Voila, a series of 31 of my vids in roughly chronological order, with some margin of error because I can't remember what year it is right now half the time much less what year I premiered a vid in. It's also missing a tiny handful of old vids because I haven't put them on youtube yet.
It's really wild to see even just in my own work how rapidly vidding aesthetics and video quality has changed. Ugh, I still remember trying to make vids in the bad old days with the whatsit Dazzle thingy that imported from a VCR: you had to plug in the VCR and actually play the video tape on an attached little TV to see where it was, and hope you got a usable clip and it was just nightmarish. It's amazing there are as many clips as there even are in some of those early vids :P but they feel SO SLOW now. I keep mentally going and... CUT! Cut now? How about now?
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• Here’s an example of what I was trying to say in my recent post rambling about the language of souls. For all the Platonic, Augustinian, revivalist baggage of body-soul dualism and all the many ways that misleads and confuses us, soul-talk is still important, I think, because we need to be able to talk about that thing that Dr. William J. Lewinski sold and now lacks.
• Danny Coleman: “By far the most pernicious piece of baggage collected from my decades as a religious fundamentalist was a form of cynicism that saw everything in exclusionary terms. Anything new or unfamiliar was to be distrusted.”
It’s the word “cynicism” that leaps out at me there. I hadn’t applied that term to the fundie “worldview” before, but Coleman’s right — that’s exactly what it is. And now I need to think on that a bit.
• Here’s an example of fundamentalist cynicism in action: “Evangelical college cancels student health insurance plan over birth control misinformation.”
Wheaton College used to provide health insurance that included contraception coverage. Then the Affordable Care Act set standards for minimal coverage that included contraception as a requirement, at which point Wheaton decided that continuing to do so was morally unacceptable because baby-killing sluts can never be trusted. (Call this Exhibit D.)
So now Wheaton is screwing over its students to grandstand over an explicitly dishonest anti-contraception, anti-healthcare political lie. Yeah, that’s pretty cynical. And deeply, perversely immoral.
At issue, mainly, is coverage of IUDs and morning-after pills, which some religious groups view as a form of abortion — and which, by the way, are not. Two years ago, George Washington University health policy professor Susan Wood made it clear when speaking to NPR, “It is not only factually incorrect, it is downright misleading. These products are not abortifacients. And their only connection to abortion is that they can prevent the need for one.”
For just $32,950 a year, you can study biology at Wheaton College. That’s a lot of money to study biology at a school that trumpets its rejection of the science of biology.
Studying biology at Wheaton makes about as much sense as studying medicine with the Catholic bishops of Kenya.
• Samantha Field has a spiffy new website, which everyone should be bookmarking or subscribing to or doing whatever it is that people do nowadays with the blogs they follow.
• We are not alone. UFO enthusiasts and Peretti-literalist “spiritual warfare” Christians agree on that much. But the latter group thinks this photo shows demon toys from Hell.
That’s a Roswell, New Mexico, gift shop. The photo by Jordan Teicher is from Arielle Milkman’s terrific TPM piece, “Jesus vs. Aliens: The Culture War Raging in the UFO Capital of the World.” Milkman discusses:
… the identity crisis besieging Roswell almost seven decades after its famous UFO sighting. It’s a microcosmic culture war in which competing believers — of extraterrestrial identity, of Christian theology, of the holy church of the American dollar — proselytize their own mutually exclusive notions of reality.
“Roswell is a place where a city council member says grace even to open the annual UFO festival,” she writes, introducing us to a host of fascinating characters — true believers of every sort, including Guy Malone, a kind of born-again Max Fenig.
Malone might find a kindred spirit in Timothy Dailey, author of The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth About Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings. Spoiler alert: It’s all Satan, Dailey says.
… the existence of demons and their involvement in these phenomena is not something that Dailey demonstrates, but merely something that he assumes. And there is no need to read an approximately 200-page book in order to learn that someone asserts that these things have a demonic origin.
It takes a very particular kind of faith to be able to write a book about ghosts, aliens and mysterious beings that turns out to be boring.
