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    #earlymidlifecrisis

    It isn't the kind of craft instruction you're asking about, but if you're looking to make a go at being a Comics Creator, I strongly recommend SequentialWorkshop.com as a support resource. It's a forum frequented by people doing the same sort of thing... a mix of writers, artists, and writer/artists – including both "names" and nobodies such as myself – which grew out of the creator community that developed at Warren's The Engine back in the day. I've found it an invaluable place to get feedback and motivation.

    As for the craft, it's hard to know what to suggest without knowing what your weak points are, but How To Draw Comics the Marvel Way is a surprisingly helpful how-to book on figure drawing for comics. Understanding Comics and Making Comics by Scott McCloud might be useful too.
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    #teajack

    Just wanted to say that I've been reading all the responses and loving finding out how people drink their tea. Also makes me want to try some teas that have been mentioned.
    • CommentAuthorrough night
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2012 edited
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    #earlymidlifecrisis

    I vaguely remember when folks started talking about making that forum, but apparently filed it under, "sounds great, but nothing to do with me," back then. Even if I don't build up the brass ovaries to post there, it'll be a really useful place to lurk. I've also borrowed Making Comics from a friend, and will put the others on my Christmas list. Thank you much!

    I suspect my weakest points are drawing urban backgrounds (trees I can do, buildings less so), keeping things consistent at different angles, and making people look the age they're supposed to be - in particular, I need to learn how to draw children of a broad range of ages. I'm aiming for a more indie style than Marvel. Do you think How To Draw Comics the Marvel Way will still help if very few of our characters will be muscular hero types?
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2012 edited
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    #earlymidlifecrisis

    If you're after a more natural look to your heroes, Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy is going to be as much help as the Marvel guide.
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    #earlymidlifecrisis

    Thanks, Greasemonkey. That one's on the wishlist now, too!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2012
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    #netbook

    Hey-o,

    So I'm looking for a netbook to do some writing on and generally have with me at all times especially for travel. The problem is I don't have much money.

    I'm looking at some of the Asus EEE ones, but am not sure which is the best for me. There's an Asus EEE PC X101CH going for sale pretty cheaply at a nearby store ($240), but reviews for it seemed mixed at best with the big message being not great battery life and no upgrading options if shit goes down.

    Thoughts? Really just looking for something cheap (under $250 if possible) and sturdy that can handle simple things like writing and light to moderate web browsing.
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2012
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    #netbook

    If you're using it for writing you might want to check out what people say about the keyboards. Some are just awful.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2012
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    I had an eee PC that did just fine, until I dropped it to one too many times and fuxxored the display controller. It took all sorts of knocks and bumps before that tho, and run simple browsing/media playing and other basic functions just fine with a fairly light Ubuntu install on an SD card. The keyboard was a bit cramped, but still preferable to typing on my tablet tho
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    #netbook

    Didn't Warren have an EeePC that completely shat the bed after a year or so?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2012
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    #LeatherShoeCare

    So, in the glory of after-Christmas sales, dumb luck, and someone up there being on my side, I got a REALLY nice pair of riding-style boots, shmancy brand name, for not a lot of money.



    They're REALLY nice leather.

    I don't know how to take care of my things, but I did some preliminary Googling and discovered that I need to condition the leather before I wear it, and then need to condition it every so often. I am also interested in waterproofing to keep the leather in good shape.

    Does anyone know about caring for FINE LEATHER GOODS or have any good online resources? I want to get good milage out of these babies, so any and all tips are welcome.

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    #LeatherShoeCare

    This is going to sound ridiculous but go with me for it a bit: find a shoe shine man. [Wait for it.]

    I've lots of different pairs [3] of leather shoes and each one needs different treatment. I asked my family originally but everything they told me seemed ineffectual but when I happened to see a shoe shiner in Paddington station, I stopped and got my shoes shined then asked him loads of questions. Each time I got a new pair of shoes, I went and got my shoes shined then asked him. It's been a couple of years since I saw him last but I got a new pair of boots for Christmas so I'll be going to see him again.

    Hell, sometimes it's just nice to chat to the man and know that you're paying for an amazing professional service.
    Oh, in London it doesn't come cheap but I'm sure you could shop around in NYC.

    In short, go to the professionals and strike up a kinship.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2012
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    #leathershoecare

    derp, i accidentally closed this window so I'll give an abbreviated comment:

    The Leather Spa is where my friends with super fancy shoes take their for repair/conditioning. Angelo's Leather Care is a place I've had bookmarked as another possibility (also it's at 666 5th ave, so I think it's funny). Most people say you can DIY your own shoe conditioning. The biggest thing is to make sure that if they get wet/dirty, to clean them off well and let them dry WITHOUT heat. And don't dump them near heat sources. It'll warp the leather.

    I'd check the website for your shoe company to see if they have a FAQ about caring for them. The Fluevog site has a fantastic basic care run down list here and if you go to their FAQ > About repairs there's a secondary chunk of information about what you should or should not use on your leather based on the type of leather your shoe is made of.

    If all else fails, I'd honestly just go to a local boutique for your shoe's designer (assuming they're that kind of shoe) and just ask the salespeople. I really like buying designer shoes both because it's super high quality and they're usually invested in you being able to take good care of them.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2012
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    @Glu, I did email the manufacturer, but they're Ralph Lauren shoes that I got at DSW so they're not on the website anymore so.... we'll see if they get back to me? But to everyone, thanks!! And YES THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST.
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    #leatherstuff
    -Not sure how well it'd work for fancy shoes, but I've generally gone for leather conditioner+waterproofer that one of our local stores sells. It's worked at keeping my vasque booots going pretty fine 10+years after gettiing them. You generally work the crud into the leather, let it dry (without heat) and repeat a bajillion times. I'm tempted to try using saddle soap this year to see what it does. Usually I just go to one of the local nicer shoe places (that can actually REPAIR shoes :D) and ask them what to use. Basically conditioner+waterproofer...waterproofs the leather and keeps it supple/from cracking.
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    #ComputerGhost
    Every day or two lately I've gotten home from work / woken up in the morning and my laptop has been turned on. At first I thought that I had simply forgotten to power it down but then just a little while ago I was sitting on my couch reading and the lights on it came on. I opened it up and it was going through the start-up screen. It seems to be random times (sometimes at night, sometimes during the day) and I don't see anything in my scheduled tasks that would have it start automagically. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong area, maybe it's something else.
    Any ideas? Any details that you need to help me fix this?

    NOTE: I was going to go with "Ghost in the Machine" but was worried people would immediately think of the obvious.
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    Is the computer in "shut down" mode when this happens, or in "stand-by" or "hibernate" mode?

    Most computers have wake-on-LAN capability, which activates them when they receive a particular kind of packet from the network. I have no explanation for why that might be happening, but you could check in the machine's BIOS and disable that if it's turned on.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2013 edited
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    #ComputerGhost

    That may explain why my work computer is often on in the morning when I shut it down the night before. Either that or meddling coworkers.
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    #ComputerGhost
    Jason -- Fully turned off. Not in sleep or hibernate.
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    Hmmmm, so it isn't earth tremors or strong breezes rousing it from a nap.

    Wake-on-LAN can still work on an "off" computer, though. Modern electronics are rarely every fully deactivated... if nothing else, they're sitting and monitoring the "please turn on" button.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2013
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    That, and there's the little battery that keeps the internal clock going.