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Posted by: Serena | 20th Feb, 2009

Moving out of Frown Town

This blog has officially moved to www.serenae.com. Be sure to update your RSS reader!

Posted by: Serena | 6th Feb, 2009

“It’s Not Love” – Brady Earnhart

Brady Earnhart, brilliant musician and professor, has a new song. And I got to make the music video! In beautiful HD glory:

(You might want to pause and wait for it to load. HD is cranky like that.)

Posted by: Serena | 12th Dec, 2008

On the Fence

Finally done with my final group project for Anand Rao’s visual rhetoric class! You can find it here. Click on the “LAUNCH” button (or the image above it) to watch the video, and on the photos to enlarge them.

TEASER:

UMW students are–in general–pretty apathetic, except when they get riled up about silly things like this. Most of the “news segment” is scripted, all is exaggerated.

Posted by: Serena | 4th Dec, 2008

Blackbeard doll – finished!

Here he is, in all his overcoat-wearing glory. No hat, sadly, and no bandolier with pistols. Not yet, anyway.

Posted by: Serena | 18th Nov, 2008

Blackbeard, the cuddly version

For my final project in the “Pirates of the World” class here at UMW, I’m making a Blackbeard doll. He’s mostly done, with the (very important) exception of his overcoat, bandolier, pistols, hat, and a couple of other pirate-y things.

After Id made the shirt.

After I'd made the shirt.

Made the eyes and cute button nose from Sculpey. You cant see it, but theres a hole running horizontally through each eye, and vertically through the nose so I could sew them on later.

Made the eyes and cute button nose from Sculpey. You can't see it, but there's a hole running horizontally through each eye, and vertically through the nose so I could sew them on later.

His wig, just after completion. I later made his beard and mustache the same way.

His wig, just after completion. Found a fantastic, really easy method of making yarn doll wigs. I later made his beard and mustache the same way.

Beard, hair, mustache, eyes, nose, and eyebrows are all sewn securely onto him.   At the urging of concerned friends, I also made him pants. Which wont matter, because his overcoat will cover them up.

Beard, hair, mustache, eyes, nose, and eyebrows are all sewn securely onto him. At the urging of concerned friends, I also made him pants. Which won't matter, because his overcoat will cover them up.

Note that there are three different sizes of braids.   Historically, Blackbeard was really vain about his facial hair and usually had ribbons braided into his beard, along with slow-burning fuses to freak people out. Dont worry, Im not forgetting those ;)

Note that there are three different sizes of braids. Historically, Blackbeard was really vain about his facial hair and usually had ribbons braided into his beard, along with slow-burning fuses to freak people out. Don't worry, I'm not forgetting those 😉

He looks furious all the time, but especially when hugged.

He looks furious all the time, but especially when hugged.

Posted by: Serena | 5th Sep, 2008

Risky Mermaid

Back to my old habits of trading sleep for video editing. Mashup of “Risky Business” and “The Little Mermaid” for Anand Rao‘s visual rhetoric class.

Enjoy!

Posted by: Serena | 27th Aug, 2008

Listen, you!

[Written for Creative Nonfiction class this week.]

There are many awe-inspiring things in this world. The icy slopes of Mount Everest, sunset over the Grand Canyon, a whole school of humpback whales leaping out of the water, the Great Wall of China, Quentin Tarantino’s ego. The sight of Jim Groom reclining in his office chair, feet on desk and glasses askew, eclipses these by far. The leaning tower of Pisa doesn’t hold a candle to Jim’s one-armed leaning glasses, the kind of glasses that only come into being after one too many violent encounters with an overzealous two-year-old.

Despite the throngs of women who throw themselves at his feet during his arduous three-minute walk from the parking lot to work, Jim’s only passion is for WordPress. Yes, Jim’s lover, his grail, his Achilles’ heel is an online blogging platform. The man is a whirlwind of typing fingers and crazed mutterings, breathing in the Internet and exhaling words on a web page.

Someone in the office mentions their morning, and Jim starts singing about it in a loud New York accent, fingers never leaving the keyboard. Clearly a master composer, he invents dozens of new songs, with lyrics like “WordPress, oh WordPress” and “Why haven’t you read my blog yet”. Jim Groom is also a wonder of multitasking. He can blog, smoke his favorite cigarettes, argue with passers-by, and eat a meatball sub, all at the same time. In fact, Jim can blog during almost any activity, and does.

Jim’s website is bavatuesdays, a treasure trove of 1950’s horror film discussions, web tutorials, and humble self-reflection. On most days, he writes around five blog posts, but has been known to break fifteen. He has the endurance of twenty marathon runners and the daring of the world’s greatest explorers, the focus of a surgeon and the smile of an angel. To keep up his energy, Jim Groom subsists on a hearty diet of New York pizza and Dr. Pepper.

Man or god? Maybe we’ll never know. Jim Groom is a cautionary tale, a joke, a trend. Jim Groom is an insult. Jim Groom is an incentive. Jim Groom is a role model, a bad influence, an ideology. Jim is pizza snobbery and alarming enthusiasm. Jim is the eighth wonder of the world.

Maybe one day you decide to see this champion, this legendary creature for yourself. You’ll sit in my office chair, with only a large Macintosh computer between Jim and yourself. You notice his beat-up UCLA Bruins cap, his yellow plaid shirt, his scruffy beard, and you can hardly breathe. And then he stares at you through those crooked, thick black glasses rims, and you think “Oh, God. Have I blogged yet today?”

“Listen you,” he’ll say. “Have you been reading the Bava?” You realize with horror that you have not, in fact, kept up with Jim’s blog as faithfully as you should have. Maybe you duck down behind the iMac, hoping that he’ll be distracted by the newest Internet phenomenon. Always persistent in the face of adversity, he asks you again,
“Did you read my blog today?”
“Um… no, sorry,” you whisper.
“Why not?”
“I didn’t have time!” You almost burst into tears, but Jim Groom does not accept excuses.
“Go read it now.” You nod obediently, and sink back behind the computer screen.
“Hippie.” Jim mutters, and eats another slice of pizza.

Photograph by D’Arcy Norman via Flickr.

Posted by: Serena | 2nd Aug, 2008

Paris, Final Week


Posted by: Serena | 27th Jul, 2008

Paris, Week Four

And many more on Flickr.

Posted by: Serena | 20th Jul, 2008

Paris, Week Three

As always, more on my Flickr page.

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