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Today is a morning with an evening later! [Nov. 4th, 2008|08:59 am]
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Don't Forget... Tonight at 7:00pm! [Oct. 25th, 2008|10:53 am]
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FoCo Girls Gone Derby Black and Blue Ball

If you haven't got a ticket yet, they are fifteen dollars at the door, but only seven with a valid student ID.
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I Need a Hammer [Oct. 20th, 2008|12:02 am]
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As someone who has spent two years working on the other end of the line for tech support, and dealt with many calls where I was sure that a recording of my voice would end up mouthed by a puppet in Crank Yankers, I really shouldn't be supporting this kind of tomfoolery. But funny is funny:

(via a friend's private Twitter entry)
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"Hey, this isn't Disneyland!" [Oct. 17th, 2008|09:47 am]
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Tired of that uncontrollable teenager of yours with her Rihanna albums and MySpace and gum-snapping and that time you found a pack of Virginia Slims in her purse? Nebraska can help!
Frustrated parents are dumping their teenagers at Nebraska hospitals -- even crossing state lines to do it -- and the state Legislature has scheduled a special hearing to try to stem the tide.

Nebraska's "safe haven" law, intended to allow parents to anonymously hand over an infant to a hospital without being prosecuted, isn't working out as planned.

Of the 17 children relinquished since the law took effect in July, only four are younger than 10 -- and all four are among the nine siblings abandoned by a man September 24 at an Omaha hospital.

On Tuesday, a 14-year-old girl from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was abandoned at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, just across the Missouri River from Council Bluffs. The case marks the first time a parent has crossed state lines to abandon a teenager in Nebraska, authorities said.
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Black and Blue Ball [Oct. 15th, 2008|12:16 am]
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I have a new job. Well not really, because it's for fun, not funds, but I digress. In two weeks time I will be joining the Reverend Jimmie James as an announcer for the Foco Girls Gone Derby's second-to-last bout of the season, the Third Annual Black and Blue Ball.

FoCo Girls Gone Derby Black and Blue Ball

But you aren't going to be at Fort Collins Rollerland Skater Center on Saturday, October 25th at 7:00PM to see me stammer, stutter, and stumble over my tongue. No, you're going to Fort Collins Rollerland Skater Center on Saturday, October 25th at 7:00PM to see the toughest, hottest wheeled women in Northern Colorado as the Death Row Dolls duke it out with the Chanel Cartel for sixty minutes of nonstop* excitement! So if you want to buy some tickets to see the bout at Fort Collins Rollerland Skater Center on Saturday, October 25th at 7:00PM for only ten dollars, come see me, and I'll catch you at Fort Collins Rollerland Skater Center on Saturday, October 25th at 7:00PM.

-- Schwa ---

* - excluding timeouts, halftime show, and a child wandering onto the track while chasing a balloon
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"Calmblueoceancalmblueoceancalmblueoceancalmblueocean" [Oct. 8th, 2008|11:55 am]
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Yahoo Finance
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Neat-o [Sep. 30th, 2008|11:20 am]
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Ignore the gloom and doom for two minutes... it snows on Mars!
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Ten years ago. Ten years from now edition. [Sep. 22nd, 2008|11:35 pm]
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[Like omigod I feel so |a sexy ball of optimism.]
[Annoying crap I'm listening to: |Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)]

1. How old were you?
THEN: 33
NOW: 43

2. What was your online presence?
THEN: Livejournal, MySpace, Flickr, Facebook. Four e-mail addresses.
NOW: One of the managers had a TV on last week and I was allowed a fifteen minute break to watch.

3. Where did you work?
THEN: A workstudy in my school's design and print department
NOW: Twelve hour daily weed control in Larimer Zone 7 Agrifarm.

4. Where did you live?
THEN: In our house in Loveland that we bought in 2002.
NOW: Thompson Valley High School gym which has been converted to worker sleep units by use of old company partitions, cardboard.

5. Who did you live with?
THEN: My lovely wife Mez, assorted cats
NOW: My lovely wife Mez and 1,800 very close neighbors, assorted rats

6. How was your health?
THEN: Occasional back pain. Occasional stomach pain.
NOW: Occasionally not sore. Occasionally not sunburned.

7. What pets did you have?
THEN: Three cats... Lydia, Cleo, and Negative
NOW: Various scabs, blisters

8. Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner/spouse/S.O.?
NOW: Mez

9. Any kids? Any plans for kids?
THEN: No, and hell no
NOW: No, and currently illegal

10. What was your worst struggle?
THEN: Stress of school courseload. Landing a good design job before I graduate. Balancing limited budget.
NOW: Please serve some more

11. What was your biggest joy?
THEN: Either going to San Francisco with Mez in January, or graduating with a 4.0 in December around the time the shit began to go down.
NOW: Either the night that the helicopters were summoned on a manhunt and I was able to sleep without the sound of their constant rotors whirring overhead, or when Mez found the stale ketchup packets to spread on our algae rations.

