Check this one out!

Most of these hour-long music mixes are set to simple repeating videos that loop the same few seconds over and over. This animation sequence lasts several minutes, and only repeats a few times throughout the whole video. It’s kind of mesmerizing, and I dig the soundtrack.

Bison Bros!

Summer of 2001 was 20 years ago at this point, and now I feel really old. Then again, I’m now married with three kids, a mortgage, a career, and all that stuff, so I haven’t exactly been sitting on my hands.

That particular summer was a year of transformation for me, as I spent months practicing on the varsity Cheer squad at my high school. I had visible six-pack abs for the first time in my life.

Anyway, since I’m trying to teach my sons that they can physically level up if they keep trying something, we’re doing a workout program this summer of my own invention. It’ll be tough, but that’s the point. They’ll go into the fall with the confidence of someone who can run and do pushups and all that with ease. We call it “Bison Bros” because the bison is the official animal of America, and we’re Americans. #legit.

We just finished our first week. It wasn’t easy, because hey, that’s life these days, but we got it done.

Are you getting in shape this summer?

Pay attention to what you feed your brain

Once upon a time there was a huge dude in Kenya who played rugby for their national team, and ended up getting signed to a linebacker position by the Indianapolis Colts for half a million dollars.

He never really dialed into the position, but he was pretty cool to watch during the offseason when I had nothing better to do, kind of like now. Anyway, several years ago when I was still hype on the Grigson-era Colts (mistake), Daniel Adongo said the above stuff in an interview, and he’s right.

The bad music you listen to, the snacks you allow yourself to have, the nonsense you read on the Internet, all of it matters when you’re trying to make yourself improve. Even if it doesn’t seem like a lot.

Inversely if you listen to good music and read good books and follow good people online and I dunno back Graham’s Patreon so you can access his more gooderly things, you’ll do better. You’ll probably even look jacked like Adongo up there. Worth a shot.

Make Awesome Summers Again

Last year doesn’t really count because the WuFlu screwed everyone out of a traditional awesome American summer. I’d really like to remedy that in ’21.

There’s plenty of stuff out there telling you to be miserable and grumpy and angry at the world, and you know what? It’s horse crap. All of it. Humanity’s problems are largely a matter of scale because A) there has never been a higher population of people on Earth before, and B) those people have never had global access to one another’s thoughts and impressions, making them C) susceptible to manipulation by faceless entities on the other end of a digital screen.

So don’t feed bull crap to your brain. Get out and have an awesome summer like you did as a kid. Get stuff off your slate. Simplify. Go outside. Hike. Eat watermelon. Have fun. Single peeps? Fall in love. Married peeps? Go on dates and shoot the breeze for a change. Get in the pool. Get the grill going. Change jobs, read books, watch movies, whatever. Just…have a damn good summer, ok?

Ten years since this one.

Shoot, I still remember drawing Optimus v Godzilla/Kong/Cthulhu during the Super Bowl in 2011. I finished a modest pencil drawing AND got to watch the Steelers lose, so that was pretty cool.

I’d digitize this and draw it better and then put it on a shirt for money, but I don’t want to get slapped into oblivion by copyright strikes from three different major corporations, so this one will stay in the past.

Future drawings will end up on merch though. Bet.

Progress report

For those who’ve been following the release schedule for Adventure Hour, you know I’m currently working on GUILD. The cover art is underway, just slow going.

As you can see, I’ve got the basic poses down and stuff. The detailing takes longer and the coloring is relatively quick.

Episode 1 is already up, and I’ve got 6 more scheduled.

After that I’ll do a short story that doesn’t have a title yet, it’s just a spoof of a certain YA paranormal romance that you’ve probably heard of and did not enjoy. You’ll enjoy mine. That’s why you’re here.

That’ll just be one episode, maybe as long as two hours, and then the next serialized adventure will pop up, called ENGINES OF MERYKA: HOWLING WILDERNESS.

Stay tuned, from now until the end of time.

Could always use another backer or two though. www.patreon.com/dreadpennies

It’s not too early to plan the menu…

…for the 4th of July. So I am. Just consider Engines of Liberty to be my overwritten culinary blog, and this is the menu that you skip ahead to read.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve got lined up for 2021. It’s gonna be an all-day thing. Links are for the recipes I’m using.

Garlic Balsamic Brown Sugar Steaks!

Grilled Balsamic Brown Sugar Steaks

Grilled Shimp on Skewers with lemon wedges

A little bit of Grilled Shrimp

Elote recipe on a white dish

Mexican Street Corn

Strawberry Lemonade Icebox Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Icebox Cake (This image is from someone having made it themselves, the actual post is a video on Pinterest.)

The usual staples of fries and fruit will be on hand, as well as the weapon of choice, Dad’s Root Beer.

DAD'S ROOT BEER (@DADSROOTBEER1) | Twitter

I web-searched this image and it came up as a Twitter account image that got suspended…so you can search it, but you can’t see the tweets. LOL AF. Remember that Twitter is un-American and you shouldn’t be on it unless you’re a GA reaching out to the people who need it.

Anyway, what are you having for ID4?

On the 1-year anniversary of this prompt…

…give me something to draw “in my style.”

May be an illustration

This one was fun. I don’t think I finished every one of them that was sent in (I still owe someone a Phantom, and I think a Harry Dresden too). I’d like to do it again though.

So if you’re reading this and you aren’t a spampornbot, comment below with a character you’d like to see me draw In My Style.

Vintage Tunes: An Aural Time Machine

This is just one of many videos put together by Jake Westbrook on YouTube. I found his stuff back in the fall, he has awesome Autumn tunes, Halloween tunes, Thanksgiving music, Winter tunes that aren’t Christmas, Christmas tunes that are old school awesome, and more.

Dunno what he went to college for, but I’m glad he did, because he keeps finding excellent music from the past. Check it out.