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Posted by BoMToons - 11 days ago

Here's my quarterly update! (Inside joke about a single video I made as a teacher claiming I would make "quarterly videos," but only made 1 during the 2 years I taught...)

First off, some fun Newgrounds-related news: A fan of Abobo's Big Adventure cosplayed as Abobo at a recent comic book/video game convention!


Now for some eye-candy... I made a "Werewolf" shirt for Halloween! Here's the short time-lapse process video:

You can get a WOLFY t-shirt here: https://www.amazon.com/Full-Halloween-Scary-Werewolf-T-Shirt/dp/B07XXS89ZX/

My "Millennial" co-worker had never heard of a Pineapple upside down cake!?!?! (He thought I was making the concept up) So, on his last day at work, I brought him a home-made one:

My work installed a counter for the number of yearbooks we've sold (which corresponds to the number of trees we've planted too!) Slow-mo video ahead:

A co-worker brought me a collector's item... BUZZ COLA from The Simpson's Movie promotion in 2007! I'm a little nervous every day that it will explode all over my desk! (Also, I got some prescription sunglasses like all the cool kids, it's especially cool to wear them at night... and inside the office...)


If the soda does explode, it will get 5 MONITORS sticky! (this is nerdy to the extreme, but I luv it). Also... JEOPARDY HAT!


Another co-worker invented a "framework" of UI elements we use for all our product design called "Stomata" (look it up, it's tree-related). Naturally, we have a million puns on this word including "What's Stomata wit you?!!" Me and the co-worker who got the pineapple upside down cake played a prank on the Stomata inventor by making a bunch of "Stomata Soup" (custom made can labels) that we left on his desk late one night for him to discover in the morning.


My first audio submission! I attempted to make a podcast at my friend's insistence... (plz don't listen):

Have you ever wondered how best to rinse the hair from your razor in the shower? Wonder no longer!


I've been discussing with my buddy who's building his own automated machining robot the possibility of designing a simulator for electronics and pneumatics (so he can more-rapidly prototype his robot). It would be kinda fun to work on, though I'm sure there's stuff out there that does it already.

I've been studying Greek with the DuoLingo app. It's actually working! πορτοκάλι πορτοκάλι πορτοκάλι

I'm on Step 9 of my 12 step program which is "Restitution and Reconciliation." I've had some really poignant and cathartic experiences reaching out in-person to heal old relationships where I have done damage. Some relationships really can't be healed fully (impossible or inappropriate to make restitution), but I'm trying to put my heart in the right place, be honest wherever I can, and put out the vibe that I'm sorry for the hurt I've done. I really like the idea of "living amends" in which an improved life helps demonstrate to others the depth of change you've experienced. I'm far from perfect, but I keep trying.

Oh, I also reached my 9-month sobriety benchmark!

One thing that's great about 12 Step programs is that you find people whose path, though different in many ways, is the same in the broad strokes. I was at a speaking/outreach gig talking about addiction recovery and had this song go through my head repeatedly as I thought about how powerful it is to hear your story told in another person's voice (lyrics):

I've been listening to a few good Podcasts:


1) Mormon Stories: This is a "Post-Mormon" or "Unorthodox Mormon" podcast that tells stories of modern people that have struggled with the Mormon/LDS faith. There's a really good episode about the band "Imagine Dragons," another that tells the history of Scientology from an ex-Scientologist that moved pretty high up in the organization, and one from a friend of mine that is an incredible artist and human, Spencer Nugent.


2) The Virtual Couch (Tony Overbay): I have some family members whose therapist is Tony Overbay and they raved about him so much I started listening to his podcast. He practices a kind of therapy called "EFT" which I absolutely love (though it's extremely hard to practice). The gist is about seeking to truly empathize with people we communicate with, limiting judgement and fixing statements, and seeking to understand completely before seeking to be understood. I didn't realize what I tendency I have to "fix" and "judge" when people come to me with problems/concerns. Practicing EFT (when I'm successful at it) has been life-changing.


3) Jennifer Finlayson Fife: She's a Mormon sex therapist, specializing in women's sexuality and all the baggage and odd norms that go along with being a woman in the ultra-conservative and religious Mormon culture. I really dig her philosophy about relationships and owning your own sexuality rather than expecting your partner to be "in charge" of it for you.


4) Office Ladies: This is just good, clean, fun. Angela and Pam from "The Office" have their own podcast where they re-watch The Office and provide commentary, insights, etc. It's a great way to relive a classic of television history!


5) Brene Brown: According to me, Brene Brown might just be a modern-day prophetess. I believe her messages about shame-busting, vulnerability, and empathy are custom tailored for what the world (and especially I) need right now. Her ideas have been life changing and I have a bunch of her books on my queue to read. Most specifically "The Power of Vulnerability." I remember, when I was teaching high school, a student asked me what I thought the purpose of life was, and I expressed that it was about connecting with other humans in vulnerable ways... Brene's message resonates hugely with that idea. The link above is from the new-agey "Goop" podcast by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Which brings me to the book review section of this post... you knew it was coming, but this time I led with the personal stuff so as not to bore you!


1) Educated: A Memoir - Incredible true story about a girl that grew up in an abusive fundamentalist Mormon home and how she ended up overcoming her "home schooling" to get a phD from Cambridge university. Lots of weird resonances in there from my own experience with Mormonism.

2) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Great, different, book. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. The author (Marie Kondo) is a legitimate KOOK (talks a lot about how clothes feel... like how socks get stressed when they're balled up. Or how having loud labels on bins and boxes can throw off your mojo, even if they're behind closed doors), but also has a timely message about reducing "stuff" in our life and keeping the things that truly "spark joy." I did not expect to come out of this book motivated to clean... but I did!

3) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Also a really different book. It's kinda like: What if you took Groundhog Day's repetitive life cycle to an extreme... what would it really do to a person and what kinds of ambitions and relationships would they form with the world? What if they discovered they were a part of a class of OTHER people also experiencing the same life-loops?

4) Fear and Trembling - I finally finished this one. It's a philosophical book. I had to take it slow to let the density of the text sink in and ruminate. It takes as its premise the story of Abraham Sacrificing Isaac and why that might have been totally insane or totally sane. One interesting point it brings up is how a practice of breaking stride with traditional interpretations of "ethics" can actually be beneficial for a society because it can lead to things that question fundamentally immoral tenets of the society (I thought of the Civil Rights movement as an example of this concept). However, this practice can also lead to "suicide bombers" so... there's that. I really do highly recommend this one.


