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Some new things
October 14, 2014, 5:07 pm

I've been very much enjoying doing figure drawing and drawing on the San Francisco BART. You can see my BART drawings at my instagram account if you're interested in such things. You might have noticed there's a section on the right of the site showing a number of applications that are worth visiting that I've made. Another fun place to visit is my scripts folder. I've been teaching at the AAU a lot more recently, and it's caused me to create a number of fun new games and scripts.

Another Birthday, Another Website
August 20, 2014, 3:04 pm

Well I bought yet another domain name. Up Up Down Up is just one more in a long line of websites I've purchased around the time of my birth. On the 9th there was much debate about what age I actually was, but it was finally decided that I had in fact turned 33. A respectable age. For my birthday I had a small gathering with some friends, and then I went home and bought Final Fantasy X for the ps3 and I played that for a week.

Now... I don't want any of you to be confused by what I just said. I did not sometimes play final fantasy during that week. No no. I put in over 80 hours of gameplay during that week. And I still haven't beaten any dark aeons. Mainly because getting Tidus' ultimate weapon is a goddamn pain in my ass.

But that might be beside the point. After that week of nothing, I came back to my senses, and started working on my counting script again, because it's actually very useful when you're doing the monster arena in FFX. Working on this script, I added some much needed features, cleaned up some css, and now I think it's worth buying a domain name for it.

Which brings us to now. I'm actually really quite proud of this app, and it is something that I actually need periodically. You might find that you do too. If you do, I'd love to hear how you used it, and if it was successful for you.

No new art today, but there might be new ones over in the side panel.

... I should work more on my main website...

It's hard out there for a pimp
June 5, 2014, 1:00 pm

I reworked my resume recently and I got a lot of really great feedback to help me streamline it, even though it comes down to how I want it to look. Ultimately though, one of the most frustrating things for me was how many people said it looked like a design resume. So disappointing, since I barely even mention art in the thing. It's all about my tech skills, and my teaching, and my webwork, and just a couple little points that make it clear that as a full stack developer, I also happen to know how to make the visuals to make a website look great (regardless of the appearance of my own).

It's difficult to want to be something when everyone says you're clearly something else. And it's so easy for people to see art, and taxing for someone to evaluate code.

Anyways. I've been working on my site some more. Some of the layout is still a little jittery, but ultimately everything will be better in the future. I've completely rewritten my base.css file to better mimic the excellent work that Bootstrap is doing, while retaining the trim document that is more useful to me. Sass 3.3 was a huge leap forward, and allowed me to make some really complex structures out of some fairly simple code.

I also continue to work hard on my backend analytics, and I am striving to improve my image viewer system to make it be viable, pretty, and worthwhile. I'm thinking of adding a commenting system to my site soon, but I'm really not sure.

A new website and more drawings
May 8, 2014, 9:30 pm

Hi. I've made a new website to showcase my growing collection of caricatures. EgoArtist is the name of my portrait business now. I'm still working on the website, but you'll notice that I've cherry picked all the caricature art from my archive to toss over there as a pitch for work. That's right, I want to draw people for a living, and since my Patreon kind of fell flat (altho the jury is still out on that) I'm kind of trying the loner approach.

So I made a new website like I always do. I'm also teaching a lot at the Academy of Art University. In case you don't know I've been teaching web develoment and adobe program use for the last 3 years, and I just recently started at the AAU. I'm having a blast teaching there, and it's interesting being a programming teacher in a predominantly art academy, as apposed to LearniT! where I was a basically an art teacher at a tech school. The students have all seemed to respond well, and it's all been very encouraging.

I've also got a new folder of images based on the Big Bang Theory that you might want to check out, and a number of new images in the Game of Thrones folder. Here's the Big Bang Theory pics.

Caricatures and something fun
March 28, 2014, 2:30 am

I started going to a figure drawing group that meets every Monday. I went at first because I'd never done it before, but after one day of sketching in pencil, I realized that it was the perfect time to push myself artistically. I started painting on my Slate, and it felt amazing. I've always been afraid of painting, because everytime I tried, it felt slow. But with only 5 to 20 minutes each pose, there was no time to pout. I got confident fast, and I haven't felt this good about my art in years.

