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Ursala K Twitter Bot

I don’t exactly remember the conversation or how the idea came up, I think we were talking about google translate in an infinite loops until the change between rounds is minimal, but a conversation happened at work, and that let me to creating Ursala K Bot. It’s a twitter bot that listens for a keyword, currently that keyword is Seattle, and then takes the text of the tweet and sends it through a series of translations using the Microsoft Azure Text Translation service....

Shut up and Write

Nanowrimo is over, and like thousands of other people, you didn’t hit the 50,000 word count this year, you didn’t hit it last year, or any other year that you attempted it. This may be your first time, or your last time because you are fed up. I am exactly the same way, but I managed to succeed this year. This year, when I started to contemplate Nanowrimo, I sat down and analyzed what went wrong every time before....

RSA: Learn to draw

I’m going to attempt to use the concept of “The First 20 Hours” to learn how to draw. I want to be able to sketch out product designs in a manner that industrial designers do when developing new products. This type of drawing has a very distinctive style that is used to communicate design intent as well as hinting at assembly. Right now, I’m starting the process of skill decomposition to determine what I need to learn in order to become proficient....

Why I'm ditching Moleskine for good

I discovered Moleskines about ten years ago, and I instantly fell in love with them. Previously, I had been stuck writing in composition books, and the Moleskine was a better size, had better paper, a bookmark and elastic band. Back then, they only had a few sizes, only a few paper types, and only a single color. They’ve come a long way since, and until late last year, I was still a die hard Moleskine fan....

Bigots happen in any community

I live in Seattle which is a pretty damn accepting place for all walks of life, and while we do have our occasionally bat-shit crazy moments, in general, I feel safe and welcome in Seattle anywhere I go. As an artist, when among the company of other artists in Seattle, I feel really safe. Maybe it’s the tendency to introspection or self-awareness, but I’ve never met a bigoted creative person....

A Minimalist New Year

I have too much stuff. I definitely recognize that I have too much stuff for the space that I live in, to be able to find what I actually use, and to be able to live a comfortable and simple life. That has to change. Sure sure, everyone has new years resolutions, and things that they decide they want to do, need to change, etc. This certainly is one of those posts, but I’m going to be rational about it....

Beginning Studio Photographer Gear

.essential { color: #E83D0C; } .nice { color: #BA0DFF; } Recently, my sister asked me for a list of gear that would be a good beginning studio photographer setup for yearbook pictures. Since I was putting together a list of her, I thought it would be good to make it a public list, in case other people are interested. I’m going to color code the list below with the following colors having the following meanings: essential, and Nice to have....

A wedding in Winthrop, a road trip

Four hours away from Seattle is a small, western-themed tourist town called Winthrop. It’s a quaint little place, if you turn off your cynicism for a moment. Everything is themed after the old west, and it lends itself to a laid back attitude and slow movement, and not just because of the heat. About ten miles from Winthrop, up a winding road, is Sun Mountain Lodge, a resort and spa. When we arrived, a wedding was being setup....