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September 27th, 2009

10:49 am - I'll Draw Anything For You!
 OK, unless you’ve really been skimming across my Facebook and Twitter posts, you know that I’ve moved to Orlando. In order to make this move, I had to quit my job and I’m on the hunt for a new one. Temp agencies haven’t really panned out yet.In the meantime, bills will still be coming in and I need to be making something, income-wise.

So here’s the deal- I’ll do commissioned drawings. These will not be sketches, but fully rendered drawings, detail depending on the subject you request. All drawings will be on 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock, making them easy to find a frame for. Depending on the subject matter, the medium will be charcoal or ink. Either way, you’ll have a nice darkly rendered drawing to show off. The price for a drawing is $20, as long as you’re not asking for more than three people in it. I hear you asking, how will this work?

First off either e-mail at carpaltunnelpress@gmail.com or private message through Facebook, letting me know what you want. If you want a likeness of someone, send me a photo. I draw comics, but for you, I’ll draw just about anything. When I’m done, which should take 1-3 days, I’ll e-mail you a watermarked scan of your drawing, at a resolution of 72 dpi.

How do you get money to me? I prefer PayPal, but you can mail me a check, if you want. Once I have the money, I’ll mail you your drawing in a plastic sleeve and inside a reinforced envelope, clearly marked “DO NOT BEND.” If you have trouble with your mailman bending your large mail to fit, consider having it sent to a work address.

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September 10th, 2009

07:19 pm - Because I haven't found a plug-in to crosspost to Livejournal and Facebook.
The time has finally come for me to reveal what I've been a little mystrious about for the past few weeks. There's been a big change in my life lately and it's not all for the better.

I'm getting divorced.

It wasn't my choice and I did everything I could to keep my marriage together, but you can't force someone to stay married to you. So, that decided, I resolved to move on and make my way. I'm moving to Orlando, where a good friend that I've made through comics needs a roommate, and another good friend that I've known for two decades lives. Orlando has a great community of artists, and a burgeoning community of skeptics. I'm really looking forward to the move. A recent trip to arrange some things showed just how much support is down there, and how good it probably is for me to move down there around friends.

Do I regret the past 17 years? No, My wife shaped me into a much better man. I'd like to think that I had some positive effect on her, but if I never get to know that, I'll be okay. I do love her, and wish I could be around to help her through whatever he future holds for her, but since she wants to go forward alone, the least I can do is get out of her way. We're parting very civilly, so all should be cordial up until the day I load my share of stuff into a truck and head south.

I'm looking forward now, and hopefully the next few weeks will go smoothly. If anyone wants to help, I'll happily do commission drawings so you can support my move and not feel like you're giving me a hand out. Contact me. I'm making a trip to Athens this weekend, and one to western NC a couple of weekends later, to see friends and family. There may be a short jaunt to Orlando if someone wants to interview me, but I look to be moved completely down by the middle of October. If anyone wants to meet up, I'd be happy to do so as long our schedules can sync up.

That all said, there's a list of about twenty separate steps to take before I move. That means that the updates will be few and far between for the comic. After I settle in, I'll be drawing a lot more regularly and hopefully updating like mad. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Oh, and keep your fingers crossed for Penny, too.

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June 6th, 2009

05:38 pm - Finding Time to Draw
Penny and I recently discussed finding regular time to draw. Normally this would be in the evenings, but we don't get home until about 7 PM, and by the time I fix dinner and we eat, it's 8PM. I first thought that next hour would be good, since we keep the dogs out of my studio, since there's so much for Vivi to get at and want to destroy, including stuff that would be very bad for her. This is kind of a problem since the dogs necessitate almost daily cleaning of the house, that seldom gets done after we sit down and relax. I though about a half hour a night, and we decided that's equally a problem unless I can organize the studio in a way that it's dog safe.

It hit me the next morning at work.

