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From Ethan Murphy…

I remember that you were talking about using visualization software a lot and I was wondering if you had heard about IBM’s project called “Many Eyes”. I think it would be great for professors that want to upload research data sets and instantly have a bunch of ways to visualize that data to analyze it. It is cool too because then you can take those visualizations and drag and drop them into blogs, powerpoint slides, etc. The downside is that the information is public. Check it out if you haven’t already http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/home.

The second one that I like a lot and that may be useful if people need to broadcast something quickly is called Stickam and it is basically a free, online based streaming solution that has bailed us out of quite a few jams when our streaming server went down or was not working correctly. http://www.stickam.com/

I could definitely see students using ManyEyes for presentations. I am specifically thinking about the Research Symposium. Jury is still out on Stickam, but I am open to ideas on how it can be used.

Hey guys,

I know Photoshop is not for everyone. It takes oodles of practice and working with a mouse can be an extremely frustrating experience. If you find Photoshop is not for you and still want to work with digital art in some capacity, Illustrator is your best option. Since the program is vectored, your anchor points can constantly be adjusted and coloring involves a few button clicks instead of the crayon method. So if you’d like to try Illustrator for some artistic purposes, here are some tutorials you might find helpful.

Beginner 1

Beginner 2
(If you follow the links in the Artist’s Comments box, she has several other tutorials on Illustrator, each dealing with different aspects of creating art.)

If you’re feeling adventurous, these tutorials assume you have a wider range of experience.

Intermediate 1
(To get to part two look for the link in the Artist’s Comments box.)

Intermediate 2

If you’re feeling exceptionally adventurous, here are a couple of expert level tutorials.

Expert 1

Expert 2

Expert 3

Here’s a tutorial about how to import sketchup models into blender. Cheers! (Unfortunately, some structures and textures will wear off in the transaction.) Blender, therefore, can be more useful for perfection.


This is from a cool article I found today, take a look at it if you have a second



E3 stands for “Electronic Entertainment Expo”

It is basically a big 3 day showcase for many of the upcoming software and hardware in relation to gaming and sometimes other areas of “entertainment”.

Plenty of juicy announcements are made in the weeks before the show and during the show; for example: Rock Band 2 was just announced this morning!!

Here’s the wiki page for E3 check it out if you want to know more about the event

Hey Guys, I just thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite flash videos with you. It’s a music video for “War Photographer” by Jason Forrest and it’s animated by Joel Trussell.

Here’s the link with the info:

and here’s a link if you want to watch it in full screen (recommended):

This is a great example of using Flash effectively with other media (music) and Trussell is really able to do a lot with some pretty simple animations. If you like his style, check out the links to his site and look up some of his other animations, especially the other music videos. Besides, who doesn’t like Vikings, Robots, and Rock music?

Handicap assistance or universal accessibility?

The Sound of Colors

Carbon Goggles

Visualizing carbon emmisions using Second Life…

The website is Carbon Goggles, check it out for more visualizations.

Flash Tutorial

For those of you who’d like to get a little more in-depth with flash or just have a habit of forgetting a lot of the things we’ve been taught already (guilty) this tutorial is how I began teaching myself flash towards the end of the year. It’s extremely-user friendly and it’s nice to know that the user clearly knows what they’re doing in flash since the tutorial is entirely flash-based.

Flash Tutorial

Mostly this is geared towards people who want to create animation using flash, but who hasn’t ever wanted to make a cartoon?

Hey DMTs! (mimicking Aaron fantabulous A capella) haha…

Anyway, to a more serious note now!
In line with Joe’s most recent post, i think it would be really cool if we start exploring ideas on how to go abt creating a M’bury virtual campus in second life. We could do this. Others have.
A couple of campuses such as Ohio uni & Harvard Law school have already been created in second life why not Midd…?

check out the youtube video & the link below for more info — any thoughts??


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