Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WHY did The Big Bang Theory feel the need to turn Penny into Miley Cyrus?

It seems that the producers of The Big Bang Theory have lost their "Beautiful Minds".  I tuned in, excited to see season 8, and what did I see?  Penny now looks almost exactly like Miley Cyrus.  For seven years I had nothing but respect for what I considered to be one of the most entertaining comedies ever.  Last night, they flushed that straight down the toilet by turning the sweet, kinda ditzy hot chick into a cheap knockoff of a cheap teen idol, and added insult to injury by forcing her into a role she's clearly not fit to play, a high end pharmaceutical rep. 

I'm not going to spend much time here going over what the majority of the world's population already knows, that Miley Cyrus is a poor excuse for entertainment.  Trampy, vulgar, and cheap is nothing to aspire to, and in my opinion the producers have shot themselves in the foot by giving Penny this nearly identical look.

Why on earth they felt this was a necessary change to a show that was clearly on a very popular roll is beyond me.  I'm on a mission to let as many people know about this MISTAKE as I can, and pretty much the only reason I'm going to keep watching is so I can list the advertisers and first email them, then boycott them.  I suggest as many people as possible do the same.  The producers' decision to do this has completely undermined my confidence in them delivering any kind of future that perpetuates their past success.  Given the option of this or having the series end last season, I'd choose having it end.  I'll give them three more episodes to compile my list of advertisers and to see if they may actually turn things around so the show makes more sense.  If they don't, then unfortunately I'm done with the series, and that's a huge bummer because I really loved this show.  Until last night.

THIS is Penny.  THIS is the girl across the hall we've all enjoyed watching for seven years.  THIS IS WHAT I (and I'm sure a lot more of you out there) WANT BACK!




Friday, September 5, 2014

Dragon City bothers my friends on Facebook

Has this happened to you?  They won't stop either, even after I researched how to stop it from happening.  Dragon City is completely annoying to my friends on Facebook.  I went into Facebook settings, found the app, and edited it to "seen only by me".  I still have friends telling me they're receiving invites, sent items from me, pretty much everything I was trying to avoid by telling those douche suckers at Facebook that I don't want my friends bothered.  They've even been using slick tricks to get me to click a popup I'm not even sure what it is.  It only happens when I'm collecting stored up gold, rapidly clicking the gold bars in quick succession.  By the time I see it, I've already clicked it.  It's cheap punk-ass crap like that which should make you think twice about installing it in the first place, and should make the decision to bag them much easier.  It did for me.

That's not the only thing.  The Deus daily bonus game is fixed, basically they're cheating when they use the word "shuffle".  Typically shuffle means to randomize a group of things.  Stacking the deck has always been considered cheating, and in the old west it could get you killed.  If you haven't seen it, it's three rows of three cards.  Nine total.  You click "shuffle" and it shows an animation of the cards switching around.  Then you pick one.  There are nine prizes total, seven prizes of food or gold, of various fairly insignificant amounts.  There are two prizes that I consider the ones worth getting, but one is pretty big.  Fifty gems.  The second big prize is a pretty cool meteor dragon.  I played this for a couple days before I realized that instead of randomly clicking a card, I should let the big prizes come to me.  Assuming it's TRULY RANDOM, I started just clicking the center card every time.  A month later, after having not received either of the top two prizes, I did a few test runs myself with bottle caps.  On one I drew a gem, another I drew a dragon.  I added seven blanks, and proceeded to do two runs of thirty tries, a run of thirty representing a month.  One, I got the gems three times and the dragon twice, the other was dragon three and gems twice.  In five months I've gotten the gems once and the dragon twice.  I wrote to them and asked whatup, BITCHES?  No response of course.  Tell you what, I'm mad as hell and...
WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!
The last straw came on the game I'm playing on my android tablet.  Every once in a while there are these special battle events where you can get a special cool habitat and three specialty dragons.  It's timed, and believe me, time is of the essence.  In the parts where battle occurs, they pit you against an A.I. (artificial intelligence) opponent, and there are a string of dragons you have to defeat to advance.  To keep things fair, so that people with uber strong dragons aren't at an advantage over very low level players, whatever dragon you pick for a fight, your opponent will have the same strength.  It's more about using the right attacks.  However, without getting too complicated, there are times when you just have to fight an even battle.  It's really all about who goes first who wins at these points.  Well, I'm sure most of us would agree that the user and the opponent trade going first.  Guess what?  These MENTAL DEFECTIVES who designed the game allow for the opponent to go first several times in a row at random intervals.  True, sometimes we do trade turns each time, but it seems with harder dragons they've deemed it necessary to turn fairness and equality into blood boiling rage when I have to wait two hours between fights just to see my opponent win once again because he went first for the fourth time in a row.  When time is of the essence, this will make your brain heat up and start bubbling to the point where you can actually hear your synapses snapping.  I've sent my second (and last) email to the game developers to address this and to those knuckle dragging, brainless chimps I say "IF THAT'S YOUR BEST, YOUR BEST WON'T DO!!!"
This is what the game developers see in the mirror every morning.  All I can say in conclusion is that this is an exercise in management and patience, kind of a simple version of Sim City.  For me, it's not about cute dragons but building something from nothing.  What this shouldn't have to be is an exercise in tolerance of unfairness.  Taking turns is basic to gaming, has been since we were kids.  Shuffling cards means completely randomizing them.  And sweet creeping Jesus, when the player edits the game to be private, for the love of all that's holy people, LET THE FUCKING PLAYER BE PRIVATE AND LEAVE THEIR FRIENDS ALONE!  Dragon city sucks!!!



