16 October, 2008
However, that is all over.
Why? You may ask.
Well, it is because I got laid off today. I effectively have no job. More than ever, I need people to help me find something. Keep your ears perked. I am actively seeking (and kind of have been in some respect for the last month or so since the financial meltdown made it evident to me that I probably wouldn't have a job very soon).
If you're a stranger visiting and know someone or have need? Even better (since I hate taking money from friends). Check out my AIGA portfolio by clicking on the little talk box deal to the right. My resume is also there for your convenience.
I guess now I will have time to finally get my portfolio website live in a more lively fashion. Keep posted for updates.
08 September, 2008
When all said and done, this all cost about $2000, and after paying out the ass for the deposit on our new apartment, we have no money.
The discharge nurse who talked to us stressed that we need to watch him and make sure that he does actually deficate at some point in the next few days after he gets a decent amount of food in him because he might have some problem with his colon. She said that it is usually an issue with much, much older cats where their colons become over stretched and the nerves then don't react to tell the cat to deficate. She didn't go into detail as to what would have to be done in this case, but I don't even want to think about it. Aside from that, we have to also make sure he isn't straining to urinate and is being productive with it because otherwise he is going to probably need a different surgery to open up his urethra more which will probably be an obscene amount of money.
So yeah. Awesome times! This pretty much means I will for sure not be going to MN this fall. Also that I won't be buying a cintiq at any point in the near future cos I'm broke.
15 August, 2008
12 August, 2008
She used to be a ripe hottie, but years of stress and other personal issues take their toll. Let's see if I can't take off 10 or so years:
I eliminated a number of fine lines and the beginning of a "turkey neck", restored her lips to a more youthful fullness, brought up her sagging earlobe and changed that god awful lip colour to something more suiting a first lady in waiting. Not only that but I also made it so she didn't look like she just dipped her face (and only her face) into a vat of self-tanner.
11 August, 2008
1) a bid on 14lbs (yes over 360 rolls) of expired film from a professional photographer (so it was cold stored and most likely very usable with interesting potential results) [max bid = $150]
2) A Print Gocco full kit PG-5. I have been wanting a Gocco for ages; I finally mustered the courage to ask the people at Pearl this weekend if they carry the printers somewhere as I could only find accessories out on the floor (no they don't). I was told to look online. Prices for these things have skyrocketed since they are no longer in production. This kit is used and comes with about 6 different colour inks at varying amounts of used-ness. [current max bid = $100; may increase if necessary]
3) A new medium format toy camera: namely, a Holga. It, like my Lomo TLR, takes 120 film (6cmx6cm negative). Ebay price was less than the lowest price I could find for it new on Amazon. Specifically because I want one with a hotshoe rather than a built in flash (I have heard you cannot turn off the flash; for this reason I'd rather have a hotshoe since I do already own 2 external flashes). It is plastic lensed and being a Lomo, it is famous (infamous?) for its mysterious light leaks and vignetting. I haven't been so excited for a camera in ages; not since I got my big, metal beasty Minolta. [max bid at less than 1hr = $22 (yay free shipping!)]
4) This is another huge one. I bought a bunch of stuff specifically FOR the Holga. Namely a square filter holder, a "grab bag" of various filters (30$ for about 40 some filters, sure I'll take that), some Polaroid 669 film (yes polaroid film for...wait for it...) and a Polaroid film back for the Holga. This was the big thing. I am VERY excited for this. It uses the Polaroid type 100 (or now, 667/669 type that has a 4x5 print area) peel-apart pack film. It was $129. I am really hoping I do not regret getting this and that it makes some awesome prints. I've loved pack film since getting to play with it in independent photo in High School, and the way the adapter is set up, I could probably also hook up a sort of deal like Ms. Hansen had with the slide projector focused on the pack adapter to make prints from slides (since both are a positive print, the negative of pack film is the "gunk" side that gets peeled away from the paper back).
5) I also ordered toothbrush heads for my toothbrush. This is not for a creative endeavour, but they were like $22!
