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Audio (Week 5 Summary)

It’s Audio Week!

Radio Bumper

This bumper was created using Audacity. I recorded my voice and then found a free source music track to place behind the talking. I used the Envelope Tool on Audacity to quiet the background music behind the speaking part, and used fade in and fade out effects to clean up the ends.

DS106 Audio Assignments

Assignment #1: Funny Voiceover

Eminem is really passionate about his McDonalds. For this assignment, I used iMovie to add clips together of an Eminem rap battle but instead of his usually angry singing, Eminem is rapping the Mcdonalds rap song.

Assignment #2: New vs. Old

For this assignment, I took the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and remixed the original version with the Glee cover using Audacity.

Assignment #3: Tongue Twister

This assignment was to record yourself saying a tongue twister and layer a sound in the background. I recited a tongue twister about a woodchuck and then played nature sounds in the background to keep the theme consistent, and edited the tracks together using Audacity.

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Reading Movies (Week 10 Summary)

It’s Video Week!

Video Essay

This assignment tasked us to take a scene from a movie and analyze it stylistically, not by the plot. Our readings this week posed questions about why movie/video makers choose to shoot scenes the way they do. What effects do these choices create? What elements of the shot help create the desired effect? Personally, I found Roger Ebert’s approach to movie analysis most appealing because his process is to take a film shot by shot and delve deeply to discover what nuances each shot can reveal about the film. I think that breaking down the film this way helps to better focus the analysis rather than trying to glean something from the film in its entirety. Therefore, with Ebert’s article How to Read a Movie in mind, I analyzed a shot from the movie American Beauty and attempted to break it down as Ebert might. Below, I have embedded a video essay consisting of the shot I chose to look at with a voiceover analysis.

DS106 Video Assignments

Assignment #1: Period Piece Mashup

Assignment #2: Tik Tok It

The original assignment was to make a Vine video, but because Vine no longer exists I used Tik Tok.

Assignment #3: Put it in Reverse Terry

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Looking Back (Week 9 Summary)

This week, we were tasked with taking two of our old assignments and re-doing or remixing them in a new way. Below, you will see the results of that reflection and reinvention.

Revisited Work #1: Now Vogue

This visual assignment was to take a picture and turn it into a magazine cover. When I originally completed this assignment in Week 6, I used Instagram to edit a photo in order to create the magazine cover. This time around, I decided to use the photo editing website Pixlr to see how the two approaches compared. Overall, Pixlr had more options as far a design elements that could be added to the photo in making the magazine cover. I used a “Hello Summer” sticker from the bank and Pixlr had more extensive font choices. I think that Pixlr was the better tool to use for this assignment because you can create a more polished/professional looking final product compared to one created on Instagram. Here is the final work:

Revisited Work #2: Tell a Stellar Story

This web assignment was to create a story using the App Stellar. My original Stellar video detailed a vacation I took to Costa Rica, so for this remix assignment I decided to make a new Stellar project that detailed a one day long significant event in my life. I chose to make a commemorative video about my high school graduation. This time around, I used more of the features in Stellar like placing templates around each image so it looked like a digital photo album. I thought this was appropriate as the pictures within were ones I would put in a physical photo album, and it helped the Stellar to look more unique instead of an like an instagram story. Here is the final video:

Radio Reflection

While our radio show premiered on ds106 radio, my group members and I watched the tweets that came in throughout. Watching the live reaction was a really beneficial experience in that it gave us immediate feedback on the audience experience of our show, allowing us to see how it came across from the opposite perspective. The feedback we gleaned had a lot to do with what content engaged the viewers the most. Our radio show was about childhood memories, ranging from food memories, injuries, and childhood hopes and dreams. The audience response overwhelmingly showed that viewers resonated most with the stories about childhood injuries. Many of the Twitter responses had to do with people remembering their own childhood bike accidents and sharing them, as several of us talked about this in the radio show. With this in mind, if we had to revise the show I think we would focus it in more on childhood injuries in order to facilitate greater audience engagement. #radiolisten


Final Project Submission and Summary

Embedded below (through SoundCloud) is my final project!!! I created a podcast titled “Netflix: Fact or Fiction” that is a podcast that combines history with pop culture/modern day TV shows that are inspired by history and historical locations. In this podcast, we take a look at some historical facts or other information about an area and then compare it to shows that have been created inspired by that history!

