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I'm at my grandparents' haunted house in Queens and I'm the only one awake and it's three in the morning. Well now it's almost four but still. My sleep schedule has been really wonky lately. I'd go to bed at like ten to twelve and I'd wake up at around three or four and I'd stay awake until nine or ten AM. At least the ghost that inhabits this house is really shy and kind, though he's freaked me out with his apparitions before. I've seen him twice. I refer to him as "him" and "he" because I know for sure he's a male. He's a tall man who looks to be in his mid-thirties with short dark hair. I've seen him in grey. My mom's seen him too and our descriptions of him fit each other's. I've also seen him as in white, wispy spirit form where he peered at me from around a corner in the hallway upstairs. I thought it was my brother, can you believe it! That really freaked me out.

Someone once was like, "Well how do you know it wasn't all in your head since you see things that aren't there all the time?" Yeah well, I never said that this house was haunted by rainbow monsters, right? But that got me doubting too. But my best friend and my mother said that since I have the schizoaffective I'm more susceptible to things like spirits and ghosts. So I dunno. The ghost here is just this shy, benign, almost fatherly presence (to quote my dad) who doesn't do much but go up and down stairs and knock around on the walls in the summer and do things out of the corner of your eye. I see things out of the corner of my eye here all the time. Like I could be in the dining room, at the table, which is where I am right now, and I could see something in the living room to the left just standing at the doorway in peripheral view and then I'd turn and it'd be gone.

Anyway, since this house is one of the places I grew up in, I'm more or less used to it by now and plus this is the reason why I believe in ghosts, is because I grew up in a haunted house! I always knew this house had something to it, even before I was even fully aware that there was a ghost here. Maybe I'm slightly clairvoyant? It's a thought.

I'm listening to the deadmau5 Meowingtons Hax 2k11 tour, and I love every song that's played so far. I'm practically so in love with deadmau5 it's not even funny. I even draw him. I wanna go see one of his shows someday, but in my present condition I don't think I'd be allowed to do that. I seem to have a thing for crazy, skinny, troll musicians....... Here's the video (note: It's over an hour long so don't listen to it if you don't have time!):



I have a lot to talk about today, in case you haven't noticed by now! Today's topic, other than the ghost here, is going to be about the Titanoboa cerrejonensis. I guess you can chalk in paleozoology as another interest of mine? I'll go update my interest lists here gimme a second....

OK now that that's done with, lemme talk about the Titanoboa! It's the world's largest snake that lived on this planet about 58 to 60 million years ago (the Paleocene Epoch). It's the biggest snake ever discovered, even surpassing the Gigantophis in size. It's maximum length was probably 12 to 15 m and weighed 1,135 kg. And the thickest part of its body was about 1 m. It can't even fit through a doorway!

Here's some pictures of the Titanoboa:





Can you believe how huge this snake was!! I'm so glad snakes aren't that big anymore... I mean to support a body that large you're going to have to eat a lot, so I guess the best alternative for it was to evolve. But it's certainly interesting to think and talk about.

The fossils were found in the coal mines of Cerrejón, in La Guajira, Colombia, which is apparently rich with fossil deposits. The climate back then when the Titanoboa lived must've been much warmer than we previously thought, averaging approximately at 30℃? Also, apparently it snacked on ancient crocodiles. I'm already afraid of crocodiles, I don't need something even bigger!

There's going to be a show on the Smithsonian Channel about the Titanoboa that airs on 1 April, so I hope to see it.

www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/How-Titanoboa-the-40-Foot-Long-Snake-Was-Found.html

Here's an article for it. Go check it out! It's pretty interesting.

Anyway, I want to correct a mistake I made in a previous entry. I don't take 120mg of Geodon, I take 160mg. I can do maths pretty well in case you haven't noticed. :B

New icon!! It's actually of a painting that I did. The phone camera made it look crappy, but I did my best. Maybe one day I'll be able to scan it and it'll look better and I'll make a better icon out of it. It's only a small practise painting, and it's not that great, but it's still something! The colours of the actual painting are a lot more vibrant than what you see in the icon. I used a blue, indigo and purple mixture over a purple wash. Then I sprinkled salt over the wet paint and after that, I painted in little stars by making wet spots on the paper. Then I painted the tree.

OK so some MDC updates, I'm still in the beginning process of painting Rose's character sheet because I keep having to do it over, but I'll get it right someday! In the meantime, I'm working on all the character profiles for me to post up here along with the character sheets. I just got finished with Kyril's and am working on Morgana's. Then I'll be all done with the character profiles and that'll give me time to work on the character sheets. Hopefully within next month I'll post up Rose's character sheets and profile. I've got some ideas for how to paint it properly now that I have a book on watercolours. I was told that it's a challenging medium but that doesn't deter me from working with it.

OK, I'll write some more at a later date. See you!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I have a really cool idea for another graphic novel that'll succeed MDC. It's about a computer game that has a virus and a band of teenagers in a boarding school have to stop it. I'll write more about it later!
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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






http://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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