So I recently beat this game. I might have written about it before somewhere, but the SMT series has a very different take on religion then what you normally always see in the western world. The Christian God and the Devil are depicted as 2 dictators on the wildly opposing scales of morality. The binary of “good and evil” are thrown out the window in favor of the 2 absolutes “law and chaos”. Humans are- for the most part neutral, and cannot survive well in a world of complete law, nor a world of complete chaos. But humans are mostly weak, and will, after being liberated, be doomed to return to worshiping God or the devil eventually. It was revealed in SMT III that their exist a near infinant amount of universes where God and the devil fight over the souls of man. In some worlds, God wins, and in others the devil wins. Those worlds then suffer the consequences until someone (usually a mortal) steps in to shake up the status quo. Other Gods and demons from other religions exist trying to find their place in the realm of man amidst the fallout (usually by helping the one mortal with the power to set the future right again). Anyway, Ive always preferred the idea of law over chaos rather then Good versus evil, because what is Good is largely determined by the majority rule. Morality is then, determined by the majority rulers of the world a given being grows up in. For example, we believe that cannibalism or the act of eating a creature that was intelligent/ sapient ect. to be an evil act. Yet some very old tribes practiced ritualistic cannibalism of fallen warriors, and family members to honor the dead by absorbing the flesh and the memories into their own body. In the SMT world- the game progressively tries to steer you morally in two directions, yet the hardest end game option is usually the neutral human ending (and the ending I had to cheat to get ). You get a 4rth option- the nihilism ending where you choose to end the cycle of war between God and the devil by simply destroying reality with a singularity. That threw me for a loop and I’m glad the option was there. But I decided not to write a review for this one because I am currently in the middle of SMT IV : apocalypse/Final and wanna take in the gestalt of the story surrounding what happened in this version of Tokyo. I can defiantly recommend this game if you like a great story. Although if you were to play anything in the SMT series on handheld, it would have to be the upcoming remake of Shin Megami Tensei: strange journey. A game I found to be phenomenal 5 years ago. Seriously tho– Do play this game. If anything for Kazuma Kaneko’s amazing monster artwork.
If you are curious to see how fucked up the nihilism ending is here (fast forward to 5:50 if you don’t want any context): https://youtu.be/zSJWFJIeyc4?t=4
^ this little number found courtesy of Cerebralerror
Artwork from “she who shall not be named”. Tbh I miss the hell out of sentient tank artwork. Also, Damn it, Im on a huge E-C2 kick and Amberchrome goes and does a halfway decent rendition.
If some of you have been wondering why some of my e-mails go unanswered or later, I think I probably opened them at work and forgot to get back to you. I apologize for this. Work has been kicking my ass lately even though the money has been good.
Here is a brief run-down of the things I accomplished during the months:
*Took my Fluoroscopic exam as mentioned before. However I wouldn’t get my exam results until mid February witch turned out to be my highest score ever. I got a 92. proves that hard core ass studying for 2 weeks straight will make you a test pro at anything.
*Attended my final FC (Further confusion convention) to hang out with evalion and all his new found dragon/plane bros. The experience was magical and it was a decent send off considering I probably wont be going back to a furr con for many years. FC as a convention is not what it used to be. Gone are the intimate fun times of FC at the double tree in San Jose where the crowds were smaller and less informal. I had to spend 30 or 40$ for a one day pass to a single dragon panel. As a value proposition I couldn’t see where most of that cash went but I digress. We spent most of the time roaming in a pack of people sampling the local cuisine and drawing at the artist lounge. Ive been told that “BLFC” in Reno is the new place to be, but if I have to jump on a plane to do Reno air races or a furr con, I’m probably choosing the Air races.
*Purchased a 3DS finally in hopes I could cash in on cheap used cartridges that I perceived would have gone down in price due to the upcoming launch of the Nintendo switch at the time. My eagerness to get caught up on all the SMT hand-held games blinded me and in the end I ended up spending about 400$ anyway for the unit and 6 games.
*Started and finished “Westworld” thanks in part to Jordan who visited soon after FC. If you haven’t seen the HBO series Westworld, you need to make a point to commit to it. Its very good. Lots of social commentary on the nature of artificial intelligence, game design, and massive multiplayer open world scenarios. It’s some of the best TV since Battlestar Galactica (the newest one).
*Computer sort of took a shit. My HD finally failed on me.. so I was without a means to draw for the week Ingo was down. I managed to have a back-up of everything I deemed important beforehand, But the new OS update meant that Id have to shell out for adobe creative cloud. The loss of the comp added another negative to an already troubled re-visit.
*2nd visit from Ingo J Airplane. Tried to re-capture the magic of last years epic 4rth of July post graduation trip with the guy I love. However things did not go according to plan. In hindsight I should have taken the week off of work so I could have properly toured the bay Area to give him something to do. I suspect he was bored out of his wits waiting for me to return home from a 12 hour day only to find me exhausted and ready for bed. This caused some problems. We will have to have a minor do-over in June.
*Jace introduced me to blueberry dream. I wont even explain what that is.. but Jesus Christ it was powerful. I’ll just cross that off my bucket list…
*Flew out to Arizona to have a 3-day airplane extravaganza at Pima Aviation museum with Evalion dragon. (For the purpose of the trip I used my own woefully under powered I-phone 4 camera to snap photos of the journey), but they mostly came out unpresentable. So here is a link to the Highlights that Eva snapped with his professional grade camera instead; https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d9qa26ibcb4439e/AADd3KzDkUOXdcq4K5074Sa1a?dl=0 . If you’ve ever been to LA then the closest explanation of Pima I can give you is that it was like March feild but with 100 more planes and some actual budget. We were also greeted to A-10’s, f-16’s, and c-130’s circling and flying in formation every hour on the hour from the Davis-Monthan air force base next to AMARG the boneyard. If you are ever in the Tuscon area do yourself a favor and go take the boneyard tour during the wintertime. Its a super enjoyable ride you will remember hours later when your chowing down on Mexican food around the surrounding town. And don’t forget to visit the Titan Missile museum about 30 miles north. Its the only remaining cold war Titan Missile silo left in the united states and super worth it if you can get on the “Beyond the Blast doors tour”. My biggest regret is that I didn’t take Monday off so I could finish out Sunday chilling with eva’s dragon bros in their huge scalley shrine.
*Started one of my SMT games, (Shin Megami Tensei: Soul hackers) and ended up finishing the game sometime late march. I’m not going to do a full review, but it’ll say this: As much as I anticipated this game 7 years ago, it was probably SMT’s weakest game in the collection that I have played. I powered through it while my online buddies where chowing down on the fillet Mignon that was Horizon zero dawn and Zelda BoTW. The ending did not have a worthy pay-off, the graphics showed their age, The story was generic. It wasn’t a shit game by any means, just mediocre considering the source. If you have personal 5 by now, play that one instead.
*Clued my father in to the fact that I will be leaving California in the coming months. Its going to be a huge gamble…
*Started the Prince Tomcat of Grumman comic. A little sometin sometin to feed my inner perve. The comic itself is off to a good start mostly in part because its a looser, sketchier version of the comic that I work on already. I do this in part by using chibis for all the scenes relating to story, and the full blown detailed bodies and proportions when the sexy time goes down. This is roughly how I can get my fix telling something much more light-hearted. The small perverted audience for this one is decidedly larger as I have seen traffic for the titan site jump up a bit since then.
*Upgraded my phone hard core. This has more to do with the fact that I can write off part or all of it as a business expense, But I am an apple whore, and I wanted a better camera for those museum trips. I splurged on the I-phone 7 plus. No regrets AT ALLL. though none of that would even be possible had tax day not been as kind as it had been.
*A CPA can save you a lot of money. God damn. I had saved most of my pay thinking uncle Sam was going to bend me over hard. Ive been worried about this since October of last year, thinking they’d try to ding me for 40%. If you are an independent contractor for any reason, don’t do this yourself, hire a tax professional who will tally up all your miles, your phone bills, uniform, repair costs, and materials. Claiming patreon payout as taxable income worked out in my favor as well as I could claim everything related to my art as a business expense. Had I known what I know now, I could have written off a couple of the really expensive dinners at FC as a business expense as well. The money I saved allowed me to absolve myself of the damage my dental bill cost me. Huge relief I tell ya.
