Thursday, December 30, 2010

Blog Ch #30: It's a Wrap!

KC and I had great plans for a big finale, but instead I'm showing a little end of challenge film with #1 Son.  The challenge has been way awesome.  There has been a drawback, however and it is this.  When I make something, (glog, animasher, vuvox, voice thread, movie, podcast) I get obsessed with watching it a million times.  I try to stop but I can't.  I need to learn how to gain perspective on my amazing creativity.
But on the good side, we did meet the traits of the participatory culture, (Jenkins, 2006) I do believe.  I will state them thusly:

  • Relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement?  I think anyone who has watched my Care Bear Car animation can agree that expressive barriers were quite low.  Perhaps even nonexistent.

  • Strong support for creating and sharing one's work with others?  Though I rarely (never) felt that I created something extraordinary, I always felt supported and encouraged.  Thanks, pallies!  

  • Informal mentorship?  I learned from everyone and tried many new sites as a result of reading your new media entries.  Yay.

  • Members believe their contributions matter?  I appreciated everyone's comments and I tried to comment on everyone else's entries. I liked that we made that part of the challenge.  

  • Members feel some degree of social connection?  Obv.  I think of the readers as members as well.  It would be kind of neat if we all went out and got the same tattoo so we could always remember this literacy challenge. 
I do like a bulleted list.  At any rate, this was a great challenge and I'm going to try to keep challenging myself to be creative on the blog and other places in the coming year.  Happy New Year, Dears!

Penultimate Blog Challenge #29: NEW CAR

Geez louise, I've spent too much time trying to upload music to this vuvox about the new car

I've got to let it go.  I wanted to be playing Katy Perry's FIREWORKS in the background because I've heard that's a very inspirational song.  So please try to imagine that song playing while you watch. Or sing it yourself if you happen to know it.  

The new car is a manual transmission and I'm happy about that.  We used to have a corolla that was manual transmission and I enjoyed the driving of it.  Buying the new car was not too stressful.  We said a price, they said a price.  We started walking out the door.  They ran after us and gave us a new price.  We shook hands.  The car dealer guy was a parent of a kid at the compound, so that was a little weird.  But it's here and I think I'm going to be the primary driver of this new car.  I really love it. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blog Ch 27: Zine Book Review

This is kind of neat.  I read a book and then made a little open zine reaction to it.  Check it out, peeps.  And read that book if you want to!

Will Grayson Will Grayson - lheffern

Monday, December 27, 2010

Blog Ch 26: Care Bear Car

Care Bear Car by lheffern

Make your own| Clone and edit

Saw this care bear car recently. I love it. We need to buy a car. We looked at a used car today. We brought it to a dealer to check out the mechanics of the car. They looked it over and said that the car was not a good one to buy. So then we started thinking about buying a new car. But maybe the dealer mechanics are discouraging about all used cars so that peeps get nervous and buy new. It's super hard to deal with this situation. If I had this care bear car, all my problems would be solved.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Blog Ch 25: LUPE!

#1 Son and I made this brief film about the greatest dog in town, Guadelupe.  Check it out

Friday, December 24, 2010

Blog Ch 24: War Is Over

I always like hearing this song this time of year. I think it's probably the only Christmas
anti war song, but maybe not, I'm not sure. Today was a good day of traditions. My mom spent the day cooking pies. DailyRos baked cookies. I tried to keep the kitchen tidy. Brotherman and Sistuh, B and B met us for lunch. A few hours of wrapping in the afternoon. We watched It's a Wonderful Life. You've gotta love Mr. Potter. He's just a crank through and through. Right this very moment, my mom's at midnight mass and good man Husbandman accompanied her. I'm going to owe him for this one. What a nicey.

Hope everyone gets something nice in their stockings. And so, happy Xmas.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Blog Ch 23: Glogster Movie Review

We saw THIS FINE MOVIE today.  I don't usually enjoy fighting movies, but
this was fabulous.  As you can see from this glog, I especially appreciated
Christian Bale's fine performance. All the actors are good.  It's all based on a true
story, the story of fighter brothers Micky Ward and Dicky Ecklund.

As an aside, I've always wanted to go to Lowell to tour the textile mill museums. The Lowell
mill girls fought for fair working conditions.  Lowell.  Another hardscrabble town.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blog Ch 22: Interview with G.S. Scholar

I made a little interview video over here on You Tube.  Inserted annotations.  Fairly pleased with myself.  Having trouble with non blogging challenge productivity. We leave for Georgia in the morning and we are not packed at all.  But everything seems to get done eventually.

Blog Ch 21 Prezi Book Response

I tried to embed the PREZI book response I made BUT, the formatting was all wonky, so I'm
just LINKING to the PREZI RIGHT HERE!  Check it out.  It's about Jeannette's book.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blog Ch 20 Sketch Up

I'm learning a lot with this challenge.  I learned how to make this guy on Sketch Up and then I figured out how to do a screenshot, something I'd never done before.
Tomorrow I'll probably work on a podcast or glogster poster about Glass Castle.  So hard to know how I feel about those weirdo parents.  The author is so darn zenlike cheerful in all the interviews I read tonight.  I will need a new book recommendation, so please get on that asap.  Thanks, dolls.

Blog Ch 19 PhotoBooth Writers

If you click here you'll see some first grade writers.

