Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween 2007


Arrrrrr, I caught meself a Cheetah Girl, and no scurvy dog’s goin’ to take her from me!

(Don’t ask me what a Cheetah Girl is, I have no idea. Jen picked out the costumes. Seriously. If Mandy was going to be Cheetah Girl, then Joe should have been Tarzan.)

Completely unrelated thoughts of the day:

Do teenage girls really like to shop, or is that just a bandwagon stereotype created by advertiser-sponsored television to get them to go out and spend money?

Do Vorlons buy clothes for their kids at Osh Kosh B'Gosh? (For that matter, are there any other geeks out there who remember what Vorlons are?)

TTFN
-Tony

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How Dumbedore's Gayness Affects My Life

It doesn't. Not one bit. Neither do Britney Spears' child custody battles, Ellen DeGeneres' purloined mutt, nor Halle Berry's Jewish cousin's nose. Rudy Giuliani, however, should be flayed alive and broiled in tofu for supporting the Red Sox. Keep your priorities straight, people.

TTFN
-Tony

Monday, October 22, 2007

Pocketwatches are Back! (Or hadn't you noticed?)

Think about it- in the 1800's, people pulled pocket watches out of their pockets, flipped them open, and saw what time it was. In WWI, the British Army came up with the brilliant idea of putting watches on the wrist, so soldiers could instantly tell the time. Now, almost a century later- do you ever see anyone wearing a watch anymore? No! We all pull our phones out of our pockets, and flip them open when we want to know what time it is! Full circle!

The moral of the story is, fashion + technology = ridiculousness.

TTFN
-Tony

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Stuffed Animal Survivor

Illustration Friday: Grow


Stuffed Animal Survivor:
Since she was a few months old, my four-year-old daughter Amanda's favorite "woobie" has been a blue doll named Dolly, or occasionally Blue. We have a pink model of the same doll, but she never really caught on. Dolly is my mother-in-law's nemesis, as she (Dolly, not my MIL) is quite drool stained, despite the fact that she's been washed so many times her name may as well be Whitey- but I digress.

Anyhoo, Dolly is still Amanda's favorite when bedtime comes around, but recently she has been adding stuffed animals to her nighttime entourage. They are appropriately & respectively named Tiger and Bear. The other night, I checked in on Amanda at about 2am. She was lying silently awake. I tucked her in, (she has the habit of kicking her covers off,) and saw that Bear was sitting above the pillow, against the wall. I tucked him in with Amanda, but she took him and quickly put him back up against the wall. "Bear's out!" she said.

"Out?" I asked, holding Bear to her. Amanda grabbed him from my hand and threw him on the floor.

"Bear's out," she decreed, rolled over, and went to sleep. I can't help wondering what his offense was.

TTFN
-Tony

Sunday, October 14, 2007

"Don't you be tarot-fied, it's just a token of my extreme."

Illustration Friday: Extremes

Brownie points if you can tell me what song & artist the title of this post is quoted from. (I'm counting on you, MD & String!)

TTFN
-Tony

Friday, October 12, 2007

Movies I Should Be Excitied About, But I'm Not

1) Watchmen: For those who have never read the greatest comic miniseries ever penned, (you can buy it as a graphic novel,) Watchmen is the tale of middle aged ex-superheroes who were forced to retire by a politically correct government. So why have a bunch of twenty-somethings been cast in the leading roles? I'm sure the cold war theme (it was published in the 80s) will be changed. Yet another insightful, meaningful work of art will be "reimagined" by Hollywood and dumbed down to the level of those with the lowest IQs. As usual, author Alan Moore refuses to have anything to do with the project. Hmmm....

2) Atlas Shrugged: There are so many problems with this, I don't know where to begin. First of all, at 1100+ pages, the book really should have been adapted as a TV miniseries. Like most science fiction- sociological/philosophical or otherwise- the book is extremely dated by its technology; trains are essential to the plot, but they are no longer the lifeblood of the country. Hopefully, the film will be able to blend a futuristic vision with the era the book seems to be set in (the 1940s & 50s, I think.) As much of a hottie as she is, I'm not completely sold on Angelina Jolie as Dagny Taggert. I think Jennifer Connelly would have been a better choice, but that's just me.

3) Star Trek: A prequel to the classic 60's series, with "lookalikes" replacing the original cast. No, this is not a joke. All I have to say is... WHY? WHY? DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN, WHY??? CAN'T YOU SICK, TWISTED, CASH-COW MUTILATING BASTARDS LEAVE ANYTHING ALONE? MAY YOU ALL DIE AND YOUR ENTRAILS BE EATEN BY FIRE ANTS IN HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY!
(I think I was subtle on that one.)

TTFN
-Tony

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Illustration Friday: Open

Illustration Friday: Open

This is what you wind up drawing if you can't sleep at 2AM.

TTFN
-Tony

Happy Anniversary

Today is Jen & My 10th anniversary! (It is also my parents' 37th!)
For those of us old enough to remember...



TTFN
-Tony

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Back from the Shadows Again

I'm back, after a week in Phoenix visiting my sister Mary. It's good to be home with Jen & the kiddies, sleeping in my own bed again. I've got plenty of things to do around the apartment, including writing & animating. If I find the time, I'll try to think of a decent picture for this weeks Illustration Friday word, "Open." Sorry, but it's just not grabbing me.

What's been going on in the world? The Yankees threw away the playoffs again, (if the Indians can play with bugs crawling all over their bodies, then so can the Bombers!) Sadly, I think Joe Torre's going to get the ax. A shame, really, since he was such gold seven years ago. Some twenty-five year old who claims to be "spectacularly beautiful" is selling herself on Craig's list for a hubby who makes at least $500k a year. At least she's honest.

After the joygasm I got playing Bioshock, I'm a bit disappointed by the demo for Clive Barker's Jericho. First off, the graphics look beautiful, and I love the flies around the dead bodies. I've also been a fan of Clive Barker's since I saw the first Hellraiser in high school (and believe me, the first two films are the only ones worth seeing) and I own every book he's written. The disappointments came from two things - one, I wasn't able to bind the mouse buttons to controls, nor was I able to invert they y axis. But these are things that will probably be fixed in the final version. No, what pissed me off was the Dance Dance Revolution sequence I had to play to get down a ladder. Does EVERY game ported to the Playstation need to have an asinine "follow the arrows" sequence? I know they feel the need to shake it up a bit, but it IS an FPS.

In the wake of the Myst series, (or the classic days of Lucas Arts studios, when they made the best adventure games of all time instead of console base Star Wars games) I've been trying to play Scratches. I'm sorry, but there are far far far too many red herrings, far to many drawers to open with nothing inside, far too many pictures to examine without any clues in them. Also, the game is far too linear (I can't solve puzzles B-Z without first solving puzzle A.) Ah well, I should be spending my time writing anyway.

TTFN
-Tony