Thursday, July 21, 2011

Missing the stars, loving the future.

NASA... Oh NASA. Why did we let it go this far?

A lot of people are saying that it's the end of an era, and I can't help but agree. Incidentally the end of an era just means the beginning of a new era. And although we might not be space fairing for a while. We will end up back up there at some point.

I say this because I have a feeling that no matter how long we are grounded, we can't help but try to reach out to the stars. The chances of finding life are slim, but we know that the chance that it's out there is really high. And in our never ending quest to expand and learn we will end up making space a common frontier. I think commercially space travel has a lot of appeal, I can see a lot of travel to Mars for raw resource, perhaps even the moons of Jupiter or Saturn.

Avatar is one of my favorite movies because Humanity will more then likely be like that at some point. We will have moved on to a new frontier. I can tell you a lot of the technology in that movie was entirely feasible today. And it was all portrayed in a very humanistic manner. Don't get me wrong, I love the Star Trek world, but I doubt we will make ships that look like that when the functioning design of the ships in that show were all incredibly inconvenient Star Wars was spot on with a lot of its personal star craft design. That is what Avatar brought to the table. Believable human technology that could emerge in the next fifty to one hundred years. And in all honesty, the progression from being an entirely land based life form to flying after hundreds of years of progression was one thing, but once the 1950s hit we blew up in our development. You don't see many huge discoveries nowadays, but I assure you they are there.

One thing I feel is that America will be proven wrong in a few years. We are the original space walkers, but we weren't the first in space, and we certainly wont be the last. I have faith that as more countries push into space we will feel more united in our cause.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blants! (bless you ants)

Sorry about Monday, and sorry for not posting it. I got caught up in some stuff here and there. Today is Thursday so it's time to make words. So you know Monday's picture was scrapped. I'm drawing a new one for next Monday. Hopefully it will stand to last this time.

Topic for this week? Right, I don't feel like picking one. This week is Garrett's ranting week.

So, I've been cutting down on my sugar. Not to live longer, or loose weight, but just because. This has lead to many good things, mostly health, but it has also been good for my mood as well.

Found a game called APB, it's awesome. You get to make a criminal or cop and you run around the city trying to either stop the mayhem, or cause it. I went cop, and found quickly that it is a very unforgiving game that gives you little to no direction. But the moment you get moving the game is awesome. the character creation is spot on, and the game runs swimmingly on the Unreal engine.

Been surfing the nets for many days now looking for a job. Found a few that made me laugh, one was for a job as a driver for a girl who worked in Seattle, and lived in Everett. The advertisement was something along the lines of, "Will pay for your gas, love to stop for coffee, I will buy you a cup when we stop. I like people who talk, (Blah blah blah.)" the pay was great I think it was 30 per mile, and gas + coffee. Hell for free coffee I might just do that, to bad I don't own a car. But my point is, who puts an add on craigslist for a driver. The girl was n her 20s and here she is being all serious time. I respect people willing to get an early start at making it big, but why would she need a driver. She even states that she has a license and a car. People are weird.

My roommate has gone off the deep end and has been watching nonstop videos on You-Tube. Mostly about anti religion. Every once in a while he will emerge from his cave and tell me to watch this video about this atheist genius, and he will tell me to go watch it. No matter how many times I tell him I think anyone posting a video about religion on You-Tube  is asking to be punched. I'm not against any beliefs, I don't understand why people have this fascination with trying to make a point on a place where people go to make fun of people with a point to make. And then they get all hurt when the thing they have posted doesn't get the astounding reception they feel it deserves. All parties are guilty of this, and it just drives me bonkers. It's like watching a cat fight. It's loud hissing for the first five minutes and then one cat scratches the other and all you can perceive after that is a ball of fluff making horrendous noises. It will never end.

Also roommate had this notion that all things are his. All things ever. I have punched him because of this.

I've been on the wall about a great many things before, but I have never been on the wall. I would like to go to china just to see what it is like. Also, Japan would be nice to. Okay, I like Asia, so what. I also like Germany and Rome. I also like Russia, but for all the wrong reasons.

Peanut butter is great don't let anyone ever tell you it isn't. Also, I am so sorry if you are allergic to peanuts. I feel awful. Truly.

I think I'm done for now. I might be beck to add to this.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Not today.

As it were, an urgent family matter has come up. So I will be finishing my picture tomorrow, or possibly even on Wednesday. Sorry about that.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Missed by a mile.

Missed the target day this time. My apologies. Couldn't really focus on anything yesterday. Honestly, today is pretty much the same, only this time I'm stuck inside on the computer. I've had a lot on mind and I'm not going to bore you with the srs stuff, because if I wanted to do that this would be named something like. SRS BUSINESS, GARRETT BLABS ABOUT THAT WHICH TROUBLES HIM. And that not only sounds dumb, but boring. So I'm thinking of an appropriate topic to talk about today.

Yo know what is interesting? Already toasted toast. I made a joke about this once. In a type of script for a comic or show I would like to one day make. But then, I went to the store and found out it actually existed. This displeased me for many reasons. One of them being I thought I was making a joke, and the other one being, why... The best part of toast is not the fact that it's crunchy bread, it because it's warm! I mean come on.

Not to mention the fact that almost all the pieces are all crumbled up by the time you get it. Sometimes all of them.

The worst part of this? The fact that ten pieces costs more then a loaf of bread with more then ten pieces. You get more in your loaf, but for some reason they charge more for the toasted bread. Like you're paying them for cooking something twice. I'm sure this amounts to some kind of convenience fee and for that I dislike them.

Actually the place that sells the stuff is closing. And they have always seemed kind of shady. I blame the toast, or more of the people who thought carrying a stock of that stuff was a good idea. I'm sure whoever ordered that stuff, is the cause of the stores failures.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday Maggots!

You enjoying your fourth Maggots?!
For the ones who get this reference, I am sorry it doesn't live up to the quality of the actual character.
For everybody else, enjoy!

Friday, July 1, 2011

You have our word.

So, in case you hadn't heard video games are now protected under the freedom of speech. What this means is that the rating system that the ESRB came up with in order to keep minors from purchasing games that are not supposed to be picked up by persons of an undeveloped age is still around, and California can not limit what is put into said games in order to "protect our youths". They were asked if they would be willing to drop put the same limitations on the movie industry and the reply was a resounding "no".

Much blame goes out to video games these days. Being criminalized for violence that the player is taking part in. I'm not going to say that that isn't at least a little true, but the reality is we have restrictions on who can buy the games that are labeled too mature for young audiences. I support the ESRB, however, I do not support the limitation of content in a game. If you feel that game is too much, then you can make your statement by not partaking in the material. It's the same thing you do when a bad movie comes out, you simply don't see the movie.

But games are a resource that have been mostly untapped into. Some people feel that the learning experience is not something that should coexist, but in all honesty, we can't over look the teaching medium in games. I've seen it done before, mostly with little successes, but this is because teachers are making the games, and there are no developers involved. A game is not made, it is developed. It is forged, and with a group of developers being instructed, we could have a medium that is approachable, fun, and a good source of knowledge. Games that do more then develop hand eye coordination and actually teach. A game from a company like Valve, made in cooperation wit a university science team could make a game where you are part of the lesson while keeping it interesting.

I've always been a strong supporter of games for knowledge, and learning because you would like to further your own understanding of what surrounds you.

And with that, I highly recommend you google something you find interesting, and learn at least once a day.