Sunday, July 26, 2009

Things I have made - 07/26/09

Rainy Evening from Scott Benson on Vimeo.

Another exercise in intentionally small projects. A few hours, spread over a few days.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Best Thing I've Seen All Day - 07/24/09

Circa 1991. I remember watching this as a bonus feature that shipped with King's Quest 6. That game ruled.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pictures I Have Taken - 7/21/09

It's a hard thing, learning to do less.

This was taken last Saturday evening from our home office window.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Well, it's finally happened.

They've gone and distilled my wife's half of the office into a movie.  Add a bushy cat in there and it's the trifecta.

Help!  I'm drowning in memes!  What has the internet done to niche interests?  This is going to be Ninjas vs Zombies all over again!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Things I Have Made - 07/10/09

070409 from Scott Benson on Vimeo.

Fourth of July. This is best viewed with your sound up. This is me attempting to just make a short, small project that is simple and doesn't balloon into something huge and epic. Also, it's an exercise in letting go a bit and letting a piece breath. Made with a camera, assembled and color-corrected in After Effects.

Anti-Fascist Cabaret

Every few years, our good friends in The World/Inferno Friendship Society put out an album. These albums have been incredible, to a one. Every time they're going to release an album, I scan around to hear some of the songs early and every time I find at least one that gives me chills. This is totally one of those.

The song title reminds me that the g20 are having a summit in Pittsburgh this September and yours truly will most certainly be taking off of work to walk downtown and photodocument whatever it is that's going to happen.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Holy crap I could still mouth the dialogue to this...

I read our entire set of encyclopedias when I was growing up. A through Z. And the yearly supplementaries. No lie.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Pictures I Have Taken - 7/05/09

This would've been more appropriate yesterday.

Saturday, July 04, 2009


Nothing is better than learning, really.

I am awake on 2:39am on the fourth of July, learning.

I am doing this while listening to Dar Williams of all things and if I keep it up I'm pretty sure I'll grow ovaries. Dar Williams is one of the many things I accidentally got members of my family into. I've never heard such a mix of great and absolutely awful lyrics as the blend found in "The Ocean", off of Mortal City. Honestly, it's a little embarrassing that I find the lyrics to the last part so bracing -

After a day, we drink 'til we're drowning,
Walk to the ocean, wade in with our workboots,
Wade in our workboots, try to finish the job.

I was introduced to this album by the same person who introduced me to my wife and if if you knew Marie you wouldn't be surprised. I wish I knew where Marie had gotten to... I know we wanted her at our wedding but I think she felt awkward. It's sad because we really should still be friends, though I haven't thought of her in probably a year or two. Maybe I'll go look her up.

I've just realized that there was one other person back in the day who was a Dar Williams fan, and our friendship officially ended this week. That was weird. Not weird like I'll miss her, because honestly we hadn't spoken in years, but it that made me notice the passage of time.

But seriously. I don't know how lucky I am.

In closing, this is Dar Williams. She looks pretty much as I imagined.

Hey! Notice how I kinda sorta updated the header?

And hey also, look what I just found! No one who reads this now even knows why this is awesome! You should know, though, that this flyer is from 1998 and I was in Benny's Joyride. That band deserves a post at some point...

Friday, July 03, 2009

Pictures I Have Taken - 7/03/09

If Southside Works had a back room, this would be it.

Thursday, July 02, 2009