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Game of Thrones, House Stark Drawing

Yet another show where I binge watched while doing drawings of it.  First Breaking Bad, then The Sopranos, now this.  It's tough to go from watching as many episodes in a row as I want to having to wait week by week like some kind of animal.  Now we have to wait for the next season.  This is ridiculous.

The client is undecided on what he wants next.  I've suggested a collage of "the badasses",  here's a photoshop rough draft of that.
He's thinking more along "family" lines, and wants to wait to see how things continue to develop which means some down time, at least on the commission end.  I think I might just draw the badasses anyway, and I need to do another Walking Dead piece to cover some main characters that weren't in the first one.

Here's the Stark piece in a nice mat and frame.  My tablet takes crappy pictures indoors, I should have used my camera.  Bummer.  Still, it came out awesome when done.  The frame is rough, cold looking wood, with dark grays and in the grain, an almost ice blue.  Light blue mat over dark gray.
I have a smaller piece with Daenerys and Drogo half done.  Maybe I'll finish that up this weekend and post it. 

By the way, I just started printing posters of the two Game of Thrones pieces I've done, as well as The Walking Dead piece.  They're on ebay, my store is chuckd_art and you should be able to find the others by searching like "Game of Thrones Stark Poster".  The Walking Dead original is there as well, also a nice topless babe in jeans.   Thanks in advance for your purchase!  :D


Monday, March 17, 2014

Malaysia Flight 370

I guess it's time I weighed in on this thing.  I'm going to start with "I have no idea where it is and am not going to speculate."  I do, however, have a few issues with how it's being handled.  First of all, Malaysia's PM needs to be slapped into consciousness and maybe he can be of some help in all of this.  Second, I'm going to get into why I don't accept that an airliner can just disappear.  You may disagree with me now, but read on.

I'm certainly not a high tech computer whiz, but I know something of today's technology.  I know we have the ability to sense when a car goes into a ditch.  OnStar will immediately ask how you are and dispatch an ambulance.  I don't know if this is cell towers or satellite, but it doesn't matter.  It's probably satellite, and check them out...
That's just the close ones.  They go out quite a ways.  I don't have an I-Phone but I know if it's lost or stolen, it can be tracked and located at least up to the point at which it was reprogrammed.  I saw someone arrogantly attempt to insult someone on a news board the other day, someone who said "Nothing, especially an airliner, should be unfindable". I tend to agree.  Anyone who says "Ok, lose your I-Phone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and see how easy it is to find",  I say take a look at what scientific research is doing and you should have been making this a part of your business since it was invented.  I think we're already implanting our children with GPS locators, and I bet if they were somewhere in the Indian Ocean, they'd be found.  Just like anything else, large or small. 

A year or so ago I saw this article on a particular great white shark, Mary Lee.  I added the app to my android.  It tracks this shark's (and a lot of other sharks) every movement.  It's a tag about six inches long that gets stuck by the dorsal fin.  Just for the heck of it I've been following this shark.  Any reason why EVERY jet on the planet can't have a little transponder like this thing we stick into the backs of sharks?  REALLY?!
Click on any image to get the full size.  I really don't think that anything should be unfindable on this planet considering how many satellites are out there watching what's going on.  I think the only way any "wreckage" from this plane will be visible if it crashed into the ocean.  There's a chance the pilot landed it softly, and the plane sunk in pretty much one piece.  In that case, we'll never know, at least not in this lifetime.  Some day we'll map the entire ocean floor and find it, but that's a long time off.  Either that or it flew into enemy hands, seen by northern radar, but they'll never tell us.  Do this a few times and watch how it affects worldwide plane travel. 

All these things considered, I come back to the fact that if we can track Cadillacs, I-Phones and sharks, then why not passenger jets?



Friday, March 7, 2014

Game of Thrones, House Lannister Drawing

Here's the first of probably five Game of Thrones family portrait collages I've been commissioned to draw.  I've only just started watching them, I was thinking it's a cross between Lord of the Rings and a porn film.  My friend told me that everything on HBO is crossed with a porn film.  LMAO.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the episodes and drawing the rest of the families.

Update 3/20
Here it is very nicely framed-
Click it to see it bigger.  The frame is one of a whole new series of hip, edgy stuff.  A little expensive but well worth it for the right look.