Yes, friends, it's time for me to lay on you some miscellaneous stuff that is probably not necessarily worthy of separate posts... This 'n That Time!
ITEM! So, I'm very, very close to the end of the Winter Quarter at South Puget Sound Community College. Of the three classes I'm taking, one of them (the online Word course) is done, one of them (Human Dimensions in the Office) will be done by this afternoon after I take the final, and the third (Intercultural Communications) still has some stuff I need to get done before I'm through with that.
By the way, Microsoft? Are you listening? Stop messing around with MS Word. All the changes you made in the 2007 edition just confuse the heck out of those of us who've been using Word for the past 20+ years. At least offer a version that's back to normal menu choices, okay? Just sayin'.
I have two things to finish for the IC class: The first is a final report on Japan, which is the culture I decided I wanted to study in this class; the second is a three-minute speech on how to effectively communicate with someone from Japan. I've been working on that final report on and off over the past few days, and probably won't get a chance to do anything on it today (Thursday) due to that aforementioned final as well as an appointment I'm taking my son Tristan to in the morning. Friday I haven't any classes, so I'm really hoping it'll be done by the end of that day, so I can relax over the weekend!
ITEM! Some of you may recall my mentioning that I work very far ahead on most of the features of this blog (aside from This 'n That, and the posts about Certifiably Geek Blogs, anyway). I am happy to be able to tell you that I've got all the posts pre-written and pre-scheduled through July, and I'm preparing to start on August next week! I think I'd already mentioned the Dog of the Geek feature will finally start this summer, but what I haven't mentioned is that come August, some other features may be starting! The first one will be "Retro-Reviews," in which I'll be reviewing old comics. Some of these may be reviewed from trade paperbacks, some from the actual old comics themselves, and some may be from the PDFs I'd downloaded from Wowio back when it was actually enjoyable to use.
When the Movie of the Week feature finally winds down (as in, I run out of movies I have enough material to use for that feature), that will be replaced by "Geek TV," in which I'll talk about various TV shows that I feel appeal to geeks. Some of these will be older shows, some will be newer shows. I'm working on the master list for that feature now, even though at the end of July the MotW will be in the P's, because I hate to wait until the last minute! If there's a TV show you feel is worthy of discussion for geeks, please feel free to let me know in the comments or email me about it at waffyjon at comcast dot net, okay?
Another feature that's actually going to be returning is Old Comics Ads! Some of you who've been reading the Random Acts of Geekery back when it started as Waffyjon's Random Thoughts may recall that I used to run a fair amount of those, but haven't in quite some time. I'm not sure if these will be returning in August or September, but it will return!
ITEM! Since I'm already getting ready to start on August posts, you can be sure that I'm already thinking ahead to the annual Countdown to Halloween! If all goes as planned (as in, I don't over-commit myself as it is), not only will I be presenting the rest of the monster cards I didn't get to last October, I'm hoping to have a brand-new, never-before-seen set of monster cards created by me that you could potentially print out on card stock and cut out for your personal enjoyment! I'm thinking the front of the cards will feature a scene from a monster movie with some kind of funny caption or word balloons, while the back identifies the movie it's from. I may well end up asking for help on this one -- perhaps once I decide which images I'm going to use, I'll start a "Monster Laughs" blog whereby each day I'll post one of the cards sans the funny and ask the blog readers to offer their ideas, and I'll pick the funniest ones to use for the monster set, and credit the author of the funny!
ITEM! Getting back to the present and the next holiday that I don't observe here in the blog, most of you are probably aware that a week from Sunday will be Easter, and this year I am once again in charge of our neighborhood's annual Easter Egg Hunt, to be held the day before! Last year we had a pretty decent turnout, and I'm hoping there'll be even more kids at this year's event. We had two age groups last time (designed so that my kids could be in the same group), and that'll happen again this year, but instead of just three boxes of plastic eggs filled with goodies for each group, I'm hoping there'll be four! Not only that, but in preparation for my son's birthday party in May, I'm going to practice my cake decorating by making a half-dozen or so Easter Egg Cakes using fondant and possibly modeling chocolate for the decorating! Should be fun!
ITEM! Speaking of my son's birthday, as I said, I'm planning on doing a special cake for him using fondant and modeling chocolate. If you haven't heard of either of those items, you must not be watching "Cake Boss" or "Ace of Cakes," both of which demonstrate those two items. Since we've been watching those shows here at Casa Knutson, I've become very interested in using them. Fondant, for the uninitiated, is kind of a very thick frosting that's almost like Play-Doh in consistency that you can roll out and place over a cake, molding it into place, so that you have a very smooth surface on the case. Modeling chocolate is pretty much what it sounds like -- a chocolate you can shape like clay. Tristan's asking me for a Superman cake this year (last year was dinosaurs), so I'm planning on making him a cake shaped like the S-shield, with a modeling chocolate Superman standing on top of it! Daughter Desi is already saying she wants her birthday cake in July to feature her new favorite TV show, "SuperWHY!" (a PBS program -- and I could've sworn she was going to stay devoted to "Dora the Explorer"!)
ITEM! No, I didn't go to the Emerald City Comic Con, for the second year in a row. Despite some of the success I've had bringing in a little extra money here and there in my various blogs, it just wasn't in the cards this time around. I'm hoping that I'll make it next year, though... and in the meantime, I hope to at least make it to November's Comic Show in Portland... and perhaps one of the Seattle Comic-Card Shows if I can remember to keep track of when they happen!
ITEM! Maybe, if you're lucky, I'll have my second video blog happening next week -- whether it's the long-promised video showing how I do my Give-A-Show Projector videos, or if it's something else entirely, I don't know right now!