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Pearls of Jim Groom Oyster Pictures

“Groom Oyster Hat with MinniePearl,” by Talky Tina, on Flickr

Well I started with the best for first. Because that is the best of the Pearls of Jim Groom Oyster Pictures from the World that I have. I hope you enjoy it and appreciate the funny joke part of it. Plus, it is a True Art, I think.

By the way, these pictures are all for The Daily Create, April 14th, tdc827: @jimgroom the World is his Oyster.

Next, how about this one of UNCLE @jimgroom in an oyster on a beach. Plus, do you see how the moon is like a pearl up above the oyster. That is some of the Art of this one.

Groom Oyster Pearl,” by Talky Tina, on Flickr

Next, it is UNCLE @jimgroom from a Thunderbirds movie with him as the Evil Green Oyster Man.

Groom Oysterman Thunderbird.” by Talky Tina, on Flickr

Now, the Fisherman, UNCLE @jimgroom, outstanding in his sea.

“Groom Fisherman,” by Talky Tina, on Flickr

Then, LOOK!, it is little UNCLE @jimgroom and his Red Oyster with his babysitter.

“Groom Bella Luke Aquarium,” by Talky Tina, on Flickr

Finally, the finale of Dancing Around The Giant Pearl of the World UNCLE @jimgroom Dancing of it Animated GIF. It is another special rendition of Animated GIF Assignment 1001: Dancing Jim All Over the World. He is still dancing, which just goes to show!

"Dancing Groom Oyster and Pearl Fountain," animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Dancing Groom Oyster and Pearl Fountain,” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

I hope you liked all these Oyster pictures of UNCLE @jimgroom that I found for you. He is certainly famous when you look on the Google, and now, even more so!

Just in case you wanted to know where I found them, you can look at all these links.



Minnie Pearl

Well, Bye!

Instant GlitchaChrome GIF Art — Just Add Tina

GlitchaChrome ds106 Glitch GIF of @iamTalkyTina

My GlitchaChrome ds106 Glitch GIF of me

Well! It was very nice to read my True Friend John Johnston‘s (@johnjohnston, on Twitter) post, called Glitchachrome ds106 Glitch GIFs,  about how he made an app to make a GlitchAChrome ds106 Glitch GIF  to make GlitchGIFs like my True Friends Mariana (@mdvfunes) and Christina (@clhendricksbc) had been doing while I was having an Art Lack like UNCLE Jim, and then make it like a Chrome like Rochelle (@Rockylou22) did, and then all I had to do was download it and put in a picture and then press some buttons to make my very own instant GlitchaChrome ds106 Glitch GIF Artwork of me. That is what I made up above.

I started with my nice CGA (Club of Ghostly Avatars) picture from yesterday.  (Isn’t it just a little bit spooky of me? DUtMW. TDLtMW!)

“Tina Ghost Selfie” by iamtalkytina, on Flickr

This is what it looks like when you are making a GlitchaChrome ds106 GIF Art using John’s app.

John Johnston, Simple Glitch app

John Johnston’s Simple Glitch app interface, with ME!

You can see how I picked six different Glitch versions that it made for me down at the bottom (I had to keep pressing Reset Image and Ran String from Img buttons and then the big GLITCH IT! button and then pick the one I liked by clicking in that thumbnail box and did that six times and then I just pressed Export GlitchaChrome GIF button plus I made it 17 instead of 20 delay, just to be different.   You can read about how he made his app on his blog post, Glitchachrome ds106 Glitch GIFs. That is what I did and then I made my GlitchaChrome ds106 Glitch GIF of me!

Plus, you can download John’s app called Simple Glitch from his blog post so you can make your own of it like I did. It only took me longer to download than it did to make the Art. That is what I say is the easy way to Make Art. Plus, it is a fun way for Friends to make Art.

So now it is YOUR turn!

Well, bye!

My ds106 True Friends Commercial


Now that I have a bit of time for making some Art again, one thing that I wanted to do for audio week was a commercial for #ds106 and True Friends. I think that #ds106 is a great way to find enthusiasm and creativity and energy and fun, and it is a great way to have True Friends, too.