1) Le Ton Beau De Marot - Yep, still reading this one. It got lost for a while, but I really want to complete it because I'm enjoying it so much.

2) He Restoreth My Soul - A religious take on overcoming pornography/sex addiction. It has some really good parts in it, much more comprehensive and practical than I expected.

3) Infinite Powers - As good as I expected it to be. About 50% through it and loving the synthesis of the history of mathematics and how the various mathematical history vignettes paint a picture of how each player built and wove the ideas of others into new ideas, each pushing toward greater discovery of some of the fundamental truths underlying our existence (and how to represent them in a way that our limited minds can "grok").

4) The Goldfinch - I'm afraid this one might be a long slog. I chose it because it was on the best-seller list (JEOPARDY points) - but it hasn't captured my interest deeply yet.


1) Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom - Reading this as part of a book club. I guess there's a movie coming out soon?

2) The Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan - Recommended in a podcast I recently listened to. Looking forward to some skeptical goodness

3) Cosmos - Carl Sagan - Added just to round out my Carl Sagan exposure

4) The Kite Runner - Another JEOPARDY best seller knowledge ploy

When I undertook to write this post I thought I didn't have much to say... but as I reviewed the last 3 months, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there's quite a bit that I can point to that I did. Good for me! ;-P

As always, if you made it this far, please leave me a comment... even if just to say "HI!"



Posted by BoMToons - August 22nd, 2019

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And now for the main event...

Hopefully this post isn't too over-share-y for your tastes in terms of both length and content, but there's a lot to write about and I need to get caught up before the list gets even longer.

One thing I've always valued is "vulnerability" in communication because it leads to real, honest, human connection (which provides me deep sentiments of fulfillment). More and more I'm trying to merge the principle of vulnerability into my "online persona," in-essence making less of a gap between what I "present" as myself to the public and what I am privately.


Over the last year I've been lead to take a dive into a "rigorously honest" look at myself. I had gotten into a lot of bad habits and even what some would term "addictions" that were adversely affecting my life. Most of all, I had gotten into a habit of keeping a lot of secrets and living with a level of dishonesty that had slowly driven a wedge between how I envisioned my "ideal self" and what my actions actually were. As a consequence of decades living like this, I damaged a lot of relationships that I value deeply.

It's been a pretty grueling process to start down this road. My weaknesses have been on heavy display.

Luckily, I was introduced to an Alcoholics-Anonymous-style 12-step program that has been a really positive influence. I've found the practicality of the program extremely effective in helping me break out of damaging patterns of thought and in processing past trauma.

I went to a therapist regularly for a few months, but ultimately felt that she was telling me the same things in every session. As I began reading more psychology-related literature I found that I could learn and implement a lot of strategies that she was giving me (and many others that she didn't know about) through my own self-directed efforts. As I attended 12-step meetings, I felt that the "group" helped fill my need for sympathetic human connection. Also, the authenticity of hearing from and sharing with people experiencing similar struggles to myself felt very healing.

Another unique thing about 12-step programs is the last step, which is about serving others in need and sharing what you've learned. This step has been really helpful for me.

Overall, the 12 steps are a "program of action" and go way beyond just the "talking" of therapy. Although I know verbalizing chaotic/misunderstood/traumatic/un-escape-able thoughts and emotions is an important part of healing, I feel that it is just one piece of a wholistic approach to trauma recovery. No shade thrown on those who find value in therapy, but it ended up balancing out to a net "not worth it" for me when compared with the many low-cost or free alternatives.

Working the 12 steps has helped me reach a point where, for the first time since around middle school (20 + years), I am living with NO secrets. This is an incredibly liberating feeling.

Which brings me to the first group of books I've read recently in this vein:


The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: This is like the "Bible" of AA and lays out the history of Bill W. and Dr. Bob (AA's founders), the program they developed to help addicts recover, and contains a ton of first-person stories told by addicts that found recovery by working the steps. I feel that its content is inspired and have had many tearful moments recognizing my own story in its pages. There's also a 1989 made-for-tv movie I enjoyed with James Woods and James Garner about the history of AA! My Name is Bill W. (Available on Amazon Prime)


How Al Anon Works: This is a companion book for the AA "Big Book," written for loved-ones and friends affected by people struggling with the disease of addiction. I also found a lot of hope, understanding, and healing in its pages because so much of my family, I now realize, has suffered from the effects of addiction, abuse, and other trauma - usually without ever really addressing it or dealing with it - which has caused them, unfortunately, to pass it on.


The Body Keeps The Score: This is a psychology book about healing from trauma. It has been immensely informative about the science of what happens to body, brain, and mind as a result of trauma. It also lays out a lot of really effective ways to approach healing from trauma from drugs, to psychotherapy, to martial arts, mindfulness/meditation, rapid eye movement (EMDR therapy which is TOTALLY CRAZY but works), Internal Family Systems therapy (IFR, which uses a unique "society of the mind" approach), yoga, and more.

It has a lot of insights into how the brain stores memories and how trauma affects brain and body function. If you want to be blown away check out this study that's mentioned in the book: Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Warning though, there are a LOT of really rough stories about trauma in this book, but this book is SO GOOD, a trillion thumbs up and recommendations.


Finally, I binge-listened to a 12-step podcast by some guys who run a meeting down in So. Cal. When I heard they were paying for web hosting and that the person who made their website wasn't updating it anymore, I decided, since I'm now a web-developer by trade, to show my thanks for their content by making them a website with a backend that they can add episodes to whenever they want: https://thenextsteppodcast.com/ [ I'm also hosting it for free :-) ]


I still get an abnormal amount of time during my commute to listen to audiobooks. Add that to my penchant for reading in-general and you end up with the following since my last update:


Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

A human born on Mars goes to Earth and helps earthlings reach a higher level of existence by his unique understanding of both races. I was really into this book (recommended by a co-worker) at first when the main character was a humble, open-to-learning yet stunningly-insightful influence that astounded everyone he interacted with. Then, he "leveled up" and started having his own agenda (which was obviously the author's opinion on politics, religion, and social moors of the time veiled as this "enlightened" Martian-human). Still, there was some good food for thought in there. I especially liked learning more about the Martian word "grok" which has worked its way into our IRL pop-culture (especially computer-science circles), and I really like the mantra of the martian-human's "religion" - "Thou art God."


