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In the Beginning…

I just came across this old comic strip, which if I recall correctly, was to be the first of many during the course of my now ill-fated MattontheMoon project.  I’m pretty sure this is the only one I ever completed.

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I’ve been hard at work in Photoshop trying to resurrect my old comic book, so if all goes well, we should be getting a good “then and now” comparison of my digital drawing skills very soon.

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Drawing Again!

A couple months ago, I created an account on a Japanese website called Pixiv.  It’s a place to upload drawings and creative gobbledygook.  It’s basically the Japanese counterpart to DeviantArt.com, which I tend to avoid due to it’s name which makes me feel like some kind of pedophile, and also for the fact that there are tons of pictures of anthropomorphic animals having sex with each other on there.

Pixiv is no better, really, but at least it’s in Japanese and I can’t read the comment sections which is nice.

Anyhoo, here’s some kind of link I printed out from the site which may or may not take you to my Pixiv page.  Sorry if it doesn’t work.  I’m tired and I’m going to give this one shot.

http://embed.pixiv.net/blogparts.php?md=m&id=kid_infinity_eb094e8636263251e41e8941eb29b71a&logoColor=0x258FB8&bgColor=0xFFFFFF&btnColor=0xFFFFFF&allowColor=0x258FB8&nanameColor=0xEDEDED&wakuColor=0x999999&tabColor=0xFF9900&fontColor=0x000000

Mars500 Experiment: The Definitive “End of an Era” in Space Exploration

Seventeen months ago, somewhere in Moscow, a group of international space aviators climbed into a big metal capsule and pretended to fly to Mars.  I’ll let you read some excerpts from the BBC article and draw your own conclusions on the importance of this faux mission to the red planet.  Afterwards, feel free to read my rant if you have the stomach for it.

The full article can be found here.

After 520 days of isolation, three Russians, two Europeans and a Chinese man have emerged from their sealed capsule.

Their 70-million mile journey within the confines of a warehouse in Moscow is complete, bringing to an end the simulated flight by the European Space Agency that sought to test the physiological and psychological impact of a mission to Mars…

…In February, three of the crew members made a mock landing on Mars – complete with space suits and assisted by a robot rover. But in fact, they were still in a Moscow suburb.

The mission “tried to make the surface look like Mars” using sand, but it was no comparison to the planet’s lack of oxygen or gravity levels, says Christer Fuglesang, head of the Science and Application Division of ESA…

…A real mission to Mars would actually take about three years, almost double the time of the Mars500 experiment, says Mr Wade.

Once there, the crew would spend about 18 months on the planet’s surface, carrying out research while Earth and Mars realigned sufficiently for the trip back.

Perhaps the most obvious difference is that the Mars500 simulation went nowhere.

"To Infinity...and Beyond!"

“The people in the Mars simulation know that they’re on Earth,” says Mr Whitehouse. “If they really needed to, they could open a door and get out.”

For that reason, it doesn’t provide the same stressful environment of a real mission.

My take is this:  we’re done with space travel.  It’s over.  We’ll never go to Mars.  Forty years ago we were blasting people off the planet and landing on the moon.  Now we’re just playing make-believe, and for what?  What could they possibly have hoped to learn from putting half a dozen people in solitary confinement for a year and a half?  “Woohoo! They didn’t go crazy and murder each other!  It’s TOTALLY possible to send someone to Mars!”

Right.  If only our governments had the funding or the desire.  In case you’re curious or just don’t believe how stupid this whole thing is, here’s a very boring video of our heroes getting out of the capsule:

http://www.space.com/13503-mars500-crew-emerges-520-day-simulation.html

I feel a little sorry for the guys in the pod.  Since the Cold War ended, nobody really ever reaches for the stars anymore.   However, the dream is still alive in a lot of individuals.  These guys dedicated their whole lives to the pursuit, and in the end they got stuffed in a tin can and sold a year and a half of their lives for basically nothing.  They’re never going to Mars.  No one is.  Ever.

War was the catalyst that produced the Space Race.  We wanted to see who could make the bigger rocket, and by extension, the bigger bomb.  Now that mankind has all but perfected the science of dropping massive warheads on people, what possible motivation is left to justify the cost of traveling through to the stars?

Stunts like this are lip-service to a future that will never be.

Future.

That used to be such an amazing word to me.  Those of you who grew up with Ray Bradbury and Gene Rodenbury probably know what I’m talking about.  With every passing day I begin to believe more and more that the future is dead.  In school, we were basically taught that the passage of time would ultimately yield more and more progress.  More technology.  More discovery.

It breaks my heart to see us rolling backwards downhill on something that means so much to so many people.

Stopgap!

Hello world!

I’m finally reconnected and enjoying the 21st century in all its crazy technological glory.  The internet is something I’ve missed dearly, and the absence of my pen tablet has prevented my created juices from escaping.  In short, I am full of juice.

But no more!

The sweet, sweet internet is a stranger to me no longer, and to top it all off I just dropped a hundred and eighty bucks on a pretty awesome Wacom Bamboo pen tab.  I’m hitting the juice eject button on my brain and starting to create  some fun digital artwork.  In the meantime?  Here’s a stopgap to, uh, stop the gap in my blog entries.

This is an oldie but, I’ve always thought, a goodie.  I got a C+ on it a couple years ago in my drawing class.  My teacher never believed that digital artwork fell into the realm of “drawings.”  Jerk.

So…I hear the Bible’s pretty popular these days.  But think of the audience they’d reach if they just threw out all those dusty leather books and tailored God’s Word for today’s hip young brandscape.  I present The Bible 2.0!

Jesus is ripped, Judas is a hot goth chick, and the whole thing takes place in space.

Fun Fact:  The Bible’s actually pretty exciting if you summarize it in less than two hundred words.

So cut out the nonsense, throw in some laser beams, get rid of the robes and deserts and give the kids something they can relate to.  After all, what’s more important, the message or the medium?

Discuss!

Bionic Commando

I recently started playing Bionic Commando for the Xbox 360 and I can’t believe how much I am enjoying it. This game received some pretty negative reviews when it came out. The combat has a very free form feel to it and you are constantly being given new moves to incorporate into your combos. The achievement system is probably one of the most well implemented I have ever come across. You are issued challenges during the story which call for you to experiment with different ways of taking enemies out. As you complete these challenges you earn a corresponding achievement of the same name. Achievements flow like melted butter as you discover new and more creative ways to kill everything in sight. I also can’t get Half-life 2 out of my head as I play this game. There is something about the desolation and solitude of the environments that really remind me of City 17. I must convince Matt to try this game so I may be talking about it a little more as I continue to plough through.