Merry Effing Christmas.

Yeah. So on Christmas Eve Eve, we went to sushi with my parents. That was pretty nice. I seriously loaded up on sushi. The day after, on Christmas Eve, we were at Jennifer’s rents’ house with all the ensuing drama. To my glee, nobody too weird showed up this time. I did get quite a bit of Baby Girl snuggles so that was good. On Christmas day we went to my parents’ place (showed up late due to miscommunication) and stayed until about 11:30 playing Wii. Today, we went to my Aunt’s place. My grandparents showed up, and Grandpa traded quips with Great Aunt Eleanor about who was going to die first. They are 91 and 83 respectively. Yeah. That was cool ‘n stuff. And I got in a fight with my mom and aunt respectively. Unintentionally. Tried to skirt it and not disagree with them. Concerning ADD. And meds. Awkward. I was really trying to be good. I really didn’t disagree with anybody at the table, they just didn’t realize it. And Aunt Eleanor said that she wanted the following song played at her funeral because nobody but NOBODY could cry during this song and there was to be no crying during HER funaral!!!!eleven!!:

This video is a cuter video and fits her personality far better. She’s very funny and charming and has a whole lot of spirit. Yeah, not so much – not a dry eye in the house, actually. I’m glad Christmas is over, and looking forward to the new year. I’m going to have to shoot an email to Aunt Jill saying that I don’t think she’s a bad parent for having her kid on ADD meds. How the crap does this happen anyway?

Follow Up – Explanation of the TV Holster

So, I kind of dropped a bomb on my readership a few days ago without knowing what I was at liberty to tell. Firstly, I want to thank all of you who have expressed your congratulations and your virtual fist-bumping. It means a lot to get that kind of positive feedback. So anyway, I talked to the show’s property manager and he told me that I could spill some beans.

I’m making a custom holster for the show In Plain Sight on the USA Network. At first, I thought that this was going to be a prop holster for a new character they were introducing to the show or something like that. But no. It is my understand that this holster is going to be a major plot point and will be a special gift to the main character of the series. We’ll be able to see it on the first episode of the fifth season which will air in the early spring. You had better believe that I’ll DVR the episode! From what I can tell, I won’t necessarily get any time in the credits, but my logo will be visible on film at one time or another.

Funny facts about the holster in question:
1 – I’ve never made a holster for a fictional character before. I’ve done a couple of costume pieces but they were not nearly so specific. Those of you that attended Blogarado 2011 have already seen the vast bulk of those.
2 – Related to the first point, I’m having to build this thing with far less retention than a real-life functional holster as it’s not going to see any real action. The design itself is quite usable for real life even still, I’m just going to wind up stretching the thing out so it works better as a prop with a fake gun in it.
3 – Besides the obvious, the holster is pretty closely based on one owned by one Old NFO whom we all know and love. In fact, they wanted it in natural tan originally but asked if I had any example photos of a paddle holster. When I sent them the pics of Old NFO’s rig, they changed their mind on the color and asked for a brown like his.
4 – The holster is mostly assembled and sitting on my bench in my studio currently, waiting for final approval on font type for the monogramming. They want the protagonist’s initials stamped into the front of the holster. I’ve got one letter set and they haven’t decided whether they want me to use it or another one.
5 – When I designed it, I drafted it as a modular pattern. I didn’t simply draft a paddle holster to fit one Glock model, I drafted a paddle holster type to fit about ten Glock models that would work as well on the street as on screen.

I’m being very careful to not simply provide a prop. I’m making every attempt to provide a great prop that would easily translate to a real-world product. Similarly, these people are getting every bit the customer support as any of my customers. I’m not so much in the business of making sales as making customers. I figure sales will take care of themselves. If this is true of this deal, it could very realistically lead to similar opportunities on other shows. I’m remaining conservatively optimistic and incredibly excited in the meantime.

I wonder if Correia gets any say on props for TV or film adaptations of his work… Perhaps we should petition him… >:D

Hey Look! Free Content!

