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  • Listening to: The dryer tumbling clothes
  • Reading: Aquaculture books
  • Watching: CSPAN
  • Playing: with legos
  • Eating: soup
  • Drinking: cranapple
Hello everyone!

I haven't been on deviantart much lately but I hope to get back in the swing of things with my social networking. Have I missed anything? Is this site still full of 14yr olds drawing furries?

Anyway, i've got a hell of a lot of messages to work through, I'll probably just do some mass deleting and start over, sorry if you've been trying to get in touch.

To celebrate 2013 I'm doing a special discount for all my DA followers. Just use the code DEVIANT to get 13% off your entire order from my ETSY shop!

Thanks,

-gus
  • Listening to: Three Dog Night
  • Reading: Aquaculture books
  • Watching: the pendullum swing on my clock
  • Playing: with trains
  • Eating: Arby's
  • Drinking: Iced tea with Dr Pepper
Haven't been on in a while, business has been keeping me busy. My apologies if I clear out my inbox without respomding to every single message right now. Got lotsa new stuff to post, just need to organize everything.

How have you guys been?
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Budos Band
  • Reading: Don Quixote
  • Watching: Some movie with David Niven in it.
  • Playing: with puppets
  • Eating: Nardone Brothers'
  • Drinking: Tea with very little sugar
Finally killed my camera the other day. I took so many shots that it just wore out. Error 20 message of death.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Koko Taylor
  • Reading: Planet Story
  • Watching: MSNBC
  • Playing: Space Marine
  • Eating: Cici's
  • Drinking: Grape Juice
Haven't been on here for a while. Did I miss anything?
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Albert Collins - Ice Pickin'
  • Reading: Imperial Armour Volume 8
  • Watching: MSNBC
  • Playing: with camera lenses
  • Eating: tomato soup
  • Drinking: water
I don't know about you, but I always seem to take a hiatus from Deviant Art during the summer. Too much to do outside and so little time for the computer.

Imagine my surprise to come back and find my apple pic was stolen... again!

My heartfelt thanks go out to all those who sounded the alarm in my absence. I don't like watermarks, but I might as well put the big one on now...

So for the time being I present to you pictures of tiny baby toads hoping around the azolla atop my fish pond.

-gus
  • Mood: Stuck
  • Listening to: Frank Sinatra - Bangles, Baubles and Beads
  • Reading: Eye in the Sky
  • Watching: Ebay auctions
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: leftover fries
  • Drinking: water
What deviation category would bonsai go under? Or any type of landscaping for that matter? Perhaps "Woodworking" sort of?
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Girl Talk
  • Reading: Ubik
  • Watching: Ebay auctions
  • Playing: 40K
  • Eating: Bacon
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
It was 80 degrees today. Quite disorienting.
  • Listening to: Edwin Starr
  • Reading: D&D manuals
  • Watching: Japan becoming irradiated
  • Playing: 40K
  • Eating: chow mein noodles
  • Drinking: water
I had the strangest dream the other day.

I was kneeling down on a kitchen floor. It wasn't my kitchen, it was like the one from Leave it to Beaver or something, only in color, red and white checkered, like the inside of a Five Guy's. There were all these baby kangaroos. At least I believe the were baby ones. They looked more like miniature kangaroos with weiner dog heads. And for some reason it was quite imperative that I capture and dissolve them in a blob of paste on the floor. The creatures were quite docile and for some reason it was very important that I gently hold them down as the paste covered and consumed their bodies. But I really didn't want to do it. So I kept trying to left them escape and they would just wander around the kitchen. It was quite frustrating.
  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: My bro play Black Ops through the wall
  • Reading: Boilerplate
  • Watching: Morning Joe
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Corn Flakes
  • Drinking: Pepsi
Had another brainstorm, diffeent from the last one though...
  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: The waterfall created by my fish tank filter
  • Reading: Boilerplate
  • Watching: Holmes Inspection
  • Playing: Pipedreamz
  • Eating: Wheaties
  • Drinking: Vanilla Burbon Tea
Lately I've been contemplating setting up my own web store.

