Sunday, December 11, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Week of Thanksgiving

I stared death in the face, and death blinked.

No but in all seriousness, my two roommates and I came within 2 feet of dying tonight.  We were driving on Canyon Rd/University Avenue right before the Shops at the Riverwoods in Provo/Orem.

We were driving towards the canyon when a pair of legs appeared in the headlights.  I say a pair of legs because the deer/elk was so big that the body wasn't in the headlights until we were right on it.

By the time we had realized what was happening we did have much more than 35 ft away from it.  Now I realize 35 ft sounds like a fair distance, but traveling at 50 mph you don't have much time to react.  I hit my brakes and cut from the left lane to the right.  As we changed lanes the tail of the car lost traction with the road and we began spinning into oncoming traffic.

My gut reaction was to let off the brake and loosen up on the wheel to allow the car to finish whatever it was going to do.  The tail whipped completely around and the car grabbed hold of the pavement with a car coming head on, 20 ft ahead of us.  Seeing that we were positioned slightly off center with the oncoming car I cut to the left to allow it to pass.  It swerved with 2 ft to spare (no seriously, I wouldn't even be comfortable parallel parking to car as close as he came to us) and I cut back into my lane.

Pulling immediately to the side of the road we waited for the smell of burning rubber to dissipate and for the tires to stop smoking.  Canceling all our plans Patrick, Troy, and I turned around and headed home for the evening.

I'm grateful we're all alive.  I'll be honest, though I laugh and joke in serious, even life threatening, situations I take them very seriously.  Laughter is my coping mechanism that occasionally makes it appear as though I have little care about the situation.  Well, I care.

Appreciate what you have while you have it.  Appreciate who you have while you have them.  Do what you feel you should do today, because you really might not have a tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving.

If I Had the Time

I'm tired of not having time and I'm gonna start making more time for stuff like this.  Not watching stuff, but playing more.  I feel like I have the most multi-talented group of friends ever and we never put it to good use.  That ends now.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Hippest Response of Them All

As an expert on hipsters I feel the need to post a response post to this (it's not often that one of my favorite bloggers mentions one of my favorite subjects).

[hipster joe is hip]

I love what wikipedia says about the contemporary hipsters:
Lorentzen says hipsters, "in their present undead incarnation," are "essentially people who think of themselves as being cooler than America," also referring to them as "the assassins of cool."

But I love the original hipsters (is that overly hip to say "original hipster"?) article, mostly because I love the original hipsters:
Mailer describes hipsters as individuals "with a middle-class background (who) attempt to put down their whiteness and adopt what they believe is the carefree, spontaneous, cool lifestyle of Negro hipsters: their manner of speaking and language, their use of milder narcotics, their appreciation of jazz and the blues, and their supposed concern with the good orgasm."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Scariest Thing There Is

Most of you probably don't know that I have an affinity for music videos.  I have even considered (on multiple occasions) making them my life's work.  As a result I've collected (and continue to collect) inventive music videos.  Today's batch is spurred by a video that was recently posted by Alex Pardee.  It is not only unsettling, but it's just terrifying enough to capture the most terrifying thing in this world.

To continue on the theme (and to make your time on my blog worth your visit) I've got a personal favorite.

And just so you don't lose hope in the world, here's something absolutely awesome.  And by absolutely awesome you should know that I mean it accurately reflects the garbage Hollywood tries so hard to sell (so don't watch it if you can't handle bikinis).

[this would have been a better video (but embedding has been disabled by request)]

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Handle Me With Care

If you don't know about "Handle With Care" you need to look it up.  Whether you listen to the original (The Travelling Wilburys) or my personal favorite cover (Jenny Lewis and Friends) you're in for a treat.

"Ive been uptight and made a mess
But I'll clean it up myself I guess
Oh, the sweet smell of success
Handle me with care"

Did you know fall is already over and winter is here?  Cause it is.