In addition, I also photoshopped this woman to actually look like she belongs in the magazine she was pictured in: Young and Modern Knits.
29 July, 2008
My scale is in need of its first new battery ever (I've had it since I don't know like 2004 or 2003?). It just registers as low battery if anyone tries to weigh themselves on it.
My tightest pants that formerly gave me one hell of a muffin top are now fitting like they should. They are still very tight, but they don't fall down and also don't make me look chunky. This is good. I wore them during the weekend a little at pitchfork (mostly just to fly out there and then home again). They were fitting like this shortly before I left, but travel and eating out a lot makes me get hell of bloated (stress and sodium mixed with a lower water intake? I don't know) so they were very uncomfortable for the flight home.
I haven't had any diet sodas for a week now. I'm a little headachy around this time in the morning due to pretty much halving my caffeine intake, but I do feel a lot better for it, and I have been sleeping more restfully too (ie, I am not waking up every two or three hours to every little noise outside or the cats getting up and walking about). The only real issue with it is that I am just exhausted every morning when I am leaving work. This makes the bike ride home much less enjoyable---not that it is terribly enjoyable to begin with.
I almost can't wait for Lynn to come back totally from her baby leave so I can maybe walk to work a one or two days a week. I don't even know if I would though considering my commute makes up the majority of my exercise, and if I get sent home at 2am, I sure as hell am not walking through the TL to get there. My white girl ass is taking a taxi home. I guess I could throw in an extra or extended weights session on those days, but that might end up being an every-time-I-walk-to-work occurance.
17 July, 2008
Evidently I made the mistake of buying tickets for Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday as no one told me that Friday is basically a big snorefest only highlighted by the fact that both Sebadoh and Public Enemy will be playing one song each. Yes. ONE SONG. What the hell? When I bought my tickets months ago, they hadn't nailed down a solid line up for any of the days, just what some of the bands were and Sebadoh was a big selling point for me. Me and Sebadoh go way back all the way to high school days listening to them on Radio K (KUMN---University of MN main campus's radio station, listen to it anytime on radiok.org) and reading about them in the CMJ (College Music Journal). The fact that they are only playing ONE song on Friday sort of irks me on many levels, one of which being the whole feeling of "just who do these assholes think they are?". Needless to say, Tim and I are likely skipping Friday to go tool around the city with the Joneses and try to scare up something interesting to do.
In other news, Thomas (a coworker) has returned from Canada and brought delicious cookies to the office. They are maple flavour and in bilingual packaging.
26 June, 2008
We played a boxed D&D campaign over at Zac and Lucia's tonight (with Zac and Lucia); it was pretty fun. I'm really excited for starting our main game with Az. The first real 4ed game we'll be playing; this one is like a warm-up which is also a good time to introduce Lucia to the game since we're all kind of newbs at this new system.
I hope to do some drawing up at the lake, but that generally doesn't happen too well since I am easily distracted. It will probably only occur if I can get Mari into doing a co-op with me (her writing some words and me doing a drawing to go along with it); or maybe her future hubby may be willing to co-op on something. I feel like I need some level of co-op to not feel like what I'm doing is trash.
Either way this trip should be good for me. I've been mighty antsy lately, and I really just want to get out of town for a while.
In other news; I bought these yesterday. You know, since the cats lost everything but my can of d6s.
29 May, 2008
You do not know me, nor do I know you, but from reading your comics I have discovered you found a way to procure massive (?) amounts of money so as to pay off your college loan in a quicker way.
I also have a fairly useless degree (at least in the current economic state my country of US is in) and quite the sizable college loan. How does one go about procuring dreadful work that though dreadful will possibly pay off my college loan much more quickly than the dreadful work I do now? I have heard that it is not difficult to get work visas in Canada if one has a college degree and knows some amount of French (I have and can do both!).
Perhaps your dreadful workplace has an equally dreadful place that is also equal in money-making capacity somewhere in the United States (Alaska?)?
