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Wikings and Wampires: HEAY or NAIG?

In this second installment of HEAY or NAIG, Anders and I break down the topic of pronunciation and whether it is actually important. (It is, it lets people know if you're being chased by a big furry animal or an alcoholic beverage!)

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Posted January 10th, 2016
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Genetic Manipulation: HEAY or NAIG?

Should we genetically manipulate our children?? Perhaps turn them into SQUID BABIES OF SOME KIND? This is the type of perfectly reasonable question that Anders and I will be answering in our new show HEAY or NAIG! Watch this previous video if you're confused about the name.

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Posted January 10th, 2016
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24 Parody Songs

Parody songs are so stupid and easy and beneath me so I made two dozen, and you're welcome.

Click here if you want to download the 24 parody songs for some strange reason.

WHICH WAS YOUR FAVOURITE WHO CARES

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Posted December 15th, 2015
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One Word Titles 2

Here is part 2 of our immensly popular (haha) One Word Title series, where me and my friend Anders guess the plot of TV-shows based only on the titles. Watch the video, it's seriously great. Sometimes I am blown away by how funny we are, it's like ridiculous. Watch part 1 here and subscribe to the youtube.

Also you can listen to our podcast here (English episodes collected here)! There won't be a new episode this week because I'm off to London for a bit, but otherwise there are new episodes every Friday! Actually I really should make those things appear on the front page of Awesomepedia already; it's the only thing on here that updates regularly and it's hidden over at /podcast... PFF WHATEVS

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Posted November 29th, 2015
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One Word Titles

Who can keep track of all these new TV-shows?? WE CAN, THAT'S WHO. Here are our guesses for the concepts behind Crowded, Aquarius, Clipped, Stitchers, Proof and Ballers! This is the second video on the new Sweden Heathen youtube channel that you can handily subscribe to here.

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Posted October 22nd, 2015
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34 Television Pitches

If you want to steal any of these ideas, just put me in the credits and paypal me some money. This is the first in a new series of videos, go subscribe to the new youtube channel if you know what's good for ya.

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Posted September 24th, 2015
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Scabbed Knees

For the past few months, Awesomepedia has been – let's not say DEAD but, uh – it's been a bit stationary. Congealed! Yeah that sounds about right. Like a big old clot of blood, hardening into place. Which sounds like a bad thing but (as I'm here to tell you) it's actually really good! Clots means you're healing!! Don't pick at scabs, people, because they are a metaphor, and Awesomepedia is healing.

The podcast has kept updating with new episodes every Friday, and there is a redesigned jakobburrows.com for you to check out, but the actual Awesomepedia start page has been very quiet. Earlier this year, several of my projects were winding down; THIS IS A BEAT, my hourly comics, and Library 34 are all finished, for now. But at the same time, other things have been revving up! It has been quiet lately because new projects are pupating; getting ready to fly out as little internet butterflies for you to adore! For example there is THIS:

GASP! WHAT IS THAT? WHO KNOWS!

The main thing I've been working on is getting back into creating video content. During my time at Dalarna University I directed a number of short films, music videos, and made various other awesome video nonsense. After graduating I felt sort of over-saturated and fed up with the whole filmmaking thing. To top it off, my camera got run over by a car. I can't complain too much, since I was in the car at the time... But still, it didn't help my mood much! So over the past couple of years I haven't been creating much original video content, even though I've partly been earning my bread in that medium.

BUT THEN, this spring, I was overcome with the urge to make videos again! Of course, "videos" isn't extremely specific, and I'm still putting my finger on exactly what I want to create, but compared to when I first started putting videos online (2006?), I feel very close to figuring out my voice and what type of audiovisual stories I want to tell. So... Videos are coming. Anders will be in some of them:

It took a while to decide what camera I wanted but in the end I predictably (if you're the type of person who wastes their time learning about cameras) ended up with a Panasonic GH4. Of course, I also had to learn a lot about optics. As you may know, there are basically two types of lenses, zoom lenses and prime lenses, and I did a lot of research in order to figure out where I should start. Now I can proudly condense my findings in regards to what lenses you should buy:

Zoom lenses are for Marxists and horse rapists. You should only own primes. Spend all your money on primes. Carry around fifteen different primes at all time. If you think you can get a good shot with a zoom – HAH! That shot could be a thousand times better if you had a prime that cost four times as much! What do you mean you can't afford that? What are you even doing here? Who let this guy in?!

So, instead of doing that, I got the GH4 and I'm making due with a single simple zoom lens right now. But whatever! I'm not looking for your approval, online camera snobs!! (Okay maybe just a little.)

Either way, I'm really liking this camera and what I've been able to do with it so far. And I like that it's "expandable" so I can build a setup as advanced as I want. Another plus is that the GH4 takes photographs on a whole different level compared to other cameras I've owned. I'll mostly be shooting video but I've wanted to get more into still photography for a while, and now I can.

A few weeks ago I went to a record release party by local folk pop legends Ronda, and while there I gave the camera a proper test, mostly snapping photos but filming a little as well. Above are a few of my pictures and below is some almost unedited video footage. Videos of a very different kind are coming from me to you soon, but for now please enjoy this song, and if you like it you should check out their debut album From Scribbles on Spotify or wherever people get music these days.

