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Vote Tuesday. Do it. [Nov. 6th, 2006|07:40 am]
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The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.


[no excuses]
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fourth estate sale [Oct. 8th, 2006|03:51 am]
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Choking Hazard #11 - Fourth estate sale

This is an experiment with a more comic-like art style, which happens to be much faster to do. I can never make up my mind if I prefer the photorealism of some of the older ones, where I feel like I could reach out and touch the blacktron guys, vs the frequent output I could achieve if I avoided some of those very time-consuming development processes. For now, I think I'm going to go with the fast way and see how I like creating comics more frequently.

Oh, and I have a tendency to make creative stuff about things that piss me off, and I have a degree in journalism. You do the math on the origin of this strip.

[meteorology is neither fair nor balanced]
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well blow me down [Sep. 19th, 2006|09:22 pm]
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-obligatory recognition of the totally kickass holiday of Talk Like a Pirate day-

err, i mean, Hear ye, may ye all take note of the day, for it be Talk like a Buccaneer day! Shiver Me timbers!


[i swear if i wasn't so stressed this would be awesome]
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Keen! [Aug. 31st, 2006|12:38 am]
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There is a new champion of Best thing I have purchased recently. Yes, it was a shortlived title for the delightful IKEA boxes.

However, boxes are no match for the overwhelming blue ediface of joy that is:

I knew I would get it on release day. This was simply a geeky calling. I did not know it would deliver "the goods," as they were, in such a euphoric fashion. I have a collection of cartoons on DVD that would be a source of shame for someone with more of a sense of self worth or image, and yet I've been anxiously awaiting this release for a very long time. I've been worried that they were going to screw it up, or the show wouldn't live up to my memory, or whatever. It totally delivers, though it has the dig of missing one episode for no readily apparent reason. It's a crappy one, though, and after this volume-by-volume release crap most of my cartoon fandoms are seeing, seasons sets are still most welcome.

My only regret in this purchase came while watching one of my personal favorites, the Chairface Chippendale episode, which contains (for my money) the greatest act of megalomaniacal moon vandalism in all of popular culture. I had to mourn the unfortunate timing of this release with the recent death of Tony Jay. As a Tick Fan and voice actor nerd, hearing his voice so soon after learning of his death, especially emanating from a man with a chair for a head, was a bit of a bummer.

I'm saving the episode featuring the Midnight Bomber (what bombs at midnight) for last, as it is such cartoon perfection that I don't want the entire second disc to be overshadowed by its impossibly high water mark. But it's on there. I have it in my hot little hands forever, or at least until the polymers and magic pixie dust that make up the DVD fall apart.

Anyway, I highly recommend you all pick it up. 'Tis a very well put together set, and the show holds up phenomenally well after the years.

[May Evil beware and may Good dress warmly and eat plenty of fresh vegetables]
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from out of the cold screaming blue [Aug. 27th, 2006|01:37 am]
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Hi. I know I haven't written much in a long time, and I aim to fix that for the 2 people who still run the offside chance of viewing this.

I thought I'd start by sharing the BEST THING I'VE PURCHASED RECENTLY.

(Note: Caps lock is the rocket fuel for the trip to planet Cool.)

You might be thinking, I bet its the new external USB drive enclosure, now with 100% less stupid inability to handle drives larger than 137GB:

That'll sure make those constant incremental backups of half a dozen half baked creative projects, thousands of dollars worth of salaried web dev work, and my monster digital picture collection easier! Especially from 3 different computers!


It is in fact this, a delightful lidded canvas storage vessel from my neighborhood IKEA:

If you ever have had an urge to live in a hallucinogenic mish-mash of the cartoon and real world, ala Coolworld or Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, I cannot recommend this product enough. I suppose it is also appropriate for children. Given that I live my day to day life in a perpetual state of hoping to be sucked into such a mish mash world, ala Captain N, I am quite enthralled with it. If it serves as further enticement, even without the cartoony sensibilities, it would still retain a piratey essence that no home should be without.

We got two of them to put under BORGHAMN because we never bought the crappy plastic drawers they suggest, and we are sick of having the stuff we want to put in those lower storage areas hanging out all willy-nilly. Now I feel like I have entered a post-miniboss item room in a Zelda game every time I walk into my living room.

If the inspired look and IKEA-patented cheapness weren't enough, they even included a moderately operational lock. Sure, it's only velcro, but the cats have yet to discover the inner workings of velcro, and so it still manages to keep them out. The latch and hoop are fully functional, though, which is the type of small detail I delight in so much that someone has to come see what I'm all giddy about, and halfway through explaining it to them, they assume I am on some kind of narcotic.

Combine all this with the fact that it took 30 seconds to unfold from dead flat, and can go back to dead flat just as quickly, and it is no wonder it is the BEST THING I HAVE PURCHASED RECENTLY.

This was a more entertaining entry when I was planning it and reveling in the design and artistry of an everyday household object. It occurs to me that BEST THING I HAVE PURCHASED RECENTLY is not a typical accolade, worthy of a serious reading by educated folk, and therefore my enthusiasm has waned.

Anyway, Hi.

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Because I am oh so trendy [Aug. 6th, 2006|06:56 pm]
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I'm embedding a youtube player of a home made video of our two cats.


[also beware the cuteness]
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on 5-firework day [Jul. 4th, 2006|05:52 pm]
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Choking Hazard #10 - Second String no more

Building the big-ass Goomba actually only took about 10 minutes. Figuring out how to get Pov-ray to tile the block texture on the floor properly took about 3 hours. And I'd hoped this was gonna be a quickie, to justify it not being that funny. Ah well.

[and a nice holiday to you all]
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maybe I'm behind the times on this [May. 6th, 2006|01:58 am]
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I recently rented The Blue Man Group - The Complex Rock Tour Live DVD.

Holy crap. Just holy crap.

Just buy it.

It's like a bunch of engineers threw a rave.

engineers with lots of drums

Seriously, it's like 10 bucks, check it out

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when someone asks you if you're a god [May. 5th, 2006|08:10 pm]
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Some advice-

If, by chance, you end up going to a Mexican Cantina on Cinco de Mayo, and you order a pitcher of margaritas, and the waitress asks if you want them "Texas-style,"-

You say YES.

[thank you winston]
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i went to bending college; i majored in bending [Apr. 10th, 2006|05:08 pm]
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Choking Hazard #9 - Your call is important to us

An alternative title for this strip was "Times are Tough."

This one goes out to all my homies who send resumes all over the internet and have nothing to show for it but an inbox full of Monster.com "How to tie your shoes" spam.

This is the first comic I was able to make with the development version of LDView, which has a handy camera-coordinates feature that shaves a good couple hours off the development time for each comic. I can now position the camera for each frame graphically, instead of guessing at geometry, groping around like a euclidian virgin trying to get to 2nd base.

Wow, that analogy kinda got away from me there.

Anyway, the upshot is these should be coming more quickly now, and (heads of figures aside) should look much better. Don't believe me? Check this out. This is scaled down from the 1600x1200 render, but the Lever Lackey's console looks damn near photorealistic.

It's a shame the LDraw head models still look so segmented.

Anyway, that's it for now.

[please stay on the line for a tutorial on writing your own name]
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