Saturday, October 15, 2011


Fruit Bowl Productions has been born. May all mark this day as the beginning of an epic partnership forged in button-mashing and Red Lobster. Apple Man is taking shape under the masterful hand of Benjammus Gripptus, and will soon claim its rightful place on XBOX LIVE. You know what the say: An Apple a day, keeps the DOCTOR AWAY!

Future projects include the full realization of Project XIII and a simple Simon game for XBOX LIVE.

The Triumverate
Producer: Skylar Petitto
Lead Programmer: Kven McCloud
Lead Artist: Benjammus Gripptus

Known Associates:
Music/Sounds: Lukester (You can like his FB page here.)
Music: Kirstonian Sanduskenomics

Doodles and such to follow as they come.

Movie Log 12: Double Feature

22) Ides of March was such a great movie. Maybe it's the poly sci nerd in me, but it just seemed... pertinent. Maybe it's because it's the first real look I've had at politics behind the scenes. I found it to be tense, witty, and poignant. Ryan Gosling's optimistism is challenged by the brutal realities of human politics, and he is forced to become the bad guy he never wanted to be. George Clooney plays an excellent perfect-candidate-on-stage-but-duplicit-behind-the-scenes politican. ...It might not have had a bunch of action, and the plot was very small for a blockbuster film, but the intensity and realism really got me. I liked it.

The movie projector fizzled out like four tmies during the movie, too, so the theater gave us all extra tickets. I decided, since a cab ride to and from the movies is about 20 bucks, that I'd just watch the next movie. It happened to be Real Steel in the IMAX.

The IMAX is an amazing thing. It is now my favorite way to watch a movie. The sound, the picture quality... so good.

23) Real Steel was surprisingly entertaining. How could Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots be a good movie? With Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lily, and that kid - that's how. The writing is witty, and there are a surprising number of laughs. It's like when you watched Iron Man for the first time. No one was expecting it to be entertaining, but the laughs disarmed you and the actors did their jobs right. That's how this movie went. It's a fun one.

Oh Evangeline...

Friday, October 7, 2011


Being told that you would be deployed in a couple weeks and then watching a movie about a 20-something-year-old get cancer gets you to thinking. Not to be melodramatic, but truly confronting the prospect of death changes the way you see things.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

Steve Jobs, 2005 Commencement Speech, Stanford

Black Belt Linguistic Ju-Jitsu


1. when something is done instantly and wonderously, like when Tuneup changes all of your unidentified tracks into neat, organized media with names, pictures, and lyrics. Y'know, like in this commercial here.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Movie Log 11: In Transit

The fact of deployment has overshadowed the fact that I'm now in Ft. Wainwright, AK. While travelling here, and now in the first weekend here, I saw:

20) Killer Elite: The best parts were in the previews, like when Jason Statham beats up a dude while tied to a chair. In the movie, he beats up TWO guys. To be fair, one was a desk jockey nerd and the other had his hands cuffed, but big deal. He owned them.

21) 50/50: Not as funny as the previews make it look, but still a good flick. More ruminations to follow.