Ready or not…


Three weeks ago I impulsively shut down my Facebook and Twitter accounts (more on this later), of course this was before “The Wager”. Me2 and I have a little friendly competition going to see who can get the word out fastest regarding our collaboration #StuckinPlastic. I chose Google+ as my preferred social media platform and with much bravado and trash talk set off on my quest to get the word out. Well maybe I spoke too soon. They few friends I have connected with on G+ are from my past lives and aren’t active anymore; my battle will be decidedly uphill. 


In a moment of weakness I reactivated my FB account, thinking I could lurk around the edges and help promote this new endeavor; boy was I wrong. After seeing my feed again, my reaction was instantaneous and visceral. I fled as fast as my curser could find “log out”. I may have to concede this competition to Me2 sooner than I might like, but not without reaching out and making a few new friends along the way. So all you G+ AFOL Lego community members… ready or not, here I come! 
~ xxsjc 

Pink

Pink

Here is a quick #selfie of Pink, our makeup artist who did a great job in keeping our crew and actors alike animated and refreshed during the shoot. Not only with her make up brushes, but also with her great voice.

Her favorite song yesterday on the set was the old time classic of Meridith Brooks

I’m a bitch,
I’m a lover,
I’m a child,
I’m a mother,
I’m a sinner,
I’m a saint,
and I do not feel ashamed.
I’m your hell,
I’m your dream,
I’m nothing in between.
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way.

And that is true, we wouldn’t want Pink any other way !

Spring is in the air …

Hyacinthus

While a fresh rainy snowstorm here in the Stockholm Archipelago canned the plans of an early morning spring shoot on location, we decided to stay inside and turn things yellow in The Studio this morning.

While the crew turned all their energy in setting up The Studio for what is going to be on of the first bigger projects here on #stuckinplastic we found Dorky exploring the fresh Hyacintus we had standing in the green room.

Bigger project ?

Yes indeed, Shelly and I had a great long distance working session last evening where we laid out the foundation of our first big project and the crazy thing was that we were actually already both working on our own on a very similar idea.

I am not going into the details yet, but it involves two individual art projects coming together between Seattle and Stockholm including Lego, Pictures and some great Fun …

Curious and interested ?

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Here comes the sun…

The future is very foggy right now (per usual). So while waiting for the fog to clear (or someone gives me a better road map) Emmett suggested a trip to the beach. Even though the high was only 59F (15C for everyone else) we still had fun. Emmett enjoyed playing in the sand as I read a book. Hopefully a new course will be set soon, in the mean time I’ll always have Emmett. ~ xxsjc

On Ice…

It seems that Me2 and I are living parallel lives except without the hardware crash. While he awaits jury notification on his entry to Fotografiska I am also on ice for the foreseeable future.

My fate is currently in someone else’s hands and it remains to be seen which way the ice will flow. But either way, the adventure will continue and I will console myself with a lovely cup of tea. I wonder if Sir D is available?

xxsjc

Alea iacta est …

While Shelly is exploring her creative inner self with new powerful filters on instagram, this side of the pond was extremely busy today with slightly more down to earth artistic errands like creating and submitting a portfolio for the entrance exam with the grand jury at Fotografiska in Stockholm for their autumn group exposition, called Höstsalongen.

Having the graphical systems back up and running to get access to all the digital raw data did help in getting the job done a few hours before closing time …

Now the big wait has started to see if the grand jury will accept some of the selected works.

Fingers crossed while we keep watch over Hill 937 … 

Houston …

Houston, we have a problem …

It is not the first time we encounter a challenge in one of our adventures.
And most of the times it is just that.
An issue, a challenge, a something to overcome, a window of opportunity and almost never it turns into a problem (even when we ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency break on asteroid 99942 also known as Apophis we never really talked about a problem, we merely created great conversation for the latest edition of the hitchhikers guide of our galaxy).

Now, when the hard disks here in The Studio stopped spinning last Wednesday, and our main graphic systems went in a full meltdown we showed some signs of anxiety.

Would our backup strategy hold up, as it was a long time ago (read never) since we actually put the whole system under a disaster recovery test and now we were experiencing the real thing …

When calling in the genius support troops they confirmed the hard disks were the single point of failure and needed to be swopped out (ouch).

We took the deep dive and with a straight face informed them to go ahead as we had full backups at hand both on site and in the cloud.  So a few hours later our main graphic system restarted and welcomed us with a fresh image asking to install from scratch or recover from a backup.

With sweaty hands (remember that first wedding shoot ?) we clicked the restore option and selected the last successful backup and the recovery process started …

A good night sleep later, and we were welcomed with the smell of fresh coffee and a fully restored graphic system.

So, while Houston did not need to come to the rescue, disaster can strike and the last thing you want is that your digital images are lost for ever or your lightroom catalogue has gone to the digital happy hunting grounds …

Do take a second to see how you make sure you have a digital copy of your images save for future generations to come.

Houston, over and out …

Insufferable Arrogance

“The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.”  Cyrano de Bergerac

In our supreme arrogance we may also think we are alone in the universe, we are the only ones pursuing a particular dream or that we alone have the answers; I am not that person. I know I am only one piece of the puzzle as I strive to find my place. I want to create that which will compliment and expand the human experience.

 – xxsjc

Gandalf …

The last few days we have been deep down in strategy discussions with Darth and team on how to take Deathstar Inc. to the next level. And while I cannot go into all the details here on the different color codes of the strategic Deathstar levels (his favorite color is white) we did touch on #stuckinplastic and a possible art exhibition in the board room of Deathstar Inc. in the coming months.



Gandalf™

While I took quite some pictures of the team exploring the dungeons of the Deathstar (I will post some other later as they really connect with Shelly fundamental truth on the need for exploration) I love the facial expression of Gandalf (who joined the team last minute to advice the bcg dudes) when he explored the force field in lower dungeons …

Time to get back to the break out sessions …

Fundamental Truth

“…there’s a fundamental truth to our nature, Man must explore…” – Dave Scott

Exploration and discovery is often a matter of perspective; danger is relative and more often than not just around the corner. Are we the watchers or the ones being watched? This is a journey with no destination and no guaranteed answers. I hope you will stick around to see where we end up.

 – xxsjc