Sunday, 19 August 2018

ConBravo 2017: Day 1 Plus

I was not able to attend ConBravo in 2018 - but I had yet to tidy up my recap files for 2017. So let’s get on that... if Linkara can post his ConBravo2015 AT4WLive in June of this year, I figure I’m good. ^.- Usual disclaimers apply: Quotations may have errors in due to my typing speed, so don’t take them as fact, and ensure you’re getting things in the proper context. If you want to see info from ConBravo 2016, or ConBravo 2015, go to those links.

Expect mostly vocaloids and comment section info for this post.


KAT CONWAY
(Commission from Jakface)
I arrived at the Con shortly before 7pm, coming with my wife from Stratford via Georgetown. My first stop was the Marketplace, to ask for three character commissions. (Two "Epsilon Project" and one "Time Untied".) I also picked up the Steins;Gate Manga #1 and a figurine, plus I overheard an interesting conversation - people at the booths are limited in terms of what they can bring due to space, so bring male T-shirts, since women will usually wear guy’s shirts but guy’s won’t wear women’s shirts. (Women’s shirts actually account for you having breasts.)

After close to an hour there I headed to VIDEO PRODUCTION 101, which had started about a half hour earlier. That’s in a separate post mentioning ALL the video panels (101/102/103). By 9:30pm I was in THE GARDEN THAT IS YOUR COMMENTS SECTION.

The entire point of this panel was said to be teaching to not ignore if there’s a problem. Tackle it, deal with it to the best of your ability... don’t let your garden get ugly. Sorry, aside from Silver August (aka Jem) I don’t remember who the panelists were, enlighten me if you can.


COMMENTS SECTION


Someone asked about a die hard group of fans who may pile onto a newcomer (laying on hate when s/he may simply not understand). Response: “I would still probably apologize to the guy who just got attacked, then I would also personally scorn the other ones. Because I don’t just run a YouTube channel, I also run the main website with an active chat where I will talk to people. They know that I will scorn them. I don’t need you to fight my battles.”

Even if you don’t respond in videos as they come out, read and respond to those who require it or sprinkle “thank yous” to demonstrate interacting somehow. We’re assuming you’re still able to “micromanage” that community, to “control” it, in quotes. You can water the flowers, water the field and grow what you want. Don’t let a seed grow into something bad, don’t let it expand. There was a reminder that it depends entirely on what you’re putting out (one panelist does pokemon videos, dodging hate bullets there) and your tolerance level (do you care about spoilers).

Female audience member: “Would you want to clear hate comments or still have some to help you learn?”

Response was to keep some on the way, to find out if you can handle it; if you can’t you may not survive in the long run. If they’re attempting to be constructive, respond saying if you asked in a nicer manner, you’d get more positive feedback. Also they provide some grounding in reality. It depends also on your own personal perspective - one panelist gets amusement out of hate comments.

Audience question: “On being a victim of bullying?” Perhaps the reason they make hateful comments is if they’re miserable.

Response reiterates it is pivotal to not ignore the community that you are growing. If you are putting your opinion out there in some fashion, someone is going to disagree... but someone is also going to agree. If you are making what you want to make, focus on that, the people will come over time.

Panelist really wants to fight the myth of “ignore the comments”. What inspired this panel was being very vocal talking about things growing up... no recollection of getting a lot of bullying for it then. Perhaps presented it in a positive manner? So can’t give advice for that.

Question: What if you have a more toxic fan base that’s adjacent to you that cascades in because you share the same genre?

The pokemon video panelist remarked on how there is toxicness in the community “made worse by [our channel] being AntiHack”. If one calls out hackers a lot, can be a toxic fan base as a result. “I haven’t had that bleed over, though he knows that we exist, has liked some of our videos”. “The most we’ve ever had is ‘why waste your time playing properly’. I simply explain to them, we play the way we feel it was designed.”

Things can be very rough at the start. Learning where you went objectively wrong, even if it’s your comment. Note: If fact says you are wrong, that’s it, but if it’s an opinion you are never wrong. As long as you don’t give up, and try to improve yourself, it will get better. Back to Garden symbolism, with a watering can, this is your content. Whatever you put in and are feeding the garden is what you give them as entertainment. If you tend to your garden right, you will grow the pretty garden. Unless you want the other kind of garden.

Some final thoughts: “This is going to take time, money and I don’t know, bananas.” A healthy community will require patience. Weed is only a classification that’s dubbed by other people. You decide what is or isn’t a weed. Dandelions are pretty, they’re edible. Closing Statement: The garden is your community. Visitors will see the house, they will see the content, and you, because it’s still visible (maybe, depending), but they will also see the garden.

That wrapped up at 10pm, I hung around to 10:30pm for “Vocaloids: The Making of Pitch-Perfect Robots” in the same room after. This was headed by “Crusher-P” (Cien Miller) a guest panelist, in from New York City that morning.


VOCALOID HISTORY


Hatsune Miku is turning 10 years old in August 2017. Vocaloid is a computer program, like Siri (text to speech) but meant for singing. Developed by a country in Spain in 2001, in connection with father of vocaloids who is Chinese. Debut with LEON and LOLA. And nobody cared. (Well, people kind of cared, see the soundtrack for the movie “Paprika” in 2006.) Then Keito, and the English vocaloid “Sweet Anne”, and it was a guy in Japan (Wataru Sasaki) who said “we’ll make it cute”, and that’s Miku. Still nobody cared because nobody really understood what it was or how to use it, but videos got so popular.


Crusher-P's Vocaloid Panel
Crusher-P’s 12 year old self (back when full anime eps were on youtube) found this one song, “Packaged”. Then came Len and Lin, then a documentary on youtube (about 13 minutes long) about how vocaloid was more than just a program, it was becoming a phenomenon. So many elements were helping make it a subculture.

