Confessions of a Reformed Participant Observer

The sweet selfishness of living life, not farming #content and inspiration It has been a long time since I’ve written anything for Love Make Share, and that started out as an accident. I had all this content planned, a schedule, and then things slipped. Work got busy, our baby got a little older and needed more intensive attention, and new diagnoses in the family meant a nonstop carousel of appointments, research, and work. (We’re all fine and figuring things out.) I made a couple of videos, I posted a handful…

How I Wrote My Best NaNoWriMo Draft Yet

I have had a number of successes with National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo. I wrote a novel with only a drawing to guide me, learned some lessons, lost, and won. I’m getting practiced now, and have completed three novels in five years. My hands-down best performance came in April 2021, during Camp NaNoWriMo. I set a word count goal of 25 000 words – to double the length of the manuscript I started last November during NaNo 2020. Instead of 25 000 words, I wrote almost 50 000 and…

Picard Season 2 Badge 3D Print Files in the store!

The trailer for Picard Season 2 dropped and gave us some new alt-timeline uniforms and commbadges. Note that this is a collection of digital STL files for 3D printing, not physical objects! The Picard Season 2 trailer dropped and gave us new costumes and new badges – and I had to try my hand at making them! This collection includes the two variants of the commbadges we saw worn by Picard (with four rank bars, presumably at the rank of Captain) and Rios (due to the single rank bar, likely…

Lessons from a Babe in Quarantine

The day after my office sent us all home due to the pandemic, our baby was born. About twelve hours after I finished packing up my desk, we were on the phone with triage at the hospital. We were sure that the baby was coming. Nearly two weeks early and at a truly unpleasant hour of the morning, but on her way.

Prototyping a Video Game in Construct 3

Construct 3 is a 2D game engine from the folks at Scirra. We had an idea for a silly video game and started prototyping it and had a good time! The game is based on Tron’s disc combat and was a fun project to experiment with. We ran into the limitations of the free Construct 3 licence, but our game design adventures will continue…

Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Cheddar buttermilk biscuits

If you’re counting calories, you may want to become temporarily innumerate. Believe me, it’ll be worth it. These cheddar buttermilk biscuits are comfort food at its best. Flaky, soft, salty, rich, and absolutely the kind of thing where you’ll finish one and immediately reach for another.

Kid-Pleasing Creamy Hummus

Plate of hummus, topped with paprika and surrounded by vegetables

This has been the go-to hummus recipe in our house for some months now, dialed in to everyone’s taste. The goal was something a step above a grocery store hummus, and something that could be made in large, family-sized batches. This one starts with the step of creaming together tahini and lots of lemon juice, which makes it smoother, brighter, lighter, and more acidic.

Grainy Maple Sriracha Mustard

Grainy maple sriracha mustard

Take your condiment game to the next level with this flavour-bomb. The recipe Obligatory Recipe Story Following a trip, my sister and her fiancé gifted me a jar of mustard from Butterfly Bakery in Vermont. It claimed to be of the maple sriracha variety. It was delicious and changed many meals for the better. But as I was washing the empty jar to recycle it, I noticed something. The ingredients. The mustard come [sic] in an 8 oz jar and is made with organic Canadian yellow and brown mustard seed, organic…

2019 Maker Report Card

One year ago, I made a video called Maker Resolutions for 2019, which said this: I’ve come up with 10 maker resolutions for 2019 that I think will help me be more productive, do more of the things I like, get away from some of the stuff that hasn’t been working for me, and generally make me less crazy about my various projects and makes. A growth mindset by itself is an important thing if you want to get better at anything, but equally important is doing a little self-reflection…