Recently he has worked with his audience to create a series of projects based on shared emotions such as pain, fear and the pang of nostalgia. Frank works as a consultant on audience engagement and a public speaker on the subject of the virtual life. In , he returned to the internet airwaves with A Show.
To break up a dense and early morning session all about Us, performance artist Ze Frank wants to do a quick human test. He asks you to raise your hand when a question applies. Answer honestly. This is a safe space. Have you […]. Who are we? What are we doing here? Such thoughts plague more than just angst-filled teenagers. Here […].
But what about the wit of crowds? Could a vast network of volunteer writers from around the globe be funnier than a lone comedy writer in a one-bedroom apartment in Cobble Hill? Frank thought that farming out his script would provide some answers. Which explains why at 11 a. Frank said between takes. Frank he pronounces his first name "zay," derived from his real name, Hosea is an interesting point man for the nascent craft of Wikicomedy. He grew up in Albany and got a degree from Brown University, where he studied neuroscience.
In , he whipped up an online montage of silly dance moves called "How to Dance Properly," and sent it to 17 friends. They in turn forwarded it to others, and it became an Internet phenomenon: Within a week it had been viewed more than a million times, a huge number for a personal Web page. Frank said he felt an incredible rush from all that Web traffic.
Over the next few years, Mr. Frank said, he tried all sorts of different gags on his site, including videos on how to act convincingly and how to impress a date. Though he never quite recaptured the traffic of that initial video, Mr.
Frank built a loyal audience of readers and viewers. This year, Mr. Frank made a pledge to produce a three-minute show for his Web site every weekday for a year. Exactly what that would entail, Mr. Frank said, he had no idea.
But on March 17, he began what he called "The Show. Frank starts each day's show from scratch. He begins the morning by riffing to himself on the news, his life and anything else that comes to mind. Sometime around midmorning, Mr. Frank begins taping. He sometimes puts his thoughts to music, but usually he delivers his material with the zeal of a radio pitchman.
His signature gag is to repeat some bit of news he finds absurd and to cut quickly to a shot of himself in an exaggerated Three Stooges-style expression of confusion. He posts "The Show" around 1 in the afternoon, and for the rest of the day, goes about cobbling together a living, doing speaking engagements, consulting for technology companies, and doing anything else he can think of to earn a dollar. Frank said. Meanwhile, comments start pouring in. Most are simple congratulations, or questions for Mr.
Frank, which he sometimes answers on later episodes, much as David Letterman does. Occasionally, viewers will offer suggestions or lament that Mr. Frank has abandoned a gag they enjoyed. And some comments are simply brutal critiques, like the one by a man who posted that his 7-year-old son's MySpace page made for better viewing.
All the feedback started Mr. Frank thinking, and he decided to turn his show over to his viewers. He offered them no guidance, and promised to perform their script faithfully, so long as it was under three minutes long, and required no nudity. Frank announced his challenge on Friday, June 2, and soon had the first contribution to the script, which required him to call himself a vulgarity repeatedly at the start of the show.
So the dancing baby and things like that. So I looked at the ubiquity of the Flash Player install is this really great opportunity to get videos out there. So I started messing around with compression and really crunching down video files, like exporting them frame by frame, and then running them through Photoshop filters. That became this massive viral sensation.
It was in the first handful of big viral things and I was hooked. So I stopped working and just started to devote my time to recapturing that virality. And that meant that I had tried everything. I tried to copy myself, I did all sorts of things, and then I just started playing. I challenged myself to try to do a project every day and that could be a piece of writing or other things.
Some of the projects took a little longer, but I released something almost every day. So instead of making an animation or a video, creating tools that other people could use to feel creative. What was so special about it? Did you know?
I think that you look at the content itself outside of the context of what was happening. I mean, my best guess is that there was very little video online, the Flash Player, for example. So there was a kind of an oddity about it. I was trying to figure out how you could emulate sketchy pencil drawings, but in an algorithmic way.
So some of them would kind of circle around themselves until they found another point and some of them would try to edge detect and things like that, and that became very popular and a number of other folks did some really great work, sort of extending that way of thinking. There was a flower maker. You could grow gardens. So if you made a flower, you would save it with the name of the flower and then where it was made, and then you could grow these gardens and see all the different flowers that were made from people around the world.
You made something almost every single day. What was the goal behind that? Were you trying to make money off of it? Were you looking for another job to kind of supplement this? How are you able to afford making awesome toys every day? The first is there was no real goal. But what I knew was that there was a way to connect with massive amounts of people. But on the other hand, there was a scene, I would say. So a lot of really interesting people had taken to the medium and were making really cool stuff.