Also, I really like Starcraft 2.  As a result I made some fan art.  I hope you like it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Don't Move To Fast

[WARNING: Contains little kids flipping each other off and mouthing bad words]

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An App Icon

I designed this for my father without him asking.  Hopefully he likes it.  ;P

Thanks Annie for your input!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Getting Back on the Horse

I realized today that sometimes you just have to get up and face the day.  Or week.  Or month.  Or sometimes your entire future.

This is me getting up and getting back on the horse.

I love Tron suits BTW.  I hope they become a thing.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Something a Little Happier

Here's something a little happier than last time.  It just makes me feel good.  If I could put my finger on it I would, but I can't quite yet.  I'll let you know when I get it figured out though.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's Been Quite Some Time

   I've been gone for a bit.  Sorry.  I've been busy.

   People keep telling me that I need to stay busy and that's what I've been doing.  Staying busy.

   The first is my Pokémon themed iPhone 4 wallpaper that I threw together.  If you'll notice it matches up nicely with the iPhone home screen.  The second is a screen shot of my nearly completed game.  A little more artwork to round out the last few levels and registering with Apple and it's done.
   Final item of business is for me to apologize.  Apparently I ruin women's lives.  Cool.  I wasn't aware.  I'm glad it was blogged about, otherwise I'd have never known.  Now I know, and I'm sorry.  I guess I can't give back lost time, but believe me, I would give it back to you if I could.
   I'm sorry.

[WARNING: British F-Words and Lots of Them]

Sunday, July 3, 2011

iPhone Retina Lock Screen

Just a little Lock Screen wallpaper I made for the iPhone 4.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Utah Art Festival

Utah Art Festival in Salt Lake was pretty cool.  Also, if you haven't heard Fictionist play, go see them.  Their guitarist is out of control.

Monday, June 13, 2011

MGMT is the Problem

"Let's make some music, make some money, find some models for wives.  I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and **** with the stars.  You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.  This is our decision, to live fast and die young.  We've got the vision, now let's have some fun." -MGMT

Several people have requested, whether through comment, pm, or verbal conversation, to further elaborate on my previous post.  To appease the masses (I like thinking I have masses to appease) I am here, readressing the issue more plainly.

May I start with a personal side bar?  Thank you.  I shall.

I recently have had the opportunity to date (go on dates with) two of the strongest women I have ever encountered.  Not physically, maybe not mentally (I haven't had opportunity to thoroughly test for this ;D ), but socially.  Is 'socially' the word I'm really looking for?  Probably not... but social circumstance is where it manifests most immediately, so I'll stick with 'socially' to save myself the effort of pressing backspace.

This recent development has opened my eyes to a realm of women that either I've never seen before, or (more likely) that I was too immature to notice before.  These two girls require respect and, as a result, get it.

Doesn't that last sentence look funny with the comma after 'and?'  Doesn't that question mark look funny inside that single quote?

This post is too long already, so, to the point!

Girls, if you want to be taken seriously in the dating world (and possibly in the world in general) I would highly recommend doing these few things.  Refuse anything but an actual date.  Be okay with your personal quirks and crazy.  Be educated and well read.  

To contrast, don't be the kind of girl that is being raised by the MGMT generation.  Don't be frivolous and air-headed.  Don't act/dress like a hooker.  And don't pretend that a modern reinterpretation of Ed Templeton's early 90's sketches is artistically 'truer' or any way superior to anything by the great masters.

Thank you, and good night.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Grow Up Girls

I recently was reminded by an article re-posted from a re-blogged article originally written by an author unfamiliar to me (if you didn't understand that you can just pick up reading here) that I hate it when women that refuse to grow up.  Not in the sense that they become overly matronly, mature, or any other attribute that could be used to try and make growing up sound bad; more in the sense that they refuse to let go of childish things.

