Tag: EN

ello, who’s there?

Amidst all my disdain about facebooks privacy-, ethics values, or rather lack thereof

people asked: Which social network do you recommend?

Well, I really liked a few; but without a solid plan to receive a return on investment and view towards the future encompassing growth with users -not at cost of users or users as commercial commodity-, most initiatives I liked folded over time.

The safe answer at this point is: invest in your domain name and self-hosted (preferably) blog.

But! There is a reason we flock to social networks and community fora.

  1. The infrastructure is there, we needn’t worry about technical details, just input our information and strike up a conversation!
  2. Conversation! Interaction! – we can share our message/views with people and they can share theirs.
  3. Discovery! We will see and share things we otherwise wouldn’t have or as expediently.

So what are you to do?

You find a social network that shares the same values regarding privacy and morals/ethics and keep a good eye on their Terms of Service – Their product road map and public announcements (if they share this) – their privacy policy and hope to whichever deity you adhere to/write letters of dismay to, that they don’t join the dark side.

At this point the only still viable option -to me- outside of well managed diaspora nodes– is ello. this me on ello

There are of course hybrid construction possibilities such as artstation -a community and portfolio site – around a theme or skill and the maker communities fora/portfolio sites.

If you have a great alternative(s), feel free to recommend other options.

Painting 3D printed models (PLA )

If you want your 3D printed model to have some colour you can easily paint over it with acrylic(s) based paint.

Ultimaker-forum member Valcrow wrote a great blogpost on doing just that with an airbrush you can see more of his work on redicubricks.com

While ideally you would have access to an airbrush and a well aired workroom if you don’t have either you can also use posca acrylic markers, it will be more difficult to get an even coating, but for marking up your model it’ll do.

(I’m going to add pictures of my models painted on with posca’s here, first have to get them of the sd card though)

And then there’s Citadel model paint, used for warhammer miniatures and scale models. You don’t have to use Citadel, it all depends on how you want your model to look and which side-effects of using cheaper paints would be too annoying to tolerate.

Some basic miniature painting tips that carry over.

I hope you found this article useful, feel free to leave a comment or share it around. I’ll add updates to it, to keep it current.

 

 

 

 

 

the rule of rubin, confessions of a manga translator (link)

 

I have a secret to tell you. If you’re ever been particularly moved by a line of dialog in a manga I translated; if something pithy spoke to you in some way, or had some meaning to you; if you thought something was cool or inspiring, or even if you laughed at a joke—that was probably me, not the original cartoonist. It’s disappointing, I know. But I submit for you the Rule of Rubin. It comes from Jay Rubin, translator of the best-selling novels of Haruki Murakami and one of the most notable modern Japanese-to-English translators. Rubin said in an interview: “When you read Murakami (in English), you’re reading me, at least 95% of the time.” When I saw that, I nodded knowingly in agreement. And shuddered a little. Someone had finally said it.

That’s the secret. The Rule of Rubin. When you read the words in a comic—the actual words, mind you—you’re reading me, at least 95% of the time.

Click on the quote to be taken to the full article. It’s a fine read.

The care and feeding of your computer/unicorn

First I managed to buy a rare* lenovo *relative to sampled size- that wasn’t infected with superfish.

Then it turns out to be a preshus snowflake anyway because it only takes ddr3 pc3-12800 unbuffered non-ecc 1.35 volt variety-ram.

For those of you who would like to hear the suburban fantasy version:

Your unicorn only eats high altitude striped-variety moss.

Moss which grows on the south side of the doom-mountain* and even though it is called striped moss, it’s pretty indistinguishable from regular moss, poisonous-running-shits moss and hallucinogenic moss.

To find out which moss you have, feed it to your unicorn and retreat to a careful distance.

You can also purchase the striped moss variety from your friendly** wizard. Invariably they will have to order it and this may take a while, for reasons stated above.

*Ask a local what kind of mountain they live nearby, if the reply contains the words ‘doom, doomed, DOOOOOM ‘

It is a doom mountain.

