kybearfuzz: (Fortune Teller)
Sorry to have let this one "March Question" slip by, but work got a bit busy.

The dashing Mr. Moof (aka [ profile] barak) wanted the following:

"I'd like to know something amusing about the Markā„¢."

It's not the easiest request to fulfill. I could tell you about my dislike of white hominy, my disdain for the phrase "touch base" outside a softball game, and my complete irritation at people who talk in movie theaters.

Honestly, I don't find myself to be that interesting. It's ironic, I know, considering I have a ten-year LJ where I've written in regularly, but it often becomes a place to show off my comic, discuss things I find intriguing, ask for advice, or just rant. I don't have elaborate hobbies. I don't travel for vacations. I have even just bypassed dating all together of late (though my right hand is getting close to asking for money for services rendered).

So my days have greatly become -- work, workout, shower, eat, play with kitties, watch TV, draw, sleep, repeat.

Just don't tell me in the middle of a good movie that you wanted to "touch base" with me to see if my white hominy aversion has changed. That would completely throw me out of whack.
kybearfuzz: (Question Mark)
The handsome [ profile] mississippicub asked:

"OK... boom... you just win 1 million dollars... what is the first thing you do?"

I'd probably do a dance and/or faint. After fainting and then making sure it was in the bank, the first thing I'd do is pay off my house. Boring, I know.


A handsome bear who wishes to remain anonymous asked:

"OK, so by now you've figured out I have a major crush on you. You know, like the song says,

When I sleep, I dream about you
When I wake, I hear your voice.

Except I've never heard your voice, so I don't know what you actually sound like, and honestly, I don't really dream about you or hear your disembodied voice. But that's beside the point, you know what I mean.

So, what do you think, to paraphrase Star Wars, a prince like you and a guy like me...?"

You should check my past entries, I think there is a couple of videos posted with my voice on them *wink*.

I'm going to ramble here, I think. The fact you have a crush on me makes me giddy. You are a handsome guy, intelligent with interesting hobbies and a great disposition. So would I have a relationship with you? Having never met you and gotten to know you in person, it would be hard to say for an absolute certain, but I definitely can see the potential. If it were easy to date you, I'd be a fool to turn down such a quality man. Big furry hugs!


[ profile] prisoncitybear asked:

"Who is your biggest artistic influence and why? Who is your favorite visual artist? Why?"

My biggest artistic influences have been mainly comic book related. I have been a fan of George Perez since I was a kid in the single digit ages. He's always put such an incredible amount of detail in his work, the musculature of the men, the voluptuousness of the women. He also does dramatic drawing angles and action sequences. To me they always looked so realistic in comparison to so many other artists, almost like something out of a television show.

In terms of visual artists, I've always enjoyed the works of N.C. Wyeth. His illustrations were in so many childrens books and the images always invoked certain emotions. It made reading exciting to see a still painting have a strong air of action, the play of shadows and light he used made it look so real.

I came to love Alphonse Mucha later in life. While most of his work was commercial, it really personified such grace and intricate styles. His work in many ways looks so effortless, yet complicated. I admire that kind of skill and I can stare at his works all day.

Lastly, and this one will likely draw groans, is Normal Rockwell. His work seemed to capture more innocent times and when things get rocky, they make me think of other places, other moods, etc. I love the humor in his work, the positions that he could put folks into that look comical, yet natural. And his Santa Claus makes me feel like a kid again.


If you'd like to ask me a question, just post it to this entry.
kybearfuzz: (Guinness)
Your rainbow is intensely shaded brown, green, and indigo.


What is says about you: You are a deep thinking person. You feel strong ties to nature and your mood changes with its cycles. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

kybearfuzz: (Question Mark)
Thanks to the generosity of the DC Metro populace, the found money total is up to $0.40 with four cents found so far, including one death-defying penny-pickup in the middle of crosswalk.

Heading to see "I Love You Man" with the DC Movie Bears tonight.

