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Animation influences

February 28, 2012

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We were instructed at the start of my 2D animation course to take heed of the many, many examples of good animation and incorporate them into our contributions. Oft it has been suggested that we’d get better cred if we showed we’d done our historical homework. Now, I have also noticed that yes, animation is […]

Animation career

February 22, 2012

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I was asked on FB whether animation was a new career direction. I love it when writing finds stuff out. I’d posted the animated movies we’d seen that day, which were, for once, totally different ¬†from “balloons attack!” or “White guys make rude body noises and we all laugh!” To wit: http://www.nfb.ca/film/sand_castle and http://www.nfb.ca/film/black_soul/ — […]

California math blues

February 20, 2012

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“Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3” seems Butte College is talking about its issues with math. They use terms like ‘momentum’ so it sounds like they’re reading the same stuff we are. Now to flipping my conference…

oh, my exploding brain :)

February 13, 2012

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Next project? Make a math lesson using stop motion pictures of people, clay, whatever. Think: Claymation, perimeter. And, in the “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature!” category: it is really a challenge for me to think visually… which means that I”m less likely to make things visually complicated, and that’s a good thing. Yea […]

claymation math, here I come!

February 11, 2012

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I have no idea whether this will go anywhere or not, but our next project in my 2D animation class is to make something with pixillation. Instead of *drawing* things in frames and making a digital “flip book” in Flash (where, just as in olden days, I draw the frame a little further along each […]

Forgot My Magic Pen

February 2, 2012

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[if you’re trying to find out how to make a square root sign on your computer, duck down to the comments] I left my Echo Pen at home. That’s a bummer because a math teacher and I just colluded and came up with what I suspect will be a nifty way of helping students understand […]

“I’m getting better!”

February 1, 2012

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Ya know, I think I might be getting a little better at the affective part of this job… seems to be the week for hearing students say self-affirming things. Okay, the guy who expressed that he felt better about math than he had in years hadn’t been working with me — but had simply dropped […]