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Hey all,

This Saturday, September 20, 2008 in Tempe, AZ (USA) the first ever ABLEConf will be taking place. It is a free conference aimed at showing small businesses what open source software is all about. How is this related to deviantART? Read on...

I will be doing a presentation as well as Q&A session on Inkscape (the open source vector graphics program).

Additionally, I was asked to put together a gallery of images created with Free and Open Source tools for the conference. Now onto the devious part, which leads to the following request:

If you have any images created/edited/composited with any FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software) tools such as Inkscape, The GIMP, Krita, Karbon14, Blender, Scribus, or your other favorite open source apps please get in contact with me directly via a note here on DA. We'd love to display your work and credit you appropriately (it's a great way to get free advertising if you're looking for contract work or just want to get the word out about your gallery here on DA). Note that were looking for Illustrations, Design (web, logos, marketing materials, etc), diagrams, blueprints, photography (obviously color corrected, manipulated, etc), industrial or trade related images, and the list could go on. A focus of the conference and this image gallery is to show the small businesses how versatile and powerful the tools available are.

If you are in AZ I'd recommend coming if possible. Additionally, if you are in AZ and not in the Metro Phoenix area, people from around the state are trying to arrange ride shares to reduce the cost for everyone making a trip. To find out more about the conference, the location, and the ride sharing go to

Oh, and if you want to pass on the word too that would be more than welcome!  :)

Cheers and hope to here from you or see you there!


Journal Entry: Tue Apr 1, 2008, 9:13 AM

If I...

could have predicted the release of Inkscape 0.46 would have taken so long, I would''t have talked about it so long ago. ;)

Inkscape 0.46 is out! Please go show the announcement some love! As usual, if you have any Inkscape Qs, please feel free to ask away. I do plan on doing a Live Path Effect tutorial soon that will show people how to do hair and fun stuff like that.

Also, I lucked out and saw Saul Williams a week ago and it was fantastic stuff. :)

  • Listening to: Atmosphere - Denvemolerado
  • Reading: SVG 1.2 Draft Spec
  • Playing: Crisis Core
  • Drinking: Water
For those who have not heard of it, Inkscape is an open source (free) vector graphics program along the lines of Illustrator, Freehand, Xara, etc. The Inkscape developers will soon be releasing the long awaited version 0.46 of Inkscape with many new features and enhancements. This contest is a call to all vector artists (and first timers) to show us what you can do with Inkscape.

The contest is being held via the Inkscapers deviantART page and the details can be found in their Journal (link below). To learn more about Inkscape please visit our website. Deadline for submissions is January 6th, 2008. The prize is getting your art included with the new version of inkscape and a credit for your contribution. Good luck to all who enter!

:bulletred:Inkscape Homepage
:bulletblue:Details & Submissions
:bulletgreen:Some favorites of the Inkscape Developers (art by the DA community)

What? Another year!

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 18, 2007, 3:09 PM

If I...

had my way, I wouldn't have worked on my birthday.

So yeah, another day, another year on this earth. Why must someone always ask "so, do you feel any older?" or "how does it feel to be XX?" ? Eh, oh well... enough b-day junk.

As usual, I only tend to post about exciting Inkscape or art related stuff. How about both? First, a new version of Inkscape is coming relatively soon. (really... it's all relative.) We're probably talking 6-8 weeks if my spoidey sense isn't off. I've gone down the features list a long time ago, so I won't do it again... all I have to say is that it's got new tools, incredible new features, innovate new effects, etc. BTW, watch out for an announcement later this week regarding an about screen contest for that next release.

I decided to add a new scrap of a WIP... yes, I still have another big WIP that I haven't worked on in a while, but, all of my freetime for art (which isn't much) has gone to the new piece.

  • Listening to: Saul Williams - Skin of a Drum
  • Reading: SVG 1.2 Draft Spec
  • Playing: Unreal Tournament 3
  • Drinking: Vodka --- lots of it

Clickety Clack

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 12, 2007, 8:40 AM

If I...

wish real hard, life will be more manageable.

