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Drama Camp!!!

Drama, Wedding, Website

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Drama, Wedding, WebsiteA strange title, indeed. But I am going to update you on a number of special events that have passed by over this and the week before.

First off, the Historic Fayette Theatre Children’s Drama Camp 2010 went very well! Here are some photos highlighting the week: (more…)

Drama Camp!!!

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Drama Camp!!!Alright, so this week I am part of the staff heading up a drama camp at the Historic Fayette Theatre! Starting tomorrow morning at 8:30am, I’m going to help lead a group of some 48 children in learning songs from Grease and Peter Pan. (more…)

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A Family Moved

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A Family MovedLast week I helped a family move from Berea, about 15 miles out of Cleveland, Ohio.  It was a pleasant trip that lasted about three days.  I went with Reverend Robert O. Morey and three friends, and we helped by packing boxes and loading the truck. (more…)

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Off To Cleveland Again :)

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I’m heading off in a few minutes to meet up with my ride to Cleveland again, but this time some friends and I are going to help a family move from Cleveland to West Virginia!  I should be away for a couple days, helping load their truck and whatever else needs being done.

Recently I helped a friend prepare a photo for a contest (sadly I didn’t send it back to her until it was too late – it was taking forever to attach the file.)  Anyhow, the job was relatively simple: remove the people from the background and make the image look stunning.  Well, I didn’t get around to making it look awesome, but the people sure have disappeared.

Removing people from the background

Removing people from the background. Photo credit: Mai Kwok

She was very pleased with the result, and is even going to frame it, so all is well. :) I edited it in GIMP 2.6.6 and used the Clone and Heal tools, as well as blur.

Well, I had better pack for this trip. A ton has happened since this post and my last, including working on my website, (the main part of this site,) visiting Colonial Williamsburg, starting private vlogging, and so forth.

God bless and see you next time!

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Humanity (and Six College Credits)

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Hello, all!  Just letting you know that I have passed my first CLEP – that is, College Level Examination Program test.  I took the Humanities exam.  This means I have six (6) credit hours to my name, completely transferable to whichever college I decide upon attending!

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Peeking Over The Results :)

Isn’t this just awesome?  It took me a few months of preparation to be ready for the test, most of which wasn’t really studying.  Alright, since I’ve confused you, let me give you the whole low-down on what I did:

  • First, my sister decided that she wanted to take the Humanities test next, since it was on her list of CLEPs she needed to take.  And since I didn’t end up taking Natural Sciences with her, I decided to have a go at this CLEP, too.  Thankfully, I ended up taking the exam this time.
  • Next, she bought a study guide, the official CLEP review book on Humanities. Man, was that book helpful.  It provided us with two practice examination tests.
  • Then we crammed.  We were expecting to take it back in April, but we didn’t feel prepared. So we waited.
  • Then it rolled around to last week, and my sister wanted to take the test.  Fair enough, but when it came time for it, I still wasn’t ready.  So we delayed till this week.  She took it on Wednesday, but once again, I did not feel ready.
  • So, I took it today. And passed!

One final thing you should know: right before a test, I would cram, cram, cram, using Wikipedia primarily.  I searched up so many different authors, poets, playwrights, operas, movements – wow.  I can definitely say I learned a lot.  Thing is, I probably won’t remember a bit of it in a few months.  But at least I can say I can cram.

After all, that’s all colleges want us to do, right?  Get an A?

>Sigh<  Well, I really did learn a lot from this preparing for this test.  I’m glad for the learning, the college credit, and the personal macho-feeling it gives you.  Even if the educational system is off-kilter, one can still choose to learn.  Life is a journey, and no matter what, new adventures and places to discover will appear on the horizon.

Let us learn together!

P.S. And oh, BTW!  I got a great score on the test: 72!  You see, 20 points is the lowest you can get, and 80 points is the very highest, whereas 50 points is passing.  So I did well, and I’m thankful.   A great, big thanks to all my friends who thought of me, encouraged me, and prayed for me.  Praise God!

I passed!  Yes!

PASSED!

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Alright!  I passed my driving test!  Praise God!

I passed!  Yes!

I passed! Yes!

Me with my new, red license :)

I woke up early (for me,) and we got there at the DMV early, had to be put further back in the line do to forgetting the car registration in the vehicle, and then eventually I was all signed up for the test.  Then we just had to wait for the administrator to come in at 9am, and then?  Time for the test!

It went well, despite my being sleepy.  My test administrator was a very kind lady, and this time I had practice on those barrels, and made the parallel parking test on the first try.  Praise God for a father who has spent the time to teach me how to drive well.

