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Giulia’s DS106 Shirt, 2nd. Edition

“Giulia’s DS106 T-Shirt, 2nd edition,” art remix by @giuliaforsythe

After five years of tender loving use, Todd Conaway (@Todd_Conaway, on Twitter) lovingly parted with his official Limited Edition Giulia Forsythe DS106 T-shirt.  Todd’s shirt,  available exclusively through the 2012 DS106 Kickstarter campaign by Jim Groom (@jimgroom), had accumulated too many additional holes where there weren’t supposed to be holes.

A quick query to Giulia (@giuliaforsythe, on Twitter) prompted her immediate reply with a link to her original artwork.

“DS106 ALBUM ART” by Giulia Forsythe, on Flickr, based on Goo

It was a little photoshop work for me to prep the image to print white on transparent (essentially, remove the black) so that the shirt colour takes the place of the black, as with the Kickstarter original, but the design is now posted to the ds106zone store on Zazzle.

If, like Todd, you are in need of replacement, you can now get one. If you didn’t have an opportunity to get one in 2012 and would like one now, you can get this 2nd edition release now.

Zazzle will let you choose an alternate colour (as shown above) and cut (women’s fit, long sleeves, etc.) I let Zazzle notify me of their sale events, and try to order things when they are at a nice discount.

T-shirts are available today (July 29th) from the .com store at 40% off with the code SUMMERHOORAY

The DS106zone store is at and you can link to the shirt directly here: Giulia’s DS106 T-Shirt, 2nd edition

Celebrating 3 Years of

“ 3rd Anniversary” by aforgrave, on Flickr

As I write this, we are moments away from the 3rd anniversary of our beloved

As I have noted before, shortly after Grant Potter introduced the Voice of DS106 Digital Storytelling, the Internet-based ds106radio station, it suddenly seemed that every single tweet coming out of @jimgroom had the #ds106radio tag. It was almost spammish in it’s insistency, but clearly the intensity which Jim and others were affected by ds106radio was contagious. My own involvement took a few months to kick in (following a wonderful meeting with @GiuliaForsythe and @BryanJack at unplugd11) and I was hooked.

3rd Anniversary T-shirt ??

Knowing that the 3rd anniversary was coming up, I had already been thinking about ways to celebrate the ds106radio birthday.  Seeing a conversation yesterday between @Todd_Conaway and Alan Levine (@cogdog) about T-shirts (these guys must go through shirts like crazy while biking in that outback Arizona climate), I got to thinking that a 3rd anniversary shirt design might be apropos.  Todd was looking for an athletic/performance style shirt, and that prompted a design somewhat reminiscent of an historic collegiate look, complete with the “established” dateline. Yeah, it’s only been three years, but you’ve got to start sometime!

I’ve also been really keen on the appropriateness of the domain that Grant secured — ever since day one, that suffix (aside from spelling radio) has always personified the radical in — radical out nature of the ds106 community and its participants.

And so, here’s where we’re at — a performance T-shirt, available in several colours, for both men and women.

"3rd Anniversary Performance T-shirt" animated GIF by aforgrave

“3rd Anniversary Performance T-shirt” animated GIF by aforgrave

I’ve added the design to Zazzle, and if you are interested, you can order your own and have it shipped directly to you. Note that you don’t have to go with the Men’s or Women’s Sport-Tek Competitor T-Shirt, you can switch out the shirt to one of ~120 different styles and whatever colours they come in. The colours and styles shown in the GIF reflect the appropriate colours for that particular shirt.

One note: Zazzle has discount days for their products, and I always wait for their 50% off days when it becomes much more cost effective to purchase things like shirts — or the funky ds106zone water bottle from this past summer.

It usually takes about 24 hours before new items appear in the “store” — Here’s the link to the DS106Zone page on Zazzle that I set up this past summer — the new shirt should be there by tomorrow is there now! (I’ll add the women’s version momentarily.)

In the meantime, here’s a little bit more Grant.  He takes this radio stuff seriously! And he’s a great sport!

"GRANTED Radical In Radical Out T-Shirt" animated GIF by aforgrave

“GRANTED Radical In Radical Out T-Shirt” animated GIF by aforgrave

In the mean time,  #ds106radio — #4life!! 



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).


Rhizomatic Pre-show of Learning

This is the Dave Cormier SMART Table-enabled Rhizomatic Pre-Show of Learning as realized by @giuliaforsythe‘s hand and my iPhone and Photoshop.


Sorry the GIF is as big as it is, but you know them rhizomes just spread out and take over everything.

Advancing Storm

“memories” by jasleen_kaur, on Flickr
(CC BY-SA 2.0)

In support of my renewed commitment to the Photo-A-Day Project 365 endeavour, I’ve been transferring images off of memory cards, and started sorting and cataloging photos from as far back as the summer of 2011. It’s actually been that long since I took a disciplined approach to managing my images!

Some may recall (Giulia, so patient!) that it took me most of August 2011 to get whittled through my 800+ photos from Unplug’d11 (I was somehow quicker this past year! I didn’t take as many pics.).

Things like our family trip to Washington D.C., however, or the Windsor photo walk in August with Diane Bedard (@windsordi) and Alan Levine (@cogdog) never did get sorted out in the mad rush of the weeks preceding the return to school in September. (I was getting ready to teach in a new school you may recall, but we found out the week before that it wouldn’t be ready, so we set-up in my previous school, but I had to unpack in a completely different space, and then we moved to the new school after four weeks once it was ready, … yada, yada, yada…)

So, while I’ve not yet posted any of those images as of yet, I came across an animated GIF that I completed this past summer (2012) during our family holiday in Québec on the shore of the St. Lawrence. In checking back on de•tri•tus, it turns out it got lost in the shuffle and was never posted! (It’s not the only piece of art — or piece of writing — that got misplaced or unfinished when something else captured my attention.)

However, in the spirit of GIFestivus2012 — and perhaps with a nod towards the current political/education situation in Ontario, I present, Advancing Storm.

Advancing Storm” by aforgrave, on Flickr

This GIF was made from two panorama shots that I took with the iPhone PANO app while on the beach below the cliff. Between the time of the first panorama and the second one, the clouds swept up the river, and by the time the app had started stitching the second image together, I was booting it for the stairs back up the escarpment to the house.

Made from only two images, the animation is somewhat artificial — I’m fairly certain I used the ‘tween feature to cause a gradual shift from the first to the second image — either that or I effected something hand-crafted using layers and transparency. But the overall effect is not unlike the very rapid darkening of the sky that took place on or about July 12th, 2012.

As an afterthought, I’m going to submit this for a new Animated GIF Assignment #892: “GIF the Weather, Man!”  Care to join in the fun?

(BTW, I’ve also found my long-uncompleted Bladerunner GIFs from that same week. I’ll get those finally sorted out and post them shortly. My newly GIFestivus2012-enhanced GIFfing skills should help in that regard.)

And thanks to Rowan Peter (@rowan_peter) and Alan Levine (@cogdog) for their support in clarifying that, yes indeed, you CAN post animated GIFs to Flickr (with a name like that, why not??) — AND have them animate!!

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