Vancouver Spruce Mill module to be Launched
July 25, 2013 — 16:00

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Introductory video to the:

Spruce Production Division’s Spruce Cut-up Plant

This video was a group project for Communications 333 at Washington State University for Spring 2013.

It is to become a part of the permanent exhibit at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, Wash.

 

 

The RAF Scout Experimental helped win the Great War
April 24, 2013 — 17:22

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Contributing to the Spruce Mill Project

for COMV 333  creation team “Wartime Whistle-punks”

Participatory culture at the Spruce Mill
April 21, 2013 — 17:16

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About participatory culture

 

 

Engaging visitors in a 1918 conversation

This page is meant to outline some possible ways that visitors to the Spruce Mill site could be engaged. This is just a rough idea that future students might use as a jumping off place.

Some of the buttons here could offer gateways to other activities, like The Lucky Loggers game. The screen here only needs to have one Mail Postcard button, for example, because postcard choices could be on a deeper screen. There are three main ways people could engage displayed here, and each of the ways listed could be developed and amplified.

1.       Photos featuring the visitor

Visitors could either post their photos or have them mailed (for a fee). After electing male or female role, the button would take the visitor to a screen with clothing choices.

They would choose their outfit.

The app would have them fill out the address information and mobile phone contact information (twitter handle, email address, phone number for text, etc.)

Next, the app would take them back to their camera and tell them to snap the picture.

Their clothing choice and their photo would be sent to us like any photo attached to a text or tweet. Then, we would have a handy dandy face recognition device that would use the face as a backdrop and do an overlay of the dress or uniform. We would have the contact address from their form.

We would either send the photo back to their phone or we would print it out and mail it in a super cool Fort Vancouver customized mailing packet (for a fee).

2.       Postcards with visitor’s messages written on the back

To get a postcard mailed, they would just have to select a postcard front, then hit next.

Next they would fill out the mailing address information and click next.

Then they would write their message in a jQuery box and hit send.

They would get a message congratulating them and inviting them to come and sign the card at the front office (where they would pay their fee). While in the office they would be able to see the super awesome custom stylized mailer.

3.       Choose a song

There are a lot of old songs out there, if you want to pay for them, they are available for one dollar on the internet. Once a person hits the Choose a song button, it will take them to the next screen, where there are more choices, or they can opt to hear the whole playlist.

4.       Sound

This is easy. You just hit the button and get up to 20 seconds of the airplane, train or sawmill noise, just like a ring-tone.

Sopwith Camel engine roar
April 21, 2013 — 16:55

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Sopwith Camel

 

Twice the Lights gets twice the clout
April 3, 2013 — 16:19

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Twice the Light hosts WSU Business Mentor Program

Vancouver Wash. is bursting with underreported news about new ways our business community is connecting. One such story is that of Walnut Grove manufacturer Twice the Light. Co-owners Lisa Littleton and her brother Rob showed MAP program manager Mistie Josephson and me how MAP saved $250,000 a year in manufacturing  costs for their energy-saving commercial lighting solutions.

Rob and Lisa showed us how their LED lights reduce energy use by 80% and how their innovative designs in commercial lighting have made bright LED lighting affordable for commercial purposes. They give concrete examples of ways MAP mentoring transformed, and maybe even saved, Twice the Light.

The University of Washington in Seattle has a similar program that has been running successfully for 20 years, but other than that one, WSU Vancouver is the only school in Washington with such a program. MAP has already benefitted over 40 businesses in three years, and has just added two more mentor-based classes to the curriculum. More than 160 graduating business majors have participated in the program so far, but reportage to date has been limited to the Vancouver Business Journal and WSU Vancouver publications.

My short minute piece cannot hope to encompass every detail about this intriguing boost for small business owners, but demonstrates how it helped this one business. Its goal is to leave potential mentors and advisors lining up to participate, and other small business owners lining up to host student teams.

At Fort Vancouver’s Spruce Mill
March 4, 2013 — 13:39

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In 1918, tents and trains, a hundred years later, just dogs and airplanes

 

atthemill from Deborah McIntosh on Vimeo.

 

This clip was assembled in Photoshop CS6, but I’m working on getting a full-featured video editor. If I find the time, I will redo this clip and maybe be able to add a lot more stuff to make it look better.

Despite how it may appear, I’m not super infatuated with my star player, the golden retriever, I was mainly trying to capture his emotion.

Also, I thought the part with the walking dogs was probably too long (besides being poor quality) but I was attempting to capture an action that had a beginning, middle and end.

 

I also had an issue about portrait versus landscape and techniques for being able to use both in the same clip. I did get a nice clip with hawks whistling and circling, but the hawks ended up looking like fruit flies in the clip.

Exporting the video was slow and required the reading of tutorials, and I had to upload the file to a server before being able to embed the clip in my blog. I chose Vimeo because I don’t think my expertise is such yet that I would want to post on YouTube…maybe later! The rest of you probably know of other video services.

But now, my other course-work calls.

Backyard Daydreams
February 25, 2013 — 18:14

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Dreaming the dream at Horse Expo
February 17, 2013 — 12:55

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The Washington Horse Expo offered equestrian events in three arenas on February 15 through 17, here at Vancouver’s  Clark County Fair  Grounds. My granddaughter and fledgling Tweeter joined me for the event. Read on for where it led.

