Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
I have the core characters, the Simpson family themselves, and some of my favorite characters like Groundskeeper Willie, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Apu and his octuplets, Comic Book Shop Guy, Professor Frink and others. I think my favorite has to be Stephen Hawking. An ACTION figure of Stephen Hawking?!?
Professor Hawking did appear on the Simpsons (and Futurama as well) and even did his own voice. I love that the figure was done with his blessing
I'd still like to get Kang and Kodos, Sideshow Bob, and a few others but for the most part I'm satisfied with the Simpsons collection I have. Be sure to tune in next week for another edition of Geeky Friday and hey, "Eat my shorts, dude!"
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Cary is a great friend of mine and a geeky collector just like me.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
There are several options available when you pre-order the book, details are at the ordering page here.
I'm sure in addition to the content we've already seen, Tom has some surprises in store for the book.
I'm hoping for a chapter entitled:
"How to Draw Sofia Vergara and Christina Hendricks the Tom Richmond Way"
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I had paper pre-printed with the logos and info. The VIP guests were going to have their hands full at the event playing ping pong against tournament players and would not have time to sit for caricatures, so I drew them all in advance.
*quick iPhone photo*
I wasn't sure who would be the most requested athlete and I wanted the guests to have original art, so I HAND-COPIED numerous duplicates of each athlete's caricature before the event.
I had a great time, although I wasn't able to take pictures. The local Fox affiliate was there, so if they have any video I'll be sure to post it here.
I got to meet some of the athletes, mostly the Steelers players. Nice guys. I didn't have the heart to tell them I was a Packers fan though...
Monday, July 18, 2011
I highly recommend picking up the latest Wired Magazine to check out the article, or you can read it online (cheater) right here:
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Ben had been a caricature artist for most of his life. Hundreds of his caricatures adorn the walls of the Roxy Deli in Times Square. He worked all over the place, but ended up in Las Vegas. Friday night he had just finished his shift at The Four Queens and collapsed. It is said that his heart burst. Ben's friends and family have my deepest condolences. He will be missed. Go to his website to read about his life and see his artwork:
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I didn't expect to win (though it would have been nice).
I've entered quite a few art competitions. I enjoy participating in them, they give me a chance to grow and learn as an artist. For me, winning is secondary. I want to challenge myself and see how I rank among other artists.
The Threadless Muppets Design Challenge was a great opportunity for me to push my boundaries. I took on a complicated project and executed it in an expeditious manner. I learned how to promote and campaign for my artwork. Again, I didn't expect to win.
That said, The Threadless Muppets Design Challenge was not without its faults. In fact, I found it to be one of the most frustrating competitions I've ever been involved with and it's going to take a lot of convincing for me to enter another Threadless competition in the future.
Here are the top ten problems with the Threadless Muppets Design Challenge.
The approval process was horribly inconsistent. The theme was to revolve around the concept of "Friendship." Entries not keeping with the theme should have been immediately disqualified, but weren't.
9. Sesame Street /violent/adult parodies allowed.
Sesame Street characters are not Muppets. Any images containing Sesame Street characters should have been rejected. And how did Muppet parodies of violent or adult movies like The Hangover, Pulp Fiction, Resevoir Dogs, Shaun of the Dead and Alien get accepted?
8. Designs which manipulate stock Muppet photos.
Anyone can take a photo off the internet, run it through a few Photoshop filters and make a design out of it. The Threadless Challenge was FULL of manipulated photos. Only original art should have been accepted.
7. Scoring info unable to be viewed mid-contest.
Before the scoring process and during the first few days of scoring, the scoring information for each entry was able to be tracked. Then, about mid contest, that information vanished. THEN, a few days after scoring ended, it returned.
6. Scoring system requires signing up.
In order to be scored by the general public, they were required to join the Threadless community. I think its shameless to force people to sign up for your website if they merely want to vote on a competition. Bad form.
5.Ranking based on score.
A poor design could get a high score if the other designs are scored low. That means anyone, regardless of their design, could easily score high if they got a bunch of their friends to score "5" for them and "1" for every other design. A better, more fair system would have been to score the top 5 designs and that's it. The design with the most votes wins the popular choice.
4. One winner- No consolation prize or second place.
Winner takes all? What about a second place or honorable mention?
3.Same entries showcased when designs are viewed "randomly."