I'm not going to belabor the point.  If you want a full rant you can read the overtly vulgar original here.  Rather, the short of the story is this: if you want to command respect from your male counterparts, be something respectable.  This goes for all you twenty somethings that insist that you're still in your teens, as well as you any-agers that have decided that your way is the right (and only) way without really exploring the other possibilities (yes, finalized judgement on anything is very childish [who do you think you are? God?  I don't think so.]).

Thanks.  More cheerful art on the way.
If you haven't checked my new mothership page, do it.  I'm posting content on it faster than I can finish the design work for it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Disneyland: elecTRONica

It turns out that California Adventure Park is AWESOME after dark right now.  Here's what I wrangled up for you last night (all photos taken on my iPhone 4).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer of Fun 2011 vol 2

Enjoy the latest edition.  You might also enjoy last issue (a couple weeks ago).

Also, scope my finger!  We was gonna get some more footy yesterday and stitches prevented it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tech Spech Tuesday 5/24/2011

Sup Spidaman?

Venom let himself go a bit..

  Alright.  Now that I've appeased the art hungry folk, let's talk tech.  If you're like me you've wanted to know, for quite some time, how to start your own website.  Well I just finished the research and this is approximately what you'll need:
  1. An idea.
  2. A willingness to learn HTML and CSS (or Dreamweaver or iWeb)
  3. About $60 dollars a year
  Next step, find a web host that will take your money.  I was directed to GoDaddy by google (if you turn your blog into a site it hosts through GoDaddy by default).  Their plans are cheap enough and they'll also register your domain name.

  After you visit their site, just click what you want to buy.  Don't get overwhelmed, just skip all the extra offers and features and roll with what you know you need.  Also, google search for coupon codes.  You will find some and you will save money.

  Finally, learn your code.  I learned Dreamweaver in one (really arduous) sitting.  If I can do it in one sitting, then anyone can do it over about a week.  I would recommend watching some Digital Tutors or Lynda stuff (either are usually available free through local Universities or Bit Torrents).

  When your site if finished, follow GoDaddy's instructions on taking your site from whatever you built it in and uploading it via FTP.  Their instructions are step-by-step so you really can't go wrong.

  Hopefully this was helpful and hopefully this answered someones questions.  I know I was going bonkers trying to figure this out on my own.  Stupid information super highway.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mixed Media Monday 5/23/2011

Drawing from photos is fun and easy.  Drawing from life is pure frustration.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Work Up Wednesday 5/18/2011

I don't know if I like the title for Wednesdays.  I think I'm gonna change it next week.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tech Spech Tuesday 5/17/2011

So does anyone else like how I spelled "Spech?"  I do.  It matches "Tech."

Just a couple quick things I've learned this week in iPhone game dev.  First, make sure that you have properly sized images.  Scaling images at runtime is a BAD idea.  Second, make good use of the three r's.  Reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Scale it down.  Focus your concept to its simplest, most straight forward core.  Three, keep your code readable.  For me that involves a lot of text art header things on my methods.  It keeps me from getting lost.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mixed Media Monday 5/16/2011

I've been up since 4 a.m. and my ability to perform in any creative measure has been shot.  This is the best I could squeeze out for ya'll before the day draws to a close.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blogger Is Back Up!

     Of course the week I decide to be more organized blogger goes down for half the week!  As unfortunate as that is, it does come back in a good way.  You lucky readers get a über overdose of pictures and a video coming VERY soon.
Sweet SLC Apartment

Friday the Thirteenth Kara complete with ghost wisp things.

Kilby Court

The writing on the wall

The associates

The band

The wall next to where we parked

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tech Spech Tuesday 5/10/2011

iPhone development is probably the coolest thing I've done in awhile.  That said, I'd like to share a little insider note here.  I've been trying to do hit testing with several balloon characters.  There are several ways one can decide if two balloon characters collide, but the best way in my situation has been to use the wonderful libraries built into Cocoa Touch.  Reading Apple's CGGeometry Reference Guide says it all.  For those that are too impatient to read their documentation, here's the goodies.

