PAgent’s Progress

Words Are My Favorite Toys

August 7th, 2006

Isuzu Gemini Ads

When you watch car commercials these days, you can’t tell what’s real and what isn’t. Cars turn into horses that turn into dragons. The road becomes an airstrip, then turns into a stretch of ocean beach. Everything is CGI, nothing is left unmodified. The car is perfect, the driver is perfect.

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to film a jaw-dropping car commercial, you couldn’t just throw money and computers at it. You had to approach it very differently. You had to use a real car, and you had to use real drivers.

And if you wanted it to look this impressive, you bloody well had to hire people who could really drive a car.


August 7th, 2006

Gamer Granny

This woman is my hero. And she could probably kick my ass, too.

You go, Grandma!

August 7th, 2006

Freezing in August

I’d just like to take a moment to give you my perspective on how it feels to have a part of your body frozen with liquid nitrogen:

It really, really, really #@!$^%*&@ hurts!

I’ve had a little callous-like growth on my left index finger for five or six years. It occured to me that, since there was no reason for a callous to be there, it might be a wart. I casually mentioned this to my doctor this morning, and he gleefully sprinted out of the office, only to return with two nested styrofoam cups full of liquid nitrogen with a handful of cotton-tipped applicators.

During all those years of working with liquid nitrogen in grad school, I often wondered what it would actually feel like to actually freeze part of your body solid. Now I know.

It really, really, really #@!$^%*&@ hurts!

In fact, it still smarts quite a bit right now. Well, it will eventually scab over and then fall off. Presumably I will then be ‘callous’-free.

But damn, man. That HURT.