There are different eras of vocaloids with different expectations and qualities. From 2007-2009, it was an era of exploration. Nobody had standards, everything sucked, but it was cool. Lots of hits that people don’t listen to any more. (“Story of Evil” where Len died are her favourites, she’s not a fan of him.) HotTopic now has mystic messenger stuff in their stores, that’s quick, it took longer back then.

The Version 3 engine in 2010 is when it got really popular in the West, and then the community exploded. Crusher-P had a love/hate relationship, downloaded a version, deleted it... then vocals sounded more and more human, higher quality. Version 1 had five vocaloids, Version 3 had 64 vocaloids. But capitalism at it’s finest, everyone was illegally downloading, exporting different voices to instrumentals, less new songs. In the self-sustained community we have now, there’s a different kind of revolution going on, with all of character, program and voice exploding.

Crusher-P showed the setup for Version 2 (in her opinion the best version), with the sideways keyboard. There was lots of controversy and riots, and copywriting issues. In terms of “come for Miku and stay for the music”, in Japan they could put songs in games, and holographic concerts. (An audience member brought up Miku on David Letterman.) The most American thing they thought they could do was replace Miku’s leek (not a spring onion, those are tiny) with a bacon-wrapped hotdog.


CORPORATE VOCALOID


And then we’re here, in 2017, and Miku’s chinese voice bank is coming out. This past February, Crusher-P went to Japan during the snow festival. Crypton Future Media INC, the official licensor of Hatsune Miku, is based in Sapporo. Going there and experiencing it “I felt like I was in the home of Miku”. At the office, Miku figures are plastered everywhere, and the receptionist could speak in perfect English. There are now 100 other vocaloids in various languages, but it was very clear as to why Miku is the household name (and why GUMI isn’t, even though she’s Crusher-P’s favourite). The other vocaloid marketing isn’t on par. There’s a lot of reasons for that.

“No professional musician will drop 100 bucks on an anime character that makes noises.” (“That sounded weird.”) Producers want to invest into something powerful that will get them further along in their career, and for anime characters, the marketing didn’t work. Miku is more a virtual idol, she’s a diva, she’s a star... that’s why vocaloid was raised up to a giant boom, and also why it’s died (because no one knows what’s going on).


CHIBI BEAM
Commission from Gen Ishihara
After being in the Sapporo office, Crusher-P went to Osaka. She found the office of the people who made Gumi and Gackpo (Internet Co, Ltd). “It was the most quiet meeting I’ve ever had.” (And it’s very quiet and very clean in Japan.) There was only one thing in the giant meeting room, a giant poster of Gumi, but it was serious business. In the meeting Crusher-P told them how Gumi is probably the most popular English speaking vocaloid, all the songs have at least a million views... but “we don’t really hear from you guys too much”. They talked about Gackpo v4, and she didn’t know there was a v4. She suggested a Twitter for Gumi, and it happened five months later. Maybe 3 tweets, but A for effort.

Next day was an 8 hour long meeting with Yamaha, the company that licenses or handles vocaloid and development. Lots of talking. (Noted how business styles in Japan are different. Americans won’t do it if they think it won’t sell, whereas in Japan it’s more “okay, okay”, less standing up to criticize - depending on where you are.) Crusher-P and the person with her had a long list of things that “needed changing”. Once again, the company was really open to all the different ideas, like “Try posting more often.” And they do. It’s not good videos, seems randomly posted, but they try.

Yamaha did have vocaloid stuff everywhere; next stop was AHS (AH-Software Co Ltd), who are trying to get into Germany now. One side of their company was all decorated in vocaloid, and the other side was blank. Because the sun coming in would ruin posters. They also have a joyous twitter that’s supportive of other companies.

As far as Crusher-P herself, two and half years ago she wrote an original song, ECHO, for Gumi English. (She played a few minutes of it; it has over 17 million views.) The song changed her life, as her first real big return to the vocaloid scene, and around the same time English vocaloid changed too. English lyrics started to catch on. Miku English sucks, facts are facts, but people were more willing to explore. (“I don’t think it was Echo, but it played a little bit of a part in how things changed” and it did play in a mall in Japan.)


VOCALOID LIMBO


Vocaloids have been gaining more in the West than Japan. Chinese vocaloids have had problems, beautiful designs and beautiful voices, but with the president of a company who takes the money and spends it on a strip club. (The company had to be reinvented again.) Don’t reach out on the website vocaloidotaku.

For Korean vocaloids, SeeU and Uni (“I love her, she’s so pink”), everyone in Japan had tension. Then the SeeU voice provider landed in jail because she blackmailed somebody. (She’s out, but likely no plans to continue with anything.) For Ruby, English, tan skin, it’s the first time in the history of vocaloid that the entire Western community agreed on anything - Ruby doesn’t belong to anyone (voice provider Misha, and programmer, freelance project). An issue is it takes thousands of recordings for one pitch in English, versus a hundred for one pitch of Japanese.

As Ruby was freelance, two companies wanted to take her in. PowerFX, a long term company who had made Sweet Ann and Big Al (they had to remake him twice) versus Crypton, the company who made Miku. They went with PowerFX, to have full control of the design, wanting a Dominican reflection in Ruby... most English speaking vocaloids are white, all the same, blue eyed blondes. (And jackets, they all have jackets.) Ruby was different, pink hair, tan skin... still a jacket. More sporty look?

There was controversy here too. At AnimeExpo 2014, Misha was a guest, they had a whole documentary they shot, but what they didn’t know was that on the other side of the reveal card wasn’t their Ruby, but what some called a “plagiarized image of the singer P!nk”. Everyone in the world was angry, but she had to forge on, everybody boycotted PowerFX, SaveRuby happened, and we got the original Ruby back.

