@WizardOfDocs Congrats! It's a rather silly place out here. Public transit isn't particularly good (note that there are literally 20 different transit authorities in the Bay Area), but can be workable with some prep. The Google shuttles have started back up recently, and they're very handy if driving's not your thing.

If you come across good game stores and such, do let me know. I'm certain there are likely many, I just haven't had a chance to look.

Welcome to the Bay Area! And to Google!

The one last problem I'm going to have with the books is pricing. I mean, I had a solid idea of the prices already... in USD. Lulu has you specify the price in USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, and AUD. Problem is, the minimums for each don't convert correctly, and the USD prices I had in mind convert to less than said minimums.

I'm guessing there's processing fees going on (Lulu is a US company without a mega global presence), but that's still kinda going to suck for international folk.

There we go. I think this will work. There's a bit of an oddity with the spines where the back cover art is bleeding in a bit, but given I've got everything as correct as I can get there on my end, I'm chalking that up to variances in printing for now.

Going on memes I've seen for many years regarding digital art, I humbly offer the following bit of advice:

Make your sketch layers something like 40% opacity or so and just draw on them in plain ol' black (or whatever color you're using for lines). That way you'll immediately know if you're drawing on the sketch layer or linework layer and won't get an unpleasant surprise when you turn off sketch. :nasalfly:

So, the concept of a hardcover book is feasible. Shame my clever idea of hiding doodles in the wrap area won't quite work. Darn. But, I think I can work with this.

Huh, wait a sec... if I tell Lulu NOT to shop the books around to other retailers (that is, the books are only available through their website, like how I used to do it on CreateSpace), the cost goes down DRASTICALLY. Like, around half.

There may be hope for that insane hardcover edition yet...

The new editions of the books have been nearly ready to go. But just to compare, I ordered copies of the premium color versions again. It really is better, but man is it expensive.

Since Lulu gives me the option, I looked into maybe hardcover premium color versions to make it more worth the cost. To that end, I added extra wrap stuff to the covers and placed an order to test.

Then I found that those versions would be around $100 USD each on their store. I don't think I can justify THAT.

Oh, right, profile banners. I should figure out something to do with those in my Mastodon widget...

Don't worry, the Nintendo Switch Pro is juuuuust around the corner! The same as it has been for like four or so years now! Just around an unusually large and wide corner that apparently does not fit in Euclidean geometry!

Hm... yes, yes. I think these versions of the books should do nicely. Much less overly dark, now that I've done some color correction on some of the more shaded parts.

I'll give them one more look-through just to make sure I'm not missing anything really bad, but I might be ready to get them up for sale in due time.

@Canageek 2004? Sure, PDFs existed then, but I recall the primary way of viewing them (Adobe Acrobat) being rather a bit of a bloated mess on a lot of systems, to the point where I was happy to avoid them if possible. Not like today where anyone can pop them open at will most places.

But a scan of a physical paper, nah, that's going too far, even for 2004.

Two MORE vinyl stickers added to my ridiculous set of stickery things. Technically, it's two versions of the same pic (this account's current avatar, in both masked and unmasked varieties), but it still counts.

Regarding yet another wave of definitely-for-totally-sure-this-time rumors about a new model of Nintendo Switch: The Boy Who Cried Wolf wasn't rewarded with a new model of Switch when he was finally right, which makes direct comparisons to this situation difficult.

To anyone who stumbled upon this and was wondering: Yes, a new version of Geohash Droid is on the way. Next release: Fixing wiki posting, specifically storing posts when the connection's down.

One of the more impressive things about Worms: Armageddon, the 22-year-old version of Worms that many still hold up as the peak of the series, is that it still gets updates, not just to force it to run on modern OSes, but also for QoL stuff and new features regardless. Plus, given how it's developed, if you've even got an old 1.0 WA CD sitting around, you should be able to get it upgraded to 3.8.

Or rather, my copy WOULD be upgradeable if my external CD/DVD drive could read it right. Arrg.

I got this idea in my head based on the fact that nobody really *likes* pie charts. I thought it was funny, at least.

The upshot of what I posted in the last toot last week will be one comic and three, that's right, three new desktop wallpapers. Because apparently I don't know when to stop adding alternate poses in a single scene.

Yes, those wallpapers will be designed for 16:10 displays first. You know me.

See? Way too many details. I might need to crank up the focus blur even more.

Once again I find myself adding in way too many details to background elements where a good amount of it will be hidden by foreground elements, and then more of it will be hidden by Gaussian blur.

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