I know, it’s been a few months since you last heard from me. It’s been busy as I’ve been taking courses and working on my novel.
I also wanted to have some time to reflect on the direction and structure I’d like this blog to take. It began as a project for a course that I intended to continue after the class finished. The structure of the class however necessitated that I do a lot of writing very quickly, which isn’t quite how I plan to approach it. It was also useful to get feedback both from the instructor and readers to see what people found most interesting, and what I found most compelling to write.
The TED Talks are in Vancouver this week, which is a big deal for the tech industry here. I first became a fan of the TED talks as a teacher, finding that the succinct, interesting and motivating talks were very useful as a dynamic listening activity for my students, often leading to interesting discussion. They also bring together a lot of things I’m most passionate about–film, technology, education and social change. I may not have $8500 to attend the conference but I did go watch a few talks at the livestream at the Vancouver Public Library. However, the best thing about the conference is that the talks are put online, eventually, for everyone to enjoy. Here are five talks worth checking out:
It’s funny. I started taking courses at BCIT to get employable skills, but in a lot of ways I’ve ended up as more of an artist and writer than before. One course got me writing this blog, and another has got me learning how to create vector graphics, which has got me producing art. In the process I’ve learned a lot about how many of the images we now see in advertisements and film are now produced, especially in animation.
It’s already mid-March, but it’s still early in the movie-watching year. Sometimes it can be kind of frustrating that all the best movies are released at the same time which means a bit of binge-watching and burnout afterwards. The Sundance and Berlin festivals have already happened, and in Vancouver there are a number of festivals that I will try to make it to as well.