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< Piro >

just a random sketch of Pirogoeth before the wandering...

"Circling Overland"

Wednesday - October 3, 2001

[Piro] - 11:59:21 - [link here]

Ok, now before i get one more email about Seraphim's smoking habit... Seraphim smokes in real life, and as long as she does, so will her character. She doesn't smoke to look cool, she doesn't do it because she saw some celebrity smoking - it's a habit. The character's struggle to quit will mirror her real life struggles with the very difficult task of quitting. Don't get all high and mighty on some friggin higher moral platform, people - quitting smoking is very difficult, and I have a lot of empathy for anyone who tries. I also have empathy for those who don't quit and defend their right to smoke. Since when did we all become fisking saints? Jumping on someone's ass because they smoke is nothing more than trying to enforce some kind of moral stance on them - don't do it. Besides, you'd smoke too if you had me for a bf. :)

If you must know, Seraphim thinks that her comic version shouldn't smoke. To me, i look at it as another subtle thing i can do to inspire her to quit. :) So, stop with the emails, ok? I have my reasons for what i do. Besides, i've of the opinion that getting up on some moral soap box, shaking your finger and saying "don't smoke! it's bad for you, bad!" is about as effective as the RIAA's attempts to convince people that sharing MP3s is a bad thing. Use your heads, people. You have brains, make your own decisions, and make good ones.

I hope people don't mind the occasional 1-frame drawing like today from time to time. I don't plan on doing them often, but sometimes its a nice break to just sit down and draw one decent drawing rather than hammer out 6 or 9 of them. I was so goofed up this week that i almost forgot to pay the rent this month ^^;; I like the sketch - it's true, Boo is a little too big, but then again so is seraphim - it's the car that they are sitting on that is too small. (the relative size dif between Seraphim and Boo isn't too far off) One lame excuse that I could use here is pretty simple - many Japanese cars are REALLY small - some of them look like toys. Let's just say its a really small car, and leave it at that.

Oh, and about Seraphim's new haircut... at first, i was very apprehensive. I like long hair, but she had wanted to get it cut shorter for a long time. Seraphim has had more trouble with hair stylists. Some of them have come close to death because of their screw-ups with her hair (one time she went to the ends cut off and the woman took of 5 inches - talk about a traumatic experience that was (for me, i mean :P)) But i gotta say - the new doo is really nice. And what amazed me was that now she can do this Card Captor Sakura thing with her hair... yea, i'm happy. ^_^

I've been meaning to do something about this Ian guy and this Matt guy over at MacHall for a while now. As most of you know, my nick 'piro' is actually taken from this little Siamese cat character in the japanese game "Kanon" (and for the 1 millionth time, it's pronounced 'pee-row', NOT 'pie-row', dammnit.) I was delighted to be able to scam a friend of mine into getting me a little stuffed beanie-baby style 'piro' for my computer (*cough*stillneedtopaywaylandforit*cough*). I made the mistake of bringing this little beanie piro with me to Otakon. Now, in Kanon, Piro has a tendency to sit atop the girl's heads in a very cute way, so this beanie was designed to do the same thing. At Otakon, i didn't really see much of it, because a significant amount of it's time was spent atop either Ukyo's head or Ian's head. Ever since, Ian's character in MacHall has had a Piro on his head... I'll let the Power Puff Piro thing slide - this time. Just remember, cute little piro han't been declawed... :P

heh, all joshin' aside, the machall guys are now doin a strip for Inside Mac Games - check it out.

Oh, and be sure to read Winter. Shameless, random plug. :P

Seraphim came up with a very interesting quote for me yesterday - For some reason, it really struck me with its insight. George Bernard Shaw was a cagey old devil, and he sure had some interesting things to say sometimes:

"Hatred is the cowards revenge for being intimidated."

from "Major Barbara"

Heh. What a quote for these days, huh?

... shameless commerce plug ...

You can support Megatokyo by getting yourself some cool YakPak swag using the link below. Piro has been carrying a black Medium Flapdoozy since the comic started (because that's what i really use ^_^). Also, the YakPak people are cool folk:

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< Largo >

you're already here.

"megatokyo 2.0"

Monday - September 17, 2001

[Largo] - 23:59:00 - [link here]

Tonight, MegaTokyo launched it's new backend, version 2.0!

I've spent the better part of last month doing data entry into this beast, over 160 strips, and 200 rants had to be manually re-entered due to the way we used to store the data, (it wasn't pretty).

I had thought about writing a script to do the conversation for me, but going back over the old data gave me a chance to clean it up, fix some broken links, incorrect dates, etc.

The new backend is running off the defacto standard combination of apache with mysql & php. It's also about 20x faster then the previous backend. Why not give it a few clicks and see if you notice a difference?

ah, I love speed.

It's nice to finally get this system finished, and in production. After the events of last week, it feels good to be creating again. There just isn't a substitute for the feeling of bringing something new to people, in any form.

Well, having done that, I'm going on vacation. In the morning I'll be heading out to somewhere in the mountain ranges of Colorado, so I'm told.


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