My brother has been telling me for a long time to submit some of my doodles to threadless.com and see what happens. If you’re not familiar with the site, it’s a place where users submit t-shirt designs which are then voted on by the community. If your design gets enough votes you get some money and the community gets the ability to purchase your design. It’s a pretty cool idea; if it works. It was also sort of a pain in the ass though.
I have to wait a day or two for my design to be approved. Once that happens I have 7 days to get some votes. However, if there is a low amount of votes in the first 24 hours, my design will get pulled. So I’m posting here (and everywhere else I can think of) and hoping people will help me out even if they hate my design. I know it’s a pain in the ass to go join a site and then fill out a poll, but it would keep me from bitching about money all the time both here and in ‘real life’. I’m sure everyone else is just as tired of it as I am. Let’s work together to shut me up!
I wrote a little description to go along with it, but since it’s pending approval you can’t see it, and since I just smoked a joint (something I’ve been doing very little of recently) I can’t really remember it. Something like “Buy this shirt or robots will kill you when they become self aware.”, only more eloquent longer. I’ll post about this again once I get the email telling me I’ve been approved or not.
Remember to vote or robots will calculate your face off.
I was looking through some of my renderings this morning and realized I had forgotten to post this. When I originally posted my arcade cabinet concepts I made the mistake of claiming it would be impossible to render the machine and include the screen shot and other imported images that appear in the model. I figured it all out the day after I posted the cabinets, then spent a day avoiding my machine while it struggled to pump out a few low-res images which would hopefully look real. They aren’t as good as I’d hoped, but they still look okay.
I avoided posting them right away because there was an abundance of arcade cabinet images on the front page of this blog already, and although these look much cooler than the previous ones, they’re essentially the same thing. Then I forgot all about it.
The way I fixed the problem was actually incredibly simple and gave me a bunch of ideas for fun things to make in the future. Basically I have to turn the images into textures, then do a little fiddling and adjusting until everything looks right. If I wasn’t so busy with the book right now, or if I had another machine, I would do some sweet renderings of the other cabinets I designed. For now, they’ll have to wait.
Our friend Lesley set up an appointment for us last night with her friend who does pet grooming. I wanted to get Mr. Squirrel the “lion” hairdo because I think it looks super cute and figured I might as well add another layer to her identity issues. She was very quiet in the car on the ride to and from the groomers, and sat still for quite a while before starting to squirm. Even when she squirmed it was mostly due to the other cat that was roaming around making her nervous, otherwise she seemed fairly content with the attention she was getting.
It seems to be nearly impossible to get a decent picture of her new ‘do, but trust me it’s awesome. Her tail looks just like a lions, and her head looks big and fat compared to her skinny little neck. Unfortunately her boots don’t stick out as much as some of the other cats I’ve seen with this hairdo, but I think it’s just because of her colours. I’m also kind of sad I didn’t remember to tell the girl not to cut her little toe hairs. If you look close in the top picture, you can see she had what looks like claws made of fur sticking out from the ends of her paws. It was one of the things Holly and I loved about her, and I wasn’t expecting the groomer to trim them, but she did.
I’m pretty sure she loves her new look, and probably appreciates the time she will save bathing too. She definitely wasted no time assuming the role of King of the Jungle as you can see in the photo above.
Post Titles That Didn’t Make the Cut:
Honestly, I’m not lion… I’m a squirrel, I swear
This no good lion cat claims to be a squirrel…
Drag King of the Jungle
Yesterday I wrote a fairly lengthy blog entry about our weekend in Windsor, only to have it completely disappear for no reason at all when I tried to post it. It seems ever since my WordPress got updated it’s been acting strange on my laptop. It seems to work fine on my windows machine, so perhaps it’s just an issue with Linux. Either way I’m resorting to an unordered list of things that happened this weekend instead of rewriting the entire post again.
