The Big Kerpow

Jimmyr
Reddit
YouTube

Abduzeedo
Concept Ships
YouTube

Not Always Right
Clients from Hell




Scary Go Round
Dumbing of Age
Questionable Content
Multiplex
Let's Speak English
Wilde Life
Lonely Vincent Bellingham
Velharthis

Shi Long Pang
Sufficiently Remarkable
The Devils Panties
Diesel Sweeties
MegaTokyo
Sinfest
Templar Arizona
Something Positive

Girls with Slingshots




Jan 14|2016 - thursday sees infinity overhead

slept weirdly, nap directly afterwards with the cat

"we all go down to colson bridge, where we ended and we began,
infinity overhead, when I whisper, are you listening"
-diamond lightning|minus the bear

have you felt it, an epiphany.

this is kinda a make or break year.

plan for apollo one.

countdown until apr1.



Instagram Embed: Sunday Rain Storm
Posted on 17 Aug 2016 By Colin

A video posted by @surfacingpoint on


later days
-colin


Instagram Embed: City View at 36C
Posted on 11 Aug 2016 By Colin

Massive cloud out over the lake, humid day here at 36C

A photo posted by @surfacingpoint on


later days
-colin


Instagram Embed Test One: Patches
Posted on 11 Aug 2016 By Colin


later days
-colin


Toss Back Thursday: The Thing (1982)
Posted on 11 Aug 2016 By Colin

This movie is old and so am I. And this is one of the rare horror/thriller movies that I actually like. I'm generally not a fan of them, I don't consider getting scared to be entertaining so the only way I'll watch one is if I find the story to be genuinely entertaining. That or if its cool looking, no one's ever really considered the Aliens franchise to be well written but I'll be damned if I won't watch every single one of those suckers.

I always avoided this movie because I was aware it was a horror/thriller flick and that's not my thing, pun not intended. But one night in college in the computer labs, two classmates said they were going to watch a movie and I should watch it, "It's horror but it's good, you'll enjoy it." they said. Already anxious because I was about to watch a horror movie in a darkened computer lab (they insisted on watching it in the dark). We grabbed the comfy chairs from a neighbouring area, hooked up better speakers that we snagged from another computer lab. The opening credits were barely started when BANG! a loud noise sounded out and I just about jumped out of my fucking human skin-suit. One of the just setup speakers wasn't balanced properly and fell off the back of the desk hitting the radiator below. They tried to say sorry for laughing at me while continuing to laugh, but honestly it got a big fright out of my system and I felt better after that and enjoyed the movie.



For a 80's movie when they normally dont like to show too much of the monster because that could risk showing shoddy prop work, The Thing shows nearly everything in plain light, up close, from the start and keeps showing you new twisted amazing effects that made today would probably just look like way too much uncanny valley CGI. I think they actually did do a remake, I'll probably have to check it out but I'm not gonna hold my breath waiting for a good movie.

later days
-colin


Mid-summer compliance
Posted on 09 Aug 2016 By Colin

Ugh. Thats a great start.

At least once a year, usually after a short trip somewhere I go a bit MIA online. I've just realized after my trip back to the east coast last month that is has occured again. I just check social media a little bit less and less, i usually substitute it with tv or movies or this newfangled thing they invented called "outside in the summer". Seriously have you seen our weather here in Toronto? Back east we'd be lucky to get the odd day that is 30C, but a week here of upper 30's or even 40C, yes please.

