Friday, December 08, 2006

Snow, man!

See! Here's the snow! Woo-hoo! Snowball fighting time!




Christmas Lights

Heres a pic of the lights T & I hung on Kwansukkahsolmas.

Kwansukkahsolmas is copyrighted by Jen Tucker & JJE 2006.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

It's my Birthday...(on the 15th it was)

Wow! Another Birthday already!

Untitled

More art from the land of Jen

This is actually three seperate pieces that I placed side by side.

Monday, November 13, 2006

W00-H00! Wizard World Texas!


Wow! I had a great weekend! Me and my peeps went to the Texas Wizard World this weekend and got a plethora of comics, merchandise, and legends of all areas of geekdome! (Thanks to Chuck for driving!) We got Aaron Douglas' autograph (Chief from Battlestar Galactica) and pics. I was having problems with my camera and Aaron made jokes about taking T out to dinner and a movie while I fumbled around with trying to get it to work. You drop the thing one time and then it just doesn't seem to work right anymore. He was super nice and very funny. A real down to earth guy. He sat and talked and autographed at his little area all frakkin' day and never seemed to get tired of it. I also got to meet a serial legend. The original "Lois Lane", Noel Neill, who played Lois in the 1948 serials, the 1953 series, had a cameo in 1978's "Superman", and this summer's "Superman Returns". She was very sweet and it was a real treat to meet someone who has managed to out live 3 Supermen. She is 86 but acts and looks much younger. Erica Durance should a cue from Ms. Neill since she couldn't even manage to show up. Luckily I didn't come to see her though. I also got to meet some great comic writers and artists. Comic legend, George Perez, Daredevil writer Ed Brubecker, artist J.Scott Campbell, artist Bill Sienkiewicz, and Devil's Due President josh Blaylock. Everyone was really open and friendly and we all had a great time! Plus we got Freebies!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Speaking of Feng Shui

So, ever since T and I set up our house according to Feng Shui, which actually started in the duplex we rented, our lives have been better and better. We both got raises, we bought a house, I got a car REALLY REALLY cheap, the fish aren't dying and I have won a couple of contests here and there. I usually don't fall for any superstitious CRAPPOLLA, but this, well, it's all about energy and flow, and so far it seems to really be helping. I think the biggest positive impact is having things set up to where you don't trip over them or run into them and having them make sense. That follows the whole flow thing which basically is the essence of Feng Shui. If you want a good book to start with then check out "Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life" by author Karen Rauch Carter. The ISBN is 0684866048. If you take that number into any bookstore they should be able to bring up the book to order if they don't have it in stock. Personally I'd go to Half.com if you want a good cheap copy. Try it out. If anything it gets you to move stuff around so you don't feel so stagnant.

Wash Up Art

So, as I was washing up I noticed a striking contrast between the paint and the tile in the bathroom and took a picture. Pretty Cool. Pretty 1984.

Painting a Room

So, T and I decided to finally paint a wall in the house. We wanted something bold! We checked the feng shui and lucky for us, Red was a great color for the area we wanted to paint. I went to Lowe's and picked out the shade of red I thought would look good(Gumball Red). Next, it was on to Big Lots for rollers, drop cloth, etc. I taped-off the necessary areas and thus the painting began. I even took down the vent cover and painted it black! Needless to say I was pretty damn happy the next couple days even though I opened the windows. We managed not to get a single drop on the white carpet, and overall had a good experience. I really think it looks great. I want to do the bedroom Pepto-Bismol Pink next!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Brammmmmm!

Okay, so this one came about because of late night at Starbuck's. They kept playing 80's tunes and I began playing this game with myself where I would sketch the first thing to pop in my head with each new song that played. I think this may turn into a series of paintings eventually. This one "popped" in when the song "She Drives Me Crazy" by the Fine Young Cannibals started its riff across the speakers.

New Art


Hey alright! After a six month dry spell I finally got the old brush going again. The first painting is almost autobiographical of me trying to tear through the blah I was feeling. I'm sure there is more than that to it though.

I Didn't Know They Came In My Favorite Color!

This is a really cool PINK caterpillar I found crawling around in my garden!

