1. @Lord_knows5

    Digital Scholarship

    Fun fact: Cyber criminals have developed 20% of viruses

    Digital technology has changed and is changing human society and culture, with implications for politics, philosophy, and aesthetics. The increasing ease of use, availability, and sophistication of software used for evaluating and analyzing texts has also changed the way some scholars …

  2. paul bond

    Important ds106 update!


    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 …

  3. paul bond

    Agents on air, part 1


    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 …

  4. paul bond

    Design another book


    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 …

  5. paul bond

    The perils of adaptation


    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 …

  6. paul bond

    The world is enough for Doug


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


    and “The Murder Rap.”


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

  7. paul bond

    Creepy anime eye


    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 …

  8. paul bond

    Top Secret!


    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.…

  9. paul bond

    Bagged and tagged

    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,…
  10. @Lord_knows5

    Self Reflection: Module #1


    this reflection, describe what you learned, how you learned it, and what you
    discovered about your module and yourself while working these past couple of
    weeks. Evaluate the success/failure of your project or describe those aspects
    you were most proud of. 

    Over these two weeks, I learned the true …

  11. @Lord_knows5

    Creativity Module #1 DGST 101


    Over these two weeks of discovering what GIFs are and where they originated from I gained a love and hate for them. I love the way one can use them as a communicating mechanism, but at the same time they can be a bit annoying to see them constantly as …

  12. paul bond

    Good guys and bad guys


    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 …

  13. @Lord_knows5

    Curiosity of Animated GIFs


    Hey everyone I am intrigued by GIFS and how they arose in this era of technology. Learning about GIFS is a resource for people to express their emotions and I wonder how this came to be what it is now.…

  14. @Lord_knows5

    Hello World!


    Welcome classmates, from DGST101, my name is Mark Madison and I am very excited to be apart of this class spring semester! I attend UMW as a Senior this year and you can find me on campus in affiliation to either sports or working in the UC 2nd floor, as …

  15. paul bond

    On the Daily Create


    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


    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…


    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 …

  18. paul bond

    Seeing through new eyes


    The video essay projects are another one of my favorite parts of ds106. While we do various analyses throughout the semester – story shapes, design blitz, etc. – people seem to put more into video. That’s probably because it’s a language we’re more familiar with. Most people say they’ve never …