Inktober ‘19 Starts Tomorrow

Everyone is asking... Are you ready??Everyone And does that really matter? I’m not so sure. The point of Inktober is to grow your skills and creative thinking. There’s various reasons to participate, according to SVS Learn. But the most important may be the final reason: Have fun! It’s not a competition. It’s about becoming a [...]

Stuff I Love: Metallica’s St. Anger Album

I was listening to a bunch of live performances from the Metallica YouTube channel and two songs popped up back-to-back...St. Anger's Frantic and St. Anger. https://youtu.be/M7fi80yg0_8 I remember when this album came out. It was much maligned. The snare sounded terrible on the drums. The mix was awful. There were no guitar solos. Who was [...]

37.01.05: WNBA2K

One of the only mobile games I play consistently is NBA2K Mobile. The news came out recently that the main console game is adding WNBA players. Of course, because "the internet" there were numerous detractors of this idea. I'll never understand outrage over something that is an option to engage with. Nothing is forcing folks [...]

There’s Work To Do and I’m Excited

https://youtu.be/YQ1ypSLixow?t=15m15s I feel this anxiety everyday: ...I want to know without the shadow of a doubt that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing, I'm working on the things I'm supposed to be working on...that are impacting not just my life today, but the very future of my family. And if those things aren't [...]

Colors of the Wind

https://youtu.be/O9MvdMqKvpU Still relevant. For some odd reason, I've gravitated towards this song over the past few weeks. Total honesty, I don't know why. It's not like I'm a huge fan of the movie. I didn't watch the movie as a kid...it was a Disney Princess movie. I did know about the song though. What 90's [...]

Teens Titans Go! Vs Teen Titans

I made a conscious decision during vacation to unplug from any sort of news or headlines. So now that I'm back in society, I have to point out something that will bring my kids and I joy. https://youtu.be/1XPG2xEEOmo Teen Titans Go!...to the Movies is a hit in our house with a soundtrack constantly on the [...]

Valar Linguistics

Season 8 of Game of Thrones May have left a conflicted taste in your mouth, but we can all appreciate the details that went into creating the languages in the lands of Essos and Westeros. https://youtu.be/tkqYzh8o4G4 David Peterson, the elaborator of two phrases, created a full language for the show. He's created languages since he [...]

Infinity War Ending in Real Time

https://youtu.be/QbzMdT7hh4o Real time spanning across two movies. I always enjoy videos like this which provide a different perspective to what you already know. Sometimes with story telling folks get all confused about "Well, when 'x' was going on what was 'so-and-so' doing?" This video puts in all in perspective during the final moments of Avengers: [...]

Designing an X

Newsarama editor Chris Arrant interviewed designer Tom Muller about his take on the classic X-Men logo for the two upcoming series, Powers of X and House of X. I love these deep dives into the details of comic production. The logo is a key item on a comic cover, and when it comes to creating [...]

Redbox $.99 Rentals

Who can’t pass up a good deal? Or a good deal on entertainment? Redbox has “older” movies BACK IN THE BOX for just $.99 a night! It’s a pretty sweet deal for movie watchers and maybe it’ll push you over the decision making edge to see that movie you missed out on. You know the [...]

Going the Extra Mile for Raving Fans

Jake Parker is an artist who creates value wherever possible. From his courses on SVS Learn to his YouTube videos to the 3 Point Perspective podcast, he preaches the doctrine of letting your art work for you on multiple levels. He practices what he preaches. He also goes the extra mile with details others may [...]

Down in DC

The ladies were getting hair cuts this past Saturday so I took a few shots from the city. Plus we have lovely flowers and I listened to these guys talk Bat/Cat! Tom King and Clay Mann

I Should Have Asked That Question

My brother and I had another guest on the Amateur Dads podcast. All morning I've been kicking myself about questions I should have asked. Naturally I started analyzing why I didn't ask these questions. I did a lot of research on our guest leading up to our discussion, listening to multiple podcasts and watching numerous [...]

The Game of Thrones Rock

Game of Thrones has been a little...how do I say this...divisive this year. Just kidding. Everyone’s been losing their minds! But I think the one thing that still unites fans is it’s amazing theme song, composed by Ramin Djawadi. My brother shared this jam session recording of six guitarists, including co-creator of the series D.B. [...]