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Happy 2018! General discussion thread
fallopiancrusader at 8:41AM, Feb. 15, 2018
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For any drawing nerds out there, I put up another tutorial. it's a youtube video showing how I made pages 74 and 75 of my comic, with commentary. http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/tutorial/550/
ozoneocean at 6:42PM, Feb. 19, 2018
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Pro work as usual Crusader man! Amazing to see how you achieve your photo-realistic style. It's very generous of you to share it with us ^_^

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Yesterday while picking up leaves I slammed my mouth into a rusty old tractor swing hanging low in a tree. :(
No real damage apart from swollen kissy lips XD
It hurt like a bastard.
 
Tantz_Aerine at 2:38PM, Feb. 26, 2018
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I think I must have updated in the worst possible time in the day and I'm starved for my comments, where are theyyyyy. So frustrating! But at the same time it's a glorious day because BOTH comics are updated. I'm hopeful for the future.

I decided to be whiny in public for a rare moment, a singular moment. I shall try not to feel guilty about that.
 
bravo1102 at 2:00AM, Feb. 27, 2018
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February late winter doldrums.

I slipped on the first step of my front porch and went down. I landed with my side on one middle step and it even makes breathing painful. Lots of ice and Advil and I'll recover but it really slows me down.

I had one of my “trapped in school” dreams with no one listening to me and a general feeling of helplessness. A childhood memory. But this time I picked up a payphone dialed a mass of numbers and a voice said “is this ohm-aga ” to which I replied “no, it's omega and it ends here.”

And artillery shells started landing and blowing things up. I was on a hill and could see houses beginning to burn and the whole place take on the look of a 1940s town with fires and artillery and collapsing buildings. And then the alien spaceships arrived and I woke up.
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gullas at 7:25PM, Feb. 28, 2018
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Hi everybody, guess I wanted to drop by because I was bored on a night-shift and I remembered my password.

It's been long, late 2013-early 2014 ish? since I last logged in/checked the site. Maybe I'll stick around, but I'm not gonna make any promises or anything.
So what have I've been up to this 4-5 years? Couple of things:

* Took part in foundation of a leftist/socialist political party, that hasn't really gotten anywhere and decided to leave it because of a family tragedy.

* Changed my life because of said tragedy and moved back with my folks in the small village I grew up in, sorta got motivated to live healthier and happier.

* Started working as a PCA(personal care assistant) in said village for about year and a half while finishing my degree in social work

* Was kinda forced to take a side in my parents divorce (not by choice) but the best thing to come of that I really got to know my parents, as persons and I have actually made better, more intimate connection with them on a individual level, much more when they were a couple.

* Moved back to the capitol to work as a specialized PCA(the degree) in establishing a care-home for disabled folks that had multiple diagnosis. Most of them had a mental illness + other mental disabilities.

* Worked in said home, also as the union confidant for about a year and a half and had take part in some serious work related incidents. The biggest was a semi-hostile merger with another care-home that took better part of 2016. I experienced burnout there.

* Transferred myself to a new care-home, this time a new home designed for people with autism and who had history self-harm and violent related behaviors. Going strong for a year now.

* Am also still working in the private PCA service that I worked in when I was in uni, and I do more management type of things there than I used to do.

* Met my fiance two years ago and we've done bits of traveling together and for the last year we've been renovating hour home.

So yeah, that's that. Happy 2018 (in march)!
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ozoneocean at 7:56PM, Feb. 28, 2018
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I hope you're not injured Bravo. You poor old guy ^_^

gullas wrote:
Hi everybody, guess I wanted to drop by because I was bored on a night-shift and I remembered my password.

It's been long, late 2013-early 2014 ish? since I last logged in/checked the site. Maybe I'll stick around, but I'm not gonna make any promises or anything.
So what have I've been up to this 4-5 years? Couple of things:

* Took part in foundation of a leftist/socialist political party, that hasn't really gotten anywhere and decided to leave it because of a family tragedy.

* Changed my life because of said tragedy and moved back with my folks in the small village I grew up in, sorta got motivated to live healthier and happier.

* Started working as a PCA(personal care assistant) in said village for about year and a half while finishing my degree in social work

* Was kinda forced to take a side in my parents divorce (not by choice) but the best thing to come of that I really got to know my parents, as persons and I have actually made better, more intimate connection with them on a individual level, much more when they were a couple.

