Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Pokemon! I was digging through some old NES manuals and documents today and found something amazing. This is my Pokemon Diploma.

Hmm that isn’t awfully readable. Here’s an enhanced version.

After extensive trading I acquired all 150 Pokemon required to earn a completed PokeDex in Pokemon Yellow. After that I borrowed my cousin Matt’s Gameboy Printer and got my Diploma. All in all this was arguably a more difficult task than getting my college diploma.

[UPDATE: This is actually my diploma from Pokemon Silver. That means I caught 251 to get this! I'll admit there was probably some Gameshark use in order to get the Mew and Celebi.]

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Rayburns


I love making these home movies. I turn off everything I learned in school about making a good video and just dump the parts I like into a timeline and go.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Top 5 Worst Lyrics in Christmas Songs

I'm a big fan of Christmas music and really just Christmas in general. For about a month now it's all I've been listening to. I'm also a fan of well written lyrics. Some people can ignore the words to songs and enjoy them despite their failings. I can't do that. So here I'm airing my grievances about the worse lyics in otherwise well loved Christmas songs.

5. The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick

Christmas comes this time each year
Oooooooo oooooooo

The biggest problem writers of Christmas music run into is having nothing to say. You know you want to write a Christmas song but you haven't thought of it past that. Here Brian Wilson, known for penning some of the most beautiful music of the past century and lying in bed, gives up and tells us that Christmas happens annually. A good Christmas song evokes nostalgia or hope or something. Little Saint Nick reminds us that Christmas will be here next year too.

4. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?

Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you!

Bono is at his most Bono when he tells us off here.Oh yes, we're calling out Bono specifically here. Do They Know It's Christmas? is full of overripe lines but it's the conviction that Bono belts this one out that makes it suck most. The sheer amount of superstars singing on the track made it stupidly popular but Bono is what made it bad.

3. Elton John - Step Into Christmas

Welcome to my Christmas song
I'd like to thank you for the year
To be fair, Elton John doesn't write his own lyrics, Bernie Taupen does. Their relationship works thusly: Bernie spends an hour typing up a stack of papers that contain "lyrics" and gives them to Elton. Elton spends less than an hour trying to write music for those lyrics. If he can't think of anything right away he throws that page out. This is the process that results in Elton telling us that this Christmas song is his Christmas song. You can tell that Bernie's only order was, "Write a Christmas song for Elton" and he ran with it.

2. Run DMC - Christmas Time in Hollis

It's Christmas time in Hollis Queens
Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese
And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees
Decorate the house with lights at night
Snow's on the ground, snow white so bright
In the fireplace is the yule log
Beneath the mistle toe as we drink egg nog
The rhymes you hear are the rhymes of Darryl's
But each and every year we bust Chrsitmas carrols

I've included a much larger portion of this song because there is so much wrong. Christmas in Hollis is easily the best Christmas rap song ever, and it's cheesy lyrics are a big part of that. The song is trying it's hardest to establish that it is all about Christmas while they are desparate to do RUN DMC's usual thing. This results in out of place ryhmes like the Yule Log/Egg Nog couplet. The biggest problem I have is the completely out of place "And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees." The worst thing you can do in a Christmas song is state what happens at Christmas litterally and RUN DMC delivers that here.

1. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid
And Donner and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Until now I've focused on pop Christmas songs but now it's time to take on a classic. It's as simple as this: If Rudolph is the most famous Raindeer of all, then why would you be askin if I can recall him? Conversly, since this song is what made him famous, how the heck is he the most famous of all when his wasn't yet? Clearly nobody thought this through.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rayburn Family Thanksgiving

We're less than a week away from our big family Christmas but I'm just now getting around to posting the Thanksgiving pictures. What can I say, I'm a bad blogger?

