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Universal U

Too good to last

Finally landed one of the higher paying union jobs - which this company has had for seven years, and they lose the contract less than a month after I get here.


Annual Livejournal Post

ALL of this came today

Kitties happy

New Cat Tree

Don't know the story behind it, but one day I was leaving for work and a $200 cat tree, dirty but undamaged, was left out for the trash.  I'm not proud, so its now mine.

It had been used, but apparently by a declawed cat.

There is no evidence a cat ever sharpened claws on this.  But it had been barfed on a few times - as cats tend to do.

Steam cleaning was very effective and after the use of a "Rug Doctor" it looked brand new!

The way the base got brushed makes it look dark in this picture, but yuo can see from the previous photo its now clean.  Sugar is still not sure of it.  Gandalf has been on it already.  The other two cats are too afraid of the steam cleaner to come near it yet.  (Now that we have cleaned the cat tree I'm going to do a regular carpet cleaning while I still have this thing rented out)

CGA Maritime Net

Coast Guard takes Public Affairs deadly seriously

After being an Editor for 12+ years it still took me four tries to pass the test for this and I just barely made it this time.  Its surprising how much of how I normally write is just plain wrong.  But then I never wrote stuff for HUZZAH! that had to be lawsuit bulletproof either.


Sure - going to jump right on this

Universal U

No day off this week

Well fortunately for me the fire department decided to inspect and validate the alarm system in this building on the one day I have off so I'm in here doing a 12 hour shift watching a building to make sure it doesn't burn down until we get the alarm system working again.

Which conveniently will pay for someone"s birthday present which I've already pre-ordered. I can't say who because I'm using the mobile version of life LiveJournal and I have no clue how to do tags with this


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Apparently  the real life version of "Scar" is considerably worse then the animated character in Lion King.

Which I will never watch again.  At least not and enjoy it as I once might have.

Narniafox 1

Something I just made up

If I ever do fursuit wrangling again I'll bring a bunch of these to put in the break roomsRead more...Collapse )

Pirate medal

This is why doctors don't want to take Obamacare

<lj user="martes"> went for an MRI recently.  It cost $1422

Blue Cross (obamacare) paid $286.47.  Our portionof the bill was $26.83

The medical imaging center wrote off $1103.70 as an "Insurance Loss"

They only got 21% of the total bill.  This is why they turn patients away.


Character Design Observations

After 20+ years of not really caring about Feature Animation, (itself rather odd considering who I married)  I suddenly find myself deeply interested in a developing Disney movie. Bit of personal history here - 40 years ago I had a Red Fox for a pet for about 4 years.  Thats not a story for now though.

Well over a year ago Disney announced ZOOTOPIA.  That far out there is virtually no information as nothing exists at that point except a basic outline of the plot and some very early character sketches, What got shown to the public was the one above.
This is absolutely beautiful.  What jumped right out at me was that Nick Wilde was an actual Fox.  Everything is proportioned right.  As someone with a Veterinary degree that meant a lot.  And he looks perfect - sort of the sarcastic Attourney look.  And while I'm not particularly interested in the rabbit (Apologies to D.G. if you actually read this) Judy Hopps looks fantastic in this picture too.  Even the expressions on the characters couldn't be better.  I was incredibly enthusiastic about this film, at this point still years away.  But they couldn't leave well enough - or in this case perfect - alone.

At some point later on - when the film actually got to the animation stage, another image appeared.  Unlike the first one, this one looks like a piece of bad fan art from a not very talented fan.  I dismissed it as such until I came across a version of it from what I'm guessing was the D23 convention.  Its being presented to the public.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt here and try to assume that they realized at the last minute they didn't have any images for the presentation and someone unfamiliar with the characters had to whip this up, because it really looks god awful.  Nick has gone from looking like Tom Cruize to Danny Devito, (whos already been an ugly Disney character).  He looks seriously hostile and unappealing.  Even *I* would have had a hard time liking him, and thats saying a LOT.  The rabbit looks like a walker from 'Walking Dead" - entirely appropriate as her animator is a big fan of the show.  But this isn't supposed to be a horror movie.

And finally we have this.  This is some dividing wall at the Burbank studio and not a published picture, but this has to be the final design.  Its been cleaned up a bit so I could use it for an LJ icon, but the original source picture is here as the blue one on the left.  Nick now looks like Robin Hood - except he has huge oversized 'Brer Fox" hands.  Hopps looks about the same.

You can actually see ANOTHER fox character this one a Fennec.


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