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February 12, 2009

You take the good, you take the bad

Filed under: Creations,General,Kids,Music — Tom @ 2:18 pm

. . . and there you have the Facts Of Life. Thank Alan Thicke, and Scrubs a couple weeks back, for that one.

To All The Girls . . .

I have to admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique until recently, when I finally “got it.” Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Sure, it’s full of ridiculous, pedantic rhymes, but the music, oh man, what they did was incredible. Nothing before, nothing after (because The Law put a stop to this kind of sampling) matched the creativity or wit of what they and the Dust Brothers concocted. This new remaster is of the “good” kind – it simply makes it sound better, which that old CD was in dire need of. As their website says, it now has enough bass to crush your one frozen testicle. Thanks, I needed that.

Broken suspension

You know, I love my truck – a Honda Ridgeline, if you didn’t know. But there are times when I realize that it’s built by a car company, and the picture above is an example of one such time. I’ve never had this truck off road and yet one of the suspension components is broken. On top of that, this component (the left rear sway bar link, if you’re curious) is pencil thin. This is ridiculous. You don’t have a 5000 pound truck bouncing around on top of something that flimsy. This is what happens – it breaks. And there are no aftermarket replacements – I’m just going to get another one of these and hope for the best.

Rainbow in the dark

It’s just nice, isn’t it?

Asleep, again

Sleepy head.

Flash train

A piece drawn for a project for work, done completely in Adobe Flash. This took friggin’ forever. FOREVER. It is incredibly detailed. Flash is definitely not the tool to use for this kind of illustrating, but I wanted to try it because many of my coworkers draw their stuff in Flash rather than Adobe Illustrator, which is far more exacting. I would have saved a lot of time and frustrating going my normal route with Illustrator, but I’m still rather proud of this train. It doesn’t exist in real life, by the way – it’s an amalgamation of who knows how many trains I looked at online for inspiration. If you ever wondered what it is I do for a living, this is it.

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2 Comments »

  1. Hey, I saw in an article you wrote that said Wilco allows patches into the SBD. Do you know who I could contact to find out how to do this? Sorry if this isn’t the appropriate place, but I couldn’t find a place to contact you.

    Thanks,
    Dirk
    bassplayer99@gmail.com

    Comment by Dirk — February 18, 2009 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  2. Dirk, I’m not a taper myself, but I bet if you went over to http://forums.viachicago.org/ they could help you out. They’re not official Wilco forums but it’s as close as you’re likely to find, and someone there will know what their current policy is (there’s no telling if they allow soundboard patches anymore, especially the Ashes Of American Flags DVD on its way soon – they may want to curtail SBD activity for a while to encourage sales. I haven’t seen many newer SBDs lately, but I haven’t been scouring the sites, either.)

    Comment by Tom — February 18, 2009 @ 11:28 am | Reply


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