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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Worst publicity postcard I've ever seen. #Frackonomics people, think before you hand stuff out.

Got this handed to me on the subway a few nights ago. It's for an event called "Frackonomics" and it says it's about "Debunking the financial myths of shale gas." Want more information? TOUGH! YOU CAN'T HAVE IT! Why? Because there is no other information about the talk on the card beyond the list of speakers (and their credentials) on the back. No further description of the event, no phone number, and most stunning of all, no website URL. For all I can tell, without doing further research, this could be an event that is pro-fracking. I can't tell. These days both sides of every argument cynically manipulate words and their meanings to trick people into supporting them (even if you'd support them without the spin). So, simply stating that you're "debunking myths of shale gas" is not clear enough. This reminds me of the Clean Coal campaign from a bunch of years ago, where pro-coal folks wanted to make us think Clean Coal was actually possible by sounding like they were pro-green, pro-alternative energy folks.

I did Google the word "Frackonomics" and the top hit was a video by someone. Well, I don't have time to watch some video the subject matter of which I have no idea. I've already wasted enough time Googling it. I would probably be a huge supporter of this cause, BUT I CAN'T TELL WHAT IT IS. So, if you're ever in charge of a marketing campaign and actually want people to show up for your event, please include enough information on said event so that people KNOW WHAT IT IS. Short of that, INCLUDE A FRIGGIN' URL, DAMMIT! WHAT IS THIS, 1994???

As it is, this post card is going in the trash and the event will be promptly forgotten.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for February 9, 2006: Billy catches God in a contradiction...

For a guy who is supposed to be infallible it sure is easy to catch him in a contradiction.

Delicious smelling burger and fries at The Locksmith, a local burger bar...

Mouth engage watering!

I'm at Locksmith Bar!

Having dinner with @SierraRein at the local burger bar.

http://4sq.com/cexjTa

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for February 8, 2006: Billy knows it's so easy to make God look silly.

Ever since I was a kid, I felt that, if there really was a God, he was a pretty insecure dude to need us all praising him all the time.  I mean, really?  Your penis is that small, God? ;)

Check out my photography at http://thepetecom.Imagekind.com!

Check out my photography at thepetecom.Imagekind.com!


I'm planning to add new pictures every week. These will be photos available only in the pages of thepete.mag (mag.thepete.com) and in my Imagekind gallery (photography.thepete.com) or nowhere else at all. I hope you find some photos you want to hang on your wall! Please check them out and check back often. Follow me on Twitter (twitter.com/thepete) as I'll be tweeting about updates to my Imagekind gallery along with updates about other stuff, too (follow @thepetecom (twitter.com/thepetecom) for just my blog updates). I'm so psyched to get my work in front of everyone!

Draw Every Day 3/19/12: Pig tails seemed like such a good idea...



Inspired by the funky hairstyles and fierce attitude of a friend of mine, I was trying to make a female assassin character with two pig tails that looked like horns or even wings.  However, I got the angle wrong and decided to go for a more humorous take. I'll give this character another go tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for February 7, 2006: Billy calls a spade, a spade.

And don't use that stupid "He works in mysterious ways" crap. The Earth is acting pretty screwy, and kinda always has.  Earthquakes, famines, floods, disease, etc, seems like a pretty nonsensical way to run an existence. It almost looks like it's an accident that we even survived this long... if I didn't know better.... OH WAIT, I DO.  Yes, life is an accident--an amazing accident and that's why we should cherish it.

Draw Every Day 3/18/12: ink drawing on the subway



Drew this in about fifteen minutes before my stop on the A line.  Most of the detail on the upper right was filled in from memory, however.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for February 6, 2006: God pays a visit!

"Ballpoint Adventures" takes on the idea of God, once again in this strip (and the several that followed it back in 2006), hope, if you're a person of faith, that you can handle it!

