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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 12, 2014 01:08:12 PM
Welcome to the games, ActsofCraftiness. What a great start! Your hooplas are wonderful, and I love how you did the edging, it gives them a finished look.
gozer, your monster wallet might be epic, but it sure isn't a fail Smiley Yours looks a bit more friendly than the original, and I'm all for friendly monsters.
craftADDchick, maybe you can make some temporary art by folding all the laundry in intricate origami folds. Actually, if I tried that I would just end up folding it regualary and piling it neatly somewhere else, hopefully where it belongs (what huge pile/monument by my side of the bed?)

I actually got stuff done today, my train was delayed so I had more crafting time, and even the weather cooperated and was sunny till the train arrived.
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 08, 2014 02:33:37 PM
That's what I was thinking, craftADDchick. I also felt bad letting all those cool prompts "go to waste".
I hope this research will give me the boost I need to be more creative on a daily basis. A bonus from the cleaning frenzy we had yesterday, is that I have at least 2 clear surfaces I can work on now.
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 08, 2014 01:46:44 PM
Eep! Birthday weekend for my daughter, so not much computer time and there are lots of new lovely things to see. And wonderful badges to go along with them.
At least my house is a lot cleaner and tidier than it's been in a long while, and I managed to do a project with my daughter, will probably post it tomorrow.

artsycandice - good job on the chair, it's has a nice pop of color, I bet you feel a lot better sitting at your desk now.
Ludi - the portrait is amazing, and to think it's going to be shrunk and use for miniatures, sounds like very detailed miniatures to me.
bunny1kenobi - great fox mask, I like the decoration between the eyes.
crazyda79 - it makes sense that the ghost glows in the dark while a regular monster doesn't Smiley
Linakins - very cute horse, my kid would love it too, and a very cute rider as well.
BadWolf314 - I followed your link and saw that the pi(e) is filled with numbers, that is so cool!

I did some thinking and would like to propose a research project. It's a bit different, I hope it meets the requirements.

Research Project Name: Build a time machine
Team: Fandom
Brief Description:
One of my biggest fandoms is sci-fi books, and there are a lot of sci-fi books that involve time travel.
During the previous rounds of the Nerd Battles, I had many ideas from the prompts, but didn't manage to do most of them.
What I mean to do is "travel back in time" to a specific month, in this case it will be a short skip to last month - February, and complete all the prompts from that month that I didn't manage to complete during the round.
Rough timeline:
First, go over prompts and brainstorm ideas for each (or just list the ones I already had).
Then, do 3 projects a week, as February had a total of 9 prompts (and I didn't complete any of them).
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 05, 2014 02:27:18 PM
keeping up with the thread doesn't fit any of the prompts, right?
A bit of catching up, so much nice things to comment on:
LovelyMiss - poppets are wonderful, I would love to see how yours turns out.
crazyda79 - those chicken avocado burgers look yummy (my food usually doesn't turn out very photo-worthy either), I might have to try them, if I can stop myself from just eating all my avocados on toast with some cream cheese.
Ratfinks - welcome to the games! Great bracelets, I'm sure your swap partners love them (or will love them, if they haven't gotten them yet)
BadWolf314 - we used to have a Lego room when we were kids, my entire family would play there. I bet this "Lego" is a lot nicer to wandering feet than actual Lego blocks.
artsycandice - the adipose is cute, I always like seeing adipose crafts, but that picture with your daughter takes the cake!
coulsenl - great entry for black & white, what can be more fitting than the old black on white of printed text? and your springtime piece definitely looks spring-y Smiley
bunny1kenobi - cool use of buttons. I think your tweak of using the button shanks makes a lot of sense.
gozer - I like the way the monster's arms keep your place in the book. It's like he's pointing, "here, this is where you left off".

All projects tracked and logged, now to sleep and ponder my idea for a research.

45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: March 03, 2014 03:42:03 PM

Winter Nerd Battles 2013-2014 Final Roundup

Final report for the winter round!

We had 19 active players who submitted a total of 266 projects!
56 pages of projects, comments and general friendliness.
Last round we had 23 players, and 178 entries, so less people this time, but much more crafting.

