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I’ve Come Back, Back, to Cali, Cali!

I’m an LA citizen now! My initials once again match the city! (The last time was Los Alamos. That counts, right?)

It’s been great being back in California again. I miss all of my buds in Kansas City, but it’s been great seeing all my old friends from school, and making new ones too!

I’ve been pretty busy trying to find a new job and get settled out here, but I did get a chance to animate a video for the always amazing and super fun Parry Gripp! Check it out!

Now in motion!

Oh, hello. It’s been a while. I’ve been out and about lately. Took two separate trips to the left corners of the country – Portland and Los Angeles, and had an excellent time visiting great friends and eating tasty foods. It’s always a great to get out and visit places, see new things. It recharges the batteries.

Oh, hey! I have a Vimeo channel now! I’m going to post some old and new animations on it, but I’ll also share them here.

While I’m on the subject, if you only want the artstuff, and none of my blabbing, it’s best to follow my Tumblr. If you want to listen to my random thoughts, follow my twitter. All the links are on the right! Technology!

Here are some animations for your eyes. Let me know what you think!

My blog is turning into a “Lauren-draws-herself-all-day” type of thing, I swear I don’t draw myself as often as it looks. This was done in Flash and After Effects. I was  going for a jellyfish type effect.

This is an animation test I did for my take on “This Little Piggy” I like the frog legs, but I need to fix the arm holding the bag- it’s not reading right. There’s a good amount of smear in the legs, but its hiding in the motion blur, and thank goodness for motion blur- without it this would be strobing like crazy!

This was an old test of mine that I freshened up recently. It was originally in Flash, but now in After Effects.

I hope to share more of my personal animations with the interwebs, so expect more to come! Also, I’m working on a personal short involving Space! I hope to share that soonish…perhaps laterish…we’ll see how far I get.

The Red Pill

I’ve recently started to re-read Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. It’s an insanely great book about emergence. I first read it during high school, around ’98 or so. It’s getting a second read cause it deals with a lot of issues rolling about in my brain-parts lately- one of the ideas I’m mulling over for an animated short deals with emergence, and I figured its time to brush up on it.

My mangled gist of the book is that Hofstadter uses connections between the work of Mathman Godel, Artist Escher, and Musician Bach and plenty of others to show how a set of rules can create a whole complex system/reality/self. The Matrix is pretty much an adaptation of this book. BTW, here’s an awesome comic about Hofstadter. 

What I’m totally loving about this go around of the book are the new connections I’m making this time around. Half due to the fact that a good amount went over my head at the time, and half cause I see examples of what he’s talking about everywhere now. A good amount of the themes in this book touch on self-reference (meta) and paradoxes, and thanks to people like JJ Abrams and Dan Harmon, I’m pretty solid on both these days.

I wish I had an audiobook version of this narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, but that would take precious time away from him being generally awesome.

Speaking of meta, I’m really excited for Community returning March 15th- only 2 more days!

(full disclosure, I edited the crap outta this post cause I quickly realized that I can go on for hours about this. If you are into that sorta thing, leave a comment, and we can talk more!)