Happy New Year…

The year in review:

Erm… went back to college. Had baby.

Uhm. That might be it. (Oh yes, bought iPod).

New years resolutions:

Em… don’t have any … primarily cus this next year I suspect I won’t be the master of my own destiny (not that I ever am, but I usually pretend to be…)

I think surviving year 1 with Nathan will be enough. Anyhue, happy new year to everyone (both of you).

Mystery Solved

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My logs are full of people who’ve come from wincustomize.com a website for people to customise their windows system (something I was obsessed with for a while as I wanted it to look like Mac OS X but I just bought a mac instead, which is what YOU should all do…). Apparently this is another location where the devil pic has turned up.

Another year older…

And I’ve finally realised why other people don’t want to acknowledge their birthdays — they’re ultimately pretty disappointing. Even now I still expect to wake up to something extra special on my birthday – it’s a hangover from when I was turning 18 and half expected that all the previous rubbish birthdays (including the miserable 17th birthday when my mum and dad forgot my birthday) would be made up for by my mum and dad giving me a bank book filled with cash they’ve been scrimping and saving over the past 18 years. Didn’t happen then. Or on my 21st. Or my 25th, or on my 30th. 35 I suppose is a key birthday (I tend to ignore those dull in between birthdays like 23, 34, 37 and just count the 1-13, 16, 18, 19, 21, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60 and so on until death). So this year got some pressies – got a card of my dad (after haranguing him) and er.. that’s it. Didn’t even get time alone with Annette.

So next year, I’m inclined to just tell people not to bother (accept secretly I hope they’re planning something amazing just to make up for the past 35 birthdays).

Dull stuff ahead, if you’re only interested in my self-flagellation then you can skip it 🙂

I’ve pretty much completely switched to the mac, body and soul. I love my powerbook despite the battery dying on me – it’s currently capable of a full 20 minutes on the battery. I love the extra features – like the MS Word style spell check I get in any edit box (which is why if the posts have correct spelling they’re posted from my powerbook and if the spelling is iffy then they’ve been posted from someone’s PC). I’ve ordered up a new battery and a couple of cables to let me plug the powerbook into the telly – so I can finally watch my bittorrenty tv shows on the big screen. Annette has ordered up a powermate (a kinda silver twisty knob thing for the computer) which, well, honestly, I’ve no idea what I’ll use it for, but feck me it looks cool. I really want a new iMac G5 – 17″ will have to do (although I’d prefer the 20″ – but it’s just too expensive). I flitted through some PC magazines to look at what you can now buy for half the price of an apple and some of the specs are mind blowing but I just couldn’t face going back to windows and spyware. So that’s me switched — I’m hoping the new rumours about a cheap iMac are true then I might be able to convince my dad to get one.

Post Christmas Roundup

Got a good haul (always helps to let family members know where your interests lie). Nathan is starting to get really difficult to feed (should be taking about 6 ounces, but takes 2 ounces before he starts crying because of wind – I think this is colic). So he poos, pees on you and then cries through a feed which should take 20 minutes and turns it into an hour and a half, and then he smiles for half a second and all is forgiven.

Started back into the Megazine, I haven’t been given a deadline but I’m sure by the time I get one I won’t have enough time to finish it. Started back on page 1 – it just didn’t look finished. Big splash panel and a secondary panel. I’ve extended the splash to bleed off the page and I’ve put a border on the panels. I’m not sure if this is to be greywashed – I wasn’t terribly happy with the look of the greywashed dredd illo in the megazine – I dunno if that was cus of me or the higher quality glossy paper, but either way I don’t trust how it’ll look so I may try and do grey tone on this strip (like the NEO art which looked better than I expected). Anyways, to work.

Updates

Ok, no proper updates for a time, so here’s some now:

Baby:

Nathan due to be christened on the 2nd of January – personally I’m not bothered about this, but as I’d like him to go my old school (which is closest and will be easiest to get him into) he has to be christened. Current weight: 10lbs 1oz, up from 6lbs 1/2oz — getting bigger. He’s a good baby, crys when hungry (and, between 9:00pm and 12:00midnight – for reasons unknown although it’s most likely cus he’s tired). Currently Annette feeds him him in the middle of the night and during the day (mornings) and then we share it, until 9:00pm when I get him. Which would work out great but it’s fairly dented my working at the drawing table time.

College:

I’ve three assignments to complete for return to college, an excel spreadsheet (done – but still have ‘brief’ essay to do), a set of diagrams (mostly done) and a website (mostly done) these will eat into my holiday time, when I plan to get some drawing done. No word on the last big assignment which I’m expecting to fail (although I did expect to fail the last one and I got a distinction – along with almost everyone else in the class).

Work:

I tend to steer clear of mentioning the day job – the blog is for personal and drawing and that’s the way it’ll stay.

Other things:

Been playing with programming on the mac (about the only thing I can do while nursing Nathan is type one-handed while holding a bottle under my chin) and I’ve been getting into cocoa and objective-c programming, it’s bringing back memories – I used to program for fun waaaay back when I was 16/17 (programming the Amstrad CPC464 with it’s green screen and three screen modes and horrible blocky resolution).

Podcasts:

Despite a number of false starts – done nothing. I’m determined to do something, although I’ve been deterermined to get back to the drawing board for the past four weeks and not a great deal has come from that – my room currently looks like a council tip (and will continue to do so until I get all this rubbish filling it taken to the council tip).

Anyways, for enquiring minds: I’m fine, if I didn’t have college and an (unknown) deadline for The Megazine (not warhammer as I’d previously said) I’d be having a whale of a time, as it is the lack of drawing is worrying me (and may be the root cause of my old stomache pain – do a google search for ‘pain under left rib’ and see the startling number of results which amount to ‘I have that too – but I don’t know what it is’).

Anyhue, off to do some work (coming soon: the annual review)