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Oct. 12th, 2010

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Pool's Closed

A better one opened down the street

Oct. 6th, 2010

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Naughty Bits

Evangelion's dub is awesomely bad in some parts ... not quite as awesomely bad as Fist of the North Star, though.


Sep. 21st, 2010

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Sep. 16th, 2010

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I was looking on Danbooru for pictures of Ruko Yokune - and I found this gem

Demotivator time!

Sep. 15th, 2010

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I had a rant about Open Source not being the messiah, but I need to edit it quite a bit to make it presentable
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Why I (don't always) Use Open Source

I know a few people who are quite the open-source evangelists. They preach the Word of Open Source as fervently as John Hagee preaches about the impending apocalypse. Except for Open Source Evangelists, the apocalypse isn't Iran and bioterrorism, it's that we'll have to pay for things in the future.

(Also, one guy I know basically wished for the 'art community' to be 'open source' e.g. you can steal people's hard work without repercussion!)

It's great stuff, really. NeoOffice (the Mac OSX version of OpenOffice) is a good replacement for Office, and only slightly more aggravating. (rule of the universe - all document editors, except pen and paper, are a pain in the ass) Plenty of open-source applications are on my computer. (Handbrake is bitchin', and Audacity and MPEG Streamclip I use all the time)

Open-source is about not being restricted by a corporate agenda, of just a bunch of programmers getting together and making the best product possible.

At least in theory.

That's not how it always works out. This is going to be heresy to the Open Source Evangelists, but I've never been one for orthodoxy -- Sometimes Open Source applications suck, and sometimes the open source mindset isn't the best way to approach a problem.


I used to swear by The GIMP. It's a nice little pixel-pusher... but it's a pixel-pusher in a the world of complex image editing suites. I can force it to do many of the things I could do in Photoshop or Painter ... but something becomes obvious the more I use it.

The GIMP has never been touched by someone who knows what graphic designers, photographers and artists truly want. There seems that there was no person who's purpose was to tell the programmers: "Your interface sucks. Do X, Y and Z and it will be more user-friendly" Its interface, commands, names for tools, shortcuts all only make sense in the arcane mind of the programmer.

I am not an eldritch wizard versed in the dark knowledge that is C++ or Python. I cannot peer into the mind of the original programmer with my crystal ball. No angel has visited me in the night and granted me ultimate computing wisdom....

The idea that the Pencil tool is slaved to "N" makes no sense to me, even if 'n' is in the word pencil. No, "P" is slaved to the "Paintbrush Tool" which is what Photoshop just calls the "Brush" - which is the "B" key in Photoshop.

Here's another good one: The Lasso tool? Surely it's "L", right? No! It's "F" for "Free Select"

The Eraser isn't "E", it's "Shift+E"

That's right, Elliptical Select is "E", but the function you'd use 20x more, the Eraser, is slaved to a key combination.

"But you can change these in the preferences!" I hear them cry ... and yes, it's true - but here's the deal: When it comes out of the box, it should make some goddamn sense. Sure, I can alter everything to what I want, and I usually do... but E = Eraser and L = Lasso. That's how it is, and that's how it always shall be in image editing.

Guys, you're obviously trying to create a Photoshop-killer. I know you want to be indie and "open source", but don't be a jackass about it.

Another thing - The GIMP seems to have utterly refused to keep up with the times. Years ago I swore by it, and quite frankly, it did everything I needed it to do, and it did it well.

I recently gave it another spin, the latest version infact, and it feels... like the same damn program. But not in a good "coming home again" way, it's more like coming home, and finding that the cheerful place you remembered is no longer, and everyone's moved to PainterVille and PhotoShopCity. There's no new features, no new layer effects system (ala Photoshop), it still runs in damn X11.

Ecks-Frickin'-Eleven. It's still too "indie"* to run native in Mac OSX. OSX is Unix. They can get it to run in Windows, but not in a Unix OS? Every other Linux-originated Open Source app I've got runs native in OSX. But GIMP, one of the apps I used to think of as a testament to what Open Source could do... doesn't.


And here's another one -

...GIMP is the free Photoshop equivalent, right? It can load Photoshop files, right? It says it can, right?



Left - Original file in Photoshop. Right - Same file loaded in GIMP.