I got to kind of be part of a group of people that were playing in this space and that drove me to stick with it and to make money. I mean, I made banners for lotto. I did whatever I could to make money. How long did that period last? I also got pretty heavily into things that involve participation, asking people to submit photos and all these kinds of things.
Then I started doing some speaking around it and eventually the curator of a TED Conference saw one of them in I forget which one. I did my first TED Talk about the projects that I had put together, but I did it kind of as a performance and that led to my signing with a speaking agency, then I had a little bit more stability in my income, which really allowed me to focus on the work. Can you paint us a picture of what the internet looked like in those days? I distinctly remember logging more hours in Quake, the online game, than my job at that point, but I still had a new car smell to it.
I mean, I think that the industry was just really starting at that point. You had a lot of digital agencies. It was the kind of cool thing to do. You started to hear about these young people that were becoming millionaires and there was a pretty vibrant, interactive art scene going on.
People like Josh Davis really started to popularize coding and art as this sort of cross section. You had places like Eyebeam in New York City, which were these kinds of collaborative digital arts spaces, people like Adam Frank were doing really amazing kinds of motion capture projects, and it was just an incredibly exciting time, despite all the limitations.
I mean, I remember saving my games to audio tape back in the day and then prior to that, when I was sort of in middle school playing some of these early video games and being on these back sort of IRC type channels and things like that. Become an operator, save the cloud. MongoDB Atlas automates deployment, updates, scaling, and more so that you can focus on your application instead of taking care of your database.
You can get started free at mongodb. Stop managing your database and start using MongoDB Atlas. Doing a project today is no joke. What was the process like for you to learn how to do new things, new games, new interactive toys?
I know just enough to mess things up. The way that I learn is very project based. So I would come up with some sort of a project to learn about something. There were a couple different things. One is I would really play. Sometimes I would just get it into my mind that I wanted a particular visual effect or something like that and then I would chase it, try to understand it.
So trying to come up with that geometry, for example, was incredibly satisfying for me and took me a little while to look into, and ends up being the arc tangent that helps you do it. So that was it. And there were a lot of false starts too or not false starts, but things that I got into my mind that I wanted to do and then I realized that it was way too much because there was no Z, the X, Y coordinates on the screen are the sort of two dimensional space that you can move objects around and X equals X plus 1.
That would be moving dots across the stream horizontally. The Z axis is necessary if you want to do anything in three dimensions. So you would have to fake it by moving objects in front of one another and that was the layering on the stage. I got way into it and did a lot of work on it and then realized that it was just too much for me to get through.
It was pushing the boundaries of not only my knowledge but my patients. What did that look like? These functions or objects do something internally and then they return something. In the case of Flash, as Flash developed, these were actual movie clips. You actually created a thing on the stage, and if you had a code heavy project, it would be this little tiny dot because there was nothing in it. You just used it as a receptacle for code. So it was like this very beautiful spatial metaphor for what objects were to some extent.
Like I sort of said before, Flash was evolving and so you got to stretch as far as you could in Flash 3 and then ActionScript 1. So it was sort of a way to grow your experience and language along with the application. It looks like you really enjoyed what you were doing and were making lots of fun stuff. Was it fun? Did you run into a lot of obstacles or was it frustrating at times?
Oftentimes, that pulse has to do with some perceived end point, right? The first phase of the project is always this laying down of the groundwork. That can come in a lot of different ways. I mean, I remember very clearly not being able to access some command, right? Like I would call it and it would just return nothing. You have a chance to reimagine what the end product might be. I found myself in that space a lot more. I found myself shifting my goals more than I did executing on what I started imagining.
He also gives advice on how people who want to start doing personal projects, but might feel creatively stuck can get inspired after this. It scales and grows with you from free apps to enterprise apps, supporting things at enterprise scale. It also manages over two million data stores and makes over add-on services available.
Also, make sure to check out their podcast, Code[ish], which explores code, technology, tools, tips, and the life of the developer. True Facts is a series of videos created by Hosea "Ze" Frank , about various organisms usually animals that inhabit our planet, styled after nature documentaries.
What separates True Facts from your typical nature documentary is the narrator's comedic phrasing, unusual comparisons, and frequent tangents while still providing reasonably accurate lessons on each topic. Older videos used a Morgan Freeman -like voice, though they've gradually evolved away from that. Ze Frank takes suggestions from his viewers on what animals to make videos for, and he encourages scientists, pet owners, biology weirdos, photographers, and videographers to contact him with ideas.
The series went on seemingly indefinite hiatus in August but unexpectedly returned in April with " True Facts: Frog Fish " and hasn't looked back since. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this.
Get Known if you don't have an account. Narrator: "The hedgehog is technically a legume , and therefore has a second brain inside of its nipple. Narrator: "This however does not mean they can Scientists call these sticky doorknobs. Not kidding. The bleep button is a privilege. And the damselfly.