Not A Positive Enviroment

So, I may have mentioned that I keep this RETAIL job to pay my mortgage while I struggle with the art thing. Well, the moral there is at an all time low. To top it off check out what the GENERAL MANAGER of the place posted in the EMPLOYEE break room. Real Moral Booster.



Help Jen make art and get the hell out of there! Donations accepted!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tax Dollars at Work

This is INTERESTING and I wanted to share. I Know it isn't about Art, Love, or Action Figures and maybe I need another Blog to address this kinda thing, but here it is anyway:

PULPIT POLITICS, COURTESY OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS
By Wanda Jo (Peltier) Stapleton

I have just read Why the Christian Right Is Wrong, A
Minister’s Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future.
Regarding this book by minister Robin Meyers, Bill Moyers says, “…read it,
and you will want to change the world.” I did. I do.

For starters, I’ll explain how the State Legislature funds “special
projects” in such a secretive way. One “special project” in
southeastern Oklahoma has recently triggered an FBI investigation and possible
indictments.

This funding process is so clever that many of our most honorable
representatives have no idea what their votes to fund “economic and
community development,” for example, end up financing. The twisting paper
trail is hard to follow.
funding approval usually travels through the Departments of Commerce or
Agriculture. Then it goes to one or more of the state’s eleven
sub-state planning districts before the money gets to “the special project.”

For one example in Oklahoma County: since 2003, state tax dollars
totaling $109,000.00 have gone to benefit “special projects” of
churches. Even more money has possibly gone to other churches throughout the
state.

Never mind that the Oklahoma Constitution says “No public money or
property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated or used, directly
or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church,
denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit or support
of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or
dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.”

State Representative Rebecca Hamilton got this “special projects”
money for three “chosen” churches even though there are 61 churches in or
bordering her district. Rep. Hamilton did the choosing and obviously
selected churches best positioned to help her get re-elected.

Even though our beloved hymn says “All to Jesus I Surrender,” to get
that money, Rebecca became, as they say, a “team player.” She
surrendered her vote to the Speaker of the House and voted with him on bills
which would seriously harm her working-class constituents – two bills to
raise gas tax through a vote of the people; bills to raise tons of money
through seemingly insignificant amounts like raising fees for copies of
medical records, buying used or re-treaded tires, car towing, filing
court papers for child custody, child support, guardianship, and much
more.

Even in 2005 when Republicans came to power in the State House,
Rebecca’s voting record was such that she won the 2005 runner-up award as
“A Democrat in Name Only” (DINO) from extremist Republicans of the
Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee. And her “church money”
for special projects continued to flow.
This year when she got a credible, Christian opponent, Rebecca
immediately appealed to church pastors with her “good versus evil” scenario.
“I try, however poorly, to follow Jesus in all that I do” she declared;
but those against me are “pro-abortion activists.” Later, she wrote to
voters saying that one man opposing her was president of a group which
“opposes prayer in school.” Finally, she told voters “my opponent…has
been going up to every house with one of my signs and trashing me to the
people in the house.”

In other words, she used the language of faith to demonize her
opponents with untruths. But as Robin Meyers says in his book,
“Unfortunately, the Golden Rule and the commandment against bearing false witness
don’t apply when you really, really, really want to win.”

One pastor heeded Rebecca’s plea for political campaign help. He
allowed his photo and endorsement to be used in her campaign. Regal in a
black robe and with his words of praise made her sound like “Saint”
Rebecca. After that, who would believe any documented fact about her
record. Practically nobody, that’s who!

Rebecca’s race is over. But before this election season ends, we
will see more campaigners (than we already have) hijacking Jesus in their
public displays of piety. They will again use the language of faith to
falsely demonize opponents. And they will win unless rage brings us to
our feet and into campaigns for candidates more interested in The
Sermon on the Mount than in winning at all cost.

