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  1. Matthew Presser

    New Theme

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    I’ve installed a new theme for the site, but am considering making my own. Now that would be an adventure. Let me know what you think of it.
  2. Matthew Presser

    New Theme

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    I’ve installed a new theme for the site, but am considering making my own. Now that would be an adventure. Let me know what you think of it.
  3. Matthew Presser

    Minecraft Video Tour

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    I spent a lot of time on this, about 90% of which was in figuring out how to quickly and cleanly record the Minecraft window. I started out in Windows using FRAPS. This made clean videos, but the overhead brought the framerate down too low. I was also unimpressed with the flexibility of the free/trial ...
  4. Matthew Presser

    Minecraft Video Tour

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    I spent a lot of time on this, about 90% of which was in figuring out how to quickly and cleanly record the Minecraft window. I started out in Windows using FRAPS. This made clean videos, but the overhead brought the framerate down too low. I was also unimpressed with the flexibility of the free/trial ...
  5. Matthew Presser

    Web Story

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    For my web story, I decided to play around with bo.lt, at the suggestion of Martha Burtis. It’s a nifty little WYSIWYG HTML editor, although I feel it eliminates a lot of the sophisticated control you can have with FireFox’s Firebug, Chrome’s Element Inspector, and similar DOM-tree editors.  This is not to say you can’t ...
  6. Matthew Presser

    Web Story

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    For my web story, I decided to play around with bo.lt, at the suggestion of Martha Burtis. It’s a nifty little WYSIWYG HTML editor, although I feel it eliminates a lot of the sophisticated control you can have with FireFox’s Firebug, Chrome’s Element Inspector, and similar DOM-tree editors.  This is not to say you can’t ...
  7. Matthew Presser

    Sound Effect Story: The Nether

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    Sound Effect Story: The Nether by Matthew Presser I enjoyed this one once I finally figured out how to record it. In Ubuntu, the system allows you to set the recording device to “analog loopback” (i.e., it sends the total output of your sound card into your sound input, as if you were to record ...
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    Sound Effect Story: The Nether

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    Sound Effect Story: The Nether by Matthew Presser I enjoyed this one once I finally figured out how to record it. In Ubuntu, the system allows you to set the recording device to “analog loopback” (i.e., it sends the total output of your sound card into your sound input, as if you were to record ...
  9. Matthew Presser

    SoundCloud, Audacity, and Android 106

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    I’m really excited about the audio unit, even if I’m getting to it a little late.  I think it might be because I really love audacity. It’s a wonderful program that allows even those with no experience in music to make some very interesting audio projects.  For my first assignment, I started out simple with ...
  10. Matthew Presser

    SoundCloud, Audacity, and Android 106

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    I’m really excited about the audio unit, even if I’m getting to it a little late.  I think it might be because I really love audacity. It’s a wonderful program that allows even those with no experience in music to make some very interesting audio projects.  For my first assignment, I started out simple with ...
  11. Matthew Presser

    FMJ Minimalist Movie Poster

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    FMJ_Minimalist, a photo by theunwiseman on Flickr. For my last design assignment, I chose to make another Kubrick movie poster in a minimalist style. I know it’s not very well done, but it was a rush job. I did my best not to make it look like a crayon, but hey, I’m no art major. ...
  12. Matthew Presser

    FMJ Minimalist Movie Poster

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    FMJ_Minimalist, a photo by theunwiseman on Flickr. For my last design assignment, I chose to make another Kubrick movie poster in a minimalist style. I know it’s not very well done, but it was a rush job. I did my best not to make it look like a crayon, but hey, I’m no art major. ...
  13. Matthew Presser

    Waldo Flash Mob…?

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    Waldo Flash Mob…?, a photo by theunwiseman on Flickr. Original image credit goes to Moriartys. I challenge you to find something NOT Waldo in here! Winners get two free Internets. I’d comment on my process, but it would spoil the surprise. However, one of the tags should give you a hint…
  14. Matthew Presser

    Waldo Flash Mob…?

