theotherbaldwin: (lol)
So my mom arrived safe and sound yesterday.

Today at Wal-Mart, we pass the electronics section, and starts asking about iPods and mp3 players and what they are and what they do...

...once I explained about the "music from ythe computer" and told her I'd give her one of my mp3 players (the Sansa eClip, holds 2 GB and is smaller than her pack of cigarettes), and now she's having me get her some Sting, Eagles, Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, and Moody Blues tracks. She is so excited!
theotherbaldwin: (woohoo)
My mother's flying down here from NJ again to spend some time for the next week hanging out, seeing the Arlingotn area, and apartment hunting... possible even moving in this next week. Internet presence will be light for the next week.
theotherbaldwin: (Default)
So, there's been this meme going around wherein one post a picture of one's desktop or work area or room or what-have-you. I figured I'd go one better and make a video. Enjoy.

theotherbaldwin: (:()

Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

 
When
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
8:00pm - with Jonathan Coulton - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
3524 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX, USA 75206

Argh! After waiting approximately FOREVER for Johnathan Coulton- geek folk rocker extrodaniare, to come to some place even CLOSE to me (closest he's been before was all the way down in Austin), and it's JoCo, and Paul And Storm - a hilarious acapella duo that also do backup for Coulton- and at dirt cheap prices, and there is no way I can afford to go.

So totally NOT fair.

theotherbaldwin: (Default)
Aside from art prints or stylish T-shirts or rap commissions, I'm also unloading personal goods. I've dropped the prices a bit, too.

To recap--

My hardcover copy of The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3) by Neal Stephenson. Originally bought it for 27 bucks; letting it go for 6 and shipping.

I also have a hardcover copy of Puff, the Magic Dragon, autographed by the illustrator, Eric Puybaret. Letting that one go to a good home for 15 bucks.


I'm also selling my copy of Found Percussion; you can click the link for more details. It normally retails for $89.95, and I'm selling it for just $40 and shipping.

M-Audio ProSessions 24 Antonio Dilillo Signature Electro Patterns Volume 1 retails for $39.35; I'm parting with it for $10 and shipping.

SanDisk Micro SD card, 4 GB. $15 plus shipping.

"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Cover price is $14.95. Yours for 10 bucks plus shipping.


"Neuromancer", WIlliam Gibson. Cover price is 7.99. Yours for 5 bucks and shipping.

Do you have a GameBoy Advance, DS Phat or DS Lite? Like Lego Star Wars? Then you can get LEGO Star Wars II: The Complete Trilogy for just 5 bucks. This is for the game only, as the instruction booklet and box have been lost to the mists of time.

First come, first served. Comment here, send me a private message, or email me at shawnstruck@gmail.com
theotherbaldwin: (hmm)
Inspired by No More Heroes.

Which version looks better for a T-shirt design?

A:



B:


theotherbaldwin: (shokku)
Hey guys!

Palladium is offering Heroes Unlimited in totally uncrippled PDF form!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=60662

And it's searchable! AND bookmarkable! And in good quality!

DUDE.

ETA: The have a whole BUNCH of stuff available electronically now!

http://www.rpgnow.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=2627
theotherbaldwin: (thumb up)


The actual prints won't have the watermark on it. Prices start at $1.95

Get it here:
http://www.deviantart.com/print/5667335/


theotherbaldwin: (Default)
Detail rich to make use of the "infinite canvas" that is the web. Know anyone looking to hire, or maybe looking for a freelancer, whose skill sets fit those outlined below? Send 'em on over here!

Shawn Struck

Email: shawnstruck@gmail.com
Portfolio: http://www.midspark.net/shawn/portf.htm

Skills

  • Web layout languages, including Expert skills in HTML, XML, XHTML, DHTML, and CSS, as well as (SEO) Search Engine Optimization

  • Web application programming for e-commerce and online stores, including Expert skills in Ajax, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, RSS, proficient with WordPress and familiar with Ruby and CGI.

  • Image and graphic design for print and web, including Expert skills in the Adobe suite of products: Atmosphere, Illustrator, Photoshop, Director, Fireworks, and Flash, and Proficient in Corel PhotoPaint, Paint Shop Pro, and GIF Animation.