The author was a state representative 1986-1996.
She is also a Baptist minister’s widow who helped him establish one of
the new churches during the Southern Baptist Convention’s “Thirty
Thousand Movement” in the 1950s.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

DORO Rocks


If you like old school Iron Maiden or really melodic metal music that makes you feel like hopping on your horse to go ride out into battle with barbarians, she-devils, warrior princesses or amazons then go buy this album. Doro Pesch has been around since 1984 and never disappointed me with an album. She is amazing and the music is headbanging perfection. She is German and plays all over Europe. She was just recently voted one of the top ten most important people in Rock History.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Comfortably Cyborg

So, I have been playing around with this story about cyborgs, and I looked up the word cyborg in the dictionary, because, well, I've realized sometimes I think I know what a word means, but I really don't. The definition of a cyborg is as follows: A person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device. WOW! So, there are cyborgs walking around all over the place. Anyone with a pace-maker is a cyborg. I know an actual cyborg! I also know a cyborg that has an implanted insulin machine. Anyone with an implanted hearing device is a cyborg. I realized I know a hell of a lot of cyborgs! Then I thought about how weird it is that as a society we are more comfortable walking around with or becoming cyborgs than we are with using stem cells. We would rather become machines than to use our own genetic material to replace parts or heal ourselves. Then I just got really creeped out.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Got Art?


Just wanted to share one of my pieces. It's called "Rise Above". I was listening to a song by the same name (I think) by the Cult. Great song.

Career Change

So I've been thinking about what I want to be when I grow up and I still don't quite have the answer. All I know is that RETAIL is sucking the life out of me. You see the worst of human nature there. So, I AM an artist. I'm a damn good artist. I've toyed with being a tattoo artist. I mean, the new law goes into effect on Nov. 1st. It'd be fun and I would probably make a wad of cash. I could be my own boss. I've also thought about politics. Don't laugh, I'm SERIOUS. I love my country, and if I'm not happy about the way it's going, then maybe I should stand up and do something! That's how we get it to work our way, right? What do you guys think? Any other ideas?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Back In Black

Hey! I am alive despite rumours to the contrary. Still trying to get settled, and so close to being there. I will definately be blogging more often now. So lookout world! I will try to get some shots of the house up. I love home owning! If you aren't, you should.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Even Better


Turayis --

[adjective]:

Tasting like strawberries



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Perfect


Jen --

[noun]:

An oral sex master



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House buying is fun!

Holy crap. Finally! To blog again! So I have now purchased my own lovely 3 bedroom home. There will be a house warming. If I like you, and trust you, you will be notified. I have no internet provider yet. OU has shut down their free internet so I am left with none. Suggestions? Good service very cheap!? Any advice on home security systems is welcome and privacy fences as well. Call my cell phone if you want my new number. And I miss and love you all.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Silent Hill

So they have turned the Scariest Video Game EVER into a movie. Personally, this is my favorite game of all time. I became very unhinged when I heard they were adapting it for the Big Screen. I had a specific way I had envisioned the shots. How the camera would follow actors and move. Certain angles. So, I clicked on the Trailer and "WOW!" there it all was. I was so excited. It looks like they may hit the nail on the head. Of course if they do, I won't be able to sleep for days. Check it out at: http://www.sonypictures.com/silenthill/

Here's the NEW Ken

Toy Fair News Disappointing Overall

Well, I said I'd keep you up to date with anything cool outta the Toy Fair, but i really didn't find much of anything exciting. Mattel is going to bet all there $$$ on the Superman movie. If Mattel is doing them don't bet high. They will probably not excite collectors nor children. They are going for role-playing items like capes, muscle suits, punch-n-crunch fists that make noise and an r/c flying Superman...... Hey Warner Bros.!!!! Here's an idea! Have Neca or Sideshow make the figs. Gear them towards the "kids" buying the "toys". The 30 year olds.

Other than that there really is no news other than Cartoon Network awarding Bandai America the rights to make toys of it's original series Ben 10, Lego signed a Star Wars agreement that should keep Star WArs Lego coming until 2011, a Hannibal Lector Fig. from Neca, Terminator 2 Figs from Sideshow, and Ken is BACK! That's right, Ken returns to the Barbie line-up and yes, he STILL looks gay. Maybe Blaine and Ken can hook-up and dress as cowboys! Hey, you could do a Brokeback Mountain Ken and Blaine set like the Rhett and Scarlett set!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

McFarlane Toys + Hanna Barbera = Fun

If you are a big Hanna Barbera fan and an action figure freak get ready! McFarlane Toys, who in the past have made Movie Maniacs and other awesome figures, have struck a deal to produce sets and figures from the classic Hanna Barbera Library. These figures will include the Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, Quick Draw McGraw and others. The single figures will be priced around $12.00 with the action set depicting famous and memorable scenes going for about $22.00. Start saving your allowance now kids! There's more info at: info@spawn.com. Thanks to Big Jim Bell for the heads up.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

