Summer vacation is almost here, and I’ve got plans. Big plans. Some of those plans involve working a little bit–tending to stuff in the library and co-teaching some Scratch/Makey Makey camps with Carolyn. A lot of those plans include kicking around the city with my 5-year-old son.
It looks like a place called The Village figures prominently in the show. It’s funny, but a place called The Village here in Richmond figured prominently in my life when I moved to RVA in 2006. The Village was one of my favorite places to visit before I became a responsible adult in 2009. It was full of artists and writers and riff raff and misfits. The Vesuvio of the east, perhaps? Sometimes there are nostalgic conversations about the Richmond of the 80s and 90s on the Richmond Counterculture Facebook page.
I spent a lot of time on Grace Street going to see shows at the Nanci Raygun (which became the Bagel Czar which became Strange Matter). Many conversations were had in the booths of The Village before and after shows and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
So here’s to a summer of DS106. #4life.
Now the tutorial for anyone who may need it:
1. I found a picture of The Village through a Google image search. It was a static image of course.
2. In order to animate it in some way, I figured I needed some contrast, so I opened the image in GIMP and painted the neon sign a darker red so that it would resemble a neon sign turned off.
3. I then found this nice tutorial that explained how to turn .jpgs into an animated GIF in PhotoShop, because as I previously stated, my PhotoShop/GIMP skills are rusty.
4. Then I had the wonderful GIF posted three photos above that closely matched what I was imagining.
It’s nice when it turns out that way.
* Also, I’m rereading this post the next day, and it sounds totally incoherent. That’s because I was writing it while watching the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie with my son, which means there was a lot of, “Hey mom, look at this!” followed by somersaults on the sofa and kicks in the air.