Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Holiday Hangover - Happy 2011!

Happy New Year! And I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season as well! Now it's time for Seasonal Affective Depression until mid-April, yaaaay!!!

Yes, you may have heard that the greater Boston area got hit by a big snowstorm right after Christmas. I can verify this:

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I uncovered the bird feeders, and the trees have since recovered. Also, the snow isn't as bad as it looks; it's really a light powder that was relatively easy to dig through. It's easier to see this in a photo from earlier the previous day, when the blizzard was just beginning:

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Aww.

I'm proud to say that I've kept last year's New Years Resolution to share the smudgy, unpretty, brain-farty part of the creative process by sharing full scans of Sketchbook pages. I'm going to keep this up, which means I get to start up a Sketch of the Day 2011 Flickr set. I am way too excited about this.

You may have noticed an influx of "Super Mario Bros." related doodles in the last few entries in the "Sketch of the Day 2010" set. This is because my family is g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y working our way through "New Super Mario Bros. Wii" in an attempt to stave off cabin fever. This is a bad, bad idea; if you are playing this game with people who are familiar with the Mario series and who are totally into it, then the game is so much fun it shouldn't be legal. But, if not, then you want to try and complete this game during a time of year with nicer weather, so you can go outside and be not in the same room with the other players for a while. I don't want to ruin what makes this game different from other Mario games in case you don't know, but the "Simpsons" quote (there is one for every occasion) that has been haunting me since we've begun is, "Ooh, a Rubik's Cube! Let's all try and solve it together!"

So what is it that keeps us playing?

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The fact that this is The Best Thing.

Also:

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By now you're probably wondering what I got for Christmas. I got a Nerd's Dilemma:

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Which one do I read first?!?!?

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, healthy New Year! Regular posting schedule will resume... next week sometime. Until then, here's DJ Earworm's semi-annual mashup of the past year's most popular songs. "Hey Soul Sister" is actually not annoying now:



(And it must be pointed out that I started last year with Don Bluth and ended with him. Totally unintentional, but awesome.)

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Feederwatch Wednesday!

This is the data from the week of the big storm. Snow brings the biodiversity:

Mourning Dove 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Black-capped Chickadee 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
European Starling 1
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 35

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First Sketch of the Day of the Year!

1.1.11 Sketchbook Page