result: Good understanding of some basic ActionScripts that control desired actions. Productive day! I look at all time spent on this as being an investment in being able to sell the product. The compensation will follow. At least, that is the justification I’m using to focus on this fun stuff, rather than the pursuit of a corporate position.

FRIDAY 3Sep04 – CD gets a self-performed haircut. Determined he is also a “3” all over. Call from ML catching up on the last 3 years. He also went through EU and gave me a few tips he learned, and the name of some other organizations that he felt were more helpful in finding him a job. He ended up in his current job with SCE based on a personal connection to a long-lost coworker. Power of the network, again. Unfortunately, he wasn’t aware of any openings at SCE for someone with my background. During our discussion however, he said something that hit home; I provided my 30 second commercial, and his feedback was that I lost him. He suggested I lead with my “creative” side, and mention my architectural background. That training allows me to take ideas and create structures and pictures as solutions. I like that brand: I create pictures of YOUR ideas. More efforts tuning the gallery design and functionality. Closed the day with 2 hours of ActionScript reading.

SATURDAY 4Sep04 – Slept in late. Submitted online application to Borders (read: proactive seeking of employment to bring in revenue). Sherry and I had been there yesterday afternoon, and I spotted their “we’re hiring” sign. Thought, what the hell. What I found most interesting about the online application, is that they ask applicants to complete a personality assessment. I kid you not, the first screen that appears says “page 1 of 47”, and there are 5 questions per page. You do the math. I hope I passed. :)

Received lead on some presentation Powerpoint/Flash work and responded and believe it would be the perfect opportunity to demonstrate my abilities. Looking forward to this… Involved importing work from Illustrator, which comes across pretty nicely in to Flash. When I tested it in Powerpoint, I realized that I need to upgrade in order to get the advanced animation features that I was used to on my previous corporate laptop. Off to Staples.

COLD WATER IN THE FACE – Realized I completely missed Justin’s birthday on August 24. That’s the first time that I have EVER forgotten one of my kid’s birthdays. You don’t know how shitty that makes me feel… While I may have justification to explain away my actions because of my personal career situations, it reinforces that my priorities are not in order.



ACTION: Create the balance that you profess, Steve.

Saturday, September 4th, 2004

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