Kremlin slaps 18 Americans with sanctions in response to a list by the U.S. of alleged Russian rights abusers.
So short version of the story for those of you who hate reading the news:
US: “Yo I heard you beat up a lawyer who uncovered tax fraud in your country to death. And you killed an american journalist. Probably to suppress investigative journalism and free speech and all that. Other gruesome and unjust killings involved with oppressing advocates of inalienable human rights. So we made a blacklist yo. 18 Russians who were involved in those murders dawg.”
Russia: “Oh yeah well we made an 18 person blacklist too. They’re Americans. They’re involved in Guantanamo Bay.”
TL;DR: They played the Gitmo card.
What will you do now, U.S.? Still keep ignoring all the bad stuff going down at Guantanamo Bay? ….okay yeah they’re probably gonna do just that. Well, it’s still nice to have some hope, you know?
oh hey i was a finalist for the comic contest cool
and i got a certificate in front of a bunch of people including scott mccloud haha
i am super honored
despite kinda not doing as well as i should have
but yaaaaay $10 gift certificate to the comic book store!! :D
The short conversation I had with Scott McCloud after his lecture on Comics & Visual Communication last night got me thinking about the connection between information and the medium it’s on.
It was a really hilarious, entertaining, informative, and inspirational lecture. One point that stood out to me the most was his argument that the comic needs to be created for the medium/device it’s on- not forced into that medium/device. Our two eyes view the world in a horizontally-fat landscape mode; the same shape as our computer screens, TV, and open books. Despite having the career goal of being an industrial designer at one point, I had never had this idea explicitly shown to me. It got me thinking.
I was able to have a short talk with him while he was signing my book, and I am really glad I did.
I was reflecting on webcomics (yeah, that thing that kinda fills my Google Reader subscription list to a little over 100 as of now *sigh*) and their “old media” adaptations. Ever since I got in college, got a credit card, and moved out, I’ve been supporting my favorite webcomics sometimes. This usually takes place in the form of buying their print formats. Doesn’t always turn out as pretty as it did on screen. Don’t get me wrong- the art still looks gorgeous as ever; if not even moreso than before. Comics that were already in a book-ish format usually do fine. In others, it’s just that paneling and nuances (hover-overs, animated segments, easter eggs, rant, community and such) that are found in the internet version just don’t translate well into physical book form.
Of course, with creating a print form of a webcomic, it’s still a tolerable subtraction, so I didn’t mind it much. I saw it more like an annoyance than anything. But what really bugged me was the Kindle version of a webcomic. It’s a comic book shaped webcomic, so I thought it’d be fine. I downloaded a preview, just to be safe. It was terrible. First of all, on a small Kindle, it’s impossible to perceive any bit of detail. Speech text turns into squiggles and dots. And the zooming feature of Kindle sucks- quality is horrible. Then moving around the viewing box after zooming in is even worse because of the e-ink refresher spazzing out.
Needless to say, I’m really glad I only downloaded the preview instead of buying it.
Is it possible to create a comic that is effectively engaging and interactive on a really limited format, say, KINDLE? We’ve done wonders with paper and ink in the past, so shouldn’t some extra buttons and complex codes make the potential of the art expand like webcomics do online? Or is Kindle just limiting because it keeps some some properties of paper while being electronic- all while having less function than the modern cellphone? Of course, it can’t be blamed because it was made for reading (textbooks that have graphics and diagrams look bad by the way). Not for comics or pictures, oh no because they are so different and should be kept separate after age 3 what are you thinking you heretic bad bad bad.
I can’t help but thinking that maybe there is a way to effectively produce comics for kindle- even though every example I’ve looked at so far is just a pathetic copy-paste from print. Maybe one that doesn’t have to use that disgusting zoom feature that comes with it. Maybe a better use for that e-ink page refresher too.
I feel like it’s really got no potential compared to the PC or smartphone… but I still feel compelled to try.
A bit of a side project of sorts.
Spring break foodmaking part 3 (the last part): Buckeye ice cream!
Hehe looks almost like chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s actually lots of peanut butter and honey mixed into the ice cream base, and chocolate drizzled through. Still pretty cool how you can melt chocolate and it’ll solidify really quickly when you drizzle it through ice cream!
Spring break foodmaking part 2: French toast with berry syrup!
The french toast itself is sweet enough because of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixed into the egg. Had some berry syrup left over from that ice cream, so that and whipped cream were used for the awesome topping combo. What can I say? I’ve got a major sweet tooth.
Spring break foodmaking part 1: Berry swirl ice cream!
Partial milk ice cream base with blueberry-raspberry-blackberry syrup swirled in. Kinda melted a bit by the time I took a photo.
My illustrated response to the empathy test results in a pixelated JPG.
0 - 32 = low (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33 - 52 = average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53 - 63 is above average
64 - 80 is very high
80 is maximum
66, AAAAAAAALRIGHTY THEN SAW THAT COMING
I’m not autistic, though. I’m just an asshole.
psssssh anvilofgay tryin to be all badass and angry yeah right niqqa if i came at you with a plate of cookies are u tellin me u wouldn’t be stoked like a motherfucker
not at all surprising
shut up mh, you cry when i look at you
45 so i hit in the middle of the female and male average cool i guess
18. Given that empathy isn’t the only characteristic of Aspergers and other Autism Spectrum Disorders, I’d like to echo a previous poster’s sentiments of “I’m not autistic. I’m just an asshole.”
I feel like I’m the only one mourning the loss of Google Reader.