Monday, December 31, 2012

Day ____ of Filming

I have lost track of how many days it has been.

Anyway, shooting went well.  Almost done!  Shot everything BUT the Laboratory scene and portions of Dirk's base.

This film is my best one yet!

2012 or 2013?

I just got used to writing 2012 and it is already turning 2013???  I hate having to do this every year.  With the new year comes new year resolutions!  You know, those lies everybody says they will carry out through the whole year and only end up doing it for a month.  Lovely times.

The New Year

In the Gregorian calendarNew Year's Eve (also Saint Silvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drinkalcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some people attend a watchnight service.[1] The celebrations generally go on past midnight into January 1 (New Year's Day).
Island nations of Kiribati andSamoa are the first to welcome the New Year while Honolulu,Hawaii is among the last places to welcome the New Year.[2]

(Curtsy of Wikipedia)

Quote of the Day Dec. 31

Write it on your hear that every day is the best day in the year.   -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year Coming Up

Can't believe it is already going to be 2013!  Seemed like 2012 went by so fast!  Yet was is passing by faster than all of this is my last year at Righetti.  Seems like just yesterday that we were first seniors and they day before that we were freshman.  High school is in hyper drive mode at the moment and there is no stopping it.

Quote of the Day Dec. 28

Life is to be entered upon with courage.   -Alexis de Tocqueville

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Collab. Working Group Update

Got everything planned to engage the last two days of filming.  Should and will come out great!  Prepare for the awesomeness!  This is my heyday! (Preston would be proud)

Quote of the Day Dec. 27

We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.   -Thecydides

Quote of the Day Dec. 26

Light is the symbol of truth.   -James Russel Lowell

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Collab. Group

The video is about half done with everything edited so far.  Just need a couple more scenes and we are good to go! Woo!

The Legend of Christmas

Christmas (Old English:Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ'sMass") is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ[6][7] and a widely observedholiday, celebrated generally onDecember 25[3][4][5] by millions of peoplearound the world.[8][2]feast central to theChristian liturgical year, it closes theAdvent season and initiates the twelve days ofChristmastide.[9]Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations,[10][11][12] is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians,[1][13][14] and is an integral part of theChristmas and holiday season.
The precise year of Jesus' birth, which some historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown.[15][16] His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25,[17] a date later adopted in the East.[18][19]The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived,[20] as well as the date of celebration of the southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice), with a sun connection being possible because Christians consider Jesus to be the "Sun of righteousness" prophesied inMalachi 4:2.[20][21][22][23][24]
The original date of the celebration in Eastern Christianity was January 6, in connection with Epiphany, and that is still the date of the celebration for theArmenian Apostolic Church and in Armenia, where it is a public holiday. As of 2012, there is a difference of 13 days between the modern Gregorian calendarand the older Julian calendar. Those who continue to use the Julian calendar or its equivalents thus celebrate December 25 and January 6 on what for the majority of the world is January 7 and January 19. For this reason, Ethiopia,RussiaUkraineSerbia, the Republic of Macedonia, and the Republic of Moldova celebrate Christmas on what in the Gregorian calendar is January 7; the Church of Greece and all Greek Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25.
The popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-ChristianChristian, and secular themes and origins.[25] Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving,Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cardschurchcelebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas treesChristmas lightsnativity scenesgarlandswreaths,mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa ClausFather ChristmasSaint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore.[26]Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

(Curtsy of

Merry Christmas!

So we didn't all die...

Which means joy and love for everyone!

Merry Christmas!!!

Quote of the Day Dec. 25

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.   -Roy L. Smith

Quote of the Day Dec. 24

For it is in giving that we receive.   -Francis of Assisi

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Quote of the Day. Dec 23

On Earth there is no Heaven, but there are pieces of it.    -Jules Renard

Quote of the Day. Dec 22

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.  -Bertrand Russell

Are we Dead?

I spent the end of the world ridding roller coasters with my brother and his friend.  Was there any better way to spend it???

P.S.  How does it feel being dead?

Quote of the Day. Dec 21

In art as in love, instinct is enough.   -Anatole France

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The End is Near

A little more than 12 hours....Good Night!