Etsy has been treating me well, tho I can't help but worry that someday it will go the way of eBay. I used to do very well on eBay when I started selling on there years ago, but back then it was just a huge yard sale with all kinds of odd stuff. Now I barely do anything cuz everything favors the buyers and large volume resellers. I fear that eventually Etsy will succumb to the forces of evil and become a place for crappy brand new fake craft stuff.

So I've been thinking that I might as well try setting up my own site to hedge against future instability. If nothing else it looks good to have a simple business card with "doctorgus.com" or something where people can find me. And the money I avoid on Etsy fees could be applied to advertising so I do not get completely lost in the mists of the interwebs.

Anybody have any experience owning/running/setting up a store with carts and all that?

Any suggestions where I should go for hosting or services? I've been looking at places like www.dreamhost.com/hosting.html , they seem to have nice bandwidth and space as well as having a green initiative which is a nice tie-in with my theme on top of it. I am pretty good at generic coding, but I would need a cart checkout system and it feels a bit daunting to start fom scratch. Should I start on a wordpress kinda page and upgrade from them (but they don't do carts, right? idk)?

Will I just get lost in the internet and should I just find more sites like etsy to sell on simultaneously? What other sites like Etsy should I be considering selling on in the meantime?

Do any of my watchers here do web design and might possibly be interested in doing a freelance job for me? I would just need you to get the site up and running in a way so it's kinda turnkey operation that I could fiddle with later.

Any help or random thoughts on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Perhaps I should be a hardcore artist creating for art's sake and refuse to sell anything. I don't believe I would make a good starving artist though.
  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Bobby Darin
  • Reading: Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars
  • Watching: Newswatch 16
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Cheddar
  • Drinking: Whatever the mocha thing from Panera Bread is call
"Storm" is inadequate, I just had a Brainhurricane. More to come sometime soon hopefully...
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: 99.9 the only station my car radio gets anymore
  • Reading: Magnus, Robot Fighter 4000
  • Watching: the dog and cat wrestling
  • Playing: 40K
  • Eating: Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Drinking: Chicken Noodle Soup
So, my friend called me up from LA the other day and suddenly he appears to be into street art now.

He's been using some of my record cutouts as stencils. Problem is that the lines are too narrow for spraying. Fortunatley the designs are easy to scale up for positives and negatives.

Any stencil ideas?
  • Mood: Bewildered
  • Listening to: Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal
  • Reading: A Field Guiade to American Houses
  • Watching: Dog the Bounty Hunter
  • Playing: Bloons TD 4
  • Eating: Hot dogs roasted over a space heater
  • Drinking: Blueberry Juice
Well, it's that time of year again, the time when I get my invitation to enter the 52nd Midwestern Exhibition at the Rourke Art Museum. The show is in the summer, but I always wait til the last minute and ship my pieces right on the deadline. I wanto do something really awesome.

This time there is an added invitation to submit something for their show in February. The theme is "Let Them Eat Cake" and/or just the broader theme of Valentine's. My initial thoughts are some heart shaped forks or some kinda crazy cupid baby. Got finish this one up by the end of January.

For the 52nd the theme is "What Would Dante Do?" and I'm still searching for ideas, but I'm thinking rolling ball sculpture. Maybe something else, I usually send 2 or 3 pieces tho, so I can play with some other media.

I always like sending art to the gallery. Last 7 or 8 shows all my pieces have sold. Although maybe that is due to them being lower priced submissions. It's nice now since we have 3 generations at each show. Myself, my mom, and my grandpa .


-gus
  • Mood: Bewildered
  • Listening to: Architecture In Helsinki - places like this
  • Reading: Early American Wood and Stone Structures
  • Watching: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
  • Playing: with toy trains
  • Eating: lentil soup
  • Drinking: water
Well folks, thought I'd wrap up the year by finally putting up an enjoyable award-winning short film , so make sure to check it out a bit. It is also on YouTube in slightly better quality.

Anyway, I find myself doing quite a bit of browsing through DA. I really don't know what I'm looking for. No search ideas ever come to mind, I just like to see what's going on in various departments.

