Graves Registration Patch

UPDATE: 05 Jul 2016
The patch order is IN! The patches should hit my doorstep in 14 business days or less. When I get the patches, shipping will commence. Thank you, everyone, for making this happen.

UPDATE 30 Jun 2016: This patch run is ON! Collecting orders and payment now. See details in comments below!
Graves Registration Patch

As everyone might be aware, I’m an ardent fan of a certain sci-fi/western show by a certain genius (currently known for the Avengers movies and kicking the MCU into high gear …), a certain show that was killed mid-way through its first season by FOX.

Yes, I’m still a mite bitter about it. No, I won’t rant about it here.

I’ve got better things to do.

Like promote this nifty patch I’ve designed to expand the universe of that beloved show.

For those who may be interested, here’s the story for the patch:

After the U-War, massive numbers of the dead lay at Serenity Valley and elsewhere. They had to be identified and catalogued by name, DOB, POB, bio-stats, and SoCon number. The work has endured years beyond the end of the war and there are still those listed as missing. Remains do turn up periodically, found on Hera and other locations of major land battles, in the course of natural forces or human activity.

Once the remains have been identified against the database of the dead and the missing, they are sent on to surviving kin. The Graves Registration Department will diligently perform its duty until everyone comes home.

Serenity Valley is one of the locations the Graves Registration Department has established a physical facility to handle the sheer numbers awaiting identification. There are other such centers throughout the Verse during and after the conflict but unlike those others, which were clearly temporary, the one at Serenity Valley (and two other sites) are permanent. It is now part of the larger Serenity Valley Battlefield Memorial Park, ajacent to the Serenity Valley Visitor Center and Museum.

The Graves Registration Department is Federally funded but donations from citizens and corporations are always welcome.

Above is the manufacturer’s proof to show what my design will look like as an embroidered patch. It will have an iron-on backing and a merrowed edge. I’ve had a patch made by these folks before and the quality is top notch.

I will make a presentation card jacket for this patch, just as I did for my first patch: Rim Fire Mining Co.

As with anything I write out of fannish devotion, the backstory for the Graves Registration patch posted above will be appropriately edited and polished for the card jacket that will accompany the patch.

I will be up-front with you, because everyone needs to know what it’s gonna cost:

I’m pricing the patches as follows: $10 for 1, 3 for $25. Minimum run is 100 patches.

I need to pre-order 25 individual patches or 10 sets of 3-for-25 to break even and fund the run. Any patches after that will fund shipping. I’m donating my time and printing costs on the patch jackets.

Folks will say I’m shooting myself in the foot by telling y’all this but I’m not the sort that handles suspense well. If knowing the target nmbers will shorten the time we’re all waiting for a green light on the run, I’m all for it!

I am not taking money now. I am only taking pre-orders. If there is enough interest to fund the run, I will alert everyone by posting here and then AND ONLY THEN will I get shipping and billing information from those who pre-ordered their patches.

Beause of this, please only leave a serious order for what you will actually buy. I don’t want to disappoint anyone because half the pre-orders dried up from wishful thinking. I need an accurate count in order to fund the run.

If there isn’t enough interest to fund the run, then the patch will be put on hold and no one need pay anything.

It’s as simple as that.

Please leave your pre-order in the comments below. Thank you for your time and interest, everyone. If this run goes well, I will have more in the future!

Thank you, Spasiba, and Xie Xie, y’all!


A Tablet Reader for SF/NF campaign

As much as I hate tablets because of how their deficiencies have forced changes in the way things are done with all things computer, I have to admit that the future is pretty much going that way. While I don’t think that laptops or desktops will go away entirely, I think that tablets and their accessories will become the device most used. They’re too darned convenient when compared to laptops and much in the way that laptops trump desktops in convenience.

Convenience, it seems, trumps everything.

Even functionality. I’m still waiting for the tablet that will allow me to do everything I do on my laptop. For instance, this very second I am typing on a full keyboard, streaming internet radio, running CS4, using my WACOM Intuos4 graphics tablet, chatting with my friends on Hangouts, pasting text into a Word document and editing it (one of several open on my taskbar), and verifying ownership/authorship of an image on Google+. (More on that in a minute…)

Can a tablet do all that without crashing?

Seriously, can it?

Go check.

It’s okay. I’ll wait.

While I’m waiting, here’s the tablet I scratch-made in Photoshop:


Obviously, I need to finesse the gradient overlays better and sooner or later I will either have to give in and learn Illustrator for the sake of smoother edges on my shapes, or jack up the resolution to 600 dpi.

Now about that pretty picture I slid under the tablet screen …

The photographer is Brian Matiash and you can find this photo on his post to Google+, here.

I want to be absolutely clear: I do not own the photo and by posting an image of it here I am not claiming ownership. I just needed something pretty for the screen image and the green set off the greys and blacks so well. As the picture was labled “Shared Publicly” and it was part of the background slideshow on the Google Hangouts webpage, I thought I could use it as long as I gave credit and didn’t make any money off it. This blog of mine isn’t ad-driven or monetized in any way, so I think I’m in the clear.

Please go and look at Brian Matiash’s photos—they’re all mouthwateringly gorgeous! You can find his website, here.

Software: CS4
Resolution: 300 dpi
Screen Image: Photo Image by Brian Matiash