*Sold off my star citizen account through a proxy. This one is probably the most unexpected as I was very excited about the game a mere 3 years ago. People thought I’d at-least make porn of the Retalliator heavy bomber since it was my most beloved space boat. But I never got to see it in game. it’s questionable at this point if anyone will ever be able to see it in the grand procedurally generated universe that was so promised 5 years back. When you think about the Hello games fiasco with No man’s Sky, you can at least say confidently that they released their game. I touted this as being the game that would be the “eve-online killer”. But it wasn’t. Because the game is STILL not out yet. The newest mass effect game had a budget of less then half of what Chris Roberts got through crowd funding and they STILL managed to release their game. So what is the problem?
Chris Roberts all you have is a demo that you keep re-skinning and taking peoples money to pay for! Finish your game before the fan base bites you like Ubisoft bit Oculus Rift.
*Started a new SMT 3Ds game called “Shin Megami Tensei IV” This one I will review when I finish as it is a pretty solid, well put together title. A worthy successor of the previous title “SMT: Strange Journey”. More on this later.
Too early to say.. But I wanna get at-least 3 more pages of atoll lab out the door before month’s end. I have plans to finish SMT IV and get started on Torment: Tides of Numenera. Their wont be any new trips until June, and that makes me sad as fuck. ;/
^ how I feel surfing FA sometimes.
^ If you don’t get a hard-on watching this trailer then you simply don’t belong here.^
My first Ace Combat was Ace Combat 5- a game that came out on the ps2 almost 12 years ago. While these games are less popular in the states, some of them had some downright amazing stories. Seeing this has rekindled my passion to go back and Play the good ones that I missed (4, and zero). I hope that I can play this one with a Friend in the coming year.. I think He’d love it.
Speaking of games, This one is old but also topical:
I never bothered to play Dark souls, Demon souls ect. But If they made a trilogy of the Dark comes with a pussified easy mode for us regular people to just explore the world and its lore, I would have jumped on that like flies on shit. I love the lore of the souls games. Read the Wikipedia inside and out. I also like how from software has artistically explored the various armor types of different cultures to make some really unique wearable including the above witch is the armor of a character named “Ornstein the dragon slayer“. Some one on deviant art 3D printed this badass figure of him and sold it for 350$. This is one of the reasons (besides space and poverty) as to why I stopped buying figures. This is the kind of quality that I demand from my shit. If you ask me, well worth it..
So we are entering into the end of 2016 and I wish I had some snappy words for you all, but I don’t. This year was absolutely chocked full of “Gettn shit done”, most of which involved me graduating from Medical trade school and instantly absolving half of my credit debt. I hadn’t had a job in 5 years following the loss of my security position, but I’ll admit I’m getting pretty addicted to the power that having cash in your pocket gives you. On the flip side, Ive gotten very sick 4 or 5 times this year. Each time anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. It’s gotten me kinda worried about my immune system and Ive started a regiment of multivitamins in hopes I can stem the tide. If I am to work around sick people for the next 10-20 years, I need to know that this shit is not going to force an early retirement. My graduation trip in LA was not only fun, but a huge eye-opener that may usher in big changes in 2017. I got to visit Reno again for Air races, and visited no less then 6 new museums that I’ve never been to. I discovered how useful a hot water bottle can be to warming a bed, I found out how cool “One punch man” and “Jojo’s bizarre adventure 3” was. Coming into the next year I have only one New year’s wish; That I pass the fluoro exam coming up. My cram for that happens next week. Wish me luck. Happy Holidays everyone!
Between watching let’s plays of ff15, I started off a new Indy game that was released this month called owl boy. Its a little 2d plat-former/puzzle game with game play not unlike Capcom’s gargoyles quest. Its too early to do a review on it though, So I will leave the update for later once Ive finished it. If you are curious about it, check it out on steam. Its 10$ and for every fan of rich retro pixel graphics and should only take about 15 hours of your time.