12. What did you consider your greatest accomplishment?
THEN: Graduating school with a 4.0.
NOW: Breathing.

13. What advice would you give your younger self?

14. What would your younger self say to you?
Looks like you could use a sandwich. And maybe some moisturizer. And uh... really, what happened?

15. Looking back, is your life what you thought it would be in 2018?
Did I think I would be daydreaming that I was typing out a dumb internet survey while my brain was getting cooked after twelve hours hard labor in the hot sun, with nothing to look forward to at night but the hope that the rats wouldn't gnaw on me? Yeah, pretty much.
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LHC on hold for two months... concerned citizens with a limited grasp of physics rejoice [Sep. 20th, 2008|11:44 am]
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The giant Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most expensive scientific experiment, will be shut down for at least two months, scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, in Geneva said today.

The shutdown casts into doubt the hopes of CERN physicists to achieve high-energy collisions of protons in the machine before the end of theyear. “It’s too early to say whether we’ll still be having collisions this year,” James Gillies, head of communications for CERN, said in an e-mail message. The laboratory shuts down to save money on electricity during the winter.
What they neglect to tell you in this article is that the shut-down is also due to the fact that the Higgs boson has yet to be observed, as it is assumed to hibernate in winter, so why waste the effort? Scientists will try to catch a glimpse of the elementary particle emerging from its 10-dimensional hidey hole come Spring, where local lore has it that if it casts a shadow, it will prove that space is indeed curved.

A series of mishaps, including the failure of a 30-ton electrical transformer, have slowed progress since then. In the worst incident yet, on Friday, one of the giant superconducting magnets that guide the protons failed during a test. A large amount of helium, which is used to cool the magnets to within 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit of absolute zero, leaked into the collider tunnel.
Our worst fears have been realized! The total annihilation of the Universe as we know it will be extremely squeaky!

Physicists say that such setbacks are an inevitable part of starting up such a large and complicated machine, which has cost $8 billion and taken 14 years. “This is just an unfortunate fact of life when starting up a machine like the LHC,” Dr. Gillies said.
He then grabbed his broom and continued his clean-up of the area by sweeping stray black holes into the recycle bin.

-- Schwa ---
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Drew Struzan [Sep. 19th, 2008|10:35 pm]
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Drew Struzan has recently retired. He is one of the most prolific movie poster illustrators, and I'm going to miss his work. His posters always added something to the films, sometimes making them seem better than they actually were. They are so much more interesting to look at than the usual photo-collage or the grandiose still with a small bit of typography laid over it. The industry has a little bit less magic for me with his absence.

Time magazine's website has a brief slideshow, but Struzan's site has much more.
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Don't Look [Sep. 16th, 2008|09:52 pm]
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Don't Look

(via sidereal_)
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Won't somebody please think of the children? [Sep. 2nd, 2008|09:53 am]
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"We had hoped this could be an issue that was private -- that the family could deal with this issue privately, It used to be that a lot of those smears and the crap on the Internet stayed out of the newsrooms of serious journalists. That's not the case anymore."

- Steve Schmidt, chief strategist of the McCain campaign

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

- John McCain at a Republican Party fundraiser in 1998, while the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal was going on
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"You know, sometimes I think that you've got ice water in those veins ... [Aug. 30th, 2008|09:51 am]
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... and other times I think you're just a naive little schoolteacher."

For fans of Battlestar Galactica and current events, pentomino brings you this.
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Important Public Announcement! [Aug. 13th, 2008|10:23 am]
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Sorry, I just needed to say that.

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End of Summer Semester Update [Aug. 4th, 2008|10:12 pm]
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Was going to take my trig final a day early, but got bored today, so took it even a day earlier.

Finished final speech last Thursday, lost 12 percent for going two minutes over the 8.5 minute limit, but my instructor said that I was very passionate and informative and no-one seemed to notice.

Finished my final essay's final draft today and submitted it online.

Tomorrow, I talk to my teacher about my internship and submit my journal on the whole thing.

Then it's off to Iowa to visit talus21 and sagespot, then Indiana to watch Mez tattoo with her idol for three days, back to Iowa for more visiting, and home again to pull a bunch of weeds.

