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21-Jun-2016

Wow! You're actually visiting umop.com! I didn't think anyone ever came here any more. This site's been around for 18 years now, and today (after abandoning the Anything Comics concept last month, because I'm crotchety) I've started another comic strip called HAMSTER PANTS. I have no idea if it will last or not (as of right now, I haven't even built a website for it yet), so I won't bother saying anything else about it, other than yes, it probably looks very familiar.

I also continue to upload the occasional YOUTUBE VIDEO. Link goes to the most recent one; a toy piano cover of "Cowboys From Hell" by Pantera. Yep, I'm definitely still taking the world by storm! Thanks for visiting!

21-Mar-2016

Hi there, long time no nuthin'!

After the end of The Packrat comic strip early in 2015, and a few changes to my day job and residence (among other things), I sorta let umop.com lapse without a single update. This past week however I am starting a new interactive webcomic called ANYTHING COMICS! Readers can submit their own ideas for things to appear in the comic (for now these ideas are mainly going to be submitted via comments on the Anything Comics Facebook page). It's a fun new idea that you can actually help support for only $1 per month over at Patreon.

As for umop.com it was always be a giant, freely-trawled warehouse full of all the other things I've worked on since 1998, including games, free fonts, Rock-Paper-Scissors variants, electronic music, and of course lots of other comic strips!

2-Feb-2015

This is the final PACKRAT COMIC, but don't despair, there is a brand new DAILY webcomic I'm preparing to launch soon! Stay tuned...

6-Jan-2015

This update will be good news for RAB fans.... the RETARDED ANIMAL BABIES DVD is once again available right here on umop.com!

29-Dec-2014

Here's the first PACKRAT COMIC of 2015!

2-Dec-2014

Since THE PACKRAT is no longer being supported by the magazine, it needs your help to keep synthing along! Please visit the PACKRAT PATREON PAGE and pledge a monthly donation!

1-Dec-2014

This month THE PACKRAT begins a new chapter at MATRIXSYNTH, the best synth blog in the universe! Be sure to read this excellent post in which I lay out all the details that led up to the migration from Keyboard Magazine. As always, the comic will be available for viewing right here on umop.com and also the Packrat Facebook page!

18-Oct-2014

Dogs simply do not belong in the PACKRAT universe.

10-Sep-2014

Last year for Christmas, my wife gave me a rubber unicorn mask as one of my gifts. Well, it finally made it into a PACKRAT COMIC.

13-Aug-2014

It's "Back To School" time for an academically confused PACKRAT!

10-Jul-2014

My band THE ROYAL DIN just released a new 5-song EP today! Check out the band website and order up a copy for only $5!

9-Jul-2014

As this month's PACKRAT COMIC helps illustrate, absolute keyboarding corrupts absolutely.

15-Jun-2014

If you see similar shapes when playing chords on a piano or keyboard, as seen in this month's PACKRAT COMIC, shoot me a messages over the the Facebook Packrat page; I'd love to find out I'm not the only one! :-|

15-May-2014

People who can afford synthesizers probably don't have the blues, as this month's PACKRAT COMIC illustrates.

21-Apr-2014

I know the economy is bad, but expecting bands or any other form of (presumed professional) entertainment to provide a free service is a pretty awful trend, and I address it in this month's PACKRAT COMIC. I have always hated the concept of "providing exposure to a band" as an ample enough reason to "let" them play on your stage. Everybody needs everybody equally; it's not much of a stage without somebody performing on it, after all. Granted, lesser-experienced bands might jump at the chance to get some exposure, work for tips, etc., but this is really just busking. And the fastest way to kill a music scene is to strangle its market. If you've only got lesser-quality, unpaid people purveying their art in a given area, it ain't much of a scene. Rant over! :-)

27-Mar-2014

I know a lot of musicians, and every one of them is "working on a new project," or "thinking about getting something going," etc. Even musicians already enjoying bread-and-butter projects are like this. There's just this nagging need to keep coming up with new ideas and new concepts, and this month's PACKRAT COMIC touches on that.

13-Feb-2014

At what point will synthesizers become infinitely expensive? This is the kind of thing that troubles THE PACKRAT!

6-Feb-2014

Hey, here's a BLOG POST I wrote for Keyboard Magazine about my recent experience at the NAMM SHOW in Anaheim, CA. It's the biggest expo in the world for musical instrument manufacturers, buyers, distributors, and (of course), the artists who use them. I met a lot of cool, famous people and felt generally swanky the whole last weekend of January. Check the article out if you have a few minutes to vicariously visit the show through my virgin eyes.

12-Jan-2014

This month's PACKRAT COMIC explores why online purchases might not necessarily be a sure thing just because the seller arranges a local pickup.



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