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Seven Robot, Deluxe Redux

“Seven Robots, Deluxe Redux,” animated GIF by @aforgrave (click image for rock music)

After only getting to try The Daily Create, tdc2016 yesterday on my iPhone, I wanted to revisit the RoboBoogie website on my computer. After playing with the code generator for a few minutes, I started animating all of the robots, and captured each one as a short video.

For each of the seven robot videos,
1) import into Photoshop, isolate 25 unique frames, make the background transparent for each frame
2) import grouped layers into master Photoshop file
3) re-assigned each robot’s 25 frames across the 25 frames within the all robot GIF.
4) add in a background for the robots to dance in front of.

In closing, I made an mp3 of one of the music tracks, and then used the John Johnson trick to make the mp3/ogg playable on a click.

Voila! Seven Dancing Robots!

They also dance on Mars, in Vegas, and in Fredericksburg!

“Seven Robots, on Mars,” animated GIF by @aforgrave (click image for synth music)


“Seven Robots, in Vegas,” animated GIF by @aforgrave (click image for funk music)


“Seven Robots at CoWork in Freddy,” animated GIF by @aforgrave (click image for disco music)

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What Happened In 31 Days

“The June 2017 30-Day Challenge for The Daily Create, Issued and Met,” image by @aforgrave

The Daily Create, tdc1999, asks that we tell a story in two images and two sentences.

The images are above. The sentences:

  • The June 2017 30-Day Challenge for The Daily Create was issued.
  • The June 2017 30-Day Challenge for The Daily Create was met.

The June 2017 30-Day Challenge for The Daily Create, issued by Alan Levine (@cogdog), has been completed. Over the past 31 days (it took me an extra day to finish up, and those in the know will understand why), The Daily Create prompts have pushed and pulled creativity in a variety of directions, and the resulting ride has been most exciting.

I have documented my creates here on the June 2017 30-Day Challenge – The Daily Create page. The page provides links to both the original prompts on The Daily Create site, as well as the corresponding posts here on de•tri•tus.

I would be remiss if I were to ignore the impetus offered by long-time #ds106 participant, @iamTalkyTina (@iamTalkyTina, on Twitter), who very early on in the month decided to offer a Certification badge for all ds106 folks who completed the 30-Day Challenge. The terms of the certification seem to suggest that as long as one was registered before the June 30th deadline, a small amount of leeway might be granted, and so I will trust that the work and documentation I have provided will put me in the running for the coveted badge. It will be interesting to see in the final tally who all managed to follow through and do all 30 Creates.

Thanks to all for such a fun experience!



Two big-name Canadian rock bands, Rush, and Max Webster,  collaborated 37 years ago when they recorded the track “Battlescar,” live at Phase One Studios in Toronto.  The power of the vocals, guitars, and drums in this song has always had me wondering what might have come about had the two bands merged into one.  The track appeared on the fifth and final Max Webster album, shortly before frontman/vocalist/guitarist Kim Mitchell pursued his solo career.

For The Daily Create, tdc1998: Fantasy Band.

Keep Calm and Make Art

“Keep Calm and Make Art,” photo of my recently arrived t-shirts, by @aforgrave

So here’s a bit of a backstory.

When I entered grade 9 and had to select my courses, I filled up all of my available slots with courses but didn’t have any room left for Visual Arts. By the time I got to grade 13 and saw what a lot of my artist friends were doing — and when I learned of OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design — now OCAD University) — I was saddened that there hadn’t been room for art along the way. I’d managed extra credits in English, all of the maths, all of the sciences, 3 OAC credits in music, but no visual art. The next year, when I went away to university, there was no option for any practical music courses outside of the Faculty of Music. So at that point I got a sad face regarding that one, too.

However, as I reflect back, I did spend a chunk of my high school time dabbling in design work. It was all typewriters, white-out, letterset, scissors, and glue sticks back then, as there were no computers in the late seventies. I helped a friend publish a science-fiction fanzine in grade 10 (recalling the Gestetner and cor-flu) but most of my design time went towards supporting promotion materials for my work at the time.

All this to say that I believe that there is an artist inside everyone. We need to believe in that artist, and cultivate that artist, and let that artist express themself, even if our vocation takes us on a tangential path.

My thanks to the DS106 Community for providing a wonderful context within which to explore Making Art.

“Keep Calm and Make Art” are my entry for The Daily Create, tdc1989, five words to impress someone.

DS106 has made a real impression on me.


… And One Day, He Just Faded Away …

“… He Just Faded Away,” image by @aforgrave

This is for The Daily Create, tdc1986, where we are asked to explore the Upworthy Generator and then tell an Upworthy-type story. Of course, everyone can learn from the strange tale of Dr. Oblivion, and we all understand the important benefits of Making Art.

For this create, I searched for images of Dr. Oblivion on the web, and the returned image led me to the posted video on Youtube Dr. Oblivion Welcomes You to ds106, where I sourced an appropriate screen capture at about 28:40 when he was talking about the DailyShoot (we’re taking pre-TheDailyCreate days, here!).  If you haven’t seen Jim Groom (@jimgroom, on Twitter) doing his introductory DS106 welcome as Dr. Oblivion, it is well worth it. I’ve embedded it below!

I snagged Jim’s twitter avatar from his Twitter account.

For the quote, I put words in Jim’s mouth. But I’m sure he agrees with them!

Here is Dr. Oblivion from The Summer of Oblivion, June 2011.

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