Archive for September, 2010

Pirate practices and economical change

Posted: September 30, 2010 by alxbal in Classes, Research, Resources

Hi all,

in Yesterday’s class we started an interesting discussion on copyright and copyleft issues. We also watch a video of Matt Mason who wrote the book “pirates dilema”. A longer version is at

Here is an example of how a “pirating” activity becomes no longer a pirating activities once businesses figure out how to profit from them…. Youtube now has a lot of copyrighted content freely available, with the knowledge and approval of copyright owners. See how it works in this wired article:

The book The starfish and the spider explains this very well as well.

Open Source Alrternatives:


Week 4: HTML 101

Posted: September 29, 2010 by alxbal in Classes

Week 4:

HTML 101: How did you find the information?

  • Google: tutorial html
  • Use delicious to check reputation of site

How do you know a website is reliable?

Notes adapted from:

Authorship is Clearly indicated

  • The name of the individual or group creating the site should be clearly stated.
  • The creator should give a source for information in the site where necessary.
  • The Web site author or manager should provide a way for users to make comments or ask questions.
  • The Web site author or manager should be responsive to any questions regarding copyright, trademark, or ownership of all material on the site. Sites that knowingly violate copyright statutes or other laws should not be linked, listed, or recommended.

Content is accurate and appropriate

  • The design of the site should demonstrate knowledge of the technological subject. I.e. html or css should be well used with current practices.
  • The information should be current and accurate, and if the topic of the site is one that changes, it should be updated regularly. A “last updated” date is a plus.

Verify the source and the information:

  • Check out the contact information and resources. Credible websites should list contact information and resources.
  • Google the author or the site for reputation check
  • Always check more than one website when looking for credible information.
  • Try out the examples and if they are not working, look for another source.


HTML Fundamentals:
      What is HTML?
      HTML Tags?
      HTML Links: The difference between relative and absolute links
      HTML Images
For next week:
Create three web pages linked to each other on the image arts webpage.  
Make sure they validate
Validating your pages:

In groups of 3, create a presentation for next week that answers one of the following questions:

Group 1: What is CSS and how does it work?

Group 2: Through examples, explain how the CSS syntax works

Group 3: Through examples, explain the difference between id and class

Group 4: Through examples, explain the difference between external style sheet, internal  style sheet and inline style, when is it better to use one over the other?

Group 5: Through examples, explain the box model

Group 6: Through examples, explain what floating and position do. What is the difference?

Group 7: Through examples, explain css grouping/nesting

Group 8: Through examples, explain how to align elements

Group 9: Through examples, explain how to build a css navigation bar

Group 10: Through examples, explain how to build a css based image gallery

Graham Smith, new media artist

Posted: September 22, 2010 by alxbal in Assignment 2

Week 3: HTML 101

Posted: September 21, 2010 by alxbal in Classes

30 mn Digital Identity in class activity:

What strategies did you and your group discover can make your name or pseudonym show up as the first link in a google search.

describe them in details in your individual blogs. Post a a link to the description  as reply in the assignment 1 page.

1 hr WEB Sites: Discussion

30 mn:  Create an analytical matrix that lists what the successful sites you looked at had in common and what the bad ones also had in common.

Can you derive a set of design principles from these viewing-navigation experiences?

What were the creative identities telling you?

– What are good practices in terms of design.

– What worked in the sites you mentioned?

– what did not work?

1 hr Create an HTML page on the image Arts server.

In class: HTML exercise

For class 4:

– Post your first page to the image arts server

Read: and

Week 2: Art-science hybrid

Posted: September 16, 2010 by alxbal in Classes

Hi all,

As we were discussing in class, artists are now often also scientists and technologists.

Here is an example: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from  Montreal is a well know new  media artists, here is an article on his current show. Interestingly, this article is from a science magazine.


Cory Doctorow: My computer says no – opinion – 07 June 2010 – New Scientist.

week2: Social Media Accounts

Posted: September 15, 2010 by alxbal in Classes


For this class set up accounts for the follwing social media sites:

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Second Life
  • Flicker

My Digital Footprint

Posted: September 15, 2010 by solanje1891 in Assignment 1
1.What does your current digital footprint say about you?
My digital footprint isn’t very impressive. I googled my name “Solanje Ghany” and the first thing that came up was my dysfunctional website that I created for previous Ryerson classes. Other wordpress blogs that i’m part of came up as well showing some of my work that I did in photoshop. One link that I found interesting was a link to, the name of the article was ‘People with the last name Ghany’ I scrolled through the list and found my name, spelt with a ‘g’ instead of a ‘j’. Curious I clicked the link and found out that my name spelt with a ‘g’ is the 2,893rd most common name. My last name Ghany is the 133,114th most common surname. Other than these few links, I don’t appear to exist on the internet.
2.Would you want an employer or teacher to see that? What do you want it to show and say?
I would not like a teacher or employer to see these results. I want them to be impressed with what they see whether it is my sketches, paintings, photos or programs. I want to be able to have a website or positive results that would encourage someone to employ me. It would also come in handy when I want to show my parents or friends what I do in school and how i’m progressing.

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1) What does your current digital footprint says about you,

My digital footprint is very passive and it says nothing about me at all, nothing as to my social, personal or even my professional life.  When I googled my name, I discovered that there are many others with the name “Navdeep Sahota” who have done somewhat of a mediocre job at developing their mark on the digital world. I am not surprised at all because I have never really made the effort to use the digital world to create an image of myself that can be seen by anyone. My facebook account has many privacy settings on it, which is why I can’t be found on facebook when searched by a random person. When I “spezified” my name, I actually found my name on the “Heart Lake Senior Girls Team Scores” webpage. This was quite surprising because I have never seen this webpage before. Through this webpage, one will know that I attended Sandalwood Heights Secondary School and played on the senior girls basketball team. I don’t know how accurate this page is because Amanda Morgan wasn’t on my team and I am not too sure as to what the numbers mean. (It definitely can’t be the points we scored against HeartLake).

2) Would you want an employer or teacher to see that? What do you want it to show and say?

Definitely not because I am basically non-existent in the digital world and an employer or teacher wouldn’t be interested in seeing that I was on a basketball team. I am not quite sure exactly what I want my digital footprint to say about me but I hope as I continue to establish it, I find out exactly as to how it should define me. I know that I want my digital footprint to really express who I am and what I hope to be. I want it to define my years at Ryerson, specifically what I’ve learned and accomplished, and then my professional career.