Friday, February 10, 2012

Ten Things - First Edition

First, a micro-story.

A real-life conversation between my brother and my niece:


I've told this story before, but I thought that it should be illustrated in clay. My brother is a geek god. I want to be him when I grow up.

And now for the Ten Things.

Before I started Clay Baboons, I had another blog. That blog is currently on hiatus, but I really miss doing link-ups to some of my favourite posts from the week. I've decided to move that tradition over here to Clay Baboons, and put up a Ten Things post every now and then when I've collected ten links that I Absolutely Must Share.

Enjoy!

Thing One

Deadline

Some of the coolest stop motion photography that I've seen in a very long time. This video from Bang-yao Liu is two years old and has already had five and a half million views, so there's a very good chance that you've seen it already. Well worth watching again!

Thing Two

Some Things, Not So Helpful.

JRose at Cheeseblarg never fails to amuse. Her posts make me literally laugh out loud - as opposed to just saying that I laughed out loud, which is the online equivalent of a polite smile. In this post, she demonstrates the importance of clear and unambiguous messages.



Thing Three

Am I Really Laughing Out Loud as Much as I Claim to be?

This post from Jillsmo at Yeah Good Times (best tagline ever: "Sometimes I say the stupid things that I think.") answers that age-old question: what do I really mean when I type LOL? I thought that it was only fitting that this link should follow the blurb that I wrote about JRose's comic.

Thing Four

A Big Bowl of Stupid

This post about football from Creative Devolution is one of the funniest things that I've read in ages. Disclaimer: I don't follow football. At all. But after reading this post, I feel like I understand it: "mostly it's all these guys who like to match their outfits. And they run around in random directions because that’s what the coach says to do..."


Thing Five

How to Create a Cartoon Post

Lindsey at Happy or Hungry walks us through the process of creating a cartoon post using Adobe Illustrator. Her post includes an epic picture of a cat riding a unicorn (see left). The post isn't specifically about cats riding unicorns, so please don't complain that this is false advertising if you find fewer unicorn-riding cats than you'd hoped.



Thing Six

Monster Sketch

I'm always excited when another sketch from Don Kenn shows up in my reader. The Danish artist draws the coolest, creepiest monster sketches on post-it notes. I would buy a book of his sketches if he knocked on my door and tried to sell me one. Or else I could just order it online.


Thing Seven

Mothers of Brothers Blog

This new-to-me blog brings a smile to my face every morning with exaggerated, indignant stories about day-to-day life. If you've ever had to cancel your cable, or buy new jeans, or gotten a tear in your magical perfect skirt of the universe - then this blog is for you.




Thing Eight

You Know They're Out There. Waiting.

If you're not afraid, then you aren't thinking. I mean, sharks are bad enough. So are geniuses. But genius mutant sharks?!? Jessica Hagy "makes fun of some things and sense of others without resorting to doing actual math."


Thing Nine

63 Hours

How awesome is that cow? I giggle every time I look at it. Kendall (from Not That Blog) shows us exactly how our perspective can change our experience of time. 63 hours: does it last an eternity or is it gone in a flash?




Thing Ten

Facebook and Me - the Untold Story

As someone who had facebook for seven years before actually trying to use it...I get this post from Crack You Whip. And Zimbabwe's status update made me laugh out loud. (By the way, I love Zimbabwe. I spent a few weeks there in 2000, and it was one of the most amazing places I've ever been. I'm sorry that its weeks continue to be bad.)

And also...

Thanks to Skwishee at Just a Mum? for the Versatile Blogger and The Sweet Blog awards.

Happy Friday!

31 comments:

  1. Yes yes! I love it! I love your link-back posts, you always find such great content. Thanks for including me, and I'm excited to check out the rest!

    And yes, I do remember reading the Darth Vadar mini story before, but it did still make me laugh.

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    1. If I recall correctly, I usually end up including one of your posts more often than not! :)

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  2. I LOVE those monster sketches.

    As with everything I love, I want one.

    Guess it's time to get drawing...

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    1. You said that last time, didn't you? I DEMAND a photo of your first post-it note sketch. I've never seen any of your work, but I just get the impression that you're probably a really good artist.

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    2. I've been a bit... shy... about sharing anything other than my photography. Not sure why.

      Probably because I usually copy other people's ideas, and make them my own, and hope nobody notices.

