Purple and Black

 
I found myself earlier this evening lamenting about book. You see, last week I had the fortune of taking the most beautiful hardcover I own with me on a business trip. It was not skillfully crafted or delicately ornate. It was, like so many in my collection, of machine construction. Nevertheless, I found this one particularly delightful for its simple composition.The cover was two toned. Purple on each side, tooled with a subtle diamond pattern. The binding was a woven black that buzzed when you ran...

Thanks, but no thanks

 
Dear Apple,While I appreciate your recent effort with the iPhone, I'm afraid that I will not purchase one in the near future. I am quite pleased with my BlackBerry Pearl, as well as the $300-$400 I saved in doing so. Really, aren't the prices you're asking a bit steep for 4 or 8gb? The lukewarm reviews over the weekend gave the impression the product development was rushed. With the iPhone out of the way, can you please start working on a Tablet MacBook now? I am not alone in this, there are...

Rewrite

 
A few weeks ago, I began quietly working on a rewrite to Novella. I hadn't worked on the story seriously since November of last year, and in that time I had many new ideas. Typically it takes me a long time to come up with new ideas for a story, which is partly why it has taken me years to write one at all. Perhaps that would be different if I had been writing full time, but I'd rather be well paid IT guru who writes on the side than a starving young writer.The impetus for this rewrite was not...

C'est Parfait!

 
For reasons I still can't comprehend, the face didn't turn out well. It doesn't quite look like the same artsy as she was in the last picture. Of course, that panel turned out astonishingly well that it's not a surprise that I wouldn't match it on my next effort.I was actually considered deleting the entire sketch and starting over again several nights ago. Not only was the face bothering me, the long sleeves of the kimono bore a distinct resemblance to cardboard. Often I would spend only a few minutes...

UK Trip 2007

 
National Museum of the Media in Bradford Red Dalek A sad fate for a once powerful mutant soldier in a traveling machine...This Red Dalek was found in a empty balcony overlooking the food court of the Bradford Museum of Film and Photography (now called the National Media Museum). My guide too all things British informed me -- despite the lack of any signs -- that this one was from the Dalek Invasion of Earth. I tried to watch the film later, but it's cheesy humor offset me. I never finished the...

Hotel Carpeting

 
After my last entry, I had a rather lousy week. Not lousy because of the client -- they are in fact wonderful people -- but because of the situation. Through a long series of events I ended up updating software at midnight, Sunday morning. In the end, that wasn't so bad either. The resulting fatigue wasn't pleasant of course; those who know me know I never sleep well, one such odd night can throw everything off for days or weeks. Nevertheless, I had forgotten how fun it was to do something at...

Woman in the Suitcase

 
When I first offered to say over the weekend on my current business travel assignment, I thought, "Greaaat, this is going to feel like an eternity." Even so, I thought that it would be well worth it. Traveling home every weekend hardly seemed worth it. The extra time in packing up my hotel room, checking out, waiting at the airport, the flight itself, the drive back, eats away at one's 48 hour weekend rather quickly. This is to say nothing of the fact that I have to fly out again on Sunday...

Classy

 
I just checked in to my flight tomorrow evening. I usually like to do so as early as possible so I can get window seats. Yes, it's a bit childish, but they do make the trip so much nicer. My next flight is on United, an airline only marginally better than Northwest, with a far more spastic and confusing website. When I checked in tonight, I clicked the "seats" button as I usually do, clicking my way past the pay-for-upgrade seats that I would have to pay for myself. Except that this time,

French and Japanese

 
I'm not one of these people who posts reviews often. Mostly I've come to keep my opinions about consumable media quiet. I think part of this is that I had very few allies who liked the same things that I did. Everyone else seemed quick to make fun of me for this reason. When I first got into anime, I always had to explain it to people that "Yes, it is animated, but it's not a cartoon. It's not something for kids just because it's drawn rather than acted." Roughly the same time I was big into...

Recombinant

 
Appearently I don't have the energy this evening to draw, but perhaps I can redeem myself by giving everyone an update on Novella. A few weeks ago I began to draw the comic. I've tried to be low-key about this for a variety of reasons. I'm not sure how long the average episode will take to produce. Nor do I know how difficult it will be for me to find the time and energy in order to produce them. My artwork is known to take quite a bit of time to draw, although I believe I've found ways...