*Edited 12/24/16: Just beat this game today in between studies. It was very cute. Support Indy gaming and pick this game up (especially now that steam winter sale is on).
As usual, thank you guys for supporting my artwork and the website for the last 2-3 years. ** I have a patreon ** if you are new here and Like what I do, please consider donating a dollar or 2 and show your support. If you cant? Then Happy holidays and God bless anyways! Ciao
So let’s talk about this game. 3 weeks ago, I was trying for the 2nd time to pick up Baldur’s gate Enhanced edition and finally, finally get through it. I am a big fan of old school isometric Western style Crpg’s as they tend to scratch the kind of micromanaging itch that you don’t get with many Japanese rpgs. Maybe its the fact that Baldur’s hasn’t aged well, or me being a graphics whore in my middle age is waning my patience, But I just couldn’t get into BD and I have now put it down for good. This left a big gaping hole left in my stomach for a game to play, So Tyranny came out at the right time (Especially seeing as Tides of Numenera and Divinity original sin 2 wont be out of beta till next year).
This game isn’t a game for people who like to get the good ending. It is a very well crafted story about a world where the battle for good against evil has concluded. Evil has won and now the ruling overlord Kyros is in his/her final years of conquering the whole world. The game takes place in 3 acts, where act one (the first years of the war of the tiers) Defines your characters back story and starting abilities. What you choose impacts how certain events play out in act 2. You are sent into the war of tiers as a fatebinder, an agent of the archon of Law and mouthpieces of the will of the evil overlord to deliver edicts and interpret the laws as you see fit. The power the overlord kyros has is God-like. It comes in the form of spoken or written “Edicts” that shape and fuck up the land unless certain conditions are met. Its is your job to deliver these edicts, settle arguments, and assess the armies of Kyros to see who is fit to rule the lands. You may decide that the archons are incompetent and choose to rule the land for yourself, gaining the wrath of everyone around you. The choice is yours. Just don’t think you can make everyone happy or right the wrongs of a land in civil war. Much like a George R.R. Martin novel, it’ll often end up shitty for you if you don’t take the hard line. All that said, How you solve the puzzle of dealing with Kyros final conquest is yours to choose. I bet my left boob the story is mostly about your rise to power then the power of any one archon in the game. If you like good story telling then pick this game up when steam of GOG does a winter sale. Its defiantly worth a 25-30 hour play through. A-
Got some new random art imagery from various folks including Maisuke, Evalion, VRshaw, and two guys I have yet to learn the name of. Thanks for this 😉
*Thanksgiving was kinda bad this year, there is a chance I was food poisoned by Ono Hawaiian BBQ because I cant quite pin down what made me a wreck on Thursday.. so much that I didn’t even make it to my friends or my families house. I had to take a shower to warm up and then head to be for a nap like an old lady. special thanks to the people who invited me, yet I’m such a flake I didn’t go again.
*I had a rare 1 in 1000 mecha sex dream on Saturday. Was so nice..but I never expected the guy would be an amorousc-130. I don’t usually go for the curvy types..
*Had a drink on Wednesday called a “moscow mule” witch I mistakenly thought at first was racist(ly) named “moscow meal”. turns out its just vodka, ginger beer, and lime.
^ Living machine song (Special thanks to SingingSnake for finding this)
- Got sick again btw. This is getting to be a huge fucking problem too, this is the 3rd time this year Ive gotten sick just for going outside. Going to start a woman’s multivitamin with some vitamin D supplement soon to see if it fixes things. Otherwise I’ll have a promising future as the super hero “Puke Master 3000” with a gag reflex so powerful that anything that fails to leave my lungs in the first hack shal initiate a violent technicolor response.
- I’m putting an end to the 20$ pledge tier on my patreon page. Recent developments have led to less time available to fulfill on-the-side stuff like art cards. I need to return to my comic before Ive lost too much momentum. However if you’d like to continue to help me support this website and what I do here please consider becoming a patron at the 1$ or 5$ level.
