Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to get a year of Adobe CC for half price.

This is not a hack. (well maybe its a lifehack) 
This is not me being a smarty pants. (if Adobe fixes this bug, I'll be fine with it) 
This is me just working with a broken system.. and then realising that I shouldn't complain.. coz.. I'm sort of winning at the end of the day!

So in December 2016 I decided to stop using my Credit card. I had struggled with Credit Card debt and decided it was time to get smart.
So after a year of paying for my Adobe CC licence with my credit card, I switched the payment method to Debit Card.

The first payment went through.. and then the following month it failed! 
So suddenly I found myself switched over to a one month trial of Adobe CC . Until that expired. Then I payed for the next month with the same debit card.. and sure enough at the next month's payment date.. the payment failed again.. and I was back on the One month trial ..

Again once the trial was over I had to manually pay for the next month with my debit card.

Frustrating right? I tried my best to get Adobe to see that there was some kind of glitch.. But they didn't . or rather their customer care system is not equipped to solve a problem like this.

So I told myself that the issue must be with my bank- HDFC Bank. They proved even less helpful... or er helpless is a better word. And so I switched banks. I was now a proud account holder at Yes Bank.

Did this solve my issue.. nope. the same loop has started again.

This time Adobe actually got on the phone with me! And they still refused to accept that it was something they could fix on their side.. They wanted me to go tell my bank that they should allow Adobe to charge them..

So I was going to call my bank.. when..
I just realized.. that instead of paying for Adobe CC every month.. 
I'm now only paying every alternate month. 

Why the heck am I complaining about that?

Rocinante phone doodle

The corvette class Rocinante, formerly Tachi

Finger painted on my phone using a reference image

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Shark Trooper vs Hammerhead Shark Trooper..

Phone doodles with Sketchbook Pro on a Lenovo P2 Android phone.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bangalore: A Graphic Novel

A graphic novel I designed just went live (book design project.. none of the art is mine) -

click below:
Available on Kindle for now, coming to Comixology in 3 months.

Bangalore means different things to different people. 
Now 18 artists and writers have come together to present their kaleidoscopic versions of the city through 9 stories. 

This is a city where the sum is greater than the parts, this is a vision which melds past, present and future. 

The contributors range from those born and brought up in the city as well as passing travellers; from those who lost their hearts there as well as those who found the city's secret heart. 

Bangalore: A Graphic Novel is part of Every City is a Story, a unique city-centric storytelling initiative.

Contributors include Harsho Mohan Chattoraj, Devaki Neogi, Appupen, Zac O'Yeah, CG Salamander, Prashant Miranda, Rupesh Arvindakshan, Jai Undurti, Ramya Ramakrishnan, Solo, Ojo, Karn, George Supreeth, Sumit Moitra, Neeraj Menon, Aditya Bidikar, Gunjan Joshi, Sonali Upadhyaya and Zsolt Herman Garcia with cover art by Abhishek Malsuni.

Monday, February 27, 2017

3d printed phone case

So I got a new phone this month, a Lenovo P2. The phone is epic, you can google it, this is not a tech spec post. The only problem I had was with finding decent phone cases. Since this is a very recent model and not really flagship, only a few case makers are catering to it.

So i turned to 3d printing. Found a template for it on my first google search - made by Marijn van den Heuvel and available at

I downloaded the stl file and took it to Blender.. I needed something quick and simple, so I could print a test quickly and see if the case fit correctly.

This Bible verse has been one of my favorites for a long time ..
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:34

Vincent has set up his maker space at the Falana Films studio, and printed this out on his Makerbot.. In dual color! I left the color selection to him and was quite satisfied with the results -
on the printer..

 after some cleaning and sanding..

and here it is on the phone, a pretty clean snug fit.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Custom SETI at Home skin for Boinc

Dunno why I didn't do this a while back,
but heres a custom SETI skin for Boinc..

If your interested in making your own, download this template file  (svg, can be edited in Illustrator or Inkscape)
and then follow these steps:

1) make a copy of one of the existing skins.
(on windows theyre at C:\Program Files (x86)\BOINC\Skins

2) Copy it to a non C: folder so you can edit it without admin permissions.

3) Use the template file to replace your own background and logo. Save over the existing png file
eg: in the screenshot below its the file called "background_image.png

4) (you can skip this step if you like)
Open the "skin.xml" file in notepad and update all relevant links and names

5) save and close the cml file, rename this folder to your skin's name. Copy it to the Boinc skin directory, on windows - C:\Program Files (x86)\BOINC\Skins

6) exit and reopen boinc.

7) In the top menu go to View/Skin and click on your skin.

Have fun!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Rocinante finally gets a proper space battle

The Rocinante finally gets a proper space battle! Season 2 of The Expanse started off with a big bang! The crew puts together a raiding party and boards a space station.. after fighting tooth and nail against a big bad stealth ship!

Here are some highlights:

The amount of thought the production team put into the space battles is staggering..

case in point -
Even in the future armor plating is still too heavy to have on a space craft.. so when going into battle, depressiorise and store your air in tanks.. and cross your fingers as bullets swiss cheese the ship

We finally get to see the full maneuverability and gun capabilities of the Rocinante(and crew)


The rag tag team of belters had to patch together these DIY Boarding Pods.. and they worked pretty well! Complete with cable anchor system and blasting door 

Oh and I just discovered that #Syfy has an official #Thingiverse page with downloadable print files for stuff from their shows - #expanse wow!!