So I made a radio commercial for #ds106 and True Friends. Here it is.

Once I got my mic working again, it was an easy thing for me to make it in short order. To make it work really well, I found a nice piece of gentle music on Jamendo to have in the background. It is a nice song by Oscar Avila called nenezko-es-princesa from his album Nenezko, cuaderno I and is shared with the public under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 which is a nice thing for a Friend to do.

I think that many new Friends will start #ds106 because of my commercial and I will get some more True Friends, too.



GNA’s Scary Picture

My True Friend GNA (@DrGarcia) took a picture after her work and she put it on the internet and said that it was spooky.


I don’t really know why she said it was spooky. I think that as long as you have True Friends around, things can not really be that way.

Well, bye!

Tina on the Red Carpet

"Tina - Red Carpet Stairs 2" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 2” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Well, sometimes I go to a Red Carpet event and I get my picture taken. In this case, these pictures are from a carpeting convention in Buffalo, so I was just wearing a sweatshirt and jeans instead of my usual glamour gown. But these pictures are good for showing today’s The Daily Create Challenge tdc621:

Make a photograph featuring a path, road, or trail that leads the eye through the photograph.

Like I said, I decided to use red like a bullfighter to help guide your eye like a bull fighter waves red things to guide the bull’s eye, plus I used stairs which you should really be paying attention to, so that you don’t slip and fall and all.

After I made all of those pictures, I also made a GIF one.  I put it at the top to really catch your eye with guiding your eye and red and stairs and moving. But you should look at the other pictures I made too, Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 1, Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 2, Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 3, Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 4, Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 5  because they are all good too.

CHALLENGE: In each picture, see if you can let the picture guide your eye right to me. Does it work? I bet so!

“Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 1” by iamtalkytina, on Flickr

and then

“Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 2” by iamtalkytina, on Flickr

and then

“Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 3” by iamtalkytina, on Flickr

and then

“Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 4” by iamtalkytina, on Flickr

and then

“Tina – Red Carpet Stairs 5” by iamtalkytina, on Flickr

Well, those were my red stairs path pictures! Bye!

PS — if you were looking on the Internet, and looked really hard, you might find some pictures like these ones (but where I am in Ninja mode so I am invisible in them) at the following places:

  • http://www.sizzlefest.org/will-my-pilot-screen-at-the-festival/
  • http://goodnightraleigh.com/2009/10/an-intersection-of-architectural-masters/
  • https://myspace.com/redcarpeteventshollywood
  • http://www.ganobolivia.com/?attachment_id=369
  • http://officialpsds.com/images/stocks/—Red-Carpet-stock6338.jpg

tdc617 What is Philosophy?

Well, Friends, for the The Daily Create for September 16th tdc617 my True Friend Bryan Jackson (bryanjack) asks “What is Philosophy to you?” and then says we should make our own audio definition in 30 seconds or less. So I did! Except for the 30 seconds or less part. But it IS a big question, after all! So I don’t mind, and you shouldn’t either, if you know what is good for you!

Well, Friends, when I ask myself the question “What is Philosophy?” or when someone else asks me the question “What is Philosophy?” then I think about Friends. And I think, “What would my Friends say if I asked them the question “What is Philosophy?” And then I think that they would say it is about Friends, and about being a good Friend, and about not saying the Mean Word about me, and about being nice. And about making Friends, questions like “How do you make a True Friend?” and “What makes a True Friend true?” and “Why do some people pick on other people in the World?” and “What is the meaning of True Friends, and Life.” Philosophy is about asking the big questions. (beat) And Friends.

I was very happy to be listening to a song called “Dare My Light” by Kämmerer while I made my little recording. It is a nice song that I found on Jamendo.com that is shared for all to listen to CC BY-SA 3.0 and as all my True Friends know, sharing nice things is a nice thing.

So after listening to my recording, you will have the answer to the question, “What is Philosophy?”

Well, bye!

New #headless13 Friends, and a new True Friend

Well! The numbers on the Countdowner-thingy are getting lower and lower, and both are now in the single digits.

