Reporting Live From PAX09
I'm at PAX09. That's... really all I have to say about it. There's a lot of gamers here. Actually, there's more gamers than there are games. All in all, it's kinda a sad state of affairs. Also, the console room lacks Ikaruga, and I find that gravely offensive. Papyrus is ALMOST done. The technical issues are all resolved, right now we're just making some last minute adjustments.
Garrison Keillor Lives...
...but just barely. Here is a man who's work I've admired, yet every time I hear his voice on the radio I'm reminded that he could at any moment reach not death but completeness. He has today survived a stroke, and I suppose that means his work is not done. We shall see.
The President of the Dance is dead.
I have finally, FINALLY approved a proof of Papyrus for print. Have I mentioned the fact that self publishing comic books is HARD?
HOLY FUCKING CRAP YOU HAVE TO PLAY THIS GAME RIGHT NOW
Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When They Roar is so awesome that when I played it, I laughed and cried at the same time. I am writing this review five minutes later and I am STILL LAUGHING MYSELF TO TEARS.
It's a Video Game Reference
I earned my white mage robe today. I uh... I'm kinda humbled. I've been looking to help out with the Red Cross for a while and it's finally official. Any day now, I'll get my first call in the middle of the night to go give food cards and teddy bears to house-fire victims. It's one of those weird things in life that is both little and huge.
Papyrus is Here!
The books were delivered yesterday! Now I just need to drive around town convincing people to sell it, update the website to have links to our sponsors, mail out stacks of them to the Splurdagumi in other towns, build an online store to actually start SELLING the comics we put so much work into making, put the money into printing the next issue, try to drum up more sponsors, get everyone to finish their artwork (including me) all while prissy Marvel/DC fans are turning up their noses like cats who were fed kibble and maintaining my day job and new obligations as a Red Cross volunteer. PIECE OF CAKE.
Our friend Rick got tickets for me and Big Josh to go see Dethklok with Mastadon. We were slightly worried that because the headlining band was an Adult Swim cartoon metal band, the concert might be slightly less than completely metal. WE WERE WRONG.
Huh. It sure sucked to be the Nasca, who in searching for more farmland clearcut all of the huarango trees that would have protected them from the very floods that eradicated their civilization. Good thing that here in the modern age, we can predict such detrimental environmental disasters well in advance, giving us the foresight to alter our practices and preserve our culture. No, wait...
I admit I'm a pretty jaded and cynical guy these days and I'm really quick to hate something whether it deserves it or not. That said, I really, REALLY want to like The Princess and the Frog. I think it's a great concept and I have a special place in my heart for traditional animation, Disney or otherwise but... it just... doesn't look good. It looks really badly written, badly edited, not even well voiced. It's hitting me like an embarrassment skwick - like a teenager's dad trying to talk like a teenager to be cool. Maybe they're just marketing it bad. I hope that's all it is.
The Dance of Business
Ohhh-kay, so normally my quips are social or political, but this time it's about business. This Youtube video isn't for everyone but anyone who's been in a vendor/client relationship situation will know the pain contained herein and laugh because it's SO TRUE! Artists, designers, contractors: You'll laugh! You'll cry! At the same time!
Fuck you, Fox Television Network
God help me I think I like Glee.
update I take it back. The more I watch it, the more it bugs me like the rest of television.
Back To Work
I'm starting to feel creative again. I finally learned object oriented programming over the axemas holiday and I'm putting it to use by attempting to make an Elves of Iax Roll Playing Game. My day job is kicking back into gear but I already have character creation mostly done.
I would like to officially declare that I like Jamin Winans because he is the coolest. Thank you Allison for enlightening me. Unrelated Serious Update: The Red Cross sure would like some money to help people in Haiti. Protip: Designate your donation AP 2885, that's the code for Haiti Relief and Development.
Papyrus 2 offical! Well, more official. Officilaler than it was.
I paid for the printing of Papyrus Issue 2 today. We still have a lot of artwork to do but it is official! This means we can start selling ads soon! (As a rule I don't sell ads in a book until it is bought and paid for) More info coming as it develops.
Just recently turned 29...
Take that Heath Ledger.
~Big Josh [02/15/2010]
I love it any time the 1st amendment wins.
Andrew Joseph Stack
This is the story of a man who's life sucked because he was rich enough to afford his own airplane. He rage-quit life so he wouldn't have to pay taxes anymore and burned his wife and kid out of a home. The bar for douche-bag of the year has suddenly been set really high.
February 25th is Tony Stark's Birthday
I'm trying to decide how I'll celebrate. I figure I need to either build something, do something entrepreneurial, or drink. Truth be told, I'll probably build something.
I don't get serious very often, but...
...this is all kinds of bullshit. I got an email this morning. "Virginia Commonwealth University received a letter from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli requesting that the Commonwealth's public universities and colleges rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation." I don't even know what to say.
update:VCU made a difference today.