Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I Thought a Month went by fast.

But here we are a Three Months later. My job at Fidelity Ended. No Big Loss, I was Miserable there. I now work at a company that I feel cares about me as an employee. And I'm not miserable about work anymore, that's a good thing.

I can now Solve a Rubick's Cube.

I feel that's a worthy accomplishment.

So here I am 3 months later and I've only accomplished 3 things that are Blogworthy
• Got a Bigger, Better, Badder, Job
• Learned to Solve a Rubik's Cube
• Got Emily to Watch all the Star Trek Movies (Motion Picture - Nemesis) - Okay we have 2 to Go, but I'm almost there.
Next stop: Planet of the Apes.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Time to Post Again

Well, New job is not contusive to my being able to do certain things.
1) I find the Job Search has crawled to a halt. (Due to the fact that I cannot check my e-mail at work which had become my primary tool)
2) My Blogging (Obviously) Has Stopped as Well.

I contribute the above to the fact that I just don't want to do those things when I get home from work. I guess that I Should Change My Tune.

Anyway - My most recent Application was to A Local Video Game Company
I Plan to call them up sometime today, to follow up on the status. Brian tells me they're Hiring 12 artists for an upcoming project.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Letters, Letters, - Dissapointing Letters

Got my rejection letter from Supergraphics USA and Sundance Catalog Co. I'm thinking of starting a collection. It's funny how they all seem to use the same words. They all have the following phrases in one way or another:

We Liked You
But we didn't like you enough.
So we Hired someone else.
But we'll keep your Resume on file.

I don't like form letters - I'd rather hear exactly why they chose someone else over me. I've heard it so much lately, I'd really like to know what I'm doing wrong. Of course I'm sure that they have time to personalize a letter to all the Rejected applicants.

Monday, July 25, 2005

WOW - a month goes by fast

I didn't realize I hadn't posted in such a long time.
UPDATE: Got a new Job - I work for Fidelity Investments Life Insurance.
It's a temporary position that is deemed to last until December. I'm still going to work at getting another Job in the Visual Arts Field - But for the time being this is acceptable.

Meanwhile - My dear wife is Expecting, which fills me with feelings of Joy and Fear at the same time (Fear, because It is my duty to be the Breadwinner and provider). This is excellent news, and time for me to suck it up and work hard.

I interviewed with Sundance Catalog Company as well; that's the first time since school that I've been graded on my Photoshop skills - they never got back to me - so I'm assuming that's a NO.

I've been so caught up in training and new job shenanigans lately that I've had no desire whatsoever to even use the computer once I got home, which is why I haven't updated this blog, checked my e-mail, or any number of other things in the past few weeks.

I did manage to overcome my aversion to do a little work and have been able to Model a Head in 3DS Max, but that's just about it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Batman: finally done right

First time Batman has been done right in the cinematic medium - Batman Begins.
First time Batman has been properly introduced - Generally when the Story Told in Batman Begins has been told in other films it's been glossed over so you can get to the "villian"
The Psycological part of the Batman Mythos is generally skipped.
This movie delved into his guilt, and this movie was the first time you felt for young master Bruce when his parents were gunned down in the alley.
I LOVED that Ras Algul actually made it into a movie - as important he is to the Batman Mythos, he's not very well known by non-Batman afficionados. (until now)
I LOVED how Scarecrow was depicted so Realisticly.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Waiting. . . and Waiting

This is an absolute joke.
We have been back from lunch for 50 minutes.
And there is no training going on. Apparently a class member had to go and set up a bank account so she could deposit her paycheck. So here we wait. . . this is an absolute joke - we were told people would get pointed for being late (and there are members of the class that are constantly late) x points = temination.

And here we sit.
We would have started class on time, but there was a certain member of class (someone who just isn't grasping the simple computer operations required) that we refused to wait for, because her falling behind in class is bad enough. Her trying to catch up if we got ahead of her would be. . . quite frustrating indeed.

A short time later, our instructor walks out to find her, walks back in, points at the guys and says we have to go an push her car, "out of a ditch."
We walked out and find that she drove off the edge of the blacktop of the parking-lot and high centered her car.
And here we are, no training, but I'm getting payed $60 a day.

Speaking of pay, it's payday. Our instructor, who is currently working 16-20hr days, got shorted in his pay rate AND his hours, and apparently this is the 3rd check in a row. Looks like were using the same HR department that TPUsa did - NOT A GOOD THING. He's talking about quitting and no longer feels that finding another Job is such a bad Idea.

