All the best during the holiday season from RainDrop Design!
What’s on your bucket list? If it’s martial arts, then opportunity is soundly knocking on your door.
We all make lists during the holiday season. Shopping lists, resolution lists, and of course, bucket lists. I know learning a martial art had been on my bucket list for years, but I just didn’t have the opportunity to try it out. Schedules clashed and I didn’t feel as if I was physically capable of attempting martial arts. I wasn’t blessed with an athlete’s body nor was I inshape for what I perceived as too great a physical demand.
Then, about three years ago, I met Sifu Sean, and everything changed. He explained that Kung Fu literally meant “hard work over time” and that anyone could do it if they had the mindset. Did it matter that I couldn’t do a single push-up at the time? Of course not. What matters is that I make the effort to train and work hard. And to know that in time, I’ll be able to do 50 push-ups. Can I do that now? No, but I can do some, and I know I’m in much better shape physically than I was three years ago.
So why am I talking about this? Well, it’s the holiday season, and most of us have a goal to get in better shape, work out more, lose weight, or something along those lines. What better way to do that than by trying out something new and getting in shape at the same time! The Northeast Portland Academy of Kung Fu is offering two months of FREE classes to new adult students. No strings or contracts required. All ages, body types, and fitness levels are welcome to join. Bring a friend and train together!
This is the perfect time to check off an item on your New Year’s resolution list, or to get motivated with a friend or loved one to get in shape and try something new. If I can do it, you can do it, too.
Hello friends, family, friends of friends, friends of family, and all other interested readers.
Here’s the news:
Board games are making a comeback! With the help of several friends, Kelly Coston and I have created a really unique game. This game can be both simple or complex; you decide. You can play a simple version with a child just learning their numbers or challenge friends for a more complex gaming session using strategy. Simpler games stand the test of time and who doesn’t appreciate a challenging game requiring strategy. Add a little luck to the equation and now you’re talking about fun! Tao of Peg is a ridiculously fun strategy game designed for 2-4 players that utilizes a delicate balance of strategy and luck.
We can use your help. At the end of July we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund Tao of Peg. You will be able to make small or large donations and/or purchase a game for yourself or give them as gifts. There are a lot of options. Whether you choose to participate in the KickStarter campaign or not, please share this information with others via FaceBook, email, or just plain old word of mouth.
When funding is successful, all games will be hand crafted right here in Portland, Oregon. In addition, we will be donating 10% of sales to a variety of charities. Help us get the pegs lined up by spreading the word of this upcoming Kickstarter campaign so we can get this game to your table. Tao of Peg is perfect for family fun or more serious gaming nights. Challenge your friends and let the fun begin! For more information about Tao of Peg visit http://www.tao-of-peg.com/ or visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TaoOfPeg
Thanks so much for your support.
Best of things always,
I’m pleased to announce that I’m part of the Starry Expanse Project, in charge of remaking the classic game Riven, the Sequel to Myst!
Blessed by Cyan, this is a fan-based project that has been going since 2009. Since February this year, however, we have acquired a pretty solid art team and real progress is finally starting to happen. It’s an exciting project to be part of. I’m primarily doing a lot of the 3D modeling, as well as some texturing, with the occasional bits of graphic arts thrown in.
If you’re a Myst fan, I encourage you to check it out!
I gave my website a whole new look and feel. Thank you for your patience while it was down.
Hi all –
RainDrop Design is in the middle of a site transfer and new design. Please stay tuned while I get the new site up. Thank you!
A friend of mine posted this link on Facebook. Of course, the first thought is “well ok, I guess I’ll check it out.” Wow. Is all I can say. This is called the Barry Martin’s Hopalong Orbits Visualizer and it is an experiment using Chrome. I don’t know if it works on other browsers, but check it out: Hopalong.
It really makes me stop and appreciate the simple beauty from something like this. You can easily get lost watching it and it would make a great screen saver.
This was an interesting project for me. I haven’t done many cartoon figures before, but I had a good time with this one.
Well, now that I’m all married and stuff, I have a lot more energy to put towards creativity. I have two new paintings posted. Sunset by the Lake and Butterflies. Both are available for purchase on our Etsy store.
We’re having an open house on Sunday the 14th of July starting at 2pm.
With incredible practitioners sharing their art and amazing students and clients enjoying the haven it’s time we all mingle and get to know each other a little better; MotherWise Yoga, Luna Chiropractic, Magnolia Healing Arts, Second Wind, Northeast Portland Academy of Kung Fu just to name a few…. we’re all ready to let the community know what a wonderful place you have all played a part in creating.
I hope you can find a few minutes in your Sunday schedule to pop by and see what is manifesting. Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, music therapy, Yoga, Qigong, Kung Fu, Wing Chun are just some of the practices going on in the building. There will be a silent auction, music, food, a children’s corner, a few free demos throughout the day and maybe even a free massage or two.