Saturday, October 23, 2010

Creature Comforts

Supposedly, having a pet in your life helps reduce stress, make you more resilient to diseases, likable and even live longer. Or so they say.
And whoever `They` are.. are usually full of manure with the junk they've spewed out as `scientific fact` over the last 15 years.
But this one.. there might be some truth to it.
Most people love a cuddly critter that's loyal and adores them (puppies)..or generally takes care of itself, more or less so you can still live your life without being `A Pet Owner` (cats).
I'm not ignoring you fish, bird, turtle, rabbit, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum animal lovers either, just hitting the big two right off the hop.

There's been something weird going on lately. My roommate was offered a cat from a coworker at work a couple months back. I'm a dog person.. she's just an animal person, by and by.  I told her if she can find room for a litter box, fine, get a kitten. KITTEN. No cats. Cats are like me.. set in their ways, and not easy to break from their habits. Where we differ is I'll dunk your head in the toilet if you spray me with a water bottle, while a cat will usually run away. 

Ah, kittens. Kittens can be trained. Not as well as puppies, but with persistence, they can be trained. According to Them(friend of They, it seems), cats understand roughly half the commands a dog can. I figure cats just don't give a crap and ignore them.

We had been talking for a couple weeks about getting a kitten maybe, and then my roommate's aunt's cat just had a litter of kittens.
As my roommate was getting ready to go to work a week or so ago..and she heard some meowing from outside our door. I get a text later on asking if I've been feeding a neighbourhood cat.
I feed me. I feed my pets - when I have them. I feed friends & occasionally strangers - of the human variety only. I do not feed neigbourhood critters, except perhaps airsoft ammunition if they're really annoying (like raccoons in the garbage).

Maybe it's a sign.. maybe it's just coincidence.

But there's something nice about being snuggled into by a furry-friend while watching a movie or drifting into dreamland.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Yanging the Yin

Two sides to every coin. Two sides to every story.
Black & White. Cat & Dog. Earth & Sky. Fire & Water.
Things that just go together... so.. man & woman.

Sure, these things all go together.. but they also tend to fight like crazy with each other, notice that?
There'll always be some exceptions to the rule (thinking of the stories about dogs & cats getting along.. thank you Bill Murray, the apocalypse is nigh. Who you gonna call?), but by and large.. these things go together.. opposites of each other, and when brought together... sometimes it works out okay.. and a lot of times all kinds of hell break loose.

I still want to do that afro-picture I had mentioned previously.. but until I can shake the AfroSamurai image from my head(and hand), I'm not going to try it. Fortunately, I've got another idea slowly coalescing.

But for now..

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Time Management

Time management is a skill. It really is. You can cultivate it, hone it.. some folks are right anal about their schedules. To me, that's all time-management is, is schedules, and adhering to them. Granted, there's more to it than just that, but not a whole lot more if you ask me.

Well, I need to give myself more time to get these pieces done.
I'm doing 2 tonight.. and 1's done, but it's not the one I wanted to put up here... but I'm going to, because it's the one that's done. The other one might be done before midnight, but I'm not betting on having it posted before midnight. (These things take time to upload, publish and all that, after all), so I'll hedge my bet and post this one instead.

Unibrow. Everyone's seen one.. some folks have them.. so let's poke some fun at them.. uhh, the unibrow, not the people. For those noticing.. I tried something new with lip-colouring and with the eyes.. hope it looks more `real` for a cartoony face.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Countdown on!!
But which countdown?
American Thanksgiving(in November? Canada had ours earlier in October)
Christmas? - wait, too early for that. Unfortunately, the stores and radio stations'll be blaring that stuff what.. a week into November if we're lucky??

No, the countdown is on for these contest submissions I'm doing.
I decided that unless I want to *win* the contest, I'll use the theme to help fuel my creative malais I seem to be in, and just post the work here.

There's one right now, theme of `afro`.. and I want to get in on it, but I'd rather do the work for my own enjoyment, and not try to win anything. In my head I keep seeing the silhouette of Afro Samurai..and the last thing I want to do is start creating something with such a clear image of someone else's work in my head. That my friends, is the way to plagiarism, and it is frought with Darth Vader, Magneto and whoever Kirk/Picard always hated\fought with. It's just a bad scene altogether. There's enough outright theft of other people's art online and in the real world already.. so yeah, if you can avoid the pitfall by seeing it beforehand, then you're a step & short bus ride ahead of the game.

Not quite what the below image is based off of. A number of sources, you could say.
Han Solo frozen in carbonite. William T. Riker trapped inside that tar-creature of the early ST:NG episodes, some random zombie walking through those big plastic hanging sheets that some factories use instead of doors.. granted, the thought in my head was something more akin to Swamp Thing trapped under a pool-cover, although, not quite Swamp Thing.. but definately something undead(hence the vacant eye sockets).

