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My Newest Rube Goldberg ds106 Broadcast Machine: Ladiocast + Nicecast – CogDogBlog http://cogdogblog.com/2012/07/rube-goldberg-broadcast-machine/

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Dear ds106... - YouTube

Nora Forknail's "Dear " advice video for future students! So good.

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The cost of success #ds106

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#ds106 Animated GIF Art Car

I love the early 1970s Buick Skylarks, muscle meets elegance. I also love animated GIFs, so I figured this would be a nice little mashup for an art car. I appreciated today's Daily Create because it forced me to play a bit with the perspective tool in GIMP, amazingly something I never used before. Always learning.

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"Sorry for what we are about to do to you" #dailycreate #ds106

This was my quick submission for today's Daily Create. I took this image of Hong Kong police just about to clash with protestors from The Big Picture, and framed it as a premeditated "I'm Sorry."


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(A)Historical Selfie: Batman #ds106 #noir106

Took my version of the Batman selfie, and wrapped it up in the template from Tom Woodward's Historical Selfie assignment (which I love): http://bionicteaching.com/historical-selfies/

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Chimeratic Composition: Batman Selfie from on high #ds106

This is my take on Tom Woodward's assignment Chimeratic Composition: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/chimeratic-composition/

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A stack of film noir #noir106 #ds106 #movies

This is the current stack of film noir I am watching for inspiration as we head deeper in to

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#ds106 Noir Doodle: "Dead Men Tell No Tales"

This is my take on today's Daily Create: http://tdc.ds106.us/tdc1114/

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Mulwray on Camera #Chinatown #GIF #ds106 #noir106

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Eye Selfie #ds106 #dailycreate #noir106

My eye selfie for today's Daily Create http://tdc.ds106.us/tdc1111/

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New blog post: "Filthy Hippie Noir" http://bavatuesdays.com/filthy-hippie-noir/

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Tommaso exposes the man behind the #ds106 curtain

This is what the mornings in my house are like.

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What evil lurks beneath the #ds106 quilt?

Miles setup his reading fort using the quilt I received from Sandy Jensen Brown in the mail a few days ago. I can't think of a better use.

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#ds106 quilt fort

Sandy Jensen Brown sent me this awesome quilt that my kids have quickly incorporated into their coach fort.

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106 drop in » Blog Archive » #DS106 Flickr Daily Creates Pummelvision style

Love John Johnston's Pummelvision, need to get ffmpeg command line installed pronto.

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New blog post: "Connecting to the IndieWeb Movement" http://bavatuesdays.com/connecting-to-the-indieweb-movement/

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New blog post: "Inspired: Mendel and Oppenheimer Logos" http://bavatuesdays.com/inspired-mendel-and-oppenheimer-logos/

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New blog post: "Inspired: The Wire Scrolls" http://bavatuesdays.com/inspired-the-wire-scrolls/

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Wire 106: S03E08 – “Moral Midgetry” http://bavatuesdays.com/wire-106-s03e08-moral-midgetry/

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New blog post: "Inspired by Un-Cropped Road Signs" http://bavatuesdays.com/inspired-by-cropped-signs/

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New blog post: Inspired: “It’s a Kodak Moment in the House” http://bavatuesdays.com/inspired-its-a-kodak-moment-in-the-house

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New blog post: "Inspired: Never Been a Paper Bag for " http://bavatuesdays.com/inspired-never-been-a-paper-bag-for-ds106/

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"Wire 106: S02E06/E07/E08 “All Prologue,” “Backwash,” and “Duck and Cover” http://bavatuesdays.com/wire-106-s02e06e07e08

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"Wire 106 Radio: S02E03/E04/E05 “Hot Shots,” “Hard Cases,” and “Undertow" http://bavatuesdays.com/wire-106-radio-s02e03e04

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D&D alignment chart for The Wire #ds106 #wire106 via @joefromkenyon

Joe Murphy on Twitter: "Is there enough creativity in making a pop culture D&D alignment chart for a create? version: http://t.co/g2DS38f2HW" https://twitter.com/joefromkenyon/status/516650260350136320

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"Wire 106: Week 6 - The Design of Things" http://bavatuesdays.com/wire-106-week-6-the-design-of-things/ Here we go again!

