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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: July 12, 2014 01:57:40 PM

I knew it was a bad idea to leave the lab just at the end of the month. With all the last minute posts for June's prompts and all the excitement about the new prompts. It took me almost 2 weeks to clean up the mess of cogs and springs that the tracking machine spewed. Had to bribe the minions with frozen banana treats to calm them down.
Once everything was clear, I managed to get the machine to give me a report. So here's what we got:

We are currently up to 193 projects, from 22 active players.
As always, there is not one single prompt that hasn't gotten at least a bit of attention.
Thea leading prompts are currently June's Battle and Flash Mob, with 18 and 17 projects.
I don't remember seeing a battle or mob ever leading in the project count, but who can resist a good game of Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.
The most prolific players so far this round are calliemae and wincentvanbuck, with 15 projects each, followed by Ludi and sammylouise40, with 14 each. They might run out of prompts before hitting August.
We've seen a lot of food related projects, maybe due to the new Events feature of the games. Reading the posts in the middle of the night has become dangerous (night time kitchen raids usually don't end in salad).

and here are the totals so far:

Keep up the awesome crafting, everyone. The games are so much fun to follow (now if I only finish something to actually post...).
Stay safe, where ever you are Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 28, 2014 11:54:17 AM
Do a lizard with Spock ears, just to confuse everyone Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 23, 2014 10:56:46 AM
craftADDchick - I just know the power of books, it's only some sort of GPS or timer in my head that saves me from missing my station (or the fact that the train is arriving when I wait for it) when I'm reading.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 22, 2014 01:21:18 PM

At 91 projects and 3 weeks into the round, I think it's high time to get a report out there.
So, have at it:

As mentioned about, we got 91 projects already submitted (might be more by the time this is posted).
We have 18 active players. and all teams are represented.
I was a bit worried that Team Textbook might have gotten locked in the library or something, but I guess they were just busy piling up the goods to post, as last week Smeddley and BadWolf314 swooped in and posted a total of 12 projects.
Looks like Team Fandom is mostly busy being adoring fans, as we've only seen projects from pishaw13 so far, but I'm sure that by the end of the month we'll have more players showing up.
I wonder what calliemae will do for the rest of the month, as she's out of prompts for this month (and has the badges to prove it too).


I'm sending a link to the tracking sheet to all team captains, if anyone else wants a link, just let me know.
And if there is any interesting random statistic you're just dying to know, post a comment in the thread. I'll throw some numbers in the tracking machine and see what comes out (I hope it won't be purple smoke).
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 03, 2014 11:49:03 AM

Spring Nerd Battles 2014 Final Roundup

Final report for the spring round!

We had 24 active players who submitted a total of 334 projects!
(that's 68 more projects than last round)

The uber-crafter award of this season goes to LovelyMiss who completed all 27 prompts, including brownie points and a research project.
she is followed closely by BadWolf314, with 26 completed prompts, meaning everything but brownie points.
Third in the number of prompts is crazyda79, with 25, which is all the prompts, excluding brownie points and research.
bunny1kenobi and Smeddley also contributed many projects, with 24 each.

The most crafted prompts were Friendship is Magic and Luck of the Irish, with 20 projects each, showing we might all just be a bunch of carebears Smiley
The next in line are Idioms and You're the best around, at 18 each.

There is not one single prompt that didn't get some attention (but you already know that if you've been following along, since we have players who completed all the prompts).
We have 4 completed research projects, half of which were completed by Ludi.

March battle - Color VS. Black and White - color won 10 to 6.
April battle - Regular Books VS. Comic Books - Regular Books won 12 to 2.
May battle - Coffee VS. Tea - it's a tie, with 3 points each.

So, this makes us people who like lots of color, but prefer the black on white of a regular book, and any warm drink that comes in a mug (so we can put it on a mug rug?).

Here's a rundown of the prompts:

- Friendship is Magin20
- Luck of the Irish20
- Idioms18
- You're the best around18
- March flash mob17
- Clone Wars17
- March Battle16
- March Sighting16
- Exterminate16
- Honey, you should see me in a crown15
- April Battle14
- Now we're cooking13
- April Flash Mob12
- April Sighting12
- Shrines12
- Going Postal12
- Pi Day11
- Book Arts11
- Department of the Interior10
- What's your Sign?9
- Right in the feels9
- May Flash Mob8
- May Sighting8
- It's actually pretty easy being green8
- May Battle6
- Research4
- Brownie Points2

Team Score Board

Team Wordy
ActsofCraftiness - 6 projects, 120 points
bunny1kenobi - 24 projects, 510 points
calliemae - 15 projects, 320 points
coulsenl - 3 projects, 60 points
gozer - 18 projects, 380 points
Ludi - 19 projects, 560 points
Ratfinkz - 8 projects, 170 points

