February 22, 2017
Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind.
–The Doctor in Doctor Who “The Zygon Inversion”
- Continuing with a previous post: Freedom of Speech. I was thinking about the Bill Maher/Yiannopoulos interview and a point occurred to me. I like to think that the whole point behind Freedom of Speech is the exchange of ideas. Put forth new ideas that open people’s minds and get them thinking. There’s a difference between trying to pick a fight and putting forth a new idea. Ideas encourage thought and discussion. Whenever I’ve tried to write seriously about any topic–guns, religion, relationships, politics, social issues, etc.–I’m really just trying to give people new ideas to think about. I don’t necessarily overburden myself with a notion of being right or wrong. And any of those ideas I usually think on more after I write about them and would be willing to have a discussion about. I know that probably was never really possible for some people and probably never will be, but I wouldn’t mind discussion where possible. Being challenged helps new ideas to form.
- I’m pretty impressed that I’m holding steady at 175 pounds right now. My diet and exercise routines seem to be working effectively enough and I’m ramping up the cardio lately. Made it to 6.5 minutes on the elliptical machine. Can’t wait to kayak and hike again. I pretty much cut out cardio completely for the winter under the rational that I’m on my feet and running around for most of my eight hours at work every night so that should amount to something and I was trying to gain some significant weight. Still not where I want to be in regards to sleep, but there’s always something to work on.
- Trying to figure out how one is really supposed to celebrate President’s Day. What is one supposed to do?
- Lately, I’ve been giving more thought to bringing back Chlorine and Acid. I almost did a special page about something that was going on at work, but events unfolded so it was unnecessary. I feel like it is needed again. Going to do some page layouts and maybe redraw some of the early pages. Maybe even make some use of various reference pictures I took.
February 1, 2017
Another week. I ordered a Deadpool mask.
- Did a job interview a couple of weeks ago. Thought it went pretty well, but it doesn’t look like I’m getting the job. Oh well. It was a local coffee company. One of the things that stood out to me was the specification that applicants aren’t smokers. I’ve speculated at various times that where I am currently might implement such a ban, especially after they reduced the areas where employees can go to smoke. People leaving cigarette butts on the ground outside has always been a problem, and I even found one in a trash can in the area where we box cheese–likely left thrown their after someone went out for a smoke, just sitting right on top of the trash. Given that some of the higher ups smoke and half the workforce smoke, it would likely be some time and effort before such a ban is implemented.
- So I was at Home Depot the other day, looking into a number of ideas for projects. Mostly just getting a vague idea of what type of gear I can or should get to do a lot of the projects I have in mind. Big one I was drooling over was a table saw. I’m thinking of building a few bookshelves and eventually a couple of desks–one for a computer and one for drawing. More of a project for when I’ve got a house of my own situated. The desk might end up being built into a wall, so I’m planning on that being after the housing saga is close to its conclusion.
- I was thinking about how other people working nights make relationships work. A lot are married, but there are a few people who are still single. Everybody is a little different, but I do think being in a relationship while working nights can be tricky. It seems to require a high level of patience, understanding and commitment. Part of the reason why I’m glad I remained single. In the past I’ve pondered the usefulness of a rebound relationship and have tried to avoid getting into anything based in desperation. People are fond of saying, “You’re 30, blah, blah, blah…” but isn’t the point to not rush and form better long-term plans?
- My father and uncle are in the process of getting a solar company to put panels on some of the farmland–the farm I grew up on until I was thirteen. It has been controversial in a myriad of ways. While I’m all for expanding solar panel usage, I do have some doubts about the situation. My family and the surrounding neighbors aren’t necessarily… “progressive.” Solar energy is something I’ve been very interested in though. When I was a heartbeat away from farming, something I had thought about was seeing if it would be possible to use part of a field for some panels. Nothing too elaborate. At the time I was thinking that they were pretty heavy into dairy and it might not be a bad idea to diversify a little–solar energy, pigs, maybe bit more foodstuffs, lately I’m thinking about goats, etc. Anyway, solar energy is a market I think there could be a lot of potential for. I’m sure there will be a fair amount of excitement with the process my family has set into motion.
November 23, 2016
Just some general updates and thoughts.
- Liking the progress I’ve made with the Skyrim drawing. Hoping to have a finished version of that soon. I also did a Catwoman drawing that I’m probably done playing with. Still working on building up a selection of drawings to sell as prints at VTCC, so hopefully I will have that and a comic sampler or something ready to go by August. I figured I would send in the table application once I had a couple more sketch cards and prints ready to go.
- Ordered some Art Paper to test printing off the drawings I’ve scanned. A $40 test order. Only found out later I could probably order smaller samplers. Oh well. Going to see how that goes.
- I said not too long ago that I thought the Trump Presidency would get bogged down in distractions. I didn’t think it would happen so soon. On a related note, anyone else surprised that Mike Pence went to see Hamilton?
