Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Workstation update

I've been slowly plugging away at building this desk. One of the problems of having a condition like psoriatic arthritis, is that it's hard to do anything physical for any length of time. So I typically only get a little bit accomplished each day. But I'm okay with that because I see the progress and every day I am a little closer to plugging in my computer.
Right now I've mounted one of the three 27 inch monitors, so by end of today I should have all three monitors hooked up. Bringing me pretty close to being finished!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Especially designed workstation

So some of you may know that I have been dealing with some serious health issues when it comes to my back. I have this autoimmune disease called psoriatic arthritis. Which sounds nasty but really it just means that I'm in a lot of pain. My own immune system can't tell the difference between healthy cells and viruses. Therefore my own body is attacking the soft tissue around my joints.
This is a similar condition to lupus. For some reason my back has taken more abuse than any other parts of my body.
The doctor commented after looking at my MRI, that I have the back of a 90-year-old man. Lol. Anyway there's an issue with my lumbar spine and my neck in particular nerves are being compressed.
So I've been quietly working away on a design for a new computer desk that will allow me to work in a more comfortable fashion. I'm not ready for the big reveal yet, but I'm getting close. I will say that it's made from extruded aluminum and a little bit of wood. I wanted it to be both functional and attractive. During my research I discovered this material that is used in manufacturing call T-slot extrusion manufactured under several different names 80/20 Inc. Faztek and a few others. They're all similar in concept and design. The aluminum it's very functional, it's used for making assembly line equipment and machinery housing etc. perfect for my needs.
There are two main components various aluminum extrusions and various plates and brackets for bolting it together.
Then of course there's the T-Nuts which allows you to drop in nuts and bolts and slide them along the extrusion. Woodworkers have used this type of system for making jigs in their shops for years. You can buy a large variety of T- nuts and knobs from Lee Valley
Anyway that's enough for now is a few pictures of the work in progress.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Tiny camera

This is an HD lipstick Camera the plugs into the USB port.
I got it on eBay for $15
The video quality is pretty damn good pretty comparable to an iPhone.

I bought it so that I could use it in my stop motion film where my full-size camera wouldn't quite fit, like say inside a vehicle.
Don't intend to use it for a lot of shots because the picture quality isn't the best but it's great for getting quick shots in tight spaces.
Comes with a 10 foot cable so it's pretty easy to wrangle around the set.


Robert Waterworth 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Thanks to my Doctors

I am almost 50 years of age. I was lucky enough to manage about 45 years without too many health problems. Unfortunately a few years ago I got hit with an autoimmune disease which inflicted a nasty form of arthritis. I also seem to have developed osteoarthritis of the spine. There's some compression in my lower back and my neck causing horrific pain at times with nerves being pinched. 
I went from almost never seeing the doctor to having a whole team of medical professionals.
One of the more important areas is pain management.  I wanted to give a shout out to Dr. Tracy Cupido for being on top of things. I've been seeing her almost once a week at the KOPI clinic in Kingston Ontario. She's offered me a variety of options which is encouraging. There is no magic bullet that's going to fix this and she assures me that she won't give up, I know it'll take time but I've got confidence because she seem so confident. 
I haven't been animating or doing any film work lately, but I'm looking forward to getting back into the "animator chair" sooner than later.
I also want to think Dr. Wayne Nadler for his kindness and patience he works out of Brookville General Hospital, he's an awesome dude. 
Together they are my superhero power team. 
I'm really hoping to be back and showing some wicked awesome animation as soon as possible.
Hang tight, Internet people!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Nice surprise!

After almost 25 years in the industry, I finally got invited to a TIFF reception. Oh crap I'm washing my hair that night!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Up date......

Well, it is obvious Ii suck at blogging. To be fair I have been in limbo for the last year. Things should settle down in a few months and I can finally start my Stop motion film production. This is what the Blog is suppose to be about and what I intend to follow here on the blog. Maybe if I suddenly start getting nighttime visits from Grey aliens I could change topics and start writing about my thoughts and feels regard abductions. But sadly no one comes to visit me in the dark hours, lol
Here is a bit of a run down on what's is coming up.
1: I have to move yet again, I don't want to get into the details but there are reasons forcing me to relocate again. This means starting from the beginning again as far as building my studios goes.
My illness has been a real pain in the neck, literally, I need another MRI and I will be seeing a Neurologist as soon as one can fit me in.. The concern is my illness may actually be MS.
That brings me around to the subject of my next real blog post. My new desk. This condition, what ever it is, has effected my back and most of my joints. I can't sit in a normal "Office Chair" and work at my computer for more than 20 minutes before I become overwhelmed with horrible pain. The only position I can work in with some level of comfortably is in the stretched out position on top of my bed. So I have studied, designed and started to fabricate a desk that will roll over my bed and allow me to work for longer periods of time.
I move at a snails pace so this build is taking a very long time, but once it is completed, I'll post the photos and videos. I am documenting the process, in case any one cares.
I'll be back!