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Camp Magic Macguffin By the Numbers

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

makes use of cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by bitchcakesny:

Now that the 2012 Summer of ds106, Camp Version is over, I spent some time trying to pull some numbers from the machine, given how crazy folks are about analytics and massive.

First of all, I want to thank all 172,000 people who registered for the course (just kidding, we want to make the BIG MOOCS nervous).


This is the number of blog posts by the 11 registered UMW students over the 10 week course. I first ran a database query to find the number of posts in ds106, where all the aggregation happens, that were tagged for our summer section (umwsum12)

SELECT count(p.ID)
FROM wp_posts p 
INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships tr ON (p.ID = tr.object_id) 
INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy tt ON (tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id) 
INNER JOIN wp_terms t ON (tt.term_id = t.term_id) 
WHERE tt.taxonomy = 'post_tag' 
AND t.slug ='umwsum12' 

And I got 435. We have been having some issues with Feedwordpress missing a few blog posts (the developer is working on a fix for us), so in the interest of pure analytics, I went to each students blogs and counted their posts. This os not quite as tedious, if you page through their archives Until you get a not found response and go back one), and find that their last paged url is 5 and there are 3 blog posts on that last page, that means a total of 43 (10 per page plus the last 3).

The activity per student ranged from 22 to 55 blog posts for the class with an average of 41.2 (that would be 4 per week). The distribution actually might be closely proportional to the grade distribution:

Distribution of ds106 student total blog posts

Some consideration should go into that some students did a lot individual posts per daily create where others did weekly summaries, and if I really was going to get into it, I should analyze post lengths and amount fo media embedded.


Total number of blog posts from open participants, here by looking at posts aggregated to the ds106 site tagged ‘openonline’ and after the start date of the class:

SELECT count(p.ID)
FROM wp_posts p 
INNER JOIN wp_term_relationships tr ON (p.ID = tr.object_id) 
INNER JOIN wp_term_taxonomy tt ON (tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id) 
INNER JOIN wp_terms t ON (tt.term_id = t.term_id) 
WHERE tt.taxonomy = 'post_tag' 
AND t.slug ='openonline' 
AND p.post_date > '2012-05-14 00:00:00'

This again is an approximation given some trouble we have had from some blogs not being picked up by Feedwordpress, although the discrepancy fro the UMW student blogs was only 4%.

But this would indicate the activity of the non-registered students exceeded that of the registered ones, but likely spread over more individuals.

Combined, we had well over 1000 blog posts come into the site over the 10 week course.


Number of unique tags/categories used across all blog posts (we convert all tags on incoming feeds to categories. I have no idea what this means. But among the tags for assignments, we find from random sampling:

  • Under pressure
  • just plain blogging
  • Doctor Who
  • bavahead
  • schizopolis
  • lifelong learning
  • dew player
  • DayDoubler
  • Zack Parsons
  • ray harryhausen
  • the magic of zazzy

Draw your own conclusions.


Number of blogs/users syndicate and published to the Magicmacguffin site. This is based on the number of users created on the site, which is done by Feedwordpress as new feeds are added. Our signup form and ds106 registations were the source for us assigning 84 users to our groups (or bunkhouses). So this means that 16 people supplied information but never posted.

Does this mean our “dropout” rate (a term I think has no meaning in open courses) was 19% (or 81% of the people who signed up participated by blogging at least once).

But you know how I feel about the use of the word “dropouts” (“hence” “scarequotes”)


This is the total number of assignment blog posts aggregated to the site (based on the number of occurrences of the post tags, found by searching for the tags in the admin dashboard). I know this is an under estimate because end of the semester we found one student had mistagged all of her posts (she forgot the comma between the general and specific tag).

By looking at the distribution, we might infer that the visual and design assignments are more popular, but it should be noted that the audio and video assignments carry more stars (difficulty rating) so students generally do fewer of the number of assignments because they are more challenging)

or by the numbers

  • VisualAssignments 116
  • DesignAssignments 89
  • AudioAssignments 52
  • VideoAssignments 40
  • RemixAssignments 11
  • MashupAssignments 18


This is six plus hours of the 18 videos created by Martha and I just for the weekly announcements. Tn the first few weeks, we filmed them in DTLT and used the green screen, editing and uploading to YouTube. Because I was traveling for the rest of the course, we went the easy route and did our videos via Google hangouts live, and using the awesome feature that archives them directly to YouTube… This means they may not be edited cleanly but there was no post processing.

