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La douleur exquise

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So here's my response to Alan Levine's newest ds106 assignment. I felt honour-bound to go with the first non-translatable word or phrase, whatever it was. It turned out, it wasn't so non-translatable at all - with the right image. Click on the image for the full size version.



Here's the assignment as it appeared:



What I like about the resulting artwork (if I say so myself) is that it takes the word, associates it with a well-known celebrity, defines the word, and then - with a bit of a sucker punch - suggests that the inattainability is brought to you by the perfume - in turn a bit of a commentary on the Nicole Kidman Chanel ads themselves. And, if nothing else, it's a beautiful solution to Levine's assignment.

You might ask, what about the Creative Commons licensing and all that. I think my use of these images falls very much within the bounds of fair dealing - it's a derivative work, it's used for educational purposes, it makes social commentary, I…

Kouchibouguac Winter Wonderland

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Kouchibouguac Winter Wonderland, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes.
Kouchibouguac Winter Wonderland photo set. We went for a walk in the nearby national park and enjoyed a winter wonderland for boxing day. The slide show is recommended.

Two Weeks in the Life

Photos from ordinary life, December, 2011. I have a bunch of nice descriptions in the original Flickr set, but I don't know how to make them show up in the slide show.

Mapleton Park

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Mapleton Park, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes. It was late afternoon in December, the light was very low, and I went for a walk in Mapleton Park taking pictures. Here's the rest of the set.

Sandesh Pulijala and His Family

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Sandesh Pulijala called me this morning and introduced me to his wife and daughter, so I thought I would capture an image. Because of the backlighting, I have brightened the people in the image so you can see their faces.

Take Care of it Before It's an Injury

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Maybe NB Worksafe shouldn't be sponsoring riot videos...?

Oslo, Norway

Photos from my visit to Oslo, Norway, the week of November 12-18. I really liked Oslo and met many interesting people there, though I found it extremely expensive and a bit cold and dark. Still, the lighting made for interesting photos, the cold was nothing I wasn't used to, and I found a kabob place that sold a great filled pita that made a meal and a half for 49 Kroner.

de Bonaventure a Memramcook

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Book, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes. So one day I went for a bike ride and took some pictures of Memrambook. I posted them online for all to share, and one day, got an email asking if my photo could be used on a book cover. And - of course it could! The published book, by Fernand Arsenault, arrived today, with my photo on the cover. So cool.

Wrong Day

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Our local newspaper, ever the paragon of quality, puts the wrong day on today's newspaper. Tuesday November 8, 2011 is labelled, as you can see, as "Wednesday".

A Fine November Saturday in Moncton

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Moncton, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes.

New York City

Point Pelee - trumpet and piano

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This is pretty cool. In April of 2010 I took a quick road trip to the southernmost point in Canada, Point Pelee. It's a rocky and sandy park that juts into Lake Erie. A year and a half later, I get this email:

"I'm a trumpeter from St. John's, Newfoundland, and recently I performed a piece by Howard Cable called Point Pelee. I just made a youtube video based on the performance, and since I don't have video, I thought it would be nice to include some photos instead. I searched flickr for creative commons-licensed photos of Point Pelee and I really enjoyed your set, so with proper attribution I have included them in the video." -- Aaron Hodgson

Makes my day. :)

Bonn, Germany

An alternative title to this set might be 'taking photos in a constant rain, Bonn, Germany'. I enjoyed the city, though.

Aachen

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Aachen, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes. I'm in Aachen. :)

Covered Bridge

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Covered Bridge, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes. A covered bridge in the mist, first of October, near New Scotland, just north of Moncton, New Brunswick.

Aberdeen Cultural Centre

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Aberdeen Cultural Centre, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes.

Touchdown Atlantic

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Touchdown Atlantic, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes. It was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats against the Calgary Stampeders at Touchdown Atlantic, Moncton's only CFL game of the year. Full set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen_downes/sets/72157627629040985/

Red Pill or Blue Pill?

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Submitted as part of the Messing with the McGuffin #ds106 assignment. "For this assignment forever change the plot of a movie, tv show, etc. by changing a single line of dialogue." #DesignAssignments #DesignAssignments172

Kouchibouguac National Park

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Mutant Brown-Eyed Susan

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Mutant Brown-Eyed Susan, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes. Check out our mutant Brown-eyed Susans, grown in our front yard. These have many layers, unlike the more usual brown-eyed Susans, seen here. And if we can breed them true, we'll call them Andrea's Brown-eyed Susans. Here's another photo.

2011 09 03 - Guadalajara, Mexico

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2011 09 03 - Guadalajara, Mexico, a set on Flickr. The last set of Guadalajara photos, from the city centre (Centro) - http://bit.ly/ob02bm - and slideshow at http://bit.ly/ndHvT5

Tonalá, Mexico

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Tonalá, Mexico, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes.

Photos from the arts and crafts factory & markets at Tonala, in Guadalajara, Mexico and slideshow

Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara, Mexico

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Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara, Mexico, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes. Photos from Tlaquepaque, a historic region of Guadalajara, Mexico http://bit.ly/oQVKa2 and as usual, slides http://bit.ly/qz9RVk

2011 09 03 - Tequila, Mexico

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2011 09 03 - Tequila, Mexico, a set on Flickr.