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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon When someone says "dot all the T's and cross all the I's" without any ironic intent, run away as fast as you can. That sort of office "humor" is a sure sign of impending madness.

In other news, it's now the glorious future year 2006 - although I'm still writing "glorious future year 2005" on my checks - and I'm sure we need some proof that it's the future. How about an interface that will fetch images that look like something you've drawn? That's pretty futuristic. I scribbled an hallucigenia, although I'll admit that probably wasn't a fair test of the system.

Also future-bound, the Federal Aviation Administration has released proposed rules for commercial human spaceflight, which is better known as space tourism. Get your ticket to that wheel in space while there's time.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs If you were wondering what this scene was about, there you go. (It's not really shocking that the only way the Venusian authorities would be concerned about corruption would be if you bribed them to be.)

Anyway, we're back. Whee! A pleasantly restful vacation, including time visiting old friends, was spent and a good time was had by all. About today's page I don't have much to say other than I found a pretty boss technique for doing clouds with lightning behind them. The clouds are a layer of black-white rendered clouds, stretched to give perspective, and laid down over a sky gradient at 45% Multiply. Between the clouds and sky gradient is a 100% Normal layer which is transparent except for some feathered white shapes on it. Presto, ominous lightning clouds! I don't really consider myself a Photoshop expert in any way, so doing something like this makes me feel pretty smug.