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Prisoners in the Summer of 2015 #prisoner106

“#ThePrisoner, 1968 series (disk 6!!)” by @aforgrave, on Flickr

With the wrapping up of the recent #noir106 incarnation of #ds106 Digital Storytelling at University of Mary Washington, attention turns this summer to an open online version of the course, #prisoner106.

While participatiion in #ds106 open online sessions is always at the whim of external time pressures, the summer months always provide for a bit more opportunity to dig in and play. In the past, I’ve enjoyed playing along with Magic Camp McGuffin in 2012, The Twilight Zone based #ds106zone in 2013, and I’m looking forward to devoting some time over the next couple of months to further hone some skills while re-aquainting myself with a few different takes on The Prisoner (the classic 17-episode 1968 British series starring Patrick McGoohan as 6, and the more recent 6-episode 2009 AMC remake starring Jim Caviezel as 6 and Ian McKellen as 2).

“#ThePrisoner, 2009 AMC remake” by @aforgrave, on Flickr

To accompany an exploration of The Villages (from 1968 and from 2009), there is also a nice potential complement in the form of Wayward Pines, a new suspense thriller from M. Night Shyamalan on Fox. I’ve just posted about it to provide an accompanying introduction, “Another Prisoner, Welcome to Wayward Pines.” With GIFs!!

"Wayward Pines: Rule 1" animated GIF by @aforgrave

“Wayward Pines: Rule 1” animated GIF by @aforgrave

I’ll be GIFfing you!

tdc618 John and Me and Tina

“tdc618 John and Me and Tina” by aforgrave, on Flickr

The Daily Create for September 17th tdc618 prompts us to “create a Face Swap image of yourself swapped with Talky Tina’s face!

Since John Johnston (@johnjohnston, on Twitter) had done such a masterful face swap already with iamTalkyTina (@iamTalkyTina, on Twitter), I decided that I would riff on his image and swap my face with his. So my face winds up on Tina, Tina’s face winds up on John, and John’s face winds up on me.

If anyone is interested in joining us, I’ve extended the wall and carpeting even further to John’s right so that there is room for you to crowd in.

It’s also nice to see three different ds106 shirts represented — the ds106radio shirt (which I am now wearing), the Giulia Forsythe (@GiuliaForsythe, on Twitter) Kickstarter campaign shirt (which Tina is now wearing) and the ds106zone shirt from summer2013 (which John is now wearing).

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GIFestivus 2012: Is the Learning Fun Over?

Wow! Has GIFestivus2012 been a blast, or what?

As I write this (originally dated January 18, 2013, but only published July 8th, 2013), I have something on the order of 14 posts on de•tri•tis that are tagged with GIFestivus2012 and couple of those have several GIFs on them, putting me at about 20 completed and posted GIFS. (As I scan through my Animated GIFs work folder, I see another 12 11 10-odd GIF endeavours in various stages of completion (3 or 4 of them are multiple GIF projects), and I must be sure to include two other projects that have been waiting on some improved skillz for quite some time — my summer 2012 Bladerunner GIFs, and my secret-project my ds106 t-shirt has arrived GIF.* Their completion is now assured. (AddedJuly 2013:  well, maybe not as quickly as I had thought when I first drafted but didn’t post this in January 2013)

Much of my learning has come through brute force experimentation within Photoshop, with a few instances when it became clear I had a specific question that needed clarification via some kind of YouTube tutorial. Google and YouTube are nothing short of marvellous at helping answer “how to” questions these days, once you understand your question well enough to ask it properly. I found that frequently a full sentence question in the safari/google search revealed the same question — previously asked — and already answered.

The two big questions that I really needed to dig into were:

  • the relationship between the layers and the frames (that took quite a while to sort out by playing around)
  • how to make layer masks (I’d watched Jim’s GIMP tutorial, but couldn’t find the right commands in Photoshop. Eventually, I located them with the help of a video — and the process was virtually identical to Jim’s.)

