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  Gettin' there...Apr 30, 2018 10:03 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:The episode will be wrapping up this week! : )
 
 
 
 
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  Robes make you look imposing I guess : oApr 28, 2018 9:01 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Thanks to everyone who's helping me make this comic by contributing to the A* Patreon campaign! : ) Even $1 a month is very appreciated. : D And at higher support levels I will even send you A* stuff each month, like here's a sketch I mailed to a reader for their support:
 
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Thank you very much! : D
 
(I may be slightly behind on sketches in some cases but I should be catching up during my little A* summer moving break that starts in one week. :)
 
 
 
 
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  I got episode 34, whewApr 27, 2018 12:28 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:A story for episode 34 arrived in my head today! : o A deep dark space sort of thing, and as I may have mentioned before, it will have a twist, and touch upon a briefly-seen-before mysterious character, all as a set-up to head us into a major story arc that will shake Selenis' world to its foundations, show us some galactic secrets, and lead us to new worlds and maybe even some new kinds of adventure. ^)_^ So that should be fun. : D
 
 
 
 
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  Maybe I could just split some lines in halfApr 25, 2018 10:33 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:This afternoon the pieces of this episodes final conversation—the one we're in now—fit themselves all together in my head when I wasn't paying attention, and counting them out now, it looks like—barring unexpected interruptions—the episode *will* finish up by next Friday, the last day before my summer break to get ready to move apartments (and then to move apartments).
 
I was sort of hoping it wouldn't finish before then, because then I wouldn't have to worry about getting the usual between-episode e-book, etc wrangling done over the move break, but oh well I guess this way has its advantages too. ; )
 
 
 
 
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  USB PuzzledApr 24, 2018 10:45 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Preparing for the move episode 599a: Yay! Can almost stand up straight this evening, since wrestling that the 40-pound hunk of particle board—I hammered it together as a stand for my old makeshift standing desk, years ago—out of my apartment building's basement storage area and into the dumpster a few days ago. I was a little disappointed it didn't make a mightier GONG as it hit the bottom, but anyway, nice to have that out of the way. : P
 
Rooted through a box that turned out to be filled with all sorts of electronics cables, as well as a Japanese-only game controller that I hardly used and I guess I'll have to eBay (a Dreamcast "Twin Stick"—add "joy" in between "twin" and "stick" and you'll have a pretty good idea of what it looks like; it's pretty large and as far as I know only ever worked for a few games—a situation similar to that of the DC's Samba de Amigo maracas controller, but that at least came out in the States so I can just sell it to GameStop...along with the fishing rod controller...) and a clear purple Game Boy Color, complete with a third-party clear purple plug-in twisty light to aim at the unlit screen. There were analog audio cables, splitters, and adapters a-plenty, loads of heavy old VGA cables—we're firmly in an era past their usefulness! huzzah! they can go—and one thing that stumped me until I googled "USB cable with big square end": turns out it's a USB A to USB B cable.
 
What the heck did (do? : o) I have that took (takes? : o) a USB B cable? This is gonna nag at me. Guess I'd better hang on to the thing for now. : P
 
 
 
 
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  Everyone stands and laughs -- The EndApr 23, 2018 11:11 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I've got this week and next week to work on A* before I take time off to prepare for my move across the state, which means I have at most nine pages left before the break, and it's looking like that won't quite finish off this episode—so when I get set up in the new apartment and back to the drawing board, we'll have a nice big anti-climax! : D
 
 
 
 
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  Helmet design : PApr 21, 2018 9:16 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Sketch for a reader who's supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : )) :
 
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Thank you very much! You're helping me keep this comic going! : D
 
 
 
 
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  The c0olest peopleApr 20, 2018 1:32 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Ah, takes me back to those dragon-slaying days of episode 29, page 82. Still can't seem to get both eyes to cooperate. But maybe if I keep this up long enough, people will just assume it's my "style." : D
 
 
 
 
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  Sony won't let me deactivateApr 19, 2018 12:29 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Move prep episode 99xx: rooting around in old video game stuff from my storage space. (I have way too much old video game stuff, it was pretty much all I spent my money on during the 10 years I worked in the game industry. :"P) Found two more PSP batteries, both, like the one I'd found previously, swelled up to where they can't fit in the battery compartment anymore. Curiously, they swell up on one side of the battery, under a large label, and that whole side feels soft, unlike the hard plastic of the rest of the battery case. It's almost as though...they knew this would happen?
 
So anyway I have no unswelled PSP batteries, but I can power the things on to reset them (in preparation for donating them) using their charging cables for power. Then I realize I should "deactivate" them from my PS3s that they're registered on—I guess really this isn't necessary, it would just mean that if there was any downloadable game of mine on a memory stick in them—which there isn't, I've formatted the mem sticks and am going to try to sell them to GameStop : P—then that game could no longer be run. Or something like that. But I wanted to dot all the i's here so I hook them up to my PS3 and go through the deactivation procedure—but I can't deactivate one of the PSPs from the PS3 because the PSP is using an old version of its operating system—and for some reason needs to be on a newer version so it can be deactivated? Huhh.
 
