Archive for May, 2009
In my garage sits an upright arcade cabinet, gutted of electronics and stuffed full of old PC hardware and a 68 pound glass monitor mounted vertically. Running on that hardware is MAME software – a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator – special code designed to do one thing in this universe: emulate the hardware that plays arcade games.
Ah, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (at the age I watched, it was more like “the Wilma Deering show”). It wasn’t Jedi’s or light sabres, but it was science fiction adventure beamed into the homes of kids sugared up in a freshly minted yet post-Star Wars: A New Hope era. Which included yours truly.
Mel Blanc was the genius voice talent behind virtually every animated Bugs Bunny character — including the Tasmanian Devil whose roars and gurgles and rumbly-low voice forever make me laugh. Thank you, Melvin (we still love you, too, Billy West)
I’ve been a PC user since the dawn of time.
Of course, that’s not the entire story, nor even the truthful one. The true story starts like this: twelve year old kids watches his dad walk into the house with a Commodore 64. Six years pass before kid comes up for air and then blows all his paper route money on an IMB-compatible clone. (Oh, about six years after that time, I did own an Amiga 2000 for a time.)
But never, ever have I used a Mac as my primary production/graphics machine.
It was a different era. Women were real women, men were real men and hippybots liberated their CPUs and transcended their mechanical selves. Kum Ba Ya!
I enjoy scratching out clever drawings and making them available on tees. You know, monetizing the habit for spare change and retirement. But recently, the topic of conversation was this: me, a guy who is so Dutch he won’t even buy his own tees, trying to sell tees to like-minded individuals (it’s true, 99% of my tees are blank).
Don’t get me wrong: so far I’m my biggest fan. However my disposable income has only so much elbow room–perhaps the day will arrive when I can not only wear what I design, but can also give them away as gifts. So here’s a shout-out to Forrest who dropped me the line for this one:
This tee reads “This t-shirt is a universally designed, demographically ignorant piece of art.”
Perhaps also the debut piece in the ‘Shameless Salesman’ series? Buy it here for cheap!
It’s possibly a shame that we humans no longer have tails. Would we wag them like a dog? Chase them? You could go into work and know if the boss was having a good day — is his tail wagging?
Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores (*Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.)
Pack up the kids and use the official site’s Shop Locator to pick the biggest and brightest shop in your area. More info at the official site.
Haven’t read a comic in eons? I’d suggest buying a copy of the Watchmen. It’s not only a very well crafted story, but it’s also recently been made into a blockbuster movie. Read the book first!