* Moved back to the capitol to work as a specialized PCA(the degree) in establishing a care-home for disabled folks that had multiple diagnosis. Most of them had a mental illness + other mental disabilities.

* Worked in said home, also as the union confidant for about a year and a half and had take part in some serious work related incidents. The biggest was a semi-hostile merger with another care-home that took better part of 2016. I experienced burnout there.

* Transferred myself to a new care-home, this time a new home designed for people with autism and who had history self-harm and violent related behaviors. Going strong for a year now.

* Am also still working in the private PCA service that I worked in when I was in uni, and I do more management type of things there than I used to do.

* Met my fiance two years ago and we've done bits of traveling together and for the last year we've been renovating hour home.

So yeah, that's that. Happy 2018 (in march)!

Wow! Good to have you again man!!! Sounds like you've had an amazingly interesting time man!
We'd love to have you interviewed on the Quackcast as a returning ducker. We'd also love to have you do a new version of your DD Quackcast theme.
 
gullas at 8:34PM, Feb. 28, 2018
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ozoneocean
Wow! Good to have you again man!!! Sounds like you've had an amazingly interesting time man!
We'd love to have you interviewed on the Quackcast as a returning ducker. We'd also love to have you do a new version of your DD Quackcast theme.

Well life kinda happened. Yeah, I'd love to do something with the theme when (or if) I have time.
ozoneocean at 11:38PM, Feb. 28, 2018
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That would be lovely!

Both of our Einars left us… we had no more Icelanders! I'm glad we have one back now :D
 
kawaiidaigakusei at 6:01PM, March 2, 2018
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“no, it's omega and it ends here.”

And that is when the dream shifts into lucid dreaming. I hope you took advantage of being in the dream realm and tried to fly after that point.


Still, hearing a voice say something like omega is a little scary.
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bravo1102 at 1:38AM, March 3, 2018
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kawaiidaigakusei wrote:
“no, it's omega and it ends here.”

And that is when the dream shifts into lucid dreaming. I hope you took advantage of being in the dream realm and tried to fly after that point.


Still, hearing a voice say something like omega is a little scary.
I routinely fly in my dreams but it's only an escape. Often it doesn't solve anything in the dream. In fact there's been the reoccurring theme of not being able to fly high enough. I have to deal with things and not just run away. Sometimes you have to see through the narrative and solve the issue.
usedbooks at 7:15PM, March 3, 2018
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I fly in my dreams too. Except in those dreams, I end up indoors or in a cave, where flying means diddly squat. Not sure the symbolism behind that, but it always sucks. (And it's always something I'm using to try to escape – usually from people after me BECAUSE I can fly. So it's a ridiculous frustrating loop.)

I have a job interview Tuesday. Hearing nothing from federal positions at this point. I know the NPS always suffers for funding and has some really specific criteria/preferences at times (like location, veteran status, and some positions just for recent graduates). Anyway, I'm interviewing for a part-time job at a nearbyish (45 minute drive) science museum. It's with the state government, and it is better than minimum wage. It's a really neat museum, so here's hoping. I scoped the place out with my dad today. We had a blast playing with the interactive exhibits, and I geeked out with the girl at the info desk in the natural history wing (we talked about bats and snakes and cockroaches and deep-sea monsters).
ozoneocean at 5:17PM, March 8, 2018
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Good luck with your job hunting Vickie!

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It's funny, when I fly in dreams I know exactly how to control it: it's something magical and impossible but in dreams it's as natural as walking, even though there's no way to ever experience that kind of flight in reality- swimming comes close but it's not quite there, and it's noting like skydiving with a wingsuit or parachuting. Maybe micro-gravity would come close?
That's interesting to me…

I 'd love a simulation that could take advantage of that.
 
