Thursday, April 21, 2011

Randomocity & Geek Cantina

Hey look, another non-word!

"Randomocity".. rhymes with velocity. ...though I suppose one could go the other route and go random-city.. but then, what exactly is a velo-city? What's a velo, for that matter?

Anyhow.. random doodle:

I really need to get a decent scanner. I'm tired of working digitally.. it's too easy to screw up, fix it, and make it look like "perfect". Which is why a lot of my stuff here, though digital, looks like `crap`. Because I want it to more closely resemble my actual doodles and sketches.

Though the colouring, yeah, I'll gladly keep that all digital, because I suck pretty bad at it on paper. But then, I've only got a handful of Copic Ciao markers and some pencil crayons, so my options are pretty limited.

Long weekend ahead! Easter Weekend. Also, my roommate's birthday.
She was raised in a bit less "normal" fashion than I or my friends were.. instead of presents and all that, her family (which is large than "normal", so this custom makes sense) takes the birthday person out to their choice of restaurant to eat, and that's about it.

Now, I've been looking at Think Geek for a while..and then started looking at Canadian equivalents, because despite the dollar being above the US-greenback, I doubt the prices are immediately changing to reflect that, AND I don't want to pay state-taxes, customs-duty and import-taxes, and then provincial taxes on top of it. So I went to Geek Cantina and ordered some stuff. My roommate wanted the rubber-ducky ice-cube tray, so that's on order, as is the fishes & skelly-fish. Interesting ice-cube time! Not quite the ice-cub shotglasses, but hey, we don't drink enough to warrant the purchase. Was really tempted to go with the skulls & crossbones, or the titonic/iceberg moulds, but my freezer space is limited as it is.
I wish GeekCantina had the cell-phone nunchaku accessory that ThinkGeek has, but ah well. Also ordered the paperless-stapler.. it's a cute design, and often enough I'm looking for a stapler and either not finding one, or finding an empty one with no staples. So that'll come in handy. Yay!

Ordering was easy enough.. I made a phone-call on the 800# to inquire about the other ice-cube moulds, and had a pleasant conversation with a "salesman". I use the quotes around "salesman" because the guy was awesome. No pressure, no trying to sell me other things, even offered to ship the ice-cube trays  separately if they took longer to order in. (I placed them as their own order.. you might think this foolish of me, but hey, the place has to stay in business, and just knowing they're that kind of awesome, I don't feel bad about paying the 10$ for shipping..besides, I like things simple.. instead of a complicated or tricky invoice with "missing" items that are really on order, I'll just pay shipping for a separate order and wait it out.)

I was hard-pressed not to buy the Baconaise.. but maybe next time. Can't wait for everything to show up.. especially to see which Axe the World of Warcraft keychain is. They've got plenty of images of swords..but none of the axes, maces or hammers. Swords are cool, don't get me wrong. But to me, there's just something.. more awesome.. more menacing..more.. MORE.. about a guy dual-wielding axes instead of swords.

And yes, I'll definitely be posting about when the items show up.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spin it

Golf carts.
There's something about them that just.. is amazing.

One of my favourite memories in a golf cart was when a friend and I were travelling from one hole to the next out in P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island, one of the east-coast provinces(island off of, actually) of Canada).
I don't recall much of that day, save pulling a muscle in my back, and doing an amazing drift in the golf cart.

Now, if you don't know what vehicular drifting is.. it's having the body of the vehicle basically strafe in the direction you want to go, with the wheels cranked to where you want to go once you regain full traction control.
Or something like that.
Anyhow.. it had rained the day previous to our golfing escapade.. and I was driving. There were 2 small trees (not quite saplings, not quite trees yet) placed on either side in a sharp S-bend in the path, and like an idiot, I flattened the pedal and cranked the wheel left, then right, then left again, and we drifted through the trees along the path.

In hindsight, awesome as the experience was, it was really stupid.
Golf carts don't have roll-cages, doors (well, the ones I'm accustomed to, anyhow) or even seatbelts. The Golfbags holding our clubs were strapped in safer than we were. Now, my pal and I are not small men by any measure. We could have easily tipped that cart if we tried. And yet, here we were, driving like maniacs on the golf course, laughing and having fun.

But there's no way in hell we'd try that same thing with a real car. Not even a rental.(heh).
There's just something about golf carts. Sadly, there's plenty of stupid kids out there that try this crap on the city-streets and back-roads and wind up as smears on the dashboard. The lucky ones get the adrenaline-high and the rest.. visit the hospital or morgue.


I've always loved those images of the trailing tail-lights of vehicles as they speed by. Sometimes I wonder if the people are aware that they're on camera or not. I think it's time-lapse photography? I'm thinking more people would drive more appropriately/legally/just plain better if they knew they were being monitored.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Zombie fun

So, after reading this piece of honest, in-your-face truth (and it is the truth), I decided to have some more procrastination and put in my roommate's dvd season of Grey's Anatomy.. because I can do anything while that stuff is playing in the background.

Basically, I have the radio on, but my radio only picks up maybe 4 stations, 3 of which I don't care for, and I can only take the 1 that I do enjoy for so long before I get tired of hearing the same damned commercials 15 times in an hour. But, not having cable means we've got either movies, or seasons-of on dvd.
And the seasons-of go for much longer than any movie..save maybe the Lord of the Rings super-directors-nitpicky-uber-geek-extended Trilogy cut.

So, just idly doodling away, let me brain do it's thing..I'd been playing some zombie games recently..and I guess it was an obvious influence, as I doodled out a gawky thing..but refined the head in a separate location.
Then I decided to apply it via tablet to laptop, and this is what I have.

Don't ask about the puffy hunting vest, or why he's slipping - I don't know.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Storm's A-comin'

Sometimes you just know.
You wake up and can feel it.. tingle across your skin, and oddness in your bones..maybe something just a little off-kilter in your head.. but you know a storm's on it's way.

Some storms are good.. they wipe away all sorts of debris that's been left laying around and clean things up some... lots of storms are bad, causing damage and destruction and making things worse than before it arrived.
There're regular rainstorms.. thunderstorms (my favourite), and then there's other kinds of storms.. ion-storms, solar-radiation-storms, electrical storms, firestorms, all sorts of storms out there.

What kind of storms are brewing in your life?

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