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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: October 04, 2013 01:19:59 PM

I was keeping such a close eye on the Battles thread that my calendar has just wandered off and lost September somewhere. Add to that the fact that this month has been full of holidays (the Jewish new year, Yom Kippur and Sukkot), which means visiting family and friends and other fun stuff, and I consider myself lucky for remembering my name or what day of the week it is.

Anyway, here's what we have so far:
The first October prompt project, posted by Ludi of team Wordy, also marks 50 projects completed and submitted for the games.
The most submitted prompts, other than the September Battle, were Starfleet Uniforms and Monster Madness, with 8 projects each.
We've also seen the first research project come in during September, submitted by LovelyMiss of team Randomizer. This project racked the maximal amount of points possible for a single project (I think), as it is not only a research project, but also one created for charity, and LovelyMiss was even kind enough to create a tutorial to go with it.
Yes, yes, you all say, but are the totals?
Well, here you go:
Wordy - 280 points, 5 active members
Multimedia - 420 points, 6 active members
Textbook - 190 points, 4 active members
Randomizer - 270 points, 3 active member
Fandom - 70 points, 2 active member


Keep it up everyone Smiley

p.s. is this a good place for the tracking updates, or would you guys rather see them in the Fall Nerd Battles thread?
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! on: September 30, 2013 04:21:40 PM
Battle/Challenge: September Bard Battle- Shakespeare!
Team: Fandom (took me all month to decide)
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Mid-autumn night dream
Brief Description:
As I was daydreaming, someone came and switched the days on the calendar, so the end of the month managed to sneak up on me. Switching things around and causing mischief is something fairies are well known for. That's what they do in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
So, I created a crown inspired by fairies.
Project Pictures:


and some more images, the entire crown, a close up detail, and an actual person wearing the crown:

   

and now to sleep, I have a feeling I will wake up to quite a few new project posts.
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! on: September 25, 2013 01:08:50 PM
BadWolf - That's a clever palindrome, and you're right, it fits perfectly Smiley
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: September 18, 2013 02:00:58 PM
EEP! *is tackle-hugged*
It's my pleasure, pinkleo, it's just one of those things I like doing (did you get the link I sent you? You probably have a gazillion PMs to go through).
Even though I haven't completed a single prompt yet, I've already learned a lot in the last 2 weeks.
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: September 18, 2013 01:42:25 PM

*Tanath wanders in with a random looking pile of papers in one hand, an abacus in the other hand, a pencil tucked behind her ear*

Right, so here we go. The fall nerd battles started with a bang, and while most of us were still reading through the prompts and trying to pick a team, docnessie, of team Wordy, was already posting a completed project.
Teams Wordy, Multimedia and Textbook were quick to fill up with submissions, while the first entries from team Fandom and team Randomizer came in just today.
People have also jumped right in with research proposals, so expect some exciting posts in the coming weeks.

Wondering what the points look like at this point?
just take a look at the scoreboard (colored in with crayons):
Wordy - 100 points, 3 active members
Multimedia - 200 points, 5 active members
Textbook - 130 points, 2 active members
Randomizer - 60 points, 1 active member
Fandom - 30 points, 1 active member


The only crafting I completed lately are the banner for this post and the Google spreadsheet (a bit more organized than a pile of papers and an abacus) to track the games, but I hope to contribute some actual projects to the game soon.

46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: September 03, 2013 09:16:45 AM
Yay, new round!
I spent some time yesterday "crafting" a worksheet to keep track of projects, teams and scores, so bring on the projects!
Awesome prompts, pinkleo, just  quickly reading through them flooded me with idea. I can't wait to see what everyone does.
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: September 02, 2013 02:08:59 PM
oh, I just realized something, does photography and photo manipulation count as a project? If not, that's ok too, I'm just very happy with the resulting image and wanted to share.
If it counts, I have one more that I did this summer:
Challenge/Battle/Alert: June textbook - waves
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): none
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: pretty with or without colors
Brief Description:
I wanted to do something completely different for this one. One of the songs I sing to my daughter every night is about a boat on the waves, and I had a vision in my head of a small canvas with a boat on waves with the lyrics lining the waves. Instead, we went to the beach and played in the waves ourselves.
I took this picture of my daughter on a very nice sunny day this summer, and played around with GIMP (after asking Google for some tutorials) to get this result. The different colors are just different lengths of light waves, so I've "played with waves", converting the colors to black and white.
Project Picture (which is actually the project itself, might be the hour, but I find that amusing):

The original image is larger, it's my current wallpaper on my work computer.
Plus bonus picture of the sea waves mentioned above:
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: September 01, 2013 02:05:13 PM
Do you need someone to keep track of submitted projects? like in a Google worksheet or something?
I know I'm not very active, but I read the games threads almost daily and I'm pretty good at keeping lists Smiley
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: September 01, 2013 01:13:33 PM
I'm catching up on this thread and just wanted to say:
waggonswest - your post about craftster is beautiful. I totally agree with what you wrote, and it's one of the things I like about this place Smiley
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: September 01, 2013 01:03:22 PM
Did someone press the fast forward button? How is it September already?
I did make a few things this summer, I hope I manage to dig them up.

Challenge/Battle/Alert: May Fandom - worth the wait
Team/Ninja: Fantasy
Project Geekdom (if any): none
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: cellphone pouch
Brief Description:
Some time ago, in my crochet adventures, I decided I needed a pouch for my huge cellphone, as it does not fit comfortably in most of my pockets (not to mention it was almost summer, and most of my summer dresses and skirts don't even have pockets). So, I picked some random yarn and created a nice pouch. I have been carrying it in my hands most of the summer, as I was trying to figure out the best strap option for it. Then some posts on Craftster (some in the games themselves) reminded me of kumihimo braiding, and thus my pouch was finally completed and fulfilled it's purpose as a portable pocket.
Project Picture:

and some action shots (excuse frizzy hair and silly faces)

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