Peter asks us what movies we’ve seen off of NPR’s 100 ‘cult films’ list.  Mine are marked in **bold**:

**2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968**
**Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988**

Angel of Vengeance, Abel Ferrara, 1981
Bad Taste, Peter Jackson, 1987
Baise-moi, Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi, 2000
Begotten, E. Elias Merhige, 1991
Behind the Green Door, Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, 1972
La belle et la bête, Jean Cocteau, 1946
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer, 1970
**The Big Lebowski, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1998**
Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982
Blue Sunshine, Jeff Lieberman, 1978
Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 1985
Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale, 1935
The Brood, David Cronenberg, 1979
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene, 1920
Café Flesh, Stephen Sayadian, 1982
Cannibal Holocaust, Ruggero Deodato, 1979
Casablanca, Michael Curtiz, 1942
Un chien andalou, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí,1928
Coffy, Jack Hill, 1973
Daughters of Darkness, Harry Kümel, 1971
**Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero, 1978**
Deadly Weapons, Doris Wishman, 1974
Debbie Does Dallas, Jim Clark, 1978
Deep Red, Dario Argento, 1975
Dirty Dancing, Emile Ardolino, 1987
Django, Sergio Corbucci, 1966
**Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly, 2001**
Don’t Torture a Duckling, Lucio Fulci, 1972
**Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton, 1990**
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Aristide Massaccesi, 1977
Emmanuelle, Just Jaeckin, 1974
Enter the Dragon, Robert Clouse, 1973
Eraserhead, David Lynch, 1977
**The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi, 1981**
**Fight Club, David Fincher, 1999**

Flaming Creatures, Jack Smith, 1963
Freak Orlando, Ulrike Ottinger, 1981
Freaks, Tod Browning, 1932
Ginger Snaps, John Fawcett, 2000
The Gods Must Be Crazy, Jamie Uys, 1981
**Godzilla, Ishirô Honda, 1954**
The Harder They Come, Perry Henzell, 1972
Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby, 1971
Häxan, Benjamin Christensen, 1922
Hellraiser, Clive Barker, 1987
The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973
The House with the Laughing Windows, Pupi Avati, 1976
I Walked with a Zombie, Jacques Tourneur, 1943
Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike, 2001
In Bruges, Martin McDonagh, 2008
**Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel, 1956**
Invocation of My Demon Brother, Kenneth Anger, 1969
**It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra, 1946**
The Killer, John Woo, 1989
Lady Terminator, H. Tjut Djalil, 1988
**The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, 2001–3**
**Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller, 1981**

Man Bites Dog, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde, 1992
Manos, the Hands of Fate, Harold P. Warren, 1966
The Masque of the Red Death, Roger Corman, 1964
**Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975**
Near Dark, Kathryn Bigelow, 1987
Nekromantik, Jörg Buttgereit, 1987
**Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero, 1968**
Pink Flamingos, John Waters, 1972
Piranha, Joe Dante, 1978
Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood, Jr, 1959
Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon, 1985
Reefer Madness, Louis Gasnier, 1936
Repo Man, Alex Cox, 1984
Ringu, Hideo Nakata, 1998
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman, 1975
Rome Armed to the Teeth, Umberto Lenzi, 1976
The Room, Tommy Wiseau, 2003
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975
She Killed in Ecstasy, Jesús Franco, 1971
**Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven, 1995**
Soul Vengeance, Jamaa Fanaka, 1975
**The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, 1965**
**Star Wars, George Lucas, 1977–2005**
**Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Todd Haynes, 1988**

Suspiria, Dario Argento, 1977
**Tank Girl, Rachel Talalay, 1995**
Tetsuo, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989
**The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, 1974**
**This Is Spınal Tap, Rob Reiner, 1984**

Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Bo Arne Vibenius, 1974
Thundercrack!, Curt McDowell, 1975
El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970
The Toxic Avenger, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, 1984
Two-Lane Blacktop, Monte Hellman, 1971
Two Thousand Maniacs!, Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1964
The Vanishing, George Sluizer, 1988
Videodrome, David Cronenberg, 1983
The Warriors, Walter Hill, 1979
Witchfinder General, Michael Reeves, 1968
Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson, 1987
**The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939**

So, I counted 23. Not too bad. For someone who doesn’t make it to the theater and doesn’t watch teevee, a quarter of the list is a pretty good run, I’d say. But, I’m with Peter. I’m surprised that some of these are on the list. There are a few that I didn’t select because I think I’ve seen them but just don’t remember them. Yeah. That’s totally worthy of ‘cult’ status! 😛

Damnit, Tam!

