Imagine if Apple had announced the Sprout. The media would be going bonkers. Word about it would be on every evening news program. Fanboys would be beside themselves, crying out that Apple is finally doing Steve Jobs justice.
Jenn and I went to Grand Rapids Comic Con at the Deltaplex today. Technically it's the 2nd year of this con, but arguably I'd say it's the first. Last year the con was in the terribly small Home School Building in Wyoming. this year it's a proper-sized con, and could already use an even larger venue I think.
Adam and Comfort were guest of the show and had a very impressive booth. It was great getting to chat with them. It's also great that they move back to GR next week!
We also saw Corinne in her booth. Corinne has a great illustration style you can see a lot of her work on her deviantArt page.
There were the ususal booths of comics and action figures etc. But a couple booths stood out. There was a very cool custom miniatures gaming booth being set-up. I wish I took more pictures of it later in the day when it was completely set.
I loved this Ruppits Hand Crafted Puppets booth.
I mean look at that Flash puppet? How cool?
I also really liked this custom comic box/shelf by a company called Epic Loot Furniture. Looks like they do gaming tables and such also, really nice stuff. Their website says they are based in Grand Rapids, MI. One of the guys I spoke with in the booth had a Green Lantern tatoo, so you probably can't go wrong there.
Legos! Look at that classic "Benny" style spaceport on the right side! Wish I got a clearer picture. Really neat set-up.
They also had the droids we were looking for. This Chopper from the new Rebels cartoon was fantastic. I also really liked those booth background panels. Might be a great idea for the garage.
They also had Batmobiles, classic...
They also had a Starship Horizons simulator. Which is a very interesting multi-device-screen app that allows a group of people in one room to command a starship, with each person manning a different station.
I didn't try it, but it's something that I want to try to do in my TV room with a group someday.
The concessions were reasonably priced for this type of event too.
I didn't get much in the way of toys... just 2 obscure 6" scale figures for cheap, and a $5 Green Lantern Lego figure with power ring piece :)
There were lots of great toy booths though, but at this point it's hard to find 6-inch scale figures I don't already have. Still fun to look though.
Overall, a great con, and a great addition to Grand Rapid's geek scene.
We got our first big snowfall of the season yesterday. And this morning, I got up early this morning and shoveled the drive before Jennifer had to go to work.
This is one of those posts where I want to write something on the blog, but I don't have anything much in particular to say.
I'm currently typing this post in the desktop version of the Hemingway editor. It's a neat app I bought awhile ago that helps you keep your writing clean. It discourages hard to read sentences, adverbs and complicated phrases. It also flags use of the passive voice.
I played around yesterday with a nifty drawing app called Mischief. It's an invinite canvas app, you can draw in any direction and the canvas expands as you need it too. They have a free version and a paid version with layers for $25.
I also continue to play with Manga Studio. It is a delightful program for drawing and not bad for notetaking either. Basically, it works well for any and all "virtual" paper needs.
I've been using Google's Inbox instead of Gmail about half the time. Inbox can monitor incoming mail in a smaller window than Gmail proper. I still prefer Gmail most of the time beyond that use though.
I looked through some of the major retailer's Black Friday ads this week. I didn't see anything much that interested me. There wasn't anything worth leaving a Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family for. A lot of the prices didn't seem that different from other good sales throughout the year. I'm sure people will still go nuts with the early shopping again though.
All for now.
I haven't blogged much the last couple weeks so here's a mishmash post of stuff.
This past Tuesday was Election Day. Unfortuanately election day didn't go so well this year. Hopefully the results in 2016 suck less.
Got a nice 6" Darth Vader figure as a birthday gift. Not too long ago I finally picked up a Bobba Fett. I also got a Storm Trooper as a gift. The force was strong with this year's birthday.
I've got a few Storm Trooper now, which is pretty neat. They're the kind of figure that looks cooler in groups.
I built a color copy/foamcore display box for some of the Star Wars figures to go on my action figure shelf.
I'm pretty happy with it how it came out for a quick project.
I also built a larger box for some of my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Figures.
Another quick project, a tiny working 3D printed fairy door placed in a small hole in the moulding of one of the walls of the house. Our tiny "Littles" should appreciate it.
Easy quick custom to make a Henry Morgan "Forever" action figure. (Movie Reed Richards head, Movie Prof X body, ML Bruce Banner lab coat.)
Friend Dan brought over a Lord of the Rings Card Game last week for us to play. Cool game mechanics.
Bit by bit, Jenn and I have been working on the Baby's room too, including shortening some drapes this weekend.