***Side note*** I truly want to apologize for the sound/dryness/poor quality of my voice on the recording, I contracted strep throat at the beginning of this week (perfect timing!) and wasn’t actually able to talk much until the latter half of the week which set me back. This led to a lot of coughing and therefore stops and starts so I could cut those parts out, my apologies.

Below, I will also include the logo I made for the podcast using an online logo tool and Pixlr:

About the Process:

  • Last week’s brainstorming time was really helpful in that I had a complete idea of what I wanted to accomplish, and so now all I had to do was try and execute it the best I could without wasting any more time not knowing what to do yet. That week consisted of conducting the majority of the historical I wanted to include in the podcast, but luckily I found a great website that consolidated my efforts in one place. I created a resource page that I will link here in this sentence as well as further down in this post that includes links to the sources I used for the historical research. I give all historical knowledge credit/information to that source!!!
  • The other aspect of the show was opinion based commentary, so it was easier to gather however it did need to be organized. Based on blogs I read and my own views on the show, I came up with points I wanted to discuss about each show (Outer Banks and American Horror Story Season 6: Roanoke) compared to the history I introduced each with (the Lost Colony and a broader look at the history and current makeup of the Outer Banks).
  • Now it was time to record. I had used the Voice Memo app on my iPhone and Mac in my previous audio project with my group earlier in the semester, and so I decided to do so again because the quality was the best i’m able to produce from where I am. I recorded 14 separate audio tracks that would make up the podcast: most of them were me speaking (Intro, Outro, Prelude section 1, Prelude Section 2, Main Story Section 1 & 2 etc.), then there was background music for certain parts of the podcast, theme songs for the TV shows discussed, sound effects, and memorable audio clips from the TV shows.
  • Voice memos are automatically saved as the “Filename.m4a” version of audio files, so I used iTunes to convert each individual audio file to an .mp3 file so they could be uploaded and edited in Audacity.
  • I used Audacity to edit together my entire podcast – the bulk of the heavy lifting happened there. One by one I uploaded the clips in the order I wanted, using the “Fade In” and “Fade Out” Effects between clips as well as the Envelope Tool to quiet background music when I wanted it to play behind a speaking part. It was a very time consuming and finicky process to say the least. But I like Audacity and had been able to practice getting my bearings with it earlier in the semester, so it was nice to use it again with some experience.
  • Once everything sounded the way I wanted, the podcast landed at a little over 40 minutes and I was pleased because there is not a lot of filler it is predominantly active content. I listened through it all together and when I was finally happy with it, I uploaded it into SoundCloud with an episode title and cover image. The last step then was to embed it here in this #finalproject summary post.
  • On another note, I referenced a lot of images/concepts throughout the podcast that I wanted my audience to be able to see if they wanted to, so I created a Podcast Resource Page that has pictures and descriptions about the things and ideas discussed throughout the podcast. This page is a separate blog post I created here on my WordPress blog and has media (mostly images) relevant to the podcast, as well as credit to the sources I used when researching the podcast. Please check it out. (P.S. All the media I included for the resource page is embedded directly into the resource page, not linked, just the sources are linked.
  • Finally, I wanted to give a specific shoutout to what the #outstory theme meant to me in making this podcast and how it relates to the final project. I actually speak this excerpt (copied below) in the podcast itself near the end but I will include the script of what I am saying below as I want my idea to (hopefully) come across clearly:

Our Story

“Looking back on history is a great way to better understand where we have come from, and how far we have come as a species. Right now, I’m sitting on the same ground under the same sun where Native Americans first settled the land, where colonists sailed across the sea to establish themselves, where Civil War conflicts erupted and where slaves ran for their freedom, where pirates smuggled jewels and where the first airplane took flight. And now I’m in the modern world and that all seems so crazy and amazing. The way that that history has been internalized, interpreted, and recreated helps show us how we have changed over time and how much we do or don’t understand the past. I think that our perception of history truly shows the mindset of our times, and how we tell that history will reveal if we have learned anything at all from the mistakes and triumphs that came before us. And today, Media is one of the tools we have at our disposal to reinterpret and create new art out of that history. That is why I love historical fiction, and why I created this podcast. The shows I referenced today weren’t the deepest examples of this concept in action, but there is something there in the ability for us to use online tools, cameras, editing software, production equipment, and every other tool we have in this new age to create entire TV shows that are a reflection of our moment in history. This is how we retell, recreate, and reimagine our story“.

