#DS106 GoodSpell Final Season

This evening Marianna & I started the final season of the DS106 Good Spell on DS106 Radio.

The DS106 Good Spell is a podcast about the open online course on digital storytelling, DS106.

Some background to this series on The DS106 Good Spell Episode 0

As usual I’ll post the audio to edutalk.cc

One of my favourite things about ds106 is how it spawns all sorts of activities like this. The Good Spell is one of my favourite favourites.

i lifted the featured image from Marianna’s  tweet  I don’t think she will mind

 

Record Riffing

It started with a tweet:

Then Alan: Spinning Albums from Reclaim Records made this:

Which was asking for a gif:

jim-reclaim

This was a little quick and dirty, it used my original Dancing Jim from ds106 Assignments: Dancing Jim all over the world. I knocked it up just before bed time last night.

Method:

  1. Download video (I use YouTube downloader tool – Fastesttube!)
  2. Export some frames with MPEGStreanClip
  3. Import into fireworks, as layers and distribute to frames.
  4. Import gif 3 times an 1st, 10th and 19th frame
  5. Export to gif, bit of loss 256 colours

This morning I remembered a cleaned up version of the gif: August 2013 GIF Challenge #2: Dancing Jim All Over the World | I am Talky Tina and a tip to clean up further: He’s a Maniac! And He’s Dancing Like He’s Never Danced Before | de•tri•tus.

I grabbed that and:

jim-reclain-3

Finally I though to add some music:

Having downloaded Minutemen – I Felt Like a Gringo from YouTube and pulled out a bit of audio, crushing to 32bps, with audacity.

GifMovie with my GifMovie Plugin.

If you can’t tell I love the connections in this #DS106 story.

Greenhorn Mistake

Cowboy01
I’ve had a bit of difficulty getting time to watch any westerns. I decided to have a listen instead. I headed over to the Old Time Radio on Internet Archive and had a dig around, I spotted Gunsmoke – Single Episodes where there are 473 files.

I have heard of the show but knew nothing of it so I added the first episode to an RSS feed I am subscribe to in overcast and listen to it on my phone on the way to work.

As I listened I was quite surprised, this sounded familiar, sort of a bit noir 106. The hero showed a fair amount of cynicism, there were a couple of very negatively portrayed characters and most of the townsfolk were mob minded.

The hero was quick on the draw but noble in a Chandlerish way. He had a much worse temper than Marlow.

After listening I had to check Wikipedia

In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a fan of the Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a “Philip Marlowe of the Old West”.

from: Gunsmoke – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

So much for my insight. The whole Wikipedia article is quite interesting. I’ll probably listen to a few more on my commute.

The gif is from the trailer of Cowboy (Delmer Daves, 1958)

One of the more unorthodox westerns of the 1950s, Cowboy is also one of the best.

Seems like the stereotype of cowboy movies is a bit more complex than I though.

GifMovie a Plugin

I am much more excited about this than it warrants.

Hopefully just above this text you will see a canvas still image with a play button. Clicking on that should load a gif and an audio loop.

I’ve played with this sort of thing before but this is a bit more serious. A WordPress plugin!

There are a few plugins fro freezing a gif until clicked, the purpose of these is usually to save bandwidth, my plugin certainly does not. What is does in alows you to add a shortcode to a blog post:

[gifmovie gif="gifurl" mp3="mp3url"]

Where gifurl and mp3urls are proper urls.

So the one on this page looks like:

[gifmovie gif="http://johnjohnston.info/106/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/beautifulface-360.gif" mp3="http://johnjohnston.info/106/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/210569__oceanictrancer__119-bpm-house-loop.mp3"]

When the page loads this turns into a img tag with the gif with a data-mp3 attribute equal to the MP3. Some javascript then, hides the gif and creates a canvas element showing a frame. It adds code to handle clicks. These click hide the canvas, show the gif and play the sound.

I’ve been using the plugin for a few prisoner106 posts so am going to count this as a prisoner106 post. It seem to have worked with out any problem. I’d consider it in Beta.

If you are interested in trying out the plugin leave me a comment or send me a DM.

Audio Credits: Freesound.org – “119 bpm house loop” by oceanictrancer licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.