May 25, 2005

A Sith in Time.

Well I updated, for whatever it’s worth.

I’ve hardly had any time to work on this stuff, but little by little I finished enough to scrape together an update. So there you go. Check it out, and talk about it here.

I saw Revenge of the Sith on opening day, almost a week ago, and it’s still sinking in. I can’t get this movie out of my head. I could describe it by using words like “powerful“, “intense“, and “overwhelming“, but that doesn’t really go far enough. I can’t even really say “I liked this movie” because “like” and “dislike” just don’t even seem to apply here. There were parts that I loved, but there were also parts grabbed me by the throat, shook me around, and dropped me on the floor. No movie before has ever engaged me to that point. It was the most incredible and emotionally resonant film I have ever seen, and I really don’t like the fact that I am not watching it right now as I type this.

There are other movies coming within the next few years that are from franchises that I love as much as I love Star Wars. There’s the live action Transformers, the CGI Ninja Turtles, AstroBoy, and so on. But even if I live to be a hundred years old, I doubt I’ll ever see anything else quite like Revenge of the Sith. I said that I couldn’t wait to see it. Now, I can’t wait to see it again.

But hey, if you’ve seen it and have a different opinion, I’d love to read it. Tell me what you thought about the movie right here.


May 19, 2005

Power of the Force

Today is the day. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for since I was a kid. Revenge of the Sith is out, and I can’t wait to see it.

Watching the prequels on the big screen has been an interesting ride, and now that the last of them is here it’s going to be kind of strange knowing that there aren’t any more to look forward to. I know that some of the fussier fans have been disappointed in the prequels so far, but I understand why these stories have needed to be told they way they were and I’ve enjoyed them for the most part. Especially Attack of the Clones, which had everything I’d ever want in a Star Wars movie and has been my absolute favorite of the saga since I first saw it.

I can take a look back at where I was in my life and where I thought I was going at the time each of these prequel movies was released. Using these films as some sort of landmark on the grand scope of things, I find myself in very different situations between movies and winding up in places I hadn’t anticipated at the time. Now here we are at Revenge of the Sith and once again I find myself, for better or worse, at a completely different place in life than where I was for the previous movies. But for as much that has changed, and as different of a person as I now may be, there is one consistent factor that has stayed with me all this time. Something that hasn’t changed, and probably never will. I’m not Yoda, and I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know one thing:

The Force is with me.


Apparently, an earlier post I made about how angry I get when people steal my pictures is offensive to some people! Gasp!

Apparently, this post means that I am complaining so much! Wow!

Apparently, when people are looking for pictures, they don’t care where they get them from, so that should make it OK for people to steal from me! Shock!

Apparently, I’m wrong to feel this way because I’m acting like these are my own personal images that I drew, even though I have seen people take my drawings without asking and put them up on their websites without any sort of credit to me. Heinous!

Apparently, since these are all just screenshots that were uploaded, it should be ok for other people to steal my bandwidth and use them without permission, despite all of the hard work I spent on taking these screenshots and writting the text that goes with them! Scandal!

Apparently, because I have chosen to express my displeasure over being stolen from, I am whining like a little girl. Insult!

Apparently, I should actually be grateful that people steal from me so much! Hooray!

Apparently, I should stop complaining about it. Demanded!

Well, apparently, some people don’t know what the hell they are talking about. Owned!

I’ll stop complaining about people stealing from me when people stop stealing from me. It’s just that simple! But since I’m apparently supposed to be happy about my hard work being disrespected and trounced upon by people who don’t even know the most simple and basic rules of etiquette, I should just sit here with a smile on my face and allow everyone to take advantage of all the effort that I put into making this website as original and entertaining as it is.

This is not a new problem, it’s been going on for years. I could have been complaining all this time, and I’d have been well within my right to do so, but I didn’t. Now this outright theft has gotten completely out of hand and I want it to stop. This is my property we’re talking about and this is my website, so I have every right to use my website to say how much it pisses me off when people abuse my property. If people can’t deal with that, well then, apparently, they need to get real and look at the big picture here.

Stealing is wrong. I don’t care if everyone is stealing from everyone else on the Internet. Don’t steal from Ninjatron. It’s really easy. Just don’t do it.


