Two fun Internet based projects happening next week.
First up: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
So what did the creator of Buffy, Angel and Firefly do when the writers were on strike last winter? He brainstormed an Internet-based project called Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Joss Whedon recruited Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser and How I Met Your Mother) to play a super villain, Nathan Fillion (Captain Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly and Serenity) to play a super hero, and Felicia Day (the last season of Buffy, The Guild, and that Cheetos laundromat commercial) to play a cute girl, and produced a program that will be published in three video installments on the Internet next week.
So what exactly is a Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog? As it's described on the Dr. Horrible Twitter page, it's: The story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to.
So, on July 15, check out DrHorrible.com for the first video installment, July 17 for the second, and July 19 for the last. They'll be posted for free until July 20, and after that will be available for download for pay through some other site. Eventually, it will be released on DVD with all sorts of special extras.
Second up: Doodle Week
Doodle Masters Claire and Laura have declared a sequel to this spring's fabulously successful (and fun) Doodle Week. Starting Monday and then for the next week, you'll see doodles popping up all over the blogosphere.
In the spirit of things, I've already posted a doodle version of my logo on my page.
So, you're wondering (maybe), how does one participate in Doodle Week?
First, you draw a doodle by whatever means inspires you. The doodle doesn't even have to be good. It's a doodle, and who ever saw a doodle hanging in an art gallery anywhere?
Once you've managed to produce a doodle, then what? Unless you're only planning to hang your doodle from your refrigerator or cubicle wall, you need to get it into a digitized format. No one cares how. Take a photo of it. Scan it. Create it on your computer in the first place. Whatever. That's incidental.
Then you post it somewhere. On your blog. On your MySpace page. On your Flickr page. (Surely you're involved in some sort of social networking thing that will let you post an image, right?)
Then you go to the Doodle Week website and let everyone know that you've doodled, then they can come and admire your doodle.
Oh, and there are themes for each day, but don't let a theme hold you back. Have fun with it!