The Adventures of Squicken... Week OneMy name is Cameron Michael but all my friends call me "Squicken". It's a mixture of "Squid" (what Mommy calls my Dad) and "Chicken" (what Daddy calls my Mommy). I was born last Tuesday the 18th, and have learned SO MUCH that I asked Dad if I could write about it here in his journal.
Dad gave me permission so here goes my first attempt at writing. Don't judge me too harshly because I'm only a week old and I've got my hands full trying to learn stuff. For instance, eyes!!! Wow, eyes are tough to control! It's hard to focus them and move them all around. I can't really see all that well yet but I think I recognize Mom and Dad and I CERTAINLY recognize a fine nipple, which makes Dad proud. Of course, I don't have much experience with other nipples but, I have time to fix that.
I spent a few days in ICU (Mom, Dad, and I called it "jail") at the hospital because Mom ran a fever during birth and the docs said they found some indication of infection in the blood samples they took from me
Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.Everything is Beautiful...NOT!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/112 years ago in Personal More Like This
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
Squicken - due September 26th...or soMy Hang glider pilot friends called me "Pelican" and it has been my "handle" for many years but my girlfriend (of almost 4 years now) calls me "Squid". I call her "Chicken". So, it seems only reasonable that our offspring should be named "Squicken". He is due September 26th or whenever he chooses to come out and play. On his birth certificate, he will be "Cameron Michael" but he's gonna be stuck with Squicken...so be it.Squicken - due September 26th...or so1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Some of the joys of pregnancy are all the stupid classes one feels compelled to attend. Of course, it isn't fair in the least to refer to these wonderfully instructional forums as "stupid" because there truly is a copious amount of information disseminated during the eons of hours you sit through. Videos, lectures, illustrated instructions, and hands on practice doing all sorts of things one rarely finds palatable. Well, by "one", I mean my girlfriend and me.
What astounds me is how excited everyone in our classes is...well...everyone except the two of us. W
Japan Trip... MinamisanrikuA little more on Minamisanriku before I move on. It is impossible to describe what I saw there. Standing in the middle of such mass destruction is overwhelming to the point you just go numb. More than anything, what I felt was confusion. My mind could not comprehend houses in this place, I couldn't hear children playing, smell food cooking, or touch the texture of a building it was all scraped clean down to nothing but concrete slabs.Japan Trip... Minamisanriku2 years ago in Personal More Like This
We had hired a cab driver to take us around. It felt invasive so we asked the cabbie if it was OK. Not only was he OK with me taking photos, he knew all the best spots because he had shuffled many people from the press to various locations. He told us that his Father in law was in the hospital when the earthquake hit, so the nurses took him up to the third floor where they thought they'd be safe. The tsunami took them all.
As we drove into the center of where the town used to be, I just got out and started walking. My gf couldn't bring herself to ev
Today, I am HeartbrokenThis past week our nation witnessed one of the most horrific violations in history. A beast that I refuse to name, planned and then killed 12 people in a theatre in Colorado. I won't go into details of how, why, or who committed this atrocity.Today, I am Heartbroken1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What I WILL address is the idea of our Constitutional "right to bear arms". The misconstrued perception of this "right", saddens and confuses me. The archaic belief that having a gun in our houses will enable us to "defend ourselves" is not only statistically improbable, it is metaphorically AND literally unsettling to those who live with us. A loaded gun in a house says,"I don't trust people", "I am afraid someone will break in and hurt us", and also "I am willing to shoot to kill another human being".
If you have a gun in your house and it is NOT loaded, the statistical probability of you being able to get to it, load it, and confront a home invader AND for the outcome of that confrontation to be positive in ANY way, is insignificantly small.
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
TWINKIE FAMINE!!!!OH MY GOD, WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!TWINKIE FAMINE!!!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
GAINAX not aware of the VS plugsuit design!This just in!GAINAX not aware of the VS plugsuit design!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
GAINAX only just found out about the Evangelion plugsuit re-design used in the Victoria's Secret fashion show... from the internet!
Unleash the lawyers!
Just saw this online. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md8cf1F8fw1r06t3xo1_1280.jpg
Are you kidding me VS?
Are you seriously ripping off designs from specific anime now?
The themes of this year's VS show are 'Calendar', 'Circus', 'Toy Pink', 'Dangerous Liaisons', 'Silver Screen' and 'Angel in Bloom'.
Having a hard time seeing where a show-specific plugsuit re-design fits any of those generic themes. (addendum: did some digging and apparently she is supposed to be a generic "toy robot" - to go with the "doll", "tin soldier", "stuffed cat" and "cowgirl action figure")
How out of place is this
Andrew Marr's History of the WorldProbably the most engaging and interesting history series I've seen in a while, thanks in no small part to the titular Mr Marr's entertainingly sardonic narration.Andrew Marr's History of the World1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I love having this kind of thing playing in the background while I do my work.