International Toy Fair

The International Toy Fair is set to be in New York City Feb.12th-15th, 2006. All the newest toys will be displayed for distributors and wholesalers alike. The show is NOT open to the general public, but I will try and keep you up on all the news or any exciting toy news! Supposedly Spencer Stanley is going because he works at Kidoodles. Maybe I can get some good news from him. He's a guy I worked with at my retail job. Who knew Kidoodles was so generous to new employees? What a sweet job. Why don't I have a sweet job? Oops...there I go again. Anyway, stay tuned!

Lucy Lawless News

Lucy Lawless, who was Xena, is signed on as a cast member for Battlestar Galactica for the third season. Undoubtedly probably dooming the show to cancellation, but maybe not! The next episode featuring her cylon character will air Feb. 24th. Too bad I don't get cable, thank the Gods for Chuck at work who continuously feeds me Battlestar dvds. If you haven't been watching the new Battlestar Galactica, I suggest you spend your "extra" time doing so! It is the BEST show on television. And definately NOT because of Lucy Lawless. I mean, she's a welcome addition, but she's not why the shows good. Just watch it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Artistic types have more what?

According to the February 2006 issue of Discover magazine on page 10 under Flash:

"Artistic types have more sex - which may
explain the persistence of schizophrenia in the human population, according to two
British psychologists."

So what does that mean? If we don't get it we go all crazy on people. That sounds about right.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Unleashed

This Unleashed Luke Skywalker was one of the first of the Unleashed series to be made. If you want to invest in a good action figure the Unleased have been good investments so far. They sell for about $14.95 and some have Quadrupled or more in price. They can be tough to find, but that's part of the fun of collecting. This is #2 on my Aquire list.


Futurama

Hey, I am asking people to start a letter or e-mail writing campaign to FOX to get them to put Futurama back on. Please help me. E-mail them at: askfox@foxinc.com

Here are some of the reasons I listed for renewing the show:

1. It was on TOO early the first time around. They had it on at 6:00pm BEFORE the Simpsons. Now there's a lovely time slot between the Simpsons and the Family Guy.

2. Why not repeat Cartoon networks success by pairing up Futurama with the Family Guy?
Most of America now already associate the two together.

3. Any marketing or rating genius can see that since they placed the live action piece o' crap between the Simpsons and the Family Guy, that ratings have slipped. Ratings can only be helped or improved by placing Futurama in this time slot and removing the piece o' crap.

4. Because it is/was one of the funniest shows ever.

5. Anything else you might think to add.

Go out and bring some great sarcasm and full belly laughs back to FOX!

SAVE FUTURAMA!!!!

why

I work a retail job as some of you may know. It's not a retail job like wally world, where you expect that every 9 out of 10 people that walk in are morons. No, it's a book store. I won't say which one, but the one Jeb Bush probably wouldn't pick. Some bright person actually called today and asked to speak to the astrology dept. And they were serious. The ASTROLOGY department.....oh, hold on, let me see if Madam Ruby is still here or if she's gone home for the day. GEEZ! I love the calls..."CAn I speak to someone in the Book Dept.?" What! We are a freakin' BOOK store! And how many of our customers DON'T understand what Out Of Print means? I know sometimes when you work somewhere you get used to the lingo, but come on people, f-n THINK! Out Of Print. What does Out of Order mean? Do you continue to put quarters in the machine? Out of print means they don't PRINT it anymore. DUH! When I say, "oh, I'm sorry, it looks like we can't order it for you because it has gone Out Of Print.", your reply should not be, "What does that mean?" or, "So you can't get it?" THAT's WHAT I JUST SAID!!!! Maybe some of Those people don't know that they even PRINT books. They were just put there on the earth all put together in the correct order like that "other" book. I know, I'm ranting, but doesn't anyone use their brains anymore? I admit, sinces Sam's Club moved in next door, our customer IQ has dropped considerably, but it's not just our customers. In the last month, I have been honked at 3 times for making a complete stop at a stop sign in a residental area. Honked at! For stopping at a STOP sign. What the Hell!? Has anyone else encountered this?