And we did all of these without any scripts, after discussing what we would do before hand for maybe 10 minutes, they were totally improvised (the last video had some serious editing, but the audio was done improv).

Without a doubt, working with Martha on these was one of the highlights of the summer experience.

This of course does not include the individual videos Martha and I each did to frame the “narrative”. We each did our own tumblr hosted blog for this Macguffin Summer and Martha’s Camp Journal


One of my to do lists is to add some capability of the Daily Create site to track the number of submissions each challenge (since these are drawn from third party sources, we would need to poll via their APIs).

Also, not figured out yet is some way to keep track of the comment activity across the blogs (#pipedream)

Also what I’d like to get at are some ways to visualize the activity in this busy network on the front of the site, as the chronological view moves so fast and is not very useful.

So there you go, the numbers. Coming up sometime soon, my own reflections on teaching.

MOOCs a la Tiger Beat

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Time after time the road out of a blog funk is sitting down to make some silly ds106 art. So it was later this afternoon, when this tweet form Cathy Finn-Derecki set me in motion:

So challenged to put Sebastian Thrun on the cover of Tiger Beat, I got out the old Photoshop clone brush and went to work.

Now, one thing that gets me growling is when people send out a link via twitter with something like:

This would make a great #ds106 assignment

Which to me is a bit lame- if it would make a good assignment, then go ahead and make it so, damnit. Just tossing a link out there is not #4life to me.

So hence a new ds106 Design Assignment, On The Cover Of A Teen Mag

Take a popular figure from politics, education, that you would not expect to be there, on the cover of a teen fan magazine. Bonus points if the cover includes a heart throb of initials JB and a lot of pink color. Re-edit the text as well to blend them into the style of the magazine.

Now that I’m in motion, time to get some GIFfin going…

Radio Campfire Show

Friday, July 20th, 2012
Via Flickr with thanks to r_rahul

Last night Ben Harwood and Ben Rimes joined me to put on a DS106/MagicMacguffin Radio Campfire. We were graced with stories and songs that helped us enjoy our time.

The appeal of Internet Radio is unexpected. I previously hosted a podcast and blog about the doctoral process, so the notion of my voice on the Internet isn’t foreign to me. Being live, though, that was something entirely different.

How did this come to pass?

You’ll remember, that I represented my DS106/Magic Macguffin team’s radio stories a few weeks back with a Zombie Underground Radio themed show. The show was done in a few steps.

  • Alan Levine (@cogdog) setup the live stream on DS106 Radio using quite an elaborate setup.
  • Called me via Skype
  • Played the uploaded recording while we were on Skype together
  • Interviewed me live via Skype on DS106 Radio before and after the recording aired
It was a unique experience and one that I hadn’t expected to capture my interest.
Then last week, Martha Burtis (@mburtis) hosted radio panel using a similar setup but substituting TeamSpeak for Skype. This change allowed DS106ers to enjoy a live panel discussion about the strange goings on at Camp Magic MacGuffin. I adopted my alter ego (@theunclehector) and joined some other characters on the show to uncover just what was happening at camp.
This, again, was a unique experience for me and it inspired my next step which was to host a live show on DS106 Radio without on air support from the cadre of expert instructors in DS106/Magic MacGuffin.
So, the idea of having a campfire/pow-wow on the radio was born. I needed some participants who would be willing to pull up a log and weave us a tale befitting a campfire scene. Two Open Online DS106ers answered the call.
  • Ben Harwood (@benjaminharwood) – who told us some personal experiences about his travels and various run-ins with interesting characters.
  • Ben Rimes (@techsavvyed) – who told us a story about his travel overseas and spectacular experience with fireworks and pyrotechnics
Intermixed in the stories we threw in some campfire songs. Interestingly, our listeners joined in on Twitter with the sing-a-long. The audience made the whole experience even more lively and enjoyable.
The Bens and I came together to make a radio experience for ourselves and the class. It was terrific playing off each other and chatting around our campfire. I always expect wondrous things to occur when educational technologists come together. We are the best kind of nerds, in my opinion.