So almost a month ago, Tam did her tab clearing thing again and included a link to this thread on the ifish forum. She warns us that it is a time sink, and she is not exaggerating in the least. I highly recommend this content! I let FoxVox read the whole 28 pages, or some sixteen-hundred posts, to me over the course of a week, as I worked on holsters. I laughed, I cried, The hair stood up on my neck more than once, and I was thoroughly entertained. I also picked up a new minor hobby.  Even though I don’t fish, I registered as a user on their forum because of that thread alone.

You know how you get your major hobbies that are going to demand a lot of investment on your part? If you are coming to this little corner of the interwebtron, shooting sports would be a good example. If you have any less than $10,000.00 invested in your shooting gear, you aren’t done yet. Can you ever actually get too much range time or too much training? I’ve had people invite me to go golfing before, and had to tell them that I can’t afford two major hobbies. It simply demands too much money and too much time for it to be feasible to have more than one hobby in this class. I don’t give my guns the attention they deserve already. There’s no reason to any further distract from them.  There are tons of hobbies like this, and fishing is another great example.

Minor hobbies on the other hand are more care free. They don’t take the same time dedication or monetary investment. This would be like my non-gunny friends who enjoy going to the range with me on occasion and possibly renting a gun at the range counter. Theirs is a casual affair with firearms, and they are happy if they put any holes in paper at all. (I couldn’t care less whether they can hit the broad side of a barn just as long as they handle the gun safely.) Depending on who you are, this could be anything from playing half-court basketball with a neighbor in the park to playing Farmville, or any other thing that you enjoy that doesn’t take a major commitment. Some of these may eventually develop into a major hobby, or they may cease to be fun and become abandoned for more important or more entertaining things.

The above linked forum thread wound up talking about cryptozoology as a discussion about woods and weirdness inevitably would, and links were provided to other websites. And friends, my new minor hobby is Bigfoot. I’m not saying that I actually believe that there’s a North American Great Woods Ape running around out there. I’m more like the atheist attending church for the less obvious values, like enjoying the music and fellowship. Only in my case, I’m finding the entertainment in Sasquatch. Some of the witness reports are spooky and others are exciting. The classifications and parameters that they’ve defined for this elusive animal are wholly entertaining.

For anyone who does believe in Bigfoot, I don’t mean to belittle or patronize in the least. On the contrary, the arguments and evidence are pretty darned convincing, and that’s part of the appeal to me. Hop over to the Bigfoot Field Research Organization and read some of the witness reports. As a video example:

The above linked video is just a tiny sample of the Patterson video argument, and it is a darned good one.  Do a Google search for more.  I really don’t see any way that it could possibly be a guy in a suit or that it could be a doctored film.  I’m convinced that this is either the most detailed and complicated hoax I’ve ever seen or it’s the real thing.  I’m just not personally ready to make that determination yet.  A giant, bipedal primate living in the woods? Surely not on the continent that brought us the bison, the star-nosed mole and the opossum! Speaking of which, if our own little nocturnal marsupial was a lot smarter, a lot more shy (almost exclusively stuck to the deepest woods), and far fewer in total population, we might have very little evidence that they even exist! Why, they could be on top of ten feet tall and people might still think they were mythical. It’s the combination between the plausibility and excessive inconcievability that makes it such a great fantasy. No, I’m not jumping on the bandwagon with the Bigfoot believers just yet, but I wouldn’t be too terribly shocked to bump into him in the woods one day. Does that make me more like a church-going agnostic? If the BFRO people hold an expedition that’s convenient for me to attend, I might just give it a go. Regardless of the reasoning, I do enjoy being in the woods!