Summer doodles, and more

Hello all – how’s July for you so far? Here in Glasgow it’s hot, and I am hiding in my study looking out over our garden with berries ripening, potato plants thriving- so much promise, so much sun.

But, luckily, as I hide in my cool study, I have plenty to occupy me. Because this is July, and CLMooc has a month of creativity to inspire me Come and join us, if you will, as we share pictures and poems with each other before joining up with a wider community from the middle of July.

All are welcome. I hope to see you there. If you like, I’ll also send you a postcard.

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Be the Pink Panther

Today’s Daily Create  brought to mind a quote from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus:

Write to the nth power, the n – 1 power, write with slogans: Make rhizomes, not roots, never plant! Don’t sow, grow offshoots! Don’t be one or multiple, be multiplicities! Run lines, never plot a point! Speed turns the point into a line! Be quick, even when standing still! Line of chance, line  of hips, line of flight. Don’t bring out the General in you! Don’t have just ideas, just have an idea (Godard). Have short-term ideas. Make maps, not photos or drawings. Be the Pink Panther and your loves will be like the wasp and the orchid, the cat and the baboon. ATP p. 24-5

It’s all about heterogeneity and rhizomes, of course – about working outside the lines, about not conforming to state control. It’s the essence of DS106 and CLMooc, for me. So here’s a gif for today:

via GIPHY

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Socks

I like knitting socks. I’ve got a whole drawer full of pairs I’ve made for myself, from plain ribbed ones to fancy designs,  and most of my family own at least one pair I’ve made for them. I’ve got masses of yarn, in a rainbow of colours, and all I need is somebody who needs socks.

So that’s where you come in. If you’d like me to knit you a pair of socks, all you need to do is design a pair and send me the design.

A few things before you start:

  • Socks are knitted in the round. Generally there will be 64 stitches per row for a woman’s sock, and 72 for a man’s.
  • Socks can, of course, be any length. My default is 100 rows for the leg, which is about 8 inches.
  • Knitted stitches are wider than they are tall – the ratio is about 4 stitches to measure the same as 5 rows (so 28 stitches knitted over 35 rows would make a 4 inch square, for example). Knitting chart paper is easy to find online. Here’s some.
  • Patterns can repeat around the sock – multiples of 8 are very common.
  • There can be different patterns on the same sock.
  • Patterns with only 1 or 2 colours per row are nicest to knit (I have 2 hands, and can hold 1 colour in each).
  • If you’d prefer plain socks, or stripy ones, that’s also fine – just tell me which colour (s) you’d like.

So – over to you. This is an open offer – I am a #4life knitter, so whenever I get a request I add it to my queue.

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If trees could talk

I walk past this tree every day on the way to my office.

In the early morning the quad is quiet, with maybe a crow hopping across the grass or a cleaner scurrying about between the buildings.

Later in the day it is busier – students eating lunch on sunny days, academics sitting on benches chatting, tourists marveling in the architecture and taking photos of each other.

What sights has this tree seen? What happy memories do people hold of being in this place? Graduations, weddings, exams, meetings. School children on day trips, alumni back for nostalgic visits, those that work here – like me – wandering out to catch our breath and pause for a moment.

 

 

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Daily Create 2018 Challenge

My June 2018 30-Day The Daily Create Challenge Art

For the second year running I am taking part in the I am Talky Tina Certification in Creatorist Badge, so this page is to collect my daily Creates together and make sure I get my badge. (I am excited to find out that I might get my 2017 badge soon!)

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Clematis

Clematis

I cannot improve

‘pon the glory of these blooms

Shining in the sun

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Postcard doodles


It’s been a busy month, and inevitably I’ve not done everything I planned to. But one thing that I have done over the last couple of weeks is to start doing my daily doodles on postcards. Of course, because I sometimes find times to doodle at work and other times at home, I only have half my stack here. But here’s some of the ones I like from this month – now safely stashed away to send in the future.

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Academibot

Today’s Daily Create was inspired by a TED talk I watched the other day.

Here’s my take on a useful robot 🙂

*Disclaimer – my job is really not this bad

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Postcard questions

Time flies, especially recently. But today I came home to find  a card from Kevin, and that prompted me to sort through my collection and write some to CLMOOC friends.

Our theme this month is questions, and as I thought through some to write on my cards I felt myself relax and forget about all of the marking that looms.  Kevin asks a good question:

I wonder …

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Be More Kind

A timely earworm for me this week as I am marking philosophy exam scripts. The lyrics are actually about our broken society, but the title of the song speaks to me as I try to decipher scrawly handwriting and make the best sense I can of the jumbled thoughts written under pressure. Education could, and should, be more kind, in my opinion.

This semester has been particularly hard, with the strike action and weather leading to lost teaching time – and the need to be lenient yet fair while marking seems all the more important. This way of assessing students doesn’t seem at all kind to me.

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