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… in its’ right place.

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Here’s my go at the Lyric Typography Poster, which is located here.

In honor of me going to see them this weekend, I choose the Radiohead classic, Everything In Its Right Place. I’m sure many of you listen to them so I’ll spare the description.

Made this in Photoshop. I wanted to use graph paper as a background because I wanted to illustrate obsessive neatness, which is what I believe the song to be about. Modernist graphic design comes to mind when I listen to this song. That came into play when choosing Helvetica (haters gonna hate).

On a slightly different note, listen to this song and gaze at the work of Michael Johansson, I think they blend quite perfectly.

Without further ado:

The Grease Wizard 2012-06-12 19:18:37

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Alright everyone. Finally put this blog up for ds106, a massive online open course. Things have been a bit hectic lately so I’m a bit behind but I look forward to participating. I’ve never been too great about writing about my daily thoughts and inspirations but I’mma do my best. Please don’t mind the default theme I’m rocking at the time of this post, I am going to make cosmetic changes this week.

For those that are interested, I plan to post about music, food, drink, the goings on in my life, posting art work I’ve created, and anything else that strikes my interest (big nerd, you can expect tech posts and other nerdy things). Look for a few Daily Create entries later this week.

Some inspiration to beat the summer heat – Japanese snowboarding video:

Unicorn Sashimi from felt soul media on Vimeo.

Camp MacGuffin – Counselor G Log 1

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

For those of you who haven’t met me at Camp MacGuffin yet, my camper name is Doodle Bug because I’m a hobbiest entomologist and I like to draw stuff.

The first week of Camp MacGuffin has been really exciting. First I moved all my stuff into Bunkhouse 1 but realized I read the Bunk assignments incorrectly and had to move to Bunkhouse 2.

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by giulia.forsythe

@Tripper106 is my co-counselor and he’s been rocking the PA system every day on DS106Radio which makes me super happy and productive. You should have seen all the macaroni necklaces I made during his epic setlist. Pics to come, I promise!

Other Bunkhouses have already settled on names, thinking about logos and we’re still in the brainstorming phase. I’m not even sure if we got all the brains to the table yet. But I do know we have a really great group of campers. John Johnston already created a twitter list and an RSS aggregate for us. Yippee!~

A lot of our Bunkhouse2 campers have hit the ground running. Creating assignments & doing them, completing the Daily Creates with fervour but I’m kind of worried about a couple of the campers. The woods and the swamp can sometimes take you through a time vortex and suddenly you come back to the bunkhouse and 3 weeks have passed by without doing a Daily Create, an assignment or even setting up your blog! The swamp, especially, has this swamp monster who is dreadfully boring but to be polite campers will sit down and have a cup of tea and the next thing you know four daily creates have passed!

We also have to remember to take time to comment on the other blogs in our Bunkhouse. I say this but right now I’ve got to run, I was hoping to find time to tie-dye some t-shirts and make some animated GIFs this afternoon but that swamp monster is coming my way!

QUICK UPDATE: happy welcome to @mgershovich who has decided to take the ds106 plunge (he knows it’s #4LIFE)

cc licensed ( BY SD ) flickr photo shared by giulia.forsythe

Hatchet Jack Talks about the Web as a Bowl of Mush

Saturday, May 26th, 2012
Gardner Campbell

Flickr image by cogdogblog

Gardner Campbell has a nice beard. So does Hatchet Jack and that makes us compadres. Gardner Campbell also don’t like face lifts and ol” Hatchet Jack is not really into the boutique facial look and plastics either. So Jack likes Gardner.

But Jack thinks the internet is like a bowl of mush. Now it ain’t the mush whats important, its the dang bowl. Cuz during our lifetimes of travel, and lord knows Hatchet Jack has wandered, we come acrost many a campsite and many a companions. And some enemies too. Now all them folks have something to offer. Bullets or food or drink and for the better of those options you’ll be wanting a bowl to put that stuff in so you can eat it.

Ya can’t be lookin a gift horse in the mouth, and sometimes ya will want to organize the mush. That is if ya can’t stands the beef mixed up with the beans. And if you carefully place the stuff in yer bowl, and use yer fork, if ya got one, or yer knife to kinda move stuff around, you can divide it up so the stuff don’t get all mixed up. Now Hatchet Jack prefers it all mixed up, and heaps of it, so a bowl works just fine. No need for a plate or a platter or what have ya. Christ, Jack feels lucky to have a damn bowl at all cuz for many years he didn’t have one and eatin’ off yer pants or a plank of wood gets a bit messy.

So, having yer own bowl is important as you travel about. A good bowl that you can paint yer own colors and carve yer name in! A good sharp hatchet also helps cuz ya never know who might come try to take yer saddle or yer bowl. You’ll be wanting to chop their frickin hand off if they try that and a hatchet work great for that sort of thing. That is what Hatchet Jack thinks.

Three Chinese Officials in front of duPont Hall

Friday, May 25th, 2012

For today’s Daily Create I photoshopped in the Three Chinese Officals meme which actually doubles as a design assignment (3 stars—which is far too many for this!). I love the idea of three hovering Chinese government officials congregating in front of duPont wondering what’s going to come out of the epicenter of Teaching and Learning technologies next.

Off to Summer Camp

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

This summer in addition to my regular duties at the University of Mary Washington I’m also pleased to announce that I will be a camp counselor at Camp Magic Macguffin. For the summer iteration of ds106, Martha Burtis and Alan Levine are rethinking how the course is structured to mix things up a bit and I’m really excited. Last year the summer course was built around the narrative of Dr. Oblivion from Videodrome and ended with a massacre at a cabin (amongst other odd side narratives). This year my understanding is that the entire mountain has been swept clean and a new and happy place for students was built in its place.

As a camp counselor I have the unique privilege of following a select group of students, commenting on their work, encouraging, mentoring, advising, and just being a part of the daily life at camp. It’s a great model for open classes! I’m taking on the persona of “Sgt. Pepperstrong” however I’m going to continue to blog about my work here (I already have way too many personalities to add another). You’ll be seeing more ds106 work from me as well as highlights from the summer course appear here. We’ll also be congregating in Google Hangouts as well as building a virtual camp in Minecraft! Sound like fun? There’s still time to sign up and get involved. It might just be the motivation you need to get excited about learning online again and building out a professional learning network. I can’t begin to describe what it has done for my career!