Barkology. The origins.

From Bachology to Barkology. 

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Barking Certificate by Christina Hendricks.

I loved Christina’s Daily Create today because it referred to the Institute of Barkology. It is a little known fact that the institute was derived in the 1600’s from the word Bachology, pertaining to the ancient and thankfully almost forgotten work of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750).

It is a little known fact that in his early manifestations of human creativity, JS Bach was in fact the originator of the Daily Create. Bach was compelled to “Artwork Machen” and composed one Invention per day to pacify his spontaneous creativity through challenges he published every day, always punctual with his two- and three-part contrapuntal musical offerings whilst working in his dark attic lodgings in the city of Hundsville, Germany. Of course, he was always careful not to complete his Daily “Erstellen Ger Flumpf” until he had finished his paid work of the day.

How did the institute get its name?

The interdependent polyphonies and independence of rhythms to maintain a hypercongublastic predominant textural element have sometimes been likened to the sound of a dog howling. Hence, the name Barkology was later derived in reflection of the polytonality of the internal structures and the pain experienced by both the student and the listener of the gregariously constrained counterpoint, not florid, and usually without anyone giving a phrygian mode.

Newly discovered artwork. Dammit.

Unfortunately in 1703 the original institute burnt down, and below is the only surviving portrait of JS Bach during his “Täglich Erstellen” phase.




Take a picture of a light in the dark TDC738

Daily create today is to take a picture of a light in the dark. I’d actually created this animated gif a while back along with a series of gifs in nature that I haven’t release yet. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, and then a daily create comes along!











Ripon, Christmas 2013.

My Nikon camera has a button that takes 5 images in quick succession, and even so you get a bit of wobble. Upload the pics to Fireworks and animated gif-a-go-go.










DS106 New Year round up!

In the beginning was the word.

And the word was DS106, and the URL, Two things now amaze and stagger me in writing this round-up:

1) My first piece of art (if you could call it that) was only on 20th May 2013.
2) Including this blog post, I have just shared 100 items!!

Regarding the date, that must have been the start of the DS106 “open course” which has brought such a wealth of online chums. I’m hardly surprised that in retrospect it has turned out to be such a momentous date, because the 20th of May would have been my Dad’s birthday. Amazingly significant things always happen on that date – i.e. I also sold my house on that same day after a long two year slog; this was also a pleasant change from the year before when I got chased across a field by a herd of cows and damaged myself diving under a fence to escape. Thanks Pop.


DS106 item that got away. 20th May 2013

100 items!!!!

Excuse me whilst I swear profusely in disbelief. But, here is indeed the evidence, of what is possibly a liberal estimate as it does only include entire and completed items and not sounds and videos that contain more than one asset. It also does not include the several items that “got away” and were not released – such as the Giant Baby above, which was not the image finally shared.

Animated GIFs and GIF-a-chrome

In an earlier round-up last summer I described the joy of mastering the animated GIF (in Fireworks), and this time I can add the joy of GIF-a-chrome and GIFs-to-music largely thanks to John Johnson. Also the revelation that GIFs are just great for animating! Dur! I have 12 animated gifs in total. And now, for the first time, animated gif that also got away.


Photographs on Flickr

Six photos last year and now a total of 32, mostly on Flickrwith the occasional one unreleased. Recently I have loved creating tree-art and inspired by other DS106 photographers and now wander round with my camera asking “what would Cogdog do?” Most proud? Love “Grand Canyon Man”.


Grand Canyon Tree Man, November 2013

Grand Canyon Tree Man, November 2013














Musical and sound productions

Mostly pulled together in Garageband, my 3 sound recordings from last summer have grown to 20 items, although a piece about “Arc Welding” is yet to be inflicted on the community. There includes two adverts (“Dynobog, cleans the loo” and Andrew Sisters-stylee “Pork and beans“). There includes four songs (“Million MOOC songs“, “OER knees up” (with spoons), “Song number inflation” and my recent Christmas hit “Ding Dong Andrew Ng on High“).

The item which transformed my thinking most at the time was the “Gone with the wind” sound track which I blogged about and made me appreciate the importance and essentialness of music to cinematography. RESOLUTION – do more about this in 2014.

Radio production

Two joint efforts! Just one joint production back in the summer of 2013 “Who threw that custard?“, and some small input into the masterpiece that was the 2013 Christmas MOOCtivity. This was my first “live” radio session, and something that I intend to add to my list of RESOLUTIONS! Again, no donkeys were harmed in the Christmas MOOCtivity production.

Poems and writing

No poems this time which is very amiss. Only one piece of writing, but with 7 blogs on my other site SCOOTER, and this blog making the 16th on this site, I make that 26 pieces of writing in total since the very start. I am particularly proud of tdc636 “Knees-up-land” – the invitation to write about a fictitious town, and also tdc649 “OREO story” which spawned from Beware the Cookie Monster’s daily create.

