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Beachin’

Alrighty, GoGoMachRocketeers! Here it is- a little something I’ve been working on for the last week or so. I made it as a proof of concept for a way of combining my two hobbies: making music, and making comics!

These days, I haven’t been feeling much like making daily comic strips. Making comic strips is a source of joy to me when I’m in the right headspace. Usually my “writing workflow” goes something like this: I’m going about my day, something really bizarre or funny (or even completely normal but I think of it in a bizarre or funny way) happens, and I think “this would be a funny comic” and that evening, I draw it and post it. That’s fun! Because I love drawing and it’s nice to have something to draw. But Covid doesn’t have me in a “daily comic strip” headspace, and sitting around trying to think up something funny to draw doesn’t really help. I’d rather sit around and dream up other things, and so…

Covid DOES have me in a “making music” and “dreaming up stories” sort of a mood. way way WAY before I made charlie and the ghost and spacechuck and gogomachrocketsheep comic strips, I made youtube videos (which are lost to youtube time, I can’t find them) which were essentially slide shows set to music telling a story. I wish i could find them, just to see if I’ve gotten any better. But anyways, this video is a proof of concept for one iteration further than a music slideshow- a little animation, some still images, set to music, that tell a story that I have fun making. AND, I think more people are willing to watch a 3 minute video than are willing to sit down and read 3 minutes of comics.

Anyways, I hope you liked this video! Thanks for watching. spacechuck.com has short comic stories featuring the characters in this short movie! And if you like the song, I might put out a gogomachrocketsheep EP once I’ve got a few of these under my belts.

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A week of snow days

True story. A week of snow days means we worked our way through quite a bit of the Disney catalogue, caught up on new seasons of old classics, and somehow managed to obliterate our data cap (which, if I’m not mistaken, is 500 gigs a month). We got faster internet a while back, which came with a bump in data (from 300 gigs to 500 gigs) for ten dollars cheaper a month without a contract (go figure!), but it looks like even that isn’t enough if we’re all stuck inside streaming our own thing on different devices. Luckily for me, it’s definitely the odd month out, we don’t typically spend that much time watching tv.

that being said, we are prone to binge watching stuff. This week, it was some cheerleading reality show on Netflix. SO MUCH DRAMA! It sucks me in.

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rendering!

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This story starts out with a simple goal:  take 2 hours of Blu-Ray quality training video, chop it down to 20 mins of standard-definition watchability (why, you ask? well, 2 hours is excessive, and our projector computers video cards can only handle standard definition). The nice thing about my office is that, usually, when I’m rendering something on one computer, i can just switch to my other computer and carry on with work.  Yesterday, however, I was in a bit of a time crunch so I had both my computers rendering video.  I only had one rendering at first, and it said it would take two hours.  Three hours in and only half done, I started to get worried and started recruiting other computers to help.  It was still taking too long, I wasn’t going to get the video rendered in time, so I rendered on my surface as well as my macbook.  So, from five to seven, I sat there hopelessly, working with PEN and PAPER so-as-not to offend the renderers, as I watched all of my computers take their dear time to process a couple hours of video.  After all that, it got done with 2 minutes to spare, which isn’t enough time to edit and burn it, so I ended up having to give a synopsis of the video instead of showing it.  Not near as fun, that!  and very headache inducing.