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Random ramblings and reviews

Robots, rockets, and reptiles.

So I’ve been getting back into the wonderful universe that is Stellaris which is a 4X game made by Paradox. A 4X game is a type of strategy game that allows players to explore, expand, exploit and exterminate opponents. I’ve logged at least 600 hours into this game and I honestly haven’t grown tired of it or at least not tired enough to the point where I want to uninstall it. Recently I started a game where my empire is made up of robots and cyborgs that are all about assimilating the galaxy, think the Borg but small salamander-looking creatures instead. (Geckos maybe?)

Space Geckos also known as Cyborg Salamanders.

So far the game has been going well, there have been a few bumps here and there though since I guess not everyone likes the idea of being assimilated into a collective. It doesn’t matter though since resistance is futile and machines are way better than organics, that is especially true in Stellaris. They can colonize any type of planet and don’t have to eat food. I really hate food, it becomes such a useless resource late game and honestly the less resources I have to worry about the more time I have to focus on what really matters in this game and that is taking over the galaxy.

Anyways, the purpose of this post was to inform everyone of how great the cyborg salamanders are and how everyone should try to become one before being forced to become one. Also Stellaris is still a fun game in my opinion.

Doesn’t this look like a stick figure wearing a Napoleon hat while dancing on a boat?

Board Game Review: Punderdome by Jo and Fred Firestone

Do you like puns? If so, then Punderdome might be the game for you! Punderdome is a game made by Jo and Fred Firestone that uses cards in order to create unique and interesting puns. It plays similarly to Cards Against Humanity in that cards get compared together and the person with the best pun wins but that is where the similarities end. Once you have drawn cards you must create a pun using the themes on the cards. For example, one card could say “Religion” while the other could say “Fighting”, a good pun for that would be “Nun chucks” since it uses both themes. Of course the persons playing aren’t limited to just using a one word pun, sentences can also be created. The game is generally more creative than other games in the same genre because you have to come up with the pun itself and it isn’t given straight away by the cards. It is a fun game that requires wit and a good sense of humor.

Book Review: The Acrylic Painter by James Van Patten


Painting is something that has always interested me but unfortunately I do not know much about it. Thankfully there are books like “The Acrylic Painter” that can teach someone like me a thing or two about acrylic painting and all that is required to start painting. The book goes through the tools like types of paint and what they do as well as different types of things that can be added afterward to preserve the painting . It also shows techniques used by professionals in order to get a certain effect. The book provides many wonderful images that inspire and bring hope to anyone wanting to start on an acrylic painting journey.

Book Review: Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang


Coloring is a calm and fun activity; it allows people of all ages to escape the stress of life and allows them to go on a relaxing journey. In Cats in Paris, people are taken on a journey to Paris alongside some entertaining cats. This book is ideal for anyone with an adventurous spirit and a love for cute cats. It is filled with splendid architecture as well as with lovely cats to guide you along the way. The art in this coloring book is well done, highly detailed, and will catch the viewers eyes.  Overall I’d say that coloring is indeed more fun with cats.


Book Review: Super Genes By Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.


“Super Genes” is a self-help book about how the environment can influence your genes. This book interested me quite a lot since I have studied genetics in the past. The main principle of this book is that it is not about a person’s genes that dictates what they are, but instead it is their gene expression. The first part of the book gives an in depth explanation about epigenetics, which is how environment can affect gene expression. Epigenetics basically explains why identical twins in completely different environments from each other will end up expressing different characteristics.

I have read other reviews over this book that express a concern that maybe it should be two books instead of one since it is not all just a self-help book. Although the first part may have a lot of complex information, I feel that is it very important to first understand the mechanisms at work before getting into the self-help part of the book. If the book was just a self-help book then I probably would not be as interested in it but since it provides that information about epigenetics, I’m very interested and I bet others will be too.

Book Review: Doodletopia: Cartoons by Christopher Hart


Doodling cartoons is very entertaining but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a character or a pleasant design. In Christopher Hart’s book “Doodletopia: Cartoons” you get that inspiration as well as some useful tips on how to further your process. The book is filled with many different topics such as drawing people or animals and even creative font. This book is perfect for anyone of any age wanting to draw cartoons, my little sister especially enjoyed how cute some of the animals looked in the book and tried to draw something like them herself. The fact that a child can use the book with ease is a good thing because it means that it accessible to even people that might consider themselves novices at drawing. Overall the book tries to evoke some level of inspiration and it guides people through some drawings but it does not entirely hold their hand, in the end it is about the individual drawing for their own enjoyment and discovering the fun that can be had with cartoons.

Book Review: Classic Human Anatomy in Motion by Valerie L. Winslow

For the past couple of weeks I have been practicing figure drawing for 20 minutes every morning. During this time I have noticed how much of a challenge it is to properly capture the proper shape and movement of the figures within a minute. I could obviously try to give myself more time but this isn’t about easy, it is about learning. Learning about human anatomy is very important for artists and it is especially important to know how the human body moves. With Classic Human Anatomy in Motion you get to learn in detail all about the human anatomy and its various types of movements. This book looks very nice and provides many great reference pictures. I would say that it is a great resource for any artist wanting to refine their figure drawing skills.


So I am finally doing commissions! If you wish to see the kind of art I do please check out my Tumblr ( You can email me at if you are interested in a commission! 😀


Book Review: Freehand Figure Drawing For Illustrators by David H. Ross

Have you ever been unable to draw a human figure or just feel like your anatomy is off? Well this book might be the right one for you! Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators by David H. Ross is an extremely useful and easy to read book.

I found this book to be very helpful to me because as an artist I can honestly say that drawing figures is something I sometimes struggle with and I feel like this book is really helped me refine my craft. The book has many chapters, each focusing on a certain aspect of figure drawing such as drawing through perspectives and drawing limbs. Not only does it provide tutorials, it also gives the reader some pages to practice. I believe that this a good book to have as a reference or if you want to simply get better at drawing figures. If you are interested in this book you can get it here!

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