Archive for May, 2008

Good Dreams

At 5am, this morning, I woke up. 🙁

Road Trip

In less than three days, (this Monday) I will pick up Maki at the Vancouver airport. The following day we will be leaving, southbound, for California. The plan is fairly free-form, but places I want to hit are Florence (do the Oregon sand dunes with dune-buggies!), the Oregon Coast (obviously), San Francisco, Monterey (supposedly hosts a really good aquarium! – hells ya!), and Santa Monica for the sweet sweet beach. I have reserved a Pontiac G6 (The Bravery does the theme music??? – sweet) and got some maps and a “TripTik” through BCAA. I figured (and heard) a GPS navigator would be very useful on a road trip, but renting one for two weeks is simply not worth it – you might as well buy one. If I had a car, I probably would. But I don’t. Jeremy and his wife, Leanne, were kind enough to lend me theirs (though I did kind of beg). 😛 So last night, I headed out to Richmond and visited and picked up their GPS. Sweet. Things are coming together, but I still got lots of stuff to do. Pack. Clean my room (long overdue). Um… some more planning stuff.

While I was at Jeremy’s, we ate tacos (delicious) and played some XBOX 360. (His two daughters are becoming bigger and much more talkative.) Now, this may sound strange, but I’ve never actually really played an XBOX 360 before. We did some Guitar Hero 3 (which I have played before, and is great), Bioshock, Ghost Recon 2 (I think), and Call of Duty 3. Aside from GH3, the rest are all first-person-shooters. The graphics on the 360 are obviously way better than Wii, but I do find myself missing the Wii remote for FPS controls. The games are still fun, and I do like the 360 controller, but it’s not the best suited for FPS – which is ironic since those are the most popular.

Anyway, I gotta get back to cleaning and stuff.

This trip will be awesome and I’m really looking forward to seeing Maki again! 🙂

Doodles

(Had this sitting in my drafts for about a week… time to finish it up and push it out!)

After setting up my Wacom Graphire tablet on my laptop (copy-pasting some xorg.conf stuff) I decided to leave it on my bed. If I leave it on, with the Gimp (graphic application) open and the tablet plugged in, I will often do a little doodle before going to sleep. So these have been done while lying down, usually in (much) less than 5 minutes.

One thing I really like about comics is the expression (often exaggerated) portrayed through the characters’ faces.

This is something I don’t really have much practice with, so I started looking at some online comics that are good at it (and that I read): Penny Arcade, Octopus Pie, Butternutsquash, C&H… (Note: xkcd is excellent but obviously doesn’t even use facial expressions.)

PA Gabe, clearly very happy and excited

And this will be a good test of wordpress’ new gallery functionality combined with my hacky theme: I present, doodle gallery!!

An online comic is something I would love to do, but I would need to develop characters and story and be committed. 😮 Trying to illustrate different expressions is fun. Now accepting ideas. 🙂