Sunday, July 31, 2011

Update on My Cat

I forgot to post an update, but, yep, that little a-hole is alright.

(To see the original story, click here.)

Ian

Friday, July 29, 2011

Last nite...

...I realized that I'm a kid at heart AND an old soul. I'm cool with that.

Ian

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Quote

I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn't get better. YOU get better.

- Joan Rivers, Louie, "Joan"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Music Video: Battlestar Galactica - Gaeta's Lament



I can't begin to tell you how much I love this piece of music. There are so many good choices from the span of Battlestar Galactica, but this one, it's really grown on me. I absolutely love it.

Ian

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nightly Recap

Aight, I'ma be honest: I'm not sure if I want to continue this Nightly Recap thing.  When I started this blog, my intention wasn't to necessarily post all of my everyday stuff on here (I have an issue that I'm working on, and I want to keep some of my personal, day to day stuff private).  However, I want to keep a record of the noteworthy things that occur daily, as I think some of them will be funny to look back upon.  So I dunno, I'm confused about it.

However.  Until I figure that out, here's another recap:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nightly Recap

UPDATED: Scroll down for an additional entry.

I'm writing this on my iPod, so please excuse the formatting. Here's today's events:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Art For Nerdapalooza

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Special thanks to Kristin Frenzel and Dennis Hansbury for everything Nerdapalooza related. I can't wait to start working on better pieces for next year!

I'ma add scans of those pieces to my gallery this week.

Ian

Nightly Recap

Here's tonite's recap:

  • The daytime was pretty boring.  Took my mom and Rita, her guide dog, to Petco and Publix.  Wish it was more exciting...
  • ...However, when I got to work, I found that someone had poo'd on the floor of the men's room.  It's nice to share the bathroom with the public.
  • A new class was just hired, and tonite was their first official nite on the floor.  Since I have all that management and training experience, I try (and like) to help 'em out.
  • But that don't mean they're immune to my joking around.  I keep things fun at work.
  • There are some people at work who I genuinely look forward to working with.  They appreciate what I bring to the job, and make me feel welcome.  It's nice, and I want to pay it forward to the new hires.
  • Oh, so a pretty cigar rep took down my contact information.  She said she's gonna hook me up with some!  Cigars, that is.
  • ...I think.
Anyway, so that's that for the day.  Tomorrow should be more interesting, as I'm heading to Orlando and Tampa to get my new car.  I'll post something tomorrow.

Ian

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Music Video: MGMT - Kids



My friend Melissa had me hummin' this in the grocery store after she tweeted that she had it stuck in here head.

Ian

Nightly Recap

Okay, so I'ma try something new(ish)...  I ain't promising that this will actually BE a nightly recap, but I'ma try to at least list the interesting things that happened during my day.  'Cause, as I'm sure you know, there's always something interesting to remember.
And, if there isn't, you might have to get out more.

So, without further adieu, here's my recap of the day:

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ugh

My lawn mower wouldn't start, so I've been using a weed wacker to cut. In related news, I found the best isometric arm workout.

Ian

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Site News

I updated all of the Quotes posts, so they're all formatted the same. Check 'em out here.

Ian

This Year vs. Last Year

A year ago, I was in a relationship with an emotionally insecure girl with commitment issues, who I chased and chased and chased, not realizing that all my effort was for naught. I was worried sick, constantly arguing, and putting all of my time and energy into something that couldn't be.

Today, I'm putting all of that effort into doing the things that I want to do, and making artwork that is gonna be shown at a large convention in Orlando. I sleep well, feel great, feel accomplished, and love the person that I am.

All in all, I think this year is going just a tiny bit better than last year, wouldn't you say so?

(Pictures of my art pieces for Nerdapalooza will be posted here shortly.)

Ian

Sunday, July 10, 2011

About This Blog

I just had a thought, about how I approach the prose part of this site.  It's like a training room for my writing skills. 

Or, in comic book terms, it's a Danger Room for my brain.



Anything and everything is up for discussion, and you all are free to join in by leaving comments.

Ian

My Cat


This is my cat, Roscoe.  Or Rosco, I'm not really sure.  My brother named him, but we never really clarified how to spell his name.  He's around 14 years old, and is sort of like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino: a grouchy old man who seems mean spirited, but is a softy inside. Actually, I see him as being a lot like my brother was: he doesn't quite know how to show affection, but he loves us.

Now, this cat is, to quote Jim Ross, tougher than a $2 steak. He's survived in the back of a restaurant parking lot when he was a kitten, he was abused, he lived in our backyard for a while, where he got beaten up by other cats (he only has his back claws, so it's a miracle he survived at all), and, most recently, he has come down with thyroid problems and an apparent cold that are both scaring the hell out of me.

For the past 4 or 5 months, I have given him medicines orally and aurally, in hopes of keeping him strong. The seemed to work at first, but the past few days, he hasn't eaten as much, and his cold seems to be getting worse. His left eye has mucus drip from it during the day, and his nose runs, sometimes red with blood. Tonight, I got home from work, and he looked the worst I've seen him, and it scares me. He's silent, still, and his face looked downright mangy. I'm so scared to lose him, because, besides my brother's dog Yamira, he's one of the few remaining links I have to him.


