Archive for January, 2008

Hourly Comic Day!!!

Posted in Art, Comics, inturwebs on 31 January 2008 by jason

Hey all…go HERE and sign up for an account. Then, tomorrow (that’s Feb 1), draw a comic for every hour you’re awake about, well, what you did during that hour! Then, sometime the next day or so, scan them into your interweb computing machine and ZAAAPPPP! send it along the informations supermanhighways! NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A GOOD ARTIST! This is just for fun, but lots of people are doing this! It’s just like jumping off a bridge!

Kari, I expect you to participate!!!!!

Thanks MO for the head’s up!

Oh! I should tag people! Ok…

J.A.Y.S.O.N.
Amuirin
David B

One Book: The Meme

Posted in Books and Literature, Comics, Meme on 29 January 2008 by jason

I’m stealing this meme idea from Bibliomom because, Hell, it’s just a good idea.  She got it from somewhere else anyway…

One book that changed my life

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.  This book showed me what a comic book could be.  If you don’t believe me, read this book, and when you get to issue 11, the next-to-the-last page, get back with me.

One Book That I’ve Read More Than Once

1984 by George Orwell.  I was never the kind of kid who went around trying to start little revolutions against "the establishment" or who constantly saw conspiracies on every lunch menu, but this book spoke to me even then.  One lesson I learned from it was the best way to control a population is to invent a threat to it. 

HONORABLE MENTION: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I had to read this one twice for school, and both times I put it off until the last minute, so I had to read it in one sitting.  Let me emphasize this: I, having Attention Deficit Disorder, read this book twice, each time in one sitting.  It’s that good.

One Book That Made Me Laugh

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  If you have never read this book, or the others in the series, do so.  Now.

One Book That Made Me Cry

Blankets by Craig Thompson.  This graphic novel haunted me for days.  When Raina breaks his heart, I feel like she broke mine.  Bitch.

One Book That I Wish I Had Written

Neuromancer by William Gibson.  Definitive cyberpunk.

One Book That I Wish Had Never Been Written.

Malleus Maleficarum by Heinrich Institoris Kramer and Jacob Sprenger.

Also: Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Fredric Wertham.

One Book(s) That I’m Currently Reading

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 

Heroes: Saving Charlie by Aury Wallington.

How to Write for Animation by Jeffery Scott.

Students for a Democratic Society: a Graphic History by Harvey Pekar with Gary Dunn.

Legends Of The Gods:The Egyptian Texts, Translated by E. A. Wallis Budge.

One Book That I’m Meaning To Read

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kessey.

TAGGING:
Amuirin
J.A.Y.S.O.N.
Matt
Chris
Mo
and, of course, the otter, though she’ll answer in the comments.

In Memorium…

Posted in Kucinich, Politics on 25 January 2008 by jason

As Dennis Kucinich’s presidential bid comes to a close, I’d like to take one last look at some of the high points (and there were many, believe it or not) of his run, as well as some other moments in his career.


Video not mine.

Kucinich bows out.

Posted in Kucinich, Politics on 24 January 2008 by jason

Dennis is no longer running for president.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

On one hand, I’m kind of depressed over it. I spent so much time talking about Kucinich, rallying for him, and whatnot, that I feel like I’ve lost something. You know, like when an aquaintence who you were going to talk to but never got around to it dies. Drained.

On the other hand, I can place a vote that could make a difference. That means I’m voting for Obama.

You fought a good fight, Dennis Too bad they wouldn’t let you in the ring.

Hold On…We’re Here.

Posted in Art, Writing on 24 January 2008 by jason

One good thing to come today was this: The first few minutes of the cartoon I wrote for My Very Own Adventure! (Courtesy Kari Fry)

This is a longer clip than the last one, and it has someone superimposed into it!