Speaking of which. I interviewed with Supergraphics USA yesterday.
Now My Dad wanted to talk to me before my next interview - so he came over and shared the advice he paid for, with me. Also, Mom and Dad felt that my suit wasn't an interview suit and offered to buy me a suit. So on Wednesday after work Dad and I went to the Men's Wearhouse. I got a great interview suit.

The interviewer was not a good interviewer, he seemed either . . . unsure of how to interview - or overwhelmed by my vast experience. But at the end of the interview he sent some mixed signals. He read from his interviewer cheat sheet a "don't call us, we'll call you" statement. I think he reads it to everyone. . . but he did say that I had all the skills he was looking for. I got the feeling that because of the advertised salary range, he's afraid that I won't be willing to accept the position. It is a little less than what I want, but It's technically better than what I'm getting from Calltech.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Cool Job - Here's To Hope

I just now Submitted my application to the be the Modeller/Animator for the Clark Planetarium.

The Department of Workforce Services Sent me the Job description.
It read as following:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics or other closely related field PLUS one (1) year of experience in a field closely related to these duties; OR an equivalent combination of related education and experience. Digistar programming experience or equivalent and ability to work in 3-D programs such as Lightwave, Maya, or 3-D Studio Max is strongly preferred.

Okay, Granted, I don't have a bachelors Degree in any of those fields, but I have 4 years of schooling.
No I've never programmed a Digistar (Evans & Sutherland Planetarium Projector), but, from what I can tell there's only about 60 installed in the U.S. so there's probably not a lot of people who have used it. Of course this is UT, home to Evans & Sutherland and the Virtual Birthplace of 3D, so there's probably a lot more people qualified to use the Device around here than I previously thought.
At least I can do 3D. I know I can do 3D. And I can Animate.

So I planned to apply in person as per the instructions on the Workforce Services Website.

BUT THEN (Queue Ominous Music)

Searching on the internet for whatever info I could find on programming a Digistar, I came across the Job listing on the Salt Lake County website, and the Requirements were worded Slightly different;and that slight difference in wording was a significant change to the Job Requirements
. It read as following:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics or other closely related field PLUS one (1) year of experience in a field closely related to these duties; OR an equivalent combination of related education and experience.
Important Information regarding this Position: Digistar programming experience or equivalent and ability to work in 3-D programs such as Lightwave, Maya, or 3-D Studio Max is strongly preferred

See what I Mean?
I Applied anyway - worse they could do is file my application in the "Round File" or "File 13"

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Another Interview Down

This interview stuff gets a little easier each time I do it.
I don't know if I'm going to get the job, however, I know that there were lots of applicants. They gave me the impression that they were 4 days behind in their production schedule because of the interviews they've been doing.

When I got into the office there was no one at the receptionist desk. So I looked around at their fine display of products. It was interesting to see that they were the ones that manufactured my Missionary Journal. When the Receptionist showed up she informed me that they were in an interview still, and would be done soon.
So I got to see one of the competition. He wasn't wearing a suit, but he did have a flashy orange tie. A Tie that matched his portfolio case. I didn't have a portfolio, which might be part of why I'm not getting these jobs. I don't really have copies of a lot of the work I've done in print. Fortunately, what I do have, I had already sent to them in a PDF file.
There were two interviewers, the graphic designer (she really didn't say a whole lot) and the boss-man. He was very interested in what I had done at Friberg Fine Art and the interview started out with us just talking shop. He had asked what I did at Friberg and I started explaining that you can't really take a photograph of a painting, or something square, because it won't come out square. So we had to Digitally re-create the Framing. He started talking about how they had, had a similar problem in working on their catalog, and showed me where, and discussed their solutions. I really liked that part of the interview, because it made me sound like I really knew what I was talking about.
He was interested in what I had done at Friberg because of a project they had done for Friberg, and that they were going to be doing again soon; I think we had some rapport going on there, peradventure.
Overall it felt like a good interview.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Another Rejection

It funny when your "Rejection, Form-Leter" contradicts what they tell you in the interview.

In the Interview - "You're Kind of Overqualified"
In the rejection letter - "The Decision has been made to fill the position with an individual whose skills more closely match the requirements for the position"

In my logic - overqualified means that your skills and experience match and exceed the requirements for the position. But Maybe that's just me.

Well, thank goodness I have a Job interview on Monday; perhaps I will be qualified enough to work for a scrapbooking company (and hopefully not overqualified because that apparently works against you).