Please let me know if you know anything (or not!). Either way, thanks for the laffs; your comic is a hoot.
From a confused and broke Minnesotan in California,
PS. Don't be fooled that I work for Goldman Sachs, I work in their services department through a 3rd party staffing company. I make very little money; particularly for the cost of living in such a place as San Francisco.
28 May, 2008
23 May, 2008
21 May, 2008
30 April, 2008
I'm wearing my tightest jeans tonight; this paired with also wearing new slip-on shoes (so very stiff canvas) and having just risen my bike seat by another inch created a fairly unstable environment for my biking to work tonight. Suffice to say, I managed to bork up my stalling at one particular stop light near the Tenderloin and basically fall head-first into a large black gentleman who was crossing the street very close to me (he was part of the reason I fell being I was going all of .5mph waiting for the light to turn [approx 3. seconds left on the count-down] and had to turn very sharply to avoid running him over with my bike) which caused me to just kind of gently tip over. Thanks to my shoes being new and slippery and stiff canvas and my bike seat being at a height I am yet to be used to, I couldn't really steady myself before just more or less falling on this guy. Sorry guy! You broke my fall very well!
There was also another cyclist near me when all this happened. Most embarrassing!
29 April, 2008
17 April, 2008
Wrapped with a green label showing a wheelbarrow full of delicious vegetables, how could my eye not catch the Roasted Garlic Hummus Wrap with Crunchy Vegetables (both vegan and complete protein!) produced by Fundamental Foods of 463 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (emailable at: firstname.lastname@example.org—feel free to email them with comments on what I am about to discuss). Oh and 142 Calories? How can I not get this? This way I can have a peanutbutter toast with my dinner too. How grand!
Upon eating it, it was not as to be expected: it consisted largely of the (much too generous in my opinion) Lavosh wrap with sparse amounts of hummus, no descernable garlic or red onion, two sad carrot sticks and a stick of celery. Oh, and what's that when I am compiling my calories for the evening? 3.5 servings per wrap? You mean to say I unwittingly blew over a third of my daily allotment of calories on something this unsatisfying? Yes. This sad wrap had 497 calories (and 17.5 grams of fat, mind you this is almost all my fat for the day). It didn't even have CHEESE. This is all from the fat, way-too-big, taking up so much space that all there was were one-carrot-stick wide space for vegetables Lavosh. All from a company that touts its being run by a certified nutritional consultant.
Really. I am sick of companies misrepresenting serving sizes in this way. If the food item comes in a package that is not easily resealable. If the food item is not such as one where there are individual pieces that can be metered out (such as chips, cereal &c). If said food item comes wrapped in such a fashion as to even suggest that it is to be eaten, as is, in whole form. I want the nutritional information to reflect the information for the entire food item. Not "per 2 oz serving of which there are 3.5": no one eats a 1 oz (or HALF) serving of a wrap (a single food item). Might I add that it was 7 oz. For the 7 oz of food this wrap represents, I could have had a giant spinach salad (like the size of my big salad bowl with bell pepper, pepperocinis and olives), and for HALF of the calories, I could have had it in a reasonable amount with tomatoes and fat-free feta.
I really don't reach for convenience items very often, and I don't ever eat fast food (unless taquerias count). This just really pisses me off for what I got out of what it was; especially since it blind sided me after I'd thought I'd finished with my calories for the day to find that because of it, I went 300 calories over my daily allotment. Oh and I did write them a letter. Hopefully I will get retribution.
11 April, 2008
10 April, 2008
Tim did enjoy the snow. He did not die. Drew this on my wacom in about 40 minutes on my work computer because drawing on my laptop (though allowing multiple brush pressures) is not easy due to screen size and brightness (it is really dim).
03 April, 2008
You Are a Dash
Your life is fast paced and varied. You are realistic, down to earth, and very honest.
19 March, 2008
The painting for Joe is also coming along fairly nicely. I worked on it for a couple hours today and though I hated how it looked while I was working the paint, when I let it alone for a while and looked at it again, it actually is starting to look pretty good.