There are Skype sounds in some Sonico recordings that come up in some of their recordings. And for opera singers there’s a vocaloid named Prima, and Tonio who does male parts. But we’re in Limbo; people suspect Version5 is going to come out soon, as every 4 years there seems to be a new version. Crusher-P says it better not come down any time soon, there’s so many changes they should implement first.

SHERLOCK WRIGHT
Commission from Ursula Gray
She opened the floor to questions at the end. Someone asked if she was representing a company while in Japan; no, just herself, and she was with someone else (a “notable name” also). No critiquing with Crypton, in Osaka (with Gumi) constructive criticism, and with AHS it was so straight down to business they started with “what do you think of our product”, “what did you say with Yamaha”. Someone asked about favourite colour; salmon.

Did she have trouble working with the vocaloid program initially, and what pushed her to make a whole song?

Crusher-P offered apologies, it was basically “I want to be cool too”, teenage angst, a desire to be involved. Which was also the reason she started drawing in middle school. For ECHO, she did write both the music and the song. Someone asked about how to come up with rhyming and themes. Response: “Lyrics that rhyme and make sense is a new chapter in my life.” She said she has a song coming out soon of a secret government of bunnies. No consistent way of writing music.

Does she write on sheet music? No, she can’t read notes; “you have to see it visually”. Imagine this hand doing low notes, and this hand doing high, imagine that the base line is a river, and then underneath that river is a parallel river with the melody notes... she has trouble explaining. As to tracks, she writes in FL Studio sometimes. And that was about it.

(For more on Vocaloids, I also went to a session at Anime North in 2016. I do like music as well as animation.)

The time being 11:30pm, I went to have a look in on the Pub Quiz with Nash (which started at 11pm) but they were in the midst of tallies, so I didn’t hear any questions. I got back to the hotel for midnight. One takeaway from the sessions this day was people saying they “want to be part of the community”, which is kind of interesting - because I didn’t really have a community? For either song parodies or personified math serials, I wasn’t trying to be part of a group, that sort of came later (if at all).

Saturday morning, I got to the Con before 10am, when everything was starting, lining up for the “Nostalgia Critic Q&A”. That will be in a separate post. Which takes us to 11:30pm and the “Better Roleplaying Q&A” - in the next post.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Now Parenting: Week 9

Sunday started great, as compared to the 90 minutes on Saturday. Then at the weigh-in she’d gained 5 ounces, I trimmed cedars, and... Alexandra suddenly wanted ALL the food. She might have wanted a nap by 7pm, when she ate then immediately spit up? Got her to sleep despite the wailing. Which was nothing compared to the wailing during the 9:30pm bath. That seemed to expend all her energy though. She also slept a lot Monday afternoon, we’re wondering growth spurt (re-channeling of energy).
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Monday morning was time with Mommy as Dad was zonked then making bacon. We did go out to Fools’ Shakespeare in the Park after 5pm feeds; she slept for part, was awake to be offered a sword by an actress, then got a bottle when she started complaining. The instant bottles may not work so well, or she may have been in a mood; walking helped. 3am that night was a disaster as a bunch of the milk spilled on Alexandra and Dad felt like he’d betrayed a trust. Things were better by morning, which was good because Tuesday’s trip to Quebec was a bit exhausting itself (adding beer to the shawarma).

So, nap on Tuesday, resuming the outings Wednesday to the “Christopher Robin” movie (young un’s viewing). Started well, but she wouldn’t take the second breast and breezed through a bottle, meaning walking around, another bottle of instant (poured), some stroller, up and down the aisles... I only really missed the drowning bit of the film, I think. But I needed another break that afternoon. Some REAL good (awake and laughing) crib time in the evening though.

Thursday was largely a home day, and we got Chapel St pillows to help Alexandra eat. Aside from much wailing during the Comic Chat (wanted a bottle after Dad held her, and not the tiny bottle, the other one) she was pretty chill. That carried into Friday. Though after pizza buffet lunch, Dad ended up feeling out of it and needing a nap. He did recover, enough to be chill himself when Alexandra screamed after the phone rang as she was finishing a bottle. In fact the evening was pretty uneventful, though Dad stayed up until the 2:30am feed to get in some added writing.

Saturday kind of flew by, from the two month photo, to brunch, to two hours with Dad (lots of eating in first half hour, a couple changes, play, sleep), to lawn care, to shopping, to gaming. Granted, that’s about what I expected. Gillian came by to keep Anne-Lise and Alexandra company. Onwards?

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Item counts run Sunday (Aug 12) to Saturday (Aug 18).

Step Count 2016: About 55,700
Step Count 2017: About 57,000 (23 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 69,250. 8 stars.
After a straight week over 10k (last Thurs to this Wed), an ease off. This Fri was under 6k.

FROM 2016:
-I was pleased not to feel rushed on all the things on my To Do list. (Whelp.)
FROM 2017:
-Marmalade Week, completing a fanfic from viewings; reading without coding.