- (Addendum) I will be adding 1-2 25$ tiers for people who would still like to support at the higher level but wish to get something in return. Instead of a personalized art card, I will instead pick out a couple of drawings (comic pages and porn doodles from the current of previous months to send to you.)
^^^^Reno 2016 Abridged..with a few scenes from a revisit at castle afb^^^
About a month and a half ago I ended up going to the Reno air races in hopes id be able to have a biblical experience laying under one of the Idaho A-10’s they they tend to have. In a highly foolish move I red-eyed the whole trip and pushed through a 28 hour bender with no sleep. A bender that almost left me with heat stroke- and almost certainly left me with hallucinations driving through truckee to go back home. I never did get to lay under thos a-10’s.. But I did get to lay under an f-5 Tiger II (from with the Stanley pictures are inspired), as well as an f-16 fighting falcon witch I have provided pictures of the dangerous wheel whells associated. I really could have used a friend for this trip, and if I have my way next time I defiantly WILL have someone next time. If you’d like to see a few more short videos I took from my phone you can visit my youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5j47PjPM2Otm8p1pNZTLDA
PS: that piece of prime rib was 20 oz. Thought i could have myself a good dinner to wake up for the drive home, But didnt think my clever plan through. Still, No regrets… I love beef.
Also, this is just a short post to tell ya’ll that i got my first job. Its not an ideal job being that it’s a med staffing agency, but I got several more interviews lined up. Plus working at the urgent care place has really done well for my experience. With my current hours, I’m really not as able to draw as hard core as I did at the beginning of the month, But this is subject to change.
What else?? oh… I suck at DCS world.. Im not sure how much better I can get , but I haven’t really gone through the tutorials yet. As for other games? I started tell’tales Game of thrones, But haven’t returned back to it just yet. I also Aquired the beta version of Divinity original sin 2 as a gift from Ingo, But that too will have to wait. For now its more Starbound, Baldur’s gate enhanced edition these days till I can kill the last boss.
Games I really want t play right now:
Torment: Tides of Numenera, wasteland 3, Divinity origonal sin 2
Its also my birthday Friday.. I’ll be 36 years old And a lot better off now then I was a year ago. I just wish I had some Davids tea…Its fucking cold right now.
^^ beautiful frenchies^^ <3 (Dessault mirage)
So.. I have a Jackfruit problem. Its the kind of problem that represents a good 12 lbs worth of exotic Asian fruit that seems ok to eat in small sittings, but actually is a much larger pill to swallow when you buy the whole damn thing. (its a cross between a pineapple, a banana, and flowers/chlorophyll) And It seemed like a good idea at the time, till the floral taste becomes overpowering and it really fucks with you. I was doing so well too.. lost 7 pounds last month after I quit soda, Patched things up with family, you know.. Anyway, its looking like this was just as much of a mistake as the time I bought the Durian fruit for science! If you ever want to taste strange Asian fruit DO please ask a grocer to cut a sample for you to eat and or take home first, it’l save you a headache later.
In recent news, A new artist has shown up to take the reighns of proper airplane porn, and who would I never have expected in my wildest dreams? But none other then the Art director from Bad dragon toys himself Evalion (The world is really funny like that.) Been chatting it- slutting it- up with this fellow after he had an epiphany including and a rather tasty tongue and switch moment with the front landing gear of yet another blackbird in a museum in his own state/country. How strange though that it would be the Hind helicopter that he stood in the shadow of and thought back to that old commission I did of Anya for Delta. I have to say, I’m flattered.. as there isn’t anyone aside from perhaps Lando who briefly took up the mantle and made some amazing things, Who is willing to personify the machines in a non anthro way. I’ve fucking waited for days like these. Special thanks to Gunner who jumped all over that shit and broke the news to me as it was going down. Here’s hoping this one sticks with it for a month or two.
