For the most part, having any kind of cold sucks. HOWEVER, when I have a throat cold, I do enjoy my vocal pitch dropping a couple semitones so that I can amuse myself singin' Lefty Frizzell tunes in my natural register and being able to hit the low notes!

If I'd played my cards right and never gotten married, this could be me right now! High-five to all the 8-bit , sceners, and microcomputer enthusiasts out there, livin' the dream and making poor dietary choices in the glow of a monitor.

In the days of manual color separations in comic books, everything that wasn't line-art was full-saturation RBY (no black halftones for grays unless the inker used some Zip-A-Tone). So human skin-tones could get a bit interesting. White folks in DC's early days were 25% red; Marvel did 25% red + 25% yellow; Asians were often varying degrees of pure yellow; and people more darkly complected came in a small set of ink-heavy gray/browns.

Alright, so markers are now something I have taken an interest in. It dawned on me the other day that if I just get three reds, three blues, and three yellows that I like, then I can color sketches/drawings in a manner akin to vintage comic-book color separations. I've done that digitally for years, but it's always been too ~clean~, y'know? So this is worth exploring for a bit.

Sure, let's tag this with since I drew it with real pens. Some design concepts for a character I'm playing with named ATARIUS.

Reading in The Art of Atari, some of the industrial designers mention that they were big fans of Bang and Olufsen stereo equipment ... you don't say!

Been getting some coding done on P·HYDRA, my Atari/POKEY sequencer. Here's a six-minute sampler of some of the sounds I've been makin'. The stuff at the end is the most exciting as I'm doing some frequency modulation and getting some hairy sounds out of it.

I did this for The Hollywood Reporter a few weeks ago. Every time I do rocky landscapes I think of Fred Carillo. His landscape backgrounds were always beautiful and appeared effortless, and his rocky landscapes in particular always give me great pleasure to look at.

Found these by the side of the road. There were quite a few old pieces of radio/TV test equipment, but many of them were too huge for me to justify bringing home. If the resistor and capacitor substitution boxes still work okay, they'll be handy for circuit-bending experiments. I tested the oscillator briefly (hence the paperclip) and it works...ish! Probably needs a new component or two. Just a simple Wien bridge oscillator inside, I think.

Time to bring in the big guns!
I love the pitch control dial on this thing. The snare drum is a bit bleh, but the tom-toms on the Synsonics drums are where it's at.

Here's a little 4-color fun from last night. 160x192 ( 8-bit res).

Here's last week's handiwork. I haven't had a drawing table in 15+ years -- but we've had this old badly-painted hand-me-down side table for ~5 years which I've always thought would convert nicely. So, finally, a new bottom deck for some foot room, a hinged top, and a removable computer stand on the side ... kapow! Needs a tray in front and a water/ink stand on the right side, but we're gettin' there.

Animated wallpapers while writing? GREAT IDEA.

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