Interesting news
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I have interesting news..... coming soon.

I'm holding off a couple of weeks but....

weird update
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So much to say.

We've got a lot going on. But let's get the weirdest bit out of the way. We put the Christmas tree in a new location this year and I needed to move old storage boxes out of the way. While I was doing that, I had to repack some of the boxes because they weren't full. I found a script for The Colour of Magic in one of the boxes... A script for our Discworld acting group ... that I wrote ... that I have NO memory of writing. Neither does Elsa. We don't even know when I would have had the time to write it. The timing seems to be after I had started Midnight Monster Movies but that is even more puzzling since, once we started that, ALL my free time disappeared. To make things even more puzzling, there is no trace of the original file on my computer, any of my backup hard drives or cloud services and I'm a guy who backs up the things I make. Elsa thinks either I wrote it in my sleep or it showed up from another dimension.

In other news, we're buckled in for the next phase of adulting. We're on track for trying for a kid. We're in a good place financially; Elsa got the medical ok; we are on a waiting list for a Tesla (we'll need more room); we're kicking the roommate out so we can turn that room into a kid's room (or a library, if we can't have a kid). We go on a cruise in a week and that's the official kick-off of trying. If we can't conceive in a year, we go to our fall-back which is kick-ass library and enjoying vacations.

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Mehstery Science Theatre?
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We finished up the season 11 of MST3K, the revival season on Netflix. I'm sure most of you long-time readers (all 2 of you who still read lj?) know I am a huge MSTie. This season made me go 'meh' overall.

They did some great things. Felecia Day and Patton Oswalt are awesome additions to the cast, every one of their scenes is great. I love that they finally brought in subtitles for both the movie and the riffers! They had that on the MST3K movie and ever again! It helps (especially for people like my wife who are watching it for the movie). The new miniatures and and sets great. I'm so glad they didn't CG everything! They also kept the SciFi-era tradition of 'trying not to talk over the movie' so that was appreciated. They got a ton of guest stars! I remember getting excited on the old series when they got Leonard Maltin for an episode; I would have freaked if they had Neil Patrick Harris on like they did this season.

The new season also failed for me on some parts. First off, I never warmed to Jonah. He had some good stuff, sure, but I didn't like his relationship to the bots and it never felt like he quite gelled with the show. The voices of the 3 riffers were to similar although it did feel like they were starting to find voices by the end. The riffs themselves felt too rushed and almost sped up at points rather than the conversational "watching a movie with your funniest friends" feeling it used to have. One thing I absolutely hated was the face that the movies were edited for no other reason than run time! The show is on Netflix; you don't have to keep it under a certain time! That really steamed my hams. I also wasn't a fan of the faux commercial bumpers for the same reason.

So, there you have it. A meh. I hope they fix some of this with another season (let's be honest, the first couple of seasons of the original MST3K was rough). Hopefully, they take the opportunity to ditch Jonah (as it seems possible with the ending of the season) and bring in someone less "look at me, look at me!" AND DON'T EDIT THE MOVIE FOR RUNTIME! We're gonna watch it even if it was 2 hours long!

We are VR
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We had our first VR show tonight, 2 more down for this week. Second episode is tomorrow and final one is Wednesday. It went very smooth with just normal tech issues. Assuming everything goes ok in the next couple, we'll roll out a weekly show in VR.

It's so weird to be living in the future.

Choosing your own adventure

My wife and I laid out our longer-range life plans a few years back and one of those was what to do about children. We had said the when we had our shit together AND were able to provide for the child, we would look into it. Well, about 2 years ago, we got to that point. The next step was to make sure her health would be safe for childbirth AND to get rid of the roommate. (The roommate was getting ditched either way; the question was if that room was being turned into a library or a kid's room) We told the roommate back in May that he needs to be out by February (PLENTY of time to GTFO) and we were finally told by Elsa's heart doctor last week (after bouncing around since December) that it's safe for her to have a kid.

There are still other steps to go. She's on pre-natal vitamins now and we're not planning to start the actual process until January (on our cruise). This gives us more time to get things ready around the house and be as prepared as possible. There is, of course, always the chance we can't concieve. If we can't, we can't. We'll proceed with our original plans.

Still.... looks like we may end up with a baby by the end of next year.

crushing it
Came back from Minnesota this past weekend. We went up there for a lot of reasons; it was a jam-packed trip! Two main reasons were to film my parts in Chris Mihm's new movie and to perform our 'SnarkTrack' (Think RiffTrax or MST3K) for one of his old movies.

