Week five stuff

What week is this? A review.

I had a bit of a slowdown this week, but a busy five-week term at school is over. I am looking forward to having more time to work on audio and video and dailycreates.

Starting with Sunday: tdc623: Tell the story of an interaction you had today– written in computer code. I wrote this during the relaxsuprequired(1)=DailyCreate part of the routine. That made it recursive, or something.

SundayAfterNoonRoutine
September 22, 2013
Start:SundayAfterNoonRoutine
define:
fam=
gen(1)=Bill, Liz
gen(2)=Holly, Daniel
gen(2:attachments)=Ryan, Tabatha
gen(3)=Emeline
Action:
din=grilled chicken, penne pasta, corn
dinsub(1)=grill chicken
dinsub(2)=cook pasta
dinsub(3)=cook corn
arrivalsub(1)=unlock front door
dinsub(4)=set table
subs=
dinsub(1)=open gas valve, heat grill, grill chicken time?=done
dinsub(2)=heat gallon water, insert pasta, boil time?=11minutes
dinsub(3)=open cans, dump corn in pot, heat time?=done
dinsub(4)=six each:plates, forks, knives, napkins
afterAction:
cleansub(1)=dishes: rinse, insert into dishwasher, run dishwasher
relaxsubopt(1)=tv?football
relaxsubopt(2)=nap?closeeyes
relaxsubopt(3)=play?withbaby
relaxsubopt(4)=talk?withfam
relaxsuprequired(1)=DailyCreate time?-finish
endtime?17:00:everyoneelse:gohome

Monday: no dailycreate, but here is the story. I went to work, did some review work with my class (Digital Communications), then allowed them time to work on their final report. I left midmorning to drive 240 miles to Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina. Along the way, I wanted to listen to ScottLo’s Blue Phase transmission. I had prepared by downloading the TuneIn Radio app for my (Motorola) phone. What I didn’t do was figure out how to pair the Bluetooth into my car’s sound. I was able to listen to the broadcast, though there was some buffering and signal loss due to less than 100% 3G coverage. It was worth the effort to listen live, though I admit I was a bit distracted, needing to pay attention to traffic and the route I was taking.

Later Monday, after arriving in Spring Lake, NC (Fort Bragg area), I met up with my colleagues and we went to a local Thai restaurant. I took a picture of the menu and my beer, so I posted that tonight (Saturday) as TDC627: Make a photograph today with a central point of interest in it.

thai dinner

Central Point of Interest

Tuesday I was working on Fort Bragg, helping evaluate some of the Army training courses for recommended college credits. This was a consulting opportunity with ACE, the American Council on Education. Since my role wound down before we finished, I was able to complete TDC625: Create a new ds106 Challenge by Remixing a Previous One. This was interesting, since we were asked to take a randomly chosen previous dailycreate and reword it for some opposite effect. Here’s mine:

Photo mixup
September 24, 2013
Original tdc571: Place yourself into a photo that another ds106er has posted.
Suggested replacement: Place another ds106er into a photo that yet another ds106er has posted.

After our work was done, I left for the drive back home, from 4:45 to 9:15pm. Along the way, I had a flash drive with mp3 files to listen to. The one that was the longest was an old recording of Allen Ginsberg teaching a class on Basic Poetics at the Naropa Institute. It was enjoyable to listen to him reading various old and new poetry to emphasize the the Imagist (or is it Objectivist?) thought of “no ideas except in things.” I’m motivated to download more of the series from archive.org. Maybe incorporate some of this into ds106 audio work.

Wednesday was full of variety. Final exam for my digital communications class, then a job fair that I was expected to help guide students at the check-in point. But, Alan Levine was having a Google hangout that I wanted to see. So, there I was, standing in the hallway with my iPad, earbud in one ear, listening to the hangout via YouTube while interacting with students, encouraging them to get good jobs.

Thursday, I gave the final exam to a basic electricity class, then spent the rest of the workday grading. I tuned in (distractedly) to John Johnston from the Scotland education conference he was broadcasting from. I’m glad to hear he has a PirateBox working, and I hope it worked out for the conference participants.