It's currently airing on the BBC, but it can be found on Youtube - for now. I'd catch it quick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQrKZiRhCOE
I have a sudden urge to play Civilization.
Cool new story siteI love choose your own adventure books. they were so mean-spirited and cruel and the funniest thing was they were marked for kids, featured kids and just had the most fucked-up endings. i think these books were what got me into peril. I recall one ending where you and your girlfriend confront a bad guy. He shoots both of you point-blank in the stomach then calls his secretary to have the guards remove the bodies so he doesn't get blood stains on the carpet. Fucked-up shit but in a way it was good because it taught kids that you don't always win and sometimes you lose hard. So be smart.Cool new story site1 year ago in Personal More Like This
With that in mind I'd like to share this site with you guys. it's called Amy's haunted house adventure and it's by Amy "NoComeupance" Ziegfeld. It's not finished yet but it's a rated r choose your own adventure series with a 121 diffrent endings for the heroine. She dies in every way you can imagine but every death is great. amy has a great style that is light-hearted and humorous but still very se
I'm fine...How about that.I'm fine...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
All the medical tests are finally done and the good news is that everything's in the green and physically I'm pretty much where I should be at this age. I'm kinda surprised that everything's okay even my blood pressure and cholesterol levels, I'm not exactly a good example of healthy living. So far no indication of cancer, the most obvious would have been through second-hand smoke thanks to dad chain-smoking for most of his life before lung cancer caught up with him. Anyway, I pretty much got the 'you're fine' diagnosis along with I should exercise more.
The dental side has gone well too, had a follow-up cleaning and fluoride application and now will be going back every three months for checkups. Healing from wisdom teeth surgery is in the clear though still feels odd trying to get rid of food particles that like settling in the empty sockets. Still have to get used to flossing more often.
Anyway, the good news is t
Disney Star Wars - I take it backI have no idea what to feel now...Disney Star Wars - I take it back1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I take it all back... Lucas is giving all of the $4B Disney money to charity... I got a ton of respect for the guy now.
Disney buys Lucasfilm for 4 Billion
Disney + Pixar + Marvel + Lucasfilm... they better come up with some good f***ing animations now!
Political. Read at your own risk.You know, I look at everyone complaining about what the president or wanna be president will do to fix the debt. And its stupid listening to all the tings they will do.Political. Read at your own risk.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It has NOTHING to do with here we spend our money, it has nothing to do with taxes, it has nothing to do with jobs. The ONLY way we can even begin to hope that we can begin to crawl out of debt is to eliminate the Fed. Period.
EVERY dollar printed is created IN DEBT. The Fed puts in the order to create money. Lets say for example, they say to print $10,000. Then they LOAN it to the banks and the government. At interest. Think about that. The people who PRINT the money, want money BACK to let you USE the money. So for the $10,000 they could want $15,000 back. Where do they get that extra $5,000? From the Fed. And to get that extra $5,000 they have to pay more. There is NO WAY OUT. Not so long as we have the Fed. In fact, it was the Fed that instituted federal taxes. A NON FEDERAL agency not only controls the m
Hurricane Halloween >.<;-Update-Hurricane Halloween >.<;1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Got my power back, it took them 7 days but at least it's back.
Now to catch up with everything... >.
'Innocence of Muslims'. Bitches, please......Innocence of Muslims trailer. The linked video is blasphemous to Islam, But.....'Innocence of Muslims'. Bitches, please......1 year ago in Personal More Like This
You'd have to have a heart of stone not to find this hilarious. Yes, of course, it's offensive and blasphemous to Muslims: you're being trolled here. But it's blasphemy that's been dubbed into what has to be the worst low-budget sword and sandal film ever made. And bad sword and sandal films are something I have always found very, very funny.
Some classic sword and sandal moments.
Trust me: when the subject is bad sword and sandal films, you're dealing with a fan whose experience in the genre is extensive. This is a perfect example. The pasted on beards are adorable! I've seen fan films with better production values than this. The overdubbing is painfully obvious, and that too is something that adds panache to
Remembering the 11th of Septemberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_Chilean_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat#Military_actionRemembering the 11th of September1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Let us not forget the man who had a vision and gave his life for it and the people he loved. May more men like him be born and lead us.
PC exploded...hey guys,PC exploded...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
just giving you the heads up that my PC died yesterday morning and won't start up. (after a day and a half of tech support/tinkering, it's likely the motherboard is fried)
I am now on my emergency laptop, but it's quite slow and there's still going to be some delays for all those who bought stuff from my yard sale recently. :C Sorry!
Hopefully I will be able to get a new PC by next week, but we shall see.
Just wanted to give a heads up. u 3u;
Since a new PC is very costly, I may do some sketch commissions soon, but I have to get the yard sale orders out of the way first.
I'll keep you updated!
