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This is for our Headbanger members

iPad Drum Solo

Do you remember, Steve?

Warning, may cause flashbacks and uncontrollable fits for the CG sensitive.

Oh, Phil, you thespian you…

Just…wrong.

It’s Kawajiri. It’s Madhouse. The art style is exactly the same. So why does this feel soooo wrong??

Oh yeah, Jubei’s snowboarding…that’s why. And there’s some motorcycle dude…literally.
Fail.

A Question for the Colorists

Though, those of you who have experience can answer too.

“How many of you are using a Cintiq? And what size?”

I ask because I saw this:

But $3700!! If I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t need to color funnies. That is the dilemma…

MRI 2, the sequel

So, on the 5th, I had my second MRI as scheduled six months prior. I am pleased to report that the bulge in the blood vessel of my brain has not grown. However, the managing physician didn’t greet the news with a big grin and a “have a great day” attitude. He actually ended up passing me on to a neurologist. A neurologist. My first thoughts were of course: “should I be worried?”

The neurologist took me in for consultation immediately and it became apparent that while the MRI confirmed the existence of a lump or bulge in my brain, the MRI can not reveal any more details about it beyond that. The neurologist was very good in explaining that by professional standards, I am very much in a low risk group, but that doesn’t mean the chance of something happening to the bulge is 0 and we’ll only know for sure what my actual risk level is after a more detailed examination of said bulge or lump.

To accomplish this will require a CT scan. I’ve been scheduled for the 15th, so Kiko, I’d like to have your excruciatingly detailed account of what you feel when you drink that vile concoction; how difficult it might be to deal with its effects both during and after the scan, etc. I need to prepare myself for the experience so anything you can contribute to my understanding of the process would be greatly appreciated.

Anyway, “we delivered the bomb…”

Yearly Check-ups

I think I mentioned a while back or at least in some blurb on a comment somewhere here that I would be getting an MRI/MRA done during my yearly physical check-ups. I got the results back a couple of weeks ago. Everything was all green in terms of things like cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, BMI, etc. My MRI came back clean as well.

However, my MRA (this is a scan of your brain/body that reveals your blood vessels without having to drink some crap) showed a slight bulge in one blood vessel near the frontal right lobe of my brain about 3mm in size that had the potential of being an aneurysm. Speaking with the managing physician, he told me that I probably have nothing to worry about because of the size and the excellent condition of my other medical statistics. Just in case, however, we’ve scheduled another MRI/MRA for October just to make sure that it hasn’t grown in size. If the results of the second scan show no growth, then it is not a problem. (By the way, this is not my brain image, but it is weird seeing inside your own head!)

mra image

The biggest factor of whether this could or would have turned into a medical problem requiring surgery is blood pressure. Thankfully, I have that in check and have been told to at least bring it down just a little more by watching my salt intake. But I just wanted to let you guys know the importance of getting yearly check-ups, especially as we are getting on in years. Just because you may be physically fit, there are hidden potential problems that only specific tests/scans will reveal. I am lucky that I decided to concentrate on my health early on and lost weight and brought my numbers down to green levels in the last few years. If I hadn’t, the bulge that was found could have been a bigger problem requiring immediate surgery…or worse…I might have just suffered a full on aneurism and died on the spot.

If you’re not getting yearly check-ups or just check-ups in general, please consider doing so. Catching something early is really the key.

Backup Backup Backup

Last week, the hard drive on my iMac died. Died completely. Couldn’t even get it to boot from the system install DVD it was that bad. Took it to an Apple Certified Repair store and they got a new drive in there and had it ready for me for pickup yesterday (4/14: I am pre-dating this blog to keep Steve’s on top). Right now, I am restoring my system in its entirety from a Time Machine backup I made the day before the hard drive died. With any luck, I will be using my iMac with all software, settings, files, etc. as it was before, as if nothing had happened.

I was lucky. My hard drive was making strange sounds that I thought were suspicious and after looking up some threads on the Apple Boards, I knew that I needed to make a complete backup of my hard drive immediately. Most of the time, a drive just dies without warning….

