Feb 29 2012

“Death of a Businessman,” a Doodleronomy animated short

I created this animated cartoon with Adobe Flash in about 2003. It’s not technically a doodle, but it was made for no good reason. It matches the spirit of things here, at least.

The original version was a little different:

  • At the time I created this, I was not concerned about copyright infringement. I was more concerned with having material to experiment with than making it legal for mass distribution. I have no idea where the original images on the opening title card came from, so the ones you see here are new. I ran into a similar problem with the music, but I was able to track down a public license version of it.
  • Call me George Lucas, but the typography in the original was not very good, so I prettied it up. I also tweaked some of the characters, but that was nothing major, just some empty spots that I had to manipulate so I could flood fill them with color. Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t change it so Greedo shot first; you just wanted Han Solo to be bloodthirsty or something like that.
  • I couldn’t directly convert the file to video, so the animation is likely a little different. See notes below.

Warning: It is a pain in the butt to convert a Flash cartoon into a video.

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Feb 22 2012

Bald smart guy

Nigel Sidgwick, pictured above, sat in a leather chair in the family library. Bookshelves 19 feet high loomed before him. Out of the window, mushroom clouds filled the skyline, and radioactive dust raced across the plains.

If only the masses hadn’t discovered his limited ability to see the future.

Sidgwick could accurately predict what song was coming next, whether it came from musicians on stage, radio, or record. Discovered by accident, this ability won him a lot of bets.

But his visions extended no further. Sidgwick was ill-equipped for the questions the populace assumed he could answer.

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Feb 15 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day: Here is a picture of Abby as a giant robot

Most of us will die at some point in our lives. The hows and whys are hard to predict; industrial accidents, hungry monsters, and faulty organs are all equally likely culprits. Take comfort in the fact that nearly every living thing that has died has gone through this process before us, and it didn’t kill them, did it?

Lucky for me, my wife, Abby, is nearly immortal. Based on my estimates, she is looking at a lifespan that extends at least into the millennium range. Today’s doodle is an artist’s rendering of Abby on Valentine’s Day in 2313. She has clearly entered the giant robot stage of existence and is likely pausing here before razing another city, as is her wont. I’m going to assume her destructive tendencies stem from my untimely death in a bowling accident three decades earlier at the young age of 300. Lucky for her, me, and Earth, Science will leap forward in 2314, resurrecting me in zombie form. We’ll then blast off to the Moon or Europa, whichever has cooler cities to ransack.

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