This video combines two of my favourite things and it does it quite well. I love how good some of the fan made music videos are on youtube. If you haven’t seen them before, I also recommend checking out two of the best fan made videos I have ever seen (one, two) which also happen to be two of my favourite songs. I love when I find things like this without even looking.
Also, this video reminded me that this exists. Hehehe…
Here is one last fan made video that is worth watching (not for the edits, those are pretty shitty… but the song is another of my favourites).
In case you forgot about my love for all things video game, I will reiterate it now; I love video games! I especially love online games I can play with my friends. This seems to be getting ever more difficult to arrange however, and I find myself getting frustrated. The problem is that not all my friends game and of the ones who do, not all play what I play or when I play. The other day I gave Jon shit for not putting his project on hold so we could kill some zombies, and I told him I was working on a flier to help me recruit some new cool gaming friends that game more games than him (borrowing an idea I saw on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Above is my idea for a graphic for said flier. I didn’t spend much time on it (maybe half an hour), but I really like it.
This morning I pitched an idea to Jon for a gamer networking site that connects online players with people who share similar interests and online ethics that would otherwise never find each other. He agreed that it’s a decent idea, but he’s got far too many things on the go to take on another project. If I didn’t feel the same I’d consider taking it upon myself to learn the necessary programing to create such a site, but who knows how long that would actually take. I have no idea what is involved in turning my concepts into reality (but I hear it helps to have a moustache). Jon suggested he first create a site that connects programmers with knobs like myself who are full of ideas, but lack technical knowledge. I think that’s his passive aggressive attempt at telling me to find some other programming friends while I’m out canvassing for gamers.
If you don’t own (or rent) a nine year old human you’re probably unaware of the existence of something known as Silly Bandz. You’re probably also equally unaware of how lucky you are to be ignorant to such a pointless waste of money and resources. I however am quite familiar with all things Silly Bandz since Roan brought his first ones home back in September. Back then he had maybe half a dozen and he rarely ever took them off his wrists. Fast forward to last week, his collection is now in the hundreds (partially our fault) and not one is on his wrist. Instead, they are scattered around his room and various locations in the house.
A few days ago I found three half eaten Silly Bandz in different spots, at different times. I told Roan how important it was that he not leave them lying around so the cats ate them. Although we love our cats, we could not afford to drop a few thousand dollars on stomach surgery because they’re retarded and can’t distinguish food from brightly neon coloured pieces of rubber. If faced with the decision of thousands of dollars to save one of their lives vs. letting them die, we would have to choose the latter. It would suck, but we would have to remember that we had done everything we could to give them a great life, even if it has to end prematurely. If we want to avoid that, we need to pick up our Silly Bandz.
The next morning I found a pile of cat barf with a half eaten, semi-digested Silly Band right in the middle of it. I called Roan and Holly downstairs to show them, and again tried to stress how important it was to not leave things like them laying around for the cats to get. I asked him if his Silly Bandz were more important than the cats, and if maybe he could consider which he’d rather keep forever. He decided to give away about 90% of his collection to his friends at school this week, and kept only a few dozen in his locker.
I was really proud that he was able to see which was more important, and was willing to make a sacrifice. He also told me he would have gotten rid of most of them sooner but he felt bad giving them away since lots of them were bought for him by Holly and I (oops!). I made him the above card as a thank you. I wanted to buy him something as a reward (something less dangerous to the cats), and to fill any feelings of emptiness left behind from saying goodbye to his collection of Silly Bandz, but I’m currently waiting on a paycheque. Once I can afford it though, I’m going to get him something cool.
The other day I found this masterpiece sitting on the table. Before anyone calls the authorities I want to clarify that this is supposed to read Hitler Plane, not Plan. Roan is not in the process of drafting a master plan to ethnically cleanse the planet (to the best of my knowledge). Instead, I believe this is his rendition of what Hitler’s plane looked like.
Although it is an amazing drawing of a cool plane, I doubt it was any match for the Americans.
How could those propeller driven Hitler planes expect to stand up against the jet fueled Steowth Bomers the Americans possessed?