The Forecast Calls for Blood and Thunder

Roller Derby is coming for you, from every corner of this fine globe. Blood and Thunder —the world’s premier roller derby magazine— is bringing the first ever Roller Derby World Cup to Toronto this December.

December 2nd to 4th will see 12 teams rolling in to compete for world roller derby domination. England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Finland, Sweden, France, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Argentina and of course lucky number team 13— Canada, jamming, blocking and hitting their way to the title bout. Being on hand to see some of this country’s elite already, this promises to be one heck of a weekend.

Make Your Life Easier by Using a Pen Tablet

It’s been about a month already since I started internship at derooted. In this month there was this one time I forgot to bring my pen tablet. Working with the trackpad on MacBook irritated me all day. (Although I love MacBook’s multi fingers trackpad feature) Whether you’re professional graphic designer or someone who just love doing something arty on your computer, a pen tablet is the best tool to make your life much easier. When I first got my pen tablet, I wasn’t interested in graphic design or computer-related illustrations. I did a lot of analog drawings on paper. I didn’t find any use for the tablet. I remember when I first tested out the tablet from pure boredom, I realized how easy it was to use with computer games because I scored much higher with the pen tablet than the mouse (especially the kind of shooting game that require you to aim and shoot at target).

Finding Inspiration

The above, however, not so much. But it’s an interesting topic that’s been on the creative mind forever and back. Is inspiration explainable? I’m not so sure. Sometim es we find it in the palm of our hand, sometimes we pull it out of the ether, sometimes other people pull it out of the ether, sometimes it’s collective, sometimes it’s retrospective, sometimes it takes footsteps, sometimes it takes mistakes. Sometimes…well, this could go on forever, and it probably will.

Intern-al Affairs – Sometimes, More is More

After nearing a month at Derooted HQ, I, Jenn King Intern at Large, am emerging from my relatively inactive internet (or should I say INTERNet, har har) presence to fulfill my new role as Jenn King Intern at Large / Blogette Extraordinaire. Please, bear with me while I get whatever the computer equivalent of finding one’s sea legs is.

Google for the Arts

In case you missed it, last week Google rolled out its new gem known as Google Art Project. Absolutely fascinating in a manner only Google could deliver. Google Art Project brings the worlds greatest fine arts and museums to you giving you immediate access to over 1000 works of art in 17 of the worlds renown museums across the globe. With the same brilliance of the Google Street View technology, you have the freedom to tour collections at the MoMA and Met in NewYork City, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the National Gallery in London – these are just to name a few museums now available to you with out the travel expenses or the ridiculous lineups for a brief viewing.