Thursday, October 27, 2011


Director Tsia Miang-Liang as seen on Diane's blog                                                                                                         


Fashion Comic by HAIKALcium Lowfat

I want to talk about the eye and the ear, but not in the conventional way. I'm very much a visual person, it's my best learning style, therefore I too love video tutorials like And yet on occasion, I have come across learning media which could easily have gone the way of cognitive load, yet presents a kind of alternative contiguity. I'm speaking of certain podcasts that are both entertaining and educational.

I was reminded of a great little podcast I used to listen too. Each new recording was a french language lesson introducing new phrases and vocabulary words. The thing that made it so absolutely affective and charming was that it sounded as if it was recorded from a left bank café on the Seine, complete with the interspersing sound bites from voices of café patrons speaking french in the background, gently clinking wine glasses, small children addressing their parents, the 'garçon', waiter, popping a cork and pouring wine, an occasional honk from an impatient taxi cab, the motor of passing automobiles, uninhibited laughter and a purring chanteuse, well, you get the picture. And that is exactly what made this podcast so great, you could see everything though you couldn't really see anything. You could feel the atmosphere, and smell the 'Gitane' cigarettes, but not so much as to be obnoxious.

All those sound effects created a rich audio track and executed so perfectly, not over baring, not too distracting, no, not at all distracting, just loud enough. The soundtrack was mixed with just the right amount of everything to create a perfect balance of je ne sais quoi or 'I-don't-know-what', ambiance, and created this welcoming day dream. Yes, you arrive via this little French language podcast, at La Palette, and take a seat outside, in front of this 'très vivante' sidewalk café.

Now, sit back, relax, watch, listen, eavesdrop, you quickly forget your life in Peoria, Fort Worth, or Valencia, because you are now in Paris. As you forget, to begin to repeat, words, phases, uninhibited, unjudged, you are confident, and in one half of an hour, voila, you speak French! Well, not really, not by any French person's standards, but you see the possibilities, and so you will return to this podcast, again, and again. And maybe even, just perhaps, later, you will surf for a bargain, a summer reservation and a ticket to Paris where you'll sit sipping wine or Orangina, on the left bank of the Seine and once more become one with the ambiance. But for now you must prepare 'Le dîner' for your family, because they are calling out to you from the other room. They are 'tres faim', very hungry, and yet you smile, because you are 'magnifique', and you know it.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Here's something cool. Jonas Pfeil's Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera. Check the website here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


          Check out Josh Spear's blog here.                                                             ...and my comment.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Check out 2modernblog here.                             ... and my comment.

Paper Dresses

Sunday, October 9, 2011


 For Steve 
© By Neith Hunter
Phrasr, a poetic 2.0 tool that matches words to images, was developed by university professor / designers, Daniel Julià & Anna Fuster of Pimpampum in Barcelona. First you write a sentence, and then phrasr suggests flickr images to match the individual words. If you don't want to use the image, you can scroll through a dozen or so others until you find one you like better. The result is a slideshow of words and images played back in a dreamy montage. Phrasr helps you express yourself in a soulful, sentimental and charming way.

        Here's my phrasr for Steve, a courageous genius who gave us creative fire... rest in peace.

Friday, September 30, 2011


The ADDIE model is a 5 step prescription for Instructional Design. It can be applied just about anywhere. For the purpose of this assignment, I've written a simple and practical - I said nothing about ethical - adaptation of the ADDIE on the subject of lies which are like flies, far too many, but we'll save that.

How to tell a lie using the ADDIE.
© By Neith Hunter
Analyze the situation. Why and to whom do you need to lie? What purpose will it serve? 
What does the lie need to accomplish?
Design the lie. Write it out. Visualize it. How will you tell it? When, where, in person or remote?
Develop the lie. Practice. Practice. Practice. And more practice, until even YOU BELIEVE IT.
Implement the lie. Give it your all. Be as sincere as possible. Deliver your lie cloaked in truth.
Evaluate the lie. Was it effective? Did it accomplish what it was designed for? If not, begin again. Analyze...
Photo taken by Jintae Kim and posted on FlickR.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Why We Lie.
© By Neith Hunter
This is the 1st post for my 1st class, ETC, in the Instructional Media Design and Technology masters program. I chose a rather abstract but all too common subject, lying. I'm betting we've all participated in and been hurt by lies. I know I have...sob.  Oh well...onward.

So why do we lie?

Are some lies better or less important than others? If a lie protects someone, is it a good lie? Are there good lies? Some certainly don't seem that bad. Sometimes, we don't want the truth.

How 'bout little white lies? Does the color of the lie matter? Why do they even call it that? And, what about infidelity? Or lying about being married, as one guy recently did when he asked me to lunch, and I asked him if he was married, and he said, "no", then added, "It's complicated." And I said, yes, it is complicated when you're trying to take women to lunch who aren't your wife.

What about lying about your age? I started doing that as a teenager - my modeling agent told me too - so it seemed alright, even expected. That's what you're expected to do when you're a commodity, what ever it takes, so to speak. Fact is, lying is expected and accepted.

Ya know, it's said in Hollywood that if you want to know an actors age, you automatically add 7 years onto what ever you've read in the press, because actors always fudge their birthdays. Ah-huh, many do.

Speaking of commodities, are fake boobs a lie? Or how 'bout uploading an old or retouched photo of yourself to a dating site?

Does a lie diminish over time, become less painful or eventually morph into truth?
Please leave a comment and thanks for reading.