** You can tell by the amount of enchanted gargoyles decorating the roof and vaguely bacon-smelling scorch marks near their abode. Lots of gargoyles plus a great many marks, better find a friendlier wizard.

It’s all just been a gorgeous mistake

If you suck at drawing backgrounds to your comics and illustration there are two approaches to it: practice, practice, practice.

And

If you just ‘don’t wanna’ don’t half-ass the job, don’t do it.

“But I can’t have all my characters live in deserts and frolicking in the vast darkness of space”

(The white dots representing stars most likely are the artist’s spittle, from foaming at the mouth of the thought of drawing backgrounds)

It’s okay to admit not only you can’t but also you don’t want to do that.

Perhaps it limits what you can do as a one person teamster, but dammit:

Don’t drop a randomly sourced cloud formation in your artwork as a cop-out background, then maybe because the option is there overlay a filter so it kinda looks better-ish.

Just don’t.

Best is to figure out what kind of backgrounds you do can and will draw.

And hey, sometimes you just gotta make yourself practice so you can say:

“Nope, I drew until my eyes bled and my fingers wept and it looks awesome but I just don’t like drawing backgrounds.”

Then have someone else who does like or can do it draw the backgrounds, and pay them well.

Dave Sim and Gerhard made it work. Recommended reading: Sean Michael Robinson: The Craft Behind Cerebus: An Interview with Gerhard (Part One of Three)

(Nearly) Twenty Years Of Blogging & a bit about WordPress security

Yesterday’s #blogpraat chat (nl) (dutch analogue to #blogchat) philosophized and reminisced about 20 years of blogging: the changes, ‘what if’s’ and new developments. 

Unfortunately my wi-fi chose to drop out for the evening, so I was regaled to reading the ‘log which @rsnijders provides every monday eve. (Thanks, Ray!)

If I’d been able I would’ve liked to talk about tech&security. But hey, now y’all can have a blog about it, with extra tips & links instead. 🙂 

Blogging used to be rather involved technically speaking, with the advent of more easily available tech (which is becoming cheaper by the day) and better visual interfaces for programs, these days it isn’t that hard to set-up a blog anymore.

Lots of on-line services to name a few: tumblr, postach.io, exposure, storehouse even offer free blogging space and system maintenance in exchange for ‘only’ your data and usage statistics (with the option to use and re-sell -part(s) of- this data for commercial purposes, the liberties of use on how and when/what vary per service)

If you’d rather keep on exclusively owning the licenses to most of the intellectual property which you share online (auto sharing fb updates, tweets, pics via g+ ,etc. aside.) you can ‘host’ your own blog with wordpress, pivotx, ghost etc. by buying a domain name and some server space.

Buying server space and then installing a blogging platform (cms) like WordPress on your slice of server space means that you get more say over your ideas/intellectual property/content and their licenses. Although your website host takes care of security for the most part, you do need to do a lil’ more maintenance on your own security. (just like you would add extra anti-burglar precautions to your house whether you rent or own it.)

Some general advice:

    Use a strong password (for your database, wordpress and social sharing services)

    A sentence of four or more 8 letter words is a good password, preferably with added $^^#&&( And reLly oddly p_laced spaces and capitals. A sentence is also a bit easier to remember.

    Perhaps if you have a lot of passwords to remember, consider a password manager such as last pass or one pass.

And keep that login safe by

    Having a virus scanner on your computer: key loggers – logging what you type – can nab your pass and other credentials such as your credit card numbers etc.

    Not clicking on suspicious e-mails/website links 

    Not connecting over open ‘gratis’ wifi when you’re flex-working, even if they’re using wi-fi with a password ( these are usually shared with everyone and anyone can snoop on the network) without a vpn (virtual private network) which encrypts your connection.

On the WordPress side of things you can

    Add a dual login/ authentication process with google or install stealth login.

    Install limit login plugin which limits the amount of times an ip-address can try to gain access, hackers can rotate ip-adresses but it adds a degree of difficulty

    Don’t name the admin account ‘admin’ If they really want to people can easily find the admin account name, but not using ‘admin’ takes care of script kiddies, adding yet another degree of difficulty.