SchoolMail 2017: 2 (1 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 2 New (0 sent)


WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Synched 2nd “Jughead” comic video
 -Synched 3rd and 4th “Jughead” comic videos
 -Completed main ConBravo 2017 Day 1/2 report
 -Completed main ConBravo 2017 Day 2/3 report
 -Wrote “Chanced Erasures 4” (near 2k)
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Cedar hedge trimming and weed pulling
 -“Twelfth Night” Shakespeare in the Park Mon
 -Trip to A-L work in Quebec for lunch Tue
 -“Christopher Robin” movie Wed
 -Mowed lawn including new seedling grass
 -Brunch with Friends Sat
 -Ticket to Ride/Forbidden Desert gaming Sat
 -2 Chapters of “Raising Your Spirited Child” (pg 215-245)
 -Lotus Prince’s “Corpse Party Blood Drive” (1 to 14)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Shopping Sun, Parents in Wed

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER?
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 3 (Divine Buster, Extension)

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Now Parenting: Week 8

Spitups galore is the mantra to start the week. After a not-too-active Sunday (where she weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces), Dad thought some active time after she awoke after 8:30pm might be in order. To tire her out. He did wait almost half an hour after food, but at 9:30pm in the buzzy chair, the food came back. Monday morning there was sleep from about 3:30am to 9:30am (Mom was up at 3am then 6am) followed by a day where Alexandra couldn’t seem to find sleep. A little after 4pm in the buzzy chair, almost an hour after eating, there was a huge fountain, leading to an early bath. Did not watch the Sailor Moon SuperS movie, but hadn't planned to.
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On Tuesday she had a short walk in the morning, she did sleep a bit in her crib (rather than being placed there on Mon), and Dad finally got his serial story entry done. Dad then stayed up too late, such that he was still partly awake for the 2am feeding as well as the 40+ minutes of “my soother fell out, where is my soother” in the bassinet after. Wednesday was a day of Alexandra having trouble sleeping, to the point where after 8pm Dad managed to do a 10+ minute long random oratory so that the sound of his voice would help the young one finally doze off for a while in her chair. (Which then led to first major use of the baby monitor with its night vision, and a return by 9pm to collect her.) In the living room, the pyramid-style balloon bobbed towards the floor that day, plus there was a video call for Jose’s birthday.

Thursday was 10th anniversary day. Much tidying up around the house, and a trip out to pick up the blank ‘Thank You’ cards, leading to filling in calendar, plus it was DQ Blizzard day. In the midst of it Alexandra tries to find new creative ways to eat (hand on nipple and sucking on hand doesn’t work). Then out to dinner from 7-9pm at Pelican as Aunt Cecile took over. Friday there was extended sleeping through the day; Dad picked up some comics and caught up with yuri. (Citrus crossed a line in Book3 while Yamada/Kase remain precious.) On the mat, Alexandra can’t crawl, but on her front she can rotate and kind of shuffle sideways. We all went for a walk towards the end of the day in her last newborn diaper, we’re up to size one.

Saturday, a morning trip to the store and for Anne-Lise’s zumba wasn’t terrible despite forgetting the soother, but Alexandra really put Dad through the paces in the 90 minutes after they were at home (chair, bottle, mat, spit-up, music, diaper, walking, sleeping, crying, bottle). A reminder that stress level reflects an average. Nice visit after, than nap. x.x Though she was still a bit cranky later in the day, wearing Mommy out. Incidentally, Daddy’s leg problems come and go, it’s like a sudden charley horse causing temporary paralysis, then fine. The grass seedlings are doing pretty well outside.

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Item counts run Sunday (Aug 5) to Saturday (Aug 11).

Step Count 2016: About 50,700
Step Count 2017: About 60,200 (26 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 72,900. 9 stars.
Only Mon and Wed were under 10k.

FROM 2016:
-Shelved Math Comic, wrote new T&T Book 4 passages, saw “Sailor Moon Crystal”
FROM 2017:
-LOTS on the creativity including RRL, Tapastic and Series’ Scans

SchoolMail 2017: 9 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 4 New (0 sent)


WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Wrote more “Time Untied” (another 1700 words)
 -Wrote “Chanced Erasures 3” (not quite 2k words)
 -Synched first “Jughead” comic video (1.5 min)
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat (partly)

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Cleaning up and box shuffling
 -Anniversary Dinner (Pelican Grill).
 -Caught up with some yuri reading
 -Friends coming by Sat
 -2+ Chapters of “Raising Your Spirited Child” (pg 149-215)
 -Lotus Prince’s “Jojo: Eyes of Heaven” (to end)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Work trip Tues, Movie trip Wed

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER?
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 1 (Evasion, Flier Fin)

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Now Parenting: Week 7

Sunday morning, dream included Alexandra, dreamt her first word was ‘meow’ and I accidentally jabbed her in the eye with the soother. On a brighter note, took my last Cipralix pill after I got up. Then, lots of info at the St Laurent session: About Alexandra being easily overstimulated, feeding position and getting ahead of her crying, led to the trip downtown including buying a book. Some hand/feet stamping before bath time (technically just before week 6). Busy day.
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Monday was arguably a busier day, had to entertain munchkin in the morning, then nab an hour of sleep before going out to the small beach to meet with Cecile. We were all wiped out by 1:30pm when we got back. (Note: Bring water next time.) Dumped part of a bottle of milk on her in the evening due to the seal needing to be readjusted for the amount of milk inside; also she seems to be spitting up more. (Apparently needs to be kept upright for at least 20 minutes after a feed, after Tuesday’s appointment. Always something.)

Moving on, Tuesday, I tried to install updated OS on my Mac at the library (nope, so still no wacom tablet), Wednesday Alexandra went to the movies with Anne-Lise and Cecile (I picked up Orleans shirts), Thursday was big. At 3am we shifted her to the bassinet with no wails, Anne-Lise took first watch which was after 6am, followed by me possibly not a moment too soon, leading to my first solo diaper change. We went to a medical appointment for Anne-Lise, leading to a 25 min walk in the stroller for me, then shopping. Alexandra was really out of it after about 10pm, but not so much so that she couldn’t eat.

Friday morning, also rough, but Anne-Lise figures that since the bassinet is close to the window (and the vent), that’s part of the problem - not that she had all night in said bassinet. So we’re sleeping on opposite sides of the bed going forwards. The struggle of food versus sleep is real, but that afternoon I did try to tidy up the sudden lawn we got when the city cut down a lot of the foliage on Tuesday morning. Then still trying to put together the Thank Yous from the baby shower(s).