We played a rough and tumble game of two hand touch. These pics are all from the start of the game when it was moving pretty slow. Eventually Uncle Scott busted his finger and I got hit on the nipple as hard as I ever have been.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dallas Deconstructed pt 3

Whenever I looks for music about places that I love I find songs about how much they suck. I actually like these more than songs about how great they might be. Nothing saccharin to be found in this track about your car breaking down four hours from home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

- - now to part 2 of my series on how Dallas went wrong - -

All of this led to me feeling the depression again. I did my best to be perky and excited to be there at work, but it was exhausting. When Cara and I were together in the spring I was directing Without Troy the biggest project I had ever worked on. I was at the top of my game and filled with all the confidence in the world. All of the things that made me an interesting and creatively fulfilled person had disappeared in my newfound situation. I was a commanding leader and now I relied on everyone for everything. I was an inconvenience and a burden on those around me. It was demoralizing just to be seen this way.

After going home for Thanksgiving I realized that all of the suffering I’ve been going through has largely been self inflicted. I could just as easily go back home and it wouldn’t be a defeat like I thought it would be. I wouldn’t have a steady job their either but searching there isn’t worse than searching everywhere else I’ve been. I’m happy to know that a lot of people want me to come home. People miss me.

By the time this is posted (yes I typed these out early and broke them up for the purpose of making more posts) I’ll be home. The people I talked to about going home all scoffed at the idea of missing Indiana but after reading my story I hope you understand why I miss it so much.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dallas Deconstructed pt.2

A lot of songs about Indiana are about prison. Something about being a hotbed for gangsters like John Dillinger will do that. Truth be told he spent about as much time in Wisconsin. He only seemed to be in Indiana when he was forced to be.  Lyle Lovett’s Up In Indiana is no exception to this rule.

- - now to part 2 of my series on how Dallas went wrong - -

Jeff helped me secure an internship with AMS. I was told that an assistant editor would be leaving December 9th and that someone would be needed to replace him. I would be that someone. I spent time at AMS doing all sorts of production odds and ends. My favorite was sorting a giant pile of fake money into stacks of fake money. I was on set for a few shoots and cut together a few minor projects to show off my skills.

My plan then was to get the job, get my own place with Jeff, and eventually see if Cara and I could still make a relationship work. Every part of this plan would fall apart in front of me. Despite the work I was doing at AMS the prospect of employment was getting more and more nebulous. I did my best there, but it didn't feel like I was getting anywhere. The timeline for the apartment was slipping as my mid November move-in became a mid-December. This directly led to me spending far longer on Cara's couch than I ever intended. Which, in-turn, strained our friendship.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dallas Deconstructed pt.1

To understand what happened in Dallas you need to know how I got here. You need to know what was happening to me in Los Angeles. Listen to this song while reading. It's much more upbeat than my text.

Thank you Jackson 5 for setting the tone. When I was in California, after Tom left, I battled with a bout of depression. I was getting nowhere in my job search and I was feeling lonelier and more disconnected as time went on. At the same time my friend Jeff had found success at AMS Pictures in Dallas and encouraged me to come out and move in with him. He had been living with family and was looking for an apartment and a roommate. Until the apartment came through I would need a place to stay.

A month prior to this, after an interview that went well, I had the confidence to call Cara. Cara and I had dated in the spring but when I moved to California she stopped talking to me. She in the meantime had also moved to Dallas to go to grad school for singing. She's an amazing singer, that's one of the things I've always liked about her. In time I told her of the situation with Jeff. She offered to let me stay on her couch until the apartment with Jeff came together. We thought that would be about two weeks.

See you tomorrow for part 2.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Indiana Wants Me


Indiana wants me and I am going back there. It doesn’t fit, but still, that's the song that is always stuck in my head when I think of going home. I also had at least a half dozen songs written directly about how much the singer hates California in my head as I drove there. That worked out didn’t it? Tomorrow morning I'm leaving Dallas behind. I'll miss Jeff and Cara for sure and I'll always wonder if I could have made it work if I had only stayed longer, but this is what I need to do now. I figure I’ll miss Dallas in the same way I miss LA. I don’t miss what I had while I was there, I miss what I never got to do. LA and Dallas are great places if you do them right. I suppose that I  haven't posted much about my time in Dallas in this space. As such, I’m going to post a post-mortem on my time here. Beginning tomorrow: a three part series on Dallas and where I went wrong. Stay tuned.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I hate it when I mope

That was too emo. Here's a picture of me and Santa:

And if that isn't enough to recover:

Thanksgiving

I'm thankful that I get to go home for Thanksgiving. I haven't been in Indiana since June so you can understand how I miss it so much. Sorry I haven't posted here much. I'm in a turbulent time in my life so I haven't been the artist I want to be. I hate to post about my emotions (this isn't a live journal this is an art blog!) so I clam up during hard times.