Ballpoint Adventures for March 26, 2012: Billy breaks it to the world about cat heaven

I know people mean well when they say one person or another, who has passed away, has gone to heaven. However, it seems a little silly to attribute a heaven to cats (or any animals) given that, according to the Bible, getting into heaven for humans requires one to accept Jesus, etc.

Draw Every Day for 3/17/12: Lovesick Anime Girl



This is loosely based on a screencap I took of an episode of the anime "Ano Natsu de Matteru" a fun, but silly anime about a summer when a film nerd falls in love with a cute alien red headed girl. This is just me doing my best to mimmic the style. I wasn't aiming for a copy, I just used it as a base.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I'm at Glass House Tavern!

Celebrating @SierraRein's birthday...

http://4sq.com/4CJLeD

Nanoblocks Space Shuttle: Perfect Building Experience for a Quiet Friday at Home

I picked this up to help destress after a very rough week. It didn't solve all of my problems, but it did help. Check out my flickrset for an alternative way to view the below pics.
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Monkey Bread! It's bread made for/by/from actual monkeys!

Now available at my local Deal$ store for just $3.50. Ever notice how food that is crap for you is so much cheaper than healthy food? But I guess it's ok since this stuff is "Great for Breakfast & Snacks Any time of Day!" BUT FOR GOD SAKE MAN "KEEP FROZEN" or Satan will win! WAIT--0g trans fat? Well, I suppose arsenic has no trans fats, either.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for February 5, 2006: Drawing the Prophet (as a flower)

Tee-hee.  I love how some folks believe they have to do God's work FOR God.  You'd think God, of all entities, would be able to fight his own battles.  What I find the most perplexing about most faiths is that they think they can tell others how to be.  If that's true, why can't I tell them how to be? So, shouldn't we all just shut up about how each other should live?  (Aside from that whole "believing God will protect us from global warming" thing--that's a crock.)

Good-Bye Old Buddy... RIP Ecks...

Good-Bye Old Buddy... RIP Ecks... by thepetecom

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for January 31, 2006: Billy and Barbie Watch Bush's "State of the Union" Address (pt10)

I saved the best for last! ;)

So, flashback to the last guy in the White House and try and imagine a man so rock-stupid and cocksure that he waged two ultimately pointless wars. Now imagine having to listen to him lie about how great the country is doing two years before the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Yeah, I had quite a few jokes written for Billy and Barbie that day--this was just one of many sad, depressing, attempts to make sense of the truly fucked up eight years we all endured under Bush. ENJOY 'EM!! :D

ThePeteTV presents: The 2nd of 2 waves of cop cars down 7th ave


This just happened minutes ago (8:10pm) on 7th ave by 25th. Any idea where they're headed? DON'T say "a donut sale".

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for January 31, 2006: Billy and Barbie Watch Bush's "State of the Union" Address (pt9)



So, flashback to the last guy in the White House and try and imagine a man so rock-stupid and cocksure that he waged two ultimately pointless wars. Now imagine having to listen to him lie about how great the country is doing two years before the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Yeah, I had quite a few jokes written for Billy and Barbie that day--this was just one of many sad, depressing, attempts to make sense of the truly fucked up eight years we all endured under Bush. ENJOY 'EM!! :D

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for January 31, 2006: Billy and Barbie Watch Bush's "State of the Union" Address (pt8)

So, flashback to the last guy in the White House and try and imagine a man so rock-stupid and cocksure that he waged two ultimately pointless wars.  Now imagine having to listen to him lie about how great the country is doing two years before the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression.  Yeah, I had quite a few jokes written for Billy and Barbie that day--this was just one of many sad, depressing, attempts to make sense of the truly fucked up eight years we all endured under Bush.  ENJOY 'EM!! :D

Ballpoint Adventures for March 19, 2012: Why we should all vote Republican



I think this is absolutely true.

I just favorited this from @Glinner...

