28 February 2009

Seer in the Pool (second)

“How is your vision boy?” the voice asked. The eyes and the voice sounded so familiar but he couldn’t think where he had seen and heard them. “What are you doing here?” the voice spoke again, impatient this time. Then Nathan knew: the voice, the face, belonged to the Dark Seer.

“Why do you ask, can’t you can see?” Nathan responded

“No, my sight is limited,” The Seer responded. “Where are you that we can see each other?” Nathan hesitated. He still wasn’t sure where the Dark Seer fit into what was going on. He obviously had some connection to the Watergate.  “Step back for a moment,” the Seer commanded. Nathan obeyed then stepped back to the pool.

“You are in the Watergate,” the Seer said sounding shocked. “How did you get in there?”

Sarah stepped forward to the pool then nudged Nathan. “Who is he?” she asked.

Nathan had almost forgotten that she was there.

“He is a seer I saw after meeting Divine,” Nathan whispered to her.

27 February 2009

Conversion

Looking around and finding myself low on credit (an entirely different story that would probably take too long to type) I have decided to make some of my own credits. Well, not really credits, more of things to get done in place of credits. One of them was the geotagging which is now complete, another is converting my old projects from Paint Shop Pro (PSP) over to Adobe CS4 (CS4, i.e. Illustrator and Photoshop). Though I would still argue that in some ways PSP is superior over CS4, the later is the program the rest of the world uses. And, I will concede in many ways CS4 is far superior over PSP. What I have come most to realize is that I don't want to let PSP go. Despite the fact that CS4 lets me do more and work faster, without regard for the fact that CS4 files can be sent to almost anyone fore review, and certainly not caring that CS4 is cool enough to do new things with vectors that I never thought possible, I still have a urge to cling to the old, dying, and under equipped PSP. I guess it is just part of the learning experience (sigh).

Seer in the Pool (first)

(continued from The Watergate)

Sarah and Nathan stepped inside the room, but didn’t go far in. The oddness of the room seemed to jar them back into remembering that they weren’t really supposed to be there.

The chamber was the same size as the rooms near the Watergate entrance but was quite unlike the rest of the underground building. Instead of red and gold wallpaper and gold brown tiling the room looked to be completely built out of hewn rock, dark grey rock. A short ledge circled the room almost like it was meant for sitting. The room was filled with a faint green light that came from the pool in the middle of the room. The light along with the sound of dripping water gave
the whole room an eerie setting.

The drips of water came from the stalactites on the ceiling and landed in the emerald pool. Nathan watched as each drip of water rippled through the pool. 

“What is it?” Sarah asked. 

“The edges of the rippled,” Nathan said only half paying attention, “it is almost like they are reflecting another room entirely.” 

“I don’t see it,” Sarah said as she inched closer to Nathan. 

“See,” Nathan said pointing. “That one had glints of red and yellow. There is no red and yellow in this room.” 

“I don’t see it,” Sarah repeated. “But I don’t see everything that you do.” Nathan watched another drip, then another. It almost seemed that a face was trying to appear, almost a face that Nathan knew. There was another drip. He concentrated harder trying to see the face’s features. Another drip. The face was clear. Rather the image that Nathan thought was a face was now clear. Nathan saw that the face was masked by a dark cloth. It covered all of the chin and nose just below his eyes. The eyes were wrapped with grey flames. He looked into the eyes so hard that he nearly didn’t hear the face as it spoke.

25 February 2009

The World would be better if...

People would just shoot: We were watching Star Trek last night. It was the episode where Lore (Data's evil twin) comes alive and is trying to give the Enterprise to the Crystaline Entity. Towards the end of the episode Lore is pinned in a transporter bay by Dr. Crusher who has him a "gun point" (set to stun of course). Lore goes into an emotional monolouge that distracts the doctor long enough for him to knock the phaser out of her hand giving him the advantage. Data and Lore then battle until Lore is beamed into space. This reminded Steve and I of an earlier conversation in which we discussed for the world would be a better place if people just acted when they were supposed to. You know the scene, its in almost every movie and show. Our hero is about to conquer the villian through a variety of means and they hesitate. They decide to talk to them, try one more time to reason, or worst of all they listen to the villian's tacky but well rehearsed speech. The oppurtune moment is lost, the hero looses their footing and the carefully arranged plan of defeat is undone. All too often this faltering would never have happened if the hero had just acted sooner.

People would just talk to each other: We recently watched Evan Almighty, in which Evan delays telling his wife about God's instruction to him to build an ark. I found his resistance interesting and it makes my second point. I can't help but think that if Evan had told his wife sooner about what he was doing and why he was doing it, she may have been more understanding.  I think too often we, both men and women, fight too hard to not communicate basic things. These things are probably awkward or silly, which can be most of the reason for not communicating about them, but in the end if someone had said something sooner outcomes could have been much better. My roommate Steve, who is heading home for the weekend, wanted to surprise his friends by just showing up. In the end he decided to tell them thus ruining the surprise but allowing them to make plans without him instead of having to change all their plans once he showed up. In general things work out better with even a little communications.

24 February 2009

Rain in Rexburg?!

We actually had some wetness falling from the sky last night. That rain stuff. It was very refreshing. The snow is melting like crazy as it continues to be warm. It looks like spring is truely early this year. But as I think about it, it might just be some evil plot to get us used to the idea of spring and just as we are putting away our winter coats we will suddenlt be bombarded with another burst of winter snow. Oh, weather can be so cruel.

17 February 2009

Geotagging

I have finally finished geotagging all my digital pictures from 2000 to the present. My mission pictures were a little hard, but I am relieved to not have to remember where anything is anymore. Now I just need to figure out what I do want to remember.

Geotagging is a process that Uses Google Picasa and Google Earth to mark where a picture was taken on a map. Once it is marked Picasa stores the longitude and latitude in the picture so that everyone you send the picture to can see where the picture was taken.

08 February 2009

Like James Bond...

It's like James Bond because it is not bad enough to have to find a pernicious enemy but you have to do so while navigating a deadly array of spikes, magma bursts and a sundry of platforms. Plus you have to remember to look at the camera every so often. For life to be so complicated.

02 February 2009

Coloring classes

My past several classes have been coloring classes. I know, here I am paying for school and I am coloring. For my Visual Media class we made a cute little scene



And in my Advertising class I colored a picture of Strawberry Shortcake (because she is cool). It is fun to act my age again.