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Back to Work, In Excel Hell October 30, 2007

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It’s that time of year again where I get to look at hundreds of Excel spreadsheets and hundreds of thousands of little, fiddly numbers where I get to decide which ones get bolded and which ones do not.  I shitteth thee not they pay me to do this.

I nicked this grapic from the late, great Dave at Garfield Ridge site.

Four Day Weekend! WHOOT! October 25, 2007

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Tomorrow is Nevada Day and they give us the day off around here.  We traded Columbus Day for it some years ago.  (No celebrating that nasty old dead white guy for us!)  I have a couple extra days off to use up before the end of the year or I lose them, so I’m knocking off Monday as well.  The big time-suck lately for me is Oblivion on the Xbox.    Good grief – they should put a warning label on this thing:  “Caution, the purchase and playing of this game will consume large chunks of your life.”  Maybe with four days off this weekend I’ll find the time to get the oil changed in my car.  Maybe.

Sorry, no art for today – I haven’t finished it yet.  I’m doing the Big Size painting and it’s taking some extra time.

Ace O’ Spader Moron Meetup October 19, 2007

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It’s still on!  I’m meeting Bmac and his wife at Club Charleston tonight (5740 W. Charleston).  They will be in around 6:30 – 7:00, but since it’s not too far from where I work I’ll be in around 5:30 – 6ish.  Sobek of IB fame has indicated he might be able to put in an appearance as well.  I hope you can make it dude! 

Everybody bring your pool cues!  Oh, and we’ll probably be playing on one of the larger tables near the left-rear of the place.  Ignore the dinky little bar pool tables you see when you first enter the place.  Go through the doorway on the right and you will see us back there.

Misty Morning October 16, 2007

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I finished this one last night – definitely a keeper.  As always, clicky for larger picture.

Misty Morning

This is my first painting on Clayboard, and it was an interesting experience.  The clay surface is a bit thirstier than paper and sucks the paint out of the brush faster than I expected and I got into real trouble right off the bat with this one because of it.  I started off with the sky and very quickly ran out of the color I mixed for the wash.  I mixed more color but the first wash had already dried a bit and later washes left nasty “seams” where they overlapped.  Fortunately, the clayboard surface is more forgiving than paper and allowed me to use some scrubbing to get those seams out.

This one is 12 x 16 inches.  For the next painting I’m going BIG.


Ha!  Here’s the one I did in the Summer ’06 class in black and white.  Practice really does help eh?

Las Vegas Get-Together? October 15, 2007

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Hello!  Fellow blogger Bmac & I are going to meet up after work this Friday at a nice pool hall called Club Charleston.  It would be nice if any of you other Las Vegas based Ace o’ Spader refugees would show up too. 

Algore the Great Fraud October 12, 2007

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Gore Speaks

Well at least we now know what the full value of the Nobel “Peace” prize is.  The funny thing about all this is that I’m pretty certain that Algore and his fellow Global Warminists will have to eat the shit they’re spewing once ol’ Mr. Sun starts to head on off to one of his colder cycles, which is due sometime circa 2010 – 2011. 

He eats it too.

Taste it Al!  Savor that flavor!!

***Update*** Oh, just so y’all know – I did not come up with these graphics.  I swiped them from somewhere else a while back.  I have no idea where.

I Don’t Like This One October 11, 2007

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Jungle Shack

I didn’t much care for the subject the instructor selected for this painting, but I gave it a go anyway. 

Oh those trees turned out amazingly awful.  Just goes to show they can’t all be gems.  I didn’t use the clayboard for this one, because I had a Han Solo level of A Bad Feeling About This right from the start.  I am using it for the next one though.  I should finish it up next Monday.  It’s…interesting.