Spring is coming, finally. It’s been a hard winter and I think the blooms are 2-3 weeks later than last year, but looking out at my garden I see an explosion of forsythia blooms, and our narcissi and daffodils are cheerfully poking up under our fruit trees. Last October, when I was down for one sister’s 50th birthday, my youngest sister and her daughter gave me a pack of Cornish daffodil buds called “Loveday”. I don’t mention this much, but […]
For the last few weeks I’ve been watching a plan unfold, from the initial glimmering of an idea to glorious technicolour explosion. Moshie took our brief – to design an alchemy lab – and stunned us with her beautiful, detailed drawings. Niall worked his magic and turned these 2D drawings into a 360 degree VR lab. Kevin put together a Thinglink and populated it with the images and all of the submissions. Wendy did some H5P magic and lots of other stuff. […]
Today, as part of the drawing challenge some of us are participating in, I made a gif. Happy Easter, everybody.
Today I started to learn bootstrap, thanks to a conversation with somebody who thought I was more competent than I think I am. So far all I have learnt is the basics, like how to add background colours, and how to use this skill to write a poem for today’s Daily Create:
This post is inspired by a phrase Amy Burvall said in the latest netnarr hangout : Abstraction Repetition Emotion I took one of Susan’s pictures and abstracted the star from it by using Paint: Then I used the star to create nine images – first with one star in a white square, then two, then three, right up to nine: Next I launched GIMP and opened all nine files as layers, exported as a gif, and uploaded the result to Giphy.com via […]
I’ve been thinking a lot about creative processes recently – about how, if all one sees is the end product, it’s easy to assume that the creator produced it effortlessly. This morning, as I was doodling a happy birthday message for Susan, I was thinking about this again. Now, I don’t pretend that my doodles are works of creative genius, but I’ve picked up little tricks so that I can do them quickly, and not get bogged down in the […]
What make a good assessment principle? Not unsurprisingly, I’ve been looking at David Nicol’s answers to this question. Here’s my representation of his answer to the question which I have taken from a 2007 keynote paper he gave – I’m finding that writing it out like this is helping me to understand how to explain it: Take a key idea from published research and use this to generate a set of principles: These principles should guide practitioners and be flexible, […]
I’ve been dying to shout this out loud, and now I can. As my Facebook friends will know, on March 1st I take up a two year secondment to our Adam Smith Business School as a Teaching Fellow working with David Nicol on assessment and feedback. I’m very excited to have a research and teaching post, and amused that in my contract I have to sign to abide by copyright rules about photocopying. Watch this space ….
Little things can mean a lot. I helped a friend with a job application this week – for a job I really hope they get for lots of reasons. They remembered me talking about my button collection and brought one in as a present for me – just a spare button off a shirt, but it is such a thoughtful act. Now I have a designer button in my collection.
I’m really enjoying making gifs at the moment. Today I’ve been messing around with Giphy and my little frog jester that I drew for #NetNarr. First I scanned my drawing to my PC and cropped it, then I used a combination of PPT and Paint to screen grab the image into three different places on screen. Then I used Giphy.com to make a slideshow and played around with the decoration options to add text and chance the backgrounds. Here’s a […]
Today’s Daily Create challenge is to: Write a poem using the N+7 form, conceived of by the French poets of the Oulipo movement. Choose a text, such as Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art,” and replace each noun in that text with the noun occurring seven entries below it in your dictionary. Next, try the exercise with one of your own poems. For more on the poets of the Oulipo, try this. So, here’s a stanza of a collaborative sestina I wrote a while back: Rhizomatic […]
I always feel the pressure is on a bit when it’s a Daily Create that I suggested – you’d think I’d have an idea about what to create when I submitted it, but I rarely do. So today, I’ve been thinking about what to do: Nobody wants to be thought of as a one trick pony. But if you had a one trick pony, what would that trick be? Draw it, sing it, write about it. In the end I […]
It’s Burns Night this week, so for yesterday’s DDA (which I am doing late) I chose Robbie Burns’ Address to a Haggis, translated it into Portguese, then into Bulgarian, and then into English. Here’s the result: Hagis Address Honestly, your honest face, Great boss of pudding running! Abon them “Take your place, Pain, envelopes or trauma: Weale is worthy of grace Like my ling is like lang. The drift that moaned there, Her strikes are like a distant hill, His […]
I wanted to make a gif today. I’d been reading about how to do this in GIMP, and a cold, damp Saturday seemed like the perfect day to experiment. So I doodled a little bird and scanned it to my computer so I could get two identical images. Then I drew a set of wings on each and coloured them both in. After that I scanned them both back to my PC, cropped them in Paint, […]
I love buttons. This is the contents of my button tin, tipped out onto one of my favourite trays. I’ve been collecting these buttons for as long as I can remember – some were handed down by great grandmothers, some were spare buttons from clothes long gone, others (like the frogs, ducks and butterflies) bought online because they caught my fancy. In the middle of the picture are three silver buttons with stars – spares from my wedding dress which […]