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  • The Dark Tower Villain Sketches January 15, 2018 2:00 am
    I’ve given significant sketching time to the heroes from the Dark Tower, but haven’t done anything on the villains. Actually, maybe villain isn’t quite the word for all of them. Certainly, the Crimson King is villainous, but Mia is more of a single-minded, selfish antagonist. Anywho, I decided to do a series of drawings for some of these folks working
    Jon Amdall
  • Back to the Dark Tower – Susannah, Jake, and Oy Drawing January 13, 2018 5:35 pm
    It’s been a couple weeks since I finished the Dark Tower series, and I still find myself thinking about it. I suppose that’s a good indicator of a fantastic story; that your mind wanders back to it even after you’ve put it aside. Although I’m sure I’ll read the series again some day, for now at least, the books are
    Jon Amdall
  • My Experience Wearing a Fitness Tracker for a Year January 12, 2018 2:08 am
    In late February 2017, I started wearing a fitness tracking band. I bought a Fitbit Charge 2 HR, which tracks all sorts of wonderful bits of data such as steps, heart rate, sleep, and probably other stuff. I’ve been wearing it a lot less often lately, but for most of the past year, I wore it almost every day. For
    Jon Amdall
  • Round 2 with Color, Dad and Youngest Daughter January 7, 2018 4:19 pm
    Now that I’ve gotten my first attempt using colored pencils down, I decided to jump right back into the fire and try again. I think I learned a couple of things from the first attempt, so I figured it would be good get right back into it while the lessons are fresh. For round 2, I wanted to start with a
    Jon Amdall
  • First Attempt at Art with Color January 6, 2018 4:19 pm
    This may be a little surprising, but I’ve never really worked with color. Well, back when I was a kid in school I’m sure I painted something. But, in terms of art as a hobby, I haven’t branched out at all from my basic graphite pencil. Exploring other websites via the WordPress Reader has really opened my mind to it
    Jon Amdall
  • Totinos Pizza and Chili January 4, 2018 12:39 am
    I’m a grown adult, rapidly approaching 40 years old. I’ve got children, a mortgage, probably a bunch of other stuff that might suggest a mature individual with grown-up tastes. Well, I think most people who know me might laugh at the “grown-up tastes” portion of that statement. I can find no more definitive evidence of that than my life-long love
    Jon Amdall
  • Airline Fleet Totals, Leg Room Analysis Revisited January 1, 2018 4:06 pm
    Happy New Year, all! I’m going to start 2018 by revisiting something I’ve wanted to take another crack at for a while. Four months ago, I wrote a post about carrier/aircraft seat pitch data, inspired by an article about American Airlines ordering new planes with diminished leg room. I found a site called seatguru.com that shares seat pitch (measurement from
    Jon Amdall
  • Reflections on the Dark Tower Series (Spoilers Everywhere) December 29, 2017 3:08 pm
    I finished the last mainline book in the Dark Tower series yesterday, and my head is swimming with thoughts and feelings about it. If you haven’t read the series and plan to, I recommend abandoning ship on this post! I’m going to talk spoilers from the last book and throughout the series, and some thoughts about the finale. I also
    Jon Amdall
  • Wedding Present for Some Friends December 26, 2017 12:24 am
    This Christmas, we were excited to attend an additional event beyond the usual family get-togethers. My wife’s close friend for the last two decades was getting married, and she was the Matron of Honor. Also, our oldest got to be the flower girl. My wife and her friend met in high school, and they’ve been like family since. I decided to
    Jon Amdall
  • Twitter Account Analytics December 18, 2017 12:31 am
    A few weeks ago, I was thinking about my two Twitter accounts; one personal and one for this site. I was wondering if there was a tool that would allow me to export or web-scrape my Twitter history into .xls or .csv, so I could crank out some pivot tables. There may be multiple ways to do this, but I
    Jon Amdall

 

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