Saturday was also very Alexandra centric, I took her at 8am, then again by 11:30 so that Anne-Lise could go to Zumba. So, mat play to noon, 45 minutes of sleep, food, staying upright, diaper change, chair time, tummy time, mat play, sleep and Anne-Lise was back before 3pm. So I could finish my art and catch Wynonna Earp. Then (after misbehaviour for not taking breast) I ended up checking out eavestroughs solo for the first time - and there was a sock. The people on the balcony behind us also left a facecloth or something out of reach. Gimme a break.

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Item counts run Sunday (July 29) to Saturday (Aug 4).

Step Count 2016: About 46,500
Step Count 2017: About 57,400 (22 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 72,500. 14 stars.
The days over 10k were Mon/Wed/Fri. The hip/leg issues come and go, I was only trying for at least a star per day (still going since March 2017), no total.

FROM 2016:
-Post format was adapted, and active procrastination.
FROM 2017:
-Was manic, started trying to learn Processing programming.

SchoolMail 2017: 1 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 2 New (0 sent)
One student is already advising they’ll be away the first week of Sept.

Rough Nights: Yes, there were. It seems silly to track these now; any night that wasn’t rough for me probably was for Anne-Lise, and vice versa. From last Sat, when Alexandra wouldn’t go to sleep after 5:30am feed (Mom walked her about and she spat up a bunch; but then everyone got back to sleep for an hour) to Friday morning, when Anne-Lise determined the bassinet placement wasn’t ideal.


WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Doubled word count on “Time Untied” NaNo (final over 5,000)
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat
 -Summer Fun Art Trade art, completed

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Info session at St. Laurent Sun
 -Trip downtown Sun (gym/bookstore)
 -Beach with sister-in-law Mon
 -Doctor’s Appointment Tuesday
 -Shopping around town Thurs
 -Lawn Care, etc Fri/Sat
 -Finished “Call Me Dad!” (pg 176-185)
 -7 Chapters of “Raising Your Spirited Child” (to pg 148)
 -Lotus Prince’s “Jojo: Eyes of Heaven” (8 to 18)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Anniversary.

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER?
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 3 (Divine Buster, Extension)

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Now Parenting: Week 6

Sunday was a wash. After being out earlier, all three of us were tired enough to nap in the afternoon. Monday was more productive, for writing, and me being outside late for 10 minutes when it wasn’t raining, and playing with Alexandra in the chair with the panda flower earlier, and her health card arrived, and belated bath night, and somehow she drank 5 ounces at dinner. Though that’s becoming standard.
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Tuesday was an up and down day. Seems we can’t give her milk right from the fridge any more, need to warm it up. Pity. She woke up automatically before 4am for a feed, which we’ll start to have to make on demand. Also, for the first time, some of her clothes aren’t quite fitting. But so far so good? (Ignore the slight breakdown as I felt I didn’t know what to do late evening.)

Wednesday night was a bit of a mess, leading to bouts of unconsciousness on Thursday. Also, my knee started giving me enough pain that I was limping at times; I need to take care of my IT band over getting activity stars. Still went on a stroll with Alexandra and Anne-Lise on Friday though, and then tackled the cedar hedges (most of them) on Saturday after returning from ShadBrunch. Oh, and Wynonna Earp’s back on air. Up next, I have this idea of using the bassinet mattress in bed, we’ll see how that goes?

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Item counts run Sunday (July 22) to Saturday (July 28).

Step Count 2016: About 63,660
Step Count 2017: About 77,000 (24 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 69,900. 12 stars.
Under 10k on Wed, Fri and Sat.

FROM 2016:
-Air Conditioner repaired, then ConBravo
FROM 2017:
-On vacation in Stratford/Hamilton with Anne-Lise

SchoolMail 2017: 3 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 8 New (0 sent)

Rough Nights: Last Sat, Wed, Fri
-I had trouble getting back to bed after early Sunday’s 4am feed.
-After an uncertain Tuesday, her last feed Wednesday went 10:50 to 12:30am totally messing with all the sleep scheduling.
-She was out before 11pm Friday. So bottle at 5:30am and she wouldn’t sleep after.


WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Wrote BTTF “Who is Marty McFly” review and scanned images
 -Created ad for Any ~Qs
 -Wrote most of “Jughead Time Police” origins review
 -Recorded “Jughead” audio off cassette and scanned comic
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat
 -Up to a total of 2,480 words on “Time Untied” NaNo

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Info session at St. Laurent Sun
 -Lunch with sister-in-law Sun
 -Read “Journey With Strange Bedfellows” but unable to assist
 -Doctor’s Appointment Wednesday
 -Odd jobs (porch, windows, smoke alarm)
 -Friends brunch Sat morn
 -Trimmed cedar hedge Fri/Sat
 -1 more chapter of “Call Me Dad!” (to pg 175)
 -Lupa’s Charmed Season 9 and patron catchups
 -Lotus Prince’s “Book of Shadows” (end) & “Jojo: Eyes of Heaven” (to 7)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Trip downtown, trip to pond, doctor’s appointment

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER:
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 2 (Divine Buster)

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Now Parenting: Week 5

Well this has been a week! We went in for the month-old checkup on Wednesday, and baby needs more weight, but she falls asleep at the breast. This is apparently a common problem (and to a degree programmed into our genetics) for the first six weeks, so it became problem solving time. What’s helping is that I got her vibrating chair put together (on Tuesday), and she’s okay with being left in that (even for a nap) in a way that she isn’t with the bassinet. Gotta make sure sleep time is mostly in darkness now to help distinguish, I guess.
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In other news, Alexandra didn’t cry during bathing last Sunday, and does it more rarely with changing now too. Monday morning she was snuggled up next to me from about 6:30-9:30am (and I had more perplexing dreams, don’t really remember but related to family). Also see below for Tuesday. We’ve started tummy time for a couple minutes here and there. Also apparently the “swaddle and walk” technique needs talk, which my wife discovered early in the week as I tend to babble on naturally.

