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Working on Video Content 0

Posted on June 14, 2014 by Keith

Space Painting - In Progress

It has been quiet here, as I work on getting some video content produced and plans laid out for the next six months. I had started a new clay project, but then decided that I wanted to use that as an opportunity to figure out my video setup. At the same time, some health-related needs took priority and so I fell way behind schedule and am just getting back up to speed now.

In addition to video content, I am also refreshing my skills with my suite of digital tools and tablet. I’m looking to incorporate digital projects into my overall workflows. I’m also assisting Alex and her friends with their gaming videos, which you can find under ‘Kamikaze Gamers’ on Youtube.

I am expecting to post the first video this week, then try to have a new video every Monday. I’m looking forward to gaining your feedback so I can improve the videos.

Have a great weekend!

On Art, Weight Loss, Books & Entertainment – VBlog 0

Posted on May 06, 2013 by Keith

Hey — I made it to a second week of Video Blogging! I really wasn’t certain that I would. Hopefully today’s VBlog is a bit tighter and less full of ‘ummmm’s. I filmed a quick take at the local park, but unless you like the vomit-inducing effect of ultra-shaky-cam, I realized I’d better re-record it! Today I thought I’d talk about a few things that are central to my daily life: art, weight loss, books and entertainment.

Sand Creek Park

At the park by my home.

When I restarted this blog last week, my weight was 418.4 pounds. Today I am at 415. Woo! It actually wasn’t too difficult for a few reasons. First, I pretty much stuck with eating pre-made, frozen Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers meals when it was just a meal for myself. Second, when it was a meal with the entire family, I stuck with good portion control. Finally, I forced myself to get some exercise by going for extended walks a couple of times during the week and taking the girls to the park yesterday for some baseball, kickball and more walking. I even made my personal kryptonite: cookies. Despite the temptation of fresh cookies, I was able to keep the willpower to eat just one. I also made a ‘tracking sheet’ to keep myself accountable. All of that added up to a respectable 3.4 pounds of weight loss. I look forward to continuing the momentum this week.

For the rest, see the video, but here are links to some of the things I discussed:

Crunchyroll – A streaming anime service where you can watch some anime for free on your PC or subscribe and stream it to media devices like the Playstation 3 in order to watch it on a TV.

Funimation – An importer and dubber of anime for many years, Funimation is also responsible for the HORRIBLE dubbing of Ultraman Tiga that was shown on TV many years ago. While I like to watch some of the free streaming anime, I’m not a fan of their dubs at all.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S – Along with ‘A Certain Magical Index,’ Railgun involves the super-science ‘Academy City’ where conflicts between magic and Esper-users occur. This series revolves around the ‘Sisters’ story arc from the light novels / manga. It and ‘Index’ are currently our favorite anime series.

Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos – A very random and energetic ‘harem’ anime involving human-looking personifications of elder deities from the Cthulhu mythos and the Earth teen they live with!

The Fletch Series of Books – Written by Gregory McDonald, the Fletch series of books are not comedy like the movie was. They are played straight, and are my favorite series of books. I highly recommend them for some light reading!

Shoujo Manga Techniques: Writing Stories – I bought this used for Alex, but read it myself as well. It’s a manga that talks about how to write manga! I wasn’t expecting much, but it’s actually quite useful and makes for an enjoyable read.

Comics Crash Course – I picked this up for all of six cents plus $3.99 shipping through a used seller on Amazon. Whiule it has the same ‘basic drawing skills’ that all these types of books seem to have, this one is nice because it speaks more to breaking down a sequence into panels, how to create dynamic layouts, how to use a scripts, and other non-drawing elements of creating a comic.

That’s it for this week’s VBlog post. Now I’m going to go try to relax on the deck and enjoy this beautiful day.  See you later!

Ready… Set… GO! 0

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Keith

Welcome to the revamp of Mindless Pursuits, my personal blog and playground. For those who remember this site from it’s days as a shop, or from it’s days as a geek blog, welcome back — this won’t be the site you remember. For those who are new — welcome aboard! I’m an individual with a number of different focuses in life, and I’m finding that I focus best and feel best when I blog about things. As a personal blog, this blog will be very self-centered and that’s just the reality of personal blogs as they’re about the lives and interests of the person writing them. In this case, it’s a blog pertaining to the interests and activities of an artist and software developer with two kids who is at the tail end of his second battle with cancer. So topics will vary widely from art to software to my kids to my health and to other areas like recipes, anime and gaming because all of those areas are of interest.

I’m also working on video blogging. I’m going to try to avoid a lot of overlap between the two, and use them to supplement each other. We’ll see how well that goes, but I look forward to trying it out. In the meantime, I hope those of you who check in find it interesting!

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