November

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    John Troutman, Alina Pete, Marie D McNeill, Ryan Smith, and Patrick Race
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August

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    What's the next book ecosystem?

    I've been giving Seth's latest post a great deal of thought today. Give it a read, I think it's a really excellent meditation on the current state of affairs in the world of physical printed media:

    http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2013/08/an-end-of-books.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Fsethsmainblog+%28Seth%27s+Blog%29

    I'm a book person. I create them, I collect them, but even I'm preparing for a shift. For most books and publications, I will seek out the electronic edition. 

    I definitely miss reading, but I think I miss the freedom that I used to have to just curl up for hours with a book than the books themselves. I still take my e-reader on trains and vacations, but my daily life is packed. 

    So if we define "books" as a "self-contained collection of ideas on a topic" - what will that revolve around? My best guess right now is that it will be driven by fandoms and online discussions. I'm reminded of my friend +Jonathon Dalton who recently told me about how he started reading Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and managed to spoil himself by looking up a related hashtag. It's so easy now to self-assemble around an author, genre, or series. 

    That's my best guess, but who knows. I know books as collections are here to stay, and books as objects of art will be around for a long time. I'm excited to watch this evolve. 
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    If IKEA can pull this off it would be sooo coooolll....

    http://inhabitat.com/ikeas-augmented-reality-2014-catalog-lets-you-preview-products-in-your-apartment/

    Use Augmented Reality to preview IKEA things in your own apartment- They seem to be using the Ikea catalogue itself as a method to locate and scale the furniture... really clever!
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    A really interesting piece on 'Internet Friendships' from the Mary Sue http://www.themarysue.com/on-internet-friends-and-in-person-friends-or-as-they-are-more-commonly-known-friends/

    The internet has allowed me to connect with people all over the world, except that it has been through my art rather than a game. Artistic skill is fairly common, but not common enough that it's easy to find others in your local community. I've built some amazing friendships that started only as a tweet or a comment. I agree that it is a different type of friendship but I definitely consider them "true friends" and I'm very grateful for them. 
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    New Mind Management post: on Finishing Things
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    This is really interesting, not only because it's an interesting product but because when I first saw it I didn't realize that they were "sidestepping" Kickstarter. Very interesting that when you go to their site they show a public total, % of goal and number of backers. 

    "DIY Kickstarter" is not too hard if you have good web-dev skills, you already have a good self-promotional network, and you're reasonably confident that you can move your minimum. What I'm wondering is how they managed to get around the pesky legality issues around paying for preorders, and what they had planned in case their goal wasn't met?

    One of the more interesting ways to use Kickstarter, in my opinion, is for the "let's hit the baseline and then make the product better" model. I think the best examples of that model are the kickstarters for Benign Kingdom, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/benignkingdom/benign-kingdom-fall-2012, Skin Deep http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/963152868/skin-deep-exchanges-the-secret-lives-of-monster-pe?ref=live, and Bite Me Reprint http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dmeconis/the-dylan-meconis-library-2012?ref=live

    I like that they go beyond the standard pre-order mechanism and use the platform as an opportunity to build an even more amazing product. I'd love to see that done outside KS, but pouring that kind of money into a "random" site requires even more trust than KS. What happens if this project fails? I wonder...

    It's really fascinating watching this whole crowdsourcing thing shake itself out and normalize, exciting times. 
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September

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    New post on Mind Management, for those who may be interested in such things :) I said we were going back to basics... This post is about as basic as it gets!
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    Hey! Uh, Did you know that I've been maintaining a blog about time management for THREE YEARS NOW ALREADY? H-how is this possible. 

    http://www.angelamay.ca/index.php/index/

    Anyway it's called "Mind Management" and I just finished making a new index so it's easier to find the foundation posts, and I'm gonna start a series that reviews the "foundation" tactics and how they've changed over the last few years so this is a good time for new people to jump on.

    SO IF YOU'VE EVER WONDERED how I could possibly work a full time engineering job and maintain a regularly updating webcomic of modest repute - this is the blog to follow.  I post tactics, time management tricks, mind hacks, and pep talks. Mostly. 

