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HOOOOLLLYY SHIT!!!! My Clockday movie made daily 5th place?! :-O
Wow, thanks everybody! :-D Getting a portal trophy is still unthinkably awesome. like a gift ♥ ♥ ♥
I don't come around NG much these days, but Clockday calls!
WHOOOOAAAA WTF, I have a 4th place award! Thanks a lot to everyone who voted on and viewed my Clock Day flash! I didn't think it would win anything. Wow, thanks!
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Well, it's Clock Day, so I make my annual pilgrimage back to Newgrounds for worship and adoration of the Holy King. As always, the CC's movies have been fantastic.
My cartoon is on the Clock Day 2013 collection page this time! Thanks to whoever did that!
Oh my piss! Oh my goodness!
So after a long day at work and having dinner, I get home, make my movie and submit it-- and then I see I'm on the Clock Day background?!
HOLY FREAKING GRAVY. WOW!!!
I don't know who to thank for this, but I'm going to find out!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!
It only took me months to remember to change my NG icon / avatar after the re-design. Oops.
A song I liked on the Audio Portal...
...became a nice cartoon a few weeks ago.
Not bad. *shrug*
I didn't think they were so bad that they had to die. :'-(
I mean, hell, M-Bot! Just how much can you write about movies like this?
But if Tom says not to take it personally, then I won't.
My Clock Day 2011 movie should've been a lot better. But I thought I'd just come out and say it: The Clock Crew changed my life.
EDIT: I got a trophy for this movie?! HOLY CRAP!!! An award?! I never, never, ever dreamed I'd get one, let alone for a flash like this! THANK YOU!!!
Since this is the 10th anniversary of B, I think i should tell you all this story about how Newgrounds and The Clock Crew changed my life. Really. For the better!
I don't remember how I found newgrounds, but I think I found it when I was looking for that stupid hamsterdance site in 1999 or 2000, and I found a cool parody that let you shoot em all!
Yeah! Back then, that's what NG was all about! So that's how I found newgrounds. I hung around but I didn't get an account until Dec. 2000 when I wanted to review a flash.
I just hung around and watched and reviewed stuff. And yeah, I do remember Strawberry Clocks' original submission. I even remember voting zero on one of the times that he submitted "Welches Juicegirlsuxdick!" and some other movies that got deleted, so my old review is gone.
But I was unenlightened you see. Later, I would change my ways.
The first Clock movie I ever noticed and liked was Gar@RRfG@KeerrFFjj@@@@@@@ by AppleClock in October in 2001.
It uses clips from the Japanese Vib Ribbon PlayStation game, but I didn't know that. I just liked it. So from then on, I noticed Clocks and their movies.
I really don't remember what it was that made me join the first incarnation of Clock Crew's official forums, but I do have images saved from back then. What I do remember was where I was: a computer lab at my college, at sundown on an overcast day. That I remember clearly. I don't why.
I started posting on the Clock Crew forums, and found the people there to be more interesting and fun that other boards I posted on. I spent a lot of time there, and I mean a lot of time. It posted there more than anywhere else for years. Probably just about until 2008. I'll get to that later.
Hanging around there made me want to play around with Flash myself. Using Flash in a Flash community? Imagine that! My college had it on all thier computer labs. Here's my first movie I ever made.
Yeah... it was bad.
Inspired to be creative, in 2003, I started a webcomic called "Bluesbound." It wasn't very good, and I eventually figured out that sprite comics are stupid and stopped making it. But I did learn a lot from the experience. I got an account on a free hosting website and made crappy web pages for it in Microsoft Word. It was my very first website. I had to figure out how to link all the pages together and stuff. I've had many more sites since then, and I learned from the experience.
Eventually I graduated somehow and went to graduate school in Pittsburgh. On Clock Day 2006, I went to Kennywood after work and stayed out all night. While I was riding a ride, I thought "Oh crap, i didn't vote on any movies today." So I did when I got home.
So after I got my Master's I was like "yay" for about 2 minutes. Then it was time to find a job. I must've applied for like 40 jobs. One of them asked me to do an interview via webcam and also do a presentation. I reckon they wanted me to send a PowerPoint and then talk over it while they looked at the slides. I thought I could do better, and made a narrated, animated presentation for them to look at (it was way better than this movie). I got the job, and I'm still working there now. I am very sure that my Flash movie is what put me above.
And it's not just Flash itself that has helped me. By using the flash program, I learned how to make original images properly, and that's something I still do in my professional life. I've made several custom website designs for work, and it's been really fulfilling and good for my career. Artistic inspiration from the Clock Crew also gave me an appreciation for good digital art and design, and an eye for what the difference between good and bad art is. That's been an immensely useful skill in the work that I do, even if it is hard to quantify.
Ironically, I started visiting the Clock Crew and Newgrounds less and less after I started working. I'm a "adult" now, and I'm also going to grad school for another degree. I don't have time in my life for everything I want to do. Yet I know that I would have any of this without NG and the CC.
Although the importance of Flash is supposedly in jeopardy, no matter what happens, The Clock Crew and Newgrounds will always have a dear place in my heart, and will always remind me that the Internet is powerful, and sometimes in the strangest of ways.
I just noticed that I've got a Golden Axe now! Excellent.
My account turned 10 years old at the end of December 2010. It's been a good ten years, I think. I hope NG gets another 10 years of life. I had been browsing NG for months before that (Pokemon API, Assassins), but I made my Grounds Gold account to review this specific movie:
And you know what? I still think it's a good movie.
iPad doesn't have Flash? FOAD.
No, no, not Steve Jobs, I want him to live.