2 weeks back I decided that my military aviation tour was not over. The research I conducted for the July 2nd trip cluing me in on another possible gem I could visit much closer to home. This was castle AFB museum 2 hours from my home in Atwater California (Also the fucking desert) . At the time I was just beginning my foray into the Stardew game, and really fucked up my sleep schedule over the whole month. Despite my drunken stupor of sleep deprived 4 hour nonsense, I made it there about 30 minutes after the museum opened. The morning light was was gorgeous and I was prayed upon by the docents that wanted to give me a flyer about the huge beautiful Sr-71 that was parked out front gleaming with a fresh coat of black paint. I tried to get one of them to give me permission to go beyond the chain barrier to touch the belly of the massive behemoth, but they just weren’t having it. All of this is “before” you go inside, and if you find yourself paying for admission My advice to you is to by the 1.50$ program, purchase a bottle of water, wear some sunscreen, because your going to be walking the whole 20 acres to view the other 59 planes they got stationed there in the infernal sun. This museum is comparable IMO to March field in its size and collection mainly because most of the key points in the collection are engines still in tact. For me this is a huge psychological boost knowing that soo many aircraft are still “alive” with their hearts still installed. One thing to note, visitors who may decide to come in the winter may get entreated to a new acquisition as the people were proud to advertise they were getting a B-58 hustler to add to the collection. This would make this museum the most complete collection of American bombers that I have seen yet, if I decide to come back and visit next year. The rarest exhibits beside the blackbird and presidential plane, was the Avro Vulcan and Saab Drakkan, and there are park benches strategically placed so that you can enjoy all of these guys on your ass provided the sun doesn’t cook your brain. Speaking of that, I would have gotten a hold of more movies but the Iphone literally shut itself off due to overheat . Here is what I got:
Warnings: there are ant hill nests and wasps attempting to stage an overthrow of the exhibit. Expect to see a lot of this shit the closer to the more decrepit exhibits you go.
(Please let me know if any of these images don’t work there should be about 100)
Top it off with an old Disney animated cartoon I haven’t seen since I was 5:
Last but not least, This game ate my brain over the last 3 weeks. I officially logged over 110+ hours on steam and turned this casual game into something rather hardcore. If you have never played harvest moon or animal crossing I wholeheartedly recommend this title. Its a relaxing game about farm life and soon there will be a coop functionality added in with the next patch. (Rather then me give you a summery I would just click the link in this paragraph to see weather its right for you or not) A
^ spoiler alert (Holy shit GOT finale <3)
^ Last week Snek suggested I go multi-eyes on the BMPT “terminator” and I know know he is fucking genius. In ifv’s with strange turrets and multiple optics it just makes scene to go multi-eyed even if sometimes it makes it look like the top and bottom half are 2 different entities (They are not, there are just one entity.) I mean, technically, these things have either full 360 or almost 360 scanning range plus FLIR. “eyes” are just something to help communicate with humans a formality, and don’t represent the true omni-sight these vehicles actually have. I find this very alien and very robot-like…
*Warning large file sizes
http://planesoffame.org/ During the 4rth of July weekend I took a trip down south to LA with last minute mechaphillia guest star Ingo on a military museum tour of epic proportions. Took my car on an 800 mile odometer busting adventure to 5 places over the course of 3 days. On Saturday we went to 2 places: Planes of fame in Chino, and the American military museum in South El Monte with another special guest “She who shalt not be named on this website”. After dropping off a care pkg and going to breakfast we drove on up to chino and where we were promptly greeted by a B-17 in various states of restoration in front of the building. On that day, they were going to be flying a P-51 mustang after an hour long presentation (we missed it looking around at various things) witch we got to see and I took a movie of just after the startup. This museum is mainly about WW1 and WW2 and their claim to fame is that a good 80% of their collection are in fine working order as evidenced by the German plane being wrenched on in the garage hangar. To me the most notable thing was the p-38 “23 Skidoo” chilling in its own hangar towards the back. Make no mistake this is a rare thing, as there are only 7 of them left in flying order in the whole world. They also had a Sopwith camel (completely covered in canvas and wood) and a Bf-109 pulled from the arctic with the original German paint and bullet holes. While they did have a hangar with a Dempsey (f-86 sabre) plane and a bunch of old Korean war migs, This museum is not really a place to visit if you are looking for more modern offerings (1960’s and up). Its also not the place to go if you are looking for the F7F tigercat likely stored in planes of fame: Arizona. During the summer is suggest sunscreen.. fucking seriously. Because if you wanna look at their boneyard your going to have to venture into the courtyard and walk around in 90 degree heat being irradiated by an unforgiving fireball. I wish I had more time. To do everything we could only spare between an hour and a half to 2 hours per museum just to ensure drive time didn’t fuck us over. I could go on and on about what I saw, the little tortoise shell cat that lived in the maintenance hangar, how small the B-17 actually is on the inside, how fucking colossal the skyraider actually is– but you’re just going to have to go visit and see for yourself. Its worth the trip.
