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May 17

Just a few days ago, I complained about the heat. Well, now it seems that the June Gloom phenomenom may be starting early. Layers of clouds blow in from the ocean in the late spring, shielding the coastal regions from solar oppression until July. Of course, if you live just a bit inland, as I do, then you know that the clouds don’t always reach that far. So you suffer the sun’s full blast. You also suffer the moans of those who take the weather just a bit too personally. “Oh, man! These clouds… They’re, like, bumming me totally out, man!”


I, for one, have never had a problem with a bit of gloom.

Pic a Day

Erik R. has called my attention to the “Pic a Day in May” challenge, so I figured I’d give it a shot, too. I am a sucker for a blog challenge. And while I haven’t been reading a lot of books lately, and certainly haven’t been taking any vacations, and haven’t even anything to complain about but grocery stores, I do carry my Droid everywhere I go. So, I should be able to get at least one picture of one thing each day. And if I manage to do that, well, maybe I’ll even remember to do the 12-on-12 this month.

So, without further ado, let’s play catch up.

A few days ago, I found myself at the San Diego Concourse, a structure built in the 1960′s to spark a revitalization of Downtown San Diego. It’s a got a small convention center, an opera house, office buildings, and City Hall. It also has this fountain.

San Diego Concourse Fountain

The Concourse has still got a decidedly funky 1960′s design aesthetic to itself that calls to mind late-night sitcom reruns and Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” ride. And while the Concourse may have sparked Downtown’s revitalization, it was still many more years before the area began to truly flourish again.

Yesterday was a busy day. It wasn’t until 9:00 pm that I could even sit down for dinner, and I ended up at the place I did mainly because I knew they’d be open and have easy parking… and plentiful beers…

Beer, it's what's for dinner.

Today, I found a recycling bin that someone had drawn a face on.

Stupid Global Warming

Let’s hope tomorrow brings something more interesting.

IF: Edge

It is once again Friday, and so it is once again time for Illustration Friday. This week’s theme was: EDGE.

There are all sorts of edges, but the one that came eventually to mind was a cliff edge.

Cartoon Cliff

Next week’s theme is: OCEAN.

IF: Snow

It is once again Friday, so it is once again time for Illustration Friday. This week’s theme was: SNOW.

We don’t get much snow here in San Diego, and what when we do, it is as a whitening of distant mountaintops. Snow isn’t much a part of the Christmas tradition here. Partly because it looks out of place, and partly because it tends to make things look as though they’ve been sprinkled with sugar or shredded coconut, I find fake snow tacky.

However, there is another sort of snow. Back when most of us used aerial antennas with our TV sets, it was quite a common sight when changing channels. Rather than dead air on an unused channel, the TV would pick up white noise, most of which was the background radiation of the universe.

I wanted to create an animated image of television snow, but that alone wouldn’t be very interesting. I eventually came up with the idea of putting it into a snowglobe. It eventually ended up looking more like a crystal ball…

snow globe, crystal ball, static, white noise

This must be what happens when fortunetellers don’t pay their bills.

IF: Explore

This week’s Illustration Friday theme was: EXPLORE.  As soon as I read the word, it was obvious to me what I’d have to illustrate. Star Trek’s USS Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange, new worlds, to seek out alien life and civilizations, to boldy go where no man has gone before.


Split infinitives and political correctness aside, Star Trek was one of my very favorite shows as a kid. It didn’t hurt that, at the time, the original cast’s movies were also coming out regularly. And not much later, TNG was launched. And then DS9, and then Voyager, and on and on. But, to me, the original Enterprise was always the Enterprise.

IF: Zoom

This week’s Illustration Friday prompt was: ZOOM.

Rocket Zoom

I thought I’d try spending a few minutes with my Galaxy Note’s S-Pen. This feature was the reason I chose the Note over its competitors, as I’d hoped it would be much better for drawing than the Wacom Bamboo that I used mostly for playing Sim City. I’m somewhat happier with these results than previous attempts. I guess the secret is to think of painting rather than drawing.

Next week’s prompt is: WHISKERS.