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Mood: Awake
Music: I Will (No Man's Land); by Radiohead

Okay, real quick. There's a new comic up.

There won't be another comic untill Wednesday, sorry. :(

I'm going to be gone this weekend, and I'm not getting back till Tuesday, which is why there won't be a new comic.

Ending Music: God's Comic; by Elvis Costello

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  posted by Tristan @ 7:12 AM

Friday, July 18, 2003  


Mood: Okay
Music: Signal To Noise; by Peter Gabriel

There is a new comic up. It's, uh, new, I guess. Hmm, I thought I had more to say on that subject, but it turns out I don't.

In other cool news, the fossil of a plesiosaur has been found at Loch Ness. This means that they did at least live there at one time, which adds a little bit of credence to the theory that the Loch Ness monster could be a holdover from ancient history. I personally like the theory that it's a prehistoric long necked whale, as it would be easier for a mammal to survive out there.

Grading for my photography class happens today. Wish me luck.

Ending Music: Dollars and Cents; by Radiohead

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  posted by Tristan @ 8:50 AM

Thursday, July 17, 2003  


Mood: Okay
Music: Little Star; by Stina Nordenstam

Just a little bit of quick news.

1, Wednesday's comic will be up on Thursday, and Friday's comic will be up on Friday, like usual. So I'm not really missing a day, I'm just bumping one back a bit.

2, I'm a very happy Mac user, since World of WarCraft will be getting a release for the Mac at the same time as the PC. That's the reason that Blizzard is, in my eyes, the best game company around. Not only do their products kick ass, but they always release hybrid Mac/PC discs, allowing everyone to have a good time.

3, Can you see me as a police cadet? 'cause I'm gonna apply to be one for the city of Lynnwood.

Ending Music: They'll Need A Crane; by They Might Be Giants

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  posted by Tristan @ 4:12 PM

Tuesday, July 15, 2003  


Mood: Musing
Music: Penguins; by Lyle Lovett

A couple of nights ago I came across my brother's friend watching a Tool music video. In general I'm not a huge Tool fan. I don't dislike them, their music simply doesn't appeal to me. Anyway, I was watching this video, which had some very interesting claymation. Listening to it, and watching the video, I came to some realizations about Tool and their music...

It's not really depressing, but it's something worse. If you already feel a bit depressed, or like an outcast, this music will feed that in you. It'll make you feel like yeah, you're oppressed, and no one understands you, and you're all alone. I think that's a horrible thing to make music for. It's music that appeals to weepy hardcore types that want some kind of validation for their unhealthy attitude.

On another musical note, here's some thoughts on the Dixie Chicks. For starters, I don't really like them. I do like that amusing song about killing the abusive boyfriend named Earl, 'cause that's a kind of flexible morality that I can understand. Anyway, my mom went to a Dixie Chicks concert on Saturday, and on Sunday she was playing one of their albums in the house. One of the lyrics to a song I heard was "I'm the only one who feels this way". What a load of egotistical shit. There's nothing new under the sun. Of course someone else feels that way, somewhere. Don't be so full of yourself. It's an idiotic way of seeing the world, to think that you're problems are the only problems in the world, and no one else could understand. That's just stupid. It's also bizarrely gothic lyrics for a country song.

Ending Music: We Suck Young Blood (Your Time Is Up); by Radiohead

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  posted by Tristan @ 2:08 PM

Monday, July 14, 2003  


Mood: Amused
Music: Destination Moon; by They Might Be Giants

One thing I like to do a couple times a week is check out the logs for my comic. Mostly I use them to see where people are coming from. Y'know, what sites are referring people to me, how people found out about Hard Underbelly. So far I find that the main referrer has been PixelPrincess.org's forums. Unfortunately, Stompy's site is broken, possibly permenantly. My hits have been down this month, and so has her site, and I can put two and two together.

Anyway, I've also got this handy tool that tells me what search strings people used to find my site. This month there have been three. Two of them that make sense are: "tristan davis" and "not all there tristan davis". These were probably done by a friend trying to find my comic because they forgot the URL. (it's www.hardunderbelly.com, in case anyone's forgotten. url redirecting rules) The third one kind of caught me by surprise: "web comic sex nudity". I know that I've used all these words at some point on my page. And sure, eventually there will be nudity and sex in the plot, but not yet. I find it highly amusing that some sweaty guy was looking for naked pictures of Sailor Moon or the X-Men, and he found my site. I wonder if he became a regular reader? And should I be disturbed if he did?

And as a little warning for people that eagerly awaiting a juicy, icky sex scene. Get a life. There will be sex scenes, but it's not going to be explicit, so go find something else to wank at. And frankly, the artistic style I'm using in Hard Underbelly really should not be arousing. It's just to cartoony to find sexy. Hell, I still laugh at the whole Keenlace thing.

Ending Music: Railway; by Dispatch

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  posted by Tristan @ 9:17 AM


Mood: Decent
Music: Innocent When You Dream; by Tom Waits

There's a new comic up. It's done in a nice, full page splash kinda format, which can be a lot of fun to draw.

In an update about what'll happen with Hard Underbelly while I'm painting my mom's house, I give you this bit of news: I'll probably be coming home Tuesday's and going back Thursday's, so with any luck, there will still be two Hard Underbelly's a week while the house painting ensues, most likely to be published on Wednesdays and Fridays. So really I'd only be losing Mondays, which is sad, but necessary. And of course, my mom's house is so boring that I tend to do a lot of realy productive artwork while I'm there, so the general quality of Hard Underbelly might take a slight rise.

I think that's all for now.

Addendum: While trying to publish this post, Blogger got stuck in a weird little loop and ended up publishing it twice. Further proof that this redesign of Blogger was pointless and ill-advised. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Ending Music: This Book Is A Movie; by Spoon

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  posted by Tristan @ 8:55 AM

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