So as a method to slowly reintroduce myself to the online world again the obvious thing to do would be to update my site. It's a terrible thing what little I've done with it over the years but I've started to rethink its purpose and what I should put here. It also didnt help that the webhost updated its PHP and now the old php on every site i hosted suddenly no longer worked. I'll have to scrounge around for a php programmer who wants to fix some syntax for a case of beer.

the new goals for this site: post more often, at least twice a week, update the design, and get some help with php.

later days
-colin


pants
Posted on 02 Apr 2016 By Colin

so i meant to talk about pants and thats the plan.

for christmas i asked for no clothes, no one knows what i like to wear, and every year it seems even less know what size i am. Now i know i'm not as slim as i used to be, at first i was congratualed by extended family because i now looked like the rest of my cousins, but really i was just getting fat.

so i was given a short Gap dark navy blue peacoat. i am not a fan of blue and i already owned a peacoat. so i decided to trade it in and see what i could get. i walked into the Gap store at the Eatons Centre and started browsing, everthing looked and turned out to be very expensive, nothing i would wear. then i found some brown pants that seemed nice and were on sale, their on sale price was only just within my normal limits of belief as their full price was ridiculous to behold. the only problem was i couldnt find a change room, the staff walked around like disinterested flamingo's, finally after ten minutes and some dirty looks from foragers in the womens sections i found the changerooms, in the womens section. they fit so i bought them, theres no story there just a simple transaction. the transaction left money on a gift card, i went back a week later to buy another pair of pants but they no longer carried them. thus ends the brief life of my economical trasnactions with GAP.

later days
-colin


Meow
Posted on 15 Jan 2016 By Colin

So today is my cat Bingo's birthday, today she is seven years old.

i recently have been thinking about social media, as someone who spurs most facets of it that topic comes up often. i realized that most of my closest geologically nearest friends (does that make sense?) havent used twitter in at least six months, others havent used it in two years. my distant friends in nova scotia also havent used it recently either, it just leaves local city hall reporters and those who i dont really know but live in the city who i follow and categorize as "local strangers" as my primary twitter feed.

do you unfollow friends you see somewhat often when they default on their digital mortgage, their online impression, do you just leave their account on your followers/following list when you know they have no intent of doing anything with their account?

this is likely a small question in a bigger inquiry about a retreat i have in mind about web two-point-oh and whatever successor it gave birth to that no one cared about because they were all focuses on how many followers they were getting at the time.

if we're both lucky tomorrow i'll tell you a boring adventure about me buying a pair of brown pants.


later days
-colin


Doomed
Posted on 09 Feb 2015 By Colin

Ok so clearly im still getting the hang of posting to here regularly, i had planned to post at least every other day, five days later however, yah, not exactly stellar schedule keeping.

This weekend i decided to take a break from minecraft which is super addictive to play another game which for me also has an allure of digital heroin, Doom. Well actually Doom2 and more importantly the doom2 level editor. i can like a game, but if that game has a level editor and i can make my own levels, scenarios, etc. then that game jumps up a notch in awesomeness.

This is the first time i've played doom on the new desktop computers i noticed that while the graphics are old and pixelated, it now runs a lot smoother. This is something i think gets overlooked. Company A makes a great game, next they try to make a follow up and spend all that time and newer hardware capability on graphics instead of a better running game. i would rather a game have bigger levels and more things going on instead of a game that chunks on a dozen guys in the screen at once but thats ok cuz check out these shaders and that lens flare.

i would be glad if someone brought Goldeneye from the N64, gave it a few more customization options, the old levels, new larger levels, and allowed me to play twenty or thirty people at once, hell those graphics are twenty years old, lets say 50 players at once just to round it off to a nice big number.

everyone else can go play skyrim and gta5 or whatever else the cool kids are playing, i'll be here playing doom2 and i'll be happy as fuck playing it.

later days
-colin


Reading Again
Posted on 04 Feb 2015 By Colin

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a webcomic i never read before, Dumbing of Age. I comes with a large archive and i just left my computer on and the browser up for a day or two as i read it all. I think a whole new story to read kickstarted me wanting to re-read other comics that i stopped checking ages ago. A week later I then decided to re-read Megatokyo. This one took longer to read but i think this time i can say i really enjoyed it, some older comics are a bit outdated with gamer references that are no longer used, l33t speak being one of them but overall it was good.