And with only one week or so remaining, just a reminder: It's Question Meme Month. If you have any questions, you'd like to ask, post it here.
kybearfuzz: (Question Mark)
I've been slow at getting to these because of work travel and such, but...

"What is your arguing style?"

It depends largely on how the argument came about. I'd like to say that I'm calm and rational at all times. However, I have my moments. If it's a constructive argument (my favorite kind), then I usually can stay calm if not animated in presenting my side of the discussion.

In a more heated situation, I try my best to stay calm, but I have been told that when a "surprise" argument hits, I can be quite explosive, getting my "Irish" up *wink*. My Kentucky accent becomes stronger, I speak faster, I throw in phrases like "Ah'll believe tha' dang stuff when Hell freezes over yonder...," etc.

When an argument turns personal, I have been known to let the f-bombs fire off. In one situation, I was called "irresponsible" for not reading some half-written procedure by a lab egomaniac and then threatened with a pointed finger with "I'll get you for this!" While I basically told him that he could stick his procedure in an uncomfortable place, I do pride myself that I never turned the attack personal back at him (and believe me, I had PLENTY of ammunition).

It's Question Meme Month. If you have any questions, you'd like to ask, post it here.
kybearfuzz: (Question Mark)
"Could you put your answers in the form of a question?


Q: Skyline Chili."

What is sweet ambrosia of the gods, made even better with hot cheese and hot sauce? :D

If you have a question you'd like to ask me, post it here.

On Watchmen:

Definitely a great movie. I freely admit that I'd not read the entire comic book, but from what I have read, it mirrored the story and settings very closely. The story is so intricate, I really can't give it a good description without this getting too long. It's bloody, it's gory, it's graphic, and it has full frontal male nudity (with good looking men no less). Jeffrey Dean Morgan... sigh... Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach is incredible. Just so you know, there is no extra scene at the end.

I enjoyed it, I'd watch it again, and I'm seriously considering buying it.

On Found Money, the total after February stands at 36 cents. I haven't found a single penny anywhere since January, but it's hard to see it through all that snow on the ground.
kybearfuzz: (Abby Science)
"You have a considerable background in chemistry. Do you have any interesting personal stories about memorable chemical mishaps that you've participated in?"

Honestly, I haven't had any memorable chemical mishaps that I was directly involved in, that I can recall. Egotistically, I could make the leap that it made me a decent chemist in that I never lost control of an experiment or a test I was conducting. I will tell you a story that always made me giggle a bit.

I was doing research the summer between my sophomore and junior years in college. I was assigned to one professor who took very little interest in what we were doing, while the professor I really wanted to work for ended up with the pretty girls and one male student whose attitude was that he was "god's gift" to chemistry. We were working in separate labs on the top floor of the science building while summer classes were being held in the lower floors.

After setting an instrument to run, I left for lunch. One my way back, I found all the students from the science building standing out front and the fire department visiting with lights flashing. It turns out that "god's gift" had poured a huge beaker of ether down the drain in the fourth floor lab to dispose of it. Thanks to gravity and apparently his lack of foresight that ether is flammable and heavier than air, the noxious fumes went down to the lower floors and proceeded to gas the students downstairs.

Luckily no one was hurt, but I think it tarnished his brilliance a bit. While I don't doubt he's a very smart guy (I think he's got a Ph.D from an Ivy League school now), sometimes it's hard to see the smaller basic things when your sitting on such a high pedestal.

It's March, Question Meme Month, so if you want to ask me a question, please go here.
kybearfuzz: (Question Mark)
"You are home and alone. Perhaps watching television, reading or drawing. You rip a fart. Do you stick around to check out what it's going to smell like?"

LOL... well, I did say I'd answer. I have, in fact, done the very scenario you've described (I'm sure the rest of you have too!) And while I don't sit still to specifically wait for the smell to hit, I don't necessarily run from it either. Once I'm on the couch and settled, it's hard to move.

