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Keiko’s Video of the Week #009

In this ninth video of the week, I have decided to post a pottery tutorial by the talented artist Hokujoh. As simplistic as the humble teapot may seem on the outset, we see numerous variations in style and structure around the globe. In the video, we see Hokujoh use a method originating in the municipality of Tokoname to create this lovely little teapot that I have no doubt that he has recreated time and time again. I will leave this one with you to enjoy.


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Keiko’s Video of the Week #008

We are now up to our eighth week of this segment. Whew! It feels a little bit odd that I actually seem to be continuing this video of the week thing, but I am sure glad that I am because I get to do research each week in order to mix things up a bit. I am also learning some stuff in the process, which is an added bonus.
In the ongoing tradition of not posting something from the same field two weeks in a row, I have decided to post a video about engines this week. We use engines for various things, ranging from transport to energy creation, with them being involved in a lot of our daily activities. The thing is that there are a few of us that are either rusty in the specific types of standard engine types or have absolutely no clue about how an engine works period. Most of you will probably want to avoid getting conned by a dodgy mechanic when you go to have your car serviced or some problem fixed but that takes being able to understand what the mechanic is saying and what you have experienced with the vehicle firsthand.
Nearly a decade ago, my husband and I spent nearly a year enrolled in a pre-vocational mechanic course at a tech college. We’d make the ninety minute round trip each weekday to attend classes taught by two likeable middle-aged men from very different backgrounds. Our practical teacher had been teaching the course in the same region for a decade and regularly did rallies for charity; whilst our theory teacher was a software engineer that cared for a mentally disabled son with his younger wife. I still recall them both with fondness.
Before I studied the course, I had no clue about engines other than the obvious concept of fuel, air and ignition concept that you typically learn in high school science. By the end, I was able to service a car and small engines such as a Briggs-Stratton, as well as maintain tools that you will be using to work on all of the above. I am sad to say that I haven’t retained nearly as much of what I learned during that time as I would like, but that is no doubt on account of not dealing with vehicles and engines on an ongoing basis. That being said, I can still recall certain things which were extremely helpful when installing a turbocharger and after-market air filter on our old Skyline GTS-T a few years ago.
To the video, we see a breakdown of the two main engine types used today. It doesn’t go into rotary, electrical, hybrid or engines powered by LPG, but I will likely track down videos on each of these engine types sometime down the track. I may look into the likes of Scramjet engines in the future as well because I am somewhat intrigued into how some of the more advanced engines work.

You can find Jason Fenske’s Engineering Explain youtube channel here. He posts some really neat videos that deal with the theory side of mechanical engineering at least twice a week. You can also find the associated Patreon here.

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Keiko’s Video of the Week #007

We are now seven weeks down and I’ve shared a few neat videos over the past two months, ranging from history to language. Given that I haven’t posted a video on art in a while, I have decided to share the following time lapse video by talented artist Sakimichan, aka Yue Wang. Yue gained notoriety over the past year or so for her collection of gender-bending reimagined Disney Princesses. The collection was gobsmackingly good. I have seen a few time lapse videos of digital artworks being created and I have to say that Yue Wang is in my opinion, one of the best digital artists around today.
Why did I choose this video when I could have chosen something else? Obviously, the subject matter is somewhat important given that it deviates from my earlier video of an artist pimping out a guitar. The video relates to the creation of a digital artwork and makes use of Adobe’s Photoshop rather a physical medium. Whilst this video doesn’t necessarily offer much of a tutorial, it clearly shows mastery in play. Like any medium, digital art requires a whole lot of dedication. Not only is the artist having to deal with the aesthetic, but they also have to make use of software that often requires a steep learning curve.
Yue Wang likes to experiment with different ideas and this week’s video is no different. Whilst many artists like to reimagine human character as anthros, Yue has chosen to flip the script by transforming cartoon characters as human beings. In this case, we see the reimagining of Lola and Bugs Bunny. I think that it manages to capture the style and personality of the two Loony Tunes characters in a manner that only Yue can.

