Saturday, May 10, 2008

Cartoon 99

Caption: Whirlochre

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Robin S. said...

OK. EE looks like he's having one big, fine time compared to this household. Origami is looking damn good - almost worth doing.

It's Brit boy's birthday today, but he has a stomach virus - and he's out for the count on the couch. Watching a movie. Sideways, it's called.

Yeah. No dinner out in DC. No tapas.

Anything going on here tonight?

Evil Editor said...

Me, I'm making ads for people. Our next workshop will be on how to use Paint. If it was sitting on my computer it's probably sitting on everyone's. Except those who sprang for something better.

Robin S. said...

How do I know if I have that?
Where do I look?

Kiersten White said...

Poor Brit boy. And poor Robin.

Brenda said...

My daughter does origami - and leaves tips for waiters in neat little characters. It's cool.

Robin S. said...

Oh. I see it now. I asked Accent Man where it was. I went in and found it in Accessories.

If you guessed I've never used it before, you'd be right. A class sounds good. That or tell dummie like me you won't help us and to get over ourselves and learn. But I guess that's where the class comes in, huh?

Evil Editor said...

On my computer I can click start in the lower left, then click all programs a the bottom. Then click accessories. See if it's on the list. If not I'll try one more option.

Robin S. said...

Hi Kiersten and Brenda,

Do you guys knowhow to use Paint?

The origami gifts for waiters sound so cute, Brenda! My girls used to do drawings on the paper napkins for waiters. I thought that was sweet- same kinda thing, you know.

I'm watching you on TV now, EE. Indiana Jones.

Evil Editor said...

Was it there?

Robin S. said...

Uh Oh, EE. We're having blogger issues again.I sent you a note saying I found it.

What should I do with it? Are you gonna wait until we have the class?

Evil Editor said...

Let's see if it kicks in automatically. Go to where you store your photos and bring one up.

writtenwyrdd said...

I actually have something better, EE, and I haven't been able to figure out how to take bits of one photo and put it into another! (Call me an idiot, I'll agree.) But unless I want to draw a lot of stuff longhand using my digital tablet, I have been stuck with one picture element.

So I hope I can participate in that workshop you are threatening.

Evil Editor said...

Stay in cartoon 99, I'm turning off comment moderation.

Evil Editor said...

If you've brought up a picture, does it say window picture and fax viewer at the top?

Robin S. said...

I store my photos in My Pictures.
So I'll go there now.

Robin S. said...

Yeah- it does.

Evil Editor said...

WW, in paint you click on edit, then on paste from to insert one picture over another.

Scott from Oregon said...

Google PhotoFiltre Free upload

and you'll get a really good photo programmall in size and very handy.

Evil Editor said...

Okay, Rob, look at the bottom of the picture. There should be a row of icons. The second from the right (on my screen, anyway) is a blue/green rectangle. Click it.

writtenwyrdd said...

I have Corel Painter and couldn't get it to work that way. I just figured it out using Paint, as you say. Should have tried that before, then I can clean it up with the tablet.

I hope we do these ads again, because I can do some fun stuff with the art tablet. Monster effects. It's the layering of the damn photos that's been the problem. (I'll figure it out eventually.)

Robin S. said...

Scott- where do you get it?Do you just enter that titlein Google search?

EE- now that I have a picture up- what now? bearing in mind I am an admitted incompetent in these things, but wanting to learn.

Scott from Oregon said...

http://www.techspot.com/downloads/3822-photofiltre-studio.html

Here is one description/site

Robin S. said...

Wow. I'm in Paint!

Evil Editor said...

Did you find the icon at the bottom of the picture?

Evil Editor said...

Okay, you should see a tool box on the left side.

Robin S. said...

Thanks, Scott. I better learn Paint first though.

Here's the thing. I'm so retor i'm going backwards when it comes to technology.

I just learned how to italicize stuff on blog comments a few months ago. It was a bitch to figure out.
So...

Scott from Oregon said...

I think it is easier and better than paint

Evil Editor said...

Do you have the various sybols on the left side of the picture?

Robin S. said...

Yep- I see them.

Evil Editor said...

This is going too slow. Do you have the toolbox symbols on the left of the photo?

Robin S. said...

Yes.

Evil Editor said...

Okay, here's what they do.

1. Note that there's a bunch of colors at the bottom. Click on one and that's the color you'll be painting with.

Robin S. said...

Got it.

Kiersten White said...

Wow. What a Saturday night! Too bad I don't need a paint tutorial.

Evil Editor said...

