Midterm Activity

Creative Commons is like chocolate:

Weird food

*I wish it everyone would liscense their photos Creative Commons, and I wish everyone would give me chocolate.*  I like this photo–even though it’s snowing outside our classroom today, I still want to eat the chocolate ice…

Photo credit: Totipotentplasm.


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Final DS106 assignment!

So… this is late >< and there’s a really long story for why, but I won’t get into it.
The prompt for this assignment is to

Take two photos of the same subject from slightly different angles. Merge the two photos into a single looped, animated gif to create a wiggle stereoscopic image that simulates 3-D.

This was a ton of fun! I chose this assignment because I saw Danny’s version of the same assignment and loved it. It’s not at all hard to do–especially if you find a little bit of software to help you out!

Infographic

This is the info-graphic that group 6 (<3) is analyzing.

We each chose three or four sections of this graph to look into individually– I got assigned to analyze the statistics for Flickr, Ning, Deviant Art, and Bebo.

First I want to look at Deviant art, and it’s the only site of the four that our info-graph claims is gender-balanced.

50/50 male female, our info-graph states. Looking into the source of data that this info-graph used, which can be found at the bottom of the large chart, both google ad planner and Brian Solis are listed. First I went to the Brian Solis site, but couldn’t find deviant ART’s data there, so I got a google account planner account and found this data. The actual statistics are 48/52 with a female majority. A little off, but I don’t consider 2% to be a huge change to the graph, so I would still say that it could be considered accurate.

Next, Flickr!

This was easier to analyze, because I didn’t have to find the data myself on google ad planner–it was all on Solis’s site. Accurate-seeming data (which he states as belonging to google ad planner as well), and the numbers matched exactly this time. I would say that this provides sufficient support for our info-gram.

Third, I looked into the data for Ning.

Ning is listed as one of the more matriarchal of all the sites, with a 59% female majority. This info was also gathered from google ad planner by Solis, and matches perfectly with what is represented on the graph.

Finally I looked at Bebo.

Bebo represents the most matriarchal of all the sites I analyzed, with an 68% female presence. I looked this one up on google ad planner as well, and found that the current statistics are actually 66/34, with a female majority. Again, not far off, but in 2-of-2 times comparing with google ads there has been a 2% inconsistancy rate.

All-in-all, I believe that the info-graph that our group analyzed is basically accurate, with a small percent of discrepancy, probably due to the fast rate of change of the statistics that google ad planner uses.

For more information about the other sites analyzed in this info-graph, take a look at Eri’s blogpost, Ren’s BlogpostNana was also in our group, and so was Ekhlami, and I had a wonderful time working with all of them 🙂

 

Moody ds106

Today I chose this DS106 assignment, which requires us to

change the mood or tone of a photograph by altering the contrast, brightness, hue, saturation, exposure, etc.

I enjoyed working with Gimp, and feel for the first time that I used it rather successfully (it’s about time!)

Below is the image I started with– tulips in the park by Ontakesan Dorm. I took this photo during my first semester in Tokyo.

I wanted to make it feel older, and a little more nostalgic, so I began by increasing the contrast and lowering the brightness. After that I changed the color balance, bring out the yellow and muting the red a bit. Below is what I ended up with.

Nothing fancy, but I feel like it changed the mood a bit, and I’m looking forward to playing with some more images in Gimp.

3,000 Countries:

I’ve been working on this project for FAR too long, so I’m posting it even though I don’t feel like it’s finished! The mission is to–

On your blog, use at least three images from your original art or photography to illustrate a poem you have written.

I know I kind of overdid it, because this doesn’t call for any of the photo-editing that I ended up doing by inserting the poem into the photographs, but… I like it better the way I chose to do it, even if it was unnecessary work. (笑)

 

The poem is actually not a poem, but a piece of “writing inspiration” (not sure what to call it… theme, maybe?) for a painting I was working on at the time. The first, second, and fourth photographs all have parts of the painting within the frame of the picture, and the third is my balcony where I do a lot of painting. So… There’s some meaning in it for me, even if it seems random XD

State of the Net: Lead White Cyberspace

There are usually two ways that I visualize the current state of the internet–one is Celedon, and the other is Lead White paint. To get it out of the way, I’ll write about the more negative one first: Lead White Cyberspace.

Lead white was perhaps the best white artists ever used. It is smooth, blends well, and will last an eternity. Far longer than the people that use it anyway– because, of course, it’s incredibly toxic.

What does this have to do with the internet? Take Google as an example– Google generally runs smoothly, blends well with other sites (you can link it to your youtube account, as well as use it to sign in to Flickr and many other accounts), and seems to be a stable company. Of course, Google has also been caught violating browser privacy settings in order to track users, and according to The Washington Post Google and the National Security Agency have formed an “alliance…to allow the two organizations to share critical information.” But is the threat of a government organization having access to your private information really anything like the threat of lead poisoning from lead white paint? I suppose that depends on how much you trust the US government.

It is interesting to note that lead white paint is still in use today. If you take proper precautions when painting with it and handling finished paintings containing lead white, the risk of being poisoned can be significantly reduced. I think the same precaution should be used when you’re living in a lead white cyberspace.

Reading response

The article by Tim O’Reilly that we read for class prompted some interesting thoughts for me. Although a lot of the technical information (or even just the technical terms) were a bit beyond the scope of my computer-knowledge, the ideas presented in the artical were both interesting and practical. One of the first points that caught ny attention was this quote:

Shakeouts typically mark the point at which an ascendant technology is ready to take its place at center stage. The pretenders are given the bum’s rush, the real success stories show their strength, and there begins to be an understanding of what separates one from the other.

I was impressed that O’Reilly had this kind of a grasp on the business side of the web, and about how generally knowledgeable his writing appears to be.

But the part of his article that impressed me most was the emphases it placed on trust– that a “Web 2.0” website must be built up by, and therefor under the partial control of, it’s users.

The central principle behind the success of the giants… who have survived to lead the Web 2.0 era appears to be this, that they have embraced the power of the web to harness collective intelligence–

He goes on to define this “trust” element in a great example: Wikipedia.com– which he says is,

based on the unlikely notion that an entry can be added by any web user, and edited by any other, [Wikipedia] is a radical experiment in trust, applying [the] dictum  that “with enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow,” to content creation.

It made me wonder what other aspects of life this principle could be applied to–what friendships, what businesses, what governments? Good food for thought.