Friday, I was home in the morning and was able to complete tdc628: Sit for a few minutes in a quiet space. Write about what you hear. This was a modification from a list of explorer’s rules from Keri Smith’s How to Be an Explorer of the World. Bryan Jackson and I had a brief Twitter conversation about this, and I put in some suggestions for dailycreates, and I think he was putting in some philosophy suggestions. Or maybe he meant for his philosophy12 students.
Here is my listening experience:

Autumn Morning at Home
September 27, 2013
As my wife practices the piano in the living room/studio, I sit on the back yard patio. The gurgling of the pool keeps me compamy, as do a couple of crows in the neighbor’s backyard, “caw caw” they repeat.

The wind rustles the leaves of the nearby trees. It is a breezy fall morning.

A jet plane miles away, who is leaving on that jet plane?

Ah, there is a lower, smaller propeller, a local flight no doubt.

Occasionally, I hear the engines and tire sounds of trucks on the highway about a mile away. And vehicles on the local streets.

My neighbor’s pool pump just kicked on. Noisy impeller, should be replaced.

A different bird, maybe a bluejay.

Just noticed the background chirping, grasshoppers, cicadas, or locusts, I have no idea but there seem to be three or four varieties going on.

Sometimes the wind chimes next door emit their dull tones. They are hanging in a gazebe, protected from the breeze, so don’t get much action.

And now my wife has the metronome on to keep the beat.

And now the patio door from the den slides open, and she comes out to join me. After twenty-five years of marriage, we still enjoy each other’s voices and our conversations.

Then, it was time for the BluePhase broadcast from ScottLo. I enjoyed hearing Christina Hendricks recorded comments, especially concerning the differing mindsets and responses to hearing audio live versus a recording. (you can see my comments to ScottLo on his blog for Blue Phase #4). Halfway through, I left off listening, to spend time communicating locally and live with my wife. However, I listened to the recording later, in the office.

Around noon on Friday, I noticed Alan Levine and Martha Burtis on ds106radio and twitter, manning a table at the Reclaim Open Learning Symposium. I was happy to interact with them across the continent. Then off to work for report presentations and final exams for my Wireless Security class. (by the way, I teach at ECPI University, and we have 5-week terms, so it’s new schedules every five weeks.)

Today, Saturday, I have not yet created a picture of palms. I may still complete it tonight or tomorrow. Most of the day was spent in garage and yard work, cleaning, trimming, etc to begin preparations for a family wedding in November, rehearsal dinner barbeque in our back yard, guests from out-of-town, etc. I had a short twitter interaction with ScottLo, concerning using Evernote to tweet audio, perhaps collaboratively. I must say, he is full of creative ideas for audio work of all sorts.

Oh, look! I went ahead and completed todays tdc629: Create a photo that compares the details in the palm of your hand with someone else’s. I picked Jerry Garcia’s hand, with the missing finger. It is a standard picture available from a variety of sources. I found it on my computer. My picture started as a color image, but I worked in GIMP to desaturate it, and adjusted the contrast and brightness. I also had to use the clone tool to remove a line in the Jerry hand image to make the background more uniformly white. If I was to spend more time, I would remove the background from my hand and see if I could make it a blacker image, to better match the two hands. However, I like the way this one turned out in a short time.

palms

Bill and Jerry

Tomorrow, Sunday, I may work on some recording, some dailycreates, some thinking about ds106. My normal routine on Sunday mornings is to meet a friend or two at Starbucks for coffee and Bible discussion, but we are skipping tomorrow. There is more yard work to do, and we will have some of our next two generations of family over for lunch. We go to our church 5:00 – 6:30 pm. I’ll relax as much as possible, looking forward to my new relaxed teaching schedule of one class (Tuesday and Thursday nights) and an independent study student. I can sleep in every morning and relax, read, create, etc at home before going to work.

All for now.