First off, not enough art time... here's a scrap of two pics that are underway to prove I'm really working on stuff and not just blowing smoke. ;)

Second, at this rate Inkscape 0.46 is looking to be a much different program than 0.45. We got word on Google Summer of Code projects and we'll get open clipart library integration, a nice filter/effect UI, live path effects (excites me the most), PDF import (and hopefully improved export too), text improvements, some basic raster functionality, and a 3d box tool (difficult to explain, but my second most anticipated). These are all beyond exciting. Oh, and one of our guys who implemented the blur filter last summer is doing a local SoC type thing and will be adding a couple more SVG Filters. :)

But, wait... there's more! It looks like we've got some other new enhancements on the way. Transition to Cairo renderer (slightly improved speed, much better memory consumption), Stock GTK toolbars (resizable and I'm told there will be other magic too), docking dialogs (if the patch is approved), bucket fill tool, the calligraphy tool can do "etching" (guided strokes) & organic object thinning/thickening (I see it as ink pushing, screenshot), calligraphy tool can also now auto thicken/thin strokes based on the background, full gradient editing on canvas, tons of bug fixes, and who knows what else will be added since no one is really even talking about 0.46 yet. ;)

I also have the most ambitious and gritty project I've ever conceived floating in my head... All I can say is thank you Trent Reznor for haunting my mind with Year Zero. :)

That's the art related stuff, and that's what we're all here for, right? I hope all are well!

  • Listening to: Nine Inch Nails - Zero Sum
  • Reading: Joomla Documentation
  • Drinking: Vodka

Inkscape, The Universe, and Everything

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 6, 2007, 8:54 AM

If I...

I could go on with the "plant misery" from last time with the frost we had here a couple weeks ago, but I'll spare you. ;)

Everyone... please go show your support and "add love" to the Inkscape 0.45 release announcement. Honestly, I don't care if you use it... show your support for a community driven effort. :D

Another day, another Inkscape release... 0.45 is finally out the door, woohoo! Funny thing, we've already got some great new stuff for 0.46 in our development version. :) If we can also achieve half of what people have planned for the next release, well, all I can say is wow.

I will be going to the Southern California Linux Expo this weekend. If you live in the LA area, and love Inkscape, come and drop by the booth and say hi.

To the people I promised art to... don't worry, it's really still being worked on. :) (one piece is over 50% done, so that's good)

As usual, I hope all is well. Take it easy everyone.

  • Listening to: LEGO - j'eux
  • Reading: VMware Server Manual
  • Drinking: Vodka


Journal Entry: Thu Oct 26, 2006, 3:30 PM

If I...

had time, that would rule.

WTF is with my luck with plants?!?!?! So I get home after work last night and what do I come home to find? The crown from my fscking palm tree on the ground... yes, the entire top of the tree. I suppose I'm lucky that it fell forward and didn't fall backward through the window right behind the tree, but still. If you're not a homeowner and plan to go the route young, make sure you're wealthy first. So now I have to wait to get the estimate on the cost of tree removal and then I get the joy of replacing it too. Argh!

ANYWAY, not too many takers on the art pyramid. And since there was only 1 responder, I'll just do 2 pics for MissusHow now. ;) I actually have a different pic in progress currently, but I have already started one of the two for her as well. Woohoo!

Yes, you read right... I'm actually working on a few drawings actively right now. Here's hoping to a free enough schedule to finish them in a timely manner.

As usual... I hope all is well with everyone. I'm out!

  • Listening to: Sage Francis - Inherited Scars
  • Reading: VMware Server Manual
  • Drinking: Vodka

Art Pyramid

Wed Oct 11, 2006, 7:42 AM

If I...

Can I tell you how much I hate pyramid schemes and chain letters? Since this is actually an interesting idea, it's the only reason I'm in on it.

Kees (who has a pretty sweet first name in my opinion), one of my buddies from the Inkscape project posted an entry on his blog about an "art pyramid scheme". He also recommends using the Creative Commons Share-Alike license which I'm not going to push on people here, but will be doing so myself.

So... as with his. If you're one of the first 5 people who comment on this post, I'll create an original piece of art for you, but only if you promise to offer the same deal in your own DA Journal (as it's such a fitting place).

