Category Archives: Assignments

The Rise and Fall of Stairless Society

“Album covers from my 1980’s pop-synth band,” by @iamTalkyTina

Today’s The Daily Create, tdc1990 asked us to remember a favourite band that was about “without something,” like the example Men Without Hats didn’t have hats.

It reminded me of one of my favourite pop-synth bands that I was in of the eighties which was called Stairless Society.  Over the course of our career arc, we released several albums which produced zero hit singles or didn’t even get on the charts, but still I thought we had a great concept and of course we had a funky beat.

“Self-titled debut album, Stairless Society, 1983,” image by @iamTalkyTina

We had fun touring with that first album, but along the way, some of the bandmates got discouraged, and by the time we re-grouped to cut a second album, we were down to two members, me and one other.

Second album, ‘Superramp,” sadly took a dive,” image by @iamTalkyTina

Unfortunately for some bad press that arose just during the release of our second album (an overeager reporter dug into my history and dredged up all the news related to the court cases back in 1963-65), we struggled to get gigs. After a few weeks, it was just me up there on the stage trying to run all the different instruments by myself as well as acting as the face of the band.

“Our third album, SS: Start to Finish,” was a compilation album of previous releases,” image by @iamTalkyTina

By the end of that tour, we (I) decided to give it one more go by releasing a retrospective album, but it went nowhere, and so I moved on to more exciting dreams.

But it was still a fun time!

I Made @JimGroom Say Uncle!

It was for The Daily Create, tdc1989, where it said show how to get respect with just Five Words. This was a challenge task that came from @hitRECord where @hitRECordJoe hasn’t applied to be a #TrueFriend yet.

I really liked the one by Terry Greene (@greeneterry, on Twitter) (who knows a friend of mine who doesn’t know who I am) because his respect with just five words was to use his TrueFriend  badge to say he was “official creature of the Internet.” Because he shared his badge for a writing one,  my picture is there right in the middle of the page of all the world to see!

“My Badge Gets Respect, Bub!,” screen capture by @iamTalkyTina

Of course, my one was when I got respect from UNCLE @JimGroom after all that trouble with the #PretenderTina stuff and his #ArtLack. Fortunately for UNCLE @JimGroom, he has been keeping himself in line since then without too many reminders over each year, and so that was good for him.

“I Made @JimGroom Say UNCLE!” screen capture by @iamTalkyTina

It is always a good time when people give each other respect and are #TrueFriends. Apply for your badge today!

Plus, remember, for a limited time only (called June 2017) the window is open for @iamTalkyTina certification in Creatorist badge. You have to do all 30 of The Daily Create ones in the #30DayTDC challenge by @cogdog to be considered.

If I Could Be An Animal …

“If I Could Be an Animal …” image by @iamTalkyTina

I have not given it too much thought, but I was thinking this morning when I read The Daily Create, tdc1988, that If I Could Be an Animal, maybe I would like to be …… a giraffe!

I was just thinking that if I were this choice, I would get a different perspective on life, and that is always a good thing.

Plus, it would help me with camouflage for when I am on missions, because it is difficult to see a giraffe when they blend into the background like that.

Also, if I were in tall grass, I would be able to pop up and look around, which I will confess is something I have always wanted to do better.

“Popping Up,” image by @iamTalkyTina

I think it would also be a very fun thing to be able to stretch out those very long legs and run very fast in a loping, graceful gait, instead of some kind of manic running with short legs that some people might notice if they ever saw me (but they never do, just sayin’).

“Running with a smooth, long-legged, loping gait …” image by @iamTalkyTina

So maybe I would pick giraffe.

 

Bonus Create: FingerMan, Fotogenerated!

“FingerMan, Fotogenerated,” animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

After I explored today’s The Daily Create, tdc1987, I realized that this might be an excellent tool to use to capture the spirit of the Finger Man.

Sadly, Art mirrors Reality, as things just seem to get worse the longer this goes on.

@iamTalkyTina, Fotogenerated?

Well, The Daily Create, tdc1987 for today was an interesting one, because it said to use fotogenerator, which is on a website.

Now, I would never be one to ever use The Mean Word at a The Daily Create, because I don’t like The Mean Word. So I will just say nice things and do my gratitude for today’s The Daily Create, and that will be all that I will say.

The Attribution of It.

Here is what it says on the website. Thank you to these fine folks for making this fun experiment!

The fotogenerator is composed by De Kennis van Nu en Nieuws en Co / NPO https://www.dekennisvannu.nl/site/artikel/Help-ons-kunstmatige-intelligentie-testen/9163

This webinterface is made bij Christopher Hesse, based on the work of Philip Isola et al: Image-to-Image Translation with Conditional Adversarial Networks https://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.07004v1.pdf

In This Case, It’s Other Reasons

“In this Case, It’s Other Reasons,” image by @iamTalkyTina for tdc1986

Well, The Daily Create, tdc1986 wants us to make an Unworthy one about trying not to scream, but with terrible terrible headlines, but make it fake, but if we can make it real, then we get bonus points. So I did a one like that, with a true commentary, and it has inclusion, plus I am speaking from my personal experience.

