A Multi-Genre Fan Outlet by a Multi-Genre Fan Geek

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Geek Chic in Music City – PodCamp Nashville

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Geeks. Hundreds of geeks. Little glowing apples littered the landscape, and plaid loafers were all but required. I’m beginning to really enjoy these gatherings of the Greater Nashville Geeks. This is my second “unconference,” each lending something special to take away. Everyone enjoys panels and seminars in a different way, with a variety of deliveries really speaking to them. For me, it’s content-heavy, tutorial lectures that really strikes my fancy. I want to see pages of code, demos of active media editing and any other true “meat and potatoes” that the speaker can bring to the table. Because of that, a couple panels that I was fortunate enough to catch really stood out.

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The Ultimate WordPress Experience by Mitch Canter. Mitch Canter - Studio NashvegasThis was the first mini-seminar that I caught during PodCamp Nashville 2011, and it kicked the party off with a bang. It was exactly what I wanted. I came to PCN11 looking for ways to improve the look, feel and design of my personal site. I came to PCN11 looking for heavy, beginner-to-expert content. I came to PCN11 looking to find the pulse on designers around to community. Mitch delivered. Mitch was a great speaker with an equally engaging subject, and he really covered all of the bases from how to begin, what’s new and trending now and how to implement all of it. As an added bonus, he openly welcomed all who would come to pick his brain at the event, or later through a plethora of social outlets. To be honest, you would have to truly put effort into avoiding Mr. Canter’s help with all of the ways he made it clear he was available and how to reach out. After being privileged to learn from Mitch during PCN11, I cannot wait to catch every event he hosts going forward!

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Jake Jorgovan - Rabbit Hole CreativeThere’s something to be said for someone who can field every single question thrown at him or her. During his presentation on How to Effectively Utilize YouTube, Jake Jorgovan flaunted this skill. A lot of presenters are good at what they do. A lot are good at public speaking. However, not many are flawless in their subject matter. Jake really seemed impossible to stump when asked everything from YouTube Terms of Use questions to how to substitute in auto-fill music using the new YouTube editor, and even a curve-ball about the pros and cons of Vimeo versus YouTube. I also saw more than one technological guffaw during PCN11, not many of which could really be blamed on the presenter. Jake’s presentation fell victim as well, suffering from trying to siphon bandwidth off of the over-tasked wireless network attempting to host every smartphone, tablet, laptop and portable gaming device in the 37201 ZIP code. But in life, as in panels, it’s not how far you fall but how high you bounce back up. Jake shrugged off the missed opportunity to show a video demonstration he had prepared and took the session to a Q&A segment. Not only is this gutsy with such a knowledgeable crowd, but he had quite a lot of sand left in the top-half of the hourglass. Nonetheless, he finished with one of my favourite panels of the event. Kudos to Jake for great preparation, and great resolve despite the misfortune.

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All around, PCN11 was a great experience. You can expect an overhaul on the good ol’ site (read as: you can expect this blog to become a site that also happens to have a blog, along with other content!) If you’d like to expand your knowledge as well, you can find Mitch Canter on Twitter as @studionashvegas or on his business website: Studio Nashvegas. You can also find Jake Jorgovan on Twitter as @JakeJorgovan or on his business website: Rabbit Hole Creative. PodCamp Nashville also has their own spiffy website. Check it out for examples of sessions you may see in the future if you decide to attend, and make sure to check out the sponsors’ pages so they can keep it free in the future! Lastly, a special thanks to my partner-in-crime during the day of solid geekery: Kasey Lawrence. Kasey can be stalked on Twitter through @pumilio and you can get his impressions of PCN11 through his blog: OpenKase. Thanks for the read, everyone! Remember to comment, like, share and subscribe! Cheers!

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Sketchy Sketch Sketch and a Third-Person Rig!

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Greetings! It’s been a while but with good reason. With the holidays, I’ve been a bit all over the place. One thing that’s been taking quite a bit of mine time happens to be the Genius MousePen 8×6 that I mentioned before! It’s definitely been a learning experience, but I love it. I’m trying to get used to the software I’m using to draw in, as well as the learning curve for the peripheral itself. That being said, the MousePen has been really easy to get acquainted with. I really couldn’t have ask for a more fun, special gift.

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CR-48? Sadly, I have not received one. I’m pretty much ready to say this opportunity is in others’ hands. If you’ve been lucky enough to be selected for Google’s dabble in netbook OS with ChromeOS, let me know what you think! Wired gave CR-48 a “5” rating, which means it is “recommended with reservations” according to their quick rubric o’ratings. (Full article from them in the link.)

