Stranger Portrait #4 – David
David was suspicious of my motives. It seems explaining that you take pictures of strangers to interact with new people and work on your photography skills is not seen as a normal motive for doing something like this. I soldiered on and (semi?) convinced him I was simply odd and not evil. While suspicious in the photo, he was smiling by the time I left (coincidence?).
I did position myself so that he had to turn towards the light some. So I was actually thinking more about the photography aspect of things this time. I’ll consider that progress.
This little girl was at a birthday party for some family friends. She alternated between closing her eyes and sticking out her tongue (in a non-annoying way that made me like her more) and that real smile. Her older sister was there too but she was old enough to pose. She smiled but it wasn’t real. She said she didn’t like her smile. That was a pretty depressing statement for an 8 year old to make. Already self-conscious. This picture was taken in the computer lab in the building where I teach night classes. Tien Shu (spelling? seemed rude/stalker-ish to ask) is a math major. She seemed fine with having the picture taken but there might have been a communication problem. I asked her a few small talk questions but all I got were smiles and nods . . not sure if it was a language issue, or just too much time in the computer lab. It was not as satisfying as a number of the other shots but I do like that she manages to smile with just the lines on her face. Her lips remain completely straight. It is interesting for me to look at this series all together. I wonder if the closeness of the photographs relates to my comfort level or that of the subject. […]
In discussing trajectories, elements of engineered serendipity, “thought vectors in concept space” with Gardner and Jon yesterday the following occurred. Gardner shared this video (which is well worth watching and I rarely have the patience for videos). That led to a discussion about creating and using a MOOC/hashtag specific Twitterbot (like horse e-books but realReally fake, I mean. I guess.) using Markov ChainsI’m not really sure if that should be pluralized or not. to create algorithmically driven conversations/connections that occur in the margins of intention and result.There’s a whole additional piece where you think about larger scale curricular design which incorporates random elements and assignments that use algorithms to push people in new directions. That starts to get really interesting. I am considering how the assignment and maybe a browser plugin could create contextual variables based on what site you were on at the moment that would then be incorporated into the larger assignment- kind of a #ds106 remix on contextual steroids. So I began messing with the idea last night. Given I have a completely illusionary knowledge of programming I looked for people to tell me how to do this. I found the metaphor a minute tutorial which will help me out with the Twitterbot end of things in the near future. I also found this PHP based Markov […]
¡Rayos! by Brujo+, on Flickr I’ve been brainstorming some broad categories of things that might be worth discussing as part of ds106. This is mainly a re-categorization of stuff I’ve written about before but I wanted to try to think about how some of this might fit together down the road and make sure I had examples in a one spotClearly, things got out of hand. Now that I look at it, I should have put this in a spreadsheet and run it into exhibit. I didn’t think there’d be quite this much for only one category. I’m also seeing how examples will often fit into multiple categories. I should know better than to make lists in blog posts. It never does the data justice. Anyway, here’s draft #1 dealing with examples of restrictors. Restrictors These are stories/projects that become more interesting because of the restrictions involved in creating them. Text 25 word stories 6 word stories 6 word bios 6 word teen memoirs 6 frame comic summary Images/Presentations 4 slide sales pitch Pecha Kucha Restrict your images to any odd category. I used 98% medieval bestiary images once to talk about blogs. I plan to do an upcoming presentation using nothing but tattoo photos. Battledecks Battledecks – alternate rules Genre/Form Restrictions Survival Manual Wolverine Poetry Zombie vocabulary Passive Aggressive […]