Thursday, October 30, 2014
Instead of being depressed, I invited friends over for pie.
Other awesomeness, might involve finally finding time to make an awesome dinner, and rocking out to the new Taylor Swift album. I should be in bed, but some things are just too important, like finishing comics and my third play through of 1989. Yes, it lives up to the hype, and each subsequent play through is somehow better. I'm not saying it's my favorite work by her, mainly because I am not that big on the heavy Max Martin influence, but she is just maturing in all of the right ways. I can't wait for the next one, but I had better get used to it. She only does this once every two years.
Oh, I am going to be living off coffee tomorrow, worth it.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I will go to bed shortly. I must say that I love granola bars. I mean I have contemplated marrying them, but they will never in my lifetime count as Halloween Candy, not even the ones with chocolate chips. Just, no, don't be that person.
This is based on the time when four very healthy engineers at my work showed up to the diversity day ice cream social and they were instructed to walk a lap around the campus in order to get ice cream. I will go further into corporate attempts to influence behavior later this week.
Coincidentally, this comic makes me think of this... There are some similarities, and that is my excuse.
I'm not even sorry.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Anyway, I have been thinking a bit about how to use technology in my comics. The thing about being a creator, is that you have to make every decision at every level. Usually, we go for something pre-established because it is easiest. Therefore, most comics have people interacting with technology that is identical to the kind with which the creator interacts. If the technology deviates from this, it is usually to emphasize futuristic advances that make it more of historical time periods that make it less capable.
My question is less, "how capable do we want our technology," but "how would we want to interact with it?" The thing is that I work at computers all day. I have a fixed location to look, a fixed location to sit, a fixed location where my keyboard is, and limited view space to place my work. Of course I can rearrange my workspace to me more ergonomic, but I am still limited by the physical devices. I guess my goal is technology that doesn't fix you to a flat screen. The thing about holograms is that they are actual 3D images, and therefore would be much easier on the eyes than staring at a screen. You could build an entire 3d workspace that tracks your motions and responds accordingly. Your keyboard and gestures are wherever happens to be comfortable at the time. The position of information would be entirely up to you, because you are essentially building a virtual office space. Also, depending on power requirements and connectivity, you could totally go mobile with them. It's a thought I might illustrate later.
It's not a new idea. I'm just trying to separate technology advancements into increases in capability, like teleporters, and improvements in usability, like voice commands to your computer. Actually, both of those ideas were on Star Trek. Which one do we use daily, and which one is a pipe dream?
Anyway, I am going to make dinner, and watch more Avatar.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I can only hope Holo-Kitty becomes as popular as Shark-Blimp, but we all know there is no surpassing Shark-Blimp.
The proper soundtrack for this comic is "Ribs" by Lorde. I had the pleasure of being pretty darn close to the stage this past weekend, and I can give you my personal recommendation, that her concerts are quite worth it.
Edit: the perspective was driving me nuts in the first panel. I had to change it.
I usually don't do this. It's not perfect now, but I am really freaking tired, and I can live with this.
Friday, October 3, 2014
I have quite a bit to say about this little series, but I have to be in Berkeley this afternoon, and the State of California decided that my license plates are a very low priority. Long, story short, I have to take Bay Area public transit. It' feels like I am taking a pilgrimage to the concert. A pilgrimage to see the Lorde. Hmmm.