Week four summary, text only

Week four summary:

As I write this on Saturday night, my first thought is that I didn’t do much in the way of Daily Creates. But, in looking back, I at least submitted some weak attempts, mostly based on approprating preexisting work.

On Monday, TDC617 was to be a thirty second audio clip defining Philosophy. I took three takes recording on my iPad with the Voice Record HD app. This simple app has worked pretty well for me in recording nice clean sound, easily converts to mp3, uploads to DropBox for retrieval on my laptop. A little editing in Audacity allowed me to add a little musical background, adjusting levels, and fading out. I should be better with attributions, but the audio was Edgars Karicks Symphony No. 1, downloaded from I don’t know where I don’t know when.

On Tuesday, TDC618, I made a face-swap with Talky Tina by taking my preexisting photo of me in my home office in a tyedie shirt, headless. I used GIMP, opened the image of Tina as a layer, added an alpha channel, then tried to erase the background to transparent. I wasn’t careful enough, and left a little bit of the background around her hair. However, I thought I did ok in placing her head in my tshirt, and filling in around her skinny neck by using the clone tool. The trick there is to make sure the selected section of the image really does fit where it is being cloned to. In both cloning and erasing, don’t get carried away with speed, and be sure to release the left button often so that an undo can be used without too much added rework.

On Wednesday, TDC619, for a photograph representing an aspect of communication, I took a picture of a box of circuit cards. I had actually used this box at work, teaching a technical class on digital communications, we were discussing Ethernet signalling, and I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to see and handle a variety of network interface cards, and look up the major parts on the internet. This actually worked well, as the findings indicated the equipment functionality matched the signalling methods I had discussed with them. Mr. Smith was right! Anyway, I took a picture of the box of cards when we were done. Proper disposal of waste electronics is important, and a major problem worldwide. Please do not through your electronics in the trash! Find a local recycler, turn them in to a big box store, or sell them on eBay. Keep them out of the solid waste stream.

On Thursday, TDC620, I needed a picture of a grid. On my recently issued iPad at school, I already had a couple of pictures of floor tiles and ceiling tiles (always interesting, if you really look), but that wasn’t quite what I wanted. Then I thought of some old papers I have kept in a file, office humor type things. One was a “Rush Job Calendar”, and a calendar is usually represented in a grid, so that was a quick solution. And it provided some humor I thought would be easy to understand and appreciate.

On Friday, TDC621, the task was a picture of a path, road, or trail that guides the eye into the photo. Rather than going somewhere to find one, I uploaded a picture I had taken when my family and I were in Rome last year. Most of the sidestreets are narrow, cobblestoned, and lined with cars and scooters.

And today, Saturday, TDC622, I’m supposed to make a video. Maybe tomorrow…

Other than Daily Creates, there are two other activites to report on.

First, I hope you have noticed that Scottlo is back on the Interweb Airwaves. His Blue Phase series is being distinguished by a call for participatory audio. He wants us to call in via Skype or Google Hangout, just to chat and discuss how the headless ds106 is going and what we are doing creatively, particularly with audio. I was able to listen Monday to about half of the show, while my class was working on some internet research. I am glad Scottlo is recording, so I downloaded to listen on my commute the next couple of days. On Friday, I am home until midafternoon, so was able to not only listen live, but to call in and talk with Scott. He is a pleasure to talk with, he knows what to ask to spur conversation, and is a highly enouraging individual. I hope he is being encouraged as well. An hour or so prior to Blue Phase, I was listening to ds106 radio when in popped Rochelle (Rockylou22), testing her ability to broadcast live voice and recorded music. I has pleased to be able to give her some feedback and even more pleased to hear the music she and her daughter have recorded.

