Let’s rant, shall we?

•March 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The past week’s been awfully hectic. I didn’t like it at all.

First off, mondays suck. Especially at my job, where monday means ‘icehockey summary’, which means I mostly spend all day editing a hockeygame while there’s plenty of other stuff to be taken care of for that day.
Then, on tuesday, one of my colleagues went home sick, dropping editor responsibilities mostly on me, since my other colleague is more cameraman than he is editor. I’m vice versa. Anywho, the wednesday after that, the other colleague called in sick, so now I had to take care of most of the filming and editing duties, whilst also having to build a broadcast every day. Combine that with one very stressfull boos/reporter, and you’ve got yourself a mix for cropped up anger.
Luckily, there’s violent videogames. I bought Resident Evil 4 a while ago, and blowing heads off infected people does kind of relax the mind. The worst about all this is that I hardly had any time to update any of my comics, which sucks, since I at least try to upload something every day, which I didn’t manage to do over the weekend.

In other news, my mom, a friend and a writer are working on getting a book published. It’s a sequel to a book that collects letters, written by the aforementioned writter and a , now dead, singer/writer. In the year beforethe singer died, him and the writer started to write eachother letters again, resulting in the project we’re currently working on.
Basically, we need 200 orders before the book hits the presses. We’re up to 112 orders right now, and that’s after about a week, so it’s not going too bad. But it’s been a bit of a hectic week for me all together.

And now you know.

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Legos, lots ‘n lots of legos

•March 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Remember when you were a kid, and you had like huge crates full of Lego’s? I do. And remember when you were at a toy-store and you saw one of those HUGE sets and asked your parents you could have it? I do. And remember how they answered ‘When you grow up you can buy all the Lego’s you want.’ I do.

And I did. About two weeks ago, there was an offer on a website that offers great deals on a daily basis. That day it was three Lego Exo-Force models, including a Limited Edition one. Since I’ve always loved Lego and I’m a sucker for Limited Editions, I ordered the set. A week or so later they arrived and I got to building. I finished building way to soon, as one always does when having fun, but the models turned out to be awesome. Basically, they’re big mechas like you see in anime. And I love anime. It was the ideal combination.

So I decided to start collecting the Exo-Force series. Now it’s about two weeks later, and since then, I’ve added three shelves to my bedroom, on which a total of nine models are displayed. One of them, a ridiculously big car, on which I spent several hours to build. It’s awesome. I get that feeling you get when you suddenly come across something unexpected from your childhood. A wave of nostalgia hit me full-on. So yeah, eight sets down, 28 to go. I’m more and more convinced that this has been one of the better ideas i had in the last couple of months.

It’s relatively busy at work, since we’re in the middle of a switch-over to a new network name and everything that comes with it, plus my band is coming closer and closer to releasing our first album, so it’s pretty relaxing to be able to just sit down and build stuff with little plastic bricks. You don’t have to think about anything to do it right; just follow the pictures and you can’t go wrong. Sure, every now and then my mom walks onto the kitchen and goes ‘Aww, isn’t he sweet, playing with his Lego’s.’, but Hell, she does embroidery, so I get back at her by hiding her needles.
Serves her right.

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It’s come-back time!

•February 9, 2008 • Leave a Comment

That’s right.  It’s been ages, but I’m back on track and all that!

Actually, I just revamped iloverutger.com and put a link to this blog on there, so I figured I’d liven this thing up a bit. Hopefully I can get myself to post more regularly again.

Anyways, as I said, iloverutger.com got a complete makeover. The new layout is nice and simple, and it’s basically all comic related, the comic being ‘Life As Told By Rutger‘.
Besides the comic, you get an IRC based chat, a radio station and the ability to instantly request tracks on said station. Even though the requests don’t work just yet, I hope to sort that out tomorrow when I get a new router.

In essence, I’m back, I’m renewed and I’m here to stay!

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Webcomic goodness

•October 8, 2007 • 2 Comments

Out of sheer boredom and a mood for experimentation, I have created a sprite webcomic.

For those who haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about, a sprite webcomic is basically a comic made outof sprite-sheets of characters from videogames. It seems that Mega Man is a favourite amongst spriters, but generally they suck. Like, really suck.

Mine, however, is about Arthur King, a noble man with no other purpose than to have adventures in a world stuffed with random game characters that I have found sprite-sheets of. The general purpose? I’m not sure. Maybe I’m trying to show that a sprite-comic doesn’t have to be bad. Then again, maybe I’m just bored and I felt like doing something in photoshop. Who knows.

In any case, it’s called “Arthur, King“, and the first page has been uploaded just now, so go check it out. I’ll be trying to update it every day, and if not that, every two days.

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Exclusive Iron Man footage

•October 5, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Hell yes! Most of you must’ve seen the Iron Man trailer by now. If you haven’t, go see it right now.  That’s right, it looks sweet. Damn sweet.

But it’s pretty much nothing compared to what crossed my path today. I was just googling my way through the interwebs when I stumbled across a full scene from the movie, featuring Iron Man in full battle. Seriously, what the fuck!? I’m usually not this giddy about movies, not even Marvel movies, but man, this blew me away. I’m not sure if it’s CGI or not, but even if it is, it’s amazing.

Ok, I won’t start a rant, best way to convince you is to show you, so go check it out. Get ready to be blown off your seats.