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The real GIF Shakespearean LOLcat: Salad Days #ds106

I've been dying to do this assignment for a long time: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/shakespearean-lolcat/
VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments1180
GIF found here: http://media.tumblr.com/ba5f2c658018474f47ed57ec1f1cb699/tumblr_inline_mnovuhwWSI1qaotyg.gif

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Shakespearean LOLcat: Salad Days #ds106

I've been dying to do this assignment for a long time: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/shakespearean-lolcat/
VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments1180

GIF found here: http://media.tumblr.com/ba5f2c658018474f47ed57ec1f1cb699/tumblr_inline_mnovuhwWSI1qaotyg.gif

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Historical Selfie: Sid Vicious #ds106

Finally did Tom Woodward's historical selfies assignment (very fun):
http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/historical-selfies/

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Red Moon #ds106 #wire106

Read the full post here: http://bavatuesdays.com/red-moon/

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New blog post: "From Radio to Television to Wire 106 or, Why I teach" http://bavatuesdays.com/from-radio-to-television-to-wire-106-or-why-i-teach/

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Photo Blitz Image #7: Take a picture of a pet (domesticated, wild, rabid...) #ds106 #photoblitz

For my final image, I took a picture of Linux, the open source penguin. The pet that keeps on giving.

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Photo Blitz Image #6: Take a picture of something you wear #photoblitz #ds106

I always have my safety goggles close at hand!

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Photo Blitz Image #5: Take an image of a word on a sign that describes how you feel #ds106 #photoblitz

SUPER [COBRA] One of the many stand-up arcade signs on the wall of my office. Such beautiful colors and font.

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Photo Blitz Image #4: Take an image of an irregular pattern #ds106 #photoblitz

Shark teeth follow an irregular and haunting pattern. This is a 3D print of Great White jaws.

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Photo Blitz Image #3: Fill the frame #photoblitz #ds106

This is a photo of my son Miles' three-headed Hydra I stole from him and now sits in my office.

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Photo Blitz Image #2: Take a picture of an interesting tree #photoblitz #ds106

The Vision tree.

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New blog post: "Wire 106 Twitter Watch Along" http://bavatuesdays.com/wire-106-twitter-watch-along/

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TDC 989: Toxic Fan @ds106dc #dailycreate #ds106

Love today's Daily Create. I will document my process on the blog, but in the meantime I remixed the fan icon designed by Arthur Shlain from the Noun Project here:
http://thenounproject.com/term/fan/66088/

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New blog post: Listen Along on ds106radio (#4life) http://bavatuesdays.com/wire-106-listen-along-on-ds106radio-4life/

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Quick thoughts on course sometime in the future based around Dungeons and Dragons http://bavatuesdays.com/dds106/ What do you think?

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#d&ds106

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tumblr_m8hws8Jy1i1ro2bqto1_500While playing with my kids today, I started thinking how cool it would be to do a themed version of ds106 dedicated to Dungeons & Dragons. I've been wanting to get back into D&D anyway so that my kids and I could read the early manuals, trip out on the art, design maps, build characters, and create campaigns. Done right, these tasks would make for the building blocks of an amazing ds106 course. I even have a few boxes of lead figurines I could pull out and let people paint---old school all the way. 

So what do you think? Would this be a compelling approach to digital storytelling? Way I see it, D&D provides a pretty rich universe/creative framework from within which to create. It was in many ways one of the earlier collective and participatory games I was ever a part of. And those adventure modules I bought at the Incredible Pulp (a local comic shop in Baldwin, LI) still capture some of the most imaginative play I've ever done in my mind without ever rolling the dice. Hell, we could use the 3D printer to create characters, dice, campaign elements, and more. How sick could this be?

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Tech Noir meets ds106?

