Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Phone Display Died

Hi Folks...

GDC update is coming, as promised.

Unfortunately today I'm writing to say that my cell phone display has died. It's really frustrating, because otherwise my phone is completely functioning - if it's on, I hear it beeping to alert me I have a new message. At least I know I dial *86 to access my voicemail, but sometimes the beeping means I have a text message, and unfortunately I've been receiving a lot of them but can not check anything. Both the outside and inside display systems are corrupted or something. It's possible that they are cracked on the edge of the screen where I can't see it, and may be leaking liquid crystals or something. All I can see is a white light.

I miss my handy alarm clock, my ever-ready notepad, and my list of contacts, not to mention a useable phone. By the way, Verizon said my warranty is expired, and I could upgrade to a new phone for free (I suppose that would mean I'd have to sign a new contract?) or purchase a new phone and have my numbers transferred. Too bad they can't also transfer all the other information I've been storing in my phone. There's no way that I know to retrieve text messages, photos, recorded sound, or text messages and notes online or transfer those things to a new phone. Oh well, enough griping.

For anyone who does need to contact me, you can still use that number, and leave a voicemail (which I check nightly). Otherwise, call my phone and I've left a recording with another number (my work cell) that you can use for the time being.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

For Kicks

Animated a clicky pen and an ink blot (quick, sketchy animations) for the soon-to-be-famous White Board Logic team this evening. Had some fun with them. ;)

Beautiful Rain

Last night I flew into Orlando after being away for two months. I think I got this thing backwards - I was in Florida through the hot summer months and up north for the -25 (below zero wind chill) weather. But now I'm back, and caught a gorgeous sunset as I was landing last night. And now I'm home where the heart is.

Today it's overcast, and it just started raining a little while ago, so I got on my jacket and flip flops and ran down the stairs to get outside. Had to feel that fresh Florida rain on my face. Definitely a welcome change from the bitter cold, although the snow was beautiful while it lasted.

As for this week, it's packed. I'm helping Naveen and his White Board Logic team with some character sketches for Inky and the Pens while I have the time this afternoon, but then I've gotta jump into animation and get a reel together before GDC next week. And then of course there are some layouts and things to do for work as well.

But, I have to say, it's great to be back. :)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Little Girl Told Me

So, I haven't been posting especially much because I've been up north with my family taking care of wedding preparations. I haven't been to Orlando in about 2 months and haven't seen Naveen since early January. Tomorrow I'm flying back. Today we will make one last trip to continue The Hunt for "the" wedding dress. It's been a roller coaster because I've now found three dresses that fit and I really liked them and afterwards found out they were discontinued and not re-orderable. I've started tallying up how much we've put down in deposits to see what we'd be losing if we just eloped to some island wearing swimsuits. But truly, I do want our friends and family there - there are so many people who have supported us through these last five (almost six) years, and I can't think of a better way to spend our wedding day than to have them all there with us.

The wedding dress has been a bit of a problem issue though. We'll have to pick one in the next few weeks to avoid rush charges or possible backordering. I went yesterday with Julie to a few stores, including David's Bridal (although mom and I have just about stopped looking there because for the same price we've been finding some really nice designers at the boutiques). While we were there, I found a really nice dress that was a strapless A-line beaded-lace overlay with a nice train length and slightly gathered asymmetrically on the left side through the waist. Of course, after spending some time in it, I learned that it was discontinued (this was dress #3) and was disappointed, although it was my size and in pretty good shape so with the discount I thought maybe it would be something to consider.

As I'm waltzing around in it and turning to see all angles in the mirror, there was a little girl playing on the step (I was on a broad platform where there were a lot of mirrors, and she was stepping up on the platform and then down again, repeatedly). She was probably about four or five, with a cute little pink sweater and what looked like brown little elephants in a pattern on it. She was staring at me and looking starry-eyed.

I continued looking at my dress and turning around in it, but she kept catching my eye. She was watching me as if I were a Disney princess straight out of the parks - you know how little kids get around those characters - somewhat intimidated and cautious at first but usually open up after a while and come closer and talk. It's exactly how she was acting, with a shy hand at her mouth facing out (toward me) with fingers spread as if she was trying to wave but didn't quite know if it was the thing to do. I gave her a smile and continued looking at my dress.

Still she watched me and stepped forward and back, often balancing on one leg and leaning one way or another, and still with the hand at the mouth. Eventually, without taking her eyes off me, she got the courage to take another step or so closer toward me and say, "You're really pretty." It was shy and soft, but with all the emphasis she could muster. I wish you could have heard it - it just melted my heart. I said thank you but otherwise was speechless. Julie and I sighed and started giggling about how cute she was. She skipped away to what might have been her older brother, about eight or nine, who was not exactly happy to be spending his Saturday in a bridal store. The girl leaned up to him and said, "I told her! She's really pretty!" It was darling. She made my day.