Friday, December 31, 2010

I have a dremel tool, now what should I do with it.

I feel that this is a common question. Help me make a list. For many projects especially where tight control is needed a flex shaftis helpful.

1. Cut wine bottles using diamond cutting wheels
2. Dremelcopter!
3.Wood carving with dremel
4. etch glass with a dremel with diamond bits

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Calvin and Hobbes final strip ran 15 years ago.

bill watterson oil painting
Got the The Complete Calvin and Hobbes just a few days ago and noticed that it had been almost 15 years since the final strip ran! crazy. Today we hit exactly 15 years since the last strip ran on 12/31/1995. Nothing as been as good since as far as i can tell. I pretty much just read the one with the rat and the zebras anymore.
 The collection is great. Beautifully printed copies of every strip. Unlike the old printings each page is heavy paper and printed in glossy ink. Also included is a nice new introduction (though I wish it were longer) that includes this oil painting (right). Makes you want to see more of what Mr Watterson can do. Not sure when or if that will happen but here is hoping. I think I would put just behind the The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book that has a lot of good notes about the strips, and The Lazy Sunday Book book as the best Calvin and Hobbes purchases.

This might be super old news to some but I was just shown this terrible alternative reality final strip of Calvin and Hobbes.  Probably one of the more depressing things ever written. I can't believe someone felt the need to kill off Hobbes.

And one more thing. Here is my photo print of a painting done by a friend of mine of one of the best Calvin and Hobbes strips ever. Here is the link to his blog.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mike Is Bored 2011 New Years Resolutions

I am taking suggestions.....

So far:
1. Use up all my remaining zinc before my lease is up.
2. Improve the aesthetics of the page.
3. 200 followers on facebook.
4. Find people to trade pieces with.
5. Weld something cool.

delta online check in is broken.....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Waterballoon Homemade Ice Candle holders

diy ice candle holder balloon
Check it out on my brothers blog. 

This is a great way to make nice round candle holders out of ice. Any mold in that shape would be pretty hard to manage but the balloon makes it look really good.

Also check out the garbage can method of making an ice candle holder

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rothko/threepixel minimalism inspired Zoidberg painting

Looking at and thinking about these:

Made me make this:
explaination of the sources
 On the left is #10 by Mark Rothko at the Seattle Art Museum, The middle one is a three pixel minimalist rendition of Dr. Zoidberg. more info on that here, the right side is the subject of the piece.

More posts about Zoidberg and Futurama.

Any thoughts on how to improve this? Change any colors? add eyes? cut down the detail? Tell me in the comment section.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Klingon Christmas Carol Review (Saint Paul)

Ok, I don't review plays, I was bluffing in the title. I don't go to plays for the most part so I am without a point of reference. What I can say is if you think you would like to see a Klingon version of a Christmas Carol you would enjoy seeing this play. If you think you would not enjoy a Klingon version of a Christmas Carol you would not. Pictured on the right is tiny Klingon tim or should I say TimHom. You have 'till the 12th to do this at the Landmark.

How to print a label for USPS flat rate box if i don't know the weight

This drove me crazy this morning so I had to post this. I thought it would be convient to skip the line and print postage online. Wrong.  Even if you don't know the weight and are using a flat rate box you need to put in a weight to get through this screen. I was so sure I was on the wrong page for 10 min until i figured out it is just a dumb form. You must enter a made up weight if you don't know the weight. Stupid. I have done the post office a favor and fixed the form below. Go here to have fun with this form.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ilium, Ischium, Pubis hip bone painting

hip bone posterior painting
Oil on bristol. Posterior view. I use this great atlas Rohen's Color Atlas of Anatomy and Anatomy For The Artist.

This was done with Holbein Duo Aqua Oil paints on Bristol.