2. But suppose you want to paint something the exact color something else on your screen is. Click on the eyedropper tool, then point the eyedropper at whatever is the color you want. Voila. You're now painting in that color.

Julie Weathers said...

Gah, I'm being forced to be competent?

Robin S. said...

Good Lord. HOld on. Let me go look.

Julie Weathers said...

My youngest son does origami also, it's cool.

Kiersten White said...

Then again, maybe I do. I had no idea what the eyedropper was for. Dangit! Another thing Robin will be better at than me...

Evil Editor said...

To paint, click on the paintbrush. At the bottom of the toolbox you'll see a few options for width of brushstroke. Now you can paint on top of your photo.

Phoenix Sullivan said...

Ooh, a party! Not crashing it. Just want to point out to EE that Brenda Bradshaw has a new avatar. If you haven't seen it 'cause you're looking at comments through your email, you should check it out. (Robin, don't be jealous.)

Robin S. said...

Hey- I did it! Now what do i paint with it.

OK- Julie- you gotta do it too, girl.

Evil Editor said...

The eyedropper lets you match skin color when you put ee's head on someone else's body.

Robin S. said...

OK- wait, please, EE. I have to go do that part now. Be right back...

writtenwyrdd said...

If you want to drive yourself nuts, you can enlarge the picture so it's pixellated and paint edges more accurately.

writtenwyrdd said...

Well, I now have to go. Old Cat has had diarrhea all over the down comforter. Eck.

Robin S. said...

PS - If EE notices a new avatar, i'm gonna put a picture up on here that he might well wish he had never seen.

Just sayin'.

Now I have work to do, people...

Evil Editor said...

To paint in a straight line, click on the line. It'll give you several option of line width. To draw a rectangle or circle around something, it's the obvious figures.

Robin S. said...

Ok- I clicked the brush- I took hair color that I picked using the eyedropper dealie - and I paintbrushed some background.

Julie Weathers said...

sigh, let me find a picture. I just barely figured out how to scan.

Evil Editor said...

We can do a workshop that's announced at a future time if you prefer to just chat tonight.

Robin S. said...

What if you're me, and you've already pianted a big mess on your head? How do I erase the mess and try the straight lines?

Julie Weathers said...

be right back.

Evil Editor said...

You can eliminate the last three things you did by clicking edit and then undo.

Julie Weathers said...

Ok, let me read back through this and catch up.

Evil Editor said...

There's also an eraser if that helps, but it turns everything it touches white. It's the second tool down in the left column.

Robin S. said...

OK- I just tried that and it worked. Thanks!

Robin S. said...

How do you mix images? Like today- how did you take a picture and replace a head?

You put the two pics in paint somehow, right?

Evil Editor said...

If you've made a big mess and want to start over, try to close the photo. It will ask if you want to save the changes. Say no.

Robin S. said...

OK.

Evil Editor said...

Okay, click edit at the top, then click paste from.

Robin S. said...

OK- let me do that...

Evil Editor said...

It'll show you the other picture you have in that file. Double click one. You may have to resize it, as it's likely to be too big.

Robin S. said...

OK- it took me to My Pictures. Want me to choose another picture and click on it?

Robin S. said...

I just did it- Allie's picture is now sitting on top of mine. they're the same size.

Evil Editor said...

Yes. That should bring it on top of the original picture.

Evil Editor said...

You have to make hers smaller. And you have to do it while the dotted lines are surrounding hers.

Evil Editor said...

Can you see both your heads?

Robin S. said...

When I move it around, it stays the same size - just some of it moves out of frame.

Evil Editor said...

Right click on her photo. Click stretch/skew. change the 100s to 50.

Robin S. said...

I can see both heads if i move the top head around, but I don't know how to make it smaller. The top one.

Julie Weathers said...

So, if we get really good at this we can stop writing and become artists?

Evil Editor said...

yes.

Evil Editor said...

There's big money in art, just like writing.

Robin S. said...

Oh. Wow. I did it.

Evil Editor said...

I have more than 40 ads to post. Should I post them all? Or save some for other days?

Evil Editor said...

Now you want to put your head on her body, right?

Julie Weathers said...

Oh, I know. I was being smart. I have a friend who's an art director for a gaming company. He keeps telling me to get a job writing for a game company.

Robin S. said...

40!!!??

I'd save some. How many did you have to do?

Julie Weathers said...

I'd save a few for when you don't have much time or things are slow. Then again, I love seeing the art.

Robin S. said...

Right...

Evil Editor said...