This is much like coming home, and not only is home a desert town, all your luggage has suddenly exploded. In the rain. And a hobo just pissed on your best suit.

When I saw this, I raged. I'm willing to forgive it not loading advanced effects properly... but... simple layer alignment. Yes. Layer Alignment, one of the most basic and fundamental properties a layered file needs to get right, got borked.

Get this, though:

The file was created in Photoshop CS3. That's two generations behind the curve. I've been using since at least 2007 (?)
The file was opened in the latest version of The GIMP, which was last updated in... 2009?



Before you preach Open Source like it's better than Jesus Christ of Nazareth, make damn sure you're right.

* Indie - I use it in this post to indicate a mindset that's being different just so you're not like your mom and dad.

Aug. 29th, 2010

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Benny Hinn waited. The lights above him blinked and sparked out of the air. There were demons in the church. He didn't see them, but had expected them now for years. His warnings to his audience were not listenend to and now it was too late.

Far too late for now, anyway.Benny was a televangelist for thirty years.

When he was young he watched the tv and he said to God "I want to be on the television daddy."

God said "No! You will BE KILL BY DEMONS"

There was a time when he believed him. Then as he got oldered he stopped.

But now in the holy ghost base of the this is your day minitires he knew there were demons.

"This is Kenneth" the radio crackered. "You must fight the demons!"

So Benny gotted his Holy Ghost Machine Gun and blew up the wall.

"HE GOING TO KILL US" said the demons

"I will shoot at him" said the cyberdemon and he fired the rocket missiles.

Benny shot the Holy Ghost Machine Gun at him and tried to blew him up.

But then the ceiling fell and they were trapped and not able to kill.

"No! I must kill the demons" he shouted

The radio said "No, Benny. You are the demons"

And then Benny was the Antichrist.

Aug. 10th, 2010

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Thoughts on Comics

There's a Green Lantern named Mogo. Mogo is a living planet. Green Lanterns get their power from willpower, and can create energy constructs. At one point, the Green Lanterns collective created a 300-mile thick shield of pure willpower.

Planetary-scale sentient generators of willpower + Constructs created from willpower = Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann-style shit.

Get on it, DC.

Seriously, DC should spend less time creating megacrossover "crisis" events that make no damn sense; and more time making fun comics that involve the absolute absurd. Marvel, you too.

I recently read DC's Final Crisis, and the entire damn thing made no sense by the end. I mean, that moment with Superman killing Darkseid with the power of Jam Project The Bed Intruder Song music was kinda cool and a different way of resolving a BIG EPIC SUPER COMIC BOOK EVENT. But nothing else made sense.

Plus, Earth-149284028's Superman-Obama made me rage. You'll look awfully silly in 2012, Grant Morrison, when Zombie Reagan wins the election.

There needs to be more things like All Star Superman, which are comics that a guy like me, who has no clue what's been happening in the mainstream comics, can read. I don't know everything that's happened to Superman in the last two decades, other than that he died in '92 and came back in '94 (...I think) so I really don't want to jump into his comics if I won't know what's happening. Somebody can read All Star Superman and ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON. I know what the Fortress of Solitude and Kryptonite is, but I don't know the difference between Braniac-1, Braniac-5, and Braniac-Obama.

I want to get into American Comics, but I'm afraid I won't "get" what's going on.

Also: GIVE US CRAZY SHIT. These are comic books about guys who fight evil in spandex. They shouldn't be GRIMDARK and SERIOUS and have storylines about abortion and AIDS. Leave that to those other comics. Superheroes should be Super.
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My LJ isn't QUITE dead (yet)

But all of my sketches, etc. are going to be posted here -

Jul. 31st, 2010

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For Sale, One Evangelion Fanclub

I haven't the damndest idea why I made it.... there's already several other very successful clubs, and the whole endeavor feels sort of pointless to me.

Does anyone know anyone who'd be interested in taking it over, or if you would be interested in running it yourself? (one rule: No YUISAMA) I'd rather hand it over to someone who would give a crap than to just either let it rot or to close it.

Here is the club
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I'm going to Hell

Mormon Hell, that is.

Only one thing in this picture has been modified. Modifying this one element changes the entire meaning of this poster.

Jul. 26th, 2010

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