November 29, 2010

communITP in The Atlantic

Filed under: CommunITP — Tags: — *aly* @ 11:27 pm

Just so I don’t forget, our class syllabus was in The Atlantic.

November 14, 2010

final project idea: fun with the android camera

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia) — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 5:27 pm

For my final project, I’ve decided to work on building an app native to android. I’d like to play around with the camera and create an app that will allow users to add (zombie?) fanciness to photos they take with their phone. As I am still quite a novice with android development, I have been thinking about this project with several possible phases– so that I can actually build SOMETHING and then improve upon it. (more…)

November 8, 2010

The Craft of Corsets

Filed under: CommunITP — Tags: , — *aly* @ 9:37 pm

The concept of craftsmanship, meaning both something executed excellently for the sake of the work and something masculine, is not new to me. Having a feminist mother teach me the wiles of my own sewing craft introduced me to this idea at an early age.

I was interested in sewing because of my mother. At Halloween, I was the luckiest kid, I could actually invent WHATEVER I wanted to be, and she could make the outfit. Her skill meant that I would wake up every Halloween morning with a sense of anticipation unlike that experienced for any other holiday. One year, she worked on my costume well after my bedtime and I awoke to find my (not quite as big as me) Wile E. Coyote wearing my fuzzy black cat suit. (Not to be confused, of course, with the catsuits I’ve made in subsequent years.) (more…)

November 2, 2010

book book book

Filed under: books! — *aly* @ 5:49 pm

3 more… (and yes, I’m sure I’m forgetting some…)

The Sun Also Rises – protagonist(s) exist (rather dashingly) in a world that seems to have little bearing on reality (where oh where do they get the money to live? and DRINK quite that much?)

Babbitt – protagonist exists in a world that seems to have little bearing on reality (social climbing hypocrisy hilarity e.g.) also, copious amounts of alcohol for prohibition; plot closely follows the ups and downs of protagonist’s social climbing/falling; all about community and invented social ties

In the Land of Invented Languages – all about community and how language shapes it and creates social ties

October 31, 2010

Hello Zomdroid SMS

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia) — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 6:43 pm

For this week’s exercise, I added sms to my hello zomdroid project from last week. Now if you click on one of the kitty buttons, it will open up the SMS component of the phone and a user can send an sms message. The animated gif on the left shows what it looks like now.

October 25, 2010

Hello Zomdroid

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia) — Tags: , — *aly* @ 9:56 pm

For this little exercise in making android apps, I decided to use my zomkitty icons. So, I used them to make graphic buttons and then changed the background color of the app. Also, thanks to the example on the android developers page, I also played with toast and made the button/kitty press display a little message. Neat. Also, I created a color resource file and finally found the right syntax to use in java vs. xml. No sorry feat that. Especially exciting was the setBackgroundColor vs. setBackgroundResource debacle. setBackgroundColor requires Color.rgb(0,0,0) format and setBackgroundResource uses R.color.colorname. I don’t even want to explain how much googling it took to get that right.

The extra awesome animated gif is on the left. (the bgcolor starts as dk grey, by the bye) Pretend there’s a mouse in there clicking on the kitties, and you’ll get the idea.

October 10, 2010

zomspot v3 (part 2)

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia) — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 1:12 pm

Starting page | Map page | Form page

So, for our midterm, I updated my zomspot map so that it now shows a marker in the location that a zombie sighting was reported using the javascript geolocation function. I created a form that grabs the latitude and longitude from a user (it will work from either a browser or iphone/android phone… doesn’t seem to work with my blackberry) and then allows the user to report the number of zombies and the type. On submit, that info goes into a database and the user is directed to the map page, which shows a data visualization of all submissions.


October 5, 2010

zomspot v3

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia) — *aly* @ 5:49 pm

For our midterm assignment, I’ve decided to keep on my zomspotting theme. And will also be teaming up with Rohit.

We’re going to do a mobile web version of zomspot. Users will initially get a choice to “zomspot” which will take them to an input screen or they can choose “zomhunt” which will take them to a map of spotted zombies. The input form will allow them to report how many zombies they see and of what type (man, woman, boy, girl, etc.). And it will also grab their latitude and longitude. All of this data will go into a mySQL database. The zomhunt page will have the same map of the US that I created for versions 1 & 2, but this time the sightings will be plotted at the correct location on the map. Each sighting will be marked with a pin and on mouseover, will reveal more graphic info about the sighting.

I am beginning to think that a game lurks somewhere below the surface here. It will be interesting to see what else I can come up with as this project evolves.

September 28, 2010

zomspot v2

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia) — Tags: , , , , — *aly* @ 2:06 pm

So, for this week, I created a second version of my zomspot page– this time a user can email an image (from a phone or what-have-you) and it will appear online in my infographic.

September 22, 2010

qr code presentation

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia) — Tags: , — *aly* @ 6:02 pm

Here’s the link to our presentation on qr codes.

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