Archive for April, 2012

Draw Again

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In addition to video games, I’ve also rekindled the hobby of drawing.

I’d always loved to draw, but quite a few years went by where it seemed like I just couldn’t make the time for it. I was thrilled when recently I started a handful of new pencil doodles to scan and color in Photoshop. One of my nieces took notice of this and made it a point to do more drawings when she visited, excitedly bringing my attention to each one.

Recently, she impressed me with a single vanishing point perspective line drawing. It made me eager to give her some pointers to achieve even greater illusion of depth in her future drawings, and it made me eager to introduce her to two-point and three-point perspective drawing. They say the best way to lead is by example, so I’m making an approximation of her drawing with added foreshortening and more parallel elements to contrast for depth. She’s already excited to learn these tricks and to see first-hand what a difference they make. I’m excited that I’ve been given a reason to draw a hallway to nowhere (except for doors leading to reptiles), with giant frogs on the ceiling and fish swimming within each step of the stairs.


On Dating

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Dating. It’s like shopping for a yacht at Walmart.

Good luck everybody! Cleanup on aisle six.


Watching Dexter

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I’m only just now finishing up the last few episodes of season 5 of Dexter.

Watch out, Dexter—Robocop’s spying on you!

Soon I’ll start season 6.


Music: Playlist on Shuffle… Go!

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Today’s melodic shufflings had me listening to the following in musical variety:

8-bit/Chiptunes:

  • Henry Homesweet
  • Sabrepulse
  • swampyboy

Electro/Dubstep:

  • Bankai
  • Scandy
  • Skrillex

Indie/Alternative:

  • Foster the People
  • Modest Mouse
  • R.E.M.

Mike Patton:

  • Faith No More
  • Fantomas
  • Mr. Bungle

Video Games

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If I can run, jump, and shoot… count me in.

Cooking Mama and Gardening Mama are fine also.


Oatmeal Reagan Cookies

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Since I’ve somehow managed to live more than 30 years without any of my organs exploding out of my body in jets of flame like something out of Ghost in the Shell, I figure I’m stuck being alive for a good while longer and should probably start taking care of myself so that these organs I’m stuck with don’t shrivel up, turn black, and start playing Pac-Man with my well-being.

This is why I’ve decided lately to make a concerted effort to eat healthier than I learned to back as a child in the 80s: sugary cereal for breakfast, soda for every inkling of thirst, and cake, candy, donuts, pie, and any other desserts at every opportunity. You could probably still tap my circulatory system like a maple tree and enjoy my syrupy sweetness on your unhealthy breakfast.

I had the opportunity earlier today to eat a number of those things (and probably worse), but I instead found myself opting for an oatmeal raisin cookie (the healthiest thing on hand), and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I would the glaziest doughnut.


More Lego Star Wars on the Wii

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As I’d covered in a prior post, there’s just something inherently satisfying about whacking an object with a tube of light and seeing said object explode into Lego blocks, and I strongly feel that this is one of the places where real life falls rather short.

I was not surprised that the Complete Lego Star Wars Saga made me start with a little of Episode I before I could unlock the other episodes for my playing perusal, but because I’m such a kick-ass plastic Jedi who’s skilled at wielding his lightsaber, I was able to choose which episode I wanted to start out with in no time at all.

While I indeed enjoyed playing as little Lego versions of young Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jesus (his virtualized wee plastic face still bears a striking resemblance to Liam Neeson’s), I am a purist when it comes to these sorts of things and insist on starting with Episode IV. Also: let that be the last time I ever play as Jar Jar Binks ever. EVER.

After Episode IV, I will move on to Episode V. Then I’ll flashback to Episodes I, II, and III. Finally, I’ll finish at The End with Episode VI. That’s right—I’ll be doing it in the only order convoluted enough for everything in Star Wars to make the most sense it’s ever going to. Thanks, Lucas. Thucas.

Did things really need to get so convoluted and otherwise-contradictory, or would having something play out in order take all the fun out of it? Like Memento? Or Pulp Fiction? Or Benjamin Button?

;p


Supernatural Makes Me Laugh

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Having finished most worthwhile science fiction television series available on Netflix and finding myself craving a new show to devour, I asked a friend for a recommendation. And even though it’s a departure from the hard science fiction I generally enjoy, I’m finding Supernatural to be really entertaining so far!

While I’m also catching up on Dexter and keeping up with Mad MenGame of Thrones, and Eastbound & Down, I’m still currently open to suggestions of other stuff to watch, especially if you can find me more sci-fi—just keep in mind that I’ve already seen all of the following in their entirety:

Æon Flux, Alien, Babylon 5, Back to the Future, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Cowboy Bebop, Crusade, Cube, Doctor Who, Dune, Farscape, Firefly/Serenity, Fringe, Futurama, Hyperdrive, Journeyman, LOST, The Matrix, Predator, Stargate, Star Trek, Star Wars, Torchwood, Twin Peaks, Warehouse 13, The X-Files

I’d make a list of stuff I’ve enjoyed that wasn’t sci-fi, but it would be far, far too long.


Playing Zelda & Lego Star Wars on Wii

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I’ve had a long hiatus from video games (with the exception of firing them up for when my nieces visit), but I’m currently finding myself thoroughly enjoying the new Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the complete Lego Star Wars saga on the Nintendo Wii. I’ve been a longtime fan of the Zelda games, and while I’ve also been a longtime fan of both Star Wars and Legos, I’m only now discovering that there’s just something inherently satisfying about whacking a random object with a tube of light and then seeing said object explode into its component Lego blocks. This is one of those instances where reality generally fails by contrast.