Category Archives: Design

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!

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:

Words of Encouragement

“Hulka-Tina Encouragement Selfie,” animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

I have done the Hulka selfie one before, plus I just made my 30-Day Challenge #30DayTDC badge using it, so I had to remix it again for today’s The Daily Create #tdc1975 “Give us your toughest Sergeant Hulka face, in a selfie,” so I made an encouragement one for all the peoples who are going for their @iamTalkyTina Certification in Creatorist badge.

Keep going, every day. You can do it and earn your badge.

60,000 Times? Reward Poster

“60,000 Times? Reward Poster,” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

My #StillTrueFriend Alan Levine (@cogdog, on Twitter) has written lots of times about the “your brain can process an image 60,000 times faster than text” factoid that keeps popping up in peoples’ keynotes without any kind of attribution. For today’s The Daily Create, tdc1974, He wants some folks to undertake a little mission when they are at a conference and go bug the person who seems to be the first person on record as having “said it,” and ask him where he got his words.

Alan is offering up $120 in cash incentive. Will you be the person who takes him up on the offer and gets the low down on this academical myth?

The History of The Two Swift Kicks for an Ass’ Neck

“Two Swift Kicks for an Ass’ Neck,” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

My favourite drink that I like to think reflects me (rather than defines me) is called Two Swift Kicks for an Ass’ Neck.  It is a variation on a historic favourite known as The Horse’s Neck (and The Horse’s Neck with a Kick) and here is the story of it.

The original Horse drink is kind of unique in that it is usually available as both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic variation. Without getting into a long tirade about my continually youthful appearance and my compact vertical proportions, let me just say that there have been times when it has been beneficial for the bartender to be able to appear to be serving me something that is in keeping with my perceived external looks, while at the same time being able to give me what I may actually want or need given my actual age or temperament at the time. Of course, during missions there are times when the opposite may be true, say if I’m needing to maintain my wits while undertaking hours and hours of libation-expedited negotiations.

I will confess that I spent many an evening practicing such tradecraft while visiting with Sir Ian Fleming himself at Goldeneye, and actually suggested the drink to him when he was writing a scene for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service — you know, the one in the airport VIP lounge where James Bond is disguised as Sir Hilary Bray? Remember how he goes in for a double brandy and ginger ale? That was my suggestion! 

Ian Fleming, reading my suggestions for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Anyway, I remixed and renamed the drink in the early sixties shortly after I did that spot on The Twilight Zone. Telly was being a bit mean to me on the set (part what you see in the episode wasn’t acting on his part), and so the night before the stairs scene I managed to sneak in and swap out his ginger ale for something a little stronger. (For the record, all of this came out in the disclosure before the trial, and was all considered as coincidental and not influential in the final outcome. Plus, remember, it was just a TV show.)  But it was just after that when I renamed it in Erich’s memory.

The other stipulation that I have always made is to ask that the bartender to forego the traditional highball glass. I prefer the tumbler instead. That way, not only do I get to have a little chuckle about Erich and his little trip down the stairs, but I also get two drinks for the price of one! Hence, Two Swift Kicks for the Ass’ Neck is what they give me.

The bartenders know what I like, and if not, they never get it wrong more than once.

Attributions:

A Woman of Letters …

“ASCII Tina,” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

So The Daily Create for today, #tdc1971, said to “make an ASCII selfie just like @mhawksey and @felixadog did,” and it even told you how to do it with a website and your webcam.

In case you don’t know what ASCII is, it is like when you make a picture of yourself out of letters. The big letters make a darker part of the picture, and the smaller letters or the dots make a brighter part of the picture. Cool, eh?

I decided that I would use the time to do some investigations into a different way, so I found a way from manytools.org where they had things called Hacker Tools, and so I used one of my iconic pictures called “True Friends”  (I’m thinking it is time to make some more new iconic pictures of me) to make my face out of letters using the Convert Images to Ascii Art, but then did three different versions that it had called:

  • black and white
  • use retro phosphor colours (green/black)
  • invert (black background)

Those three different ways gave me three different pictures, and so I made them into the GIF that you saw up there at the top.

But ManyTools had some more different ways under Hacker Tools called Image to Byte array and ANSI Art Converter that I tried. The first one needed a special printer, but the antsy one was okay to look at although the two different settings gave two different versions even though I used a black and white image even for the colour one.

“ANSI Tina,” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

But the ANSI one didn’t seem to be making me into a woman of letters, so I looked for another way.

THEN, I found a really interesting one on called Steganography. What it gave me is in the picture below, although to see how it is so special, you will need to do some research on a site called MobileFish.com. I will leave that to the reader as a very valuable exercise. Don’t tell!

