It is good to remember that we have much to be thankful for.  This year I am especially thankful.

I am thankful that my thesis is almost done.  While I have enjoyed my time at Berkeley, it feels good to finish.  I have learned a lot, not just about the stuff in my thesis, but about people and myself.  And hopefully I helped some people through my teaching.

I am thankful for the friends I have made here, many of whom have graduated before me and those still here.  I am thankful that people still think of me even when we no longer run into each other at practice.  I am thankful for ballroom, even if I never compete again, because it has brought me the team, friends, and the joy of dancing.

I am thankful to V for keeping me sane.  I am thankful to friends who game with me, because they also keep me sane.  I am thankful to E for a brief amour, even if it didn’t work out.

I am thankful for a near future when I have graduated and will have a job.  While I cannot visit Texas this holiday season (not Thanksgiving because I’m writing my thesis and not this winter because I need to find a job), I look forward to a time when I can take the time to see my nieces.  I am thankful that my mother is getting better.  I am thankful that no serious medical issue befell me this year.

It is good to remember what we are thankful for because it is good to remember what is really important in our lives.


DIY Interactive Comic

This is not my creation.  I saw it on a video but have since lost the link and the artist’s name.  If anyone finds it, let me know so I can properly credit him.

This is easier to show in a video.  Bear with me while I try to describe it in text.

  1. Take a rectangular piece of paper.  If one side is longer than the other, holding it landscape may be the best.
  2. Make 2 vertical creases so each of the 3 sections has equal width.  Call the left and right creases VL and VR, respectively.  Unfold and similarly make 2 horizontal creases so again the paper is in 1/3rds.  Call the top and bottom creases HT and HB, respectively.
  3. Cut the paper along both vertical creases from the top of the page to the lower horizontal crease (that is, 2/3rds of the height of the page).  You paper should look like a fat letter-W.
  4. Take the left third of the page and fold as follows: along HT, fold forward; along HB, fold back.  Now fold along VL back so this is section is hidden.
  5. Take what was the center of the page and fold as follows: along HT, fold back; along HB, fold forward.  Now fold along LR forward so all this lies over the bottom portion of what was the right side of the page.
  6. Fold up along along HB.  You should now have something two panels high and 1 panel wide.

Now add some arrows to direct the flow of the comic:

  1. The top panel is Panel 1.
  2. Draw a down arrow on the bottom space.
  3. Unfold downward, revealing Panel 2.
  4. Draw a choice arrow pointing left and right on the bottom space.
  5. Unfold leftward, revealing Panel 3.
  6. Draw a choice arrow pointing up and down on the left space.
  7. Unfold upward, revealing Panels 4 and 5.
  8. Refold Panels 4 and 5 and unfold downward, revealing Panels 6 and 7.
  9. Refold all the back to step 5.  This time, unfold rightward, revealing Panel 8.
  10. Draw a choice arrow pointing up and down on the right space.
  11. Unfold upward, revealing Panels 9 and 10.
  12. Refold Panels 8 and 10 and unfold downward, revealing Panels 11 and 12.

The different paths of the comic are:

  1. 1-2-3-4-5
  2. 1-2-3-6-7
  3. 1-2-8-9-10
  4. 1-2-8-11-12

One thing you can experiment with is drawing on the arrow spaces.  However, these will be hidden after you make your choice.  Right now, the way the comic is setup, you see all the panels in your path when you’re done.