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Throwback Thursday: I Once Shook Chuck Jones’s Hand

Chuck Jones came up recently in conversation with a coworker, and I remembered that years and years ago, when news broke about his passing, I wrote a blog post about sitting in on a guest lecture he did at my school. So here is some incredibly old writing (from my old LIVEJOURNAL, for serious) about a man who’s still pretty inspirational.

I shook Chuck Jones’ hand
[protected] February 23rd, 2002 (09:28 pm)

Two years ago. Around this time.

Had a three hour break one stressy Monday afternoon, with nowhere I really wanted to be, and Chuck Jones was doing a guest lecture at an animation class. So I snuck in… And it was amazing, to meet the human behind the cartoons of my childhood.

He laughed and told stories about when he was first starting out - the good times and the bad - and he said so many cool things that I wrote them all down.

He had the spirit of a ten year old, the convictions of a firey teenager, and the humor of one who’s lived life well. His body lied when it moved - it made you think he was old - even though he could still draw Daffy in under thirty seconds, could still

And I shook his hand, and it was so thin, and I thought to myself, one day, this man will be dead, and I will be sorry.

I’m just so pissed that that day is today.

Here are some quotations from Chuck Jones’ talk. I’m so, so glad I kept them:

No artist can be conservative. You’re always adding to art. Liberal, new and original ideas are generated.

A teacher should guide a student towards what they want to do. There should be no infusion of personal style.

[About his family’s habit of always reading at breakfast] Nothing intelligent has ever been said at the breakfast table.

You must be willing to take all the insults int he world in order to learn. You have to make glorious mistakes.

Whatever you do in a film, love somebody.

I dreamed I thought I was Bugs. I woke up and I was Daffy.

You cannot bestow anything on yourself. The only person who can tell you’re a good artist is somebody else.

I couldn’t imagine eating a rabbit. I threw up cheerfully.

I don’t know why you’re doing this - it’s a weakness I share. It’s why I like to talk to groups like this. Just know you’re going to suffer.

It’s good to remember these words, especially today, when I’ve been up for twelve hours after five hours of sleep and every muscle in my body aches from the rigmarole of shooting and film student life.

I just wish there was another reason. I don’t think I realized how profoundly those two stolen hours with Chuck Jones had affected me. But they did, and now I’m holding back tears in a messy apartment, weary from the burdens of Chuck’s weakness.

Your Robot Boyfriend Novel Update

The robot has officially now had sex. But a story about girls building a robot boyfriend gets complicated when you try to seriously consider consent issues.

Also, I should actually probably watch “Weird Science” at some point, shouldn’t I?

That probably won’t solve the first problem, though.

I don’t know how I feel about my coffee speaking to me in the first person.

I don’t know how I feel about my coffee speaking to me in the first person.

turnabout:

the-wordbutler:

everythingthatiswrongwithamerica:

allofthefeelings:

Okay but what if Carmen Sandiego, on her quest to steal national monuments, kidnapped Captain America

OH MY GOD, I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE

Gumshoes, today Carmen has captured that captivating Captain on another cunning caper. Her dastardly deed has deprived us of his darling demeanor and delicious derrière. You must recover and return our very own Star Spangled Man with a Plan, CAPTAIN AMERICA.

(cue Rockapella)

LOVE IT. 

Organized this today for the new @indiewire LA offices. Looking forward to curating it.

EDIT: Oh GOD I just realized that this is a transparent attempt to recapture my many young years as a video store clerk. Everything is sorted ALPHABETICALLY. I have given SERIOUS THOUGHT TO ESTABLISHING A CHECK-OUT SYSTEM you guys. Please stop me now.

Organized this today for the new @indiewire LA offices. Looking forward to curating it.

EDIT: Oh GOD I just realized that this is a transparent attempt to recapture my many young years as a video store clerk. Everything is sorted ALPHABETICALLY. I have given SERIOUS THOUGHT TO ESTABLISHING A CHECK-OUT SYSTEM you guys. Please stop me now.

lizlet:

theorlandojones:

Once you go black —

Is Orlando Jones now writing his own fan fiction? Specifically, his own “Evolution” behind-the-scenes slash fan fiction?

INCEPTIONED.

theorlandojones:

Once you go black —

Is Orlando Jones now writing his own fan fiction? Specifically, his own “Evolution” behind-the-scenes slash fan fiction?

(via leahclaire)

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No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

Conversations with Co-Workers (First in a Series)

Liz (regarding upcoming CBS series "Scorpion," which stars Robert Patrick): I enjoyed it
Ben: you can’t be trusted with former "X-Files" cast members, though
Ben: i mean, neither can i
Ben: but still
Liz: you're just saying that because of those 13 episodes of "Crisis" I watched
Ben: JUST saying that

sgtangua:

tomorrowsofyesterday:

So @TheCapitolPN tweeted this
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which was promptly deleted. (G-Bb-A-D are the notes to Rue’s whistle.)

But if you had clicked inspect element before it was deleted

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"You silence our voices, but we are still heard."

HOW COOL IS THIS MARKETING?!?! Like the rebels are hacking into the capitol’s twitter!!!!

(Thanks toastbabeis and mockingjaysource for noticing it and jenliamjosh for reblogging)

I love it when marketing folks do the smart.

I don’t like to point fingers, but I have to say that this is maybe a new low.

I don’t like to point fingers, but I have to say that this is maybe a new low.

notnadia:

Red knows her chickens.

Always.

(Source: misha-collins, via turnabout)

wheelbear:

gracie-law:

braindeadradio:

Thank you Alec Baldwin Pinball Machine for this information,

This machine saved a lot of lives. 

Pure, unfiltered 90’s.

wheelbear:

gracie-law:

braindeadradio:

Thank you Alec Baldwin Pinball Machine for this information,

This machine saved a lot of lives.

Pure, unfiltered 90’s.