To be honest, I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I'm just scared, and I needed to say something about it. I just hope he's alright.

Ian

Friday, July 8, 2011

Quote

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

-Winston Churchill

Ian

Key to Life #9

"Keys to Life" is a series I decided to write, based on all the little personal rules and philosophies that I adhere to. This isn't meant to sound preachy. I just feel like sharin' them, that's all.

Key to Life #9:



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GO TO SHOWS


As I documented before in my Concert List, I've been to more than a few shows in my lifetime. I started when I was 16 by seeing 7 Mary 3 and The Verve Pipe at the Pompano Beach Ampitheater. The power went out sometime during 7 Mary 3's set, so the singer grabbed an acoustic guitar, and sang to the audience. It's still one of the classiest things I've seen at a show.

Ever since that night, I fell in love with live shows. Good or bad, big or small, it doesn't matter to me. Concerts can be such a great experience, from the light show to the musicianship to the stage performance.

As I've gotten older, I've lost my concert friends, and life kinda gets in the way of seeing all of the shows I'd like to go to. I did, however, get to see my favorite band, The Deftones, two nights in a row, which I've wanted to do for years. And, as always, it was amazing. Multiplied by two. I made the plans, got the tickets, and found the time to go.

And the next time your favorite band or musical act comes to town, I recommend you do the same. It's always worth it.

Ian

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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Locking away your negative feelings is just as bad for you as overeating.

-My horoscope, courtesy of Astrology.com

Ian

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Music Video: Deftones - Sextape



I didn't know they made a video for this, but it's the video from their concert, and I thought it was beautiful.

So, yeah, enjoy. I know I will.

Ian

Key to Life #8

"Keys to Life" is a series I decided to write, based on all the little personal rules and philosophies that I adhere to. This isn't meant to sound preachy. I just feel like sharin' them, that's all.

Key to Life #8:

Everyone's Good at Something

If you've seen my Artists Exchange page, then you know that I know a fairly good amount of artists. Today, my friend John called, asking some advice about an art piece he's working on. He's trying to get into it more, which I fully encourage. As we were talking, some of the illustrators on that page came up, and he said that they were amazing, and made him doubt in his abilities. I responded with this sentiment: Everyone is different. Every artist has their own style. Yes, some of us may have done similar pieces, but each one has its own unique qualities, and can be appreciated for what it is, individually.

I really do believe that everyone is good at something. It could be drawing or writing or cooking or mathematics, but there is something inside of each and every one of us that we just own the hell out of. My advice is to remember that.

And if you say that you aren't good at something, you're wrong. You just haven't realized it yet.

Ian

Mah Ribs, Part 2


Here's part 2 of my thrilling expose on the secrets of mah ribs. Check out part one here.

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I woke up, and put the ribs in the oven at a temperature of 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2 hours.

(...Of course there's more after the jump!)

Art, at a Glance



Just wanted to share these real quick.

Ian

Monday, July 4, 2011

From Twitter

"How would you like a girlfriend like that? Pretty can be really ugly." - My Momma, on #CaseyAnthony #Quotes

Ian

Quote

When you love someone, you find yourself asking, "How can I make my partner's life better?"

-My Momma

I completely agree with that statement.

Ian

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mah Ribs, Part 1

In a companion post to my Key to Life about Armpit Hair, I'm gonna document the tried-and-true process I use to make mah delicious ribs. My friend Alex and I are gonna cook out tomorrow, and I offered to bring these, 'cause potato salad is so passé. This is part 1 of my extremely intricate and clandestine Ribs recipe. Don't tell no one!

Key to Life #7

"Keys to Life" is a series I decided to write, based on all the little personal rules and philosophies that I adhere to. This isn't meant to sound preachy. I just feel like sharin' them, that's all.

Key to Life #7:


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ARMPIT HAIR IS GROSS 

I'm not sure if this needs any explanation other than the image above, but I'd like to share a little story. Back in the day, my old manager D and I were having a talk about hygiene. The two of us were on the same page about high standards on the subject. When "armpits" came up (no pun intended), he said to me one of those lines that stuck with me from then on, and will be with me the rest of my life. I'd even put it on my family crest, right alongside the Colonial Vipers and Rosario Dawson dancing on the rooftop in Clerks 2. It's something along the lines of this:


If you don't shave your arms, then you're just putting deodorant on hair.


-D

...And that's when I became a true proponent for shaving your armpits.

Ian

Friday, July 1, 2011

An Open Letter To *******

UPDATE: I added an addendum in the comments section.

A few days ago, I said that I had like 4 posts in mind that I wanted to write.  This is one of them.  And it's actually meant for just one person, but after thinking and rethinking it, I just couldn't bring myself to send it directly to her.

So I'm posting this as an open letter.  If she (or you, rather), read it, then good.  I'm glad.  If not, at least it's off my chest.