Paste Recipes
Wheat paste
Prepare 1 cup (2.4 dl) of very hot water. Make a thin mixture of 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of white flour and cold water (just enough to wet all the flour and make it liquid enough to pour). Pour the cold mixture slowly into the hot water while stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. When it thickens, allow to cool. Smear on like any other glue. For slightly better strength, add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sugar after the glue is thickened. After using a portion, reheat the remaining in a covered jar or container to sterilize it for storage or keep refrigerated. If wheat flour is not available, other flours will work.
Rice Paste
Mix one part rice flour and six parts water. Heat while mixing to a smooth consistency.
Acacia tree gum also works.






This one was the first in the set that I felt wasn't completely horrible.

This ended up being the finished product, mostly because my computer went comatose after i saved this version.
And this one is the "finished product", but sdistorted to fit the size and shape of an PSP screen (272 x 480).

I'm still not there yet. The composition and execution are both off, but the fact that I know these things means that I'm one step closer to actually knowing what I'm doing.


(I sometimes think of and about random sentences and phrases thatI have to share with the internet)

1. "A short walk in the world with breaks for coffee and snacks." ~Skins (Original source unknown to me.)
2. This tagline popped into my head randomly: "Coming of age. Even if it kills them."
3. Tom Bosley is trying to sell me non-Happy Days related merchandise through the television. No.
4. When told about the Large Hadron Collider, The Hills' Audrina Patridge said "Its crazy. This is all happening while Lauren is gone." WTF¿
5. Played with Garageband. Im in love.
6. I saw a mockup of a pair of Obam Nike Dunks. I would wait outside in a firestorm for those sneakers. Just a nice pair.
7. In Hartford, there are signs posted featuring the American flag in black and grey, and the numbers 1.20.2009
8. HIPSTER MADLIBS: ________ is the new ________. Its easy! Everyone can do it (which goes against the hipster code).
9. Victorian English is the new L337.
10. I just realized the Dandies were the hipsters of their day.
11. Jimmy writes on a precise mixture of Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks Coffee. He calls it rocket fuel, after high quality cocaine.
12. we were in a garage that looked like a dark alley in england where the kids who knew things could find their way onto the "last night party" blogs, in hundreds of drunken photos.
13. New graffiti on the bathroom wall, hastily scribbled in black Sharpie. J3NNY...I think its happening again...
14. at one end of the alley, the one closest to the party, was a red light bulb. the other end was blacklit, though noone with an interest in J3NNY would be seen wearing white. Hipsters had her name tattoed on the inside of their lower lips, a tribute to her cult of personality.
ديناصور حيوان منقرض

This is the word Dinosaur in Arabic. At some point in the near future, I plan to get this word tattooed on my back. Now, that may seem like a strange thing to do, but DINOSAUR is the name of my band. And Arabic is my favorite language, tied with Japanese, so...

It's going to look soooo cool. (I'm a loser, I know.)


These are three of the seven Brian Wood prints i just bought. They're inspired by his critally aclaimed graphic novel, Channel Zero, which happens to be one of my favorite graphic novels.



Ready, Okay! is one of those books that noone ever seems to know about, but everyone should read. Copies of this book will move in and out of your life, usually because it's underrated and can be found used for as little as one dollar on Amazon.com (that's where I got my new copy!). But don't let that fool you. The Bible was also underrated at first, and it became the biggest selling book of all time. Pick a copy up and follow Alan Mockery, Echo Mockery, Siren Delaney, and all the kids from Ilium High School as they live out
the last days of life as they know it. Or the last days of their lives, in some cases.

الأطفال من الأرض
الأطفال من الجنة
الأطفال من الآلهة
ولكن فقط حقوق

Children of Earth
Children of Paradise (Heaven)
Children of the Gods
But only Human

Coming Eventually...



Another anime that Cartoon Network's Adult Swim introduced me to, made me fall hard for, sucked me into, then pulled away all too soon. And it was amazing.

The story centers on Lelouch, one of many illegitimate sons of the emperor of a parallel to the British Empire, called Britannia. Brittania is essentially what happens when an empire's natural flaws don't cause it to collapse. Not to say that Brittania is perfect, or even decent, but to say that so far, they haven't been blown away by a larger empire. (There is no other major empire in their reality.)
Years ago, Lelouch's despot father turned his back on Lelouch, his mother (one of MANY royal consorts) and Lelouch's frail and blind sister, Nunally. He attempted to kill them all, and believing he'd succeeded, he went on with his empire's expansion. Years later, as Britannia takes over Japan and dubs it "Area 11", racial and class tensions are at a high and Lelouch sees opportunity to finally destroy Brittania and everything it stands for.
Through some freak accident, Lelouch becomes the wielder of a power called Geass, a form of mind control with origins in the mysterious past of the palnet Earth and, apparently, some other planet.

