Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I've slipped back into animation-land and have been spending many a long night there. I've got 500+ hours of work in on my next animated short, The Girl and the Ghost and it's really starting to take shape!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I'm getting re-acclimated to the quiet, watching some movies again (tonight was Spirited Away, loved it), and trying to gear up to be creative again.
I finished animating my last movie in December and haven't done much (aside from a little writing) since. Suddenly, I have a handful of new projects clamoring for my attention, all requiring me to step it up to the next level. Once I figure out how to approach these, it'll mean many many all-night animation sessions.
Insomnisquad, Sir Drake is back.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wow! It has been awhile since I've posted--as well as others--guess we've all been sleeping well, or probably just working on other things that keep us up late.
Anyway, a friend just said to me, "New York is the city that never sleeps and apparently neither do you."
How appropriate then that I'm in the process of moving to the Big Apple!?!? All the excitement of my new gig with Rocketboom and moving cross-country is keeping me up. Well, those two things and this little guy from dinner...
I know better, but...I couldn't help myself! Hope you're all doing well.
With love from your Squad Commander from the insomniac's playground!
Monday, June 1, 2009
I've been looking for work locally after graduating from Lethbridge College for three weeks. Nerds On Site finally got back to me, and I should know if I'm hired by the end of the online interview on Tues night. Technology is my passion, so to work on it and write about it through freelance journalism is my dream.
Otherwise, if 'Nerds' doesn't hire me, a construction company has said they'll hire me, and a couple of other labour positions look promising as well. I'll still look into par-time freelancing So, it's an exciting week!
The plan was to go to the gym later this morning, but now I need to raincheck to catch up on sleep. I hate when that happens.
If you want to follow me on Twitter, it's http://twitter.com/kevinlcc
Monday, May 18, 2009
But, as I mentioned on my blog, I had some "interesting" dreams, thanks to a combination of medicine and dehydration.
I recently decided to whip up a visual recreation of one of my more freaky moments, where I saw my hospital room's wall turn into a hellish tunnel with an old lady holding a cat.
I must have been really dehydrated.
Anyway, at least it made for a pretty cool picture. At least I think so.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
So I'm starting a new project, and I'd like to hear your thoughts on it. I'm still working on the site, but here's the Purpose of the project. (Leah, I'd especially love to hear your thoughts on it).
After a long night discussion at Shakey's Pizza, Christina and Z had concluded that the best option to take a silly idea out of their heads was to act on it...
A penny: 1/100 of a dollar. It's the atom that makes up the molecule known as the U.S. dollar; and, unless you are a scientist, the atom means very little to anyone. It's often overlooked for what they represent: the means to an end. Everyone cares more about the end than the means. And so, the penny is often considered irrelevant all over the United States of America--unless you are a frugal individual, a scientist, of course.
Like a penny, our project has two sides...
On the surface of a penny, President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, is portrayed in profile. It's an artistic interpretation of the most popular president of the United States of America (http://tinyurl.com/3jqr3z), and in the same way our surface project is our artistic representation: Christina will collected the pennies and turn them into art pieces.
She will keep you up-to-date on her current art project on her twitter blog (@findapenny) or through the Progress page in our menu.
On the opposite side of the modern penny, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. is featured. What many people don't realize is, if you look closely, you can see the silhouette of the Lincoln statue inside of the Lincoln Memorial.
In that respect, our project will also have a secretive, ulterior motive: it will attempt to prove to the world that, behind it's external hard representation, the internet can group people together to make something (an end) out of the smallest donations (the means). That is, if given the possibility to group together for something positive, like art, the internet population can motivate itself (due to altruistic, novel, passive, or forced reasons) to join in becoming a contributor. The internet population just needs to be given a chance. A chance to prove itself beyond the worlds fear mongering expectation.
Z will, therefore, collect information from people who have donated a single penny (or more if they wish), and compile a list that will be presented in our Acknowledgement Page and on his twitter blog (@sendapenny) to show the world that one person, one penny can contribute to something larger.
The goal in collecting these pennies will be to assist in helping Christina and Mr. Z pay for their absurdly high college loans. Christina and I felt that you, the donator, should not be lied to when it comes to the ultimate purpose of this project. We, therefore, promise each donator that we will not use any of the donated money until we finish all of our art and social experiments. Thank you for your donations and time.
-J. "Z" Aguirre
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
1) Rolando Lite
2) Tower Bloxx
3) Super Monkey Balls Lite
4) Crazy Penguin Catapult
6) Spore Origins Lite
2) I Heart Radio
I'd love to hear what iPhone apps you enjoy!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
It also has to do with the fact that I was up most of the night on Saturday catching up on TV shows (Fringe), watching "Punisher: War Zone" (which is excellent, by the way, though rather gory), and slept til 4pm. Yeah, I know, I don't understand that either.
I truly wish it was a long weekend right now, but it's not, so I'm waiting til 6am, going to bike over the college (two blocks away) and submit my assignment, then come home, where I will finish another assignment (InDesign, and no, I'm no expert) I totally forgot about, and then hopefully pass out.
