#noirchat

“Noirchat” by iamTalkyTina, on Flickr

Well I have some nice time away from missions this week, and so I decided to watch the NOIR106 Week 9 video and see if I could catch up on some hijinks, just for fun. Paul and Martha and Jim talked a whole lot about all the works that the students have to do this week (just like every other week) but it was also a fun time to hear them talk about the Hostage Hut Event  when I hosted UNCLE @jimgroom this weekend and all the GIFs and peoples Making Art.

It was also nice to hear how well UNCLE @jimgroom was respecting our release-from-Hostage conditions, when he said, “We brokered a deal in the evening, early morning,” and “that was part of the brokering, the negotiations not to talk too much about it.”  “TalkyTina did take care of me …” but he did not go into greater detail, even when pressed, which was a True Friend thing to do. But he did seem to have a few words for Martha (who was otherwise occupied during the day) when he said, “I just felt that maybe you could put a GIF out there, maybe you could have been the tenth to save me, so that I didn’t have to negotiate …” But he got out all the same.

 “I just felt that maybe you could put a GIF out there, maybe you could have been the tenth to save me, so that I didn’t have to negotiate …”
— Jim Groom to Martha Burtis

I made some notes of what they said during the show, and at the end I felt like making some Art and so it started out being a one screen commercial for our Radio Show (which will be on ds106radio NEXT MONDAY NIGHT AT 9PM) …

“One More Special Radio Show” by Talky Tina, on Flickr

… but then it turned into a whole thing of interesting quotes that they said.

I was thinking that this could be a nice way to do a review of the weekly get-to-work video, and then thought it would make a nice assignment. I only thought that at the end, and so I didn’t go back and make mine as complete as I might have (so it doesn’t have enough stuff in it to reflect Agent Paul and Agent Black), but is has some good stuff for you to watch. It only takes about a minute or so because most of the screens are each 5 seconds. Maybe I will make a Slideshare of it (so that you can read it at your own pace) but right now it is just a GIF!

"NoirChat, Week Nine" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“NoirChat, Week Nine” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Enjoy!

 

Jim, Close(d)-Up in the Hut

"Jim, Close(d)-up in The Hostage Hut" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Jim, Close(d)-up in The Hostage Hut” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Well, I guess it’s time to let Jim out. His captivity motivated the creation of 19 @jimgroom Animated GIFs yesterday (20 if you count the close-up above), and so I guess that’s a pretty good haul for sitting around on your keister in a hut. You can see them all in the comments of that post. Plus, badges!

Perhaps he will enjoy the GIF as a souvenir to remember the fun time!

You can also click on the GIF above to see a finer 1200-pixel wide version, for more enjoyment of the beauty! You can also check out the high quality still-image version on Flickr.

For full documentation of the proceeds of the day, along with a larger, full-scene view of the Hostage Hut, read Jim Groom is Still in the Hostage Hut.

Some times a GIF is just a wonderful Art to make.

Okay, Jim, you are free! Go make some Art, bub!

"Extra GIF" animated GIF badge for subsequent submissions

“Extra GIF” animated GIF badge for subsequent submissions

Jim Groom is Still in the Hostage Hut

"Jim Groom in the Hostage Hut" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Jim Groom in the Hostage Hut” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

"Extra GIF" animated GIF badge for subsequent submissions

Making this Art into a GIF doesn’t do justice to the beauty of the images in this piece. Consider viewing the larger 1200 pixel-wide GIF, or even better, the still-image version that I have posted to Flickr.

This is where Jim has been spending the day. When we had considerable submissions this afternoon, it looked as if we might reach the ransom (originally 10 GIFs, but arbitrarily raised to 12, just for fun), and so I turned off the ice-melting lasers and let the balloons drop their support lines to keep Jim afloat. Things will remain this way through the night, and if he’s still afloat in the morning, then we’ll re-negotiate the terms of the new expectations for his release.

But it has been a fun day! Thanks to all the folks who made wonderful GIFs in a valiant attempt to get Jim out!

