The Click Effect: Freediving in Virtual Reality

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This week’s digital story spotlight is part critique and part web app sneak-peek. The digital story itself is called The Click Effect and runs on a special platform called Within: Extraordinary Stories in Virtual Reality, which is designed for mobile and the latest VR gear (you can watch it on your PC and use your arrow keys for the panoramic effect, but it doesn’t have the same immersive experience).

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Digital Story Critique: After the Storm

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After the Storm is one man’s harrowing account of a 1.5 mi (2.4 km) wide EF4 tornado that leveled his home town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011. The storm resulted in 64 deaths, over 1500 injuries, and massive devastation which permanently altered the geography of the town. Told in twelve minutes and fifteen chapters from the perspective of filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace, the story takes us on an a very personal and immersive journey of the hours leading up to the disaster and the aftermath of one of the most destructive storms in our nation’s history.

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Digital Story Critique: The Boat

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The simple title is deceptive—like a Chekhov play—because it is very deep and full of symbolism and meaning. What makes this story unique is the way it’s told as an online multilayered graphic novel. Originally penned by Nam Le, an immigrant from Vietnam himself, The Boat is about a young girl’s escape from her country after the fall of Saigon and her journey on a crowded refugee boat toward Australia.

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Get Your Science Groove on with BioBlitz

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I took a break on Monday and headed up to Estes Park to see the Fall colors. It was such a soul-nurturing time of escape. Something about taking the time to notice the subtle changes around makes me slow down and appreciate all of the beauty of nature and life. And I realized if I don’t make time to see this quick transformation each year then I miss it altogether. Which leads me to why I was inspired to write this week’s digital story critique.

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