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Who am I? I am a translator, webcartoonist and once and future musician/songwriter. Married to an American artist/scholar/teacher who is a mass shooting survivor. Old as dirt, feeling twice as old again. Two stepkids, two dogs, one cat. Politics generally left, philosophically an anarchist. Non-religious, history of undiagnosed depression. Like beer, need coffee. Has a sociopath's palate. Love things that go Zworp.

Sheep EC 

Monotony is the enemy of learning.


Pablo A. Celnik, M.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine:

“What we found is if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row,”

If a repetitive exercise bores you,
most likely you're not learning.

Change it up each time.
A little bit of chaos is good for the soul.
And apparently, also good for learning new things thoroughly.


Day 16: Wild. Absolute Unit again. Just trying to develop the character a little more. From the look of him, it's, er, clobberin' time? Something like that anyway. If I'm going to use Copics to color again, I should work at a smaller size and that should also allow me to get proportionally thicker lines more easily.
#inktober #inktober2019 #mastoart #fediart

For about a decade now, I've been saying things about common CAT tools like "That would be an outstanding software design if the goal was to make translators' lives miserable". But I no longer believe that needs to be phrased as a hypothetical. The purpose of these 'tools' is to immiserate the people who have to use them.

romneycare, medicare for all, single-payer now 

Inside the tomb of "Victor William Babbage", Tess and Abby find a stairway that leads to a catacomb, whose walls are lined with not one, but two legendary machines of the mid-19th Century. And their journey of discovery is not yet over! Also, Abby's costume is legendary in its own right. Abby's outfit is legendary in its own right as well.
I thought these machines were going to take me two days to draw, but I found a solution (solution was to half-ass it).

#inktober #inktober2019 #mastoart #fediart

Health, Impfung, Versteckter Appell 

Problematic survivalism 

Work - 

Day 14: Overgrown. Tess and Abby are back in our world now, and are investigating a tomb attributed to Victor William Babbage. They have reason to believe the tomb is not what it seems, and the name is a clue.

I said I was going to go back to traditional art after two fully-digital one, but the digital process right now works better for me, because I'm on a long weekend and the schedule does not include a long interruption while I'm at work. Working digitally, I can just power through instead of waiting for ink to dry.

#inktober2019 #inktober #mastoart #fediart #overgrown

"#Twitter sperrt kurdische Frauenstrukturen wegen ihrer Berichterstattung zu Kriegsverbrechen der Türkei in#Syrien."

einer von vielen Gründen warum #hambibleibt einen account auf #Mastodon hat.

Day 13: Ash. After crossing the lake of molten lava and landing their dragon, Tess and Abby find themselves in a peaceful meadow, at the center of which is a large ash tree.
"What's so special about this tree?" asks Abby.

Like the last one, this one was done entirely in digital media. I'm going back to traditional tomorrow, but it was nice not to have to worry about smearing, blobbing, waiting for ink to dry and getting my pen caught in the grain for a while.
#inktober #inktober2019 #mastoart #fediart

The murder of Atatiana Jefferson 

Our hearts go out to the friends and family members affected by the death of Sean Kealiher. Our sources indicate that this was not related to fascist activity.

If you are struggling with this news, we would encourage contacting Lines for Life at 800-273-8255.

At the first protest I ever held a young anarchist came up to me and offered to be my security. He stuck by my side for a week, never leaving the protest. When PPB beat my partner at another protest, he was the only participant who came to the hospital. He was murdered yesterday.

A 23 year old anarchist, Sean "Armenio" Kealiher, was killed after a vehicle struck them in #Portland. Our hearts go out to Sean's friends and family. A memorial has been erected at Northeast 9th Avenue and Davis Street.

Day 12: Dragon/Complete Whoop. Tess Durban's life keeps throwing her for a loop. One moment she's sad because her friend has just ghosted her; the next she's in an alternate dimension with a new friend, riding a giant dragon over a giant lake of molten lava. If that isn't a complete whoop, I don't know what is. Again, I am combining the official prompt with a prompt from AI Weirdness. My iPad Pro missed me and I wanted to do some different things with color. Unfortunately, my understanding of color theory is somewhere between nonexistent and crap. #inktober #inktober2019 #ainktober

Since people are going on and on, that #Selfhosting is not just running a script, let me clarify this:

Self-hosting is like gardening. Yes, it needs time and love. But mostly for making new stuff or big changes happen. When you do it properly it can boil down to a few minutes a week, as you maybe just need to water your plants in the garden.

It's a hobby, not everyone needs to do it. There are professional services as alternative, but it's nice to share with friends.

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