Asian Antiquities

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Week 7: Asian Antiquities & Fanfic Fantasy

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Chinese Fairy Tales

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29939/29939-h/29939-h.htm
or: http://www.worldoftales.com/Chinese_fairy_book.html

The fairy tales and legends of olden China have in common with the “Thousand and One Nights” an oriental glow and glitter of precious stones and gold and multicolored silks, an oriental wealth of fantastic and supernatural action. And yet they strike an exotic note distinct in itself. The seventy-three stories here presented after original sources, embracing “Nursery Fairy Tales,” “Legends of the Gods,” “Tales of Saints and Magicians,” “Nature and Animal Tales,” “Ghost Stories,” “Historic Fairy Tales,” and “Literary Fairy Tales,” probably represent the most comprehensive and varied collection of oriental fairy tales ever made available for American readers. There is no child who will not enjoy their novel color, their fantastic beauty, their infinite variety of subject.

Yet, like the “Arabian Nights,” they will amply repay the attention of the older reader as well. Some are exquisitely poetic, such as “The Flower-Elves,” “The Lady of the Moon” or “The Herd Boy and the Weaving Maiden”; others like “How Three Heroes Came By Their Deaths Because Of Two Peaches,” carry us back dramatically and powerfully to the Chinese age of Chivalry. The summits of fantasy are scaled in the quasi-religious dramas of “The Ape Sun Wu Kung” and “Notscha,” or the weird sorceries unfolded in “The Kindly Magician.” Delightful ghost stories, with happy endings, such as “A Night on the Battlefield” and “The Ghost Who Was Foiled,” are paralleled with such idyllic love-tales as that of “Rose of Evening,” or such Lilliputian fancies as “The King of the Ants” and “The Little Hunting Dog.” It is quite safe to say that these Chinese fairy tales will give equal pleasure to the old as well as the young. They have been retold simply, with no changes in style or expression beyond such details of presentation which differences between oriental and occidental viewpoints at times compel. It is the writer’s hope that others may take as much pleasure in reading them as he did in their translation.

Fredrick H. Martens – 1921

http://bs.dayabook.com/home/chinese-fairy-tales-chinese-fairy-tales

This little volume of Chinese fairy tales has been written by Dr. Herbert A. Giles, Professor of Chinese in the University of Cambridge, formerly British Consul at Ningpo China, and for twenty-six years resident in that country. It is intended as a companion to the Japanese fairy tales published in the same series.
It is very interesting to compare the tales in the two volumes. They are equally quaint and delightful, but the national spirit of the Chinese is very different from that of the Japanese, both being reflected in the stories in a thoroughly characteristic manner.
A. L. G.
Japanese Fairy Tales
http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/72/japanese-fairy-tales/ NOTE: Audio recordings included for each tale:

This week’s digital skills workshop: What is Art?

To assist festival-goers in further developing their digital literacy skills and establishing a personal digital identity, each week we highlight a different topic being sponsored by the Bank of DS106 Assignment with volunteer support from the Open DS106 community.  This week we offer “What is Art?”.

Rather than specifying “assignments” everyone is encouraged to learn more about the topic, What is Art?,  by visiting the Open DS106 Syllabus and choosing something to create from an array of Fanfic based digital projects. Each project links to examples of work completed by others.  They also include links to tutorials that can help you learn how to complete the work. By tagging your web related posts (either on the Burgeron Family blog or a personal blog) with both FanficAssignments and FanficAssignments#### your work will be added to the list of examples.  I found these tips for writing up ds106 Assignments in a blog post most helpful.

NOTE ==>: As of this posting there are only10 Fanfic Assignments listed. I know the #burgeron106  family and #prisoner106  village residents would provide a great service to future #DS106 ers by creating a few new assignments.

The Burgeron family blog is always available for posting. (If you need editor access or help let us know.) Or you can post to your own personal blog. Let us know there’s something new with a tweet tagged with #burgeron106 and posting a quick note at our DS106 Google+ Community.


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We invite you to visit any or all of the  Around the World workshops being held this year at the Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival.