So for those of you who work on computers on a daily basis (and that’s pretty much everyone here), let my experience serve as a very important reminder to make a complete backup of your hard drive–not just your work files and such–using Time Machine or other Boot Copy software at least twice a month. There’s lots of good articles and suggestions on software and hard drives that serve this function well. It’s one thing to loose your work, but there’s also all the software you use, all the preferences and plug-ins and other support applications/functions you use on a daily basis without thinking, your mail threads, address book, photos, music, etc. Should you lose these, I doubt any of us can really recall the stuff on our drives well enough to go and download them again from the web. Can you remember all the sites you’ve bookmarked on your browser(s)? Backing up your entire drive for possible system restore purposes is the best insurance against loosing everything.

Incredible footage!

Look very closely

A Masterpiece

There are some obvious issues with the models and animation, but the storytelling is a triumph.

The things you find…

in the Mac App store. “Help Kiko get the precious totem back!”

If a storm’s blowing…

there’s no quick way down.

Yeah there is… Let Go!

(Thanks to Kiko’s Twitter feed for pointing this out)

Hilarious CS4 Crash Reports

Be sure to read the Problem Descriptions

More can be found here: Maniacal Rage.

Question for Cadre Colorists

Have any of you updated to the latest version of Leopard, version 10.6.3? If so, have you noticed a shift in your monitor’s color? I am not sure if its just my imagination, but after updating, I could swear I am seeing my colors differently, especially when I view my RGB files with CYMK Preview on. While we’re at it, what Color Calibration (in System Prefs > Monitor) do you all have your monitors set at?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Best Wishes for 2010

You guys are less than an hour from the New Year, but it’s come and gone here…quietly and solemnly as always.

Anyway, just want to wish the entire Cadre a happy and healthy 2010. Whatever you are doing, end up doing, or are thinking of doing… may it turn out as well as you imagine.

2010 is going to be an interesting year for me. I turn 40 this year and despite promising myself when I was young that I wouldn’t pull the “mid-life crisis” thing, I now truly understand what the phrase means and it is nothing like the stereotype. I have been reflecting about where I have been professionally and personally, and have determined where I would like to go with the rest of my life. Unfortunately, this also means making some fundamental changes to my priorities, especially when it comes to my career. Personally, I can’t complain, but I am completely unsatisfied with where I have let my career go and will be taking every and all necessary steps to correct the course it is currently on.

Wish me luck on the second leg of “life’s journey.” I have always been a late breaker so I am looking forward to the next 40 years (with luck).

Synth Britannia

You’ll have to bear with me on this…I am going to get quite wordy.
My RSS reader pointed me to this excellent if very Brit documentary (Oh BBC, why do you operate like you’re a radio station?) about the history of Synth Pop. As someone who was just starting to form my musical tastes at the height of the Synth Pop era, this documentary was quite revealing. I was (and am) into a lot of the bands featured in the documentary. Learning the back story and history of the movement produced some quite eye opening points: OMD and The Human League were actually one of the first or leaders to experiment in electronic music?! The impetus of synth pop actually lie squarely with the punk movement in Britain in the 70s?! A frustrated member of The Human League left to form Heaven 17?! New Order wanted to be popular enough to be played in clubs?! God, Gary Numan is just a normal old guy! Read more »

Now this is sweet

Honda introduced a prototype of possible mobility technology yesterday. Unlike the Segway, you comfortably sit at around barstool level and the device allows for simultaneous movement laterally through a self-balance control scheme. Very cool! As you can see, it’s far more agile and intuitive than the Segway, though I give Segway points for launching Bush on his ass.

Amazing

The Ballad of G.I. Joe from Olivia Wilde

Julianne Moore as Scarlett!
Vinnie Jones as Destro!

hOLY ShIT!

Go here: Plug into The Smart Grid

Follow the instructions on the right side of the screen. It’s so damn cool!

“Spoiled” barely covers it

You guys might have seen this, but I caught this on the internet today on a technology blog I frequent. I have been thinking the same thing, so I’m glad someone made light of it on national TV. Yeah, it’s partly “when I was your age…” grandpa stuff, but really… no one is amazed anymore and honestly think it’s their god given right to have this stuff.

Anyway, carry on:

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