I've been interning at AMS Pictures and I'd tell you all about it except I signed and NDA so it's a secret. It's a great place and if this results in a job I'll be living here in Dallas for a nice long while. If it doesn't then I guess it's time to move back to Indianapolis.

I guess it's time to post my LATE Halloween pictures now.


It's also prudent that I finally post my (not as late but yes they are) photos from the Whispering Pines excursion. They're pretty neat.


Moving to Dallas hasn't been easy. I've had to rely on people more than I'm comfortable with and give up a measure of my own personal freedom. I'm grateful for opportunities I've been given here but I'd give it all up to have control again.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wispering Pines

Boy am I bad at blogging. I've been in Dallas for a week but you wouldn't know it from this site. Bigger news is that I've been in Trinity, TX shooting the Spirit international amateur golf tournament at the Whispering Pines golf course.
We got to sleep in a little longer today, here in Trinity,TX and enjoy an amazing sunrise on the lake. Expect a full report later including my hole in one shot, the sexiest foreign women, and chasing of deer.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dallas Is On

We made it. After all the trouble in the world, we made it. So far, Dallas is a great city. I can't wait to see Cara and Jeff. Naturally, I have to wait. That is what tomorrow is for.

Today's biggest ordeal was the mystery of my lost Phone. In truth, it was lodged in a crack under the passenger seat, stuck on silent, (or "sounds off activated" as Verizon insists) the whole time. Convinced that it had been lost at a rest stop two-hundred miles back, I deactivated the phone. Then, as I was filing an insurance claim to get a new phone, (that would arrive as soon as Tuesday) my always amazing mom found the phone. Of course it was in a place that I had thoroughly checked.

Other events of note:
Avoiding the President George Bush Turnpike for entirely political reasons. (also it was a toll road)

Reading Al Franken's Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) while on the road.

Starting Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss not long after that.

Letting the GPS take us to the middle of nowhere because it's a shorter distance if we don't use the interstate.

That leading us to Pecos, TX on high school football night.

That leading us to seeing a 16 year-old screw up while filling her SUV up and spilling a gallon of gas everywhere. I thought she was going to set everything on fire.

Seeing this guy's picture in our first hotel room back in Arizona.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Odessa

We're settled in for the night in Midland/Odessa, TX. Totally saw the football stadium from Heroes season 1.

Friday, October 23, 2009

On Tires and the Danger They Pose

"Andrew, tire." my mom said calmly. A moment later I drove directly over a tire laying in the road. We had been driving that long highway for hours, and the threat the tire posed would become clearer in the next hour.

It took a while for the back right bumper to fall off and scrape the off ramp's gravel. We duct taped it up as best as we could. A kind man at the Pilot station fixed our lights and pointed us to a garage that might be able to fix our leaking coolant and catch what he missed.

So that's where we sat, in a New Mexican garage, Dallas still a far off dream.

Tonight we'll sleep in Midland, TX. Tomorrow Dallas will be mine.

Willcox

This morning's fiasco kept us from reaching El Paso like I wanted. Willcox, AZ will have to do. Gonna get to Dallas LATE tomorrow night.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dallas TX

This has been a long time coming; probably since Tom moved out a few months ago. I'm moving to Dallas, TX. A couple really great friends, the best I have, are helping me stay there. My mom, wonderful lady that she is, is flying to into LA tomorrow to help me make the 20+ hour drive to the lone star state. We're leaving Thursday and we'll be in Dallas on Friday night. I'll post some things on Twitter from the road if you follow.