Maybe 10.

Julie Weathers said...

Well, it's good not everyone is inept.

Phoenix Sullivan said...

Over 40? Wow! I'd post a few a day. Maybe 8 or so per day. We can't read and comment on that many at one sitting. And that will give you a breather between, too. You can hold off on mine if you need to.

Semi-lurking. Reading other blogs in between :o)

Robin S. said...

Sorry. I won't ask for picture help again.

I promise.

ril said...

Wow, the art stuff is more popular than the writing!

Evil Editor said...

Top right column of the tools, the dotted square. Click it. Then move the cursor to one corner of your head. Hold it down and move to the diagonal corner. This forms a square around your head. Release the mouse button. You can move that square around.

Julie Weathers said...

I will, I'm not as nice as Robin.

Robin S. said...

phoenix has a point- part of the fun is commenting- if there are a boatload- it's too hard to do.

I think it's the same thing when you have a large amount of writing exercise submissions, honestly. I think stretching those through the week, if it's not too instrusive on your other plans for the blog for the week, would be good. It gives people time to comment.

Evil Editor said...

Yours took ten minutes. Some people have very complicated requests.

Robin S. said...

I gotta go for 5 or 6 minutes- please don't go away!!!

Julie Weathers said...

I agree, I like to comment on the writing. Not sure I have much to add, but I at least like to weigh in.

Since this is one of the few blogs I have left I visit.

Evil Editor said...

I could post a bunch over two days, and keep the very best ones for a daily ad feature. A cartoon and an ad every day.

Julie Weathers said...

Thank you, I'm glad it wasn't too much of a hassle.

Julie Weathers said...

That sounds good.

ril said...

I like the idea of feeding some of them out daily.

ril said...

We'll have to see what Robin thinks when she gets back from the bathroom,

Julie Weathers said...

ril, I like that avatar.

ril said...

Thanks. It's a "found" picture. I just added the ND.

Julie Weathers said...

I've been thinking about finding a non-copyrighted picture of some of the old lady bronc riders. It's on my to do list.

Evil Editor said...

Yanno, ril, even though you don't want the fame of being credited for captions, don't you feel guilty denying people the opportunity to thank you for bringing laughter into their lives?

ril said...

Funny, I'd never thought of it that way. I figured so long as I know they're laughing at some of them, that's enough thanks for me... Do you really think it bothers people if they don't know who did the caption or whatever?

Julie Weathers said...

*raises an eyebrow.

You should feel guilty. I like to thank people properly.

Evil Editor said...

I don't know if it's THAT bothersome, but there've been occasional comments to that effect.

Julie Weathers said...

Anons make me nervous.

Julie Weathers said...

ril, I just enjoy knowing who is behind the wit.

Evil Editor said...

Yes. What are they hiding?

Robin S. said...

Hey - great - you guys are still here!

Evil Editor said...

I can usually tell a ril caption or continuation.

ril said...

Hmm. Thinks...

Kiersten White said...

I like the idea of spreading them out, too.

And Ril, you should take credit where credit is due.

Julie Weathers said...

Hey, Robin. How is DH?

Evil Editor said...

Especially since you're not getting credit for too many continuations lately.

Julie Weathers said...

Welcome back, Kiersten.

EE, you can tell because of what you do.

Julie Weathers said...

I need to finish the continuations I haven't done yet.

Kiersten White said...

So, tonight my husband asked, "Do you know who that guy [EE] is?" And I told him, "Of course, but I can't let Robin know"

I mean, "No, no one knows."

Evil Editor said...

It's gonna look a little weird when this cartoon has 200 comments.

ril said...

Yeah, I guess I'm missing the mark more recently. Seems to go peaks and troughs, though I've had a couple of recent ones...

Robin S. said...

Hey-

I wans't in the bathroom- I put my husband to bed, ran my daughter's kitten, laptop and cell phone charger down to her at her friend's house - and fed my old cat. And poured another wine.

Ril - i'd rather know when it's you, sweetie. Really. You're a legend here - and we're proud of you.

Kiersten White said...

I'm not very good at continuations.

How's Brit boy doing, Robin? Lame birthday. At least he has a sexy accent.

ril said...

Man, I'm getting a lot of blogger errors today...

Kiersten White said...

I was wondering when it popped up with 35.

ril said...

Oh, that's where you were. Well, I still hope you washed your hands and put the lid down.

Robin S. said...

EE- please levae the comments up sometimes. It's fun to read through them.

Also -i'm gonna need to reread the paint stuff, you know.

