Evidently Not Chickentown


A second attempt at ds106 radio. 10 minute broadcast. A chance to think about chickens, the madness of ds106 and plans for some more podcasts.

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Embarrassing moment here when Martha Burtis’s name left my head and left me mumbling. (note, names on notes).

Chicken Talking

chick-01 Yesterday I was planning to make a short ds106 radio show and podcast with the idea of helping folk starting the new round of ds106. It was in my mind most of the day, and I intended to do a bit of planning and note taking.
Somehow the day got to its end without the planning, the result was pretty rambling. I think I can do better.
So the plan now is:

  • Over the next 2 weeks of bootcamp I’ll do three or four broadcasts, then try for one a week.
  • I’ll aim for 10 minutes, with 10 minutes of planning beforehand.
  • A chicken theme.
  • More information about this in the next episode.

From One Chicken to Another

Moving into week one of the headless ds106 the task for folk who are already in the ds106 house is:

See what you can do to welcome newbies, and consider writing posts about your experience and/or tutorials- such as explaining in more detail how you made your Daily Creates.

I seem to have may name down for helping out if I can and though I’d start with a wee ramble on ds106 radio. I managed to get the server setup and broadcast for about 18 minutes tonight.

Some advice about taking part in ds106 from someone who has, in fact, only produced a few blog posts over 2 or 3 iterations of ds106.
But it gave me a chance to get my hands on the ds106 radio mic, and might be useful to someone…
Have a listen.
mp3 download/link

With the slightest encouragement I’ll do this again with a better plan.

No editing, bar a brief run through Levalator, we podcast econo;-)

Spinning gifs for Challenge 14

August 2013 GIF Challenge #14: Fruedian Alphabeta

Tina has again set a very high bar with her example gif.

I started off making the search gif, just to see how it could be done. A quick screen recording-mpeg streamclip – firework workflow go that.

I then used the advance image search to find content I could modify using the ‘too much fun’ search string, this go me a nice flickr photo Too much of a good thing | Flickr – Photo Sharing! by gemsling with a Creative Commons — Attribution 2.0 Generic — CC BY 2.0 license.

I though I might spin the photo ove one of yesterday’s panos, but decided to use another one I had taken (Ben Challum Pano). I’ve got a reasonable workflow for splitting panos into slices and giffing them now (SuperCard is my friend).
Once I had the pano giffed it was just a case of making a new shared layer and adding Josh to it. I wanted to combine the 2 gifs, but the first had 40 odd frames and the pano spin only 16. So I’ve just uploaded then and aligned then in the blog to save a bit of file size.



Spin a Gif

So the challenge for day thirteen is one of @cogdog‘s wonderful assignments, Animated GIF Assignment 859: Riff-a-GIF, which asks us to take someone elses ds106 work and RIFF-a-GIF from it.

from: August 2013 GIF Challenge #13: RIFF-a-GIF | I am Talky Tina

I scrolled through a few recent daily create pages until I came to Make a 360deg panoramic photo of a room in your house. I somehow missed that one, I’ve messed about with panos quite a lot and even made a few experiments for displaying them. Anyway I though I’d sit in one of the nice office seats and give them a spin.

Both Rockylou’s and Bill’s images had suitable licenses the others did not.


Basically I opened the pano in fireworks and changed the canvas size.
I then duplicated the frame a number of times.
When through the frames moving the image -180 pixels in the Property inspector for each frame.

Click the screenshot for a bigger version:
Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 15.41.15

For the second one I took a different approach. I chopped a series of images out of he original, then used those to make the gif in fireworks:
Opened the first one.
Switched to the finder and selected al lthe rest
Dragged then onto the first in FW
Selected all of the layers
In the Frames window, distributed layers to frames.


So my gifs also rif a little of Tina spinning her head around in Rockylou’s and Bill’s offices.

The quality is a little rough but I prefer smaller files size to quality.

Here are the source images, thanks to Rockylou and Bill for licensing them appropriately.

Office Panorama
Home Office

both published under   Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic — CC BY-NC 2.0