After reading about the Sphero robotic ball on various gadget blogs, I decided to finally get one for myself. I picked up the new Sphero 2.0 just before Christmas and it’s been a lot of fun. This slick looking bot-ball is about the size of a baseball and is controlled via Bluetooth from your smartphone or tablet.
Happy New Year!
Snowmobile trails on Georgian Bay, January 2014
Heh, heh…okay, I’m really late on that one. I was really bad on updating this blog before the Christmas break and I was resolved to start a new posting schedule on January first…and we all know how well that worked out. The Winter around here has been one snowstorm after another and absolutely bone chilling temperatures. Not that that’s an excuse but keeping the wood stove stocked seems to be the only thing I kept on schedule.* However, let’s get back on track here…
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! King Features has just launched its brand spanking new comics website comicskingdom.com
Here’s the official post from King Features…
Extending the popular Comics Kingdom brand you know from your favorite news website, DailyINK is changing its name to ComicsKingdom.com.
Readers can enjoy all of King Features’ current comics, comment on their favorites, and get to know other fans.
Always a good way to start a new Sunday strip!
Hope everyone has a good one…it’s pouring rain here…
Hard to believe but Relic turned a year old today. He didn’t seem too preoccupied with the milestone. We went for a run in the October drizzle and then stopped in for a new pair of Keens (to replace the old leaking pair I had on) and picked up a rawhide chew to celebrate (the fire was to dry off) Not a bad way to spend a birthday.
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on Autodesk’s Cave Conference in Las Vegas on December 1st. Here’s the post from their web site…
“This is an exciting, new conference hosted by Autodesk. CAVE Conference will bring together a spectrum of artists, designers, and storytellers to explore and celebrate the fundamental spirit that traverses these creative domains and disciplines. December 2nd will deliver a full day of keynote speeches, seminars and networking sessions from world renown artists & designers sharing their methods and sources of creativity.”
That’s right…Bleeker launched online 7 years ago this week……s-seven?….yowza! The little guy sure packs a long lasting battery!
In July 2006, after months of drawing and writing I decided to post Bleeker (then called Hoover) online. It was my first web comic and I wasn’t sure what to expect…from the readers and from myself. I remember saying that I’d give it six months and see what happens. This would be the first time I stuck to a daily posting schedule and the first time I would get immediate feedback. Both kinda frightening but so was sticking them in a drawer for no one to ever see. I knew right away that it was smarter to get them out in front of people instead of tinkering away with it by myself. By October I could tell that the characters had taken on a life of their own and I had hit a groove.
I’ve always wanted to have 3D version of Bleeker. Back when I first started sketching him, I thought a lot about how he would move and go together. Even though no real life robot moves like Bleeker (…yet) I wanted his components to all work and move in a believable way. By the time I was done and I had the character you see today, I could visualize a working BLKR-501 model. I have played around with clay models and converting tin cans (I even found a kitchen garbage can that had the right proportions and lid) but they always had that cobbled together look.
This past Sunday we traveled over to Gravenhurst so we could take the CKC Canine Good Neighbour Test put on by the Muskoka District Kennel Club. Relic is 8 months old now and after taking several classes we thought we’d try for his first CKC title. Gravenhurst is a nice cottage country town and home to these vintage steamships pictured behind us.