Sunday, November 19, 2006

Comicology 101 - History & Appreciation of Comics

Slackademics*: Comicology 101 - History & Appreciation of Comics
will occur
Friday Dec 1 at 7pm
at
Chez Toren: 1015 13th Ave West (corner of Oak) - apartment 302
604-737-4283 (cat on premises)

It will also be a comic book swap meet!
By all means bring foodstuffs if you are able.
Superhero t-shirts encouraged.

RSVP

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Comicology? Vegetarianology? Horror filmology?

Stephane's class on reading music was great! We broke out the brand new dry erase board and enjoyed Joyce's pesto pasta and pumpkin pie, John's blueberry fritters, Sheri's chips 'n' salsa and my veggie 'n' dip. I learned a lot in a short time and even took notes.

I've been polling the usual crowd and some early favourites for the next session are:

VEGETARIAN COOKING
Offered by Carina or Jon.

PHOTOSHOP/DIGITAL GRAPHICS MANIPULATION
Offered by Matt or Carina or Sam

HORROR/SCI-FI FILM THEORY
Offered by Carina

COMIC BOOK HISTORY AND APPRECIATION
I know a lot of people who are interested in this, and a lot of people who have the expertise to impart knowledge. This one I think would be more of a panel/round robin discussion more than one instructor teaches everyone else. Hopefully I can round up one or two local professionals to sweeten the deal!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Musicology Confirmed

Stephane will be teaching a one night class on Music Theory/How to Read Music on Wednesday, Oct 11 @ 7pm. Venue will be either his place (cats) or my place (cat) depending on the number of respondents (me= Oak & 13th Ave, Stephane = 12th Ave & Glen). Right now we have the following interested parties:

John M
Michael B
Toren
Chris G

I know there are other interested parties (David, Amanda) but I haven't heard from them on availability for the date/time.

Note that this is also a potluck! Stephane says:

I don't have any specific food requests for the potluck. I'm sure there'll be food I like there. (I don't like onions and funny mayonnaise-based dishes)

and

Here are possible topics I could cover. If anybody feels any of this is redundant or not interesting,

1) Explain the two main musical clefs/staffs
2) Run through all the types of notes and rests for those that don't remember from elementary school music (it's all simple math)
3) Go through the note value of each note on the staff.
4) A brief run-through of the history and evolution of musical theory, both in the West and in the East.
5) A brief run-through of the 'periods of music' in the West (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 1900s) and its main contributors, along with interesting facts about their lives/music.
6) Talk about the differences and correlations between Major/Minor keys
7) Go through the key chart explaining how to figure out how many sharps/flats are in each key, and what the corresponding Major/Minor keys are.
8) Run through some scales in both Major and Minor keys.

Those are all the basics, so depending on every one's level we could just skim that and go into more advanced. Let me know if you have any comments or requests.

Please contact me if you or anyone you know is interested in attending!
Slackademics - BSing our way to higher education

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Musicology by Stephane

Who wants to take a night out of their busy schedule to learn how to read music? And enjoy a potluck? We're looking at Wed Sept 11 or Thur the 12th. Location to be determined. Are you interested and available either of those nights? Email me at thickets@uniserve.com (with SLACKADEMICS in the subject line) or make a post in the comments below. Thanks! Slackademics: your gateway to knowin' stuff.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Musicology

As I mentioned via email, we decided not to do anything with Slackademics in August because everyone is just too busy doing summery things. But we must resign ourselves to fact that the monsoon season is about to begin. Stephane's Musicology class was postponed, and so I'd like to get an idea of just who the hell is interested in learning how to read music. In a night. With food. Comment here or email me at thickets@uniserve.com

Monday, August 07, 2006

Update from Stephane on Musicology

[We're looking at Friday Aug 18 or Sunday Aug 20 at the moment - feel free to comment on availability and interest, or email me - Toren]

Alright, here are possible topics I could cover. If anybody feels any of this is redundant or not interesting,

1) Explain the two main musical clefs/staffs
2) Run through all the types of notes and rests for those that don't remember from elementary school music (it's all simple math)
3) Go through the note value of each note on the staff.
4) A brief run-through of the history and evolution of musical theory, both in the West and in the East.
5) A brief run-through of the 'periods of music' in the West (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 1900s) and its main contributors, along with interesting facts about their lives/music.
6) Talk about the differences and correlations between Major/Minor keys
7) Go through the key chart explaining how to figure out how many sharps/flats are in each key, and what the corresponding Major/Minor keys are.
8) Run through some scales in both Major and Minor keys.

Those are all the basics, so depending on every one's level we could just skim that and go into more advanced. Let me know if you have any comments or requests.

We could have this out-doors in the grass somewhere shady. All we'd need is paper/pencils, maybe a board to write on, and I'll be supplying hand-out sheets that everyone can keep.