"Handy tool for people who want to get something on the web without starting a blog etc http://t.co/PrCsrZ3O"
March 19, 2012 at 10:45AM
from: @ Glinner's original tweet.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Draw Every Day 3/14/12: EXTINCT: the Real News Man



Killed by the hot blondes of TV news!  OK, not really, but I do think there's been way too many TV News people hired due to their hotness and not for their ability as journalists.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I just favorited this from @urbanphoto_blog...

"entire manhattan condo towers sit empty, used solely as investment vehicles by foriegn buyers who have never seen them http://t.co/e4JzHj9g"
March 18, 2012 at 01:09AM
from: @ urbanphoto_blog's original tweet.

2012: the year I actually drank a bit on St. Patrick's Day


(objects in photo may be more sober than they appear)

OK, object in photo barely feels anything after not even a full beer.

Draw Every Day 3/13/12: Jak & Jyl Art



This is art for a novella I started last year called "Jak & Jyl: After the Fall" that followed the adventures of two teenagers after the fall of human civilization. The plot sort of got taken over by my Peanuts parody, so I don't know if I'll continue with JAJ or not.  Still, I had to draw something, so this is what came out of my pen.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Draw Every Day 3/16/12: Gorilla with a Heart



Saw a story about gorillas on "The Colbert Report" and started drawing.  The gorillas in the story hadn't killed anyone, I just screwed up the above gorilla's right hand and covered the mistake by making it gross :)

Draw Every Day 3/12/12: (Robot) Hand Practice



I found a really cool series of hand drawings on Pixiv recently and thought they'd be perfect for me to practice off of.  Turns out, they're not.  I'm so not good at hands.  Hence, the practice.  Making them robot hands was just me artistically rationalizing mistakes. :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for January 31, 2006: Billy and Barbie Watch Bush's "State of the Union" Address (pt7)

So, flashback to the last guy in the White House and try and imagine a man so rock-stupid and cocksure that he waged two ultimately pointless wars.  Now imagine having to listen to him lie about how great the country is doing two years before the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression.  Yeah, I had quite a few jokes written for Billy and Barbie that day--this was just one of many sad, depressing, attempts to make sense of the truly fucked up eight years we all endured under Bush.  ENJOY 'EM!! :D

Cool! @NeilTyson signed my iPad! (I don't have boobs so I had to settle.)

Cool! @NeilTyson signed my iPad! (I don't have boobs so I had to settle.)

Draw Every Day 3/15/12: Munny-Based Raspberry Pi Case Preliminary Sketch



I'm pretty much obsessed with the Raspberry Pi SoB (System On a Board) computer.  I ordered one ($46 shipped!) but it won't get here until August.  But I'm so  obsessed my brain has been flooded with potential uses for the thing.  My favorite so far is a portable rig, complete with a 5" display and mini keyboard, both held by an 8" Munny blank vinyl.  I just need to find a cheap portable 5" TV and an equally cheap (<$50) mini keyboard that will fit in the Munny's hands (I'm thinking a max width of 6").  The whole rig would run off of 4 AA batteries which would be mounted in the Munny's body while the RPi, itself would reside in the head, along with all the extra cables.

Draw Every Day 3/10/12: ????????????????



Here is "Ureshiino Otoko" or "Happy Man." See my first drawing of him here: thepete.com/2012/03/10/draw-every-day-3312-%E3%81%86%E3%8...

In this drawing, he is depicted as not being happy but, instead, perplexed and repelled by what he sees--you can tell by the emoticon mask he wears. Or maybe he's dancing. I've seen some weird expressions on dancing people.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for January 31, 2006: Billy and Barbie Watch Bush's "State of the Union" Address (pt6)

So, flashback to the last guy in the White House and try and imagine a man so rock-stupid and cocksure that he waged two ultimately pointless wars.  Now imagine having to listen to him lie about how great the country is doing two years before the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression.  Yeah, I had quite a few jokes written for Billy and Barbie that day--this was just one of many sad, depressing, attempts to make sense of the truly fucked up eight years we all endured under Bush.  ENJOY 'EM!! :D

About to see #JesusChristSuperstar on Broadway. Super psyched!