The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon:

This is an "Audible original" recommended by a co-worker about an unsung engineer "hero" of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Basically, he advocated for the very unpopular, at the time, approach to landing on the moon using "Lunar Orbit Rendezvous" in place of physically landing an entire ship on the moon. The most interesting part to me was that the protagonist is not clearly a "hero." He has a lot of hubris and pride and sought, in my opinion, an undue amount of recognition (especially compared with the 3 astronauts who landed on the moon that refused to have their names put on the commemorative mission arm patch). But you can see how alluring having your name go down in history associated with "promoting the plan that got us to the moon for the first time" would be.


Where the Crawdads Sing:

This is a fictional work about a "swamp girl" who is traumatized in various ways at a young age and ends up having to raise herself in a North Carolina marsh. It is a pretty poignant and touching look into trauma survivorship, self-reliance, and especially loneliness. It reminded me a lot of "Fried Green Tomatoes" in that it mixes a personal narrative with a murder-mystery in a pretty compelling way that jumps around between different time-frames. I enjoyed it quite a bit and related to the arc of the character and her experiences in a lot of ways. I guess Reese Witherspoon put this on her "must read" list or something and made it skyrocket in popularity.


Killing Kennedy:

This was recommended by a family member. It's a biography of John F. Kennedy "written" by Bill O'Reilly. It's pretty sensational in the writing style, but I've been wanting to brush up on my history since it's currently one of my weaker "Jeopardy!" categories. I put "written" in quotes up there because the book has another man's name credited as co-author with Bill O'Reilly and, to me, it's obvious THAT guy wrote the book. How do I know? Because I listened to the audio book, as read by Bill O'Reilly and, hilariously, there are quite a few instances where he mispronounces or CAN'T pronounce words from the book.


The Myth of Romantic Love: Michael Novak

This is a small collection of marriage, family, and political essays by a Catholic intellectual and political writer. What's most interesting about this book is how I found it. Basically, I read a religious essay "Why the Church is as True as the Gospel" which quoted one of Novak's essays. I searched and searched trying to find the source of the quotation because I really liked it and wanted to read it in-context. Eventually I was lead to an article in a magazine from 1976. The full text was nowhere to be found online. Finally I found this out-of-print book that has the full essay from a private seller on Amazon. I ordered it and it was SO WORTH IT! Tons of good hipster stuff that no one else has easy access to... GOLD MINE!


Le Ton Beau De Marot (Hofstaedter) - I've put this on the back burner, but want to get back into it. It's pretty big and full of poetry, so it takes some savoring to really appreciate.

Fear and Trembling (Kirkegaard) - I'm about 1/4 of the way through this and it is so DENSE with philosophical depth that I have to take it in small chunks. I've had a few pretty emotional moments reading it.

Infinite Powers (Strogatz) - This was recommended by a good friend and I've only read the intro so far, but it is REALLY exciting! I've often advocated for the inclusion of a "Conceptual Calculus" class in high schools (like we have "Conceptual Physics") - And this book is IT! It takes the beauties and wonders of Calculus and makes it easily accessible and digestible for the layman. I am SO STOKED to keep going in it.


The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up

Educated: A Memoir

TOPIC 5 is available via hyperlink since NG only lets me post 10 pics per post... CLICK HERE


I have some thoughts ruminating about "Compassionate Boundaries" that ties into the stuff I've been studying in psychology, learning about myself and others through my personal experiences in recovery, and some religious reading I've been doing.

I want to write my pondering out in essay format. This post is already ridiculously long, so I guess I'll save that for later (also, I need to flesh out my ideas more). This idea originally grew out of wanting to write about "Loneliness in the Book of Mormon."

BONUS: I listened to a podcast recently that injected a few fresh ideas about the nature of reality into my mind... I've been thinking about it a lot: THE CASE AGAINST REALITY

I sincerely (no wax at all) hope all is well with you and would love to see a comment if you've made it this far!

P.S. I'm learning this simple Tom Petty song on guitar:




Posted by BoMToons - August 22nd, 2019


My in-laws had a GIANT family reunion for their 50th wedding anniversary. 10 kids got together from all over the US with all of THEIR kids... it was over 50 people! The funniest part was a heated argument about how to make the enchilada sauce... peoples' feelings were actually seriously hurt!

My best memory from the reunion was grabbing a few of my brothers in-law and taking them to a 12-step meeting with me. It was super bonding for us and helped break down a lot of "unspoken/hidden" barriers in our relationships.

I got Solar Panels on my house and a Tesla power wall (delivered from where I used to live all the way to CA). Super nerdy investment, but I'm totally geeking out.




My work took us to a SF Giants baseball game (some random tweaker photobombed us, can you tell who he is?)!


I finally finished the "Castle Bed" for my 2 boys (after nearly a year)!



I made home-made raviolis and they were... SO GOOD!


I picked up a freelance side gig designing an app (UI and Branding) called "Immersive Bible!"



Posted by BoMToons - May 3rd, 2019

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I just finished the book: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson


It touches on just about every major branch of science and the history of scientific discovery in surprising, but never boring or alienating, depth. The narrative is built around how we came to be who we are from the Big Bang through the expansion of the universe, the formation of our solar system and planet, our planet's history (including the history of science itself), early (and current) microorganisms, through the branches of evolution, to today. And it does all this with a great dash of British dry humo(u)r (though the author was born in Des Moines Iowa...).

Topics covered:

  • Astrophysics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Evolution
  • Anthropology
  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Science History
  • And probably more (and many of the sub-branches within each of those)

What I really enjoyed is that it made it easy to see and understand the interconnectedness of all these scientific disciplines. I can see anyone, old or young, reading this book and coming away with a better understanding of, well, everything. It's very approachable.

I've heard there's an illustrated version. It'd be neat to have that sitting around the house for anyone to pick up, turn to a section randomly, and learn in bite-sized chunks.

It was published in 2003 and updated in 2005, so there are some more recent scientific advancements that are missing, but overall, would highly recommend if you're a fan of science!

Next up is a classic called "Fear and Trembling" which is a sharp shift from all the science stuff I've been reading lately. It was written in 1843, in Danish, by resident of Denmark Søren Kierkegaard (under a story-relevant pseudonym "Johannes De Silentio"). It's a short philosophical study of the Biblical story of Abraham sacrificing his son Isaac. The little I've peeked at in advance seems pretty compelling.

After that is the Robert Heinlein book I mentioned in my last post "Stranger in a Strange Land" (which is also a Biblical reference I just realized) about a human born on Mars that comes to Earth.