-- Schwa ---

I'm 95% I still have a 4.0.
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Big Pile of Waaah [Jul. 27th, 2008|11:05 pm]
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[Like omigod I feel so |whiny as all hell]
[Annoying crap I'm listening to: |King Missile - Sensitive Artist]

Art is nothing more than an exercise in frustration. No matter how many times I draw, it never comes out the way I want. Sometimes I can look at a picture months later and say, "Well hey, that was all right I guess," but that's because I'm no longer in the moment of erasing and redrawing and erasing and redrawing and loathing myself and the time spent in the process. For the most part, it's just a big pain in the ass. Invariably, at some point in any picture I'm drawing, I know I am at the tipping point. The picture looks nice, but amorphous and incomplete, and I know if I continue I will lock pieces in and it just won't work for me and never look as beautiful and full of potential as the rougher image did.

I am not alone in my frustration. I have friends who go through the same thing when drawing. Available evidence indicates that this will never go away either. It seems like every other page of Chris Ware's published sketchbooks, which are filled with the most amazing sketches and studies, are notes he has scribbled inthat are filled with self-doubt and hatred at what he's doing. He is one of the most accomplished artists in the comics field—every book of his is a thing of beauty that I pore over and over and over again constantly—and he hates it. That's what I and others in my boat get to look forward to if we continue. But he still continues, so there's got to be something appealing about it for him. Supposedly da Vinci has few surviving paintings because he didn't know how to mix materials for shit, but maybe he just thought it was all crap and didn't know what else to do. He was a also big procrastinator. Was it laziness, self-loathing, or yet another whiny sensitive artist mixture of both?

I'm certainly not going to stop drawing though. If I don't draw or have some stupid creative outlet, I feel ill. It's a gnawing dread that chews away at me until I put pencil to paper. I guess there's two choices: the soul-killing dread of not doing anything or the frustration of actively making something with the hopes that six months later the final piece won't make me want to stab my hand with a pencil. The latter is more preferable*... I'm much more comfortable with anger and self-loathing than staring at a ceiling late at night wishing I had done more during the day, which brings about a much worse sense of self-loathing.

I certainly can't draw the way I want to, but over the past year I've made peace with that. Everything I do has too much detail whereas I just want to do much simpler work. If I could make everyone I drew look like a character out of something like, say, Venture Bros, I would be pleased as punch. But anytime I try to reduce my work, it looks completely wrong to me. So I do more detailed pictures because that's what I do, and I do my best to just let go of trying to put everything in these defined parameters and go with it. If I try to force things into a neat little package, I just get more upset. If I go with the flow, my angst-filled cranky-pants moods are less severe. The only negative side of that is that I don't think I have my own style. Mez says otherwise, but I just don't see it, perhaps because I'm in the middle of it all and have no idea how to be objective.

Maybe my drawing frustration is why I want to go into design. When all is said and done it boils down to arranging elements (often pre-existing) to look pretty. You know, like flower arrangement.

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* - dealing with the frustration, not the hand stabbing
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Posemaniacs [Jul. 26th, 2008|01:28 pm]
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I've told enough people about this site in real life, that I figure I might as well post about it.

Posemaniacs is a nice little reference website. It features over 500 images of full body male and female musculature (just like Sally Impossible[NSFW, I guess]) that can be rotated 360 degrees on the vertical axis. There are other fun tools as well, such as the thirty second drawing page which allows you to practice thirty to ninety second gesture drawings, and the hand viewer (warning, initial model on this page features male torso complete with multi-polygonal rendered dingus) with hands in various poses that can be rotated in any direction and zoomed in or out. The only real problem I find with any of these is that you can't change the perspective, but it's a free (though donation are suggested) tool, so I shan't complain.

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Hide and Seek [Jul. 26th, 2008|12:36 pm]
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[Annoying crap I'm listening to: |Michael Andrews - Manipulated Living]

This summer, there are a few children in the neighborhood who have been using our backyard as part of the territory in their hide and seek games. One of them was polite enough to come ask if they could a couple weeks ago, and a few days later he asked again if it was OK. I said sure. Now it's just assumed, both on their part and mine, that it's fine. And I have no problem with it. I like that we don't fence our yard in, and I like kids* being allowed to be kids without me being a territorial ass. When I was younger, neighborhood kids including my sister and I would use neighbor's steeper driveways to ride our hot wheels, wagons, and dirt bikes down, in order to find out what kind of scabs awaited our flesh at the bottom.

But there's the nagging voice in the back of my head... what if one of them gets hurt on our property. Will the parents sue? I hate that. I hate that we have to worry about that. There was one kid in my sister's grade who cleverly rode his bicycle into a lamp post, lost a tooth, and his parents succesfully sued the city for damages. I don't know if it was some sort of disgruntled stealth lamp post that jumped out and attacked him, but there you have it. Having to deal with such worries is stupid. On top of this, I have no idea who these kids' parents are, or where they live for that matter.