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Tibetan Tales

The Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival is underway. Our weekly Around The World workshops are a place to learn more about a culture and to build your creative digital muscles.  Participate in a workshop anytime or dip your digital toes into all nine!

CHECK OUT THIS NEW RESOURCE: Open source video and other digital media for fair-goers to use in creating their art. http://pararchive.com/


Week 6: Tibetan Tales & YouTube Tribulations

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Mythology and Folklore UN-Textbook: http://mythfolklore.blogspot.com/2014/03/myth-folklore-unit-tibetan-folk-tales.html

tibetanfolktales“Overview. These Tibetan Folk Tales were collected by Albert Shelton, a doctor and explorer who lived in Tibet for two decades in the early 20th century; he died there in 1922, and his wife published this book in 1925 based on his notes. You will find Buddhist legends here, along with traditional stories of Tibetan gods and goddesses, as well as magicians and wonder-workers. There are stories of ghosts and demons, plus many animal stories, including animal tricksters like the frog who is able to trick a tiger, or the rabbit who is able to trick a lion. There are fairy-tale stories, too, along with stories of human drama, both comical and tragic. Each of the stories is prefaced by a Tibetan proverb, and there are lovely illustrations for many of the stories, as you can see here in the first story when the frog confronts the tiger.”


This week’s digital skills workshop: Making Movies

To assist festival-goers in further developing their digital literacy skills and establishing a personal digital identity, each week we highlight a different topic being sponsored by the Bank of DS106 Assignment with volunteer support from the Open DS106 community.  This week we suggest Making Movies.

NEW RESOURCE: Open source video and other digital media resource for fair-goers to use in creating their art. http://pararchive.com/

Rather than specifying “assignments” everyone is encouraged to learn more about the topic of, making movies,  by visiting the Open DS106 Syllabus and choosing something to create from an array of video based digital projects. Each project links to examples of work completed by others.  They also include links to tutorials that can help you learn how to complete the work. By tagging your posts (either on the Burgeron Family blog or a personal blog) with both VideoAssignments and VideoAssignments#### your work will be added to the list of examples.  I found these tips for writing up ds106 Assignments in a blog post most helpful.

The Burgeron family blog is always available for posting. (If you need editor access or help let us know.) Or you can post to your own personal blog. Let us know there’s something new with a tweet tagged with #burgeron106 and posting a quick note at our DS106 Google+ Community.


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What Do Fairy Tales Teach Our Children?

http://www.fairobserver.com/region/north_america/what-do-fairy-tales-teach-our-children-30487/

Today’s “fairy tales” are usually referring to the cleansed, safe versions found in Disney-trademarked stories that are filled with enchanted forests, singing birds, and happy endings. Many have no idea that traditional fairy tales, particularly the Grimm variety, fully intended to both frighten and instruct children in the harsh realities of life.

Some believe they should be banished. While others say that we should return to telling the stories as the Grimms and old lore told them — as warnings and morality tales. [Above excerpt adapted from the linked post.]

What do you think?


We invite you to visit any or all of the  Around the World workshops being held this year at the Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival.

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GIFfing North American Narratives

The Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival is underway. Our weekly Around The World workshops are a place to learn more about a culture and to build your creative digital muscles.  Participate in a workshop anytime or dip your digital toes into all nine!


Week 5: North American Narratives & Personal Cyber Infrastructure

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This week’s digital skills workshop: Personal Cyber Infrastructure

To assist festival-goers in further developing their digital literacy skills and establishing a personal digital identity, each week we highlight a different topic being sponsored by the Bank of DS106 Assignment with volunteer support from the Open DS106 community.  This week we offer “Personal Cyber Infrastructure”.

Rather than specifying “assignments” everyone is encouraged to learn more about the topic, Personal Cyber Infrastructure,  by visiting the Open DS106 Syllabus and choosing something to create from an array of animated GIF based digital projects. Each project links to examples of work completed by others.  They also include links to tutorials that can help you learn how to complete the work. By tagging your web related posts (either on the Burgeron Family blog or a personal blog) with both AnimatedGIFAssignments and AnimatedGIFAssignments#### your work will be added to the list of examples.  I found these tips for writing up ds106 Assignments in a blog post most helpful.