    Wait-What?? Why on EARTH do you have a blog about time managment??
    Because it was the only thing I could do that was nerdier than a webcomic about engineering.

    I kid, I made the blog for a variety of reasons:

    - I was interested in blogging as a thing and I wanted to make a blog to try out some of the techniques I was reading about. I saw some blogs and thought "Hey! I could probably do that, that looks like fun." Incidentally this is not so different from how I got into webcomics :P

    - I get asked fairly frequently how I manage to balance all this nonsense I've gotten into online with a Real Life and such. I never had an easy answer because what I do is pretty complicated, so I started the blog to explain it. So now when I get asked I can go "Here! Look. Read this if you want to know. It's.... it's really long, sorry about that. Good luck!"

    - I used to write these long rambly rants when I was sad (ah, Livejournal) and I've found it more productive to give myself a pep talk instead. I like explaining stuff and I think this might help someone! Maybe. 

    - I'm...... kind of obsessed with time management and lifehacks. 

    - I really like typing. I type fast.

    How have you been doing this for three years and this is the first I've heard of it.

    Yeah, uh, here's the thing: I never know who to tell when I've updated! My twitter is very comic focused and comedic, so the Mind Management posts always seemed out of place. Same with tumblr. I didn't want to mix it up with Wasted Talent, people go there for sillyness. Mind Management isn't very silly. Google plus might work ok, we might be able to try that out.

    Also it took awhile before I found my "voice" over there, I think I have an ok voice to use now. It's more casual than what I started with (I wanted it to be more professional but it really wasn't working out.)

    What else do I need to know?

    I don't have an update schedule right now, but I post regularly. In 3 years I've made 91 posts so that's about a post every other week. Mostly I just post when there's something I want to talk about and I let it go when things get crazy in other areas (work, conventions, books, etc.) But I promise it won't die! Use RSS, RSS is your friend.

    You're crazy.

    #SIGH......... yeah. I know.

    ANYWAY, if that interests you, check it out.

    ... otherwise, carry on
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    Photos from yesterday's hike - BCMC up Grouse and Goat Mountain Peak (had to re-upload because the G+ app was being a pill yesterday >:/)
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August

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    *New on Zen Habits* Happiness is Uncovering What You Already Have.
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    Whoa, guys, remember when NASA put a ROBOT on MARS??
    That was pretty awesome. 
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    Ohhh, read comics in public day is tomorrow!
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    This is excellent. It's so easy to find books to read NOW and I'm so excited for it to become even easier in the future. Of course, some books are just narrowly missing the direct-to-ebook trend, and I'm very grateful for these Brooklynites for preserving them! :D

    "In print" should be thought of as the writer's equivalent to the "no generics" timeperiod applied to prescription drugs. They help the creator recoup the cost of producing it, and then it becomes much, much easier to obtain. Huzzah!
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    Whoa!
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    Fiiinallyyyyyy, just last winter I was wanting to buy one of these for Trevor as a birthday gift. 
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    Fantastic article about fear and anxiety
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July

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    "Brandalism" - the act of subverting fiercely defended brands. This is really interesting! We went through a similar thing in Vancouver when the Olympics were in town - the use of the rings and anything with "Olympic" in it was fiercely defended. They almost closed down "Olympia Pizza" on Denman st., which had been open for over twenty years (http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=657daec0-134e-4edf-90c3-ac57565c478b). You could be arrested for displaying a sign that VANOC didn't want to be viewed in public.

