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3,138: Cubs

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Well, that was fun wasn’t it? Here’s some graphics.

A simple one of every game of the Cubs’s season. (Prints)

Another one of the tree ring things. (Prints)

And one for Cleveland. (Prints)

And one for all 30 teams. (Prints)

A wee bit of artwork

Other business
Around the corner, I saw this restored, old taxi. This is how the taxis in Mexico City were in the 1950s and 60s. Taxis here have changed colour three times since my first visit. They were green and white, then dark red and gold, and now they’re pink and white. I once asked a taxi driver why this was, and he just said one word: “money.” Here’s a Mexican newspaper’s slideshow of even more of this city’s taxis over the decades.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Ink by Coldplay

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Creep (deformation)

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Minecraft Project Day 9
This is where my cabin’s gonna go.

I needed to flatten up the land a bit and clear out some trees first, though, which took the whole day.

By the end of the day, though, I got my first view of the sunset which will soon be my view every evening.

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November 3rd, 2016 at 9:08 am

3,137: Ten unconnected thoughts

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1. Pretty sure the Lacoste crocodile could kill the Ralph Lauren horse and polo player.

2. Pigeons must be really bored of humans, like people who live in seaside towns must get annoyed with tourists.

3. “Petits mushy pois, s’il vous plaĆ®t.”

4. Popcorn/cop porn. Spoonerism. *quick Google Images search* Yep, it’s been done.

5. Tic tacos. Fun word play, terrible idea.

6. When other people’s kids are crying, yelling, screeching, that awful noise they make, and you try and be nice and happy, and they just look at you like, “fuck off adult-who-isn’t-mum-or-dad, this is none of your business.”

7. Watching a BBC thing on YouTube (tangent: I love how people who upload such stuff put something like “no copyright infringement intended,” like by typing that it means the exact copyright infringement that they know they are doing suddenly doesn’t matter) called At Home with the British and the presenter was talking about how houses used to be back in the day, and his description of old 19th century cottages… well, sounds an awful lot like how lots of people not in the first world still live.

8. Outside of historically Christian societies, do vampire movies still have crucifixes?

9. YouTubers saying “welcome to my channel”… Aaah yes, all the greats BBC, ITV, NBC, CBC, PwnkingMike94

10. For a very long time I read GeoCities as Geosites, which is a slight tangent before I get to the main point: I knew that this guy was an actor. I’d seen his plain face on a screen at some point in my life:

And I’d heard the name Ryan Reynolds. An actor, apparently. But I only recently found out that the nondescript face and the nondescript name were the same person.

A wee bit of artwork

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
After the Afterparty, the new one by Charli XCX.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article

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Minecraft Project Day 8
After being killed by zombies last night and losing all of my stuff, first task of the day was to head back to the place where I was killed and retrieve all the stuff. It doesn’t stick around forever. Not sure how long exactly, but I try to get back there asap, especially if it happens later in a game and I had armour, better tools, loads of swag that I don’t wanna lose.

While I was doing that, I saw that last night I’d walked past a small tree-covered hill that looked like a nice place to build a cabin.

So I went and had a closer look.

And yes! This is sweet. A nice view over there where the sun will go down. I can put up some fencing around the bottom of the hill for protection, and it’s pretty close to the river. Tomorrow, I will break ground!

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November 2nd, 2016 at 7:52 am

3,136: Baseball

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Back in January, I made a conscious decision to have a pause in my baseball site, Flip Flop Fly Ball. I really needed to stop feeling the self-applied pressure to keep doing stuff that, at the time, I didn’t really want to be doing. The break was a good thing. I’d got to a point where I wasn’t actually enjoying baseball that much any more because of the site. I was still going to Diablos Rojos games, and it was really nice to only do that. To not think all the time. I still was doing the occasional drawing, but that was because baseball was a part of my life, not because I wanted to do baseball drawings.

A couple of months ago, a print I was selling on my Society6 shop was withdrawn because someone (I suspect it was the MLB Players Association, but I can’t be sure cos society6 didn’t tell me) made a copyright infringement claim. This is the offending image. I can kinda understand their point. They represent baseball players, and I’ve done drawings of them. A bunch of them. But, I would suggest that my drawing (below) is nothing more than a visual history of Major League Baseball. It is not an attempt to make money off of Albert Pujols or anyone else.

This pissed me off. A lot. From sales of that print on Society6, I’d made less money than it costs to subscribe to MLB.tv for a year. A thing I’ve been subscribing to for eleven years. Fuck MLB, fuck MLBPA (or whoever it was), and fuck baseball*. And that, dear readers, was a good place to get to in my head. To step fetishising baseball. It’s just a game. A game I enjoy, but ultimately, just a game.

*There is an entirely separate blog post to be done about my annoyances with the Diablos Rojos, but I’ll save that for another time.

And after slowly calming down (and it took a few weeks), it kinda felt like I’d made a good thing out of a shitty thing in my head. My distain for them still exists, but I’m not gonna let it stop me enjoying baseball. And that freedom from unwavering respect has allowed me to want to do stuff again. So, yes, long story short: Flip Flop Fly Ball is back as a going concern.

I’ve added all the baseball-related drawings and stuff I’ve done over the past nine months, and going forward: I’ll do stuff as and when. Looking back at the stuff I’ve done during the hiatus, I’ve been doing a couple of things every month anyway, and that more (internally) relaxed pace is probably how things will continue.

Anyway, here’s some recent baseball-y, World Series-related stuff. A couple of drawings of pitchers, John Lackey and Andrew Miller:

And one of Jon Lester as a snowman:

And a pixelly papel picado-style thing:

And some data art. First, something about last year’s World Series (bigger here).

Blue represents a Royals lead, orange represents a Mets lead, grey represents a tie. The width of the rings represents a number of plate appearances. This is way more data art than infographic. The kinda vagueness of the graphic representation of information is a deliberate choice.

And here’s a big big project that I’m calling Tree Rings, about every team’s history. There are two teams missing from this project right now, due to the fact that they’re in the World Series. Each ring represents a year since 1903, (the first World Series season, apart from expansion teams which begin at their first seasons), from the centre outwards. The colours are, obviously, of the specific teams. Grey rings represent seasons without any postseason success. The darker the colour represents a level of postseason play. World Series victories are usually represented in a different colour. Here’s three examples. The rest are here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Work from Home by Fifth Harmony. Yay!

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article

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Minecraft Project Day 7
Leaving to get more wood, first thing I see a creeper. I let him explode in this nice flat area so you can see the damage he does. He is, for want of a better phrase, a suicide bomber.

Getting some more birch. If the chopped down tree drops a sapling, I like to replant it in the same place. Good to the environment, me.

If there are big open holes near where I’m living, I like to put a block with a light on top near the entrance so that a) I’m aware it’s there if I’m nearby at night, and b) there might be good mining stuff down there, so it’s essentially a Post-it note.

Wahey! Look at that! A zombie kid riding a sheep!

Some more scouting for a place to build my cabin.

Sun goin’ town, time to head back to my hole.

Oops, there’s a zombie comin’ at me.

Oh bugger, now there’s two of them, the attacks are depleting my health badly (the red hearts).

Shit. Slain by zombies. It should be noted that one of the reasons that happened is because I spent precious seconds making sure I got screen shots of the zombie attack that could’ve been used better, ie. defending myself. Anyway, I respawned back at my hidey hole (you always respawn at the last place you slept) with none of the goodies I had in my inventory, that is to say, all the stuff I was carrying when I died.

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November 1st, 2016 at 10:31 am