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23 January 2006 @ 05:05 pm
Whoa. Where do I even begin?  
I have a lot to write about, and that overwhelms me, so I put off updating my LJ, and then yet more to write about comes along. It's a vicious cycle. So here's a very general State of the G-funk.

I made some more progress on the domain update. The Photoshop Fairy has arrived at my house (y tanx u thar coworker of Randy's who had an unused OS X license - I'm really serious - he did), but I was almost done with my stuff in Gimp, so I haven't tried it yet. I discovered that a 2x2 checker pattern + whirl and pinch + make seamless = SERENDIPITY. I had wanted a subtle flowing background for content boxes, and that did the trick.

Working out is going well. I seem to have fixed my crepitus problem, so I'm happily squatting heavy again. My upper body is happy, too, and I do dog series after lifting to help keep it flexible. Right now, I'm doing Starr's 5x5 as planned plus two days of aerobic exercise. My favorite form of that is the rowing machine because it keeps me flexible and it's deceptive. It doesn't seem that difficult, and then you're huffing and puffing and you get up after your workout and discover that your ass doesn't work any more.

We're bowling in the bar league again. Huzzah. For not having bowled since last spring, I'm doing OK. My wrist is better than it used to be and thanks to a guy on the (really amusing and friendly) team we bowled last night, I now have grip tape in my thumb hole, which is helping quite a lot already. Feeling the ball slipping off my thumb was really messing me up. I think the thumb hole is a bit too big, but eh, the tape does the trick.

I've been incredibly lazy about organizing a work space for myself. Blah. And I've also been lazy about getting back to work on Randy's costume. Double blah. Maybe I can kick my rear in gear this weekend. I want to redo his pennant armor out of craft foam and styrene (which, as I have discovered recently, can look awesome if you're anal-retentive enough, and believe me, I am...and because the pieces are flat and I have time to spare to let them sit, I can glue everything together with E-6000 or possibly even Mod Podge, thus avoiding the mess and warping problems hot glue gave me every damn time I tried to use this technique in the past), and I don't need lots of room for that. I can just let the stuff dry under a box in the basement.

Chester is sleepy on a shelf next to me. Cookie has become quite the lap cat recently. She also likes to curl up in a shoebox and be passed around when company comes over. I don't get it, but it's adorable.
Current Mood: busybusy
sima_zhongda on January 23rd, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
It's totally not related, but I have a coverscan and some info up on my site about the DW doujin if you're interested x3

And Photoshop=god. I haven't used Gimp, but I really do like PS...Good luck with it :3
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on January 24th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info!

Photoshop does indeed r0x0r. I learned it pretty well on a *cough*trial*cough* copy way back in the day (student budget + the dorm network = YARRRRR MATEY), and then I moved over to Linux and learned Gimp. Gimp is better on Linux than it is on OS X because you can tear off the menus for convenience and there aren't any weird window focus issues that I noticed. However, it takes multiple clicks to focus a Gimp dialogue in OS X, and you can't tear off menus, and the keyboard shortcut set is downright pathetic. And for extra fun, if you leave the font dialogue open for more than a few moments...KEE-RASH! I did manage to make a pretty nice colored version of my logo, but it took for fricking ever. To be fair, Gimp does do a lot of things very well (including much of Photoshop's basic functionality). I've seen amazing work done with this software. And it is pretty cool that you can run X11 apps intermingled with your other OS X stuff. I just get annoyed with the S-L-O-W workflow after a while.
sima_zhongda on January 30th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
No prollem x3

And I am simply APPALLED that you would think I know what you mean with all this TRIAL and YAR MATEY business *feigns shock*

...I'm serious. Really >_>

I may have to try Gimp although Photoshop give my Mac its share of irksome hiccups. The only real problem I can forsee (past the crashing thing--ICK) is my lameassed version of OSX. I'm still running 10.5.2 or 10.2.5 or SOMETHING and not many OSX-friendly applications want to run since I just don't have the cool factor of Panther or Alley Cat or whatever version they're on now. How are the newer releases?
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on January 30th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
My Mac came with 10.3, and it seems to work pretty well. I'll be ordering 10.4 in the near future because I'm going to be helping with development of a game, and Xcode, the nifty Apple-developed programming environment, needs 10.4. Blah.