#teachtheweb: The Fake Band Wiki Experience 3

#teachtheweb: The Fake Band Wiki Experience
From time to time, I inadvertently grasp the differences between and uses of absolute, fixed, and relative positioning on a web page. However, more often than not, I try to put stuff where I think it should go using fixed position, which makes my work kind of inflexible and not so hot for mobile. In ...

#teachtheweb: weeknote 22/2013 4

#teachtheweb: weeknote 22/2013
Crunch time. This week I whiled away the hours Learning to program small Python scripts for Minecraft: Pi Edition. Dropping in on #teachtheweb as often as possible. Watching the #ds106 zone from afar. Playing with the LED patterns in a student’s Arduino mediated 3×3 matrix. Planning for the upcoming #clmooc from the National Writing Project. ...

#teachtheweb: on becoming a webmaker 6

#teachtheweb: on becoming a webmaker
In gearing up for the Mozilla Webmaker #teachtheweb MOOC, I’ve been looking back at how I’ve learned to code what I code. Where did I begin? What did I already know? How did I decide which pathways to follow? I began “webmaking” in IE-whatever at the turn of the century in an attempt to keep ...

Mission: DS106 – Return to the Silent Era

Mission: DS106 - Return to the Silent Era
Over the next few weeks, I’d like to look at some of my favorite crime films. Something about cops and robbers grabs me. Maybe it’s the loyalty and betrayal – or the chess match between good guys and bad guys racing to figure out where all the pieces fit before their counterparts do. Emotional and ...

Mission: ds106 – support Creative Commons with a poster

Mission: ds106 - support Creative Commons with a poster
I went all over the place on this one. I wanted to do something with cloning, clones’ rights, and the future, so first I thought I might use a picture of clone troopers (who might thank you with candy), but I decided not to mess with licensed action figures. Then I remembered a pair of ...

Mission: ds106 – lyric typography poster design assignment 8

Mission: ds106 - lyric typography poster design assignment
Inspired by several campers’ lyric typography posters (2 stars), I decided to go back to this assignment. I passed over it during my design sprint because the first few ideas I tried didn’t work – I wanted to do something purely typographical with the background color being the only non-textual adornment. I couldn’t pull it ...

Mission: DS106 – Design assignment sprint 11

Mission: DS106 - Design assignment sprint
It’s great to be at camp during summer vacation. This week I found another block of time through which to sprint after a number of ds106 design assignments. I had some trouble narrowing down which assignments to tackle until I began them; clearly, I do not yet have the patience or chops for some of ...

ds106 – using Skincraft to create a Minecraft skin

ds106 - using Skincraft to create a Minecraft skin
Thank you, Andrew Forgrave, for introducing me to Skincraft, and also for supporting the #ds106 Minecraft community. In meager, but earnest thanks, I wanted to share out the custom skin I crafted: I started with a black and white spiral pattern on the face, and then worked on a flame-like gradient for the rest of ...

ds106 – Make a monochrome photo 4

ds106 - Make a monochrome photo
Today I mashed up the Daily Create with the “An Album Cover” Mission: DS106 visual assignment. Last time I attempted the cover, I ditched some of the random elements (the name of the album, the album art), so – after catching fellow campers’ work – I wanted to design a more random cover in the ...

Mission: ds106 – visual assignment sprint 4

Mission: ds106 - visual assignment sprint
I found some time over the past two days to sprint through a handful of Mission: DS106 visual assignments. My notes are spread over a few devices (including my favorite red-covered Moleskine), but I’ll try to get my thoughts in order and give a full accounting of each assignment. I’ll present them in asynchronous order ...