Friday, February 27, 2015

Moving Blog!

Hello, friends!

I set up a website using tumblr and decided to move my blog over there, too. I've imported all the posts from this blogspot, so my post history remains complete :D I'm not deleting this blog though, just won't be posting over here.

If you want to see the new blog it's at
It's a regular tumblr blog, just with a custom domain name, so you can follow, ask questions, etc., if you feel so inclined. If you want to find it through tumblr search, the username associated with it is sam-amin.

Thanks for following this blog for all these years!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I Applied to Grad Schools

Ten of them.
Currently hyperventilating.
Here, have a doodle. I'm going to go lie down, stare at the ceiling, and obsess about every tiny aspect of my now-submitted applications for a bit.
I can't believe I actually did it. It's so real now, regardless of whether or not I get in.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


The boyf and I have an uncomfortable, ugly-as-sin, flesh-colored couch in our living room. Its best feature is probably that it can fold out into a terrible bed, complete with rusty springs and worrying stains.

We sit on it anyway, though.
Here's some more doodles which are now three weeks old. What is drawing, even?
I think I've done some more drawings I can post on this blog, but I...don't know where they are.

 Also, I'm working on a little zBrush sculpt. I don't know when/if I'll finish it, but here's the starts out of a sphere: 

Monday, September 29, 2014


Anxiety's been getting to me, lately. Here's a person.
Today's my first day as a mentor.
The face on this drawing is my new Steam icon:
Also, some miscellaneous doodles from my school notes:

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I have a really stylish jacket, and I feel really stylish when I wear it.
Life update: Algorithms ended yesterday! It was actually by and far my favorite class which I've ever taken. Fall semester began a week ago and I'm marginally less enthused about the classes I have slated, so far (which include calc III, linear algebra & diff equations... yikes). I haven't found out yet whether I'll be able to, but I'm hoping to sign up for Computer Simulation.

Oh-- this fall I'll also be a mentor at a non-profit program geared towards getting middle school kids into STEM stuff!
Grad school applications are due in... ~3 months.

Other school-note miscellany:

Monday, July 28, 2014

In the Spirit

So, my a few of my friends and I just started playing a role playing campaign in a game called "Spirit of the Century". My character is a scientist named Neils Hirschberg, who worked as a wartime weapons researcher during WWI. Each character has five aspects, and Neils' are: "Ruthless Disregard for Human Life", "Admirably Smug Stubbornness", "Quick at Devising Ideas of Dubious Quality", "Better than the Establishment" and "Explosions are Useful!" If it wasn't obvious, he's irritatingly arrogant and only barely competent as a result of impatience mixed with recklessness.

While at University, he constantly sparred with his advisor over whether his proposed projects were safe or even useful. Usually, he ignored whatever advice said advisor gave, eventually resulting in a super dumb accident which injured him, and killed the advisor. He fled.

As a weapons researcher, he pushed risky ideas into production far too quickly and was eventually put on probation. He was bitter, naturally, because he felt the lab lacked "vision". So, when Libby [one of my fellow players with a penchant for vandalizing government property] busted into the lab, he remorselessly aided her in sabotaging it before bailing the wonderful world of actually having some kind of steady job in favor of something less "restricting".

He's a terrible person, and an even worse friend, but he and Libby have an understanding of sorts. They go to fancy parties where she pretends to be his fiancĂ©e and steals stuff while he tries to recruit benefactors to fund his bizarre projects. 

Our actual campaign starts at one of these parties. I've having soooooo much fun. Neils is just the perfect character to play because I get to act like a condescending asshole and actually get rewarded for it, since it's in character :D 

Anyway, I'm trying to figure out what Niels would look like, for a character sheet, and I don't really like any of these so far. He's probably in his late 20s/early 30s when the story starts... (Really, I just needed an excuse to post ANYTHING, so here you go!)

Libby and Niels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I'm forcing myself to draw more often so I don't entirely forget how to. Drawing without a goal in mind, however, leads to some pretty lackluster sketches.

Also, the latest in Couple-relayed iPhone doodles: