Summer of doing and making

Tell-tale signs that the school year is coming to a close are everywhere.  Seniors are gone, AP exams are in progress, invitations for retirement receptions and faculty/staff appreciation lunches are out.  Kids are punchy.  So are the adults.

Summer is just around the corner, though, and it’s going to be awesome.  There’s lots of making and doing on the agenda.  There’s the Constructing Modern Knowledge conference in July.  I’m going to revisit MIT’s Learning Creative Learning MOOC.  There’s possibly a new roof in my future.  Some fascia, flashing, and gutters need reworking too.  But most importantly, there’s DS106.

from the Twlight Zone "The Midnight Sun"

Beat the heat in the DS106 Zone

I found a short clip from The Midnight Sun” on Netflix.  I downloaded the video with Clip Converter and then used MPEG Streamclip to extract the .png files.  I’ve used Gimp in the past, and I feel somewhat comfortable with that for animated GIFs.  I was getting ready to build my animated GIF in Gimp when I had the idea to change the 110 degrees to 106. I wasn’t quite sure how to do that, so I ended up recruiting one of the art teachers at school for guidance.  I switched over to PhotoShop knowing that he was a master of that software.  There was a lot of fumbling and trial and error on my part, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

So folks…. these unseasonably cool temperatures aren’t going to last for long.  When the heat and humidity is too much to bear, it’s time to find a cool, dark space, and make art, dammit!

image by Alan Levine

image by Alan Levine —

2 thoughts on “Summer of doing and making

  1. 106 degrees fro life!

    Midnight Sun is absolutely one of my top three favorite episodes, and you remixing this is magic. So fired up, no pun intended, you are playing along this Summer, and already you are burning the internets down! Bring on the heat!

  2. I’ve been waiting for this since the end of last summer! I’m hoping that now that I know what I’m doing (kind of), I can step up the creativity. We’ll see.

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