And a little render to top off the ice-cream.  Any tips on how to improve my flame?

Flaming Suzanne from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

God bless!

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Driving Test… Again!

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I”m off to take my driving test for the second time. Yes, I failed on my first go-around. During the parallel parking portion of the test, which the administrator had me do right away, I backed up into the rear barrel, scraping against the plastic-orange obstacle and getting an instant fail. Oh well, better luck next time, right?

So I get three tries at passing the driving test. A no brainer, right? “You’ll do fine!” all my friends say. “It’s not that hard.” Then after I fail, they reveal that “Actually, the police officer may fail you because he broke a toenail that morning.” Seriously, what a great thing to know.  Thanks. :)

Anyhow, tomorrow mornings the day for my second (and last,) shot at this endeavor, unless I want to renew my driving permit that expires on the 25 of May, which is Tuesday. So even though I am supposed to get three tries, I’ll only have two, due to the timing of things, having a to wait a week after each failure and all.

So toodles, I need some sleep. I’m uploading a flaming Suzanne mesh right now, off of the excellent fire tutorial by Miika. Check it out!

The flaming death... beware angry monkeys, my friend.

The flaming death... beware angry monkeys, my friend.

I sent in my messed-up .blend file to this teacher, and viola! I get an excellent, quick reply that fixes my issue. Thanks!

What I was doing wrong was resizing the domain cube in edit mode, causing the texture space to stay the same size. This caused the volume texture to repeat across the texture space.

A legion of flaming demon monkeys

A legion of flaming demon monkeys

And since that’s fixed now, I’m onto the start of fire making, and soon I’ll be a happy-go-lucky CG pyromaniac and proud of it.

Cheers! Off to beddy-bye. :)

P.S. I’m working on some other Blender stuff, but it’s Top Secret, so you’ll have to wait till I draw away the cloak an reveal some awesome upcoming classes with Kurv Studios!

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

Speaking More Slowly

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Did you ever realize that speaking more slowly is an art?  When you try to communicate across the language barrier you stop and go “Whoa… maybe what I’m saying really is hard to understand!”  It’s the gift of finding simple, new ways to tell people the most important things.  It’s tough, but it’s good.

Today I went on a walk with my sister and two Chinese ESL-student friends.  It was a great time!

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

After that, my sister and I headed over to our church to help film a church short film for this Easter’s production.  We were shooting a short scene where a teen girl is on her first day at school at a cafeteria, where she tries to find someone to relate to.  Expect to see a version online sometime before Easter!

And yesterday evening Becky, Tim, and I went out on a nice trip around downtown Fayettevile, asking people if they wanted to be interviewed.  We ended up in the park and got the majority of our whopping 5 interviews, and I got to play basketball with a bunch of teen dudes who I’ve never met before – it was awesome.  I plan on going out to film some more interviews in Beckley soon.

And tonight I finished a new version of my little character.  Hope you like Mr. Ugly!

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My name does not reflect my kind heart - so stop staring at me, bub!

And that about concludes everything for tonight.  I wish you all the best and look forward to my future of bright opportunities, friendships, and discoveries.

God bless!

Tim snowblowing away!

Snow, snow, please go!

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Actually, I’m enjoying the snow quite a bit.  Yesterday I helped my brother and father snowblow and shovel the snow.

Tim snowblowing away!

Tim snowblowing away!

Today, I helped a friend shovel the parking lot at church.  It’s good to let my lame muscles do some work for once.

Big decisions have been made  – a proper post would be in order, so I’ll save the gory details for later, but I’ve decided to stick around in the hills for another year, pushing an on-campus college education off for at least 2011.

So long for now, DAVE School.

So long for now, DAVE School! I will consider you for the future.

And finally, I’m very glad to say that what I thought to be a dead pixel in my camcorder really turned out to be a grain of sand on the Fujinon lens.  A damaged CCD would have cost me hundreds of dollars to repair.

And oh, one last thing: I sent in my audition videos to Crystal Creek Media for their upcoming film this summer.  Here’s for hoping I make it in!

And I guess that’s about all for now,

Until later, good friends, and may the road be kind to you.

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Off to Florida

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wv_to_fl6Yep, I’m heading off tomorrow to sunny Florida. Coming into Orlando on February 9, I’m staying for about 10 days and checking out the colleges down there, including DAVE School (1-year trade school) and Full Sail (4-year multimedia university,) as well as visiting some good friends.

I hope to gain a better insight into what to do with the rest of my life. I’d really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I plan to do some filming on the trip, too. First time flying, to boot.

Anyhow, see you on the other side,
God bless

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