Archive for May 27th, 2008

manishmah.com gets Kudos for this picture of him/her/it.

I’m going to have nightmares all darned night long.

Which means I shall not be alone, I will SHARE. DPUD is right, all variants are horrifying. You rub your eyes, you scratch them, you grind sand into them, and even bleach doesn’t work… the vision is still there… burned


I fear I may have blinded Old Iron, who by his comment below apparently can touch-type. Hope this does not hinder his travel plans in the future.

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Working on an ocean. It is the cliche ocean waves breaking scene (much like in raytracing, doing the mirrored ball on a checkered plane) but it is also perfect to teach me all about how to use a tablet to simulate an oil painting (sans canvas texture, of course – I may add that in later, who knows?). Mixing colors would be much better implemented if you could actually have a palette board and mix colors as if you were painting for real.

It is rough, the wave on the left side is still elusive, and the shade of green in the sky isn’t my favorite. I also want to slowly tease the green in the wave itself into a slightly bluer shade – it’ll be delicate given the sky color.

(Click it to bigger it)

Next is WIP 2 – with some sunlight added… not sure if I like or not, but the green in the sky has gotta go.

Again, click it to get the larger version.

But, like I said – it’s my first painting of this style and I’m not totally displeased with it. A tablet and pastels/pencils/ink are so different as to be in different solar systems.

For those of you who are interested, the Wacom Bamboo Fun variant of the tablet family is an excellent way to dip your toes into it for $105.

Critical comments and suggestions for improving are welcome. I like advice because if I didn’t need it, I’d be selling art for a living, you know? It’s pretty obvious I could use it. 🙂


Update: Only slightly disturbing was the hit to my website using these search words:

self defence portable flame thrower

It’s unfortunate because I only sell the plans for the canine-mounted version. A LARGE canine.

Update #2: This is so cool my tongue has dried out because my jaw is still on my chest and my socks flew clear across the room as they were knocked off my feet. Can’t even find my bunny slippers.

NASA’s Mars Phoenix Lander can be seen parachuting down to Mars, in this image captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/images/press/9227-PHX_Lander.html

Update #3: Boo-hoo. Man is this guy a whiny little bastard when things are not going his way. Face it Bill, life just ain’t fair. Your “wife”s votes aren’t being counted for Michigan and Florida because they couldn’t hold to the rules of the game. Typical democrat attitude to try to circumvent anything you don’t like, typically using “It’s for the _____” (insert: children, disenfranchised, environment, lower class Americans – whichever furthers your cause most)

May 26, 2008
Bill Clinton says wife is victim of a ‘cover up’
Posted: 10:55 AM ET

From CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand
(CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton said that Democrats were more likely to lose in November if his wife Hillary Clinton is not the party’s presidential nominee, and suggested some people were trying to “cover this up” and “push and pressure and bully” superdelegates to make up their minds prematurely.

“I can’t believe it. It is just frantic the way they are trying to push and pressure and bully all these superdelegates to come out,” he said at a South Dakota campaign stop Sunday, in remarks first reported by ABC News. “’Oh, this is so terrible: The people they want her. Oh, this is so terrible: She is winning the general election, and he is not. Oh my goodness, we have to cover this up.'”

The former president added that his wife had not been given the respect she deserved as a legitimate presidential candidate. “She is winning the general election today and he is not, according to all the evidence,” he said. “And I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running.”

“Her only position was, ‘Look, if I lose I’ll be a good team player. We will all try to win — but let’s let everybody vote, and count every vote,’” he said.

The former president suggested that if the New York senator ended the primary season with an edge in the popular vote, it would be a significant development. “If you vote for her and she does well in Montana and she does well in Puerto Rico, when this is over she will be ahead in the popular vote,” said Clinton. (more)

Update #4: This can’t be for real, can it?

IAEA: Iran may be withholding info in nuke probe

May 26, 8:24 PM (ET)


VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Iran may be withholding information needed to establish whether it tried to make nuclear arms, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday in an unusually strongly worded report.The tone of the language suggesting Tehran continues to stonewall the U.N. nuclear monitor revealed a glimpse of the frustration felt by agency investigators stymied in their attempts to gain full answers to suspicious aspects of Iran’s past nuclear activities.

(Here’s the portion of that article that should get you – LK)

“The intelligence also suggested Iran was researching construction of an underground site that apparently could be used to test fire nuclear bombs and ordered “dual use” equipment from abroad that could be part of an atomic weapons program.

Additionally, Iran possesses diagrams showing how to mold uranium metal into the shape of warheads.”

We all know that shaping of uranium is crucial to generating nuclear power, so what are you worried about? -LK

source: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080527/D90TLAO00.html

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