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Trevor

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Once upon a time Jason was about to blog about Trevor, the pet fish. (I’m reluctant to call him Jason’s pet fish, because that would seem to take sides in Jason and Ronnie‘s perpetual argument about who loved Trevor more.) While Jason was writing his blog post, I whipped up a quick Flash animation of Trevor being playful/vicious. Jason graciously accepted my contribution and linked to the animation on his blog post.

(Back then I hadn’t learned to use the word “cute” except in mockery, but since my friend Ryan found out that it’s OK for married men to use the word, I’ve been trying to learn it. I’m still no expert, but by my unprofessional reckoning, Jason’s post is pretty cute. Any experts can confirm or deny that.)

In any case, back then Blogger didn’t let you upload things (and they might not still let you upload a Flash file), so I uploaded the animation to my own server so Jason could just link to it.

Many generations passed. Blogs died and other blogs took their places. Trevor himself went the way of all the duck pond in order to save Ronnie’s and my souls from Yahtzee (but that’s a story for another time).

Then, one day (as in this Wednesday), I decided to post an animation I made. Of course, this reminded me of my quickly, but lovingly, made animation of Trevor. But alas, the link no longer worked and the animation was not to be found in all of the Internets.

Until now!

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(Yes, all of that long post was just to explain that I’m posting this animation again. And Jason’s link works again, too.)

Undead Pirate versus Ninja

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I should have either done more work on this, or posted it a long time ago.

It was more than a year ago when I got my laser eye surgery. For a few days afterwards my eyes were really sensitive, so I couldn’t really do anything that I would normally spend my time on. I couldn’t read, watch TV, use the computer, or go outside in daylight. So, down in our basement-sweet-basement, I used some Stikfa action figures that my brother Troy gave me and made my first stop-motion animation.

I had meant to touch up the timing or add sound effects on this, but I stopped working on it and never really started again. So it here it is, as done as it’s probably going to get:

I’m not really happy with the quality that YouTube shows it in. It seems more¬†pixel-lated¬†than how I had uploaded it. But I guess that’s the best you can expect for free, huh?

Nightmare Before Christmas

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Tonight I bought the movie that has become my favorite: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love the music and the richness of the atmosphere, and recently I’ve come to love the theme of the movie.
The main character, Jack, is dealing with an emptiness in his life, and he goes through the same kind of search for meaning that a lot of real people deal with. During this, he stumbles upon Christmas Town, and becomes enamored with it. Jack says that he feels “the warmth that’s coming from inside”, and he has a hard time both understanding and explaining what he feels, but he at last decides that “just because [he] cannot see it doesn’t mean [he] can’t believe it.”
The beginning of the movie makes it obvious that there is a message about spirituality, mostly because the words that Jack uses to describe his experience are so typical of phrases used by people, especially Christians, of their spiritual awakenings. I was never quite sure what the story was trying to say about spirituality, however, since Jack makes such a mess of things in his excitement. I think I have it figured out now.
The message is about not taking religion to the point of fanaticism: Despite his spiritual experience, Jack is still the same person as he always was. Rather than completely changing who he is, his new spiritual side becomes a motivation for him to be better at living his normal life. I think that’s a good lesson. People don’t change their personalities when they become converted; they grow and become better, but they don’t become different people, and in the end the best application of their religion is in their daily lives, and not in fanatic replacements for their lives.

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This is my final project for Intro to Animation. Enjoy.

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I finished my first animation project today. It’s just a fat guy walking, but I’m still glad about it. It’s my first one, so just don’t expect too much from it.

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