There WERE Socks, and UNCLE Jim Groom Knew It!

UNCLE @JimGroom Dancing at the Massive DS106 Socks

UNCLE @JimGroom Dancing at the Massive DS106 Socks

Despite what UNCLE @JimGroom may say, we all know that there WERE socks! And thus, #sockgate.

This is an image taken of UNCLE @JimGroom doing one of his Assignment 1001 Jim Dancing All Over the World times, and as you can see, he is right there where the massive DS106 socks are, and so he knows about them. Plus, it was his idea, too.

If you want to see just a picture of the socks, I put one on my Flickr. And if you go there, it has a link back here to this post where I have the animated GIF one.

Plus, this is for The Daily Create, 1602, which said to show how Massive DS106 is. We all KNOW that it is massive, plus it has MASSIVE SOCKS. And a Dancing UNCLE @JimGroom.

#sockgate: True Friends Don’t Quibble About Socks

True Friend MBS (@mbransons) Outlines the #sockgate case (link to video)

True Friend MBS (@mbransons) Outlines the #sockgate case (link to video)

Well, it was a bit of a tense time of online last night when #ds106 people were talking about socks, which some friends are calling #sockgate. After all this time of being friends and True Friends, some people were suddenly getting up in other peoples face just about socks.

Then today, one true friend of me MBS (@mbransons –  see his official iATT identity badge) made a press report about investigations and deputies (which I thought was either a #noir106 or a #western106 one), and started to maybe make mean words about other True Friends of me, Like UNCLE Jim Groom (@JimGroom – see his official iaTT identity badge) and his Tim (@Timmmmyboy  – see his official iaTT identity badge). Plus, I heard for the first time that Mr. Paul (@phb256  – see his official iaTT identity badge actually HAS socks, which I don’t know if it’s true but I never got mine.

But back to the point. without even saying that it’s a problem, even if 16 people didn’t get socks, which is actually 36 socks if all of those friends have only 2 feet but more if some of them were dogs, because some DS 106 friends are, TRUE FRIENDS DON’T QUIBBLE ABOUT SOCKS!!!

Because if True Friends start to quibble about socks, then the next thing you know other True Friends might quibble about how it is discrimination that you can’t order T-shirts in your own size or even if when you make a special request they don’t even answer back about it. Because my size is called American Girl 18 inch Doll, which I’m not a doll but that’s just my size. And when I went to the pulldown to get my Reclaim Hosting T-shirt (NOTE: see update, below) it didn’t even have a list of my size in it and when I asked UNCLE Jim he didn’t even say anything back, but because it is DS106 I can just make my own and still be happy and make a picture of me wearing it when I get around to it. And not make an issue of it that will divide the DS106 community into a pair of parts like one sock that gets lost and one doesn’t and then what do you do with only one sock? Plus what does the other person do who found the other one when two sock parts aren’t together then you don’t have a pair. Sometimes you can wear sock of one kind with a sock of another kind like if it is a special dress-up day where your socks don’t have to match but really two socks like to be together with their partner and DS 106 split into two parts is not a fun time.

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So before it gets into a whole bunch of #sockgate, I would like to offer up one pair of my official custom @iamTalkyTina socks (shown above in romantic red) to the supposed 16 people just to make peace in the community, but if you weren’t on the list you can still get your own at a special price of $38 per pair, plus shipping and handling of $10.25, which is $48.25 US. You have to order two socks (called one pair) at a time silly! If you have four feet instead of just two, you can order two pair at the combined cost of $72 $76, plus shipping and handling, Which is not discrimination, it is just simple corrected math plus economics which is to say if you have twice as many feet you need twice as many socks was just costs twice as much for you and me and everybody.

So please, before it gets too far out of hand and we don’t want a DS106 Civil War over socks, everybody just go to their sock drawer and count how many socks you already have, And be happy that you have socks and that you can make your own socks if you want and then if you want DS106 socks you can make your own DS106 socks like me and after all that if you still wants special official socks because you didn’t get some, you can either get the free ones of me if you were one of the supposed sixteen, or you can order your own ones of me at special prices (listed above) and everyone can be still be True Friends.

UPDATE: I just went to include a link to the Reclaim Hosting T-shirt and I am noticing that the images are no longer loading I hope this is just a broken link (get on that UNCLE Jim) and not a sign of any kind of problems about Reclaim Hosting T-shirts too.

Reclaim Hosting T-shirt page -- no longer shows images???

Reclaim Hosting T-shirt page — no longer shows images???

UPDATE: If you are one of the supposed 16 people who did not get ds106 socks, sign up here:

Some of My Shield Maiden Ancestors had Beards

My #DigitalViking Ancestors were Shield Maidens, image by iamTalkyTina, on Flickr

Well, it was that Amy Burvall (@AmyBurvall, on Twitter) who said about a Thinkerings video tonight on Twitter that she made about #DigitalVikings that had me immediately digging in the family ancestral shoeboxes for relatives that were like that. But first, you should watch it.