~ and scene ~

I cannot believe the semester has almost come to an end and we are turning in our final project for this class. I have learned so much this semester and I truly enjoyed what we got to do and see throughout this class. Thank you DS106 for a great semester, and a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the digital world. Thanks for teaching us how to better listen to and tell stories digitally so that they can be fluid, dynamic, interesting, and meaningful.

As always, thanks for listening. I truly hope you enjoy. Bye for now.


Final Project: The Plan

  • For my final project, I decided on doing a podcast style presentation, however I want to include images throughout the presentation so I either will do a voiceover with changing images or do a podcast and then create an additional post as a resource page where you can see images of what is talked about in the episode, like many podcasts do today.
  • I am going to be talking about the history of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and then talking about media that has been created inspired by the area. There will be a prelude section that contains a smaller story about a legend from the Outer Banks, The Lost Colony, and then talk about the American Horror Story season based on that legend. I will mainly just be talking about stylistic choices in the TV show and how it is derived from the legend, as well as how it departs from it. Then for the main story, I will first give a brief overview of the history of the area and then compare it to another TV show inspired by the OBX literally called the Outer Banks. It is a fictional TV show for young adults and gained great popularity upon its release in the summer of 2020. It is on Netflix and has a second season coming out. Again, I will be using the actual history of the area and my current experiences living here to do a podcast style informal analysis of stylistic choices within the show and how they reflect/do not reflect the reality of the area.
  • Below I am going to upload some of the media I plan to use either in the voiceover or on the “podcast resource page”.
  • I will be using audacity to edit the audio as well as attempt to create a theme song for the podcast to play in between the prelude and the main story. I will also be creating a podcast logo.
  • The Lost Colony
  • Prelude: talk about the legend, historically what is known and then talk about how it has inspired new media to be created, American Horror Story season
  • Main body of podcast/historical documentary: Talk about the history of the Outer Banks and truths about it, and then talk about the TV Show Outer Banks and then analyze and comment on how the show depicted the area – accuracy/inaccuracy, filming/staging choices, depiction of locals/socioeconomic makeup of the area, etc.
  • This is a very rough outline but I have a plan I promise! I have all the historical research completed and plan to read a script from it.

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Mash-mixes and Re-ups (Week 12 Summary)

live look at my brain after remix & mashups week

Mashup Assignment #1 (4 stars)

For this assignment, I used Pixlr to do some photo editing mashups with different movie stills. Below, you will see Tom Ripley and Dickie Greenleaf from The Talented Mr. Ripley arguing in a boat while Jack and Rose from Titanic exchange their last, sweet parting words. Be nice if the Ripley crew let them onto their boat…

Mashup Assignment #2 (4.5 stars)

This assignment was to show the progression of an actor/actress throughout their years in the spotlight. I chose to highlight Lindsay Lohan’s progression, as I grew up watching her movies all throughout my childhood and early adulthood. Her transformation is definitely dramatic, but I chose to include more of her better moments before her last picture in an orange jumpsuit. Please watch and listen along for the poignant song choice. I used a video template in the Tik Tok app to complete this assignment, and selected and edited the audio to match with the pictures the way I wanted.

Daily Creates – Week 12

This week’s #dailycreates were fairly simple, and are embedded below for your viewing pleasure!

Remix Assignment #1

Per the brief for the week, one of our “remix it” assignments needed to incorporate something we had already completed for the class this semester. While I was scrolling through the mashup assignments for the week, I was inspired by the assignments that detailed changing the audio behind a video to create opposing effects. For last week’s blog, I created a travel documentary trailer and placed a happy, upbeat audio track behind it that matched the mood of the trailer. To mix it up this week however, I went into iMovie again and decided to place a horror movie-esque soundtrack that did not match the content of the trailer at all. The resulting new trailer, embedded below, more so resembles one of the documentaries about a family murder-mysteries that are so popular today… a little eerie. But regardless, the message of the trailer was definitely remixed to create a bit of unease and confusion, which I believe was the point of this week.

