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Jun. 1st, 2015

07:59 pm - Nanomango 2015 - Page 1

For this year's NanoMango, I'll be continuing my outline sketches for my planned webcomic - which has had a name change since I started, and is now called 'Extinction'.

Previously, on Extinction...Collapse )

I'm trying to use just my tablet - previously, I've always scanned in my inked comics to colour, but I want to get around this and just do everything digitally. Using a tablet for sketching feels a bit alien to me, so everything is very sketchy indeed - I feel like I'm learning how to draw again.

Page 1 - a re-draw of the last page from previously.Collapse )

Anyway, I've just realised I'm pretty much doomed to fail - I have holiday booked for the 26th, so unless I get four pages ahead, I'm going to crash and burn. Woo!

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Mar. 12th, 2015

07:07 pm - Sir Terry Pratchett died today

Sir Terry Pratchett died today.

The first time I was handed a Pratchett book (Weird Sisters) was before I had seen the scottisish play, so the references went completely over my head. I could see there was something funny there, but I simply didn't have the knowledge to understand it. A few years later, I picked up one of the earlier books in the Discworld series - and devoured the whole series up to Soul Music, which had just come out. And in it, there was a lot of stuff I didn't get - I was only 12 at the time - but when I didn't get a joke, I went out and found why the joke was funny, found the reference that made it make sense. Every book, there was something new I'd never considered. Something I learned from them.

Each time a new book came out, from then, I got the hardback, and stored it carefully - I still have them. I bought all the other Pterry books available, then started looking for the ones that aren't. I even managed to get a copy of The Hades Buisiness. Never seen one of the plays, though. I probably should.

So, yes, Sir Terry Pratchett had a huge impact on my life. His death today was a big shock. The thought that there's never going to be another Discworld book after The Shepard's Crown comes out is like a looming darkness - I'm going to take a long time to read that. His style of writing, the easy humour that turns your view on the world to a differen angle is something that no other writer I've read has managed to replicate. I'm going to miss that.

I think I'm going to go re-read some books.

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Oct. 7th, 2014

07:31 pm - I think I just lost my fan-ness

The latest episode of Doctor Who was a real stinker. There was nothing to praise about it - the writing was formulaic and trite where it wasn't self contradictory, the science was awful, and the morals imparted were repellant.

Th worst part, I think, was the criticism that Clara yelled at the Doctor at the end. It's implied that he knew (before he left the women to make their decision) how it wouild end - that there really was no problem, but he deliberately kept that a secret to -what? I don't understand why. And then she tears into him, not because he concealed vital information, but because he didn't take control and tell them exactly what to do. As opposed to being angry that he left them without the vital information that they needed. Combined with the whole nosensicle anti-abortion parable, it came off as an incredible disturbing rant against women making choices for themselves. Gah.

I haven't been enjoying the latest series as much as I'd hoped, and this hideous episode has just confirmed that for me. I just don't think Doctor Who is being written with people like me in mind any more.

Or anyone who understands the concept of logic, really.

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Aug. 14th, 2014

08:39 pm - Yep, it's dead.

Either the hard drive has gone, or it's the psu. It starts up, but powers off before boting completely. It also won't boot from cd, so I'm leaning more towards the psu. Oh well, it kind of needed to be rebuilt, anyway.

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Aug. 13th, 2014

07:02 pm - Whelp.

I just destroyed my computer. But thanks to my spare electronics, now you can have live updates of how I'm, fixing it!

Or, more accurately, how I'm buying new parts.

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Jul. 14th, 2014

08:20 pm - A Comment on Walking Dead and The Wolf Amongst Us

Since the Steam Sales (oh god I spent HOW MUCH it's supposed to be a sale and CHEAPER dammit) I've played through The Walking Dead and The Wolf Amongst us, the latest adventure games from Telltale. Actually I'm not even sure that they quite fall into the adventure genre: there will be absolutely no getting stuck until you've rubbed every item on every other item, and tried every possible combination of verbs available on the skeleton statues, because the puzzles are short to non existent. No, these are all about the character interactions and how they melodramatic they can get in reaction to your choices.

First off: I'm probably going to sound as if I'm criticizing the games (and the format), so I have to say that I enjoyed playing these games, and would recommend them as enjoyable in themselves, as well as being useful experiments on the format of story delivery in interactive media. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way: The big problem with these games is the lack of effect your actions really have. Throughout, you are told that your actions are having a big effect on the world, but if you play through twice, you still end up in the same place, with the same characters living and dying. If you have the choice between saving one or the other, you can be sure whoever you save won't have much impact. Successfully save someone? Well, they'll be dead soon anyway. Nothing you do really changes the plot.

That's another problem: the story must move constantly forward, because these aren't really games that you play, they are shows that you watch, occasionaly making some input. Good shows, compelling and well written, to be sure, but a show nonetheless. The quicktime events are especially grating: these are success / failure states, where success means more of the story, and failure means doing it again. They are rather frustrating, but it's a case of limited interactivity, or no activity at all. Every now and again, there is an interesting take on the formula - like the babysitter zombie in Clemantine's house, where it only take two hammer hits to kill it, but there's so much time available that you can keep smashing away until there's nothing but a pulp left. You have to question: do you go for overkill, and if so, why? Panic? To be sure it's dead? Venting anger?

In a way, that is the great strength of the format. Because you don't have a huge amount of control over the character's actions as events overtake them, what you do control are their motivations. The player characters are well defined in most cases; you can be sure that Lee is never going to toss Clem to zombies for a distraction, and Bigby is never going to tear out Snow's throat. However, within the limits of how they are, you can still choose the reason they act the way they do. Basically, these are analysis simulators: you get to decide what is driving them, not what they do. Perhaps that's part of the reason these games are loved by reviewers, who love to analyze things deeply.

In summation: enjoyable games, with a heavy dependance on a scripted narrative.

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Jun. 30th, 2014

10:22 pm - NanaMango 2014

So NanoMango, 30 comics in 30 days? I was halfway through it before I realised that my scanner wasn't working and had to buy another. Anyway, I completed it - 30 pages of 'The Seven Hour Cure', along with some commentary on what needs changing.

These are sketch pages: I'm planning out how this should look, experimenting with the layouts and I'm already planning on switching up the script a bit. Criticism and comments are welcome!

This is a prequel comic for another project I'm working on, the furry space opera that I tried last year. While it's all about Doctor Fairchilde, he's not the star.

30 Pages under here.Collapse )

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Mar. 23rd, 2014

11:20 pm - DIY

TODAY, I AM A MAN!

I changed the washer on a tap. And it has stopped dripping.

For now.

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Dec. 22nd, 2013

08:21 pm - Well, that was fast.

The UK's porn filter has been up for what, maybe a week? And already they've started blocking political websites. The ones that have been blocked, though? Both Lib Dem and Conservative (Boris Johnson is a big name Con). Given that both these parties are in the government that set up this filter, and they are both targetted by it, the conclusions we can draw is that the technical people behind it either really don't want to be working on it, or are totally incompetent. No doubt we'll find out which soon enough.

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Nov. 30th, 2013

08:07 pm

I am now a home owner.

I keep finding myself wracked by self-doubt, lying awake at night wondering whether I have done the right thing, or if I have made a terrible mistake, and will regret this. Of course, the answer is yes: I just have that kind of personality, that way of thinking that I always dwell on the road not taken. The only thing to do is take ownership. Sure, I may make mistakes, but at least they are my mistakes.

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