Thrifty White Hardboard?

Before reading about Thrifty White Hardboard over at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=878775 I was not sure if it existed… I might look in to that stuff for future paintings/drawings instead of normal hardboard I’ve been using since that normal stuff requires a layer of gesso, which looks good in person, but does not seem to look so great in the scans I’m doing of my works that I’m uploading to Zazzle, Cafepress, etc., as the imperfect brush strokes in the gesso are magnified by the scanner due to the bright light reflection the scanner utilizes.

Art in School in Prison: Isabel Rosado, Passages Academy & the Juvenile Justice Department

Bridges Juvenile Detention Center is a secure facility located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, surrounded by a strip of used auto-parts stores and wholesale supply outlets. It houses both boys and girls, although the two groups are kept at a far remove from one another, and it has all of the familiar […] http://bit.ly/afOXwM

Neverdie.. a twittering idiot…

Neverdie, the guy behind “Club Neverdie” – a big astroid that hovers above Calypso in Entropia Universe, and also the guy behind Neverdie studios, the game studio that’s helping several of the new planet partners come up with game designs for Entropia Universe, is now starting to use twitter, calling himself a “twittering idiot”. See more about it at
http://www.entropiaforum.com/forums/club-neverdie/180141-twittering-idiot.html#post2307034.

I guess since twitter has an rss feed I’ll go ahead and throw that xml feed in to twitter feed among the others I’ve recently put in here…

Turbo Tapping – Stress Relief – Acupunture without needles…

8/17/2012 update… link below doesn’t work any more… Try this instead:
http://www.garythink.com/eft/eft-tutorial.html=========

Turbo Tapping is an interesting form of stress relief/self hypnosis that I find useful on occassion. It seems sort of silly, but it really does work. I mainly use it to relieve pain in my fingers and hands after typing all week long at work. I do a lot of database stuff at work, so my hands are find on Monday, but by Thursday or Friday, it feels like my fingers are nothing but stubs of pain that are there to do nothing but drive me crazy. It’s pretty sad really, especially since the painful fingers make me not want to do a lot of artwork since drawing, computer animation, painting, and especially sculpture usually requires a lot of work with the hands.

You can read about Turbo Tapping over at http://www.emofree.com/articles/turbo-tapping.htm That article talks about how to overcome addiction with Turbo Tapping. I’ve tried that before, but have found it not to be too effective in that area of my own life, but maybe it’ll work for you. However, I do find that it is a bit of a stress relief and pain relief.

If you choose not to get the free manual over there, like I did about a year or two ago when I first started this stuff, the process is not too hard… it involves tapping at an area on your or another person’s body very lightly and repeatedly, sort of to get an effect like accupuncture, but without the needles… the primary areas, if I remember correctly, listed in the manual are the on the eyebrow – near where it connects to the nose, on the eybrow, near the other end of the eye, just under the eye, just under the nose, just under the lips on the chin, in the middle of the breast plate area, right under the armpit at the edge where it connects to the chest, thumb in the area between the knuckle and the rest of the hand on the side furthest from the other fingers, on the index finger in the same location – just below the knucle and on the side closest to the thumb, middle finger in the same place, then skip the last two fingers and go to the flabby part of the hand on the side where the pinky finger is that’s located half way between the pinky and the wrist on the side opposite from the thumb… and finally don’t tap, but gently rub the area on the top of the hand between the index finger and the ring finger up and down from almost back to the wrist, up to in between those two fingers… reading the manual can get you more info on how to do it all, but that’s the basics of it, or at least the main areas I focus on.

The manual also says that you only need to do one side instead of both since the chi flows even on both sides of the body or something, but I find that after doing the rubbing on the top of the hands, it’s sort of nice to start the whole process over, and this time do the oppossite side – focusing on the eyebrows and hand that you didn’t do the first time, etc.

