Misty And Definitely Rainy

September 12, 2013

It just wouldn’t be a day at work without running into some kind of system issues.  I managed to get to work earlier than usual, but what welcomed me was a merchant system that wasn’t functioning.  This obviously made me happy, as it would take me off the merchant queue, but I had to go through protocol and, after logging in, tried connecting to it.  After several restarts of the remote server, and still not being able to connect, I informed the TC-on-duty that given the circumstances, it would be best for me to be taken off the queue rather than just be giving the downtime spiel, and yet have the same calls routed to me again.  Less flaring tempers from merchants that way.

Although my request was put through, and I was assigned to just the membership queue, it wasn’t easy obviously.  The membership queue had its own odd spikes though, and at one point went down on me in the middle of a call, which was pretty embarrassing on its own.  Not only that, I even got locked out of my own system, which forced me to call support from the folks in India.  Luckily it would automatically unlock in 30-odd minutes, and since it was minutes away from my lunch break, so that sorted itself out once I got back.

As for the day itself, it was foggy for most of the morning, which meant that the city skyline I could see from the windows was obscured and somewhat sepia in town.  It didn’t turn dark until an hour or so before the shift ended, at which point it started to rain.  I was worried of course, as today I didn’t bring my umbrella, but by the time I had hopped out of the jeepney heading to Alphaland, the rain had temporarily stopped.  There wasn’t any rain by the time the MRT got to EDSA station, nor on the way back home, though there was a heck of a bottleneck at the terminal’s turnstiles.

Spent the rest of the afternoon reading, then did some gaming on the side, before I turned in for my usual late-day siesta.  I kind of overslept though, which brings me to the situation now, where I’m wide awake despite the fact that it’s late in the evening.  Well, let’s see just how much I can do before I go to bed again.


Hobby Deflections

November 19, 2012

So it was another slow Monday at work.  Well, not as slow as I’d have hoped, since despite the fact that we had a complete four-person attendance for the closing shift, we experienced odd spikes in the call queue.  Not only that, the avail times didn’t really become as long as I used to remember Monday avails to be until well after noontime, which is far too little too late in my opinion.

Since I still don’t have money, and payday is still about four days away, I had to walk to the MRT station after my shift ended instead of catching a jeepney ride.  Unlike the previous days, there was barely a cloud in the sky, so even with my hat it was freaking hot.  Needless to say I was very sweaty by the time I got to Alphaland, which is why it was a real relief to enter its A/C’d confines, even for a short bit until I got to into the MRT station.  I was actually tempted to turn on my own room’s A/C once I got home, but decided against it this time around.

There was always later in the evening, yes?

I went to the gym as always, though it was pretty dark by the time I got there, and not because of the hour.  Lots of dark clouds around our area, and it’s no surprise that it eventually started raining, which means it was a good thing that I got to the gym when I did.  It continued through my session, but thankfully it had stopped almost completely by the time I started home.

I’m still a bit stumped on what to do about that line of trees in the long-term Madoka-related project, so to shift gears a bit, I decided to do something else… Unfortunately it’s still Madoka-related, but hey, no trees and colors to worry about for now!

Going to focus on drawing the figures first, then I’ll worry about giving everything a carved-out texture.  It’s been a year after all!


Partial To Completion

November 17, 2012

It’s kind of unexpected how I actually woke early for once, and without help from my phone’s alarm.  Around seven-thirty in fact, whereas my alarm for the weekend is nominally set for nine-thirty.  It was definitely a nice feeling, though I won’t claim to actually being able to use those extra morning hours well — indeed, I immediately found myself distracted by browsing 2ch for Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0 details, and trying to sift the truth from the made-up stuff (which was pretty hard).  A booklet given during the overnight screening eventually surfaced, confirming which detail really was in the movie, but that came sometime during the afternoon.  The hours leading to that however… ah, it was an exercise in patience, particularly when you get whining and raging on the massive changes the movie brought to the EVA canon in-between.

