The site came up unexpectedly an hour or so ago.  It shut down RIGHT in the middle of me uploading new files.  Now I’m not sure how much I got up and how much I’ll have to do again.  BLOODY BLOODY BLOODY BLOOD!

If I didn’t have to rename and alter nearly six hundred files to do so, I would defect to an independent site this very minute.  I’m freaking tired of this.

Here are the new comic and Rant:


Monday, August 17, 2009:  Fringiness

I am a bad person; I didn’t post last week.  I blame the fact that last weekend was, time-wise, the weekend from hell; it started with a play performance, went on to include hiking and karaoke (both absolutely necessary), and ended on Monday with a plane trip back to Toronto.  Since then, I’ve been struggling to finish the work I really should have finished weeks ago so that my boss won’t kill me.  (I met with her, and she didn’t kill me, luckily.  In fact, she seemed to think I’d done well.  Huh.)

Belatedly, then, I proudly present:

What I Learned at the Calgary Fringe Festival

1)  If you store a $2,500 keyboard, an $800 amp, a nice bookcase, and a bunch of knickknacks backstage during a theatrical run, what is actually going to be stolen is a biscuit tin (returned the next day), a small black purse with nothing in it, a plastic dinosaur, and a pen.

2)  Musical murder mysteries attract a decidedly more aged demographic than one might expect.

3)  It is fun to discover this fact two days into the run of a play featuring the untimely demise of an impotent old man with hair in unsightly places.

4)  It is also fun to realise that for plot-related reasons, you have specified that this impotent old man is all of sixty-two.

5)  One never remembers what hilarious things one can do with a slide whistle until after such a memory would be useful.

6)  Theater-goers do not laugh in the right places. That is…their laughter is appreciated, but it is not always expected, and they tend not to laugh at the actual scripted jokes but instead at the lines you do not realise are jokes until five hours after the end of opening night, and then only because you are lying awake, trying to figure out what everyone was laughing at.

7)  When someone steals your biscuit tin, and you are forced to rely upon an emergency package of cookies from the corner store because the biscuits are essential to the play and cannot, even in such dire straits, be mimed, take the damn cookies out of the damn crinkly plastic wrapper and put them in someone’s damn shoe or something so that the audience can hear the damn dialogue over the resulting deafening racket.

8 )  There is little that cannot be accomplished with electrical tape and ingenuity, with an emphasis upon the former.

9)  That one actor is not going to remember that one line.  Let it go.  Leeeeet iiiiiiit gooooo…

10)  When everyone is screaming with laughter, even the sudden and disastrous implosion of an entire crucial song can apparently be forgiven.



  1. The computer guys tell me that they’re currently migrating the site to a temporary server. However, I don’t have FTP access at the moment and will have to wait a few days before I do…so the site, while available, will remain frozen on last Friday’s settings. All I can really do at this point is throw myself on my bed and cry.

  2. 6) I remember having my animation “Daedalus and Icarus” (see it at YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W1TZ16W-3k ) screened in a cinema once. The audience kept bursting out in laughter. Which is surprising, because the story is quite tragic, and I did not insert any jokes (I did commit the crime of inserting a “big Nooooo”). I guess the medium (lego animation) is not quite right for this sort of thing…

    5) Now I am sitting here, contemplating slide whistles… Can you elaborate on that?

  3. Sounds like the play went well despite someone stealing your biscuit tin! Stefan I just watched watched your animation and must confess that I too laughed – I’m terribly sorry but it’s really hard not to laugh at lego when it’s so cute! I especially love your bull-man, not to mention the way they walk.

  4. Yes…Lego is difficult not to laugh at, and you DID put a big no in there. However, the animation is well done, despite the inaccuracies in the myth. (Hey, I’m pedantic. I can’t resist mentioning the inaccuracies. I never can.) The Minotaur is awesome.

    The play went pretty well; people seemed to enjoy it, though reviews were decidedly mixed. Selected words and phrases: amateurish, tame, uneven, silly fun, still worth seeing, well-plotted, charming. I stand by “charming.”

    Re. the slide whistle: I recently realised that one could have been used to help out an actress in her mimed description of her…limp…husband (during a song). She was, understandably, having a hard time conveying the word “droopy” without uttering it.

  5. I have no real problems with inaccuracies in the myth (which should vary in any case from source to source), even though my typical YouTube audience seems to be with you in this regard.

    I wonder about the medium of brickfilm. After watching a few dozen of them you become accustomed to the looks, and other qualities shine through. I wonder if you’d like to watch another one, just for comparison. Below is a link to the least funny brickfilm I know (but nevertheless one of the better out there). What do you think of it? Take your time: it’s 10 minutes long. I didn’t make that one, though I did supply the voice of the doctor at the start.

    On-topic: poor Barbara…

  6. Yes, I know the myth has several versions, but I do think you include details present in none of them (“Italy”?). However…I see your point.

    Good Company is one creepy animation. It’s nicely done. I do find that it’s a bit difficult to connect to the Legos. They’re always smiling.

    Poor Barbara is merely going through what I went through myself two years ago. The horror. The horror.

  7. Stefan, I just watched your Daedalus-film. It’s great! And cute. (And I love the title being written in Greek.)

    Kari, yay for the site being up just now – I can read those precious ALT-texts! Oh my precious!

  8. Well, Sicily is part of Italy these days. Of course, “back then” it was a Greek colony (they had Archimedes!), so I guess I have been oversimplifying matters.

    I am aware that Barbara shares more aspects of her life with yours (such as the juggling).

  9. I haven’t been practising my juggling much lately because it’s too hot to move, but I’d like to get back to it soon. I have a Diabolo now too.

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