April’s A-Z Challenge

I’ll be taking a break for the next few days getting ready for the A-Z Challenge Month.
For those who’ve not heard of the A-Z Challenge throughout April I, and hundreds of other bloggers, will be trying to keep our posts related to each days letter of the alphabet.
It starts on the 1st of April with the letter A, and ends on the 31st with Z…with the in-between Sundays off for good behaviour.

So I’m rapidly trying to come up with ideas for each letter and getting a few post set up ahead of schedule, so I’ll be back this coming Sunday.
In the mean time check out some of the other fine and upstanding bloggers who have signed up for the challenge as well…

Cheney’s Heart…

Former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant today.

The $5 billion procedure was complicated by the amount of time Mr Cheney’s heart had been in cold storage and required Voodoo experts from Haiti to assist. Although some had counselled against re-introducing the organ, right wing republican officials felt it necessary if Mr Cheney was going to stand a chance of mounting a late challenge to Mitt Romney.

A hospital spokesman said that Mr. Cheney was making a remarkable recovery, was alert, chatting with his doctors, and shooting people as soon as their backs were turned.

Attention now turns to former President George W. Bush with surgery planned later this year to re-introduce his brain with many in the Bush camp claiming it’s already “Mission Accomplished”.

Newt wags his finger…

Today Newt Gingrich tried to re-light his election hopes by furiously wagging his finger at President Obama.

Obama spoke for the first time on the killing of Trayvon Martin, 17, saying…

‘…my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon…”

This was seized on by the amoral former Speaker of the House…

“The last thing we need is some fool in the White House saying that all black teenagers look the same…. that kind of lazy racial stereo typing is disgraceful…”

Newt didn’t have time to clarify his comments as he was off to a garage sale to sell his wife and children to fund the rest of his campaign.

Source – Trayvon-Martin case Newt Gingrich slams Obamas disgraceful comments

How to cheat at drawing…

A few people have asked me about my cartoons and although I’d love to pretend to be a budding artist I actually cut so many corners it’s more like cheating.

L from The Mock Turtle asked how long does it take to do an illustrations and how do I create them?

Typically a cartoon will take me about an hour or two to complete which is mainly dependant on the subject and the number of elements in each frame.

As to how…well it just so happens that I’ve done a series of articles on exactly this subject on my other blog…and they can be found here:-

Part 1 – focusses on the use of Inkscape to trace an outline for each picture

Part 2 – looks at using Gimp2 to colour the sketch
Part 3 – continues the use of Gimp2 to shade the cartoon

Trayvon Martin

This has been blogged about for a while and finally a grand jury is to investigate the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
To those who don’t know Trayvon was a 17 year old boy walking home from a convenience store with candy for his younger brother when George Zimmerman, a self appointed neighbourhood watch captain, pursued him as walked through a gated community in Florida. After a scuffle Trayvon was shot with 911 tapes showing Zimmerman was the ‘aggressor’.
Zimmerman claimed self-defence and wasn’t charged…hopefully justice prevails

Practical uses for celebrities…

In the ongoing quest to find a practical use for socialites and celebrities UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has spoken out.Since becoming the head of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon has overseen a doubling in the number of celebrity UN Goodwill Ambassadors.

“Yes there may be more qualified people about but ultimately, at the end of the day, when all said and done, if one of these celebrities gets eaten in a famine zone then….meh!”