Since it’s now approaching a year since I launched this blog, it’s time to play catch-up with what’s going on!
For those who don’t yet know, Natalie Joy (of A Year of Joy) and I have launched a sorta-semi-weekly podcast called Throw it Against the Wall. It’s a rollicking look at what’s going on in current events, nerd news and tech, food, and our creative projects. You can find the show on iTunes or at the feed, and soon on Zune. Be advised, there is some cursing in this show, though less than in my other podcast. Our episodes thus far:
1: In Their Own Way, in which superheroes land in jail, Fillion’s Fusterclucks are distractingly delicious, we shout out to Ottawa’s best Vietnamese restaurant, pick apart the iOS5 launch, and both NJ and Trevor fight off writer’s block.
2: All People Are Dinosaurs, in which we return to have a serious talk about serious news, check out Windows Phone’s Mango update, eat out of pure necessity, classify people the way dinosaurs are classified, and get back on the writing horse.
3: Craft Herpes, in which we argue the merits of Halloween, make math fun, chow down on candy, debate Joss Whedon’s upcoming Much Ado, and keep plugging on their play and movie.
4: Swimming With the Spishes, in which we take to the high seas to talk about seasteading, critique Kobo, talk about Tegra, introduce (and stuff their faces with) Sweet Pea Treats, and update everyone on their projects.
In other podcastery, Kevin and I continue to rock out on Bent. You can find streaming episodes at the website as well as on the feed and on iTunes. Similarly, coming soon on Zune. Bent is an arts and entertainment revue in which we talk about movies, games, and television, chat about the entertainment industry, and often various varieties of vicious animal. With rotating guests such as Sandy, Chris, Kelsey, Kevmoh, Leslei, and Marco, each bringing their own unique brand of nerdiness to the show, Bent is rarely the same twice. It is, however, ALWAYS fairly raunchy, so discretion is advised. Recent episodes:
September: Septembercast. Nerds are angry in this long-lost episode. With Netflix spiralling out of control, Facebook becoming THE destination for streaming music, and Lucas wanking his original trilogy onto Blu-Ray, Kev and Trevor attempt to find some sanity amidst the madness.
October: Silk and Velvet. A new guest joins the show to discuss Battlefield 3, Max Payne, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Blizzard: DOTA, and the Avengers trailer. Things go from bad to worse as Marco’s deranged commentary infects Bent. Can Kevin and Trevor survive?
I’m going to update the “About” section on the blog, but, in the meantime, check out my new about.me page! Correction: It is now updated to be less awful and now links to my about.me page.
I’m also updating the blogroll to reflect some peoples’ recent projects. My Bent homeboys, for example, Leslei’s new blog, NJ’s blog, etc. I do suggest checking them out, because they’re worthwhile.
Tron: Morphology is, for all intents and purposes, a dead project, but I’m still considering ways to bring it to life. It’s a cool bit of storytelling and there was a lot of (in my opinion) strong design and concept work happening. More on this as it develops, but don’t hold your breath.
There’s a WMPowerUser contest for which I will be adapting to video my last blog entry, Why Windows? I’m pretty excited for it. I’ll post it here when it’s done, this week or next. The competition is heating up, but I’m still hopeful.
In TIATW, I have alluded to a screenplay for a short film I’m working on, a post-apocalyptic allegory for capitalism gone awry. It’s clipping along, sort of, but there are more time-sensitive projects I’m after, such as
A play I’m developing and hoping to get some funding for, or at least get my name known a little via the application for said funding. It’s a comedy featuring the Tom Thompson mystery and my family in Algonquin Park in the 1950s. Then there’s the project it superceded, which is
my non-fiction book, a no-bullshit guide for college/university students who want to keep up their writing and develop as writers, packed with exercises and interviews so that there should, in theory, be something for everyone in there. I hope to try for some funding for this, too. But the play money comes first.
So there’s lots going on, as always, but I’m feeling pretty good about the quality of everything I’m working on, for the first time ever, I think. I’m proud of all of my current projects and that’s rare for me.
I need to bump up my undergrad grades in order to pursue an MEd and do some thesis work that I’ve had percolating for about six months, and I’m looking forward to starting that process as soon as I can, taking assorted classes to expand my repertoire.
I love being in a school again. I’m underemployed, as are many recently-graduated teachers in Ontario, but the work itself is awesome.
Things are pretty solid right now. I’m generally pleased. I’ve gotten better at managing stress, at managing my time. And I hope that we’ll see that contentedness and time management result in more and better work here in the spillway.
Paddle your own canoe, guys and gals.