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Miles, his friend Andy, and I caught a rather clean, but brooding, 35MM print of The Empire Strikes Back (1980) at the Library of Congress, Packard Campus in Culpeper, VA last night. I got to thinking that Empire is very much inline with aesthetic of other tech noirs at the time. It got me thinking a potential theme for next semester's ds106 might be tech noir hosted by Dr. Oblivion. Here are the films I was thinking about including:


Admittedly, it's a bit 1980s guy teenager heavy. So help me out here, what am I missing? Or is this way too lopsided? If it's possible, I was thinking about turning the class into an irregular movie event at the ITCC, and use the building with Oblivion to have some fun :)

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Interview with The Wire Sound Editor Jen Ralston (@someotherjen) for #wire106 #ds106

This is the interview Paul Bond and I had with sound editor Jen Ralston about her work on The Wire and more. She has a series of brilliant insights, and does a few close readings of scenes from season 1. It's an excellent resource for thinking more deeply about sound, which is appropriate given we will be introducing sound in this week.

Alternative link:
http://bavatuesdays.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/wire106_jen_ralston_interview_original.mp3

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The Wire Everywhere: The Pay Phone #ds106 #wire106

I was at Westmoreland State Park with my family today and I saw a pay phone by the visitors center and immediately thought of The Wire Everywhere assignment for ds106. It's interesting how the pay phone is becoming a vestigial technology in a society where a majority of folks carry one in their pocket (in addition to an extremely powerful computer).

I love the aesthetic of the pay phone, and it's a staple of The Wire season 1, so I figured I would capture just that. It's interesting how something as ubiquitous as this technology 25 years ago has vanished in the wake of the mobile revolution. The idea of vanishing technology like the pay phone is fascinating, and the idea that Grant Potter set it up so that you could broadcast to from a pay phone back in the day was one of the most interesting marriages of old and new technologies I've ever seen.

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Double Feature "Ebb Tide" & "Collateral Damage" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TYacG28cYM w/ @Green_Canoe & @teamtightpants

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Archive of discussion w/ @phb256 and @awallac2 of S01E13 of The Wire "Sentencing." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1bRweRdfqs

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Pay phone GIF #ds106 #wire106

This is a GIF from episode 5,"The Pager," when D'Angelo starts an irreversible series of events.

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New blog post: "Wiring Supercuts" http://bavatuesdays.com/wiring-supercuts/

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Pager Paranoia on the GIF Wire #ds106 #wire106

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This is my attempt at the "Summarize A Wire Episode In GIFs." I chose to pull six (actually seven) animated GIFs from episode 5 of Season 1 of The Wire: "The Pager." It's one of my favorite episodes because the theme of being watched and a more generalized sense of paranoia creeps into the episode constantly. 

This is one of the earlier, if not earliest, episode where we hear the refrain: "Omar's coming!" As we all know, "the cheese stands alone!" ---and he'll be coming for Avon soon.

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There's a lot of warnings in this episode, and I found an interesting parallel between Omar's raid on the East Side stash, and the young hopper's in the pit calling the warning for "5-0" that Stringer Bell and D'Angelo hear while talking about there being a snitch in D's ranks. Again, this constant sense of being watched, betrayed, and generally under someone else's control.

 

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My take on "#tdc972: Bomb Book" @dailycreate #ds106

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This is my quick creation for today's Daily Create: "What book would protect you in a protest?" I took this assignment literally. I dare you to hit the bomb book :) 

I did this in GIMP, it was pretty easy. Opened up the book as one layer, the bomb as another, and invert the color on the bomb and voila! 

I used the Noun Project, which rules, and the two icons in this image to be credit are as follows:
Book designed by Charles Riccardi from the Noun Project

Bomb designed by Thomas Hirter from the Noun Project

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"Scenes from the Wire" http://bavatuesdays.com/scenes-from-the-wire-2/ Wire bots for ? Thanks for the inspiration @zachwhalen

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Foosketball #dailyCreate #tdc971 #ds106

Foosketball:
A sport created by and for the Gods, combining football, basketball, and ultimate frisbee. Like in ultimate frisbee, a player cannot move with the ball. However, instead of a frisbee, foosketball is played with a football and instead of crossing an endline, a team must shoot the football into a basketball hoop in order to score a point.

