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  LEGOs threaten ISS, Big Electric Cat, MirrorsFeb 29, 2012 6:11 AM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Watch JAXA flight engineer Satoshi Furukawa build a LEGO International Space Station...while aboard the International Space Station:
 
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Looks like microgravity really helps when assembling delicate models--although in this case it was offset by having to construct it in separate sections in a smallish plastic bag; and apparently this was necessary because, aside from the possibility of losing pieces and having them floating all over the station, "exposing the LEGO bricks to the open cabin air was a flammability hazard." HUH. Sounds to me like the other astronauts were just jealous of Satoshi's mad LEGO skillz. Anyway there is more about this mystical feat over here.
 
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While launching my dear and ancient Photoshop 4.0 to start getting today's page into the computer, I accidentally pressed "Alt," and much to my surprise, this caused an alternate "About" box to appear (it was only there momentarily during startup, so it took me a while to figure out what the heck it was and what caused it):
 
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Big...Electric...Cat? Well, according to this page, that was the code name for Photoshop 4.0 during development, the cat's actual name is "Udo," Udo is Photoshop's "unofficial" mascot, and "her nickname is Becky (shorthand for Big Electric Cat), and she’s present in the easter egg about boxes for all the following versions." So maybe you can find her in your version, I dunno!
 
"Big Electric Cat" has also been the name of a sort of fan or employee or something band who have played at Photoshop get-togethers, but this is not to be confused with the real Australian "gothic" rock group by the same name, who were "inspired by Philip K. Dick's sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and the future noir movie Blade Runner." (Tenuous) Sci-fi connection, yay!
 
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I find that sometimes--especially if I'm trying to draw a person head-on so they should in theory be pretty much perfectly symmetrical, like say here--my drawings will secretly be kinda slanted funny, only for some weird brain-tricky reason, I can't tell unless I view them in a mirror, where the off-kilterness is immediately obvious. I do wonder if this would only really be noticeable to people who are used to reading from right to left--thus I imagine my comic looks truly comical to Japanese readers. :/ Anyhoo I don't mean for the drawings to be slanted like that generally, so sometimes when I'm not sure, it helps to check 'em in a mirror before I'm done. Today's page wasn't a perfectly straight-on view, but I thought I'd check anyway; for that one I just linked above I was running back and forth between my drawing table and the bathroom mirror--I guess because I wanted the exercise or something--but the more convenient thing to do is to hold the drawing facing outward on my chest, and then hold my little hand-mirror (also useful for modeling expressions!) in front of that, which is basically what I tried to take a photo of here:
 
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No slanting problem there, whew!
 
^ Aside from being backwards, that's also a preliminary version of the pencils for this page. Oh the excitement!
 
 
 
 
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