I've been given some big opportunities in Dallas that I have to take advantage of. Please, don't think that I'm giving up on the dream by leaving Hollywood behind. Truth is, I stopped dreaming of Hollywood a long time ago. Maybe what I'm looking for is in Dallas. We'll see.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Give Me Excess of It

After discovering that my backdrop was essentially the same color as the destination's wall, I switched to a more rosy color. The leaves are a temp object. Expect a different stencil in it's places with more detail.

Monday, October 12, 2009

If Love Is

More text corrections coming today. Less capital letters and a comma as prescribed. Some outside sources recommended dropping the painting and moving the text so we have examples of those ready. I also corrected the aspect ratio and added the soprano and alto parts at the bottom of the poster. Might not notice right away but I did a lot of work on the harp adding detail and flourishes. Be sure to click on the images to see higher resolution versions.

Tomorrow I’ll post some close up details at the 300dpi resolution I’m working at. The poster is being prepared at 10” by 15” but can be scaled up as far as 20” by 30” without much loss of detail.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sing On

So the idea behind posting my updates on this project is so you can look through my technique. But when I spend a whole day working and then update, you can't see how I did what I did. Today was the day for adding textures since most of the pieces are drawn. I also went through another big change with the text. It's a fair bit classier now and the I is easier to read. It's still from the Project Gutenberg book from before.

My computer is crawling trying to edit this thing. I’m going to work on components and add them too it instead of working on the whole thing at once from now on. Expect subtle changes like a cleaned up skull, harp, and smoke soon.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Food of Love

I used the Book of Ornamental Alphabets on Project Gutenberg linked on The Ragbag to create some super detailed text. What do you think?

The 'I' might be a bit much.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

If Music...

Wow, I have been a terrible blogger again. It's bad enough that my regular readers don't really care about Freedom Force, but I'm not even doing that now. I'm hitting a real rough patch in the real world and I hate posting when I've got nothing awesome to show. This is an art blog dammit, if I wanted to post about my emotions I'd have a livejournal!

Ah, but I am working on a side project. I've been commissioned (not that I'm getting paid) to create a poster based on this postcard by C. Ryan. The process is long so I'll be blogging my progress instead of just showing the end results. Here's day one:



I don't have to say that this isn't done, but I want to stress it. The end result will be magnificent. This is barely anything.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Freedom Force - Odysseus

Meet Odysseus.

I've been working with Benton Grey on bringing a character of his to life for use in the Patriot City Tales/Liberty Bay universe. Benton has had his write up on the character available for a while, but no visual rendition for quite some time. So at this time, I'm proud to bring his creation into a playable state. I give you now a time tossed hero from ancient days: Odysseus

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Freedom Force - The Immortal

Meet The Immortal.

The Immortal has lived a life of rebirth and reinvention -- a life he can hardly remember. He recalls an accident long ago followed by years of wandering. He fought for a kings honor. He discovered new lands. He defended them, eventually ruled them, and defended them again. Until eventually defending them in another way entirely.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Freedom Force - Dupli-Kate and Multi-Paul

I've got two skins ready for you today. It's only natural. You see, they're twins.

Meet Dupli-Kate and Multi-Paul.

Super powered twins Dupli-Kate and Multi-Paul have the ability to instantly clone themselves. Their power is the result of an ancient Chinese curse by the Emperor against his usurper, the Warlord Fung Cha, moments before his death. The curse was: "The seventh generation after Cha's seventh grandchild would be burdened with a family too large to care for... and it would drive him mad." Sure enough centuries later Paul and Kate were born and kept duplicating until their father went mad, thus fulfilling the prophecy.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Freedom Force - Robot

Meet Robot.

Born a as a super intelligent but horrifically disfigured baby the man we call Robot was taken in by the state. He used his super intelligence to build a series of automatons that he would live his life through. As the heroic Robot he would lead the Teen Team and then the Global Guardians. Dissatisfied with his life by proxy, Robot cloned Rex-Splode and transfered his mind into the newer younger body.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Freedom Force - Allen the Alien

Meet Allen.

