Conversations with my 2 year old. Brilliantly shot and highly entertaining. A must for any parent!

My wife recently found this outstanding series of shorts floating about Youtube. They feature discussions between a father and his 2 year old daughter, re-enacted with a full-grown man in her stead. This creates a superb tension that helps highlight the often times surreal situations we find ourselves in as parents with young children.

Enjoy!

Stunning Martian Landscapes

As you may be able to tell by the dearth of posts here over the past little while, my attention is focused elsewhere. I will soon be able to return to spicing up your lives in a most positive manner. In the meantime, I feel the incontrovertible urge to share this link with you. It will direct you to an article on The Verge titled “Alien frontier: see the haunting, beautiful weirdness of Mars.” They have curated some NASA photographs of martian landscapes that will help fire your imaginations to new levels.

Breathtaking inspiration for any science-fiction novelist. Source: TheVerge.com / NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Away Team Nimbus 5-1: Astrobase Command Fan Art

Nimbus 5-1 is about to have a very bad day. © 2013 - Max Shields

Nimbus 5-1 is about to have a very bad day. © 2013 – Max Shields

You have to understand that I don’t do fan art. Well besides the TMNT that we all had fun drawing in grade school, some Star Wars battling out against Star Trek in high school. Oh, and maybe some Battlemechs beating each other up somewhere in between.

Anyway, the point is that I haven’t made anything like fan art in about 20 years. Since my real-world life (job, family, saving the universe one small spoonful at a time, you know the drill) takes up a lot of my time, most of the art I do have the time for is limited to quick black and white sketches and doodles to keep my hands somewhat familiar with a pen or stylus. Astrobase Command has sparked off some kind of excitement deep in my curmudgeonly heart and motivated me to start a more lengthy project that culminated tonight.

In the process, I came up with a couple test images to try out composition and color schemes.

First composition test.

Messing around with composition and lighting.

Experimenting with color schemes,

Experimenting with color schemes,

Hopefully it will give everyone a good chuckle, and inspire far more talented artists than I to begin populating the interwebs with some awesome art to share their excitement and encourage others to discover Astrobase Command’s amazing potential.

Marketplace Health and Safety

This video (*) will blow your mind: http://www.wimp.com/vegetablemarket/

It is of a small fruit market built around train tracks. Display trays are mere centimeters away from the tracks, and the entire stalls are morphed and bent around the train as it passes by.

I know more than one workplace health and safety inspector that would be less than impressed at the setup. As it is, though, it provides immense fodder to fuel the inspiration of stories in exotic locales.

 

*sorry, I can’t figure out how to imbed the video on the blog, so you’ll have to swing over to wimp to view it.