Posted: December 5th, 2013 | Author: John | Filed under: animatedgif | Tags: gifachrome | No Comments »
Recently discovered in the back of a dusty drawer is compelling evidence of the early adoption of the GIFaChrome format by pioneering female photographers.
These women were not discouraged by the predominant male view that the photographic image should be static or that the gif format was not suitable for serious subjects.
The rare filmstrip present here hints that the format was used around the world. Already archeoloGIFts are on the look out for other caches of this rare film. The film can at first glance be easily mistaken for other formats, overlooked or discarded.
Modern GIFaChrome artist Rochelle Lockridge who has done much to popularise the format was unavailable for comment at time of writing, her work on the recent history of the GIFaChrome Camera is essential reading for those interested in the format. We hope to have a triple-troll-quote from Rochelle later today.
Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: John | Filed under: Assignment, dailycreate, Thoughts | Tags: headless, headless13, VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments24 | 4 Comments »
It is only those who do nothing who makes no mistake.
― Pyotr Kropotkin, Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings
This daily create started out with the memory of the common Anarchy graffiti, with the A is a circle.
Anarchy by Jonas B
I presume that I must have had the definition in the back of my mind.
I thought I’d plant a giant A over the Wikipedia screenshot.
On my iPad I took a screenshot and opened in in brushes. At that point I though it might be nicer to use a relevant quotation and of course though of:
If I can’t dance it is not my revolution.
I decoded to do it as a gif and started writing exporting to my photo library as I went.
When I got to ‘dance’ I changed it to gif.
I imported these images into 5seconds, which I find the best ios gif app and made a gif.
Unfortunately the speed slider did not work this time (too many frames?) to I needed to export to Dropbox and open on a mac in fireworks.
Once in fireworks I set the frame rate and did a very quick edit on the colour of gif.
I decided not to post the image to flickr as I really do not like putting gifs there. Given this was throwaway I just posted it to Google+
I’ve been really enjoying the ease of using google plus for ds106 as well as being dissatisfied with it’s locked in nature. I had even been musing about blogging about it and thinking about possible systems that could replace it. Given the amount of conversation in g+ in this round of ds106 compared to blog comments it is pretty obvious that a lot of folk love it.
And my gif got comments, and I got called out:
Quite rightly so. Hopefully the short notes above are enough to cover the daily create. Google plus is another matter.
Google Plus’ minuses
When I first joined g+ I did not like the experience. To much, to confusing. It was only when I started using it for community activity, first with etmooc, then Mozilla webmakers and now the headless round of ds106 I begin to see how it could be used. The way it can pul different sources together quickly and easily and the simplicity of adding comments makes it an addictive experience.
The first flaw appeared quite quickly, in etmooc I was happily clicking plus one to keep a track of posts I was interested in. In a browser to eg a link to the post you need to pop a menu, choose link to post and then copy the link that shows up. You then need to click ‘done’. Not quick. There is no feed or api for getting information out of G+.
Earlier in the round of ds106 I complained about this, I tried to avoid commenting in google for a week and following the blog flow, but after a while I found that it was the easiest place to follow the action. I still don’t like the fact comments on my posts don’t stick with the post, I am afraid I like comments, conversations and ideas from others. So I end up in g plus, living for the moment, losing my history.
I think one of the reasons that g plus has worked so well for the headless ds106 is that we have a pretty small class size. I do not think it would work so well if more people were posting, but I could be wrong.
The differences between g+ and twitter include a couple of things that are relevant here, the #ds106 tweets are lost in my timeline, I follow too many folk to see much of what passes. I could just run a search or keep one alive in tweet deck but I don’t use tweet deck any more. The other difference is that twitter, despite killing the RSS feeds does have an api, this means something could be built on top of it or it could have been built in.
I really hate the way g+ is designed to keep you locked in, to have such useful facility and not have any easy way to share on another system might be good business for google but it grates against my idea of a fee, open and loosely joined web. Unfortunately for me the people involved in ds106, their activities and generosity keep pulling me back.
What would be great would be something that functioned like g+ but was open and sharable with RSS/APIs etc. If it both posted comments to and displayed comments from the original sources. Of course this would be a can of worms. Some blogs have comment feeds that would work out ok. Then there is youtube, where my comments now seem to be linked to google plus, more problematic, flickr and twitter would need different methods.
