DRAWING #2, UPDATE #3.
I'm halfway through writing about my job interview at Wal-Mart, but, because of my tendency to use my little personal stories as clotheslines to talk about anything and everything remotely tangential, it's a lot longer than I had intended for it to be. Quite a surprise, you think?
And, I've been feeling uncharacteristically tired this evening (well, this 3:15 a.m.), perhaps because a cold front is finally passing through and the nighttime temperature here in Ottawa dropped to 10ºC tonight (50ºF), which I consider to be ideal sleeping weather. Even in Canada, that's rather chilly for July. I love it.
Anyway, even though I'm only a day or so from being what I'd consider officially "finished", just for the sake of putting something in my blog before I go to bed, here's the third preview portion of my drawing based on this photograph of London's Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery
I'm mainly in the final process of adding shadows and pigeons now, but there are still some minor details left to add, like the windows on that turret tower thingy. And I'll probably fix some of those windows and I might make that portion of the National Gallery under the tower a little less "crooked".
I like the way I drew the lion statue. That kicks ass.
Just once, just one time, when they cut to "Miles O'Brien", instead of space correspondent and now co-anchorman of the CNN morning show Miles O'Brien
(who almost became an astronaut himself
), can it please be the other Miles O'Brien
, the Starfleet engineer, played by Colm Meaney, who was the chief petty officer on the Enterprise-D
on Star Trek: The Next Generation
before transferring to Deep Space Nine
to become the Chief of Operations?
Also, it was nice to get the shot from the shuttle's external fuel tank right up to separation. Just beautiful.
Geez, I finally got my GST/PST sales tax rebate cheque today, over two weeks after my parents received theirs. I was beginning to worry that the government sent it to the wrong address. I will admit to procrastinating on several "change of address" forms, and the people who live at my old address may be getting annoyed at the pieces of mail addressed to me they're receiving, but I assumed that the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency would know my new address because of my income tax form. I guess they did, but I have no idea what took them so long to get the cheque to me.
And one thing that makes me go "FAYUH-UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH-CKUH IT, I WISH I HAD GOTTEN THE CHEQUE ON FRIDAY!" was that, on Saturday, HMV had a super-special one day only sale where, with this card you got in the mail and/or newspaper, you could get two for one for virtually any regularly-priced DVDs (though you pay the price of the more expensive DVD, obviously), and I believe that could have included TV series boxsets, so, if I had gotten the cheque just three days earlier, I probably would have sprung for both the fourth-season King of the Hill
set and maybe either the third season of Seinfeld
or one of the boxes of Family Guy
, since I don't have any Family Guy
on DVD yet (though I've seen the DVDs when my brother brings them over when he's visiting). Or maybe season six of South Park
, which is the best season. I don't actually have any seasons of South Park
on DVD, though I have a whole bunch of the "best of" DVDs for the equivalent of about two season's worth of episodes. I'll probably still buy the fourth King of the Hill
set over the next week or so (I'll shop around, though), but, eh, it's a pisser not being able to buy two seasons of stuff.
I'm in the finishing touches phase of drawing now, but it's taking a while. When I'm finished, which should be by Wednesday, I'll take both that one and the Piccadilly Circus one to Mailboxes Etc. and see if I can get a proper scan for them, so I don't have to mush the sections together in Photoshop, if they have a scanner bed big enough.
Oh, yes, I actually got a job interview for Wal-Mart! And it's tomorrow afternoon, so I'll try to get to bed early. Early by my standards. Meaning, around 3 a.m.
YES, NOW THE JAPANESE EVEN PUT CUTE CARTOON CHARACTERS ON THEIR MONEY.
There's a lot going on in the world, how an attempted second wave of attempted terror attacks on London transit was botched by Al Qaeda's most incompetent terrorists
, Sudanese security officers roughing up members of Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice's entourage and an NBC reporter
, and Lance Armstrong's victory in his final Tour de France
. But I think the thing that people are talking about the most are the new
commemorative state quarters commemorative Doraemon yen coins
From the Japan Times
Japan Mint to issue Doraemon coinsDoraemon
OSAKA (Kyodo) The Japan Mint has started to accept mail orders for two sets of coins designed to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the popular "Doraemon" cartoon series.
One set contains a silver medal bearing a colored image of Doraemon along with six proofs of the 1, yen 5, yen 10, yen 50, yen 100 yen and 500 yen coins.
The Japan Mint, an independent administrative body, will sell 60,000 sets for 13,000 yen each.
The other set showcases the six coins in a special "Doraemon" case that plays the cartoon series' melody when opened. The mint will offer 200,000 of the sets for 2,300 yen each.
All orders must be made by Aug. 10.
Doraemon, a cat-type robot from the 22nd century that helps children with its futuristic tools, started as a magazine series 35 years ago and became extremely popular both at home and abroad, especially in Asia.
was a Japanese comic strip (4-koma
, literally "four squares") created by the late Hiroshi Fujimoto about a blue robot cat that is adopted by a typical Japanese family, and, in 1970, Doraemon
was made into a long-running anime series. I believe in terms of total number of individual shorts, Doraemon is the world's most prolific cartoon character, though Sazae-san
has more half-hours (around 2000 by now). As a merchandising phenomenon, Doraemon, in Japan and many other parts of the world, is as ubiquitous as Mickey Mouse and Garfield (and... umm... Hello Kitty), though the character has never been formally introduced to North American audiences. (ShoPro, now Viz Media, announced a couple of years back, when Pokémon
was still fresh on everyone's minds, that they'd begin merchandising the franchise in the North American market, but nothing ever came of that.) For more information, here's a Time (Asia) article about the Doraemon phenomenon
, and here's another overview
, the Wikipedia entry
, and an English-language Doraemon fan site
Garrett Albright points out something rather sinister
"500 + 100 + 50 + 10 + 5 + 1 = 666. That proves it: Doraemon is indeed evil."
In the same thread, F*ckin' Otaku forum member jfrog
links us to a (tongue-in-cheek) article warning us about the dangerous things Doraemon teaches our children
(warning, one image absolutely not safe for work).
Anyway, I was thinking, this would be a perfect birthday present for Late Night with Conan O'Brien
graphic designer Pierre Bernard, since we know the guy loves anime
, but he also evidently loves commemorative coins, since he's the guy who designs all of the fake coins for the regular recurring "New Commemorative State Quarters" (or, occasionally, "New Commemorative Euros") desk bit. In fact, the genesis of "Pierre Bernard's Recliner of Rage" was because he found out that a novelty coin company had copied a fake Arkansas commemorative quarter he did for the show, featuring Bill Clinton getting a "Lewinski" behind a tree, and was selling them on eBay (making that a counterfeit of a counterfeit, I guess), so Pierre complained about it on air, and they made his complaints a recurring bit.
I'd buy it for him myself, but I don't know when Pierre Bernard's birthday is, and the English portion of the Japan Mint website
doesn't have information about how to order these coins. And, 13 000 yen currently converts to about $142 Canadian, so I doubt I could afford it, even if I wanted to.
Sorry, Pierre. :(