By the way, there is no guaranteed time-frame for said pieces, and no obligation on my end for it to be very detailed. ;)

  • Listening to: Sage Francis - Makeshift Patriot
  • Reading: VMware Server Manual
  • Watching: Grandma's Boy
  • Playing: Bleach DS
  • Eating: Grilled Chicken
  • Drinking: Vodka


Mon Jun 26, 2006, 12:27 PM

If I...

weren't so busy, maybe I would draw.

We finally got Inkscape 0.44 out the door this weekend. Development is already underway for some good new features. The Google Summer of Code kids are hard at work on some good stuff. I'm pretty excited to see what they can accomplish over the next month and a half.

Life is busy, crazy, blah blah blah... Just go grab your copy of Inkscape 0.44. :)

Take it easy all... I hope everyone is doing well!

  • Listening to: Duran Duran - Come Undone
The Inkscape team and community are proud to announce the release of Inkscape 0.44, "A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool." Inkscape is a Vector editor along the lines of Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw, etc except the source code is open to anyone and it is free of charge. Inkscape uses the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) scalable vector graphics format (SVG). As usual, this release has addressed a number of high priorty issues that users had reported and is the most fetaure packed version to date. We owe a huge thanks to the strong developers and user community that have contributed countless hours on Inkscape 0.44.

:bulletblue: New Features in 0.44

:pointr:Layers Dialog: Probably one of the most oft-requested features... a traditional Layers Dialog. In addition, we do also have support for sub-layers now as well.
:pointr:Outline Mode: An alternate rendering mode that shows all paths and shapes rendered as inverse (black on light background and vice versa) outlines of constant width (1 screen pixel regardless of zoom), without fill.
:pointr:Docked Color Palette: At the bottom of the interface we now have a color palette docked for easy access to a palette of your choice. We have included a number of stock palettes with it as well which can be accessed by the arrow to the right of the colors.
:pointr:Node Sculpting: Normally, when you have several nodes selected and you drag one of them, all selected nodes move by the same amount. Now, if you Alt-drag one of the selected nodes, only that node is fully displaced; other selected nodes are moved less than the full amount, so that those farthest from the drag point remain stationary. This is similar to "proportional editing" or "soft selection" in 3D editors such as Blender. The best part? It reacts to pressure sensitivity of a tablet pen.
:pointr:Selected Style Indicator: Similar to style selectors from other software but a little different. On the left end of the statusbar you can quickly view and change the fill and stroke of the selected objects. One benefit is when you select multiple objects with different fills, it can blend colors as well as inform you of what different styles are applied.
:pointr:Calligraphy - Tremor: Adjustable in the Controls bar from 0.0 to 1.0, it will affect your strokes producing anything from slight unevenness to wild blotches and splotches. This significantly expands the creative range of the tool.
:pointr:Paste Size: A number of commands are added to easily scale selected objects to match the size of the object(s) previously copied to the clipboard. They are all in the Paste Size submenu in Edit menu.
:pointr:Effects: Our extensions are now enabled by default on all platforms.
:pointr:Clipping & Masking: Any object can be non-destructively intersected with a path (called a clipping path) so that only the intersected portion of the object is visible. Any object can be non-destructively masked by another object (called mask) so that: the mask's black or transparent areas become fully transparent in the masked object; mask's opaque white areas become fully opaque; and all intermediate colors translate into intermediate levels of opacity in the masked object.
:pointr:Selective Bitmap Tracing with SIOX: We have an early version of the Simple Interactive Object Extraction (SIOX) algorithm (see implemented in this release. This clever algorithm from the realm of Image Recognition allows you to extract a foreground object from the background with ease.
:pointr:Improved PDF Export w/ Transparency: It's not perfect by any means, but a big improvement over our last release. Expect much bigger and better changes for the next release too.
:pointr:New icons, redesigned preferences dialogs, rearranged menus, many cosmetic improvements
:pointr:Hundreds of bug fixes, rendering speed is faster, and many other improvements!

Inkscape is open to all types of contributions by people with all different skill levels from around the world. Inkscape needs translators, web designers, people to help answer questions, and developers to help reach the project's goal of SVG compliance and to be the best vector editor around.