The other activity I want to report is a listening experience I had today. We have been given some direction in learning to listen. I have listened to some of the recordings we have, Ira Glass on radio story, and Evelyn Glennie on listening with all our senses (I really enjoyed her descriptions and drumming). Today my wife and I went to a masterclass with Midori, the world-class violinist. The class featured three very advanced youth violinists playing a piece, with Midori giving critique and advice for about 30 minutes for each student. My wife is a piano teacher (with some violin background), so was taking notes about teaching techniques and musicality. I took notes on Midori’s comments related to listening. All during the lesson, I was thinking I could replace the word “music” with “story” and fit the comments in to ds106 and my own creativity. Here is a loose transcript of what I noted:
The music is always going somewhere, not necessarily forward.
Every ear hears the music differently.
Repitition shows emotional differences in each repitition.
Listening between the notes. It’s not just the notes, but what’s happening between the notes that’s interesting.
It (the performance) should not be the same twice.
We listen for many different reasons, in different ways: assessment (is it right?), to respond to emotional content, listen for the harmonics
Feel the bow across the string.
Feel it in the hands.
Listen imaginatively.
Interpretation: What we think the composer wanted and how we want to accomplish that.
Think about what it actually means, not just what is written.
We have to think of these things in multiple ways. It’s not to play with it, but to play around it. Metronome, the orchestra, etc is for us to play around.

(Shhh, don’t tell anybody, but I recorded the entire masterclass on my iPad, and will listen again Monday on a four hour drive. And I have lot’s of other stuff to listen to on the way back Tuesday, like a cd of Andes flute music I got at a yard sale today, and some Overnightscape Central recordings. And a Naropa Institute recording of Allen Ginsberg on poetry. And a couple of my son’s recent sermons.)

So, what I thought was an uneventful week was actually quite full of Art! And there was Art I saw and heard from all the other ds106 folks, and everywhere else around me.

Ragged Storytelling thoughts & revelations

Some ragged thoughts on storytelling

When I was a little boy, my mother used to reprimand me for telling stories. What she meant was I shouldn’t make up a narrative to explain my actions or bahavior perceived as wrong. She wanted the truth.

Yet, I already knew that there was little truth, if any, in the children’s stories, cartoons and comics, books, tv shows, and movies that I became progressively more aware of and tuned in to. Here was a storytelling that was (at least sometimes) approved.

So, one conclusion is that storytelling does not necessarily relate to the truth-value of the content of the story. Or the truth-value lies somewhere else, to be interpreted by the reader/viewer.

A story (whether written, viewed in a set of consecutive scenes, still image, or any other format) provides some set of actions, thoughts, speach, objects, motion, etc. There may or may not be progression. There may or may not be any particlular reality. The storytelling includes implied reasons and rationales, and implied rules, laws, physics. Of course, any of these could be different from what we experience as reality. Additionally, the that a reader/viewer assumes and infers is probably different from the assumptions of the author/creator.

OK, for ragged thoughts, I’m starting to get too deep. Postmodern, readerly writing, and writerly reading and all that. I’ll need to be all academic and cite Barthes, and Foucault, and Whorf, and McLuhan, and Groom, and Levine, and Hendricks, and so many others. Not what I want to do today.

How about the digital part of digital storytelling? Certainly we don’t mean writing everything in binary digits, the language of computers? I think the common thought is that we are using the tools of the digital age for our storytelling. No longer are we limited to one medium, or one medium at a time. Now we can mix text, images, motion, narrative, scene, color, audio, design, etc all at once or none at all.

My personal influences (something I sometimes wonder about) include a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional sources. I don’t even know if I should list them, but what is openness if not disclosure of ourselves? Keep in mind that each of us has influences that affect our storytelling, not just in ds106, but in how we live our lives, how we think, how we relate to others, etc. There may be boxes and compartments, but their walls are flexible, and sometimes intersect in other dimensions.

Briefly, what influences my thought and storytelling: Christian faith and the Bible (having been Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Reformed…terms that mean differing things in various contexts); love of literature (science fiction (space opera, traditional themes of time travel and aliens, experimentalism of the New Wave of the ’70s), modernism (Joyce (Finnegans Wake preferred to Ulysses), Pound, W.C. Williams, dos Passos, etc), Beat generation (Ginsberg, Kerouac, Snyder, and others), detective fiction (primarily Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe, but others too), and much else); various music, especially the psychedelic era; twenty years in the Navy during the cold war era; science and technology, and philosophy (in a generalized sort of way). Toss in linguistics, puns, math, art history (dadaism in particular), puzzles and word games, and just plain quirky fun.

