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photos from little guy

This past January, Little Guy, who is now 4, started to take photos with my phone.

“I want to take a picture of everything,” he said.

Here’s just a few.

I’m biased, of course, but I think they’re great.

They’re worth the price of admission simply because he takes photos of things I never would.

current self improvement projects

the stack of current and future reads

If you’re like me, you saw the new year (and new decade) as an opportunity to create some new, healthier, habits. If you’re like me, you’ve tried this before. If you’re thinking about starting, you don’t need a new year, a new month, or even a new day. You can start now. (You’ll note I didn’t even start most (all?) of these on the first day of the year:)

  • Write 540 words a day. Started 7/23/2020. Wrote a little bit about it here. What’s interesting is since I’m writing more every day, and making some progress on some writing projects that have been gathering dust for a long time, while also starting some news, but my sketchbook that I keep every month has a lot more blank pages. I’m losing doodling time, and the words I do write are going in to Ulysses, the app I use for writing, rather than my everything book, because I’m trying to hit that 540 a day word count. Full disclosure: Last week I don’t think I hit my 540 word target even one day. Last three days, though, I’m back on track. That’s the key with all of these projects, I’m not beating myself up when I don’t hit a daily goal, just picking myself up, dusting myself off, and doing better the next day. Rigid systems break. These systems bend.
  • Read 15 books this year. Book 1: Dune. (Started Dec 24, 2019. Finished Jan 30, 2020.) Read the 50th Anniversary Edition with that beautiful cover by illustrator Sean O’Connellt. One of the best books I’ve ever read, considered maybe the greatest science-fiction novel of all time, and I think that still underrates it. Current books going: Frank Herbert, Leonardo Da Vinci, The Collected Works of Flannery O’Connor, (she was dead by age 39, can you believe that?) which I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post, because I’m just dipping in to it for the short stories, Yiddish Policeman’s Union, and Grapes of Wrath. Of these 4 books going, I’m guessing Grapes or Herbert will end up coming in as Book Number 2 on the year. Ultimately, my reading for the year can be tossed in to three piles: completed, abandoned, and dipped in to. Comics can get counted in the completed pile, but only graphic novels. Pamphlets are too short. (Doesn’t mean I don’t love them, though. I do.) Oh, and I’m also reading Warren Ellis’s collection of columns he wrote for Bleeding Cool, Do Anything, which has been an extraordinary tour of lots of stuff I’m not familiar with. How long will it take me to get through all of this? Months. Don’t get to read, really until after little guy is asleep.
  • Lose 22 lbs. Using ‘Lose It!‘ app to budget my 2200 calorie allotment. (I use YNAB for budgeting my money, which has, quite literally, changed my life. I need to write about that at some point. I wanted a YNAB for fitness as well. I’m not yet sure if it exists, but Lose It! is great for managing calories. Now I need a YNAB for the workout part. Suggestions in the comments would be great.) Started using Lose It! Jan 10. What soon happened is I kept looking for better foods; higher in protein so I don’t lose muscle, and fiber so I feel more full. I became more mindful of what I was eating. After about a month of that, I started only eating in an 8 hour window. Most days. Some days that does not happen.I’ll write more on this in the future, but right now I’ve lost about 8 lbs. The app tells me that I’ll hit my target in mid-June, which is great. I gained the weight slowly, I want to lose it slowly as well.
  • Duolingo everyday. It’s been at least a year since I’ve worked in Duolingo. Time to get back in to it. I’m learning Spanish. Started March 4, so I’ve got a 4 day streak going. Difference between this go around and my last go-around, which lasted about 3 years, is that I’m now writing the sentences and phrases in Spanish and English in my sketchbook as I go.

Whatever project you’ve been putting off. Go start now. Starting is the hardest part. I know. I’ve been putting off too many projects for years…

inktober starts tomorrow

gearing up for inktober 2018

tour inktobers past:

2017: I got serious, busted out a brush pen,  i followed jake parker’s official prompt list, but did them within the Sherlock Holmes universe, managing an ink drawing every day of the month

2016: I only managed 1 ink drawing during 2016’s inktober

2015:featured a few drawings

2014: I managed half a dozen ink drawings

this year, I’ll once again be using jake parker’s official prompt list, this time in the world of…well, you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to find out… since i’m not 100% sure what I’m doing yet. The day before I need to start…I know, I know…

Speedruns or Speed Runs?

Well, there it is. I finished up MGS3 this weekend. It took 81/2 pages of notes, 24 days, with 25 hours of recorded game time. (Actual game time was probably somewhere around 50, I would guess, since I would have to restart if I was spotted, or died during a boss battle.)

I only shot 56 of the 64 Kerotan frogs; but I did collect all of the food items, got all of the boss camos, and received the stealth camo. I counted 60 areas of gameplay.

Of course, all of this is amateur stuff compared to speedruns like these:

Adnan Kauser’s MGS3 run:

http://www.archive.org/details/MetalGearSolid3_EuExtreme_FoxHound_12946

Takeshi’s MGS2 run:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSJguEjH6mA&feature=related

and Matt Powell’s MGS run:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU8Yws8XY7I

I’ve only just discovered that these even existed, but I can’t believe the planning and execution that would have to go into a speed run (or speedrun, I’ve seen it both ways) like this.

Now, after watching these speed runs, here’s what I would love to see. Let’s take MGS, the 1998 Playstation version; get all of the cutscenes, all of the codec conversations that are vital to the plot, and a speed run like Powells; then cut them together so that you could watch it like a (really long) movie. And do it for each of the games in the series. I would buy those on DVD.

That’s my million dollar idea for the day.

Oh, and if I were Konami, I would create a tour, so that you could go see these guys live, in-person, when they’re making a record breaking run.

Look at that. Two million dollar ideas in one day. Not too shabby.

screentone out.

The River

I spent the day at the river with my dad. (That’s him on the left holding the stick.)

Went fishing with live bait. Just look at the size of this monster!

Can you spot the frog in this photo? Click on the image for a closer look.

Krikey! A lizard lost its tail. (That’s it just to the left of the shadow.) It was still wiggling when I took this photo, but the lizard was nowhere to be found.

screentone out

Art Show Photos

Here are a couple of crowd shots from the show. We had a great turnout; an incredible number of people really. I also have a bunch of shots of the show that my friend Binh took. I’ll be trying to post those in some fashion as well; the image files are huge, but I’d like to post as many as possible. Maybe it’s time to research flickr?

Binh’s a better photog, so I’ll bet he’s got better shots. Here’s another one, though. It was great to have so many people; and so many people buying tshirts, especially since the proceeds went to charity.

And what the heck. Here’s one more. This guy really loved his tshirt. And why not? It’s a sweet T. I bought one, myself.

More photos tomorrow; as soon as I figure out the best way to post them.

I also added a little bit of Herocaps behind the scenes. There’s a link on the sidebar.

And, remember, more tomorrow!

Friday Night Photo

The last time I stopped by my buddy’s place, he had an inoperative microwave taking up space on his counter.

Last night I stopped by for a brief visit, to find that he put that microwave to good use:

Microwave Endtable! Too sweet.

Update: I turned the artwork for Jonesin 4 Indy into a 1024×768 wallpaper. You can find it in the sidebar under the Pages header.

New Feature!

The Custom Headers Viewer.

I added a page where you can view all of the headers that have appeared on screentone. It’s on the sidebar under Pages and About.

I took all of the pictures myself! Cropping the originals in this way makes them look way better than they are.