Thursday, August 17, 2006

AWOL

I was out of town for four days, and then I slept for two days. More posts to come soon.

Friday, August 11, 2006

I knew I wasn't making this shit up

Yes loyal readers... sometimes the best way to earn money is to try to save money:
In the typical home, air conditioning uses more electricity than anything else -- 16% of total electricity used. In warmer regions AC can be 60-70%[emphasis mine] of your summer electric bill, according to Austin Energy. If you're serious about saving energy, address your cooling costs first, since that's what uses the most electricity.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Day #... Oh, I forget. 2 weeks or something...

Tonight's post is another update on what I've been doing with myself. If you're reading this (if anyone is reading this), you should have noticed two things. One, the web address of this blog has changed. Why? I'd like to say it's because of something to do with marketing going in a "new direction", but really it's because I was messing around with the publishing settings and lost access to the old blogger address (http://launemployment.blogspot.com). Two, that my posts are always at ridiculously late hours. That's because I have been sleeping in. When I say sleeping in, I mean til like 4 pm (7pm today!). I'm a night person I guess.


If you go back a few posts, you'll see that I talked about possibly staying on the east coast if I don't find a job out here. Now, at least one of my roommates found this to be a surprise. I'm not really sure why, since I don't have a job, money, or any friends out here. I've had at least three job offers and two offers of a place to live (not counting living with my mom. Let us also not forget the fact that Los Angeles is a shit stain on the west coast, but I digress. I found out that Kelly is actually an associate producer on PBS' The Good Night Show that I am going to be assisting my Mom and others in painting. I also found out that my mom is friends with Melanie, the fired host of the show. So that's something that I found out, all from my bed in my little tent room in North Hollywood. Small freaking world.


If you check the last post, you'll see some of what I've been reading on the interweb lately. All the links from Wikipedia are for a screenplay that I came up with a few years ago, y'know, when I went to film school. It was originally called "Resurrection Man" and then "The Resurrectionist" (stupid taken titles). Basically, I got the idea from watching something on the Discovery Channel about the Burke and Hare murders in Scotland (see the link in previous post) and that there were people called "resurrectionists" who dug up recently deceased bodies to sell to medical students for about £8. I have no idea how much that was worth at the time, but it was good enough to kill someone and sell their body apparently. There have been lots of different films, shows and books about Burke and Hare and body-snatchers, but my story only starts with the resurrectionists. My hook? STEAM POWERED ZOMBIES (patent pending, patent pending). I know you wish you thought of it, but you didn't so :p. I like the idea. I know who my hero is. I know the basic setting and plot. But, now I have to write it (rewrite it actually, original's on my dead PC). So I've been letting research take me different places (like the learning that the Greeks had analog computers and steam power). Ancient Greek steampunk anyone? Yeah, doing things is the hard part of doing things.


Speaking of... the comic book. I've been working on and off on the comic. I crapped out five pages for SD Comic-con so that Emmett would have something to show to the companies there. I really was not very happy with how it looked. So, after putting the the drafting table in my pseudo-room, I've been working on my basic drawing techniques. The drawing on the right is the main character of my screenplay (okay, maybe I'm thinking of making it a comic). He's pretty beat up and trying to get away from the steam zombie in the background. Obviosly I can draw, but it's drawing consistently that's the problem (and drawing legs, they're hard). Inking is also something that needs some work. As far as I can tell, the only way to draw more consistently is too keep drawing. Once again, the hardest part of doing something... is doing it. It'd be nice if there were a sort of "autopilot" mode I could enter, where I wouldn't be aware of what I'm doing while I'm doing it. Someone please look into this for me.

I have also been reading a lot of alternative history novels (okay, two). The first was Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Tower (Text Files, user: Guest, pass: public1) and the one I'm currently reading is Bruce Sterling's "The Difference Engine" which is about what would have happened if England had built and used the world first computer. It's really amazing so far, and has made me much more interested in the alternative historical fiction types of books (and blogs). Maybe that's the direction I'll take the screenplay. I'm not really sure.

You can check out my Last.fm playlist in the sidebar to see what I've been listening to. It's mostly science podcasts mixed in with skater punk and Norwegian metal.

That's all for tonight kids. I'm going to go make some foods and draw some things. Night.

Day #... Oh, I forget. 2 weeks or something...

Tonight's post is another update on what I've been doing with myself. If you're reading this (if anyone is reading this), you should have noticed two things. One, the web address of this blog has changed. Why? I'd like to say it's because of something to do with marketing going in a "new direction", but really it's because I was messing around with the publishing settings and lost access to the old blogger address (http://launemployment.blogspot.com). Two, that my posts are always at ridiculously late hours. That's because I have been sleeping in. When I say sleeping in, I mean til like 4 pm (7pm today!). I'm a night person I guess.