Well, I am not sure I have defined anything here. Let me finish by mentioning a long-term storytelling process that is personal to me. Starting when I was nineteen, I have kept a series of scrapbooks. The first was in a blank book called The Nothing Book. Since then I have used sketchbooks, business diaries, and my latest is an old partly-used yacht log. I have put into these books stickers, labels, clippings, pictures, maps, quotes, colorful papers, words, etc. Not necessarily any particular theme, but I have noticed that certain themes tend to show their impact. Currently, I have made eighteen of these journal/scrapbooks/artbooks. Am about to wrap up the most recent and start a new one, once I identify a suitable book and title. I also think about digitizing the whole collection and putting them online. (Time committments and copyrights are concepts that impede my progress).

Trek Across the Present, is the collective title of the series of scrapbooks that I have created/accumulated over the last 40 years or so.

The titles:

I The Memories of Karen Eggnog 1972-1981

II Hardware Software 1978-1979

III Tales of a Vagabond Innocent 1978-1981

IV Silvery Wings and a Plastic Sandwich 1979-1981

V Clues 1979-1982

VI Elements of Style: notes towards a new syntax 1979-(destroyed)

VII Whispers of a Literary Explorer 1980-1981

VIII Topics in epistemology, ontology, eschatology, semiotic, neurology, psychology, physiology, relativity, quantum theory, political science, sociology, anthropology, epidemiology 1980-?

IX The Man Who Threw His Life Away 1980-1982

X The Memories of Alvah Avram Lazlo 1981-?

XI Voices in the Library 1981-1982

XII Parodies & Puns 1981-1984

XIII The Navy Adventure 1980-?

XIV (no title) 1982-?

XV Poetry as a Desperate Affair: Letters to the Real World 1982-1983

XVI War Against the Ordinary 1983-?

XVII Getting to Know Me 1991, 1998-(in progress)

XVIII Tap Here 2001 – (in progress)

I conclude by mentioning that I think all of you who read this have some sort of long-term creative process going on in your life. Your task is to use it to look back and know the trajectory of your life, something you could not have predicted or planned ahead of time.

Tap Here

Paste-down last Endpaper of Tap Here

Explication of a Postcard

Hijackds

Hijack the Starship

For The Daily Create 614, we were to use images from or related to the Hubble Telescope found at http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/ to create a postcard. Not just any postcard, but “from an alien race.” Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think of aliens, I think of my fellow human beings who happen to be citizens of countries other than the one I’m a citizen of. And vice versa. And “race”? That is rather ambiguous, more so in our time of history than in the past. Though sometimes we refer collectively to the human race.

So, I wandered around in the corners of my mind to find how we could relate to space exploration, to beings from not just other countries but other planets or no planet at all.

Hijacking a starship is a meaningful phrase from the 1970 Blows Against the Empire record album. Created by musicians primarily from the Jefferson Airplane group as they morphed into Jefferson Starship, the sci-fi theme related to peace-loving hippies taking over a starship that the government has built, taking 7000 souls off to unknown places. Picture the folks at ds106 as the agents of change who are hijacking government institutions.

Universal freedom: I think of Richie Havens’ introduction to the Woodstock Festival. “Freedom! Freedom!” he sang, as he powerfully strummed his unique open chords on his guitar.

All your base are belong to us and variations on that phrase trace roots to a 1991 Sega video game called Zero Wing, and then becoming viral before that term was used as an animated GIF. Here the phrase may mean that the beings that the peaceniks encounter in space may not be all that peaceful. Yet, we conclude with a call for peace. Or a plea for mercy.

