Friday Comic Stand-In

As is becoming somewhat of a routine here on BdW, the Friday Comic is going to go on a bit of a hiatus while I'm on the road. I can only assume that it will start back up in full strength soon after the new year, as my enthusiasm for the project (originally slated to be 4 weeks long) is at an all time high. So hopefully a little adventure will manifest itself into a couple new comic ideas and the series will plod on towards magic number 100 in no time flat.

As a hold over, at least for this week, I thought I would offer up something I had totally forgotten about: my comic beginnings. I wanna say it was sometime between 6th and 8th grade that Ego Man was conceived (and lived out the remainder of his short career). The drawings are even cruder than my current drawings, but there is definitely more plot. In briefly glancing through, I even detected a romantic subplot. Anyway, I scanned a few pages* for your enjoyment*. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3(with special guest artist Andrew from Brothers Root), and Page 4
Thursday December 3 2009File under: misc

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Transportation Bingo

Last time I did a meandering domestic adventure (spring 2008 through the Northeast, if you recall), I noticed how many forms of transportation I was using. Ferries, craigslist rides, biking, etc. This time around, I thought I'd make a game out of it.

Transportation Bingo works like this:
     * each person gets a card with many forms of transportation in a random arrangement. (The arrangement is based off a seed word which you might be asked for that allows for you to get the same arrangement from any computer. Capital letters matter.)
     * when I use a certain form of transportation on this trip, I will add it to the list of "used methods" which will cause that square to be red.
     * when someone gets 5 in a row, just like in bingo, they win.
     * prize for the winner is yet to be determined, but is bound to be "oh gee thanks, I guess" worthy.

The hope is that those who want to follow along for this latest adventure can do so by just checking in on the bingo page. "Oh, he just rode on a passenger only ferry across Mobile Harbor. Bingo!"

So the programming aspect of this was done kind of hastily without much cross-browser/cross-platform troubleshooting, so let me know if it isn't working for you. I wanted to get it posted before I get on the train to Denver this afternoon. Speaking of which, I had better go pack up and hop on the bus down to the station.
Tuesday December 1 2009File under: travel, coding

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Movember

Have you heard of Movember*? As I understand it, the point is to get guys to grow mustaches (in November) in order to raise awareness of men's health issues. If you want to learn more about Movember (or just see a bunch of neat mustache pictures) check out their website.

Any excuse for ridiculous facial hair, I say. I've done quite a few straight mustaches recently so I thought I might go a little fancier. And differently than most shaving experiments, I actually wore this one out of the house and down to the bar*. If I didn't have to look semi-respectable the next morning, I might have kept it even longer. I kind of dig how it looks.

Oh, and here are a few pics of the process (that I am posting for posteriety, not because I've deluded myself into thinking people actually like seeing such shamelessly egotistical photos): before and halfway.
Saturday November 28 2009File under: beard

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FC 91 - Thanks Be To...

It was right down to the wire on this one. It is actually kind of ridiculous how long this comic took me to make. Just the table settings alone took longer than some entire comics. And it didn't even turn out as good as I hoped. Before this one goes in the book, I'll have to go back and standardize font size at least. I apologize about the mis-sizing and what not. All the more reason I should stick to the single panel format.

Anyway, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I did (which is, in part, why making this comic came right down to the line. I pushed through the gluttony induced sleepiness to beat the deadline.). Chances are few of you are at work today which kind of defeats the whole purpose of Friday Comics, but c'est la vie. I hope you enjoy it anyway. Now I gotta go check my e-mail.
Thursday November 26 2009File under: comic

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Rockslide on Chuckanut

I was coming back from my latest housesitting stint in Bellingham yesterday when I was waved down by an on coming car. "There's a rock slide ahead. You'd better go around." I thanked the man and took his advice under consideration. Going around is no small endeavor on a scooter. It would add about an hour to the ride and I don't have that kind of time to waste. I'm a busy man, as we all know*.

