Good morning, water dripping from the bathroom ceiling.
Good morning, noises like someone snaking a drain coming from the ceiling.
Good morning, plumber.
oh shit there was an Audiosurf 2 a few years back and it even has a Mac version https://store.steampowered.com/app/235800/Audiosurf_2/
with mod support for your own goofy custom skins for the essential task of "going down a track very quickly dodging shit to a cool tune you picked out of your collection"
And now I get to reap the benefits of being an old fogey who still "buys" "albums" instead of just listening to Spotify or Youtube.
Hey I just wanna say thanks to everyone who is CWing their commentary on that speed run telethon thing. Thanks a ton! ❤️
and now I shall have some breakfast, and hopefully quietly pack this old drama back into the box it came from and never take it out of the metaphorical attic again.
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oh geez Pringle just tweeted an old pitch from the Nebulous days and tagged Danner and Ciro, and then other people started asking about Nebulous, and now it's like i've dragged this old box of Old Drama out of the attic and opened it up.
When Pringle said something about how Nebulous did a web series and a pitch before "we" got absorbed into WB's embryonic Flash department I decided not to resist, and made a comment about how "we" explicitly excluded me (and Ricky as well, IIRC?), and you know the more adult thing to do would be to let bygones be bygones, but given that I hear I'm far from the only bridge Ciro burnt in his career? fuck it, I will say something snarky about this twenty-year old betrayal that I've mostly buried. That was kind of the beginning of the end of my career in animation, I fell back into my usual depressed pit, failed every little freelance gig I managed to scavenge, and just kinda drifted through the whole Ren & Stimpy Adult Party mess. That's my failure and I'll own it, but I can't help but wonder if things would have played out differently if the "hey I hear most of Nebulous is getting hired by WB, who should I talk to over there to join the exodus" conversation I had with Ciro had a reply different than "no, you suck, go away". If I'd had contact info for anyone else around Nebulous and used it, would I have gotten that hookup? Who knows. I ain't gonna ask Pringle and Danner if Ciro told them I'd tried to come along, or how they responded if he did.
Looking back it was definitely one of those Important Forks In My Life. I dunno if I'd be having a better time overall if I'd ended up on Mucha Lucha, I still might have left the industry and followed much the same trajectory out of it, but I also might have made a zillion contacts and gotten established in the scene. At the very least it sure would've been nice to find out what working in a union shop was like before giving up on the animation dream.
No conversation will be ensuing, as now that I know Ciro's Twitter account, I have muted it forever. But I sure did not take him off the list of people mentioned in that tweet I was replying to, because I hope he feels a little spike of guilt before quite possibly muting *me* forever. Which I am 100% okay with.
I just got shown a photograph of the results of male-to-intersex surgery and I have so em complicated feelings about that.
hey what if i just spent today getting really baked and drawing some sexy pinups, I've been working hard on that crazy Parallax background and today feels like a good day for A Break
mutuals: gimme a ref sheet and if this still feels like a good idea once I'm out of the shower something might happen, no promises
How I Work: file organization.
Sat in a cafe for an hour. Got some more progress in on Weird Disorienting Architecture, made some small changes to how I'm putting all of this together.
Image is marked NSFW but is actually just chock full of high-frequency B&W stuff that will play games with your visual cortex if you unhide it.
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a midnight candle
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Hey y'all, I would just like to politely request that when you're discussing things that are super-major taboos in the US, you tread softly. Do not be brusque.
Especially do this when you are talking to people on other Mastodon instances who aren't following you, especially when you are advocating a position that is riding right at the edge of legality. You are each, in your own way, an ambassador of this site, and I would prefer that our reputation be generally positive.
If you think I am subraring you, I am not. Unless you just got a private message from me with a link to a rar of yours that was reported elsewhere. Then, yeah, I guess I'm subraring you. 😇
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uh yeah the fiddlier way kinda looks better AND has a smaller file size so I guess I'm doing that.
There are at least six ways to get the look I'm after for this spread. I know that because that's how many ways I was able to do it in the 'experimentation' layer in this file. All of them are their own trade-off of how much work it takes to make them happen versus how good they look versus how huge they're going to make the file in practice, and I would not be surprised if I end up using three or four of them in different parts of this spread. I'm already using two.
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Yeah, a judicious application of object>path>simplify helped a LOT. Four wiggly-line brushes went from 5.8k points total to 1.4k points; the image with all the orange is showing that change in how they're drawn, with the third image showing what they look like - they're barely distinguishable from each other.
Dropping the revised paths back into the brush definitions and saving a new file won me 1.3 megabytes on disc, it's still feeling more bloated than I'd like but every little bit is gonna help in a piece this dense.
(I could maybe try making them rasterized image brushes too? Nah, doing that at an acceptable resolution makes the file get bigger. Theorize, test, verify.)
Sometimes Illustrator is a very technical affair. I will be proud to have done this image but I sure am glad I'm only doing one spread this way.
I have some other, fiddlier ways to implement this look and I may have to try using them for this part.
Okay yeah this seems to be a way forwards. Don't go crazy with the wiggly lines until the very end and I should be fine. File sizes are still growing faster than I'd like but I think it's doable. Show more
The 'test' files are me stripping out the parts I suspected were making things get really huge really fast, them experimenting with a hopefully-less-heavy method of doing this stuff.
The 'test x' files are a blank new file, followed by me copying in a chunk of the new way of trying things, then by duplicating it to see how badly this stuff bloats. I may also be able to get some general size wins by changing how I made the art brushes I'm leaning on. I feel like each stroke I draw with one of these wiggly brushes is still adding a lot more than it should though. I may look into simplifying these brushes some.
Oh okay it's definitely some of the stuff I set up today and last night. Whee. This is gonna be fun. I think I may need to spend a little time experimenting with different ways to achieve certain effects, deleting these new wavy-line fills brought the file down from 244 megs to 21, which is much more manageable.
It's always kind of worrisome when a file's size suddenly jumps from five megabytes to two hundred. I'm doing *something* that's making Illustrator save a shit-ton more stuff.