Remix Assignment #2

This remix portion of this assignment emphasized over the top editing and color choices – I hope that is obvious by the otherworldly coloring of Katniss and Tris. It said to make the final product bad, and not the good kind of bad. I do however think that the strange colors are kind of reminiscent of a hellfire laden dystopia. I chose to combine these two franchises because they have nearly identical themes: dystopian societies, female heroine, survival, love stories, tyrannical leadership etc. I don’t think the world is ready for this crossover yet but when it is, I have the movie poster ready. The Divergent Games: the ultimate display of feminine strength and power. In theaters Summer 2050.

Here we are again at the end of another week. This semester is flying by.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s work, and as always – stay tuned for more.

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Storytelling with iMovie (Week 11)

a glimpse at the terrifying state of my desktop in the process of completing this week’s assignments

This week has involved a bit of catching up and getting back on track. Speaking of tracks, for this weeks movie assignment I had to deal with audio tracks – muting tracks, deleting tracks, finding free tracks to use that somehow still got copyright claimed on Youtube… – but nevermind! This week’s assignment definitely taught me a lot about what I can do now and what I need to practice on, improve, and further explore.

For this weeks #storytelling movie assignment, I decided to make a Documentary Trailer highlighting a family trip I took back in 2018 to Europe to visit my sister who was studying abroad. I chose to do this assignment because I wanted to practice in iMovie and I wanted to do one long video assignment rather than multiple shorter ones. The finished product will be embedded below for your viewing pleasure:

Now that you’ve seen the final product, I’ll go into more detail about how it came together.

***DISCLAIMER*** I know this video might seem extremely simple to some more experienced iMovie gurus, however it was actually quite time consuming for me as someone learning and involved the application of skills I have learned earlier in this semester, as well as several Google searches for help. Sorry if it is underwhelming to anyone, but it was a valuable exercise for me in that it helped me practice creating with iMovie.

Thinking of an idea for this assignment was the most difficult part for me initially. I needed a story to tell and juggled a few ideas around before settling on this one, because I knew I had a sufficient amount of pictures and clips (content) to create a trailer. I started out using one of the trailer templates in iMovie, but as i’ll explain later I had to make some adjustments.

I chose the movie trailer template labeled “Travel” and set off to work. I first filled out an Outline that included things like Movie (or Documentary) name, group, release date, start and end location, cast list, studio name, and then the information for the ending credits. This stage was simple. Then came the storyboard stage. This stage was the most time consuming by far. However, the iMovie template contained pre-organized blocks for short clips or images to be inserted, as well as title slides in between that ran in order (like they do in a movie trailer). It took me a long time to select all the media I wanted to include, what I wanted to intermittent title slides to say, and what order I wanted each aspect to be in.

I used an assortment of personal videos, pictures, and free source video clips from the internet throughout the trailer.

Side Note: The website where I found the free source video clips (linked above) was very helpful and provided great quality short clips for my purposes in this project. Highly recommend.

Once I had every individual piece of media uploaded and placed in the desired order, I watched the trailer back and realized I absolutely hated the preset music, as well as how short some of the clip times were in the template. So I went on Google and researched how I could more freely edit this project, and subsequently converted the trailer into a movie (within iMovie). This allowed me greater creative liberty than the template, like the ability to change the background audio and adjust the clip times. The template did however provide a great organizational structure for creating the trailer in an order that made sense and looked semi-professional.

Once I had converted the template trailer into a movie, I deleted the preset audio track completely and found a free source track from the website I wanted a light hearted, upbeat track as the subject matter of this trailer was that vibe. Then I had to edit the length of the track to fit the length of the media that I had uploaded into the trailer. I adjusted it a few times to fit better with the content it played behind, but I really didn’t have to do anything too crazy on this step. Finally, I adjusted some of the title slides and clip times to last longer so that the words could be more easily read and clips that I wanted emphasized stood out more.

Once I was happy with how it all looked in iMovie, I saved the project to my laptop and then uploaded it to my YouTube channel. I was nervous at first when I saw a copyright flag on the video in the uploading stage, because I thought everything I had gotten from the internet was free source. It turns out the song I used came up as copyrighted, but it was still able to be used as long as I didn’t try to monetize the trailer (ha ha) and as long as the copyright owner could run ads before the trailer (fine by me lol). And with that, I uploaded the trailer to YouTube and previewed it there to make sure everything looked alright. Finally, I embedded it here in my blog.


