2013

For the first time since I graduated from college, I broke out my Bamboo tablet to try to work on something; a commissioned fanart of Michiko when I had just started the project. I managed to fit my Christmas tree on the desk, and had plenty of room to fit what I needed. It’s good to be home for the holidays; work has been nonsensical and stressed the past two months.

 

I’ll upload a completed image of that work when I get it done.

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For my first company dinner, the group went out to Timberwood Grill. It actually was a great place to eat, and I had spiffy food of buffalo wings, along with fish and chips. All in all it was a good experience, and I would recommend.

 

Right before snapping this picture, a coworker was announcing that “I was taking pictures of my food” in a mocking and obnoxious manner. Yeah, whats-your-name. I will take pictures of my food if I like. Just the same way you can take dozens of photos of your kids.

 

Personal advice from me. Let people mind their own business in peace sometimes, and don’t be a loudmouth about it just because you can. Thank you.

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While I was back in ETSU, I followed a girl by the name of MellasFenixxes on deviantART. I loved her stuff and while I kept tabs on it, never thought about commissioning her till my first job started. Over the summer I was brave enough to ask her to commission a long-standing idea I had, some of the Disney girls dressed up in the outfits from Touhou. The first one we worked on was Esmeralda; this was the final result after I went back a few times to fix the background.

 

Lineart courtesy Paola Tosca.

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I’ve yet to find the full Lacus Clyne figure of her normal outfit for less than $100, but I snagged this on an online sale recently; Lacus in a spacesuit! She’s a bit bigger than most of my other Gundam figures, and I love her pose. Too bad she can’t stay on the desk, though.

 

Either way, girls in spacesuits equal win. Definitely don’t regret this snatch.

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Finally getting an upgrade! Just swapped to this iPhone 5S today, so this’ll be interesting. This is actually the first time I’m buying my own phone, so it’s a first for me. Still sticking to that Otterbox goodness; kept me out of trouble the first time around, and hopefully it’ll do the same this time.

 

So yes, this is my last photo with my old phone. Signing off for now.

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It’s been ages since I’ve done a fleet cockpit photo, so I decided to give the good girl Novastar one for the books, considering she’s my daily driver at the moment. She always had this luxury feel; it never felt functional or barebones like Orion. Even Vesuvius, my Jeep Grand Cherokee limited felt more utilitarian than this.

 

And yes, while I was technically assigned Vesuvius, the vehicle is not suitable for daily 100-mile drives any longer. With no A/C in the heat of August and still stuck in 3rd gear (making it terrible for Interstate driving), I was assigned to use the heavy cruiser for the time being.

 

But you couldn’t complain with this Mazda 929 for comforts. While I did despise the cassette player and the analog clock, the rest I definitely enjoyed; cruise control at 30mph, volume controls on the steering wheel, heated leather seats and fog lights. And how could I forget about the auto-climate control system? That was an extremely ingenious system. I also loved how the instruments seemed to wrap around me, not just straight-on like the Jeep.

 

Well, at least it gave me better gas mileage than Vesuvius.

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I find that nowadays I get home, I just want to veg out a little bit and do something else than either be in the house or napping. I do get tired, but until I hammer out a better schedule, I hop outside just as it starts to cool down just a little. And since this is the end of August, it’s thankfully not sweltering hot when out here.

 

So often I have a soda, taking my saucer chair and lounging on the back porch with my Iconia A100 tablet, browsing deviantART or Houzz  (as you can see here). It is a little clunky but the Houzz app works beautifully, and it’s like browsing virtual housing without leaving your couch.

 

Time will tell when I finally start doing something in the evenings.

 

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This is a shot of the Millenium Project Alpha as I finish the last upgrade for this system. Though the hard drives can take more capacity and be swapped out, I’ve had this frame since 2007, and I believe it’s time to use another system in the near future.

 

However, the upgrades I installed in this system not only made it better, it solved a problem I’ve had since I was using the system in my last year of ETSU: the fan roaring when doing something taxing. Turned out the system was having brownout power issues, and a higher wattage PSU was in order. I naturally upgraded this when I heard that the 3.0Ghz processor required more power, and the 750W was the same price as a 550W the week I bought it (didn’t hurt to get more, right?)

 

New Arctic Silver paste, the PSU and processor are my last blessings on this computer. And with the upgrades over the years of the Bluetooth Media Card reader, additional DVD-ROM drive and even a Firewire card/port, I believe I can say I fulfilled my design philosophy of “maxing out” a system in my possession.

 

I’m glad to say the Millenium Project Alpha was my hot rod.

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