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Ground Control 11/01/13
by RedDwarfIV

Hey, RedDwarfIV here.

My tablet PC arrived! Been playing with it, figuring out what works best and what doesn't, and drew a few things - myself as a Keidran saying 'hey, look at my ASUS EP121', a Security Forces Section 2 officer, my cat, and Frame 1 from RA's prologue page. I've discovered that whilst its easier and faster to draw characters on the tablet, inside man-made scenery is slow and difficult. The problem is that when I remove the stylus from the screen, it causes the cursor to 'flick', and straight lines get bent, meaning I have to redo them. And in man-made scenery, there are a lot of straight lines. You may be interested to know that this means I'm finally lifting the hiatus and working on the buffer, though I do still need to finish several fillers and redraw the Tal'Ryth.

I also discovered the Kindle For PC program. It works very well with the tablet. Plus... 4.25 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE! Take that laptop, with your measly six minutes on Power Saver mode.

RedDwarfIV

Ground Control 02/01/13
by RedDwarfIV

Hey, RedDwarfIV here.

The tablet PC was due to arrive today, but it got recalled back to the supplier in London because it hadn't been reformatted back to factory settings [it had been demonstration-only] and was missing its protective case. New arrival date is apparently Friday, though if it doesn't arrive by then, it'll have to come on Monday when no one is home. That means getting a 'please make other arrangements' notice, and more frustration. Oh well, can't be helped. A little bit of frustration in return for £500 saving and no dellivery charge is, I think, not too bad. Annoying, but hey, I'm still gonna get the tablet.

New Years was fun. Visited grandparents. People launched fireworks half an hour too early in my villiage. I removed the hard drive from my ancient Acer and plugged it into a USB/SATA adaptor to my newer Acer, and found nothing more interesting on it than Lemmings 95 and Falling Sand Game.

RedDwarfIV.

Ground Control 29/12/12
by RedDwarfIV

Hey, RedDwarfIV here.

I feel like screaming "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" at the top of my voice. Today, someone put up an ASUS EP121 on Amazon for £499, free delivery. I bought it. This means that this hiatus may be over sooner than I had imagined.

Productivity, ho!

RedDwarfIV

Ground Control 24/12/12
by RedDwarfIV

Hey, RedDwarfIV here.

As we can see the world has not ended. NASA has some amusing quips about why there could be no planets set to collide with us for solar flares to burn us. Oh, and my laptop is fixed, following some helpful advice from those cheerful guys over on the Kerbal Space Program forum. Christmas approaches, and so, therefore, does money toward that tablet PC that will lift this slumbering webcomic from it's hiatus and throw it against a wall to wake it up, before proceeding to repeatedly bash it about the head with a traffic cone to keep it from going back to sleep. Oh, and I did a drawing of Teal threatening Ian and Anthony from Smosh with a Furryiser Mk2 cannon which I'm going to send to them as soon as I can locate their most recent address in all their YouTube videos.

Well, merry X-mas and a happy new year to you all.

RedDwarfIV

Ground Control
by RedDwarfIV

Hey, RedDwarfIV here.

Summer holidays are heading towards their end, and I've recieved my GCSE results, which I'm happy with. I made the requirements to get into college - interestingly, that's a three day a week thing, so a lot of time to be doing art in. But more to the point - my current way of doing the art takes absolutely ages to get done, and my attention span is short. For weeks I've been doing one-offs, improving my art skills - which is important, because at least now I get proportions mostly right. But it does mean I haven't been adding anything to the comic buffer. Which is where the awesomeness of my good grades saves the day - my dad has agreed to get me an art tablet, which will allow me to skip the paper planning, paper drawing, scanning and lineart-tracing stages that take so long and just do the planning, lineart, colouring and shading. That should cut the time needed to produce strips down to something my attention span can handle.

Also, driving lessons when 17 in under a month. Heck yes.