This weeks assignment (and the impending deadline) really got me thinking more about the final project. After reading other’s ideas and contemplating the professor’s advice and comments from Week 10, I definitely think I want to do another movie/video format of sorts. I think it is an effective way to combine multiple mediums in one project. Of course, I plan to make something much longer than a 2 minute trailer, and something with a more complex idea/subject matter. But I want to keep experimenting with iMovie and Audacity as well to create audio with more depth and technique. I want to tell a bigger story than I have so far, one that focuses on more than my own life and experiences, although one that still has my voice. Perhaps doing something based on my local community (the Outer Banks of North Carolina) would be interesting, as I am not in Fredericksburg this semester. I think it would be interesting to do a documentary style video that talks about the history of a place and then transitions to modern day video that encapsulates what living there now looks like. I think that could produce an interesting story about comparison between eras, the evolution of society, etc.

As always, thanks for listening/watching/reading. Stay tuned for more next week.


“Uzi, Uzi… Not Again” (Week 6 Summary)

This just in: Lil Uzi Vert redesigns his face with a 10 carat diamond to convey a message of extreme wealth. More news at 10.

Daily Creates

Unfortunately, I only have one Daily Create to analyze this week. (Apologies). It is embedded below:

This Daily Create was interactive and demonstrated the amazing ability of cross media interaction and creation. For this create, I was directed to a website that allowed the image of a famous painting to be cropped to size and turned into a unique QR code that was compatible with the video game, Animal Crossing. Once created, this code could be scanned in the Animal Crossing game and produce a tiny, digital version of the famous painting within your own Animal Crossing World. My sister has our Nintendo Switch right now so I sent her this create in the hopes she will upload it into her game and display the painting in her house. I looked through my classmates’ examples of those who had access to the Animal Crossing game and it was so cool to see the little digital copies of the paintings present in their worlds. The quality of the graphics was impressive in that the paintings in the game were immediately recognizable to those we selected off the Getty website. This create was one of my favorites so far, as I liked how it had some immediate application outside the classroom.

Assignment #1: Now Vogue – (original assignment post)

Firstly, I’ll start off explaining the mechanics of completing this assignment. I looked for a photo in my camera roll where I had done my makeup at least (as being on the cover of a magazine might prompt one to do). I thought this picture was perfect because I went beyond that – I was in a full-on costume with face paint. I figured it could be used for Vogue’s (possibly non-existent) Halloween Edition. After selection my photo, I followed the assignment instructions and uploaded the picture into the Instagram story section and began to edit. I added the Times New Roman font for the magazine title and matched the color of the title to the clothes I was wearing, for aesthetic purposes. Then, I typed a caption/description in the same font but different color, and dragged it to the side of the image to simulate a magazine cover. This assignment helped me further understand how design can help change the message of an image. Although this is a clearly “homemade” version of Vogue magazine, adding the title and the blurb helped it look like something other than a personal selfie. The use of a specific font also emphasized the element of typography in design, whereby using Times New Roman I could come closest to emulating the real magazine. This assignment additionally helped me further grasp the theme of #ourstory. The photo I chose started off as just a personal photo I took, nothing special, not much to it. However, through the changes made through the assignment, the photo now has more artistic value as it meaning/appearance changes from personal to part of what we are all collectively learning. Through my own work and seeing others in class transform their more personal forms of expression, we are all contributing to our story by creating images that have meaning to those beyond ourselves.

Assignment #2: Call the Fire Department, I’m About to Drop my Mixtape

(original assignment post)

This post was incredibly fun to make and I have to say the end result is one of my favorite of what I have produced in class thus far. To create this “album cover”, I downloaded an app called PicsArt. This app has an incredibly wide range of photo editing abilities. I researched how to transform a regular picture into an album cover, and discovered that it involved techniques like increasing the saturation, adding a grainy effect, and placing a “parental advisory” sticker in the corner. I uploaded this original photo into the app and then promptly applied each of the changes I read about, until the photo looked the way I wanted it to and the way I had seen others look. I think it turned out looking fairly legit and it was great getting access to so many better quality photo-editing tools that I can use in future assignments. Last of all, this assignment also applies to the #ourstory theme. The assignment to make an album cover that I chose happens to also be a big trend on the app TikTok right now. I knew that this meant there would be easily accessible information online to create a photo like this. Through sharing each other’s art, we are able to give and receive greater access to means that can help achieve our separate creative visions. I think that our story is about sharing about ourselves in order to contribute to a larger pool of creativity that is expressed through digital storytelling.

