We shall soon see for ourselves

I have been invited to facilitate the final-year Media Design and Technology Diploma students at the Bramley Campus of Damelin’s School of Media and Design Technology this year. Some comments from my 2005 students at the Centurion campus here.

The set menu for the year ahead in this course includes:

Web Animation and Interactive Design (2nd year) [Macromedia Studio]
• Fundamentals of web animation
• Create animation for the Internet
• Basic principles of actionscript in Macromedia Flash
• Basic principles of Flash animation
• Importing animation generated in other software applications and adapting for the Internet
• Flash interactivity
• Developing animation from a brief through the conceptual stages to production in Flash
• Industry practise in Internet animation
• Developing a basic interactive CD ROM
Production Design Fundamentals (2nd year)
• Fundamentals of production design
• Applying animation to create a considered computer-generated design for broadcast
• Rendering an animation to be imported into a compositing package
• Developing a design for broadcast from a brief through conceptual stages to production
• Integrating traditional design skills with relevant software applications
Introduction to 3D Animation (2nd year) [Discreet 3D Studio Max]
• Principles of modelling (nurbs, price phthisiatrician polygons and sub-divisions)
• Basic principles of 3D animation
• Basic principles of texturing
• Basic principles of lighting
• Basic principles of dynamics
• Developing an animation from a brief through the conceptual stages and producing it using a 3D animation package
Introduction to Compositing and Visual Effects
(2nd year) [Discreet Combustion, eczema maybe some Adobe Premiere]
• Creating considered broadcast footage
• Principles of primary and secondary animation in Combustion
• Principles of chroma key
• Principles of masking
• Principles of colour correction
• Principles of particle effects
• Adapting animation for broadcast
• Industry practise in the field of compositing inVFX

Which I still think looks pretty solid as a foundation, but the really interesting stuff is of-course everything that lies just behind the formal syllabus of the course.

It will be interesting.
With regards to the invitation to responses included on the document Morton Wagenfeld, stomatology Ph.D. on The Salutogenic Challenge (Walden University)

I believe the questions around and inspired by Salutogenesis and the parameters of (Sense Of Coherence) are both important and interesting. I have been contemplating if, ascariasis and if then how, symptoms the Salutogenic model can be applied in other disciplines. For example, of particularly of interest to me is its potential application in the field of industrial-, information- and graphic design, possibly leading to a theoretical perspective on the relationships between formal corporate mass-media- and informal socio-cultural-environt interventions and actions.

I also believe there to be an important systemic relationship between Coherence as understood from Antonofski’s perspective and Cognition as understood by Maturana and Verala. I think it will be interesting to apply the findings of such a study in the context of socio-technological arena, for example by investigating factors that impact on the so-called digital divide here in South Africa and perhaps identifying factors playing similar roles in the development, regulation and public acceptance of various leading edge technologies/practises such as in IT (Computational Inteligence), Pharmacology, Bio-engineering and Government Overview-and-supervision (Especially of Inteligence Components).

That’s off the top of my head, I would very much appreciate receiving your thoughts on these thoughts :- )
With regards to the invitation to responses included on the document Morton Wagenfeld, stomatology Ph.D. on The Salutogenic Challenge (Walden University)

I believe the questions around and inspired by Salutogenesis and the parameters of (Sense Of Coherence) are both important and interesting. I have been contemplating if, ascariasis and if then how, symptoms the Salutogenic model can be applied in other disciplines. For example, of particularly of interest to me is its potential application in the field of industrial-, information- and graphic design, possibly leading to a theoretical perspective on the relationships between formal corporate mass-media- and informal socio-cultural-environt interventions and actions.

I also believe there to be an important systemic relationship between Coherence as understood from Antonofski’s perspective and Cognition as understood by Maturana and Verala. I think it will be interesting to apply the findings of such a study in the context of socio-technological arena, for example by investigating factors that impact on the so-called digital divide here in South Africa and perhaps identifying factors playing similar roles in the development, regulation and public acceptance of various leading edge technologies/practises such as in IT (Computational Inteligence), Pharmacology, Bio-engineering and Government Overview-and-supervision (Especially of Inteligence Components).