Via Flickr with thanks to GoRun26

I didn’t expect how Internet Radio would capture my attention but it truly sparked some thinking about how live interaction and play can generate a community (of any kind really but) of learning in an online course. Opening the airwaves for student, faculty, learner, lurker interplay allows us to give a voice to the class and encourage some different experiences.

This gives rise to how Internet Radio, like DS106 Radio, can be used in all of education. The cost of Internet Radio is nominal unless you opt for a hosting service and higher than needed bit rate, which makes it a viable tool for educational environments. This gets even cheaper if you can re-purpose an internal server for your radio station. Infrastructure.
Now we need some ideas on how to use it. Well, auto-dj is one way to use it and that gives a nice connection throughout a course or set of courses. As DS106 is teaching us, though, live radio is the real magic where unicorns and rainbows meet learning and where real education can take place. Where students, faculty, and administrators can come and interact with the outcome being fun, learning, and excitement for the community. 
Ideas could include the basic, and much beloved, college radio stations which are becoming defunct as traditional radio broadcasts to course specific streams broadcasting content to the masses.
It so happened that I was approached by a faculty member about creating some digital humanities experiences centered around the upcoming 2012 election. As part of our thinking, I am forwarding the idea of an Internet Radio series that will host panels, discussions, debates, stories, exposes, etc from our faculty, students, and administrators. Giving students a live voice is where we can propel their thinking beyond the rote to the higher order stuff we really enjoy.

The Gardening

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Meanwhile back in Camp Magic MacGuffin we are working on video projects and editing. I was eager to try out the Send a Camp Movie to Camp project after speaking with Alan during our radio programs.

As it turns out the Buffalo, NY was the shooting location for a movie titled The Burning and the movie was shot at many Summer Camps in the area including camps belonging to my Boy Scout council. Even more specifically, several of the scenes were shot at camps I was both a camper and camp counselor. I recalled stories about The Burning being told growing up in the Scouts and now I have project to show my appreciation for a little local and Scouting history.

The goal of the project was to invert the personality of the film

Take one of the movies on the list of movies with camp themes, find a trailer for it, and re-edit the audio to completely change the plot- e.g. make a horror movie turn into a comedy, or make a romantic movie seem like a spooky movie.

So you can see the difference, here is the original trailer taken from YouTube.

Here are the steps I took to invert the personality of the film in the trailer.
  1. Took the clip from YouTube using Easy YouTube Downloader extension in Google Chrome
  2. Created an iMovie ’11 and imported the trailer
  3. Detached and deleted the existing audio track
  4. Recorded a replacement voiceover track using a different theme for the movie while watching the trailer (again and again)
  5. Laid in the new voiceover track from iTunes in the video clip
  6. Laid in a jazzy audio track to play as background music. 
    • This is actually a fellow camp counselor and friend of mine Paul Tynan
  7. Fine tuned the audio tracks with the video
  8. Uploaded the new trailer to YouTube
Here’s the modified trailer with a whole new feeling to the movie.
Pretty cool!
Now, for the touch of local Scouting history. In the opening scene of the movie the boys are skulking around a cabin (about 1’55″ in the clip below), this is lower half of Lakeside Lodge at Camp Scouthaven in Freedom, NY. At that time it would have been where the boats were stored for the waterfront. Here’s the opening scene.
I’ll have to go out to camp and take a picture of this spot and add it to the post later. Enjoy and we hope to see you at gardening camp this Summer.

These Five Guys Are Gonna Chew You Out: Daily Create Challenge

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

My diabolical plan to pump up the activity of the Daily Create seems to be working; The first day of the Daily Create Challenge is not even over, and I see already 21 tornados submitted (the challenge was to draw a tornado).

I’ve been growling and calling people out, daring them to do 7 Daily Creates in a row, and then weave together in a blog post, make something out of it, and leave a comment on my original post.


