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Hogwarts is Here

April 21, 2014
2:27 AM

So, you may have already seen this site pop up somewhere on your social newsfeed, or maybe you’re only just hearing about it here for the first time, but the gist of it is this: Hogwarts is Here is basically an online version of Hogwarts. It’s structured like any other online classes you may have taken, complete with weekly lessons, reading assignments (with books provided), and essays/quizzes/research assignments. Which are GRADED.

Now, you might find this ridiculous, and that’s because on the surface, it is. But there’s a little more to it than that… it is, for all intents and purposes, just another MMO. Only this time, instead of running out into a fake dungeon and killing fake creatures for fake loot, you’re taking fake classes and reading fake textbooks for fake grades. But the reason it appeals to me is that I’ve always been big on lore – I spent HOURS reading the history of Azeroth back when I played WoW, and I read all the supplemental books and information for Myst that I could get my hands on. And really, magic systems are a lot of fun to deconstruct – the system used in the Dresden Files strikes me as particularly nifty, and the Harry Potter magic system, while simplistic, lends itself really well to a “game” like this. The supplemental reading assignments are kind of fun in the way they’re presented (with a little bit of made up wizarding history), and the essays are a chance to get a little creative writing done.

And at the end of the day, you’re earning points for your house, and nothing makes something fun like a little friendly competition, eh? Granted, they’re going through some growing pains at the moment while they deal with the influx of traffic they’ve gotten, and they’re currently doing some maintenance on the assignments section, so you can’t hand in any homework yet… but still.

In any case, if this sounds like your particular brand of insanity, look me up and give me an add – I’m easy to find, since I just use my real name wherever I go. :) And have fun, folks!

That whole “work on comics over the weekend” thing?

February 24, 2014
11:55 PM

Yeah, that didn’t work out, so much. Turns out, I had a lot of crap to do to get ready for this whole trip thing. I am positively wiped.

But fear not! I shall return from my equatorial excursion rarin’ to go, (mostly because the conclusion of this trip takes SO MUCH off my plate, it’s unreal.) and I can finally take the current story thread where I want it to go. I am so simultaneously jazzed and freaked out about this whole thing, it’s all that seems to be occupying my brain. Wish me luck, folks! I fly out EARLY Wednesday morning. Eeep!

Just a little check-in

February 21, 2014
12:39 AM

Hi Guys! Now, I know many of you say “explanations of why a comic didn’t go up aren’t necessary… just do what you can do”, but when you’ve missed as many as I have lately, I think a LITTLE bit of explanation is in order.

The short version: My day job is poking into my fun job just a little bit… but that should change shortly. The long version…. well, as I MAY have mentioned in the past, I actually work from home, but I do the same stuff I used to do when I went to work in the office: I do a combination of web design and LEED (it’s a green building certification) training and consulting. I know, seems like a weird combo… I started off just doing the web design, and learning (then teaching) LEED grew out of necessity. I have almost ZERO background in this kind of stuff, but since 2009, I’ve been dealing with it on a daily basis, so I’m actually pretty well versed in it. So well versed, in fact, that I’ve started branching out even FURTHER – Tomorrow, I go in to take an all-day QSD (Qualified SWPPP Developer) class so I can develop Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for construction sites. I KNOW, SUPER FASCINATING, RIGHT?

And then, as if that’s not enough, next week I’m actually flying out to Guatemala for a few days to teach a course on the LEED Green Associate accreditation. It’s a pretty neat opportunity, since I’ve actually never been ANYWHERE south of the border before, (Only ever been to Canada, England and France) so it should be a neat experience. And I know the material like the back of my hand, so that’s pretty neat. Don’t know a word of Spanish, but apparently everyone involved speaks English, so WHEW.

Long story short… I’ve had to kind of run myself ragged this week, and next week isn’t looking TOO much different. Basically, if I can get some comics done, AWESOME. I’m going to TRY and see how things roll this weekend, because maybe I can knock a few out and get them in the hopper so I don’t have an ENTIRE WEEK of no comics next week. But thankfully, after next week goes by, my work routine will settle back into its usual rhythm, and I can more reliably crank out a comic each night. And really, I’d love to do one TONIGHT, but it’s 12:34 in the morning, and I need to be up by 5:30 to get to the class on time. I just can’t move that mountain, folks.

There is something I want to make VERY clear, though: While I may miss more comics than my share, lately (the one downside of a toddler is that some nights I’m just SUPER wiped), don’t be fooled into thinking I’ve somehow lost interest in the comic, or plan to quit. Because let me tell you this: That ain’t NEVER happenin’. I have plans to do Real Life up until the day I drop dead (which is seeming more and more likely, these days!) or until humanity uploads itself into the singularity and we no longer have the need for such mundane pursuits. Life may sometimes get in the way of Real Life… but the latter will always be here. ‘Night, folks!

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