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Sorry for the lack of updates. I cant believe how much time has passed! The last few of months I've been in college completing my first year welding course. I am happy to say I passed with excellent marks. Completing this training is very important to me. Once I become a Journeyman welder I will make a very good living. Given the state of the worlds economy I can't past up an opportunity like this, especially when my company is paying for my training.

About December, 21, 2012

So the date has finally arrived. In the story Post-Nuke the Nuclear war broke out in 2012. Way back in 2003 when I started Post-Nuke very few people actually heard about 2012. Little did I know at the time that it would become one of the most mistranslated, blown out of proportion dates of all time. No where in the Mayan texts does it actually say on this day the world ends. The truth is the Mayans never predicted the world was going to end on December 21 2012. It was the date on which their long count calender ends. But their calendar system is a set of gears. When it reaches the end it just continue as a new cycle. It is a very important date as far as astronomy is concerned. It is the winter solstice. There is a number of planetary alinements and the sun is now eclipsing the center of our galaxy. They had their reasons for picking this date, but its not because the world will end. So sleep well tonight because nothing is going to happen. (knock on wood)

Now I know I added to the whole 2012 doomsday thing with post-nuke. At the time I didn't know what I know now. I will most likely remove the date and leave it up to the readers imagination when the world ends.

As for Post-Nuke, I am working on it when I get the chance. I haven't given up on Post-Nuke yet, I have been busy. Updates will come sometime in the future, I'm not exactly sure when. So please hang in there a little longer. Thanks.
Its been a while but I do have great news! The last 6 months I've been working at my new job as a first year welders apprentice. The company I work for makes large oil field storage tanks. I love working there and I work with some great co-workers. I also enjoy welding. I see it as a form of art, but instead off a pencil I have a rod shooting out sparks and intense ultraviolet radiation. I have 2 and a half years left of my training and schooling to become a Journeyman welder. Then I'll make a very nice living. It's my back up career if my Art career doesn't work out.

The great news is, I finally got a great weekend position I've been waiting for all this time. I work 3days Friday to Sunday and get the other 4 days off! I work 12hr days, which gives me 36hrs in 3 days. They give 4 bonus hours free to bring it up to 40hrs needed for full time. The 4 extra hours is also an incentive to get people working weekends. Most people don't want to work weekends, but for me this is fantastic! I can work 3 or even 4 days giving me an extra day overtime and have 3 to 4 days off through the week to work on my comic! Now I'm finally able to blow the dust off my Wacom tablet and get back to work. So thank you everyone for your patience. Updates will be coming soon!
Hello everyone! Yes I am still alive and well, very well actually. First I want to apologize for my long hiatus. I certainly didn't expect it to last this long. There was a lot going on in my life this past year. I was focused on my full time job and saving money. I also bought a nice little house! I was renting a small bed room that barely had enough room for my computer, let alone elbow space to draw. It is very nice to have one room set aside just for my art studio. There was quit a bit of paper worked involved buying a house. Setting up all the services also took sometime. I had to wait a month just for my internet to be hooked up. Ridiculous wait time if you ask me. But I am now all set-up and settled in.

As for post-nuke comics, its not over yet. I have been working on new comic pages when I have the chance. I had hoped I'd be done the story by now, but my full time job interferes a lot. I only have a few hours a night to work on it. So its been very slow going. However I do have more time to work on it now and I also got my hands on a 17inch LCD Wacom tablet. WOW I really love my new tablet! It allows me to do things I never could have done before. I can't say for sure when new comic page updates will start again. Hopefully very soon, so please hang in there.
  • Playing: CALL OF DUTY: Modern Warfare 2
I finally had time to put my new computer together. I turned it on last week and everything works! Everything just came together and worked with no problems. This was one of the easiest computer builds I've done. I really enjoyed this computer build. There is just nothing more gratifying then picking out all your own computer parts, putting it all together and watching it come to life. But building your own computer is not for the faint of heart. You really should know what your doing. My heart was actually starting to pound when it finally came time to push the power button. I was just concerned that something may be faulty. Warranty would cover it, (well unless I brake it) but to get a replacement part could delay everything for weeks! So I was very ecstatic when it fired up and everything worked. The Bios detected all the hardware and my mobo on board diagnostic display said everything is working as it should. All I need to do is finish installing some software and transferring my data over from my old computer.

