Good enough

Disco ball
Image by author CC-NC-SA

I was asked this week how I write. Quickly, I said – in odd moments snatched whenever I can find them. I try not to think too much about what I’m writing – I scribble words on scraps of paper, I doodle on the scribbles and scribble some more.

I try not to worry about choosing perfect words and phrases – I often use square brackets to remind myself that parts need polishing – that the words I have scribbled there are placeholders. But, when I finally sit myself in front of a word processor and force myself to type up all the scribbles, I often find that those temporary words are fine.

Of course I do revise what I write – over time, as I edit, I will refine what I say – add to it, delete parts -but often the parts that I wrote as placeholders turn out to be good enough.

Being “good enough” is very much the ethos of the remix culture of DS106 and CLMOOC. We don’t mind about things being perfect -though we appreciate and value skill, expertise etc. they are not the only sorts of things we value. As I write up my PhD thesis I think about this, and wonder how to link what I am discovering about my affinity networks and maker spaces into something that I can use in HE.

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National Unicorn Day

Today is National Unicorn Day. Yes, really. Some of you might know that the unicorn’s Scotland’s national animal. And in these dark, uncertain days, I think we need a miracle to see us out of Brexit, out of te UK, out of austerity.

Here’s our national animal standing proud on the steps of our Uni chapel.
Happy Unicorn day, all

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Web Ring

Some #clmooc folk were sad that G+ died recently. I can understand that – while I always struggled to navigate there, others had made it their home.

Greg offered a solution – a web ring and a planet – are you there yet?

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Phew

I’m patting myself on the back

Tentatively

Today I submitted my draft findings

For the last month I have been too busy writing about my affinity space to play in my affinity space

Now I have time to breathe

Hurrah

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Making time

However busy I am, I try to make time for two daily rituals – one the DS106 Daily Create, a daily challenge open to anyone to participate as they wish, the other a Daily Doodle prompt I’ve been following for some time with my CLMooc friends. I glory in all my tools – my pens, my crayons, my paper, my inks. Old friends and new friends, as Terry says. Micron pens to outline (sometimes with a pencil first). Crayons for familiarity – I have so many sets of crayons. Here I try to take a picture, but my helper wants in on the act:

Quite right, why take pictures of Sharpies, when I can stroke a cat.

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Onnotation

I see everybody’s annotation. I applaud Terry’s innotation. Here I raise you all with my onnotation.

How I did this:

  1. Screen capped Terry’s post and saved it to my PC
  2. Drew a canary bird and scanned it to my PC
  3. Opened both in GIMP
  4. Cut around the tweety bird with the lasso tool
  5. Pasted as a layer into the screen cap image, positioned where I wanted it and exported the image with a new file name
  6. Moved the tweety bird and repeated, again changing the file name (onnotation1, onnotation2 …).
  7. I did this six times in total.
  8. Closed all the windows
  9. Opened all of the (six) images of bird-on-blog that I had saved as layers
  10. Exported as gif, tweeking the settings to get the animation to the speed I wanted (I chose a 200 millisecond delay).
  11. Saved to my PC.
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A picture is worth 1000 words

150 words

If a picture is worth 1000 words, I reckon I am giving you 150 words worth in the above image.

How I did this:

  1. Opened GIMP and found an image I liked from my files.
  2. Used Filters – Render – Patterns – Grid to impose a grid on the image.
  3. Dragged the width up so there were exactly 4 rows of boxes
  4. Used the rectangular tool to make it a 5×4 grid
  5. Opened a new window and pasted this in as a new layer
  6. Used the lasso tool to cut out 3 squares (proportion: 150/1000 words)
  7. Opened a new window and drew a 5×4 grid in above
  8. Copied the part of the image I had selected with the lasso  tool and added as a new layer
  9. Exported
  10. Uploaded to Flickr
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Word limits

word limits

Busy days – holidays ending, a conference to prepare for. Not enough space to write. Still, I watch the conversations from the sidelines. Words constrain, words are constrained.

How many words are pictures worth? Nick’s post inspires me. I try to draw (above) what’s in my mind’s eye.

Bookshelves

I look over at my bookshelves to see if I still have a dictionary. I do, and am amused to see Nick’s book next to it. Serendipity again. Sorry, Wendy – I don’t feel like making¬† a word salad today.

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Rule of thirds

Rule of Thirds

I took the photo in the middle of this image yesterday and used it as inspiration for my daily doodle. Such beautiful flowers, fading so fast as we are home all day with the heating on at the moment. Today I used it for the daily create. Here’s what I did:

  1. Cropped it slightly, then uploaded it to Lunapic and added a filter (beauty).
  2. Downloaded the result to my PC
  3. Opened Powerpoint and inserted the original image, resizing it to fit
  4. Inserted the new image and resized
  5. Copied the new image 7 more times to tile it
  6. Selected all and grouped the image
  7. Saved as picture to my PC
  8. Opened in Paint and resized to 25% to reduce the file size
  9. Uploaded to Flickr as a CC-BY-SA-NC
  10. Added to this post.
  11. Published.
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MYOB

  1. Find a photo (a bunch of tulips, opening and dropping their petals quickly in this heated room)
  2. Open it in Paint (it’s easy, and familiar)
  3. Spend ages deciding what words to use (in the end I Google “flower, quote”)
  4. Paste a few words onto the image and save
  5. Undo, paste the next few words, save with a new file name
  6. Repeat for the whole quote
  7. Head over to Giphy.com
  8. Upload all of the images and make a gif
  9. Save to PC
  10. Upload to WordPress and add to blog post.
  11. Publish
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