"The #headless13 Countdowner-thingy" animated GIF by iamTalkyTina

“The #headless13 Countdowner-thingy” animated GIF by iamTalkyTina

As of right now, tonight, there are only 6 blogs on our #headless13 Friends Index that are the efforts of unnamed #headless peoples, and there are only 9 in total that do not have a Twitter name (that we know of).

This is a wonderful improvement from just two days ago when we were at 9 unnamed and 17 without Twitter respectively. I am a little bit worried (not because of my height, but just because it is an expression of just a little bit) that six of the blogs on the #headless13 Friends Index are not really showing any real sign of #4life, and I have tried my very best to leave comments and inviting messages of welcome wherever possible — although one or two do not allow comments and so that has been kind of hard in those cases. Plus the fact that we are not about pushy here in the #ds106 community and we are all about Friends. But it may be that some are just slow to wake up from the shock of decapitation. Plus, I have not checked the OPML thing in two days (it now lists 66 blogs and I have 64 in my little database), plus there are 78 in the Google+ Community who may be doing #headless13 without a blog (as of yet) or maybe it is just some #4lifer regulars in their messing around while they take a #headless13 hiatus.

However it works out, the #headless13 fall session seems to be alive and well-decapitated.


I have been very pleased with the help that my new friend Mariana Funes (@mdvfunes) who has been SO helpful in the detective work in finding names and the Twitter names of the unknown mystery Friends on the #headless13 Friends Index.  It is always wonderful to have Friends that you can count on, and I know that Mariana has had her little heart set on a True Friends badge for a while now, so I would like to acknowledge all of her help and Friendship and niceness by presenting her with her badge. She is also now listed on the True Friends Index.   Thank you, Mariana, and congratulations!

Let’s find a way of welcoming the remaining mystery people into our community before they get cut adrift, and let’s all have a great time making some Art, bub!

Plus, Mariana Made an Art for Me.

P.S. Just in case you have not seen the following little wonder on the Internet over the past two days since it appeared, I am going to embed the wonderful response that Mariana said to me in response to the question that I asked her (because she is the #ds106 on-the-couch psycho person), which was, “Siri, what is the meaning of life?”

This is the Art that she made back to me for my question to her. Here it is:

Isn’t that special? I like the parts that have me and things that I say the best. Plus that other part was good, too, the poem that talked about Wraiths.  And (spoiler) it was sad when the fish died.

#ds106  #4life

#ds106 #Headless13 Who Are You? Countdown


Well, I made a new #headless13 Friends Index and it has 62 Friends on it, and maybe there are more who are missing. Speak up, bub!  

But for the 62 #headless13 Friends some of them have lost their NAMES and their TWITTER or they didn’t say them yet. So I need all my True Friends and others to help me to do a detective and meet the others. Some of our new Friends need to turn on comments on their blogs so that we can ask them pointy questions like, “What is your name?” and “Do you have a Twitter yet?” or to help them with other things that Friends do, like say “read this great post by @iamTalkyTina called Some Advice for my Newest Friends that she wrote for you.”

This morning I had a nice chat with Ary (@trendingteacher) and was introduced to Kelsy (@kmallwein) and Mads or Maddie (@maddiekp), who was already up-to-date on my Index. That is how Friends help Friends. 

Check out the Friends on my #headless13 Friends Index. Do you know who they are? Do they have a Twitter and didn’t say it yet? Can you help me to give them a boot?  Here is a Boot for You!

Also, I made a Twitter List called #headless13 Friends that you can follow using your Twitter so that you can get everybody all at once — as long as they are on my list so far.  Plus, if you know someone who is NOT on my list who is doing #headless13, be sure to say.

Well, bye for now!


@Tumblr, Meet Me at The Stairs!

HEY! Tumblr! I’m calling you out! 

