Tron Lives

One year ago Tron: Legacy premiered, resurrecting a franchise and a mythology. Childhood fondness for the original provided an instant connection, and the way Legacy incorporated the delay between films into its storyline amplified that connection. Compelling previews fueled our excitement. At the premiere, the atmosphere was electric. Once “The Grid” boomed out over the IMAX speakers we were hooked. By the end credits, we were again imprinted with the Tron mythos.

On December 17th, 2010, we got in.

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Tron Lives

A Toast to Sciurus Carolinensis

When we invade your territory you adapt. We flatten your home and you relocate. We unleash our depraved felines but you elude them. You shrug off our overbearing presence. You dazzle us with your spiral mating dance. You win our hearts with your handsome countenance, distinguishing yourself from the fanged sewer dwellers and black beaked dumpster divers. So smitten are we that we’ll feed you, and gladly pet you if we could.

You alone walk among us, your wild pride intact.

I raise my glass to you, noble squirrel.

A Toast to Sciurus Carolinensis

Nectar of the Gods: Belgian Pale Ale

Whenever I drink Belgian Pale Ale it’s as though I’m sipping divine ambrosia from a magical goblet. Its luminous appearance and endless froth belong in some other fantastical place, certainly not here in this humble dwelling. A beer true to this style offers a flavor and aroma so heavenly as to deliver on the golden promise of all beer. A brew such as this has clearly earned its title as Nectar of the Gods.

For a good example of the style, check out Troubadour Blond AleOrval Trappist Ale, or Malheur 6°, or see BeerAdvocate’s comprehensive list with ratings and reviews.

View Mediaworkshop BPA.

Nectar of the Gods: Belgian Pale Ale

Abduction

This is an old design but one of my favorites, and I just realized it isn’t published anywhere on the web. It was first created in 1998 and then upgraded in 2009. It never really fit in with the other Man@Machine graphics so I figured I’d give it a home here 🙂

The spaceship will come to take us away
Out of the orbit and into the light
We’re gonna be picked up and sent on a flight
Get ready to join us
Escape the destruction, enjoy the abduction
Abduction

Nectar of the Gods

I’ve begun a series of illustrations celebrating a beverage so uniquely satisfying that its genesis must surely be divine in origin. It is only natural that this holiest of libations should be regarded by myself and so many others as Nectar of the Gods.

For the first image I wanted to start with my personal favorite style, American IPA. There’s nothing quite so heavenly as sipping a strong, hoppy, frothing IPA.

This image was inspired by my very favorite IPA, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. I love everything about this beer, from its amber tint to the complex bite of hops and spices. It’s a seasonal brew typically available from November to February, so get it when you can!

View Mediaworkshop IPA

Nectar of the Gods

Crash

It’s that moment you realize the files are gone and they’re never coming back. Ever. Memory’s fried. Power supply’s gone. Your disk is a paperweight. You didn’t backup your files. Years of work and life erased from time. Like it never happened. The dark screen stares pitilessly back at you.

Hardware failure, software failure, operator error. Whatever form it takes, a crash is never fun.

Crash