I'm not too happy that the foto booth wouldn't embed here, but that's okay.  Now you all get to see
DailyRos looking cute as can be.
Our school has started using the Daily 5 book to structure our Reader's Workshop.  I love walking into classrooms and seeing the kiddos working on their literacy all over the place.  D5 rocks.

Blog Ch 18 Animation?

Testing by lheffern

Make your own| Clone and edit

Not sure even what to call this.  All I know is that DailyRos's pals encouraged me to try some 3D gif animation of some photos for my next blogging challenge.  This is not 3D gif animation, but it's getting late, and sometimes you have to settle.
Good news: That Love and Other Drugs movie is okay.  Not great, but some fine chemistry between the principals.
Also, Husbandman and I played darts at a local saloon this evening.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BlogCh #17 VoiceTHREAD!

I have a little voice thread going on over here.

It's another tiger theme, but I used the drawing tool, which makes it kind of interesting.

3 more days til vacation.  We really haven't bought any gifties yet, which is a problem.  Sure it's important to buy gifts for family members, but the blogging challenge is super important too.  And I honor my commitments.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

BlogCh #16 Podcast Book Review

I made a podcast about Patti Smith's book, Just Kids, but I guess it's too big to upload to my other
podcasting blog.  Please advise, participatory culture members!

Also, you may be wondering, why has leeway skipped Blog Challenge 15?  Well, come to find out, I had two 11's!  Rather than go back and edit titles, I'm just skipping 15.  Fair?  Fair!

I've been checking out a LOT of Mapplethorpe's photography since I finished Just Kids.  Frank Rich has a great piece today about the Smithsonian's oppressive censorship of a film by David Wojnarowicz, an artist who was killed by AIDS in 1992.  Rich writes a bit about Mapplethorpe in his piece about artists and AIDS and censorship and societal cruelty and neglect.  My brother Glenn died of AIDS in 1988.  Patti's book brought back memories of what a hard death AIDS is and made me feel again our terrible loss of friendship, creativity, kindness, love and fun that was Glenn Timothy Heffernan.

I wish I could play you the podcast because I actually purchased, imported and edited two Smith songs and they could really get you pumped up.

POSTED HOURS LATER:  Here's the podcast peeps, over at my new tumblr:

I talk about having a lucky day today in this podcast and we ended up having a very lucky event happen.  #1 son
had a bad car accident with the miniature van, but he is NOT HURT and neither is anyone else.
Stars aligning, angels calling.  (You'll know what I mean when you hear the cast).

Saturday, December 11, 2010

BlogCh #14: PummelVision

My Pummelvision from Lee heffernan on Vimeo.

Thanks to Good Pal Menosky for telling me about Pummelvision.
 I knew all those web cam photos would come in handy some day.

Friday, December 10, 2010

BlogCh #13: Unabashed Liberal Wordle

Wordle: Unabashed Liberal

I'm a reader of this blog so I decided to make a wordle with the URL. If
you click on the wordle you can see the important concepts covered here.
UL always keeps us on our toes and I'm glad for that.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

BlogCh#12: Animoto

Create your own video slideshow at

More creativity.  I made a little Animoto movie with some fotos.
Our downtown square always looks very beautiful this time of year.
I'm enjoying the season so far.  Especially all the lights.

BlogCh #11: GPMs Collage

Good pal Menosky used PIKNIK to join my foto of #1 with her foto which is called Jazz In Motion.
I love it.  And I still get credit for the blogging challenge because I had to save it and embed it here in alittleleeway.
Today was a long day because I went to a "Literacy Cohort" meeting at ye olde administratione buildinge.  I was looking forward to a night of trying to embed some media literacy, but come to find out, #1 son has a jazz concert at ye olde highe schoole.  I wasn't going to go but maybe I will.  This will involve getting out of my pajamas, but that's the kind of sacrifice I'm willing to make for my child.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

BloggingChallenge#11: Prezi Story About My Weird Dream

Blog Ch10 A Fascinating YouTube Video

Amy Krause Rosenthal tweeted this today and I really liked it.
I wonder if this family is still doing this every day. I took about 300 facebook
webcam fotos one year. Maybe I could put them together into something like this?

Monday, December 06, 2010

Blog Ch9Russell Brand: Booky Wook 2--This Time Its Personal - The Treatment on KCRW

Russell Brand: Booky Wook 2--This Time Its Personal - The Treatment on KCRW

Hey, I've worked on TWO pieces of embedded literacy media in the past 2 days: a museum box and a voice thread.
Could not embed either one.

Yes, I'm ticked off, but I'm going to keep on with strength and stamina.

In the meantime, I really enjoyed listening to Russell Brand on The Treatment, my new favorite podcast.

You may as well.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Blogging Challenge #8: Common Assessment

Tonight I had a meeting with the Splendid Second Grade teachers.  We talked about their common assessment that has to be given tomorrow.  The teachers were talking about how they wish our assessments could have more illustrations to support struggling readers.  Happy to tell you all that I
took some photos from the text with photo booth, edited them with iPhoto, and then inserted them into a text for a test the second graders are sure to love.  Rocking the technology in Common Assessment Land!

The Astronauts

 From a Lynda Barry book, I've used the idea to have the Thirdlanders draw self portraits on occasion.  Draw yourself as Batman, a monst...