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A blog by Mark D. Johnson · The official desktop wallpaper of The Partial Observer. Updated every Tuesday or thereabouts.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Puzzling Discovery

Note: This is the last entry of the 'Weekly Wallpaper.' I regret that this feature essentially died last summer, but look for my new blog beginning soon, tentatively called 'Digital Sketchbook.'

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Misadventures of the Regal Drake
Part III: A Premature End

June 18

     We have encountered a myterious object on the eastern shoreline. It appears to be a metallic ball fused within the hard rock. Some of the crew believe it is not of this world, while others consider it a sign from God or an omen or some other nonsense. Since all evidence suggests we are the first humans to set foot on this island, I have concluded that good, scientific reasoning and deduction exposes it as nothing more than a remarkable natural formation. I am alone in this opinion. The wise man in the galley known as 'The Sage' has predicted that this object will somehow put a premature end to our journey, and this has the crew even more agitated than usual. If I'm not mistaken, I have reason to believe there are rumblings of mutiny, but I fear it not. Calm, decisive leadership will prevail. I am certain my next entry will tell of return to the harmony, good will, and hope with which this voyage began...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Palm Ridge Vista

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Misadventures of the Regal Drake
Part II: Lessons in Discovery

June 11

     In retrospect, of course, I would have ordered more water to be carried, but who would have expected to come across so little spring water on a mountainous excursion? Yet despite the severe dehydration and interminable complaints, I held my head high at the end of the day for the view was stunning, and we lost just one man. We now know the general lay of the land, and water will be ours tomorrow... or the next day at the very latest.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Twilight Coast

It's been a long time since I've played with Bryce. It's time to get reacquainted. You can get version 5.5 for free! To me, Bryce landscapes seem to beckon one's imagination, so I've decided to begin a series of narratives, with Part One appearing below. I don't know where this 'story' will go, just that it concerns a very inexperienced explorer and his unfortunate crew.

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Misadventures of the Regal Drake
Part I: Arrival at Twilight Coast

June 8

     My eagerness to go ashore would not be quelled despite the general consensus to wait until morning. I must admit that the elation I felt upon touching the sand soon gave way to apprehension when we found little firewood and darkness fast approaching. A brief period of alarm ensued whilst I weighed our options. Indeed, even my first mate, Connors, flirted with blatant insubordination when I announced my decision to burn a longboat. Tempers subsided, as I knew they would, once we basked in the glow of fire and passed the drink. What began in protest was ended in celebration. Our adventure has begun with a most marvelous flame...

(To be continued in mid-August.)

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Dear Jon

Dear Jon's first book is finally available!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tulips Redux

Well, I didn't have the time to carry out my plan for this week's wallpaper, so here's a quick variation on one from last year. Happy spring!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Definition

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Rhymes and Reasons

Artwork from the cover of the latest PO book, Rhymes & Reasons, by Greg Asimakoupoulos.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Leafy

Something different this week: a pattern.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Real Things

This is detail from my book cover illustration of Everett Wilson's novel Real Things

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Riding the Great Wave

With apologies to Hokusai.

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