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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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You were born during a Waxing Gibbous moon

This phase occurs right before a full moon.

- what it says about you -

You like to question things and have issues settled before going to work on a problem. You appreciate art, elegant forms, and efficient designs. You seek deeper meanings in things that you see and want your actions to make the world a better place.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com


I like this website ^^^^^ It has cool quizzes and articles and colouring pages that one day I want to print out and colour. Plus it has other fun things on it too.

So I was reading about "acoustic ghosts" which are inexplicable bodies of movable mass that can even rival the size of a city deep underwater as seen by sailors and oceanographers in submarines since World War I through sonar technology (should be fairly obvious). They're called UFOs which stand for Unidentifiable Floating Objects and there were so many theories about what they are but said theories were shot down and the sonar readings were quickly blamed on differences in water temperature and deep sea mountains.

But here's the kicker! Apparently the UFOs are comprised of hundreds of millions of FISH. That's right, FISH. This school of fish was even bigger than a whale! It's the size of Manhattan can you imagine?? I can't even fathom!

Then there's this video that I found a while ago that came with a series of other videos of sounds recorded from deep under the ocean and this is just an example. More information about the video is in the Youtube description. Interesting stuff!

Creepy sound, right? Recently it's been discovered that it's likely that it's actually Antarctic ice rubbing along the ocean floor. How unbelievable is that! The ice must be huge to be rubbing along the ocean floor like that because it's so deep. I'm not sure if I can quite articulate why I'm so amazed by all this.

The ocean and outer space are two such deep, mysterious frontiers that are laid out there right in front of us just waiting to be further explored. There are so many things that we don't know yet at this day and age but I think it's outrageous the little things we discover through the continuous development of science. God surely does provide us with a lot of really amazing, miraculous things to learn about in this universe even if our size is comparable to molecules when we think about it because the universe is so vast.

I do think this world is very beautiful in in a lot of little ways. The way the dawn light hits the houses, the mixture of colours, the way the streetlights seep into my windows, things like that.

I want to study more astrophysics, and I'm going to attempt to be well-rounded in all fields of the electromagnetic spectrum. Perhaps one day if my artistic careers don't work out I will turn to SCIENCE! I will be an astrophysicist or an astrophotographer or anything that involves astronomy.

Great Lent started for my religion but I can't have seafood because I get sick from it, however I think I'll try to eat more vegetables and chicken (I love vegetables and chicken yum) and I'm going to cut out sweets and snacks for the next 8 weeks. There's something satisfying about not eating chocolate and cheese and eggs for several weeks until Easter, which in my religion is the biggest holiday event of the year (makes sense why really because by the time Jesus Christ resurrected He actually did something).

So I went for a walk on Saturday morning at dawn with my dad and I took a few photos and I hope this will become a sort of regular thing. We went down the large hill and walked by one of the beaches and then head up straight into the village next to us and spent time at one of the parks there. I got some really good suggestions! It was awesome and it got my creative juices flowing again so that's great, I think every time I'm going to be depressed and uninspired I'll just take a long walk to clear my head and perhaps once I get depressed again I'll do a painting or something and listen to some good music.

Speaking of which, I'm going to try to start painting today finally! I actually really can't wait for it, I've been excited for weeks but other obligations had to be filled before I finally got around to it. I'm also going to start the sketches for James tomorrow night and I already have his profile written down. If I work on the sketches and paintings at least two hours every day I will be able to produce the character sheets at a faster rate. No days off, just work work work! I'm going to try to have it where by the end of next month I'm going to have Rose's and James' character sheets and profiles up and I'll make every effort to get more people to view my blog only so they can tell me what they think.

Sometimes I really want Falkor the Luckdragon to just burst into my window and take me on an adventure.

Good night!


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