Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Last post for a while...

Due to some health issues, I won't be updating for a while. Not sure how long but I don't expect it to be permanent. My apologies to everyone who checks in on my ramblings on a regular basis.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Explaining Differential Gears with YouTube Videos

I've always had a hard time visualizing how a differential works. This hampers my ability to explain the concept to my students. Here are some videos that may help others who, like me, are differentially impaired.

How Differential Gears Work (instructional film from the 30's)

LEGO - Differential Gear

[Via Neatorama: This is the post that got me started...]

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ira Glass on Storytelling

The other media production teacher and I often talk about how our kids technical abilities are ahead of their storytelling skills. We can teach them to set up a shot, improve their sound and edit what they shoot. We haven't been as successful at teaching them to tell a story.

Often our best storytellers are our best writers. The students who have done well in Creative Writing or their English classes. These typically are not the kids attracted to our program though.

I've been putting some thought into this and doing a little reading and web surfing on the topic. Came across these videos on YouTube of Ira Glass, This American Life, talking about storytelling as it relates to video and radio. He has some good information here.

Storytelling #1: Two Building Blocks of a good story.

Storytelling #2: Finding a Good Story is time consuming.

Storytelling #3: It takes time to get good at your craft.

Storytelling #4: The pitfalls for beginners

[Image captured from This American Life: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/About_Staff.aspx]

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

TED: Modeling the Brain

Fascinating talk on how we are mapping the brain and the plans to eventually model how it works by Harry Markram. Also below are a couple of links I found at the TED bio on Markram and his Blue Brain project.

Seed Article: Can a Thinking, Remembering, Decision-Making, Biological Accurate Brain Be Built From a SuperComputer?

Blue Brain Project Website

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cardboard Animations--followup

After watching the cardboard animation by Sjors Vervoort I did some searching and came up with some other cool animations along the same lines. Roger Wieland has several cardboard animations available online. The first one is called "The Stand Up Comedian".

Take a look at his YouTube Channel for lots of examples of his work including the second one below, a great music video: Whatcha Got.

[Image captured from the video: The Stand Up Comedian]

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Zombie Make-up Results

In between trick-0r-treaters last night, I decided to mess around with the zombie makeup trick I posted about earlier this week. I had none of the materials but I did have some white glue.

The results were OK.

Main problem was trying to get a good look with my wife's makeup. She just doesn't have a good selection of stage makeup. The white glue worked but I think latex would look more like skin when you tear it?

In good lighting, it looked pretty fake. Turn the lights down some and the results were much more creepy. Of course, isn't everything just a little more creepy when you turn down the lights?