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d357 120831 Ink Drawings II

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Well, I haven’t really had the chance to draw much since the last update, but I figure I’d get this post in before the month was up (30 minutes left as of this writing!). Last time I posted what I’d consider my first “true” ink drawings, and today I’ve got two more. These are both from reference:

Both drawings are slightly disproportionately narrow compared to the original. I’m not exactly sure how I screwed them up the same way twice in a row, but it might have something to do with the translation of the photo aspect ratio to the paper aspect ratio. Hopefully will have a chance to draw more in the next few weeks.

The following comments about computing and whatnot were written at the beginning of August. As these things go, they are already out of date, but since it’s already written, I’ll post it for my future self to read.

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Published by D, on August 31st, 2012 at 10:35 pm. Filled under: d_sketch Tags: , , , No Comments

d344 120102 Akemi Homura 2011 R2, Love Hina sketches

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The first illustration in today’s update was actually done before the last picture in the last update, but everything in the last update flowed together better, so I didn’t include this.

This is basically a remake of what I consider the crappiest painting as of late, the Akemi Homura 2011 painting. While this colored pencil piece is obviously somewhat less polished than its digital counterpart I think its also a lot closer to what I originally wanted. In part due to the immaturity of my colored pencil process, the lighting here is also fairly ambiguous.

There’s a less-than-interesting process photo I took a little more than halfway through too. A little bit of color testing on the side; for whatever reason it was significantly harder to settle on Akemi’s colors than it was to settle on Inori’s colors. You can also see that there’s actually a lot of “junk” lines that the colored pencil covered up really well. Overall, fairly satisfied, though. Satisfied enough that I wouldn’t attempt another in the near future.

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Published by D, on January 2nd, 2012 at 4:59 pm. Filled under: d_sketch Tags: , , , 1 Comment

d342b ThinkPad x220 Review

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Shortly after the last review, I was effectively able to turn over the x200t for more than 85% (gross) of the price at which I bought it. I’m a little bit surprised that it has held its value so well; I may have only had it for a year and a quarter, but those things are coming up to three years of age. Typically the price drop in the second or third year is still pretty significant; I think my TC4200 lost most of it’s value the year that I bought it. Whatever the case, the hunt was on for a T400 replacement…

The plan as of June was still x200t->x220t and t400->t420(s), but with my recent forays into smaller and lighter, a t420, not to mention the much more expensive (s), just wasn’t going to cut it. Given that I’m typically docked to my two monitors when I’m doing anything that needs more screen-estate, I just don’t need a big laptop anymore. I didn’t need to search far for an alternative to the t420(s). The vanilla x220 boasts the same spec as the vanilla t420 in a smaller form factor. Furthermore, the base x220 is only $100 more than the base t420 on Lenovo’s website, and the difference in price on the second-hand-new and second-hand-used market is basically nothing.

Traditionally the price gap between a comparable mainstream and ultra-portable laptop has been closer to the range of 2x.

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Published by D, on November 28th, 2011 at 12:00 am. Filled under: d_others Tags: , No Comments

d341b ThinkPad x220 Tablet Review

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Now while I have nominally labelled Nonsense Wars an “artblog”, I think I usually end up writing about computing and computers enough such that I think it could constitute a ghetto tech blog. Today’s update is no different; I last noted what I called my “hardware master plan” back in June, and, as this always go, I arbitrarily decided to “finally” execute on it.

In d333, I droned on about my thoughts on the MBA 11 in a very long and boring post. For the most part I wanted to see if I’d benefit from a lighter machine, so I went for what is more or less the lightest, thinnest non-netbook on the market and took it for a spin. I took the MBA out and about for a couple weeks (and played TF2 on it) and ultimately decided that I didn’t benefit that much from it. The one-pound difference between it and the relatively heavy X200 Tablet just isn’t particularly tangible when you have a backpack with a couple of other things in it. I was always worried about damaging the MBA as well, almost to the point of annoyance.

But that’s okay. Thanks to my l337 skills, I sold it for more (net) than I got it.

I wasn’t planning on trading up the X200 Tablet until the warranty ran out, but it turns out that that was going to be sooner than I thought. The label on the bottom of the machine suggested that coverage would end in August 2012. Lenovo’s support site said that coverage would end in January. I’m also trying to work out a “better” upgrade/replacement cycle. With the TC4200, I kept it for more than two years, during which the value more than halved. With the X200 Tablet, I’ve had it for somewhat more than a year, but I think I can get at least 75% of what I paid for it. At the same time, it might have been a bit too early to buy a replacement, so this buy/sell balancing act is a work in progress.

So here I write a brief X220(i) Tablet/x220t review. This is the first current laptop I’ve owned since the E6400 and subsequently the most expensive laptop I’ve owned since then. I believe the (i) indicates that the machine is base spec or close to base spec, but the base i3-2310M, 4GB, and 320GB hard drive (obviously I threw in an SSD instead of that last piece) are more than enough for basically everything I do – as most base configs have been for the past few years. The base price is about $1100 average on the Lenovo website, but I managed to snag an MISB unit for $825.

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Published by D, on November 1st, 2011 at 12:00 am. Filled under: d_others Tags: , , , No Comments

d333 2010 11-inch MacBook Air Thoughts I

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In what can probably be labeled an impulsive purchase I picked up the (old, 2010) 11-inch MacBook Air about a week and a half ago. Obviously, I think I got a pretty good deal, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it. But this is again, one of those things that’s kind of been on the back of my mind for a long time, though I’m pretty sure I’ve never written about it.

The first time I used an Apple computer must have been in junior high… around 2002. As late as maybe even 2007, our computer lab ran Power Mac G3 AiOs, which were already obsolete in 2002. Not being very tech savvy at the time, I assumed all Apple hardware was as rubbish as a four to five year-old G3 AiO and never gave it a second thought. Clearly I’ve changed my mind over the past eight to nine years, but things have also gotten a lot better.

I’ve liked the MBA 11 since launch because I don’t believe that there is, by a fairly long shot, a comparable “conventional” equivalent. It’s basically right between the top end of netbooks and the bottom end of traditional ultraportables. This is a fairly vague and messy kind of comparison to make, especially given that the MBA line has just been refreshed, but I’ll try to get across how I see it.

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Published by D, on August 28th, 2011 at 12:16 pm. Filled under: d_others,d_sketch Tags: , No Comments

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