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Tao

•October 3, 2007 • 1 Comment

I went to see Tao yesterday. For those who have no clue, Tao is a Japanese drum- and percussion band. From Japan. They’re like, Japanese.

Anywho, I saw their show last night, and it was amazing. I’ve never seen so many short people bang on so many large drums with such precision, speed and coordination. Incredible.
The show was divided into two parts. Before the break they all appeared in (what I assumed to be) traditional robes and played a very disciplined show. After the break the decor had changed from black cloth into metallic, industrial structures with huge drums on top of them, and the drummers had changed into something resembling a wetsuit. Needless to say, the part after the break was one big drum-fest. Closer they came to the end, the harder they started beating the drums. I swear to God, I saw one beating the dust out of one of the biggest drums they had. That’s hitting hard.

They did one encore before disappearing from the stage, but they gave everything during those last few minutes. Running and jumping around with huge drums and such, it’s amazing no-one up there got hurt. The choreographer must’ve had a field day with this.
The most beautiful moments  were those in which they all were drumming simultaneously in the same rhythm. All movements were exactly the same, no-one missed a beat, no-one missed a step, everything was perfect. It’s incredible to see so much discipline on such a little stage.

For every fan of good music and for every fan of the Japanese culture, I can highly recommend seeing this show. You can find all about them and their tourdates on the website.

TAO

Life, and all things related

•September 30, 2007 • 1 Comment

Nothing specifically cool happened to me as of late, unfortunately. Stuff has happened, but not the kind I was hoping for to happen. Basically school is seriously busting my balls, apparently trying to do anything they can to keep me from getting my diploma.

I’m currently in my last year of school, which I have been for the past two years. That’s right, I’ve spent roughly two years trying to wrap this thing up. At first I had to re-do half a year, that changed into a year, and now I still ain’t done. Basically, I had to do some assignments and exams in order to get my diploma, which I would’ve gotten this Monday if school had actually done their job, but instead they decided to kick me in the face and failed me. They failed me by one tenth of a grade and a project they lost.
The agreement was that I would turn in any assignments I had to to before September 15th, which I did. Then, about a week after that, a teacher called me and asked me about a project (company film) that I turned in two years ago, if not three. Apparently they couldn’t find the grade they gave me, so I had to turn in the whole project again, preferably the next day, because that was the deadline for all my grades to be turned in.  This, of course, pissed me off. Turns out that if I can’t prove that I turned it in so many years ago, it doesn’t matter if they lost the grade or not, I still have to do it, no matter how many witnesses I have that could tell them that I did actually do the project. None of them can actually confirm that I turned it in, so I’m fucked.

Now, redoing the project isn’t a big deal, that’s easy. The thing that ticks me off is that the guy should’ve known, since months before now, that the grade for this project would determine mine getting of the diploma. Yet he didn’t inform me on the subject until it was basically the last day he could turn in the grades needed. It started with a phone-call to ask me about the paperwork for some other project, which I also had turned in a while ago (So that’s two things he lost), and that I needed to turn it in that specific day because else it would be too late. So I turned in the paperwork that morning and figured it’d be alright. Then, later that day, or later that evening, he called me to tell me that they didn’t have the grade for the third project, the one I have to redo. I told him that I turned it in and that a couple of old classmates and some other people could confirm that I did do the project. He gave me a speech about something or other and almost literally said that it was clear that this grade was needed, and that I, and he seriously meant me, knew this since a long time ago.

So, he told me that the grade of a project was needed and that I should have known this for a long time. I fucking turned the project in 2,5 years ago! I was under the impression that the people at school actually do their jobs, instead of losing important exam grades. I told him this in less hostile terms and all he could tell me was that if they didn’t have the grade and I couldn’t actually prove that I turned it in, I’d have to redo the whole project.
This sets me back another 4 months. Another four fucking months in which I have to make sure that everything I do is approved and confirmed by school, because they might lose  it again otherwise. Of course, this means that I’m basically going to stalk them. Every single bit of work that I do will be mailed in threefold, with a confirmation request, and I will not do anything else until they have specifically told me that the work done so far is up to scratch. I’m gonna drive them nuts.

So that’s video. Another part of my end grades is photonics, and I failed that by one tenth of a grade. They gave me a 5.4 (On a scale of 10). If they had given me a 5.5, it would’ve been good enough for me to pass that part of the education. So now I have to redo two more exams, covering subjects that I thoroughly suck at, being Electronics and Physics. Woo.

Thing is, I can’t do much about that grade, so I’m gonna have to do those two exams, but I can complain about them losing my assignment, which will be done. The best part is that I have a couple of friends who also had it happen to them, ‘it’ being school losing assignments and them having to redo them, meaning that my case will stand a bit stronger. That, combined with the people who can confirm that I did the project in the first place should make for a pretty strong case. So, I’m gonna just keep on working on that project, but with a bit of luck, the high-ups will judge the case in my favour and I won’t have to do it after all. In any case, it’ll be a while before I actually get my diploma.

The funny thing is, in the course of my time on this school, they always wanted to see me leave as soon as possible. Now that I’m actually trying to get the Hell out of there, it’s like they’re doing everything they can to prevent me from going.
You know how those good guys in cartoons and movies and stuff always say ‘Stay in School’? Looks like I got not other choice.

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