Sat, 25 May 2013 07:57:39 -0700
I?m not a fan of the new Flickr redesign. It?s not even that I don?t like the visual look of it.My primary beef is: without warning they completely changed the service for paying customers. I?ve payed for a Pro account for years under the assumption that paying for a service would provide a little more reliability. Flickr has shown that not to be the case, so I?m planning to use it far less frequently and probably far differently than the personal photo site of record I have been using it as. (I?m also not pleased with their likely upcoming attention/advertising model)
I was able to put all my photos into one Set and download the full size images using a free service called flickandshare.com, so I have everything safely out of the service now. Likely I will eventually set up my own simple photo gallery (and give these photos a new home) on my website at chris-karath.com. Hosting your own services and codes seem to be the most reliable method for content that you want around for years to come.
Photos that are here now, will probably continue to be here, Yahoo willing, into the future.
I?m coming to believe that commercial services are fine for emphemeral content, but archival content seems better suited for self hosted methods.
Since Flickr has shown itself to be of unpredictable stability, and it appears to be transforming into more a social network than a photo service, I?ll probably plan on treating it as such. If you subscribe to my account for the action figures, I?ll probably from time to time still post a picture or two of those here with links back to my own site where I?ll likely start posting more photos.
If you follow for my personal photos, following me on Twitter or my personal blog atchris-karath.com will probably be your best bet. --- Best wishes, Chris.
Sat, 30 Mar 2013 12:17:53 -0700
Both these guys have contributed a lot to comics. I'm not implying anything with the choice of pose. I figure in classic comic parlance though, these two comic heroes would be obligated to fight before teaming up to defeat some great evil.
Thread: p1825 Post by Jolloway
Hi Cris and other people who view this sight, I just started a blog site jolloway.co.uk and I wonderd if anyone can give me any tips on blogging. I am curently using a site called word press to host me blog. I start around about a month ago and I\'m really struggling with it and if you do reply I\'m only 11 and found this sight by a photo in google Images. -Josh P.S. I love the background XP
Thread: p1706 Post by Chris
Fortunately, I resisted the DC/Master Bundles as they were pretty much only bundled with basic figures I already had. Had they been bundled with more unique DC figures, I might have alot more Masters figures at this point ;)
Thread: p1706 Post by De
I almost bit on Masters of the Universe when they were being bundled with DC Universe figures in the two-packs. I\'ve also liked the blending of sci-fi and fantasy but a lad only has so much room :-)
Thread: p1674 Post by T. Bass
Hi Chris: Like you, I bought and just received an ONDA V701. Mine took 32 days (!) to arrive from China (bought from gadgetdealer.com... avoid like plague), and the box was beat to hell, but it seems to work fine ....with one exception. That said, I like the tablet thus far, but a couple of things aren\'t flying right. One, it was advertised as having Adobe Flash ver. 11.1, but instead, mine came with 10.2. Yours? Not sure this matters, as Flash is going the way of the dodo-bird as far as Android goes. My only real complaint thus far, and that despite trying everything I could find online, I cannot get NetFlix to work. This was/is one of the main reasons I bought it, as they advertised that it \"works with NetFlix\". I don\'t know whether it\'s the tablet, or the app that is the problem, but nonetheless, no love from NetFlix at this point. I don\'t know if you are subscribed to Netflix, but if you are, I sure would like to know if it works for you on your V701, and if so, how did you get it going, and what settings are you\'re using to make it work? Appreciate hearing from you. Best, T. Bass Applegate, Oregon
Thread: p1642 Post by Erin N.
Yum, looks great!
Thread: p1557 Post by davy
i kind of agree with you, and i\'m sure bale had the best intentions but the whole media circus at times is disturbing. but if to had to pick on whether bale should have visited or not i\'d rather he visit for the sole reason that if he made any of the survivors feel good,even if it was only for the briefest moments, then it was worth it. the victims medical and emotonals needs should be put first and if bale\'s visit helped any of them emotionally then i\'m glad
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Thread: p1558 Post by Jennifer
e-butlers will solve this problem: http://peterfhamilton.wikia.com/wiki/E-Butler
Thread: p1490 Post by De
I\'ve been keeping up with you and Jenn\'s hijinks through Google Reader. It\'s just easier to have everything in one place. You\'re still loved :-)
Thread: tw1336950039 Post by Air Conditioner
I wonder if more retail outlets will start implementing this type of thing.
Thread: p1453 Post by Chuck
What, you have time to blog???!!?? More painting and box moving and furniture moving, please! LOL It looks like you guys are making real progress...
Thread: p689 Post by Frank
You can also use http://vid2mp3.org to convert youtube videos to mp3. The tool is fast and free:)
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