12. July 2008 · Comments Off on The geek week that was · Categories: My personal learning journey, Second Life, Technologies

For 7 days Paul and I had a mission – to play with the technologies that most intrigued and entertained us, to give ourselves up to all that was geek, to exhale and to enjoy.

My geek week was largely spent in Second Life, learning some bits about building and scripting, exploring some exemplars in communication and presentations, learning how to use a different type of input device and trying out new moves in machinima.

A project in machinima really made the difference to my learning this week — I perform best when under pressure and when putting together a project for someone you both like and admire, you give it extra effort.

I also mixed my first piece of music this week.  Having only ever written one song in my life (no lyrics), I found my bliss in choosing just the right music and rhythms and blending them into a soundtrack for the machinima I edited together (I’ll provide a link in a future post, as soon as the client has okayed it).

It was wonderful not to feel guilty for doing things I love to do — and I hope that I can take that frame of mind back to my every day life.  Carve out time for work, play, learning and excercise and life has balance.

Which is why my chosen photo for my geek week wrap is one that has nothing to do with computers (although it is high-tech in a way).  On Friday we spent the day with my nephew and brother in law, both of whom I think are wonderful.  We had such a great time – hanging out in the morning, then experiencing our first outing to a circus.

Tomorrow is about getting ready for the new work week (sigh), but we are finishing geek week having had some great conversations about future projects we can work on together, encouraging each other with our endeavors and happy that we’ve had a holiday that not only yielded R & R, but some learning and exploration too.

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