Britboy feels crummy, Julie. And being a guy, he's making that quite plain.

ril said...

You know, if you'd sprung the extra for a homing kitten, you could have duct-taped that other stuff to its back and sent it out on its own.

Julie Weathers said...

It's gonna look a little weird when this cartoon has 200 comments.~

Yep, I just popped on to look at doing another continuation during a break and noticed 30 comments. Piqued my cat-like interest.

Julie Weathers said...

Britboy feels crummy, Julie. And being a guy, he's making that quite plain.~

My guys are the opposite, drives me insane.

Kiersten White said...

And that, Ril, is why your continuations and captions are the best.

Julie Weathers said...

I'm not very good at continuations.~

I'm not either Kiersten, but I like to feel like I'm contributing.

Julie Weathers said...

Oh, that's where you were. Well, I still hope you washed your hands and put the lid down.~

*laughs*

Kiersten White said...

I've tried a couple, but haven't hit my stride yet. I like doing GTPs though.

Robin S. said...

Ha! i agree with Kiersten- you're a scream.

Complete with imaginary sexy accent. Except i think you're a kid. But there you go.

EE, do you have one of those droll, Northern, educated accents, sweetie?

Phoenix Sullivan said...

That's how I got sucked in, too, Julie. Oh look, comments went from 0 - 20 in no time. What's up? Don't look. Don't look. Don't -- Oh, look!

Ril, from comments on other blogs, others have had lots of Blogger issues, too.

Evil Editor said...

It's a combination of northern southern and esperanto.

Julie Weathers said...

Phoenix, I want to thank you again for the help with that query.

Julie Weathers said...

esperanto?

ril said...

I'm not a kid, just immature.

Gosh, Esperanto. I remember the whole Esperanto thing!

Kiersten White said...

Ril, are you actually Japanese, or just living in Japan?

I always wanted to be Asian when I grew up. Nearly 25 and still white. Sigh...

It's funny to imagine what people sound like on here.

ril said...

I'm British. I live in Japan.

Robin S. said...

Wow. That narrows it down.

I was wondering how to get voices on here - even in sound file things (yeah - like I know how...)

But you wouldn't do it, would you, EE?

Kiersten White said...

Robin's got a sexy, charming Southern drawl thing going on, I'm sure...that's actually a fun combo with Brit boy...

Phoenix Sullivan said...

Why DO you contribute anonymously, Ril? do you have certain criteria? "Hmm, I give this one a grade of 86 and I only put my 'name' on ones that grade out at 90. Another Anon submission." How do you decide?

Kiersten White said...

Ah, so sexy accent and cool local. No wonder you're better than the rest of us.

Robin S. said...

Not immature, ril. Not boring. Big difference.

Gonna own up now?

Cherry blossoms?

Julie Weathers said...

Robin, we used Ventrillo when I was actually gaming. It's kind of fun. At least until you make a mistake and say outloud, "Who the heck is the voice?"

Phoenix Sullivan said...

You're welcome, Julie. That's why we're all here. On a Saturday night. Well, Sunday afternoon (?) for some. Crazy addicted.

Evil Editor said...

Me? I can put voices on the blog?

Robin S. said...

Yeah, Kiersten - I have a Kentucky accent, and Brit boy, well, he doesn't.

People say we don't sound like we belong together. Go figure.

Julie Weathers said...

I loved Cherry Blossoms. The new one EE posted is good also. Can't remember the title.

ril said...

Yeah, "Cherry Blossoms" was me. The idea actually came to me when I was walking over the fallen petals down to my local subway station...

Kiersten White said...

EE is ridiculously addicting. No wonder he doesn't tell us who he is.

Robin S. said...

Ventrillo?

EEEEEEEEEE??????!!

Can we can we-- huh huh???

Julie Weathers said...

I think southern and Irish would be a good couple. I'll supply the southern.

Phoenix Sullivan said...

The idea actually came to me when I was walking over the fallen petals down to my local subway station...

And feeling like a king?

Robin S. said...

I knew that was you. Please start owning up.

That was beautiful. Novel or short story>

Kiersten White said...

"Cherry Blossoms" was beautiful, Ril. That's why I didn't comment at all--nothing to add.

I love the idea of those two accents together, Robin.

Julie Weathers said...

Robin, you so funny.

ril said...

And feeling like a king?

No, that's just the MC's perspective.

Evil Editor said...

I don't even know what you're talking about.

Kiersten White said...

She's talking about talking--putting your voice on the blog.

ril said...

Short story.

