Happy 75th.

Oh, date time shenanigans. At least I get to make hilarious commit messages.

Oh, date time shenanigans. At least I get to make hilarious commit messages.

TMNT by Beau Walters

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.

Specialization is for insects.

Hey hey - check out what I found!

I’m giving a presentation with the illustrious @mparker_17 and the rest of @tomesimprov at @DrupalCampTO‎ last summer. Matt and I described the improvements made from Drupal7 to Drupal8, and the rest of Tomes performed short-form improv based off of it.

Artistic Success? Technical Failure? You decide.

I’m getting a little tired of this POV. Winter, get outta here so I can get back on the road.

I’m getting a little tired of this POV. Winter, get outta here so I can get back on the road.

In English, and several other languages as well, weight is used as metaphor to signify importance. The authors hypothesized that this abstraction can be triggered by concrete experiences of weight, like holding something heavy.

They call this “embodied cognition.” Our thinking is affected by the connection between our bodies, their relationship with objects, and metaphors in our minds.

That’s “Heavy”: The Mind-Body-Metaphor Connection » Sociological Images

This is important to understand when doing object work in an improv scene. We can communicate so much without cluttering up the dialog, if we use object work smartly.

Let’s say you’re miming cutting carrots. How heavy is the knife? Is it a heavy chef’s knife, that you’re moving with intention and weight? Is it a light pairing knife, that you’re flippantly throwing about?

This additional information can help your scene partner and, most importantly, you keep the tone of your scene and character together.