-stéphane

Monday, July 31, 2006

Geoff Will Teach You Campology

Update from Geoff:

So the three of you are interested in the Campology Slackademics session. I am more than happy to run it with just the three of you - but if you guys know of anyone else who'd like to show, bring them along. I would like to start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 1st in the little park at the corner of Trafalgar and Cornwall.

With regards to the skills we'll work on, I'd like to hear more from you guys. What kind of camping are you interested in doing? What have you done? Are you interested in the basics, like setting up a camp, getting a fire going, cooking, are you interested in knots, first aid, animal tips? I'll try to include as much as possible.

If you want, bring any camping gear you have and we'll mess around with it. I'm going camping this weekend, so I plan to just keep my stuff packed up so that I can spread it out on Tuesday.

I've put out a request to some of my more non-campingish friends to see if they are interested in the course too, so hopefully we'll get a few more folks. I think I will also have my lovely assisstant Nicole along to help!! If weather permits and you guys are interested, I thought it might be fun to go have a little campfire down on the little-known beach beside the park. Lemme know!
Cheerio, Geoff

Please do bring some food. I've got three burners we can use to cook on. If anyone else has campy style stoves, bring them too. I plan on making a couple different camping meals that I typically enjoy while out in the bush, but if you want to bring hot dogs and marshmallows to roast on the fire, please do!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Stephane Will Teach You How To Read Music/Music Theory

Stephane is offering to teach you how to read music and about music theory (are they one in the same, only he can say). If you're interested, comment here or email me at thickets@uniserve.com.

What Classes Are Offered?


Acting, method
Acting: Voice Acting
Algebra, Fractions
Art: Animation
Art: Art History
Art: Graphic Design
Art: Jewelry Making
Art: Miniature Painting
Art: Painting
Art: Photography
Art: Screen Printing
Art: Tattoos
Astronomy
Beeswax Candles
Bicycle Repair
Biology/Microbiology/Genetics
Brochures, making
Business: Run an Online Business
Business: Running a business
Buy/Sell Stuff on eBay
Chemistry
Chinese Culture, Religion & History
Computers: Flash
Computers: General
Computers: HTML
Computers: Photoshop
Cooking (Desserts/Chocolate Making)
Cooking (Savory)
Cooking (Vegan)
Cooking (Vegetarian)
Cooking Curry Dishes
Crisis Intervention/Suicide Awareness/Response
D&D
Dance
Exercise/Personal Training
Filmmaking
First Aid
Plants: Gardening
Plants: Growing Plants from Seeds
Geography
Geology
Hairdressing
History
History of Christianity & the Church
Investing/Finances
IQ Assessment
Job Hunting
Kitchen Safety
Knitting
Language: Cantonese
Language: German
Language: Greek
Language: Japanese
Language: Latin
Language: Mandarin
Lantern Making
Mahjong
Marine Biology
Mechanic
Mediation/Collaborative Conflict Resolution
Music: Acoustic Guitar
Music: Drums
Music: Piano
Music: Read Music / theory
Music: Singing
Music: Songwriting
Music: Sound Engineering
Nutrition
Origami
Physics
Plumbing
Psychology (ADHD/Autism)(Creativity)
Safe Facilitation for Youth
Scrabble
Spa Treatments at Home
Swimming
Tai Chi
Tennis
Text Adventuring, From Advent to Zork to Today
Unarmed Combat
Wiring/Electricity
Woodworking
Writing: Grammar
Yoga
Zine Printing
Art: Painting: Acrylic texture application
Camping Skills
Comic Books
Freelancing so Editors Like You
Internet video & DVD authoring
Language: French
Plants: Herbology/Herbal Medicine, Skin Care
Plants: Plant/Herb I.D. (walks)
String Theory (for math uninclined)
Embroidery

I Want To Teach A Class

If you want to teach a class, email me at thickets@uniserve.com (put slackademics in the subject heading please) or comment here and I'll update the list.

Slackademics FAQ

Yeah, school is okay, but there’s another way to learn things. People I know have lots of skills. They are willing to share them, and they want to learn new ones, and nobody has to spend any silly school fees - just a little time. Regardez le Slackademics Vancouver. Whenever somebody wants to teach a class, we determine demand and set it up. People bring food and, where applicable, required supplies.

Presently, Slackademics is more or less by referral only. If you're coming to this website cold, and you are interested in participating, please email me, Toren, at thickets@uniserve.com. If you were referred to this site by me or are a friend of a friend, then as long as you're not trying to set up a "class" on "how to buy AmWay products" then welcome!

I have had my email address and my snail mail address on the internet pretty much since 1993. I have never had any problems as a result of that, but then again I am not a woman. This whole concept involves potential strangers coming into your home, or that of your buddy's. So please be aware of that, and let me say that it is your right as an instructor or a slackademics host to refuse anyone--on any grounds without any kind of explanation--of your services or personal space. Please feel free to screen your students before you give out your home address or any other personal information.

You got that kids? I am the administrator and moderator. As such I will kick your ass if your posts are out of line.

*It is my hope to get a full-fledged slackademics website going anyway, so this bloggery may not be online forever.