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Sennheisers freaking rock…

Sennheiser HD 280I love audio stuff: It's my vice.   I can't really afford the stuff I really want (Klipsch Reference Series... our love was not meant to be...), but I can still get stuff that sounds great.   Ciriana got me a Klipsch Synergy series subwoofer, and it's been a lot of fun.   I bought some Yamaha speakers at the BX in Germany when I moved out there, and I think they are very close to the rest of the Klipsch Synergy series.   Right now I still have old Sony speakers for the fronts and center...   and they will remain in their current service until I all my other projects are done... sigh.   One thing I definitely think I will not compromise on are headphones.

I needed some headphones for work when I do video recording for classes, so they bought me some Sennheiser HD 280's and all I could do was squeel like a school girl.   Best.   Headphones. Ever.   Don't give me that Bose crap; good headphones can noise cancel the natural way without introducing stray sound waves.   Anyway, add the HD 280's to the Christmas wishlist, cause until I get some new front speakers, this is how I want to listen to music!   Oh, look at that, listening to the pair from work now!   Mmm... they sound so good, I could eat them.

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If I were to get a tattoo it would be one of…

The Triforce of Courage... on my hand of course.   Ever since I read the comic book of Legend of Zelda when I was a kid, I wanted to possess the triforce of Courage.   The mark of the triforce signifies that the bearer was chosen to possess the Triforce of Courage.   The triforce of Courage has healing and protective properties; it is a mark of the Goddess Farore whose "rich soul" created life for the kingdom of Hyrule.

Anyway, now I am all growed up and on my own, I was thinking about the new tattoo fad.   I don't agree with tattoos, I'm pretty sure it's a sin to mark up your body like that.   But I really just don't like the way some of them look; skulls and dead people, yuck.   I don't think I would ever get a tattoo, but if i did it would totally be the simple design of three triangles: the Triforce of Courage.   I found a bunch of pictures of people that have various Triforce tattoos, but if you are a real Zelda fan, the only place the triforce should go is your hand... maybe your wrist.   Check out the pics I found to get an idea of what I am talking about.

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Software Thoughts: Art Rage 2

A drawing I did in Art Rage 2I am always on the lookout for cheap or free software that I can use for designing. Sketchup is great, but hard for me to get used to with my Autodesk background. Photoshop Elements is handy, but lacks some of the big tools found only in the full version of Photoshop. GIMP is pretty cool too, but it runs really slow on Windows (at least on mine it does), and I don't want to shut down and boot into Linux just so it runs faster. My point is there's pros and cons to everything in life.

I really want to start an online comic; I've always enjoyed drawing even though I was never good at it. So I have been practicing my drawing skills little by little. The problem is time and resources. Practicing on paper is good, I definitely want to learn how to draw on paper before I begin drawing something on the computer. But drawing on paper can be wasteful right now with my weak free handing skills. So, I found this program that Autodesk makes for sketching on a computer. It uses a tablet PC or a Tablet digitizer (hey, I have one of those!), and recreates fairly accurately what you are drawing within the application. It's called Alias Sketchbook Pro. It's a pretty sweet little App, but it costs almost $200. Yea... no. Remember I said cheap or free.

So I kept searching the "internets" (<--- Bush-ism, just in case you didn't know) for something cheap or free that worked well. I know, I want to have my cake and eat it too. Well, guess what? My perseverance paid off; I found Art Rage 2. It is very close to Alias, but is only $25! So far I am enjoying the many different tools like the oil paint brush, pens, and pencils. There are a few cons to the program, but for $25, I won't complain. The image above took me about 40 minutes to draw. I know, it looks like a kid drew it, right? Oh well, I did say my skill wasn't that great. But, it's not too bad either!

If anybody is looking for some cheap App for sketching, this is it. Find it at artrage.com/artrage.html.

You'll probably see more of my sketches in the future.