Write a story in the form of a recipe.

Think of the characters, setting as ingredients, and the instructions as the arc of the narrative. It can be baked to a happy ending or get burned in the oven, your choice.

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How I learned about ds106 and learned to love making art with friends

Written by Christina Hendricks (@clhendricksbc) on August 20, 2013 12:44 am
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You’ve got to start off with a bit of extra time. This stuff can’t be done too quickly, because it requires time to mix together, sink in, develop its richness of flavour and texture. Don’t be in a rush or you won’t get the best result.

1. Take a microblogging social media app—most any will do, though some suck a lot more than others. There’s one for one of those tablet things where the “search” function for a hashtag only gets you like 4 or 5 microblogs. That one is pretty useless. Try another one.
You’ll actually need some earlier preparation for this one…I should’ve told you that beforehand. Find people to follow who share your interests and who send some links your way that you find interesting. This is one of the parts that takes awhile. You did set aside time, right?

2. Watch that app for microblogs. That could take awhile too. There are lots of them. Sift carefully, but quickly. You don’t need to read every one. You’ll find what you’re looking for eventually.

3. Wait until you find one that leads you to an online course that looks interesting. You’ve set aside time, right? This could take months. Keep looking. Find it. Sign up.

4. Add some Alec Couros, some Howard Rheingold, Audrey Watters, Doug Belshaw, Jim Groom, Brian Lamb, Michael Branson Smith, Tom Woodward, Zack Dowell and some Alan Levine (others are good too; those are the ones I remember adding before when it turned out nicely). Don’t forget the other course participants, who are I think the most important part (but whose names I’ll leave out here because you may find other ones). Add more of those than you think you should; they make the whole thing so much better.
Mix thoroughly, and sprinkle liberally with your own blog posts, your comments on others’ posts, their comments on yours, some microblog chats, and a social network with hangouts. This will help add your own flavour to the mix, spice it up, make it your creation.
Things may get a little gummy and hard to stir at this point, but keep trying. You may have to stop and scrape the sides a bit, and possibly add some time off just hanging out in the open air, or doing a lipdub. It’ll all come together in a smooth way eventually. You set aside time, right?

5. When that course is all mixed together and “finished,” take the connections you’ve made and sift them together into a separate bowl. Take some collaborative projects and whip them into stiff peaks, then fold into the connections. These will be the icing on the cake.

6. At this point you may think it looks ready to bake, but wait. It can be even better! Since it looks so good right now, find another course that Alan Levine, Jim Groom, Brian Lamb, Tom Woodward. Michael Branson Smith and Zack Dowell told you about, and try that one. Sure, you may think you’re not good enough, or you may feel intimidated by the great work people have done in the course, but that’s bullshit. Try it anyway.
Add 106 dashes of this course, but as you’re dropping it in, recognize that it’s more a community than a course. Savour the interactions as you create artworks one by one, having more and more fun the more you learn.

7. Time to get this thing in the oven! While it’s baking, make some animated GIFs. Learn a whole lot about GIMP and layers and animations. Learn even more about the fantastic people you’re making art with and how much you love doing this stuff with them.

106 minutes later and…it’s done? No! It’s never done. It’s #4life.

Not Your Average Shortbread

Written by Cris Crissman @Cris2B on August 19, 2013 11:53 pm
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So what’s a goody two-shoes like you doing in this neighborhood? Slumming, uh?

Hey, I made be gluten-free all-purpose flour but I’m no holier-than-thou. I like a little butter and sugar sometimes.

Oh, yeah? Well, what do you have in mind?

Well, something sweet but not cloyingly so. Something a bit more sophisticated.

Hmmmm. I’m in.

Cool. So we’ll take a cup of me, a stick of you, Buttercup. Toss in one-half cup of the dame over there who calls herself confectionery. And a pinch of salt. And for the greenies out there, let’s add a teaspoon of lemon zest, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a half teaspoon of lime zest. Now for the secret, well, at least most unexpected ingredient — are you ready for this? — 2 tablespoons of sliced basil. That’s right. Make your Italian mama proud!

And what kind of concoction is this? Sweet stuff plus basil?

Just the most delectable shortbread you’ve ever had. Who knew shortbread could be so gluten-free friendly?

