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    The 30 Day TDC Challenge

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      My June 2017 30-Day The Daily Create Challenge Art June 1st • #tdc1970 • My Creativity Is Bigger Than Your Muscles • My Twitter Link June 2nd • #tdc1971 • Render Your Portrait in ASCII Art • My Twitter Link June 3rd • #tdc1972 • What Drink Defines You? • My Twitter Link June […]
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    A PANO-Sabotaged Cloned Double Selfie

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      The challenge for The Daily Create tdc1983 was to make a panoramic selfie with myself appearing twice. The “traditional” method involves having another person take the panoramic picture, pausing in the middle while you (me, the subject) moves around behind the photographer and reenters the image as the photographer continues to pan. However, liking […]
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    PANO-Sabotage for the fun of it

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    One day months and months ago, I saw an image on Flicker that led me to a group called PANO-Vision. This group is dedicated to creating an art form from what they term PANO-sabotage, the deliberate use of odd motions, flips, and waves while taking a panoramic photo. It turns out that not all brands […]
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    A New Glitch GIF

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    I recently bought a VCR/DVD combo in order to preserve family recordings from a couple of decades ago. Initially, I am importing them into my laptop using the Power Director 9.0 program that came with the component video/USB adapter I bought. That works fine, but produces a MPEG-2 file, which doesn’t play well with many […]
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    Reboot GIFs

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    Andrew Forgrave has given a wonderful introduction to the 1990s Reboot series, and how fun it is to create GIFs from the Number 7 episode (available on the Prisoner106 Archive page). Today I watched the episode, and once again realize that so much has been created in niches of popular culture that I have not […]
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    Who’s Two? GIF

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    There are two people who have done a lot of work to make the Prisoner106 summer Village vacation special. I have made a special GIF to honor the hidden committee that (I think) put it all together. Maybe I’m wrong, but these two are special anyway. I know that everyone else is special, too. Don’t […]
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    Home by Curfew & Week Five Summary

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    Well, it’s been video week, and I finally made a quick little video at the end of it. This was made by clipping some frames from The Prisoner episode 9 “Checkmate” using MPEGStreamclip, exporting them to a folder. I first tried them as a GIF, but didn’t like a GIF that stopped. But I recalled […]
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    Just fun between assignments

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    There seems to be a disruption in the ether. The new new new new Number 2 hasn’t posted any Week Five assignments yet, so I just relaxed in the bungalow with an Independent Study student and a contract consulting gig I’ve got this week. But, GIFs! This first one shows the creative spirit at work […]
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    Week four summary

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    First, the summary of what I did this week: Four Daily Creates An “I Can Read” Prisoner-themed book A few animated GIFs An animated comic book cover An investigation into how The Tally Ho is made Plus, comments on the work of others. Tweets and Twitter interactions. And dredged up a little html knowledge to […]
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    ROOK GIF, because

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    Well, I just thought another GIF would be good to finish the day. I’ve already commented on the chess puzzle in The Tally Ho, so I thought that puzzle could be animated. All frames taken from the Checkmate episode of The Prisoner. It turns out that the entire sequence of writing the word ROOK takes […]
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    Many Happy Returns: The Book

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    I made the basic image for this book in GIMP a few days ago, using a clip from the “Many Happy Returns” episode of The Prisoner (near the end). Most of the text I created in Word, converted to pdf, and opened as layers, positioned and sized, and anchored (or merged). I do this because […]
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    Investigating The Tally Ho – What’s It Got to Say?

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    While watching the various episodes of The Prisoner, I’ve noticed that the Village newspaper, “The Tally Ho”, usually has nice clear headlines, but it is difficult to read the stories. Since it would not be reasonable to read while the video is running, I have clipped several examples from individual frames. First, one must realize […]
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    Prisoner Number 6 in a Maze

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    Thanks to my True Friend Talky Tina, I’ve been prompted to make a maze. I would really rather make a labyrinth, and may do so later. But for now, I made a GIFfy Maze. As you can see, Number 6 is at the center of this maze. If this was a real labyrinth, the Minotaur […]
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    Race to the Mansion for a Bowl of Sugar

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    Today’s Daily Create had us pick three cards, each with a word, and write a story based on the words. This is a great writing prompt, largely because it is random enough to stimulate one’s thinking into unexpected areas. Here is my story. Race to the Mansion for a Bowl of Sugar another episode of […]
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    Animated The Prisoner Comic Book Cover