I am very happy with the performance of this computer, it is fast. Very fast! From the time I push the power-on button to when Windows 7 is fully operational is less then 40 seconds. That time probably could be faster but it seems the high-end hardware takes a few seconds to power up. But window 7 itself will load up in less then 15 seconds. So I am very happy with that. When I click on a program it opens instantaneous, big programs like adobe Photoshop opens in about a second. Literally in a blink of an eye. The first game I installed was fallout 3. I finally got around to playing it, and it is very cool game! I love it so far. With the GTX480 I have the graphics set to ultra-high. Everything is at maximum setting and the game runs beautifully. One thing that surprised me is how quiet this new computer is. The noisiest thing is the RAM fan. But everything else including the GTX480 fan is very quiet, much more quite then my old computer which has a lot of high-speed fans. It sounds like an old refrigerator!

The Cooler Master 932 case was excellent to work with. It gives lots of room to work and makes my big E-ATX motherboard look small inside it. Only problem I had was the CPU replacement hole was slightly off or too small. I had to put the water cooler CPU bracket on first before placing the mobo into the case, which I only realized after I installed the motherboard. So I had to remove the mobo, add the bracket and reinstall it. Not a big deal really. I found installing the water cooler to be very easy. Corsair even made a video how to install it on YouTube… . The mobo they used in the example is in fact my X58 Classified motherboard. So that was helpful. They give a lot of good information in that video if you're interested in learning more about it. I removed the factory thermal Compound on the cooling block and used OCZ Freeze Extreme Thermal Compound. I've read good reviews about it so I gave it a try.  

The water cooler seems to work well. So far I get 45C on idle and 80C on high load. So it is doing its job of keeping the CPU cool. Performance wise I was somewhat disappointed. While it does keep the CPU cool and it does run very quite. Its not keeping the cpu much cooler then a high-end air cooler. In fact a high-end air cooler would probably perform much better. One thing I can do is replace the 120mm corsair radiator fan with a faster RPM fan, the increased air flow through the radiator would cool it down more. I read people tried this and it helped bring down the temperature, but will it also increases the fan noise. A lot of people ask me what would happen if my pump stops working. In the Bios you can set the PC to automatically shut down if the CPU temperature gets to hot. This should prevent the CPU from being damaged. So I'm not to worried about that. I think the worst-case scenario would be if it leaks cooling fluid all over my mobo and graphic card shorting it out. That would be really bad. But the H50 seems to be very well build and I hope something like that would never happen. Anyway, I'll keep using this water cooler for now and see how it performs. It is doing its job and does look kind of cool.

Just to recap, here what is inside my new computer.

Case.................Cooler Master HAF 932 computer tower
MotherBoard..... EVGA X58 Classified
CPU...................Intel core i7 920
CPU cooler........Corsair hydro H50 CPU Cooler
RAM...................Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB DDR3 1866MHz
OS Drive............Intel's X25-M G2 160Gb(solid state drive)
Power Supply....Kingwin Mach 1 1220Watt
Graphics card....EVGA GeForce GTX 480

So after 4 months of hard work saving up my money and buy the parts piece by piece, I finally have it up and running. I couldn't be happier. This computer will allow me to do things my old computer could never do. It was seriously getting out dated and worn out. Just the other day my power supply died on my old computer. Luckily I had some old spare computers around and was able to remove an old power supply and use it to get my old computer going again. Looks like I got my new computer up and running just in time. I have big plans for this new computer, so expect to see more artwork and comics in the very near future. :D
  • Playing: Fallout 3
I'm finally back. Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been very busy these last few weeks at my full job. Had to deal with some BS at my work, nearly quit my job. But the problem has been solved and things are going better now.

I also had some major problems with my wireless Internet. It was getting very unstable. The problem got worse and worse until it stopped working. The tech guy came out and fix it. It turns out when they installed the antenna it was winter and there were no leaves on the trees. Now that its summer the leaves came out and blocked the signal. They added a dish to the antenna to amplify the signal. Now my Internet works great again.

Back to my computer build. I finally received all my parts last week, but I haven't had time to put it all together yet. I have three days off this weekend, so I hope to finally get it up and running. Here is an image of my newest parts.