One thing I have noticed is there is a lot weird stuff on here. And I'm not just talking about all the shots of fake blood going down the drain or amateur wenis photography.

Anybody happen across any really weird stuff lately?
  • Mood: Humor
  • Listening to: Architecture In Helsinki
  • Reading: A Victor catalog book from 1925
  • Watching: Jack Frost (the MST3K version)
  • Playing: with the remote
  • Eating: Pumpkin Pie
  • Drinking: Grape Juice
While watching all the classic Christmas movies today like "Santa Claus" and "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," I happened to notice something about the theme from "King of Kings."

The music sounded familiar and I figured out what it was...

Take one part Miklos Rozsa www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBXGaf… particularly around the 20 second or so mark.

Mix with equal parts TNG theme www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsxgcL…

And you get John Debney! www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLxDQg…

Seaquest rules. And that, children, is the true meaning of Christmas.

Agree or disagree?
  • Mood: Confused
  • Listening to: Frank Sinatra
  • Reading: Art Nouveau Jewelry by Lillian Baker
  • Watching: Burn Notice Season Finale
  • Playing: with lines
  • Eating: Mrs T's Perogies
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper
Just want to share something that happened to me yesterday which caused me a bit of disconcertion.

I was wandering around Hobby Lobby and found myself unable to resist all the 50% of sales. It wasn't long before I stared talking myself into buying a Mario Kart slot car set. But finally I decided against it for the time being and worked my way over to the model kits. By this point my car was full of jewelry findings and other crap, but it was lacking in 1/48 scale airplanes. The price was right on a P-38J Lightning so I picked it up.

When I unwrapped the box at home I was immediately surprised by the fact that the Hobby Lobby price tag was underneath the shrink wrap. I did not think this significant at the time, but as soon as I opened the box it made sense. Someone had returned this kit to the store. Somebody partially assembled the model, said "f this" and returned it. And they put it back out for sale at the store!

First of all, who returns a plastic model? Especially one they had to glue together? And the worst part is that whoever put the kit together did it wrong and put the pilot in backwards!

How do they not notice this before they put it back out for sale?

It's just one of those things that is so unexpectedly annoying yet ultimately meaningless that I don't know if i should be mad or not. It doesn't really matter anyway since I was gonna flip the kit upside down and turn it into a spaceship.
  • Listening to: Strawberry Letter 23
  • Reading: about Rod Stewart's model trains
  • Watching: Dr Who
  • Playing: with lasers
  • Eating: an entire asiago loaf from panera bread in the car
  • Drinking: water
I never understood what fractals were all about until I watched NOVA.
  • Listening to: Ice Cube
  • Reading: Dan Dare
  • Watching: Black Adder
  • Playing: Garden Inventor TD
  • Eating: Lentil Soup
  • Drinking: 2 % Milk
I seem to be selling quite a lot of mustache pendants. I think I will redesign the ones I have and make a few more so I can offer them as a set.

Any thoughts on what styles of mustaches to do next. I already have the guy on the pringles can and stan from south park's dad.
  • Listening to: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
  • Reading: Railway Modeller
  • Watching: Space Battleship Yamato 2
  • Playing: Minecraft in real life with sugar cubes
  • Eating: Asiago Cheese Loaf
  • Drinking: watered down Dr Pepper
Finally updated Apple A Day with a little better version.

Anyone have any suggestions on what I should cut out of records next?

-gus
  • Listening to: Cee Lo Green
  • Reading: Ma.K. books whose descriptions are all in japanese
  • Watching: Sleeper
  • Playing: with my laser
  • Eating: tomato soup
  • Drinking: half dr. pepper, half iced tea
Apologies to everyone who has been watching me, for I have not posted anything new in some time. I am at the point in some of my silverware designs where I find I am making the same thing over and over again. Repeatability is good for my etsy store tho. Perhaps I will go back through my gallery and update old pics with new ones.

Very shortly I will have another renaissance in creativity. I have a huge stack of crappy old records to cut up, the first examples of which I will post today.

-gus