A start along these lines might be something like my DS106 Activity Dashboard (very much the beginning of an idea)
After all this thinking I need a couple of quick triple trolls to clear my head:
Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: John | Filed under: Assignment | Tags: VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments1244 | No Comments »
A new DS106 assignment ds106 Assignments: Illustrating Odd Autocompletes by Tom Woodward.
Google Autocomplete is an oracle with strange powers to bring oddities into your life. This assignment asks you to seek out that randomness. Start with a strong phrase (things like “I hate . . .” or “I love . . . ” seem to work well.) and run through the alphabet looking for really odd autocompletes. When you find a good one, screen capture it and create an illustration that represents the search string
looked like a quick win for a lazy Sunday.
I found a nice CC bear on Flickr (Shipshewana, Indiana | Flickr – Photo Sharing! Creative Commons — Attribution 2.0 Generic — CC BY 2.0) and am afraid I don’t care to much about the copyright of the Colgate ad, parody perhaps.
Merged the bear and add using Superimpose on the ipad and added that to the google screenshot using PS touch.
Superimpose is a great application I posted a screencast of using it on my other blog a while back.
The google auto complete looks like rich pickings for strange serendipity.
Posted: November 29th, 2013 | Author: John | Filed under: animatedgif, remix | 4 Comments »
This started as a daily create, Create a Ghostly Portrait of Someone Who Is Participating in ds106. I added Tina to Seth’s wonderful In Case of Fire Move to the Nearest Exit which was a response to the daily create: Draw something on fire.
THe first version, peek a Tina was static, but I quickly got the idea that Tina could use her ninja skills in the Escher world. I posted this to google+. Seeing Janet’s ghost, based on a wall painting go me started adding more characters and posted: Maze of DS106 A bit of a work in progress.
Since then I’ve added a few more. There are now 10 ds106 participants in the mix.
Some credits, all cc as far as I could see. I did use a flickr user icon for Seth and Janet’s google plus icon.
Ghostly Selfie | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Vivi_Nottingham11 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
RockyLou Ripped from Reality! | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Haunted Melbourne Sunset | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
I knew there was something creepy about that fog | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
The ds106 99: #47 d&ds106 Monster Manual—Cogdog | bavatuesdays
The process was not very complicated basically a lot of layers. Only one or two slightly tricky bits were I copied railings to make a character appear behind them. Most of the images have changes in opacity and blend.
Posted: November 28th, 2013 | Author: John | Filed under: animatedgif, remix | Tags: glitch, glitch-art | 2 Comments »
I am not sure what week it is in the Headless 13 season of DS106!
After moaning about google plus, I’ve used it more than any other way of keeping hold of the ds106 tale. I still do not like the locked in nature of plus, but have to admit is it easy to use.
There have been lots of interesting paths developing as riff in ds106, I got interested in Mariana Funes’ glitching and watch the first wee bit of a video that Christina Hendricks posted about glitching.
There are a lot of tutorials and explanations about glitching online, but I just messed about with the easiest way, this involves opening an image with a text editor and making some random changes.
I got quickly fed-up with the length of time it took to do this and though I could make a SuperCard project to automate the process, allow me to quickly create glitches, I then though it might be interesting to create some gifs from the glitches and added that to the project.
At the same time I was paying attention to Rochelle Lockridge’s GIFAChrome Camera. Rochelle was making some lovely careful gifs and wrapping them in a ‘custom film’. I decided to borrow the frame for my horrible careless gif changing GIFAChrome to GLITCHaCHROME.
I added the GLITCHaCHROME to the SuperCard project which has resulted in the Simple Glitch application.
The application is pretty simple, it should run on Mac OSX 10.6.8 or later, mostly tested on 10.9.
There are no real instructions in the application but it should be obvious how it works. I consider this version 0.4 beta, but have no real plans for further development unless I get another idea.
simple glitch download If you give it a try I’d be interested in how you get on.
Update: 29.11.13 now at version 0.4.1 Beta which fixes a bug for 10.6.8 thanks Rochelle