I'm still chipping away at the computer science book "Design Patterns" but it's slow going because it's so dense and SO NOT entertaining... Full of useful information though.

Oh, and also "Le Ton Beau De Marot!" (Taking that one slowly just to savor it). As I've mentioned before, it's vying for position as my favorite book ever.

I need some more suggestions for books to listen to while I'm driving, so please leave me a comment.

Here's some art I made in exchange for your comment! (I call it "Beetle Cancer")


Bonus for continuing to scroll, now you have to comment.

"Flame Crab"



Posted by BoMToons - April 19th, 2019

Answer: Psychedelic drugs apparently.

Thanks to a suggestion from @TomFulp for the book "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan, I got to go on a "trip" into the history of LSD, Magic Mushrooms, and even a little hallucinogenic toad venom.


The full title is: "How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence"

The book got off to a rough start for me because of how the author approached retelling the history of hallucinogenics. He jumped around a lot and I got a little lost because of the non-chronological approach. However, the ending more than made up for the beginning and I ended up thinking a lot about consciousness, my identity, my ego, reality, and therapeutic "drugs."

The thrust of the book is that hallucinogenic drugs got a bad reputation when they were first discovered and have been mislabeled as overly dangerous, addictive (they're not at all), and unfortunately tied to "counter culture," anti-authority, and mysticism.


But, in reality, these "medicines" have incredible potential for helping people, both the sick and the "well." Some of the therapeutic benefits include:

  • Helping the terminally ill come to grips with, and be ok with passing on (hospice care)
  • Curing addiction better than any other clinically-tested drug
  • Curing depression and many other disorders
  • Helping people overcome serious trauma

The most-fascinating section of the book (the end) discussed the science behind what occurs in the brain when on this specific brand of drug. Interestingly, the drugs do not necessarily INCREASE blood flow and activity in all parts of the brain, rather they REDUCE blood flow and activity to the very important "Default Mode Network" which, among many other things, is where we get our sense of identity, self, or ego. Thus these drugs tend to "dissolve" a person's ego, infuse them with a sense of wonder, and make "all things new" and fascinating.


This part of the brain is also associated with our sense of remembering the past and planning for the future, so when it's inhibited, a person tends to only perceive the "now." What really got me thinking is the fact that certain other activities, like breathing exercises and especially meditation have the same effect on the DMN. This really makes me want to learn more about meditation since I don't think I'm going to be trying hallucinogenics any time soon (though I'm much more open to the idea now...)

Another quirky part of the book I liked was a discussion around Magic Mushrooms aka: Psilocybin in which the idea was tossed out that there's really no good evolutionarily-apparent reason for mushrooms to include hallucinogenic properties in their "fruiting members" (the parts that stick out above the ground and make spores). So, some people think that the hallucinogenic properties of these mushrooms are actually an attempt by these organisms to COMMUNICATE with humanity, expand our consciousness, and help us understand our place in the larger ecosystem of the planet.


This is a neat idea to me because I think it's very unlikely that communication between species (or with alien lifeforms) would be in a format we're used to. So, the idea of wise, visionary mushrooms "drugging" us with chemicals that affect our brains in very specific ways that lead to lifetime attitude changes that ultimately benefit them (and us) is kinda fascinating!

The book also highlights the inability of the current US drug bureaucracy to handle these particular kinds of drugs because they don't conform to the established methods of "double blind" testing (because there's no effective placebo: both users and observers can tell in a few seconds if the person got the "real" drug or not). There are other aspects to the incompatibility of these drugs with the modern medicine world too, mostly around how, for "best results," these drugs should be taken in the presence of a guide who can "hold the space" in reality for the person taking them to keep them safe, but also to help them prepare before and interpret and unpack the experience once it's over. You can't really see that kind of practice catching on in modern, cold, clinical doctors' offices.

You have to respect the author for putting his own health on the line in this book. He actually took each of the drugs he talks about, despite being 60+ years old (and having a heart condition!). His descriptions are pretty fun to read... especially his "diamond-encrusted urine" dump.


I have other thoughts about the evolution of drugs in general. They often start out as recreational until valid medical use cases are discovered/developed. Unfortunately this period of purely-recreational use can brand something with great potential as "dangerous" or frivolous making legit usage tough to roll out because of how slowly public opinion changes. This happened a long time ago with nitrous oxide, and recently with marijuana/cannabis, and it looks like we're turning a corner with hallucinogenics now too.

So yeah, I recommend this book pretty highly. It changed my mind about a lot of things and gave me a lot to reflect on.

I'm currently reading "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson which helps you get a, surprisingly deep, look into "nearly everything" having to do with SCIENCE.

Next on my list is a co-worker's sci-fi suggestion: "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein.

Drop me a message, I'd love to hear from you!


Posted by BoMToons - April 2nd, 2019

Time to put down what's been shakin' with me for the last couple weeks (months???).

First off, Macaulay Culkin (the star of the classic Christmas movie "Home Alone") has a podcast (iTunes link). In a recent episode, he had the Angry Video Game Nerd (YouTube channel) on as a guest. They talked about video game cross-overs and had a neat little discussion about Abobo's Big Adventure!!! I'm particularly happy because they mentioned the game-play as a big positive from the game so that tickled me as the programmer :-)

Give the podcast a listen here (skip to ~17 minutes in): Direct Podcast Stream


On a side note, the Angry Video Game Nerd played through Abobo's Big Adventure and had a pretty epic experience a while back, here's the 1st of 2 vids in case you're interested (I think he tears up a bit at the ending...):

In other news, my BFF (kittadyne.com) runs a freelance machine shop business and has a sweet CNC mill (a robotic arm that cuts things out of solid aluminum, CNC = "Computer Numerical Control"). He recently moved to some property in central CA and set up his CNC in a SHIPPING CONTAINER in his yard. It's actually a really cool setup! I like it cuz you'd never expect, amid all the orange orchards, to find a high-tech business for making billet-cut aerospace parts!


He was working in his shop the other day and went to lift some machine parts out of his machine (not realizing they totaled about 200 lbs.) and threw his back out in a really bad way. He basically can't stand up without crutches. He had just received a rush order for 29 custom cut and assembled parts for airplane interiors and, as you can imagine, was pretty panicked about filling that order while injured. I decided to drive down for a week and help him and it was a crazy cool adventure (with plenty of hard work and long nights mixed in).

