1. paul bond

    “Good to go on your radio”

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    Title borrowed from LL Cool J’s 1985 hit “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”

    We’re into Audio Week, so I put together a three-hour show, the ds106 Hour, for ds106 radio. What it does is take a random sampling of content labeled “ds106” in the ds106 radio library to …

  2. paul bond

    Roll Your Own

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    Something you can do at any point in ds106 is add a new assignment. Maybe you don’t like any of the options. Maybe you have an idea and there isn’t anything in the Assignment Bank to go with it. Maybe you found some interesting digital art somewhere and wanted to …

  3. paul bond

    “ds106 is pure joy”

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    Here we have another discussion with ds106 godfather Jim Groom. I should do some editing, but I think it’s better to just get it out there without the delay. We talked about public access TV in the 80s as a precursor to Youtube, and the anyone-can-do-this punk aesthetic that carries …

  4. paul bond

    “Don’t know much about history…”

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    When we started talking about the idea of using an 80s theme, I thought about how it might seem like an alien and ancient land, and wondered about artifacts. What might be strange yet familiar? What might be inexplicable? What would be significant? A walkman would have been perfect, because …

  5. paul bond

    “Don’t know much about history…”

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    When we started talking about the idea of using an 80s theme, I thought about how it might seem like an alien and ancient land, and wondered about artifacts. What might be strange yet familiar? What might be inexplicable? What would be significant? A walkman would have been perfect, because …

  6. paul bond

    Important ds106 update!

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    CC2012 @markheybo

    One of our tasks this week is to brainstorm ideas for what could be our final mission. We have a few early thoughts from our ace operatives:

    Root out the mole(s). We know the Directorate has tried to woo some of our agents to their side. But apparently …

  7. paul bond

    Agents on air, part 1

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    We’ve had two nights of ds106 radio broadcasts so far this week. Monday’s shows were Rogue Agents, a fun quiz type show, and Girl Power, an interesting discussion of women in the secret agent business. There is more to say about all of these shows, but it’s getting late and …

  8. paul bond

    Design another book

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    I’ve been thinking about my own questions – What makes a book cover look like a book cover? etc. – and thought I’d do an analysis of a design here. So here’s a mock book cover design from mock design master Cris Shapan:

    Two things jump out at me …

  9. paul bond

    The perils of adaptation

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    For our third and fourth nights of ds106radio live tweeting, we listened to the Lux Radio Theater adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious and a BBC adaptation of Ian Fleming’s You Only Live Twice. The former was from 1948 and the latter from 1991, so again we had the contrast between …

  10. paul bond

    The world is enough for Doug

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    For our first night of ds106radio tweet-alongs, we listened to two episodes of Douglas of the World, “The Terrorist”


    https://archive.org/details/DouglasOfTheWorld/Douglas_Of_The_World-53-xx-xx_The_Terrorists.mp3

    and “The Murder Rap.”

    https://archive.org/details/DouglasOfTheWorld/Douglas_Of_The_World-53-xx-xx_The_Murder_Rap.mp3

    I had never heard either, and in fact never heard of the show until this past weekend, so it was a bit of a …

  11. paul bond

    Creepy anime eye

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    by Cris Shapan

    This morning a saw a new creation from one of my favorite contemporary artists, Cris Shapan. This is in response to advertising for an upcoming film, Alita: Battle Angel, which dares to venture into an uncanny valley. What I really like about Shapan’s work is the attention …

  12. paul bond

    Top Secret!

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    Restricted information: Security clearance level 3

    The data below was intercepted from ds106 communications:

    Further details on these individuals has been located. Familiarize yourselves with the information. This message will self-destruct in five seconds.…

  13. paul bond

    Bagged and tagged

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    Commencing inspection of Training Officer (TO) BOND's backpack Backpack belonging to TO BOND Item 1 Metal water bottle
    The bottle implies a connection with Penn State. This appears to be a red herring, or a subtle misdirection. Items 2 and 3 eating implements
    Item 2 is ostensibly an orange peeler,…
  14. paul bond

    Good guys and bad guys

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    I recently watched Philip Noyce’s 2010 Angelina Jolie vehicle Salt on Netflix. As I recall, it wasn’t well-received when it came out. Some people had issues with its implausibility, as if implausibility isn’t inherent in action-adventure films. In the movie, we find out that the lead character, Evelyn Salt, is …

  15. paul bond

    On the Daily Create

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    A few people have asked about the Daily Create, so I thought I’d write a post.

    The Daily Create is an ongoing part of ds106. It comes out every day of the year. The idea is that regular exercise of creativity can make us more creative. If you wait for …

  16. paul bond

    Though it themes

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    We’ve been using various themes in ds106 for a few years now. It’s served as a good way to focus the class and provide a basis for collaboration. What I look for in a theme is the potential for fun and flexibility – something loose enough so that people can …

  17. paul bond

    You can’t judge a book…

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    I’m fascinated by Todd Alcott’s mashup/remix work and wanted to try something similar. I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to do particularly, so I googled pulp paperback covers looking for inspiration. The Sailor’s Weekend cover caught my attention because I had been listening to Tom Waits the …

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