After the Viltrumites invaded his homeworld, Allen the Alien participated in a genetic experiment to find a champion who could defeat the viltrumites. In order to defeat an unstoppable foe his body was engineered to become stronger after each defeat. He is strong enough now to defeat Viltrumite and alongside the renegade Viltrumite known as Omni-Man he seeks to eradicate those who destroyed his world.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Freedom Force - Rex-Splode

Meet Rex-Splode.

Rex-Splode had the ability to alter the chemical makeup of inorganic materials, causing them to become unstable and explode. He had limited invulnerability and slightly enhanced strength. After his hand was bitten off by a member of the Lizard League, Rex received an artificial hand that could fire projectiles that he could render explosive. He died saving the world from an Invincible from an alternate universe.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Job Search Fun

So I as you know I’ve been searching for a job ever since graduation in the spring. This is the absolute worst time time to be a recent graduate, but this isn’t the first time I’ve been searching fruitlessly for work. The summer between my freshman and sophomore college years I applied everywhere including the now defunct Circuit City. On their 20+ page online application/exam I was asked these questions.

I screen capped this back in 2006 well before I had a blog, but I knew it would be worth something someday.

It is maddening when the court lets guilty criminals go free.

Lets run down the list.  Is my stuff messy? Sure. Can I take it easy? Yeah. Do I duck school? Not really. Do I find flaws in the criminal justice maddening? That's taking it a bit too far. Circuit City, I'm glad you failed. I found your still being in operation maddening.

For the record I find innocent people being convicted to be far more troublesome, but I wouldn’t ever call it maddening.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Freedom Force - Female Basic Crymsin

I’m sorry for posting another Freedom Force skope. These aren’t even remotely interesting to you are they? Well I’m proud of my art! So back off theoretical reader!

This mesh is meant for hexers and skopers. It's an alteration of Lord Ehmsidy's Crymsin mesh to have a bunch of different body variations including: female_big_chest_heels, female_pants_shirt, female_pants, female_small_chest, female_small_chest_heels, female_no_mouth, female_no_face_pants. The mesh is male_basic keyframe compatible. It can be easily skoped into place on other male meshes. The standard skin is based on matrix_female_vx and c6_female_muscular. Pick it up on my Freedom Force site.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Freedom Force - Gni Versatile

Friends and family who read this blog will in no way be interested in this post beyond how utterly weird these screenshots look.

 

These meshes are meant for skoping and hexing. It contains all the parts from Gni's various male_basic meshes. There are too many parts to mention. Pick them up on my FF website.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Freedom Force – Renee Montoya: Question

Answer the Question.

Renee Montoya became the new Question during DC's 52 series. This mesh combines a lot of sources to get her new look right, hope it's worth the effort.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dr. McNinja links to me!

If you follow this blog (and I know you don't) then you know I'm a big fan of Dr McNinja. Well today is my lucky day, because Chris Hastings posted a link to my Freedom Force Website today. Screen capped for posterity:

Read it in person here.

Freedom Force – Tombstone Shadow

Meet Tombstone Shadow.

Based on a request from the always lovely Artemis, I've re-created Shadow with Tombstone's animations and guns. I re-skinned her to fit the new mesh.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Daring Joanna

As the best best friend a person can have, I’ve been making wallpapers for Joanna’s LG Dare phone. I’ve been doing this for a long time now. Some are just resizes of pictures, and some I colored. The art is stolen from Kate Beaton, Natalie Dee, Nedroid, Dinosaur Comics, Daisy Owl, Homestar Runner, Penny Arcade, 8-Bit, Threadless, and FFFound.

Why yes, I am the best friend anyone can have. It’s true.

Way Too Late Update

I’m not a good blogger. My last update was almost 10 days ago. In that time real life has kicked my ass. My roommate moved back to Indiana forcing me to find a cheaper place to stay. Not that I can afford that because I still haven’t found a job. LA is great when you can afford it, but it’s the second most expensive city to live in the United States. I’ve still been working on my Freedom Force projects. They keep me busy and creative during the down time that is unemployment. Things are looking up though. I’ve got some interviews in the future and if one works out then the move out west will be totally worth it.