  • Document and layout design, including Expert skills in Microsoft Word, Frontpage, and Publisher; Adobe Dreamweaver; Quark XPress; copy-editing and copy-writing; and marketing via E-newsletters.

  • Proficient with various office applications, including Microsoft Access, Outlook, Excel, and Powerpoint; also proficient with OpenOffice and Ubuntu Linux

Work Experience

Web Developer/Graphic Design, MBR Guaranteed Foundation    
10/08 – 3/09
Completely redesigned business-to-business/realtor-focused website from the ground up. Converted to CSS/ accessible mobile platform friendly HTML navigation, including Ajax/javascript elements, content management system, including PHP backend database and server side includes. Created blog and content management system. Created press room for site, along with social media site accounts and video for website. Wrote and edited all website copy for Search Engine Optimization. Implemented e-mail newsletter signup system. Created and wrote weekly e-mail newsletter campaign and weekly articles for website. Increased Google Pank Rank by 2 places. Designed print and graphic assets in Quark Xpress, Abodobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Web Developer/Consultant, Green Dragon Candles    
03/07 – Present
Designed business-to-customer e-commerce website, with a fluid CSS driven layout. Consulted with owners on how to integrate brick-and-mortar sales strategies with website. Advised on integration of e-mail and address collection at store and at trade show booths into e-mail marketing strategy. Created online shopping cart systém completely in Javascript. CSS/ accessible mobile platform friendly HTML navigation, including Ajax/javascript elements, content management system, including PHP backend database and server side includes. Created blog and content magement systém. Created press room for site, along with social media site accounts and video for website. Wrote and edited all website copy for Search Engine Optimization. Implemented e-mail newsletter signup system. Worked with staff artist to design print and graphic assets in Quark Xpress, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for use online and in mailing campaigns.


Web Developer/Graphic Design/IT, Truck Toys Of Texas    
08/07 – 3/08
Completely redesigned e-commerce promotional site from a rigid, table-based layout to a consistently-branded, CSS and content-driven site.  Converted to CSS/ accessible mobile platform friendly HTML navigation, including Ajax/javascript elements, content management system, including PHP backend database and server side includes. Wrote and edited all website copy for Search Engine Optimization. Implemented e-mail newsletter signup system. Wrote new articles and e-newsletter every week for website. Created and wrote employee handbook. Created on-line employee orientation, as well as production knowledge tests  and evaluations online in javascript and with a Moodle module backend. Increased Google pageRank by 3 places.

Web Developer, Superpages.com/Idearc Media    
08/06 – 02/07
Edited, revised, planned, and implemented content on customer web site including the content organization, effectiveness, timeliness, accuracy, and functionality of content, as well as search engine optimization. Posting material and revised web content, web design, and web graphics, following established quality checks, ensuring that the content strategy/functionality and technological capabilities compliment one another, including collaborating on using the content management system and developing standards for content voice and quality. Also sold customization add-ons and enhancements, such as Flash navigation, animated banners, and the like. Scanned and designed websites and graphical assets with the customer. Was top representative in customization sales in in Januray 2007.

Inside Sales Acct Executive, Lexis-Nexis / Martindale-Hubbell    
08/03 – 08/06
Received (by telephone, fax or email) requests for quotations, orders, and lead times from customers. Make quotations on standard items, write orders, and relays pertinent order information to customers. Coordinated with other departments in handling purchase orders and providing service to customers. Performs duties with marketing department where customer contact is a prime responsibility. Prospect for new display advertising customers. Directed own lead generation initiatives outside of home office. Attended trade shows in person to deliver sales presentations, work trade at exhibition show booths, and deliver sales pitches to interested clients, as well as network face to face for lead generation opportunities. Renewed accounts that were estimated targets for cancellation. Set up, scheduled and worked for New Jersey-based company in Texas-based home office location.
 
Mktg Assistant/Web/Graphic Design, M&H Motorsports    
12/97 – 06/05
Completely redesigned e-commerce promotional site from a rigid, table-based layout to a consistently-branded, CSS and content-driven site.  Converted to CSS/ accesible mobile platform friendly HTML navigation, including Ajax/javascript elements, content management system, including PHP backend database and server side includes. Wrote and edited all website copy for Search Engine Optimization. Implemented e-mail newsletter signup system. Wrote new articles and e-newsletter every week for website. Created and wrote employee handbook. Created on-line employee orientation, as well as production knowledge tests in javascript and with a Moodle module backend. Assisted Marketing Manager with copy writing, copy editing, print and flyer design and distribution and marketing planning for racer sponsorship. Design sponsorship brochures and packets. Conducted sponsorship sales pitches in person, over the phone, and online via e-mail and other distance means.