I think the uber-crafter award goes to Ludi who submitted 27 projects, out of 25 prompts, that's pretty crafty.
LovelyMiss, our ever-active game leader, totalled 26 projects, hitting each and every prompt and still managing to also complete a research project.
BadWolf314 hit the mark with 25 projects.
With 24 projects, bunny1kenobi is also a top contributer to the games. I guess it was a bit cloudy the day the orange UFO flew by, so it was easy to miss.


The most popular prompt remains Festivus, as there is always a reason to party, but each and every prompt has gotten some attention in this round. Starting with 4 completed research projects (half of them by Ludi), 6 entries for the February battle over our TV (Anime vs. Classic Cartoon, a tough one indeed) and 7 each for the February UFO sightings and the Zombie apocalypse.


PromptEntries
- Festivus17
- December Flash Mob15
- Marching to your own Drum14
- Bag of Holding13
- Glitter13
- January Flash Mob13
- Twenty Sided Die13
- January Battle12
- Craftin' New Year12
- February Flash Mob12
- December UFO sighting11
- Put a Bird on it11
- Theme Song10
- December Battle9
- Archaeology9
- Talk Nerdy to Me9
- Superfan9
- January UFO Sighting8
- Old School8
- Free Art8
- Welcome to Jurassic Park8
- Winter Olympiad8
- February UFO Sighting7
- Zombie Apocalypse7
- February Battle6
- Research4

Team Score Board
TeamPointsPlayers
Wordy20806
Multimedia8504
Textbook15105
Randomizer14803
Fandom201

Team Wordy
Ludi - 27 projects, 720 points
bunny1kenobi - 24 projects, 500 points
gozer - 18 projects, 370 points
coulsenl - 10 projects, 200 points
amymarie78 - 8 projects, 180 points
lindyv321 - 5 projects, 110 points

Team Multimedia
vincentvanbuck - 16 projects, 330 points
Ezri_B - 14 projects, 300 points
Inselaeffchen - 7 projects, 140 points
FreakieGeekie - 4 projects, 80 points

Team Textbook
BadWolf314 - 25 projects, 530 points
craftADDchick - 18 projects, 390 points
Smeddley - 13 projects, 270 points
artsycandice - 4 projects, 160 points
BriannaB03 - 8 projects, 160 points

Team Randomizer
LovelyMiss - 26 projects, 660 points
crazyda79 - 23 projects, 490 points
Calabaza - 15 projects, 330 points

Team Fandom
Tanath - 1 project, 20 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.

Onwards to Spring!!!
46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 01, 2014 02:20:47 PM
Yay, new round!
Tracking devices have been deployed, now we can all craft our way into spring Smiley

vincentvanbuck - what a nice way to start this round of the games. I've been wanting to try my hand at stamp carving for a while now.
artsycandice - I love your idea for the book. Some idioms are so funny when you just consider them literally. We had a sort of fun game at work a few years ago, we called it STPOW (Silly Translated Phrase of the Week). We translated idioms and phrases from Hebrew to English and had them on the whiteboard in our room. I can't wait to see which idioms you choose.
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 28, 2014 02:42:25 PM
Ludi - indeed you have, I actually had to add an extra entry in the prompts tracking called research2, because having 2 research projects was throwing off the calculations. Way to go!
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 27, 2014 03:06:54 PM
I had such great plans for this round, and the prompts gave me some great ideas. Then I went and rolled a 20 in the beginning of this week for the D20 prompt, which overwhelmed me. I think overwhelmed is what can describe my current situation. That with my easy going laziness combined really let me down on the projects front. Having no door to the bathroom for the last week and half doesn't help either (renovations, so yay!).
At least I'm the only one on team Fandom, so I didn't let down any other team mates Cheesy
I hope to do much much better on the next round, I even already have an idea for a research project.
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 22, 2014 02:14:06 PM
Project tracker reporting for duty Smiley
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 15, 2014 04:33:42 PM
Thanks,stillatthetop, I was hoping for a more exotic form, but I suppose one apocalypse at a time is enough.
Ludi - the names graphic was generated by Wordle (at wordle.net). I recommend using caution when browsing there, it has a heavy script that sometimes freezes my browser. But it does generate some cool graphics. There are a few sites that can generate pretty word clouds like that, another cool one (that might be a bit less heavy) is tagxedo.
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