The Burgeron family blog is always available for posting. (If you need editor access or help let us know.) Or you can post to your own personal blog. Let us know there’s something new with a tweet tagged with #burgeron106 and posting a quick note at our DS106 Google+ Community.


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“The fairy tale makes a universal appeal both to old and young; to the young because it is the natural world in which their fancy delights to range, and to the old because they are conscious again of the spirit of youth as they read such tales to their children and grandchildren over and over again and rejoice in the illusion that after all there is not a great difference of age which separates the generations.

The fairy tale makes this universal appeal because it deals with the elemental in our natures that is the same in every age and in every race. In the Canadian Tales …. gathered from Indian sources, we find the same types of character and scenes of adventure that we do in the tales of the German forests, of Scandinavia, England or France.

There is in us all an instinctive admiration for the adventurous spirit of the fairy tale which challenges the might that is cruel and devastating, and for the good offices of the fairies which help to vindicate the cause of the noble in its conflict with the ignoble, right with wrong.

The origin of the fairy tale is to be traced always to the early stages of civilization, and it is very gratifying to be assured from time to time that man possesses certain natural impulses which spring from an inherent sense of honour, and the desire to redress the wrongs of the world.”
-JOHN GRIER HIBBEN (Link to source)

Read more fairy tales here: http://fairytalez.com/


We invite you to visit any or all of the  Around the World workshops being held this year at the Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival.

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We Can’t All Be Jim Groom – the Fairy Tale

Bernie and I were trying to figure out how to tackle Hans Christian Anderson and writing week. The stories do not remind us at all of Danny Kaye and the slapstick and singing.

As a young girl Bernie would have Rocky and Bullwinkle tuned in on the TV for me to watch – so “Fractured Fairy tales” were always a favorite. It might have been the twist of humor or the current day references in the fairy tale format that grabbed us.

We had thought of trying to tell a Fairy Tale from the point of view of another character much as has been done with The 3 Little Pigs and the Wolf’s story.

Did we mention – writing things like stories that are not based on experience, news releases or documentation, was one of the areas that doesn’t come easy?  – – -So from that memory of fractured fairy tales and taking things we knew about and expanding on them to create a story,  the fairy tale of the DS106 and the Ed Administrator aka- We can’t All be Jim Groom came to be. It may not be along the lines of most of the festival – but for a night on the porch of something a little different – hope you enjoy.
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Download the PDF File to read the story.

We also pushed ourselves a little as the PR department has been pretty much visual and print so far, so we did a reading of the story.

We  did work with Flip Builder Pro and created a Flip book that links to the media. Not too many bells and whistles, but a start on learning the features of the tool.  We are going to have to check in with NanaLou’s grand daughter, Rochelle on how to get the flip book shared – we have been running into some technical hiccups.

(more details on how it was developed)

The emperor’s new clothes

“What is this?” thought the emperor, “I do not see anything at all. That is terrible! Am I stupid? Am I unfit to be emperor? That would indeed be the most dreadful thing that could happen to me.” “Really,” he said, turning to the weavers, “your cloth has our most gracious approval;” and nodding contentedly he looked at the empty loom, for he did not like to say that he saw nothing.

Hans Christian Andersen (1837)

This must be the earliest recorded case of Impostor Syndrome! The emperor does not even trust his own eyes and walks out naked to meet the crowd. The people around him claiming to see the most beautiful suit even as they see him naked. Only a child on seeing him speaks the truth. The crowd turns on him and points at his naked body. The tale ends, in its original format, with the emperor saying ‘I must bear this till the end’. Even if I know I am naked and the crowd knows I am naked, and I know they know I am naked, I must keep up the pretence of being dressed until the end.

