Posting a practice cartoon here. Trying to post full size. How does this look in the theme?
The house we’ll be moving into this summer. Lisa bought this while I was on travel so I haven’t been in it yet (the pictures are from the Realtor’s site). But note the two-car attached garage AND the two-car detached garage (with workshop above it). And not pictured… not one, but two sheds. On four and a half acres in fairly rural Hughesville, Maryland. With a creek running through the property. Yeah, I’m pretty excited about seeing this place!
I’ll try to put some of our own pictures of it after we move in. But, judging from the date of my last post before this one, you can tell I’ve been pretty lazy about posting around here.
Update: I have now been in the house and it’s very nice. Lisa just closed on it and we’ll be moving into it in mid-July. We’re officially Marylanders now..
Okay, day one of February, 8.3 percent done with 2012. Time to update my resolution progress.
1) Cartooning. Haven’t done as much as I’d like here. I have thought up about a dozen ideas for gag cartoons, and scribbled a couple drafts, but none are complete yet. I need to get busy with this!
2. Chess study. I’ve actually done pretty well with this one. I’ve studied at least an hour for six out of seven nights- all month. And many nights were two-plus hours. I finished Seirawan’s book Winning Chess Tactics. There were just over a hundred exercises through the text, with several test exercises in the final chapters. I’m going to re-read chapters 1-15 before trying the test. I hope to have the testing done by the end of February. Next up will be the first 450 problems in Polgar’s monster book of 5,000+ problems.
Here’s my first installment (of probably thousands to come) of my Fun Friday Lunchbreak Cartoon. Here’s the deal. My christmas present this year was an awesome Bamboo drawing tablet from Wacom. The thing is amazing and there’s plenty of free software to use with it on my Linux box at home.
But… at work, I’m stuck with an archaic Windows XP system that’s locked down with so many hardware and software restrictions that I can’t do anything fun like I can on Ubuntu at home. But I’m determined to try. I’m drawing all the pictures in this series using the Windows default Paint program. You know the one. It’s akin to a 1981 graphics program on the Commodore 64. It’s got about three brush options and 16 colors. Amazing.
And since I’m goofing around with this on my lunch break, all these cartoons will take less than 10 minutes to create. Give or take a minute or two, but that’s my goal.
I think I’ll call today’s cartoon “The People of Wal-mart on Wheel of Fortune.” If you haven’t seen the People of Wal-mart site, it’s pretty funny. And my wife sometimes sends me pictures of these folks. All I can say is, “Holy cow, there are some strange people in this country.”
That’s all. Happy Friday everybody!
Has anyone else noticed how the potato has recently become the second-class citizen of the vegetable world? I read an article in the NY Times this morning about the new rules for school lunches. The new rules were announced yesterday by Michelle Obama and Tom Vilsack at an elementary school in Alexandria, VA. Vilsack is the current agriculture secretary, but you may remember him as the former governor of Iowa and 2008 presidential hopeful.
The gist of the new rules: schools are going to be required to add more fruits and green vegetables and reduce the amount of salt and fat in the lunches and breakfasts they serve. They’re also going to be required to serve low fat milk and will be setting a minimum and
I’ve never had a tire swing. Having grown up in the South, one might think that I would have had one hanging from a big old oak tree in every house I’ve ever lived in. The truth is, I never have. I know, I know. I’m as shocked as you are. As well as thoroughly embarrassed.
Think about this. What kind of adults do kids who grew up with a tire swing turn out to be? I’ll tell you. They grow up to be loving, happy, successful, well-adjusted, intelligent, and wealthy grown-ups. How do I know this? Read on friends. Did Bill Gates have a tire swing? Of course he did. What about the founder of Wal-mart, Sam Walton? You know he had one. And Bill Clinton? That dude was so successful he probably had a tire swing AND a treehouse. Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abe Lincoln? Yep, all had tire swings. And speaking of former presidents, what about Thomas Jefferson? I think he invented the tire swing.
You know who didn’t have a tire swing? Joseph Stalin, Timothy McVeigh, the Beatles, the Unabomber, Bill O’Reilly. It’s true. And I can’t help but think that the world would be much different place if these guys had someone build a tire swing for them when they were kids. I know you’re thinking- causation doesn’t necessarily imply correlation. And you’d be right, but the link is simply too strong to ignore.
That’s it. After writing this, I’ve just decided that I’m going to build one for my kids as soon as we can buy a house with a big enough tree. I hope they’re not already in college before that happens. It could be too late by then.
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Every year I make at least a couple of New Year’s resolutions. And like many people I half-heartedly pay attention to them for a little while and then abandon them for whatever else has recently caught my attention. This year I’m trying something different. I’m going to try and half-heartedly pay attention to them the entire year. Yep, you heard me. I recently made my list of ten resolutions for 2012 and I’m committing myself to at least think about accomplishing them throughout the entire year. They may not all get done (and several probably won’t), but as of right now, I’m putting them all on my back beside the proverbial monkey, and I’m going to force myself to pay attention – and then feel guilty when I start slacking.
I’m posting here simply so I’ll have some place to look back on throughout the year to check on my progress (or lack thereof). So here they are. Prioritized in the order of which I think I want to do them. This is a summarized version – maybe I’ll try to expand on some of them in individual posts later.