* Readercon happened, and I enjoyed myself as usual, though I didn't go to any parties, and didn't join any dinner expeditiions except for one with readsalot
. In fact, I crashed fairly early all three nights, which inevitably makes me feel like I'm only seeing half the con. Highlights included seeing an interview/biographical movie about Chip Delany, which reminded me how delightful he really is (and how lucky I am to have had him as an instructor at Clarion West), and various panels such as the one about religion and magic.
* After months of non-knitting, I was suddenly On Fire, and knit yet another pair of Fetching (fingerless mittens) and a cute-lacy hat. And then knit another hat from the same pattern but a different yarn this week when I caught up on all the TV I missed over the weekend.
* Feeling too exhausticated after Readercon to post or even think about posting. Complicated by the fact that there is some kind of driver incompatibility going on with my HP Pavilion Media Center, which after 3 support calls totalling over 6 hours I'm now waiting on a System Restore Disk Kit to be shipped to me.
(Incidentally, having done some support work myself now and then, I'm actually really impressed with the guys that I got at HP -- they never talked down to me, they didn't work from a script, they were totally dedicated to getting my PC back and running correctly. And the first two times that I hung up the phone I AND they were convinced that the problem was fixed... until it happened again, because this is a monitor driver crash happening at what seems like random intervals. So I'm not blaming the support I got, in fact, rather the opposite.)
* In school we have just finished our final instruction unit on Adobe Encore which is DVD-authoring software. I was lukewarm about the idea, but it turns out you can do some really cool things, so I'm putting together a DVD portfolio of my short video/animation projects, including a slideshow of some of my pictures, with animated backgrounds for the menus, and probably an Easter Egg or two just for the hell of it.
Now we're in our Final Project phase, where we come to class and just work on stuff that will go into a 3-minute+ video. I'm struggling with about a dozen different ideas -- we're not allowed to put together a vid using sources not belonging to us, the idea being we should shoot some original footage to then mix up. One of them would be some easy instructions for putting together motion graphic titles in After Effects for use in vids. The beauty of this is that I can record it right off the screen (for the footage) and use a microphone to record the narration separately.
I might have to have a script for that, though.
* And I heard from Unemployment that I'll probably qualify for the 13 week extension! My benefits ran out two weeks ago, so I'm coasting on my savings now, which is nowhere near dire YET, but will be eventually, so that's a bit of a relief, yes?