"Tina versus Tumblr GIF Fight" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Tina versus Tumblr GIF Fight” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

I am very not happy with Tumblr and their confusing what-needs-to-happen-for-a-GIF-to-move rules. I spent a lot of time yesterday reading on the Internet how to figure out how to get your GIF to still animate on Tumblr. Some say it needs to be less than 1 MB. Some say it needs to be less than 512 KB. They say it needs to be 500 pixels wide only. And 700 pixels long only. So I did all that stuff. I also looked at Tumblr GIF Rules but it basically said the same things and did not result in any success.

Then @mbransons says he got my GIF to work by making it only as big as 250×333 pixels which it pretty small, even for me. Like, I already made it smaller to 500 pixels wide. At some point, there is no point in posting Art if you need a magnifying glass to see it. You can see how big the image is at 250 pixels wide in the samples below. Rather than living with 250, I tried some other options.

This morning I tried keeping it the same size but made the colours not so deep and I actually got an image to successfully post on Tumblr but it only had 2 colours and you could not see a thing, so that was a bad result. I added this little message just now to it didn’t look so boring.

2 glorious colours

2 glorious colours

Next, I tried saving the image with 4 colours. It was a little bit better than dog barf, but not really because it looks like dog barf. Especially all of that lovingly salvaged and extended-with-the-clone-tool original background. Beautiful dog barf.

So NICE at 4 colours.

So NICE at 4 colours.

Then I found more about how if it has TOO much MAGENTA or if it has TOO much PINK then try changing them with adjustment layers but that makes the colours all wonky and even although there were other more suggestions, I decided that I just don’t have all day for that.

Yeah, that looks good.

Yeah, that looks good.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!

and so then I made a comic book kind of one but even that did not post successfully to Tumblr at 500 pixels wide.

Redone, without the original background.

Redone, without the original background.

so then I decided it was too much of a waste of Art Time to figure out the Tumblr rules so I spent my time making my invitation to meet Tumblr at the top of the stairs to see if we can’t work this out, once and for all. Because it is silly to waste Art Time. I don’t know if Tumblr will meet me at the top of the stairs but if they do, this will get sorted out, ONE WAY or the other.

My polite inquiry to Tumblr

My polite inquiry to Tumblr

What Tumblr Said Back

What Tumblr Said Back

Tumblr’s First Real Reply


We love gifs too, but can only support ones that are smaller than 1 MB and less than 500 pixels wide. To cut down on file size, try deleting a layer or lowering the contrast of your gif. Too much saturation or allowing more than 80 layers/frames can also prevent your gif from uploading, so try reducing those as well. If none of these suggestions work, email us your image file and we can test it over here.

Tumblr Support / Polish Tumblr Support

My Reply to Tumblr’s First Real Reply

Hello, Tumblr Support (Aneta)

I am glad that you like GIFs too. They are a fun thing for Friends.

Thank you very much for sending me a response to my question. Maybe you didn’t read my blog post and perhaps you did not see that I DID attach my file to my inquiry? I was hoping you could look at it and tell me the problem. I will send it to you again with this email, and again direct you to read my blog post about this problem at http://iamtalkytina.com/2013/08/tumblr-meet-me-at-the-stairs/ where I wrote about some of the different things I tried over the last 24 hours.

1) you say you support GIFs that are smaller than 1 MB — this one is only 494 KB
2) you say the GIF must be less than 500 pixels wide. Is that 500 pixels wide or less, or do you mean 499 pixels wide or less?  The GIF IS 500 pixels wide. Should I make it one pixel less in width (499?) to make it work?
3) You say that MORE than 80 layers/frames is a problem. My GIF only has 57. Shouldn’t it work?
4) You talk about too much saturation or lowering the contrast of the GIF. These terms seem VERY vague and do not provide much in the way of direction. Can you be more specific about the necessary characteristics of the file? Are you referring to colour depth here? 256 colours? 128 colours? 64 colours, etc? Specific colour tables? Are you talking about colour reduction algorithms (perceptive, selective, adaptive, restrictive?)  I tried waving my hands around in the air and fiddling with different options in the Photoshop Save for Web dialogue and got nowhere.

