Been thinking of doing a documentary on Tumblr. Any Irish Tumblr people up for it? If I decide to go ahead you might get to do interviews in a TV studio on campus with lighting and cameras and all that cool stuff.
I’m really just spitballing here. I want to use the TV studio for something other than practising controls at my own pace…
Apologies for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been swamped with assignments and stuff..which brings me onto this topic. Advice wanted
I have an (second for the module) assignment coming up that allows of teams of up to 2 people..and it’s a module which I’m quite good at (in fact for the first assignment for this module I’m possibly at the top of the class).
Now, my options are (and names have been removed just in case they see this:
1. Do it solo and thus have full creative control and ability to work at own pace without having to bring someone with me. More work for me though, especially if I want to keep up my current standard.
2. Work with person 1, who I’ve been getting along wiht much better recently and so would probably be enjoyable to work with. The issue is that they often leave work until close to the deadline and work at a fairly relaxed pace when encouraged to work. The fear is that this would annoy me and thus we’d have a bit of a falling out. They’re not particularly good at the stuff but they have the right mindset and learn quickly. (I’ve been helping them out with their first assignment and they get the stuff faster than most when it’s explained to them)
3. Work with person 2. I’d be left with a lot of the important stuff and they’d do graphics. However, they work very well and aren’t afraid of working long hours to get the stuff done. I get along really well with them, but they do stress easily.
4. Work with person 3, who I don’t know too well but still get along with. It wouldn’t be the most joyous experience but it wouldn’t be horrible either. Again, not quite so good with the main stuff for the assignment, but very diligent and also not afraid to work.
I was talking to a friend of mine today (Person 1, 2 and 3 are mutual friends) and they basically suggested Person 3 as another option. They also said that at this point it wasn’t so much about who I’d work well with but who do I want to carry to a first (highest grade possible): see more below.
There is also the option of working with someone who is also quite good at this module. However, I don’t want to do this as it would lead to too much clashing of opinion, or so I feel…which brings me onto the next point.
I don’t want to carry someone, but I know that a lot of it will be that if I work with someone. I’d rather they earn it themselves than only get it because they worked with me. I also might not get a first, bbut that’s not important. On the other hand, working solo could be a rather lonely way of working as every time other groups have meetings for their projects I’ll essentially be on my own. Not the worst situation but you know…
music-and-trauma said: I think maybe leave it till the summer, when school and college are out so more people can go Unfortunately I couldn’t go to the last one because I was busy the day of the meetup but definitely have another!!
Yeah I’m thinking that too. Of course we could have one sooner and then have one later, but I understand. I’m going to be fairly busy up until December/January so summer might be best. Of course, as I’ve said before, I have no problem helping to organise one if people want it
Also, have to say that the Tumblr updates to the customise screen, particularly the source code editor are going down as some of the best updates I’ve seen on this site. So many things that may seem small but are really really useful
Note: a few things about the “flat” style. It’s been around before Windows 8 but only recently got popularised. In the past most websites followed a skeumorphism (I hope I spelled that right) style, where it was the designers job to use gradients, graphics, drop shadows etc, to make a website appear 3d and realistic. Apple were great supporters of this with iOS (before iOS 7). Flat style was better as it meant less graphics and thus faster loading websites, however lately people have jammed images into flat websites so *shrug*
Flat style also helps to put emphasis on the content, so that’s obviously what Tumblr is going for
As I was already late predicting the new flat logo for Tumblr (I was actually going to make a mockup prediction for the dashboard etc) I’m going to list some changes you should probably expect over the next few days. They’re scored out if they’ve already been done
removal of drop shadow from posts
Change of images used. This might extend to the post buttons but unlikely
Removal of gradient on dashboard. (the round cornered box that wraps around the posts and sidebar and then fades into background). Gradients aren’t common in “flat” style
Change the ask box. The button especially will probably be flattened
All buttons when posting, like the submit ask button.
Minor changes to new-post interface
Changes to new post indicators
Now we’ll see how many were right. Tick them off as they happen!
Something I’ve been wondering and I figure you guys could help me with this. Is photography a talent or a skill?
Talent is usually defined as something within the person. Some people are good at drawing, some at learning and some at music. A natural ability, if you will.
A skill is something that can be learned, such as programming, photoshop, PR etc. It could also be argued that everything is a skill to some extent (and indeed talent can help to acquire skills), however, in this case we’ll assume that it’s not something one can suddenly be really good at.
I’m just interested in the opinions of people here, as many of you consider yourselves photographers to some degree. So which is it?
Hey, I’m posting this publicly so anyone who might have similar questions might see it. I hope you don’t mind.
Dublin meetups have been, and always will be, organised by a variety of people. While I was delighted with the turn out at the last one (the one I “organised”) that doesn’t mean that I’m the only one organising them from now on.
I’d love to organise another one but I’d need to get a good date. Personally I’d hesitate because I don’t know what my schedule will be like any given weekend…makes organising one tough. As well as that, most of my friends from these meetups have similar issues.
