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In Think About It on April 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

It’s sad and a shame that this still happens.
Time we all did something…

Change For The Sake Of Change…

In Just Because... on April 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I’ve just been trolling through the WordPress “themes”, deciding if I want to change the look of my blog.  The three-column look I’ve been using is fine, as far as it goes, but I’m considering adding pictures and the occasional video I’ve shot and edited to the site, and three columns, even with the widescreen real estate now available, doesn’t seem to be worth it.

I’ll put it up to you readers… should I?  Question two:  If I do, what theme (free, please) do you recommend?

Shrine Circus main tent

The top of the Main Tent of the Shrine Circus in its recent stand here at the Hazel Park Raceway.



Video blog (of sorts) upcoming!

In blogging, digital video, film, screenplays, writing on April 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

And hopefully, not your lunch with it…

What I intend to do with this forum is continue to write about film, production, and effects… and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to do this on a somewhat regular basis (kudos, Scott Eggleston).


As It Happens…

In Just Because..., Roughly About Films on April 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I’ve had a few things to think about aside from the usual anxieties which crop up at the tag end of a semester.

I heard Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas Collins in the 1970’s ABC version of Dark Shadows, died at the age of 87.  A part of my young adulthood has gone, since I used to dial by the show occasionally after getting home from high school.

Dark Shadows, The Gong Show, and Star Trek reruns were what I remember from that time.  It was not all beer and skittles, as they say, but it was what it was…

And Dick Clark’s passing affected (and affects) so many people… those who grew up on American Bandstand, or the earlier incarnation, Philadelphia Bandstand, the Bloopers shows with Dick and Ed McMahon, The $10,000/$20,000 Pyramid, or any of the shows he produced or hosted over the years.  A hole has been torn in the sainted memory of many a teenager of the 1950’s/1960’s/insert your own decade that can’t be filled, not even by Dick Clark-clone Ryan Seacrest.

In the meantime, I am working my fantail off trying to get every T dotted and every I crossed on my schoolwork (read that again, carefully… you’ll get it), spending inordinate amounts of time editing footage for my capstone production class (with two scenes still needing to be shot), and trying to clean out my house in preparation for our move out of state later this year.  The date is hazy, but the destination isn’t… and that’s all I’ll say for now, to those who haven’t heard yet.

Such is the way of things…


What We Have Here…

In Just Because..., Roughly About Films on April 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

…is failure to connect the brain-dots.

I have not been doing much creative work of late, because of school.  I have about two weeks left, and things are moving toward (concept alert) The Great Mongolian Clusterf**k Of All Time.  (Or at least that’s how it feels at times.)

I decline to say bad things about the instructors I have, or have had, until I have safely gotten that piece of paper in my hands, but there will be much to say later.

I have difficulty following the comics I want to on the Web, purely from a time standpoint.  I have, between routine and necessary home maintenance chores, errands, and trying to pass miracles on an almost-daily basis, precious little time to do things for my wife, or for me, or for the two of us.  (I still haven’t gotten to see The Artist on the big screen yet.)  My wife’s car is turning into a junior-grade hangar queen, and mine is acting like a thoroughly discombobulated beater car.

I have friends who have apparently suffered with medical issues dealing with cognition, the concerns of trying to find space for my wife to do her art in advance of a “steampunk” convention we’re selling at on Memorial Day weekend while not overcrowding other storage areas or rooms in the house, trying to monitor my blood sugar so I don’t crash or freak (the joys of low-level Type II Diabetes), and editing footage from our team’s days of shooting while trying to juggle live chainsaws to get the last two scenes in the can… Well, I’m sure you get the picture.

This is not a life for the faint of heart, or the sensitive of stomach.

This is not the life I signed up for, by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s what I’ve got, so it’s basically “soldier, shut up and soldier”.


Dramatis Personae

In Just Because... on April 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

The cast of characters so far (in order of appearance):

ME – Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway, and quick to reach for the pain relievers.

MY DEARLY BELOVED WIFE – Surely earning her place in whatever heaven there may be for putting up with me.

GABBY – more formally known as Gabrielle Velvet, informally known as Kitty Putty, Purr Bucket, Stinker, or Hey You.

THE KID – Our “child of the heart”, a former foster daughter who decided to stick around to see what happens.

I bought a button a long time ago, and it fits better even now – “Don’t try to out-weird me… I get stranger things than you free in my breakfast cereal.”

I do many things, including write, shoot photos, shoot video, draw, and edit.  I published a “fanzine” (a small-press science fiction fan magazine) for a number of years, and some copies are still available online at (look for “Al Bouchard” under authors, and the two titles are scopus:3007 and Lightning Round, available in PDF versions.)

One of these years I’ll post some of my previous attempts at making a web-based comic (No, Brock Heasley, you’re in no danger.)


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