Here I am in my WORK apron in front of his CNC machine (dat hair tho riiight???):


He made it really easy for me to make the parts by embedding instructions for me inside of the program he had written (stuff like: the program would stop and a message would appear: "blow off metal shavings"). Here I am running parts with some pretty knappy hair!

It was a really fun learning experience. Here's the process more in-depth:


And the final assembly:


In the end, he paid me in ORANGES!!! (Totally worth it.)


It's not often you get the chance to work, hands-on, with real industry professionals on a massive project. They (the oranges, not the industry professionals) smell great!

I've still been reading/listening to a lot during my commute, mostly podcasts lately. Still really enjoying Le Ton Beau De Marot in physical form... might be my most favorite book of ALL TIME! I'm taking my time and savoring it.

I'm also studying the New Testament in Greek (while learning Greek via the "Greek Interlinear" format). Let me know if you want to know more about that... Superman makes an appearance...


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Posted by BoMToons - March 2nd, 2019


As you might have noticed from my past blog entries, I have a new job as a software engineer at a company in San Mateo. Getting the job was a crazy story, but now I've been here for about 7 months and I wanted to share some of my growth experiences in a somewhat more-technical post.

First off, if you're at all into becoming a better programmer (or even if you're interested in starting to code), I recommend the book "Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-oriented Software." It has very practical examples of how to organize and structure classes of code for flexibility and maintainability. It's not overly-technical and covers pretty much every essential design-principle for application structure. It helps you recognize patterns in component interaction and then to design methods of interaction that make your life easier in the long-term.


If you know my background, I am a "self-taught" programmer - meaning I'm actually more of an artist that began dabbling with code and "machete'd" my way through learning how to make websites and video games over the course of a decade without taking any formal classes. So, a lot of my computer science fundamentals are prrrrrrreeeeetttttyyyyy rough... which is why I need to read books like this pseudo-textbook in my spare time to try to backfill some of those missing foundational concepts.

Which brings me to the main topic of this post: The Angular 2+ Javascript framework!


This is what we use at my work and into which I've been doing some, increasingly-deep, dives over the last 7 months. I'll preface this post by saying that I am BY NO MEANS an expert with Angular, so if you know Angular and can correct/clarify anything I say, I welcome your input! Because of my background and lack of CS know-how, this explanation will be free of a lot of technical jargon, which might just make it easier for you to understand than if a CS-major had written it!

As an introduction I'll talk about the history of Angular: It's made by Google. It started out as Angular 1.x also called "Angular.js" which was a JavaScript framework similar to React.js or Vue.js. Angular 2+ (now on version 7) Is a re-imagining of Angular.js from the ground-up with a MUCH more-robust class-based architecture focusing on object-oriented design. Most, if not all, of Google's most recent applications are made with it (as well as a lot of other big-time websites).


Now for some more technical stuff about what, exactly, Angular is: It's a "framework" that takes a bunch of files and "flattens" them out into a set of .js (and other) files that are included in an html page in order to simulate a typical "page.html --> page.html" (or page.php --> page.php, or whatever you might be used to) experience, but without EVER actually changing pages! (it even does internal "routing" so the url in the address bar appears to change and allows users to return to specific states based on the URL).

I know, that sounds crazy, but it's somewhat analogous to back in the day when there would be "All-Flash" web pages which were really just one page with a Flash file doing all sorts of inner magic to show new content. This is the latest trend with websites where the goal is to simulate more of an "app-like" experience steering away from the synchronous page loads of the "old web."

So, Angular basically hijacks or obfuscates all of a page's content inside of its own set of rules which include built-in methods for loading data asynchronously. This "middle layer" called "Angular" gives developers really simple ways to access powerful features of JavaScript in intuitive ways. Things that would take hundreds or thousands of lines of code are simplified into simple "built-in" methods. Angular is a great "middle man" for modern web development.

I'll give you some examples of what impresses me about developing with Angular:

1. Components:

When I've coded in PHP, I generally abstract things such that I have a "global" file of functions which I can include in any .php page and then use as a kind of "library" of tools such as "showHeader," "showFooter," or "drawImage" (for example). While that is a choice I made when coding in php, Angular kinda formalizes this approach in a really cool way called "components."

Basically, Angular simulates typical html tag structure like



but allows you to DEFINE your own tags! (it also includes ALL existing html tags, so no worries friend!) Using my example above of "showHeader()" being called from an included .php file, I just use a



"component" which is an encapsulation of a bunch of code to draw my header. And, rather than having to write out "require('global.php');" to gain access to my toolbox, after you define a component, it's available from ANYWHERE. Your components can be as broad or specific as you want, so it can make ongoing development SUPER streamlined if you approach your component design wisely.

2. Promises:

Promises are a feature of all the latest versions of JavaScript, but I was introduced to them via the Angular framework, so I'll discuss them here. Basically, they're a simple way to do asynchronous operations that guarantee the ordered timing of the returns from those operations. So you can do something like:

getSearchResults("newgrounds").then(() => {
}).catch((e) => {


Which can hit an external asynchronous getSearchResults.php script or "endpoint" (as I've learned to call them) which "resolves" the promise when the script's results are returned and only then continues on to the next step inside the ".then()".

The cool thing about Promises, besides how simple they are syntactically, is that they can be "chained" so you can have multiple asynchronous "steps" in a process, each resolving "in-order" and executing related-code at each juncture.

3. TypeScript

The scripting language of Angular is not actually "JavaScript" it's something called "TypeScript" which compiles into JavaScript when you flatten your app down for publishing. TypeScript conforms to a "standard" of scripting (kind of like how schools have state and national "standards" that individual states or schools choose to "adopt") called ECMAScript and is updated along with the latest ECMAScript releases.


Fun fact, ActionScript was also a language conforming to ECMA (European Computer Manufacturer's Association) standards which is why it's so similar syntactically to JavaScript. I guess lots of languages follow ECMA as a "standard" for what features a language has and how the syntax is written to perform certain functions.

It took me a bit to understand this, but basically a bunch of CS people get together every year and argue about what makes the most sense for a language's syntax, they make decisions and write up standards, then all these languages (including "JavaScript") choose to "adopt" those standards. Something similar happens with web browsers with W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards that Chrome, Edge, Safari, Opera, and Firefox choose to "adopt" or comply with.

TypeScript ups the game of typical JavaScript mostly in that it is "strictly typed" meaning you have to explicitly declare the scope and type of variables and functions or else the compiler complains at you or refuses to even try compiling your code. In the end, this makes 2 things possible (that I've seen) - developers are forced to write code that is more-easily understood by other developers, and the associated IDE (code editor) is better able to warn you when you're potentially writing bad or dangerous code.

