Book Title Poetry pic.twitter.com/HRchdqOV3Z
— Kenny Pieper (@kennypieper) May 9, 2020
Very cool indeed Kenny, I’ve done spine stories: photo of a pile of books with my class, & I think #ds106
you might like:
Which is pretty wonderful and I saw in @katexic newsletter
After seeing @adders on micro.blog posting some timelapse I though I might have another go. My first thought was to just use the feature built into phone. I then though to repurpose a raspberry pi. This lead to the discovery that two of my PIs were at school leaving only one at home with a camera. This we zero had dome sterling service taking over 1 million pictures of the sky and stitching them into 122918 gifs and posting them to tumblr. I decommissioned that when tumblr started mistaking these for unsuitable photos.
My first idea were just write a simple bash script that would take a pic and copy it to my mac. I’ve done that before, just need to timestamp the image names. Then I found RPi-Cam-Web-Interface. This is really cool. It turns your pi into a camera and a webserver where you can control the camera and download the photos.
I am fairly used to setting up a headless pi and getting on my WiFi now. So the next step was just to follow all the instructions from the RPi-Cam-Web-Interface page. The usual fairly incomprehensible stuff in the terminal ensued. All worked fine though.
I then downloaded the folder full of images onto my mack and stitched them together with ffmpeg.
ffmpeg is a really complex beast, I think this worked ok:
make a list of the files with
for f in *.jpg; do echo "file '$f'" >> mylist.txt; done
then stitch them together:
ffmpeg -r 10 -f concat -i mylist.txt -c:v libx264 -pix_fmt yuv420p out.mp4
I messed about quite a bit, resizing the images before starting made for a smaller move and finally I
ffmpeg -i out.mp -vf scale=720:-2 outscaled.mp4
To make an even smaller version.
I am now on the look out for more interesting weather or a good sunset.
Kevin, I am delighted that my wee toy could be part of making something this lovely. Thanks for the mention!
I wanted to add images to represent uncertainty for my Song for An Uncertain Time that I created this morning as a soundtrack to the days, so I turned to Creative Commons blend tool by @johnjohnston and it was perfect — just enough off-balanced images … #ds106 #clmooc pic.twitter.com/j5za34QrJW
— KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) March 15, 2020
I’ve talked to a fair number of teachers who find it easier to use twitter than to blog to share their classroom learning. I’ve been thinking a little of how to make that easier but got side tracked wondering how schools, teachers and classes use twitter.
If you use twitter on the web it tells you the application used to post the tweet. At the bottom of a tweet there is the date and the app that posted the tweet.
I’ve got a list that is made up of North Lanarkshire schools I started when I was supporting ICT in the authority.
I could go down the list and count the methods but I though there might be a better way. I recalled having a played with the twitter api a wee bit so searched for and found: GET lists/statuses — Twitter Developers. I was hoping ther was some sort of console to use, but could not find one, a wee bit more searching found how to authenticate to the api using a token and how to generate that token. Using bearer tokens
It then didn’t take too long to work out how to pull in a pile of status updates from the list using the terminal:
curl --location --request GET 'https://api.twitter.com/1.1/lists/statuses.json?list_id=229235515&count=200&max_id=1225829860699930600' --header 'Authorization: Bearer BearerTokenGoesHere'
This gave me a pile of tweets in json format. I had a vague recollection that google sheets could parse json so gave that a go. I had to upload the json somewhere I could import it into a sheet. This felt somewhat clunky. I did see some indications that I could use a script to grab the json in sheets, but though it might be simpler to do it all on my mac. More searching, but I fairly quickly came up with this:
curl --location --request GET 'https://api.twitter.com/1.1/lists/statuses.json?list_id=229235515&count=200&' --header 'Authorization: Bearer BearerTokenGoesHere' | jq '..source' | sed -e 's/<[^>]*>//g' | sort -bnr | uniq -c | sort -bnr
This does the following:
- download the status in json format
- passes it to the jq application (which I had installed in the past) which pulls out a list of the sources.
- It is then passed to sed which strips the html tags leaving the text. (I just search for this, I have no idea how works)
- next the list is sorted
- then uniq pulls out the uniq entries and counts then
- Finally sorts the counts and gave:
119 "Twitter for iPhone" 28 "Twitter for Android" 22 "Twitter Web App" 8 "Twitter for iPad" 1 "Twitter Web Client"
This surprised me. I use my school iPad to post to twitter and sort of expected iPads to be highest or at least higher.
It maybe that the results are skewed by the Monday, Tuesday holiday and 2 inservice days, so I’ll run this a few times next week and see. You can also use a max_id parameter so I could gather more than 200 (less retweeted content) tweets.
This does give me the idea that it might be worth explaining how to make posting to Glow Blogs simpler using a phone.
Update, Friday, bacn to school and NLC looks like:
74 "Twitter for iPhone" 51 "Twitter for iPad" 18 "Twitter for Android" 10 "Twitter Web App" 1 "dlvr.it"
I’ve been having a wee play with the p5.js web editor.
I’ve occasionally dipped my toe into processing and found it good fun.
I don’t really have much of a clue but have had a bit of fun. Especially when I found you can use a library with p5.js to export gifs. The feature image on this post is one made by my sketch: Classy bramble skulls 4. This one has a background image, some animation, the mid-ground, the sleeper and computer and then the window frame which are drawn. If I had though I’d have used 3 image layers sandwiching 2 animation ones. Early days.
There seems to be a ton of learning material available and it is easy to duplicate interesting p5.js sketches to edit and play around with. (The school holidays are not long enough;-))
Where he asks:
Do you remix?
If so, how do you remix? What is your remix trigger? Is it curiosity or simply joining the dots as you see them? Do you like to layer-up? Or strive to simplify? Is it a tickly thought? Or a random one from left field?
Well yes, I think I do, although my definition of remix might be widened to include mashup. but of course, Everything is a Remix.
The why is harder, I am not a developer or an artist, I don’t make anything as polished as the remixes that scale on social media. I like to think it is because I nearly can. That is I am going to learn something in the process.
Wouldn’t it be cool is another trigger, or I wonder, or will it be funny, or impress someone(Usually only me). Or I learn about a new, to me technology and try it out.
Here are a selection remixes & mashups I am quite please with:
- pechaGif is a remix of the much more useful pechaflickr made by Alan, a sort of joke I guess. As with many remiixes it was an off shoot of another,
- DS106 GiF TV also silly.
- Dance Jim Dance is a sort of remix of a gif (one of the first I made) that was a remix of a video of Jim Groom. This generates gifs of Jim dancing (see also Don’s Gif Zen).
- Random Flickr Blendr remixes flickr photos, inspired by @mvdfunes. It actually is getting some use inspiring some of KevinHodgson (@dogtrax)‘s poetry
- A lot of my remixes involve gifs. These might start as video, or stills or layers of stills. I tend to remixed again and again #giffight was a tigger for many.
- Wire Characters Season 1
- More phenakistoscope a css animation which started with a wonder.
…the wood amongst the trees….. By deconstructing images into random regular elements it enables us to see the wood amongst the trees, the hidden details we may have missed, the texture of the paint, the stories within stories, the sub plots.
Theo is using a ds106 toy I made a while back. I don’t think I’d really though much about the use of cubomaina images.
Cubomania Gif! makes still jpgs too. I just changed it a little to keep the still images fullsized but resizing gifs to a more sensible 400 pixels wide.
The images in Theo’s post are a lot more illustrative of his ideas that the one here.
I could spend 2 minutes watching Google’s beautiful 2017 video or I could make a gif.