Megan and I were invited to a housewarming/birthday party. About 20 hours before, I still didn’t have a gift, so I went into panic mode and started running around the house looking for the basic elements of creation. In a closet, I found a square of wood that I had already cut and primed to use as a canvas (thanks, past me!).
I know everybody needs art when they move into a new place, so a painting was a perfect idea.
But there was a problem with this plan. I’ve had some moderate creative block, recently. I sat down to paint but couldn’t think of anything to make. So, I asked Megan for a noun, and she said, “Ladybug.” Great! I sketched up something on the computer real quick:
A bit creepy on the bug side in this draft, but I’ll fix that later. The basic idea is there. After that step, the rest of the work went so quickly that I neglected to get any in-process pictures. But I got the finished piece:
Aww. They like each other. Read more…
This last week, my brothers had a birthday.
It may be a bit puzzling, but that last sentence is actually grammatically correct if my brothers are twins, and they are. Because I’m a bad brother, I didn’t have a lot planned, so I went into last minute panic mode. This is what I came up with:
First, I did the bare minimum. I printed a card.
The card makes no sense, but that’s kind of the point. Because, before I printed the card, I did inventory on supplies. As it turns out, I only had one sheet of white cardstock left in the entire house, so my card-printing choices were limited. I could either (1) print a couple very small cards, (2) get creative, or (3) leave the house and buy more paper, and you can be sure I wasn’t going to do #3.
So I got creative. One card per unique DNA seems like a fine rule.
Sliced in two, and each brother is mailed half of a card.
Now the last word on the card, explained: I thought the rest of the card could be easily figured out given just half of each word. “Hap.. Birth… Brot..” OK I get it. So, I threw in a nonsense word at the end to confuse them and ensure they would have to collaborate to figure out the entire message (and then be disappointed that it means nothing. My family is big on giving out disappointment as gifts).
The inside has a nice little message, too.
And yes, that is the second phase of the plan. I also made a video.
After they finally figured out the link, they were rewarded with this tremendously special video:
I mean, it has to mean something, right? I see it written all the time.
Oh geez, you guys. I thought this idea seemed a little familiar to me, so I quickly reviewed a bunch of my old posts to make sure I hadn’t done it before. I was basically looking for any of my old comics based around a dumb mispronunciation or misspelling…
…The vast majority of them fit that description.
I just became very aware of how much I rely on homophone-based humor. I’ve accidentally gained access to the process, and now I fear I may have broken the machine. I wonder how this will play out in the future.
See you next week.
Here, enjoy this dumb thing I thought of.
I took a little break from the blog for a couple weeks while I sorted some things out. But I’m back now and
better than ever just as good as before …well, I’m back. I couldn’t stay away from you guys.
Remember the Food Pyramid?
Since the bottom edge of the pyramid is bread and grains, an interesting idea occurred to me recently.
A triangle with bread at the bottom is basically just a slice of pizza. So, I made a few slight modifications to the layout, and came up with this:
The base is bread and grains. That’s easy. Pizza crust.
The next level is fruits and vegetables, and since everybody likes to argue about the tomato, I figured it could be considered both a fruit and a vegetable for our purposes. Tomato Sauce.
What’s a pizza without cheese? Crap; that’s what. Cheese is dairy.
I moved the meat category above the dairy, so I could just put a ring of pepperonis down and not have to worry about putting them on the left or right of each slice.
Everybody knows that the best part of the pizza slice is the tip, and this model does not disappoint. Candy at the tip.
So, there you go. When properly made, the shape of the pizza slice ensures correct serving proportions. Never worry about food again.
See you next week.