Calling Occupants of Interstellar Craft was a song written and performed by a Canadian band, Klaatu. Released in 1976, the song carried forward the band’s sci-fi mystery. Since the band was relatively unknown, yet with fully polished harmonies and musicality similar to a more famous band, many people thought they were The Beatles in cognito. The band name, of course, refers to the 1950s movie The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which a visiting alien is misunderstood.

The call to the interstellar craft is simply, “we want to make a contact with you. We are your friends.” They are also looked upon as interstellar police to enforce peace on earth. Warning: alien police actions aren’t friendly ways to act.

Will it work, can humans be friends with non-human aliens? Can humans be friends with human aliens? It’s your choice.

By the way, I flipped the image ninety degrees to show a more horizonal launch of the space shuttle. This is actually more like the real launch, since the Florida launch site is on the side of the earth, not the top. It’s all perspective, so this counts for Daily Create 606, Make a drawing that emphasizes perspective (e.g. angle of view).

Art Making

The Daily Create for today is “Take a photo that represents the TDC idea of regular exercises of creativity.”

Loosely interpreting “photo”, I created a calendar in Microsoft Word, using an undated template. It was trivial to type in the words “Make Art!”, change font and color and highlight, copy and paste into every day, and change the title. However, it made a Word document, not an image. So, I saved it as a pdf. The pdf is an image file, so I imported that into GIMP, and without further ado, exported is a jpg.

Make Art!

Make Art! calendar

What’s the story here? As a senior in high school I took a “humanities” class, and learned to appreciate the arts. Until then, I was all about science and math and reading science fiction, and philosophy. I started community college as a fine arts major, with no previous experience. After two semesters I dropped out and joined the Navy. Now, years later, I am making new forms of art. Yet, I still tend toward being a consumer rather than a producer.

So, do I really Make Art! every day? No. But since joining the ds106 cult MOOC thing, I have learned that I can be prompted by others to be creative, I can interpret instructions, and I can make choices about what to do, what not to do, and how much when.

I continue, an Explorer of the World.

High contrast meta story

Vertigo in the Navy

Vertigo in the Navy

Well, I am skipping a week two summary, since I did very little. I did a headless portrait of myself, but not really headless, just substituted, animated with Jimmy Stewart’s head from Vertigo.

Yesterday, I submitted the Jenny(0) metastory. I have actually been thinking of creating a few microstories, flash fiction, or whatever you want to call ultrashort tales. I think working with a constraint of under xxx number of words would be a useful exercise. Also, I have a long-term affection for this kind of recursive, meta, chiasmus stuff. I chose to use a pseudonym of Jenny(n) for this one, to make it more autobiographical. So, I guess there is yet another meta layer here, with me a the top.

What Jenny(0) Did:

Jenny(0) started writing a story about Jenny(1):

 Jenny(1) started writing a story about Jenny(2):

 Jenny(2) started writing a story about Jenny(3):

 Jenny(3) stopped writing.

 Jenny(2) stopped writing because Jenny(3) stopped writing.

 Jenny(1) stopped writing because Jenny(2) stopped writing.

Jenny(0) stopped writing because Jenny(1) stopped writing.

Then, today, I decided to work on a high contrast b&w image of an overlooked object. I picked a fire hydrant, the one on the corner of my yard. It is painted red and white, rusty and peeling. I wanted to remove the background for a starker image (and I might still try that tonight), but I am satisfied with the grass and other background structures. A fire hydrant all by itself might not be overlooked, but in a neighborhood context usually is. Do you pay attention to fire hydrants when parking? or when you choose a place to live?

fire plug

fire plug

Processes:
For the Jimmy Stewart head, I happened to be watching Vertigo on TV, so went online and found a suitable frame from the scene where he is hallucinating. Using GIMP, I added an alpha layer so I could erase the background to transparent. Then I placed his head over mine. I still had a ballcap on and my eyeglasses showed on the right, so I used the clone tool to carefully overwrite those details with background imagery. I had five or six duplicate layers of the original image, so that when animated, the new head only appears for a fraction of the total time.

