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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.

 

Colleagues, Alan and Martha, LOST in MINECRAFT !!

"HELP! Alan and Martha are Missing in Minecraft !!" by aforgrave, on Flickr

“HELP! Alan and Martha are Missing in Minecraft !!” by aforgrave, on Flickr

Our two Camp Magic Macguffin co-coordinators, Alan (@cogdog) and Martha (@mburtis), have gone missing in Minecraft. News is sketchy at this point, but it would appear that they vanished at or near the surface to a “ZoneStone Mine” at the border between our world and that of Minecraft, during a series of explosions at or about 19:20 EDT on July 30th. If you have not yet seen it, you may wish to view the news video feed embedded at the bottom of this post. (Caution: May upset some viewers.)

We are marshalling support for our colleagues at this moment. If you can provide assistance of any kind, please add your information to this form.

We are all hoping for the safe and soon return of our beloved friends.

The following news feed provides further details surrounding the disappearance of Alan and Martha. (Again, some images may be disturbing.)

We will be using the tag #106lostinminecraft in aid of the search proceedings.

12:03 PM July 31st Update: Close viewing of this artifact seems to reveal a number of “loops” in the video feed, frequently accompanied by an out-of-sync audio commentary. In the simplest explanation, it may be that our colleagues were somehow spirited away PRIOR to the apparent explosion, and their likenesses remained visible due to the re-played images. In a more chilling, yet possible explanation, Alan and Martha may have been caught within some kind of “Moebius effect,” often implicated within looping or repeating instances of time.

The Moebius Reflux Wave by <a href="http://otherverse.wikia.com/wiki/User:Stamp">Stamp</a>

The Moebius Reflux Wave majestically sweeping over and returning Earth home. by Stamp

Crafty Business

So! Campers have started to explore the MineCraft incarnation of Camp Magic MacGuffin in droves! Last Friday evening, a good number of folks showed up simultaneously within the virtual space, and by Tuesday evening, the area surrounding the Camp Centre had been transformed with a whole slew of new construction.  With a multiples of folks now working here and there, the opportunities for group photos start to occur. Of course, why settle for a static pose when you can go for the ubiquitous simultaneous-on-the-count-of-three-everybody-jump shot. Three images (one repeated, then looped) to produce a little animation.

Giulia, Shannon, and Ben on the Beach at Camp Magic MacGuffin

Giulia, Shannon, and Ben on the Beach at Camp Magic MacGuffin on Tuesday evening

Of course this becomes more difficult with an increased number of people.
Not only was the co-ordination of the jumping a bit less synchronized with five, but the rapid capture of screenshots using the native MineCraft screen capture (F2 key on PC, FN+F2 on Mac) introduced a whole slew of filenames superimposed on the successive images, which I had to edit out. But the result was worth it.

INSERT 5-PERSON ANIMATED GIF HERE (revised image to come … )

After getting switched to Creative Mode (to avoid the MineCraft Monsters), folks have been getting the basics of manoeuvring and flying down. @timmmmyboy, @mburtis, and @leelzebub have been particularly helpful and responsive in getting new arrivals out of danger (Survival Mode) and flying around.

Quite a few crafters now have customized their Minecraft Steve with a unique skin.  (Search The Skindex  if you want to choose from a huge selection of pre-made skins, or see the embedded skin editor, Skincraft, at the end of this post.)

After getting oriented, most folks are getting together with their bunkmates and working to build their bunk houses.  The Camp Centre has taken a few hits as Creepers continue to roam and blow stuff up, but everyone seems to be pitching in to make repairs.

After seeing that Bunkhouse Five (The DigiOuijas) was casting a nasty shadow on the centre camp at high noon (causing the night-creatures to come out at mid-day), @timmmmyboy graciously removed and relocated Bunkhouse Five and introduced a shadow-free transparent floor at the same time! Tuesday evening he spent a good chunk of time working to get his piston-elevator system working.  I had a chance to test it out — and while we both encountered a bug or two …

You Moved Too Quickly (Hacking?)" by aforgrave, on Flickr

You Moved Too Quickly (Hacking?)” by aforgrave, on Flickr

… it did manage to transport my MineCraft self up to the top of the world.

"Top of the World" by aforgrave, on Flickr

“Top of the World” by aforgrave, on Flickr

@BenjaminHarwood and @GiuliaForsythe chose a location for Bunkhouse Two (The Wäscälly Wäbbits) and did some serious digging in, both in terms of into-the-cliff-burrowing, and front-entrance garden planting. They also spent time working on a Pirates of the Caribbean boat attraction, and I had an opportunity to experiment with MineCraft TNT at their site while trying to create an exit for the trapped boats.  Check out the proud Wabbits in front of their collaborative digs.

"Two Wäscälly Wäbbits" by aforgrave, on Flickr"

“Two Wäscälly Wäbbits” by aforgrave, on Flickr”

@shauser and I returned to the site of the new BIG HUGE GIANT tree for Bunkhouse One (The Monkey House), and spent some time working to make it bigger and more tree-like. — It’s getting there.  But we also had some fun when we managed to fall out of the world while visiting Ben and Giulia.

  • aforgave fell out of the world
  • <aforgrave> did you cover up that hole?
  • <shauser>    yup, planted that sapling where you fell through
  • <aforgrave> how deep is the dirt?
  • <shauser>    like three deep? should it go deeper?
  • <aforgrave> tree?
  • <shauser>    i don’t know, i had a sapling on hand so i planted it
  • <shauser>    in memory of you!
  • <shauser>    but you didn’t really die 🙂
  • aforgave fell out of the world
  • shauser fell out of the world
  • <aforgrave>  yes — unless we want to make it really thin and let others follow!
  • <shauser> haha yes lets fix

In fact, the experience was so enjoyable, we enjoyed it a couple more times:

  • aforgave fell out of the world
  • shauser fell out of the world
  • aforgave fell out of the world
  • shauser fell out of the world

We then repaired the original hole at the Wabbits site, but not wanting to say goodbye to the fun, we built an amusement ride for all to enjoy at the Camp Magic MacGuffin beach — The Fell Out the World Fun Ride.   Enjoy, everyone!

"'Fall Out the World'Fun Ride" by aforgrave, on Flickr

“‘Fall Out the World’Fun Ride” by aforgrave, on Flickr

Shannon and Tim and I also took a little excursion to try to find some of the sights I encountered during my Lost in the MineCraft Wilderness Expedition, and some more work was completed on The Monkey House tree house, but those details will remain for a later post … 

Skincraft: A MineCraft Skin Editor

Gumby_Blockhead

See? I made a Gumby skin for my MineCraft dude

Why settle for some off-the-shelf Steve skin, when you can Create Some Art and make your own with this handy skin editor?

The editor gives you a tiny little .png file. This is what I uploaded to my profile at minecraft.net to skin my dude as Gumby …

My Gumby Minecraft Skin

Who would you like to be in MineCraft? What key features do you need to capture to make your character’s skin instantly recognizable and unique?

Use the embedded editor below. Just click Play. Make some MineCraft Skincraft art! 

(It’s a .swf file, so you’ll need to edit on a device that supports Flash)
Skincraft © 2011 The-Swain | Afro-Ninja | Mike Welsh Sponsored by Newgrounds

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