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Job Search Continues

It consumes me.

I go to training for a customer support job that I don't want to do. It's excellent incentive to find something better. On my breaks and at lunch I spend time on the computers at work searching for jobs on the internet and applying to everything that I Just Might Qualify for.

I got a call about doing some contract work today, I chatted with them for a bit, and they may or may not call back (I really Do not Know) I suppose their number is in my phone and I could call them...

Still no word on the Coldwell Marketing Job, but My Wife informs me that the position hasn't been filled yet.

Monday, June 06, 2005

The Horror

Started the New "It's Cheaper to shuffle you off to a new department, rather than fire you, Job" today. In some ways this is going to be better than MSN, but in other ways it just encourages me to look harder for a new job.

First of all, I somehow ended up in the Non-Technical Support Job. I show up and check in, and I know half the people there (including my brother), but I wasn't in the same class as them. I think I was scheduled wrong, but no matter, because both the people that were "in the wrong training class" disappeared and no longer have a job, whereas, I still have a Job (as horrible as it may be).
Someone's got to pay the Bills. And I get paid the same amount to do what sounds like it's going to be an easier job. So I'll just stay put.

Hopefully the Job interview I had on Friday will pan out.
I interviewed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for a Marketing Coordinator position.

Sunday, June 05, 2005


Okay, I have a problem.

I am now obsessed with a computer game that (as far as I can tell) is not slated to be released for another 12-16 months (although there is currently no official release date) essentially this is the game I was hoping to play waaaaaay back in the day when SimEarth Came out.

It has a website: Spore
But Since Screenshots Just Don't Do ANYTHING the Justice they Used to.
You MUST watch this (Beware, it is an hour long): Will Wright discusses his new game creation called "Spore"
It requires registration, but it's worth the watch. (I had problems using Firefox and had to use IE)
Also Wired Talked a bit with Wil Wright concerning Spore: Wright Hopes to Spore Another Hit

I have a feeling my computer won't be able to handle this game, so I'm definately going to need an upgrade. Some DDR Memory and A New Video Card at the very least. For I am sure all of you in the know, would Laugh Heartily if I were to post my current system specs.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

The True Horror of Star Wars

For all of you who hated the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy...

you have not suffered the TRUE HORROR: The Star Wars Holiday Special.
No really, you truly cannot understand exactly how awful Star Wars Could Be until you have endured the full 2 hour Television Event from 1978. I recently acquired a copy and Suffered through the whole Miserable Mess.

It all started when I searched for "Star Wars" on the Internet Movie Database. I was curious about an entry on that came up - The Star Wars Holiday Special.
As I read the comments about it, I thought to myself, "It couldn't possibly be that bad."
So I got a copy, I invited Brian over (because I read that you shouldn't watch alone)
And I was wrong, It was infinitely WORSE!!!

Let me hit what I think the highlights are.
Wookies screaming for 2 hours with no subtitles
Carrie Fischer and Beatrice Arthur singing songs to the tune of Star Wars Tunes
Art Carney Flirting With Bea Arthur
A Perverted Wookie "mind-porn" Film (why a Wookie's Fantasy is a Scantily Clad Human is Beyond Me)
Slow, Slow, Slow, Slow, Slow Editing
A hive of scum and villainy Crying
Truly Bad Acting
No Lightsabers, except for in a flashback to Episode IV
Mark Hamil Looks like a Girl

The Cartoon wasn't too bad though, I could watch that again. In fact, I wish the whole thing were a cartoon. I understand that the same company that did this cartoon, did the Droids and Ewoks cartoons. I'll have to pick those up sometime.

I now understand why George Lucas is quoted as having said, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I'd smash every bootleg copy."

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Didn't get the job

Bummer. I had my second interview. I felt it went well, but I just got a call back, I will not be the new Graphic Assistant for Colwell Banker Commercial due to the fact that the other applicant had "slightly better qualifications"
Well, Back to the Job Board.

Signing off from MSN

So, Here I am at work, we're recieving about 1 call an hour. And there's really no reason for an L2 to be here today. But I need to squeeze as much paycheck out of this as I can.
Thankfully I will be leaving early to interview for a new job. Hopefully I will get that, it would be an immense blessing in our life.

Fortunately, I do have another job at Call-tech, should this not work out. At least there will be some money coming into our household. But Hopefully the following Doodle will play out.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Episode III

Okay, I just have to put in my 2 cents.
This Movie was great!!!
Episode II was great!!!
Episode I was: you better believe it, great!!!