Assignment #3: Tough Love – (original assignment post)

While this assignment was very humorous, it also really did teach me more about the power of design. The task was to take an image that conveyed one feeling, and then create a caption that completely contradicted that initial feeling. To create this image, I searched for an image that radiated positivity, achievement, and hope. This image of a man reaching success under a beautiful sky conveyed that sense of accomplishment well. I then uploaded that image into instagram and created the caption, which reads “Don’t Bother Trying, You’ll Never Reach It”. Obviously, this phrase evokes the opposite sentiment of the photo itself. It’s basically telling the viewer to give up on reaching that paradise of success, as there is no real hope of ever achieving it. All jokes aside, I thought that this assignment helped again to portray the power of design in message delivery. The compound image I created was designed to confuse the viewer, causing them to face contradictory sentiments in the same image. Separately, these pieces have completely different meanings/cause the viewer to take away very different lessons.

Assignment #4: Memorable Moments – (original assignment post)

This assignment instructed us to pick a memorable movie quote and overlay it on top of a still from the same movie. The movie I picked is called Seven starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. At the end of the movie, there is a dramatic scene in which the serial killer reveals a sick and twisted surprise for the two detectives who have been hunting him down (I don’t want to spoil the ending so that’s all I’ll say for now). This line is one of the most iconic and memorable lines from the movie. I overlapped this text on this still of Brad Pitt from the movie through the Instagram app. I chose to make the border around the text red to echo the violence of this scene in the movie. Pitt’s anguished expression and the bold text help create feelings of dread, fear, and horror that accurately reflect the scene. I think that this assignment matters as it helps to remind viewers about the artistic choices that make those moments of certain movies stand out so greatly in their minds. The staging, the lighting, the dialogue, the music, and so much more go into making a movie moment unforgettable. This assignment reminded me of all the design work that goes into making “movie magic”.

Don’t Forget to Check out my DesignBlitz!

As always, I appreciate anyone who made it this far. I’ve really enjoyed reading the comments I get and look forward to interacting more with everyone’s blogs.

Until next week, over and out.

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Visualize With Me (Week 4 Summary)

Me analyzing pictures all week

Daily Creates: Week 4

Welcome back to this week’s edition of Weekly Summary! Starting off our show tonight are the one and only Daily Creates. In accordance with this unit, all of the Daily Creates this week were very focused on visual experiences. This weeks daily creates included kaleidoscope drawings, caption contests, and inserting ourselves (or our pets) into famous works of art. The kaleidoscope drawing create introduced me to a new website where all you do is draw funky patterns. It was interesting learning how moving the mouse in different ways allowed you to create new lines, shapes, and patterns. There was a bit of a learning curve as far as the mouse movements, but the assignment was so free flowing in both its creative process and final outcome. No matter how you chose to move your mouse, your kaleidoscope drawing was perfect as long as you did it! I found that I cleared my page over and over until it “looked right” to me, and once I had that I was ready to submit. That is one great aspect to art – its beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It was a very soothing exercise that produced many variations of digital, artistic expression.

The caption contest daily create was overall simple to produce. I screenshotted the image given to us on twitter, then uploaded it into instagram where I was able to type and overlay my desired text onto the image. I then fit the test inside the caption bubble and saved the updated image. I had to rotate the picture from portrait to landscape for the final product, then I uploaded the image to Twitter. I liked this create because we as the caption creator had to interpret the visual image and come up with a caption that would fit the scenario, adding wit or sarcasm at our leisure. I truly enjoyed reading the other submissions and found it unsurprising that several of the captions (mine included) referenced the chicken who crossed the road.