Team Multimedia
FreakieGeekie - 6 projects, 140 points
Inselaeffchen - 14 projects, 280 points
Krafty_Karasu - 1 project, 20 points
pishaw13 - 18 projects, 380 points
sammylouise40 - 12 projects, 250 points
vincentvanbuck - 18 projects, 360 points

Team Textbook
artsycandice - 20 projects, 410 points
BadWolf314 - 26 projects, 660 points
craftADDchick - 14 projects, 290 points
Smeddley - 24 projects, 500 points

Team Randomizer
Amaranth_in_oz - 12 projects, 240 points
Calabaza - 9 projects, 200 points
crazyda79 - 25 projects, 530 points
Linakins - 1 project, 20 points
LovelyMiss - 27 projects, 670 points

Team Fandom
samash90 - 7 projects, 140 points
Tanath - 7 project, 150 points

Let me know if I missed anything, or if there is any special random fact you want to know Smiley
If anyone wants to see the glamorous tracking worksheet to grab random facts by yourselves, just let me know and I'll send you a link.

The machine is being upgraded to withstand the summer heat (and we're adding a sunroof and ice-cream dispenser to it). Let me know if you want a link to the tracking sheet (wrote tracking sheep, wonder what that is). Team captains - this might be useful for you , but anyone is welcome to it if they want.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 02, 2014 01:03:40 PM
Thank you, LovelyMiss, for explaining all the new stuff, in a way that my half asleep brain understands Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: CLOSED: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- on: June 01, 2014 01:09:58 PM
Tanath, that casserole looks delicious! The anklet and the green bracelet are pretty cool- do they stay spiraled together, or can they untwist (which would be a pain!)?

The spiral stays as it is, that's what makes this such a cool technique. I think it's a herringbone variation, but I'm not sure (not so good with stitch names). I just sent my niece a picture of the anklet and got an answer full of exclamation marks, so I think she likes it Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 01, 2014 07:28:04 AM
Yay, new round. The promts look like fun. Can't think of anything specific, but I can see how they match into my favorote crafts and stuff, so I am sure I will figure them out Smiley

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: May 31, 2014 01:38:08 PM
Everybody is crafting away, I guess (either that or just enjoying other relaxing weekend stuff, I hope).
I got 3 more things to post, one completed a while ago and 2 completed this week.

Battle/Challenge: Now we're cooking
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Spinach bites/casserole- 2 ways
Brief Description:
My daughter's kindergarten was having a bonfire to celebrate Lag BaOmer, and each family is asked to bring something (food, drink, plates...). Most people spring for the easy stuff, but why should I?
I usually make this spinach, cheese and noodles casserole, and it disappears almost as soon as it hits the table. So, I thought I would switch it up a little bit and bake it in my mini muffin pans, making for more servings (and mini is cute). I used a thinner type of noodles, so they would fit better in the pans. It still disappeared almost as soon as I placed it on the table Smiley
I had left over ingredients that had to be used up, so the next day we made a batch in a regular dish, and it wasn't bad either (although, for the regular size, I think the larger noodles might be better).
Project Picture:
bite size version

regular dish version, as my dinner a few days ago, with a green papaya salad my mom made

Battle/Challenge: Clone Wars
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Purple spiral anklet
Project Page Link (if available): original project link
Brief Description:
I do a lot of beading and always like learning new techniques. I came across this Russian (I think) site, that has a lot of pretty things, and I check it once in a while to see what's new. If I find anything I want to make, I ask my friend Google to translate it for me and just go for it.
My niece asked me for an anklet, now that it's summer, and I thought she might like this style (and purple is her favorite color).
I didn't add the chips at this point, maybe in a future project. The technique itself is very easy and works up pretty quickly. It's a good project for me to take on the train.
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge: Luck of the Irish
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: green bracelet
Brief Description:
this is a combination of 2 techniques, the beaded spiral, and the simpled beaded chain. I thought they looked pretty cool worn together, so I just connected the 2. I might add more in the future for that layered bracelet look.
Project Picture:

I guess that's it from me for this round of the games.
Off to upgrade the tracking machine for the summer round Smiley

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: May 28, 2014 01:59:28 PM
Oh boy, BadWolf, you just ran out of prompts, what will you do for the rest of the month? Smiley
pishaw - your triangle quilt is beautiful, I want to touch the pebble quilting, I bet it feels nice.
So much stuff, hard to comment on everything.
I predict a great flood of posts with pictures in the next few days.
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