It must be noted that in foosketball there are no guarantees. This refers to the difficulty of the game, most notably that even the easiest of shots can rim out due to the sport’s epic and intense nature.

- www.UrbanDictionary.com definition

Actually, Fooseketball is an interesting mashup because it was actually dreamed up by Wesley Clark, a student who took ds106 back in the Fall of 2010. He did a video on the game his friends created in Falls Church for ds106, and it got picked up by ESPN that semester. Crazy of the implications of creating and sharing. Here is the full video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSAkXJgvBk4

And here is Wes Clark's original post on the sport from his 2010 blog post: ds106.umwblogs.org/2010/12/03/foosketball-there-are-no-gu...

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Creating GIFs with Text in GIMP #wire106 #ds106

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Here is a quick screencast showing you how to add text to GIFs in GIMP. And keep in mind, GIFs don't necessarily need text for the summary assignment.

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Wire 106: S01E11 "The Hunt" #wire106 #ds106

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Meredith Fierro, Jessica ReingoldPaul Bond and I discussed Episode 11 of Season 1 of The Wire: "The Hunt." This was special for me because it's the first time we had UMW students enrolled in ds106 join the discussions about the show. This will now be a regular, ongoing component of these video discussions, and based on this one it's going to be a lot of fun to start featuring everyone's readings of the series. If you're interested in being part of tomorrow's discussion of episode 12, "Cleaning Up," you can sign-up here to join in.

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I am getting ready to post the assignment for Week 2 of

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Bubbles Dangerous Caper in S01E09 #wire106 #ds106

Here is a seen from S01E09 "Game Day" wherein Bubbles steals a bag of drugs from a dealer with a fishhook from the rooftop. Image credit goes to Scenes from the Wire Tumblr.

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F**king with Avon Barksdale's Morale #wire106 #ds106

This is an animated GIF from Season 1, Episode 9 of The Wire: "Game Day" care of the awesome Scenes from the Wire Tumblr.

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At 5:15 PM (EDT) this evening we'll be discussing S01E07 of The Wire: "One Arrest" http://www.wire106.com/live-discussion/

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New blog post: "Pushing the Known Syndication Hub Beyond RSS" http://bavatuesdays.com/15550/ @withknown

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This is a test of the hub (http://hub.wire106.com) for the post I am writing about how awesome it is.

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Here we go! officially underway! Week 1-"The Setup" http://www.wire106.com/digital-storytelling/wire-106-week-1-the-setup/

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Dukes of #ds106

Care of this awesome tweet from D'Arcy Norman:

@dlnorman: @jimgroom I found your next theme… pic.twitter.com/vVkN3gjpfV

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New blog post: "Clowny Ass Troll Quotes" http://bavatuesdays.com/clowny-ass-troll-quotes/

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New blog post: "Triple Troll Wire Epigraphs" http://bavatuesdays.com/triple-troll-wire-epigraphs/

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New blog post: "Wire 106: S01E02 'The Detail'" http://bavatuesdays.com/wire-106-s01e02-the-detail/

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New blog post: "Wire 106: S01E01 'The Target'" http://bavatuesdays.com/wire106-s01e01-the-target/

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"Teaching without WordPress: Exploring the Known World" http://bavatuesdays.com/teaching-without-wordpress-exploring-the-known-world/

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New blog post: "Wire 106: Welcome to Hamsterdam" http://bavatuesdays.com/wire-106-welcome-to-hamsterdam/

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New blog post: "Taking Over the Means of Connected Production" http://bavatuesdays.com/taking-over-the-means-of-connected-production/

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After early morning trip to DC in rush hour traffic, @timmmmyboy and I started planning new model for using @withknown. Gonna be fun!