Being @annycow #ds106

My twitter handle is @annycow. When I wanted to be Anna Cow on twitter, somebody had already taken the @annacow handle.
On twitter and the internet I am Anna Cow. The #ds106 cow. (ds106 is the digital storytelling uncourse)
It started in the Western episode of #ds106. As a participant one had to choose a persona to join the story. I do not know what made me choose that name Anna Cow, and that persona the Cow. In the story Anna happened to be a Dutch cow, imported to the USA in a ship.
Now the Western106 episode is over (is it really?)  I am a digital cow.
Being a digital cow is like being a person from a story. In the beginnig of the story the persons must be introduced.  After that introduction the persona grows and becomes a person with a history and character.
Sometimes I do ask myself: What would Anna Cow do or say in this situation? And I know what she would have done.
Anna has priorities and preferences in choosing pictures, themes and words.
After all she is a female, a cow. She is a social being, she knows about living in a herd.
Because animals like digital cows are not perceived as dangerous, Anna Cow is regarded as a friendly person. I like the way people communicate with Anna Cow. They do trust Anna and accept her in the digital world.
Everybody is a digital person on the internet, so being Anna Cow is not a lonely life. On twitter nobody knows for sure who really is the person on the avatar.

Cow Poem (on a poem of R.L. Stevenson) Robert Louis Stevenson wrote this romantic poem about a red cow. Here is my changed poem, The original is down.


The ugly farmer male and white,
I disgust with all my heart:
He takes my milk with all his might,
And also eats my calf.

I wander lowing here and there,
And eat his bloody hay,
All in the freezin’ open air,
The burning light of day;

And chilled by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
I walk among the meadow grass
And dream of wreakin’ powers.

Here the original poem of Stevenson.

The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.

The portrait is of Stevenson. (thanks to wikipedia)

Western Comic



cowboy western may 1949:
Kansas City Fair of 1873 (4 pages)
Pencils: Ken Battefield | Inks: Ken Battefield

Ken Battefield (died 1967) was a prolific comic book artist in the 1940s and early 1950s, during the Golden Age of Comic Books. He is most associated with the Nedor Publishing line of books where, at various times, he illustrated Pyroman, Doc Strange, Black Terror, American Eagle, The Scarab, Captain Future, and many others.