If you go back a few posts, you'll see that I talked about possibly staying on the east coast if I don't find a job out here. Now, at least one of my roommates found this to be a surprise. I'm not really sure why, since I don't have a job, money, or any friends out here. I've had at least three job offers and two offers of a place to live (not counting living with my mom. Let us also not forget the fact that Los Angeles is a shit stain on the west coast, but I digress. I found out that Kelly is actually an associate producer on PBS' The Good Night Show that I am going to be assisting my Mom and others in painting. I also found out that my mom is friends with Melanie, the fired host of the show. So that's something that I found out, all from my bed in my little tent room in North Hollywood. Small freaking world.


If you check the last post, you'll see some of what I've been reading on the interweb lately. All the links from Wikipedia are for a screenplay that I came up with a few years ago, y'know, when I went to film school. It was originally called "Resurrection Man" and then "The Resurrectionist" (stupid taken titles). Basically, I got the idea from watching something on the Discovery Channel about the Burke and Hare murders in Scotland (see the link in previous post) and that there were people called "resurrectionists" who dug up recently deceased bodies to sell to medical students for about £8. I have no idea how much that was worth at the time, but it was good enough to kill someone and sell their body apparently. There have been lots of different films, shows and books about Burke and Hare and body-snatchers, but my story only starts with the resurrectionists. My hook? STEAM POWERED ZOMBIES (patent pending, patent pending). I know you wish you thought of it, but you didn't so :p. I like the idea. I know who my hero is. I know the basic setting and plot. But, now I have to write it (rewrite it actually, original's on my dead PC). So I've been letting research take me different places (like the learning that the Greeks had analog computers and steam power). Ancient Greek steampunk anyone? Yeah, doing things is the hard part of doing things.


Speaking of... the comic book. I've been working on and off on the comic. I crapped out five pages for SD Comic-con so that Emmett would have something to show to the companies there. I really was not very happy with how it looked. So, after putting the the drafting table in my pseudo-room, I've been working on my basic drawing techniques. The drawing on the right is the main character of my screenplay (okay, maybe I'm thinking of making it a comic). He's pretty beat up and trying to get away from the steam zombie in the background. Obviosly I can draw, but it's drawing consistently that's the problem (and drawing legs, they're hard). Inking is also something that needs some work. As far as I can tell, the only way to draw more consistently is too keep drawing. Once again, the hardest part of doing something... is doing it. It'd be nice if there were a sort of "autopilot" mode I could enter, where I wouldn't be aware of what I'm doing while I'm doing it. Someone please look into this for me.

I have also been reading a lot of alternative history novels (okay, two). The first was Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Tower (Text Files, user: Guest, pass: public1) and the one I'm currently reading is Bruce Sterling's "The Difference Engine" which is about what would have happened if England had built and used the world first computer. It's really amazing so far, and has made me much more interested in the alternative historical fiction types of books (and blogs). Maybe that's the direction I'll take the screenplay. I'm not really sure.

You can check out my Last.fm playlist in the sidebar to see what I've been listening to. It's mostly science podcasts mixed in with skater punk and Norwegian metal.

That's all for tonight kids. I'm going to go make some foods and draw some things. Night.

Wow.

Normal Life

A really amazing example of what the comics form can be and do.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Home Again, Home Again

I think part of the reason that I quit my job (and now enjoy the fruits of unemployment) is because I wanted the option to be able to move back home. I'm visiting Philly and Jersey starting August 25th and coming back around September 6th (unless I end up staying). In honor of (preparation for) heading home and hanging out with all my friends, I present the following links:

Air Conditioners of Philadelphia
Jersey Water




I'll be repainting this set with my Mom and aunt
It's a really cool set:

I'm also organizing a "Consumeeting" on Consumating.com

More updates as I figure out what I'm doing.

The Burning, Part 2

So I drew a quick illustration of my sunburn because I don't have a camera to take a picture of the damage.

It's very hurty. That's why it's so red. Get it?

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Oh God, THE BURNING!!!

We went to Zuma Beach today. It really is the only beach that we've been to so far that doesn't have rocks, planes flying overhead, a huge drop-off at the surfline or evil razor sharp bivalves on the aforementioned rocks that cut the living shit out of your feet. I'm pretty sure that the mussels on those rocks would eviscerate you if you body surfed into them. Accordingly, the beach there is pretty packed with folks. Is it wrong that I want to football tackel little kids who run by my towel and kick sand into my eyes? It actually wasn't so bad, and the water was cold, but not heart-stoppingly so.
I prefer to travel light when going to the beach. I towel, a book and a sheet or blanket are usually more than enough for me. Today however, I forgot not only sunscreen, but to charge my ipod (where my books currently live). So instead of reading, I fell asleep in the sun and burned to a fucking crisp! I look a bit like this (if you combined the sunburn guy with the fat guy in the background):


Yeah, it's pretty ouchy. AND, I can't find my aloe vera lotion shit either. So I will wander around for the next few days, shirtless and possibly pantsless, complaining about it. Maybe I'll also make transient white hand marks on my flesh too. Those are cool.
...
Aw man. I just went to the bathroom, and I have become significantly more red since I started writing this post. It's not quite cherry red, but it's getting there. Damn my lack of soothing remedies! Oh well. I guess I'll drink, read and draw (in that order) to ease the ouch.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Diary Of Ralph Dibny

The Diary Of Ralph Dibny

I guess I forgot this one...