Thank god the leads in #TheHungerGames are white people! Because... (Pick your favorite answer!)

A) I simply don't have enough of an imagination to identify with any other race.
B) If black people were the leads there would have to be a rap song in it some place.
C) If non-whites were the leads it might actually look different from every other movie Hollywood makes.
D) why bother casting non-whites when we all know they don't ever go to the movies.
E) all of the above means I'm not going to buy a ticket--besides, I liked this movie better when it was about education, starred Japanese people and was called "Battle Royale".

Draw Every Day 3/9/12: Fits-in-a-Box Man!



This is loosely based on a character I came up with a bunch of years ago.  My thought was to design a character super easy to make out of papercraft or in a 3D printer.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for January 31, 2006: Billy and Barbie Watch Bush's "State of the Union" Address (pt5)

So, flashback to the last guy in the White House and try and imagine a man so rock-stupid and cocksure that he waged two ultimately pointless wars.  Now imagine having to listen to him lie about how great the country is doing two years before the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression.  Yeah, I had quite a few jokes written for Billy and Barbie that day--this was just one of many sad, depressing, attempts to make sense of the truly fucked up eight years we all endured under Bush.  ENJOY 'EM!! :D

Draw Every Day 3/7/12: When the Bad Economy Hits Superheroes: the Amazing Bug-Man



We know what happens when the bad economy hits regular folks (we get protesting) and when it hits the rich guys (they get pepper-spraying) but what do super-heroes do?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for January 31, 2006: Billy and Barbie Watch Bush's "State of the Union" Address (pt4)

So, flashback to the last guy in the White House and try and imagine a man so rock-stupid and cocksure that he waged two ultimately pointless wars.  Now imagine having to listen to him lie about how great the country is doing two years before the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression.  Yeah, I had quite a few jokes written for Billy and Barbie that day--this was just one of many sad, depressing, attempts to make sense of the truly fucked up eight years we all endured under Bush.  ENJOY 'EM!! :D

Ballpoint Adventures for March 12, 2012: Republican (just slightly) Sub-Text



Seriously, Republicans are one step away from being this open about their hatred.  Why else would they want to cut funding for education, women's health programs and NASA? It's like they want us to go back to the feudal system... OH WAIT... ;(

My review of L5, a scifi web series pilot with an Internet-sourced budget (but it doesn't look it)



Here's the comment I wanted to put on the pilot's official page on vo.do:
Everything looked gorgeous--the designs, the sets, the costumes, props... obviously, that's where the pilot excels.  However, I felt like the script needed another draft.  It feels like the script was padded out to make the pilot longer.  And just because it's a pilot doesn't mean you don't need to answer some of the questions the script sets up.  I was reminded of the pilot of Red Dwarf--that's a silly comedy but does a much better job of establishing a similar premise--and it does it with jokes.  Over all, I think the best thing for this show is for the emphasis to be put less on effects and more on story.  Just my ¥2.  I wish the best for the production!

I didn't put that on their official vo.do page because I have to be registered to comment and when I tried to register I got, what looked to me, like database errors.  Kind of a pain. :/

To expand a bit, I'd also suggest there are too many characters to follow and waaaay too much talk explaining things.  After watching it, I don't remember what "L5" even means.  Nor do I know who any of these people are or why the captain seems unstable (yet, he's the lead character?).  The acting isn't the greatest, either, though it's perfectly acceptable--just not anything that is going to blow you away or stop you from thinking "yeah, this is a DIY scifi show".

I think this show has a huge amount of potential, but I have trouble thinking about how they'll deal with the very expensive-to-produce universe they've put themselves in.  If they go the more interesting route and set episodes in the space colonies, it'll be really expensive in both time and money to make it look the way it should and if they set most of the episodes on the ship, then that'll be boring without exceptionally interesting stories, which, let's be honest, there's really no sign of in the pilot.