 I can’t believe these “fans” are as old as I am… Was I the only one that aged gracefully?  Or are the whiny and bitter grognards the most noisy at it?

Aside from that, I was able to do something productive, or rather build upon what I was doing yesterday.  The result is what you can see below: the sort-of completed solo of Shiina Remi, ready to be slotted in with the rest of the stampede.  I didn’t go with a bare outline this time around, and opted for including the base colors. It was the only way to showcase how… green, her general color scheme is.  Hey, I didn’t choose it!

Green and yellow… Mmm, I’m reminded of lemons for some reason.

With this, I guess I’m a little bit closer to what I want.  Now I just need to work on general composition and, who knows?  I might just be able to post SOMETHING finished before New Years, yes?


Little Steps, Again

November 16, 2012

It’s kind of embarrassing how I wasn’t able to put in a journal entry last night. I intended to — in fact, I even set my phone’s alarm for nine-thirty in the evening just so I can wake up for it — but I think my usual reaction to getting woken by an alarm kicked in before anything else.  That is to say, I grumpily turned it off, and went back to bed.  The next thing I new, it was already well past midnight, so I didn’t bother again.  I set downloads, then tried my best to go to sleep again.

Needless to say, it wasn’t quite successful. Between Twitter, XCOM 2012, and going through my backlog of anime, I was pretty much up until around five in the morning.  It was only then that I finally felt the pull of slumber again… so I jumped into bed without hesitation.

I woke up, obviously, at around eleven in the morning.

Despite the late start, at least this time I had a set goal in mind for today: drawing.  Specifically, adding another Magical Girl to the burgeoning ranks of my long-term art project.  Damnit Himado, don’t make this any more harder than it already is!  Oh well, Remi Shiina is underway, though I’m not really sure if I can finish her lineart tonight.  At least it’s something creative though…

Hopefully I can get the lineart and flats done by tomorrow morning.  That is, unless I can get a second wind somehow tonight.  I’ll just have to see

P.S. For some reason the gym was only going to be open until five in the afternoon, so rather than the full hour of exercise I was expecting, I had to make due with around forty-odd minutes minus warm-up (I got there around ten minutes past four).  I wonder why though.  Maintenance?  Christmas decorating?


An Afternoon’s Worth of Pastels

November 3, 2012

So, last day off before it’s back to work tomorrow.  I woke up late again as usual, though I do think I more than made up for it during the afternoon… and most of the evening.  What was I doing?  Well, working on the skyline of course, though I have to say it’s turned out much more colorful than you’d expect your usual city skyline to be.

I think I’ve going to have to tone down the saturation eventually, but that’s still in the future.  Still have to fill in the windows and whatever spaces needs doing, put it in the background of those  hedges I did before, THEN see if I need to adjust things.

All in all though, it’s kind of fun to be able to do something other than play videogames or review during my day off again.


Very Welcome Idle Weekday

November 2, 2012

So it’s day one of the first “normal” weekend and day off I’ve had since the end of my comprehensive examination.  So how I choose to start it?  By staying in bed until about lunch time.  As usual it got me told off by my father, but it’s my day off, so I’m going to stay in bed as long as I choose, darnit.

Oh, and apparently my tito arrived from the province this time.  When I finally rolled out of my bed, he was on the phone with my mother, which would apparently turn into a three-hour marathon as the two siblings caught up with each other and swapped stories.

As for me, I spent a good part of the day in front of the PC, in this case finishing the last stretch of my Classic Ironman run on XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2012.  I even recorded the ending, though given the rate of encoding it might not get uploaded to Youtube until maybe tomorrow.  Oh well.

Speaking of the run through the Ironman run through the Temple Ship, it was very strange to say the least, especially when compared to the gauntlet I experienced in just Classic.  You see, it seemed like the game decided to skip several spawns — in this case, the Thinmen, Muton, and Sectopod sections were completely empty.  Now given how this was an Ironman game, it made me doubly paranoid, as the game might just decide on spawning them all at once at the last room but… It never happened.

