30 April, 2008

A blog and comics roll of ridiculous proportions

So my list of things I read over on the right just doubled in length. Yes, these are things I read pretty much every day (save the ones that only update once or twice a week). I am afforded a lot of time for reading, and I love comics, so there you go. One thing that does escape me, and I forgot to bookmark it at the time, and I have been unable to find it since is this comic that is a parody of Wonder Woman. I cannot remember for the life of me what it was called, but it was excellent. If anyone knows of it, send me a link so I can add it to my daily reading as it is genius!

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

Here's some art I did

Brought the ole stylus and wacom to work tonight to make some non-pressure sensitive art. This probably won't appeal to many tastes. OH WELL.

What You don't Know

Hey Vaginas are Everywhere

Lies and Empty Promises

17 April, 2008

On Deceptive Labeling of Products

Today I was reminded by myself that I really need to read ALL of the nutritional information on items (particularly convenience food items I might purchase for my work dinner). I was somewhat pressed for time this afternoon as I went shopping for groceries for my lunch (and Tim's dinner), I came across a seemingly innocent and healthful food item I might procure for my work dinner.
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: michael@fundamentalfoods.com—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

Bored at Work

Painting I did in photoshop after watching some Seiken Densetsu Let's Play on YouTube. The light keeps turning off in here, and I'm alone, so it makes me very sleepy.

10 April, 2008

Who needs consistency when you can just use one brush size

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

Ripped from the Derrick Headlines

I did the quiz Derrick did:

You Are a Dash

Your life is fast paced and varied. You are realistic, down to earth, and very honest.
You're often busy doing something interesting, and what you do changes quickly.

You have many facets to your personality, and you connect them together well.
You have a ton of interests. While some of them are a bit offbeat, they all tie together well.

You friends rely on you to bring novelty and excitement to their lives.

(And while you're the most interesting person they know, they can't help feeling like they don't know you well.)

You excel in: Anything to do with money

You get along best with: the Exclamation Point

Aside from this. This morning in the mirror, I could see ribs. Yeah this might be alarming to some people, but rest assured that the front of my abdomen is still disgustingly squishy and flabby, and I still weigh in at 149lbs. It's just that I am getting to the weight where I lose all my backfat. The tummy and the upper thighs are usually the last to go (right after the boobs). I feel great, I haven't been this thin for about 5 years. I started logging my eating and exercise habits daily, and the first week or so were sort of rocky because I realised I will swing from eating something like 750 calories in a day to 2200 the next. Now I am making a concentrated effort to stay between 1200 and 1500 a day, and it is really working well for me.
Today I also biked super hard to work; I only shaved about 5 minutes off my usual time, but god I could feel it. My legs were all shakey. The inspiration for this? A dude on his fixed-gear. I am so competitive when I'm on the street biking: I like to be the person in front, and a dude on a fixed gear is good competition because those dudes can usually haul ass. They stand-start and often have a greater gear differential than I ride on even on my highest riding gear. Not only that but their bikes usually weigh like half as much as mine and being that they only have the one gear, and this is a hilly city, are generally in much better shape than I am.
Nonetheless, I creamed him. I was so speedy. Between red lights, I was probably getting up to 18 or 20mph. The best part was that he pretty much was going the same way I was, turning up Kearny and everything, so that kept pressing me on even when I tend to slow down a bit (on Kearny).