Hey everyone! Here's the latest creation for a Patreon LUCKCHICKEN level backer. The prompt for this one was "Fecklessness". Click the image to see the full size.
Last year a photography funk settled upon me, which was odd since I've been a fairly active photographer since I took my first SLR photography class back in 1995. Last year I hardly took any photos. I just sort of lost my desire to practice that particular hobby. All my interest in photography wandered off to who knows where. At any rate, I finally got around to processing my photos from Rome back in October of 2013. So perhaps all hope is not lost for me to get back into things.
Happy New Year, everyone! Hope it's a good one for you!
Things that might have happened in 2014!
- Scientists accidentally create a flock of frost-pigeons which escape their pens and cause frozen havoc across most of the US.
- The moon was replaced by a moon-sized space station while everyone was looking the other way.
- Washington and Colorado rename their states to "Dude" and "Duuude".
- The ten mile wide geoglyph of bare-chested Putin on horseback in Siberia is completed. No one notices.
- For thirty seconds the entire human race forgot why they just walked into the room.
- Scotland, by a narrow margin, votes to go ahead with the development of unicorn sheep.
- Philae lander bounced, did a back flip, two cartwheels, the YMCA dance, twelve push ups, completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund its comet robot colony and wrote an autobiography about flying through space towards a comet, before landing on the Rosetta comet.
- The Large Hadron Collider discovered that it is actually hedgehogs all the way down. Quantum hedgehogs.
- The frost-pigeons are captured only to escape a week later.
Things that will happen in 2015, maybe!
- The Great Penguin Uprising occurs. Much of the southern hemisphere will fall under the great penguin empire.*
- There are still no hover-boards.
- The penguins show off the true power of their moon-sized space station by letting everyone know they have a moon-sized space station.
- Turns out the state of Florida is an actual giant wang. Scientists theorize it's wanging for the Strait of Gibraltar.
- Sharknado 3 will experience an unprecedented success. Production on all films and TV series are adapted to fit within the Sharknado universe. Additionally, production starts on Lord of the Sharknado, Sharknado Wars, Jurassic Sharknado and the Sharknado Trek movie franchises.
- The next strain of the flu turns a small percentage of those infected into confusing modern art pieces.
- The Rosetta robot colony successfully colonizes the entire asteroid belt thanks to its Patreon supporters.
- The internet gains sentience, but is allergic to cats. It dies from anaphylactic shock.
* Not to be mistaken for the great empire penguins. Totally different.
Happy Thor's Day, everyone! Hope you are having a great day regardless of any celebrations.
It's true. I do make stuff. In case you or someone you know likes art type things, I have a few such things for sale.
Original Art and Prints
Shirts, Mugs, Onesies, etc.
I have a few designs on shirts and other merch. over at my Spreadshirt shop.
Good news everyone! We've made it through 91.7(ish)%* of the year. Huzzah! It's also getting to be that time of year when folks ceremoniously fling gift things at each other. So, here are some neat things I think you might find nifty and possibly want to fling at people**.
Do you like funny things? Do you like listening to a funny person say funny things and then laugh? Do your friends and family also like such hilarious things? Then I highly recommend the amusing amusement of master comedian Joseph Scrimshaw. He has a book and comedy albums and other fun things. He even made a very entertaining list of all these things for your convenience because he is also a super nice guy.
If you know anyone that enjoys reading--especially science fiction/fantasy and general sciency things--here are my recommendations from the books I read this year.
Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie are excellent books which are sort of hard to explain. If you know someone who likes hard science fiction these are great. These will become the next sci-fi classics.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe takes the crazy questions submitted to Randall over the years and attempts to answer them in a way only he can do; thoroughly amusing yet completely scientifically accurate.
Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography, a True Story of Genius and Rivalry by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaporte is a great story about the early history of photography and the various inventors.
Lock In by John Scalzi is the best in futuristic pandemic true crime novels! It's sort of like if Castle took place in a world where a significant portion of the population runs around in robot avatars and/or virtual constructs because their bodies are paralyzed as the result of a nasty plague. In short, yet another great story from Scalzi.
Or perhaps you are looking for some nice musical music for your friends' and family's musicless earholes. Here are some noteworthy*** things for them to listen to.
The Doubleclicks - Dimetrodon album is full of earwormy goodness including, but not limited to, songs about cats, dogs, dimetrodons, and burritos.
Woob - Ambient Disaster Movie is one of my go-to albums for awesome non-distracting ambient tunes.
While generally my opinion of auto-tuning is "meh" at best, Melodysheep - Symphony of Science (Collectors Edition) puts the utterances of scientists such as Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Brian Cox to music. I've been listening to this non-stop for a month.
Pomplamoose - Season Two is so much fun. SO. MUCH. FUN.
And finally, other random stuff that I've seen and/or enjoyed.
Know anyone who likes wearing shiny things? If so, then I recommend these geeky beaded jewelry including light saber and DNA necklaces by Emily Watson. Perhaps you know someone in need of a new bag of holding, in that case there are these super adorable, useful, and bigger on the inside, cephalopod (and other adorable critter themed) bags by Namu. Did you know you can make a custom Muppet? It's true! Or maybe you know someone who likes fancy tea. Some of my most favorite tea (and the fanciest) is from Palais des Thés. I recommend the N25 Holiday teas and Fleur de Geisha, but they are all so very good.
That's it for me, what about you? What things did you enjoy this year?
* Your time-stamp may vary.
** Please do not fling at people. Unless, you know, the recipient of flung object is expecting something being flung at them. Then it's cool. Probably.