Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Moriconi Family Movies:

Here's a look at the Christmas present we made for the family! Dave and I took all the old 8mm film reels Dad shot in the 70s and 80s and turned it into a nice 2 disk dvd set! On the cover you see a nice picture of Mom, Dad in funny glasses, my brother in a sweet 70s striped shirt and little me staring at our Christmas tree. On the back are a couple of pictures showing the set up for our 8mm to mini-dv dub. You'll notice we list 'interactive menus' as a 'special feature'. That's our little jab at real commercial dvds that are so special features poor that they actually list 'interactive menus' as a special feature! Interactive menus is not a special feature!

The dvds look like the old 8mm reels. I wasn't sure at first if simply shooting the film with our GL1 would work out quality wise-- but I was pleasantly surprised. It looks about as good as if we were to have spent thousands having the reels transferred to dvd.
Oh, and the Motion Picture Association gave the dvds an 'R' rating due to 'nudity' (the bathtub scenes). Thanks a lot Mom and Dad. ;)

This was a pretty darn good Moriconi Christmas! One of the highlights was when Mom opened Dad's gift to her. Mom pulled out a coat that looked suspiciously like her own. Mom looked at the coat laughing,"What did you do? Isn't this my coat?". We were all laughing!

"I didn't have time to go shopping for you", Dad said. He let her think for a few moments that this might actually be true. Then Dad told her to check the pockets:
You can see even Heather the cat couldn't wait to see what was inside the pocket! Dad had bought her a nice necklace! "Should I check the other pocket, too?" Mom asked. "No," laughed Dad,"Well, you can, but there's nothing in there!"
Dad had also wrapped his ankle weights with the coat to give it weight! hehe.
One of the gifts I gave Mom and Dad was this jewelry box I bought in Egypt. Inside was a rock from Mt Sinai where Moses got the 10 comandments. For some reason... Mom decided to sniff it...
And apparently...
It smells as bad as the holiday jones soda's taste!

I'm so glad I was able to travel home for Christmas! Hope everybody had a great holiday!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

It's almost quitting time at work. My stomach's already growling. Soon I'll be relaxing at home, watching tivo, fixing some stir fry--


Oh, Nextel. Why must you chirp so close to the finish line?

"Angie, can you shoot one last thing before you go home?"

This is the antithesis of the unexpected snow day when you were 7...

Tivo and stir fry will have to wait until I finish my one last battle with rush hour traffic.
After my 40 minute drive to travel 5 miles, I arrived at this:

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Oh. My. Goodness. My mission was to shoot some video of this particularly festive home. Trust me, there is a home here! lol! My camera phone doesn't do this place justice. Every square inch, front and back, was taken. It was overflowing with inflatibles! There must have been at least 100 different ones. And the yard wasn't that big!
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There was a path carved through the inflatible jungle just big enough for my camera and me. As I weaved my way through Homer and Frosty and Elm---oh--Elmo fell down onto the path. No problem! I pick poor Elmo up with my free hand and tunnel under. I stopped to take in the absurdity of standing alone in the middle of 100 gigantic, googly-eyed, practically dog-piled, christmas inflatables. It was a truly funny moment! Definately worth putting off Tivo for. It's important to appreciate the little things (and big inflatable things) in life! :)

In another page from my little book of absurd moments:
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I interviewed Rosie O'Donnell as she christened a bowling alley on a cruiseship the other day.

And now for the trifecta:

She's a never ending source of entertainment for us! You don't know how long we've been waiting for her to get into that exact spot and position!

Just in case I haven't blogged enough about Stargate for you lately (haha), there's a new blog you should check out: Joseph Mallozzi's Thoughts and Tirades, Rants and Ruminations. Mr. Mallozzi is an Executive Producer/Writer for Stargate. He and writing partner Mr. Paul Mullie are responsible for my favorite episode of all time "Window of Opportunity". He is an integral part of what has made Stargate so great all these years. His latest entry gives an interesting inside look at his writing process-- and details regarding what he had for dinner that night. You will leave his blog hungry, I'm tellin' ya! If you are ever in Vancouver, check his blog for all the hot spots. :) Joe left a comment on my blog today congratulating me on my Stargate 'Keep The Gate Open' video contest win-- which made this fan's day. Thanks, Joe! If I'm ever in Vancouver, I'll buy you lunch and we can blog about it!

I'm flying home to Kansas on Saturday! Can't wait to see you all!!
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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Time for our segment I like to call "Who's honoring me now"! For those who do not watch The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, I should probably explain that is a joke based on Stephen Colbert's 'who's honoring me now' segment. I'm actually not one to toot my own horn. But tonight:

First up: has awarded me the Grand Prize for my entry into their Stargate video contest! Thanks to everyone who voted for me! Winning this really means a lot to me. I am going to frame my autographed script copy of the their 200th episode, '200'!

Next up:


The Suncoast Chapter of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences! I won an Emmy for Photography of a natsound piece I did. I like how they have re-designed the statues to look like the nationals now. It's heavier too!

What does Hartman have to say about all of this honoring?


Welllllll, she's Hartman.

I'm going home for Christmas! I'm sooo excited! The dvd project I've been working on I going well!