1. paul bond

    Elmer to the rescue

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    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 …

  2. paul bond

    The sound of ds

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    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 …

  3. paul bond

    Pondering project ideas

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    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 …

  4. paul bond

    “Can you fly, Bobby?”

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    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, …

  5. paul bond

    Chuck on the Clash

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    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 …

  6. 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 …

  7. 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 …

  8. 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 …

  9. 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 …

  10. 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 …

  11. 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 …

  12. 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 …

  13. 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 …

  14. 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 …

  15. 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 …

  16. 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 …

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