That said, if anyone does want to organise one, I don’t mind helping with promotion or whatever. There’s certainly no doubting the original promo post for the last meetup was a success.
So thanks for the message and I’m really sorry I couldn’t give you a better answer!
you should change your description to "failing with women since I was born". i think it's most appropriate for you
I like this actually. Maybe it’s true, but are you talking about a specific situation? Or was it just a case of “hey, this would be funny” (which it kinda is…have to be able to laugh at ourselves right?)
reviving-iris said: That’d be cool. Not that I can guarantee I’d use it for it’s intended purpose. xD
Well to be honest, if I did do it then it would be just like a secondary ask box that people could use as many times as they wanted to. None of you would actually see the email address that it’s all sent to unless I replied directly.
And really Rachel (and anyone else I know who’s reading it) if you want my email address you can just ask
There’s this page run by someone in my uni called “things (uni name) students don’t say”. You know the kind of thing. Today they posted “I’d never use Orientation week to creep on the new first years … that would just be wrong of me.”. Problem is that I’m probably going to be up there almost every day this week to work on stuff/research things.
I realise that I still haven’t done August’s followers of the month. I’ll try to get that done before Monday. September’s followers of the month is similar people though.
Still writing tutorials for incoming DCU Multimedia first years, so if you know anyone who’s going into it let me know? Or let them know that I’ll have some Authoring tutorials available from week 1 of their first semester.
Still haven’t had time to work on some larger scale graphics. Priorities, sorry.
If you have any requests of me or have ideas for stuff you want to see on my blog, hit me up.
I’m unfollowing a few people. If I unfollow you it’s nothing personal.
So today I was walking through town (with my friend Sarah) and we were passing HMV when this guy comes up to us (probably mid teens) holding a PS3 game.
"Hey, would you be able to go into HMV and trade that in for me? You ahve to be 18 to get cash back" "What?" "I was in there earlier and they said you had to be 18 so could you go in and do it for me? It should be €20" "Err fine".
So we went in, got his cash and also had a nice chat with the woman at the counter about how everyone was looking for the now sold out GTA V and how she had to keep asking parents whether they knew what was in the game etc etc.
Anyway, when we went outside the guy was like, 2 shops down, looking shifty as if he’d asked us to buy him alcohol or cigarettes..but he got his €20 (considered doing a service charge).
Clearly we I must look trustworthy enough to not run off with the game or his cash….and also finally look over 18. FINALLY…
Guys please please please use themes that are actually coded by people and not automatically generated! It makes it easier to fix issues.
At Orientation talk to anyone you see, regardless of whether you went to the same college as friends or not, and especially if said people are in your course/class. You’re going to make new friends, so start on day 1.
Join societies and then go to them. That was my mistake. I spent so much time skipping society things to hang around with people I was hoping to make friends with. It worked out ok, but it would have happened anyway.
Don’t stress. Enjoy college. It’s your first year so don’t worry so much. Sure, attend lectures, take notes, but don’t spend your every waking hour working on projects or learning notes. That was Leaving Cert. College is as much about your personal development as educational.
Don’t only hang around with your school friends. This links in with number 2. I remember seeing someone complain that “2 weeks into college and people are forgetting who their real friends are”. No, they’re moving on, making new friends. They’re meeting people with more similar interests. Not to say you can’t hang around with old friends sometimes. You should, but don’t let that stop expanding.
Ok there we go. 5 minute tips done..and if any of you are going to DCU (specifically studying Multimedia) feel free to drop me a line at any time.
In the past I’ve been told to “acknowledge my privilege”. As a rule I don’t tend to do this in any post because to acknowledge every privilege I have (some of which you share) would make the post 10 times longer than it should be. But here you go. I’ll acknowledge my privilege here and now:
I’m from a middle class family
I had/have loving parents
My parents are still together
The closest relative to me that died was my grandmother
I’m still young
I do not have a life-threatening illness
I got a decent education
I was never really bullied in school
In school I did well without having to spend hours on end studying
I can both afford to and got the grades to go to university
I’m doing a course I love
As a kid I had friends
I still have some friends
I’m typing this on my own laptop
I’ve never broken a bone or had to go to hospital for extended periods
I rarely become ill
I don’t have an eating disorder
I’m neither obese nor anorexic
I can’t touch the opposite walls of my bedroom easily
I have siblings who I get along with
I have unrestricted access to the internet (take note all of you)
I’ve only been threatened to be mugged once
I can afford to travel abroad (within reason)
I’ve travelled to a few different countries
I live in the developed world
I’m free to choose my religion or lack of without fear of perscution
My dreams aren’t limited to getting a better quality of life
I can, apparently, post on here without being oppressed by anyone
I’m part of a majority
When it comes to equality, my concerns should only be about people on Tumblr moaning about me being privileged
Reading is for pleasure, not always learning
I can pick up new things quickly
I had a fair few toys as a kid
I got pocket money as a kid
Saving is something that I can do to buy larger items, not as a safety net to the future
I have more followers on Tumblr than some people do
I’m mentally stable at this point in my life
90% of the time, if I find that I enjoy something then I have the means to do it..or can expect to after a short period
If I ever get married, have kids etc then it’ll be because we want to and we’ll need them to support us in old age
That’s a snippet of what I could say and I’m sure many of those apply to you as well..you’ve possibly complained about some of them before (I know I have) or talked about how, particularly with mental health, it’s a pressing concern that needs addressing.