      I will make a point of doing a combo ... tribute... to two of my favorite art memes right now this weekend.

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    3. Taking inspiration from other artists...isn't that part of what art is? Creativity doesn't exist in a vacuum!

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  3. 'Creative Devolution' is easily one of the best and funniest blogs out there.

    I'm a bit nervous now about using 'lol' because when I do, it's because I am genuinely laughing out loud.

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    1. I've only been reading for few weeks...but she seriously makes me laugh. And don't feel nervous about LOLing! That was tongue-in-cheek anyway...I actually very rarely write "lol". I usually write "ha!". Which is obviously completely different.

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  4. Ohmigosh, you put my name! and my link! Wowza! Imagine my surprise and delight when I was merrily scrolling along, looking at these other (fabulous) blogs you recommend, and then there was MINE. I was like, whoa, is this some sort of joke? am I being punked? (is that show even around anymore?) Anyway, I am honored that you would recommend my blog to other (unsuspecting) readers. Thank you!!!

    xxo
    MOV

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    1. I haven't been reading your blog for very long...but it really does make me laugh! It's an honour to share your work. ;)

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  5. I like Monster Sketch, lovely artwork I will follow that.

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    1. His work really is impressive. If you have time, scroll down and look at some of his older sketches too. Makes me wish that I could draw!

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  6. Excellent choices! 63 Hours cracked me up and I am now following her. =)

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    1. This is Not That Blog (the one with 63 Hours) is so funny! Honestly, until I started writing an illustrated blog of my own, I had no idea how many there were out there. I love illustrated blogs - including yours!

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  7. Thanks for the LOL recommendations. Haha! (that's what I usually write...I suppose it's the same, but it feels different).

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    1. I usually write just one: ha! Because I'm more likely to say "ha!" out loud when reading, rather than actually laughing out loud. When I do laugh out loud, I'll write hahaha or if I'm REALLY laughing hard BAHAHAHA!

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    2. Your whole blog makes me go BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Love it!

      xxo
      MOV

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  8. Recently someone's post actually made me laugh out loud so I wrote "LOL and by that I mean I actually laughed outloud as opposed to the LOL I usually write on people's posts which means I smiled a little." But that sounded sort of dick-ish so I erased it. Your posts often make me actually LOL, for the record.

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    1. Ha! Your comment actually made me chuckle. (Chuckle is more like a quiet little laugh, so it's the word I'm looking for.) Why did I chuckle? Because the word dick-ish is really funny. And I'm apparently 12.

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  9. I was wondering about your other blog as you seem to be using this one more. I just suggested your blog to Cameo (Verging on Serious). I always find gems with your links so I'm glad you continued the tradition. I need a good response for "you're the worst mom" too.

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    1. Yeah, My other blog's on hiatus. Keeping up with two blogs was just...well...impossible. All-consuming. I decided to focus on this one for now, since I was having more fun with it.

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  10. i swear MY brother has said that exact same darth vader line, too!! it is a good one!
    way to go on simply transferring some of your blogging ideas from your other blog to this one - that is cool. (sorry for the delay in "visiting" you here, stephanie...i need to switch my bookmarks!).

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    1. All hail the brothers! Haha! I'm transferring the general idea here...but I think that I'll probably end up linking to more visual and humour blogs, just because that's what I'm reading more and more often these days.

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  11. Third time is a charm---I meant to head over here the other times MOV mentioned your blog. What fun! I think I will stay and browse a bit! ;)

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    1. Welcome! Glad you stopped by for a visit!

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  12. Just found your blog from a link at MOV's, love it!
    Shea

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    1. Thanks Shea! Honestly, MOV has been such a huge supporter...I think most of my traffic over the past week has come directly from her blog!

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  13. I love your link ups!
    Happy Valentines day, miss your posts but love me some clay baboons xox

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    1. Thanks Donna! I love doing link-ups. I'm not sure how much traffic I send to anyone...but I love being able to promote talented artists and storytellers. (Speaking of which...didn't you tease us with a promise of gnome stories? No pressure...but I'm definitely keeping my eyes open!)

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  14. I love your link ups too...but is it wrong that instead of just admiring the creativity of others..I keep thinking, why can't I do that!

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    1. Oh, I do that ALL THE TIME. And don't even talk to me about music. I actually feel a bit depressed if I focus too much on the fact that I don't know how to make music.

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