4. WebPack

WebPack is the thing I'm talking about when I say "flatten" your Angular project. It basically takes a bunch of inter-related .js (and other) files and compiles them into a smaller set of files you upload to your web-server. It optimizes everything you had written to be human-readable and maintainable in Angular and makes it web-browser-readable/efficient.


5. Event and Property Binding

I mentioned the power of "components" in item #1, but let's delve into them a little deeper. Imagine a situation where you have something like this with a nifty color picker "component" you built:

<color picker></color picker>


Now, you want to make this component as flexible as possible, so you want to allow it to "receive" a list of available colors. Well, in Angular that's called "Property Binding" and you do it like this:

<color picker [colors]="Array('#FF0000','#00FF00','#0000FF')">
</color picker>


It's a bit like passing a set of "parameters" into a function. Notice the bracket or "boat" syntax for input properties.

However, let's say we want to capture the color the user selects from the color picker component... just use "Event Binding!" (Notice the "banana" parenthesis syntax for events).

<color picker
</color picker>


This essentially "listens" for an event called "onColorSelection" within the component and "emits" it to the parent component to run a parent function called "changeColor" and passes a "chosen color" value in the $event parameter.

As you can imagine, this architecture allows you to wield a lot of power when designing components in ways that let them be re-used in TONS of different circumstances.

Another cool thing to note is that Angular also employs "two-way binding" which both INPUTS and EMITS changes at the same time! (notice the "banana boat" syntax). The double curly brace syntax is notation for LIVE variables in the html... so:

<input [(ngModel)]="username">
<p>Hello {{username}}!</p>


Will show an input box (yes, Angular makes it so you can add property and event binding to ANY html tag) that, when changed, both reads from the input element's changed state AND sets a variable called "username" in the parent component which instantly updates the webpage's text to write "Hello [whatever has been typed into the box]"

6. Live Changes (Change Detection)

Which brings us to the coolest thing about Angular - behind the scenes Angular is running what's called "Change Detection" which super-efficiently monitors your application for "changes" to any variable or component state. When these changes occur (either from live input or from asynchronous calls) the webpage is IMMEDIATELY updated to reflect the changes WITHOUT A REFRESH.

In the past (and probably, technically, still) this was known as AJAX or "Asynchronous Javascript and XML" and used to be a HUGE PAIN to pull off. But with Angular, all that immediate checking for changes is BUILT IN making your life as a developer WAAAAYYYYY easier!

I know, you're saying "But I can do all of that with jQuery" - well, yeah, but until you see how flippin' easy and intuitive it is to do with Angular, you ain't seen nothin' jack.


It has been a TRIP to learn Angular over the last 7 months, and there's still a LOT more for me to learn, but I have to say that I'm super impressed with it and would recommend it highly to anyone with a website that needs to present itself as "up to date" with modern web standards ( *ahem* Newgrounds! @TomFulp ;-P ).

In fact, I've even fantasized how easy @PsychoGoldfish's pet "Newgrounds Chat" project would have been with Angular as the platform.

For further reading check these links:



Please leave me a comment if you made it this far (yes, really)! My next technical post will be about the other main piece of my current job which is called Fabric.js! ... (but I might do some non-technical posts before then).



Posted by BoMToons - February 12th, 2019

With my commute I've been listening to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks. I've also been chipping away at a few physical and e-reader books, though spare time is rare (again due to the commute).

I've never read so much in my life, so I'm kinda proud of myself and therefore you GET to read my book reviews allowing me to show off... you're welcome!

Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson


These are actually 3 pretty big sci-fi books in a series about terraforming Mars. They were really entertaining and meticulously-researched. Basically the author demonstrates, through the plot, just about every semi-viable method for making Mars habitable to human life. From heat generating mini-windmills, to sheering off asteroids into the Martian atmosphere for their water content (while the Martian inhabitants gather for a giant party to watch the results), to genetically-modified-cold-resistant-CO2-producing-auto-self-destructing micro-organisms, to mining gases from other planets' atmospheres and shipping them to Mars, to putting giant mirrors in orbit that magnify and focus solar energy into a man-made (with hooks to turn it on and off) mini-sun (plus a TON of other methods). They're not limited to just portraying terraforming tech though, they also depict a bunch of viable space-faring tech like a space elevator (a cable anchored to the planet on one end and in orbit on the other end along-which supplies and people can be transported slowly - thus no need to waste fuel on breaking the planet's gravitational pull all at once).

Most uniquely, however, these books are more about the PSYCHOLOGY of terraforming than about the tech. I was fascinated by the plot device of the Martian settlers developing a treatment to counteract space's harsh radiation and repair radiation-induced DNA mutation, which ends up having the side-effect of extending the settler's lives nearly indefinitely. For the plot however, this means that we get to follow the original colony of people through HUNDREDS of years of terraforming efforts and get to see how the group's various psychological profiles interact with each other and are affected by the environment and long-life (spoiler: the books postulate that human brains eventually start to lose the ability to store old memories after a certain number of years).

To demonstrate some of the fascinating psychology consider this concept from the books: "Aeroforming"

This made-up word contrasts "terraforming" where the colonizers force their standards upon a planet. With Aeroforming, the planet has subtle psychological effects on the colonizers and "imprints" its own unique ways of seeing and being upon the people that live there. For example, the Martian horizon feels much closer than Earth's which subtly affects the colonizer's sense of space and time. Also, the sun's light has to travel much further to reach Mars and the martian terrain is wildly different from Earth so that certain kinds of aesthetics that work on Earth don't work on Mars. So architectural design and even color-theory itself has to be rethought because the preconceptions from Earth brought by the colonists are unappealing in the new environment. The cumulative effects of aeroforming end up creating various social strata with differing loyalty to Mars vs. Earth. Spoiler alert: In one of the most iconic scenes, "Reds" (people fiercely loyal to Mars with a separationist mentality toward Earth) commit an act of terrorism on the space elevator cutting off the orbiting space station at the end of the cable. This results in the cable collapsing onto the planet and wrapping around the entire planet (twice!) in a fiery destructive long linear "comet-like" streak across the sky.

I'd never thought about these kinds of subtle implications related to living on another planet, so I really enjoyed the socio-political concentration of the books.

4 out of 5 stars, for the sci-fi nerds.