I guess I'm feeling like the odd man out here, but I like 'em all. And all the criticism sounds the same - I've heard it all, so I don't really want to hear it again.

Everyone and their DOG that criticizes Hayden Christensen comments that his acting is "wooden." Frankly, I was enthralled with the whole story, and not once when watching the film did I step out of engrossed-in-the-moment-mode, to say to myself, "this just doesn't work for me."

This was what they call a tragedy, and my heart sank every time Anikin crept closer to the Dark Side. When order 66 was initiated - that was a sobering moment that everyone in the theater was feeling, it was so heavy you could cut it with a knife.

This is good storytelling. It makes the Saga Complete.

I have so many thoughts about this, that this post is destined to be disjointed and an inadequate representation of every little Nook and Cranny of my Star Wars Thoughts.

Which brings to mind that these are my thoughts, I think that a lot of people that have issues with Star Wars are obsessing over their Feelings. Dwelling upon a nostalgic feeling of how this movie made them feel when they were a kid. That's all fine and dandy, but those feelings can mask truth. For instance, Thundercats. When I was but a lad I watched Thundercats Every Day, I Loved it! I played I was Lion-o and I constructed my own magical sword and sheath (I made a lot of toys that my parents couldn't afford to buy me). The point is, I caught an episode of Thundercats a few years ago on Cartoon Network, and it STUNK!!! It was horrible, I couldn't believe I spent so much time watching such ROT. But my feelings about Thundercats are another story, I still have fond memories of it - but frankly the memory is far better than the truth.

I think there's a similar phenomenon happening with Star Wars, everyone remembers how Cool it was and how great they felt as a kid watching those movies, and when they got older and began to understand the subtleties of the plot it became better. But if we're honest with ourselves, there was all the same elements that are nitpicked in the new Trilogy present in the Originals.
There is bad acting
There is bad dialogue
There are annoying characters
There are superb special effects

I know I know, you don't want to admit it, but it's true.
"But I wanted to go to Bacchi to pick up some power converters," is every bit as horrible as "wahoo" or "I'm beside myself," and, "what a drag." Problem is, that line is remembered fondly, in spite of it's status as both Bad Dialogue and Bad Acting. . . Heck Luke at that point could be considered an annoying character, every bit as whiny as his Father Anikin.

And speaking of annoying characters, let's talk about Jar-Jar Binks. Sure he's annoying, but don't tell me you haven't had to deal with somebody in you life that was completely obnoxious, because if you do - I know you're lying, or too young. Personally I think it adds a bit of realism.

Really I could go on and on like this all day.

But I won't, I'll just sum it up succinctly.
They're all great movies, with a generation spanning story line that enthrall me. Those who say otherwise are dwelling on minutiae and need to relax and maybe, just Maybe, remember that they're just movies and they don't pertain to anything of importance in the eternal scheme of things.

A Blog Begins

I've been wondering about this Blog thing for a while and thought I might give it a spin. I have wanted a place to post my opinions about certain things, and a way to possibly post Sketches and Doodles - a visual Blog if you will.

I'm sitting at work and I have Little to do. Currently I am employed as a Dial-up Phone Technician for MSN, I've worked here for two and a half years and Have climbed the ranks (stifled laugh) to Level 2 Tech aka. Resolution Specialist. Some few weeks ago we were informed that Tuesday the 31st of May would be our last day, and the volume of calls has declined steadily ever since - Wednesday of this week (May 25, 2005) I took a grand total of 2 calls. The Longer of the 2 calls lasted a fantabulous 6 minutes, and yes I worked a full 8 hour shift.

I'm caught up on all the Web-comics I read. I've read all the news-posts found on So Here we are - Blogging.

I have 2 days off and then I come in on Tuesday for my last day. They didn't Fire or Lay-off the whole Department; rather, they're shifting us to a new project/client/subsidiary. So on June 6 I will begin Training as a COX Cable Video Technician. For some that means more pay, but for me it means less (and a less desirable schedule) So I have been Franticly searching for a new Job. Last week (May 20) I had an interview for a Graphic Assistant Position at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate, and yesterday they called me and Scheduled a second interview, so hopefully I'll be working in a more desirable field of work in the not too distant future.

Before Posting I ran a spell check, I find it Ironic that the Blog Spell checker doesn't recognize the words Blog or Blogging.