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Posted September 10th, 2015
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THIS IS A BEAT 2

Ten tracks, some with samples weaving intricate webs, others where the beat is a song and the flow blends into the music. This is something new and interesting and if you don't like it, it's because you have terrible taste. Or because you're afraid of new things. At least that's what I'll whisper as I cry myself to sleep after reading your mean comment. Boo hoo hoo.

This is a follow-up to my 2013 mixtape THIS IS A BEAT NOW. The beat for track 5 is by GBMystical - apart from that the beats are by PLAYLISP. Track 3 features Murph Dirt and track 10 features J Skeezy, both of Jim and Them and Real Ass People Every Day fame. The sexy cover is by the sexy Anders Backlund, who you know well through our sexy podcast.

Thank you for listening. Please share this mixtape by blasting it at full volume all the time always. Or scribble the lyrics in old-looking scrolls and pass them off gospel. Or just share this link on your social media platform of choice. If you have a datpiff account, go leave a review there or something. I don't know, who gives a shit.

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Posted April 16th, 2015
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A Delorean inside of Hogwarts !

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Marty has to save Doc but then hell breaks loose when the Delorean
breaks through the magical barrier that protects Hogwarts!

Episode eighteen of Library 34. Most Back to the Future fics are just Marty and Doc screwing their way through time and space – or they're pretty abusive depictions of Marty/Biff (any incarnation). This is something rather different...

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Posted March 12th, 2015
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Many Thousand Words

Every now and then I stumble on these two flower drawings I made when I was thirteen, and I'm always taken aback because they're actually not that bad. And because realism is something I haven't attempted since then – I was uninterested in reality and spent the next ten years drawing monsters and stick figures, as is well documented on this website.

Everyone says you should grasp realism before you simplify. It's similar to the old "learn the rules before you break them," a rule broken by every enterprising musician, artist and film student that has ever lived. Unfortunately, no matter how simple/minimal/cartoonish the film/music/art is, you can always tell whether the creator has a proper basis to stand on. When it comes to drawing, this is a basis that I lack, along with nearly every other webcomic-making-person on the web.

Visual art can be striking but it doesn't engage me like writing does. Story makes me tingle in a way that pictures do not, not matter how pretty they are. And yeah yeah, picture = thousand words etc, we all know this, but a thousand words also equal a thousand words, and I can get those words right. I can look at my thousand words and think that they are exactly as they should be, which never happens with things I draw. No matter how good I make a picture I can always look at someone else's and think "what's the point". Writing is not the same - with writing I feel like I've got more of a shot at expressing what I want, so that's what I've been focusing on these past few years.

THAT SAID

A month and a half ago I started drawing for an hour every day. Not with any type of goal in mind, and fully aware that I probably wasn't going to keep it up for long. First I copied pictures from my phone.

After four days my phone ran out of pictures, so I started using this page which spits figure drawing photos at you at regular intervals. The page was recommended to me by Mattias Pilhede, who decided one day to get better at drawing and then drew every day until his arm broke. Inspirational!

This figure drawing thing was something I could do without putting too much thought into it, which is exactly what I needed. I've always been pretty decent at copying what's in front of me, and slowly I tried to expand that into seeing three-dimensional shapes rather than flattening them. (While also not thinking too much or spending more than 5 minutes on any single picture.)

Don't judge me for how these people are posed - I didn't take the pictures, I just copied them!

People and their expressions are all I really want to be able to capture. Shapes are what I'm interested in, not landscapes or shadows or whatever people with easels do, so I kept using this figure drawing site thing, hoping that some of it would maybe sink in. With time my pencil strokes grew more certain, and I actively tried not to draw a dozen lines when two would do.

Keep in mind that I'm only showing off things that I'm moderately happy with. If all my drawings looked like the ones you see here, I'd be pretty ecstatic, but instead I'm fine with maybe every tenth drawing. And then when you get something right you don't know why, and you try to capture it again but it doesn't work... The only solution is to make more. Lots more, over and over, because after a thousand drawings you might have a hundred okay ones, and you might learn something along the way.

Listen to me. A few scribbles and I think I'm a fucking guru. Ugh.

"You could be really good if you keep this up, Jakob!"

Well joke's on you, because I've already stopped!

Or lowered the tempo, anyway. Right now I'm doing half an hour every other day. As I said, this is not my main focus, and it's mainly on the schedule because it activates different parts of my mind, letting me return to other projects with my brain flickering like a christmas tree. I hear other people achieve similar effects through something called "exersize" – haven't really looked into what that is, may have gotten the spelling wrong, sorry – but for me it's drawing right now.

And I want more to look back on, and be surprised by, than those damn flowers.

PS: There will be no hourly comics from March 1st because I didn't make any. There probably won't be any on April 1st either. In the future I might draw hourly comics again, but for now I want new things.

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Posted March 5th, 2015
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Times change People do to

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Rose never thought her 6th year could be this hard,
or different from the others, but it absolutely was.

Episode seventeen of Library 34. It is fascinating to me that someone wrote this and thought "Yes. This is romance." Apart from that, this story is minefield, with "cosine" instead of cousin, "earthier" instead of either and, my favourite, "body gourde" instead of bodyguard. This is why i should never be an English teacher; I would spend too much time laughing.

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Posted February 26th, 2015
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