Allopreening is a behavior often seen in a mated pair of birds (allogrooming also occurs in mammal species most notably primates). Allopreening is the mutual preening of another birds feathers. Sometimes the preening will switch back and forth from bird to bird. This behavior can be performed to enhance feather maintenance (keeping feathers clean of parasites) or to strengthen social bonds. The receiver of the preening will often lower their head, fluff out their feathers and in general have an 'Awwmygawh that feels good' look on their face. Birds attached to humans will also preen their humans, either trying to preen their hair, beard, moust
Flights of Fancy by James Gurney, copyright 1996.
From Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, p. 181.
This analysis copyright Scott M. McDaniel, 2011
Before I say anything else, if you're an artist you should go buy both of James Gurney's books about painting. If you like the approach this blog takes to analyzing paintings, you'll love Gurney's approach in these books. The one this painting is from is Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, and his first one is Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist. (As a former technical writer I also like the presentation - each topic is a 2-page spread w
On writing three-dimensional villains
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Do you remember the Big Bad Wolf? He destroyed the Three Little Pigs' houses and ate them (or only chased them, depending on the rendition). He ran to Little Red Riding Hood's home and devoured her grandmother. The Big Bad Wolf appears in countless fairy tales to eat and terrorize the general populace.
In many children's
A Note on the SFTT Before Last (SFTT #59 Spoilers)
So, QUITE a few of you commented on Search for the Truth #59 being all like "BUT HANDY IS THE DOCTOR'S SON TECHNICALLY" or something to that effect.
I'd like to clear that up for you now if I could, and at least give you my opinion on what Russell tried to explain to us.
Thanks to Russell T Davies, the whole 'Handy' situation doesn't make much sense. RTD claimed that Handy was half Doctor, half Donna, but he's obviously like 80% or at the very least 60% Doctor. He doesn't seem to have any of Donna's memories or identify himself as Donna in any way. He's the Doctor. He looks like the Doctor, acts (mostly) like the Doctor, dresses like the Do
When I become overcome with the guilt and shame and fear as a result of my constant procrastination, I have one trick to get me off my ass that works every time.
Now, lots of other people and blogs and whatever are all like "look how lucky you are" and "puppies and rainbows" and "if you get it done now, you'll feel better" and lots of other positive shit. While all this stuff is true, I'm still playing Assassin's Creed II for like four hours a day. It doesn't motivate me at all. I still don't want to write a 500 word essay on the subtle differences between the book and the film adaptation of The Road that's due, like, tomorrow.
So here's wh
I wanted to share this with all of you, as it's been a lot of fun for me. Last weekend at Sci-Fi Expo in Dallas, my friend Christina, was able to deliver some of my various Firefly headsculpts to the actors themselves. Adam Baldwin received a full fledged 12" figure of Jayne, complete with hat and Vera. :D (The figure was put together by the amazing talents over at Sideshow Freaks Forum: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com)
Below is a link to a great video and some photos. Many thanks go out to Christina and Jenn for sharing this with me. While it's wonderful to be thanked by Adam Baldwin, that custom figure wouldn't have been