Archive for April, 2012


Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I was part of the in[SPIRE] creative process. After a month of hard work and the tireless energy from Martha, Linda, and the rest of the ds106 clan the grand masterpiece is finally finished.

Initially, when developing my final project for ds106, I wanted to tell its story. I wanted to do this because ds06 had taken over my life, my twitter feed, and my homework. Yet, few people knew what I was talking about and never seemed to fully understand the jokes (ds106 newbs).

That’s when I had the idea to create a simplified way to share the connections, stories and inspirations from and within the ds106 community.


The design process snapped together quickly. I met with Linda who had the genius idea to design an interactive part cyborg, part human brain. However, we needed this idea to leave our brains and communicate it with the rest of the world or at least the rest of ds106.

Immediately the ds106 clan saw gold. Specifically they envisioned an independant site to feature the work of other ds106 pioneers and create a space for people to interact. BAM. In[SPIRE] was born.

From there, most of our meeting were figuring out the technical aspects of it. And when I say we, I really mean I watched Martha in awe as she buzzed around complex code until everything was just right. Without Martha, the submission form would still be a tedious and inaccessible.

For the last week I have been reliving good art and submitting my own inspirations. Now, the story of ds106 will unfold and continue to do so for future classes.


My Hero, Indiana Groom?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

I went there. I may or may not have hit the re-generate button 80 times in order to get this perfect storm combination of mashing-up Jim Groom art. I’m sorry but it did technically appear so let’s call it naturally occurring or fate or never letting a good thing pass you by. Whatever.

There are soo many excellent examples of Jim Groom art that it was hard to choose but I got my inspiration from Giulia’s work. Considering my task was to add a side-kick I decided that though Raiders of the Lost Art was indeed an excellent film it didn’t have the  sick-kick. There was no Robin to this Batman.

Until, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was born. Possibly one of the worse movies I have ever seen and I like to pretend that Spielberg did not ruin the Indiana Jones series by forgetting this movie ever existed. What’s up with evil Russians trying to find an alien skull, a crystal alien skull? Alien skull that gives you power. It’s like Final Fantasy met Lord of Rings at a really awkward family reunion. I mean, it’s an alien skull!

Whatever, I made it better. Meet Indiana Groom and Mutt Levine:


Cat(s) Make Better Art

Friday, April 13th, 2012

My first try with the new generator hit gold. Add Dr. Seuss to Fat Cat art. However, I was nervous about messing other ds106 pioneers’ work. So I went with what was safe, and I decided to play with Cogdog’s work as seen here:

It nice and all but it was missing something, like some Dr. Seuss action.





BAM! Cat in the Hat making a come back.

Now, I could have stopped here and said, ta-da, my first mash-up and be done with it. However, the narrative is still the same as what Cogdog created except there are a few additions to the cast.

That’s when I noticed that the cat’s line of sight is directly at the fish bowl (didn’t plan that). So, by adjusting the saturation levels and adding a little paint. I made a NCIS-esque crime scene photo.




Maybe the red, evil eyes thing is a bit cheesy but I think its warranted considering the original dog poker painting is a cultural cliche.


Coffee Is, My

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Inspiration is a fickle woman. If she calls you at 7am for with an awesome idea for an assignment, then you just have to follow it. Plus, your alarm is set for that time and you should get up anyway.

The goal of this assignment was to create a narrative without dialogue. My inspiration was to dramatize my daily routine. The order to my morning is like clock work: get up, open blinds, make coffee, drink the coffee, water plants, check email, shower. The most important part is the coffee, always the coffee.

The Process:

Since it actually was 7am, I had to play cameraman, director, and actress. I experimented with camera angles, lighting and framing. Please note the really cool coffeepot handle moment. In iMovie, I edited down the 30 minutes of film into 2 minutes. Which was difficult considering I tweaking out on five cups of coffee. The fun part was picking out the song I wanted to incorporate. I finally settled on ‘Her Disappearing Theme’ from Broken Social Scene.

Overall, I loved working on this project and I am little attached to what I created. So be nice and enjoy!

A Walk to REALLY Remember

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

And that’s a wrap folk. Thirty stars are finally finished. For my last video assignment I decide to tackle ‘Redub the Audio‘ but give it a twist.

Sure, I could have recorded my own voice over the video but that’s too easy and I’m not funny. Who is funny, Quentin Tarantino. I decided to rip the audio from the opening scene of Pulp Fiction and apply it to a less appropriate video. Say, a religious romance film like A Walk to Remember. Suddenly, a sweet flirty conversation on a school bus is now debating the ontological crisis to robbing people of a living.

The Process:

First, I ripped the audio using MPEG from a video clip that I downloaded from da Youtube. Next I uploaded the video of the bus scene in Walk to Remember to iMovie with the newly ripped audio from Pulp Fiction.

Next, I spent time cutting up the scene to match the audio better. There are a few weird spots but at least no one is moving their mouth when they are not speaking.

Most of my time was spent matching audio to video. It was especially difficult considering  Jamie, the female lead, only talks twice during the entire scene, but in the audio clip I needed her to speak three times.

This is No Cat Fight

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

This is a 5 second drama. It starts and finishes before you have time to think about what you are seeing.  This is the fastest narrative ever, not counting Maura’s 1 second simile.

For this assignment I decided that the more successful 5 second films would be the ones that are quickly understood. I filmed myself watering plants. Not only is this something I do frequently (I do have a lot of houseplants), but we have all seen a watering can, plants, and understand the concept of watering plants. It does not take a lot of mental energy to figure out the setting and props. This ensures that no one will be lost during the super short drama sequence.

I shot five minutes of film and from that I picked out two 2.5 second clips: Filling up the watering can, emptying the watering can. In iMovie, I deleted the original soundtrack, add a quick music track from Broken Social Scene, and adjusted the saturation to black and white. Film in black and white always looks more elegant.

Overall, I think the clip at the faucet can be cleaner but it is all one complete narrative in only five seconds. Who knew that my plants would one day be famous?

Kinetic Dangerfield

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

I hate this assignment. Worse, I hate the finished project but considering I spent nearly 8 hours on this assignment I needed to show something for it.

I should have know when I saw that no one had completed this project that something was up, like its a pain in ass. I was fooled in the beginning into thinking that I could do this.

The Process:

First, I downloaded a Caddyshack clip from da Youtube using PwnYouTube. Next, I opened it in MPEG in order to rip the audio from the clip. Next, I listened to the clip and typed out a transcript of Rodney Dangerfield making snarly comments about the Club’s food.

Now, it gets tedious.

At first I thought I wanted to make individual images for each word in Pincik then upload them in iMovie. However, while creating the first word ‘hey,’ I realized that it would look lame and decided to change directions.

Next, I got the horrible-not-so-brilliant-idea-in-hindsight idea to use Prezi. I needed to be stopped. I never used Prezi before because I think it is a horrible tool for oral presentation and I refuse to use it. So, while I was learning to use Prezi I was also creating a framework for the transcript.

Then, after completing my ‘presentation’ I tried to use Jing to capture the presentation. One huge flaw, it also captured my mouse moving around and the quality was poor. Boo.

After spending hours trying to make Prezi work, I decided it was time to move on. So, I cheated. I was angry and frustrated and I hated the project.

I used the command->shift->4 technique to capture the images from the Prezi and uploaded them into iMovie. Next, I timed the images with audio clip until it was seamless.

So there it is. The short summery of how my ambition crashed and burned in front of my eyes. I am sure there is an on-line tool that is better suited for this, but I did not find it. Ugh.