I treated myself to a massage last Sunday, and I even remembered to go to the spa early to take advantage of the showers and sauna. It felt great. I may have been the only man in the whole joint because I think I had the whole locker room to myself. Weird, but kind of nice. The only other time that has happened was in a Japanese onsen.
The masseuse can't "find" me even though I'm the only man sitting in the common area. I finally find her and she takes me back to the massage room. She's a little intense, but that's OK...
She proceeds to give me the hardest, most aggressive massage I've ever received, though the pressure isn't unbearable- it's just...unexpected. The massage service ends and I honestly feel fantastic.
Then I go take a shower and that's when the nausea kicks in. I start getting wave after wave of churning stomach knots. And in the locker room when I'm bending over to tie my shoes, my head starts spinning off my neck and I have to sit down.
I drive the two blocks home, while my stomach feels awful but my limbs and joints feel GREAT.
Back home things don't get much better and I have to lie down. I look it up on my phone and it turns out this is a COMMON OCCURRENCE. WTF. It turns out that it's not because "toxins" have been released from your muscles and are making you sick- but it's close- it turns out that fluid has been released from your muscles and your body is sucking up every last bit of water to refill the fluid in your muscles and I suffered from a rush of dehydration sickness.
Here is an article about Cinnabar's work at PetSpace, specifically our collaboration with Storyline Studio and Technifex to create the giant animatronics.
Map of All Creation
I'm splitting a lot of my free creative time in different ways, in different places. But the long term project I've got going is a recreation of the map from Time Bandits, the "Map of All Creation."
Sure, seems complicated, you say, looks like you've got your work cut out for you, Mr. Crocker.
And you are not wrong- the more and more I work on it and get into the details, the more I realize that it's a gorgeously dense and brilliant and whimsical prop that has a lot of thought and story behind it.
I've fallen into a groove recently and I've got some decent recreation processes set up that is allowing me to make headway every week. Also, I'm recreating this probably 80% by hand, as that seems to be the way in which the original was created. Not to mention, I attempted to do some of the work digitally, and it did not go well. Now I've figured out a good, albeit toilsome, method of hand-drawing almost every element and then scanning and re-inserting it. I'll take some progress pics to share here and around the internet.
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The Vault Tour
The TEA organized a special event in which we were granted access to the Petersen Automotive Museum's "Vault," where they keep the cars in the storied Petersen collection that aren't on display.
Before the event, we were told directly- this tour is almost never available to people and we should be incredibly lucky.
When we got down there, we were told loudly and directly, there were to be NO PHOTOGRAPHS.
The tour was FANTASTIC. One of my friends got in trouble for breaking the rules and taking a photo of the Mach 5 for his son.
The tour was so great that when I got home, I had to find out how much it was going to cost or donate to receive the tour as a gift to my dad, who I know would get a kick out of it.
A split-second google search later reveals 1.) the tours are given most of the year, and 2.) there are SO MANY PHOTOGRAPHS from inside the vault.
If you're in Los Angeles and want to go to the car museum, I can't recommend the Vault tour more- it doesn't matter if you like cars- there is so much fascinating history of the world, business, Hollywood, and heads of state (my favorite).
Thinking about getting a massage next weekend...
For Labor Day, we left our kid with Grandma and Grandpa and headed south to Knott's Berry Farm. The purpose of the visit was two-fold:
1.) Visit our friends performing in "Ghost Town Alive" on the last day.
2.) Eat an entire fried chicken.
Number one was a great success and I can't speak more highly of "Ghost Town Alive."
Number two was a DNF, but we tried our hardest.
I'm training for a trail half-marathon in October and it's going pretty well. Today, in particular, I saw a decent breakthrough on my pace and broke my ten minute mile pace, averaging out at a 9 minute mile over 8 miles. Pretty darn good.
Took the kid swimming today. It is ALWAYS refreshing.
Didn't really make anything this week, but I've been ramping up work on my Time Bandits map.
This is a short and weird entry because I'm trying to finish it and get it out, to start that momentum. Publish more, more often.