When you wanted to view individual designs in a random fashion, or when you went to the main scoring page, the same select designs were always showcased. They never changed. This seemed like a deliberate attempt to stack the scoring in favor of certain designs.
2. An incredible lack of communication on the part of Threadless.
The credibility of Threadless was constantly in question because of their poor communication. The winning design was to be announced June 27th and wasn't actually announced until July 13th. They also made (and are still making) ridiculous claims like "We received a ton of designs for the Muppets T-shirt Design Challenge — more than 1,000!" Actually it was more like 256 designs. Come on guys...
But the most egregious reason why the Threadless Challenge was so frustrating is:
1. Threadless was going to do what they wanted anyway.
What's the point of scoring and voting by the Threadless "community" if you're simply going to choose the winner yourself? Why put people through all of that? The design that won the popular vote didn't win. It's as if Threadless had the winner picked out all along.
There seems to be a silver lining in the Threadless Muppets Design confusion. A forum post from the Threadless founder states:
If that is true, it's great news. There were plenty of amazing designs worthy of a t-shirt. If this happens, Threadless will have redeemed themselves considerably.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Today I'm posting the answers. Let's see how you did...
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Notice how he turns the book the proper direction, opens the book to the title page and points to the words with his thumb. He even "reads" them out loud. When he gets to the main story, he starts with the page on the right, thinks for a few seconds, does a course correction and begins with the left page instead.
He's also having fun experimenting with the VOLUME OF HIS VOICE!
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
Every Friday I will be showcasing some geeky aspect of my life. It could be a segment of my collection, reviews and commentary of movies or television shows I've seen or even guest spots by other geeks.
So be sure to stop by the blog every Friday for GEEKY FRIDAY!
Thursday, July 07, 2011
When the scoring began, all of the entries had their average score, amount of scores and number of scores of five and one displayed on their page. Midway through the scoring, this info disappeared during a "re-design". Now that info has inexplicably returned in the form of a column to the left of the entry. Here's mine.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Friday, July 01, 2011
I've copied and pasted an excerpt from his story here:
When we found out that our sweet two-week-old baby, Jett Lukas, definitely had T21, I was devastated. Between the diagnosis and struggles with breastfeeding, I cried for about three weeks straight. But when he was three months old, I discovered the CMF website. What a revelation!
I am quite pleased with the results. At 5 months, Jett first rolled over and was on target as far as milestones. He drank from a straw at almost 6 months, the day before his heart surgery. Because of surgery, his physical progress took a major set back. So, with a lot of neurodevelopmental therapy, he was army crawling by 10 months, creeping and pulling himself to stand at 13 months and beginning to cruise at 14 months.
He consistently uses his potty for "number two" since at least 10 months old and has been letting us know when he needs to go since he was at least 6 months old.
She was blown away by his cognitive ability. She was showing me how to teach him to blow and pop bubbles. She said it may only take me a day to teach him although it takes most kids with DS much longer. Then she said, "Oh, well, he just got it! That took two minutes." She then spent the last hour of the evaluation asking me what all I was doing with him. She was very interested in the CMF protocol. She commented that even with great oral motor skills, our children can't communicate very well without cognitive ability.At 15 months, he first enjoyed cruising around the bathtub, nested cups together and putting items into boxes. He just turned 16 months old and he interactively enjoys books with you by pointing to pictures and text (with his thumb) and having you name objects and reread text. (His favorite book at the moment is Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee.) Although he's not talking, he babbles all the time and tries out about 3-4 new words a week.
He is alert and curious. He can play ball with you, open drawers and take out the contents, can follow simple, one-step directions (no kick, sit up, get ball, come here, let go, etc.)
I think the great research and suggestions provided by the CMF have been instrumental to his success. The elements of the protocol work together very well (along with the additional items Jett gets) to provide him with the tools he needs to generate new brain cells, to fortify his short-term memory, to transfer memories to long-term storage and to prevent degeneration. So when I do therapy with Jett, I feel confident that he is actually learning, retaining and building on his knowledge. I can see him playing with more creativity and independence every day. It's a joy to witness his daily progress. I am grateful for Teresa Cody's hard work and determination in helping our children through CMF. I am happy to share with you what is working so well for Jett and wish you equal success with your loved one!
For the rest of Jett's story, and to read other Success Stories, click the link here.