Linklog for November 8, 2018: Nasi Goreng, Ginger Baker and Something You Can Do Right Now To Push Back Against Nazis

There’s an interview with me on Wordsmith.social by Copyleft Curator.

What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know by Luna Nieves (“Aicaya”). Making people learn Unix-ish stuff on the internet is a good way to create a perpetually-angry programmer community. If you want to start from the beginning, nothing beats books, but books are out of the reach of many.

How to radicalize a normie, and how to maybe de-radicalize them. Innuendo Studios.

The French Olympic logo tumbles out of bed on a Parisian morning. She tousles her messy bob, dons breton stripes and ballet flats and whisks down the stairs from her fifth-floor apartment to grab a baguette before enigmatically texting two men who are pursuing her romantically.” Twitter thread started by Megan Clement.

Charles Babbage’s Difference engine captured in Gigapixel images from 2012.

Also from 2012, The Return of the Limits To Growth by Ugo Bardi. The rehabilitation of that essential and frightening study into humanity’s effect on the environment and where that will take us is long overdue.

Back in the present, the Intercept has not been able to find a single leftist among the people across the political spectrum that Mark Zuckerberg claims to have been consulting with. It may just be that the Intercept’s methodology is flawed and the resulting article is a tad on the tendentious side, but given what we know, which includes the news that Facebook will consider right-wing harrassment farm Breitbart a “reputable news organisation” for the purposes of its new and improved News tab (don’t use their News tab!), I find the claim that Zuckerburg is either bullshitting about consulting with people across the political spectrum, or, worse, that he has no idea anymore how the political spectrum runs, entirely credible. In any case, don’t use the Facebook news tab. Hide it, or pretend it doesn’t exist. If you’re going to have a filter bubble, make it your own.

Relatedly, The Coming Ethics of the Internet of Things by Emily Gorcenski, discusses accessibility and inclusiveness in our future tech infrastructure, and also has some things to say about the accuracy of data generated about us.

Bicycles are the fantasy hero’s friend by Camestros Felapton, in which it is argued that a bicycle would be the best way for a fantasy hero to get around, if such a device can exist in the fictional world. The comments do some work on that qustion, but Camestros suggests that post-apocalyptic settings would be a good fit for bicycles.

I am trying to figure out how to recalibrate a 22-year-old scanner, and IT8 Calibration Targets at Computer-darkroom.com is very useful for helping me learn more about the one IT8Cal card we found in our archive. Argyllcms seems like a capable tool to use to generate ICC profiles. It doesn’t seem easy to use, though, so I’m still looking for alternatives.

In music, legendary drummer Ginger Baker passed away two weeks ago last month. Some albums from his period working with Bill Laswell can be found on Bandcamp, including Middle Passage, Horses And Trees and the live set Live in Japan by Material with Ginger Baker. Plus his classic album with Fela Kuti, Fela Kuti Live with Ginger Baker, which is available through Bandcamp site for Kuti. These are all highly recommended and, in case of the Laswell collaborations, unfairly overlooked.

Massive White Supremacy Board Leak: How to Access and Interpret the Data includes torrent and magnet links to the entire SQL database from the defunct neo-nazi white supremacist message board Iron March. Share and enjoy!

A topic dear to my heart: How to cook the perfect nasi goreng, Felicity Cloake in The Guardian.

Cultish Manners Page 12!


Fresh out of my iPad, here’s the 12th page of Cultish Manners ! This page becomes available to the public on Tuesday morning, 9 AM CET, but you, my kind patrons, get to see it first.
I’m doing NaNoManGo again this year, after a successful Inktober. I decided to continue working in mostly traditional format, at a rate of one panel per day. So far, this seems to be working, because here I am on Day 3 and I’ve got a 3-panel page done. The other two images show the original art in progress. This was a lot of fun to do as well!
The character Liath is on loan from James Damaged, Cyberkitten01 on DeviantArt. I’m considering stretching her big fighting scene out for another page, because I won’t be able to use her forever.
Poses are all referenced using photos from Senshistock.

Inktober bonus image and gallery

Here’s a little Inktober bonus image for ya:

Abby, a white redhead in a Pokémon-inspired outfit, and Tess, a Black Goth girl in a mesh shirt, swigging beer bottles that are definitely not their first of the night
Inktober 2019 bonus image: tasty

Tess and Abby partying hard. I started this image for prompt 25: Tasty, but decided to go with another prompt instead. I spent a bit of time in the week after that finishing this image up.
I stopped drinking in July; it wasn’t so much a decision I made as a natural progression from drinking less and less in recent years. One effect that’s had is that I find it harder to imagine, write and draw people who drink. I can still do it but it doesn’t come naturally.

I managed to get something done for every day of Inktober this year! Below is a gallery of the images I posted during the month:

Nude Toon Creation Drawing Challenge, August 2019

Inktober is over, and NaNoMango is starting. This first day, it’s unlikely that I will have a page ready out of the gate, so while there is no new work, I wanna go back to some of the drawing challenges I’ve done in recent months. Here’s the Artists Of Nude Toon Creation Discord Daily Drawing Challenge for August, 2019, in full, as a gallery, because if I keep posting one a day I’ll never get caught up.

Inktober 2019, Day 31: Mary Shelley

THE Mary Shelley, modernized
Inktober 2019, Day 31: Mary Shelley

Day 31: Mary Shelley. 3 months after she was brought back from the dead, Mary Shelley has settled on a modern style that suits her.

