Updates and Month of Monsters

Dear Fuzzy Readers, How was your summer? Productive I hope. Despite the lack of posts lately, I have in fact, been busy. On artsy things even! I am currently working with fellow world-builder and brilliant writer, Andrew Jack, creating a Lovecraftian themed webcomic. We have around eight pages completed so far. Once we get a season’s worth finished, the site will be made public. Until then, nothing but teasers – teasers like this panel from the first comic. In other news, I’m still planning on boldly going forth with this year’s Month of Monsters project in October. I’ve even put together a little site for the whole endeavor. ALSO and most importantly, I’m opening up the site to anyone who wishes to join me in this project. The full monstrous details can be found over at the Official Month of Monsters website. I encourage you to participate! 23 in ’13 Project is still going, for me at least. However, I haven’t had a chance to color the next piece yet. Right now these are being pushed to the side with all the work I’m doing with the aforementioned webcomic. As you may have noticed, the website has gone though a bit of a redesign. I’m still not too keen on how it’s looking right now, so expect a few more changes before I quit messing with the colors and layout. I think that’s about it. What have you been up to this summer?

Clever Girl Fan Art

RAR! :)

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If you are unfamiliar with the musical wanderings of The Doubleclicks, I highly recommend you check them out and then buy all their things. The wee velociraptor’s words are from their song Clever Girl.

Also speaking of feathered dinosaurs, here are a few fun facts I discovered while researching our fluffy little raptor friend:

  • There is strong evidence that velociraptors had large feathers on their forearms.
  • Tyrannasaurs were probably fuzzy – at least, Yutyrannus huali was (that’s assuming Yutyrannus huali is indeed a member of the tyrannasaur family once all the scientific challenges have been settled).
  • The color of some dino feathers are known (sort of – there’s still research into the fossilization process of Melanosomes – the color indicating bits – and how much they deform).
  • More suspected colors – meet Sinosauropteryx.
  • Microraptors!

 

 

Science Games for Science!

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A couple weekends ago I participated in an educational science game design session consisting of a group of scientists and other creative individuals. To sum up, it was a huge success. Not only did I have a great time working with such a great group of people, but we created two fully functional games ready for beta testing. For a more extensive description of the weekend, I point you to Chris Miller’s post as he describes the weekend and the end products better than I could.

“This is what happens when you get a group of brilliant minds together to create board games. This was our Science Game Design weekend.” – Chris Miller

I’m looking forward to polishing up these games in the coming months and releasing them into the wild.

Vi Hart’s Twelve Tones

If anyone could give the question to the answer to life, the universe and everything, it’s Vi. In intertube standards this video is long at 30 minutes, but I assure you it’s well worth the time. This is a thing of beauty and intelligence. Also, “the harsh vacuum of space punctuated with giant balls of nuclear explosion times.”