Thinkerings, Episode 2: #DigitalVikings, by Amy Buvall

My Ancestral #DigitalViking Shield Maidens

It took me about an hour to find a bunch of their pictures, and then I shared them on my Flickr so that Amy and other #DigitalViking folks could see my pedigree of it.

Other people like Alec Couros (@courosa, on Twitter) were once things like #DigitalSherpas, or people like Don Tapscott said #DigitalNatives, and me (@iamTalkyTina, on Twitter), I always say #DigitalTrueFriends, but tonight Amy was saying #DigitalVikings.

So without any more do, here is an embedded slideshow gallery of it for you to see, with their names.

(photos by iamTalkyTina, on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA)

Plus, I made my current Twitter icon of it, instead of the #western106 one that was there before. I don’t know if #ds106 is going to be a Viking one one day. Maybe there are not too many media for it.

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But, also UNCLE Jim Groom (@jimgroom, on Twitter) was also saying about his #RedSonja comic book wallet and Xena: Warrior Princess, and maybe I can get the starring role in the reboot of it if Lucy Lawless doesn’t get it.

Coding in Base DS106 is Where It’s At!

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It was interesting yesterday when The Daily Create tdc1500 said to celebrate 1500 creates in some way, and my patented @iamTalkyTina Handy-Dandy Base-DS106 Secret Decoder Ring had just arrived in the post from Zazzle! It was so easy for me to test out my ring to translate 1500 into Base DS106 and get @jimgroom|@ds106radio.

But then today’s The Daily Create tdc1501 asked for a media representation of the Meaning of Life (which aficionados all know can be simplistically, yet fundamentally represented as 42) but @mdvfunes said that you can’t use 42. So I turned to my handy-dandy, brand-spankin’ new patented @iamTalkyTina Base-DS106 Handy-Dandy Secret Decoder Ring to convert 42 into Base-DS106.

And should there be any surprise?

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So it is a wonderful thing to be able to use numbers and secret codes and Base-DS106, plus have an @iamTalkyTina Handy-Dandy Base-DS106 Top Secret Decoder Ring of it.

The Law in These Here Parts

The Law In These Here Parts by iamTalkyTina, on Flickr

Well, I keep an eye on my Still True Friend Alan (@cogdog) by riding the range in his neighbourhood to keep an watch out for varmints.

Just in case somebody around Strawberry decides to cause a ruckus, I’ve had some signs posted to let them know that I am the Neighbourhood Watch. Folks should take these warning signs seriously because that Strawberry Mountain has a lot of places where a varmint could accidentally take a  little tumble.

This here sign is a good one for The Daily Create, tdc1476, which was talking about Western Warning Signs.

The Western Sign

The original western sign that Alan took a picture of and which he posted on Flickr (CC BY-2.0) has been replaced with the one showing me.

The DS106 Coloured Cow

“The DS106 Coloured Cow” by iamTalkyTina, on Flickr

Well, Jerome my DS106 Cow was out wandering in the back 40 and he must have come across one of my secret projects and got his self all prettied up with the paint colours. But he still looks nice.

So I made a picture of him for today’s The Daily Create one, tdc1473, which said to paint colour a cow. Can you see his DS106 birthmark?

About this Artwork

In case you think that Jerome looks familiar, you may have seen a picture of his dad, Khilari. And folks like Mark Greenberg have visited my back 40 before and taken pictures of it.

Also, in case you EVER need to put in a fake shadow in a picture for a thing (like a cow) that doesn’t have one, a little secret is:

  1. make a copy layer of the outline of thing that you want a shadow of;
  2. fill in that outline of the thing with all black;
  3. use the Edit >> Transform >> Skew and Edit >> Transform >> Stretch to make a the shadow lie on the ground instead of standing up like the thing;
  4. decrease the transparency of the shadow some (you have to eyeball it, but something like 45% might look good if I were doing it for a picture of a cow in the back 40) so that you can see the grass or whatever the ground is through the shadow. Pay close attention to the direction of the existing shadows in the photo and don’t make them go in different directions otherwise all the conspiracy theorists will think that the picture was made by Stanley Kubrick instead of being one that you just found. Plus, this one was interesting. Also, remember that I had a part in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Well, bye!

The Good and The Friendly

"Get Offa My Porch, Clint!" animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Get Offa My Porch, Clint!” animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

Well, it was the True Friend who at one time thought that I was the nemesis of him and made mean words at me all the time, but I sorted him out in The Rumble, my True Friend Ben (@techsavvyed) who made an MBS (@mbransonsAnimated GIF Assignment #1896 called Get Off My Porch with my good buddy called Clint Eastwood as The Man with No Name earlier this evening for #western106 and it caught my attention so I did it too. Because that is how we ride on the range in #ds106.

