Sunday, July 9, 2006, 01:43 AM - SummerTechWeek B started off a bit rough for the staff, sort of like last year, the staff still in ST-Shock and the campers picking up on our dizzy dance of chaos. By Thursday I think we had finally gotten into our groove, the kind that should last for the rest of the summer, keeping the music playing smooth and loud. Machinima is going very well I think, there is a bit of discipline issues with our actors and their abilities to ruin film-shoots with hand grenades, but kids will be kids and once we made good on our promise of “No Game Time” for abuse of the weapon systems I think they finally understand how smoothly things could go if they just jump in, film, and jump out. Plenty of time for killing after the shoot. Just like last year, the two girls of the class had their films finished by the end of the second week, and are eligible to switch classes, if they so desire. One of them, I think, ranks as youngest Machinima director of all time, at 8. She may also have the most tasteful if not most artistic film of the first session, a The Movies film about life and finding love. Her sister had a little something more to my general movie taste with a tale about Zombie Bunnies, and the chick who beats them all up. Animals seem to be the big subject this year, we've got killer monkeys, cows, bunnies, chickens, and even rats! I also started learning a bit of Japanese from Corey, an awesome Jr. Teacher here, with any luck, maybe I won't be so lost this August when I make the big trip to Tokyo.
Dodgeball was off and on for me this week. My arm still pains me mid-way trough the session, but my catching game has improve ten-fold thanks to the forced focus. I played my first game of soccer this week, and with the help of 3 young ladies from Europe, who have promised to return to the field on Monday, my team won! On a related note, the campus is extremely crowded this year, hundreds of students from Europe and elsewhere have come in for summer exchange classes, and have just about run us off. It got so bad at lunch Thursday that I literally had nowhere to sit. Last year was nice, because the students who came from abroad were fewer in numbers, and that made it easier to meet them and make new friends. With so many, everyone just clusters with who they know, and that's no fun. Anyway, we got kicked out of the main cafeteria anyway, so we really have no choice but to stick together now.
The weekend was rather uneventful, slept till 1pm (god did I need it) and we just watched movies in the lab between food runs. (Raising Arizona, Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas, Superman, season one of Star Trek, and Enter the Dragon) I also enjoyed the Day of Defeat free weekend.