When I come home for lunch, I keep the dogs outside most of the time and usually goof off online for half an hour until I fix a sandwich to eat on the drive back to work and bring the dogs in. This would be a perfect time to draw. I tried it out and it seems to work pretty good. Hopefully, this'll mean that I can get back to regular additions to my Jet-Pack Jenny webcomic. 
Current Mood: busy

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June 5th, 2009

11:11 pm - I feel like a friggin' moron
 Okay, so I've been hearing about wordpress and by extension, comicpress. The founder of wordpress  was interviewed on Gavin Newsome's show and the Sequlab podcast mentioned Comicpress a few times. So I check it out and look into using it for my web site. I follow the five minute easy installation and I'm getting lost almost at step one.  The talk of PHP and SQLs just hit me and I scratch my head wondering what the hell they're talking about. 

A friend at work took a list and offered to help, and it looks like my hostway account isn't set up to allow wordpress to work. He even made a very kind offer to make it simple on me, but there's a part of me that sincerely wants to learn this shit. However there's a nother part of me that fears that it's just beyond my capacity to understand. That last part is likely to lose though.

So I'm leaning towards trying to do this myself, with help if need be, but mostly myself. I 've been inclined for a while to change web hosters. I've been where I'm at mostly due to inertia. I can find cheaper plans out there, and ones that will allow me to use wordpress.

But seriously, trying to figure this out today has made me feel like a friggin' moron.

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May 30th, 2009

10:47 pm - Some overdue talk about an anthology.
Okay, I haven't talked about this here, mainly because I haven't wanted to Jinx it, and I haven't wanted to come across as too arrogant, for lack of a better term. I just didn't want to talk about it until I was certain that I could produce something worth contributing.So here goes:

David Ano approached me a few months ago to contribute to the Bam Too! anthology which is looking to have a pretty decent collection of creator contributing. Initially I was going to provide a standalone part of my larger project that hads languished in my lack of motivation that I'm only recently getting past due to a good swift jolting to reality by someone very influential. I was inspired to start creating a series of comics now called "Critical Thinking In Everday Life" due to a call to action by the fine folks at Skeptic Magazine, and since I like to say I make comics, I decided to start doing comics about Critical Thinking. Four installments are done and now submitted for Bam Too!

I'm looking forward to doing more comics and the bit of drawing on my agenda is a new frontpage for the web site.

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May 10th, 2009

12:57 pm - No, No I Don't.

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April 6th, 2009

11:43 am - Separation of Church and State
Okay, on Facebook recently, during discussion about a friend's link led to me, at request, and with said friend's permission to go off-topic, I was asked to explain my psoition on the Separation of Church and State. In case you haven't been paying attention, I am an atheist and this discussion had a very charged give and take with someone that I'd refer to as an evangelical Christian, and the request for my opinion on Church/State separation came from a devout Christian, but I wouldn't go so far as to describe as evangelical. What follows, is what I typed, verbatim. Noe edits have been made, save for bolding the quote and italizing the quoted amendment, but I felt like I should probably share it with those that aren't able to go view it on Facebook.

Now, as for the separation of church and state. The text reads as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

My interpretation of this is that the government cannot make any law that prohibits the practice of any religion. There's debate if this means that government should completely stay out of religious matters, but in 1994, the US Supreme Court concluded that "government should not prefer one religion to another, or religion to irreligion". (Souter)

As an atheist, I think that religious doctrine is wrong, but since I consider myself a true Liberal, I respect the rights given to you by the US Constitution to practice your faith. I just ask that you respect my right to not practice any faith.

I DO NOT think that the government should be atheist. The government should be non-religious. Whenever the government (police, public schools, local to federal state elected officials, firemen and the military, to name a few governmental organizations) express a non-specifict belief in a higher power, they alienate 12% of the population. (
http://www.americanreligionsurvey-aris.org/reports/ARIS_Report_2008.pdf) Any law passed that imposes religious principles upon all of the population is therefore unconstitutional. Likewise, any law that would require religious persons to cease practice of their religion would be unconstitutional.

Easy translation: We cannot stop your child from praying in public school, but we can't make everyone else's child pray with your child.

How does this relate to Same Sex Marriage? Not a whole lot, because proponents of Same Sex Marriage are not requiring your church to hold Same Sex Weddings, but
are asking that government officials issue non-religious marriage licenses to Same Sex couples for the purposes of non-religious rights in non-religious government affairs (inheritance of property, decision in medical emergencies, etc.)