KimLuster at 12:21PM, March 12, 2018
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I used to fly in my dreams ALOT!! And they were so realistic! I would sometimes lucid dream, and I could see the aerial view of my city below, and I could consciously pick out familiar streets to follow from above…!! An annoying thing though, I'd always end up having trouble gaining altitude. I'd crash into the tops of trees, into power lines, or I'd only be five feet above the ground sometimes, heading for something hard, and couldn't rise up…

I'm certain this says a lot about my inner-self haha… I don't really fly-dream anymore, and I both miss it and don't miss it!!
MegaRdaniels at 2:32PM, March 12, 2018
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I day-dream of myself flying all over the city. Don't know why though. LOL
usedbooks at 7:13AM, March 13, 2018
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I did poorly at the interview and was not selected. :P

Oh well. I apply for five jobs a week. Maybe another one will come through.
ozoneocean at 12:05AM, March 15, 2018
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OMFG I am tired of dealing with unprofessional people F*****G bloody idiots!

2 today… I want talk about the first because you never know who reads this and I'd prefer to keep my job. :P

The second… These moron printers who do shirts.
I wanted to get a couple of shirts printed for my mum because she's going away for another pilgrimage walk on the Camino and this time she will be filmed as part of a documentary.
So I contact these people who claim to do small quantities of 1 or 2 with all sorts of fabrics…

First thing I hear from these morons is that NO, we only do a minimum of 5 now… Even though it says 1 or 2 on all their advertising. And the cost isn't $20 a shirt, now it's apparently $30. And they can ONLY do white in the fabric I want.

OK, I square that with my mum… she's prepared to pay $150 for 5 printed shirts.

I email the idiots with all my details and the file. I send it through their contact form on their site AND through my own email as well so I know they'll get it… All during business hours of course.

And of course they don't get back to me.
So I phone this cretin the next day… “Aw yeah, I was out of the office, just going through my emails now, just about to get back to you…” Yeah yeah, F**k off…
NOW it's a minimum of 10 because the he has to do some special digital transfer print on the fabric, can't to screen print and can't do normal digital prints…
Even though I bloody TOLD him what I needed exactly when he quoted me initially. NOW he has to DOUBLE the quantity and expect me to just go along with that?
No, go and die.

It's a simple two colour print, the most basic thing in the world. SOoooooooo simple to print on ANYTHING. I can design a logo that can be printed on virtually anything. That's my job. And he's throwing up these complications.

I won't ever work with that place again. I will make sure my business doesn't either and neither will our contacts.
 
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bravo1102 at 4:32PM, March 16, 2018
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So Sunday things started getting odd in my left eye. At first I was seeing a fly that wasn't there and then a puddle in the bottom of the eye. We set up an appointment with the ophthalmologist for Monday.

“I have bad news, torn retina, I'll schedule surgery for tomorrow.”

My detached retina in my right eye was February of 2017. Now March of 2018 and a torn retina in my left eye. My retinas are that thin and fragile because of of how seriously near sighted I am.

It was supposed to be twilight sleep but I was totally awake and aware for the procedure. You don't feel pain in the middle of the eye so it was kind of interesting even if absolutely terrifying. But the hip-hop music just had to go.

The left eye is swollen shut and there's putting ice and eye drops but looking at the computer is pretty difficult so my comic viewing and creating will be on hold for a while. Really, really annoying. Well, let's see what awful movies and documentaries I can find on YouTube this time —
lba at 10:18PM, March 16, 2018
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I just got kicked out of a bar for the first time in my life and I wasn't even drunk…

I was sitting, nursing my one pint I allow myself for the week while trying to work on a comic for the first time in a couple years and someone decided to look over my shoulder at the page and decided that they needed to change my worldviews. I was working on a comic that's losely based on my Army time and I kind of flew off the handle on them.

Granted, I probably should have picked a less touchy chunk of the story to work on, but why the hell would you need to go out of your way to bother someone who was minding their own business and try to push your viewpoint on them even after they tell you to drop it because they aren't interested in hearing “a reasonable, rational view” right now? Why are people so driven to stick their nose in every time they see someone working on something creative?
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Niccea at 9:11PM, March 17, 2018
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I"m back to lurking around here again. My new job has been great, but stressful. I really need to make a little comic page to illustrate it. I it would be a couple of panels on me trying to learn how to juggle balls, but then my boss would hand me chainsaws. Bitching aside, it really is a good work environment. My coworkers are friendly and like to have social get togethers on a regular basis and two of them have kids just a little older than my son. Since it is a small business of under twenty people, it is actually more family friendly than my last place and has all sorts of nice little perks. I also get a shared office rather than a cubical.

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