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Domo Arigato (Week 27)

by on Mar.28, 2011, under Blog

The problem’s plain to see
Too much technology
Machines to save our lives
Machines de-humanize
Styx / Mr. Roboto

What’s this? Skocko complaining about technology?

Actually, no. It’s the mindless (mis)use of technology that grinds my gears. The Mac Lab video tutorials are created to help you become better digital artists. If you don’t like my video tutorials, today’s Tip of the Day will point you towards some that might better suit your needs. Mac Lab Mentors on the rise!

Darn. No Quick Tips today. 😛

Speaking of MLM: Mac Lab Mentor Week A short video describing the week to come. As promised, here’s the final cut of last week’s rough cut class video. (Look for the link to a higher quality version of the final cut on its page.)

Countdown to 1,000,000: For those of you who’ve yet to take a guess, we’ll pass 920,000 page views before second period today. I’ll post the current best guess list in the comments.

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Student Power (Week 26)

by on Mar.21, 2011, under Blog

To teach is to learn twice.
Joseph Joubert

Will you know what to say when the video camera rolls around the classroom and you’re asked: What does Mac Lab Mentors mean to you? Do you understand that whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably been a Mac Lab Mentor at some point during this year?

Please watch this short video and you’ll understand.

Note: Participation in the filming is 100% voluntary. You’re not required to voice your opinion.

Countdown to 1,000,000: We passed 900,000 page views on Friday. I’ve posted an updated best guess list in the comments (and will update it as you guess this week). When do you think we’ll hit a million page views? (No, you can’t change your guess if you’ve already taken your turn.)

A Dubious Milestone: It only took 75 days for us to eclipse last year’s record spam haul. Here’s a depressing look at the stats.

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Five by Five (Week 25)

by on Mar.14, 2011, under Blog

You’re never finished in the Mac Lab! The motto I invented to rid the room of idlers (or at least that was the idea at the time) and a truism in the artist’s world. Oh, many will disagree, but I’ll tell you what defines done in the so-called real world: DEADLINES.
Skocko / The Guiding Light

Deadlines will come and go over the next few months but the biggie is in June when the school year ends. We’ve got one-third of the year left and this is the third in which you’ll produce the bulk of your finest work. You’re beginning to wield the computer as an artist’s tool and it’s time to push your art to the next level.

If you read the post at the other end of the quotation at the top of the page, you’ll see it contains a story about the evolution of this poster. Just like two years ago, the district art show is looming in our future. Will your work be chosen to represent Valhalla and the Mac Lab?

Kudos: Philip Behnam is on a roll right now. Check out his series of minimalist movie posters: 01 | 02 | 03 | or the trio displayed together. I wish I’d have insisted Philip save the early versions as well because he’s worked as hard to refine these designs as Sarah did with her Africa poster. It’s this type of attention to detail and work ethic that will take you far in life.

Are you reading me five by five?

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Is Music a Language?

by on Mar.12, 2011, under Blog

Part of the communication problem, as we shall see, is the strangeness of what is being found…. Very few people are synthesizing information being gathered in far-flung places.
Marilyn Ferguson / The Aquarian Conspiracy

Like you, I have homework too. Of the collection of FSO assignments this week, one deals with answering the question:

Is music a language?

Since I have very strong feelings about the question and the academics who set out to provide a definitive answer, I decided to respond honestly rather than playing it safe. I’m re-posting that response to provide food for thought for some of my more exceptional students. (The ones, like you, who chose to read this post.) Plus the blog also allows me to add this preamble, more links, formatting, and edits not possible in the original response on FSO’s depressingly primitive discussion board.

Before reading on, what do you think? I’m serious. What’s your answer?

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Another World (Week 24)

by on Mar.07, 2011, under Blog

Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. What deafness may we all not possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?
Frank Herbert / Dune

Herbert’s words can be interpreted to mean many things. For this week, I’m asking you to consider them in terms of your creative efforts in the Mac Lab. What creative possibilities have you yet to hear, see or imagine?

I’d like to ask a favor. Would you please scroll down and read the past several quotations that introduce each week’s post? You may stop when the words fail to cause a thought to stir.

TOTD and QT: Watch an unusual Tip of the Day and the two related Quick Tips before beginning your perceptual journey today (and perhaps tomorrow as well). I’ll provide the relevant links for exploration at the end of today’s post.

Breaking Free of Perceptual Boxes Feed (and free) your mind! Journey through the Best of Reel and various Student galleries while considering how you might add your own voice to the Mac Lab legacy.

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