I didn't finish my burdastyle sewalong skirt in time because things I was doing with the fabric was a little too ambitious for the allotted time and the percentage of that time I was able to spend on it, and being I have to finish this painting for Joe by Saturday, it has shifted into the top priority. After Saturday I will spend my daylight hours working on the skirt to get it done and probably a couple nights before work working on bikes (being that for the rest of the month I am covering for Lynn so I am getting up at 4 or 5pm and going into work at 9pm).
I also bought a socket wrench set ($10!) that will likely fall apart after repeated use (but $10 so who cares?) at, of all places, Walgreens today. This means I got the break levers and the back wheel off of Tim's bike so I can fix them / replace them AND my new wheels came today for my bike.
Tim's bike still has a lot of work on it before it's ridable, but he'll hopefully be in the saddle at the end of the month if I end up being able to use his back gearbox on my old wheel or somehow rigging his rear derailleur to deal with an extra cog. However, if I can't get his cogset on my wheel, I'm going to end up having to buy either a new wheel or a new cogset, and since cogsets are generally extremely pricey, I'd probably end up trying to find a wheel that is compatible with his perfectly usable cogset. The teeth on my cogs, however are chipped and worn, so I would not want him to have to ride on them; they cause all kinds of autoshifting problems for me, and being his bike uses friction shifting as opposed to indexed like my bike, it will only get worse for him.
His cotters came today though along with handlebar tape. Now all I have left to order for him is brake cables, a new saddle and possibly a rear wheel / rear cog. If I do end up getting him a new rear wheel, I am definitely taking the tire and tube off of my old one to put on the front because they are almost new. If anything, I might order a new tire for that front wheel because it is starting to deteriorate a lot (the back one was completely cracked and had to be replaced) and replace its tube while I'm at it. If it comes to doing this though, I will do this order with one for tubes for my new wheels since they are skinnier than my old ones.
I am both apprehensive and excited about my new wheels. They are completely hand-built alloy wheels. They are almost as skinny as Zac's, which makes me worry about maneuverability and the increased likeliness of getting a pinch-flat. Being they are skinny also means that I will have less contact with the ground which has the dual consequences of being able to go a lot faster but also having less traction in wet conditions (which I do ride in—I am not a sunny-day rider). I might have to look into the possibility of getting nobbies for this tire width if only for my own sanity.
My new wheels are also track wheels which means no quick-release which means if I get a flat, I am walking. The back wheel is a flip-flop (fixed on one side, free on the other), so I am going to be going single speed. I am likely not going to be using the fixed side at all simply because I live on a sorta-big hill, and I don't really trust myself with having to peddle-brake and only having a front brake going down it. Maybe if Tim and I end up moving to a flatter district will I start using it on the fixed side, but as it is, I like having the option of doing back-peddling to keep gyroscopic motion in play when I'm idling waiting for traffic lights.
But I am mostly really looking forward to getting Tim's bike up and running. My bike is a back-burner project right now as far as I'm concerned until his bike is done. Once his bike is up, I am really looking forward to being able to ride around with him and our other bikerly friends because then maybe he'll gain the confidence to finally TAKE THE LANE. Because if you'd ever ridden with him on the tandem, in the city, it is terrifying. He rides too far to the right and weaves in and out of parked cars which is far far less safe than just taking the lane. Really if people need / want to pass a biker, they will do it even if you're riding in the middle of the lane, but at least if you're in the middle of the lane, they are forced to recognize that you are there and exist and are squishy and if they hit you, there are huuuge consequences (esp. in SF).
On Sunday I will probably take apart our back wheels and see if the parts are compatible. I am debating whether I want to order the brake parts I need online or if I want to go somewhere local. I really don't like the snobby bike shops that are largely prevalent in the mission, and even buying used parts there makes me nervous enough that I end up getting the wrong shit (I did this actually with the peddles I got to replace the crummy plastic ones on his bike). But I will probably be back at BoxDog on Friday to get drop bars for my bike and try to find matching peddles for his, so maybe then I will muster the courage to ask for brake cable and brakeline stopper widgets.