I decided to enlist the help of five tough guys, and at the same time complete a ds106 video assignment, One Archetype, Five Movies, Five Seconds. Created by Michael Branson Smith, this is one of the more popular assignments, with over 50 examples listed:

Create a five second video of one archetype from five different movies cutting together one second of each. Examples could include: Prisoners, Thieves, Beauty Queens, Kings, Robin Hoods, James Bonds, Bank Robbers, Assassins, Bad Boys, Kung Fu Masters, Femme Fatales, Sports Heroes, High School Bullies, Rogue Police Officers, Brainiacs, Pregnancies, Principals, Mean Teachers, InspirationalTeachers, Gunslingers, Gangsters, Monsters, Bartenders, Warrior Princesses, Swordsman, Knights, Mad Scientists, Nerd Girls, Obstructive Bureaucrats, Sidekicks, Wise Old Men, Hardboiled Detectives, Tough Coaches, Swooning Ladies. Check out an example here:

I got lax on the five seconds, but these guys are tough and they will be in your face if you get soft about this challenge:

Pay close attention to Gunnery Sergeant Hartman:

“You will not laugh, you will not cry. You will learn by the numbers, I will teach you [to be creative]” – just by doing 7 days in a row of The Daily Create

The Five movies are:

Thanks to a tweet from GNA, I realized I missed a golden clip:

I also used the Warfare drums freesound music by jobro

And you should know (thanks to a 6th bad ass Major), for some of you I am two seconds from being on you like white on rice in a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snowstorm

Now I wil try and get a little (a tiny bit) serious. I see a lot in our students and open participants, sometimes to take the assignments and Daily Creates way to literal. Like today, draw a tornado. Sure you could take 115 seconds, and make a swirl on a piece of paper, and be done. Fine.

But where is the challenge to yourself in doing that? How is just doing the minimum going to make you more creative? It won’t. It is a jelly doughnut in the foot locker. It is less then #4life.

Here is what I wrote some of my Arizona colleagues when I nagged them on the CyberSalonAZ google group list:

Here’s the scoop -open your minds and do not be trapped in being so literal. Is it really a challenge to yourself to quickly make a swirl on a piece of paper?

Ok, that is the basic requirement. But it shows no imagination. No extending of the creative muscles. It is all too often what we see in students- set the bar for expectations, and they aim right for that.

The whole point of the Daily Create is to extend yourself, not just to do what it says. Frankly, I will yawn if I see a bunch of swirls.

The magic here is how you *interpret* the assignment. It does not have to look like a tornado, but represent it, or what it calls to mind. Maybe it’s the witches legs underneath a house. Maybe its a lonely view out a windshield of a storm chaser. Maybe its a drawing of a shower drain (think how the water goes down). Look up the etymology of the word and go from there. Draw something that represents the places(s) where tornados happen.

A few years ago when the Daily Shoot was active, I spent a week doing the *opposite* of every challenge. THERE ARE NO RULES, why are we so bound by rules? Make something up, and explain it or tease it out in a caption. See what Michael Branson Smith did in his by making a cat tornado in a baseball stadium. That is taking the assignment to a new (and weird) place.

Or there was someone who said yesterday’s assignment (a photo of a cloud that looks like an object) she could not do because it was overcast and rainy. LAME. Make your own clouds in the shower! Draw them on paper! Make shapes out of cotton balls.

No excuses are valid in my book, none.

You do not get to be better at stuff by doing the minimum. That keeps you at the same level.

The world needs more bending of the rules, more making end arounds, more creativity.

If you really want to see someone who gets this, listen to this talk by Helen Keegan:

You will not laugh, you will not cry. You will learn by the numbers, I will teach you.

Tomorrow is Day 2. Bring your top game.

Rare Book Covers

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Limited editions of this holistic and cleanly book are available!

This is for a brand new ds106 Design Assignment: Weird Book Room:

The Abebooks Weird Book Room lists a collection of titles so farcical you would think they are made up, but they are not. “Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News With Baby Animals”, “Beyond Leaf Raking “, and “Goats: Homeopathic Remedies” are all actual book titles — “finest source of everything that’s bizarre, odd and downright weird in books.”

Your assignment is to design the cover of a book title so weird that it will look like it will fit right in to the Weird Book Room. Be sure to include a little bit of jacket blurb for your blog post where you include your designed book cover. Go weird!

This all started with the tweet:

And I could not help my curiosity to scan the titles at the Abebooks Weird Book Room

Each of them might be a story unto itself, but I could not help but be happy, Neil. So happy to make this into a ds106 assignment and develop my own book title.