I want us to be good neighbors, and I like to think, aside from one loud weekend party a year or so and not keeping up with the weeds as well as we could (I'm too busy writing boring blog entries), we are. I want a sense of community, not walls. And I don't like being ruled by fear. I'm nervous and twitchy and, "But what if...?" enough as it is without letting this get to me too.

Maybe I should have them sign liability waivers.

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* - To my first grade teacher, Mrs. James, I know you always said not to use "kids" to refer to children because kids are goats because it is slang, but I'm just not that formal.
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I'm sick of the term "New Business Model" [Jul. 25th, 2008|01:42 pm]
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So I'm considering putting some vector images for sale on a royalty-free site or three. If you don't know what that means, there's an informative little article here. I'm still debating this internally, as there are both good sides and bad sides to it:

Extra money!
Exposure that may lead to other work
Strokes the ego
More work keeping track of finances
Bigger burden come tax time
In order to make a decent amount of money, I will have to do a lot of extra work on my own in-between school assignments
Will likely be a small fish in a rather large ocean, meaning extra work may be for naught
On the very slim but still possible chance that some huge company wants to use a piece for multiple advertising use, I just earned ten bucks and lost a whole lot more. A side note of that is that I may very well be contributing to a system that allows big companies to undermine legitimate designers / artists / etc., if more companies grab stock imagery instead of paying someone a living wage to do the job for them (or not... maybe).
Work I make may be used in conjunction with a project I have moral qualms with
Who am I kidding... I'm too lazy
Have any of you done this sort of thing? What were your experiences with it? Am I missing any plusses or minuses?

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Free Dental Work [Jul. 16th, 2008|09:18 am]
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If you live in Northern Colorado and are poor, be aware that Colorado Mission of Mercy will be providing free dental cleanings, fillings, and extractions at The Ranch / New Larimer County Fairgrounds on I-25 this Friday and Saturday. It's first come first serve, and doors open at 5:00am so you may want to head in a couple hours earlier. For more information, here's their website.

I'm going, as it's been a year since I've had dental insurance and two years since I've been to a dentist. If anyone wants to camp out with me early Friday morning, give me a call.

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"You can't stop time without... Nostalgia" [Jul. 3rd, 2008|09:06 pm]
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The folks making the Watchmen movie had a contest for people to come up with commercials for products by Veidt Enterprises, circa 1985 of course. The winners can be seen here.

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Commercial Break [Jul. 2nd, 2008|01:01 pm]
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SCENE: Close-up of sexy female mouth at three quarters view. Her lips are covered in candy-like red lipstick.

What does red mean?

In nature, red means, "Danger" or "Keep Away!"

SCENE: Tiger wearing a red doo-rag and growling at the camera


SCENE: Back to close-up of woman's mouth


Red is also passion, and the fire of your lover's caress

SCENE: A couple making out on a bus stop bench. The whole image is shot through a scratched piece of red cellophane.


SCENE: Back to close-up of woman's mouth


Also, some apples are red.
Mouth takes a bite out of the apple.


(sensually) Mmmmmmmmm

White screen with red type:

Avon Pristine Lipstick

We got red.


-- Schwa ---

Been watching too much TV again.
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Reposted from their MySpace [Jul. 1st, 2008|11:11 pm]
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Who’s ready for a Matson Jones show?

MatsonJones have two shows booked for July! That's right, Matson Jones willbe taking the stage for two seperate shows this month!

July 24th at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver


July 25th at the Aggie Theatre in Ft.


Mark your calendars, break off any dates you had planned, and find your way to a show!

More details to come. Contact Jason Cotter with any inquiries: chakakong@yahoo.com

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Free Roller Derby Entry [Jun. 20th, 2008|09:55 pm]
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[Annoying crap I'm listening to: |Mary Madness - KRFC]

Anyone want free entry to the FoCo Girls Gone Derby bout tomorrow, Saturday 21st? Let me know... I have four to spare. You're a sucker if you miss it.
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Help! [Jun. 14th, 2008|08:29 am]
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I have a little bit of wood leftover from our demolished deck. Most of it's gone, not a whole decks worth, but the remainder I still need to get rid of. It's just sitting in the yard rotting.

So... if anyone has a truck, I'm willing to give you twenty bucks to haul this crap off for me if you need it. And if you don't need it, I'll go with you to the dump and pay the dumping fee in addition to the twenty dollars. This is being crossposted on LJ and MySpace (assuming MySpace is bug free this morning), so this amazing opportunity of a lifetime is first come first serve.

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