Presidents and Art Competitions
Tuesday night Dave and I went to Inaugural Ball, which was THE Obama event in Los Angeles. For $10 we saw the burning man dance/music troupe Mutaytor perform, along with Crystal Method who were fucking BADASS, and DJ Wolfie. It was the best way to ring in a new era, and celebrate history in the making. A ton of my friends were there - ravers and non-ravers alike - I couldn't even make it upstairs without getting stopped a gazillion times. The event was at the Mayan, which is an old, beautiful theater in downtown LA. And the theme was creative formal, so everyone was very fancy. So awesome. The coolest part was they had two big flags on poles that were being passed from person to person in the crowd, much like you'd float someone in a moshpit, or bounce a beach ball at a concert. My friends.. the flag is cool again.
The next day I found out that I made it into the test rounds of the Cut and Paste art competition. [link] Cut and Paste is half live art, half digital art contest. You're in a club in front of an audience and you have 15 minutes to make a piece that has to fit a theme. you have a wacom tablet, a camera, and a mac with adobe software on it.
So that night my friends at the Santa Monica Hacker drinkup let me practice on them. It was mostly cnelson's idea so i went up against him first. I'm not used to using macs, or having people stand around me and talk about what im drawing, so i was realllllllly nervous. but i won most of the rounds. the loser had to do two shots of tequila. It was also stromcarlson's bday, a gay 80s dj in LA who works at hackaday, so a lot of the themes were kinda adult. in a really immature way :) He made us copy all the files to a usbkey and swears he's gonna post them to his blog, so i'll link it when he does.
My test for Cut and Paste is Sunday at 2:30. I'm nowhere near ready.
In other news, I totally learned 3D this week for a project at work. I was mostly working in Google Sketchup, which is a free 3D app that I totally recommend for beginners. It was probably the most fun I've had at work in ages.
Also I'm still sick, and have had either a cold or stomach virus (plus stomach broken from stress) every day since NYE, and it totally sucks. The eating at home project just made me stressed out about money, so i stopped that after a week, though I've pretty much been sticking to chicken noodle soup and cheeseburgers all week cuz thats all that sounds good to me.
Oh and I had a photo of Stephen King published in a book, like a real book! Woo! Stephen King: The Biography. Awesome.
And we beat Little Big Planet. Add pingucat on the playstation network if you wanna play.
It's been a great week.