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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!

Aviation at JAARS!

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A couple days ago I was privileged to see the JAARS headquarters!

JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Services) is a Christian organization established in 1948 which specializes in providing essential transportation and communication resources to missionaries traveling to the far reaches of the Earth.

So this past Friday my family and I went up to visit some missionary friends, the Wussows, and stayed the night. We checked out their trails the next morning, and headed off for the JAARS headquarters, where Bryan and Joan work.

We toured the facilities, visited museums, saw a demo presentation of a Helio airplane taking off and landing in a stunning 5-plane-lengths, and enjoyed a lovely evening eating a taco dinner before heading back to West Viriginia.

I got to try out dubbing the Jesus film into English, meet a lead team member of the WordSign project (which I hope to contribute some assets to,) ride in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle over a rough-terrain training road, and take a ride in the Helio plane.

All-in-all it was a wonderful experience, and I am seriously considering my future options, and if JAARS will play a part in that future.

After all, I really want to travel – and what better way to do that then to spread the good news to the far reaches of Terra Firma?

Adios! May your journey be eventful and bright.

P.S. I got to be the co-pilot! It was pure serenity to fly over rural North Carolina in a bush plane… simply inspirational.

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Back From Florida!

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I’m back from a wonderful trip to Florida!  I was able to visit  friends and meet new ones, check out schools, and see the Gulf.  It was a great time and I look forward to going back in April to escort Charlotte to her senior prom.

Here is a quick overview of what I did during my visit to the Sunshine State:

My first flight was quite amazing!  The takeoff was exhilarating, I had a nice conversation with someone on the plane, and had a blast with the turbulence as we entered Orlando – yes, I was smiling :)

Smiling me :)

Smiling me :)

Full Sail was a sprawling, sunny campus set in costly sound stages, a converted stripmall, and buildings with fake fronts for films.  The equipment was unbelievably expensive, with rooms full of high-end soundboards and Mac computers.  They even get the latest RED cameras.  A good friend of the Lynns, Joseph Hancock, a Masters student at Full Sail, and a friend of his, toured us around the the campus.

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Joey, Ben, and Charlotte at Full Sail

DAVE School is set in a warehouse-like building on the backlot of Universal Studios, right next to Universal Resort Orlando.  The school is very small, with a few long rooms filled with students working on projects ranging from texturing a frog in ZBrush or texturing a commercial product to putting their face on a creature from their favorite feature film.  Andrew Kral kindly toured me around the rooms and introduced me to students and teachers.  The school only accepts about 30 students for each class.  Unlike Full Sail, which is a four-year university (with a two-year accelerated version,) DAVE School is a 1-year tradeschool.  I have been accepted if I choose to go.

Andrew Kral and Ben Bailey at the DAVE School

Andrew Kral and Ben Bailey at the DAVE School

The Acting Studio is an amazing, small studio where Dan and Vicki Watson teach teens and college students how to act, sing, and dance.  The studio performs musicals, such as Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, and Return to the Forbidden Planet.  This time around they were doing Godspell, a comedic musical with a 70′s take on the gospel of Matthew.  I really enjoyed watching it (twice,) and loved all the students.  I look forward to joining them someday, if I move to the area.

Charlotte, Ben, and Vicki at The Acting Studio

Charlotte, Ben, and Vicki at The Acting Studio

The Fairs were fun!  We went to the State Fair and the Pasco County Fair.  Charlotte and I walked around and played a few games, such as throwing baseballs at beer bottles, and went to a big tent circus.  Later we went to the Pasco talent show and watched some 46 contestants, ranging from 6-16, dance, sing, or do both at the same time!  And oh, I had my first funnel cake.

The beautiful ferris wheel at night

The beautiful ferris wheel at night!

The Gulf of Mexico was awesome!  Joy, Chuck, Charlotte, and I all walked along the beach on Valentines day.  We also fed the seagulls some heart cookies as I filmed the birds racing to get the food.  After that Charlotte and I walked the beach and watched all the happy couples as they enjoyed a romantic sunset.