How is that different than what I've mentioned above about plagiarism? Well.. plagiarism is drawing heavily from one or two sources.. but when you pull bits & pieces from many sources, with the aim to help whatever it is you're doing (art, thesis, writing, whatever), then it's reference. Or something like that. I don't have all the legal mumbojumbo about it memorized, but it's close enough to count, I think.

I think the thing that got me the most was how I used basically 2 colours.. blended together in varying levels, to do this.

[ Edit: Apparently `2 hours` really means `3 hours plus` for maintenance. I'll try uploading the image closer to my self-imposed midnight deadline]

[Edit-Edit = posting at almost 1am.overshot that midnight thing, huhn?]

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I was wrong. I can admit that. I don't like to, but when I'm wrong, I'm wrong, and that's all there is to it.

After a little more fiddling around with the download(and thank you people for letting me re-downlaod things I've paid for).. come to find out, completely through error,  you're not supposed to install the packs.
just supposed to download them, and load the game. Then the game takes care of it all on it's own.

I wonder if I can get Deadrising 2 packs to do the same..heheh.

My apologies Bethesda / Obsidian / ZeniMax Corp. I hope we can still be friends.


I'll stop using contest ideas to post here and post other things that I've created.
But for now, it's contest entries.

On a different note : Very few things, children aside, make me madder than hell in an immediate fashion than things not working how they're described to work.
I pre-ordered Fallout: New Vegas from Gamestop so I could get the free download Classic Vault 13 pack.. which you're supposed to get at the start of the game.
Picked the game up today. Had the game do it's install procedures (5gig, wow. And still regular load times, this thing is HUGE) Downloaded the pack. Installed the pack. Started a new guy.
Typical Vault 21 jumpsuit, 9mm pistol. (standard starting gear).
That's supposed to be a Vault 13 jumpsuit, Vault 13 water canteen, 10mm pistol with some extra mmph! added to it.(pre-order bonus starting gear).

Okay.. I thought maybe I'd have to do some tutorial missions, then I'd get my pre-order bonus gear.
No. Okay, maybe if I try it on hardcore mode, where that canteen really comes in handy??... No.
Okay, now I'm feeling like my built-up anticipation has been wasted, and I've been lied to, and that the whole thing was bullshit hype just to get a bunch of pre-order sales driven up.
Wanted to buy the Collector's Edition. Was told the store had reached it's limit. Their limit was NINE ( 9 ) CE's. NINE. What kinda shit is this!? Hellz yeah I'm pissed now. This is a game that will sell millions in Canada & the U.S. alone, forget worldwide. Is this the N64 `only X-amount will ever be made` BS frenzy again? Seems so. Except, no, those CE's are done and gone now. Great. And no, I'm not going to look on ebay.

So, yeah.. frustrated. Still enjoying the game, but feeling like I got cheated out ...feeling? knowing I got cheated out of what's been promised .. takes away from it a fair bit.

You Cubicle-Monkeys can probably empathize with the image below.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Sometimes I think I think of the simplest thing..and wonder if everyone else has the same thought.

Take tonight's entry for the Sketch-o-daily contest, the theme is `big chin`.
I imagined a door to door salesman, a few days on the road, enjoying a nice day.
And what we have is below.
What do you think of when you think of `big chin`?? Other than Jay Leno, I mean.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I've never really liked people. Being around them, listening to them, generally enduring them. I just don't like people.
Individuals, however.. are another story. Here's the difference : Individuals are people, one on one, or very small groups (less than 4). You can get to know them. You can even like them sometimes.
People? no chance. Go to a sports event, movie, or just walk downtown. Full of people. Noisy, self-absorbed, very very human... people. `Mob mentality` is something that occurs when people are gathered and decide to get really stupid.

However, `no man is an island`..and social interactions are a must..and so I missed yesterday's post completely. This whole missing a day on weekends is really starting to bother me.

Anyhow.. here's the missed post, and today's while I'm at it.
These are both entries.. well, this one anyhow, for sketch-o-daily competitions. This is one is for the topic `hats`.

This one is for the weekend-contest `suicide bomber`.. except it closed a day early, so it didn't get submitted.

I have to admit, I like the Sketch-o-daily me something to aim towards if I don't have anything I want to draw/paint/create for the blog.

As I've stated before Sketch-o-daily is associated with Schoolism.. not sure what it is? Check it out, it's pretty good. (think online art school, only not skeevy or anything like that) ..and if you sign up, do me a favour and click here: : so I can get the referral. Thanks!
Creative Commons Licence
This work is created by Dan Shipton unless otherwise noted, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License.