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It was with great sadness I learned today that Linda Pemik, owner of this Google+ Community, has passed away.  Linda was an influential and inspirational fellow-traveller on my journey to be a connected Adult Educator.  We met only once in person, but crossed paths online - one of the few northerners I've met who are passionate about sharing and learning out in the open. 
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I am also sorry to hear about Linda. She was a calm and inspiring voice in the short time I knew her. She will be missed. 
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Cousin Froid has some doozies to tell from his journey today if he can ever find time to make the images work.  Helping other passengers hand-start an Airbus in Calgary (think one-sided tug-of-war with the other end of the rope wrapped around the turbine spindle) and changing a nose-wheel tire on a Regional Jet in Toronto (passengers stood together on the horizontal stabilizer to lift the nose gear).  But before he can get to documenting all that, there's that matter of Super Moo helping with an energy crisis.  She needs a lot more practice, but it appears there is a green (grass eater) energy source on the horizon for pumping Alberta's crude oil.  Certainly, once she learns how to do it properly in Canada, she can teach all of Bovine County the trick too.  +Nana Lou could get rich on this one.
Here are some of Super Moo's early attempts.  Not ready for the Trailer Reunion page yet, but promising.

I've learned a lot about puppet warp.  For this attempt I made a series of independent Moo images with the legs increasingly enlongated, then pasted and merged them with frames imported from the pumpjack video.  The leg-lengthening was a hap-hazzard guess, and does not increase smoothly.  I had to further transform the cow images to fit each pumpjack layer before merging, so the leg lengthening is not apparent here until the last frame.  Next attempt will warp Moo layers specifically to fit each pumpjack position.  I'll also overlay a copy of the pumpjack layer (with portions masked or erased so we can see Moo) to give some depth.  Kind of like what +Ronald L did with having Moo run behind the tree.
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I love it when we use this space for work in progress. I remember when I did my first cinemagraph and everyone here tried to help me get it working. We learn a lot this way. +Jim Stauffer seems a lot of work but you are learning about the warp tool!
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Overheard while playing Minecraft with my granddaughters, "NO Marie, don't pour lava into the horse pen!"
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What a great letter! have, Have, HAVE to share this with my ABE class. Maybe if they hear a university prof saying it does not need to be perfect first try, that will make it more credible next time they hear me reminding them
Lots of wrestling in FB this week with what could be argued to be an essential ‘issue’ with MOOCs – they are open – free – out there… surely this is thus egalitarian learning at its very best? But no – some are still silenced...
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+Jim Stauffer ~ I learned more about writing teaching ABE and ESL than (enforced) hanging out with English majors in grad school
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This is a really helpful, clear tutorial once you understand Photoshop basics. #AdobeGenPro
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Decided to take the plunge- again.  Introductory blog post http://www.wayupnorth.ca/blog/2013/09/12/why-not/
Have been debating whether to register for POTCert again.  Tempting to keep my evenings for leisure until demands of work increase - as they surely will in another month.  Should I engage when in a...
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Hi Jim, like you've I've signed up for the course. When I saw it advertised in the summer it felt a great thing to be doing. But now my own students are back, along with other commitments, it suddenly seems very daunting indeed.
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I didn't hear anything about it.
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SuperMoo finally got that pumpjack mastered.  Alberta Crude can now flow unhindered to any politically correct destination through any environmentally approved pipeline.  Image CC BY

Meanwhile cousin Froid continues his journey. Now wending his way through the eastern USA in a Volkswagon, trying to find Texas - about as confused geographically as he is jumping into the middle of Burgeron106.  Going to have to take a time-out to check a road map (and write another post at the trailer).

Oh yes, I've worked on Moo's legs a bit with puppet warp for a running moo. It's a challenge.  PSD and 2-frame GIF in dropbox folder for +Ronald L  - or anyone else who hasn't moved on yet. Feel free to modify and remix.
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Looks like a wonderful way to stretch one's legs! Very nice.
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Wish we had found this place earlier.  I unintentionally lured a human into the open when I suggested meeting in a chat on the rules page, and he responded in twitter.  Apologies from a Zombie must open a whole new genre, but feeling genuinely apologetic to @gpetruzella this afternoon.  I was just trying to get the action restarted.   #roadtohell  
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Anyway, I'm certainly still interested in being part of a conversation around jump-starting something. Although, with the "Something is coming" tweet from TvsZ Official just now, it may not be necessary...
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Event Time Announcer shows time for Rhizo14 Week 1 UnHangout in locations all over the world. In Halifax it happens on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:30:00 PM.
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I love the "countdown to event" link :-)
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I am Jim  Stauffer - sometimes "wayupnorth" online.  I teach Adult Literacy and Basic Education for Aurora College in a satellite community learning centre in Canada's Northwest Territories.  I've been a partial participant in cMOOC learning since PLENK2010 sucked me into this exhilarating vortex of confusion, uncertainty, connections, and trying to explain and evangelize my more conventional colleagues.
I'm not an academic.  Perhaps my lack of conventional training makes me more open to unconventional ideas.  I've blogged my initial anticipation of this "course" at http://www.wayupnorth.ca/blog/

Here is a scan of my jottings while attempting to read the introduction "Rhizome" from "A Thousand Plateaus".  I've also shared it in the P2PU discussion.
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Ain't it grand that we continue to traverse some of the same circles? I will get to your Skype convo starter and digress a bit ... Real soon :)
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Open letter to a MOOC dropout  - new post taken from an email exchange with a colleague who has questions about joining another MOOC after dropping out of the last one.
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