I have a theory for what might have possibly caused it.  You see, by the end of the room that contained the Floaters, Heavy Floaters, and Chrysalids, for an inexplicable reason one of my soldiers caught line of sight to the part where the Muton Elites normally spawn.  This caused them to spawn out of event order, which meant that they came rushing to my squad before they were even supposed to (they died to Overwatch fire at the entrance of the Muton room by the way, surprising me in the process).  

Given how this WAS a Classic Ironman game, I didn’t question the gift horse in the mouth, so to speak.  Once I got to the final room though, it was all just a matter of mopping up.  I used the experience I gained during my Classic run, and suffice to say that the Uber Ethereal didn’t last three turns, heh.

Now that was well worth the time I spent today on it.  So gratifying, especially given how hellish it was during the starting months of the Ironman game.  So expect to see the video soon, ahaha.


Of Hedgerows and Skylines

June 30, 2012

It’s funny how, despite not really planning to do so, I woke up pretty early today, even before my phone’s alarm went off at its scheduled time.  I could have sworn that I heard my sister talking (about how I was supposed to have classes today), but regardless of the reason I was out of bed, and very wide awake.  Needless to say I took advantage of the fact that I was up and about, fired up SAI, and went to “work” on the other pieces of my art project.  Which is to say adding a skyline and treeline as background to my mob of magical girls.

After several hours of squinting, the result is what is displayed on the picture above. The greens are a little too bright for comfort (at least the front row), but given the fact that they’re going to be (mostly) obscured by the running girls I think I can get away with some minor adjustments to the overall brightness later on.  That said, boy this was tiring, and the effort pretty much took the entirety of my day, which just shows my rather amateurish level of skill. Egh.

Anyway, hopefully I’ll be done with the trees by tomorrow, so I can finally focus on a much harder task; that is, coloring (and shading!) all those buildings in the background.


Half-Done

May 25, 2012

 

Just a few words to what I’ve been messing around with since I woke up today, and of which I’m nowhere even finished… See those buildings in the background?  Yeah, those that are just outlines right now?  They take anywhere from an hour to two hours or more of work.  I know, I know, I’m putting too much focus on something that’s just going to serve as background, but it’s really hard putting in all those little details that make a building something that doesn’t look merely like a tall block.

Yeah, I can obsess about the strangest of things sometimes when I’m doing fanwork.  What else is new?

Suffice to say that trying to do each building in the skyline one at a time has been… time-consuming to say the least.  Oh well, I don’t have classes tomorrow, so maybe I can get more things done.

Like the trees.  Because they’re going to be added eventually, right?  Right?

On other news… So it’s my payday today.  With my rate increase, I was expecting a bigger payoff when I went to the bank teller around lunchtime today.  Sadly, that wasn’t to be, as out of the eight thousand-and-one-hundred (without taxes and contributions deducted yet) I was expecting, I was only able to get five thousand six-hundred.  Given that I haven’t been late or absent during the cutoff period, that means that that’s a lot of deductions from both taxes as well as for Pag-Ibig, SSS, and God-knows what other stuff.  Bummer.

Oh well, the deductions were expected (since they usually do come at the end of the month), it’s just that I didn’t think that they’d be this big this quick.  Mmph.  With the end-of-the-month bills coming in, it’s going to be tight until the next payday, for sure.


Good Friday Musings and Rewatching Madoka Magica

April 6, 2012

I think a good part of Christendom is, in one way or another, celebrating the passion, crucifixion, and death of Jesus on the cross.  For us here in the Philippines (for the more traditional-minded anyway) that means a pabasa, specifically through the Seven Last Words leading up to three in the afternoon.  There’s also the bisita iglesia, a pilgrimage through at least seven different churches over the course of the day, but it looks like it’s something the family will have to skip out on this year, as not only is it already pretty late in the day (and as such makes it difficult to finish the journey before night falls), but my sister’s currently conked out at the moment.  Really, the pilgrimage isn’t worth it unless you do it with your family.