"How do you create the word balloons for your 'toons? How do you size them for the text in them and move them with the text, to where you want them to be?"

I use this little godsend of a software called Comic Life. I bought it on a lark at the Mac store while visiting the Cleveland area a couple of years ago. It allows you to put thought balloons, speech balloons, etc., on your family photos to make them funny and you can set up panels to make a comic page from different pictures. It was over a year before I actually loaded it on my computer and I felt like a fool for not realizing what I had and using it sooner. I scan my colored cartoons into JPEG files, open Comic Life, drag the cartoons into the frame and then add the balloons and text where I need them to be. You can resize the balloons, change the font and colors, etc. Once they are on the page, they're objects that can be moved to wherever you want. It's incredibly easy to use, very intuitive, and only costs around $25-$30.

It's March-Question meme month, so if anyone else wants to pose a question to me, add them here.
kybearfuzz: (Question Mark)
I'll try my best to keep up with this. It's March Question Meme time.
  • Your questions shall be screened for privacy.
  • I will not identify who asked the question unless you specifically tell me its okay.
  • Ask anything and I'll answer as truthfully as I can.
kybearfuzz: (Guinness)
Stolen from the ever-handsome [ profile] anziulewicz...

Rules: Copy, erase my answers, enter yours. Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real . . . nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.

Have Fun!!
  1. What is your name: Mark
  2. A four Letter Word: Mash
  3. A boy's Name: Matthew
  4. A girl's Name: Marjorie
  5. An occupation: Model
  6. A color: Maroon
  7. Something you wear: Mask
  8. A food: Mango (you cannot touch the mango...)
  9. Something found in the bathroom: Mirror
  10. A place: Manhattan
  11. A reason for being late: Mugging
  12. Something you shout: "Mother F**ker!"
  13. A movie title: My Man Godfrey
  14. Something you drink: Milkshake (it brings all the boys to the yard..)
  15. A musical group: M People
  16. An animal: Meerkat
  17. A street name: Main
  18. A type of car: Mercury
  19. The title of a song: Mamma Mia!
  20. A verb: Make
kybearfuzz: (Default)
Totally $#!+faced
Me at 23 (1996) and completely $#!+faced"

Me in 1996 and far FAR from looking my best. I don't remember this photo being taken, or much of anything else that night.

Five Minutes Ago

Me about five minutes ago. And it's green-shirt Thursday too!

"Post a photo of you right now.
Don't change your clothes or fix your hair
post these instructions"
kybearfuzz: (Sick)
I got tagged by the ever-handsome [ profile] snowboardjoe for this one. The rules are simple:: Write the following on a piece of paper and scan it in or photograph it and post it:

1. your name or username
2. lefty/righty?
3. letters you like to write
4. letters you don't like to write
5. write "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog"
6. tag 5 people

I tagged five, but anyone can give it a go. In second grade, when we were learning cursive writing, I used to hate practicing every day and got usually a "B" for it. Now I'm told that I have pretty handwriting, usually followed by the qualifying statement... "for a guy..." :)
kybearfuzz: (Mark in Brown)
Yeah, it's been that sort of week. Despite the grand and fun diversion that was [ profile] mikiedoggie this weekend, this week so far has been one giant stress after another. It will come to head on Friday when I have to board the plane to Dublin and think about the balance of a) gleefully being away from the office, but b) working in hotel rooms for another three weeks (albeit in Ireland).

I'm taking the small accomplishments wherever they are. I managed to get my application mailed off for the new job in my office yesterday. It doesn't close until mid-April, so I wont hear anything for a while, but it's nice that mine is already off to the HR folks.

Things left to do:
-- Get pet sitter the keys
-- Laundry and overpacking (as usual)
-- Get trip DVD's ready
-- Get iPod loaded
-- Digital camera, charged
-- Clean house
-- Call Mom
(Hmmm... it's not as long a list as I thought)

I'm sure I'll be on an anxiety high until the plane takes off. After all, once I'm in the air, the office can't contact me. I have looked at my hotels and so far they look pretty decent and have some really nice amenities and are near some cool places.