- Probably going to see Doctor Strange this weekend. For one reason or another I missed my chance to see it the last couple of weeks. Probably do that during my brush with death for Black Friday. Making it sound more exciting than it actually will be. Probably won’t hit up any shopping until the afternoon, when the mess has been cleaned up. When I do my online shopping, I might pick up the Doctor Strange Masterworks. Get the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko reprints.
- Already starting to think about 2017 as being a good year for a fresh start. 2016 kind of blew it in a lot of ways. My patience wears thin over a number of issues, and I’m hoping to make some changes in the coming months.
Drawings I’d like to be doing soon:
- Magic The Gathering themed. I’ve been wanting to draw some of the Planeswalkers–Chandra seemed interesting if only because of the potential to play with a flame effect–for awhile now. Might go through some Magic Cards and see what I can get for ideas.
- Skyrim stuff. Been thinking about a drawing of M’aiq the Liar to go along with the Aela the Huntress stuff. Again, might see what other ideas spring to mind.
- Keep wanting to another Captain Marvel drawing, this time get it a bit more where I’d like it to be.
November 16, 2016
Reflecting on what we’ve learned…
- Working on some short comics. Think I’ll get rolling on those in the coming days, probably after I finish a few smaller projects. Continuing to work on some sketch cards and more sellable stuff for the potential table at VTCC. Skewing towards more Skyrim art right now. Got some coloring work to finish up on a couple of things that might happen on my days off.
- Been playing a lot of Skyrim. Derailed my NaNoWriMo stuff. Had a good concept worked out for it too. Hazard of buying a Playstation 4 just at the end of October, I guess.
- I’ve been thinking about the Election as more Hillary Clinton’s loss, than Donald Trump’s win. I believe the Clinton campaign has pointed blame at a variety of things–FBI, Media, Bernie, etc.–but those weren’t the deciding factors. Well, various members of the media have owned up to being less than their best, but that was not the whole problem. I think Clinton took too much for granted and expected things to be handed to her. She didn’t earn support like Trump or Sanders did. True she actually did win the popular vote and lost some key electoral college votes by less than one percent, but it was the failure to truly earn those votes that hurt her. I mean, the difference really was Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, who I’m not convinced made a public appearance without some level of marijuana in their systems.
- Speaking of third parties, I’m fairly impressed with them right now. The easy copout would be to blame them for Trump being elected, but as I said, it was really more Clinton’s failure than anything. But regardless, I’m glad they had a strong showing even if it did skew the results. I was a bit dismayed to see them nominate the people they did though. I had an open mind about Johnson and Stein, but they kind of let me down. I think the Green Party and the Libertarians can get stronger candidates on the ballot next time around and Make a much more serious impact.
September 30, 2016
Few random things I didn’t really touch on with the Wednesday Post.
- Going to a daily post reflecting on the day each day at NYCC next week rather than the usual Wednesday Wonderings. I figure Thursday (Various Comic Book signings, Creator Meet-ups, Other Panels that have caught my attention), Friday (BBC event, Doctor Who Cosplay, Infinity Gauntlet 25th anniversary Panel) and Saturday (Breaking Into Comics Panel, Whatever else might happen) should be more than enough to warrant day to day posts. There’s a Hulu Documentary being shown on Thursday I’m planning to go to about Bill Finger, the guy that “co-created” Batman. I put that in quotes because Bill Finger–despite Bob Kane getting the credit for decades–really revamped the character into the hit character it became. There are comics that show what Bob Kane’s original ideas entailed and they are dramatically different than what hit the page in Detective Comics #27. Also a bit annoyed at a couple of scheduling conflicts. Couples about making comics are at the same time as other events I wanted to go to, but that happens.
- I gotta make business cards at some point this weekend. Print them off on Monday or Tuesday.
- Basically a full test of the Doctor Who cosplay. Still going to grumble about not finding red Converse Chucks, but the white ones work. Here’s a link to a picture of me in full costume. All geared up with the sonic screwdriver and I was pretty happy when I took the pictures last night.
- Been slacking on the drawings, but then again, I got a lot going on right now. Hopefully during and after NYCC, I will get some more stuff done.
- Might buy a Playstation 4 and a new TV after NYCC. I thinking about the time that the new Skyrim comes out. Been putting that off for awhile.
- Bit of a running joke at work about how I’m not bringing the coworker I have the last few years. It’s become more of a joke of late, in particular because he acts like I broke up with him or something. I don’t know, I feel like my plan to simplify this trip will be more of a headache as a result of this. I hope not.
- Was feeling kind of sick today, headaches mostly. Probably not taking in enough fluids. Dehydration has been a bit of an issue for me at times, catching up to me at odd moments. I’m on my fourth cup of tea and will continue to work on that.