I happen to have loved this tale as a kid. Themes in it echo those of The Prisoner in the next village where I am working at the hospital. Who can tell the most convincing lie? How having hierarchical power does not inoculate you from even the prisoner telling a good tale that can destroy you; the importance of what ‘a majority’ chooses to see and how that majority is easily convinced that white is black and black is now white. Questioning everything constantly and believing nothing.

I guess I will be having lots of sessions with the family this week after such disheartening messages about how humans can behave towards each other. I have my memory machine ready to record and also some tapes to show them memories of the great kindness and trust the family has shown to others now and in past generations.

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Behind the scenes

Thank you to the lovely Jonah Stern for allowing me to remix his lovely image for this assignment. Thank you to our retired eminence in the other village for his animated gif that gave me just the right frame to transform and adapt to fit inside the coat. Little questions marks a png file put in place with free transform. Village font for the alternative take on the ‘I am not a number!’ the prisoner constantly repeats. Hoping I can add this to the ‘minimalist book cover’ assignment with a twist!

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In Nana We Trust

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The Puffin Fairy Flock gave a fascinating Ted Talk on the new Speed Learn technology they acquired from The General over at the #Prisoner106 Village. With Speed Learn you can trust us that you will learn an entire three year course of material in just 3 minutes. This is the first use outside of the #prisoner106 Village aiding the #burgeron106 Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival attendees to take in the vast amount of fairy tale literature being presented at the festival.

Brought to you by the #burgeron106 puffin flock, NanaLou,  #prisoner106 and  DS106 VisualAssignments316SpeedLearn_NanaLou_Poster


About TED Talks

Thier Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, they’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

In fact, everything they do — from their TED Talks videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

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Hangin’ With Hans

The Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival is underway. Our weekly Around The World workshops are a place to learn more about a culture and to build your creative digital muscles.  Participate in a workshop anytime or dip your digital toes into all nine!


Week 4: Hans Christian Andersen & Writing Your Own Tales

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This may be the only resource you’ll need.  Wow…. it is comprehensive yet quite accessible http://hca.gilead.org.il/

But if you’d like to save some time (so you can make more art) take a trip to this site: http://www.shmoop.com/hans-christian-andersen/


This week’s digital skills workshop: Writing – Digital Storytelling

To assist festival-goers in further developing their digital literacy skills and establishing a personal digital identity, each week we highlight a different topic being sponsored by the Bank of DS106 Assignment with volunteer support from the Open DS106 community.  This week we offer “What Mean Ye Digital Storytelling?“.

Rather than specifying “assignments” everyone is encouraged to learn more about the topic, Writing – Digital Storytelling,  by visiting the Open DS106 Syllabus and choosing something to create from an array of writing based digital projects. Each project links to examples of work completed by others.  They also include links to tutorials that can help you learn how to complete the work. By tagging your web related posts (either on the Burgeron Family blog or a personal blog) with both WritingAssignments and WritingAssignments#### your work will be added to the list of examples.  I found these tips for writing up ds106 Assignments in a blog post most helpful.

The Burgeron family blog is always available for posting. (If you need editor access or help let us know.) Or you can post to your own personal blog. Let us know when there’s something new with a tweet tagged #burgeron106 and posting a quick note to our DS106 Google+ Community.


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What’s the difference between Hans & the Grimm Brothers? Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who were academics and lawyers and were initially collecting stories as a part of their linguistics research, Hans Christian Andersen was an entertainer and wrote his own original tales.

Read more…

1fairytalesstoriesofhanschristianandersen“His initial attempts at writing fairy tales were revisions of stories that he heard as a child. Andersen then brought this genre to a new level by writing a vast number of fairy tales that were both bold and original. Initially they were not met with recognition, due partly to the difficulty in translating them and capturing his genius for humor and dark pathos.”

Sound familiar? It’s not our writing, it’s the reader’s difficulty in capturing our genius for humor and dark pathos. 😉  Take a crack at it.  Write your own fairy tales this week.


We invite you to visit any or all of the  Around the World workshops being held this year at the Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival.

