Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

THAT’S how important Kim is to the Internet “”Can you imagine telling someone who wants to just Instagram a photo, who’s the No. 1 person on Instagram, ‘We need to work on the color of the flower wall,’ or the idea that it’s a Givenchy dress, and it’s not about the name Givenchy, it’s about the talent that is Riccardo Tisci — and how important Kim is to the Internet.” “ tags: kanye kim wedding photo instagram reality truth lies socialmedia weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Photography/Reflection – Week 29

At the NMC summer conference I participated in the photo safari. On the second day, a chance statement by Nil Santana changed how I took pictures for the rest of the week. He mentioned that he set his LCD preview to black and white (or something like that). It wasn’t a request that we do it. It didn’t even feel overt. He was just reflecting aloud on his practice. So I fumbled around and figured out how to set my preview style to monochrome (not realizing that this actually changes your pictures as well unless you shoot in RAW). I shot the rest of the week this way and switched back to RAW as well. I think it made a fairly significant difference. It was interesting to see how the restriction on (instant) feedback/reflection changed my pictures. I tended to focus a lot more on the overall composition of the image and I think ended up with stronger pictures even when I opted to leave the pictures in color. That seems to be echoed by the fact that I had my first image in Flickr explore in quite some time.

Photography – Week 28

I’m a bit behind on this one and I’ll mix it with some of the stuff I did this week in Portland. Clearly a violation of several statues and possibly one libation. I’ll start with the most recent stuff because I’m actually pretty happy with how it turned out. It was my first time shooting with the camera in black and wide mode in the preview. It changed how I shot much more than I would have thought. To commemorate Alan’s visit and exactly how sweaty we both were following this lunchtime photo trip.

Asynchronous Value

In the first message, I have my ten year old son asking if I’ve created his WordPress blog yet. For the record, I did and told him in person- although the reminder was needed. The second message is an image from Alan’s Flickr stream who he has met and now follows on Flickr. He “favd” the image. The third message is a link to the image below. We’d had a brief discussion the other day because my eight year old was really unhappy that he has learned about metamorphosis multiple times in school. I asked if he knew that caterpillars essentially turned to soup in the chrysalis. He did not but was pleased to learn that little fact. I got the chrysalis image a day or two later and was able to respond with a link to an article on the whole caterpillar soup thing. This is just one of those little things that interweaves and extends our normal lives in ways I find interesting and meaningful. It’s an interweaving and extension of our conversations. It’s easy to overlook how interesting this is.


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Norman O. Dawn Collection “Norman O. Dawn (1884–1975) was a relatively obscure yet historically significant early special effects cinematographer, inventor, artist, and motion picture director, writer, and producer. He worked with many important film pioneers including Mack Sennett, Carl Laemmle, Irving Thalberg, and Erich von Stroheim. The Dawn collection features 164 display cards that illustrate over 230 of the 861 special effects Dawn created in more than 80 movies.  Also present is a small amount of manuscript material, including correspondence, drawings, and reminiscences. “ tags: special effects notebook documentation fx weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

What’s in a #thoughtvectors name?

via Talky Tina #thoughtvectors is in full effect with 108 blogs and serving up 370+ posts. Not bad at all for 24hrs in. Here are a few of the more interestingly named blogs so far and the associations they triggered for me. Stop by and visit one or wander further astray with my associative trails. ~ – yep- just ~, it has to make Jim Groom happy. Anonymous Octopus – the malleable master of disguise working for anonymous? N30n Ra1nb0w – 1337 speak and gummy worms Fully Flared – all 37 pieces The Inner Workings of Flyzilla One – the clockwork love child of Jimmy Superfly Snuka and Godzilla? Thoughts from a Unicorn – chasers optional? uncharted smiles – strange maps abound, some smiles are charted

Voyant (Green) – it’s a peephole!

h/t the wily Alan Levine Seeing Cindy’s post which put “As We May Think” in a tag cloud, I started wondering about other text visualization options and understandings they might drive. ManyEyes was long my default for this type of thing but the hassles with Java security have driven me away. So I decided to give Voyant a try. Will Berry1 had used it so well with students, it seemed worth a more in depth exploration. You can play with the text of “As We May Think” in Voyant here. As you can see you get the typical tag cloud. You do have the additional ability to hide words using pre-constructed common word lists or custom lists you build yourself. That can be awfully useful. You also have the ability to select certain words from the corpus2 and they will be charted in relative or raw distribution rates across the corpus. Incidents of “as”, “we”, and “may” are depicted below. You can also view occurrences of selected words contextually. Below are “record” and “thought” as I was curious how closely they would parallel one another. I think the contextual piece is nice, not quite as nice as the branch stuff ManyEyes does but nice and space appropriate. It’s interesting to see that in combination with when the words appeared. Bush […]

What does it feel like when I think?

For #thoughtvectors (come play along) When ideas are rolling, the synapses are firing, I feel pretty much like this scene from The Program. Not much is more fun. I’ve yet to put my head through a window but I’ve come close. Now when I’m in a group with people who are feeding off one another’s thinking, it feels a bit more like the crowd getting hyphy in the video below. There’s spontaneous joy and even without planning things just work like they’re choreographed. It’s beautiful feeling to be thinking with a group. The fluidity and energy can’t be beat. Strange connections are made. Patterns emerge that you might not expect, even though they’re your own ideas. Grues are avoided and the right paths are taken without hesitation. It’s also strange how slippery thoughts can be. You think you’ve thought the thought and will be able to pull it back later (it is your head after all) but there’s nothing left but a vague feeling of lost opportunity. Thinking can keep me up. Time will slip and my head will keep churning away. This tends to be tied to doing some kind of actual work, something that needs to be improved just a bit or isn’t working quite right. Just one more little adjustment and I’ll go to sleep. Promise. There’s […]