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Based on the usual disconnect that will occur between a central operations headquarters and the guys out in the field at a job site.  Military, security, or any other type of job like it with a central office and satellite job sites…




Some job related humor for those of us at the front desk, either working a  rent-a-cop…err…ehh… Security Guards or the poor receptionists (and this applies to cashiers as well).



Here is a look at my current workflow and situation!  When I create a strip using traditional media I now am favoring using the classic size paper for newspaper syndication, 11″x14″ paper.  I scan it in halves on my US Legal size HP all in one scanner at 300 dpi.  Then I use my favorite image editor GIMP (now in version 2.8 available FREE from to carefully put both scanned halves together before exporting the whole cartoon as a tiff file.  I then open up the tiff file and my comic strip template in Corel Painter X and do some editing and scaling to create a final product ready for publication.

What you see here on this blog are my 72 to 96 dpi JPEG exports.  These are the standard web sized images.  On my computer I keep the 300 dpi original TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RIFF, and XCF files depending upon the program used to edit them.

Anonymous is an interesting group of people to say the least.  Taking on Internet censorship (something I get a chuckle out of and kinda enjoy seeing), and trying to keep the flow information going.  Sadly though, this leaderless collective sometimes shows just how schizophrenic such organizations can be with regard to core values.  Most especially in the Middle East.

Anonymous is a champion of GLBT issues, yet they support an Arab Spring in which the Muslim Brotherhood is now able act with impunity to execute  homosexuals in Egypt as well as forcing women to wear veils and cease education.  Women’s rights is another thing I suspect this group supports here in the comfort of the free world, while supporting despotic Islamo-Fascists who crush women in the Middle East.  Clearly, they are just support the Islamo-Fascist terrorists as a counter cultural ‘in thing to do’ against the United States.  You don’t get this kind of schizophrenic behavior for nothing; its clearly Unity of Effort with the enemies of the US, pure and simple.

I recall another big deal with Anonymous hating the US GITMO facility due to alleged torture.  They leaked (or supported the WikiLeaks) a lot of classified documents trying to expose ‘systemic torture’ in US military facilities across the Middle East.  Ironically, those documents ended up vindicating and proving that such claims are grossly exaggerated…  But I digress.  They wanted to expose atrocities, war crimes, and the like.  Yes, those things happened (and will happen).  However, here they are taking sides with Hamas in this latest flare up of violence between Israel and Gaza, over ‘brutal treatment’ of the Palestinian people.  Really guys, for all your exposing US atrocities, you refuse to acknowledge Hamas atrocities such as this motorcycle gang dragging an alleged spy down the road?

If you are going to tout some core values against torture and atrocities, you need to expose both sides and call out even your own side.  This is why I support the Court Martial and capital punishment of those responsible for war crimes in the US (or any) military.  How about you go forth and help humanity by exposing all war criminals, including the Palestinians as well as Israelis.  Sadly enough, I have yet to see the amount of real atrocities supposedly committed by the IDF.  Why?  Because there is so much propaganda out there, especially coming from the Palestinian side of the conflict in which actors are used.  Its truly sad to see CNN lose credibility for playing such propaganda videos…  Really, Conservative bloggers shouldn’t be the only ones calling them out, Anonymous should be as well.  If the IDF is committing atrocities, find the real stuff and put it out there.  Stop feeding the world Hamas propaganda feeds like the big name news agencies keep doing.  That, and call YOUR OWN PEOPLE OUT WHEN THEY SCREW UP.  That, or drop the “we don’t forget” from your motto, because obviously your organization does indeed have a selective memory with a bias toward Left wing politics (ironically which are trying just as hard to censor the web as any Right wing side is…).

Rumor mill or otherwise…  I had to comment on the possibility of the current Administration releasing the “Blind Sheik” (mastermind of the 1994 WTC bombing that should have woken folks up to the FACT that Islamo-Fascists were at war with the United States…).

Honestly, it all depends on how he’s delivered…  I kinda like the idea myself…

….Maybe with an airburst fuse?

I’m a bit excited about the latest version of Steve Jackson Games FLAGSHIP product.  It all started as a “Microgame” pocket game in the late 1970’s and has bloomed…  Inspired by Keith Laumer’s “Bolo” GIANT self aware cybertanks, Ogres are much grittier and live in a bit of more Cold War world inspired world of the North American Combine, Paneuropean Union, and Nihon Empire.  They also sling around nukes all the time…  Making them much more devastating than other weapons systems in SF…  Not that I don’t have plenty of bi-pedal armored war machines floating around in my own game collection…

05JUN12.  Venus crossed in front of the sun for the world to see.  Mr. Bradbury was present with Mr. Heinlein with the best view in the Solar System…

Bradbury was one of the few Sci-Fi authors I ever read in school.  I’m glad he was…  “I, Rocket” was a personal favorite, and the Al Williamson illustrated EC Comic version of the story is among the best SF comics I’ve ever read.

With the way the Sierra Club, Northern Environmental Center, and other ‘green groups’ act, hindering a power plant to drop our electric rates… As well as trying to ban wood and coal furnaces, while driving up the price of heating oil… It only leaves us with one choice. Leave AK because we can’t afford the second mortgage to heat our homes in the Interior. Yes, a second mortgage.

My electric bill shows me that the ‘fuel surcharge’ costs more than the kwh I use. Why? Because we have to generate electricity with oil along with coal. Why? Because we don’t have a coal generator running right now because its held up by environmental groups. Why? Because coal is dirty right? Never mind that its a Clean Coal Plant, nor that coal technology in normal plants has improved to a point that our ancestors wouldn’t recognize it because its so much cleaner.

Until we go nuclear, we will need to burn coal, oil, natural gas, or something else to effectively produce electricity without damming up a river. Green technology is a mere pipe dream that isn’t capable of producing power to support humanity beyond the INDIVIDUALS who choose to live off the grid. Economy of scale makes it a FANTASTIC micro solution for the individual, but a poor macro solution for the nation and industry. Thats REALITY, no matter what the Obama Administration, Sierra Club, or Northern Environmental Center think.

GIMP 2.8 is out TODAY! It includes Layer Groups… This is a BIG improvement and my biggest gripe about the GIMP as a digital painter and comic guy. Groups make a HUGE difference on your work flow allowing you to separate your various elements and not get lost in the sometimes HUNDREDS of layers you generate doing art sometimes. That being said however, I think I’ll stick to Manga Studio for now as the workflow for laying out my layer groups for comic pages is already accomplished. That, and as GIMP 2.8 matures, I can use it to color my black and white work created with MS4 if the .psd import/export is up to snuff.

Now, I just have to wait for a MAC OSX build to be released.

That being said, I might be switching to Krita for my Linux image editor of choice. Using similar code Krita has some great features I’m going to look into. Along with Krita, another GTK based digital painting program I’ve enjoyed for both Linux and Windows is MyPaint. Its light weight and not really good for editing photos and images, but its the great sketching program that does even better than Sketchbook Pro for my Windows and Linux machines.

That, and I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my netbook. We’ll see how Krita and MyPaint perform on that little box. So far its role as a mobile digital sketchbook has been sub-par… But then, its still more capable than an iPad so I can’t complain (the 180 GB HD, 3 USB ports, and Flash drive make iPad users less likely to mock the netbook for the time being… Especially when I plug in my trusty Wacom and can draw/paint with full pressure sensitivity, tilt detection, and brush rotation).

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