For the less devoted, I’m guessing that they’re taking advantage of the day to relax and catch up on whatever it was they couldn’t do prior to the Holy Week holiday.  Among the online circle I’m familiar with, that pretty much means watching anime, particularly the new batch of shows for the Spring Season.

I’m in a particularly reflective mood though (besides, I’ve already seen the first episodes of the new shows), so I’m taking the time to do a re-watch of the finale of Madoka Magica which,  due to a mix of real-life events (do remember it was around this time that the 2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami happened) and production delays, somehow landed on a day that unintentionally strengthened the themes inherent in the last two episodes, particularly of selflessness and self-sacrifice.  To a non-Japanese Catholic watcher at the time, the fact that it aired on freaking Good Friday made the message of the show all the more powerful, as it echoed (again unintentionally) the same type of qualities that lie at the core of why Christianity celebrates Holy Week.

It’s not quite a one-is-to-one parallel however, as despite Madoka’s sacrifice the magical girls of her universe still suffer through what might be considered a bum deal, spending the rest of their lives fighting off daemons without any kind of thanks (whereas Christian doctrine says that the sacrifice of Christ opens the door for definitive spiritual redemption) in exchange for their wishes, but in some ways the girls are better off than how they were prior to Madoka’s changing the rules a bit, so to speak.  With Madoka stepping in to take away their despair, each girl is free to pass on without regret, instead of turning into monsters that would very likely make the world much darker.

There’s no direct parallel to the promise that lies at the end of Holy Week either, brought upon by the Resurrection of Christ, unless one interprets the familiar themes of rebirth, renewal, and of new beginnings, in the persona of Homura (and not Madoka, the supposed messiah-figure), after the rewriting of the “rules” of their world.  Gone is the very dour and driven young woman that we’ve seen through the course of the show, and who we learned had suffered through so much just to be able to protect her friend, replaced instead with someone who literally had the crushing kharmic weight of several lifetimes lifted off her frail shoulders, no less determined, but now filled with actual hope that there will be a friendly face waiting for her, once all her struggles come to a close.

Of course one could also interpret the apotheosis of Kaname Madoka from regular schoolgirl, to this anthropomorphic concept of Hope (for magical girls, hah) existing across time as a sort of rebirth as well (though skipping the three-day death and resurrection thing).  Oddly enough, I seem to recall (though I might be misremembering things) how this matches some of the gnostic interpretations of Christ’s Resurrection to be, where Christ the God discards his earthly body and reunites with his pure godhead.  While I’m sure that being erased from existence wasn’t exactly in the cards when Madoka made her wish, much like Christ (in some interpretations) she likely accepted it as a probable (and necessary) outcome.

At least, that’s my thoughts on the matter.  Funny how this weekend made me feel contemplative (though not for matters that normal people may deem “important”), but I suppose that’s just how things are, two days before Easter Sunday.


Week-Start Lethargy

March 12, 2012

Nothing really much to say about my day.  It was slow at work, but I wasn’t really in the mood for anything other than sleeping this afternoon, so that’s what I did.  When I woke up from my siesta, I worked on the stampede again, this time focusing on the Pleiades, especially now that, with Volume 3 of Kazumi Magica out, I finally have official color schemes to work with.  It took a bit of work, but I was able to get it done somehow. 

Funny how my guess of Mirai’s scheme was spot on (without the polka-dots though, which by the way I’m keeping), and I was this close to Satomi’s as well (the shade for her official scheme was a little lighter though).  Saki and Nico’s themes were misses though, but one out of four is something I guess.

And that’s pretty much it. I’m still feeling kind of tired for some reason, so it’s off to bed again.


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