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knitted recycled converse shoes

I just came across this article whilst reading some rss feeds. BlueAndRedCows on the craftster.org message board has posted a pattern for knitting converse shoes. apparently her old ones broke, so she replaced the fabric/canvas upper shoe with a knitted piece. they look great!! and seem to be really popular on the site also. Boing Boing's just posted an article about them also so I guess they'll be really popular soon!

it's great to see hand made / craft items being made, especially when recycling your favourite pair of shoes. I had a pair of converse boots when I was younger and I used to love those shoes. I bought another of the shoe type connies a couple of years ago but they were ruined once when they got too wet so I had to throw them out (couldn't get rid of the smell :( )

here's some photos of the final product. below is the pattern in case it's removed from the forum.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=120442.msg1154164#msg1154164 is the url of the original forum message if you want to read the whole thread.

read more to see the pattern

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Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies


Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies is a biannually published, refereed journal. The journal covers the studies of music sciences, together with the studies of music and sound in the disciplines of humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, medical and engineering sciences. Our aim is to establish a wide range of interdisciplinary platform for the scholars studying on music and sound.

Radical Musicology Journal

Radical Musicology is a peer-reviewed online journal produced in the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University (UK). It was established to provide a forum for progressive thinking across the whole field of musical studies, and encourages work that draws on any and all relevant discipinary and interdisciplinary prespectives.

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latest happenings in the videoblogging world

I haven't had much time to read all the emails lately, especially those on the videoblogging yahoogroups as there's so many to wade through.

but here's a couple of things of interest

Richard BF has written a definition of videoblogging post

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There are some videoblogs which fall outside of my definition, which probably are videoblogs, and some which fall inside my definition which probably aren't. Where we cannot objectively draw the line, I'm suggesting that we subjectively draw instead upon the spirit of videoblogging:

*** Individuals creating personal media of a new genre and form, not being controlled by big media, and not simply reproducing that which is traditional in big media, such as television and movies.

So, for the sake of a definition, this is roughly what I think a videoblog is:

*** Short, personal, not for profit, mostly non-fictional, video on the web. Snapshots of life.

The last part is important. Last year I tried to popularise the term instant videoblogging. The idea being that videoblogs are created on a whim, not preplanned, just snapshots of life. I still believe this to be an important aspect of videoblogging.
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I like the succint definition - snapshots of life. I think this covers many styles of videoblogs, whether they be personal, art or more commercial as these are all facets of life.

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The other item I'd like to mention is the rise of collaborative efforts, or at least my participation in some collaborative projects.

We Are the Media had some challenges :

WATM Challenge 1: Half Second Clips

WATM Challenge 2: Parts of Things

WATM Challenge #3 - Hands

and a cool project from Susan was a collaborative video she made from video clips from 35 videobloggers who each chose one or more lines of the lyrics. people from all around the videoblogging world helped make the clips and Susan did a great job of combining them altogether.

The song is The Basement Song by Adam Ezra

watch the music video here

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The IDEA - Indian Documentary of Electronic Arts

The IDEA [Indian Documentary of Electronic Arts] is a very simple creative sharing matrix for e-Creative Practitioners and associated individuals & organizations from all over the world to share their works, visions, aspirations, experiments and communiqués, etc. on a common platform that can be distributed, retrieved and archived for the future. The 7 gazettes issued so far are also now hosted online by the e-music pioneer & composer (and Special Advisor to The AeA) Laurie Spiegel, at http://retiary.org/idea

Create Digital Motion website

Create Digital Motion is a webzine and community site for VJs and other producers of moving images. Their audience can read the latest news, tips, reviews, and features on digital video production and performance.

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Create Digital Music website

Create Digital Music is a webzine and community site for musicians using technology. Their audience can read the latest news, tips, reviews, and features on digital music making. As a change of pace from the usual, unfiltered product news, the site's indepedent contributors focus on ahead-of-the-curve tools, DIY music making, emerging trends, advanced software and experimental interfaces, gaming technology, retro 8-bit music, and other themes.

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Pixelpress

PixelPress' intent is to encourage documentary photographers, writers, filmmakers, artists, human rights workers and students to explore the world in ways that take advantage of the new possibilities provided by digital media. They seek a new paradigm of journalism, one that encourages an active dialogue between the author and reader and, also, the subject.

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