• “He played a bad guy, but he was a good guy.” RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper, legendary pro-wrestling heel and star of They Live. If you haven’t seen They Live, go watch it. You’ll thank me later.
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- Wig, push-up bra (what even are these monstrosities seriously), pink dress acquired
- Premieres vid uploaded, AO3 draft created
- Old badge holder dug up
- Camaro rented (WHAT, I'm embracing my fandom)
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This comic was made because it is my birthday and I felt like writing a self-insert Hellraiser fic and I don't care if no one else in the world wants to see it, now you have to, because it is my special day and you have to do what I say
I was hoping that cenobite in the last panel would be a little more clear but see, he's got a bunch of CDs in his head, and used to be a DJ, hence that whole... thing. He's from the 3rd movie which no one should watch. Actually though maybe I will watch that later when I am eating birthday pizza. I've been looking forward to that pizza for weeks, I live an exciting life
I am still having broken computer issues and unfortunately the person borrowing the cables for my backup work station has gone awol and isn’t returning them, so I had to keep this comic short enough to finish it on one battery charge before this computer dies and bricks itself. Hopefully I’ll have this issue fixed for good by next week, believe me, no matter how disappointing you might think it is to have less-than-great updates, it’s extra frustrating for me to have to be sending my computer into the shop every week.
On a cooler note, the dust is finally starting to settle and I can finally talk about that cool news I mentioned about a month ago, I’m officially a Cartoon Network storyboard artist now! I know the comic’s been kind falling on the backburner the past few months but now that I’m out of the gammut of board tests and Visa gauntlets, when my computer is finally working the way it’s supposed to I’ll be able to get back to business as usual. Thanks to everyone who stuck it out, this is super exciting for me and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Anyway, some supersoldier names and families because most of them only ever get to show up in the backgrounds and I wanna use them more. And people seem to keep getting who is related to who mixed up because they don’t show up often enough to be super memorable.
I was staying in a hotel at the time and went outside late the night before - really late, just as the snow started gently coming down. It was magic. Snow makes everything magic. It was so quiet!
The next morning I was joined by a certain young lad who had never seen snow before and we played in it the entire day.
Literally, the entire day. We rushed downstairs to gather the snow up and take it back upstairs to my room to make snowballs to throw.
We walked up the street and everything was white, there were snowmen everywhere, everybody was happy. Snow brings out the joy in people.
"No WAY would I get bored of that day!"
It's funny how things turn out. if I wasn't staying at that exact hotel at that exact time, he never would have had that day. And neither would I.
Today, all of my live drawing is 100% spoiler free. I’m working of G:AR artwork and shading the previous page, so if you like to hang out with us but hate seeing upcoming pages, today is the day to pop in.
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(This isn’t an ad and I’m not being paid to write this. It’s just my honest experience with the product.)
Three weeks ago, I replaced most of my diet with Soylent. A food replacement that started production last year, after a successful crowd funding campaign that raised $3 million bucks.
Soylent is designed to contain absolutely everything that the body needs. Theoretically, a human being could survive on nothing but Soylent and as long as they were getting a healthy amount of calories, they’d be perfectly healthy (at least as far as nutrition is concerned). Kind of like that goop they were eating in The Matrix. Just not as gross.
From what I understand, most people don’t outright replace their diet with Soylent. Instead, they use it as a meal replacement when needed. I think I’m one of the rare users of the product that has replaced all but a couple meals a week with the drink.
I know that the idea of not eating actual food is unappealing to a lot of people, but for me it’s perfect. Sure, I love food. Pizza, sushi, sugar cereal, ice cream… all of this is awesome stuff, but most of the time, eating is a nuisance for me. I’m always racing against deadlines and I forever have two days of work to get done in one day. I’m more interested in finishing more work, than I am in eating. As a result, I often end up choosing the fastest food option, rather than the healthiest. More than once, I’ve had Pop Tarts for dinner, simply because I wanted to get something in me and rush back to drawing. So the fact that I can walk to the fridge, pour a glass of Soylent, down it and get back to work, is a game changer for me. It not only helps my work schedule, but my health as well. The two or three meals a week that I eat, are usually due to social responsibilities. If I’m out with my family or friends and we go to a restaurant, etc.
