Archive for September, 2016


Gaming Thursday

September 29, 2016

The Thornwatch kickstarter is reaching its final week push, and I heartily invite a look-see!  The fine folks at Penny Arcade have slowly been creating the Thornwatch world through the years (posting short-run comics) and it’s a nifty world.  The game itself sounds intriguing, an episodic RPG where nearly everything (including damage) is handled through specialized card decks.  I kicked in almost immediately, and I really hope it hits 5k backers — that’ll unlock a “world book” of sorts, filled with the lore and background info on this world they’ve teased us with over the years.

Check it out!



Wondering Wednesday

September 28, 2016

Tomy is teasing something new to do with Zoids!

I’m digging the realistic look of the Shield Liger, whatever it ends up being.  Fingers crossed its a wicked new series or movie!

(And… I still have four Zoids in the box I need to assemble…)


Philosophy Tuesday

September 27, 2016

I was somewhat lost in thought as I looked out the hotel’s fifth floor window.  We were three that had been brought up to the room, though only two of us now remained, chatting as we waited to be led off to our individual California Supplementary Architecture Exams.  My fellow test taker was sharing about his current project and, more specifically, about the troubles he was having in getting his permit.

“Yeah,” I said, still preoccupied about the upcoming exam, “lately I’ve taken on ownership of how everything goes on a project, including how it goes with the city.”

“Oh I certainly don’t do that!” he chuckled immediately.  There was a pause.  “I guess that only ever leaves me as being a victim, doesn’t it?”

I turned from the window.  He was looking my way with an expression of both revelation and peacefulness.

“Yes.  Yes it would.”

We looked at each other for a moment, a shared understanding passing between us.

“Huh,” was all he replied, with a slight smile.

With that, he was called out to his exam, and to his future.


Architecture Monday

September 26, 2016

A bit evocative of the Sydney Opera House (albeit inspired by the trees that surround the site),  this sculptural series of shells bursts forth from a terraced green roof, or more stunningly, from a white, snow-covered roof in this Switzerland town.  White reflective snow coupled with powerful colours makes for an impressive sight in the crisp winter nights.

Inside, the light scoops brings plenty of natural light into the pools and spa areas.  There’s an abundance on theatricality and fancy moments, but that’s fitting of a spa attached to a luxury hotel (the Tschuggen Grand).   Through the use of plenty of stone and warm wood, the building often has the feeling of a cozy little cave, a secret and secluded spot to hang out, from where you can gaze upward to the sky.  Fortunately, that’s all you can see from those shells, for they face the less inspiring facade of the hotel itself.

conceptual sketch by architect Mario Botta

conceptual sketch by architect Mario Botta

To which this is a wonderful  addition.  The spa gains light and can look out and upward onto something rather than being blocked by the hotel in front of it.  Conversely, those in the rooms facing away from the views into the valley floor now get a sculptural folly to gaze upon along with the trees.

And while I don’t know exactly where the photo below is vis-à-vis the building, it’s darn enthralling and makes me want to find out!



Gaming Sunday: First Squad

September 25, 2016

Here’s a shot of a squad of Hunters from that honkin’ pile of sprues from the Heavy Gear kickstarter…


It’s been ages since I’ve done any work with minis, and my first go at plastic minis.  Lots of (re)learning to do!  Overall so far I’m pleased with how the modelling turned out and how they’ve been going together.  I’ve needed to use a few drill bits and some judicious filing to get things to look and fit more nicely together, but nothing outrageous.  They are small though; I bought a 2x+ wearable magnifier which makes things much easier.

90+ minis still to go…


Saturday Hilarity

September 24, 2016

I received this flyer in the mail… and spent a good five minutes laughing.  And still laugh whenever I look at it:


When Photoshopping goes horribly awry.  And then gets sent out to thousands of households.

Perfect timing too, I just taught a class last week on inserting people into photographs.  Brought this yesterday to class to show as an example… Hehe!


Wonder Wednesday

September 21, 2016