Coming soon… reedaraymond.com

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Happy as I am to be resurrecting MonkeyRobotArmy.com, one of the reasons it began to suffer in the first place was my commitment to my more “literary” writing.  One can only blog about robotic monkeys destroying the world for so long before they begin to yearn for a more meaningful outlet.  Which is why I am proud to announce the imminent launch of reedaraymond.com, the future home of my more serious works.  Joey Trimmer over at Notion Studios has been working tirelessly on the design and development of the site that we hope will be ready within a few weeks.  No worries, I will continue my work here at the MRA; I have grand plans for the coming weeks and months. 

Reedaraymond.com will be more of a portfolio, showcasing past and present works including a journal where I will post items that don’t quite fit into the MRA.  Stay tuned for more on this exciting news.

A Notion of Motion

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Those who know me are aware of my love for playing with Maya and C4D to make half finished models and sub-par animations. Unfortunately, I have never had the motivation, the chutzpah if you will, to see a project to completion (for more on my artistic movement of Unfinishedism, go here). So I figured I would take a different tack. I am trying to learn some new software.

I recently acquired a copy of Motion, Apple’s answer to After Effects. I imagine myself making any number of visually stunning animated abstractions, accompanied by tasteful aural washes. It’s a good thing I can imagine it, cause God knows I’ll never get around to actually finishing one!

Anyhow, I thought the perfect start would be making a music video for Car Commercial, Superficial Hero’s most commercially “successful” song. The great thing about making a video for a Superficial Hero song is that asking permission is so easy because I was in the band!

Hey Reed, can I use your song in one of my projects?

Sure you can!

See how easy that was? It’s just a matter of…

Wait a minute. On second though, I wasn’t the only member of the band, I know.

Sure, but I would assume that Dylan wouldn’t mind.

Well, you know what they say? When you assume, you make an “ass” out of “u” and “me.” And in this case, since it’s an internal dialogue, it’s more like an ass out of “me” and “me.” That’s like being an ass squared. You don’t want that.

Wow. I’m not even going to let myself use my own song. I really AM an ass. Well screw me! Here it is anyway, sans video!

Car Commercial

The Revolution has Just Been Televised.

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At last, my plan is coming to fruition. And through no effort of my own. My pawns at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have successfully demonstrated what we here at MonekyRobotArmy have known for years, that monkeys are able to control a robotic arm through sensors implanted in their brains. The scientists who spearheaded the project showed that the monkeys were able to distinguish between large and small pieces of food and use the arm to select which they preferred. My only question is, why limit yourselves to arms? What about death rays and battleaxes? Trust me, it’s only a matter of time. We all knew it was coming.
Experts say that this is a breakthrough in robotic prosthetics for people who have suffered spinal injuries — a technology that will be especially useful in making life easier for the injured soldiers returning from their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Useful for people, sure, but what about monkeys, I ask? By the time this technology is ready for humans, monkeys will have a HUGE head start, and then watch out!

Props to one of my main peeps, Successless, for the heads up!

Flickr Is Up

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I am working at building my photo library, but now I have about 25 images if you wanna check them out. There is a link to the right. Enjoy!

Flicker

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I am currently working on getting a Flickr sight up and running to share my Japan Images with you guys. Stay tuned; a link should appear in the frame to the right—->

The longest month of the year, or, Bloc Pary rocks the block…party

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Sorry for the LONG absence. I have been (a) unmotivated to write, (b) discouraged by the seemingly endless spam that somehow breaks through my countless filters and banned words, (c) a lazy punk. Things here haven’t been much different. February was officially the longest month of the year this year, at least for Nicole and me. Both of our international driving permits expired last month and we had to fight through the Japanese bureaucracy to earn our Japanese licenses. It was almost enough to make us give up, but we are both happy we had the strength of will to persevere. I knew that it would be a true living experience, and I feel like I know the country all the better for having gone through it. I feel like I can now say that I LIVED in Japan. Nicole’s blog has some good details about her experience. I was kind of thrown into the test the first time, having no idea what to expect. My boss just took me to the “DMV” and said, “now you will pass the test,” and I didn’t. After that I had a month to take some driving classes in which I learned all the ridiculously meticulous details you must know to pass the test. I have no idea how my boss thought I could pass without even being exposed to those ideas, but it is past now, and Nicole and I both have out licenses.

To celebrate, we went to see Bloc Party in Tokyo on the 4th of March. I have always enjoyed their music, and, despite some sound and equipment issues, their live show was fantastic. Live music has the ability, for me, to both increase my appreciation for a band, or ruin their music for me. Luckily, they really rocked the block…party…and I went away with a greater appreciation for their recorded music as well.

Music is something I have felt a bit distanced from of late. Nicole has been very good about keeping up on the current bands, and I have relied a lot on her for new music. I hope that changes when I get my new iPod next month. Let me know if you have any suggestions or new music tastes.

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