May 15, 2005

Photoshop Phrusrations

Situations beyond my control have meant that I’m not able to be around my work station as much as I would like. I’d usually work well into the night, but I’ve not been able to do that for the past few weeks, nor will I be able to for the next several weeks. I have been working on a new piece of artwork, but because of the limited amount of time that I have to work on it each day, it’s taking much longer to finish than I’d like it to.

For the longest time I’ve been struggling with getting an image that I worked on in Photoshop looking like I want it to when it’s saved. There’s always a huge difference in colour between what I see in Photoshop and how the image turns out when I save it for use on my website. It has something to do with this complicated system of ICC Colour Profiles. I’ve tried everything to get Photoshop thinking about colour the same way that everything else does, trying to work on a picture and save it as a .jpg or whatever without any surprises in between. I thought that I had it figured out before I started my latest piece, but after finishing it and saving it, it turned out looking really weak. All the punch I had in the colour was faded and washed out. What’s the deal?

I can’t understand why this has to be so frustrating. How are you supposed to even know if it’s right or not? Nothing I’ve read on the subject can explain it in plain English. I know the monitor is set up properly, and I was positive that Photoshop had been set up to display colour just like everything else. Yet when I look at this picture, I’m not looking at the same thing I worked on. There’s got to be an easy way to make it so that the picture will look like it’s supposed to no matter what software or monitor or colour setting or whatever other variations get in the way, because this is ridiculous.

I know that this is some really advanced stuff, but I If anyone out there knows what I’m talking about and has any tips, I’d really like to hear from you.

All this amounts to is me having to spend even more time tweaking a picture that I’ve already spent far too long working on. Bloody Hell.


And now it’s time for another thrilling episode of…

Toys Ninja Just Bought!

Let me tell you a story. There is a secret shared within the ranks of action figure collectors. It is by no means a rule, and often will not bear fruit. However, once in a blue moon, fortune will smile upon those who know this secret.

Today, I will share this precious secret with you all .

You see, action figure collectors often visit stores several times a week to find what they want, often hoping to find that the rare figure, be the first to buy from a new assortment just put on the shelves, so simply to look and see what’s out there. Natural choices for these excursions are places like Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, and other department stores.

The secret is that sometimes the most unlikely of stores have some interesting items worth buying. Drug stores, clothing stores, those sorts of places. The places that no one goes to while looking for action figures. Sometimes you’ll find that rare figure or a new assortment before anyone else has gotten to it. And sometimes you’ll find something that has long since gone out of circulation. And sometimes you’ll find these items at a price far less than they really ought to be sold for. So, every once in a while, I extend my search to cover places like these in the hopes of unearthing some sort of hidden treasure.

The moon was blue today.

A clothing store catering to an adult clientele is the last place any collector would expect to find action figures, but there is a local one that has a small and messy tucked away toy section. Because parents will often leave there children unattended there, the place usually looks like a hurricane blew threw it. There is no order here, only chaos. Searching through it is not for the faint of heart. Amidst the Harry Potter toys inexplicably intermingling with die-cast cars and craft sets with damaged packaging, something caught my eye. It was a Masters of the Universe vs The Snakemen action figure. Except for a final few waves of figures late last year, this toy line has been cancelled in this country. And yet, there it was, and selling for several dollars less than usual. So, why not give it a good home? I considered the purchase and wondered if there were any more.

Indeed there were. I turned around and discovered several more characters that I was interested in. I dug through the aisles, thoroughly scanning the area, and when I was finished I ended up taking home 6 action figures for about half the price they would have originally sold for had this line not been as scarce as it was.

Masters of the Universe

And there we have it. Venom Spitting Kahn, King Hsss, the recoloured version of Two Bad, Serpent Track Mekaneck, the kick-ass character Zodak, and Battle Fist. Not a bad haul for this neck of the woods, all things considered.

GI Joe

I also bought this GI Joe set with 3 figures and the VHS tape of the Spy Troops movie. I never got into GI Joe as a kid, but what the hell, this stuff looks cool. Cobra Commander is a cool villain and Snake Eyes is a ninja, which is always a plus in my book. The cashier made a mistake and charged me less than what she was supposed to. Lucky me.

So that was today’s adventure. I hope that those toy collectors out there who are now made privy to the secret will use it for good and not for evil. Buy the toys that you or someone you know will enjoy, and not the rare ones so you can scalp them on EBay for more than you paid. Otherwise I’ll be forced to see to your destruction. Happy hunting.