The Martian Time Slip - Philip K. Dick


I started reading this partially due to the series mentioned above in which there is a 1 hour "time slip" on Mars every day after midnight where all Martian clocks turn off because of the difference in rotational time between Earth and Mars. What I didn't realize until just recently is that this was a cheeky nod from Kim Stanley Robinson to another classic sci-fi author named "Philip K. Dick" whose novels are responsible for a bunch of popular films like Total Recall, Minority Report, Blade Runner, and The Man in the High Castle.

One of Dick's lesser known novels (he was pretty prolific) is this book called The Martian Time Slip. It's set on Mars, but really has very little sci-fi or reason for being on Mars. It is very much about psychology, especially schizophrenia and autism. Basically, the premise is that schizophrenics and autistics are different from everyone else because they're out of phase with time. A rich guy hires an inventor to capitalize/test this theory and pull predictions of the future from a severely autistic boy.

Needless to say, this book is a crazy psychadelic trip into what the author imagines it's like to live inside a schizophrenic mind... including the idea that he sees everyone in their "future state" as walking rotting corpses.

It was very different from what I would normally choose to read, but that's a good thing I'm discovering.

3 out of 5 stars, for the autistic schizos.

Anti-Fragile - Nassim Taleb


I've been reading this book forever it seems like and I've talked about it in other posts (so I won't go into detail here), but I finally finished. It is non-fiction kind of along the lines of a Malcolm Gladwell book (though Gladwell stole a lot of ideas for his books from this author, Nassim Taleb and also from Danny Kahneman of "Thinking Fast and Slow" fame)

It's a life-changer to be honest and you just have to read it to understand why. It will change the way you look at just about every aspect of your own life and the outside world.

Fragile = gets destroyed by randomness/agitation/stress

Robust = handles randomness/agitation/stress without being phased too much

Anti-fragile = thrives, grows, improves from randomness/agitation/stress

5 out of 5 stars, for the philosophers, economists, and self-helpers.

Why We Dream - Alice Robb


Recommended by @TomFulp relating to his research for Nightmare Cops. I was a bit disappointed with this book which was basically a summary of a bunch of relatively-well-known ideas about dream interpretation and usefulness of dreams. The author seemed to have pulled a bunch of content from other sources and just conglomerated it into one volume. Nothing earth-shattering or new for me.

However, it did get me onto the idea of lucid-dreaming (taking active control of your dreams) which I've had some level of success with recently. "You can meet anyone in your dreams."

2 out of 5 stars, for dream skimmers.

Third Reich of Dreams - Charlotte Beradt


This was also an @TomFulp recommendation and this one was great! In it the author, who was a psychologist during the uprising of the Nazi regime in Germany, records the dreams of a bunch of her patients from that critical time period and demonstrates how there was a kind of "collective unconscious" of anxiety that predicted in many ways the brutality of the coming Nazi regime. Interestingly, the author was forced to smuggle out her psych records in various letters sent to other countries and in between pages of books in her library.

It's short and hard to find (confession: I actually paid ~$200 to get a nice-condition used copy from a book collector online! 8-O ), but it made me think a lot about our ability to perceive trends subconsciously and how our anxieties are expressed via our dreams.

4 out of 5 stars, for members of the collective subconscious.

Godel Escher Bach - Douglas Hofstadter


This book is one of the most unique I've ever read. I enjoyed it so much because it constantly plays "meta" games between the content of the book and the form of the prose involved in conveying that content.

It spans a vast array of topics, but is mostly about consciousness and the potential to create consciousness "artificially."

Chapters alternate between "dialogues" among recurring characters that exemplify the content to be discussed in the following chapter, then the "deep dive" into the content itself in the actual chapter. This is ONE of the ways the book's ideas are "braided" together.

One aspect that really resonated with me was the topic of intersection between disciplines. The musical stylings of Bach are discussed often and at length and taught me a lot about the beauty, intricacy, and playfulness of musical composition, but when those stylings are superimposed on certain mathematical (Godel) and artistic (M.C. Escher) concepts and parallels drawn between the three disciplines, I couldn't help but be amazed at the beauty of the reality we live in. Now, how those intersections might tie into the nature of perception, consciousness, and reality, really blew my mind. These three intermingling personalities (Godel, Escher, and Bach) are another way the book's ideas are "braided" together.

The chapter that has stuck with me and caused me to reflect a lot is one of the dialogues in which an ant hill is portrayed as a living being (Aunt Hillary) with consciousness arising from the pseudo-random activities of the autonomous ants within the hill. This is, of course, a metaphor for how our own "minds" might function to create consciousness with independent complexity meshing into some cohesive form when viewed from the right holistic perspective (and not, as you might expect, when viewed at a zoomed-in and detailed perspective). Most people that meet Aunt Hillary can't understand her, but an adept ant-eater has "learned to speak her language" and therefore can hold lively back and forth conversations with her.

It's a BIG book and some of the math/logic was rough for me to slog through, but it really changed the way I think about the world around me, so I can't recommend it highly enough.

Even better though, especially for me, is Hofstadter's other book "Le Ton Beau De Marot" which I'm in the middle of reading right now. I can't wait to tell you about it when I'm done.

5 out of 5 stars, for conscious ant hills.

Hark - Sam Lipsyte


This was a suggestion by Audible and it was an entertaining ride about a fake "guru" that attracts loyal followers despite his not really seeing himself as offering anything important. It's kind of Amadeus-esque in that it focuses mostly on one of the guru's followers who REALLY wants him to be something special so he can mooch off his talents and who goes through a strange spiritual-awakening as a result of tragedy in his life.

It's tongue-in-cheek satire, but was a fun read.

2 out of 5 stars, for the spiritually hungry, but lazy.

Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl


This is another life-changing book, at least for me. It's by a survivor of a few Nazi concentration camps turned psychologist. He took what he learned in surviving the hell of the camps and turned it into a philosophy/psychological method he calls "logotherapy." I listened to the book a few times and have given a lot of thought to its contents.

In a nutshell the premise for logotherapy is that, in the words of Nietsche: "If a man has a why, he can survive almost any how." He presents some compelling thoughts on how one might discover his or her "why."

The section of the book that really struck me, and helped me make some extremely hard decisions was the explanation that people will often look at the past and wish they could change one small thing that greatly affected their lives. However, we can look at our present as the "past of our future self" and realize that decisions we make now have, potentially, great impact on our future. He suggests imagining yourself on your deathbed and asking yourself what you want to have accomplished, or who you want to be with you at that moment, or how you want to be remembered, thus encouraging your current self to make choices that will lead to you becoming that "ideal" person you envision.

