Note to 5K Retina iMac Owners

Make sure to run Adobe software in low-resolution mode or it will move like molasses.

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Desk-A-Lax and CS666

I haven’t felt terribly creative lately. Hell, I haven’t felt terribly lively lately. You know what I need? A good desk.

Maybe that needs some explanation.

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We got this desk for my room. When it arrived, I knew that Mom and Dad were going to pretty much spend the whole day in my room, so I took preemptive action and jumped on it. I fumbled my way through the instructions like a caveman with a stone chisel and eventually the damn thing was done.

Then, something weird happened: I started to move again.

Completing that desk dislodged something in me. I suddenly realized all of the overdue activities that surrounded me. I had to call the insurance company about this bimbo who backed into my car. I had to call my dad’s friend about that English teaching job in Japan. I had to contact my old job to see about my last check. I had to fill out and mail those Social Security forms. I had to email a bunch of people that I’d been neglecting. I had to find a new cell phone carrier, because AT&T fucking sucks.

I had to finish that damn cartoon.

I became an administrative dynamo. I sorted things out, sewed things up, and threw things away. I emailed a dozen people. I rearranged my dressers. I filled, emptied, and refilled the circular file. I was Felix Unger on crack, and it felt great. After I was finished with one task, I desperately searched for another one, because I didn’t want to slow down.

Finally, I knew there was no more avoiding it: I had to animate. I sat down at my spanking new desk, powered on my fancy Retina 5K iMac computer, and double-clicked on nolucknora.fla.

And the program crashed.

Seems that Adobe Flash CS6 doesn’t agree with Apple’s El Capitan update on the subject of large files. I tried a number of approaches to solving this, thinking that there was some legacy conflict or something. I uninstalled, reinstalled, shut down, restarted, copied stuff, moved stuff, erased stuff, and updated stuff, but nothing made a difference. The only thing I could think to do was move up to Adobe’s dreaded Creative Cloud if I was ever to animate again.

I don’t like Creative Cloud. I don’t want to deal with Creative Cloud, but technology, and furniture-related mental laxatives have forced my hand. Wish me luck, and feel free to send me furniture to assemble when my creative output slows down again, would you?

The Magnificent Jenni Nexus

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I’d like to introduce you to a new friend of mine. She’s an artist, performer, and animator who’s got some serious talents, and you’re going to want to know who she is.

Her name is Jenni Nexus, and she’s made some terrific projects with Flash, After Effects, and Premiere. She also makes her own styled clothing! You can check out her DIY projects on her YouTube channel. Her partner runs Martiangames.com, which hosts a collection of impressive online games made in Unity, many of which he created himself!

I met Jenni by chance while collaborating on my current cartoon project. You’ll be seeing that soon. Hopefully very soon; I can’t wait for you all to see and hear what she’s contributed. Jenni is not only skilled and creative, she’s friendly, open-minded, passionate, and supportive. Artists like us need to stick together, man. Go say hello!

“Weird Al” and Me

I’ve always been a huge fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic, and with his new album, Mandatory Fun, on the way, I thought I’d recount my own little brush with fame here.

Here’s the Newgrounds story.

It tells how my silly little cartoon video of “Angry White Boy Polka” got Al’s attention, and how I got to meet him backstage at one of his concerts in Puyallup, WA. It was a truly humbling experience, and it taught me my first real lesson about the internet: you never know who might be watching!

My love to all,

Daniel