You can read more about Bathmophobia on this site, and you can read about Trump on all of the other ones. But don’t bother about the latter.

The Attributions of It:

I started like we were supposed to, by looking at the Upworthy Generator, to see what it was. After getting some ideas about how to make the words, I did a screen capture of it and then put it into Photoshop to change all the parts. Then I looked for bonus internet points to find an appropriate image to go with the headline that I made up all by myself. Plus, I put in lots of innuendo bits.

I used a font called Droid Serif for the headline. I used whatfontis.com plus my good judgement to make the selection.

I found the Upworthy logo and made a little editorial change to it.  I found the font Parafuse to use for the N after checking out other fonts like ChainsawGeometric, Blast-Beat, and DekoBlakk which all had a U like that but their N’s were wonky. For the little N in the big N, I just made it by hand out of pieces of the H. Today I found a lot of fonts on ffonts.net

“UNworthy,”  GIF by @iamTalkyTina

I also found out a really cool site for next time called FontsInUse.com which can tell you which fonts are in use on different things like sites like Upworthy.com. So that might save us all some time another time.

I made the play button by selecting it using the Quick Selection Tool in Photoshop from a screen capture of a video and put it over the picture and made it grey with a white behind it.

The picture was made out of a screen capture from a video on Youtube.

Full Disclosure:

I changed the word “President” in the original CNN headline to “Trump” to make it more truthful and less generic. Plus, that is what CNN called it on YouTube and it has 484,000 hits for that in 0.43 seconds so a lot of people have written it on the Internet already to make that many hits of it.

Bridge Back to Brooklyn

“Movie Poster for ‘Bridge Back to Brooklyn,'” (animated GIF type) by @iamTalkyTina

It was a wonderful concept film, before its time, that pre-dated “The Man in the High Castle” and showcased a group of battle-weary but courageous army Marine Paratroop Combat Engineers battalion led by their fearless Sgt. Mermaid caught behind enemy lines in Manhattan who have to fight their way home to Brooklyn by fording the Hudson using their battle-ready flying docks to bridge the gap and get back to home soil.

We had some wonderful folks working on the film, including UNCLE @jimgroom in his first starring role (as Sgt. Mermaid), me, and @olhatchetJack, plus music soundtrack by that @dkernohan and @VivianRolfe, edited by my little brother @iamTalkyTodd, and with a host of other great talent rounding out the credits.

I think that The Daily Create. tdc1985 person must have just finished watching it because they must have been dreaming about it after eating too much popcorn and licorice and said to make a surrealistical movie poster about the basic plot of my film, ‘a mermaid rebuilds the Brooklyn Bridge out of paradoxes…” so I think you can see what I mean.

Attributions of it:

Are You Nervous Yet, Erich?

“Are You Nervous Yet, Erich?” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Well, you can’t see the beads of sweat moving on Erich’s head, but his eyes sure look shifty scared.

I won’t repeat what I was saying to him over the phone from the garage, but it sure gave him a new respect for me!

For The Daily Create, tdc1984, Nervous!.

#TFW You See Your First Stairs of the Day

“Iron circular stair. Plate 425-N.” by J.L. Mott Iron Works is licensed under CC0 1.0

#TFW you see your first stairs of the day, and they are all curvy and swoopy and special and full of potential for all kinds of mischief and enjoyment and fun, and you get a tingly feeling that tells you today is going to be one of those fantastic days where everything is just going to go your way and you will have such a fine time, so you hop up and head out to start the morning  with glee in your steps and a smile on your face and singing happy songs inside your head as you look for new #TrueFriends and nobody makes any comments about your height or says the Mean Word at you.

This was one for The Daily Create, tdc1982 which says “ZOMG ROTL art! Create a TIL, TFW, ICYMI type tweet for what is going on in classic art.

The picture that I used is “Iron circular stair. Plate 425-N.” and it is by J.L. Mott Iron Works and it is  is licensed under CC0 1.0 which is called the attribution of it, which we also had to do as part of the instructions in today’s The Daily Create.

Portmeirion Flyovers

“Portmeirion Flyover,” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Well, I was trying to get some nice maps working today, but you will have to settle for one that is a flyover type. There are some details that this GIF does not show (not to mention the Secret Tunnel Passages layer and @iamTalkyTina Hideouts maps that I was going to include) but they will have to wait for another day.

I tried to use the Map Stack thing but it didn’t seem to be able to find The Village, so I went to my old standby, Google Maps. Then I added some other information that I had on hand using my Photoshop, and then I put it into this GIF.

It would be a bit of a hard thing to connect the 3D map upstairs to the 2D one here, but you can use your imagination and pretend that I did it.

Also, if you have a hankering for The Village, here it is from a slightly different angle.

You can read all about some of my time here in The Village , and you can check out Prisoner106.us, which was a ds106 one from the summer of 2015.