The Elements

I love infographics. Here’s on giving you an explanation what the different elements are used for. Click to enlarge.

2 To the Chest Graphic Novel coming soon

I am busy putting together a collected trade of my comic 2 To the Chest. All the work is done and will be finally collected in print and in digital format.

The art is by Jose Aviles, writing by myself. I self-published it 10 years ago but the last two issues never came out due to problems I had printing it overseas.

The new one will all be available worldwide via Amazon and through better booksellers. Retailers who are interested in ordering it can contact me through this site.

Troy Geist is a young cop who’s shot while pursuing a murder suspect. Troy has a near death experience where he leaves his body and sees the suspect hide evidence in bushes a block from where he was shot. When he recovers weeks later, Troy goes looking for that evidence and finds it. In doing so. Troy unleashes a Pandora‚Äôs box of trouble as several mysterious groups try to get it. What they are after is a mystery which may be the answer to the greatest mystery of them all.

The book should be available digitally next week and in print the week after.

Stay Frosty

People have asked me how I got through my hell of a year or so ago. A lot of it was from the support I got which I will never forget. But also, I try to remain positive. I focus on the fact that there is always a better day ahead of you if you can just get past the bad ones. The worst thing a person can do is give up before they win.

This is why I hope those of you who are so despondent right now do not get depressed over Trump being president. Because, for one thing, you are being lied to by the press. I know you want to think I’m deluded but I’d say just wait a month or two and you may be surprised.

Yeah, you think you know him but you probably don’t. Unsourced articles in The New Yorker or HuffPo are not doing you favors. The media is trying to scare Democrats because they are afraid they are losing ground. And they are. The good news is, he is a reformer. What he will do is change a lot of things and many for the good. Again, I know you are shaking your head. But I’m telling you that if you give in to negativity, you will only make your feelings worse. You might as well just try to relax, take a deep breath and not let the negative people feed your paranoia.

What you are feeling is what a lot of conservatives felt when Obama won. And look what happened, many of them came out stronger in the end. It can happen to you. he is not out to bury us, like you may think. He actually does know what he is doing, you just don’t agree.

A much bigger thing to worry about is a global economic crisis which has been building. China is a bubble. So is the EU. They will pop. The US is 20 trillion in debt thanks to Obama. So we could do. There could be a global depression worse than the one in the 30s. It won’t be Trump’s fault, but he is doing what he can to avert it.

It would be much better of we all pulled together and tried to stay positive and focus on our lives and family.

Just a thought.

Total MAGA

Like it or not, President Trump is sworn in and already making changes. He took the penalties out of the ACA and canceled our TPP deal. Maybe this will cheer you up, or maybe not. I thought it was pretty funny.

Happy Saturnalia

This is the week of the biggest holiday in Ancient Rome. It starts today and ends right before Christmas.

Here’s a handy video on how it was celebrated. Have fun!

Farm Your Own Food at Home

I’ve been fascinated with urban farming for a while, following stories about factory farms set up in cities using hydroponic systems to grow food without the need for pesticides or chemicals. The food is sold to restaurants as locally produced farm to table. But this led me to a new growing trend where people are doing it in their homes and backyards using systems designed for consumers.

What’s fascinating is, these revolutionary systems let you tower farm in places with a very small footprint. In other words, vertical farming. This is where a tube, with holes cut for the plants, let you grow vertically in a very small space like your balcony in an apartment. And you can farm most of your produce needs at home for very little money. People can make their own towers very cheaply. If you go to youtube there are plenty of videos like this one that show how to make one for under $10. Here’s another.

But these two systems you can buy are not really expensive. About the price of a good barbecue, but they pay for themselves and require very little materials and water. They allow you to home farm all year round.

The first system is Garden Tower 2. It uses soil and you can put 20 plants or more in your tower. The plants stick out of holes in the side, It has a central column where you throw in worms at the start and any compost or food scraps for the worm to digest, You water the tower from the top and it all trickles down through the soil which the worms have all left their droppings in which acts like powerful fertilizer for the plants. The water eventually collects in a reservoir at the bottom which you can reuse. Because it passed through the soil it will be full of ‘worm tea’ which is rich in nutrients. The plants that grow from this are way better than the stuff in the stores. There’s a video on the link that explains it in more detail. I am torn between wanting this one and the next one.

The second system is the Tower Garden. The system is similar except the tower is narrower and taller. It does not use soil or worms. Instead, the roots are hanging inside the tube and are watered on a continuous timer using nutrients. The water is reused so it trickles down into a tank and is pumped back up again. The plants that grow from this system seem even more impressive but this uses some electricity for the pump.

I am very interested in doing these once I get into a better space than I’m in now. Because there is nothing that compares to fresh, homegrown food. The taste is so much better and when you can do it without pesticides and other issues, it’s a lot healthier for you. The amount of work is way less than a normal garden. You will also see less bugs because it’s off the ground. No gophers and the like, though these systems are not good for root vegetables. It’s great for vine type plants and herbs. Also leafy greens.

There are tons of videos on YouTube about it if you search on Tower Gardens. If it interests you like it did me, check it out.

UPDATE: here is an affordable tower about half the price of the other two.

Hudcasts Return

Years ago I planned to do video casts and a couple trials are still on my youtube account. But then I ended up getting sidetracked as I sometimes do.
But I have become a fan of a lot of youtube shows and been brushing up my video editing skills with the latest software. I am planning a return to doing hudcasts.
My first ones will probably be pitches for comics projects I am working on but then I will get into subjects that interest me.
Here’s a little video that I did back in the 2012 election. A lot of it is substantially why Trump won this election. Some people want to blame nonsense like racism, sexism or whatever. Those people need to be seriously redpilled. The media has filled their heads with modern day red scare propaganda.
In the meantime check this out if you missed it. The arguments are about the tea party but the tea party became the so-called deplorables.

A New Day for America

Many of the people who called Trump stupid the last year are probably feeling pretty stupid right now. Watch as the #NeverTrump people line up to kiss his ring,

Trump is many things, but he’s not an idiot. I think he will surprise a lot of people how good a handle he has on issues.

Of course, I expect a lot of pushback as the reality of his presidency sinks in. But the Democrats are out of power. And there is a clear rejection by the people of the policies of last eight years. The MSM has become a laughing stock and has ruined their reputations.

More importantly, we dodged a bullet. The corruption of the Clinton machine will no longer be a threat to our government. In fact, they will be investigated and exposed. And in the exposure, a lot of corruption that has been hidden by the media will take down a lot of powerful people on the Democrat side. The Dems are out of power as well. And this will further destroy their brand.

So they will fight and they will try to undermine Trump at every turn. But they already threw everything they could at him and look how well that worked out. He’s been one step ahead of them at every turn.

The problem with the so-called progressives is they are filled to the brim with hubris. The last eight years have made them so cocky, they walked into a brick wall. They thought they had control of the universe. And they were completely obvious to reality.

As I have said many times before, deal with reality or it deals with you.

Trump will try to work to restore unity in the nation. Something the Democrats have worked so hard to destroy with their extreme identity politics. If they try the same nonsense on Trump it will backfire.

We’ll see how effective a Trump presidency will be. If he fails, I will not hold back criticism, but I have a feeling we’re finally in good hands. This is someone who is a builder, not a destroyer. And that will make all the difference in the world.