I’ve got new updates running through the rest of this week. Check back every day for more Ewzzy.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Freedom Force – Trenchcoat Versatile

Meet Trenchcoat Versatile.

Versatile meshes aren't as popular these days and Irrational's male_trenchcoat has never been that popular. Sure, that much is true, but this mesh is special. How many meshes can dual weild tommy guns? That's right, just this guy. Oh yeah.

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Skope includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Freedom Force – Bee-Gun and Chainsaw FX

I whipped up some FX to greater enhance your Dr McNinja experience in Freedom Force. Mongo vs Bee-Man.

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Look at Bee-Man in that picture, he's dead now. Dying is basically all he can do. Complete your Chainsaw Ninja with this in-game FX. He'll actually be able to throw a chainsaw.

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It may look like Bee-Man gets his revenge in that picture, but you know that being shot by a bee, even a big 'ol bee isn't as scary as a chainsaw attack. Make Bee-Man slightly more useful with this in-game FX.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Freedom Force – Ewzzy

Meet Ewzzy.

If you follow this blog you've seen the many iterations of Ewzzy as a character. I put together a new version of myself with a new origin:
"Ewzzy was a bounty hunter in the depression era Midwest. A chase led him out west to California to find a target supposedly entangled in the arcane. He found his target and interrupted a ceremony that would have given the target power over death. Instead, Ewzzy found himself on the receiving end of the mystical power surge. The target escaped in the confusion and Ewzzy was granted phenomenal powers. 65 years later, still alive, his target long since passed, Ewzzy uses his power to fight evil on the streets of Los Angeles."

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Freedom Force – Thriller

Meet Michael Jackson.

As if I need to introduce you. I skinned this MJ variant while working on the Thriller version of Ben Franklin II. This skin is included with the Ben thriller pack so don't download it again if you already got it yesterday.

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Skin includes mesh with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Freedom Force – Ben Franklin II

Meet Ben Franklin II.

Benjamin Franklin II, clone of the original, taught Dr McNinja medicine. Dr McNinja once had a nightmare about a zombie version of his former master dressed as if he was in Thriller. This pack contains DDS and TGA versions of Ben II, Ben II Zombified, Michael Jackson, and MJ Zombified.

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Skin includes mesh with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dead Weather at the Wiltern

I saw The Dead Weather last night at The Wiltern. It was an amazing show, but I wasn't sold on the group till Jack White picked up the guitar.

Of course, my view looked nothing like that. I knew I had cheap seats but it turned out I had bought the seat furthest from the stage. This video is closer to my view.

Nonetheless I went home happy.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Freedom Force - Ab-Man

Meet Ab-Man.

We don't know the Ab Man's name but we do know that he manually rearanged the muscles in his back to create a working jetpack. His abs of steel are bulletproof. In his own words, "What has two thumbs and is built like a tool shed? This guy." You see, he's like a tool shed because that's where all the hoes is at.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Freedom Force - Frans Rayner

Meet Frans Rayner.

Frans Rayner once shifted all of his pressure points into his butt. This made him effectively invulnerable... unless you punched him... in the butt.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Freedom Force - Death's Waiter

Meet Death's Waiter.

When you die you go to a restaurant with the worst service ever. You wait for centuries without ordering. The waiter will seat you now.

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Skin includes mesh and keyframes with credit given to original authors in the readme.txt file. Skin and mesh enhanced to work in Freedom Force vs The Third Reich. Skin released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Freedom Force - Paul Bunyan

Meet Paul Bunyan.

Those infected with Paul Bunyan's disease transform into hulking lumberjacks, enraged at the trees still standing in the vicinity.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Freedom Force - Bee-Man

Meet Bee-Man.