Now here's the rub. What if a government clerk that issues marriage licenses is opposed to same sex marriage on religious grounds and refuses to issue a marriage license to a Same Sex Couple? The same rule applies as if a person who morally opposes handguns refuses to issue a gun permit. At that moment, the clerk IS the government. If fired the clerk can seek redress against the government for infringing upon the practice of their religion, but they have to go up against the precedent created in 1997 when the Supreme Court ruled that Section 5 of the 14th amendment takes precedent over the first amendment.

In short: Your Freedom of religion does not give you the right to take away my protection under the law.

Now this is based entirely upon interpretation of the law by the US Supreme Court, which has fluctuated between strict and loose interpretations of the Constitution. A stricter interpretation of the 14th amendment would change this ruling, since a strict interpretation would apply the 14th amendment only to slavery. As of right now, we probably have the most conservative court since the 1920s. However, Antonin Scalia is 73 and if he were to resign or perish, his replacement would most likely shift the court to a more liberal, and likely looser interpretation of the 14th amendment. Anthony Kennedy's replacement might not create the same shift since he's now the swing vote and sometimes sides with the more liberal members of the court. Stevens, Souter, Breyer and Ginsberg would likely not change the makeup of the court if they were replaced by a more liberal justice.

All the more reason to pay attention to who has the power to nominate Justices. No matter which political side you take.

Current Mood: productive
Current Music: the TV is on and Penny is snoring. That's the noise of a day off.

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April 3rd, 2009

10:26 pm - The 14th Amendment
 I'm trying, in my spare time, to memorize the US Constitution. Today, this bit came to mind.

14th Amendment

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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March 21st, 2009

10:18 pm - Frakking Good Finale
I just got done watching the series finale to Battlestar Galactica, and I have to say that it was a really good finale. I'm going to try my best to not ruin it for anyone that hasn't watched it yet, but the first half is extremely intense. and builds to a crescendo that seems to completely screw things up make you wonder if they were preparing for a tragic ending. That point falls about halfway through, so you know that there's more to be gained from all of this. Then we get to a reveal and I just have to say, that about two years ago, I called it. Jordan can back me up on this. After the giant middle finger that was last season's finale, we were let in that after all, they do love us.

Shit, I'm going to type some spoilers after the cut:

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But still, I frakkin' called the ending.
Current Music: y'know it's not Bob Dylan, although that would be appropriate.

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March 14th, 2009

02:49 pm - Is it a hobby or a long-term plan?
It was eight years ago that I graduated from art school with what essentially serves as a Bachelor's Degree in comics. Immediately, I set out to pursue a career in comics with absolutely no guide on how to do so. Within a couple of years I said at a panel discussion that my alma mater should offer a small business class in the bachelor's program for every major (the college offers a class in the master's program of some classes). Within five years, I'd formally shut the doors of my small business, with the only remnants being a company credit card and the web site, which hasn't been redesigned in months. The wife and I had bought a house, and it felt really nice to be a homeowner. Now it's three years later, and I still don't feel like making a career out of comics.

I've met enough people out there doing it to see that I just can't justify running from city to city doing show after show after con. I've fought with Diamond, I don't relish doing it again. I don't want to spend months working on something and putting my heart and soul into it just to spend months convincing people to give a damn. No thank you, sir, I'm full, no more for me.

That being said, I love drawing comics. I still want to make comics, it's just all of the things that go along with making money at it that I don't like. Doesn't that essentially make it a hobby? I'm okay with that because when I think about the priorities in my life, a lot of things come ahead of making comics. I want to pay off some debt and get financially secure. I want to remodel my house to varying degrees. I want to enjoy my life. I want to be able to grow old with the woman who's been so gracious to stay with me through all my ups, downs, and changes. I also want to draw. I just don't want to do all the bullshit that comes with trying to make comics a career.

That being said, I'm going to take a shower, then I'm going to draw a little. Just because I want to.
Current Music: the Be-AT-les.

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