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Make Crap Art

Make Crap Art

I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at a local Ignite event a couple of months ago. In our long tradition in advokating for showing off your ugly things, I spoke on one of my favourite subjects: the value of terrible art. The video is below. Enjoy. Two apologies: 1: It was movember. 2: You can’t see my slides in the video. »

Zero Gravity Day 2015

Zero Gravity Day 2015

The following twitter image has been making the rounds accompanied by what appear to be fully credulous reports. Most of the internet has already figured out that the very notion is absolute bullshit but it is amazing what a little Photoshop and a falsified press release can do. The stated explanation for the cessation of gravity is an alignment between Jupiter and Pluto, which would actually have... »

Design Diaries – Cthulu Hat Rack

Design Diaries – Cthulu Hat Rack

It’s been too long since I had a video to post, but this week, I finally filmed my hitting of things again. This is my first attempt at combining blacksmithing techniques into my work. This may seem confusing as most of my previous videos included hitting steel with a hammer, but allow me to clarify. Blacksmithing really does involve a burly man swinging a hammer at glowing hot metal on an a... »

Girls on Games Interview

Girls on Games Interview

I was recently interviewed by Girls On Games and, as far as I can tell, did not make a complete ass of myself. @Brianna_Melina was an utterly delightful interviewer and did a great job of not making me feel naked in front of the camera (I’m not wearing any pants) »

Logophile Tuesdays – Pronoun Problems

Logophile Tuesdays – Pronoun Problems

There has recently been another kerfuffle over the complexities involved with attempting to adapt the gender-binary nature of our language to a more inclusive format. In short, someone asserted that “they” shouldn’t be used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. Others disagreed. I fall somewhere in the middle on the linguistic debate. “They” can be and is used to refe... »

My Little Fiasco: Friendship is Tragic

My Little Fiasco: Friendship is Tragic

Why do I take joy in ruining beautiful things? For those who have somehow remained unexposed the the phenomenon, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a delightful cartoon about the lives and times of a group of magical ponies in a magical land full of magical adventures. For those not familiar with the finest products of indie tabletop role-playing games, Fiasco is one of the best. It creates on... »

Science for the People: Cities of the Future

Science for the People: Cities of the Future

Around here I am a maker of pretty things and a complainer about other things that aren’t pretty enough for my tastes. In another life, I am an engineering researcher and science teacher. At CONvergence this year, those worlds collided a bit and I had the privilege of joining Desiree Schell, Jamie Bernstein and Shawn Lawrence Otto to discuss the fantasies and realities of our future cities. ... »

Logophile Tuesdays: Portwomanteau

Logophile Tuesdays: Portwomanteau

Anne brought to my attention, this week, the use of an appalling portmanteau: “womenpreneurs.” This is unclear if this is a more grievous offence to women, or language. I would argue that it is a worse crime against the latter. Regarding women, it is simply adding gender to a term that was previously fairly gender-neutral and celebrating the long tradition of reminding ladies that prof... »

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