RSI Pays Off

Yeah, my wrist and my shoulders hurt. I’ve been toiling over the site since I got home from work last night, trying to come up with a better core page design, removing frames altogether and better navigation.

I just finished. And boy are my arms tired.

*rimshot*

So anyways, after spending most of the morning and early afternoon doin’ this stuff, we are off to Dave and Busters. Playing arcade games is certainly not gonna help my RSI 😉

Playing Tourist

I hope everyone had a fun three day weekend. I know mine went way too fast, but then again, I’m not surprised. We were very busy, with family in town and all. Top that with normal weekend chores and you got a doozy of a weekend! ^_^

We got to play tourist on Monday, taking a jaunt up to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore. PCC was founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1960’s, and is employer to hundreds of students from the neighboring Brigham Young University of Hawaii. The last time I visited there, I was maybe 12 years old and didn’t even realize the history of this place. Interesting.

So anyhoo, playing tourist was interesting. Since I hadn’t done it in a while, I was actually quite interested in some of the behaviors I observed. Call it a sociological observation of sorts. Amongst the salty kalua pork and poke, silk leis, and scent of suntan lotion, is what keeps this island alive. As expected, most of Hawai’i’s economy relies on tourism. I never really get to observe this machine in motion, although I work for a tourist magazine publisher. It’s all ink on paper to me until I actually get my butt out there and see these places. Sadly, I will have to say that I haven’t done much travelling around. Guess that’ll change, since we’re about to move!

We also went down to Waikiki this weekend. That’s always a fun place to go to people watch. High-priced fashion stores that attract Japanese tourists like moths to flame. Sunburnt northwestern tourists with farmer tans and squeaky new rubber slippers bought from the ABC store on the corner. Lanky teenagers lugging longboards along the beachwalk to learn to surf for the first time. It’s all a part of the experience.

The prepackaged version of Hawai’i is fun, but not really the full, real experience of the islands. I’m glad I got to know it well over these past couple of years… or else I wouldn’t have known it at all. The plate lunches that made me gain 10+ pounds (luckily taken off since then). The heaps of fresh pikake leis I receiived for my birthday. The shave ice at the little store down the street. The volcanic mountain range I get to see on my commute everyday (and the waterfalls that sometime grace it!). The warm and friendly people quaintly muttering in pidgin english. It’s all wonderful. And I know I’ll miss it.

Movin' On

So, many of you have heard the news. Yep, Square Pictures is closing its doors on March 29th. This means K is looking for a new job, and it’s most likely going to be back on the mainland. I’ve spent almost two years on the island of Oahu, and K’s been here about three and a half years. Time to say Aloha to Kailua, but we’re not exactly sure when and where just yet. We need to get out butts out there and see there and see the rest of the islands, if we can, before we go. There’s just so much to do in the meantime.

Everyone at the office seems pretty bummed about the whole thing. Since I do the work of like 4 people (okay, I may be exaggerating), it’ll be hard to find someone to take my position. That, and I’ve made a lot of good friends here. Hey, anyone looking for a job in Hawaii for a large publishing company? 😀 And no, they won’t pay for relocation, so much for dreams.

We are most likely going to move somewhere around Southern California, since that’s where most of the prospective jobs are in the film biz. I’d really love to be living back in the Bay Area, and this possibility is not ruled out. I’m thinking I may not get another nine-to-five job unless it’s really really appealing and pays well. I am considering going back to school, and definitely looking into at least refining my skills and learning more in New Media. I am even considering culinary school, maybe learn to be a pastry chef since I have earned a love of cooking and baking. So maybe I’ll freelance design part or full time while trying to figure this out. So yeah, a lot on my mind… wish me luck!

Jukebox Fun

I’m trying to make a digital jukebox. Here’s My MP3 Collection so far (this link is an Excel spreadsheet). Most are legit MP3s, for the record. EMusic.com is an excellent legit MP3 source. They pay royalties to the artists. Sounds good to me! But yeah, I’m as guilty as most, in the respect that I used Napster and Audiogalaxy to get some hard-to-find and selected tracks.

I love my new Yamaha CRW2100FXZ (Lightspeed 16x10x40x External Firewire CD-RW). I highly recommend it. Got it at Outpost.com for $149 after rebate… a VERY good deal. Been using it for some well-overdue archiving and also for ripping more MP3’s.

Just bought a copy of Tropico this afternoon, after playing the demo for a couple hours last night. It rocks. Bonus, it works in Mac OS X… but haven’t tried it yet since I’m a OS 9 devotee. Anyhoo… I love sim games. But I have been almost afraid to play SimTower, one of my favorites, because it reminds me too much of the WTC. 🙁

X-Files tonight. I’m sure you’ve all heard that it’s the final season. Time for me to admit that it’s on its last legs.

Enough links from me for tonight. I’m working tomorrow, so enjoy the holiday, those of you that have it off, and take a moment to remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy.

I Scream, You Scream

Anyone like Cold Stone Creamery? They finally opened one in Waikiki and I hit it up while on a business excursion yesterday, on a bright sunny afternoon. Ah, the pains of working in Hawaii. I had a regular sized coffee ice cream with a fresh brownie mix-in and caramel. Yum. Anyone have a favorite concoction there (hint hint, post some comments)?

More stuff I like. Quirky cute characters from San-X Japan. Now you know where I find my Afro Ken stuff. 😉

Today’s web art: Google Image Search for “light in darkness”.

Tonight is Happy Family Plan night on KIKU channel 9. IT IS TIME TO FACE YOUR DESTINY!