Holiday card 2005

As usual we made our holiday card this year. I guess I just can’t let go of the option of doing it myself. Plus Ann and I love to design things: sets, lights, paint treatments for the house, tables. everything that can be looked at from a design point of view.

We decided to try a new take on the holiday card and the year in review newsletter. From our iPhoto library we selected one picture from each month. Then we cropped a copy of the image into a square format. That became the cover. Then we repeated the square format inside, with a brief blurb for what we did each month.

Although, the link to the cover is an alternate version I did. The final version kept the original color of the images instead of the colorized B/W images.

I thought it turned out pretty good.

Entering the Windows world

I’ve just started using a windows computer, for the first time in years. Like since the last century. It’s different enough from Mac to be confusing.

I’ve jumped into the windows world because I’m trying out a Tablet PC, through a program at my University. It’ll be interesting to see how it works for drafting and drawing. But right now I’m just getting used to navigating around.
I’ll keep you posted.

Backup Hell

So the external hard drive that I used to store all my stuff on went on the fritz. So now I am recovering the data and burning them onto CD’s. 100GB’s worth. What a pain in the butt. So this means you-make multiple backups and do it often.

Talking to Neil LaBute, or not

Neil LaBute came to campus way back in October. When we were doing our playwright’s festival. We did a full production of the Shape of Things, as well as readings of The Mercy Seat, Fat Pig, and This is How it Goes. He was a neat down to earth kind of guy. I of course never really talked to him beacuse I don’t talk much. Not that I was star struck, well a little, more just my reticence to talk to people. I would even take failing grades on speeches so I wouldn’t have to do them. I was always like this, grade school, high school you name it. It’s funny that I have a job where I have to talk to groups of people everyday.

Is that irony, or just bad planning on my part?

portable geekiness

Success! I have finally set up my Apple Airport base station and am surfing wirelessly. Thru some frustrating reseting of the Base station and general confusion on my part it only took an hour and a half. But now I am walking around the house and enjoying my incredibly slow dial-up connection from where I please.

Turkey day 2005

Well Thanksgiving has come and gone, it was both a blur and passing slowly at the same time. The pictures are here as you can see we had both sets of grandparents visiting. Now growing up, Thanksgiving at our house was mostly just my parents, my brothers and I. This year was different, with the extended family around and it was really great. Seeing them playing with the kids or talking while we were making the meal just made all the difference. All in all, Thanksgiving this year gave me a nice warm fuzzy feeling, that was in part from being able to wear my comfy slippers all day.

I also built the Dining room table and just finished it in time (literally). It has a stained glass window inset into the tabletop, with lights from below of course. After 3 some years of being here it is about time I got a table for the dining room don’t you think?

Painful on the ears, or Playing Music Pt1

Now my family is not known for thier musical prowess. in fact, one might say the opposite. One thing I always joked about with Ann was my future rock star career. Well, last Christmas she bought me a guitar, and I was very excited. However I never really got around to playing it. So for my recent birthday she got me lessons. Which as it turns out is exactly what I needed to get me to practice and play.

Now, my family is thinking, “what Owen playing guitar!” You see, in the Collins family mythology there are some events that get repeated endlessly at family gatherings and holidays. Usually first in line is my brother Jon’s complaining about seeing every Gothic Cathedral ever made during a trip to France. A couple of steps below that is little Owen playing the violin in the 5th grade. “And Owen’s bow would go down when everyone else’s was up…..”

So since then my musical abilities have been limited to whistling and singing along to the radio. But now I have jumped back in the music arena with the guitar. I’ll keep you updated with my progress.

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