Graphic Designer; Editor-In-Chief, Devine Media Enterprise    
12/98 – 02/00
Laid out text and graphics for five weekly newspapers every week, adhering to print guidelines and standards. Scanned photos for use in newspaper articles. Paginated and copy edited under tight deadlines and a heavy workload As editor in chief, all above duties, in addition to supervising production staff, oversaw production of 7 weekly newspapers. Wrote copy for newspaper articles, including front page stories. Submitted first designs for Devine Media website.

 



theotherbaldwin: (Default)
For sale: 4GB Sansa SanDisk Micro SD card. 25 bucks plus shipping.
theotherbaldwin: (serious business)
I have a copy of The Art of WALL.E that I got myself for Xmas. But as you can gather, I need to raise funds. So!

You can have this book for 20 bucks, plus shipping (which should probably come out to about 6 bucks or so if you're in the continental US, a little more to Canada, and I'd have to check for overseas rates).
claimed!

Other books for sale: My hardcover copy of The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3) by Neal Stephenson. Originally bought it for 27 bucks; letting it go for 10 and shipping.

I also have a hardcover copy of Puff, the Magic Dragon, autographed by the illustrator, Eric Puybaret. Letting that one go to a good home for 20 bucks.


I'm also selling my copy of Found Percussion; you can click the link for more details. It normally retails for $89.95, and I'm selling it for just $45 and shipping.

M-Audio ProSessions 24 Antonio Dilillo Signature Electro Patterns Volume 1 retails for $39.35; I'm parting with it for $15 and shipping.

Do you have a GameBoy Advance, DS Phat or DS Lite? Like Lego Star Wars? Then you can get LEGO Star Wars II: The Complete Trilogy for just 5 bucks. This is for the game only, as the instruction booklet and box have been lost to the mists of time.

First come, first served. COmment here, send me a private message, or email me at shawnstruck@gmail.com
theotherbaldwin: (speechless)
Rock the Bells is a hip-hop concert sereies that tours East and West coast-- they're also doing a stop in Japan this year, too, I think. The performance lineup is friggin' legendary: KRS-ONE, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Method Mad & Red, Rakim... the list goes on.

So, Supernatural was the emcee for the Rock The Bells Festival this year. What was so amazing about an emcee annoucing the list of performers? 'nat did it all FREESTYLE, straight off the dome, for nearly 7 minutes.

Guerilla Union/Myspace: Rock The Bells 2009 Lineup Freestyle



He did a freestyle introduction last year, too:



Supernatural threw down fire this year. His skills are completely awesome, and humbling. I wish I had even a tenth of his skill for freestyle.
theotherbaldwin: (hmm)
[livejournal.com profile] jadra was in the hospital for a little over a week recently, and with the cost of hospital biills, perscriptions and the home health aide, the bills tend to pile up. ON top of that, thanks to the economic downturn, I was let go two weeks ago.

So, to help with health care costs, I'm offering commissions.

For every five dollars you donate, you will will get a minute of someone MC Frontalot declared officially awesome (me) rapping about a subject of your choosing. This will be a custom-made rap, including vocals, backbeats, everything.

And this rap will be made just for you about anything you want. Want me to rap about how awesome you are? Great! How about an ode to your guinea pig? You got it! Diss track against someone who flamed you in your favorite Dragonball Z forum? It's all good.

Samples of my rap style are available here, here, here and here.



Here are two completed commissions:

[personal profile] anais_pf asked me to do something about how awesome [personal profile] rick_day is . You can listen to the result here:




Beat asked for me to make a dis track. Specifically, a track wherein the King in Yellow disses Chuthulu. Two Elder Gods having beef? I had to record that. Here's the rough results (he gets a complete, unedited version to keep).

theotherbaldwin: (dorky)
... it's time for the Reaper (costume) Review!

