MFA student Xincheng has been exploring the use of the optical printer. We processed 100 feet of his tests (a sizable amount of optical printing for a newcomer to complete in only a week) and the results were quite good except when he wanted to superimpose. After some exploration, I discovered that the Film department's JK printer has a strange glitch. It won't let the camera go backwards except occasionally one or two frames. I'm troubleshooting it but I think there might be something going wrong in the wiring. Hopefully it is fixable as the rest of the device has never run better. It had a seized switch but I was able to get it moving with some graphite.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Dad had gall bladder surgery. I came to the hospital after lunch to see how he was doing. My sister texted me to say they were in the waiting room on the second floor so I went to that floor and went wandering around trying to find him. At one point I was standing in an intersection feeling (and looking) completely lost. A fellow pushing a bed asked me if he could help me find anything. I looked at him and then at the bed and I pointed and said "I'm looking for him". He was taking dad from the surgery to his room so I texted everyone the update on his location from the elevator as we made our way to his room.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
This morning I took dad for some pre-operation tests (which really was me sitting in the waiting room doing a crossword for over two hours) and this afternoon I finally started catching up on all the email I've had piling up. We took a look at the art that Robin has for auction at the Westminster and will likely put a bid or two in. All in all a busy but unproductive day.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the photography we did yesterday in the YAAG using long exposures to simulate 19th century ghost photography. Above is the adorable Fiona and her giant dad (I couldn't even get his head in the shot), the amazing Mike Rollo - thanks for being here.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
William and I watched the first two episodes of the new Twin Peaks on CraveTV.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Since dad got out of the hospital Thursday evening, he has been doing quite well. He was in the hospital for almost 9 days, the first two being mostly non-responsive he was so sick. There were quite a few symptoms so there were quite a few tests but eventually they determined that his gall bladder was the primary culprit. With gall stones and other bile and junk plugging it up, he got really sick and it threw off blood sugar and digestion and many other things. It is temporarily fixed but will be removed in a few weeks. Other than some lack of energy, he is back to his old self.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
The opening of the Alex Janvier exhibition at the MacKenzie this evening was incredible. We visited with dad and family before going so we ended up missing all the talks but Maureen came with us. We'd hoped to go for ice cream afterwards but it was a bit late and cold out.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Dad got out of the hospital today. He still has some surgery to return for in two or three weeks.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Tonight was the puppet themed Quick and Dirty talks which are run by the Dunlop and CCC. In them, each participant presents twenty slides, each for 20 seconds, on the selected topic. Given that I am the poorest puppeteer and the poorest puppet creator in our group but also given that I am to do a quick and dirty talk about puppet films along with Chrystene, Berny, and Rowan and that my ego is too big to let them show me up completely, I talked about 20 different films that I have made using puppets. I left a few out as they would be repetitive.. It went well.
|Rowan spoke with baby in tow|
|Eric and Erik|
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Had coffee with Erik, starting at hospital but moved to Atlantis. Erik had a film idea he wanted to tell me. He said it was a thriller.I told him to thrill me with his description. He then realized that it wasn't that thrilling, it might just make me perk up, like having a coffee. We then decided that a genre that just gets you a bit more alert, a bit more interested, but not as much as a thriller would be called a "Perker".