My roommate John has informed me that I forgot to show you kids this comic:


That's for Christine who i try to do every time I'm more than a litte intoxicated. I'm a swell guy.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Don't forget about spare change

I counted my money and I have $25 in loose change. I'm fucking rich as hell.
Planning a a big night on the town? Don't forget to wear your lucky underwear!



Vote for me at Consumating!

Good Lord, where did the time go?

So, I'm not really sure what happened to the last week. I have not left my comfy, comfy bed in seven days. Okay, I did go to the beach last Saturday. Then I took my recyclin's to the RePlanet in Van Nuys. Marie came over on Tuesday night. Thursday night we played Atmosfear and drank margaritas. The goddamn video tape won the game. We are losers. That's pretty much all I remember doing.
I know that I said that I was going to post about me trying to find a job, but seeing as how I've been sleeping til 4 pm, I haven't really looked for, or applied to any, jobs. I will however tell you what I've been doing with my time as an unemployed person. Let's see:

- I've been messing around on Consumating quite a bit. That last post was put up automatically when I started a converstion on hanging out with consumating kids in philly (aka a "consumeeting")

- Set up my AdSense account on Google, so now when one of you suckas... err, you readers clicks on one of the text ads on the page I make pennies, PENNIES I TELL YOU! I'm already up to $0.34. I'll soon be an internet millionaire. Just you wait.

- Posted more comics for friends who send me money. (Friends rule.)



- Signed up for an interview at the local AppleOne office. It's a temp agency. I totally slept through it, even though I set it for 4 pm on a Thursday. I am a bum. The sent me this letter to make me feel even worse about it:
Dear Christopher Bennett,

You recently scheduled an interview with AppleOne. We care a lot about applicants like yourself. We believe and hope you will agree that we are unique in our industry in that way. But, that commitment to providing career seekers like you with the highest levels of service and respect possible requires constant attention and measurement.

You can help by letting us know how well our branches are meeting our goals. Please take a moment to complete a very brief survey at:
http://www.appleone.com/appSurvey/Default.aspx?appSurvey=1&targetApp=3BFB049E-AF3D-4A94-9E83-AB8F7C164392

Even if you cancelled or haven't yet completed the interview process, your feedback is still important to us. We understand that you're busy, so we really appreciate your assistance in helping us create a service that can best help you achieve the career results you desire.

Thank you

Bastards.

- Luckily, my former coworker Doug sent me a note that made me feel a bit better:
Hey Chris,
I've been meaning to shoot you an email but your
untimely departure coincided with my Dad having a
seizure so I've been back and forth to La Jolla and TJ
a few times- I didn't sleep last night, just 1.5hrs at
the rest stop on the way back up to work.
I hope you have some work prospects lined up.
You go girl!

Of the three people I worked with, he was the coolest.

- Taking care of my plants. My tomato plant and basil are both doing very well. The tomato may even be producing some belated tomatoes! One day I may even be able to raise small mammals or lizards without them dying and turning into little mummies.

- Worked on my drawing quite a bit. I've moved my drafting table and art supplies from the kitchen into my room/fort:

Sorry about the shitty quality of the pics, I took them with a Game Show Network webcam that Greg won at some thing. It's a bit cramped in here now, but I really like being able to draw and paint without leaving my pseudo-room.

- Spent an inordinate amount of timing trying to hack my iPod Nano. I put iDoom on it. Also, I downloaded a crapload of books in various formats, so I used a program called book2pod to turn them into notes so I can read them in the tub. (You'll probably see a post soon about how I dropped my nano in the water). It has a few bugs, but it mostly works like a charm

- Smelling my armpits. The cheap deodorant I got pretty much sucks balls. I'll have to suck it up and buy me some nice Right Guard gel.

- My roommate gave me a job lead with CBR to be their "webmaster". I'm not really sure what it is, but it pays and I can do it from home, so hopefully i'll never have to leave this bed. (Yes, I'm in bed right now) I sent the editor, Jonah, a note, but I'm still waiting to hear from him. Perhaps he's reading this post right now and learning about what a fuck-up I am.


So that's what I've been up to for the past week. Let me update you on my financial status. So far, my total earnings, including (mostly) money from friends in exchange for comics, money found in my pants, adsense and my last paycheck from the job is:
$472.45
Not bad. That's basically what I was making per week (before he cut my hours) at my job. It looks like I might be able to survive the month without a job of any kind.
PHILLY CONSUMEETING!!!
I'll be back on the east coast August 25th or so 'til around Labor Day. Let's have a ConsuMeeting philly style. We'll fill our Wawa Iced Tea bottles with vodka and wander around South Street. Or maybe we'll hang out with the dykes and go to Woody's or The Dive Bar and shit like that. We could even hang out down in Cape May, since I'll be spending some of my time there too. Do it fuckers!


(My latest topic from Consumating.)