Finally, my absolute favorite create of the whole semester – life imitates art! Putting myself into a famous painting was something I had never thought of doing, but once I saw the create I was so excited. To accomplish this, first I screenshotted an image from Google of the famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer. Then, I opened my snapchat app and tried to angle my face the same way the girl was in the original painting, and took a picture. Snapchat has a feature where you can outline anything in a photo and create a sticker out of it, so I outlined my face and created my desired sticker. I then uploaded the image of the original painting into snapchat, and edited it by adding the sticker of my face onto the original girl. I had to touch the image up a bit with some drawing in snapchat, smoothing out edges and color correcting. Although the finished product wasn’t perfect, I loved my spoof image and thought it was very humorous. It’s probably going on my ds106 instagram.

*Yeah, I just uploaded it there. Here’s the link:

All Daily Creates completed by me this week are embedded below for your viewing pleasure 🙂


Week 3: Assignments and Reflections

Assignment #1: Doggos in Paris – (original assignment post)

This assignment was interesting and piggybacked off of one of my daily creates this week. I know I could’ve and probably should’ve used photoshop or something with this assignment but I thought it was fine for my purposes to use stickers again to incorporate landmarks in this basic photo of my dog. I think it adds a comical sense to the picture and it is obviously unbelievable because the structures look out of place. I don’t know, I probably didn’t do this assignment right but I liked it enough to go forward with it. I liked the cartoon-ish aspect to the photo. I searched up a Paris location filter to add to the effect, and added a yellowish tint to try and emulate and older photo.

Assignment #2: Art Comes to Life – (original assignment post)

This assignment popped out at me because I had already done a daily create with a similar prompt! The assignment was to try and recreate a famous painting or print. Above you can see the barely discernible difference between these two paintings of “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. I think added the original image as comparison actually changes the assignment a bit when you are comparing a reflecting. You can more clearly see the difference between the facial expressions, even though I tried my best to recreate it accurately you really think it looks close when you don’t have the original image pulled up right next to it. I think overall though I tried my best to twist and change the size of the sticker of my face to fit the shape of the girl in the painting’s face. I had to shade the image in places to further shape it and overall I think it is a good/funny attempt at recreation because these assignments give you the opportunity to discover/refine your editing abilities.

Assignment #3: Who Me? Yeah, Me! – (original assignment post)

This picture was fun to make, but it required a partner. Up until today I didn’t have another person to do this assignment with. I had tried to do it weeks ago but I couldn’t, so I was really glad that I finally got to try it. The provided tutorial in the assignment made it very easy to recreate. What you do is start on one side of a panorama photo, then run behind your photographer and get on the other end of the picture before the camera swivels there. This random dog was also featured and it was funny because he also followed the rules of the assignment just by trailing behind me. This assignment only took me one try and I really like the end result. Anyone with a phone that has panoramic capabilities can do this assignment quickly and produce a cool result seeing yourself (and maybe your dog) twice in one picture!

Assignment #4: Creature of the Night – (original assignment post)

For this post, I knew I already had a blurry picture that would be funny for this assignment. It was blurred to begin with, but it wasn’t quite obscure enough yet. I put the photo into the facetune app and played with the background. I used a tool to blur the background more as well as the edges of the figure (me running outside in the rain in socks). I also applied filters to try and blur my face more so it would be more ambiguous and featureless. Is that the flash? It could be, she’s going fast. Facetune is a good app usually used for editing photos to give them more clarity or hide imperfections, however through this assignment I found that it could also be used to make the photo quality worse if that is the desired effect.

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Have Mercy On Us Punxsutawney Phil (Week 3 Summary)

Really wish this lil guy didn’t see his shadow this year… I need some sun and serotonin!

Daily Creates: Week 3

Hello again! First up on the docket are this weeks Daily Creates on Twitter. The Daily Creates are great ways to remind me to check in on DS106 every day of the week, and make sure i’m working on the weeks’ assignments a little bit each day. I enjoy seeing my classmates’ creative replies and getting inspired by their submissions before I formulate my own. It is interesting because there is such varied responses and it just shows how different everyone thinks. The creates that I did this week involved doodling on the Notes app, using emojis, taking screenshots of images (on a Mac, done so with the keys Command + Shift + 4), uploading images, linking a YouTube video to a song, and overall pushing myself to think outside the box. They have not been too challenging (technologically speaking) so far, but I have also chosen which ones to complete strategically. I like how each create causes me to use different methods to complete them, and hope to use them as a way to grow my media skills further. They are slowly becoming habit, and as I mentioned last week they are a nice respite among the heavier workload of my classes. My goal for the coming weeks with these is to interact more with my classmates’ tweets and to get more complex with my submissions. I am additionally looking forward to seeing how my DS106 Twitter has grown over the semester. Below y’all can check out my submissions, embedded right here into this blog:

I strongly encourage y’all to listen to the song Peaches that I linked in this tweet and imagine yourself somewhere warm. Very therapeutic.

