Lately I’ve been giving the internet radio stations and podcasts a rest in favor of the magic of analog tape. There’s a few audio cassettes sitting around work, and I bought a few more from home. The “portable” stereo I’m playing the tapes on is not the answer to any audiophile’s dream, but considering that the tapes are well-worn bargain basement remainders from decades past, they play fairly well.
After two years, The Italian Market Festival returned to 9th Street over the weekend. Despite the high temperatures, turn out was tremendous. The food, entertainment, and people watching did not disappoint! More photos behind the cut. Continue reading →
Bubo the Rat is one of my earliest digital illustrations. I drew it on a digitizing tablet called The Animation Station which plugged into a Commodore 64. The print was output on a Panasonic dot matrix printer.
Ever since my wife picked up a cheap, wire-bound, scratch pad from a Target store for me as a Christmas gift, I now take cheap sketchbooks seriously. Throughout the years I may have bought every name brand of artist drawing pads available in art supply stores, but nothing has brought me as much joy as an anonymous doodle pad that had a blank cover. Now whenever I see cheap sketch pads at stores that would not otherwise sell art supplies, I don’t ignore them. I never know what may become the next Sketchbook from Heaven!
The pad of paper pictured above is from Five Below which is a chain of discount stores. It is an enormous 18-inches by 12-inches and only set me back $5. That’s pretty good for 100 sheets of paper particularly that size.
Will it be as good as the little sketchbook from Target? It’s huge so it’s not as portable as the little book, but I couldn’t pass it up for five bucks. Only time and some drawing will tell.
We were in the market for a new computer and I was hearing great things about the current Mac mini with Apple’s new M1 chip. The video reviews I watched were mostly enthusiastic for Apple’s entry level desktop computer so I decided that I would head on down to the local Apple store to pick one up.
It was a cold, rainy weekend – perfect reason to hunker down, watch movies, and bake something. This weekend, it was this sour cream poundcake with orange zest and chocolate chips. I love the orange – chocolate combo, you can eat this for breakfast or dessert! Continue reading →