  • iamTalkyTina (1 Accepted GIF, 1 Extra GIF)
  • Tom Woodward (1 Accepted GIF, 1 Extra GIF)
  • Mariana Funes (1 Accepted GIF, 2 Extra GIFs)
  • Ronald L (1 Accepted GIF, plus, he is going to be a True Friend soon!)
  • John Johnston (1 Accepted GIF, 5 Extra GIFs)
  • Vivien Rolfe (1 Accepted GIF)
  • Bertha Curtis (1 Accepted GIF)
  • Bill Smith (1 Accepted GIF)
  • Melanie Barker (1 Accepted GIF)
  • Christina Hendricks (1 Accepted GIF) (arrived after my midnight, but before hers)

TOTALS FOR TODAY9 10 Accepted GIFs, 9 Extra GIFs

There are badges available for all participants!

Your first @jimgroom AnimatedGIF goes towards Jim’s ransom and earns you an “Accepted GIF” badge.

"Accepted GIF" animated GIF badge for ransom-eligible submissions

“Accepted GIF” GIF badge for ransom-eligible submissions

Subsequent @jimgroom Animated GIF submissions do not count towards Jim’s release, but are fun and enjoyable and earn you an “Extra GIF” badge.

"Extra GIF" animated GIF badge for subsequent submissions

“Extra GIF” animated GIF badge for subsequent submissions

Be sure to also submit your posts to the Animated GIF Assignment 1633: JImGroom Animated GIF so that your work will be visible in the Assignment Bank to future participants!

Tomorrow will be another day!  Keep making Art, bub!

Songs for True Friends

"What DS106 Music Means to Me" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“What DS106 Music Means to Me” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina based on this image

This is my The Daily Create for today, tdc1161 which says, “Write a poem about how music changed your life.” (pausing as I type — oh, a poem? oh well I already posted this but when I try to link to my specific post, it is broken like 404, what’s up with that, @cogdog?)  So here it is on my blog, plus with a GIF and embedded soundcloud ones.

Well, it is always nice when True Friends make songs. Because songs are a kind of music, but with words so you can understand why Friends are Important.

Like one time I wrote a song called “Tina Made Groom” after he was trash talking me and I needed to set the record straight.

Or another time, when I wrote a song called “Tina Don’t Like the Mean Word” after that Savvy man Ben kept using the Mean Word even after I was trying to be nice.

Another time, when it was New Years, I made a special version of the New Year’s Song called “Make Art for Your True Friends, My Bub!” that was a really nice thing for me to do.

But then, my True Friend Vivien made a wonderful song, just for me, called “Look What Happened to Tina” that was just such a fantastic piece of music that it almost made me cry. But not really, I am tough.

And then, just when I thought it wouldn’t get any nicer, my True Friends Vivien and that David did another song for me called “GIFfing is Without You” that made me want to sing along all day and play my double-bass. That remix is in the studio now, awaiting some final vocal embellishments.

I could go on an on about how nice it is that music makes you feel. But it is about making vibrations that other peoples can feel, plus when they make vibrations, you feel them too. Plus, at the same time it is even better. Like, LIVE.

So music is a kind of Art, and that is what we like to make. So Make some Art, bub.

And Make Some Music Art, Bub, too!

Animated GIF of Jim Groom Ransom Art

"Pixellated Groom" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Pixellated Groom” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“@jimgroom Ransom GIF – Accepted” badge (approved payments)

It’s a thing to make an Art out of UNCLE @jimgroom. Lots of peoples do it! There are dancing ones, poster ones, and noisy ones, plus more!

Yesterday for The Daily Create tdc1160 was to make a ransom note to get Jim Groom back. My True Friend David Kernohan made a pretender Tina one saying give him animated GIFs to get Jim out.

“…or groom gets the stairs” by David Kernohan, on Flickr

After that, I got Jim and said make more animated GIFs, but these ones of Jim. I found a cool font on dafont.com called mpf-kidnapped and played with that for a while, but in the end, I used a web-based kidnap-letter generator at strix.org.uk/ransom/ and uploaded a custom image background to get UNCLE Jim in the picture.

“@JimGroom Ransom Note” by Talky Tina, on Flickr

So I have Jim now and I am demanding 10 Animated GIFs of Jim Groom to get him out. Not just a plain old animated GIF, but an animated GIF of Jim Groom. Plus, the deadline is midnight tonight, otherwise I will keep him longer. So you DS106 peeps get to work!

I was going to keep him until I got 106 Animated GIFs of Jim Groom, but I would not be able to stand it that long.

To start things going, I am personally donating ONE JimGroom Animated GIF (up above) to the kitty*.

But, to keep it formal and so that you know I mean business, I made an Assignment of it.