    Either manually adjust (harden) your WordPress installation or let a security plugin handle the adjustments.

Stay informed on security, update your plugin/theme/wordpress and back-up regularly is my last bit of advice on keeping your blog running WordPress safely, perhaps even for the next 20 years. 😉

PS: If hardening your WordPress and it’s maintenance sounds like a lot of work you aren’t particularly interested in keeping up with; you can hire me (or another WordPress specialist) to keep an eye on and perform maintenance on your WordPress. Just send me an e-mail with what you would like me to do for your site.

take away tuesday

Also known as ‘what did she read last week that was interesting but didn’t fit in a tweet.’

On gender, character writing, world building, sexuality:

sff in conversation kameron hurley on a complexity of desires expectations of sex /sexuality in science fiction

Ach, sky net approaches: on tech, ease-of-use, data collection, opt in vs. opt out.

One customer card to rule them all, only it’s an app. (nl)

So, we’re watching you for our mutual benefit: wifi tracking of customers by electronics stores. (nl)

Keeping your internet experience within expectations:

Hahaha! Get Rid of ‘Viral’ Headlines With This One Weird Browser Extension

Something, something:

Cute, decorative ‘font’ made from cat pictures

Yummy, Art of The title has a process post on the making of ‘true detective’ title lead in.

Perhaps in the near future I’ll write a blog about the things I learnt (til) and applied or stopped doing because of these articles, but I only have one pair of hands to obey my multi-interested brain.

As ever, enjoy, discuss, be amused. Go make stuff.

Dr. Sketchy’s Amsterdam 24th August 2013 (Session 11)

Sometimes I only get around to posting these on the dr. sketchy amsterdam facebook page, because I can send the sketches in and they appear as if by magic. Margreet de Heer is pretty magical, don’t cha agree? Organizing dr. Sketchy’s Amsterdam event, making awesome comics!

So with a slight delay, here are some more sketches of 2013: session 11:

The bounty of an evening livedrawing:

See more drawings of other participants of session 11 over at the Facebook Gallery

What is a ‘dr. sketchy anti-Art School event?’

The intention is to (speed)draw live models, to enjoy the show the Burlesque artists put on and have a drink & chat while you draw.

Illustrators of all levels are welcome!

Here, you can draw however you like, with whatever materials you prefer. People bring all kinds of drawing implements from pencil, paint to pixels and even paper-cut artwork! There is no ‘strictly enforced method’ to fence in your creativity?

Want to drop by and draw with us?

Check out the official website of Dr. Sketchy Amsterdam and the facebook page for recent updates.

Read more about how dr. Sketchy’s anti-Art school came to be. And about it’s founder, Mother of all dr. sketchy’s anti-art school events: Molly Crabapple

Dr. Sketchy’s Amsterdam 6th July 2013 (Session 10)

Sometimes I only get around to posting these on the dr. sketchy amsterdam facebook page, because I can send the sketches in and they appear as if by magic. Margreet de Heer is pretty magical, don’t cha agree? Organizing dr. Sketchy’s Amsterdam event, making awesome comics!

So with a slight delay, here are some more sketches of 2013 sessions starting with session 10:

The bounty of an evening livedrawing:

See more drawings of other participants of session 10 over at the Facebook Gallery

What is a ‘dr. sketchy anti-Art School event?’

The intention is to (speed)draw live models, to enjoy the show the Burlesque artists put on and have a drink & chat while you draw.

Illustrators of all levels are welcome!

Here, you can draw however you like, with whatever materials you prefer. People bring all kinds of drawing implements from pencil, paint to pixels and even paper-cut artwork! There is no ‘strictly enforced method’ to fence in your creativity?

Want to drop by and draw with us?

Check out the official website of Dr. Sketchy Amsterdam and the facebook page for recent updates.

Read more about how dr. Sketchy’s anti-Art school came to be. And about it’s founder, Mother of all dr. sketchy’s anti-art school events: Molly Crabapple