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A friend of mine and his co-workers/fellow-grad-students have gotten on a Do-It-Yourself kick lately. Namely, they’ve worked very hard on a few submissions to a website called Instructables, which aims to provide users step-by-step guides on how to make interesting, useful or otherwise weird projects come to life. Two of the projects include making your own steampunk-esque potion bottles as well as making a legitimate, functioning third-person view rig! The latter has actually gotten some fairly heavy steam on the intertubes, hitting Gizmodo, Engadget and several other popular tech blogs and sites! (Not to mention my friend’s YouTube channel blowing up so rapidly that he is now receiving emails from YouTube asking him to setup AdSense and put adverts across the channel for profit!) I’ve included links to fly you all around regarding those projects, but keep in mind that they’ve submitted these for a reason! Instructables has a contest (sponsored by Craftsman) going on. Voting is over, however I’m sure they would love some positive comment love! Registering to comment on Instructables is easy and free, so give those guys some feedback! They worked pretty hard on those how-to guides. Also, if you decide to check out the Gizmodo/Engadget posts, keep in mind that the video featured on those blog posts was chosen by the author of those particular sites. That being said, they picked essentially the most boring videos of the lot. If you want to see how the third-person feed actually looks, check out the YouTube channel link or the Instructables site link. Enjoy!

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Ready to get a chuckle? Here’s a sketch I worked on earlier while I was truly showing off my nerd-dom. (I was watching a web comic artist that I’m a fan of broadcast a live D&D session he was in while I had Fellowship of the Ring on the TV as ambiance. Yeah. Geek cred.) Mainly, I was trying to get down the concept of sketching on one layer, then moving to a solid outline layer and then moving to a colour layer. Of course, there are more than just those three, but that was the drive behind the project originally. Feedback is always welcome, but I’m mainly just kicking around my new toy and figured I’d post something from it! 😀 Anyway, nice to post again after mini-vacation! Feel free to “Like,” comment and share!

...why is he so off-center low?

Cheers!


CR-48 Status: Shipping…?

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Want to be able to track your CR-48 shipment? I was recently messing around in my WordPress dashboard, and I noticed that statistically “check status cr-48” was getting the most hits for my blog and was leading people to my “CR-48 Status: Pending Approval” post! (To those that don’t know, CR-48 is the project codename for Google’s beta ChromeOS netbook.) It was pretty interesting to search the Mighty Goog and see my little space there, but then I realized something. I’m letting people down! Someone out there is trying to find their CR-48 laptop status, they’re finding my blog and they’re being disappointed when it doesn’t lead them the right way! Well, not anymore! If you want to track CR-48 shipments, you’re in luck! Although Google wants their selections to be a surprise, there was a nifty web-app created by and hosted by Addicted-Gamer. You can find the web-app here. It’s pretty simple to search, only really requiring the ZIP code input. This will not give information such as the recipient’s name, address or anything that would definitely pin-point you as a selected tester. However, it will give you an idea of whether or not Big G has sent any ChromeOS deliciousness to your hometown. It also gives the shipping date and estimated arrival! So, go and seek out answers, fellow Chrome-thusiasts. Good luck to you!

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I’m excited. I checked my ZIP code, and where there was previously only one return previously, there are now two! On top of that, one of the shipping dates was when I applied as an individual! AND, I live in a city with a fairly low populous, so I’d hope my chances are fairly favourable! I had the chance to play around with a friend’s CR-48 that he recently received, and it was great! Essentially, it was a netbook with a permanent Chrome browser launched, but I was pretty impressed with the hardware. On and off really quickly. Very responsive trackpad. Decent webcam. I’ll give more details if I get one to tote around for myself!

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Are you a geek? A gamer? A trendy kid who knows nerdwear is in? Then you’ve probably seen Busted Tees, Teefury, Threadless and other such geek chic clothing web stores. As I was browsing Busted Tees, I was hit with some awesome nostalgia. The “Make It Rain” tee on Busted Tees is a reference to Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (more specifically, the Song of Storms located therein.) Very, very awesome shirt, and I hope you guys like it, too! Those sites can provide some quick, cheap holiday gifts. On top of that, Amazon is giving Prime shipping away to students! Prime shipping is Amazon’s preferred, 2-day shipping method. Not all items are Prime-eligible, but if you have a .edu email address and want to save your pretty pennies, go sign up!

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Today’s a weird, mostly eclectic day for music. It’s also a day of many graduation ceremonies nationwide. I have a few friends who grabbed their diploma today, and I wanted to wish a huge congratulations to them. Good luck in the future, guys! Make it an even better graduation day by going and seeing TRON: Legacy! Later, everyone.