Artsy Fartsy Flash Video

Wink, Wink…

alicesawd.jpgSo I’ve been amusing myself in the wee hours when unable to sleep. I’ve been playing with Flash programming again, and finding out first hand, again, how time-sucking it is. By the time I’m tired enough to sleep, it’s too late to sleep!

A few years back, I had a spectacular idea for a flash splash page for my web space. I got as far as posting a photoshopped jpg. Last night/this morning/whatever I loaded that jpg into Flash and made it wink.

I be proud.

I hope to pick away at more animation over the next few weeks. Some funny stuff, and eventually, some downright spooky, if I continue to suffer with insomnia.

I hope you’ll check on it now and again to see how I’m doing.

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Blackbird” – Marcy Playground

Artsy Fartsy Flash Video



I’ve been on “forced down-time” for the last few hours. I’m behind on a few too many things, and I was starting to get a little…. “antsy”, lets say.

So I took a Life Sabbatical for a few hours…. went driving with The Fly-Girl. Had a couple of drinks. Watched part of a ballet on the fabulous new TV that doubles as a fireplace and cried a little, that’s how beautiful it was to watch.

I don’t want to work tonight.

So I’m not gonna.

I found THIS while Stumbling around the internet, and it was The Next Best Part of My Day. So, I wanted to share it with you all. GO.

(The Best Part of My Day was the telephone call from Cardiogirl. Thanks, Betch. Shet Bag?!)

Not-So-Random Song for the Day: “Creep” (Acoustic) – Radiohead

Artsy Fartsy Flash Video School

Popping In and Right Back Out Again…

Flash Basics Final Assignment
Flash Basics Final Assignment

The Flash Basics course is finally finished with. I got really great marks throughout, but the time it ate up leaves me in serious trouble for the rest of my schedule – and there’s the advanced course to worry about yet, too. I have less than 8 weeks left… and 8 courses to get through. God help me, because I can’t do this on my own anymore.

I will be pulling another (or maybe I mean “continuing this one”) disappearing act while I finish dispersing of the last of the past five years – which I should have been doing in February, but it was so much easier to close the door and not think about it. Now, though, my “other” apartment has been rented, and I have until the 15th to clear it out, clean it up, patch, paint, and make shiny all the neglected walls, windows and doorknobs. I’m lucky in that I don’t have to do this all by my lonesome, but until it’s empty, nothing else can be done. Meanwhile, my kid has lost her “playroom”, and my “this” apartment is back to being stacked to the rafters with unmarked boxes that threaten to squash the already-retarded cat.

But before I disappear again, I wanted to show off my final flash assignment (sound and everything!). My instructor gave me a glowing report – called me a “born animator”, and said I have “a great sense of timing and creativity”. No kidding, he did. Wonder if he’ll give me a job…? All I can see anymore, when I watch the animation, is the mistakes jumping out of the monitor at me. I’d fix ’em, but I’m having way too much fun with my new Business and Financial Management course. Barf.

Anyway – I got a 96% for a final grade on the last Flash assignment, and a 95% on the online exam. Then I went and crapped out on the in-class exam for a lousy 89. There goes my “honours” certificate.

…just keep swimming… …just keep swimming… …just keep swimming…

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Through the Long Night” – Billy Joel

Artsy Fartsy Flash Video School


I Built This City

I’m enjoying school again – when I’m there. I’ve been having trouble getting there, but I’m happy to report that I AM working fairly steadily at home.

The course I’m currently working on is Flash Basics which, truthfully, hasn’t really taught me anything I didn’t already know; I’ve been working with Flash for a few years now. This makes for rather simplistic assignments – they’re still really time-consuming, though. What feels like 15 minutes turns into 4 hours later, most days.

But, I’m having fun, which makes all the difference. I’m almost through this course, and then will try to speed through the rest of my business courses before going on with the next Flash set. After that it’s pretty much just Dreamweaver – two of them, I think, and then Holy Ol’ Joe! I’ll be done!

I got a really good mark on the most fun Flash assignment so far – 99%. Wanna see it?

Sure ya do.

Not-So-Random Song-for-the-Day: “We Built This City” – Jefferson Starship

Artsy Fartsy Flash Video It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy Kyla Becker Photoshop Projects

Marketing My Kid – Hey! Everybody Helps Out Around Here…





More “People” buttons in the making! Yes, that’s right, folks – I have hired my own child for unpaid slave labour to help market this sitcom production. One of the above photos will be come Kyla’s HPB “People” button at the Flash site – the rest will be used on her brand new blog, which she has diced to call The Blog of Turkey.

Seriously, she chose this herself. The Turkey.

Check it out!

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Lets Get It Started” – The Black-Eyed Peas


Artsy Fartsy Flash Video Photography Photoshop

More Marketing…

Les Becker
HBP Staff

In my quest to get my idea out there and garner interest in the project, I’ve been working on building a Flash website…. which means I have to learn to use Photoshop. One thing leads to another apparently – so I’m editing “People” buttons. This is one.

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Breakaway” – Kelly Clarkson