1. paul bond

    Disco Driver test


    One of my FB peeps suggested the idea of Taxi Driver with a disco soundtrack, as if that would be a bad thing. It’s been decades since I last watched the film so I don’t know for sure, but it seems like an intriguing remix. And potentially possible – it …

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    The music and the damage done


    Since it’s remix/mashup week, I thought I’d take another shot at putting words to music. I guess I got the idea from the OER20 conference. I listened to some of it with ds106radio playing in the background, and once I got the balance between the talk and the background right, …

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    “Newest latest”


    I thought I’d do my own video analysis, using a scene from Spike Lee’s 80s classic, Do the Right Thing.

    I guess I’m looking at it more as an artist than a film scholar, but that’s my background. An interesting thing about it is that actor Bill Nunn’s speech …

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    Booger panic


    So I left work Friday because I wasn’t feeling well. It ended up just being a common cold, but I played it safe and put myself under quarantine. It’s complicated by allergies, so I still get an occasional sneezing fit. Like now.

    In communicating with people at work, I mentioned …

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    Sounding off on the radio


    We came up with many great radio show ideas this past week. You can see them all at the link, at least the ones that were tagged properly. A number of people mentioned fashion as a topic. This poses a challenge in that fashion is very visual, whereas we will …

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    The Sounds of Science


    We’ve had three great evenings of live tweeting ds106radio. The point of this was to analyze, together, how sounds can paint pictures and drive stories. My favorite thing about this exercise is that the idea for it came from a class a few years ago. The students suggested it, …

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    Red Dawn Reimagined


    I found Red Dawn on Netflix the other week. I had actually never seen it before, so, given our theme, I thought I’d check it out. The idea of Soviet proxy forces attacking a high school in the middle of nowhere, USA, is about as ludicrous as the thought that …

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    Your fly is down


    I thought I’d look at the 1986 version of The Fly and try a story shape analysis. Something that occurred to me when watching Vonnegut talk about the shapes of stories is that he’s talking about one character’s story. Cinderella’s story takes a different shape from that of the prince …

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    80s recommendations


    Below are the class’ recommendations for examples of good storytelling related to the 80s theme. They’re predominantly video, which is not surprising since that’s probably the dominant form of storytelling for the times, then and now. I’ve included the titles, hyperlinks if provided, and the descriptions:

    While it was …

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    Elmer to the rescue


    It’s not necessary to do write-ups for Daily Creates, but I do them sometimes just because. Yesterday’s Daily Create asked us to add a rescue vehicle to a piece of art. I liked the inspiration for the challenge, but I wanted to find a way to do it differently. I …

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    The sound of ds


    Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their story. Wikipedia

    Digital storytelling at its most basic core is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories.” University of Houston

    If you think about it, typing a story in …

  12. paul bond

    Pondering project ideas


    There will be more details on the final project forthcoming, but basically it is a major project, on par with the radio show, which has to have something to do with our theme, and has to incorporate multiple different media, which interconnect in some way. I am collecting here some …

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    “Can you fly, Bobby?”


    I recently watched Paul Verhoeven’s 80s tech noir classic Robocop and thought it might be interesting to do a little design analysis on the Omni Consumer Products logo. The first thing I notice is that OCP is an inversion of cop. While this is not a visual design aspect exactly, …

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    Chuck on the Clash


    I listened to the Stay Free podcast a few months ago. It’s Chuck D of Public Enemy narrating the story of The Clash. It bleeds off the edges of our ds106 80s theme, as The Clash was late 70s-early 80s and PE was late 80’s into 90s and beyond, but …

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