http://www.tankland.com/exhibits.html After we had watched P-51 mustang “spam in a can” do its start up sequence and roll out for a couple of flights above the crowd, we followed “she who shalt not be named” out to a little hole in the wall ground unit museum she had volunteered at for 4 years prior. TankLand/American military museum has a lot of kindly folks maintaining the area (witch a guy in the back usually wrenching on an engine or two) and it comes with an assortment of trucks, tanks, tugs, apcs, afvs, and a custom painted arty all waiting for you to gawk at. It has the feel of a pick n’ pull with the quiet effectiveness of a park, complete with shady benches to retreat to. When you consider how much Americans aren’t really known for their ground vehicle museums (Go to Europe or Russia for that) Then you may actually be impressed with what you find. I did not expect to find warship howitzers, and torpedo tubes lined up alongside old Normandy-esque landing crafts. I didn’t expect to see military motorcycles, Saracens, and old staff cars. I did expect the half-tracks, the m3 lee, and the Sherman however. kept thinking “damn, wish cerebral was here.. hed have fucking loved this”. if there ever was a low point of the trip, it was that the star of the attraction: The Sheridan tank was on loan to someone for a film shoot and so, I wasn’t able to see it. Bummer. We hung around shooting the shit till the heat got to be too much and had to find a hotel room to wash, rest and prepare for dinner. everyone was invited to lawry’s for prime rib and yorkshire pudding. We fucking splurged until we hated ourselves and headed back to the motel to draw.
^ A gift image to me from our very own curator (Love you H.), as well as some early concepts of another success machine boss monster for Atoll Lab, and the beef I had to kick off the weekend.
http://www.midway.org/exhibits-and-activities?gclid=CMCavbKw4M0CFYqPfgodCz8JuA Day 2 kicked off hard core with a race down to San Diego when we had both determined that there wouldn’t be enough time for Blackbird park and midway in the same day. I had fucked up about a week earlier thinking that fireworks on the midway wouldn’t be a popular event. Figured I had a few more days to buy tickets for and when I found them sold out, kicked myself because That meant that the 3rd was our only day to go do this. Let me just re-iterate something, PUT THE USS MIDWAY ON YOUR BUCKET LIST OF PLACES TO GO VISIT. Let the movies and panorama shots sell this whole pkg to you: Admission is 20$, parking is 10$. Stay the whole God damned day if you can. Outside is a buffet of modern and cold war jets along with an awacs craft and several helicopters (one of which clothes-lined me in the tit). Inside you can get a nice little presentation of world war II planes including a walking tour through the engine room. It was so fun, the exhibits were fresh, well-maintained and shiny. I saw several children loosing their shit in line for a flight simulator ride too. It makes the uss Hornet museum look like a ghetto in comparison (You were right Delta). I was so horny the whole time.. yet time, sunburns, hunger was wearing on us and we did stick around for the bridge tour. This was probably a mistake on our part.