11 March, 2008
This is another outfit that will likely see a lot of play, particularly because it is something I could actually wear to work and ride my bike in. Also the long pants bode well for SF nights when it does get considerably chilly. I might throw together a bolero or a quilted wrap to go along with it for such nights. Not only that but brightly coloured pants are so in vogue, and at $90 a pop at American Apparel, I think I can take a couple of days to make my own without feeling like I'm wasting my time.
This is part of my spring/summer '08 line I've been working on which I will (hopefully) be making a couple more posts with my paperdoll (I am horrible at doing fashion croques because of all my training in drawing realistic figures, they always look mutated to me, so I try to leave them as sketchy as possible as if I clean them up too much, I get the proportions to be "too realistic") and the other elements of my line.
When I started laying out this skirt, I realised I had a lot more of the red satin that I bought (at a steal of a price, and almost 3 yards of it!) than I had originally thought, so I am definitely going to make this matching slinky red top along with opera-length gauntlets that have (granted I have enough of it left) stretch mesh fingerlets and lace at the top. Overall, a bitchin outfit for shows or freaking out old folks. The piece du resistance on this outfit being 3 silver buttons I found and fell in love with.
The lace and the mesh which are elements of the skirt and gauntlets are from two shirts that I thrifted for much less than the fabric would have cost me new (lace is obscenely expensive, especially for lace that has a finished, scallopped edge like the ample amounts that are on this shirt I got).
28 February, 2008
Painting was finished and a success. People were impressed. I forgot to take pictures of it.
I've been too busy wasting time to do blogs this month. So, I am working on a larger all-encompassing comic that I will (hopefully if I don't get bored with it or distracted by other on-going projects) branch into a number of smaller, related comics that I can maybe turn into a minicomic to give to people. Hang with me, things are scripted but not even thumbed. blar!
25 January, 2008
The dude totally knew there were cookies, but he withheld information. Thusly, he gets the sword eye. I only ate one half of a cookie that was on that plate. I brought up cookies for more than just myself unlike David (the man who told me about cookies).
There were cookies because there was some IPO celebration that night. As per usual, I asked waitstaff about the location of foodstuffs because tall people in business suits make me nervous. Particularly when I am in hand-me-down pants and an old sweater.
Also, anyone who knows me knows I will eat cookies like it is my job. I am fucking SERIOUS about cookies.
24 January, 2008
I really need to stop telling strangers about my cats. Tim invited me to go drink with some of his workmates, one of which brought his ladyfriend. And well, I guess the menfolk figure the ladyfolk will get along and talk about whatever ladyfolk talk about.
The problem with this is that I've always been around mostly boys my entire life. I am not good at talking to girls. This is why my lady friends I treat like hard earned lovely shiny things.
Suffice to say, I talked this poor girl's ear off about my dumb cats, and I felt like an idiot afterward. I sort of redeemed myself later I guess when I got her to talking about where she came from (New Mexico) and her job (pre-school teacher) and also crazy times to go shopping (black friday, day after xmas), but I feel I did a great amount of harm with the cat talking.
Tim even acknowledged that I talked about the cats for an extraordinarily long time.
I'm such a dumb ass.
15 January, 2008
09 January, 2008
The weekend of the 8th, we will be going to South Lake Tahoe for fun time snow and skiing with his workmates and their respective S/Os and family. Then the weekend after, we will be going to MN for more snow fun and visiting with friends! Woo! I almost feel like Derrick with all this travelling!
Tarv said he'd look after the cats for one of the weekends. If there are any SF (or Sac) area friends who read this blog who would like a weekend in the city (if you have animals, feel free to bring them too, our building is an all-pets building, and our cats are fairly laid back), let me know. I think I will try calling Aimee and Kirsten tomorrow to see what their plans are for either of those weekends.