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Date:2010-03-28 01:41
Subject:I've Moved
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This is the end of my LiveJournal. It's been a great ride.
All further updates will be at my new blog:

www.mattdeturck.com/blog

Change your bookmarks and your pants and come check it out!

 
 

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Date:2009-09-29 23:46
Subject:Out and About to ImageOut
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Mood: silly

Come See Films With Us!

Adam and I have decided what we're seeing at ImageOut this year! Come support the festival, see what we've been volunteering for for all these months, and see some fun movies in the process! Check out the schedule of what we're going to, over at Adam's journal.

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Date:2009-09-28 09:01
Subject:My Weekend in Photos: Washington, D.C.
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Mood: tired

Sis + Bro

Adam and I drove down to Washington D.C. to spend the weekend with Joelle and Molly, who'd flown in from Portland. The four of us went to a small antique show, hit up one Smithsonian museum, participated in the RIT Big Shot of another, attended a post-photo reception, gathering at Fritz's, saw Billy, Miranda, and many other RIT'ers, got vegan cupcakes, went to a park, and survived some heavy precipitation, all to return at 2am, late Sunday night.

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Date:2009-08-03 02:27
Subject:Comic-Con '09 | Thursday (Day 2 of 5)
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Mood: tired

On the Way

(left) Walking across the lawn to get in the Hall H line. San Diego was very gray and hazy in the mornings until the sun came out and burned it off.
(right) A girl in line dressed up as The Mad Hatter.

THURSDAY: Walking down the street to the convention center, the sidewalks were already filled before 9am. We were hoping to start with the Disney 3D Panel in Hall H (the largest room at the convention center, which holds 6,500 people and thus is where all the really big panels and presentations are held) but as we got closer, expectations lowered: 'Twilight' fans had camped out for their panel since the previous afternoon (people said anywhere from 18-22 hours in advance) and the queue line was packed. There were so many people already, that the line for Hall H filled the convention center's entire front lawn (see Perez Hilton's twitpic) and had stretched out across the street, down the block, and was filling up on the boardwalk near the harbor. Even after we got into line, people kept joining until the line on the boardwalk had doubled over on itself 3 times -- nearly 10,000 people all waiting to get into Hall H.

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Date:2009-08-02 05:07
Subject:Comic-Con '09 | Wednesday (Day 1 of 5)
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Mood: productive

Sketchy Sketchy Clouds Adam with His Breakfast Burrito

(left) The MVP kids play area at the Rochester airport featured terrifying clouds above the plastic airplanes and mushrooms.
(right) I think it's really interesting how restaurants change their menu based on both geographic location and also location-context. For example, lots of restaurants offered breakfast menus at their airport satellites that they don't offer normally (at least in Upstate NY). Mexican-food-chain "Moe's" had breakfast burritos which even went so far as to be called airport names like "Extra Luggage."

WEDNESDAY: It's been forever since I've taken a week-long vacation without the rest of my family, and I've never taken more than a day off of work in a row before, so there was some massive prep-work and packing to be done! Between that and our excitement, Adam and I chose not to sleep all night before our 4:30am pick-up (thanks Max!) to go to the airport for our 6am flight. The flights were uneventful, but we did test out AirTran's in-air wireless by finally planning out which panels we wanted to go to and noticing how more than half of our plane were obviously geeky con-goers like us. We handled one-hour of delays between the two trips from Rochester to Atlanta and Atlanta to San Diego, but our arrival was slightly more "interesting:" Matt and Kara were our ride to the hotel, which was also in their name, but Delta screwed them over royally and they suffered 5 hours (!) of flight delays! So, Adam and I took our second taxi ride ever, and Matt wisely called the hotel and allowed us to check in ahead of time.