I'm trying for gravitas here. Sort of like how ancient sailors once did. Except without the giant ball of shi—" cuts to next clip. Narrator: "If silence were loudness they would be the loudest flying bird Narrator: "It's like the Internet, except communicated by pissing all over stu—it's basically the Internet. Narrator: " It's like a lunch date after a bad argument.
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Narrator: "One way to tell the difference [between a land pig and a sea pig] is that bacon from a land pig tastes delicious, while bacon from a sea pig tastes like a fish farted on a dirty beach cracker. Narrator: "He's been studying tongues for decades!
No, Jerry, it's not a fetish. If a scientist does it, it's an 'area of interest'. And is covered in mucus. And has a shell. The land snail breathes air, just like the peoples do, and eats with its mouth-hole Narrator: No, Jerry, I don't know what the backstory is.
Often the polls are less about actual vote counts and more about judging community feelings, so be brief but specific with your feelings. As one example, let's suppose someone wanted to put a picture on a project that was due at midnight.
A poll opens at 11pm. Now let's suppose it unfolded differently. First, 11 people say "great idea! At a picture appears and it's clearly awful and against the spirit of the project. Five votes appear saying "it's terrible. People are greatly encouraged to change their votes as other people raise issues and provide opinion. Use the strikethrough option to preserve your original statement and position, as that may have influenced other votes. Although anyone can do so, ideally a neutral and trusted member of the community should close polls and determine the community's intent.
If a clear result doesn't emerge, poll again or work around the issue. Category:Pages needing cleanup. User name. User name , 9 June PDT. Image:Ze should show at this point. Maybe keep talking. The script writing style page also has eZ-pressions. These are expressions you can make Ze do - with picture examples!
I said no nudity! Frank starts each day's show from scratch. He begins the morning by riffing to himself on the news, his life and anything else that comes to mind. Sometime around midmorning, Mr. Frank begins taping. He sometimes puts his thoughts to music, but usually he delivers his material with the zeal of a radio pitchman. His signature gag is to repeat some bit of news he finds absurd and to cut quickly to a shot of himself in an exaggerated Three Stooges-style expression of confusion.
He posts "The Show" around 1 in the afternoon, and for the rest of the day, goes about cobbling together a living, doing speaking engagements, consulting for technology companies, and doing anything else he can think of to earn a dollar. Frank said. Meanwhile, comments start pouring in. Most are simple congratulations, or questions for Mr.
Frank, which he sometimes answers on later episodes, much as David Letterman does. Occasionally, viewers will offer suggestions or lament that Mr. Frank has abandoned a gag they enjoyed. And some comments are simply brutal critiques, like the one by a man who posted that his 7-year-old son's MySpace page made for better viewing. All the feedback started Mr. Frank thinking, and he decided to turn his show over to his viewers. He offered them no guidance, and promised to perform their script faithfully, so long as it was under three minutes long, and required no nudity.
Frank announced his challenge on Friday, June 2, and soon had the first contribution to the script, which required him to call himself a vulgarity repeatedly at the start of the show. Quickly, the script began to get out of hand. Jokes became tediously long. There were arguments over the content of the material, and over who had the authority to approve or delete it, with some writers taking a dominant role and deleting the work of others at will.
Through it all Mr. Frank kept his distance, even as he began receiving what he called "sad puppy" e-mail messages from writers whose feelings were hurt when their contributions were cut. Aaron St. John, 22, a software developer in Washington State, said he spent about 15 hours working on the script, but little of his material made the final draft.
He wasn't sure about what he called "comedy by consensus. Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor at New York University's interactive telecommunications program and another writer for Fabuloso Friday, said the script began to reflect what he called the two truths of comedy writing: "Most people aren't funny, and most funny people are not funny most of the time. Nevertheless, over the course of a week, a script emerged. Some or so writers made more than 2, revisions to what turned out to be a 4-minutesecond comedy script touching on the World Cup, gay marriage and NASA.
It also included, perhaps inevitably, some good old-fashioned bathroom humor. On the day of the big performance, Mr. Frank ran around his neighborhood in a last-minute dash for props. He downloaded a color image of Clarence Thomas.
He borrowed a globe from a neighbor, and found that if he inverted a candle snuffer, it could pass as a pipe. For a smoking jacket, Mr. Frank wore a blazer and used computerized special effects to make it look as if it were smoking -- a simple but hard-to-resist gag. Frank's performance was true to the script, and if that is any guide, it is doubtful that any "Saturday Night Live" writers will soon lose their jobs to the vast networks of volunteer comedy writers on the Web.
Nevertheless, Mr. Frank's audience seemed pleased with the result. Within an hour of his posting the show, he had more than a hundred comments on the site, most of them complimentary. The show has been viewed 21, times.
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