Putting the Mouth to Work

I have always been interested in voice acting.  Even today, I marvel at the pros who can have conversations with themselves.  Growing up with a healthy dose of Mel Blanc probably helped as well.

I never really pursued it, though.  I was content to pepper my conversations with occasional impressions, voice-changes, and really bad accents, much to the amusement (and annoyance) of all.  I know at least one person who is sick of my rendition of Darth Vader’s “I find your lack of faith disturbing” line from Star Wars.

During a rough patch when I worked jobs where I was dealing with The General Public, (shudder) I started to get compliments on my voice.  The first time was when I was working at Best Buy in Corpus Christi.  While working at a call center a few months later, I would get the occasional compliment on my voice.  While working at the call center, I did notice that I would occasionally lapse into what I called my “phone voice.”  Despite the occasional praise, though, I never pursued it further, though I would occasionally think, “that would be a fun thing to do.”

I pretty much sat on that idea until fairly recently.  At Mizuumi-com I saw two panels that inspired me to get off my rear and start pursuing a career in voice work:  Kevin M. Connolly gave a good talk on the expectations one should have in doing voice work and Chris Holm gave a good “get off your ass and DO something” session (that wasn’t the title, but it sums up the message pretty neatly).

Thus, I have started volunteering my voice to Librivox.org, reading short works to start off, and we’ll see where it goes from there!

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There’s Something About Dairy

Perhaps it is a consequence of growing up in a small town, but every so often I just HAVE to go to Dairy Queen. I don’t go for the Hunger-Buster or even the Dude, though, I’m there for the ice cream.

Dairy Queen’s soft serve is awesome; I always get a dipped cone or sundae after the meal. Its a simple pleasure that brings back memories of going to the Dairy Queen with the family as a child. Even now, I’ll join my folks at the Dairy Queen for lunch when I’m in town, and its still a good time. Sure they aren’t as fast as “the other guys” but that’s more time to spend talking amongst family as well as any friends that happen to drop by.

Times and people change, but a dipped cone always hits the spot.

I (somewhat) Draw The Line…

I have never been able to draw very well, but any graphics I need (for say, a website!) I have to make myself. Fortunately, by using a vector-based drawing program (put simply, drawing with lines instead of dots) I can somewhat get around my lack of artistic talent.  I suppose an artist who works in the real world (as opposed to the digital one) would consider it cheating, but hey, I need to cheat.

Anything I make always ends up all straight lines and SOLID PRIMARY COLORS, anyway, like the logo I made for this website (see upper-left corner). I suppose it is a side-effect of spending all that time on the computer.  Ah well, I’m better with words anyway.

Tangled Up In Blu

Someday, I will buy a PlayStation 3.  I’m not sure when that day will be, but once there are enough good games to justify the purchase, I will go out and buy one.  It would be nice if Sony would drop the price on the blasted thing, though, because with $400 I could buy a netbook and have cash left over.

Hmm, now I’m contemplating a netbook.  Anyways…

The impending PS3 purchase has me in a bit of a bind where buying movies is concerned.  Blu-ray looks pretty good on those nice shiny displays at the stores, and I imagine they’d also look pretty good on my 32-inch Sony LCD (its a placeholder, I’m reserving getting the real TV for after I buy a house).

When a new movie I like comes out on video now, I have to decide whether I should buy it on DVD, or wait until I get that Playstation 3 and can watch it in glorious high-definition via Blu-Ray.  The decision isn’t quite so cut-and-dry, though.

On the one hand, DVDs are relatively inexpensive, and while they have to be “stretched” to fill a widescreen, they still look good.  The pretty picture of Blu-Ray, on the other hand, comes at a cost: the difference in price between Blu-Ray and DVD versions of the same movie can be from five to twenty bucks!

Next time you are at a store that sells movies, browse through the Blu-Ray section and look at the prices.  I promise you that at some point you will say to yourself: “No way I would pay THAT much for <insert crappy movie name here>”  Its so ridiculous, you might even say that about a movie you like.

The other consideration is that there are some movies and  TV shows that don’t really need to be seen in high-definition.  Movies like The Matrix would rock in high def, as would anything by Pixar.  In contrast, I could watch Chris Rock or Futurama on a crappy old black-and-white TV and they wouldn’t be any less funny.

So thus we have the question:  “DVD now, or Blu-Ray later?”

The answer?

Well, lets just say I haven’t bought any new movies in months.