September 9th, 2003

Boromir battle

"What Would McGuyver Do?"

I have determined that if I put the markers in the "Studio Stackers" and sorta stack them in alternating rows, I can get them down to a "toting" size of 21" x 8" x 11" ... so I'm looking into finding a carrying case with roughly those dimensions. They are not directly usable in that configuration, at least not easily, but they are at least compactly storable and can be carried without too much difficulty.

FWIW, I am not now, nor have I ever been, mechanically inclined. But I have lots of friends who are engineers and I wondered to myself, "What would, say, camstone, Smrgol, or Scotty do about this 'stackers fall to pieces' problem?" Glue is an obvious answer, but it's messy and I don't have any handy except some excessively stinky two-part epoxy that I'd rather not use unless my arm fell off and I had to glue it back on.

What I finally came up with, actually, was rubber bands. Inspired by the rigging on tall ships, I stretched the bands across various strategic axes of the stackers, using their tension in three dimensions to make the stacker too taut to come apart without some deliberate effort. This makes the stackers actually viable as a mobile storage system -- I can lift one layer of 64 markers up out of whatever case I end up getting without having the stackers flying to pieces!

Hooray for small victories. :)

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    Bananarama -- "Cruel Summer"
Drezzer cool

Opus Rising?

Snagged from rigelkitty...

Opus the Penguin Back in Funny Business

I'm of two minds about this ... on the one hand, Bloom County was one of the all-time great comic strips. On the other hand, the last thing the world needs is "Outland II." The fact that Breathed says, "It was painful to sit through the war without a public voice," worries me a bit.

We shall have to watch ... and see...

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    A-Ha -- "Take On Me"
Vote Six

Speaking of Talking Heads...

While checking my Hotmail account, I noticed that Slate had an op-ed piece, "Should You Be Afraid of the Patriot Act?" I didn't bother to read the article, but the question strikes me as fatuous at best.

Is fire hot?

Does rain fall?

Does power corrupt?

Heck, the name should tip you off if nothing else. Generally if something has a name like "The Patriot Act," or "Social Security," or "The Protecting You So You Can Pet Cute Cuddly Kittens Act," even a low-grade B.S. detector should be screaming at you that something very, very bad is headed your way!

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    Peter Gabriel -- "Games Without Frontiers"

Tonight, Tonight...

Last night I got tomorrow's strip to Hikaru and he's mostly got it colored already, so if I finish Friday's tonight, the strips will be taken care of for the week ... sorta. I need to also get Monday's done at least during the week because kelloggs2066 is going to be in town this weekend and I have no idea what my schedule is going to be like.

The other thing I want to do tonight is color the Tiffany "Fun In the Sun" pic to auction as part of the computer fund, and have the announcement of that auction go up with tomorrow's strip.

Should be a good week!

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    'Weird Al' Yankovic -- "Dare To Be Stupid"
Kero asleep


I'm going to have a buffer of strips ahead, and when I do, I'm going to make a strict policy: NO inking on nights when I'm super-tired, because it always sucks.

Inking is hard enough on nights when I have energy. Inking on nights when I can barely hold up the pen is just asking for the Your Art Sucks Demons to have their wicked way with me.

I'm crawling off to bed now, before the Your Mood Sucks, Too Demons start poking their heads in around the blurred edges of my vision.

-The Gneech

PS: Sleep will fix it. :) G'nite everybody!
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    exhausted exhausted