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  Engineers dream of electric miceJul 03, 2013 10:51 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Jeesh I thought I was gonna get another page done today but today was also an attempt to go without caffeine and...man you know it actually feels like bed time now. : o So I think I'll knock off. Tomorrow is the 4th of July holiday here in the States, and I'll be catching the local fireworks show, but I think I'll get an A* page done, too.
 
Last night, after finishing the second of yesterday's pages, and not being all that thrilled with my drawing job on them, it occurred to me that they looked rushed--only they hadn't been, time-wise. But I think I felt rushed doing them because I was hepped on caffeine to stay awake. In fact that's kind of become habitual and I think that's not so great. Fortunately since I'm working in pencil now and it *is* faster than the ink work I was doing before, I don't have to stay up late each day just to get a single page done, for the most part; but it had still been an all-or-nothing proposal I would make to myself for the day's second page--like, it would be kind of late, but not too late, and I'd think, okay, I can get a second page in. And then I'd stay up too late, maybe, if I ran into some difficulty drawing it, or spent too long writing some nutty blog entry afterwards, or whatever. And this would go on and on and I feel like I haven't been caught up on sleep for months, bleh. So I had already resolved, last night, that instead of doing that, I'll just work until it's a reasonable time for bed, and if the second page isn't done, well, I can just finish it up the next day. What a crazy notion.
 
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I was poking around BBC News today and noticed a couple interesting articles:
 
- Unmanned Russian rocket crashes in Kazakhstan: fairly spectacular footage of this rocket breaking up shortly after takeoff and falling back to Earth in a huge explosion. : o
- Computer mouse inventor Doug Engelbart dies at 88: American engineer Doug Engelbart worked on a lot of other remarkable things besides the mouse (there are some cool mouse videos in the article, including the first demo he gave back in the '60's), like ARPANet, "the government research network that led to the internet," and email, and in his earlier years he had worked at NACA: "National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics," formed in 1915 "as an emergency measure during World War I to promote industry/academic/government coordination on war-related projects," and running until 1958, when it was transformed, by order of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, into NASA.
 
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If you haven't checked it out yet, you may be interested in catching the auction of my large A* ink painting, Wheel, on eBay; it looks like this, only bigger:
 
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Five and a half days left to get a bid in. : )
 
 
 
 
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