I guess this slow buildup of reading then left the screen and i decided to tackle the large pile of books i still have to read, first i started with the sci-fi stuff. I recently purchased a new book but i had two books ahead of it in the same series to read first. This led to marathon reading which i am not overly known for, but in three days i read about 700 pages. I used reading as a filler for when i got bored of a task or for a simple break between chores when normally i would mindlessly browse the internet. this actually helped with chores, i wouldnt be distracted by youtube videos, twitter, etc. i even did chores related to reading, i organized my books, my big wingback chair that we lately have been using as a big coatrack was finally cleaned off and i can sit in it for the first time in maybe months.

next week maybe i'll try to re-read the webcomics Diesel Sweeties, or Something Positive. Those two will take ages.


later days
-colin


False Alarm
Posted on 31 Jan 2015 By Colin

I did not plan to not update for a week as soon as my site was up but that's what happened, I've been sleeping terribly lately but its getting back under control.

Last week the ladyfriend and i went out to the ROM, basically a big museum here in toronto, we browsed, we brought our sketchbooks to draw a bit, i realized how terrible i am to draw and thats a whole other story but getting to the ROM was its own story.

In the city i am constantly looking around, it looks like im checking people out but what i'm really doing is checking out their bicycles. I check locked bicycles, i check them out as their riding past, i like bicycles. last march i bought a brand new bicycle, it cost a lost and it was the first real NEW bicycle since i was a teenager, then three weeks later it was stolen.

last week a block away from the ROM and the ladyfriend says to me as im checking out locked bicycles "that one sorta looks like your old bike" and i instantly stop in my tracks "what?" she asks

"i think it is my bike"

same make, same colour, same fenders i had installed, the quick releases all removed like i asked, same bike rack i had installed on purchase. i think its my bike. i dont have the serial number of mine on me, if i go home to get it this could be gone before i get back, so i get on the cold sidewalk, wipe away the dirt and grease around this ones serial number and snap a picture with my phone, while this happens a man walks up and asks if i am passed out.

i then call the cops, explain to them my situation. i filed a police report last year and gave them the serial number, so they have it, i read to them the one i just got from the picture and they tell me the news, it doesnt match. its not my bike. i was ready for that, but im pretty damn sure it came from the same shop.

i'll keep looking though, my bicycle is out there and i will get it back someday.
KHS
same bicycle, different owner apparently.

later days
-colin


Bike-Apocalypse #1
Posted on 23 Jan 2015 By Colin

this idea has been rattling around my head for ages, how long exactly? after going through my pictures and i figured this was the first one i took of this idea, on the thirtieth of march, twenty-ten. my idea is just that i take pictures of bicycles left locked yet broken down, parts stolen, rusted, or somehow no longer usable. i meant to take a bunch in a short span of time, put together an album and post it here on an earlier version of this site.

clearly that never happened.

back then i wanted to make a big post, lots of pics, and in a slideshow format. but to hell with that, new site and new format! i have some saved and im gonna post them from time to time while i search out new bikeapolypse subjects. enjoy.

bikeapolypse
i'm not sure what the foam around the down tube is there for.

later days
-colin


A Fresh Start
Posted on 27 Apr 2014 By Colin

So i backed up my old dotcom and then flat out deleted it. Now i am sorta scrambling to put together a placeholder while i slowly patch together a new one. The old site was a slow evolution from early html/photoshop learning up to a massive patchworked site that still didnt fit what i had imagined for it.

A few years back i tried to advance the site by adding a content editor that allowed comments, only to learn bots heavily preferred that system and after receiving 800 spam messasges all comments were banned, the content editor itself was clunky and what was supposed to make posting easier and faster only led to me posting less so i decided to go back in time. I was happier hardcoding everything and my html/css skills back then were much sharper, you can keep your web 2.0 features ill stick to notepad and my keyboard thank you very much.

so over the next little while this site will be very ugly while i nail down exact widths and heights of this and that and formats, then ill get back to the multi-design rotation of days of old, just my goal this time is to not use stock photos and to have everything done by me or at least done by someone i know who is ok with me using their photos.

time to open another beer and work.

later days
-colin






     Colin Gillis 2015