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ds106 Assignment Poll

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

As we talked about in class last night here is the assignment poll for ds106. What I am asking you to do is two things: Using the the polls below (a) pick your favorite 5 assignments for the class (assuming there were five), and (b) pick your 5 least favorite assignments.

Additionally, use the comments to propose assignments that you think would work well, and also feel free to elaborate on the assignments that worked or didn’t work as well. Note that I left out a few assignments such as the cyberinfrastructure discussion, setting up your own domain, archiving, and reflection because those will not change given the nature of the course. Thanks for your input last night, it was invaluable!

What were your favorite assignments this semester (choose five---assuming there were five)?

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Friedrich Nietszche playing card

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Check out the Dead Philosophers in Heaven for a few examples of playing cards for dead philosophers. This goes along with the discussion we were having about design and fan art. And it wouldn’t take much to imagine a series of these being built out for just about any discipline. You could certainly have fun with Mead, Darwin, Freud, Einstein, etc. there are only a few examples for the philosophers, but the best by far in my opinion is the one for Friedrich Nietzsche:

Thanks to Tom Woodward for the link. I think this will be part o ds106 next semester 🙂

Visualizing Girl Talk’s album “All Day”

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Girl Talk has a new album out title “All Day” (you can download it here for free), and given he is seemingly the most popular mashup musician out there, it might be worth a listen. I like the new album a lot, but still think “Feed the Animals” is my favorite. But more exposure to the new album may lead me to change my mind. That said, the opening of the new album with Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” is certainly magical.

What even cooler, is that Chris Lott pointed to this site which user a color-coated identifier to detail each sample for any given song on the album. A very cool tool that enables you to see the beginnigns as well as the labor of Girl Talk’s mashups. What’s more, it is a testament to the power of a fan viz-a-viz the internet to make the experience that much more enjoyable for us all.

Disunion: the Civil War 150 years later

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The New York Times blog the Opinionator has started a blog series called Disunion, which “revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.”

Here is an overview of what this series will be doing:

The story of the Civil War will be told in this series as a weekly roundup and analysis, by Jamie Malanowski, of events making news during the corresponding week 150 years ago. Written as if in real time, this dispatch will, after this week, appear every Monday. Additional essays and observations by other contributors, along with maps, images, diaries and so forth, will be published several times a week.

Each week a new series of accounts and analysis will be published, and I have to say this weeks have been rather compelling, I guess the fact that I live in Civilwarland informs my opinion, but nonetheless, it is amazing to track and learn history this way. This model would make a great digital storytelling project for some historians at UMW.

More than that, by matching the exact day 150 years ago, the stories are very timely. How about yesterday’s post in preparation of election day in New York City, 1860.

New York, Nov. 2, 1860

Young Republicans with axes! New York firemen run amok!
Welcome to election week, 1860.

Hurled brickbats, smashed glass and howled curses were the soundtrack of American electoral politics a century and a half ago. The oratorical eloquence that most people today associate with the 19th century — those resonant fanfares of prose carved upon monuments, enshrined in history textbooks, hammered into the brains of 10th graders — often provided little more than the faintest melodic line, drowned out amid the percussive din. Last week’s notorious “head-stomping” incident outside a Senate debate in Kentucky, footage of which has drawn nationwide condemnation and half a million views on YouTube, seems almost gentle in comparison.
Image of NYC Elections 1860

The Brick Testament: God Tortures Job

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Thanks to both Shannon Hauser and Andy Rush, I recently discovered The Brick Testament site. Let’s talk about visual storytelling the Good Book with Legos. “God tortures Job” is a favorite of mine, pay attention to the amazing detail and photography. Brilliant!

“Thrush” :: A story told in pictures

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Check out this digital story, pretty impressive, and says a lot about the evolving nature of storytelling, if not love 🙂

Thrush from Gabriel Bisset-Smith on Vimeo.

Originally found here thanks to Martha Burtis.


Saturday, October 9th, 2010

“Twin suns of Tatooine taught me everything I know.”

Check out this digital story, this may very well neatly capture everything that is pure, good, and beautiful about the web. This is the “killing it” Ira Glass had talked about. How many of you are ready, willing, and able to try and kill it?

Ira Glass tips on Storytelling

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The two basic elements of storytelling:

A good story is hard to find…

On good taste…

On two common pitfalls…

Videos via Presentation Zen

Flickr Feed Gallery: A Quick Hack for DS106

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

All images courtesy of various DS106 Internauts.

Image of two dolls
Image credit: spur_dotz’s “Ash and Ichabod”
Thursday night’s class started in one direction and ended up in a whole ‘nother one. It was pretty fun, well, at least for me. I was planning on talking about image stories, because we have been working on photography assignments all week, and were starting to think about image stories. But then the opportunity arrived to talk more about RSS feeds, Flickr, WordPress plugins, and hacking theme templates, and I couldn’t resist—I felt like an instructional tehcnologist again, a real EDUPUNK, so I ran with it :)


It’s Shark Season in bavaland

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Late last week DS106 Internaut Ashley Peterson tweeted me a link to this image:

Image of man carring shark
Link to see full-size image and full article here.

This striking image from Mogadishu, Somalia—which is described as the “world’s most dangerous city” in the article—is kind of a culmination of all our talk and crazy links about sharks so far this semester. And once I saw this image, I really couldn’t get over it. I mean how crazy, a man walking through the streets with a dead shark over his shoulder really does frame just how dangerous this city is, even for sharks. The link to the image came out of a larger discussion the DS106 course has been having about photography more generally these last two weeks, and after this image was burned into my brain. And given this I figured it might be high time to ask the great Tom Woodward to work some of his Photoshop magic. So via twitter I put out this simple request:

@twoodwar Can you photoshop me in this pls?

And never one to let my vanity get in the way, Tom complied:

Image of the bava carrying a shark
Image credit: Tom Woodward’s photoshopped “man_carrying_shark”

A nice way to accentuate just how much fun you can have with a little Photoshop action. Now teaching Photoshop gets prohibitive given how much it costs, and how little access we have to it on campus. But this class does need some basic image editing elements. Charlie Rocket did a fine job taking his audience through the process of learning Photoshop last semester, but he had Photoshop and made it his semester-long digital story, and perhaps owning it like he did is the best way to learn it. I should probably dedicate some time to learning Gimp, and spend time teaching that. But with Picnik, Aviary, and Photoshop Express, most of the basic are already there.

I mean it is increasingly becoming apparent that one can never be too young to both learn sophisticated image editing, and there is no better way than creating Jim Groom as Conan the Barbarian images as Tom Woodward’s six year old son John has. pretty cool to see a kid this young working his way through Photoshop so impressively. You go John!!!