30 Day Book Challenge

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It’s November 1st tomorrow which means NaBloPoMo time (and NaNoWriMo!). I don’t normally like monthly blogging challenges. I always feel like I lose my creativity when I’m forcing myself to write everyday and the quality of my posts go down as a result.

But I really wanted to try NaBloPoMo this year especially since I tried it last year and gave up after 3 days. So I’ve decided to try the 30 day blogging challenge from beckysblog as this way I know exactly what I am going to write about every day. I wonder if I will managed to finish it this time.

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Brain Training for Graphic Designers

Here are some fun graphic design games. Warning! they are harder than they look.

Color is a simple yet challenging game where you have to identify the odd coloured square amongst others in a grid. You have a minute to get as many as you can, and it is easy to get stumped now and again. Can you beat my high score of 27?

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Font Game. How well do you know your fonts. Can you tell the difference between Ariel and Helvetica?

Brain Training for Graphic Designers | bluchickenninja.com

The Bézier Game. A Bézier curve can describe many shapes. They are commonly used in vector art packages for curve drawing. If you’ve ever used the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator you have used bézier curves. The Bézier Game will teach you how to manipulate curves and how to use the pen tool.

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Kill Comic Sans. Comic Sans is possibly the most hated font ever. If you’re tired of seeing Comic Sans everywhere play this game and release some frustration.

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Currently Reading #4

Currently Reading #4 | bluchickenninja.com

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

I haven’t actually started the Frankenstein story yet, the first 100 pages of this book is an introduction to the story. One thing it mentions is the books Mary Shelley was reading while writing Frankenstein. As a graphic designer I found this really interesting. The first thing we would do after getting a project brief was go to google and look for inspiration. Its cool to see some things haven’t changed in 200 years.

I also finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children this week which marked the completion of my 52 books challenge (woooooo). Like most YA books I really wasn’t impressed with it and don’t understand what all the hype is about.

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into Hadfield’s years of training and space exploration. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. The secret to Chris Hadfield’s success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.

It was fascinating to read about the details of living in space. Hadfield manages to answer every conceivable question you might have about life aboard the ISS.  He even gives you some insight into what astronauts do when they are not flying around the earth at 7 kilometers a second. As it turns out they spend most of their time studying.

Tracing his ascent from dreamer, to fighter pilot, to commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield shares his story and friendly advice about life on this planet of ours. But the thing that really makes this book a worthwhile read is the hundreds of behind-the-scenes vignettes about life and training in zero-gravity.

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Currently Reading #3

Currently Reading #3 | bluchickenninja.com

Acts of Contrition by Kirsten Beyer.

Acts of Contrition is the latest book in the Star Trek Voyager reboot series. The series takes place after the finale of the show. This book sees Admiral Kathryn Janeway along with a fleet of ships back in the Delta Quadrant. Their mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

I will admit these books are not amazing works of literature. They are practically fanfiction, to be honest I’m not even sure if they are considered canon. But I love them anyway and this latest book ends in the mother of all cliffhangers. Call me a nerd all you want but I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

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