September 2010

This isΒ  this week’s Autoclave comic. Always with the good times!

I wrote this haiku quite a while ago now, but forgot to put it up on the Darwin Bioku Wednesdays posts. SPONCH is the biologist’s mantra: the six major elements of life. C6H12O6, N for amino acids, P for phospholipids, Sulfur for cysteine…



Right, so you remember how I drew the marionette after writing 14 pages for a 1 page fiction assignment? Well, the prof wasn’t actually mad about having to read it all, though I was somewhat sad to find that his comments were funnier than my stories. We’ve had two subsequent assignments off the same prompt, and while I was brooding over part III, these guys cropped up in my notebook. Why? I didn’t know them before Labor Day, and now they’ve overrun half my brain. It’s a little unfair, really.

Anyway, the prompt was a series of 10 “missed connections” ads from Craigslist, for which we had to write the scene from the point of view of the poster. Part II was writing the same scene from the point of view of the postee. Part III was what would happen if the two peops in the ad actually met up again. Me being me, this resulted in some fun with technicalities. And Turkish. Lots, and lots of Turkish. Which is ridiculous, because I don’t actually speak Turkish. Enh.

The characters with closeups actually get referenced by name in Part III.

The writing itself may go up here or on DA (where I’d have copyright) at some point soon. Read: not before I’ve had dinner.

And shhhhhhh! Don’t tell our prof I handwrite things first.

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Thu, September 09, 2010 — 5:13 PM ET

Florida Minister Cancels Burning of Korans on 9/11

The pastor planning a burning of the Koran on Saturday said
he will cancel the event, adding he plans to meet with the
imam planning to build an Islamic center near ground zero.

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πŸ™‚ *Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go off and celebrate the fact that some people have multiple neurons to rub together. This could be the greatest anti-extremist media event of the war* πŸ™‚

AUTOCLAVE comic day!

This weekend I spent primarily indoors (except for some notable time at the annual Japanese festival) because I am a dunce. Fortunately, I am a happy dunce. You see, what I goofed on was taking a broad interpretation of our fiction writing assignment. Apparently the phrase “your exercises” meant “you all (pl.)-as-a-class’s exercises” and did not actually mean that we were individually supposed to write to more than one of the provided prompts.

Then I got involved.

The long and the short of it is that I turned in 14 pages of integrated vignettes when our professor had been expecting a single page. Worse, this is the second time in a row that I’ve done this, and it has a way of making one embarrassed and unpopular among classmates at the same time as it throws a monkey wrench in your prof’s lesson plans.

After realizing my mistake, I drew this:


Oh, guess what? I’m also teaching myself to write and draw left-handed. That, too, remains embarrassing, but I’ll let you see some when it gets to be presentable.

Kwaheri ya kuonana!


Do I echo the sentiments of any other students on the first day of class? Class from 10-4 isn’t so bad, but it is extremely tempting to drop the art class I decided to take as an elective, even if the premise is incredibly cool (the title is The Illustrated Book: Design and Production. We played with wood type and letterpress printing presses today). Considering that I have 2 jobs, a thesis, and a research symposium this semester along with grad aps, perhaps 19 class hours is a tad high.

Enough of my whining. Here is a small gallery of photos from a cross-Ireland trek I made with my Irish lit. professors Freshman year. The rest of the gallery will be up probably week after next (next week is comic week!).