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Date:2009-07-29 02:49
Subject:The Following Preview Has Been Approved for All Geeks
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Mood: exhausted

All Together Now

Hullo. We went to Comic Con in San Diego, California.
We were there for 6 days. We saw a lot, did a lot, walked an insane lot, and ate very little (but what we did eat was delicious!).
While there, I took photos, tweeted, and kept a hand-written journal.
It will take some time to sort through.
So here is a short preview (also see Anna's preview):

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Date:2009-07-01 23:16
Subject:Please do not lick the blog
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Mood: blank

Key Lime Torte

Summer brings out exciting colors in food. Too bad I didn't get to taste anything at either of these advertising shoots.

On the left, a key lime torte at Pier 45.
On the right, an asian shrimp & noodle entrée from Label 7.

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Date:2009-06-25 11:05
Subject:Your Thursday Moment of Zen
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Mood: busy

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Date:2009-06-21 03:40
Subject:Cabbage Caption Contest!
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Mood: goofy

WTF

I've taken a LOT of weird photos at our apartment, but this one might just take the cake. It cracks me up every time I look at it. So, I've decided to run a caption contest with it! Simply leave a comment with your entry by FRIDAY, June 26 @ 3:00am (EST) either on this LiveJournal entry or on the Flickr photo itself.

Write any kind of caption you want: what Anna, Adam, and Rachel are thinking, what someone else would say looking at them, write a short story, etc. -- anything goes! And you can enter more than once, if you want -- just be sure to make it obvious where one caption ends and another begins. Humor usually goes over well, but is not required. Creativity in entries encouraged!

Judging: Entries will be judged anonymously by a crackpot team of judges (probably several of my co-workers) and the winner will be announced Friday evening!

Prizes: TBD, but the person with the top-voted caption will definitely receive something in the mail.

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Date:2009-06-15 07:58
Subject:May Madness, part 2
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Mood: contemplative



Continuing right along with the second half of the month.

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Date:2009-06-14 19:02
Subject:May Madness, part 1
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Mood: chipper



SO. MUCH. went on this past May. Probably bolstered by the fact that there were 5 weekends, one of them a long holiday. Jumping into the first half:

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Date:2009-06-14 01:22
Subject:Cupcake Coma
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Mood: sleepy



Now and then, Adam and I catch glimpses of some of Brian and Alana's fantastic wedding plans (this November!). They've decided to go with a variety of flavors of cupcakes for their cake, from the Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe, and last week received their second batch of samples to choose from. Knowing our passion for desserts, and how large the cakes were, they asked Adam and I to join them for the cupcake taste-testing.

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Date:2009-06-11 03:57
Subject:"Two species separated by 65 million years of evolution"
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Mood: busy



Anna, Kara, Matt A., Adam & I all went to see the live Walking with Dinosaurs stage show at the Blue Cross Arena. It was dino-tastic, with a really cool mix of robotics and puppetry (and I'm always in the mood for puppets), but I think my absolute favorite part was the enormous mix of inflating plant-life. From the single blades of grassy-fern-things to the boob flowers to the palm trees, I freakin' loved 'em. The smaller ones ringed the stage, providing something for the dinosaurs to much on, and a bit of color to contrast the flat planes of grass or dirt. So simple in idea, but what a great touch.

I used my CITY press credentials, so I got to shoot the first half of the 96-minute-long show.

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Date:2009-06-02 00:38
Subject:Technicolor
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Mood: exhausted



I've been wanting to see Coldplay live since I missed their stop at Darien Lake years ago
During the Rush of Blood to the Head tour. Several albums ago.
When I heard they were coming back to Rochester, I jumped at the notion of buying tickets,
and only didn't because I found out that I would be able to go with my press pass (Thanks Dale!!!).

I went, I saw, I listened, and I photographed. And then they made us leave.
None of the press photographers were allowed to stay longer than the third song,
a fact we weren't told beforehand and that differed from our treatment during all the opening acts.

"Yellow" (with balloons that broke and spilled confetti over the crowd) played on my way out of the VIP pit.
"Glass of Water" echoed on my way out to the parking lot.
It was damn near heartbreaking having to leave, as I was having an amazing time.
But I'm so so SO happy I got to go, even just for that little bit.
And I don't know if I'll ever be able to go again, as being that close was amazing.