http://www.marchfield.org/ March Airfield along with the midway turned out to be my favorite events of the trip, mainly because they delt in modern-ish planes and also because they had an pristine indoors Sr-71 blackbird for witch Ive fapped too 8 times this month alone. We made sure to get our jankey “joo gonna get raped” motel within 30 minutes of this place because we absolutely needed to make sure we got the California science center and this done on the 4rth witch was our last day together. March was an absolutely pleasant surprise and had as many planes if not more planes then Planes of fame had. Some noticeable shit was the inclusion of a B-29, B-52, B-25, and B-17 all in the same area. along with every notable mig up to the 23. They had a Vietnam helicopter section, and a whole lot more stuff I just didn’t have time to fully look at even with the 2 hours that we spent. Bring sunscreen if you are going to visit, as most of the museum is outside in the burning sun. Most of my attention was devoted to the Sr-71 inside (the one machine i could not leave LA without seeing) and again, I was kinda upset that this museum also did not have an F7F, but it pretty much had a hellovalot of everything else. In coming to this place, ive started to realize that the only way to up the ante is by exodus to Ohio for USAF museum or an AFB airshow. Ingo and I agreed that we need to up escalate the situation, hopefully we’ll be heading east next year to maybe catch us some b1, b2 action before we get to old to walk. Once again, if you are not visiting blackbird park, you should come here for the most biblical Sr-71 experience you will ever have. Had people not been around, I likely would have messed around with my Friend in the wheel wells of one of the Boeing planes.
http://californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/air-space/space-shuttle-endeavour?gclid=COHOkO7H4M0CFZSEaQodyrsOvQ When we reached the science museum I practically shat myself that there was yet another blackbird decorating the park on a stand. We had exactly 2 hours left before close however, so we scurried over to what Ingo and I were really interested in: the space shuttle endeavor. Pictures of this too does not do it justice. The darkened room and its giftshop existed under the ever benevolent shadow of this aged space plane so worshiped by adults and children alike. Had they sold pieces of what Snek called “mecha scales” the heat tiles- I would have bought one for Ingo. I wish I could tell you more about our experience here as it was like a similar experience Ive had at the San Fransisco academy of science years ago just without the hard core rush to see everything before doors shut. In another couple of years they are expanding out the aerospace portion of the museum and want to include more aircraft in the exhibit. This will be the most opportune time to revisit i think, especially considering they put an f-117 silhouette in the proposed plans. we did a few misc. things like petting starfish and gawking as rotting corpses being eaten by carrion beetle worms. Hopefully we will come back some day when we can spend the whole day there. 2 hours is not enough to enjoy something like this.
http://afftcmuseum.org/visit/blackbird-airpark/ By the end of the day, we were too tired to even see fireworks having ran our asses all over town without a solid good nights sleep. We ordered pizza, took down a couple of bottles of wine and shot the shit about life, people, and the future in general. I got to see what it was like to vape from a hand-made rig, and managed to wake my friend up with whimpering and moaning from a Silent Hill-esque shadow-baby nightmare. Overall we got a lot done, and It will be a memorable experience for years to come. I loathe the fact that i needed to let Ingo go home, especially seeing as (LAX was a bitch to navigate even at 5:30am). In the end, I got to have real LA Mexican breakfast with another friend, and escaped the whole thing with a detour into Palmdale hoping that Blackbird park would be open. I drove that one hour out of my way for nothing, because the gate was shut. So I climbed the sign and took a snap of the BB’s and the U2 dragonlady behind them. If your in the Palmdale area next to the Lockheed aircraft testing facility, Make sure you do it on a Friday,sat, or Sunday. they are not open during the weekend. so sad..
There IS not much else to tell you except that I left the best for last. Please enjoy all of the short 1 minute movies I took during my trip, and do please forgive me shitty speech, I was really excited and exhausted during the trip. MOVIES
- To my dad who loved me enough to keep me from my decision to head for the gutter years ago.
- To my roommate who puts up with my idiosyncrasy on a daily basis.
- To my instructors who 2 years ago, saw potential and gave disheveled nervous c-student a chance.
- To the technologists in Alameda who saw me through 8 months of student externship. You guys had the most impact in my understanding of positioning and patient care and I love you for that.
- To the strange people here on titan who comment and contribute their stories/experiences. We’re all fucking weirdos, but at least together doesn’t seem as lonely a sub group as it was. <3
- To the People on patreon and other donators whom helped me survive the year when the food stamps ran out..
- To 99 ranch market for their delicious wu-mu Taiwanese instant ramen noodles.
- And to the polish Pl-01 stealth tank. I don’t care how good or bad you are… your the best in my book.
… I passed my board exams.