Michelle is from a small “hick” town (her words) outside of Austin. She has a younger sister who she basically raised because their father left and their mother had to work. She is on her way to visit family in Germany. This is the first time she’s made the trip to Germany without her sister. We actually talked to a while about photography and technology.
In the end, Michelle got her camera out and took my picture as well. So I think I avoided the creepiness factor on this one.
As I’ve wondered/wandered around a lot of old and new posts, I’ve been thinking more and more about what an assignment generator for #ds106 might look like, what the categories might be etc. These were some of the things that I was looking at daily shoot, 5 card flickr, Darcy’s photography assignment generator, the Canon video challenge on Vimeo and the Director’s Bureau Special Project Generator (image below, that portion of the site went away). I’m still iffy on the categories but I think something like a slot machine that mixes multimedia and certain key categories would be an interesting way to do it. I wrote some of this last night and saw this tweet by Jim Groom today pointed to a random character generator created by bothered by bees (who also has a post from Dec 15th pointing to 7th Sanctum’s large list of character, plot and other generators.) It is interesting to see how many thoughts are coalescing around this course already. I think that’s the main reason that #ds106 matters. It’s providing a rough pathway for a number of people to wander down and around. I’ve already started communicating with a bunch of new people and the course itself has led to some interesting conversations with people I interact with in real life. The first question I […]
This project was inspired by a Sklar brothers bit that I heard on the VA Beach AM comedy channel the other day. An edited and condensed version of track 16 is here. Now on to the assignment . . . Take any video.The worse the video, the easier this is. Look for something with virtually no action. If it’s exciting, you’ll never keep up. Add your voice over as if you were a local TV news anchor attempting to provide color commentary without stating anything as a fact or with certainty. Add all the hedge words and banalities that exemplify this kind of coverage. If you’re looking for the DS106 tag/aggregation for the assignment go here (AudioAssignments, AudioAssignments1085). The basic idea is this is almost the opposite of what we want students to do with writing. We want them to be specific, to eliminate hedge words, to make a strong argument, and to take a specific stance. In a class, I might flip it both ways. Have one understated version with no definite statements and then do another version which overstates things (like this Daily Show clip description which I may dig up the video for at some point). Or you could simply give them the option to either understate or overstate the commentary. This is a quick and dirty […]
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. […]