Friday morning feed at 3am, then cuddled with her and had weird fevered dreams where Anne-Lise drove off and I couldn’t catch up, so putting Alexandra in the fridge that was actually a teleporter made sense briefly? But then Anne-Lise was back and wanted to talk things out somewhere that wasn’t at home. After being at my old middle school we were in the parking lot of a hotel, and I just wanted to go home because I hadn’t slept after the feeding. I handed off the munchkin at 6am then had a dream that I had to handle a dispute on DS9 until Sisko came back, and when he did I found my bedroom was actually the store room for the cafeteria. So yeah.

Saturday morning I dreamt of teaching Grade 9s, so that was more normal. Rewinding time though, toaster fire on Friday morning, so that added smokey excitement, and we needed to get a new one. What else? Book recommended bubbles, a cold cloth can help keep munchkin awake during feeds, my hip issues continue. I knew she had no colour contrast, but apparently she sees in black & white. We went through pictures for thank you cards to send out and may need to take a new one.

Oh, and Anne-Lise’s “fit bit” doesn’t know what to make of our new schedules. It counts stroller walks as biking and rocking Alexandra as being on an elliptical. Okay. (Obligatory addendum, played my first “Cards Against Humanity” [Cdn ed.] and came in last with 10 cards but had the shining moment of the night by responding to “What’s that sound?” with “A mime having a stroke”.)

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Item counts run Sunday (July 15) to Saturday (July 21).

Step Count 2016: About 63,300
Step Count 2017: About 61,600 (25 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 75,500. 14 stars.

FROM 2016:
-Recaps for TMC, broken A/C
FROM 2017:
-Shoulder issues, tried to finish up “To Do” list

SchoolMail 2017: 2 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 1 New (0 sent)

Rough Nights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Tuesday she had trouble getting to bed, rocked her at 1:30am, slept next to her for a bit. From Wednesday on, 3am feeds to put more weight on her, which was rough to start (particularly Thurs morning when I was up after 6am feed failed).



WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Wrote BTTF “Conundrum” review and scanned images
 -Wrote “Chanced Erasures 2” (over 2000 words)
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat

OTHER ITEMS:
 -France soccer outing Sun in pub
 -Doctor’s Appointment Wednesday
 -Toaster (etc) shopping with munchkin Sat
 -“Cards Against Humanity” Sat
 -3 more chapters of “Call Me Dad!” (to pg 150)
 -Lotus Prince’s “Book of Shadows” cont’d to 26

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Session at St. Laurent, sister-in-law lunch, Doctor’s appointment

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER:
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 4 (Accel Shooter)

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Now Parenting: Week 4

We’re approaching the end of Week 4. It feels like it hasn’t been that long, but at the same time, there have been a few moments of eternity along the way. On Sunday we got her to spend up to 15 minutes in the bassinet, though by now we’ve mostly set it aside for now. On Monday we took her temperature for the first time; it was normal, she’s had some red dots on her face, likely due to humidity.
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Tuesday night, I had thought limit on her cries was 12-15 mins, based on a couple trips in the car - not so. Too tired to sleep/eat?? Eventually got her a bottle. Walked with her the next morning, then from maybe 8:30-10:30 had her curled with me instead of with Anne-Lise. Odd dream then: That Anne-Lise also went to change her, meaning we had two Alexandras. Then a half dozen of her at different ages in a camper. Who was the original? Internet reviewer “the Dom” had a suggestion of taking one on an amusement ride, with an anti-gravity sofa. He ended up playing a zither with Alexandra as I tried to solve the mystery of the house? Okay then.

Wednesday was pretty uneventful; I organized pictures into file folders. Thursday I somehow got a star (10 min of activity) just by walking around in the morning with Alexandra. Then more as I went to the store, then we all got out of the house for a 90 minute walk, and that was over 23k steps and 9 stars on the day. No bottles on this day either. Hip really bothering me by the end though, talked to the doctor on Friday (I’m easing off my meds) and it’s probably ligaments by the hip flexor. I’m still making dinners most night and not getting to much writing, but I’m okay with things for now.

Random other discoveries: Possibly our lights are upsetting her, too bright? Also might not like the posters of anime characters - could be they have the appearance of real people, she doesn’t have depth perception. The ceiling fan in the living room, although it’s never been on, may be suspicious. The reason a swaddle and a walk in the basement might help put Alexandra at ease/to sleep may be babies not having full awareness of arms and legs (hence liking the appendages swaddled up). She seems to get daily hiccups. She cries a bit like me sometimes, with the choked sobs at the end. She has a strong grip when she wants (on my finger usually). She sometimes messes around while feeding, getting milk on mommy. On Friday I held her for almost three hours as she slept.

I think we’re doing okay.

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Item counts run Sunday (July 8) to Saturday (July 14).

Step Count 2016: About 70,500
Step Count 2017: About 65,500 (20 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 109,600. 20 stars.
I had to double check that. But with walking Alexandra around, the last day I had under 10k steps was Tues July 3rd.

FROM 2016:
-In Minnesota for TMC, cubic song.
FROM 2017:
-Cleaning house/deck, feeling better about plans.

SchoolMail 2017: 2 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 5 New (0 sent)

Rough Nights: Monday.
Again, that’s nights that need both of us. She does feed at 3 or 4am. Apparently I sometimes snore. I am sorry.




WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -1550 more words, publishing “Chanced Erasures 1”
 -770 words on “Time Untied”
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Glued together mugs and glassware
 -Tidied up the kitchen, putting away containers
 -Doctor’s Appointment Friday
 -4 chapters (110 pgs) of “Call Me Dad!”
 -Lotus Prince’s “Corpse Party” & “Book of Shadows” to 10

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -France soccer, Doctor’s appointment

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER:
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 1 (Evasion: Flier Fin)

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Now Parenting: Week 3

This picks up from “Now Teaching” as the last two weeks of the second semester coincided with the birth of my daughter. I’ll be retiring “TEACHING RELATED ITEMS” as it won’t be relevant for a while (I have other things on my plate first). I do know I’ll only have morning classes in September (voluntary reduction of salary). I also still need to finish some miscellaneous COMA items.
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For Alexandra, bath time will normally be Sundays (barring necessity), but we had to go with Monday this past week because of Canada Day excitement. “Rough Nights” will be added and based on the night, not the “morning”, even if that’s technically incorrect when woken up at 3am. (Also not necessarily counting the nights Anne-Lise is up...) There was one impressive fountain of fluid (we’re supplementing breast with bottle). The munchkin dislikes being changed.

She also dislikes being left in her bassinet, even if she’s sleeping - or perhaps more to the point, she likes movement. My Dad has said I was the same way, and he learned how to “walk and sleep” at the same time. This might be in my future. I spent three hours with her in my arms on Thursday afternoon, and didn’t really feel the effects until after. I wish I knew what was wrong with my right hip (and down my leg) it’s bugging me. Only once have I been really too tired to handle the crying.

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Item counts run Sunday (July 1) to Saturday (July 6).

Step Count 2016: About 52,900
Step Count 2017: About 61,600 (21 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 77,700. 17 stars.

FROM 2016:
-Put up “Nanoha” merchandise, prepared for Twitter Math Camp
FROM 2017:
-Felt like the writing during my year off was a failure

SchoolMail 2017: 0 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 7 New (1 sent)
Figured out where I went wrong. Gained an extra day around March Break, should have totalled out to 194. Went back and made the edits.

Rough Nights: Sunday, Tuesday.


WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Got indexes out for this column and next “Epsilon” story
 -130 words on “Time Untied”; 350 words on “Chanced Erasures 1”

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Lunch with family on Canada Day
 -Dinner with in-laws Canada Day
 -Breakfast with family on Monday
 -Dentist Appointment on Tuesday
 -Lawn/Yard Work on Wednesday
 -Trip to A-L work on Friday
 -Brunch with friends on Saturday
 -“Tales of the Loop” RP on Saturday
 -Last 8 tips of “25 Things Every New Dad Should Know”
 -Lotus Prince’s “White Day” and its Remake (& Discord)
 -Van Wilderman’s “White Day” and “Don’t Die Dateless”

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Doctor’s appointment

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER:
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 2 (Divine Buster)

Friday, 6 July 2018

Now Parenting: Index

Infertility may be more common than you think. For that matter, miscarriages may be as well. That said, I’m now a parent, and thus I will be turning my “Now Teaching” updates (formerly “Not Teaching” updates) into “Now Parenting” updates. But I want to preface that a bit with the journey.

In particular, if you have/are experiencing something similar with conception and/or have questions, feel free to reach out.

In 2012, when I was 35, we bought a house. The next logical step was children. To make a long story short (October 2012 was a hell of a month), we were eventually referred to a fertility clinic in September 2015. By February 2016 we were learning about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which involves combining an egg with sperm in a laboratory dish. You may realize that one of these is easier to extract (if not always viable).

To again abbreviate the story, throwing the full gamut of IVF drugs at the situation had no discernible effect, leading us to the egg/sperm donation route. (Beyond this, we were looking at adoption - which I don’t have any information on, you’ll need to find another expert there.) You can’t buy human eggs in Canada, meaning we needed to go through a place in the United States, and either fly down for implantation or have the goods shipped up (we chose the latter). Also, still some hoops to jump through, legal and otherwise. And we were fortunate enough to be able to speak with someone who had experienced it.

After showing that a sample cycle/lining was viable in December 2016, there was a wire transfer of over $55,000 Canadian dollars in January (that’s $43,500 US dollars, which includes a guarantee). Interesting point of privilege here. To this point, I’d experienced a bit of what it’s like to have everyone else living their lives, talking about their children - and me not being a part of that world, through no fault of my own. Yet I am privileged enough to have the money for this. (Granted, it was a bit of a squeeze because that’s the year I wasn’t teaching, but I can see how for many this wouldn’t even be an option.)

And so we restarted the process - and this time it failed, though I’d been getting good at giving injections. We’ve reached April 2017. The once 35-year-old is now turning 42. And, as always, we remain at the mercy of the female reproductive cycle. Guess when things started to finally kick into high gear again? September 2017, when I returned to school after a year off, and was given an entirely new CS prep, along with two other courses. Yeah.

Getting medical leave and put on mood drugs in October might make more sense now, eh? I didn’t want to tell the whole story back then because (1) I didn’t know what the outcome would be, for all I knew this process would still be continuing, and (2) It wasn’t my story alone to tell, and I didn’t want to subject my wife to any questioning. But you can see all the anonymous “medical appointments” chronicled in 2017 and draw your own conclusions. By the way - nine months doesn’t start from implantation, but actually some weeks before. Who knew?

So that’s the story, now here we are. I have a daughter. We didn’t know the sex until just after 5am the day after Father’s Day this year. I also have a wonderful wife, and we’ll be figuring things out for the next while. Including the need to create a personalized book in the next year or to to explain to the little one why she sort of has an extra parental history. I'm taking photos.



Weeks 0-2 coincidence with June teaching, my first full week at home was Week 3.


