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We've got to get on with the film show
Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow.


("Not Now John" © Pink Floyd)

So my best friend might be joining my band as the drummer. I'm very happy about this development. We've been searching for a drummer for months since we started the band about a year ago, but our endeavours have been fruitless until said friend mentioned that they tried playing the drums. I said, "Would you like to join our band?" They says, "I would love to and I guess I could try to learn better but I'm sure you can find someone who can actually drum." But I mean a band speeds up the learning process and frankly we're all still trying to learn better at our roles in the band.

This band formed a year ago and for a while it was only my friend (from my old town) the rhythm guitarist and myself, the singer and maybe the keyboardist/pianist. Then my friend from my current town joined as the lead guitarist and my friend's friend joined as the bass guitarist. Now we could potentially have a drummer! We also don't have a name or a particular genre yet, but we could figure that out once we round up all the band members.

So to be quite blunt with myself, I am sooooo not a good singer or keyboardist yet. But I'll keep working at it.

Did you know that the colours and patterns you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes?

Today I'm going to talk about the "the ice finger of death." It's located in the Antarctic but there's some in the Arctic too, it's extremely salty brine that sinks rapidly through the water from the sea ice in a plume. During its descent towards the sea floor it freezes the water surrounding it, thus forming a sheath of ice. The ice finger of death actually freezes the ocean floor and kills the life down there like starfish.

An ice finger of death isn't like freezer ice where it's a solid lump. It's more like a sponge with a tiny network of brine channels. In the winter, the air temperature above the sea ice can be below -20℃ whereas the sea water itself is only about -1.9℃ and so heat flows up from the water to the air and forming new ice on the bottom. The salt in said ice is concentrated and pushed into the brine channels. Also because it's so very cold and so very salty, it's denser than the sea water. As a result, you have the icy finger of death!

Well, I started the sketching process for James. I still have yet to start painting Rose though because of some drama that occurred that I won't elaborate on, but that situation will soon be remedied. Also, I looked over my previous sketches of Rose and I realised that I had to fix some things anyway! So I suppose it all turned out for the better. 

So this is the situation: 

Sketches: Like 4.9 out of 5 stars done (Just need to fix a few things) 
Colouring: 0 out of 5 stars 
Profile: Done! 5 out of 5 stars


Sketches: 0.5 out of 5 stars done (Going to work on it some more and then go to bread)
Colouring: 0 out of 5 stars 
Profile: 2.5 out of 5 stars (I'm redoing it) 

I'm going to keep trying to work on the sketches and the profile. I'm not very much good at drawing or writing to be honest but I'll give it my best shot and hopefully some people will be able to enjoy it. 

UPDATE!!! In place of the kitchen table as originally planned we're going to try to fit a desk into my relatively small room. We're going to place it in front of the window which I'm pretty content with this, it's much better than the alternative because it gives me more privacy and it's right by the window so it gives me a view it's basically my own little corner of the world. I can't wait to have it, it'll be something of a workspace for me finally. I hope it happens soon!

OK well, I have to go to bed, good night. 

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