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    For my first project in Design Week, I chose to animate the comic book cover of Jack Kirby’s draft of The Prisoner. It is a Design Assignment (number 306) and worth an unbelievable four credit units. My main method was to create duplicate layers, erase the text in the speech bubble, and add text. I […]
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    Week three wrap-up

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    This has been visual week. Most of us have visual capabilities; that is, we see with our eyes, we are not blind, we have vision. There are those who lack this capability, so we must not forget that visual is just one aspect of digital storytelling. I am glad we learned and continue to experiment […]
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    Surreal Closing Credits Image

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    If you watch the episodes of The Prisoner to the end, you will see very surreal scene. The penny farthing bicycle is standing in a desert with classical columns and statues with an ethereal atmosphere. What better canvas to merge in the skyful of men in bowlers from Magritte’s Golconda? Process using GIMP: I captured […]
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    Prisoner106 Photo Safari

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    Week Three (Visual) includes a requirement for a photo safari: Complete a Photo Safari Take a series of pictures this week and attempt to capture at least five of the following themes (tag:prisonersafari): 1.imprisonment 2.freedom/liberty 3.identity 4.authority 5.rebellion 6.isolation 7.information 8.education Bonus points (no not really) if you can evoke these concepts within photos that […]
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    Visual Assignment Adapt an Artist’s Work

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    Visual Assignment 17 asks us to “Adapt a famous artist’s work to change or reinforce its possible message.” There are a lot of artists out there, but Warhol is always fun to work with. (There is another assignment to “Warhol something”, but I did that in the past, plus it’s only one point). I have […]
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    Visual Assignment Comic Book Effect

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    Audio Assignment 341 asks us to, “Take a picture and experiment with the “Halftone Effect” in some photo editing software to create a comic book effect.” I started with a snip of the Snipping Tool of a scene from The Prisoner episode 7, “Many Happy Returns”. Number 6 finds a camera at the abandoned Village […]
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    My Village Vacation

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    My Village Vacation[/] Visual Assignment 1674 asks us to, “Make a collage of five pictures from your favorite vacation destinations.” I went a little bit beyond five, but the vacation was so much fun and had so much to see! I took advantage of all the villagers being on holiday somewhere else during The Prisoner […]
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    Animated GIF Warm-ups

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    Today, at the beginning of week three (visual), I decided I needed to review how to download video, select frames, and make GIFs. I watched the episode The Professor, and noted several opportunities. To download the episode, I grabbed its URL from the prisoner106 archive, and entered it into the video downloader at en.savefrom.net. I’m […]
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    Week Two Summary

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    The second week of prisoner106 is concluding as I write this. In some time zones (like the one where The Village is) it is already over. So today I reflect on what I have accomplished in audio. I did watch two of the three archived episodes, and may watch the third tonight. In one sense, […]
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    Reverse Audio Quiz Assignment

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    To wrap up audio week with sufficient credits, I present one more audio piece. Based on the Assignment “Reverse Audio Quiz” in the ds106 Assignment Bank, I have taken a portion of audio from The Prisoner and have reversed it. However, I have selectively reversed some of Number Two’s speech, so you need to identify […]
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    Audio Assignment: Quotes

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    Audio Assignment 220 asks us to think upon and record a quote a day. I have chosen two quotes that are appropriate for Prisoner106. The first may be familiar to you Harry Potter fans. Harry is slain by he-who-must-not-be-named, but awakes in a bright, foggy King’s Cross Station, and has a conversation with the deceased […]
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    Sound Effects Story Assignment

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    During Audio Week, we are asked by the Administration to create a sound effects story, with at least five sound effects. I made mine tonight by searching for some nice effects online. I used some that are listed as public domain, downloaded from SoundBible.com. I have sounds of walking, weather, chirping insects, a piano, and […]
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    Good Morning, Residents! We want information!

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    As week one of the prisoner106 experience wrapped up, I was on the road. A 1500 mile round trip took me to a Bed ‘n’ Breakfast rendezvous in Abingdon, Virginia, and a retreat/family gathering in Bradyville, Tennessee. Along the way, driving mile after mile, my mind focused on INFORMATION. What information did I observe? Many […]

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