It's just all around a very good series, full of real world problems. And giant mechs!

The PUMA Contact sneaker. I ran into these, in a different colorway, and immediately fell in love with them. Unfortunately, the store, which was clearly discriminating against men with a shoe size larger than 11, didn't have a single size 13 in stock. To add insult to injury, they couldnt be bothered to order a pair for a loyal customer. So I'll just have to take my busines to the internet and find these. *sigh*




I did some subpar Photoshopping two nights ago.


So the election was yesterday. I spent the hours I was at work anticipating going to the polls. When I got there, luckily there was hardly a line anymore and I was in and out in less than 5 minutes, thanks in part to Connecticut's new paper ballot/ "Scantron" system, which allows people to fill the ballot out with a marker in a multiple choice test format, but one that, you know, changes the world.

I spent the night watching MSNBC becauseI just couldn't help myself. I stared down the countdown clock as each batch of states closed their polling districts and revealed which candidate won their electoral votes. I called and texted literally EVERYONE I know to make sure they were as nervous as I was. I Twittered (tweeted? tweetered?) my heart out, probably developing carpel tunnel syndrome in the process.

In the end, when the score jumped from 207 to 284 for Obama, I woke my elderly grandmother and yelled at her (sounds harsher than it is).

AND THEN WE WON FLORIDA AND VIRGINIA! Democrats NEVER win Floridar and Virginia.


I still havent seen Dark Knight. WTF?!?!

...Or The Incredible Hulk, for that matter...


I'm craving Sweet Potato Pie. Seriously. Like, Jonesing. Like I'd break into you house and steal your VCR, and bring it to a bakery to get a fix.

FLCL (Fooly Cooly!)

In Japan, there are a LOT of animes that seem completely random. FLCL takes the cake. Only six episodes long, Fooly Colly tells that story of Jinta, a young boy who's brother is (or was) a professional baseball palyer and who's dad is, in classic anime fashion, a complete pervert and irrisponsible tool (to the extent that were this the real world, Social Services would've put Jinta in a home YEEEEEEARS ago). anyway, Jinta's life is changed forever by a meeting with a mysterious, scantily clad, psychopath, accompanied by a robot and a chain on intergalactic conflicts. There's a giant iron, stuff growing out of people's heads, huge eyebrows, and an entity that seems to have the same diet as Galactus. It's just too cool.
Do you know where your children are?


Keeping with the trend that Great Britain has of producing teen dramas that are infinitely better, more realistic, and definitely more shocking, than the ones produced in the States, Kidulthood is one of those things that every teen and twenty-something should see.

Also, Kidulthood is somehow a decidedly cooler word for adolescence.

With the election one day away, I felt it was time to buy an Obama tshirt. This is by far the best one I found online, mostly because not many people have it and its only available through one site (Karmaloop.com). The company behind is (Bean Dip) did a pretty good job with this one. Bonus points for the use of Color Halftone, which is by far my favorite photo effect.
That's not me in the shirt. It's the model from the site.

While on the subject of Superman, and alternate histories, I am in awe of, in love with, and murderously jealous of Superman: Red Son.

Imagine is superman, America's greatest hero, had landed in the Soviet Union at the height of the Red Scare and the Cold War. Imagine if he were groomed by Stalin and the two men of steel were able to "perfect" and spread the communist ideal worldwide. It's awesome. Read it.
I never really put much stock in the central DC universe, or multiverse. I was a fan of Batman and i did faithfully watch both Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, but the comics never held much interest for me. Recently, with the help of Wikipedia, I've been catching up on Superman (in multiple universes and as Superboy-Prime), the Crisises (Crises?, Crisi?), Countdown, 52, etc. I have to say I'm kind of happy with what they're doing. Relaunching and refreshing comic characters, especially ones that have been around in some form for over 60 years, is extremely difficult, especially with multiple titles. Continuity is a bitch, but a multiverse (plus its destruction and subsequent replacement by ANOTHER multiverse) has long been a legit way to keep a comic or character fresh. I'm liking the new Superman origin, which is not TOO far off from the others, buit still different and fresh enough to make me like a character that i never really identified with.
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