Ending with the name meme thingee going around: behind the cut )
kybearfuzz: (Mark in Brown)
More snow has hit Cincinnati, so I decided to burn some of the many comp time hours I've heard from traveling lately and just head home. Except for driving up into one flower bed at the corner and a few slick spots, the drive home wasn't so bad.

I've decided to toss my hat into the March question meme as I have some free time today and this weekend. So if you want to ask me a question, I will do my best to answer it honestly. Comments are screened and anonymous posting is okay too.
kybearfuzz: (Mark in Brown)
So far the Ireland work trip is still on. I got my itinerary yesterday. It looks like I'm going to be in Swords (outside Dublin), Waterford, and an undeclared city in County Clare. I've been through Waterford before, but only to get to the airport, so I'll be happy to see the sights for a change.

I'm not necessarily doing the question meme thing. I just don't know if I'll be online much to answer many questions in the coming weeks. However, here are some miscellaneous questions for the friends doing them.

  1. If you believe in reincarnation (or not, just play along), who and what were you in a previous life?
  2. Are you a new soul or an old soul and what makes you think so?
  3. What traits did you inheirit (physical or otherwise) from your mother? Your father? Grandparents?
  4. If you could have a child or children, what would you name him/her/them? If you have kids, did you get to name them what you wanted?
  5. In the movie of your life, who plays you?
  6. If I drew you as a superhero (provided I haven't already), what is your superhero name and power(s)?
  7. What constitutes a good neighbor?
  8. If you had the powers of the Almighty, what would you change in the universe?
  9. What were you doing the last time someone cruised you?
  10. Geek moment: Star Trek, Star Trek: TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, which is the best and why? The worst and why?
kybearfuzz: (Default)
It's a couple of weeks old, but these are my specs... :)

Mark In Red
kybearfuzz: (Bill the Cat)
I took this one from the very handsome [ profile] bigreddee..

36 questions! )
kybearfuzz: (Blue Mark 2008)
I got tagged by [ profile] denverjordan! :)

* Each person starts with eight random facts, traits, or quirks about themselves. LJer's that are tagged get to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your blog, you get to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  1. I've had no formal art training, just lots and lots of practice. I've been drawing since I was six. For years I would spend hours a day doodling and my only art teacher in junior high never taught drawing.
  2. I have been collecting comic books since I was six too.
  3. When I got excited as a kid, I used to rub my hands together frantically, almost unconsciously. I still fight the urge today.
  4. I have no known allergies to date.
  5. I love to push buttons - Computer screens, cash registers, elevators, etc. I can't stand a "quiet" computer keyboard, I like the sound of the keys.
  6. I'm a good tipper at restaurants. A server has to really REALLY suck for me to not give a tip.
  7. I've been drunk only once in my life, when I was 23. I'm not much of a drinker.
  8. Leonard & Larry was very influential on my decision to come out. I began reading the strip years before the big decision and loved it. I hated to see it end.

I tag the following, but it's totally up to y'all if you want to do it: [ profile] bearpaco, [ profile] bookish_cub, [ profile] cincycub, [ profile] cubtharsis, [ profile] mikiedoggie, [ profile] stripedtiger, [ profile] susobear, and [ profile] sweetjimmyto.
kybearfuzz: (Gossip)
I got in really late today, just wanted to sleep. I'm too tired to come up with something else, so here's a question meme that looked fun.

40 Secrets About You.
Be honest no matter what.

Cut for the uninterested )
kybearfuzz: (Plumber Mark)
From [ profile] bigfundrew! Comment on this post. I will choose seven userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along. (I'm working out of town each day, so I may not post responses quickly this week :))

And the icons he chose are...  )


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