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11 AUGUST 2012

Medieval manuscript illustrations were planned not doodled

"it's the word 'doodle' that really riles my pedantic dander. ... because, as I try to make clear, the images I post ... weren't scribbled into the margins by surreptitious snarkers whilst no one was looking. They were explicitly commissioned by the manuscript's patrons as part of the project from the very beginning. For the well–heeled noble, ordering a book was not just a matter of selecting the text; deciding on size, presentation, illustration, and ratio of naked dudes to non–naked dudes in the margins was all part of the process of getting a book made.

This is not to say that medieval readers and scribes didn't ever doodle. It's just easy to tell the difference between images planned as part of the manuscript's commission and those scribbled in by a creative, bored scribe or one of the later owners of the manuscript. Just as you might imagine, a reader might decide a chunk of text was particularly important and make a note in the margin ... Or, someone might just decide a page looked too blank and thus attempt to fill up some of that space [1]... See, the thing about medieval doodles is they look just like modern doodles ...

For this page [2], somebody sat down and sketched out a rough draft, showed it to somebody else, possibly even multiple somebodies. There were meetings. Consultants were brought in. The client was consulted. And at some point somebody said, 'Yes, that's very nice, the nuns smuggling that dude into their nunnery. Very topical. But I don't like that blanket. Too drab. Can we get someone to put some flowers on it? The difference is, I hope, clear. You don't doodle in gold leaf."

(Carl Pyrdum, 13 February 2012, Got Medieval)

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Simon Perkins
28 JULY 2012

Annotate That! content commentary and sharing application

"Annotate That! is a free unique annotating service. Share web pages, images or documents with others and add your comments using annotations. Simply click on the web page or medium to make your annotation."

(Dean Claydon, We Create Digital)

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Simon Perkins
18 MARCH 2012

Australian Aboriginal On-line Television: short-form original content

"Australian Aboriginal On–line Television aims to be one of the world's best video sites. We specialize in short–form original content – from new, emerging talents. We're committed to delivering an exceptional entertainment experience and we do so by engaging and empowering our audience every step of the way.

Everyone can Watch Videos on Australian Aboriginal On–line Television. By uploading your video people will be able to see first–hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture special moments on video, Australian Aboriginal On–line Television is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow.

Australian Aboriginal On–line Television is not only a video sharing website but also has social network features, you can make friends, and send them videos and private messages. Australian Aboriginal On–line Television also has built in rating system and comment system so that people can discuss on their interested videos, not only comment but also, people can rate Comments."

(Australian Aboriginal On–line Television)

Fig.1 "Australia's Natural Heritage", Oski Pictures Australia (http://www.oskipictures.com/).

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Simon Perkins
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