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03 February 2004 @ 12:30 am
Note to self: screen-capture a smiley Master Shake icon. I don't really have one that matches the subject line.

I lifted yesterday. It was good. My arms didn't hurt in a bad way during the workout. My left shoulder felt weirdly sore today, but for some reason, running on the elliptical trainer (3.13 miles in 30 minutes on resistance level 7 = w00t) seemed to help that a lot. I also did some more rotator cuff exercises. It appears that the owies are going away.

I have to get back into regular piano practice. My right hand is quite adept at finger gymnastics, but my left is not. I think I'm just used to thinking of the left hand as filling out the chord and the right as the one that provides variety. I just did some experimentation with using my left hand to lay down a bass line of sorts for one of my in-progress songs and then incorporating some of that motion into the standard left-hand arrangement for said song, and I really liked the results. If I keep playing around like that and practicing sequences that my left hand tends to stumble over, I think I'll make some great progress, and it will help me bust out of my songwriting rut as well.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: in-progress compositions bouncing around in my head
the Anything Muppetxerne on February 3rd, 2004 05:43 am (UTC)
How about a plushie Master Shake?
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on February 3rd, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
I have one! ^_^ Ernie and Ai got him for me for Christmas. He's so cuddly, and he's big enough that the cats don't knock him down and drag him around the house (which is what they did to every single Beanie Baby-like toy we owned until we put them in a cabinet).
Marcmaully on February 3rd, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
Where do those icons come from, by the way?
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on February 3rd, 2004 11:07 pm (UTC)
They're from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, an awesomely deranged show about three humanoid fast-food items who live in New Jersey and cause random wacky shit to happen (or have it happen to them). We have a bunch of AVI's of various episodes, so I used mplayer to play them and Gimp to rip images after pausing the video.
Marcmaully on February 4th, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC)
Pretty nifty how you've animated the fries character.
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on February 8th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
That was more of an exercise in patience than anything else. I just found a spot in an episode where Frylock floats completely up and down in one place against a relatively inobtrusive background, took an assload of screenshots of different frames, and pasted them as separate layers into my Gimp image until I had enough to make a smooth animation. Then I just messed with the frame delay times until the floating speed looked right to me.
Marcmaully on February 8th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
Heh, nice.