It's very short and very worthwhile in my opinion, so I'd recommend this one highly also.

5 out of 5 stars, for the existentialists.

Less - Andrew Sean Greer


This is a Pulitzer prize-winning novel recommended by a co-worker that I picked up with no prior research. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. The figurative language-use is outstanding and the author is adept at choosing unexpected metaphors that bring a lot of depth to the seemingly mundane.

The protagonist is a gay writer having trouble overcoming the loss of a lover who decides to travel the world rather than attend his former-lover's wedding.

The main character reminded me a lot of the stumbling and bumbling yet endearing "Bridgette Jones" (from the Rom-com Bridgette Jones' Diary) and the fantastical arc of the story with visiting exotic places and winning despite a lack of talent or ability made me compare him to a "gay Forrest Gump."

The ending was a bit rushed and predictable and really cemented the "Rom-com-iness" of it all, but I really enjoyed the writing along the way.

3.5 out of 5, for the gay bumblers.

My current reading (to be reported on at some future point) includes:

  • Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-oriented Software (I'll prob include a report on this when I make a post about the Angular javascript framework
  • Le Ton Beau de Marot (my new FAVORITE book - lots to say on this)

I've listened to some really good podcasts lately too, you can find them in my Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/PestoForce




Oh, and I just moved to a new house... it's only 10 mins closer to work, but it's nice to be stabilized a bit and every minute off my commute is a big deal.

I had a crazy prophetic dream about black widows that's also on my Twitter.


Oh and a dream where my teeth came out in a strange skeletal framework with ribs and a tail down my throat. It was such a freaky image I decided to draw it!


Oh and I'm studying Greek so I can read the New Testament in its original language!


I won a Corn Hole tournament at my work's big all-employee gathering:


Aaaaaand Super Chibi Knight is in a bundle with 9 other games and is SUPER cheap, so think about grabbing it if you haven't yet!


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Posted by BoMToons - December 3rd, 2018

{{ Welcome Tumblr refugees! }}

I'm still alive, though a bit bruised and broken. Trying to claw my way back to a good place. Wishing I could make everyone happy. Still hoping for the best. Definitely not angry, though I've caused plenty of that it appears.

I took a loooong break from social media, and still haven't really gone back. It was taking a toll on me and it's felt restorative to get some "negative space" (a song where I'm not the singer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMMIT-d6WI8) going on that front. Someone told me I never follow through on my talk about quitting social media, so I stepped up to the challenge. ;-)

My new job and commute are putting a HUGE damper on my gamedev exploits, but me and @luis did eek out some time over Thanksgiving to pick back up our current project. It's a ton of fun so far, and we spec'd out some cool additions that I think people are gonna love... that is if I can find more time to work on it... hopefully over Christmas.

I decided to go totally METHOD on this game ;-P :

I'm reading (and listening to) a bunch of REALLY good books right now, I'll probably make a looong post about them when I'm done:

- Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_trilogy)

- Godel, Escher, Bach - By Douglas Hofstadter (https://www.amazon.com/G%C3%B6del-Escher-Bach-Eternal-Golden/dp/0465026567)

- Le Ton Beau De Marot - Also By Hofstadter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Ton_beau_de_Marot)

- Saints (https://history.lds.org/saints?lang=eng) [ just finished this actually ]

- Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (https://www.amazon.com/Design-Patterns-Elements-Reusable-Object-Oriented/dp/0201633612)

- And still chewing on Anti-Fragile (https://www.amazon.com/Antifragile-Things-That-Disorder-Incerto/dp/0812979680)

I wish I could curl up and read for the rest of my life. I also dipped my toe in writing a novel during November... didn't get a lot done, but I'm proud of what I did churn out... still lots of gaps to fill in, but it was a soul-stretching exercise. Maybe when it's done I'll share it here.

I'd also like to make a post sometime about what I'm learning at my job about the javascript framework Angular. It is actually REALLY cool and I think captures some of the magic of old-fashioned "no load" Flash sites while still being 100% HTML5 and mobile compliant. (https://angular.io/docs

I discovered a bunch of symmetry tools on my i-Pad and have been toying around with art in that vein. The symmetry stuff tends to make things that feel very t-shirty. I'm too lazy lately to use reference, so it's all kinda stream-of-consciousness stuff.

My mouth is watering over the new i-Pad with the magenetic snapping Apple Pencil and auto-recharging... I'm experimenting with a newish art-style and I really loved the Venom movie (movie was cheesy-horrible fun, but the character is SO intriguing!)

I've been drawing a lot of amorphous forms (Organic pencilwork) lately and I hope my brain isn't subliminally sending me the message that I have cancer...












I should really post these (and my Inktober stuff) on the Newgrounds art portal... especially now that the "Tumblr Exodus" has begun and there will be a lot more artists on here...

Finally, @matt-likes-swords finished his next Epic Battle Fantasy installment for Steam and my character Super Chibi Knight makes the CUTEST cameo. Best of luck to him on the launch of his latest project!

Leave me a comment! Something about my books or art or games look interesting to you? Comment!

I'd love to hear from you.



Posted by BoMToons - August 8th, 2018

In order:

1. I sat down and plugged my body/head into a machine. I understood that it was performing an old computer cleanup trick called "defragmenting" - as the process was carried out, I felt incredibly good, whole, complete.

3. My wife and I sat down together and plugged into a machine. The machine's monitor screen showed a .wav form in green, then the machine began operating and a new row with a red .wav form was inserted above the green .wav form and below the .wav form. My impression was that the machine was implementing into our souls/lives/experience/nature lower lows and higher highs (the existence of one enabling the other - higher highs allowing lower lows and lower lows allowing higher highs).

4. I sat down at a table to finally ask all the questions I had pressing on my mind. I couldn't hear the specific answers, but I saw myself asking the questions and receiving the answers and saw myself being incredibly satisfied with the answers. I still wonder on some level, but the questions are not pressing on me and I feel ok living without them, as if a part of me understands and accepts the answers, whatever they are.

5. My 3 yo son was walking up the stairs in my new rental home. There was a rattlesnake on the step below him. I yelled for him to look out, but he wasn't fast enough so I moved to distract the snake by offering my arm. The snake went for me and my dream paused with the snake's mouth wide, fangs wet, about to bite my arm. I had the impression of taking on a challenge so my son could avoid it.