Tuesday, October 31, 2006

God damn keyboard shortcuts!!!!

Sorry!!! Sorry! I accidently pressed crtl+s. God damn computers. :P
Let's try this again.

Chili Con Carne
by Kelly A., original by Dorit R.

You'll need:

-2 cans of red kidney beans (the Heinz 'chili' style work wonderfully)
-1/2 lbs. (1 pkg.) ground beef
-2 tsp. canola oil
-2-4 tsp. sweet paprika
-salt/pepper to taste
-2 tsp. oregano
-1 bay leaf
-1 large green bell pepper
-1 med.-large onion
-4-6 mushrooms
-1 small can tomato paste
-2-4 tbsp. ketchup
-1/2 large can of whole tomatoes

In a large pot, cook the ground beef in the oil until brown. Don't drain any fat. Although you can use lean g.b., anything's okay, really. Add the kidney beans with the sauce they come in.
Cook for a minute or two. Add the seasonings. Adjust to taste.
Add all of the vegetables. If you want the veggies to be a bit softer, just let the chili simmer longer.
Now, a major chili killer (in my minimal experience anyways) is liquid. You want your chili to be nice and thick, not tomato soup with ground beef in it. The liquid that comes with the beans is actually ususally enough, although that's why I like adding the whole tomatoes. Add as many as you want, but they come in big cans, so half that is usually fine. Again, adjust accordingly, but pour a nice amount of the tomato juice in along with the whole tomatoes. You can just mush them in half with a wooden spoon; save yourself the mess.
Add in the ketchup. Honestly, this makes a big difference. It gives the chili a wonderfully sweet flavour.
And, lastly, if you're a spice nut, throw whatever else you want in there. I didn't add any chili powder because I'm a wuss. :D
Let that simmer on low heat for 10-15 min., or, as stated earlier, longer (20-23 min.) for slightly more tender veggies.
Serve with a bit of bread.

Well, considering I'm only a student, this is a nice, affordable, and tasty recipe. Not to mention it's EASY! You make the entire thing by throwing it all into the same pot.

Prepping for the colder season

Hello, everyone.
Muah ha ha....rejoice on all souls night - it's Hallowe'en!
I feel bad that I don't have much spirit...I dunno. Maybe it's because I'm not much of a party person, or that I'm a broke-ass mo-fo. :D Hallowe'en booze are pricey....*_*
Just got another scene signed off....so let's see - that's....six signed off out of....what....18? All-nighters for me....:P
Now, on a more comforting note, since over here in Vancouver/Burnaby we're breaking weather records, I figure it's time to prep ourselves accordingly. It's gotten alarmingly and unseasonably cold recently, so over the last couple of weekends, I've been cooking. Honestly, with my time and money budget, finding recipes that you can make that's cheap, healthy and plentiful is great.
So, for those of you just stopping by, here's a "Cady-fied" version of a wonderful chili con carne (with meat). The whole things costs about....I'd say six bucks to make, is healthy, filling, easy to make, AND freezes well. Oh, and did I mention unbelievably tasty? Don't believe me? Give it a shot.

Chili Con Carne - Cady-style

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rough animation, sc. 7

Weeee!! I was so proud of how this turned out...hey, don't worry, everybody - this is what I've spent $16,000 doing!
PS - Thanks for lending your voice, Adam! :D

I saw this film from the Cartoon Brew blog, and, despite being really wierd and creepy, it's stuck with me. I've already seen it several times, and...yeah. There's just something about it. Great style, and very much deserving the awards it's nominated for.
PS - Those kids are ruthless AND powerful! I can't cleave a full-grown sheep in half with a hatchet - in ONE SWING. You'll see what I mean. ;D

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Work work work....

Hello, lovlies.
I hope things are well for the masses.
Me? I'm doing alright, all things considered. When I get my sound files to work, I'll post up a quick scene that I'm done animating. I'm really proud of how it turned out. :D (Although, it's only rough still.)
Hmmmm....other stuff besides school....ah yes.
Playstation 3.
What a fuck up that was! Soosh, Sony! As VG Cats stated it, "it was an overwhelming success due to an EXTREME lack of goods." Bah. I'm really glad I didn't work the opening....:P
Yeah, what else...oh! Equilibreum is a really cool movie. Go Batman! Cristian Bale should be in every movie ever made. Even, like, the Sound of Music. Yeah. That would be fucking sweet. :D
That's about it. I have a mush brain, and I must go and clean the fridge. *sigh*
My duties never cease.
Take care,
PS - Woof!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

And we will marvel at it...

It's....about 9:20pm, and I've been up since....4:30am? I'm going to be here rather late I'm afraid. You see, our layout deadline is tomorrow, and I promised through hell or high water that I'm going to make that deadline!! *_*
Me and my big mouth.
What actually ate up so much of my time was (well, besides Okami ^_^ ) is I just finished up with a voice recording session! I teamed up with a really nice, and really talented sound student named Ian, and I brought in my two stars, and we...well, recorded! In an ADR room, and everything! I even did a little bit of a voice-over myself! It was certainly an experience. I got to work with wonderful people (thanks Anat and Adam! You guys were great!!), and it was just swell. Now, onto animation!!
After I finish layout!
I can do all of my marveling at my ring and its invisibility powers after I've met my deadline.
Have a great night, everyone. :D
Love always,
PS - .....mmmm....turkey......*drool*

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Hello, dears.

Just thought I'd post a quick 'hello,' and update to what's going on.

Everything's actually going okay, to be honest. Layout, while I do derive some kind of perverse enjoyment from it, is still frustrating and brain-melting.

Oh! And, if you're wondering who these two lovely little pooches are, they're my final film characters, Argo and Astos (left to right). I'm just prepping my voice actors, and before I know it, I'll have walking, talking characters. I'm really excited to see these two come to life. :D

Well, that's all I'll post for tonight. Goodnight, world. Be safe and well.