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NanaLou’s Digital Fridge

As a kid having your prized #Burgeron106 art projects posted onto NanaLou’s refrigerator meant it was “real” art.  I’ve always been oh so proud of my family’s creative masterpieces –  no matter what their age. But these days things are different. How can a refrigerator magnet attach an audio or video file? Or, heaven forbid, an interactive digital media project?  Ol’ NanaLou has figured it out with my new “digital fridge” that can display any of my family’s art projects. Simply click an image on the fridge door to find out more.

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NOTE: For an optimal user experience, use a computer rather than a mobile device to interact with my digital fridge door.


The hardest part about making this digital refrigerator door with the image mapper software was (through trial and error) figuring out I needed to make my original image 600px wide.  Anything bigger than that wouldn’t map correctly when it was actually displayed on our blog.

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#Burgeron106 Fridge Magnet

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Icelandic Imagery

The Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival is underway. Our weekly Around The World workshops are a place to learn more about a culture and to build your creative digital muscles.  Participate in a workshop anytime or dip your digital toes into all nine!


Week 3: Icelandic Imagery & Visual Storytelling

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This week’s digital skills workshop: Telling Stories in Photos

To assist festival-goers in further developing their digital literacy skills and establishing a personal digital identity, each week we highlight a different topic being sponsored by the Bank of DS106 Assignment with volunteer support from the Open DS106 community.  This week we offer “Telling Stories in Photos“.

Rather than specifying “assignments” everyone is encouraged to learn more about the topic, Telling Stories In Photos,  by visiting the Open DS106 Syllabus and choosing something to create from an array of visual based digital projects. Each project links to examples of work completed by others.  They also include links to tutorials that can help you learn how to complete the work. By tagging your web related posts (either on the Burgeron Family blog or a personal blog) with both VisualAssignments and Visual Assignments#### your work will be added to the list of examples.  I found these tips for writing up ds106 Assignments in a blog post most helpful.

The Burgeron family blog is always available for posting. (If you need editor access or help let us know.) Or you can post to your own personal blog. Let us know there’s something new with a tweet tagged with #burgeron106 and posting a quick note at our DS106 Google+ Community.


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dwarfs-49804_1280Icelandic tales tell of enigmatic elves and other beings – some horrible, some milder. Many folktale motifs of Norwegian folklore may be found too. The somewhat darker tone of Icelandic tales presumably reflects Icelandic ways of life earlier. Folktales illustrate, explain, warn and entertain. Ghosts and fairies pop up to such ends, as do trolls and giants.

As it is, strange tales can instil respect for nature and creatures, or imagined spirits of many sorts. Values can be passed on to children to show them some ways of their ancestors. [Source: http://oaks.nvg.org/icalesin.html]

Image: https://pixabay.com/en/dwarfs-imp-dwarf-garden-gnome-49804/


We invite you to visit any or all of the  Around the World workshops being held this year at the Bovine County Fairy Tale Festival.

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“A fairy tale, or wonder tale, is a kind of folktale or fable. In these stories we meet witches and queens, giants and elves, princes, dragons, talking animals, ogres, princesses, and sometimes even fairies. Marvelous and magical things happen to characters in fairy tales.” [Source]


TOC for the Folk-stories of Iceland: http://www.vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/Text%20Series/Folk-stories.pdf

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The Porch: Celtic Series Poster- All around the region!

The Porch: Celtic Series 2015 Poster

NanaLou has again made sure all family is entertained and enriched during the summer retreat. The Family Story Time under Dr. M’s Treehouse is underway and the kids are happy! They await the next story with great anticipation.

After the kids are settled into bed, the adults gather at “The Porch”, usually around sunset to share, jabber, and socialize. There are some pre-scheduled performances and also just some impromtu improv that can be stories, music and much more!

NanaLou has told us that there is a story and song brewing that involves our own Anna Cow and her admirer – Super Moo.

To make sure all family and friends know the debut is coming, a poster has been created by the PR team and will be put up around the county. Virtual attendance is encouraged for non-family so that you have the best seat in the house. Watch for the announcement when it will be available!

Celtic Series Poster