Also, before you start, if I remember correctly, the manual talked about a “sore spot” that is a tender area on the breast, just about an inch or so above the nipple that you can rub back and forth to get this all started. That and the area on the hand in between ring finger and middle finger are sort of similar locations that you can rub both before and after doing a session to sort of get the blood flowing, or the chi running or whatever the heck you want to call it. Just be careful to avoid weird looks by doing this in private instead of out in the public, lol.

well…

Well.. that CGW link in the last post did not work… asking for a password and id… so I guess I’ll shut off the CGW postings to here from Twitterfeed. I am still leaving the others though.

Also… in place of the CGW: rss feed coming in, I’ve added a 3d World feed that will be prefixed as 3dW:

3d World and CGW are both two great 3d animation magazines. CGW is more main stream since it talks about games and movies from a wider industry perspective where as 3d World focuses more keenly on just the 3d aspects of things.

Hopefully the 3DW feed posts will show up better than the CGW one did.

Feeds…

There’s a few feeds that will start showing up here in this blog today thanks to Twitterfeed and PingFM. The ones that I’m adding today are Entropia Gateway – the official blog of Entropia Universe, Atlas Haven Radio’s Tweets – which is Atlas Haven Radio’s Twitter Tweets, and Satteliteguys.us’s Tweets too. I also added a link to CGW’s recent articles because I like to read them and log in here at my own blog more than often than I have time to read their website all the time.

The reason that I’m adding these is that I personally like to follow stuff like this and think a lot of other folks do too if they are reading this blog. Each of these postings has a short url at the end that can take you to the original source, so no, this is not splog or copyright infringment or whatever… If these folks did not want people following their info, they would not have put together nice RSS Feeds to make this sort of stuff possible. Right now, even though there are ads on this blog, I’m not making any money off of them. I consider this to be a personal blog, not a commercial blog, even though it’s about showing you my interests, hobbies, etc.

Atlas Haven Radio Feed Posts will be prefixed as AHR:
Entropia Gateway’s Feed Posts will be prefixed as E.Gate:
Satelliteguys Blog Feed Posts will be prefixed as S.Guys:
Computer Graphic World’s Article Feeds will be prefixed as CGW:

I’m trying to keep the prefixes short since tweets are already pretty limited in how long they can be, and the prefix only makes the tweets even shorter. Hopefully they are still long enough to be useable.

Happy reading.

Things are a bit hectic.

Things are a bit hectic in my life at the moment, so I may not post here as much as I want to the next several weeks. We might be moving before long, which could impact how much weekend and afternoon time I have to post in here.

Also, at the moment I’m trying to work on uploading as many darn photos, and scans as I can to Shutterfly. When I get everything that I’ve got on the hard drive up there, I’ll be a bit more comfortable, and start taking the postings in here and some of the places I link to from here in a variety of directions. Family photos, and vacations photos on Shutterfly will likely be emailed to family members, especially for photos that I’ve never printed but that are still worth keeping.

Texture and stock photos (clouds, asphalt, concrete, bricks, etc.) will be grouped in to various albums on Shutterfly that I’ll email to myself.

I will also group photos on the hard drive more. It’s a bit of a pain since sometimes there’s naming issues as several photos that need to go in the same grouping folders have the same name. Little programs to rename things can be used to fix that… It’s just a bit time consuming organizing it all, but in the end it’ll be worth it. Ultimately, I’ll probably zip up similar stock photo themes – like clouds, concrete & bricks, etc. and upload them to the3dstudio and turbosquid to sell as zip file groups. I think a lot of the individual photos are on turbosquid already, but not too many zip files. I might also make some of the stuff freebies…

In the mean time, whenever I do get free weekends again, I’ll probably continue trying to scan my photos, and eventually photograph my paintings and things. I tried to photograph a few things in my portfolio a couple of years ago, but the lighting was too blown out of proportion due to the fact that I was doing it outside in the middle of the day when the sun is really too bright for that sort of thing.

Eventually, when I get this massive backlog of things organized and online where I want them and linked to from this blog, I will move foward in trying to do more stuff in the future. Every day I carry a camera and a couple of voice recorders with me to work… I also have a couple of boxes of color pencils and sketchbooks that I keep at work, in the car, and at home in case I get inspired to work in a sketchbook or on a panel at any time on breaks, waiting around in the car for an oil change, or whatever. There’s always time for art if you can just make the time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