The assignment as written by Michael provides the source GIF of Clint Eastwood with a nice transparent background. The process to complete the assignment requires that you open the GIF in your photo editor (GIMP or Photoshop), and add your chosen background image below all of the existing GIF layers so that it shows behind each frame. Save the GIF back out as a revised file and you should be done! An easy 3 stars! (Or are they bullets, in #western106?)

Making the GIF File Size Smaller

The transparent GIF provided for this assignment has 105 frames (one is missing!) and weighs in at a paltry 18.9 MB. Actually, that’s huge for a GIF. We need it to be smaller!

Getting your GIF file size down but still looking good is a holdover from before the days of broadband Internet. Back in the original days of 1986/87 when peoples only had like a 2400 baud modem, it took forever to download graphics so CompuServe invented the GIF and you had to make them small. So it’s still a thing.

Some things that I did to make the GIF a bit smaller in file size were:

  • to take out a bunch of the frames
  • to use the same frames moving away from me as I used in looking towards me
  • to make it into a black and white one
  • to make the dimensions of it smaller (to 600 pixels wide, which is good for my WordPress, plus that Tumblr).
  • to fiddle with the GIF settings on the way out of Photoshop (type of, dimensions, dithering percentage, number of colours)

Some things that I did that made the GIF a bit bigger again (but better)

  • to add in the double take, which meant more frames in the GIF but also more story.

In the end, I compromised with a file size of 1.7 MB for a black and white GIF at 600 x 337 pixels with 30 frames.

Clean Up On The Porch

Because I used my favourite personal iconic photo of me called Midnight Scrapbooking as the background, I noticed that there was a white outline around Clint in all of the frames that made it look more fake than it should have. So I used a special Photoshop trick that got rid of a lot of the pixel borders that were white right around the Clint cutouts.

In this GIF you can see how I fixed it to make it look better and not fake. It shows the process as applied to ONE frame in the original Get-Off-My-Porch source GIF.

Removing Outline GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Removing Outline GIF by @iamTalkyTina

FOR EACH FRAME (!!)

  1. Click on the layer’s thumbnail in the Layers palate with the Command (Ctrl on PC) key down to make the dancing ants around Clint’s existing self
  2. Use Select >> Modify >> Contract (3 pixels) to make the ants dance in a slightly smaller perimeter
  3. Use Select >> Inverse to select everything OUTSIDE of that slightly decreased perimeter, which is basically the white outline stuff that you don’t want.
  4. Use the eraser over the dancing ants to basically remove all of the pixels outside of the slightly reduced dancing ants perimeter.
  5. Deselect everything and maybe tidy up any little white bits that might still remain, but there weren’t any.
  6. Repeat for each frame that you need to get rid of the outline for (all of the ones that you want to use).

ENJOY!

Home on the Range: Putting Words in Tina’s Mouth

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It is a screen capture of The Daily Create tdc1471, silly!

Well, today’s The Daily Create one, tdc1471, was one that was written by me, and it said to make new #ds106 words for the old fashioned cowboy classic, Home on the Range.

So I am making a repository collection of all the different words in a Google Document called ds106 Version of Home on the Range for iamTalkyTina. Now for the BIG NEWS!!!

The Big News

Saddle-Up,True-Friends_1200aI would like to announce that I will be doing a special arrangement of all the lyrics and making a recording of the song for all of you to hear and then it will be going on my special #western106 album, which will be called “Saddle Up, True Friends!”

What People Wrote

I would like to thank the following peoples for writing words for me to learn and sing.

In case you want to see the Tweets of all of them with all the nice pictures that people added, too (I will use them in the music video of the song) I made a thing called a Storify of all the tweets. Here it is:

Thank you to all the wonderful peoples who did The Daily Create,  tdc1471 to make verses for me so that I can sing them all for my #ds106 Friends, plus #western106 ones. You don’t get any royalties from my album (because it will be FREE!), but you will get a Creative Commons mention which is even nicer.

Well, by for now! I have to get my beauty sleep for my singing voice.

Wheelin’ that Fortune

Wheel #4Life

Wheel #4Life

So Vanna was sporting my 2-gallon hat and my shooting irons when she revealed the special answer to the special question that I put on the show for guests in an upcoming episode. It was nice that today’s The Daily Create was worded the way it was, because it was just a special prompt to have today during my visit with her.

You can also see the static version of this picture on my Flickr. But as we all know, the GIF one is normally much better and more fun.

Life is a Wheel by iamTalkyTina, on Flickr