Reverse Animal Rescue: Abandoning 13 Kittens

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, never mind following through with a post about GIF culture under the I Grok GIFs series. So why not toss some kittens in the yard and restart this thing. Reverse Animal Rescue is a subreddit that evolved out of r/reversegif and a sick sense of humor which imagines upgrading… Continue reading Reverse Animal Rescue: Abandoning 13 Kittens

So there’s this competition and it involves making GIFs

via GifTournament Hype Gifs This is a start to a hopeful series of posts on how I Grok GIFs in which I make GIFs for and explain a particular GIF type, culture, or phenomena. Last week I made it through the first round of GifTournament Battle #4! I’m a contender. I can make rad GIFs! But what’s GifTournament? Why blog… Continue reading So there’s this competition and it involves making GIFs

Ruining heroes to better understand the GIF

On goes the quest to better Grok the GIF. Yesterday I discovered the subreddit Behind the GIFs. Which is basically MS Paint comics with an animated GIF ending. The posts originally explained the backstory of popular GIFs from infomercials. This post is labeled the inspiration, so possibly it is the first one (not sure). And here’s… Continue reading Ruining heroes to better understand the GIF

A MBS Special Presentation

Last week I had the pleasure of being a visiting artist at the University of Mary Washington, hosted by Jim Groom and Zach Walen for their Console Living Room exhibit on campus. Their installation revisits the hub of family entertainment as you might have found it in a household of the early 1980s. The wood paneling… Continue reading A MBS Special Presentation

Concrete to Data Breakout!

A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend the opening of Concrete to Data, an exhibition currently open at the Steinberg Museum of Art. The show is a culmination of a two year effort by Ryan Seslow to bring together graffiti writers, street artists, photographers, and digital artists to reflect on past and current practices. Over… Continue reading Concrete to Data Breakout!

Personal collections become public archives

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Ludovico Sinz [Cane Rosso (busy!)] The genre geek that I am, I used to frequent Star Trek and Comic Con conventions in the early 1990s. I love the fandom that exists in cosplay or the stockpiling of toys/action cards – but by far my favorite… Continue reading Personal collections become public archives

Advice from my students on nurturing work

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Hypercoregz Recently the Communications Technology program has been growing quite a bit, so much so that I’ve been able to offer and teach our portfolio course, CT 399, for upper level majors every fall and spring semester. The course is a single credit two hour… Continue reading Advice from my students on nurturing work

Let ‘Em Breathe Fire

Next Monday I’m really excited to start teaching with Ryan Seslow for the first time. I’ve been lucky to work with Ryan on a bunch of projects, recently my favorites being GIFFight and Animating Transit. We’re going to combine two sections of CT 101 Digital Storytelling, which is inspired and still heavily influenced by the… Continue reading Let ‘Em Breathe Fire

Rocketing Off to Connected Courses

I introduced the Connected Courses open course to two colleagues of mine at York College in the Educational Technology department and they’re game to follow along and even blog! So I’m going to jump in as well. It’s great to see a few familiar faces among the course instructors, but I’m more interested to hear ideas from… Continue reading Rocketing Off to Connected Courses