Imagine if we had to acknowledge our privilege with everything we said!
Hello! Just popping in to say I hope you're having a great day!
Hey thanks for popping in. Yeah it’s been good, busy though. You know, the usual stuff. Looking for jobs and things like that on top of racking my brains trying to think of content for you guys.
Might as well give an update on that though. Have ideas for content but been lacking the time and commitment to actually make them, which is hardly ideal. And the followers of the month thing will get put up at some point! I’ll try my hardest to get that done before the end of this month!
But hey, again thanks for the message and I’m really sorry I didn’t reply before now
I was going to make a post about culture appropriation, but I don’t want to just jump into this without knowledge of other people’s opinions. So i have to ask…
For you, what is culture appropriation? If it’s limited to traditional clothing then do you feel that the main problem is that people wear said outfits as if it’s a joke (such as an Native American headdress being worn by people who keep saying “um brave” or whatever)? Or do you feel that no part of a culture should be adopted in any way by those outside of said culture?
You know how yesterday I said that all themes were on hold while I worked on a custom script? Yeah well, I bit the bullet and just used an open source one instead. Might go through it some other time to alter it a little but far as I’m concerned it’s done. Phew
All Tumblr themes that I have been working on, including “For Science”, “Metro”, “Edge”, “Tubular/Fresh” and any unnamed design concepts, are on hold while I work on writing a script to improve how photosets are displayed on the page.
Failing that I’ll just find a pre-built one.
sorry for any inconvenience, but I don’t want to release any themes and have to maintain them until this final piece is complete.
if your theme isnt done yet then why dont you just save time and download one thats already made?
Oh the theme is as functional as many free themes, and ticks a few boxes for me that other ones don’t necessarily have (see the custom social media icons). Also, the fact that I designed my own theme, have recoded and altered it 3 times now, and still have stuff I want to do on it should really tell you that I’m a bit fussy when it comes to themes, shouldn’t it?
Ok general consensus seems to be that Welcome to Night Vale is very good. Also, I checked the episode length and it’s pretty much perfect for when I’m walking into town or college, so that should be good. Thanks all
Content reforms for this blog! New followers may ignore if they wish
The reform of this blog…or well, the proposal for reform. Text version. If you’re not interested in this then press J on your keyboard and it should bring you to the next post on your dash.
This blog was originally text posts and responses to asks. Sure there was the occasional image, video or audio post, but they were few and far between. That won’t last much longer.
Don’t get me wrong, potentially long-winded text posts are still here. You’re reading one right now (although I’m trying my hardest to keep it to the point)…but the blog’s content is changing, under the following headings.
Changes in content types:
Content will move away from just text posts. If you’ve seen my Dublin meetup posts then you’ll know the direction I’m going in. Images, graphics, and all that jazz will be put when time permits and when I deem it appropriate. Opinion pieces normally reserved for text will be told through images, for easier digest and possible sharing.
Other content will also become available. This ties in with the next heading, but expect audio, imagery, possible video and themes..and yes, some text.
More consistent content:
Nobody could accuse me of consistency on this blog. Content was put up whenever I thought of it. I have 9 drafts for posts I had a rough idea for but never developed. There was no schedule and so, nothing to rely on. If I was reblogging all the time, this would be fine..but the problem is that this blog is wholly centred around original content, with few exceptions.
This is changing. From here on out you will get at a piece of content every week. I’ve yet to figure out a day or time for this, but you’ll get it. On the final day of every month, a post will be prepared to give a shoutout to those which the activity page deems my “biggest fans” (for want of a better term).
New styles of content:
There have been topics I chose not to broach before now. hang on, hold that, I did broach them but in a negative way. Yes, these are fandoms. I still hold a similar opinion, don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s time I made some fandom stuff. This blog will not become a fandom blog!
I have a few design concepts drawn out for fandom poster things and I’ll make them as a trial run. This includes a mass effect art style poster, a mirrors edge minimalism poster, a hell on wheels minimalism poster, to name a few. There’s also something that I’m starting to work on tomorrow for the Whovians out there. You won’t see it until the week before the 50th though!
The above content will be limited to a maximum of 2 per month. As I said, this is not a fandom blog.
My theme is still not fully complete. I recoded and altered the design a bit a few weeks ago, but I’m still not happy with the header image. I’m working on new artwork for it.
That concludes my list of proposed reforms. If you read this far,please do leave a comment as an answer to this post or via disqus comments on my blog. So what do you think of the proposed reforms? Good? Bad? Don’t care?