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I was going to start a webcomic at the end of this month.

I suppose I could still do that. There are, frankly, too many podcasts now so rather than compete for a daintier sliver of that mostly theoretical pie, I figure it’s time to regress to a more staid institution: the scribbled word.

The key behind nearly all webcomics appears to be an utter lack of visual artistic skill, which I think I can manage. Take Randall Munroe: world renowned man of scribbles. He’s been doing XKCD for, what, 85 years? This is on his website as of less than a minute ago:

Stolen without permission from   https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/glacier.png   for the express purpose of making fun of it.

Stolen without permission from https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/glacier.png for the express purpose of making fun of it.

Witty, incisive commentary on the human condition w.r.t. science? Without a doubt. But what on Earth’s green Earth is that jaggy cropped line with the hatching to the right of the bereted swordsman? Many Pictionary rounds would be lost without guessing that’s a glacier.

I bought an iPad Pro last year, partly because I wanted a platform for drawing, partly because my internet bill is tied to my HOA and my employer wouldn’t let me itemize that so I needed another data plan to expense. The iPad has served the latter purpose admirably to this point, but I think it’s finally time to get some leverage out of the former.

Not that drawing will be a constant in this Machination Log multimedia websperience, or even a primary vehicle. I want to leave all options strewn about the floor, to be picked up as wont demands. Audio, video, graphics, ARG’s, QR codes, sculptures, panels, and—of course—extremely long essays.

This is not a promise of anything whatsoever. I’m mostly re-recognizing how easy it is to just type things into this window and hit “Publish” without hitting “Save” first. A monstrous power. Can it even be used for good? I do not intend to find out.

Main room audio test

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