Over the past couple years, I’ve started to have serious issues with re-occurring ulcers. I can honestly say that when an ulcer hits peak ouchiness, it’s by far, the worst physical pain I’ve ever felt. Too many times, I’ve found myself curled up on the floor, groaning or even yelling due to the pain. I’ve been to the hospital a number of times and I’m on prescription meds for it, which helps a LOT. While avoiding really spicy foods or an entire pizza helps smooth things over, food generally hurts at least a little bit. But Soylent… this stuff doesn’t hurt. Now I don’t want other people with various types of tummy troubles to take what I’m saying as factual evidence. I’m not a scientific study. I’m one guy with one, single experience. So it’s important to understand that I’m not telling other ulcer sufferers that this stuff will work for you. Also, I’m only three weeks in with this stuff. Who knows, by week four, my ulcers may come back with a vengeance. But so far, so good.
Okay, so what does it taste like. Well firstly, don’t drink it warm. It’s just… well… yeah. Don’t drink it warm. Yuck. However, when it’s shaken up well and served cold, the stuff isn’t unpleasant. It’s like a very bland smoothie with a hint of vanilla and peanut butter. I wouldn’t call it delicious, but it’s very easy to drink. I know that some people blend it up with fruit, etc but I’ve only ever downed it plain.
Of course, when I’m hungry I sometimes think “I could go for a big cheeseburger or something“. Though, while Soylent isn’t as enjoyable as a steak dinner with mashed potatoes, it’s amazing at removing hunger. Seriously, after drinking a glass of this stuff, I’m not the least bit hungry and once I’m done my liquid dinner, any craving for food is just gone.
Is This Stuff Safe?
Before I ordered Soylent, I did a lot of research on the stuff and while it certainly hasn’t been around for long, there is no end to people online speaking about it. Actually, that kind of makes this blog redundant, now that I think about it. Oh well.
There are websites talking about how dangerous it is, because it doesn’t contain the right vitamins, etc and there are websites talking about how it’s perfectly safe. But here are the reasons that I personally believe this stuff to be safe.
- I eat crap. I mean… I don’t literally eat crap, but… well you know what I mean. On a daily basis, I do not get the vitamins and nutrients that I need. So when compared to what I was eating… this goop packed with all manner of vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates all designed to keep someone healthy is definitively a big step up for me.
- I’m no longer eating processed foods and things covered in icing or ketchup. All that junk that my body definitely doesn’t need is pretty much gone. So again, this has got to be a step up on the health… scale. You know, the health… rating… measurement… thingy.
- A couple years ago, I went vegan for awhile. During that time I accidentally deprived myself of various proteins and such that I need to live and fight crime and stuff. I’m not saying that a vegan diet automatically deprives you of those things, just that a vegan diet done incorrectly, deprives you of those things. I learned as I went along and figured out how much tofu or nuts I had to eat, etc. But here’s the thing… each time I was missing out on something that my body needed, I felt it. I either felt sick or weak or in some way icky. My body seems to be really good at saying “Hey, dumb ass! Eat some protein!” or whatever. But for the last three weeks, I’ve felt pretty damn good. I’ve been paying attention to my body to see if it seems to be lacking something, but I feel awesome. Granted, no one has lived off Soylent for twenty years to see what happens, but at least I know that three weeks is no problem.
What’s The Company Like?
This is one of the biggest selling points for me. They seem to be genuinely cool people. They’re accessible and friendly and seem really willing to help if you have questions. I jumped in with both feet and got the subscription of monthly orders and my first shipment arrived pretty quickly. It was packaged really well. Here’s a pic…
So I know a lot of people will shake their heads and turn up their noses at the idea of this stuff, but I freakin’ love it. It’s made my life a lot easier. Even if you’re just wanting some for the odd time you need a meal replacement, I can highly recommend it.
Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.