T uT <3
Good News / Bad News***GOOD NEWS***Good News / Bad News1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Hey, guess what, everybody? The new trade paperback of The Underburbs is out. Simply called Underburbs: Volume II, it is a collection of Issues 4 through 7, and has nearly 30 pages of special features, like deleted scenes, early sketches, and character commentary.
If you don't know what The Underburbs is, then you should click on this http://underburbs.deviantart.com right now, and give my other gallery the love and attention it deserves. You can even click it before you finish reading this journal. This has been the end of the good news, and there is no fun beyond this sentence.
Hey, so guess what else happened? I wrecked my car! First of all, nobody involved in the collision was hurt, so that's good. But I don't even know what's going on with my car. They haven't even been able to get the hood ope
44yeah, today Iam 44 years old... and not so bad, Iam in better shape than most of my friends (but don't tell to them, hehehe), I still have a lot of black hair (just a dozen of white hairs, more or less), I can read without lens and my belly is in a regular shape, usually thin, sometimes a little less, but nothing I cannot handle... now Iam passing a flu (actually this is the first birthday I pass with a flu, strange considering here is winter) and well, here Iam with some tissues (but in better shape than yesterday) and trying to figure how I will end the pages Iam working on... well, I started 31st doing pencils of a Gwen page, hahaha! but Iam not a workaholic, don't worry... when the will to draw comes I must do it or who knows when I will have the strenght again!441 year ago in Personal More Like This
do I made a wish for my birthday? besides health, love and the wish that my family and friends have the best, I wish I could earn a life with my
Wow I feel OldJust saw the news blurb regarding the death of Wapakonetta's favorite son, Neil Armstrong. We never met, but this man changed a way of life for an 8 year old boy in 1969.Wow I feel Old1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I think it's important to remember that the first man on the moon wasn't a soldier, sailor or pilot. He was an engineer. He was also reluctant to become the celebrity he deserved to be. When I watched the fuzzy blurry pictures from the moon in July of 1969 though, I knew history was being made. I felt more like Columbus or Magellan than ever.
The news today was that Neil Armstrong passed away at age 82. He's taken that one giant leap that all mankind must make, but his legacy will continue to influence me and dozens of others.
Candleman is lookin' for a handMy mate :iconmightymoose: is looking for a hand with one of his comics.Candleman is lookin' for a hand1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If you're a colourist looking for a project to work on, head here for details: http://mightymoose.deviantart.com/art/Little-help-319326614?q=gallery%3Amightymoose&qo=2
Loathe as I am to belittle anyone's skills; a person with actual understanding of the job is what's required.
If your artistic expertise begins and ends with MS Paint; thanks, but....uh.....thanks.
Goji's got a new home.....onlinehey everyone, ive got some exciting news, following the footsteps of Hack90 ive created a personal blog site so I can share my commissioned, requested, and fan made images of my OC's and the things I pay artists to draw, this includes the stuff I wouldn't dare post here on DA so lovers of Naughty things will get to see what kind of things make me tickGoji's got a new home.....online1 year ago in Personal More Like This
im still new to it but eventually ill get all the little things figured out, until then it only has one image posted but please come check it out, ill send out an update everytime I make a major update,
http://gojirosdojo.blogspot.com/?zx=1cae4b9c589e7cdd so please come check it out and keep those eyes open because some great new stuff is on the way
Signed Gojiro yasokuma
Don't Be Chicken. Fight The Hate.I try to keep my political views to myself, but you also know that I can't keep quiet when something is really bugging me. Recent statements and actions by certain companies (a youth organization and a restaurant in particular) have me pretty steamed. Especially when they hide behind the term "Family Values."Don't Be Chicken. Fight The Hate.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Being gay never hurt anybody. However hate and prejudice against someone based on their sexuality most certainly does hurt people. Judging someone solely by whom they choose to love is just as stupid as, oh say, judging someone on the color of their skin. And we're better than that.
Or are we...?
I might not be the best practicing Christian, but I do believe in the life and healing power of Jesus Christ and I absolutely will not believe that He's happy with the things that are being said and done in regards to homosexuals in His name. It's these "Believers" that make me ashamed to be called one too.
So I've created this piece to do my pa
Rest in peace Mr. KubertWord came out today that comic legend Joe Kubert has passed on.Rest in peace Mr. Kubert1 year ago in Personal More Like This
He was born in September 18, 1926. He was a true icon and gentleman in the industry. To say he will be missed is a drastic understatement. Few men will ever have a legacy like Mr. Kubert has. He spent so many years creating truly amazing comics. And dedicated so much of his time seeing to the future of the industry he loved. Along with his sons and may other talented creators he founded the Kubert school. An institution designed to teach the next generation of comic artists.
I did not know him personally. But I know of him and I have had books from him to learn from. I cannot say how much I am going to miss him and his work. The world is better for having had him here for the time we did.
God bless you Mr. Kubert. And may God bless the family and friends and fans he leaves behind.