Saturday, August 25, 2012

Apple Store vs Microsoft Store

A couple of days ago, I was at a popular mall in San Diego. I noticed that this mall had both an Apple store and a Microsoft store. I also notice that the Apple store was very busy and the Microsoft store was almost completely empty.

Apple Store ...

Microsoft Store
 Same night .. same time and only a few dozen yards from each other. I think this more than anything tells you win what direction each company is heading.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sucker Punch - Baby Doll

This is an acrylic, ink and some Photoshop illustration of Baby Doll in Sucker Punch. It is a derivative piece.
Baby Doll - Sucker Punch

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dare to Fight

There is something about this particular gorilla theater that I find really magnificent. We've all wanted to live out some secret life as a ninja and just for a moment forget our mundane life.

Improv in Toronto

Friday, July 6, 2012

Another Painting of a Face

Can't sleep so I decided to get some ink and acrylic out .. this is a derivative piece and manipulated a bit through PS.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Almost Died for GoPro

I just purchased a GoPro HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition from Amazon. It is a great little video camera. I decided that my first video adventure was to film the entire Las Vegas Strip from the M hotel & casino to Fremont Street.

I had just passed the M and was closing in on the South Point Casino when this guy in a white truck drifts into my lane and we almost had a head-on collision. He was talking on his cell phone - typical.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Game of Thrones

So Game of Thrones is over and I am already longing for Season III - which does not start until April of 2013. What shall I do until then?

Here are two Game of Thrones Main Title compositions - enjoy

Monday, June 4, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Painting of Girl with Hood

This is another derivative piece. It is acrylic, watercolor and ink .. okay with some Photoshop added. I am just practicing here on technique. It is a variation from a painting by another artist.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Girl of Many Faces

So, I have been working on faces lately. Especially noses .. This is watercolor, acrylic and a little ink .. okay and some Photoshop .. It is a composite from a number of different artists .. you know an eye here and a forehead there ..

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Facebook Evolution

This is how all my discussions about evolution and the Big Bang go on Facebook. I just can't imagine how in this day and age there are people who firmly believe the earth is six thousand years old and we are all created from dust.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Strange Mood Dude Paiting

I was in a strange mood last night, so I got out my acrylics and ink and painted this dude. I also added a bit of PS into the mix. (I am no good at noses, so I was inspired by another artist)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

'The Hobbit' 48FPS Footage Divides Audiences At CinemaCon

Story - 'The Hobbit' 48FPS Footage Divides Audiences At CinemaCo"

Yea .. this has always been the problem with digital and film going way back. For sports and for cartoons .. there is nothing better than high resolution - high speed video, but at 24 FPS (normal film) the eye catches the slower frame rate and your subconscious fills in the detail. Making it much more dramatic and real. Some times you can't answer the question with technology.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Adventure Time on the Uke

Finally someone has a good tutorial on playing Adventure Time on the ukelele. Jake and Finn would be proud.

Thanks Tommy at Off-the-Rails music.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Undelivered Delivery

Undelivered Delivery - So I ordered a bed from Sam's Club. It was supposed to be delivered from 8am to noon. I called them at 2:00 pm. They told me they could not possibly make it to my house until maybe 8pm .. if not then it would have to wait until next week.

Sam's Club delivery
Copyright 2012 Cram

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Double Barrel .45 Pistol

The AF2011-A1 Double Barrel Pistol is the first commercially available .45 semi-automatic pistol. It is made by Arsenal Fireams and comes in mirror finish Deep Blue or with a 3400 Vickers surface hardness White Ash Nitrite coating.

White shoot one bullet at a time when you can shoot two?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dream Wake

Sometimes I dream I wake up from a dream. I am skinny - bone thin - and bald. My eyelids are heavy and I have trouble breathing. There are people around me - shadowy figures murmuring. And low, soft beeps and the sound of air escaping from an open valve. And then it's gone ..

Kmuzu Mustache

Some of my loyal EiMB have asked what I looked like with a mustache .. so here it is ..

Still have not finished Phantom Crapper Part II .. so enjoy this instead ..

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Phantom Crapper - Part One - ScribeSlice

 This is part one ..

The Phantom Crapper - Part One - ScribeSlice

This is a true Las Vegas story. In the summer of 1982, I was a lifeguard for the Riviera Hotel & Casino and a public pool called Cragen, which was next to Hyde Park Junior High School, near Valley View and Charleston. The Riviera gig was pretty awesome. I met rock stars like Steve Perry and Andy Gibb and made more money in tips in one summer than my mother made all year as an elementary school teacher. The public pool gig was not as much fun or glamorous.  How do I put this? Large groups of children are loathsome, disgusting creatures that smell like rusted pennies.

