1. Mike Berta

    Recording Google Hangout Audio

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    There have been times in the last few weeks where I needed to record the audio of conversations that were taking place via Google Hangouts. This isn’t a frequent or even common task but the nature of my research requires me to record interviews. Some of those interviews are taking …

  2. Mike Berta

    Creation and Connectedness

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    Traveling stars © by ` TheDreamSky

    How can we create (anything) if we are not connected?

    DS106 asks this question right away in the way the students of the course spend the opening weeks connecting to the content, the faculty, and each other. It isn’t an outright question but rather …

  3. Mike Berta

    Sir Remix-a-Lot

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    A mentor of mine told me there is nothing new under the sun. This is something I’ve lived by throughout my career since that point. Ideas are often created, recreated, or remixed from something that already existed. Our innovations, advances, creations, and knowledge are derivative of something else or somethings …

  4. Mike Berta

    Radio Campfire Show

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    Via Flickr with thanks to r_rahul

    Last night Ben Harwood and Ben Rimes joined me to put on a DS106/MagicMacguffin Radio Campfire. We were graced with stories and songs that helped us enjoy our time.

    The appeal of Internet Radio is unexpected. I previously hosted a podcast and blog about …

  5. Mike Berta

    Radio Campfire Show

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    Via Flickr with thanks to r_rahul

    Last night Ben Harwood and Ben Rimes joined me to put on a DS106/MagicMacguffin Radio Campfire. We were graced with stories and songs that helped us enjoy our time.

    The appeal of Internet Radio is unexpected. I previously hosted a podcast and blog about …

  6. Mike Berta

    The Gardening

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    Meanwhile back in Camp Magic MacGuffin we are working on video projects and editing. I was eager to try out the Send a Camp Movie to Camp project after speaking with Alan during our radio programs.

    As it turns out the Buffalo, NY was the shooting location for a movie …

  7. Mike Berta

    The Gardening

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    Meanwhile back in Camp Magic MacGuffin we are working on video projects and editing. I was eager to try out the Send a Camp Movie to Camp project after speaking with Alan during our radio programs.

    As it turns out the Buffalo, NY was the shooting location for a movie …

  8. Mike Berta

    DS106 Apocalypse Radio

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    You’ll have to check out this week’s audio letter home coming on Sunday to find out why I’ve been away from camp so long. I did manage to make it back for another audio week in which my bunkhouse is engaged in creating a string of stories along a topic …

  9. Mike Berta

    DS106 Apocalypse Radio

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    You’ll have to check out this week’s audio letter home coming on Sunday to find out why I’ve been away from camp so long. I did manage to make it back for another audio week in which my bunkhouse is engaged in creating a string of stories along a topic …

  10. Mike Berta

    Postcard from the Edge

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    I always liked the idea of someone being at the very edge of things and sending back a postcard. I’m never sure if it is because they want others to join them, wish they were back home, or just excited to see how the world barrels over the edge into …

  11. Mike Berta

    Postcard from the Edge

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    I always liked the idea of someone being at the very edge of things and sending back a postcard. I’m never sure if it is because they want others to join them, wish they were back home, or just excited to see how the world barrels over the edge into …

  12. Mike Berta

    Five Guys

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    Nope, not the burger chain but the five slide guy picks for Week 3’s design 10 stars challenge in DS106/Magic MacGuffin.

    Yeah, I know I’m a week late with this but late doesn’t mean it ain’t done, just that I’m late with it. Week 4 steps it up with another …

  13. Mike Berta

    Slacker!

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    I promise, I was not slacking this week. It was just that…well, no excuses, I was slacking at DS106/Magic MacGuffin this week, entirely. The week, though, was very productive in non-DS106 ways.

    This week I managed to get two of the assigned five Daily Creates finished. I am holding out …

  14. Mike Berta

    What Shape is your Story?

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    I kept wanting to exclaim, “Round is a shape” but in the context of stories, round is not a shape.

    Phew – Finally a video that is not more than 15 minutes Vonnegut’s lecture here suggests that formulas exist in stories. Formulas that help you consider and build your story,…
  15. Mike Berta

    The Collaborative Web and Storytelling

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    I had a chance to meet Bryan Alexander at the NITLE Symposium this past April – he’s a dynamic thinker and collaborator, for sure. Up to that point, he’d been mentioned in conversations about storytelling, open access, and technology in liberal education. In conversations last semester, Alexander was mentioned as …

  16. Mike Berta

    Neurosis Revealed

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    Week 2 at Camp Magic MacGuffin and The Daily Create has us revealing what sounds drive us batty. For me, particularly, this is really more about revealing neurosis than a slight irritation.

    For as long as I can remember, certain repetitious and rhythmic sounds drive me completely bonkers. My wife is convinced that this …

  17. Mike Berta

    Hello Muddah; Hello Faddah – 5/27 (albeit late)

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    This letter is late because I enjoyed my Memorial Day weekend free of distraction and thinking. This was a boon to my sense of normalcy but disruptive to my dissertating and ongoing learning. So, let’s recap Week One at Camp Magic MacGuffin.

    Daily Creates


    Jumping into the work I completed …

  18. Mike Berta

    The Legend of Hector

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    First week of camp and we’re already telling our stories. Today’s daily create was to tell a family legend to our other campers. My family, like most, is a little nuts and filled with crazy stories. I flip-flopped between the secret ingredient my Granddad used in his BBQ sauce (spit, …

  19. Mike Berta

    Homesick? Not Me!

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    Day one at Camp Magic MacGuffin and the best way to stave off homesickness is to stay busy. In that spirit I did a little exploring of the landscape with some activities and unpacking some of my camp equipment.

    First, I opted to jump in and play with The

  20. Mike Berta

    Like a Hole in the Head

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    I need another thing to do like a hole in the head. I wrapping my second semester with Daemen and elected to spend some Summer months engaged in DS106 to boost my digital storytelling and have a little fun.

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    There’s a lot going on this Summer and …

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