Thursday, 15 May 2014
So will this mean more updates on the blog??? Possibly but I can’t promise anything at this time because life still is incredibly busy, and sadly things like this blog and my podcast have been put on the backburner whilst I’m plowing through various other things, mostly my duties as Media Co-ordinator for Perth’s Allied Costumers. I sadly can’t go into too much detail, mostly due to being sworn to secrecy on some potentially really awesome stuff, but if we can pull these things off it’ll be incredible and I’ll try and get on it here as soon as possible.
I must admit this has been a little disheartening, especially as I’d like to make a go of some of these things and hopefully use them to further my own personal goals. It’s not a complaint mind, compared to years past this has been some of the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done and I can’t say I’d change that for the world, but I must admit the only downside is that I’m constantly worried about money, more specifically for little I’ve got, how little I get (and about to go down, fuck you Abbott), and how much goes into things I do. I’ve been saying for a year or so now that I really need to get paid for what I’m doing, because most of the time I work more than I would if I had a 9-5 job and I don’t get any breaks, no weekends, and no holidays.
Anyway enough of being a downer, I’m trying to be more positive and dammit I’m going to try as much as possible. Hopefully after Supanova and all the associated issues and stresses that come along with it, I’ll be able to start on some of my own personal projects, so more to come.
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Sorry it's been a while since I last posted but life had been incredibly busy, especially with Con season pretty much coming to a close with this weekend's Oz Comic-Con.
I'm currently having a small break at the con a little earlier then I would otherwise have liked, but that's due to combination of exhaustion and a cumbersome costume (Doctor Octopus for those that are interested), so I thought I'd steal this time to make a blog post on my phone.
Like Oz Comic-Con last year is plenty busy, despite some of the bigger names dropping out way to close to the con, and the larger floor space seems to have accommodated it well. That being said my costume's major drawback is the amount of room the tentacles take up so my trip to the floor didn't last that long, although thankfully long enough to meet the vendors I wanted too.
The costumes turn out is one again quite brilliant, with a good range of the cheap and creative to the expensive and elaborate; seeing kids coming in costume and having fun is enough to make this is curmudgeon's heart grow three sizes. The sheer variety of the genres here is incredibly good as well, and I'm happy to see more Trekkies out there in TNG uniforms showing that Abrams didn't fully destroy us with his shitty reboots!
I've still yet to meet, get signatures or take any photos with any of the celebrities here, but that we'll either be when I change costume (yes I bought a backup just in case this one becomes unfeasible) or all be done tomorrow.
So now it's just a matter of finding the rest of my Sinister Six so we can terrorize a little bug, but knowing how much spandex is going around I sincerely doubt they'll have their phones handy.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Another short recording session, mostly due to time constraints; which I hate to admit is becoming more and more of a problem of late. I'm honestly wondering about the longevity of this show in it's current format, as I'm tempted to reduce the release schedule to a fortnightly show to relieve some of the pressure as more and more things are seemly piled upon me as time goes by.
I won't go into too many details but my duties with Perth's Allied Costumers along with making my various new costumes, trying to find a job (which by itself would severely diminish my already lack of free time), and everything that seemingly gets thrown my way has been detrimental to my recording and editing time, let alone trying to organise guests with their own busy schedules. The shorter recording sessions of the last two podcasts has also taken a hit to my backlog, but I can't help but wonder if that is the way to go.
Either way I really want to get more and more things done, but life is so crazy that any sort of fixed schedule (including sleeping) gets thrown out the window as soon as some other thing comes along!
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Let's just say as much as I enjoy doing the podcast (and I do) sometimes it's the thing that as to take the backseat, and this is namely due to several reasons, but mostly because it's a matter of getting guests to be free to record and having free enough time to edit those episodes I do record. For the unenlightened it takes roughly 2-3 hours minimum to edit one 1 hour podcast, depending on how much work needs to be done cropping, changing levels, etc. Essentially I'm listening over an episode at least 3-5 times before it gets put out due to the nature of the medium which, unlike video, I can't just skip or fast forward through half the time as I have to listen closely to what is being said. I do love doing this podcast regardless of all of this, just wish I could get more chances to record with more people... especially those I've been dying to record but our schedules just haven't gelled!
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
This week I talk to my good friend Jon Dei Goon, fellow prop builder, costumer, and (more importantly) Ghostbuster. This is a particularly short recording session, so there is no Part Two to come, it was recorded at the end of an incredibly hot and busy day and both of us were pretty tired. Why record in such a situation? Well partly because I want to give you people some content, but mostly because it was the only opportunity we had before Jon went back to Malaysia. It was a blast talking to Jon (as always) and I hope to get him back on next time he's in the country!
Thursday, 9 January 2014
After the incredibly unexpected hiatus, Word With a Nerd finally returns with Part Two of the discussion with Toby about TMNT. Not much else really to say, it took way too long to get this done but after an incredibly busy December (following an incredibly busy year) I didn't exactly rush to get this done... until the day it needed to be uploaded. Then server issues pushed back the release a couple of years but it finally got out there!
I'm hoping to get a good line-up of guests this year, talking about some awesome topics and recording and editing the episodes way in advance this year, so I'm hoping for some good stuff to come and looking forward to seeing the podcast grow in the coming year.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014