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8/19/15 04:52 pm - A decade of the HOBBITS the HOBBITS the HOBBITS the HOBBITS

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8/19/15 01:10 pm

I managed to GRAB a moment of time to surf the web and found a new web app using Google's Deep Dream code. So I put that picture of the dove mooning you I posted the other day through it.

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8/19/15 09:10 am - nibbled to death by ducks

Work exploded recently. A controlled explosion, but an explosion nonetheless. I took the website live last Friday and the two weeks beforehand were spent frantically coding and fixing things, and this week (and probably next week) will be spent frantically coding and fixing things, and I have zero downtime, when I usually have time to rest a bit and refresh myself between tasks, since every hour there's another fresh wave of emails with error reports, requests, updates, etc., request for explanations of why things have changed, etc. So I'm getting home exhausted and cranky.

And I committed to three bays of art (i.e., three 4' x 4' panels) at an art show at a con at the end of September and I have only about three pieces of art that I can post right now, and am attempting to create one more digital piece (have to get those done because I need to send them out for prints) before I can get to the pencil/marker/what-have-you of the rest. And I'm STILL feeling creatively tapped out, partly because of the exhaustion and crankiness mentioned above (which means I'm not a pro artist, because the mark of a pro is being able to soldier on in these conditions. OTOH this is *why* I'm not doing art for my living...because when it becomes work, I don't enjoy it any more.)

And then there are the things I am behind on--the ConDFW website, which is THREE MONTHS BEHIND, because the last thing I want to do when I get home is MORE WEB CODING. I've been trying to give this job away for two years now, and nobody's stepped up to volunteer, so I'm feeling even less enthused about it. I already told the director that I am flat out not doing it next year, but that still leaves this year to get through. (And once the website's done there's the program book to (not) look forward to.) There is also a book cover that I am 99% finished with and literally keep forgetting about (and feel SO GUILTY) except when I am at work, emails I haven't replied to, and website updates for the book cover business that I just can't get to because I'm at home freaking out over the art load (and since I'm not the only one with access to the site, it just doesn't get prioritized over the art, because I am the only one who can do that).

In conclusion: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaa

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8/18/15 10:22 pm

Sora made a nest.



This is on the bed in the spare room, which is currently being used to store extra random stuff. Sora's pulled the top blanket partway off and made a cupped nest that exactly fits his shape.

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8/17/15 08:36 pm

Because there is a part of me that will always be twelve...

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8/17/15 10:44 am

BTW, as I'm trying to stave off the point where I actually have to give Dropbox money*, if you sign up for a (free) Dropbox cloud storage account using my referral code, it'll throw an extra 500MB of space my way.


* It'll come one day. It'll come. Sooner than I expected, because it turns out the easiest way to swap the pictures I'm working on between my desktop and the Cintiq is via Dropbox and that 1TB of space for $10/month is looking awfully tempting right now. I have just gained 250MB by hooking up the Twitter account I keep solely for commercial things that give you free stuff for tweets (@chatproblem), and by following them with that account, which will do for today's needs but I anticipate the future will be tight on space. Especially as the picture I hope to paint today by following a tutorial I bought will probably fill up that extra space.

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8/13/15 03:11 pm - one day I will have time to actually read this blog

Librarians cook recipes from their favorite books: 36 Eggs. Currently doing a Harry Potter month, but paging back earlier will get you other books.

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8/13/15 08:55 am

aaaargh

The website I'm working on is due to go live TOMORROW. Naturally I find bug in the code that displays the most-used part of the site (databases) yesterday afternoon. And this morning I confirm that it's appeared on the site for months now, and for some reason I just didn't hit the correct combination of factors to display it.

And looking at my code I'm all WHY DID YOU DO IT THIS WAY THIS IS CRAP so I get to spend today rewriting THIS ENTIRE SECTION OF THE SITE so I can actually take the thing live tomorrow.

AARGH.

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8/11/15 08:16 pm - It is so work!

Right. So as one of my ideas for generating art for the SF con next month (aaaaugh!), and as stretching my wings a bit, I thought I'd try to paint some space scenes, with spaceships and stuff like that. Of course, I am utter crap at designing mechanical stuff. But then I was reading through one of my how-to-art books, James Gurney's Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist, and he suggested kitbashing--getting cheap model kits and basically, randomly gluing bits together until they look like a spaceship.

That I thought I could do. So I hied myself off to a couple of arts and crafts stores and bought models they had on sale, and have spent the past week or so wandering by the living room coffee table, where all of this is spread out, and randomly (well, maybe not quite so randomly), gluing bits together until they looked like spaceships.

I've just taken photos of them.

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Thoughts? (Does anything stick out and go HEY THIS IS A CAR PART or something?) I probably ought to get some grey flat spray paint and paint them all one color, but that would be work.

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8/6/15 01:41 pm

A Girl's Guide to Gaming on The Toast.

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