Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

I'm not a real Cowboy, but I play one in the movies.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

Sticky until Monday

Got a better caption or photoshop for this unsourced pic? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday Night.

WINNER!

Counsel of blog Pocosin wins with:
Don't worry honey, it isn't you. Tarzan doesn't swing my way either...
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It's not a Hallucination

...if you're asleep.

Twice last night, I drifted off to sleep, only to hear my alarm ring tone go off on my cell phone. Only thing was, it was nowhere near time to wake up and my cell phone showed no evidence of having rung or being activated. This is almost as bad as nights when I wake up to the imaginary doorbell. Not nearly as bad as the dream where a dog is suddenly barking inches from my face. I really hate that one. Probably has something to do with alcohol withdrawal, I bet. Well, I pounded lots of coffee and finished my homework before dawn. I should go for a walk but it's frikkin' cold out this morning. A nap before school would be nice.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Better Than Homework



My Adobe AfterEffects instructor postponed the deadline of our first formal projects this weekend, so instead of slaving away on mine today, I took up a challenge posted at Snowflakes in Hell by Robb Allen of Sharp as a Marble. The AE part was easy, but Final Cut Pro gave me fits bitching about a memory error and YouTube choked on the original file I first uploaded.

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Let's Put On a Show!

If it bleeds, we can kill it!




Other awesome musicals from Jon and Al:

Conan the Barbarian

Commando

Terminator 2

RoboCop

and more!

h/t to Every Day No Days Off

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thanking a Veteran



WWII sniper Ted Gundy rings up some 1000-yard shots, thanks to the US Army Marksmanship Unit. Also got some nice parting gifts.

h/t NRA

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This is Cute

Start Our State - Political Organization - Tucson AZ (Facebook)

Why settle for being the 51st U.S. State when we (Pima County, the Bluest county in the Grand Canyon State) could be the 32nd Mexican state? Once the Cartel is firmly ensconced here, you'll easily out-gun all those gun-humping Rethuglican Nazis! It'll be Heaven on Earth!

h/t to Clif, who's on their side.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Camera

Slid a brand new 4 GB SD card into the Pentax K100D and got a Memory Card Error.

Pulled the 8 GB SD out of the point-and-shoot Canon A590 and got the same thing.

Dug out the 32 MB SD left over from an original PowerShot and it worked. Then checked the Internet and learned the K100D takes a 2 GB card... and nothing more. At least the Pentax doesn't shoot video....

Gotta get out and and shoot with it more... but not this week. I'm shooting a movie (Audio Guy) and a match this weekend. Update: So maybe I'm not shooting a movie this weekend. At least I've got an extra day to slave over homework.

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Fear the Duck

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

Sticky until Monday

Got a better caption or photoshop for this AFP pic? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!

Original caption:

A young girl is seen here preparing to eat a bug during the annual Wildfoods Festival in the South Island town of Hokitika, New Zealand. (AFP/File/Juergen Schacke)

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday Night.

WINNER!

Wyatt Earp of Support Your Local Gunfighter wins with:

This week, on Pam Vs. Wild . . .

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Hooked on an Earworm



h/t Mike L.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Genius!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

History for Thought

Year of the Rabbit Too

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

My art instructor Miss Katie formally introduced our second project tonight, a Year of the Rabbit themed Commercial Illustration. It should feature a rabbit of some kind in the foreground and contain a mid-ground and background, advancing warm colors at the fore, with retreating cooler colors to the back. Mmmm... Jessica Rabbit! No, wait, that's trademarked. I submitted three sketches, a jackrabbit in a desert scene, a fluffy white bunny, and a Tucson gangsta cartoon bunny in front of a low-rider and a Native Reservation casino. After further research identified this as the year of the Metal Rabbit, I changed the car to a ricer racer and gave the gangsta rabbit a Death Bunny T-Shirt.

Then, after finishing up my first project, a dual self-portrait, I killed time by surfing on my desktop Mac to my favorite rabbit theme of all time, Cat Shit One. When Perfessor Katie came by again, I had to give her a peek. My cartoon bunny would have been easier to execute in the prescribed micron pen and watercolor, but I let her convince me that I could do something similar, being the gun bunny she knows I am from the last class I had with her back in 2008.

Introducing Gun Bunny!

Incidentally, the Rabbit characters in the manga Apocalypse Meow originated from a play on the Japanese word for "Rabbit, " usagi.

USA G.I.

I decided to make mine a little more mainstream by using the M88 Kevlar helmet, instead of the floppy boonie hats used in the anime.

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Hey Man, Nice Shot!

I love a good shot. Out of a bottle, firearm, or camera.

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Classy

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

Got a better caption or photoshop for this Reuters pic? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!

Original caption:

Senegalese children run as locusts spread in capital Dakar (Reuters).