Day 4 of Filming

We finished all the outside shots today.  Just need Dirk's Base and the Laboratory shots.  Looking great and I am very happy with the turn out.

Quote of the Day December 20

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.   -Robert A. Heinlein

48 Hours or Less

Less than 48 hours to the so called end.  How are you spending it?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

End of the World?

So... End of the world in less than two days.... It is so much fun blowing this out of proportion

Day 3 of "Filming"

Didn't film today.  Instead, full day of editing.  Looks great, feels great.  A lot of stuff I have been wanting to try are going into this film.  I am very happy of how this is turning out.

Quote of the Day Dec. 19

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.   -Andre Maurois

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Time Awareness

It has only been 4 days since school... I have lost all sense of time and days of the week.  Twice today I found myself thinking it was already Friday.  I am going to be so messed up in 3 weeks...

Day 2 of Filming

Better.  People had to leave early for other obligations but other than that we got a lot of stuff done.  I'd say about 40% - 50% of the video is done!  ^_^

Quote of the Day Dec. 18

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.   -Euripides

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 1 of Filming

Day 1....horrible....Only person that showed up was Conor MacNamara...We got stuff done, no worries..but...just...ehhh...Seniors suck...

Quote of the Day Dec. 17

Kiss me and you will see how important I am.   -Sylvia Plath

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quote of the Day Dec. 16

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.   -John C. Maxwell

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Preston's Mix

Here is the link to download the audio files of our Final Project.  Our musical was hilarious!

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces World’s Tallest and Fastest Looping Coaster for 2013

Theme Park Firmly Holds Coveted World Record of More Coasters than Any Other Theme Park on the Planet!

August 30, 2012

Six Flags Magic Mountain today announced another world-record addition to their coaster dynasty with FULL THROTTLE, the world’s tallest and fastest looping coaster slated for the Valencia theme park in 2013.  Unlike traditional coasters, this unique, one-of-a-kind triple launch coaster will take the coaster experience to the next generation as riders face a never-been-done-before launch up and over a “Top Hat” that traces the outside of a world-record loop, towering 160 feet — plus a zero to 70 miles-per-hour acceleration on two forward launches and one backward launch into and out of a special effects tunnel. FULL THROTTLE will be located near the front of the park in a newly themed five-acre section where guests will experience high-energy thrills through fast-paced imagery, sound and lights. With this addition, Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Thrill Capital of the World, firmly holds the coveted “Coaster Capital of the World” crown — with a total of 18 roller coasters — more than any other theme park on the planet.

“Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in next generation thrills.  And, bar none, Six Flags Magic Mountain leads the pack, offering the biggest and the best … always,” said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain park president. “As we mark our 42nd anniversary of operation, we’re ready to take Southern California by storm, yet again, with the most comprehensive collection of thrilling roller coasters anywhere in the world.”

To begin their journey through the park’s distinct mountainous terrain, riders are loaded onto sleek black and silver trains, sitting two abreast, and are suddenly accelerated from zero to 70 miles-per-hour in the first of three launches, experiencing their first inversion and thrill of navigating a world-record 160-foot tall loop. Riders then enter into a high-banked curve to the right and then to the left as they approach the second inversion — a Dive Loop that drops them rapidly into a special-effects tunnel. While in the tunnel, the train is dramatically decelerated and stopped, only to be suddenly launched backward up to the high point of the Dive Loop. After a momentary pause, the train drops and is magnetically launched a third time, racing out of the tunnel and through a high G-turn to the left. Riders then race up and over a “Top Hat” that traces the outside of the World Record loop, where riders will experience significant air time and a breath-taking view of the park before dropping back down, rapidly decelerating and taking the final 180-degree turn to the left and returning to the station where riders can catch their breath.

FULL THROTTLE is the perfect addition to the park’s coaster collection, joining other adrenaline-pumping coasters, including Tatsu — the tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster in the world, X2 — the world’s first and only 5th dimensional coaster, Apocalypse — the next generation of wooden coasters and Goliath — the “giant among giants” mega coaster.

I'm so excited for this!

