So I got the iBook back. Nothing on it. Sigh. Sad, sad. The emptiness.
Anyhoo. You don't just want me to boohoo on your shoulder.
Actually, it's been quite good discipline not having a computer in the house in the evenings, with the wife and kids gone. I haven't really been focused on my beer drinking lately. (Ba-DUM. Thanks for coming out tonight.) No, seriously. I've been reading books and taking notes for projects on paper. And, basically, there's a lot of intellectual work I do best not on a computer. And I've been neglecting it. And now it's getting done. So that's good. I really feel very productive. (Plus I've been drinking some beer, yes. In moderation.)
Partly it's good to go without a computer because of blog addiction. It's good to not check the blogs every five minutes when I'm home alone.
I've been goofing around contently with Adobe InDesign (30-day free trial!) on my school machine. Basically I've been seeing whether it's worth the money. Lemme tell you: there's lots of palettes. And it's really not that expensive, if you can get the educational rate for the whole CS2 suite. Dunno what it costs in the states, but I can get it for $750 Sing, which is less than $500 US. That's good for Photoshop plus GoLive, Illustator, Acrobat. The works.
So anyway, I have this idea for a superhero comic. There's a mad scientist. Very much kicking it old school "they literally threw me out of medical school" school of Silver Age monologuery. But this one has been kicked out of Adobe labs for his dangerous and heretic 'electro-organic' approach to graphic design and professional publishing software. He's trying to combine Photoshop and InDesign into a single organism - more power! I need more power! But suddenly there's some sort of overload and, to make a long origin story short, the experimental hybrid organism breaks down into two piles representing its original components, now reduced to organic sludge, out of which emerge - a pair of twin heroes and a pair of twin villians. Dodge and Burn are the heroes. They have the powers of, um, making things light and dark. Firing light bolts and making the place dark. The blond, sunny one is Burn, and the paradox is that although he is apparently lighter, he makes things darker - fires dark bolts. Whatever. Dodge is the dark one. Brooding. Yet he shoots light. Anyhoo. Bleed and Slug are the villains left over from the desktop publishing half of the failed experiment. Bleed is some sort of a sinister, inky monstrosity who envelops you. Slug has the ability to ... to ... sort of extra-dimensional shift. (Yeah.) There is a 'slug' area outside of our three-dimensional space. (Like the Negative Zone.) And he darts in and out of it. I think. Furthermore, this extra-dimensional space holds information about the space we inhabit. So slug can sort of manipulate our world from this other dimension.