So the premise of Zen and Toilet Cleaning is that the rhythmic and circulations of every day bathroom cleaning are ones the resonate with the holy cycle of spiritual zonoids, as depicted in the A’Alahyak Temple. You can achieve a higher state of wah with a brush in your hand and your minds eye open. Learn these techniques in a simple but aproachable style as writtemn by the author, a leading Flush Master

What book will you put on the shelf?

Silent Harry

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

He’s the baddest cop on the streets in 1908…

I felt I was overdue to sit down and do a ds106 assignment, one to do some iMovie work as a demo for our current students. I was called back to do Return to the Silent Era (one I added myself) with the hopes that I could push iMovie a bit farther than the last one I did — 2001 a Space Odyssey set back 100 years.

The assignment is:

The dawn of cinema had no audio; silent movies created an atmosphere with music and the use of cue cards. Take a 3-5 minute trailer of a modern movie and render it in the form os the silent era- convert to black and white, add effects to make it look antiquated, replace the audio with a musical sound track.

I was trying to think about what would be interesting to set to silent era- it’s easy to look to science fiction or movies from the future. Too easy. I combed through my video drawer and saw the Dirty Harry disc there, and said hmmm, the opening action sequence that defines Harry’s character, his lunch ruined because of some criminal activity that just lands in front of him, the first of the “Do You Feel Lucky, Punk” lines would be fun. It’s the whole juxtaposition of the same lines played out at the end that defines the criminal mind of Scorpio.

The look of the original film had all the stampings of the 1970 era (filmed in 1971), the big cars, mutton chop sideburns, the semi flattened lighting, the lingering feel of the hippie era– all of this seemed interesting to try and take back to a different era via the silent film treatment. Would Harry be as tough with that big gun back in 1908? Would his isolationist character command the same results?

Go ahead…

I started by finding and downloading the 740p version of the scene

I started by making up my title frame in Photoshop, starting with one I found out there. I wanted to add an icon, so I pulled apart the top figure to leave room to insert a 44 Magnum:

(click for full size)

I added some noise and cracelature filter to make it a little more dirty.

Here is a snapshot of my working area in iMovie (this is iMovie 11, so some of the tools and menu names are different in earlier versions):

(click for full size)

After loading the clip in iMovie, I first dragged the graphic for the title card I made to right in front of the video clip. I use the small on the clip to go to clip effects and added the “romantic” one which made it glow.

For the text I dragged the Center style right onto the frame, and added my text. By highlighting the text, and selecting “Show Fonts” I switched it to “Goudy Old Style”. Later I will show you an easy way to replicate this.

The next steps are going through the clip and making splits on key segments. These include points right after some dialogue that I want to add the title cards, pretty much in this case, all of Harry’s lines. To break up clips, just move the cursor to the point where you want a split, press control to get the contextual menu, and select “Split Clip”. I also split in places where I knew I might want to have different clip speeds.

COpying the title card is a matter of clicking once to select its frame (it lights up yellow) and then command C to copy. Move the cursor just to the right of another split to paste a copy of the card.

Then for the title, click an existing title (the blue bar above), and press the option key and drag it until it drapes over the entire new card (the blue should fill the rane, my screen shot is off a bit). This will make a copy of the text track with all the same settings and make it fit in the same length of time as the card.

You might have to mess with the font size to make things fit.

I did this for all the dialogue. Once I had that in place, it is time to remove the original audio. I selected each clip, and selected Mute Clup from the Clip menu (or just command-Shift-m).

The next steps are to give the video the old style treatment; while there is an aged film effect, I dont like it because it does a sepia tone, and it is too bad you cannot apply more thane one effect (like adding a black and white). I have a trick though!

On the small menu on each clip (looks like a gear) first sslect Video Effect, and set the saturation to 0- this makes it black and white:

I then press the Clip tab for these adjustments. I found that the “Glow” effect worked well to give it a washed out look, your mileage may vary and the vignette or the Romantic work well. For the action sequence I sped up the clips in various amounts to give it that frenetic energy, anywhere from 120% to 400%.

I repeated these steps on every section.

There were a few places I trimmed the clip, and one or two when I needed Harry’s mouth moving, so I would copy and paste a clip of him, reversing it so he would not be an exact duplicate each time.

