< Piro >
Tuesday - June 1, 2004
Monday, early afternoon...
I have a pet peeve about flying that has been bugging me particularly recently. As I write this, I'm somewhere between San Jose and Minneapolis. So far on this particular flight, I have not been bothered by this pet peeve, but the flight is still young.
I'm one of those people who can't sleep on airplanes. I'm not particularly nervous about flying, I just can't sleep sitting up. I usually try to keep myself occupied while flying, either by reading, drawing (which is very hard to do on most trips because there is almost always mild turbulence) or writing on my laptop. Using my laptop is my preferred manner of keeping myself occupied, but unless you are flying first class, using a laptop is very difficult.
With all the traveling I had planned on doing this year, I picked up a 12" mac powerbook before I went to Japan. I figured that by getting the smallest of the powerbooks, I could work pretty much anywhere. My old Dell Inspirion was completely useless on airplanes. The little powerbook really is very portable and a joy to use (except for the heat problem - where your palms rest can get very hot). It's even *almost* useful on airplanes. The reason I say almost is that your ability to actually use it relies heavily on the person in front of you.
As anyone who has tried to use a normal sized laptop with a generous screen in economy class, it's almost impossible to type and see the screen at the same time. There just isn't enough room between the seat in front of you and yourself. With the 12" powerbook (and other smaller laptops, I am sure) there is just barely enough room to type comfortably and see the screen - if the person in front of you doesn't crank their seat all the way back. This tendency of people to just slam the seat back as far as they can as soon as they can - That is my pet peeve, and it inspires me to almost violent irritation at times.
Y'know, even when relaxing, reading, resting on a plane, I never tilt my seat all the way back. To me, when you tilt a seat back, you are putting yourself back into the personal space of the person behind you. Everyone on planes know that you can and have the right to tilt your seat to get comfortable, but I feel that this must be done with a certain amount of respect. Just because you can slam it all the way back, doesn't mean you should. I consider it common courtesy not to.
If you aren't using a laptop, you can argue that it's not really that big of a deal. I still argue that it feels like an intrusion into your space, depending on how it is done. Regardless, what it does mean for me is that if the seat is all the way back, It becomes impossible for me to use my laptop. On a long flight that can be very irritating.
What's amusing is that, right in the middle of typing "even while relaxing..." the lady in the seat in front of cranked her seat all the way back. I'm now in what I can only call a stress position, attempting to at least finish my thoughts on this. Whee.
Well, so much for writing an in depth, rambling rant about Fanime on the plane trip home. I tried to draw on the plane, but drawing on planes is just too hard. Planes are really cattle cars, where all you really have room to do is sit and read or stare into space. Even so, it was a nice trip home. I gave up and pulled out my collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories and finished reading the Dunwich Horror and The Mountains of Madness. The things I do to relax. :P
I applogize for the lack of DPD today. I was going to post a scan of the drawing I did for the charity auction at Fanime this weekend, but it looks like the email they sent me with the file attached has been lost in the email. It's not a bad drawing, so I'll be sure to post it somewhere when I get it. Till then, hm... well, if I can come up with some random sketches to post today I will, but it looks like I just need to move on and do Wednesday's comic. Definitely two comics this week - I'll have one comic done today and one on wedensday. Sarah and I leave for A-kon on thursday and won't be back till monday, so next monday's comic will also be either late or skipped, but the good news is this - that's the last con for a while, and I should be able to get back on schedule.
One thing I noticed, especially this year, is that no matter how much I try to not let traveling to conventions interrupt things, it does. I have done so much traveling in the past year that I have not been able to get into any kind of stride, and I think that has been a negative thing for the comic. I made the decision earlier this year that I needed to stop traveling so much and take a year and concentrate on the comic. You know, that comic thing. :)
So, bear with me as I finish up my travel commitments for the year, and get thru the startup for the new store. Once all of that is in place, and my travels are done, I can start putting things into high gear and chain myself to my desk and get some work done. I feel very frustrated, honestly - there's a lot of stuff I want to get down on paper, and im tired of not being able to do so.
That said, it's time to shut up and get to work. :)
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