Animated GIF Assignments 1633: Jim Groom Animated GIF

So be sure to do the linking correctly from your blog to that assignment so that we know that the ransom is paid up. Any additional Jim Groom Animated GIFs paid after midnight will be applied against random future ransoms. So we will get 106 of them some day.

If you need pictures of Uncle Jim, start here: (it is called Google images)

"Funny thing that happened while searching for Jim Groom on Google"

“Funny thing that happened while searching for Jim Groom on Google”

So go make Animated GIF Art of Jim Groom NOW to get Jim out! Be original. Be creative. Make Art, bub!

————————–

*that’s the #106 #noircat, in case you were wondering

#DS106 NoirCat

"DS106 NoirCat" from a GIF shared by Grant Potter

“DS106 NoirCat” from a GIF shared by Grant Potter

Well, I didn’t see a lot of #noircats around my part of the course but then I know that a lot of other peoples did because they keep talking about it.

So Grant Potter (@grantpotter, on Twitter) made a GIF of one, so I had to put DS106 #NoirCat words on it while we were listening to the Steadfast Sleuths radio show on #ds106radio.

Plus, the #NoirCat making purring and meowing noises with noir music mix that I made.

Over and Over He Stumbles – A Triolet for Eric

Over and over he stumbles,
‘Till he finally comes to a stop.
His unthinking chastising mumbles.
Over and over he stumbles.
Late one night on the stairs they hear rumbles,
As his bod trips right there at the top.
Over and over he stumbles,
‘Till he finally comes to a stop.

Well, the triolet poetry form was a new one to me this morning when I was reading The Daily Create tdc1155, and so I thought it would be fun to try it out. I used a familiar topic, just so that I could focus on the mechanics of the form.

The poem has a pattern of repeating lines as well as rhymes, described by Carol Rumens in this article in The GuardianIt will need eight lines and rhyme ABaAabAB. The capital letters indicate the refrain lines, the lower case letters add the requisite rhyming scheme. You can use any meter.

I found the triolet to be an interesting challenge. Certainly a more substantial effort would be required to get something that fits and yet disguises the form — one challenge is to have the opening refrain communicate a changed or evolving meaning as the poem progresses. I tried to do that with mine, although for most of my Friends, foreknowledge of the back story will cloud the alternative interpretation of the first instance as they jump to the final understanding.

I made this little GIF to perhaps support the triolet a bit. I hope you like it!

"Over and Over He Stumbles" Triolet Animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Over and Over He Stumbles” Triolet Animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets, and Cars

“Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets, and-Cars,” by Talky Tina, on Flickr

In preparation for our upcoming #ds106radio #noir106 radio show about Fatal Femmes, I managed to get three old commercials I did way back in the day converted from analogue to digital files so that I could share them with our team.

The commercials were done for an old friend, Kenny, who ran a wonderful service agency known fondly as Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets, and Cars.

The files are now posted to my Soundcloud, and are embedded here for your listening enjoyment and pleasure.

Sadly, Kenny met an untimely demise not too long after I moved away. Fortunately, he had left his own brown envelope in his safe, and things were dealt with just as he would have wanted.

The Resources

The background music for these three commercials is shared by Kevin MacLeod and is licensed under CC Attribution 3.0

Fonts used in the Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets and Cars album covers include Lithos Pro and Betty Noir by Blambot on dafont.com.

I found the image of the old hearse on the Internet at churchofhalloween.com

The Scripts

01 The Getaway

PSSST   PSSST   Hey, Bub!

When you need to make a quick getaway, you need a Friend you can count on.

And have I got a friend for you!

Stop by and see Kenny at Kennys Carpets, Caskets, and Cars. He can hook you up with whatever you need to deal with unexpected emergencies.

If you are  doing a runner, on the lam, making a getaway, or just off for a quiet weekend in the countryside, Kenny can set you up with wheels that can suit your budget.

From speedy sportsters to inconspicuous passenger cars or sturdy cargo haulers for those big jobs, Kenny has what you need. And everything is available within 24 hours or less with duress arrangements and no term financing. Special payments may apply.

Contact Kenny at Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets and Cars. Don’t spin your tires when you need to be on the move.

And be sure to tell Kenny that Tina sent you!

02 The Final Rest

When that final day comes, and it’s time to say good bye to your special colleague or friend, it’s good to know that your loved one will be cared for in and in good hands.

At Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets and Cars, you can select from a fine range of comfortable and reasonably priced products ranging from brilliantly polished mahogany through delicately engraved brazillian rainforest woods, or our fine line of reconstituted North American soft pressboards. Should the need arise, Kenny’s can also provide a 100 year guarantee on all concrete products for the discriminating buyer. Kenny will also ship urns, no questions asked, back to the old country through his special courier.

Don’t leave your special friend lying out in the gutter as the rain falls through the midnight hours. Call Kenny’s for his discrete round-the-clock recovery service, featuring a plain unmarked panel van and respectfully dressed attendants. Kenny’s family-owned business prides itself in its tradition of exercising extreme discretion.

Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets, and Cars will be there for you too, when your day finally arrives. Kenny’s prides themselves on their sealed brown envelope service, where you can make your final details known, confident that they will only be opened in the event of your passing, be it intended or otherwise.

Contact Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets, and Cars to make your arrangements today. Rush orders available on request. Special payment arrangements may be required. Also inquire about our post-event clean-up and sanitizing services.

Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets and Cars — we’re here for you when you need us — even after you are gone.

And be sure to tell Kenny that Tina sent you.

03 The Cover Ups

Are you worried about the carpeting in your home, hotel, or place of business?

At Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets and Cars, we take care of all your concerns in our one-stop drop-by-and-shop warehouse.

We carry products by all leading domestic and foreign manufacturers, featuring any number of non-slip, smooth-and-trip, easy clean, stain free, mildew resistant, blood and vomit repelling, easily-rolled and quickly-removed product lines, solving any and all floor covering problems that you may encounter in your workplace or residence.

If you are faced with infestations of pests, mold-or-mildew, black-rot, pungent, offensive socially repulsive odours or fumes, our trained removal teams can have your old carpets or stair runners removed and replace, usually within 24 hours (weekends included at a slight surcharge). We can pattern match your existing carpet or tiles, replacing sections or the entire floor with an exact duplicate so no one will be the wiser.

Our bag and bin it service is available 24/7, with disposal certainty via our patented hygienic and secure incinerator. We offer convenient invoicing by square foot, pound, or a one time flat rate fee.  Contact us at any hour for your special needs.

Kenny’s Carpets, Caskets, and Cars is a family-own business that is proud to provide service to our select clientele. Become a Kenny’s client today!

And be sure to tell Kenny that Tina sent you!

A Fatal Femme – Get the Message?

I found this wonderful video with a fatal femme in it on YouTube that I wanted to share with all my True Friends.

I think that in it you can see how the fatal femme is mysterious, with attraction and a smokey voice one where she is in a bar or nightclub with shadows and palm trees wearing a detective costume with fedora and gloves and making a drop. Plus bead curtains and diagonal lines like blinds and she uses her compact mirror smartphone to contact the other detective man who is also wearing a trenchcoat and hat with smoke. And it is all in black and white with suspense music, plus a secret contact voice on a payphone with code words. The Macguffin is a top secret deodorant cold war creme with special no-stick 3M  ingredients.

My Super True Friend Christina (@clhendricksbc, on Twitter) and I will be doing a special interview about the Fatal Femme and a guy called Simon de Beauvoir in #noir106, plus I will be playing a fatal femme called Daphne de Beauvoir in our #ds106radio play called “You’re Soaking your Fingers in It! Relax, it’s Gin!

Tune in this coming week to the #noir106 Radio shows on our favourite radio station, #ds106radio #4life!!

 

 

Where Is My First Officer, Spock?

“Bill, What Were You Thinking?” by iamTalkyTina, on Flickr

Well, today The Daily Create tdc1150 said to make a Star Trek facepalm one, so I did.

This is a picture that is from all of the original stars sitting around the table, like Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty, but it is one that shows the only one that is still alive.

It is a sad picture.

I am making a facepalm here, because of what happened. Down underneath here is an animated GIF which makes a bit more of explaining in case you didn’t hear about it.

"How Could You Miss Leonard's Funeral?"

“How Could You Miss Leonard’s Funeral?”

It is sad when your True Friends are gone. It is a noir thing.

Here is a song of it called, “Spock’s Missing” by SpizzEnergi that you should listen to. It is what Kirk should be saying and he is sad in it.

• I found the background picture with just Kirk left on www.ussticonderoga.org.
• I found the badge for my uniform here.