Charlotte posing at the Gulf

Charlotte posing at the Gulf

The Conclusion? Well, I definitely want to go back again!  Possibly even move there.  But I’m torn between all the possibilities and responsibilities that lay before me: finishing high school, get a driver’s license, and deciding whether I want to spend my life doing visual effects for movies and commercials, act and direct films, stay at home for another year, move to Tampa for a year of acting experience and worklife away from home, or just up and move to another country and make a singing career.

In other words, I have no idea.

Ben, Becca, Charlotte, and Shelby chilling!

Ben, Becca, Charlotte, and Shelby chilling!

Please remember me in your prayers and shoot me an e-mail if you feel like chatting.  I’ve got a hard decision ahead of me, one that will change my life forever.

Blessings be upon you!

P.S. I had a wonderful time with you, friends!  I look forward to seeing you again!  And a HUGE thanks to the Lynns for taking care of me while I was down there – giving me a place to stay, serving me food, driving me all over the place, and loving me as family.

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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

Travel, Blender, Writing… Oh my!

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I’m back at last*, and ready start posting again! Life has been interesting, to say the least. In this past month and a half I’ve visited Cleveland to check out the Cleveland Institute of Art, started NaNoWriMo halfway through November, been requested to do an article for BlenderArt Magazine, and helped a family move to a new house. Crazee, eh? :)

Let’s start from the end and move back – so, let’s begin with today.

Today I took the Humanities CLEP pretest, and got 13 wrong out of 61.  Not too shabby, right?  Well, that means it’s still partly shabby.  :P So, I not only need to study the questions I got wrong, but study the questions I guessed on (which adds another 12, not including the questions I guessed and got wrong.)

Last night I started an art project for the BlenderArt Magazine, issue #25.  Sandra Gilbert (managing editor of BlenderArt) contacted me via Facebook, asking if I would do an article, and I agreed. :D   So, I am working on a little snowy (and hopefully creepy) scene, and plan to write an accompanying “making-of” for the upcoming e-magazine issue.

Snow scene – Note: it’s currently a work in progress

Recently I also did a little project (for myself,) called Wings of Tribute.  It’s in honor of each nation’s Airforce – to their passion, skill, and sacrifice.

Wings of Tribute

Also, this month is November, and you know what that means! Yep, NaNoWriMo 2009! The National Novel Writing Month, where you have to chuck out 50k in 30 days. Not too bad – if you don’t start late. I’ve still only got under 6k words, with about 10 days to go! Here’s to hoping I pull through (perhaps with Write or Die!)

Recently I got back into preparing articles for BlenderNation.com, which has been very rewarding.   See some of my articles here.

And then there’s Cleveland.  I went there for a week and stayed with some friends, and got to shop at a Chinese market, taste bubble tea, check out the Cleveland Museum of Art and learn who Gauguin is, be captivated by a botanical garden, audit some classes, met professors, learn how to navigate a city by myself, and most of all, meet a bunch of neat people I hope I will never forget!  I may give a more in-depth report on my opinion of CIA, but until then, let’s just finish this post with a few pictures from my trip.


Crazy night lights on the way to a restaurant


Rehearsal in Mixen Hall, CIM


Me drinking hot chocolate and trying to look cool


The Cleveland Botanical Garden glass room

All images Copyright © 2009 Benjamin Bailey

I used DBP Batch Processor plugin for GIMP to resize these images. Though of course, I could have resized them with imageshack.us.

And of course, I’m learning how to drive.  Yes, I know, I’m “late”, but hey, I’m learning it now.

And for all of you duckies who want to succeed: work, listen, love.

Cheerio! (No, I’m not Brittish ;) )

-Ben

P.S. Now that I’ve been so prideful, pray that I do not fall! :D


*Sorry, it’s taken me some time to get around to writing a post. Also, I was not being able to find out how to login to WordPress.org app that is installed on the host (if you have trouble with this, try: www.examplesite.com/wp-login.php (emphasis added for clarity.))

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