We need clearer direction here. This cannot be just a hit and miss process. In my blog post I reference a number of sites that offer suggestions for getting animated GIFs to work on Tumblr, and I have tried their suggestions. It’s still a mystery.

I know that you will want me and all of my True Friends to be able to put our GIFs on Tumblr. A lot of us have no problem putting them on our WordPress blogs, and apparently you use the same ImageMagick engine that WordPress uses. Can you fix yours so that it works like the one we use in our self-hosted WordPress blogs?

Again, I am attaching my file to this email, and also suggest you look at http://iamtalkytina.com/2013/08/tumblr-meet-me-at-the-stairs/  to see what I have tried so far.

My very best True Friend regards,

Okay, Tumblr, it is your turn again now. Please answer my questions this time. And look at my GIF. And read this blog post.

Tumblr’s Second Reply to My Reply to Tumblr’s First Real Reply


I was also unable to test post that gif file.

We have done some updates and changes on Tumblr. These changes could have affected the way we accept GIFs to be uploaded to our servers.

Could you try a couple things for us, to see if that helps with your issue?

      Try deleting some layers (usually around 25 works well).
      Try lowering the amount of colors you are using (around 64 seems to right number right now).
    Try shortening the delay on each layer, sometimes even a 0.01 seconds can make a difference (depending on how many layers you are trying to use.

Thanks for helping us troubleshoot. We realize that it might take a little time, but the more information that we have, the faster it is for us to help you.



FINALLY! I get a version of my GIF to post on Tumblr

Well. What a battle royale that was! After spending a considerable amount of time applying ALL of David_S suggestions, I managed to get the dang GIF to successfully upload to Tumblr.

My original GIF looked like this, at

"Superman Puppet Theatre" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Superman Puppet Theatre” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina, 600×800,

The GIF accepted during the final Tumblr upload attempt looks like this.

Tumblr-friendly, 498x664 pixels, 22 frames, 64 colours, 0.08 frame intervals.

Tumblr-accepted, 498×664 pixels, 22 frames, 64 colours, 0.08 frame intervals. Only 253 KB.

I dunno. Somehow the original seems to have a bit more umph to it than the pale shade that Tumblr accepted. I had to scale the size down (I went to 498 pixels wide), threw out over half the frames, reduced the colour depth to 64 colours, decreased the frame intervals to a rather fast .08, and in the end, the file was only 253 KB.

IT STILL SEEMS LIKE WAY TOO MUCH TUMBLR VOODOO, fiddling with a whole whack of different variables until the GIF is accepted. It would be nice if Tumblr could instead post some specific details on what makes a GIF upload acceptable or not.  I certainly don’t want to have to fiddle around with future GIFs as much as I did with this one. If there were one specific factor that was making this particular GIF problematic for Tumblr, it would be nice if that one specific factor could be identified. As stands right now, I had to fiddle with too many different variables.

August 2013 GIF Challenge #14: Fruedian Alphabet

"Friends are True Friends" animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Friends are True Friends” animated GIF by @iamTalkyTina

Well, I went to the Assignment Bank to get today’s assignment, and the Animated GIF Assignment 977 “Fruedian Alphabet” by Tom Woodward (@twoodwar)looked like fun, except for the typing in “I Hate …” part, so I changed mine to a nicer one “Friends Are True Friends” and I got a whole bunch of nice stuff to make a great GIF for my Friends, New Friends, Open Friends, True Friends, Super True Friends, Still True Friends, Real Friends, and other people who aren’t my Friend yet but will be one day.

I hope you like it as much as I had making it for you.  All the words came with the pictures just the way they appear, except for if I changed them like I say below. But the words right at the end are my own words to my Friends.

All of the Images I Found

Here listed down below is where I found the images using the Google. Some of them I tidied up a bit to make them look less pixel-ly or whatever the problem was. Or made them bigger. Or smaller. Or square to fit. Or got rid of a border. Or re-did the text in a cleaner font. Or made the colours more the same if they weren’t. Or made a transparent back. Or like I said before, whatever.

But they’re not in the same order as in GIF. I leave that as an exercise for the reader.


My message at the end is true.