The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Written by JanWeb3 on August 19, 2013 10:33 pm
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* One small village on the Colombian Caribbean coast
* One Catholic family with a sick and feverish child
* One very old man with enormous wings who may or may not be an angel
* Arachne
* A whole bottle of magic realism
* A variety of very foolish human beings

Place the old decrepit man in the backyard of the simple family and maybe transfer him to a chicken coop while everyone figures out whether he is an angel or not. Add a dash of magic realism and stir well. Ask the neighbor of the family ( who knows everything about life and death) to make sense of the old man who may speak Latin or Aramaic, according to the village priest. Check to see whether the child’s fever has gone down since the arrival of the very old man; if not, add more magic realism to the recipe. Take Arachne and her story ( she challenged Athena’s weaving) and break it into pieces, adding bits of the sad myth as needed until the child’s fever subsides. Meanwhile, charge the locals entrance fees to see the ‘angel’ in the backyard and gain some profit from your efforts as locals debate the purpose of the angel’s appearance on earth. If the locals can’t decide on the reason for the unknown, add the rest of the bottle of magic realism until the angel flies away and appears only as a tiny dot on the horizon.

My apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Scrambled Egg

Written by Rochelle Lockridge (@Rockylou22) on August 19, 2013 9:55 pm
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1 Laying Goose
1 Large anthropomorphized egg
1 Tall wall
Huge heaping of King Horse’s & King’s Men
Running dish & spoon

1. Balance egg atop wall
2. Gently fold in the mother goose
3. Let egg fall to crack
4. Apply all the King’s horses and all the King’s men
-to remove any shell
-capture a dish & spoon as they run by

5. Allow remaining egg to cook on hot sidewalk, stirring often with the spoon
6. Remove cooked egg and serve immediately on dish with spoon.

For an animated version of this recipe visit: http://youtu.be/qkMvhDiWdUc

Little Mermaid Cake

Written by madamezubidar on August 19, 2013 4:07 pm
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1 mermaid
1 clueless prince
1 sea witch (octopus tentacles preferred, more flavorful)
1 innocent princess
1 Jamaican crab (optional)
1 ship
1 cursed knife

1. When mermaid turns 15, allow to go to surface for a day.
2. Mermaid will see drowning prince, save him. Mermaid may sing to him, but must return to water before he wakes up.
3. Mermaid goes to see sea witch. Remove voice. Mix voice thoroughly with sea witch.
4. Split mermaid’s tail in two to form legs. She may seem in pain, ignore this.
5. Mermaid will go to surface and find prince.
6. Mermaid will dance a lot for prince, will be in a lot of pain. Wait for king to announce arranged marriage.
7. Prince meets bride-to-be. Realizes she is the girl he is in love with.
8. Prince marries bride on ship.
9. Sisters of mermaid trade hair to sea witch for cursed knife. Give knife to mermaid on ship.
10a. (Glaze Option 1) Mermaid kills prince with knife. Washes feet in his blood to become mermaid again and return to ocean.
10b. (Glaze Option 2) Mermaid jumps into ocean, killing herself. Body turns into sea foam.

Headless Soup

Written by @todd_conaway on August 19, 2013 12:45 pm
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Some things take time. Some of the best things take some preparation time. The best things take 106 minutes. Sunny days along the coast are rare, like good steak, and when they arrive having the right ingredients is crucial.

To test the wind, throwing basil, about 1 cup chopped up, into the air to find the direction helps. You could even thing deeply about it and use sage. But thinking deeply when you really don’t need any leaves you with some thyme. And you’ll do better with 6 cups of that stuff all chopped up.

The meat and bones of the day may be 106 headless bodies with the clothing removed. And when the sun breaks through the fog, 106 heads with facial hair removed can make even the nastiest day brighter.

Jim had seen enough of the coast to know he was going to need at least a 106 gallon saucepan to get beyond the breakers. Out in the murky distance he could hear the roiling and boiling of the water. He hoped that the saucepan would come to that boiling point just as the all of the spices where hitting his system.

Thankfully, today the swim team was only going to the buoy and back rather than the longer swim down the coast to the pier. So everything happened fast once the bodies hit the water. As the bodies were thrown in he could see the heads following and screaming against the heat of the water. It reminded him of the screams of lobsters when tossed into the boiling kettle.

After the 106 minute swim, the bodies and heads were pulled from the water and served on 106 grams of GIF peanut butter.