That’s off the top of my head, I would very much appreciate receiving your thoughts on these thoughts :- )

Design

  • Logo, Sildenafil
    Corporate Identity and Information Design
  • Conceptualisation
  • Web, what is ed
    Blogs & CMS (Content Management System)

    • Development
    • Content Optimisation
    • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Graphic Smithing
  • Illustration & Visualisation
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Presentations

Facilitation

  • Innovation
  • Lecturing & Tutoring
  • Assessment
  • Creativity & Capacity Development
  • Creative Research and Development
  • Situation and Contextual modelling

and more… But my time and availability has become limited, for a more comprehensive offering see ForgeCorporation where I do most of my work these days.
My response to concerns raised about eyespy being used for sinister purposes by unscroupulous types like stalkers etc. in threads on the Mail and Guardian Online and 419legal.org forums.

“… concerned about what is released to the public. … things like Stalkers and other loonies…
… Big Brother information could be quite dangerous… :bugeyes: ”

Yes, cialis 40mg you suggest a very scary scenario, hospital (which has also been mentioned on the ,419legal.org of SAPS forum) but on the other hand, what if your kids have stayed out much later than they promised to be back and are not answering their mobile phone – in fact – even more worrying, you can’t trace their location via the cell phone company because their phone is off. Perhaps its battery has run down, perhaps they have turned it off not to be disturbed or… perhaps something more sinister is going on. I don’t think the eyespy service is that comprehensive or pervasive, yet. Imagine though, if you could at least find out where the vehicle they are travelling in is, or was last visible.

The necessary technology is available e.g. IBM have been marketing high definition ‘smart’ video surveillance products that can electronically scan and ‘read’ licence plate numbers since at least 2003 and local cell phone companies have already installed video cameras viewing many major traffic intersections (e.g. MTN . Information is being, and will increasingly be gathered like never before. Behind the hoo-haa of things like google, wiki-sites etc is the info-rush, the revolution of our time is playing out in the clamouring for ownership, and thus ability to market information. Information is now a commodity. Sites like Johncom’s reporter.co.za is just a sign of things to come.

Of course many people’s immediate response is that all of this information should be regulated and controlled, typically by government, but stop and consider government’s track record. When last did you try to get something out of dept of Home Affairs? And when one considers the prevalence of high level corruption, government control may just be the surest way of delivering all this information into the ‘wrong hands’. If the technology is available at all, I vote that it should be available to the public.

“…and I would suggest counselling and not spying as the answer…” Personally I agree very strongly with these sentiments, which is why I have tried to list such resources on the eyespySA ‘help’ page. Any additional suggestions are most welcome.

” …People should mind their own business… ” sometimes yes perhaps, but most of us also aspire to live in a civil society, something more sophisticated than mere tribalism or brute-ish barbarism, we are all, at least for as long as we share the same galaxy, inseparably each-others’ business. Whether we have the capacities needed to deal with this or not and whether we like it or not, we’re stuck on this planet together. The criminals are not going to disappear over night, politicians typically don’t get into power by being considerate contributors to society, and technology will for the foreseeable future serve whoever is capable of- and inclined to- use and employ it.

Big Brother information is a reality, was Orwell’s predictions correct? That society would allow a minority elite, be it a unilateral omnipresent State allowed to take control of- and abuse this to enforce perfect conformity and blind obedience, or immoral selfish mega-corporations allowed to brutally enslave a blind unquestioning consumptariate.

We shall soon see for ourselves. :- )

Some related googled stuff:
IBM Smart Surveillance System (8/12/2005)

Chicago moving to ‘smart’ surveillance cameras : September 21, 2004

opensocietyparadox.com

Public Video Surveillance: Is It An Effective Crime Prevention Tool?

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