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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
2:05 am
Balloons are lovely

The trailer for Pixar's next movie is out! It looks much more up my alley than Wall-E.

Monday, November 10th, 2008
2:29 am
That kid

I haven't been 'that kid' in so long. Since like, eighth grade. In fact, I don't think I've even seen that kid, lately. I kinda miss that kid.
Monday, September 29th, 2008
5:08 am
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
11:46 pm

Oh my, it's been a while. Just a quick black and white doodle ... I'm happy to report that I've forgotten what little I ever knew, and I'm taking baby steps back to being a baby.


Today I was wearing my Carnegie Mellon hoodie and walking home as usual, and a guy stopped me on the street and


he was not a bum! He was a CMU grad from '97. He asked me when I graduated and then kept walking, then turned around ten feet later and shouted to ask if I wanted a job.

I wonder what the offer would have been if I had said yes?

On second thought, maybe he was a bum.
Saturday, June 14th, 2008
8:58 am
Fact: I'm in Palo Alto for the summer
Commuting to San Jose for a so-far-so-lovely research internship. I can't work overtime so I am available for the hanging out.

Also of note: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/06/14/mccain_blasts_ruling_on_guantanamo/
Sunday, June 8th, 2008
11:08 pm
Eye to Eye
Leo posted Eye to Eye, an animation I spent a lot of time on my last semester at CMU. It's over here if you want to see!
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
9:30 am
Toilets in Japan
"The current state of the art for Western-style toilets is the bidet toilet, which, as of 2004, are installed in more than half of Japanese households. In Japan, these bidets are commonly called Washlets (ウォシュレット, Woshuretto?), a brand name of Toto Ltd., and include many advanced features rarely seen outside of Asia. Depending on the exact model, these bidets are designed to open the lid when they sense a user nearby, wash the anus or vulva of the user (including a number of pulsating and massaging functions), dry afterwards with warm air, flush automatically and close the lid after use."
- wikipedia
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
5:48 am
Stupid things
You know how, when something stinks, people feel the need to say, "here, smell this!" "Doesn't it smell awful?" That's kind of how it is with these links.

CNN will sell you T-Shirts with headlines on them.

Hobble skirts were apparently briefly a popular fashion (in the 1910s). "It seems that some New York fashion houses may have asked their dressmakers to interpret too literally the slim styles depicted in Paris fashion illustrations."

According to the straight dope, "In France, an estimated 70 percent of companies use graphology when making hiring decisions."

Relatedly, The LA Times did a story on the handwriting of presidential candidates.
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
12:37 am
Running from your own mind
Do you ever notice that the time when it would be least responsible to zone out for a few hours just reading the Internet is the time when you're most likely to do it?

... that's how it works for me, anyway.

Relatedly, here is a series of videos of a woman acting out bug sex in costumes: http://www.sundancechannel.com/greenporno
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
4:17 pm
N-dimensional Love Polyhedron

At first he was just sitting on a chair but with the way he was pointing I decided the chair was probably secretly a unicycle.

I played with the colors after drawing it. Now they are all intense. ... !

I also tried to do some shading. Like on the head? Shading is hard though. I'll have to figure that one out better in a later attempt.
Thursday, May 1st, 2008
7:29 am
These are a few common categories of anime
* Love Polygon
* Sudden Girlfriend Appearance
* Violent retribution for accidental infringement
* Dystopia
* Bounty Hunters

(selected from list at AniDB)
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
6:56 am

Since my doodle binges are near my desk anyway, I figure I should start trying to doodle with color on the computer sometimes. So I get some color images just by making a giant blank canvas and putting some colors on it. None of this 'sketch in black and white, then trace, then color' that I had done for a few color pictures before but I never had time for and wasn't that fun anyway.

This is basically a first attempt, so, eh, I guess I'll see what I can figure out.

One thing I notice so far is that it's hard to just shove lots of random stuff on the canvas ... at first I put all kinds of noisy, high contrast detail in the background (trees, outer space, I don't even know), and it just looked distracting and clashing and bad. Decided to just paint these solid stripes to put something simple in instead, and it ended up, well, a lot less obnoxious at least.
5:00 am
So, I just randomly found out that apparently South Korea as a country believes in "Fan death," in which fans kill people due to ... well, the specific explanation given apparently varies a lot. Hypothermia? Fans removing all the oxygen in the room? Regardless of how it happens, the core belief is that if you sit in a closed room (somehow it's important that the room be closed) with an electric fan on for a long time (eg overnight) ... this could cause you to die.
(straight dope) (wikipedia)

By 'as a country,' I mean that fan deaths are apparently reported by the media and accepted by doctors in South Korea, which puts it a leap beyond the typical urban legend. Makes for an interesting example of how strongly a media and culture can affect a person's perception of the world ...
Saturday, April 26th, 2008
2:51 pm
Charles just sent me a link that makes me feel ill, so I figured I'd make a quick blog post to mention it.
In short, apparently the supreme court thinks that you should complain about pay discrimination before you know it's happening. Because otherwise, you know, it might be a bother for companies that do pay discrimination.

Anyway, here are some doodles.

Lately I've been doodling less at random in class, and more just sitting down to doodle when I'm kind of tired and don't want to think for a while. Binge doodling.
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
9:27 pm
Gold Star
NSF Grad Fellowship ... honorable mention?! What does it mean?
I hope I get a sticker :)
Monday, March 31st, 2008
3:15 am

So Scott Adams's blog had a link to this article, titled "Incompetent People Really Have No Clue, Studies Find." He was talking about it in the context of Democracy and how people believe themselves to have the answers to complex policy issues which they probably do not even fully understand. Which is, of course, true, but mostly the article on incompetence reminded me that I should learn more about how to paint. And maybe how to draw.

Incidentally, I believe that living in a perpetual state of embarrassing oneself is a virtue. If you're not embarrassing yourself, how will you learn anything?
Saturday, March 8th, 2008
4:02 am
Pixels of frogs & dry proclamation of intent to productively procrastinate
I think I will make a game for VGNG called "Endless Frog Kids". This comic is basically my design doc.

Here's some early arts:

Secondary animation is the technical term for jiggle.

hao told me how to make the walk a bit less robotic/determined, but I haven't done it yet.

... so how are you misallocating your time, lately?
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
11:13 pm
These arts are in pixels

I forgot frogs have knees :(
Sunday, February 24th, 2008
1:35 am
Re: my previous post.
Surprisingly, I survived!

(have some doodles)
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
9:57 pm

Oh dear what have I done.
It's tomorrow. I'm so scared.
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