:bulletgreen: Inkscape website - At the top of the page it has a download link that should take you directly to the appropriate download for your operating system. (well, for Windows and Mac at least... Linux users have multiple options)
:bulletgreen: Release Notes -  If you want more in-depth info on the changes since the last version, this is the place.
:bulletgreen: Screenshots
:bulletgreen: Inkscape Manual

:bulletred: Inkscape on dA
:pointr: dA Inkscape Community
:pointr: Inkscape art in the dA community (developer selections)

As a final note, please report any bugs you may find. There will be a few “point” releases with bug fixes for this stable version (there always are).

Enjoy! :iconscislac: on behalf of the rest of the Inkscape developers. Draw Freely.

Mandatory Update

Thu Jun 1, 2006, 12:43 PM

If I...

only had time...

Just updating for the sake of it. :D

We are wrapping up the 0.44 release of Inkscape and it will be good to get out the door considering it's been over 6 months since our last release. This year we got 5 students from Google's Summer of Code, so that will be nice to see what they can whip up over the next 2 months. The basic work on the SVG Filters is starting to trickle in... that means sometime soon that I can finally finish a few old projects in a sane way. Plus, there will be a mandatory update to Gaze. ;)

Uhm, yeah... that's about it. I am working on a collaboration right now, and that will be the next piece that I upload. We're probably looking at a month for that though as I have other obligations. :( I hope everyone is doing well... L8Z

  • Listening to: KMFDM - New American Century


Fri Apr 21, 2006, 12:47 PM

If I...

wasn't tagged, I wouldn't be writing a journal right now... ;)

I have been tagged by :iconemshae:

6 weird habits/things about yourself
Rules : The 1st player of this "game" starts with the topic "6 weird habits/things about yourself" and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 6(or as many as you know xD ) people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their devpage comments and tell them to read yours...

1) Perhaps not so weird these days, but I have OCD. I do have some habits like washing my hands a whole lot while working with food. Plus, there are others like taking detail oriented to the extreme, so much so that it may take me a little longer to do certain tasks than most others (but the extra time is worth it for better quality). I'd probably be good as a health inspector or quality assurance.

2) I have just about every food intolerance known to man... if I was also intolerant to wheat I'd probably be dead. ;)

3) I tend to be overcommitted to my knowledge of technology and related science... if we were somehow knocked back to the stone age I'd probably be worthless.

4) I am able to bend my thumbs farther back than most people I know. Basically, if giving a thumbs up, I can get the end of my finger pointed horizontally. Who know, I'd probably make a good hitchhiker.

5) Sometimes when I walk I get this feeling that people are watching how I walk and think that I walk weird... I get so paranoid about it that I tense up and DO start to walk weird. Doh! If I didn't know otherwise I'd come to the conclusion that I probably have MD like graf77

6) I generally don't like to drive very fast for fear that I'll have a blowout. I've seen it happen a couple times on the freeway to other people and it's enough to straighten me up. I probably need therapy.

As you'll notice, I spiced it up with "I probably" for all of them. ;)

These are the next victims:

:icongraf77: :iconchromakode: :iconsimarilius: :iconcorneliuscz: :iconfaryndreyn: :iconhrum:

  • Listening to: Saul Williams - Black Stacey


Sun Mar 5, 2006, 8:48 AM

If I...

wasn't so drunk last night, I would have posted then. :drunk:

This is mostly a recap of my interactions with the comics, not so much about the overall performances.

Last night was my firm's 3 year anniversary and we went to the Improv down in Tempe. We did dinner there before the show and sure enough we had the two tables RIGHT in front of the stage. Basically, since I had my feet resting on the stairs... I knew I was done for. ;)

Opening act was Kira Soltanovich (a Russian Jew, w00t!) and the headliner was Kevin Nealon.

Yeah, almost from the moment that Kira took the stage she started giving me shit about looking so young. She was doing baby talk at me and everything. She did ask how old I was and I flashed a 2 then 5 with my hand real quick, she then talks about how kids always think they're so old. And how everyone else there knows that 25 is just a little baby. Kept making "goo goo" and other baby talk references. Given that she's a Russian Jew, she did find some Russia folk to harass as well.

I have to say one of the best things she was talking about was young girls fashion. She said "if you're 11 and wearing a shirt that says 'nasty girl' it had better be because you don't wipe your ass." She was hysterical and I'd go back to see her again in a heartbeat (even if I sat up front again). We even had to buy a CD when we were leaving, she was just that good.

