Recently on Twitter I have been using some origami acronyms, something I picked up from my intervals of attending the local Origami meet up group. So if you ask me to define what an Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) is then in the context of origami, I would just say it is trading card size trading card with a small origami affixed to a card. Otherwise an artist trading card is a papercraft card for people to exchange with. The image above is the origami ATC I have completed for OUSA 2011. I hope to complete another one for Origami Heaven. ^_^ Read more…
With news of continuing aftershocks, and a period of one month that has passed for Japan, there has been a momentum of people supporting, and encouraging support. So this is going to be a slight mix of things that I found to be of an encouraging interest on Japanese news, and not all manga related, otherwise I’ll post it to Anime Diet.
These are news tweet I picked up from @stevenagata
Tokyo Tower lights up with the words of Ganbaro Nippon!
Kobe Okura Hotel and Kobe Pirt Tower also lights up words of support, Fight-to Nihon!
Sasaki Hisashi, Editor for Shonen Jump shared this video on Youtube.
AKB48 shares about three videos of nearly all AKB48 girls all saying Gambaro Nippon!
In Japan, as the stories are still unfolding, stories of grief, or unity. There is desperate need for money, supplies, and support. Over 90 countries have pledge their support for Japan. Even with the situation still happened for Japan. One thing reminds, Japan still needs support!
Now even as I work toward preparing for next weekend’s Aria MMF, work on articles for Fanboy.com or batter around ideas for Anime Diet. This is one story I still feel is important to share. The charity work and fund raising promotion that I have noticed that are in the midst of forming.
Deb of About.com mentions about manga artists contribution.
Reverse Thieves mentions of an American fans/otakus collaborating with charity efforts.
Japanese Manga Artists are contributing doujinshi for fund raising efforts.
Japan Society in New York sets up a page of where you can donate to. Japan Society in my opinion always has interesting lectures, and movies on Japanese relevant topics that you can go see, when you are in the city.
Anime News Network lists sites for relief effort donations.
With the news happening in Japan, I have definitely relied more on Twitter to provide me with news of what has been happening. Western media are at the moment, days late. So Japan is currently operating at normal schedule at the moment. However, with the boom of the internet, and social media.. what an elusive rush that being aware of news and the need to talk about it… can probably bring in a Trojian Horse scenario. This phrase usage is in relation to Homer’s story, not the computer scenario.
I have been mostly rt-ing on the basics a basics of being aware of things occurring, in Japan. Commends to Twitter.com to actually still be able to run like this. Still though, statistics are not settled down as of yet, and warnings are still in effect. Tsunami warnings have been lifted.
I spoke with a friend in Japan, and there are several things to be mindful of, dealing with Twitter.
- Don’t panic.
- Stop rt-ing old/dated news.. since with the more people, there can be more unnecessary panic.
- Don’t spread false news, unless it is confirmed by reputable sources.
I have been mostly watching NHK World and Yokoso via UStream, so right now Tokyo is trying to maintain normal lives, and donations can be made through a variety of sources. At this time, America has sent a large ship, and this military operation is called Operation Tomodachi. It is definitely important to be aware, but to also be aware that continually surrounding yourself with this type of news is not a positive experience.
Please don’t call the affected areas, since phone communication is very tied up. If you do need to be aware of a Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami news, consult here, and possibly as a source of seeking information on foreigners living/working in Japan, here.
All right. I should be writing something else, but found this and am really thinking about origami.. I kinda want to fold, but once again cursing out space, and wishing it was warmer.
Found these really cool tips from Marcela Brina’s blog entitled Origami P’s.
- Paper: Commercial origami paper is handy as it is already cut into squares, but you can also use copy paper, magazine papers, recycled paper, scrap paper, artist papers or any paper that can hold a crease reasonably well and it’s not too thick.
- Plain surface: Although you can fold in the air, it will be easier for beginners to fold on a plain (flat) surface.
- Perception: Learn the symbols. Be sure that you start with the right color side up or down and if you should be facing the edge (horizontal position) or the corner (diagonal position) of the paper. Look carefully at the instructions. The written instructions will give you extra hints.
- Preview: When folding a step, it’s always helpful to look at how the model should look like in the next step.
- Prescience: Read ahead in diagrams to see what is coming up. It makes the current fold easier to understand.(Thanks to Breadbox).
- Precision: Fold as precisely as you can. Position edges and corners carefully before making your creases sharp.
- Practice: If you get stuck in the middle of the model or if it does not look as it is supposed to, try unfolding one or two steps and try again. If that does not work, leave it, do something else, and then start again with a new piece of paper.
- Perseverance: Don’t be discouraged if your first try isn’t perfect, it’ll surely be better the second try.
- People: Meet other people who likes origami. Origami is something to share, teach and learn. Join an origami group, go to conventions, participate in the origami email lists, blogs, sites, contests (Thanks to Breadbox).
- Pride Aside / Plead for help: Put Pride Aside and Plead for help if necessary. In other words, don’t be afraid to ask for help on blogs etc, people are always willing and eager to try to help (Thanks to Frances)
- Patience: Don’t rush through the fold. Take time to be precise (Thanks to Kathy Knapp).
Gah as if real life doesn’t rear its head way too much in my life. I go to various events/conventions by myself, unless they are events that people would want to go to. I realized that when I became press, that there was a responsibility, that to have some control over the story/articles you produce – better beef up your photographic techniques, instead of relying on someone’s images or direction. MELL’s concert at this past Otakon, proved that to me in more ways than one.
Also at various convention panels, if you don’t have a good flash, you’re pretty much screwed because of the pretty dim white lighting. Images are always blurry and never really focused and sharp, because there is not enough light. So lighting and sharpness have been high on my priority. I am not a professional, but am a pretty intending amateur/hobbyist, who is learning.
I get pretty @_@ when I stare at Dancing Queen or various other blogs I have that showcases figures photography. I want to devote more time to taking good pictures of my anime collection. I still need to get backdrops/muslin fabric. Cosplay photography is another barrel of worms, that I want to get into, but way too many things to do.
I own a Nikon D-40, which is a entry level DSLR unit.
Last weekend I was able to attend the Photo Plus Expo, and had met up with friends/acquaintances. Prior to the Expo, I was thinking about what other accessories to get with my camera, and so a photographer friend had suggested getting a diffuser, which is an upgraded camera flash piece. It makes an image softer from the photographic flash glare. I had after my trip to Japan had acquired a Nikon Speedlight SB-600 unit, and from there had researched a little on diffusers.
Several of my friends had mentioned Gary Fong as being the company they would go for in terms of diffusers, so I was at the show and was thinking about a standard diffuser, when we found the Lightsphere Collapsible. (There’s also another video with this link, and if you don’t like the size of the video, there is a bigger video on Youtube.)
I am unsure if my friend actually had known about it, but it is recommended to get for its portability. So yes I got it, and yes this put me more in the path of trying to improve my photographs. I had some trouble getting the unit on the thing, but now after a few tries and with the video tutorial, I am pretty much inspired to go take some shots. Have to go visit some galleries for a paper to write for class. Still contemplating on if I should put of pictures of my work following grading or not.