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Dream Log: 2012 Feb 30th

Dreamed I was flying by using pillows as floatation devices. Didn’t get very far because the angels caught up with me and put me in the playpen with the elephant, because there was a tax on night flying, or flying at night, or something. To that I said “That’s not very exotic, isn’t it?” and refused to drink any of the wine they gave me. I asked for my pillows back, because they knew I was going to use them to run away. Finally I made them fall to sleep by looking into the mirror, and seeing the face of a 12-year-old boy. I got as far as the other side of the room on the other side, but I woke up when I saw the mincing machine.

This one was written for a writing prompt where we had to include all the words chosen by a word association game.

Inception Log: 2012 Feb 31st

At 8:00 hours it was confirmed that the subject SG was incepted with the desired nightmare. The team decided that a type-3 forced empathy nightmare (one in which their perspective is switched with that of an enemy) would be most effective, given the subject’s personality type.

Hence, SG dreamed he was in fact one ‘RE’, and will henceforth be referred to as ‘RE’. In the dream, RE was innocently looking for a printer on which he could play Fruit Ninja, only to find that SG was blocking the entire corridor just by standing there. RE, who became agitated at this point, said something about free speech.

“Do you even know if that’s allowed?” said SG. “I’ll bet you don’t”

At this point RE burned with hatred for the stout bald prick who stood in front of him, and tried to melt his face by taking pictures with his camera-phone. But it didn’t work. SG threw him on the floor in one aggressive movement, and said “I know your name. Now give me your student card. Don’t you know this is private property?”

He then added with a sneer of his gravelly voice: “You don’t ever challenge authority, because you don’t ever win.”

This is for one where we wrote a nightmare for our worst enemy. I don’t have many enemies, so I wrote that for a security guard who I once got into an argument with.

Dream Architecture: The Rainbow Train

At last he finds himself in an enormous Underground train. But it’s okay, he’s been here before, so long ago… He still remembers how it travels through a tunnel of brightly coloured segments. They are joined together without gaps, in no particular order – red, green, pink, yellow, red, blue, white, orange, pink. The tunnel goes on forever. It’s a happy place. His mother is driving the train, and his friends are on one of the other carriages, if he could find them. The train’s been going along for hours, but the next station could be in any minute.

No one knows why the train is stopping now. But it stops very fast, silently shedding tens of miles per hour every second. For some reason this flings the dreamer in the air. This was not expected. The train disappears. And then in an instant of flashing colour he realises: what it all means.

This was part of a group piece, where we each wrote one layer of a Inception-style reality.

But you didn’t have to piss me off

Make it lag at every startup and then crash for nothing

And I don’t even need your app

But you eat up all my memory and that feels so crap

No you didn’t have to stoop so low

Have your friends collect your updates, change your version number

I guess that I don’t need that though

Now you’re some browser that I used to know

(To be sung to the tune of Gotye’s ‘Somebody that I used to know)

I loved Firefox. It was my main browser for years. It was a paragon of goodness, created by a non-profit team to make the internet a better place.

It did almost everything I wanted. Eventually I had to ignore the fact that other browsers did those things too. But I had my reasons for sticking with Firefox.

  • Separate search and address bars – although it’s really not a big deal once you learn to search quickly in Chrome
  • Toolbars that you can customize - Chrome just lets you choose addon buttons, and whether or not you want a home button.
  • The addons
  • The personas – installing themes in Chrome is possible, but there are less good ones to choose from, and it’s harder to make your own.
  • It reminds me of my favorite cuddly toy

That last one wasn’t a joke. Firefox was like an old pet to me. It had its fair share of annoying habits, but I loved it anyway. Unfortunately though, it had to be put down. Now here are some things that I won’t miss about the old fox:

  • The RAM usage is too damn high! I know they’ve been trying to fix this. But how hard can it be? Why should it still be using like 800 megabytes when I close all tabs but one?
  • The lag – parts of the interface didn’t respond until like 5 seconds after I click on them. This includes the address bar. If apps were machines, this would be one with all the moving parts made out of wood that keeps splintering and getting caught on my clothes.
  • The crashes – every now and then it would just give me the beach ball for some silly reason, like loading a page full of images. And then I figure just save time by force-quitting it and starting again.
  • Lack of support for certain APIs (application programming interface). So things like Afloat and Time Track Pro were not compatible. Neither of these were well-known apps. But I use them a lot.
  • The addons ecosystem is dead, or dying. Many addons are just abandoned by their developers, not updated to work with Firefox 4, let alone 14.
  • Lack of a built-in PDF viewer. It’s 2012 for chrissake. People use PDFs on the web.
  • Firefox Sync is a piece of shit and does not work.

Now I haven’t talked much about Chrome here, but I didn’t find out about one of the best features until later. The ‘type a few words into your address bar to find somewhere you’ve been’ feature also sifts through the text on a web page (not just the title and URL). In other words if you’re using chrome, and you type Poxy Proxy Foxy into your address bar (because that’s the only part of this page you’ll remember) then it will probably find this page for you.

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In the canal pics I drew the reflections and everything below the water line with my right (non-dominant) hand to make it extra-rippley.

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Because I like clockwork, and it reminds me of steampunk.

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I did these for a manga drawing project. Based on photos of Carlsbad Caverns.

 

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I was asked by three beautiful Asian girls to draw their portraits, after they were impressed by the other drawing I did of 11-year-old me.

ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWAH!

My first real fanart drawing, even though I partly traced it. Gurren Lagann was an awesome series, and I started drawing this in the pub just after we finished watching it.

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