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.
Forrest Gump Not my favorite movie but I’m now randomly thinking of movie shots that would make good animated GIFs in my head during spare moments. Wolverines! Red Dawn was one of my favorite movies growing up. I lived in South Korea on an army base when this came out. I was totally prepared to live out this movie- full camouflage and survival gear every day, fully trained and prepared. I then go to Youtube and see if my memory has any fidelity. You see the results below. Messed up the speed on this one but I leave it here as a momento of a lesson learned. Even if it looks right in PS, don’t trash the capture file- EVEN if it keeps your desktop cleaner. Blues Brothers Another actual favorite.
Enough is probably enough but I’m enjoying the useless entertainment of the process. I spent all day writing a far more useless report and got no joy out of it so this helps with recovery. There’s also the potential of making a reservoir of these gifs for people to remix into stories. Pulp Fiction This scene has potential but I failed here pretty badly. I may have to break it half and match up the dancers separately in FinalCut. I think that’d work but right now it’s too much hassle. Christmas break is coming. Rocky Of these two, I like the pushup one the best but the video quality leaves a lot to be desired. I need to order some of these on Netflix and get some decent resolution captures. There are a number of other scenes from odd movies that I can’t find on YouTube. Hulk There’s a slow zoom in there that messes up the loop. I started hand resizing the frames to cancel that out but that was not what I was in this for. I do want everyone to see the Hulk petting the bunny.
[snap url=”http://bionicteaching.com/trials/markov/” alt=”DS106 Markov Tweet Generator” w=”400″ h=”300″ link=”on”] The following is how I adapted the Markov chain generator from Hay Kranen. Thanks to the commentsComments matter and help stitch together the Internet. I found below Hay’s postwhich is from 2008 I might add- long tail etc. etc. this Markov + Shakespeare version inspired me to figure out the “post-to-Twitter” option.Note to self and other clueless people, urlencode is just a bit easier way to clean up the text than trying to think through a str_replace. That’s a fairly awesome example of the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing. I only happened across that function (?) by chance on some random StackOverflow post and it was as if the world just fell into place. Anyway, the much cleaner version is up and running. It now allows you to push the results to Twitter although I’m still adjusting this a bit. The code for the page I modified is below. It’s still slower than I’d like but it’ll do for now. The fact that I can go from a conversation one day to a fairly finished product the next is the piece that amazes me about computers and the Internet. I cannot stress enough that I don’t know how to write PHP. I feel that’s a statement of […]