Thursday, March 27, 2008

Have You Seen My Ghost?

I am addicted to this song.

And now you are too!

Most who are acquainted with me know I love all things old fashioned. I am a little obsessed with Victoriana. So Madame Talbot's Victorian Lowbrow, coupled with my inability to save money, are something of a bad combination. Bad in that I love her stuff. Go check out her stuff, It's all good. Her posters are my favourite. I bought this one as sort of an engagement present to myself.

That's all for now. I have some plans for fun stuff this weekend, so next post I will maybe have something to talk about.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Blarg Blog

Okay so I haven't worked on my novel in like 3 weeks. Go figure. I sometimes wonder, when Stephen King is starting a new novel does he ever just stop and go "Oh my god, this f*cking sucks!" and quit for a month at a time? I also haven't READ a book in like 3 weeks which may have something to do with it. I seem to write better when I'm reading something else.

I haven't gotten anywhere with my comic either. I haven't decided if I want to continue on with Inadvertently Productive, my first webcomic, or try something totally different. I'm also having trouble with my drawing skillz. I can draw something really wikkid, but if I try and repeat it looks like a bucket of horrible.

Aren't you glad you read this blog now? Didn't it make you feel good? Gah. I'm useless.

See this is why I need to do something cool with this blog. No one wants to read about some dude complaining about how he can't draw. Like, seriously, wtf? I dunno. I'll try and have something better for you next week.

For now, go read Beard Revue. If you love having a beard as much as I do, or just love beards, you'll love this blog.

P.S. Holy crap, who else was hungover on Tuesday? Seriously, I'm petitioning to get St. Patrick's day established as a federal holiday. If Newfoundland gets it, why not the rest of Canada?

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Huzzah, my tablet has arrived! I'm still trying to get used to holding a pen for long periods of time again, but i think I actually draw better with the tablet than I do on paper. Pretty much as soon as I'm done this post I'm going to start working on ideas for a new webcomic.

Movie Review Time!

Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
A really good movie for kids, with a few jokes aimed at adults that weren't inappropriate for kids either. The advances in computer animation continue to amaze me. I remember when Toy Story came along and it was the most advanced thing we'd ever seen, but this makes it look like Steamboat Willie. Jim Carrey, Steve Carrel, and Carrol Burnett, were brilliant as the lead characters, but I was particularly pleased that Will Arnett made an appearance as a Slavic vulture. This is an all around good family movie, and I highly recommend you see it.
(My rating - 4 out of 5)

I've decided this blog needs to be more than a diary, or the occasional movie review. I will continue to share things I find, and tell you about my life, and review movies. But if I want to get noticed, I need to have something that will draw people's attention. Like that guy who takes a picture of the sky from his balcony every day, or that blog about the puddle. I haven't any ideas for that yet either, but the decision has been made that something must be done. Any suggestions?

So what's the deal with Tibet?... Yeah I have no idea what's going on over there, sounds like a bunch of madness but I figured I'd better make sure people new I still pay SOME attention to the outside world.

P.S. Really, I don't pay attention to the outside world.

P.P.S. "Dudishly - In the manner of a dude." I found it in the scrabble dictionary last night.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


I have a new tattoo. On something of a whim I decided to get "Est. 1986" on the underside of my left forearm. I know it's a pretty serious whim, considering I now have ink that's visible in a t-shirt, but I'm totally happy with it. And it never won't be true. Unless I was actually born in 1985, which would really suck. Anyways, this now brings my collection of tattoos to 4 pieces. I have the word "Sinner" on my left bicep (from my more rebellious days, though I don't regret it); a pair of dice, each showing one pip, and the words "Snake Eyes" underneath in my own cursive; and a Sailor Jerry style swallow on my right shoulder (unfortunately I let this one get infected and lost a lot of ink, so I need it redone). Alas and Alack, I cannot find my digital camera, so I cannot share pictures at this time.

You may have noticed that my list of Drunks, Lovers, Sinners, and Saints has somewhat expanded. Go visit all of those links. They deserve it. I'll be talking more about some of those people I linked to in future posts as well. Also, "Drunks, Lovers, Sinners, and Saints" is the name of a song by Alexisonfire (probably my 2nd fave Canadian band), and they deserve props.

One of the new links is to Ctrl + Alt + Del by Tim Buckley. If you game, even a little, this comic will appeal to you. If you don't game, the zany humour will probably make you laugh anyways. Oooh, zany.

I also linked to Wondermark by David Malki !. Somewhat similar to Married to the Sea, to which I've linked previously, in that it uses pictures from old publications, but in strip form. I recently pre-ordered David's new book Beards of our Forefathers. It's a collection of Wondermark strips. The title is really what drew me in. There's another collection called The Annotated Wondermark, which I also plan on buying someday.

Julia Wertz, author of The Fart Party is currently out of work, so feel free to go buy some of her stuff. I just ordered the official Fart Party book. Should be a good read.

I'd like to finish this post with a movie review. So I will.

Atonement (2007)
No big surprise that this was nominated for best picture at the Oscars. No Country for Old Men must be damned good to have beat it. I seriously loved this movie. Acting was great, story was great, soundtrack was great. It was visually quite beautiful. There was only one scene I didn't like, which turned out to be like a dream-sequence anyways. Probably the best scene in the movie was the 5-minute-long shot of the Evacuation of Dunkirk. That one took some organization. Seriously, this is just a really well made movie, I don't even want to describe it anymore for fear of spoiling it. Don't go see this movie expecting a happy ending, but please go see it.
(My rating - 4.5 out of 5)

Monday, March 3, 2008


I found some new webcomics this week, starting with The Fart Party, which is very sweary and vulgar but I love it to death and it makes me want to start making comics again (more on this later). I also found xkcd which is very wordsy and poignant but also pretty fun at the same time, especially for nerds like myself. Last but not least is FreakAngels which is actually like a "real" serial comic rather than the usual strips I read. The art is really impressive, but I'm waiting on the story to progress before I make a decision on it.

Back to me returning to the webcomic world... I bought a Wacom CTE450K Bamboo drawing tablet off of eBay last night. EBay wasn't my first choice because things I order from eBay shops have a habit of not showing up/showing up damaged. But as it turns out, doesn't want to ship electronics to Canada, and most of the other stores were charging an exorbitant price. So eBay it is. Anyhow, I want to draw again. So somehow I have to fit drawing, writing, working, and becoming a millionaire rock star into my schedule. Be prepared.

I took part in the democratic process today. My party won. Go figure. There's only been a conservative government in Alberta since 1921. Of course people are complaining, but clearly these people are wrong and have no idea what they're talking about. In all seriousness, I don't like to tell people what to believe. I just don't see how anyone in Alberta could vote anything except Progressive Conservative. I know it's sort of like voting for the lesser evil... but why would you WANT to vote for the worse?

That's all I can think of, so have a good night.

P.S. The title? Oh. I just liked the word.