When I got to the slide, I zipped by the line of cars who must have been just planning to wait until the rocks eroded away, and zigzagged my way through the rocks. Scoot Scoot for the win! As I continued down Chuckanut, the highway dept. make-things-better vehicle was just arriving, so I wouldn't have had to wait too too long anyway. But still, I was glad I was on a low footprint vehicle. Let's see your SUV or AWD Subarus do that!
Tuesday November 24 2009File under: transportation

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Luckily a Quote for Monday

This week's quote comes from Dusty or Lefty (I don't remember which), from Prairie Home Companions Life of the Cowboys.
"You gotta give the universe a chance to make you lucky."
For some reason, this really resonated with me. Something with the combination of being both active but with a sense of fatalism too. Kind of like meeting fate halfway. Anyway, since it has been so long since I've posted a Monday quote, I thought I would get this one up. May the universe make you all lucky today!
Monday November 23 2009File under: quote

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Community Involvement

Community involvement is something that I like to have in my life. In the past, it has come in the form political canvasing, walking in the town parade, or pitching in on group building projects. This past couple of weeks, I had some new opportunities to get involved, both of which were great. Read on for reviews.

(I fancified this post by minimizing said reviews so as to fit within my word count per post goal. Click on each headline to get a full review)

   Climate Steward Panel Discussion on Alternative Transportation

   Classroom Presentation on Veggie Oil Fueled Car

Saturday November 21 2009File under: Anacortes, transportation

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FC 90 - Nom Nom Nom

You've heard me go on and on about my beloved Paint Shop Pro 5.0. I love it because it is simple and easy. Sure it can't do fading just right and trying to fill a path that has been outlined with anti-aliased lines can be a huge chore, but still, I love it. Well, I've got this new computer that runs linux which means it doesn't run windows programs. I haven't missed anything except my beloved Paint Shop Pro. The replacement, called GIMP, is extremely inadequate, at least for my purposes.

All this is to say that when I fully make the switch over to my new computer, the high quality drawings* that you are used to in the Friday Comic series might slip while I learn a new program (or somehow figure out how to get PSP5 to work under WINE). Consider yourself duly warned.

But this comic was from the old tried and true prop-it-up-on-a-stack-of-CDs-so-it-doesn't-overheat-in-two-seconds computer. So if the quality on it is lacking, well, I've got no excuse for that.
Thursday November 19 2009File under: comic

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High Winds Make for an Exciting Night Aboard

I slept on a boat last night*. I was in Bellingham for Vaudevillingham and was starting a housesitting gig the next day so didn't want to go home only to come back. Amiel was good enough to let me crash on his boat. Not only did this up a lagging stat on my Sleeping Around calendar, it turned out to be quite an experience.

The winds throughout the night were ripping. Data from the nearest weather station (as so awesomely visualized here) showed sustained winds of around 35 units per unit* with gusts well into the 60s. This made for lots of rocking and, to a greater degree, noise. A couple of times, Amiel came sprinting through the cabin to make sure we hadn't had the mast ripped down or been dragged out to sea.

On a walk through the marina in the morning, this only damage we saw was a boat knocked off it's trailer. From the apocalyptic sounds from the night before, I was expecting to see the little boats impaled on the big boats masts. Too bad. That would have made a good blog post.
Monday November 16 2009File under: misc

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Slow Days Turned Crafty Days

A while back, I did a post called Crafts Camp about how crafting can be, for lack of a better word, good*. Well, things have been slow recently for me (no housesitting, adventures, etc.) so I've used a little of my time for semi-artistic endeavors once again. As with last time, making stuff feels good, even if it isn't going to win any awards. And when it comes to stuff, I'd much rather have a lumpy handmade bowl or less than perfect sweater made by myself or someone I know than something that you might see in a museum or fashion show.

Yesterday, I worked on 3 different genres of crafts. I fashioned the above spoon from the cherry tree I removed from our front yard. I've started curing the wood for a second, hopefully better one. Then I did some stained glass. Neither picture turned out great but here they are anyway: a geometric sun(?) and a juggling club. Lastly, I finished up a hat I started knitting last year.

All this crafting and I still managed to fit in more hours of t.v. than I care to admit. At least I can feel like I accomplished something (even if it is just creating a sliver delivery device).
Saturday November 14 2009File under: misc

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