1. CGRectContainsPoint( Rectangle, Point )  :   This beauty will return true
if the point is within the rectangle

2. CGRectIntersectsRect( Rectangle, Rectangle )  :  This little number will return true
if the two rectangles are intersecting

What does this mean for a little 2D game?  Testing for hits, both with characters and touches, is REALLY easy.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mixed Media Monday 5/9/2011

So I just watched An Affair To Remember and I'm feeling a kindredness to Cary Grants character Nicky. I can't focus on any single artistic area.  Everything I can't do is what I want to be involved in.  Acting, painting, film, everything.

Time For a Break

It's been awhile since this has happened

So I've decided that it's time to organize my life and this blog.  How is this done?  Simple.  I'm doing daily theme posts.  They will run Monday through Thursday as follows.
1) Mixed Media Monday
2) Tech Spec Tuesday
3) Work Up Wednesday
4) That Other Stuff Thursday

So that's not really what Thursday is going to be called... but I haven't thought of anything clever to call it yet.  Also, mixed media doesn't mean that I'll always use mixed media, it actually means that the media used on Mondays won't be consistent.  Tuesday is something that has to do with my current programming projects.  Wednesday is going to be some mach ups for something productive (character designs and such).  And Thursday... well... already addressed that one.

Also I'm going to try and keep the tags consistent so that this massive blog is more easily browsed.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I heart SLC

You wouldn't believe the day I had on Friday.

A day intended to be filled with casual studying and WIFI stealing was abruptly interrupted when my mother realized that she left her cell phone in the car.  For me this translates into a mad-dash from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (where I was studying) to the State Capitol Building (where I was parked).  For your sakes I'll summarize by saying that the time lapsed from me receiving the email to me running through airport security leaping up and down to find my family over the crowd was 22 minutes.  Feel free to nickname me something with "speed" or "demon" in the title.

A quick shot of the Church Office Building I snapped

After successfully making the drop I ventured back into the heart of SLC to experience the fine culture that our state capitol has to offer.  I started by sitting next to some rednecks at McDonalds.  As I tried to enjoy my fish sandwich I was serenaded by their high brow talking of what features to look for in a woman (most of which were picked by their inability to be changed by plastic surgery).

Similar events continued all day as I hunted for places to steal WIFI.

At 7 p.m. I was joined by fresh company.  Being joined by Kara, Patrick, and Darrian eating Thai food and homemade ice cream became the first item of business.  The second item of business was to sprint to the Clark Planetarium only to find it closed during regular operating hours without explanation.

Third and final item of business was to wander from party to party enjoying more of the high brow entertainment that SLC has to offer.  This item of business can easily be summarized by 5 short bullet points.

1. Wander into the wrong party to find copious amounts of alcohol and a girl with a microphone singing "I Will Always Love You" at the top of her lungs.

2. Reunite with an old friend from BYU Idaho, only to find out mid-conversation that he was trippin' on crack cocaine.

3. Find the original birthday party we were looking for only to find hash brownies, a homemade brewery in the bathroom, and a violin maker.  Needless to say we didn't stick around here very long.

4. Meet four lesbians and a gay couple.

5. Spend the remainder of the evening cuddling on a porch couch discussing our favorite parts of the last General Conference.

The night went nothing as planned, but I had fun.  I think the shock of the strange circumstances in which we found ourselves made for good laughs and good stories.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Summer of Fun 2011 (Issue 1)

We're gonna keep these rollin' all summer long people!  Sit back, enjoy, and come then come skate!

More More More!!!!

Sorry for spamming sketchbook stuff.  I really need to keep the posts flowing otherwise I'll start to let my artistic pursuits in general slip.  I hope you are enjoying the brush pen improvement as much as me.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Super Awesome Date Night Graduation Salt Lake Stuff!

Or SADNGSLS as I like to call it.  Here's a couple snap shots in between middle eastern dancing.  I probably could Photoshop these to make them look pro... but I'm trying to keep things raw for now.

p.s.  Here's Kara's and Nikki's blogs.  They were there.