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Mr. Red Cape

“The Pied Piper: The Musical” Opens Tonight!

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Hey all!  The Pied Piper: The Musical opens tonight at the Historic Fayette Theatre in Fayetteville, West Virginia, kicking off an 8-performance run.  Come join us for an evening of jokes, music, and varying colors!  I’m staring as the Piper, so if you like seeing me in girl’s makeup and in a bright red cape, you’ll have a blast.

New Tutorial: “Photo Cropping In GIMP”

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Recently I have been recording tutorials for a new series, called “GIMP Basics,” which, surprisingly enough, will cover the fundamentals of how to edit an image in the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, or as it’s also known: GIMP.

Please enjoy this first tutorial, on Photo Cropping – and if you find it useful, feel free to pass the link around!

All-Night Composing

All-Night Composing

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While others are tucked safe in their beds, I am pushing a song from my head. It’s for my father – it’s not that long; a trumpet trio, a pleasant, sad song. I hope he enjoys it, and I hope you do, too. It’s about memories, or regrets, or a tribute to sadness – I’m not quite sure, but it sure is powerful. (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…)

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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