Friday, July 22, 2016

Blog: Favourite YouTube Videos (Volume 135)

In this volume of my favourite YouTube videos, we get invaded, get help and get dressed up.

  • First, on Tested, Adam Savage gets rid of a Zeebler and we get to look at Marty Cooper's animation.
  • Next, The Fruity Ukiladies get by with a little help from their friends.
  • Finally, Dodger walks through all the links between cosplay and theatre and argues that theatre and cosplay are two fields that should be going hand in hand.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog: Favourite YouTube Videos (Volume 134)

In this volume of my favourite YouTube videos, we think about sex, wander a mountain and then fly off into the sky.

  • First, from Sexplanations,  Dr. Lindsay Doe takes a look at how we figure out what sex we are.
  • Next, Kristina Horner and Eia Waltzer show off their "Frozen" cosplay on a frozen mountain.
  • Finally, Laura Shigihara lifts our spirits covering "Where No One Goes" from "How to Train Your Dragon 2".

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Project Update: July 2016

So the last few months have been a pretty busy time for me. I taught a full course for the first time (by which I mean a full-half course, because my University is funny) and it took over my life pretty heavily. Beyond that I still have a lot of things that need doing for my PhD and I'd like to get that wrapped up sooner rather than late.

Can't say for sure that I feel excited, but I certainly would like to get the PhD made.

Projects have definitely fallen aside (include the blog-as-blog), but given the other things I've had to do I'm not that disappointed. Even if it's now taken me a really long time to write a few hundred words.

I'm at a point now that I'm going to get some free time. The keyword being some. I have quite a bit of work to do on my PhD and I've accepted another teaching gig for the fall (which will need to be done without me grinding to a halt on my PhD).  So given that I have some free time I'd like to get back to getting something creative done.

I also seem to have a problem where in I don't work on a project because I "should" work on another project, but I can't, or don't want to, work on that project so in the end, I do nothing. I'd like to get a handle on that if I can. Previously this is why I tried to have a lot of projects "open,"  but it's basically the same problem I tried to address in January by cutting back on the number of projects I was working on at one time.

So I'm going to try to reorganize a little bit again. My thought now is that at the beginning of each month I'll make a list of things I'd like to work on and then each day I'm going to try to do "one creative thing" that might or might not have anything to do with what's on the list. Each week I'll post an update to see how things have gone and what I've worked on. And I'll still keep the project updates to look at projects over all.

The goal is to get things done without stressing myself out and to keep working on things even if it's only a little bit each day.

Here's to getting excited and making things.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Blog: Favourite YouTube Videos (Volume 133)

In this volume of my favourite YouTube videos, we get excited and watch Dodger build a table.

  • We've seen Dodger build a couple of things in the past, but this time she decided to go big and built a table out of a pallet and wood burned the logo from Monster Hunter Tri into top. 
  • The first video is focused on building the table top out of an old pallet.
  • Next they age steel pipe to make the legs out of.
  • Then it's time to burn the tabletop with the logo. (Over head projectors are your friends!)
  • Finally, It's time to build the table all together.