I was told by my bosses on the other side of the table that as Kira passed Kevin she said to go for me since I was a good sport.

Sure enough, Kevin singled me out for a while... was pretty funny though cuz throughout his act he shook my hand twice and gave me five a couple times as well. On the first handshake he said "that felt a little broke back". OUCH! Then he was talking about TV and going to break and asked me to be like Paul Shafer for him and make "Brrbrrbrrbrrbrrr" noises into the Mic when he said "and lets go to a break". The first time when he told me what to do real quick and put the Mic in my face I said "what the hell am I supposed to do"? To which he responded, this isn't looking good since I forgot so soon.  

On the 3rd time he had me do it he was doing it for personal entertainment and wanted to see how much I'd do it. I did a few times an he was laughing more each time, so he sat down on the stairs with the Mic in hand and wanted to see if I was going to keep going... meanwhile he's finding it funnier each time and he's laughing more and more... and not like heh, but like hahaha... he had to fight the laughing he just found it so funny. The more I did it, the longer I tried to go as well, (with deep inhalations, spreading it out as long as possible). It probably also helped the laughing part since I was making faces at him while doing it, and luckily since I was at the stage, he was the only one that really saw them.

Kevin also did a quick thing with busting out a huge white pad of paper and a piece of charcoal and drawing some girl he picked from the audience. It was great because the pad was on an easel and quite elevated, so the first time he just drew mid-nose and up (mirroring what was at the same level as the paper). He then decided to give it a second try and he kept grabbing her face to reposition it just a little (leaving coal dust with every touch). The rest of his act was great too though, I personally found him to be a lot funnier than when he was on SNL.

Eh, that's a long enough recap for something people probably aren't going to read anyway. Funny shit though.

  • Listening to: 2Pac - Unconditional Love

Good Times

Wed Feb 15, 2006, 9:13 AM

If I...

was a playa... uhm... yeah, I'm not... nevermind. ;)

Wow... hit 2,000 fullviews on Gaze finally... I'm just surprised that there has continued to be interest in it for so long. That's all... no time to work on art, don't have anything interesting to say... Hope everyone is doing well... :)

  • Listening to: NIN - Down In It


Thu Feb 9, 2006, 2:51 PM

If I...

only had more time...

Apparently I passed 6,000 pageviews at some point... in fact, when I logged in today it was at 6,100 on the nose... it's just weird to see your own numbers rounded. And for note, Gaze is 25 fullviews from of 2,000... wow... 1/3rd of my traffic.

Anyway, now to ramble on... not that people read this... but I'll be headed to LA for the day on Saturday to SCALE (Southern California Linux Expo). Why a Cali Linux expo? Well, a few of the other Inkscape developers are going to be there and we want to have a good showing (plus I'll get to meet a couple people in person that I've been working with for the past couple years). I will be getting a whole bunch of my stuff printed to have in a binder there for people to check out... I fear it a lot. It's one thing to post my work on DA for the world to critique... it's another to be face to face with people viewing your stuff.

Eh, it'll be a good time and I'm looking forward to it. I will also have another new piece posted by the weekend... but I don't want to say much before it's up.

Oh and all of the other bajillion projects I've promised to post are still sitting here on my HDD, slowly getting worked on as time passes. I'm really just never satisfied with them anymore. And I just don't have the time to sink into something like I did Gaze... which is a bummer. And she'll be touched up once we have just a couple more features implemented in Inkscape. Who knows when that will happen though...

Anyway, 2 quick pics in the pike and one more in-depth one... we'll see if I can find the time to finish any of those. As I mentioned above, I have a bunch of unfinished work that I keep going back to... and the list of those grows longer every month. I believe I have about 15 or so that are unfinished that I plan to finish... and about 3x that many that have been abandoned permanently. Time will tell...

Hope everyone is doing well...

  • Listening to: NIN - Down In It

Happy New Year!

Sun Jan 1, 2006, 9:41 AM

If I...

make some absurd promise to do more art this year, it won't do any good. ;)

Anyway, I hope everyone has the best year yet, and that we all have all the time we need to do as much art as possible. =D

here's to more art! :drunk:

  • Listening to: GnR - Civil War


Mon Oct 31, 2005, 3:08 PM

If I...

had more time... well, I'd update the damn journal more than once a month! ;)

I have two pieces that I'm REALLY wanting to finish soon... one is much more likely than the other.