For the fire hydrant, I took three pictures in normal color, picked the orientation I liked best, then edited with Microsoft Office Picture Manager, my default tool for minor edits of images that I add to my eBay auctions. I was able to adjust to monochrome and play with the contrast. Then I opened the new image in GIMP and played with the filters, but pretty much left it as it was, just adding a minor bit more contrast. I had hoped that the edge detect function would help, but it was too much effect so I cancelled it.

The Jenny(0) story was a pretty quick exercise. I started to write a more traditional format of the same story, but went to the coding-like indentations and ()s. My influence came from Douglas Hofstadter’s works, particularly Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. One of the diaolgues in that book features a similar recursion of a genie in a bottle needing to send a wish to the metagenie above, who has to send it to the metametagenie above, who has to send it…to infinity, then the wish granting has to be passed all the way back down the infinite series of genies. If I still had the book, I’d look it up and rerereread it! No doubt it will come back into my possession when the time is right.

headless ds106 first week thoughts

Books found at a yard sale. Future reading from the past!

Books found at a yard sale. Future reading from the past!

Well, the first week of the headless ds106 fall semester is finished. It really began several weeks ago, but my summary will concentrate on my activity since Monday August 26. Coinciding with the same date, I began teaching a new five-week term at my college (ECPI University). I have three courses, totaling 25 classroom hours and five online hours each week. Plus I have begun a new project to develop an in-house iBook textbook in fiber optic communication technology. Plus a couple of meetings. And a few other normal administrative duties. No excuses, and I know that many of my ds106 colleagues are in similar situations.

I have already created this blog for participation in the summer ds106zone term. As an outside participant, I was introduced to the ds106 concepts, tools, people, and way-of-life. A couple of weeks ago I took up the offer of Reclaim Hosting for my own domain and hosting, but other than installing WordPress for the www landing page, I have not yet worked on that. Check occasionally at http://www.wesmith.org and you might see some development during this month.

I have done some daily creates. Taking the easy way out, I took pictures with my iPad, used a previous picture, and made a simple pencil drawing. In addition, I was able to make a few comments on the creations of other classmates, and interact on twitter.

Make an impression. Indentation printing of logo on Ziploc salad container. Zoom to Zip.

Make an impression. Indentation printing of logo on Ziploc salad container. Zoom to Zip.

Giulia's birthday. Scribbledehobble on an online site, screenshot edited in Paint.

Giulia’s birthday. Scribbledehobble on an online site, screenshot edited in Paint.

Daily Create 600: Develop Something!

Daily Create 600: Develop Something!

Daily Create 601: ds106ish backwards. Many use GIMP, open and free!

Daily Create 601: ds106ish backwards. Many use GIMP, open and free!

My son and his bride, 21st century elegance in an 18th century parsonage in Copenhagen.

My son and his bride, 21st century elegance in an 18th century parsonage in Copenhagen.

Beyond this, I found an opportunity to perform community service by filling in some of this weekend’s programming blocks on ds106radio. I had a minor difficulty uploading a few tunes, but in twitter conversation with Alan Levine and Todd Conaway, I bailed out of Internet Explorer and used Chrome instead, which worked much better for the Airtime program. Programming caught up through Labor Day, but I see many more blocks available for everyone else to choose their favorite programming. Learn how from the CogDog at http://cogdogblog.com/24175.

It’s been great seeing all the folks who have joined this expedition! I can’t keep up with it all, and also doing the work, but we are free to determine our own level of participation. I will continue…

Upcoming plans: two-day trip in September to Fort Bragg, NC to evaluate some Army training. Two-day trip in October to Fredericksburg, VA to attend the OpenVA conference at University of Mary Washington. Work on my new domain. Reading three books right now (The Fourth Bear, Jasper Fforde; Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry; Third Wish, Robert Fulghum). Plus lots of semi-random surfing for learning, following the trails from Jim Groom’s True Crime class, listening to podcasts that the trail from ScottLo has led to at OvernightScape UnderGround, and revitalizing Bible studies.