I decided to get an SSD (Solid State Drive) for my operating system. I got the Intel's X25-M 160Gb. It wasn't an easy choice. There are a lot of fast SSD's to choose from. To be honest there was no other component on my new computer that had me hesitating, researching and debating as much as I did with this SSD. It wasn't so much deciding whether or not I should get one. But which one? There is a lot out there, but some are still glitchy. The fastest SSD according to MaximumPC is the 128GB Patriot Torqx. But I heard horror stories that there is a bad batch and they could die in a few weeks or month. After spending some time researching I narrowed my choice down to two SSD's, The OCZ VERTEX SERIES 120GB and Intel's X25-M 160Gb. Back and forth I went with these two. Both are very good SSD's. OCZ VERTEX is somewhat faster, the Intel X25-M has 40Gb more space and is the most stable, and it is also rated as one of the best SSD to get. So I settled on stability over speed.

I also got a 5.25" 7-in-1 Media Dashboard. It displays my computer temperatures and can control some of the case fans. It also reads various flash cards, which is handy to download images from digital cameras.

With all this hardware in this computer and future plans to run triple SLI I need some serious power. So I went with Kingwin Mach 1 1220Watt power supply. I love the design of this PSU and the aircraft cable connectors are also what sold me on it.

Last but certainly not least, I decided to go for EVGA GeForce GTX 480. This is one big nasty graphics card. This card has more computing power then my entire old computer just to do graphics work! The scary thing is I can put three of these on my motherboard! I was trying to get EVGA GTX 285 2GBx version. But it is nearly impossible to find now. The GTX 480 is much faster and as a lot of new technology that I can use with my CGI software, so I decided to spend a little extra cash and go for the newest graphic card.

So there we go, I finally have everything I need now to put it all together. I do not make a lot of money so it took awhile to save up for all the computer parts. I'm not building this computer just to show off or play games with. This is a business investment that will allow me to make my comics much more quickly and at a professional level I couldn't do before. I have big plans for this computer. I will keep you all updated on the progress of this build and future projects.
So I finally received some of my new computer hardware. It is taking a little longer to get my hardware together then I originally thought. When I first budgeted this new computer I was not planning to get the best of the best, but I decided not to cheap out and go for gold, or in my case go for broke! I have to sacrifice one more paycheck and then I can finally have this thing up and running.

This was a big shipment. I went with the Cooler Master HAF 932 computer tower. I needed a big case to hold all the big computer hardware. I also needed High Air Flow to keep all the parts cool. I’m very pleased with this case. It is very well designed and there is a lot of room for customizing. I like the look of it and it was also very affordable.

I was told by a lot of people that the Intel Core i7 processor runs hot, so I designed to go with the Corsair hydro H50 CPU Cooler. It’s a simple CPU water cooler with a radiator. It was also very affordable and from what I hear it is very effective.

Next I needed some good RAM. I did a lot of debating on which RAM I should get. I decided on the Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM - Tri Channel, 1866MHz. This RAM is specifically designed to work with the Intel Core i7 processor. It was very expensive, but it is one of the best I could get my hands on.

And finally I got Windows 7 Professional 64bit. Not shown in picture. It is available at a very good price at TigerDirect. I know I’m going to hear people complain how Windows 7 sucks, but really which windows version doesn’t suck to some degree. Actually I was really happy with my current Windows 2000. I found it very stable on my system and it rarely crashed. I have yet to see the dreaded “blue screen of death”. But now it is so out dated most new software will not support that version anymore. Anyway, Win7 is supposed to be somewhat better then Vista and I am trying to build for the future.

So that’s what I have so far. It is really starting to take shape now. Next to come are the 1200W power supply, SSD (Solid State Drive) and a graphics card. Then I can finally fire this bad boy up and see what it can do! I can’t wait! Hopefully in about 2 weeks it should be up and running. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this computer build. :D
I’m really excited my new mobo (motherboard) EVGA X58 Classified and Intel Core i7 Processor just arrived! My old computer is now seriously getting out dated. My current computer was my first custom build computer, it has served me very well over the years. But it is now maxed out. I can’t speed it up or add anymore to it, and its really starting to lag behind. So now the time has come to build a new mean machine. I’ve been doing a lot of research and planning for this new computer for awhile now. I finally saved up enough to start buying parts and putting it all together. This is not a gaming computer, its over kill for games. I’m designing something that can handle high-level CGI graphics and HD video production. I know it may not look like it at the moment with my lack of updates, but I am getting more serious with my artwork. One of the main problems was not having the proper tools for the job. This will give me the ability to do what I really want to do much faster and a lot better.

