Friday, August 31, 2007

another perk

another perk, originally uploaded by No Middle Name.

sensis is 5 years old today. we got cupcakes. blue ones.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Good advice

b3ta's Rob Manuel on writing teh funnies on the interwebs. Lots of useful tips, the main one being: "Crank it out as fast as you can, don't worry about perfection". Not everything you write will be funny, so improve your hit rate by increasing your output.

This links in to an article about creativity on Marc Andreesen's blog:
Quality of output does not vary by age... which means, of course, that attempting to improve your batting average of hits versus misses is a waste of time as you progress through a creative career. Instead you should just focus on more at-bats -- more output. Think about that one.

Marc Andreesen was one of the founders of Netscape, back when they were a browser company.

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perks, originally uploaded by No Middle Name.

My job has benefits. I work on Citysearch. Mmm... free chocolate, the tastiest kind there is.

Monday, August 06, 2007

20 Years of Pixar

sully, originally uploaded by No Middle Name.

Yesterday we took the kids to the Pixar exhibition at the ACMI in Melbourne.

They had loads of artwork and models from the Pixar archives, and you get to see how the characters and films evolved from their initial ideas. It's also a great demonstration of how talented their artists are. There's this perception that they don't have to do much, that because they're using computers the artist doesn't have any input. Once you see their story boards and how much detail and thought goes into the whole process, you can't help but be impressed.

There's also the 3-D zoetrope which is just incredible. Well worth the price of admission on its own.

I've found a video on you tube which gives you an idea of what it's like. The quality is not brilliant, but still...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007