Dreaming the dream at Washington Horse Expo

Storified by Deborah T McIntosh· Sun, Feb 17 2013 12:36:22

First the dream @Cor_Features @WestWahorseexpo http://pic.twitter.com/dN1zT8qzDeborah T McIntosh
@Cor_Features we’re here but where are the horses? http://pic.twitter.com/S0g89QwzDeborah T McIntosh
RT @Cor_Features: This looks fun http://pic.twitter.com/4VoiEIOF walking the floor at #WestWahorseexpoDeborah T McIntosh
@DTMcIntosh @Cor_Features Oops, where are they? #WestWahorseexpo http://pic.twitter.com/pQDKpOcmDeborah T McIntosh
Jordan dreams of joining Teens & Oregon Mustangs, is the horse dreaming with her? At #WestWahorseexpo @Cor_Features http://pic.twitter.com/eRFgvicbDeborah T McIntosh

The Nonconforming Art of Chris Guillebeau
February 11, 2013 — 21:22

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Guillebeau's latest book $100 Startup

Guillebeau’s latest book, $100 Startup. He’s kicking off a new book tour on February 21.

Guillebeaus' digital 3 X 5 card

Guillebeaus’ digital 3 X 5 card

Folksy appeal of $100 Startup wins big

 

On Chris Guillebeau’s website, the 3X5 card image links his visitor from the blog page to the author’s Suggest a Tour Stop page inviting people to fill out a form including all the key information he would need in order to actually plan and execute a stop.

 

If you click around on his site, it moves you over to a companion site where he has an embedded Google map along with a very lengthy list of book tour  stops  that are currently only loosely planned. He is depending on his followers to set up stops and to fill out his itinerary.

While Guillebeau’s website is functional, it isn’t sleek or polished. But that campy, down-home DIY look is part of what his followers want from him, so it very much fits the mood he sets for his entire presentation.

One of the things I like is that he books stops on the fly, while he’s traveling, and doesn’t have it all planned out ahead, but still ends up successful!

I think one of his best tools is the way he seems to show a personal interest in his audiences such that they get energized and  involved, and start working with him before he ever arrives.

He induces one person to find friends and widens his circle of influence through the sense of community these people develop as they help to organize his visits. He is appealing to that vast iconic group of people who value individuality and buck the tide in whatever ways they can,  and he taps into their hope of autonomy in order to energize them.

 

Guillebeau gives an impression that he does all this on his own, but when you drill down, you learn that it actually is not a one-man-show. At the very least, there is someone whose job it is to keep the twitter feeds moving, answer the emails,  pay the webmaster and do all those things an agent or “community manager” does.

Plan for the crisis

One of the problems with Chris Guilebeau’s sites is that once you leave  http://chrisguillebeau.com, and you arrive at http://100startup.com, there is no link back. Maybe he wrote his pages that way on purpose; after all, neither is there a way back in real life. That’s unlikely, and it’s unfortunate.

Any page that doesn’t take the visitor HOME is going to lose customers. And, what would happen if his tour map crashed? It is flawed; it could crash at any time.

Well, for that, he maintains and comments profusely on Facebook and Twitter and  a journal with turning pages.

These mediums, too, each have a purpose and contribute, no, not where he is and who he’s with, but serious reflections on life and purpose. Not cute little paragraphs, but blog length anecdotes that are organized into “Notes”, notes that can be, and were, posted anywhere. Like, Liberia, Ethiopia…

and, oh, he answers his emails.

 

 

 

 

 

Transcript and data table saved my nerves
February 10, 2013 — 18:19

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For COM333 textual description for February 13

Better organization saved my nerves and (I think) produced a better result

A story I interviewed for on Friday is going to be more complicated, and may serve better as a video piece. But the same afternoon presented the opportunity to report on Douglas Rushkoff’s visit to Vancouver and the story that goes with it.

I tried a different tactic for this  audio piece. On previous weeks I’ve suffered  over  those illusive word gobs that skitter away or break off like wild horses.This week I decided to attack my nemesis with order. Here’s what I did.

1. I listened to the entire recording, transcribing parts I thought I might want to use. I wrote down the timer where each clip was located in the recording.

2. I went back and reviewed my results. I actually transcribed verbatim the parts I wanted to use, so that I would feel very confident of the content of my clips and the choices I made.

3. I reviewed the results on paper, and I felt I made better decisions about which clips I should use.

4. I dumped what I thought were the best clips into a table as you see below, and then started writing my script, which ended up taking very little time.

5. Finally I started depositing the sound clips onto the tracks in Audacity, and it too, took only a few minutes.

6. The hardest part was cutting the piece down to two minutes, because I had  three minutes of material I wanted to use. But I learned that I could take out a repetitive phrase here and an interesting but non-essential tidbit there, and finally got it pared down.

I hope you like the result, and that I’ll see you at Rushkoff’s visit or out doing your part to share digital ethics within your sphere.

Here is the format I used for my  table:

Who:  Why: What: How: Who cares/ So what:
 

 

 

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