The EVGA X58 Classified is not your average board. It can hold three Nvidia GTX 285 cards for graphics rendering and one GT8900 just for physics processing, or two Nvidia GTX 295, which is like having 4 graphics cards on one board. That really is incredible! If I ran this board at its full over-clocked potential I would have to literally cool the CPU with LN2 (liquid nitrogen) or it will melt and possibly catch fire. Now that’s what I’m talking about, some serious firepower! But don’t worry, I wont push it to that point... yet. ;) I could go on and on about this board, but this ComputerTV review on youtube video did a fantastic job explaining all the features on this board. I really can't say more about it, except I love the brand new circuit board smell. :D

Anyway, I’m very excited about this computer build. This is the biggest, baddest machine I've attempted to build and I do have big plans for it. I hope to have it up and running by the end of this month.

Also don’t buy this board if you are just going to use it for gaming. Like I said before its over kill for games. If you want to make an awesome gaming computer I would recommend this board Asus Rampage II GENE, which was my second choice. Computer TV review. It was also rated as one of the best motherboards of 2009. Its cheaper, more practical and honestly its still over kill for gaming. :lol:
Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I've been really busy at my new full time job. Like I mentioned before I've been training for my new file maintenance position. There was a lot to learn, only about 30000 products I need to literally memories and know where they are in the store. Yup, they nearly melted my brain... but I think I finally got it all down now and feel confident to work on my own with out screwing up. So now hopefully I can get back into a normal routine and finish off my comic pages.

The good thing is I finally saved up some money to build my new computer system. My current computer was top of the line when I first built it 7 years ago, but now its just getting to out dated. I'll be talking more about that when my new computer parts arrive very soon. :)
Well my new full time job has been eating up a lot of my time, but it is going very well… to well actually. I work in a grocery warehouse. I could have a lot of other jobs, but I picked this job because I wanted a low stress job that had flexible hours so I can work on my side projects. That was the plan anyway. However since I have computer skills I was given another position in file maintenance. So now I'm working two positions. This whole last week I was training for the new office position. I was a bit overwhelmed at first, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. It is a fairy large grocery store and I have a lot to learn and memorize. I don't think I ever tried to learn so much in one week. It was a bit exhausting and I'm glad I have the next two days off. I have one more week of training then I should be back to my normal routine.
  • Watching: Vancouver 2010 Olympics
My new full time job is going very well. People there are very nice and work hours are good. Although I have to admit the first two weeks kind of kicked my ass, but I am getting used to it now. I’m back to work on the new Post-Nuke Comic pages. I hope in a few weeks Post-Nuke Comic will be up and running with regular updates.

I also finally got high speed Internet! The small town I live in doesn’t have high-speed cable lines so I had to go wireless. I’ve been stuck with dial-up this whole time. Yes, the horror!! I did try the mobile Internet stick for the last few months and it worked pretty good. It was much faster then dial-up, but it sometimes cut in and out. Which was very annoying. The main problem was the price. It was far to expensive to use a mobile stick. While the set-up for high-speed wireless Internet was expensive, the monthly fees are much cheaper. I’m very happy with my new high-speed Internet. It is very nice being able to download 10mb in less then a minute! :D
Well my New Year is off to a good start so far. I start my new job tomorrow! I'm excited about it. It's not an art related job, but in these tough economic times I'm just glad to have a good job. This new job has more flexible hours so I can still work on Post-Nuke comic.

I have been working hard on chapter 10 making a buffer zone. Once I have accumulated enough pages I will be updating the comic pages once again, which will hopefully be very soon. Thank you all for hanging in there.
Welcome to my new Deviant Art site. I finally got around to making one. Thank you all for checking out my artwork. I am new here and I am still getting used to this site. There will be much more to come.