Leave a caption or photo link in comments, or Email a pic to me at the address in my profile. If you're sending a large animation, please provide a hot-linkable URL. You need not own a blog to win! I'll advertise your favorite charity, web site, or even your organic fresh produce.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday Night.

WINNER!

Cargosquid of UCV wins with:

Children - It's what's for breakfast...for locusts.

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Have a Happy V Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

All-Points Bulletin

Be on the look-out for this gun, stolen in Kingman AZ. Would be cool to catch the bastard that stole it.

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Virtually Date Ariane Sim v7.0

Definitely NSFW. The game play is pretty similar to the later v6 releases, but includes many new pictures.

Use the link at the author's blog to download or at the site to play on-line (or download).

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Toy

I got this used Pentax DSLR so I could use my old lenses, but the 18-to-85mm lens that came with it will probably ensure I never use my normal and wide-angle prime lenses again.

Now to play with it this weekend!

T'was cool to learn I bought it from a serious artist.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sarah Palin!


and many more!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

WTF, Clapper?

It's all over the 'Net and TV today how Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described the Muslim Brotherhood as a secular organization. Jeez... There's no one else in the upper echelon of today's government that I've actually met twice over the years*, so I've been kind of a fan of the guy. Statements like his boner today make it difficult to remain so. Is he that ill-informed or is he under political pressure to gloss over the MB's nature?

* Met him when he was J2, US Forces/Korea, and again when he was Director, Defense Intelligence Agency.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I Need a Toy Lawyer

Reportedly, removing the orange tip from an AirSoft gun is illegal (or maybe not, if you can trust the internet)... but replica guns and movie props don't have orange tips. Does that mean I can't legally use an AirSoft gun made with an orange tip as a movie prop by removing or painting over the orange tip? Some blank-firing guns have an orange or red plug in the barrel, but not all.

Also, if I want a custom tiger-stripe paint job on a rifle and the flash hider ends up orange, is this now an outlawed weapon? I think a day-glo orange AR would be really bitchin'.

In the meantime, I'm keeping a can of fluorescent orange Krylon on my prop box and an eye peeled for the cops. I think I just answered my own question.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

Since the movie shoot I was on tap for this weekend has been rescheduled for later in the month, I think I might drag my butt out to Kevin Baker's Pin Shoot at the Tucson Rifle Club this Sunday. I'll definitely shoot .45, but I'm up in the air whether I'll shoot my Heavy Metal single-stack Colt or game it with the double-stack Para-Ordnance. Something tells me the little angel on my shoulder will make me bring the single-stack, since the Superstition 3-Gun is next month.

Photo Courtesy of The Smallest Minority.

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Arizona Chainsaw Massacre (2010)



Here's the other Advanced Cinematography/Location Audio/Video Post-Production project we unveiled last year.

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Apprehension (2010)



Speaking of advanced movie-makers, here's one of the horror films we shot in 2009 and edited in 2010. Many thanks to Snuf and Katie, who put this on YouTube and did the movie posters I put up last year.

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Monday, February 07, 2011

PCC Casting Call

Come on out and meet some advanced movie-makers, master their scripts, and become a local movie star! This could be your big break! Oh, who am I kidding? It'll be a lot of fun, anyway! Most of them know the importance of good craft services and catering, so if you're a starving artist, you'll be good for a day at least.

I'm not shooting anything personally this semester, but I hope to crew for a few friends.

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Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

Sticky until Monday

Got a better caption or photoshop for this pic? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!

Original caption:

DANCE REHEARSALS: People rehearsed for Carnival at the Sambodromo in São Paulo , Brazil , Sunday. Carnival is in March. (Ale Vianna/Agencia Estado/Zuma Press)


Leave a caption or photo link in comments, or Email a pic to me at the address in my profile. If you're sending a large animation, please provide a hot-linkable URL. You need not own a blog to win! I'll advertise your favorite charity, web site, or even your organic fresh produce.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday Night.

WINNER!

Cmblake6 wins with:
"Well, this IS Brazil, and your Doctor did a very good job, but can you try tucking that thing back in?"


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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Is it Bulletproof?

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Happy Anniversary!


My friends Jon and Kirsten were joined in Matrimony this day on 02/02/02.

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Brrrr


It was 38F at 1pm today. No biggie... been through worse last month. If this sounds like whining, imagine what the natives are saying. Where's my parka?

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

It's Okay

I own some long-sleeved shirts too.

I might skip driving the ragtop this week, though.

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Digital Drawing and Painting

Our first in-class project was to be a non-representational abstract inspired by a selected range of classical music, exploring the palettes and features of Corel Painter.

Look random enough to you? I was worried that the instructor much find it too "representational," but figured if I didn't add black stripes after the yellow "Hairy Brush" effect, no one would immediately peg this as inspired by "Flight of the Bumblebee." I think I got away with it. Shhhhhhh.

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