When we first met Bee-Man we watched him get shot to death. No really it's in his first appearance. He hasn't even been resurected. It's not part of some mystical origin either. Since then we've seen flashbacks where he gets tied up by Maurice, the pompitous of love, and his gangsters of love. Can his sidekick dog, Buzz, save him?

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Freedom Force - Mongo, The Chainsaw Ninja

Meet Mongo.

Mongo wields two chainsaws, often as nunchucks. This is impossibly scary. Have you considered the implications of this? Have you. Dr McNinja couldn't even beat this guy. He had to have him called off by Mongo's leader. Nobody beats the Chainsaw Ninja.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Freedom Force - Hortense

Meet Hortense.

Dr McNinja's ex-girlfriend Hortense secretly works for King Radical. Don't tell nobody. If Dr McNinja is like Batman (he wishes) then she would be his Catwoman. She operates on the other side of the law, but the emotions are still there. Weird squirmy emotions that ninja's aren't supposed to have.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Freedom Force – Martin

Meet Martin Birding and Marty Monster.

Martin Birding runs the Monster Mart chain of grocery stores. He grows into a big and purple ogre when he wants to. When he's angry or stressed out he can lose control. When Martin loses control he becomes the unstoppable Marty Monster. When he's transformed he gets dumber. So dumb that he'll sign just about any paper you put in front of him. That's a bad thing for a business man.



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Santa Monica Pier part 3

I went with Froggy, his sister, and her friend to the Santa Monica Pier yesterday. Yes that makes it the third time I've been there. It's a favorite spot for me. This time we rode the Ferris Wheel! It was surprisingly cold at the top. Enjoy the pics. Video available soon.



[edit: now with video]

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Lost and Found

We went to Leo Carrillo again today. Lots of fun as always. While I was in the car on the way there I noticed that a bunch of pictures on my phone that I thought didn't save. You would have seen all these on the blog before so I thought I'd put them up now and let you figure them out.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Freedom Force – Mitzi McNinja

Meet Mitzi McNinja.

Mitzi will kill you. I'm not saying that she will kill you if she has to either. I'm saying that she will be the one to kill you. It may look like cancer or a rogue meteor but I assure you that it was really her. She married into the McNinja family and has taken her role as mother to it's extremes. Her expertise are pickled beets and precisely aimed demolitions. Both are deadly.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Freedom Force – Gordito

Meet Gordito.

Gordito is a young boy who's father died in a circus accident. He wields his dead father's guns and grew a mustache from sheer will. He rides his own raptor named Yoshi. That makes him the coolest twelve year old ever.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Freedom Force – Dark Smoke Puncher

Meet Dark Smoke Puncher.

Sean McNinja chose the name 'Dark Smoke Puncher' as his ninja name. No seriously. He hides the fact that he is a total geek from his dad. His big brother, Dr McNinja, thinks that he is a toolbag. He wants to be a technomage.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Freedom Force – Dan McNinja

Meet Dan McNinja.

Dan McNinja is ashamed of you. It’s true. His son is a Doctor and he still isn’t good enough. Look at those eyes. Look at that mustache. Do you see the condemnation? That mustache has authority. The kind of authority that only a father who is also a ninja can wield.  He once set himself on fire, “because they can’t grab me if I’m on fire.”  Have you done that? I didn’t think so.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

New Freedom Force – Part 8 - Topaz

Meet Topaz.

Topaz, one of the three queens of Gwendor, was teleported to Earth and went on a rampage until being recruited as a member of Ultraforce by Contrary. She can turn her skin to metal and has the powers of flight super strength. In addition to this she wields an energy staff which can powerful blasts. Her world has only women so she doesn't trust any man.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Freedom Force – Part 7 – Ghoul

Meet Ghoul.

Ghoul is very hard to kill, since he is essentially already dead. Only the total disintegration of his body can permanently kill him. His limbs, if torn off, can be reattached or, in time, grow back. He does not feel pain and is immune to disease, poison, and radiation. Ghoul can communicate with the spirits of the deceased, even those who have been dead for tens of thousands of years. He can, in some cases, also sense a person's imminent death.

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