The filming went fine. I wish I had done a little better but it's my first time appearing in a movie.

The riffing.... we killed it. I wrote the scripts over a 3 month period. I had wanted more contributions from the cast but I ended up writing 90% of the jokes because it's too hard to get people to do things. Way back in the '90s, I had entertained the notion of trying to get a writing job on MST3K but never attempted it. I told myself it was because of the winters in Minnesota (and there's a lot of truth to that) but part of me was always worried that I wouldn't be able to hack it; that I wasn't funny enough. After this weekend, I can put that concern to bed. Not only was the audience laughing but the cast and crew that was in attendance loved it too. I showed you can riff a movie without being mean-spirited or disrespectful. I think the best riffing comes from movies you have an affection for. We also timed our riffing out to not run over the dialogue and that worked heaily in our favor. One person in the audience had never seen the movie before but was able to listen to us AND follow the movie with no problem. We were being complimented for hours afterward! We did such a great job that Mihm wants us to do it again next year for a different movie.

I don't know if I could made the cut back in my 20's but I know that, now, I could have.

so.... yay?
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#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

Feeling my way through the darkness guided by a beating heart
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I've been getting hit by the feels lately and I think I finally pinpointed what's been hurting.

I'm usually working on video editing until late into the night, long after Elsa has gone to bed. To have some background noise/something I can watch for a couple of seconds to reset when needed, I've been putting on YouTube videos of '90s-era Sci-Fi channel commercials and bumpers. It's been really good to help me concentrate on my computer and zone out the rest. There is a problem developing however....

I've been getting nostalgic feelings so deep that it's actually caused me to cry here and there. It's silly, right? Why should these old promos and commercials be hurting me like this and why not simply turn them off? Well, on the last part of that, the feelings hurt but the memories are so good I wish I could find more long videos like these.

I was originally confused by the meaning behind this. I couldn't be wanting my late '90s life back, right? By practically every measure, my life now is better by an exponential figure. I own a house, a car (soon to be a Tesla!). I have a WONDERFUL, supportive wife who is my full partner. I have our show which fulfills both my creative needs and challenges my organizational/managerial skills. I have a full, productive and very very busy life. In the late '90s, I was a schmuck. I would sit around and watch tv or play video games for days on end. I was absolutely HORRIBLE to Mouse. I mean it, I was a royal douche to her and she did not deserve how I treated her. While I was spending a lot of cash, I was also running up a pretty big credit card debt that bit me in the ass about 10 years after.

I finally nailed what was wrong (I think). I have these happy memories of the '90s that things like tv shows trigger and I have NO ONE to reminisce with. Seriously, no one. EVERY friend from between 1991 and 2000 is gone from my life. (One exception is poseidon210 but she moved many states away and had a kid recently so.... yeah) When I remember 1994-1999, which should be very happy memories as the early 20s are 'best years of your life' shit and also the '90s kind of rocked to be a young American, I get the happy memories tinged with a deep loneliness. Remembering those years (which I hadn't thought of much until the last few years) opens a black hole of emptiness in the middle of happiness. I can't call up a friend and say "Hey, remember when we watched Vampire Hunter D on its cable tv premiere late at night and it was hosted by Jonathan Taylor Thomas?" nor text someone and say "Remember that Viva Variety show? I can't believe those actors went on to be huge comedic actors."

So that's what hurts. Well, that and I do want to reach back and shake some sense into my younger self. Younger self- DON'T BE A DICK!

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Well, Republicans had a night last night. Although it seems like almost no one is pleased right now. Eight years ago, I predicted the Rpublican party was on its last legs unless it made some changes. Rather than the sober, soul-searching changes I thought the GOP was going to do, they decided to take the easy path and hitch their train to crazy when the Tea Party came calling two years later. Last night was the culmination of that crazy.

Not that the Democratic Party helped much. They nominated Hillary because it was 'her turn' and she demanded it. She inspired no one. Bernie inspired. Bernie fired up the young voters. Hillary got a 'meh' from them. If Hillary had won last night, I would have had a feeling of relief. If Bernie had won, I would have been partying. It's 2000 all over again.

Go, Go Turbo Kid?
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So ... I made this-

I wasn't planning to. I had waited for 10 months thinking someone will make that mashup for me but... no one did. I sat down and bashed this out in one day. I think it's pretty good.


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