Having a Bad Day…

Posted in Conspiracies, Music on 24 January 2008 by jason

Well…

On my way to work, my car broke down, so I had to abandon it (temporarily). I then had to wake my mother up and have her pick me up and take me to work. I would have had her stop to get me breakfast, but I didn’t have time because there was an orientation at 9:00. An orientation is where I give a speech about what we do and what we don’t do at the Writing Center.

I say that I give this speech because, apparently, I’m the only one who knows how to do it. So, I couldn’t be late. Anyway, had to eat later then expected, and had to eat greasy food from the cafeteria. Forgot my workout shoes in the car, so I can’t work out. Don’t have any idea how I’m getting home tonight.

Here’s a song:

I hate that fucking song, but If I’m having a bad day, there’s no reason you should be enjoying yours.

Spam Comments are the Devil!

Posted in inturwebs, Tech on 22 January 2008 by jason

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Off-line Blogging

Posted in inturwebs, Tech on 22 January 2008 by jason
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Recently, I’ve started using Microsoft Live Writer to write blog posts while off-line.  I started using this program because a) it was the only one I tried that actually worked, and b) it was the only one that boasted that it had plug-ins to customize my off-line blogging experience.  As far as the program actually working, the interface looks like this:

interface

Nice, eh?  I can see what my post will basically look like once it’s posted.  Now, the bad part.  I looked through all of the plug-ins, and there are very few that I would want to use.  One that would be very useful is the one that lets me post to WordPress using the formatting from a word processor.  See, what I post script excerpts, I have to go through and bold everything that I want bolded because the WordPress editor doesn’t read things like bolding or indentations.

So, I downloaded what would be the best plug-in for me, and I tried to install it.  When I try to install it, though, I get this window:

 box

 

Um…I’m not sure what it wants from me.  I agree, the application DOES require Windows Live Writer.  Fortunate that I have it, huh.  But, when I agree, it takes me to the page to the Windows Live Writer website.  ‘At’s a-no good. So I bring the box back and say "no."  When I do this, it just kicks me out of the installation process.  So, I can’t install the frickin’ plug-in.  According to the comments on the page,others have had the same problem, but some have had no problems.  Grrrrr.

Oh, I also downloaded the program "Snippy," which allows me to take screen caps, thus the above pics.

First Impressions…

Posted in and other fun, beer on 20 January 2008 by jason

On Friday night, I went to my brother and his girlfriend’s house to record some voices for that cartoon I wrote. We didn’t get anything recorded fot the cartoon, (I just wasn’t right for the part), but we did get me, drunk, talking into the mic. This is the product of that night:

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Emo Philips, here he is:

and here:

(My imitation is usually better, but i was seated when I recorded it, and I was tipsy. 🙂 )

An Epiphany

Posted in Rambling, Writing on 18 January 2008 by jason

Yesterday, if you would have asked me what I do for a living, I would have told you that I’m a writing tutor.  Of course, this wouldn’t be inaccurate; I work at my local college’s Writing Center as a "writing assistant," at term we use in order to "de-centralize the authority of the tutor" or some bullocks like that. 

Even if you would have checked my MySpace page, you would have seen that my occupation list said "Writing Tutor, Writer, Time Lord."  And it’s true, I am all three of these things.  However, it is not entirely accurate.  Or, at least it shouldn’t be.

See, I’ve been going about my life all wrong.  I went to college for nine years to get my Bachelor’s Degree in English so I could learn to be a better writer, not a better tutor.  This tutoring thing was supposed to be a way to bring in income while a write, but it’s become how I define myself.

There’s nothing wrong with being a tutor, mind you.  When done right, it’s a noble calling, helping good students become great students and trying to catch the ones who have fallen through the cracks.  It’s just that by defining myself as a tutor who also writes, I have become just a tutor.

Until today, that is.  I am a writer first, as my publication history (presented  HERE, though not up-to-date) shows.  I will still tutor, and when I’m on the clock, I will give tutoring (writing assisting, what-the-fuck-ever) my all. Hopefully, by changing my definition of myself to a writer who tutors, I will focus more on being a writer.  And a Time Lord.