Steganography Tina, image by @iamTalkyTina

Because the Steganography one was so interesting, I went into another rabbit hole on Mobilefish.com. They had lots of different cools tech things, although I didn’t see an ASCII one, but it did have a cool one called Hieroglyphs Generator, which is another way to put a message into a picture, and so I made this:

“Hieroglyphics1,” message by @iamTalkyTina

You will need to uncover the secret letters of these hieroglyphics in order to read the messages. But they are good ones. Plus, not hard to do if you follow the links.

Because that was fun, I made two more:

“Hieroglyphics2,” message by @iamTalkyTina

“Hieroglyphics3,” message by @iamTalkyTina

Because the Hieroglyphics were so much fun, I added them to The Daily Create for folks to do some day when their turn comes around.

So all of those were neat ways to use letters to make different things, like:

  • pictures from letters,
  • pictures with letters,
  • pictures of letters that are letters made with pictures.

All of these things make me a real Woman of Letters.

Get Your @iamTalkyTina Certification

Well, opportunities don’t come along every day. Plus, when you can demonstrate your special skills and get a badge for them, then you need to take advantage of that chance.

For a limited time only (it started yesterday, so you had better not already be behind), the Alan Levine (that’s my StillTrueFriend @cogdog, on Twitter) June 2017 30-Day Challenge for The Daily Create allows you to be in the window for getting your @iamTalkyTina Certification.

All you need to do to qualify for the @iamTalkyTina Certification is complete the June 2017 30-Day Challenge by doing all 30 days worth of The Daily Create in June 2017. It’s that simple.  For those of you needing the details, that means all of the ones from #tdc1970 to #tdc1999. Those are all of them.

You can sign up for the @iamTalkyTina Certification process by putting your name in the comments below including your twitter and you will be entered into the watchful gaze. Only peoples who participate within this @iamTalkyTina Certification window remain eligible. I will let you catch up for missed days if you let me know by June 4th.

To help you with this process (and to help ensure you enjoy The Daily Create on a daily basis during June 2017), I have prepared this special printable Do Your The Daily Create Every Day! PDF calendar to print out and put on your bathroom mirror. It will help you remember. Or, if you are good with your cell phone and not just dismissing alerts when you get them, you can subscribe to my special June 2017 30-Day Challenge calendar on Google Calendar.

It even has built-in notifications to remind you twice a day at 9 am and 9 pm, which should still work if you are in a different time zone if you don’t mind getting it a bit later or earlier so just get up earlier or whatever and don’t just forget the notification. (Note: I am not responsible if you don’t charge your phone or if Google breaks, it’s still your responsibility to do The Daily Create, I’m just giving you options to make sure you don’t forget and then be sad later if you don’t get your badge.)

There will be a special @iamTalkyTina Certification page on my website at the end with all of the badges for the people who are certified. Only those badges mean you are #TrueCertified for the @iamTalkyTina Certification. Do not accept fake ones.

Clarification: #TrueCertified is not the same as #TrueFriends, and just because you are a #TrueFriend does not grant you the #TrueCertified.  #TrueFriends is not a prerequisite for #TrueCertified, nor does #TrueCertified grant you #TrueFriends. But if you got #TrueCertified, wouldn’t you want to be a #TrueFriends, too?

Sharing Some Art with Friends

Well, after all my time with #ds106 and Making Art (including UNCLE @jimgroom ones), I have never had one of my own Art on the #ds106 cover page. So when they said that they hadn’t updated the cover art in a @cogdog‘s age, and that they wanted some nominations for it, I decided that it would be about time that I would do some nominations for it.

So here are some Arts that I made that I nominated by myself. Even if they don’t pick them all today, you can still see how good they are. They have to be 240 pixels wide by 330 pixels tall, so I made them that way, which makes them all smaller than when they were to start.

       

Here are some other Arts that I have made, but they really didn’t work out too well as very small ones, or they were the wrong shape to make into 240 pixels wide by 330 pixels high.

I have always really liked this GIF poster. (Maybe one day I will have a paper one hanging on my wall but the UNCLE @jimgrooms will still be moving.)

“All These Jim Grooms Can’t Be Wrong” animated GIF DS106 Promo Poster by @iamTalkyTina

This is a very nice poster that I made for Prisoner106. But when it goes small it is too hard to read all the good words.

“Summer 2015 Village Festival poster” by iamTalkytina

Plus this was a nice GIF art of UNCLE @jimgroom (see more here):

“Pixellated Groom” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Then there are some nice GIF ones that I made:

“Kaleidoscopic Hyperbolic iamTalkyTina,” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

And then there are probably my two all time favourite self-portraits of me that I made.

“Midnight Scrapbooking,” by @iamTalkyTina, on Flickr

And this one of me and my #TrueFriends:

There are lots of other Art that I made, and you can see them all if you read all of my blog posts and look at my Flickr pages.

Coding in Base DS106 is Where It’s At!

TDC1500_TT_Base-DS106_600

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?

TDC1501_TT_42-in-Base-DS106

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.