Most of all, I hope these guys don't fall into the George-Lucas Trap and think just because their show looks great, it is great.  In my opinion, the best way to get people to watch a show is to provide compelling characters and situations that make us want more.  Just making it look pretty will not do much for the show's staying power and will also slow the establishment of torrenting as a viable distribution channel for original content.  Regardless, as I said in my original comment, I wish them the best!

Watch the trailer or download (legally torrent) the pilot for yourself and see what you think (at that link you can also help fund their show).  Or check out the official site here: http://www.l5-series.com/

I just favorited this from @GOOD...

"The backlash against the backlash against the backlash: Kony 2012 and the moral ambiguity of the modern world http://t.co/n5VBPSWK"
March 12, 2012 at 11:03AM
from: @ GOOD's original tweet.

Draw Every Day 3/6/12: When the Bad Economy Hits Superheroes: The Invincible I.T. Man



We know what happens when the bad economy hits regular folks (we get protesting) and when it hits the rich guys (they get pepper-spraying) but what do super-heroes do?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Draw Every Day 3/11/12: 2011?3?11?



This is my somewhat feeble attempt to remember the nearly 20,000 people who lost their lives in Japan a year ago.

Draw Every Day 3/5/12: When the Bad Economy Hits Superheroes: The Incredible Temp



We know what happens when the bad economy hits regular folks (we get protesting) and when it hits the rich guys (they get pepper-spraying) but what do super-heroes do?

I just favorited this from @ProfBrianCox...

"Brillaint, inspirational and above all, correct, words from @neiltyson to the US Senate on space explorartion http://t.co/t0LzReo3"
March 11, 2012 at 09:51AM
from: @ ProfBrianCox's original tweet.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I just favorited this from @jakeadelstein...

"Word of the day 3/11. ??????senkatanai) 1. There is nothing that can be done. (literally: no way of doing it). 2. Sadness with no finish."
March 11, 2012 at 01:05AM
from: @ jakeadelstein's original tweet.

Draw Every Day 3/3/12: ???????



"Happy Man" is inspired by the villain "Tomodachi" in the "20th Century Boys" trilogy and Rorschach, from the classic graphic novel "The Watchmen."  I definitely want to draw this guy again.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Now we're at Otafuku by St. Marks--waiting outside for a combo C. They MAKE us wait outside (see pic)

Taken inside Otafuku...what little inside there is.

Yakisoba+takoyaki from Oatafuku= ???! (before photo--there is no after photo)

Delicious!

About to see a staged reading of #TrialByJury being performed in the NYC Bar Association Building.


Very authentic setting--but it's Gilbert and Sullivan, so maybe not that much?

Draw Every Day 3/2/12: Untitled



This is some sort of penguin I started drawing before I bothered to refresh my memory on what they actually looked like.  Ah well.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ballpoint Adventures for January 31, 2006: Billy and Barbie Watch Bush's "State of the Union" Address (pt3)

So, flashback to the last guy in the White House and try and imagine a man so rock-stupid and cocksure that he waged two ultimately pointless wars.  Now imagine having to listen to him lie about how great the country is doing two years before the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression.  Yeah, I had quite a few jokes written for Billy and Barbie that day--this was just one of many sad, depressing, attempts to make sense of the truly fucked up eight years we all endured under Bush.  ENJOY 'EM!! :D

Draw Every Day 3/8/12: Samurai Jay



#2 attempt at drawing Jay ThePal in a vaguely ukiyoe style. See the last version here: thepete.com/2012/02/11/draw-every-day-february-10-2012-ja... Things are better and worse in this one, but it's always fun to try.

Draw Every Day 2/29/12: ??



No, he's not Mexican, that's "taco" not "tako" which is the Japanese word for "octopus".  This was based on a bag I got at Japan Week NY at Grand Central. I love the "chibi" style of character design but I'm not very good at it.  It requires the ability to over simplify design elements.  I'm still challenged to get simple design elements right. :)