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Here's an ink sketch I sent to a reader for their support through the A* Patreon campaign : D :

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Thank you very much! Your support means a lot! ^_^


Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:15 pm
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You ever have one of those days where you hustle off to the post office to ship a package you've been itching to send off and find you can't do it because they're closed because it's Columbus Day, which you can't really say you forgot because you've never actually memorized the date because why would anyone do that? Well, you got me good, Columbus Day.


Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:35 pm
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Tomorrow (Wednesday night, that is) is the end of the last sale auction of an ink A* page in this little run of weekly original A* art auction sales I've been doing! So you've still got a chance to get an A* ink page at a pretty hefty discount. The auction is here; the 16" x 6.75" piece is the original art I made for A* episode 18, page 57. : )

It looks like this only bigger and realer!

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Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:59 pm
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Wednesday special A* original art sale! We've wrapped up the series of original pages I was putting on sale from A*'s ink art days--so let's get back to some watercolors! This week's sale is the 16" x 6.75" watercolor painting I made for episode 31, page 23, in which Selenis is questioned by new rebel acquaintance Val in a maintenance tunnel after their seeming escape from Pearl security forces. I was pretty happy with the composition and lighting and how these faces turned out : ), four eyes and all, especially after I ended up repainting half of Selenis' face with my emergency touch-up magic recipe of waterproof white "ink" (but it's actually more of an acrylic type stuff) mixed with watercolor. Val, of course, would end up being a rather pivotal character in the episode.

So for the next week the watercolor artwork for that page is on sale on eBay at a special low starting price right here!

The eBay listing has high-res images of the illustration, but here are some tiny ones:

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Thanks for checking out my original art! : D


Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:36 pm
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Dear Diary,

Today I got this page done! That's about it.


Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:52 am
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Readers are helping me keep A* going by pitching in a buck or three each month through my Patreon campaign. : ) Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader as their reward for a month of support:

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Thank you very much! Your support means a lot! = D


Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:13 pm
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Big day in astrophysics today as NASA announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves emitted from colliding neutron stars, and, importantly, the first detection of light from a gravitational-wave-generating event; that's a big deal because the relationship between gravity and electromagnetism remains I guess the most fundamental knot in our theories of physics, so being able to measure both from a single, cataclysmic event (a collision between ultra-dense massive bodies like this is called a kilonova, because it can release up to 1000 times as much energy as a stellar nova) could potentially lead to a much better understanding of how our universe works.

It's already confirmed several theories: that such events generate short gamma rays bursts--which have been spotted in mysterious, distant flares in the sky from time to time--and that kilonovae can produce heavy elements such as gold and platinum that cannot be created through standard stellar fusion, which is only able to produce elements up to the weight of iron.

And for extra fun, the BBC article on the report has the waveform of the subatomic ripples of spacetime--the gravitational waves, that is--converted to the scale of audible sound waves, and wouldn't you know it, they make a perfect science fiction sound. : D


Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:15 pm
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More discoveries resulting from the first-ever observation of a collision between two neutron stars in both gravitational waves and light, reported by NASA and discussed in this blog yesterday:

- A new BBC article mentions that such dual observations give us another way to measure the expansion rate of the universe, since the shape and intensity of the signal tell you the distance to the event, and its speed relative to Earth can be determined by the redshift of the light emitted (I think that's what they mean by "analysing the light associated with the event", anyway). The universe's rate of expansion, symbolized by the Hubble Constant, in theory determines the ultimate fate of the universe, confirms or throws into question the Big Bang theory of the universe's creation, and is vastly important to fundamental theories of physics; it's precise value has been the subject of some debate for years, so having another way to measure it should ultimately help solve some of those big questions.

As the article describes, one widespread way to calculate the Hubble Constant has relied on stringing together estimated distance measurements to certain classes of stars, but the multiple measurements and assumptions required for those calculations can lead to problems in accuracy; the measurement made by combining gravity and light wave readings from a neutron star collision, on the other hand, can be done pretty much in one go, and thus, in theory, may prove more reliable.

- Reader +Roy Adams tells me that, upon informing +Katrina Adams of yesterdays big space news, including the BBC's sound wave version of the gravitational waves generated by the neutron star collision, which converted into a surprisingly cool science-fiction type effect, she aptly responded with The Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance." : D


Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:03 pm
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Wednesday original A* art archive sale! : D This is where I pick an unsold piece of original art from a past A* page that I think is particularly nifty, and offer it to you in a week-long auction at a starting bid price far below the $50 for which I sell pages directly through my own site. So, this week I'm featuring the 16"x6.75" watercolor illustration I made for episode 31, page 38, in which we see our heroine on a small quadrotor aircraft, having threaded a gap in a huge tower in an attempt to elude a similar pursuing craft--and for the next week, it's on sale right here on eBay!

Tiny preview images of the large ones you'll find in the auction listing:

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In this one I was particularly happy with how the free play of light blues and darker purples came together to make up the figure of Selenis and the body of the quadrotor. I don't always manage that sort of detail this coherently! : o : D Thanks for checking it out! And you can find my other sales of original A* watercolor page art--always including the latest week's worth of new pages!--under my eBay profile. : )


Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:36 pm
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No major new gravitational wave space discoveries made mainstream headlines today, whew! : o


Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:49 pm
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