STARTUP


Week 0: Due this week, nothing yet. I get sick.
Week 1: She's born the morning after Father's Day.
Week 2: Last week of school is crazy.
Week 3: July 2018. Figuring out the new normal?
Week 4: 
Week 5: 
Week 6: 

Week 7: Aug 2018. 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Now Teaching: Week 43

"Now Teaching: Week 43" is also "Now Parenting: Week 2"

On Sunday, nearly didn’t get a star, but forced it. Slept an hour in the evening then two hours overnight, to get through (most) 4U Summatives. Sleepwalking through the day. On Monday, got five hours sleep in anticipation of a busy Tuesday, which it was - didn’t leave school until almost 10pm, only to come home to finish mark calculations. Got about three hours sleep, then into the report card comments and final adjustments. Finished a bit before 9am.

Took Alexandra to school that morning, which went pretty well. Stopped by the Grad garden party but mostly just got questions about marks. That night, slept in my own bed - had been sleeping in the basement to ensure a stretch of uninterrupted sleep though suspect Anne-Lise got more sleep than me overall. Thursday was busy because I had to get things done in time for another doctor visit.

Anyway, somehow it all got done. Without crying. Even got some signatures in the yearbook on Commencement day, which is important to me, having the tangibles. Yay. Now, a heat wave, and time with the little one. She’s been registered for birth and benefits now. Some items have already come through the mail for her (from relatives, and from SirWil family). Oh, and I’ve tried to fix the faucet, mostly unsuccessfully.
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Item counts run Sunday (June 24) to Saturday (June 30).

Step Count 2017: About 64,350 (22 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 66,600. 14 stars.
Sunday and Tuesday were largely grading, with under 7000 steps. Four other days were over 10k.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Tried to get all projects done, emailed for CompSci resources.

SchoolMail 2017: 52 (4 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 72 New (21 sent)
So that’s 195194 days, even though it should be 196194. I don’t know where I went wrong.


WEDNESDAY, before cleanup

TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Graded all remaining 4U Summative Projects
 -Graded 4U Probability extra projects
 -Mary C retirement Mon
 -Graded 3U exams
 -Graded 3U exams Set2
 -Graded last part of 3U Summatives
 -Graded last part of 3U Summatives Set2
 -Final mark calculations, comments (3 classes)
 -Parent emails, failure calls, Commencement fruit/names

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Some CHAMPS art for Mharz’s comic

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Daughter Doctor Apt Thursday
 -Dinner with in-laws Thursday
 -Brunch during France game Saturday
 -7 more tips of “25 Things Every New Dad Should Know”
 -Lotus Prince’s “House 4”, “Overblood”, “Time Crisises”, “White Day”

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Signed up for CampNaNo, lawn care, dentist apt

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR 2018:
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 9 (Blaster Mode, Full Power)

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Now Teaching: Week 42

"Now Teaching: Week 42" is also "Now Parenting: Week 1"

Sunday. Still being sick, I wake up around 11am (though was up for an hour or so around 7:30am). We get the call shortly after to come in for noon. We’re in room 11, the procedure starts a bit after 2pm. (I grade papers when we wait.) A-L’s parents come in, I pop home to pick up pills, iPad, and to have another attempt at a nap, return for 6pm. Stay until about 10pm.

Shortly after I get home, 10:30pm, balloon fell out, things are happening. (I’d started eating cold pizza and watching a video before bed.) Another call before 11pm, and then after - I should come in, nurse is continually monitoring, could go to Caesarian. I arrive by 11:45pm just before the epidural begins, help out. Contractions are sporadic.

Then, a waiting game. Nurses trade off. A-L gets some sleep, I must have been unconscious for a bit as the helicopter arrival at 3am stirs me. Around 4am I go to trade an empty tissue box for the one in my car. By about 4:45am there’s been issues. Caesarian is called just before 4:50am, Alexandra is born at 5:02am, then after cutting the cord I stay with her as they X-Ray Anne-Lise for instruments (routine).

Moved to a private room about 8:30am, call both sets of parents, I leave after 9:30am dead on my feet. Paternity leave for Monday (champagne in the hospital) and Tuesday (first bath), return Wednesday for first exam, and then leave to pick up my best ladies from hospital. Stress levels vary from a 9 when I’m trying to gas up the car after a long day to a 1 when I’m holding her in my arms. Be that at 7pm or 2am.

All those medical appointments in Sept/Oct might make more sense now. Oh, and Anne-Lise gave me an amazing Father’s Day gift. So yeah, how was your week?
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Item counts run Sunday (June 17) to Saturday (June 23).

Step Count 2017: About 55,400 (22 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 63,000. 14 stars.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Wrote stats parody, caught up in reading serials/comics.

SchoolMail 2017: 38 (2 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 147 New (28 sent)
Up to Day 190189, or something. (Oh, 30+ msgs about kiddo.)



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Graded large part of 3U Summatives
 -Graded large part of 3U Summatives Set2
 -Graded Finance tasks for 3U
 -Graded Finance tasks for 3U Set2
 -Phone calls/Emails to 3U danger cases
 -Graded 4U Exams
 -Graded some 4U Summative Projects
 -Mei-Len retirement Thurs
 -Co retirement (& songwriting) Fri

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat
 -Short post to start off next “Epsilon”

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Birth of Daughter, several hospital trips
 -Dinner with parents Monday
 -Breakfast with parents Tuesday
 -With A-L parents Wed/Sat (+DQ)
 -Daughter Doctor Apt Friday
 -10 tips of “25 Things Every New Dad Should Know”
 -Lotus Prince’s “Typing/House of the Dead” (except 4)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -EVERYTHING IS DUE AND HAPPENING WHAT

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR 2018:
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 7 (Starlight Breaker)