I did 3 caricatures last weekend, and ever since then, I've been pushing as much high quality caricature rendering as I can push. It's been a lot of fun to try. I did an entire series of Community caricatures, and on a wave of confidence, I have now started into Game of Thrones. This work is some of the best work I've ever produced, and I hope I can keep up the pace, and work through all 5000 Game of Thrones characters.

Here are the Lannister family caricatures that I've finished so far.

Lots of work and small rewards
October 26, 2013, 10:00 am

My brother has been in town recently, and we have been doing a lot of web coding work. There are a lot of projects coming that I can't talk about just yet, but we've been working in AngularJs to make a framework for developing website prototypes. Things like json readers, to sidestep sql setups and allow for more flexible data models, and a bootstrap-like base css system which gives us more forward thinking css applied to html5 elements.

What I can tell you about is my friend Sam Hiti's website, which has soft launched recently on a code base created entirely by my brother and me. It's been super exciting to work with Sam, who really knows what he wants, and it's been great to dive into these technologies with my brother. At this point, I think it would be amazing to make a company based in the idea of just prototyping out websites for companies to have a working pitch.

I have also been doing a lot of art, and I suppose I should show some of that here. So here's some art for your ass that has been uploaded semi recently.

Promises Shmomises
April 9, 2013, 12:52 pm

I started learning a bit about deferrals and promises today, and I don't like it. I think, mainly, because I can't quite see where I'd use it yet. It's ok, though, I'll figure it out when I have to.

I watched all that's available for Doctor Who Series 7. Doctor Who is pretty incredible. And If you've never given it a chance, I would suggest that you hop into Series 2, and Enjoy the wonder that is David Tennant, even though technically, my favorite Doctor so far has been Matt Smith, the latest. It's a combination of attitude and style.

Doctor Who is one of the few shows that can make me laugh, cry, and be in utter awe in a single episode. I hope it never ends.

Updates and such
April 1, 2013, 11:32 am

I went through my site and decided to pull things down and push things around and take a couple hours to bring my code into 2013. I've always preferred stark simplicity and information to wild and crazy design. I'm using bootstrap a lot these days for rapid prototyping, and so I stuck with a default bootstrap layout. This pleases me, but it also describes the way I'm moving now. I've learned to modularize my css into classes. Individual items don't get so much individual attention anymore, but broad structured classes are used to define the overarching design of a project. It's been a learning process. I also went in and simplified some of the code in my archive, to better represent the simplicity of the site in general. I also added a few new things into the codes page, including an updated chess script. There is also now a calligraphy section in the portfolio.

I'm working on a lot of things these days. I'm really excited by the prospects of prototyping with bootstrap and angularjs. I've been really digging into angular and I find it to be really really promising. I'm jazzed to share more and more as I move along. For anyone that sees this, thanks for coming along with me and checking out my journey.

Finally there are fonts
September 18, 2012, 10:41 pm

I have added some previews for my fonts. I make fonts for fun. It's actually super relaxing and enjoying for me to kern for hours. Just pushing letters around in a font family. I enjoy making the letters as well. But I especially enjoy seeing my text written out, and the font comes alive. It's just like the feeling when one of my scripts works for the first time. When it goes off and becomes its own thing. It's awesome.

I could also potentially make a font for you. I'm just sayin. You have an idea? I have the know how. I'm going to continue working on these. Maybe yours will be next. Give me a ring.

Finally there are codes
August 5, 2012, 4:17 pm

A long time ago, in a website far away, I used to keep a repository of all the little coding things I would make. Some people know me for my art, but I kind of love to program more than draw. I love them both, but programming is something I think I'm actually very good at. I love to make things that people can interact with, and these days, I'm getting into making things that can interact with themselves. That's exciting to me. A drawing is set down, but a program is alive.

I have made a small list of some of the cuter things I've made recently, and even some not so recently. Most of these are unfinished, and most of them will remain unfinished, as much art tends to be in the eyes of its creator. I hope you enjoy perusing some of the things that make me happy.