Friday, May 25, 2012

The Game of Throes

Image: A pixelated version of Frank (the human) has bounced over a large equation, "undefined integral of cosine of two x, times e to the two x, of x", which is fading to be replaced by the text "Integration by parts, +25 points!" Stretching along the top of the screen, in contoured letters, is displayed "Semester: 3 of 8" and "Points: 576"

Throughout my years as a student, I likened college to an enormous game. In each level, you're introduced to a new game mechanic, which you then have to use to reach the next level. Any level may require you to use the mechanics from previous levels, each level is harder than the last, and no level is unpassable. But there's a reason games aren't considered real.

Friday, May 4, 2012

It's only polite, 3 of 5

Image: A  vehicle is being driven by a diminutive, extremely anthropomorphic kitten, barely big enough to turn the steering wheel. Atop the dashboard, Frank the mouse, about the same size as the kitten, albeit slightly less anthropomorphic, looks out the windshield and notices the vehicle is driving along the wrong side of the road, as evidenced by a "no entry" sign, a "wrong way" sign, and a truck that's about to hit them head-on.
"Uh... are you sure you know what you're doing?" he asks, spreading his arms out nervously, turning his body slightly towards the cat.
"Relax," says the cat, apparently preparing to steer the vehicle, "I do this every day!" Caption:
Some people are just not built for their jobs

The next person I want to thank on my little "what has made real life tolerable" series is Startide.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The right textbook

Suppose you have to give a class about 3D animation for computer science majors; what textbook would be appropriate for such a course? A book about the software program being used that talks about all the hidden tools it has? No! The appropriate book is an animation bible.

Image: The Animator's Survival Kit, by Richard Williams.
This is the book we've been working with

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's only polite, 2 of 5

Image: Frank the mouse bows

Continuing my little "what has made real-life tolerable" series, today I have a rather short post. This is a quick thank you to Turtleleaf and Camtheman.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Walk through walls

Image: Frank the mouse steps through a portal (from the video game "Portal") holding a portal gun in his right hand, which he is steadying with his left hand. Caption:
Could scientists be “thinking with portals”?

Physicists of the University of Athens have discovered a controversial mechanism that may allow people to walk through walls. Curiously, what has created the controversy is not whether it is safe or whether it violates the laws of physics; it’s the fact that the invention has been around for a long time.

The mechanism would allow people to walk from one side of a wall (or any physical barrier for that matter) to the other seamlessly; as if the barrier weren’t there. Such technology could completely change the way walls are built.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's only polite, 1 of 5

Although my real life has been abhorrent the last few weeks, my online life has more than made up for it. So I’ve been thinking that a small show of thanks is in order for the people who have made it possible for me to keep my sanity. Therefore, I'm going to run a small series of blog posts, hoping they won't take too much time.

So first on the list (which has no particular order) is The Gennies!

Image: An anthropomorphic hyena whose hair flows down to her shoulders holds in her arms a beagle puppy, a mouse, and a diminutive skunk. The hyena wears a tank top and over it, an open, flower-printed Hawaiian shirt.
Of course there’s more than four,
but I never would’ve finished the drawing
if I had tried to fit them all!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I forgot about St. Patrick's Day

Image: Frank the mouse holds his forehead in a facepalm, wearing a green tailcoat and a green capotain hat. A shamrock lies on the ground, about the size of Frank's head.
Originally created for St. Patrick's Day, 2011

I have no excuse. I simply forgot to queue something for today. I know I'm only harming my own page-views, but still, I really am sorry.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quote of the Day now powered by Tumblr

Image: Frank the mouse stops in mid-step and looks in dismay at his foot, which has gotten snagged on a large, shiny, lowercase 't'. Caption:
Yes, I shamelessly ripped off my own artwork. What of it?

You may remember that when I originally created my Twitter account, I also set up a “Quote of the Day” deal that automatically sent quotes I had hand-picked and collected. This was powered by CoTweet, which in the past I wholly and unreservedly recommended. If you’ve been watching my twitter account, you may notice that these quotes stopped on February 18

To keep it simple, CoTweet doesn’t exist anymore; ExactTarget Inc. discontinued it on February 15 of this year (they did finish sending the quotes I had scheduled – even those that were for after February 15 – that was nice of them) in favor of a paid alternative. I, of course, barely have money, so switching over was out of the question. I had to look for another, free alternative, which is where Tumblr comes in.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sketchdumps are for WiPs

One of the thing that irks me about the school year is how little time it leaves me to use the computer for art. On the one hand, because I take a bus that 90% of the time gets stuck in traffic, I have a practically guaranteed drawing session every day. On the other, if any of those drawings requires a little touch up in the computer to be finished (say, to add color), it most likely never will be finished.