If I squinted and tried really hard, I might be able to find a connection to the official prompt, but the truth is, I just didn’t care for it and didn’t want to spend too much time in the morning coming up with something that fit, so I just drew what I wanted. I look forward to bringing Mary Shelley back from the dead in comic.
The art itself looked better in its pencil state than inked, and better as an inked drawing without Copic tones than with them, in part because I switched the tones for her scarf and her jacket around. Here’s an image that I drew on my iPad earlier, which shows what it should have been like:

THE Mary Shelley, modernized, drawn last year
Inktober 2019, Day 31: Mary Shelley as drawn earlier

I did use cooler greys and more color in that one, but the ratio between jacket and scarf works better.

Inktober 2019, Day 30: Captured

Absolute Unit surrounded by cops who are even absoluter units
Inktober 2019, Day 30: Captured

Day 30: As the cops closed in on Absolute Unit, he realized these were no ordinary pigs: they were members of Theodore Peel’s private squad, who had undergone the same gene therapy as him but with more success. Compared to them, he was a mere relative unit.

This one was late because I used lots of ink at a late time of day yesterday. Unfortunately, this made no difference to the scan; I guess I’ll need to figure out a way to recalibrate my 20-year-old scanner.

Inktober 2019, Day 29: Injured

Tag the bassist, with his pride injured and his feelings hurt
Inktober 2019, Day 29: Injured

Day 29: Injured. It was hard for Tag to explain what hurt his feelings the most. It wasn’t that the gig had been bad, although it had. It wasn’t that he personally played badly; he knew he hadn’t. It was that despite his efforts, the gig had been terrible and the crowd still lapped it up. Like it didn’t matter how he, or anyone else, had played. The injury was to his integrity as a musician.
Sigh. His brother, who played first violin in the Agglomerate Symphony Orchestra, never had to deal with that. Any member played like a wet noodle, they were out on their ear. There was something honest about that.

Inktober 2019, Day 28: Ride

Tess taking a drunken ride on Absolute Unit's shoulders
Inktober 2019, Day 28: Ride

Day 28: Ride. Tess and Absolute Unit raising some hell. I’m a little under the weather and my ongoing workload didn’t help either, but I wanted to get a little simple thing done anyway.
In the other drawings he’s in, I made Absolute Unit too tall. He should be short and squat, like a cube.

Inktober 2019, Day 27: Coat, and an evaluation

A redheaded girl in an outfit resembling that of Misty from Pokémon, covered up in a rain poncho because it's raining.
Inktober 2019, Day 27. Coat

Day 27: Just another attempt at drawing Abby’s rain poncho, in the setting where she’ll be wearing it. Abby has taken her style cues from Misty from Pokémon and to check how her outfit’s neckline and arm lines worked under those braces, I did an image search for that character, a decision which I now regret. However, the official images did help me set the color scheme and final shape of the outfit under the poncho. I know I’ve drawn the neck too long again; the reason, I think, is because I’m worried about the crinkly bits of the poncho taking up too much space in that area. With more retries, this will improve.

I’ve been trying to increase the pace of production for a bit. Yesterday, I made one image that I could use as a bonus image when Inktober is over. Today, I started another image based on the Day 27 prompt, but I started to get sicker again with whatever virus I’ve been dealing with for the past week, so I just finished this one early and I’ll see how much energy I have. But over the weekend as a whole, I’ve been reasonably productive.
This is good, because NaNoMango is coming.

Most of the images for this Inktober were made with a view to developing Cultish Manners, the comic I started for last year’s NaNoManGo, and its sequels. This has worked! I now have a much better idea of where I want to take this comic and how to get there. One conclusion is that it deserves much better art, and that’s a problem. The quality the existing pages have is what I could do at a NaNoManGo-like pace, with my day job being what it is. I think with better scheduling, I could squeeze out a slightly larger volume of output, but I don’t think I could do that and create higher-quality art as well. So here’s what I will do: After I’ve thumbnailed out the pages, I will draw them one panel at a time. This will allow me to use small blocks of time, such as a lunch break, a little better, while keeping me focused on one thing at a time. It also means that, as long as I know what the final lay-out is going to be, I can just take small pieces of paper with me and draw in the office, during my lunch break. Originally, I was going to do the next batch all-digital, but I’ve been having so much fun drawing traditionally with brush pens that I want to keep doing that. And it looks to me like the art quality has improved over the past month. I do hope this approach results in better art without compromising the pace of production too much.

Cultish Manners won’t keep that title after NaNoManGo, because I do have sequels in mind. In my head, it’s structured like a season of post-2005 Doctor Who, with elements from the first episode coming back in the finale. I don’t yet know what I’m going to call it, but Cultish Manners really only works for the pilot episode, which is the NaNoManGo project. Of course, if I don’t manage to get more pages made, the issue will be moot.

Inktober 2019, Day 26: Dark

Publicity image of the new lineup of the venerable Goth band Cult of XünÿX, a year after the thing with the demon happened.
Inktober 2017: Day 27, Dark

Day 26: Dark. A year after the events with the demon that took part during Tess’s first Darkwave concert experience, the legendary Darkwave band Cult of XünÿX have regrouped and are about to return with their best album in decades. Left to right: Zig, Erzébet Zuniga, Jan Boenen, Ariana Morris.

I had a wonderful time inking this with a combination of dip pen and brush, and an even better time ruining the inked work with ink washes and comically incompetent watercoloring. I didn’t want to go back to the black and white version and try again in the digital realm, so instead I took the color work and made it into a monochrome in Affinity Photo. Erzébet’s pose and glove were inspired by a photo shared by a friend on Facebook.