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Brunch at Munch

Heather and I went to Munch for some food this morning/afternoon. We stopped to pick up her friend Jenn, who I got to meet and who was very nice. Nearby, we came across a small yard sale – nothing that great, except Jenn found this old Alf doll (which was actually a hand puppet). Had a Springstein-type bandanna on it,…

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Holy Crap, How Did It Get So Late?

Sorry – no big update tonight. Three beers and a bit of UT later, I think I’m heading for bed soon. Pizza arrived, and I don’t foresee myself lasting much longer. Gotta be up early tomorrow, anyhow. Heather and I are going to grab some breakfast, and maybe some Halloween costume shopping. To tide you over – here’s a cartoon…

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Back!

Updating things now. I’m back home, going through files, getting some pics ready for you fine folks. My cat remembers me, which is a good sign. I’m really tired and worn out. But like most nights in Alabama, my body wants sleep but the rest of me is still buzzing and humming away. Working on my second Bass and settling…

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Class Site

Threw this together in the morning, so it’s very rushed. But, it’s more about the student work. I got really into getting the students’ files ready, and lost track of time. Really fun stuff they’ve done, especially having only had four days with Flash. I literally just got done with my talk (at 4:30). Updating this, and then off to…

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Quick Beer

After class, Jill, Cayenne, Emma and Justina took me out for a drink. Actually, students stayed and worked on their projects for almost a good 30 minutes after class ended. But around 9:30, the five of us headed out to a place called the "Mellow Mushroom." Had a beer there, got some garlic bread, and saw a ton of fraternity/sorority…

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Last Day of Class

Today, it was a bit slower – I showed a few sites to students, trying to vary their perceptions of what Flash can do and how others have used it. We covered how to break apart text, staggering animations, motion guides and importing sound. A lot of the second half of class was devoted to letting the students do their…

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Student Meetings, Part 2

Me again with Emma today, and we went over masks and some preliminary ways to work with sound. Actually, a lot of what we did I ended up using again in class, which was really fun. Major stopped in closer to 6, and we talked a bit about how to make more advanced forms of navigation. We got into instance…

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Talking to Strangers

Saw these two students sitting way up on the stairs by the Student Union. I walked away, and thought about taking their picture. I headed back, appraoched them, and got permission to shoot a few for the blog. Unlike me, but I guess that’s a good thing.

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Field

Waiting for Sandy to give me a lift into campus, I wandered into the nearby field for a pic:

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Care Package and Good Cartoon Karma

Before we left, Sandy gave me a nice care package. It was a bag with two bottles of nice booze (Glenkinchie and Laphroaig). Both single malt whiskeys – and about two fingers left in each one. Nice! On top of that, she had some extra fancy chocolates lying around, which I grabbed. And she also included her old Gameboy, because…

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Addendums

#1: Last night, Sandy threw the idea around of me teaching a semester-long class. Up until then, I had never even considered the idea – I mean, a week is a bit rushed, but I’ve been thinking in terms of four classes, and how to get the most out of our time. But the idea of a full semester (which,…

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An Odd Thing About Alabama Drivers

Driving in Sandy’s hybrid, I realized that, when she comes to a stop… the car completely turns off. It turns silent, and it literally is "off." When she pushes in the clutch and shifts out of Neutral, the car starts up again. It’s weird, to have the car suddenly go silent – out of nowhere. Turns out, on country roads……

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Day Three

Good good class today. We didn’t get as far as I would have liked, but Sandy and I decided yesterday that it was better to give the students time to work on their own projects. In this case, I’m asking them to animate their own haikus. We got to movie clips, importing graphics and a bit into masks. Not too…

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Student Meetings

Only one today, with Emma. We talked about basic actionscript concepts, and how to direct Flash beyond basic stop and play actions. We delved into instance names, frame labels – even duplicateMovieClip a bit. The good stuff. We met from 1 – 3 PM, which was longer than I anticipated, but we covered a lot of ground. I was worried…

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