    But this method of using fiercely-copyrighted characters, and modifying existing signage is an interesting form of protest. It reminds me a lot of what KC Green is doing with his off-model Garfs and Shreks, but I'm not sure that's explicitly an act of protest. This also echoes a bit of what happened in the seventies in the alt-comix scene with off-model Mickey Mouses. (drat, I can't find a link for that last bit... I saw it in some documentary).
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    Rule 63 is my favourite rule, I'm not gonna lie
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    Rule 63 is my favourite rule, I'm not gonna lie
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    Haha... this is definitely me. I need to know RIGHT NOW and if I can't find the answer it just drives me nuts for the rest of the day 0_o 
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    PART 2 due to crashdom - Join me and the creators of Dresden Codak and Nedroid for a live Q&A! #comfycon
    ComfyCon Vengeance Panel
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    Join me and the creators of Dresden Codak and Nedroid for a live Q&A! #comfycon
    Comfycon Vengeance Parade
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    Grouse mountain - BCMC trail
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    Angela Melick hung out with 1 person. #hangoutsonair
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    Angela Melick is hanging out with 1 person right now in a live Hangout On Air! #hangoutsonair
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    ComfyCon Day 3 continues at 3pm ET with myself, Howard Taylor of Schlock Mercenary and Bill Barnes of Unshelved & Not Invented Here: ComfyCon Day 3: Beards Gone Wild
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    We tried a google live event for the first time last night. It's perfect to collect photos... where people get progressively drunker and the photos get progressively more blurry and abstract :p
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    Angela Melick hung out with 1 person. #hangoutsonair
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    ComfyCon 2012 is happening!

    So as you might have noticed, everyone in the world is at San Diego Comic Con right now! Well, actually not quite everyone. For various reasons some of us are not at Comic Con but we've decided that we should have some fun, too. So we're doing con-like things for the internet :) Panels! Hangouts! Art sales! All online from our various corners of North America.

    Here’s my tentative schedule:

    Thursday night LATE (9-10 pm PST): I'll be loitering around the internet, possibly stream-bombing (ew that actually sounds kinda gross). 
    Friday night VERY LATE (midnight PST++): POSSIBLE late night hangouts?? I'm having some comicker friends over, but WHO KNOWS what I'll decide to do after or what state I'll be in *_* 
    Saturday evening (after dinner PST): Streaming the next comic. Either Ustream or G+ hangouts, who knows
    Sunday: Maybe I'll do a breakfast panel! I'll probably also do another late night thing. Depends on the weather, there might be some daytime sunmadness involved. 

    Comfycon is supposed to be very chill and spontaneous, so the best thing to do if you want to participate is CHECK TWITTER and follow the #comfycon hastag.

    Psst! Did you know you can use webcomictweets to do this? :) http://webcomictweets.com/hash/comfycon

    Danielle says these things that I just copied due to laziness:
    "Also, there is a strict zero pants rule, and that goes for anyone who, in spirit, is attending ComfyCon. Dress accordingly."

    Here are the others you should follow!

    Aaron Diaz (Dresden Codak) +Aaron Diaz 
    Anthony Clark (Nedroid) +Anthony Clark 
    Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots) +Danielle Corsetto 
    Bill Barnes (Unshelved, Not Invented Here) +Bill Barnes 
    Howard Taylor (Schlock Mercenary) +Howard Tayler 
    Randy Milholland (Something Positive) +r.k. milholland 

    And note that I'll probably be doing things from my personal G+: +Angela Melick 

    Click here for more linky goodness:
    http://www.wastedtalent.ca/blog/jam/comfycon-2012-happening
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    This is an insane roundup of all the Sci Fi shows shot in Vancouver. Crazypants!

    PS ARE YOU GUYS WATCHING CONTINUUM? Let's all watch Continuum, ok! It's the first time Vancouver doesn't have to pretend to be somewhere else :) I just got caught up over the weekend and it's a fun show. http://continuumtheseries.com/
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    Yesterday Lucky & I climbed The Chief (a big rock in Squamish). Here are some photos of trees and rocks that I took :)
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    I... I love the internet
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    Trevor took some video of me riding (downhill mountain biking) this past weekend! I ride very cautiously because I'm terrified of everything but I am much better than I was a few years ago :D

    If you'd like to watch someone who actually doesn't suck at riding you should watch Trevor's own video :) : Trevor Biking Canada Day Weekend
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    Lots of handy stuff in here for my fellow Plusmanauts :)
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June

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    "Passageway for Trains and Lovers and also Lovers who get Hit by Trains"
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    This is so cool! But if I had this in my house I would never, ever sleep ever again. I already see faces in things when they aren't there, hiding them in stuff intentionally.... _
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    Today instead of going home after work I went to Lynn Canyon. This was a good decision.
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    Cell phone nesting dolls.... so cute! 
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