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Mishmash of tidbits

So many little things I want to talk about – here’s a mishmash of some of my favourite blogging topics all in one post.

1. Art on MS Paint

I’ve been working on my poster presentation, and I prefer having diagrams and images on all of my powerpoint presentations rather than blocks of text. I’ve always hated siting in lecture where the prof reads off slides filled with rows and rows of text. Why bother lecturing? I could just read it on my own – don’t waste my time and put me to sleep.

Here’s one of the diagrams I drew on Microsoft Paint – pixel by pixel. No tablet, no PhotoShop. Time consuming, but oh-so-satisfying, because it is completely personalized for me, by me.

Wow, the resolution is terrible as a jpeg. It looks so much nicer as an original Paint bmp, but WordPress won’t let me upload bmp files 😦

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Strawberry ice cream cake and an old Ranma 1/2 drawing

I can barely recall the last time I had been to my friend Ian’s home. I remember an apartment with a balcony, I think. I remember a lot of the boys huddled around the TV playing some console (but that’s pretty typical at any get-together of ours). I don’t remember the layout too well, nor even how many of us were there. What I do remember that his mom made us food. And it was very, very good. I am 110% sure I kept eating even after I was full to bursting, just because it tasted so good.

So I had always known Ian’s mom was a great cook. But today he put up a picture on Facebook of an ice cream cake his mother had made for the first time, from scratch. I was duly impressed by the creativity and presentation and I really wanted to share it:

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More Valentine surprises: Best Buy delivers! (plus more drawings)

For those of you who are not technologically-savvy, or at least not a dedicated gamer, today was the release date for the PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle. The Vita is the newest handheld portable PlayStation device and features a large touchscreen as well as a touch-sensitive backing for more gaming features. The PS Vita on its own is not released until February 22nd, so those who want the bundle will have their hands on the gadget a week early.

I had pre-ordered the Vita from Best Buy for Dark as a Valentine’s Day present. I had it timed perfectly – if the release date were the 15th, and it took about 6-12 business days to ship, then he would get it in a week or two, well past his busy exam schedule.When Dark had pre-ordered the new Zelda game, Skyward Sword, he had been frustrated when he still hadn’t received it almost a week after the release date. He ranted and raged about how he should’ve just bought it in store. In the end, he cancelled the online pre-order and went to purchase the game in person. Little did I know that Best Buy would be so on-the-ball. I received a shipping notification email yesterday, but surprisingly, the Vita arrived today – right on the release date!

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Paint is my Photoshop substitute

I’ve chosen a new theme for my blog, but I didn’t quite like the default background so I decided to make my own. Now, I don’t own Photoshop, so I opened up good old Windows Paint 🙂 Some lines and colours  later, here are the versions I came up with:


Feel free to use them, but please link back and/or give credit!

Looking at them now, I’m already inspired for two new backgrounds I want to create…!

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Sketchbook header for the notepad

Looking through my sketchbook for suitable header material, I came across these sketches I did last year when I was stressed and wanted to take a short break. Putting up this header makes me reminiscent about pastels and acrylics, sketchbooks and canvases . Makes me want to pick up a pencil and start sketching right now, but alas, I have procrastinated the day away as it is…

Here’s the rest of the page of my experiments – it was my first time picking up a pencil in a while… and I haven’t picked one up since then 😦