Well either it's so old that none of its WiFi (it calls it "WLAN" or something : pp) security schemes are compatible with my WiFi router, or I've forgotten my own WiFi password—which I don't think I have. But you can download new versions of the PSP OS off of Sony's web site to your PC, then put them on a memory card in the PSP through the PSP's USB cable. So I do that. Go to run the software update on the PSP and...it can't do it, because it doesn't have a charged battery. Even though it is plugged in, it still needs a battery to update—I guess they wanted to be sure your system didn't get bricked when your power went out or something...but this is a risk with EVERY NON-PORTABLE SYSTEM YOU PROBABLY OWN. Sigh. So, swelled batteries, no PSP update, no deactivation. : P
 
Hunting around Sony's site, they have at least two separate pages for deactivating systems registered to your account. One says it will deactivate all systems for you (but only once every six months)—why you can't select specific ones, I can't imagine. And I think this doesn't include PSP systems, which another support page says must be deactivated from the PS3 to which they're registered, which I can't do. So anyway I press the deactivate all systems button. Then I find another page, saying I still have one activated PS3 system. Which one is anyone's guess. My old US one that fried itself? My current US one? My old Japanese one? My friend's that I've logged in on before? None at all, because I just deactivated all of them from the other page on their site, only this one refuses to update? I'm not allowed to know. I go through a customer support form, type in one of the system's serial numbers, and get an auto-reply saying I'll hear back in 24 hours if my deactivation request will be granted. Boy. I try the form again with another system's serial number—nope, can't do that, already have a request in the system. Cool.
 
I'm pretty sure at this point that deactivating them doesn't matter all that much for my purposes and I'm not so sure why I bothered. But boy they don't make it easy. Oh yeah and some system is still activated for "video" (rather than the other category, "games"), but there's no mechanism for removing the "video" activated system (they're kind enough, at least, to tell you that much). Is that the old, fried PS3 on which I rented a movie from their on-board service once? No idea. Apparently I'd have to call them and talk to people about this in order have a hope of getting it cleared up. Think I'll leave it. : P
 
 
 
 
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  I guess it's just really thorough : pApr 18, 2018 12:36 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I started my PS3 formatting itself today. It says it is going to take 20 hours. : o
 
 
 
 
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  Octa-goneApr 16, 2018 10:06 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Octagons are surprisingly tricky to draw freehand. : o
 
 
 
 
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  Star arm : oApr 14, 2018 8:21 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for supporting the comic through the A* Patreon campaign : ) :
 
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Even a dollar a month through Patreon makes a big difference, so thanks everyone who's helping the comic out there!
 
 
 
 
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  Stylish and functionalApr 12, 2018 11:24 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:My driver in Gran Turismo Sport has A* gloves! ^_^
 
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  Wrong boxesApr 11, 2018 11:39 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Getting ready for the move journal entry #XX: Today I put some unused shipping boxes out for recycling! They were big flat boxes (not suitable as moving boxes, unfortunately) that I got to ship extra-large size A* artwork—but I only ended up doing a handful of oversized pieces; they were kind of too big to work on well with my little drawing table set-up! : P
 
 
 
 
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  Gotta keep it classy no-blogApr 10, 2018 11:00 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:A farewell to day! A page is done. Exeunt!
 
 
 
 
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  Side-sketchin'Apr 09, 2018 10:41 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:After struggling for a little while, I held my pencil sideways and went all super-sketchy with the pencils for today's page—I think it helped!
 
 
 
 
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  Road wash warriorApr 07, 2018 7:01 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I got to send an ink (plus some ink wash!~) sketch to a reader for their support of the comic through my Patreon campaign! Ink sketch rewards come at one of the higher monthly support levels, but even $1 a month is a big help to me! So thanks everyone who's able to do that = D and oh yeah here's the sketch!:
 
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Thank you!!
 
 
 
 
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  Let me cross your palm with silver good clerkApr 05, 2018 10:38 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Sorted through one of my decades-old stockpiles of loose change today. Not really any quarters in it, though—I had uses for those. But heck if I know why I was still using cash for purchases back then. It seems silly now!
 
 
 
 
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  10,000 black holes estimated around A*Apr 04, 2018 9:25 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:A BBC article today about a dozen black holes found at the galactic center was pertinent to my interests! Scientists have interpreted a dozen persistent X-ray signals from within three light years of Sagittarius A*—the X-ray source designation of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy—as emitting from black hole binary systems (which would usually be a stellar mass black hole and a star orbiting each other). And, more interestingly, they extrapolated from those dozen black hole binaries to estimate that "there may be 300-500 low-mass binaries and 10,000 isolated low-mass black holes surrounding Sgr A*."
 
Loads of black holes! ^_^
 
 
 
 
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  Darn close-upsApr 03, 2018 11:31 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I got this page done ^_^
 
 
 
 
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  Sunday was pretty good I guessApr 03, 2018 12:24 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Took me forever to work out the layout for the page today! : P Maybe I had too much fun over the weekend or something. ^)^
 
 
 
 
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