You can find Sakimichan’s youtube channel here. You can also find her rather popular Patreon page here.


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Keiko’s Video of the Week #006

This week’s video of the week returns to the subject of language, more specifically the language of logic. Logic uses its own symbols, creating its own strange method of conveying meaning and truth. Having touched on the subject in the past, I found myself fascinated by the subject. The problem is that I often have a lot of different interests playing upon each other. And that is where my early interest in the language of logic fell by the wayside.
To the video at hand, we see the first episode of NatLang‘s five-part series that is an introduction to logic and is one of several series produced by NatLang on the subject. The first video discusses constants and variables, concepts that are also easily extend to the subject of programming. However, the video itself focuses more on the linguistic value of the language of logic.

You can find the playlist here. You can also find the channel here. You’ll find a host of videos related to language on the channel, which range from symbolic written languages such as Hieroglyphics, spoken languages such as some spoken in tribal communities, spoken+written (the ones that we are more familiar with), scientific languages such as the language of logic (this also falls to some extent into philosophy), and programming languages. If you are interested in languages as a whole, then be sure to check out the channel.

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Keiko’s Video of the Week #005

We are now up to the fifth instalment of the Video of the Week segment. To offer some contrast to last week’s video on language, I’ll be sharing an archival video on barrel-making. Why barrel-making? Barrels are an important part of the history of my civilisations, used for storing products ranging from pickled goods to alcoholic beverages. Simply put, it has allowed a method for trade goods to be transported for thousands of miles. This has allowed vastly separated communities to be connected by their trade goods. Just imagine places such as the region now known as China having access to peppers from further south or the west being able to enjoy tea. It really has been a method of sharing experiences that would otherwise be off limits by what can grow in a region. In the case of this week’s video, the method appears to be rather close to more modern methods that have added machinery to speed up a process that still requires fire to shrink the wooden planks over an extended period of time.

I know that I have shared at least one video from the British Pathé archive before, but their youtube channel remains my go-to for finding historical videos as well as clips of older techniques. I highly recommend that folks take the time to check out the archive if they haven’t already done so. You can find their Youtube channel here.

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Keiko’s Video of the Week #003

For this third instalment of the segment, I will be moving onto the art of Joe Fenton, a rather talented dude that a friend that I used to live near shared on facebook. Fenton’s work, in my personal opinion, is a good example of mastery and focus. He can work on a few mediums as well, leading to the commission that we will see documented in this week’s video.
The video goes through the evaluation, planning and implementation stages of the commission, giving viewers a good idea of what it takes to create high-quality artwork on a uniquely shaped medium like the guitar. Fenton has to approach the build with the medium in mind, using tools that will enable him to take that agreed upon design and transfer it onto the electric guitar. It is awesome to watch and reminds me of what Chip Foose goes through when he modifies cars.

You can find Fenton’s topic channel here, but be sure to check out his official website for more info on what he does as the channel seems oddly lacking in regular content.

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Keiko’s Video of the Week #002

In this second instalment of the video of the week segment, I will be moving away from last week’s theme of building something. Today’s video is a compilation of archival footage offered by British Pathé archive on 8 monarchies that no longer exist. I thought that the material would offer an interesting contrast to last week’s video, focusing on deconstruction and conflict that leads to changes in government as opposed to creating something.
It is curious how much people in the west take for granted just how much even the west has changed over the past century. World War has played a large part in a change of government in several regions, with Communism, Fascism and Socialism being adopted in several nations. That being said, some of these same nations have also gone through even more change over the past three decades, such as the fall of the Berlin wall, the Soviet Union disintegrating under the weight of failed promises to their own people and Italy leaving the Fascist model. In lieu of recent troubles in the Middle East, one wonders what will happen to world governments as a whole over the next decade.

British Pathé released their last collection of archival footage several years ago. This is a great source of visual and audiovisual materials for those with an interest in history. You can find their Youtube channel here.