Once the video was all ready, I went to the Internet archive, and found some ragtime music in the 78 RPMs & Cylinder Recordings collection called Ragtime Echos (1918) featuring Samuel Siegel on mandolin and Marie Caveny on ukulele.

I downloaded the mp3 version and dragged it onto the iMovie track, making sure it lined up below the tracks (so it is not made into a background for the entire project). Here is another trick, since my audio track is longer (you can drag the right and of the clip to extend it as far as it will go) I click the audio track gear icon, and chose “Audio Adjustments”. I set the fadeout to be manual so ti will fade before it ends abruptly.

Thats pretty much the editing. I had planned to do a longer feature, a middle clip of the Harry/Scorpio confrontation in the football stadium, and the closing chase scene which bookends the original. But alas, you get the idea, and the “Do you feel lucky” scene sites fine with me as a single thing.

I wanted to try the trick Michael Branson Smith does to add more effects to his videos by using the 8mm app on his iPhone but alas, I could not figure out how to upload it so the app would see it. I hope it is not as crazy as just filming it off the screen!

I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out, but oh, I stayed up way too late doing this.

Learn 13 Kinds of Practical Jokes at Camp Crystal Lake

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Here is a new ds106 video assignment based on the notion of going to Camp Magic Macguffin for summer camp, Send a Camp Movie to Camp:

Take one of the movies on the list of movies with camp themes, find a trailer for it, and re-edit the audio to completely change the plot- e.g. make a horror movie turn into a comedy, or make a romantic movie seem like a spooky movie.

Send a camp movie to personality inversion camp!

I went easy, and selected the trailer for the original Friday the 13th, made in 1980, the first home of Camp Crystal Lake

I locked into this when it came out, I was still in high school, and could have easily been one of those wide eyed teens- one of which is a really young Kevin Bacon. Yeah, Jason rises out of the lake and takes his gross revenge, and it set in motion an entire industry of followups. I vividly recall nearly jumping out of my seat in the theater during the first one, maybe it was the Blair Witch Project of its time.

What does the fascination with horror movies say about us? It can be said it is a safer approach to playing out things in fictional form that are much worse than the horrors we witness (or ignore) in life? We could, and people do, speculate for eons.

So for my inversion of the movie, I watched the 13 countdowns of the original trailer, and wondered what if Camp Crystal Lake was the place to go to learn how to play practical jokes? A ha ha ha funny place.

This was pretty much a one take improv- I downloaded the youtube version of the trailer as an MP4, and opened it in iMovie. I used the Edit -> Mute Clip command to neutralize the audio of the original (you can also do a detach audio and then delete that track, but sometimes its better to just mute the original if you are going to re-do the whole thing. I then used the record over features to overlay my own dialogue, which you can tell is a one take. I had the most fun wit nod to the Oracle of Kevin Bacon phenomena.

To add some flair, I imported a few audio clips from Freesounds, a goofy orchestra track and a track of cellos to make it sound concertic. “tune-up.wav” by bugfish “cellos three thords” by jus

Ah camp.

Hello Muddah; Hello Faddah – July 1

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

This week’s audio projects include a nice audio letter home about the week’s activity. I hope you enjoy this little recap.

Did You Get My Postcard Mom?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

I’m late with my ds106 design stuff, but you will not catch me saying I am sorry.

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

I did assemble this for the Postcards from Magical Places assignment, which we had our UMW students with a requirement that the image come from Minecraft.

Design the front and back of a postcard that might be sent from the location of a movie or a work of fiction. Both sides of the cards must be created as graphics.

The fornt should use graphic design elements that provide a sense of place or use the classic motifs of old postcards (“Greetings from ______”)_, both pictures and text. The back of the post card should contain a stamp and postmark that fits with the theme of the movie, as well as an addressee and a message that fits the plot as well.

The inspiration was a fanfiaction assignment created by a UMW student in Spring Semester 2011- see the excellent set of LOTR cards at

During our first camp fire hangout in Minecraft, I played with putting my new dog skin in the fire, and this seemed to work well as a camp prank of hot dogs. I started out in GIMP but got frustrated with the inability to do some effects on text, and with a loaned copy of PhotoShop, I did this image with rather simple edits, some text warp for the post mark.