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  1. 20 Hour Experiment Day 1

    OK, Yesterday I skimmed some "how to draw" books and watched 3-4 videos. Presumably, this gave me enough to get started and to "self edit" I got some warm ups from one video and advice on sketching from another. Still another talked about the basic shapes and ideas.

    I brought up my "goal picture" though I had no intention of trying to actually draw it today or any time soon. It was there as a reminder. Also, I wanted to start seeing the basic shapes. ...
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  2. Learn a Skill in 20 hours?

    Is there something you really want to learn but haven't got the time? I have about 100 skillsets I'd love to learn. No matter what it is, it's definitely going to take SOME time, but really, how long does it really take to learn something new? Could the answer be 20 hours? Josh Kaufman says it is.


    The Major Barrier is Emotional
    Josh Kaufman says it’s not skill that holds you back. You are up against yourself. The biggest barrier ...
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  3. The Soundscape Part 2


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    In the last installment, I talked about designing the fundamental layers of your soundscape. These are the parts that set the mood for your victims!

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    IMO, when designing a soundscape, we can consider the sound of the scare only when each room has at least two layers of background sound and one layer of ...
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  4. The Soundscape Part 1


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    Your haunt LOOKS great! How does it sound? Is it quiet until the monster pops up? Is it loud all the time? Does each scene have a soundtrack unique to it? The soundscape can really help immerse patrons in your nightmare world!

    The word "soundscape" was coined by Canadian sound author and composer R. Murray Schafer. His concept of ...
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  5. Anti-Gravity

    There is something inside my brain that I seem unable to turn off. When I say I cannot do something or do not know how it is done, it won't leave me alone.

    Fortunately, in this information age, I can usually just use a search engine and find out. When I wrote last week's blog entry, I mentioned that making fluid flow upwards was beyond me. It was meant to be kind of amusing, not really a serious challenge.

    By the time I was finished, I realized my brain had been ...
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