Friday, March 27, 2009

review: day the earth stood still

island of the great whites

Año Nuevo Island is a small island off Año Nuevo Point on the coast of Northern California, between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. It is an important breeding site for Northern Elephant Seals and the endangered Steller's Sea Lion, as well as several species of seabirds, including Rhinoceros Auklets, Brandt's Cormorants and Western Gulls. Due to the number of seals and sea lions, great white sharks are frequently spotted patrolling the waters around the island. It is protected as part of the Año Nuevo State Reserve.

As recently as the 18th century, what is today Año Nuevo Island was a peninsula. It has since become separated from the mainland by a channel that continues to widen.

The island is restricted to members of approved research teams, and is closed to the public. It has a few abandoned buildings built in the late 1800s. A residential home and foghorn station, all abandoned. The original light tower was deliberately toppled in the early 2000s as it began to deteriorate and became a hazard to the resident wildlife. Some of the remaining buildings are used as research facilities.There's just something inherently awesome about old ruins on an island patrolled by great white sharks.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

the living and the dead

Oh Man, internet, what a time I've had. Between the resurrecting plague (I'm better! I'm not! I'm better!) and boy having a tooth pulled, we've been one wonky house. On top of all that we've had work (yay! but nay!), the dogs, and unseasonably hot/cold weather.

I remember when I used to blog multiple times a day, and draw all the time, and now those days feel like they were someone elses.

Still, I did get to flex the drawing muscles the other day. It makes me feel good. I have so much I want to work on, but work is a means to an end (the end usually being exhaustion, mouse arm, and achey back), but we've got to perservere.

I think if I watched the finale of Battlestar Galactica without all the various time-flashes it would've been a perfect hour of television.

As a side note, I got offered a movie job the other day, and couldn't even finish the script. It was borderline torture-porn, and two days later its still bothering me (even more so after learning that the author was a young woman writing what I can only assume are basement lurker fantasies). Not my cup of tea, and certainly not something I want to add on top of my current workload.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

moving and shaking

Went to Texas.
Attended a wedding in the rain.
Moved my parents.
Got food poisoning.
Home now.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

last night...

...I drove out Perris with Matt and Lucia to watch Boy and John drive their dirt track racer around an dirt appropriate track.