At the city pool, Tuesday was Daycare Day. This is where convoys of short buses filled to the roof with screaming children pull up to the gate entrance and like a garbage truck dump them into the murky, chlorinated waters of the shallow end. The pool was writhing with twisting, squirming, thrashing bodies. It looked like throngs of eels mating on the National Geographic Channel. 
You can read the whole story for free - just click here --->  The Phantom Crapper - Part One - ScribeSlice

Part II should be ready in a couple of days ...

Friday, February 17, 2012

God Question

This comic kind of blows the CSS borders, but when you're talking about God, I think it's worth it. As I said before I'm an agnostic - which means I don't have any answers, but I have a lot of questions.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Warning

I shall give unto you a Valentine **Warning**. Be extremely careful of Lawn Gnomes - especially this time of year. I can hear y'all saying, "Garden Gnomes - dem cute little statues me Nan puts in da garden?"

YES! .. like many things we do in the modern world, we have no idea of their roots. And Garden Gnomes are the most dangerous and ancient of them all. Before the great Roman Emperor Constantine established the Catholic Church, Romans worshiped a terrible God named Priapus. He was the god of fertility. More to the point, he was the act of fertilization.

To the Romans, sex was all the same - humans, animals, plants .. even gods and Priapus was over it all baby .. yea .. So down and dirty were the Romans about this god, I could only find one picture suitable to post .. and that is from the waste up. I can hear you asking, "Well, that's all fine and good, but where do the lawn gnomes come in?" According to Brian Sewell, famed British art critic and historian .. lawn gnomes were originally little statues of Priapus, that pagans put in their garden to increase fertility.

At night the little god become very lascivious and would go around and start .. doing the "wild thang" with .. well .. everything .. remember the Romans did not see a difference .. Now I have to be careful here .. this is the dangerous part .. When a female was a certain age and a virgin, she was encouraged to go at night and see the gnome. The little creature, who was the embodiment of Priapus wore a special hat that was pointed at the top. Now I will go no further, but I think it might now become evident why lawn gnomes have red hats ..

So BEWARE!! It's all fine a well for our Nannas to have these creatures in their gardens .. but not all of us should partake in this ancient magic .. even if we do like a good crop of cucumbers ...

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentine's Day .. My own little comic .. called Death (by chocolate) Star.

Copyright 2012 Cram/Kmuzu. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cargo Cults and us.

Lately I've been fascinated with Cargo Cults. During WWII, American and British military established airfields on Pacific islands where primitive natives tribes lived. The tribes had no knowledge of manufacturing and saw these wondrous giant birds that landed on their island and delivered gifts of food and technology. When the war ended, the troops left and so did the gifts. Years later, anthropologist discovered that some of these tribes had built elaborate airfields out of bamboo and coconuts to entice the gods back again. You can still see these bamboo control towers and hangers today.

I often wonder if we as Americans live in a sort of Cargo Cult. That what is happening around us is more sophisticated than we can understand. And that we assume certain things are true just by observation and perception. In fact, all of it is an intentional misinterpretation of reality.
 More on Cargo Cults - John Frum

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Motivating Cats

Okay, I'm driving my daughter to school and this enormously fat, grey cat bounds across the street, in front of my bumper and then to the sidewalk on the other side. Of course I immediately stop and the cat is fine. But when I start up again the cat starts running beside me. If I slow down the cat slows down; If I speed up the cat speeds up ... So, I stop and the cat stops - just sitting there.

I need to be clear, the cat is on the sidewalk - at least two meters to the side and about four meters in front of my car. I am in no way chasing the cat. But I gotta get my kid to school - so I'm like screw it and speed the car up to about 15 mph and the cat takes off in front. And I figure the cat needs exercise and I need to get to get going; so it's kind of win / win right?

We (the cat and I) get to an intersection and I think the cat is going to take a hard right and go up the other street - nope - the cat crosses the street and continues running. ... block and block after block. For about 3/4 of a mile.

Let me stress that I am NOT chasing the cat .. I was kind of motivating the cat .. sorta .. did I mention the cat was really fat. So slowly the cat is losing ground to the car until finally it just stops - okay collapses on the sidewalk.

I'm not telling you this as some sort of confession. I don't feel guilty (okay I feel a little guilty and a bit shameful) .. I am telling you this because if for some reason in the middle of the night, if I am attacked by some mysterious creature and all the authorities find of me is bloody scraps .. y'all know who the real culprit is ..

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Elvis is Back in the Blog

Well, had a bad round with MS over the winter break .. but feeling better .. so look for more post on the great EiMB network soon .. like tomorrow .. really.