Saturday, May 27, 2006

News for the coming months

I've been planning on spending the year after next in Russia for a college exchange type program, but after a great deal of soul-searching and personal anguish (actually I just thought about it for like five hours), I've decided to go THIS year instead, as long as some stupid stuff doesn't happen like I lose an arm or the school tells me I need to get a 4.5 GPA or some damn bullshit like that.

The main reason for this decision is actually that my school basically just stopped offering second-year Russian (I'm finishing up my first year right now), and I don't want to be going there a year later having gotten rusty on a language I only sort of know already. That would be totally crappy.

Anyway, this development MIGHT make things slightly harder, making-comics-wise. I doubt I'll be able to lug my giant computer on the plane with me, so I would either need to splurge on a tiny laptop only able to run Photoshop and Microsoft Word, or I would need to use the Russian computers and scanners that the Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University might so generously let me use in their public computer area. I assume that these computers would be exactly the same as American computers, except they would smell like potatoes and will probably be used mainly to look at pictures of expensive cars on the internet.

By the way, if any actual Russians end up reading this (that means you, members of the Russian government that are attempting to pass a law stating that foreigners cannot enter Russia if they are known to make derogatory statements about Russian culture and I am totally not kidding about this), then I didn't actually mean that about the potatoes. I'm sure you guys don't smell like potatoes. I don't even really know why I said that.


Anyway, another potential change would be that if I go to Russia, the characters in my comic have to, as well. Gorsky (Горскй) has kind of a Slavic-sounding name, though, so I think I could pull it off... somehow. Also, I will definitely have to start inserting more anti-American rhetoric, since I can do that kind of thing there without getting punched in the face by a guy in a cowboy hat. This has happened to me at least three times in America, and believe me, I'm getting pretty tired of it.


Anonymous Karl said...

Alex, look at the MacBook. It's a powerful little computer at a great price.

And you can't use the excuse that "It's a Mac and it sucks", because these newest ones can boot Windows, too, making it a moot point.

And, of course, I encourage you to go to Russia. I think that's a great thing.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jdude said...

$1100? thats not THAT great... get a compaq!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Reclamare said...

Pfft, like we can all afford a Compaq here? Nice one moneybags.

The solution is to cobble yourself one out of dried driftwood.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous karl said...


It would cost the same to get a PC that doesn't suck from the likes of HP (which, incidentally, bought out Compaq a while back).

2:00 PM  
Blogger Valuedan said...

Dogg I ain't USING no MAC. Especially not in Russia, where they got all those professional programmers and such making games that are remakes of Doom 2 except they're 2d sidescrollers. Those dudes would laugh at me and spit in my face.
I need a computer that can run Photoshop and a word processor and use the internet, but I'm sure as hell not going to spend $1100 on one. Not unless it sports like some Cray-9 shit.

7:51 PM  

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