Video productions

Two by last summer created on an old PC and Pinnacle studio, but the transition over to MAC has been a perilous one, and somewhat limited the creativity, but I am getting there. 8 videos shared, including 3 straight from iPAD and Photo Booth which don’t really count. The MAC iMovie did enable me to produce “Gone With the Wind“.

Round-up, round-up

I think by the end of this round-up I realise how important these random bursts of creativity are for my sanity. I actually do mentally need these activities however small as they are an important diversion away from work. I do need the “buzz” of a larger project, and love recording vocals. My RESOLUTIONS, to find out more on:

1) What is really behind that Andrew Sister’s sound?
2) Music in cinematography.
3) Nature’s own art – photos and gifs.

 And finally,

None of this would have been half as fun, or indeed at times possible, without the lovely person in my life, who has been ignored, gone hungry, been the subject of art, and worst of all, starved of beer. RESOLUTION? To try harder in 2014 🙂





Thank you Cogdog Art.

Daily Create TDC649. And some.

Create a photo to go with the Satirical Article someone else created for TDC 647?

I rather liked this news story from TDC647 because it celebrated the power of the Oreo.

A new study on addictive drugs has found that Oreos, which are considered three cookies in one, are as addictive as cocaine. Dr. Bill Daniels from Amazon University reported on Wednesday that lab rats chose Oreos as rewards for running a maze as often as they did cocaine. An unexpected outcome of the study was a slight weight gain by all the researchers involved.



Lead researchers Dr Bill Daniels and Dr Betty Bracegirdle subsequently won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in recognition of their work. Researchers found that Oreo, in comparison to a range of other cookie brands, exhibited powerful stimuli that mimicked the psychological effects of cocaine. The modes of action were demonstrated to involve the stimulation of the pleasure centres in the brain.















Other scientific news this week.

Flatufonia. Is it genuine or just a load of hot air?

A paper by Christiansen (2008) for the first time has alluded to the musical and medical phenomenon known as “flatufonia”. The mechanisms of action are now thought to involve ingestion of vast quantities of pickled eggs and craft beer, resulting in gaseous emissions of unparalleled volume from the buttocks. Coupled with a rare mutation of the sphincter gene BUT-1, those bestowed with the gift of “flatufonia” can blow out candles at a distance of ten yards.

If you are Danish you can read more online. (Christiansen 2008).

No more bum blues.

In a paper by Saps et al 2013, the researcher and his team have demonstrated that 3D poo models produced an effective means of assisting gastric diagnoses in children. The current diagnostic scale – known as the Bristol scale – is not so child friendly, and the new poo models will provide a much better means of stool assessment.

It is understood that pet food manufacturers are also interested in the new model. DS106 participant and x-Waltham scientist V Rolfe (oh, that’s me), thought that the models might help with poo scaling in the development of new dog food. In one of her previous publications (Rolfe VE et al 2002) she discussed the limitations of a scale based on photographs alone. Using small plastic beads she was able for the first time ever to show a relationship between poo consistency and whole gut transit time. You can try this at home using sweet corn.







Laboratory research equipment used in the trial.





Photographic poo scoring system.

NASA 2013 Young Investigator of the Year!

Exciting news just in from NASA reveals that their Young Investigator for 2013 was none other than Mssss Talky Tina. Mssss Tina received Government Funding to investigate how long a shrimp can run on a treadmill. In previous notable work she has found the answers to a number of fundamental questions:

  • It’s a long way to Tipperary, but how long? The answer was 7,547 miles.
  • How deep is your love? 3.7 cm.
  • When will I see you again? When the pubs shut.
  • DS106 #4LIFE. Or is it? Yes.

Unusually, Mssss Talky Tina was unusually untalkative and was unable to provide a quote. Which was very unusual.











Mssss Tina in her laboratory.



TDC639 Combining two patterns

A quick daily create to combine two patterns into one photo. Well, neither a dog and a corn field are particularly patterns but I suspect it is what Spike might have been thinking a the time.

I was just putting him in the car to go and live with a friend because I’m renting and can’t have him. He is about 300 miles away as I write. He jumped onto the sofa and looked just how I felt.

Spike Cheesed Off


I hope he doesn’t miss me as half as much as I miss him.
I like to think that dogs dream and can imagine themselves out in the fields.
He now knows the sound of my car and when I pull up to see him he runs to the door.
Its been so long since I’ve seen him I start to think I’ll never see him again.


[Method: simply two images were combined in Fireworks. The field of corn was given more contrast. Spike was placed over the top at about 50% transparency. Spaniel dreams].