A friend of the family died today. Or at least I found out about it today. David Sonnett was the same age as my sisters. My sister Andrea was his date to prom. I never actually met David but I have thought about him on many occasions. When he was in the third grade David had an aneurysm in his brain. It affected him severely both mentally and physically. He became wheelchair bound and unable to fully control his muscles effectively. His speech was severely degraded and he had to use a voice box similar to Stephen Hawking's.
My mother was part of an education program at the high school for people with special needs. She would tell me stories about the kids in the program. That is when I would spend time pondering David's situation. I would try to think of ways to improve his quality of life. My personality lead me to think of ways where he can enable himself. I tried to imagine how devices could be constructed to allow him to be more mobile or communicate more easily. Devices and technologies cost money so I never got very far with my ideas. I think that my sister was far more effective in improving his quality of life by just being his friend.
Posted by TMIV at 7/29/2004 01:28:00 PM
Surfing today was fun, but I ran into more trash than ever before. More trash touched me today than if I was standing in Alabama trailer park during a twister. Usually, when surfing, a lot of stuff touches me. Mostly it's kelp or seaweed. Today I came in contact with all kinds of nasty stuff a Dorritos bag stuck to my arm, a rubber glove floated by, a piece of paper wadded up on my board, and a pelican feather glued itself to my forehead. Yack.
Today the power went out at work. 11:30 am the power goes off. 12:00 they say go to lunch come back at 2:oo to re-evaluate. We went down to 3rd street promenade. I got a copy of the Game Informer in which our studio is featured. Had some greek food. Then we went back to the studio. Power was still off so we went home. I wonder if it will be back up tomorrow. Anyway, I used the time to work on my first cartoon. Which is comming out kinda stupid, but hey it's my first one. I still have a sore throat and I'm kind of congested so I am reluctant to do the voice over. I should just get it out of the way. I can always dub it later.
Posted by TMIV at 7/27/2004 08:43:00 PM
Last night I was sick. I had a fever and I was so congested I couldn't breathe through my nose. My girlfriend came over bearing gives of day and ny quil. I didn't think she would bring them because she is so into healthy remedies. I feel much better. My fever seems to be gone. She left me a note this morning.
Posted by TMIV at 7/26/2004 10:01:00 AM
Today when I started home for lunch I had no idea that I would be creating the most delectable treat in sandwich technology since the Earl himself laid meat upon bread. I wanted a tuna sandwich I put the tuna in a bowl. Headed toward the fridge. Pulled out the mayonnaise. Opened the lid. NOOOOO! It was covered with mold. Scrape off the top and head for the deeper mayonnaise? Nay, I have heard the tales of the poisons of foul mayonnaise. I began to resign from the tuna sandwich. The bowl of tuna was covered and headed for a shelf in the fridge. Intercepted were the thoughts of defeat. When caught my eye a container of guacamole. Could this avocado based paste truly replace mayonnaise, would it be able to suspend my tuna in creamy goodness and hence spread onto bread? Yes! The best inventions are born from necessity. It was delicious.
I saw Spiderman 2 last night. I really enjoyed the film.
The morals of the story:
1) If you have any kind of industrial accident, don't panic, just dump it in the river. It'll be fine.
2) Even super heroes need Zoloft sometimes.
3) Progressions in AI and nanotechnology are totally insignificant achievements. Completely overshadowed by any promise of advance in power generation. But who cares because AI and nanotechnology will take over our brain stems and control us anyway.
4) Most importantly, if you talk durring the film you're gonna catch a beat down from the guy who was sitting next to me. Even if you are a 4 year old girl. With pig tail braids, and glasses.
Posted by TMIV at 7/06/2004 12:40:00 AM
Last night I had a mini party at my house. I live near Santa Monica Community College and every year on the Saturday before the fourth of July they have their fireworks display. After we ate we headed down the street to watch the show. We plopped down on this fine piece of fruited plain and enjoyed the rocket's red glare and the bombs bursting in air. There is me, my girlfriend Liana, Valerie, Debbie, Amanda, James and then Chad is taking the picture.
Posted by TMIV at 7/04/2004 07:54:00 AM
This is so totally cool. Where are my rubber gummy bracelets and my thriller album. One note: To get a light out, they should make you have to click on it until your fingers bleed and then leave a hole in the paper. Oh, and only give you ten green lites cause you swallowed the rest pretending they were Flintstones Vitamins.
Posted by TMIV at 7/01/2004 10:13:00 AM