My instructor won't be too happy with me, but there's no point going to class when I can't really focus. So long as I email him and finish the work, I should be cool though.
So, in effect, I've created a long weekend for myself, though it doesn't feel as satisfying being forced as it would have if it were planned. I'm a nighthawk, but 5am too late even for me!
Thanks, Leah, for letting me be an author on this blog! I hope you get the Great Barrier reef job! I'm rootin' for ya, and yes, I voted for you! I really enjoyed your video, too!
Xaviermagnus@leahdemilio fighting sleep one post at a time
jakezhivov@leahdemilio #insomnisquad motto - Insomnia Squad - always up for a chat
kerric123456@leahdemilio ure moto should be...A MOTTO!
Veilen@leahdemilio #insomnisquad "Carpe Noctem" ;)
gerryc@leahdemilio "We stay awake so you don't have to." ;-) #insomnisquad
And one idea for a meet up:
Xaviermagnus@leahdemilio if the squad ever had a meet up it would have to be at denny's its one of the only things that caters to our kind
Leah, you found me awake, and asked me to join here, and why not? I certainly fit the profile! It's now 4am, and I'm wide awake in LA.
Next time, I'll be a bit more creative in my postings. Leah, sorry didn't see you at the LA Mixer, but Daynah and Justine were there and its always great to see them. Back to Tivo! ;)
-Jim (@techfrog) Certified Insomnisquader
Here's something from last Saturday night.. went out to dinner with some friends and then boba tea for dessert. Yum!
And oh yes, have you seen the new Skittles website?
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I had an odd dream a while back that ended with me being pushed into a deep pond. The last thing I saw before waking up resulted in me making this image.
Click to see it larger:
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I went to the New Media Vault event last Thursday night and had a great time! The venue use to be a very old bank that converted into a bar. Pretty nice and unique.
Justine and I hanging out at The Vault.
Read more about it on my blog.
Friday, February 27, 2009
It's the best time for me to be creative, thanks to the dark, the quiet, and the lack of distractions (though YouTube can be a killer). Whether it's writing or visual art, my best stuff happens when everyone's sleeping. In recent years, I've been doing a lot of animation for short films. I recently finished a film that took me over 1,300 hours of animating and most, if not all of the animation was done at night.
The schedule's hard to shake though. I'm in between projects, it's currently about 6 AM and here I am, still up. In my creative downtime, the dark hours have become my DVD hours, I'm currently zipping through my Futurama box sets (Oh, that Zoidberg...) and milking Netflix for all it's worth.
My nocturnal ways are working fairly well for me so far, I get my work done and I'm now part of the Insomnisquad! Though, admittedly, I now fear the fiery thing that rules the daytime skies.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
If you're in the LA area, come and party with Leah and I at the Crocker Club tonight at 7pm - 11pm. LA Mixers & Tubefilter Present "The New Media Vault" event.
LA Mixers is back and this time we've joined with the wonderful team at Tubefilter and Suicide Window to co-host our best event yet, The New Media Vault. The event is sponsored by Verdouw & Associates, Screen Actors Guild & ExchangeWeb.NET
Come join us Downtown at the beautiful new Crocker Club. Not only does the regal new venue recall the glamour of long ago LA nightspots, the lounge features an honest-to-goodness bank vault amidst its ornately styled rooms.
Join many others from the worlds of TV, Film, New Media, Tech, Advertising and Venture Finance to make new acquaintances and catch up with old connections.
Also, meet online dating expert, Julie Spira, who will be signing copies of her new book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online.
We'll have a business card raffle for prizes that include a 1928 Jewelry gift bag valued at $500, drink specials, and best of all, No Cover! Just RSVP to let us know you're coming.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Then of course on the way back, I smelled Krispy Kremes, and had to get some. You can't pass up a freshly baked donut.
What do you other insomniacs eat when your awake forever?
Thanks for joining and sharing your thoughts! I'm excited to see this squad grow!!!
In the meantime...can you help your Squad Commander out with some views and ratings on this video for the best job in the world? Click on the link below and feel free to share with others!
Best Job in the World!
Your Squad Commander,
"Okay, so I was thinking...I seem to have my best creative thoughts/moments when I'm up really late. The quiet, the lack of sleep, it gets the creative juices flowing. Why not aim to get some participation going with project ideas that keep with the insomnia/sleep/nighttime theme?
For example- EVERYONE has bizarre dreams. Instead of just doing a "share your strange dreams" type thing, go for "SHOW us your strange dreams." That opens a ton of artistic possibilities. People could send in anything from doodles, to Photoshop art, even video reenactments of weird dream moments. It'd be cool because the results would surely be all over the place in regards to both the subject matter and the presentation.
Or it could be flipped around so someone could type up a dream and submit it, then anyone reading could send in their visual interpretation of that person's dream. Like a 'Dream of the Week.'"
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Please share your ideas....my insomnia is clouding my creative flow...
I've gotten one suggestion from Jacob Drake...lets put a list together and then vote!