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Date:2009-05-31 23:03
Subject:Wild Things: Cyberspace to Meetspace
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Mood: content


( + )

I feel like it's extremely rare for me to read about a place on a blog and then accidentally stumble upon it in real life (I don't do a lot of reading about Rochester while online). But I finally had one such collission.

InContention, my favorite movie blog, recently posted that the makers of Spike Jonze's upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are" movie had started their own blog, posting images of things that had inspired them. One of InContention's favorite photos was of "a desolate New York ice-cream parlor" which had a "Wild Things" mural painted on the side of it which "illustrates the extent to which Maurice Sendak’s book has permeated everyday life." Silly me, I assumed it was in New York City ... not Ithaca. And I never thought that we'd be passing it on our way out of town along NY RT-89 after camping at Buttermilk Falls State Park for the weekend.

Naturally, we had to stop for a picture.

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Date:2009-05-28 00:54
Subject:Your Moment of Zen
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Mood: exhausted







Three views of Hemlock Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, south of Rochester.

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Date:2009-05-26 00:45
Subject:CheepCheepCheep
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Mood: tired



With so much to post about from two fantastic weekends in a row, I'm overwhelmed. There is too much.
I have to start somewhere though.... so how about how the Ludwigs have new baby chickens!!
Daawwww!! Little fuzz balls runnin' all around the bathroom!

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Date:2009-05-24 19:39
Subject:5 Years
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Mood: loved


- photo by Rachel

I was so tired on Thursday, I fell asleep on the sofa watching "True Blood" before I could post this.
Five years seems like a heck of a long time, and also like no time at all.
Heck, we've survived moving in together, so now there's no stopping us!
Love ya cricket!

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Date:2009-05-15 01:26
Subject:*Blink*
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Mood: tired

Rochester @ 175 Anna, blooming Max at the Gallery

So much happens in a month.
Updates have dropped off, but I'm still around.
Until I get to a full-fledged post, there's always my Flickr stream
and I also post updates on Twitter, as well.
Just in case, y'know, you needed a little somethin'-somethin'.

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Date:2009-04-13 00:55
Subject:Weekend Roundup
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Mood: relaxed

Eclair Pie

Thursday night was Adam's family's Passover seder. Last year I missed the first half, so to make up for that this year ... I missed the second half. Someday I'll be able to stay for all four glasses of wine and not have to run out to a dusk photo shoot.

Friday night I left work early, got the car inspected (finally), and Adam and I walked around the mall: we bought new shorts together, and I picked up a button about cheese and an amazing Super Mario Bros. sound effects keychain that is totally going to work with me. We busted up s'more Ugly Betty on the DVR and nibbled on Cheerios.

Saturday I had a photo shoot at the Eastman School of Music's Kilbourn Hall. Afterward, we went to trendy Pittsford store "Nook" with Matt & Kara. It had some lovely merchandise, but was a bit out of our price range for the most part. Still we walked away with some cards, candy, and a notebook. When we got home I began to satisfy my recent need to eat eggs for every meal by topping my snowman-and-snowflake pasta with a fried egg and meat sauce with lots of vegetables (it was good, but more eggs must be consumed!!).

Anna has been recording Robot Chicken and, as if we needed convincing, the premiere was absolutely hilarious -- Joss Whedon's cameo scene as himself was amazing. Deciding to make a lazy couch potato day of it (it's been so long!) we watched more Ugly Betty, then The River Wild (Meryl Streep: Action Star!), City of Angels with Anna when she got home (and which I'd been wanting to see again for awhile), and finally both new episodes of The Office. Bedtime: 3:30am.

Easter Sunday, Adam and I went to my Aunt Sue & Uncle Norm's house for dinner where we had delicious food and chatted everyone up. Then we went to the Ludwig's house for second dinner, after which all us kids went for a walk in the woods and Kevin antagonized a rooster. Dessert -- a pecan pie, a cheesecake, and an eclair pie (pictured above) -- was fantastic, and then everyone watched half of Hamlet 2 while I set up lights and took some photos, and then I joined everyone for the conclusion of the film.

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