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some swaingel m intro! b n and m tend to tell a fast, abridged version of their history, both because they are lazy and because i am lazy

some michael and lucifer planned for tomorrow’s pages!

Sometimes I feel like theme makers have no rights.

Why? Let’s see, theme makers generally have to:

  • answer things in their inbox politely on a regular basis
  • fix bugs on their coding as soon as possible
  • post codes on a regular basis (before people start going into the inbox and demand that they do so)
  • do all of this, as well as juggling whatever commitments they have in real life, such as studying, or having a job, or actually having a life.

In addition, here is a general process that goes behind making a theme:

  1. Plan the theme. Draw inspiration from various places, make sure you’re original enough, or just whack it and sketch something out.
  2. Open the tumblr customiser, and start translating the idea into code.
  3. Fuck something up, then spend ages trying to fix it, only to then break something else and end up having to fix that, too.
  4. Debug the code and add your credits, trying to make sure that people can’t delete them too easily.
  5. Code meta options into the theme and painstakingly design a colour scheme that works, while making sure that your booleans are all properly coded, that your colour options all work, and that common add-ons (music player, updates tab, freehostedscripts, etc) don’t fuck up when you install them.
  6. Make previews. Find appropriate posts of each post type to reblog, look for suitable header/sidebar/background images, photoshop accordingly if needed, test dimensions.
  7. Write feature lists and options, customisation notes, theme documentation, etc.
  8. Post the theme, ensure that your screenshot shows off the best parts of the theme, tag it appropriately, submit it to relevant places, etc.

And yet, many theme makers also have to:

  • deal with things like people removing the credit and other people stealing their coding
  • deal with customisation questions that they don’t want to respond to, or questions about things that have been asked over and over again and are written on the FAQ
  • deal with rude people demanding that their answer their message and/or fix their bug right now, at once, immediately
  • deal with even ruder people telling them off for being rude when the question was on their FAQ or in the theme documentation
  • deal with people demanding that they re-publish ______ theme that has already been revamped/deleted

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balphagor  asked:

I don't really like asking this because it makes me feel very unprofessional (But I clearly am asking). I love recording videos... but that being said, I was never taught any skills in video editing, and everything I know I taught myself. What I want to ask is, Is there really anything I can do about this? Running a channel by myself means that I am pretty much trapped into doing everything, but more and more I find the editing process to suck all the fun and life out of me. And it worries me.

“Running a channel by myself means that I am pretty much trapped into doing everything, but more and more I find the editing process to suck all the fun and life out of me.”

Welcome to Youtube! We have all been through this phase and still finding editing a pain in the backside on numerous occasions. We are all self taught. We have professional editors for the obvious stuff, but taught ourselves by hand for day to day things (everything but Evicted on my channel is edited by me). Best way is to look up Youtube videos on editing, or find step by step pictures to learn certain techniques - don’t let it get you down, learning step by step is hard but worthwhile!

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

CHALE WOTE STREET ART FESTIVAL
August 23 – 24, 2014


Call for Artists ACCRA [dot] ALT in association with Redd Kat Pictures, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana , Dr. Monk , and Attukwei Art Foundation have begun preparation for the Fourth Annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival, which will be held over two days on Saturday, August 23 - Sunday, August 24.

The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out of the galleries and onto the streets of James Town, Accra. Our vision is to cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa by breaking creative boundaries and using art as a viable form to rejuvenate public spaces. The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival challenges both artists and community-based audiences to connect through art.

Abstract

Accra’s deepest history lies in James Town, the original port city leading to the development of Ghana as a nation. James Town is a time capsule and a treasure trove all at once. The place is filled with beautiful colonial architecture and spirited boxing legends, a tumultuous history of the transatlantic slave trade and and a people’s diehard spirit to remember who they are. Here a constellation of families, cultural practices, and aquatic livelihoods persistently remix James Town’s past, present and future. It is a place of endings and beginnings, of ongoing deaths and rebirths.

CHALE WOTE 2014 explores the history of Accra, the city, through its origins in James Town and an examination of this place in relation to death and rebirth.

The theme for this year’s festival is Death: An Eternal Dream Into Limitless Rebirth. We are evaluating Accra as a Space station, a portal with the potential to rebirth new histories, possibilities, hopes and desires. We are looking to exhibit art works that remodel our perceptions and interaction with design in public spaces.

How does the transition of life [i.e. death] reform into passages leading to different lives [i.e. rebirth]?