Yeah, so, The World Ends With You is quickly becoming one of my favorite DS games. And A-Kon is coming up pretty soon... so I figured I'd do a little inexpensive and fun costume:




.. a Wall Reaper. Specifically, the one on the right. The clothes are pretty easy, actually, since I have most of them in my closet, with the exception of the bandanna and the black hoodie with the tribal design.

As it turns out, there isn't a black hoodie out there with a tribal design that matches the Reapers' clothing... and a good part of the fun of "cosplay"is making your own, so after spending some quality time in Inkscape, I came up with a neat stencil pattern of the tribal designs on the arms and shoulder/chollarbone area of the hoodie. Fortunately, it looks like both designs are symmetrical, so application looks to be a simple matter of painting in one "side", then flipping it over to get the other side.

Since I had to hunt all over creation trying to find these patterns, and then ended up having to create my own,I figure I might as well share the results with anybody else interested.

So, here's the stencil template for the sleeve tribal design:

http://www.midspark.net/shawn/reaperhoodiearmtribal.png

and the shoulder/collar:

http://www.midspark.net/shawn/reapercollartribal.png

They're at 300 dpi, so they're suitable for printing out and using as a stencil base. Enjoy, you hectopascals!

Booklist

Mar. 23rd, 2009 12:58 pm
theotherbaldwin: (hmm)
I just finished reading the Watchmen graphic novel. Yeah, I know, late to the party, bandwagon-jumper, whatever. I haven't seen the movie, and I'd only read the first chapter of the graphic novel, and when I was able to get it for 11 bucks and I had some amazon credit burning a hole in my pocket, sooo...

I'll put up a more detailed review later today, but the short review: It was an engaging, compelling read. I also am still unsure who I feel sorrier for: Dr. Manhattan, or the person behind the death of the Comedian.

Here's what's next up on my reading list:
From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain - Basically, a fictional case study by "Dr. Brain", psychologist to the superhero set, of six patients through facing crime-fighting. After Hawk King, an ancient Egyptian deity and the most respected superhero, dies, the world gets thrown into chaos. Looks to be equal parts satire and superhero comedy.

Perdido Street Station - I love gothic/urban fantasy, and this sounds right up my alley. "eccentric scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin is hired to restore the power of flight to a cruelly de-winged birdman. Isaac's secret lover is Lin, an artist of the khepri, a humano-insectoid race; theirs is a forbidden relationship. Lin is hired (rather against her will) by a mysterious crime boss to capture his horrifying likeness in the unique khepri art form. Isaac's quest for flying things to study leads to verification of his controversial unified theory of the strange sciences of his world. It also brings him an odd, unknown grub stolen from a secret government experiment so perilous it is sold to a ruthless drug lord--the same crime boss who hired Lin."

Mean Spirit "When Stace Red Hawk, a policeman with the U.S. Bureau of Investigation, finds his inquiries blocked and his efforts frustrated by evasive and corrupt federal officials, he travels from Washington, D.C., to Oklahoma to investigate firsthand. Soon, like many of the Indian families depicted here, Stace is torn between the glitter of 20th-century life and the pull of sacred traditions."

I made a conscious effort to seek out fiction from outside my normal "subject comfort box" in the case of Mean Spirit, and to seek out some highly recommended authors of color in the sci-fi fantasy genre, and the above books sound very promising.

!

Mar. 19th, 2009 07:06 am
theotherbaldwin: (facepalm)
Jesus <i>Christ</i>, Yahtzee.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/90275-Zero-Punctuation-50-Cent-Blood-on-the-Sand

The ending? Not really that funny, done by Father Ted AND South Park in nearly exactly the same fashion (and I guess Blazing Saddles if you go far back enough), and a joke that basically goes oh have you noticed how lazy black people are' then saying oh i didn't really mean it is pretty weaksauce.

I'm not offended, I just rolled my eyes. BUt the comments section? Good lord.

Mr0llivand3r
Press Junketeer
Posts: 434
Joined: 10 Aug 2008
 
 
 
HAHAHAH OH NO HE DI-INT!!!
that was a great one. :-)
please let there be at least one black person who gets generally offended by this review... PLEASE!!!
it would only make the "Not Racist" subliminal messages in the review all the more funny

That is seriously MESSED UP.

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