Quote of the Day Dec. 15

A friend is a gift you give yourself.   -Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Preston Meme

So I made this....I don't know whether this is good or bad....


The last repetitive date till the next century!  Today it was December 12, 2012.  To be even more exact.  It was also 12:12 and 12 seconds.  SIX twelves; That's right, SIX.  This happened during the third period final today.  I feel amazing.

Quote of the Day Dec. 12

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.   -James M. Barrie

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fall Semester Reflection

1. I hardly ever read my colleagues' work.   The only time I ever do is when you tell us to.  (Assign it more often; It makes it something I have to do if it is homework) Everybody does the work in a unique way and that reflects our own personal ideas.

2. If we didn't have blogs, we wouldn't be out there.  By "there" I mean the world.  These blogs allow us to make history.  This is the first class of its type.  If the blog disappeared tomorrow, I feel that the course would fall apart because we depend on the blog as much as the blog depends on us.

3. Not really.  I would do the work to the same standard as I have always done my work.  All my work is similar and completed in the same fashion.

4. It has changed a bunch.  Much of the course has moved from being in the classroom to the interwebz.  Our learning has expanded from a 50 min. period to whenever we are on the blogs in addition to regular course material.

5. We are the future! We lead the world into technology applied in a classroom setting.  I feel AMAZING!

6. They think we cheat, we don't work as hard, that we even go as far as not learning the material.  The thing is that we do learn everything and more.  We push ourselves harder than the normal high school senior.

7. IF the response is negative, we ignore it or use it to push ourselves.  If the response is positive  we use it to pat ourselves on the back and say good job.

Script Paradise

I have been procrastinating...a lot...on the script for the Package Movie (My Collaboration Group).  I CAN guarantee that it will be done by the end of this week thought.  IT'S A PROMISE!

Preston's Merry Musical

Our final for this class.  Was hilarious in class.  ENJOY!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Quote of the Day Dec. 11

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.   -Joseph Joubert

Quote of the Day Dec. 10

May you live all the days of your life.   -Jonathan Swift

Quote of the Day Dec. 9

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.   -Indira Gandhi


Sorry about the over abundance of quotes of the day and the shortage of other material.  As soon as Finals pass I promise to post more interesting items to this blog.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Quote of the Day Dec. 6

Character is power.   -Booker T. Washington

Quote of the Day Dec. 5

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.   -Pierre Teilhad de Chardin

Quote of the Day Dec. 4

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.   -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Delayed Posts

Sorry about me not posting as often... I have been working hard on the final for this class... I will try to catch up with posts in the next few days

Monday, December 3, 2012

Quote of the Day Dec. 3

Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.   -Louis L'Amour

Vocab Disaster

Why would I procrastinate on such a big part of the class?  Why would I work on my final project instead of study vocab?  Why am I like this?  What do I deserve on tomorrow's test?  I'd say an F but we will see....we will see....

P.S. I finished the music for the musical!!! Yay!!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

End of the Semester

Can you believe it?  The end of the semester is almost here!  2 more weeks and we are home free for Winter Break.  This semester went by fast...Faster than any of the previous years of schooling.  Senior year..I can't believe I am half done with it already....

Quote of the Day Dec. 2

Beauty in things exists in the mid which contemplates them.  -David Hume


Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?  Seems like yesterday was last year's Christmas.   Time flies...

Righetti's First Annual Farmers Market

Today makes the beginning of a new tradition.  The Film and Legend clubs came together to put on a Farmers Market right here on campus.  We found vendors and other people willing to sell items.  We got produce donated by the local farms.  We had a live band and other performers throughout the day.  All in all, everything went very smoothly and the Film/Legend clubs alone made around $2,000.  I hope someone next year decides to continue the tradition!

Quote of the Day Dec. 1

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.   For, indeed, that's all who ever have.   -Margaret Mead

The Soul is the voice of the body's interests.   -George Santayana

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.   -Oscar Wilde

An artist's career always begins tomorrow.   -James Whistler

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.   -Edward Abbey

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.   Therefore, I have to beat somebody.   -Richard M. Nixon

Quote of the Day Nov. 30

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.   -John W. Gardner