Many, but not all, of my GIFs have started as clips from video. The tutorial about MPEG StreamClip and Photoshop was really helpful with that.  Some of my GIFS have far too many frames or too much overall movement to fit into the  Cinemagraph/Cinematic GIF category. However, in general, I’ve been pleased with what I’ve learned along the way, and the resulting products.

  • The other “big thing” that I’ve been working on is developing an eye for seeing things that are truly GIF-able.

This aspect of GIFestivus2012 has been a wonderful learning experience. And it has been that — experience. I very much enjoy the “AHA” feeling that comes now when I suddenly see something and say — that needs to be a GIF!  Diane Bedard’s (@Windsori) Feral Cat sequence last week was such an example. It was a lot of work to accomplish (lots of good learning in a difficult animated GIF), but very rewarding. (In the end, I really had to cheat on the last frame. Can you tell?) 

In terms of “selecting” things to GIF, that was informed in a big way by seeing the kinds of wonderful GIFs folks in the ds106 community have been doing over the past two years. When I think back to the original incarnation of ds106 as an Open Online Course (an OOC, how’s that? Jim? Alan? ), I remember the pre-christmas excitement that I observed as folks started making animated GIFs, even before the official start of the class. There was a kind of manic energy there. That, coupled with the birth of ds106radio early in the course, are two significant formative memories from my initial involvement, limited in participation, but informed by observation when I had time.  The other key source of motivation was the wonderful collection of cinematic GIFS on IWDRM: If We Don’t, Remember Me

As for my question in the title — Is the Learning Fun Over?  — my answer, a resounding NOT YET!!

  •  In Part II, I’m reflecting on key variables I’ve come to better understand that influence the quality of an animated GIF
  • In Part III, I’m going to tell my story of the evolution of techniques I’ve learned that help me to minimize the file size.

As for your GIFestivus/GIFest/GIFmas — Are there “big questions” or “big learnings” that you’ve come away with over the past few weeks?

(Again, this post was originally drafted a couple weeks after the unofficial “end” of the December 2012 GIFfest / GIFestivus / 12 Days of GIFestivus, but has languished, unpublished, for close to six months. I’m posting it now — and calling out myself to write Part II and Part III in response to some recent questions about making animated GIFs. Although I’ve stopped tagging my GIFs with GIFestivus2012, I have not (by a long shot) stopped making the durn things. I may post a Part IV before doing II and III, as I already have a post underway, about this affliction I have developed, called GIF-Eye-Tis. Perhaps you, too, have become afflicted?)

The ds106zone T-shirt

ds106zoneT-shirtYou’ve Been Here. You’ve almost done it. Have you got the shirt?

HEY!! Just in case you want to convince someone (or perhaps yourself) that you were actually there, in #ds106zone, during the summer of 2013 with @jimgroom, @scottlo,  @iamTalkyTina and all those other characters, you can get a shirt!

Designed to look great on basic black, the shirt features a ds106zone star-field logo on the front, and the text “ds106 #4life summer 2013” on the back. You can customize your shirt size all by yourself and get it shipped direct-to-you from Zazzle basically at cost.

You can choose alternate styles and colours if you want to get fancy.

 


Make Your Own?

If you want to try doing a custom print using your own intended-for-dark-Ts-iron-on-transfer, you might try this .png file. Note that it won’t look like much until you print it on the T-shirt transfers for Dark Fabric. Also, I haven’t reversed the image, and “have left that as an exercise” for the do-it-yourselfer.  Let us know how it goes if you take this route. If we see you wearing your shirt with the logo upside down or backwards, it will be funny.

Really Fancy Aluminum Zazzle Water Bottle

ds106zone_waterbottle

Zazzle also does up a really stylish aluminium water bottle. I had some cool yellow 105theHive.org 32 oz. ones made for some of the #105theHive K12 Student Internet #radio4learning crew.

I’m going to order one in black.
(The 32 oz. bottles are really nice, but were out of stock. I had to select the 24 oz. bottle to get one in black.)

 

 

 

 

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Note that I’ve also included my Twitter handle in the design in editable text. If you want one, be sure to use the “Change text” button and put in your own name or Twitter handle before you order yours.

But these are really, really nicely-finished bottles. I was very impressed with the quality.

 

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