But this thread really isn't about me...

Robin S. said...

EE? Voices?

What do you think?

Thanks,Julie, you flower petal, you!

Julie Weathers said...

I despise the sound of my voice so I seldom talked on vent.

Evil Editor said...

You should at least take credit for cartoon 100. I'm trying to decide between the puppets and the trap door in the desk. May I assume you are responsible for both?

Phoenix Sullivan said...

Obviously EE didn't find it as memorable as the rest of us ;o) Never you worry, Ril, dear. The ladies are here for you.

Julie Weathers said...

Welcome, Robin. Yes, glad you remembered, I am delicate, like a flower.

ril said...

I do love it when people like what I do, though, and thank you all for the nice comments. I'm definitely not ungrateful and don't want to appear arrogant.

Julie Weathers said...

Never you worry, Ril, dear. The ladies are here for you.~

Indeed we are.

Kiersten White said...

I wonder what the ratio of women to men is for minions?

ril said...

You should at least take credit for cartoon 100. I'm trying to decide between the puppets and the trap door in the desk. May I assume you are responsible for both?

Well, assuming you only got one submission for each, probably yes. If you got more, I'm not sure.

Julie Weathers said...

don't want to appear arrogant.~

I think I have that market cornered. You're safe. However, I do wish you would use your name. It just endears you to us more. Unless you don't like to be endearing.

Julie Weathers said...

I wonder what the ratio of women to men is for minions?~

Interesting question.

Kiersten White said...

How about going for endearingly arrogant?

Robin S. said...

I'd say the guys are sitting pretty, with EE at the way top of the heap. (Sorry ril, we love you, too, honey. You know that.)

I'd rather know it's you - so on cartoon 100- which ones are yours?

Evil Editor said...

64/32/4

ril said...

How about going for endearingly arrogant?

It's a reach, but maybe I could pull that off.

Phoenix Sullivan said...

EE, about audio. Looks like you have to host it on another site and then link to it from the blog. Blogger doesn't support audio. Bummer.

Kiersten White said...

I'm really curious about the 4.

Kiersten White said...

How does one get minion status?

Robin S. said...

What's the 4 for?

ril said...

I think I'm one of the four, 'cause everyone thought I was a woman. And that I write like a woman. All I can say is don't let these heels fool you.

Evil Editor said...

We'll just all get together at my place. Then we'll know what we sound like.

ril said...

Blogger supports video, and video doesn't have to have a moving picture...

Kiersten White said...

I'm in. I need a vacation.

Julie Weathers said...

Once you set up the site, you just have to log in and use the portal info and password if you have one. Then just have a headset. I normally run sound through my speakers and I disable my mike anyway most of the time.

Kiersten White said...

It's okay, Ril, I thought WW was a man and WO was a woman, and Robin was actually two people when I first started participating.

Robin S. said...

If I thought you meant that, I'd be ecstatic, EE.

Are you ever gonna? Even masked?

Julie Weathers said...

We'll just all get together at my place. Then we'll know what we sound like~

Robin will be right back, she's off making flight reservations.

ril said...

We'll just all get together at my place. Then we'll know what we sound like.

Well I call the chair in the corner. The one with the worn arms that the weredingo usually sits on, underneath that portrait of Lincoln you bought at the antique store last July.

Kiersten White said...

Ya'll can come to San Diego. It's nice here. And we all know what a fantastic beach body EE has.

Julie Weathers said...

All I can say is don't let these heels fool you.

snort

Robin S. said...

You thought I was two people, Kiersten?

Hmmmm. Was that about once a month you noticed me being super bitchy, by any chance? Brit boy tends to go on trips about then.

Julie Weathers said...

Maybe we will bump into each other at some conferences.

Robin S. said...

Hold on. ril, are you saying you know EE?

Evil Editor said...

When I quit blogging I'll have my favorite minions over. Bring sleeping bags. And rat repellent.

Julie Weathers said...

underneath that portrait of Lincoln you bought at the antique store last July.~

You bought a portrait of Lincoln at an antique shop?

Julie Weathers said...

Well, as interesting as that would be, I would miss the blog.

ril said...

Hold on. ril, are you saying you know EE?

Well, you can't just make stuff this up, can you?


Am I endearingly arrogant yet?

Kiersten White said...

Let the Minion wars begin...

But that would mean you quit blogging, so I'd rather not.

Kiersten White said...

Robin, it was for the EE charity auction exercise; I just picked names at random from comments, and for some reason someone had said "The Robins" so I thought there was more than one.

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