Plus a revamp I'd like to do to Gaze... but we'll see if that happens.

Oh, and I broke 5,000 pageviews!


  • Listening to: NIN - La Mer

Damn names for journal entries

Mon Sep 19, 2005, 1:47 PM

If I...

could make more time for what I enjoy, I would rock. ;)

Tonight is the NIN concert here in Phoenix! Woohoo! I am stoked!

I have two rad pieces coming to fruition currently (maybe only one is rad at this point, but still), so that is VERY exciting. I have about 8 pics I've started and switch between, the ones you'll see next are what have motivated me the most lately (note, the least complex by far). Don't get too excited though, one is just a variation on the other.

Wow, it's been a while since I've been extremly active here, or even drawn for that matter... I probably went close to 6 weeks without drawing. Oy! I do have a couple new photos to submit too! The new stuff will probably be uploaded between tonight and tomorrow night. Oh shitsu, make that before Wed Night... Tuesdays are guys nights.

So, for anyone that is a fan and happened to catch it... what are the opinions of Trent's "grown up" performance for the Katrina benefit concert? Trent, healthy, in a monkey suite, just him and a piano... (and boombox on Non-Entity). As much as I love the hard stuff, I will have no objections if he goes this more mellow route in the future. We'll see what the future holds.

Either way... NIN TONIGHT!!! WOOHOO! I've been waiting 14 years for this day. Peace out guys (and ladies)! Cya tomorrow with the post-show report and new art!

  • Listening to: Trent Reznor - Non-Entity
If I...

was paying attention I would have noticed that almost a week ago was my 1 year dA anniversary!  Woohoo! Thanks to everyone for making this place a serious addiction. :boogie:

Let's recap the past year...

Over 4,000 pageviews :w00t:, close to 1/3 of which checked out Gaze (over 30%)... dang! What can I say... Mel (aka emshae) I owe ya for inspiring that piece and being a good friend :hug:... (oh and props to the Inkscape team for supplying the software).

I made a ludicrous promise that I would try to submit far more art than I currently have time to generate... HOWEVER, my very good friend graf77 and I are starting to do weekly challenges to each other. We'll see if we can both live up to the agreement.

I got involved with my main life/work/art distraction of Inkscape. In the year that I've been involved with the project, we've grown by leaps and bounds... in fact we're currently #6 on SourceForge which is impressive considering they host over 100,000 projects.

Got the first house and new car... and have been broke ever since... ;)

Uhm, yeah... apparently this past year was less exciting than I thought... oh well! =D

Cheers to a great year, and many more to come! Thanks everyone!

PS: And no... no more excessive emoticons in a journal entry for another year.

  • Listening to: Bob Marley - One Love


Fri Jul 1, 2005, 1:31 PM
If I...

can get my stuff together I can submit a second entry to the Inkscape about screen contest tonight before the deadline.

We're on the way to wrapping up the new (.42) release, woohoo! It should be ready w/in the next couple weeks. So, that is very exciting stuff. Unfortunatly, it doesn't look like my text toolbar will make it into this release. =( Other exciting news on the Inkscape front is that we got 4 students from the Google Summer of Code to work on 4 very exciting features for the next release (not this next one, but .43)! I have finally made a real todo list for my work on Inkscape and I should have one of the exciting new features I'm working on in the .43 release as well (namely, tablet features). I can't wait till the pending release is out so I can have more time to draw, as opposed to doing extensive testing and bug verification junk.

In other news, my sister-in-law is in town so that is occupying lots of time. I should hopefully have some drawing time this evening with a submission before midnight (I reaaaaaallly hope so at least). The work thing is the work thing. My good buddy Graf is outta town, so that is lame... LAME! You hear that foo'? ;)

I have a number of inspirations for new projects but have yet to start any of them... not good and very frustrating. Not having artistic outlet is like not having sex... boring and I have "specific" energy to burn. TMI? Do I care?

Uhm, I'm pretty sure no one reads my journals on here, so it should be all good. =D

  • Listening to: Radiohead - Creep