Nablopomo – Day 5 – Time to play

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

We can’t be working all the time, right? I believe in a healthy balance of work / life with a splash of mental entertainment and stimulation. I believe Jack said it best:

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Jack Torrence – The Shining (1980)

On that note, I’d like to highlight some of the things that the family and I do to keep up the inspiration, energy levels and sanity.

Exercise
At least 3 times per week. Usually a mixture of different types of yoga, cardio and toning. Participants: Dad, Mom, Junior.
Kitchen dancing
This is a regular occurrence in the household. It really doesn’t matter what type of music is playing, as long as it’s got a good beat. Last song we danced to was Olivia Newton John’s Xanadu. Participants: Dad, Mom, Junior.
Monopoly
Yes, the classic board game that teaches the family how to be cutthroat at business. To add a dash of non-realism, I put money in the middle when landing on Free Parking. Participants: Initially it’s Dad, Mom, Junior. Dad and Junior then gang up on Mom. Mom goes bust. Dad lets Junior win (for now).
Lego
Don’t underestimate the entertainment value of playing with lego. I find that this brings me more design ideas than anything else, except when Junior tells me I’ve “built it wrong”. Participants: Dad, Mom, Junior.
The Vancouver Canucks
A devoted superfan since 1982. We’re like the Chicago Cubs of Hockey! Participants: Dad during regular and post-season. Mom and Junior during the post-season only.
Team Fortress 2
It goes to show that you don’t need the most intense graphics to have a good time. I really like the teamwork and general comradery. Personally, I’m not too keen on the hats and trading. However, it does make for an interesting human behaviour study. You’d be surprised how people are about their in-game hats! A definite time vampire! Participants: Dad, once Junior goes to bed. Mom then wonders who I’m swearing at.
Angry Birds
Throwing birds at pigs with a dash of secret golden egg levels. Enough said. Participants: Dad, Mom, Junior.
Crush the Castle 2
Sometimes I just like to chuck virtual rocks, bombs and fire at castle walls. Participants: Dad.
Pitchfork / Fat Wreck Chords
An ample supply of fresh tunes that you probably wouldn’t hear on any top 40 radio station. Participants: Dad.
Reading
I admit that this my most neglected leisure activity. When I do pick up a book, it’s usually Isaac Asimov or J. R. R. Tolkien. Participants: Mom, Junior, Sometimes Dad.

The important thing is to factor in some sort of leisure time. Life’s busy enough. Don’t let the grind rule your life!

Nablopomo – Day 4 – Cooks Source Magazine

With all of the uproar today with Cooks Source Magazine and their handling of the Copyright infringement of an author’s work, I would like to highlight my 4 lessons of providing good PR when it comes to reusing content and / or messing up on the web

With all of the uproar today with Cooks Source Magazine and their handling of the Copyright infringement of an author’s work, I would like to highlight my 4 lessons of providing good PR when it comes to reusing content and / or messing up on the web:

  1. Plan to get permission from the original author of any content you wish to reuse.
  2. If you didn’t do this, then quickly and publicly admit what was done wrong.
  3. Quickly and publicly remedy this situation.
  4. Don’t tick the web off. It’s like poking a bunch of angry bears with sticks.

But seriously, try to remember that we’re all human and we all make mistakes. Having an “angry mob” coming at this organization and the individual in question is probably not going to help the situation.

Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail and things will be rectified soon.

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National Blog Posting Month – Day 3

It’s Day 3 of NaBloPoMo. Let’s talk about things related to 3. Specifically, Threebrain and my first inspiration for creating flash animation.

Three

Many Internet years ago, I was introduced to craziness of Threebrain.

It all started with their first hit Weeeeeeeee! (NOTE: Slightly NSFW), which can only be described as a “wonderful catchy nonsensical mishmash of music and imagery”. From there, I also discovered the magic of ABCs for Kids.

It was these movies that inspired me to come up with my own flash series: Punctunation.

Even though my days of making animation are now a distant memory, I still find my self saying “weeeee” for no reason and wondering of punctuation marks have feelings.

There’s Day 3 of NaBloPoMo. Still with me? It only gets better from here!

National Blog Posting Month – Day 2

It’s Day 2 of NaBloPoMo. Let’s talk about all things related to 2.

Two

  • Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock release “It Takes Two“. Whoo! Yeah! (That’ll be in your head all day. You’re welcome.)
  • The WCAG is currently at version 2.0
  • “Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang” was one of more influential stories of my childhood.
  • Helium has an atomic number of 2. It’s also great for making you sound like an elf.
  • I really love playing Team Fortress 2.
  • Most importantly, November 2nd is also the day to vote. If you’re American, please get out and have your say.

There you have Day 2 of NaBloPoMo. Brought to you by the number 2.

National Blog Posting Month

To celebrate the fact that I’m trying to be more open and transparent with you fine folks, I’ll officially accept the National Blog Posting Month challenge. (Thanks Ritchie!)

To celebrate the fact that I’m trying to be more open and transparent with you fine folks, I’ll officially accept the National Blog Posting Month challenge. (Thanks Ritchie!)

All I can hope is that I don’t end up rambling like an idiot by Day 12.

So, I figured that the best way to do this is to relate each post to the number of the month.

One

  • One is the loneliest number.
  • I like to be number one in everything I do.
  • Without 1, binary is nothing.
  • I’m number 1! (And if you could see which finger I’m holding up right now, you’d get what I’m talking about!)
  • My IQ has a 1 in it. Yay!

Good enough to start. Whether I make it the full 30 days remains to be seen. For now, it’s my number 1 priority!