Greetings! It’s been a while but with good reason. With the holidays, I’ve been a bit all over the place. One thing that’s been taking quite a bit of mine time happens to be the Genius MousePen 8×6 that I mentioned before! It’s definitely been a learning experience, but I love it. I’m trying to get used to the software I’m using to draw in, as well as the learning curve for the peripheral itself. That being said, the MousePen has been really easy to get acquainted with. I really couldn’t have ask for a more fun, special gift.
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CR-48? Sadly, I have not received one. I’m pretty much ready to say this opportunity is in others’ hands. If you’ve been lucky enough to be selected for Google’s dabble in netbook OS with ChromeOS, let me know what you think! Wired gave CR-48 a “5” rating, which means it is “recommended with reservations” according to their quick rubric o’ratings. (Full article from them in the link.)
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A friend of mine and his co-workers/fellow-grad-students have gotten on a Do-It-Yourself kick lately. Namely, they’ve worked very hard on a few submissions to a website called Instructables, which aims to provide users step-by-step guides on how to make interesting, useful or otherwise weird projects come to life. Two of the projects include making your own steampunk-esque potion bottles as well as making a legitimate, functioning third-person view rig! The latter has actually gotten some fairly heavy steam on the intertubes, hitting Gizmodo, Engadget and several other popular tech blogs and sites! (Not to mention my friend’s YouTube channel blowing up so rapidly that he is now receiving emails from YouTube asking him to setup AdSense and put adverts across the channel for profit!) I’ve included links to fly you all around regarding those projects, but keep in mind that they’ve submitted these for a reason! Instructables has a contest (sponsored by Craftsman) going on. Voting is over, however I’m sure they would love some positive comment love! Registering to comment on Instructables is easy and free, so give those guys some feedback! They worked pretty hard on those how-to guides. Also, if you decide to check out the Gizmodo/Engadget posts, keep in mind that the video featured on those blog posts was chosen by the author of those particular sites. That being said, they picked essentially the most boring videos of the lot. If you want to see how the third-person feed actually looks, check out the YouTube channel link or the Instructables site link. Enjoy!
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Ready to get a chuckle? Here’s a sketch I worked on earlier while I was truly showing off my nerd-dom. (I was watching a web comic artist that I’m a fan of broadcast a live D&D session he was in while I had Fellowship of the Ring on the TV as ambiance. Yeah. Geek cred.) Mainly, I was trying to get down the concept of sketching on one layer, then moving to a solid outline layer and then moving to a colour layer. Of course, there are more than just those three, but that was the drive behind the project originally. Feedback is always welcome, but I’m mainly just kicking around my new toy and figured I’d post something from it! 😀 Anyway, nice to post again after mini-vacation! Feel free to “Like,” comment and share!
We don’t get a lot of snow here in middle Tennessee, but that norm doesn’t seem to apply today. Today has been providing a pretty consistent “holiday feel,” dusting everything with just enough snow to look nice without getting crazy. That being said, roads are fairly hazardous for any area that doesn’t commit a sizable budget to winter-weather solutions. Does that bother me? If I really needed to go out, probably. With work looming in the morning and this possibly foiling that obligation, it’s safe to say I’m glad salt trucks are a scarce commodity in the metropolitan area. In hopes that there is no untimely heatwave overnight, it’s time to relax. Jack and Ginger in the glass. Some winter-themed tunes queued to go. Even a few topics to kick around!
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Today marked the finale of the fifth season of Dexter on Showtime. To be honest, I can’t imagine that anyone that is a fan of Dexter was expecting this season to stack up fully to season four. Without exaggeration, I would consider the fourth season of Dexter to be one of the greatest sets of television programming to ever be crafted. Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow treated everyone with several weeks of maniacal battles of wits and psychoses. This time around we were given the actress Julia Stiles as the guest support role, and overall I believe she did very well! Without spoiling the season for everyone, I really felt like this season contained multiple mini-arcs in lieu of one, strong plot line. Yes, I know there was *one* defining plot, but it just wasn’t as grandiose as past endeavors on the show. That being said, it was definitely something I’d recommend watching! A short stretch (counting only twelve episodes) may have limited what could have been done with this season, coupled with the appearance that it was separable from others in an “episodic” manner. Then again, that’s just how it felt to me. Looking forward to next season! Showtime, please don’t go firing writers like AMC…
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As you may know, my wishlist for this year’s gift-giving stretch has a beginner-level digital tablet on it. A Genius 8″ x 6″ MousePen, to be specific. I’m super looking forward to it, but I also happened to be kicking around the interwebz looking for unobtainable versions of the same thing. I’ve found *it.* The pinnacle of my developing digital drawing desires: the Wacom Cintiq 21UX. Oh. Em. Gee. There is absolutely, without a doubt, no justifiable reason for me to drop $2,000 on this piece of nerdgasmic beauty. But I want it. I’m fairly sure the second I connected it to my laptop, said geek-on-a-budget rig would bow down in shame then swearing to never disgrace Sir Cintiq with its reprehensible rendering ever again. Maybe one day (eon) I’ll be able to find some sort of redeeming investment value in the Cintiq 21UX. Until then, I’ll just look on it in total awe. Don’t you just love technology?
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I’ve talked about Fallout: New Vegas quite a bit lately. Let’s keep that up, shall we? I recently found out that there was an introductory graphic novel titled Fallout: All Roads. If you have a chance to pick it up, I suggest it! I’m still in the middle of it thus far, but if you’re a fan of the game world already I’m sure it will be a treat to flip through. Only a short way in, it already has heavy association value with Great Khan characters such as Chance and Jessup along with Chairman Benny! In fact, I think I’ll go read a bit more of it now. Have a good night, everyone! Please feel free to comment, like and share! 😀
I don’t generally have specific gift requests. When holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or other such gift bonanzas come about, I’m a pretty easy recipient. Electronics. Indie-kid t-shirts. Music (for those times I’m feeling nostalgic for physically amalgamated tunes.) Really, you could walk into any corporate-juggernaut house of wares, toss a lawn dart at random and skewer something of interest.
This year’s different, though. I’ve placed one item atop my wish list (or at least the wish list I verbally handed to my girlfriend.) At risk of grand disappointment, all of my eggs are in that basket and the pre-hatched chicken count therein is an even forty. All I want for Christmas is an artist’s mousepen.
After some brief Amazon scouring, a short time dedicated to YouTube reviews and some quick Googling for hardware/software compatibility, I chose a fairly inexpensive option geared for maximum learning and minimal guilt if it falls by the wayside. I’m quite sure I won’t turn it into a grand profession like some of my favourite web comic artists of today, but I know that I’d like to sharpen my skillset with Photoshop and/or Gimp. When I was a kid, my parents got me a mousepen as a gift. I played with it pretty frequently, but I never really felt comfortable using it and want to see if that has changed with time.
So, beginner-level, Genius-branded mousepen from Amazon, we will meet soon. If I happen to produce anything I trick myself into not being embarrassed about, I’ll post it here so that we may all come back years from now and chuckle. 😀