Yesterday was the first “significant” snowfall of the season here in Central Iowa. While not really all that much we did reach around 3 inches in the yard.
Anyway since it seems fitting I thought I would share the following video.
My thanks to Richard Wiseman for bringing it to my attention.
I’ve looked around for ideas to get my creative juices flowing and came across the “Genre Haiku Challenge” at Rob’s Surf Report. His first challenge was for Science Fiction based haiku, and while I missed the challenge deadline (it only ran for a few days) I decided to give it a shot.
From a dead planet.
A whisper “what do you want?”
The shadows spreading.
The final entries of the first challenge can be found here.
Rob’s December challenge is for Epic Fantasy, I think I will give it a try but my Epic Fantasy experience is mostly limited to Tolkien’s works.
Want to try your hand at it? Let me know if you do!
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Ok, so in the beginning of November I declared my non-participation in this year’s NaNoWriMo. To those out there who won Congratulations, for those who missed, good try!
November was a crazy month. Between the great new job, the holiday and family; it was constant chaos… but a great month!
So anyway, sorry for not sticking with it better. Things are settling down now and I’ve got several post ideas and projects for the site that you will be seeing in the next few days and weeks.
What’s been keeping you busy?
It is the first weekend of National Novel Writing Month, I had originally planned on giving it a go again this year. But with everything going on in my life it would just be one commitment too many this time.
As I mentioned previously, I am taking an online design class so that is one thing keeping me busy. Also I have just left my previous coding job of over twelve years and am taking a similar position with a different company in town.
I’ve got about a week of down time and I plan on getting some overdue work done around the house while taking it easy. Taking stock of where I am and being refreshed and ready to face the challenges when I start the new job.
How are things going for you? Going to tackle NaNo? Something else big in the works?
Last night was Beggars Night (our local trick or treat) and the evening was nice and misty. We were lucky enough to get a few hour break in the rain we had been getting all day.
The girls had a good time canvasing the neighborhood, then Sally and I took turns manning the candy bowl for the rest of the evening.
Anyway I was sitting out there waiting for some kids to come by with their costumes and bad jokes when I saw some movement in the yard to my right.
It was this little guy and three of his family.
I think he wants my candy.
Since I couldn’t see mom I decided it was time to call it a night.
How are you celebrating the holiday; dressing up, parties, handing out treats?
Back in early September I had a chance to attend our local TEDx event TEDxDesMoines.
During the sessions between speakers I had a chance to see a some cool technologies being demonstrated, including a 3D printer. I also got to try the Oculus Rift.
But the best demo I was able to do was try out Google Glass. It was really cool, but I had few problems with it.
- Without my glasses on the screen ended up very blurry.
- It seemed a bit laggy in reacting to touch actions
- The demo model had issues with the ambient noise in the hall.
I think the lag may have been related to the tether that was used to mirror the display on a projection screen. The second demo model didn’t have the mirror setup and seemed more responsive from what I gathered from other participants.
I had to leave the event a bit early but the talks I heard were really good.
You can check out the rest of the event talks at the YouTube playlist.
If you have the opportunity to attend one of these events take it!
Here is Jessica Wachter’s excellent talk.
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As part of my recent activities I’ve just started a design class on Coursera. I am taking the free, eight week class, Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society, taught by Karl T. Ulrich of the University of Pennsylvania.
Part of the class includes posting our homework assignments to a personal website for peer evaluations each week. I have set up a new WordPress blog for the classwork here.
Since the class only started today (last night) there isn’t anything here yet and I do not expect to post until probably Sunday.
So as the next eight weeks progress feel free to give it a look, I’ll update my ramblings if I have anything that feels especially worthy of sharing.