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    Waldo Flash Mob…?, a photo by theunwiseman on Flickr. Original image credit goes to Moriartys. I challenge you to find something NOT Waldo in here! Winners get two free Internets. I’d comment on my process, but it would spoil the surprise....
  15. Matthew Presser

    In Response to Tim Owens

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    My favorite part of his whole talk on design is the art of the album.  Rush is my favorite band of all time, and they are an excellent example of beautiful design. Their album artist since Caress of Steel (1975), Hugh Syme, has not only contributed some instrumental bits to a few songs, but also ...
  16. Matthew Presser

    Creating Lee el’Zebub

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    Creating Lee el’Zebub, a set on Flickr. Design Assignment 1. Go. I had a lot of fun with this one, and I wish I had taken more time with it. But I felt encouraged by Jim Groom to almost zoom through it. No blame here, just a feeling. I’ve included above three key stages in ...
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    Creating Lee el’Zebub

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    Creating Lee el’Zebub, a set on Flickr. Design Assignment 1. Go. I had a lot of fun with this one, and I wish I had taken more time with it. But I felt encouraged by Jim Groom to almost zoom through it. No blame here, just a feeling. I’ve included above three key stages in ...
  18. Matthew Presser

    In Response to Tim Owens

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    My favorite part of his whole talk on design is the art of the album.  Rush is my favorite band of all time, and they are an excellent example of beautiful design. Their album artist since Caress of Steel (1975), Hugh Syme, has not only contributed some instrumental bits to a few songs, but also ...
  19. Matthew Presser

    Ishtori Happarchi – Face to Face With Another Problem

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    My random article was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtori_Haparchi. My random quote was  ”All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.). My random picture was Weirdo, by Lord Jezzer. I’ll confess that I didn’t pick the original image that came up. It was a waterfall. I ...
  20. Matthew Presser

    Rainbow Collage

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    For my last Visual Assignment, I decided to pull out the stops. I anchored down and did some serious bulkr downloading and Picasa creating. If you read my previous posts on averaging collages, you’ll notice I found a rather boring element of uniform “fogginess” in the finished products, with the exception of one collage I ...
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    Rainbow Collage

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    For my last Visual Assignment, I decided to pull out the stops. I anchored down and did some serious bulkr downloading and Picasa creating. If you read my previous posts on averaging collages, you’ll notice I found a rather boring element of uniform “fogginess” in the finished products, with the exception of one collage I ...
  22. Matthew Presser

    Minecraft Average

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    Minecraft, a photo by theunwiseman on Flickr. Via Flickr: I took the average of over 50 Minecraft screenshots. This is what Picasa gave me. I particularly like how well the HUD stands out. This almost makes it look like you’re playing the game in some eerie fog. Again, I thought I would enjoy this more, ...
  23. Matthew Presser

    Dungeon Raid

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    Dungeon Raid, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: Found a dungeon while filling in the western part of my map. I know this raid was almost a week ago, but I figured I would explain my process a bit on looting dungeons. First, I should explain precisely what a dungeon is to the less Minecraft-inclined ...
  24. Matthew Presser

    Adventure

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    Adventure, a photo by theunwiseman on Flickr. The image above is the combination of the first 50 images found when searching for the word “Adventure” on Flickr. This was a very adventurous exercise. I definitely enjoyed the process more than the end result. I feel like the picture is really bland. This reminds me of ...
  25. Matthew Presser

    Digital Facelifts and Understanding Media

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    I’ve already ranted about Gardner Campbell’s talk, “No More Digital Facelifts,” once before.  However, I didn’t really touch on the importance of understanding the context in which you use the medium. A big reason why newspapers have had a difficult time migrating to online formats is not just because it’s a “digital facelift,” but because ...
  26. Matthew Presser

    Daily Shoot 584 and an Observation

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    When I looked at the front page for the daily shoot involving pairs (#584), I noticed a trend: a good number of the pairs were of people, animals, or things which seemed to belong together in some meaningful way.  For example, I saw two teddy bears “snuggling” on a bed. I saw two kittens interacting ...
  27. Matthew Presser

    More Minecraft Exploration

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    I explored the area north of my house in the ds106 SMP server today. Here is a set of screenshots I took during the outing: I found two large areas of interest: the Lava Plains and the Northern Ridge (names subject to change).  The Lava plains are a large savanna biome with two natural above-ground ...
  28. Matthew Presser

    Animated GIF Adventure

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    I will start out by saying that this was a taxing assignment.  It really took the wind out of me.  Not only did I have problems ripping the DVD of 2001: A Space Odyssey (more on this in a moment), my perfectionist side kicked in and I ended up spending hours getting the GIF exactly ...

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