Check out what The Hill‘s Kris Kitto is saying about the new Congress:
Boehner stands to become a prime target for those who make a living caricaturing and cartooning the nation’s politicians. The first challenge for those artists is to introduce the new House Speaker to a population that may not know him well. To do that, several political cartoonists say, they will rely on the few qualities that have already stood out: his Technicolor tan, perfect hair and free-flowing tears.
Uh.. Hello!? Tell me something I haven’t cartooned!
A nice little short story. Spread the word to help him find them.
There’s a connection between the sleep deprivation and finding my favorite bookmark after four years — there has to be.
I wonder how much sense it makes for me to spend 4 hours drawing and coloring something like this, which probably gets read by 20 people at most, and very quickly. Oh well.. it’s an interesting story.
In About Four Seconds, A Teacher Will Begin to Speak
I have less than a week of summer vacation left. I’m rested and ready for a new school year, but I’m very comfortable right now in my Cocoon of Sloth. I’ve been playing lots of video games (Uncharted 2, Tiger Woods ’08) and working (slowly) on the biography of Balzac’s wife Eveline Hańska.
I was supposed to do the second draft of my novel this summer, but .. well, I didn’t. (I did about two and a half chapters, then got worn out and put it back in the filing cabinet.) I had a vision the other day of our house catching fire and how I would need to grab the folder with the first draft in it, since it’s the only copy I have. So that’s another important reason for me to work on it.
I’m really bad about sticking with projects like that — I’m actually amazed I finished the first draft. I’ll tell myself to work on something a little bit each day (I’ve done this several times with working out), and then I’ll do it for a week or two. Then one day I’ll be like “Ehhh, it’s not a big deal if I don’t do it today”, and then the next day I’m all “Yeah whatever.. Two days is okay — tomorrow I’ll go back.” And then it’s like “That thing I said I would do isn’t so important.” And so on.
Kirstin Schaal is funny. Perhaps you’ve seen her on The Daily Show or The Flight of the Conchords.
Today I’m listening to: Pink Floyd! (I got on a weird Pink kick last night — I went years without listening to them, and then suddenly I broke my neck importing all their albums into iTunes.)
Hey, look — I made a new webcomic. Let’s see how long this new burst of interest in my drawing tablet lasts.
If you don’t read Shelf Check, you really should. And if you somehow missed the first 9 comics in this series, they’re here.
I’ve got some video from the Crowell Family visit and our road trip; my plan is to make a one-minute super-fast montage. (DLF is most skeptical of the idea that I can limit myself to such a short length.)
Guest_1529 : Thanks for the book Eric! It'll definitely make the rounds and is much appreciated. Love, Preplayed
esp : No worries -- those errors are preserved from the student's "review" of my class.
Guest_509 : Sorry about the stupid message. I can't wait for the book to come out!
Guest_509 : hey, I was just browsing your Justified Textworks site and came across the page advertising your new book, This Ain't What You Rung For. I saw the smallest of grammatical errors in the third statement under "Praise for Eric Piotrowski." In the quote, a student uses the wrong spelling of the word "too" (here's the link: «link» I hate to be a jerk for pointing that out, and I know that nobody would notice, but I thought that since you were an English teacher you may car
Guest_106 : where is the show?
Jason Gol!@%!er : Opinions, I love it!
Jason Gol!@%!er : About time, thanks, gobble gobeeehueeeeh
Jason Gol!@%!er : Where is our show? We demand it!
stulec52 : hey buddy, too busy playing PC games for a new podcast ??
Guest_4412 : Great syncast this week! About fifteen seconds in it sounded like you almost said :"synesthetic.". As a person who has synesthesia, I got very excited for half a moment. Oh, and thanks for the link to Philosophy Bites!
esp : Hey Bob good to hear from ya. I assume everything got worked out?
Bob : Hey Eric. Thanks for the hour of entertainment. You'll be happy to know your podcasts are not yet contrary to the values of the Sultanate of Oman. Maybe by next week...
esp : GEEZ! I'm supposed to be blazing through ME3 today, but instead I'm writing diatribes about politics.
BygoneApprentice : As a former student, I am thoroughly impressed.
Guest_752 : I like what you said about loyalty day. It seems to me Loyalty day is all about being a servant to the government, rather than the principal of liberty.
esp : Leave comments about the show, why dont'cha?