With this, we envision rehabilitating popular perceptions about death and the afterlife. Ethnic groups across Ghana already possess a wealth of stories about death and rebirth that are often passed privately from generation to generation through family accounts. CHALE WOTE 2014 will curate a multiplicity of narratives about death and rebirth in their most spectacular form. These forms will be interpreted through performance, theater, installation, video art, short stories, spoken word, murals, graffiti, digital art and exhibitions . We are invested in telling Ghanaian stories as well as global ones.

For Local Artists

Proposed artwork can be realized in any medium and there are no restrictions on form or content. However, proposals that demonstrate innovation and deep, nuanced understanding of contemporary art, craft, or design are preferred. Proposals must be site-specific, i.e. within James Town during CHALE WOTE 2014.

This call is open to all artists living in Ghana who have been professionally active for at least 2 years and with a visible commitment to their professional artistic practice and media. [Having studied art is NOT a requirement; we accept applications from self-taught professional artists with at least two years constant working experience]. The concepts can be based on work to be realized as an intervention, a live performance, an installation, a video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance art, theatre, dance, animation or some other form newly imagined. All works should translate to being displayed or performed in a public space and should actively engage intentional and incidental audiences where possible.

As strong advocates of art education, we are also interested in works that can be tailored to include a workshop session with children and/or youth during the first day of the festival.

Selected artists will be expected to realize the works from August 15 to 22, 2014 and have it ready for display/performance on August 23 and 24, 2014.


How To Apply

1. Current resume/CV: 3 pages maximum.

2. Application submissions must contain the following documents: 1) a concept note about your festival project and 2) work you’ve made within the past 2 years. You may submit either still images OR video, not both.

We review video documentation if an artist’s work is time-based, interactive, web-based, kinetic, film, video, animation, and/or performance. If you work with installation, painting, sculpture, photography and/or drawing, you MUST submit images. Please note that if you submit still images and video, your application will be disqualified.

IMAGES: Five (5) jpeg images, at 180 DPI resolution maximum, maximum total file size 250kb. Images must be titled with your last name, first name, number with no spacing e.g. kojonortey1.jpeg, kojonortey2.jpeg, etc. Please do not submit: PPT, PDF, TIFF, GIF, or PSD files.

VIDEO FILE FORMAT: HD1080i Quick Time/ H264

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 28, 2014.
Artists will be notified of their selection by Friday, May 30, 20

Please email queries and submissions to accra.alt@gmail.com

For International Artists

Proposed artwork can be realized in any medium and there are no restrictions on form or content. However, proposals that demonstrate innovation and deep, nuanced understanding of contemporary art, craft, or design are preferred. Proposals must be site-specific, i.e. within James Town during CHALE WOTE 2014.

This call is open to all artists living in Africa and outside of the continent, who have been professionally active for at least 2 years and with a visible commitment to their professional artistic practice and media. [Having studied art is NOT a requirement; we accept applications from self-taught professional artists with at least two years constant working experience]. The concepts can be based on work to be realized as an intervention, a live performance, an installation, a video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance art, theatre, dance, digital art, animation or some other form newly imagined. All works should translate to being displayed or performed in a public space and should actively engage intentional and incidental audiences where possible.

As strong advocates of art education, we are also interested in works that can be tailored to include a workshop session with children and/or youth during the first day of the festival.

Selected artists will be expected to realize the works from August 17 to 22, 2014 and have it ready for display/performance on August 23 and 24, 2014.

Please Note: CHALE WOTE is an independent event produced by a number of community-based, art collectives across Accra. Our festival is still growing and our funding for international participation is limited. International Artists selected to participate are encouraged to apply for funding from their home countries or other sources to support their travel, living costs and, where possible, funding for the cost of production for their work. Accommodation and one meal a day will be provided to selected international participants for the period between August 17 – 24, 2014.

How To Apply

1. Current resume/CV: 3 pages maximum.

2. Application submissions must contain the following documents: 1) a concept note about your festival project and 2) work you’ve made within the past 2 years. You may submit either still images OR video, not both.

We review video documentation if an artist’s work is time-based, interactive, web-based, kinetic, film, video, animation, and/or performance. If you work with installation, painting, sculpture, photography and/or drawing, you MUST submit images. Please note that if you submit still images and video, your application will be disqualified.

IMAGES: Five (5) jpeg images, at 180 DPI resolution maximum, maximum total file size 250kb. Images must be titled with your last name, first name, number with no spacing e.g. kojonortey1.jpeg, kojonortey2.jpeg, etc. Please do not submit: PPT, PDF, TIFF, GIF, or PSD files.

VIDEO FILE FORMAT: HD1080i Quick Time/ H264


Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 28, 2014.
Artists will be notified of their selection by Friday, 1st June , 2014.

Please email queries and submissions to accra.alt@gmail.com


THANK YOU!