Week 3: Assignments and Reflections

Assignment #1: Stop and Smell the Roses – (original assignment post)

This weeks’ assignments were all writing based assignments, but of course there’s a little digital media sprinkled in! This assignment was just a reminder to take a step away from the screens and experience the world around us. The great outdoors! Many people are struggling right now in quarantine, especially college students. I believe that this experience is representative of #ourstory. All of us in this class are going through this right now. Our whole lives/schedules have been disrupted. Our daily interactions and activities have to be greatly limited, and experienced in new ways. These blogs help us express ourselves as college students living during uncertain times. These posts help us share our experiences, and in some instances they are probably a lot different than students’ posts in regular semesters. Our story is being written during this pandemic and through this class, and it could be cool to look back on them and remember this when we finally make it out. Zoom fatigue is a real thing, so this assignment was a nice refresher. Let’s do a little sensory exercise. POV: you’re me, walking on the beach in 30 degree weather.

The sun shines brightly in the sky, yet the friendly warmth it usually lends is nowhere to be found. The wind is crisp and harsh, cutting against your cheeks and flushing them red with cold. The waves crash loudly in your ears, even though they’re safely tucked in the hood of your sweatshirt. You miss the feeling of the warm sand in between your toes, for now the sand is chilled and dense beneath your tennis shoes. Fragile sea foam rests on the shore before it is pulled back into the frigid ocean that stretches before you. However, the shimmering surface of the salty water still glitters beautifully, and the cold you feel in your bones and in the goosebumps on your skin reminds you that you are alive. What a beautiful thing to be.

I’ve uploaded a lot of pictures in my blog so far so I wanted to do this assignment with a video. The process wasn’t too hard because I had uploaded to YouTube before. After taking this clip on my phone I synced it to my computer, uploaded it to YouTube, then embedded it here in this blog post. Turn your volume up if you watch the video to hear the wind and the waves.

Assignment #2: Dear Mom, – (original assignment post)

*Sorry to everyone who is not my mom, this is sappy but its the assignment!


Thank you. Moms are people that give. They give so much. You gave me life, you gave life to the most important people in the world to me, Lilly and Nick. You gave your heart to dad, and made us a family. You made our house into a home every day. You gave me a friend for life in you. You gave me a safe place to land. You gave me a shoulder to cry on, a confidant, a support system. You gave us all the things that mean everything to me. You are irreplaceable. You are joyous. You are a light in this world. Your laugh demands the attention of a room. You understand me when it feels like I’m fighting things on my own. I know I will never be alone because of you, and the people you brought into your life and into this world. I’m sorry I don’t say things like this more often. Every day I know I am going to be okay because of you and our family. It is the only constant i’ll ever know in this life. You give so much each and every day, and it is recognized. Thank you.

This assignment was emotional but again as with the previous assignment, I feel like it is important to stop and take accountability of the things that really matter. Stop and smell the roses. Stop and tell the people you love that you love them. Remember to live. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the online world – what you don’t have, who you don’t look like, who has more followers – but in the end those things don’t matter like your mom does! To lighten this post up I will post a cute animal picture below:

but nonetheless! Take heed of my words (if you want).

Assignment #3: The Simplest Story Ever (ft. a nameless penguin)

(original assignment post)

This assignment was so silly but I liked that it included some collaboration with another person. It was honestly difficult to start off the story but once it was started things flowed better from that point. I called three different people before I finally found someone who was willing to write this little tale with me. Instead of doing it over email, I updated the assignment a bit by bringing it into iMessage. I started the story with a sentence about a penguin who lived in the North Pole, and then my fellow author and I exchanged sentences back and forth over text until we had our short story. This assignment was a nice change of pace because it included someone else in the creative process. It was very silly as I said before but ultimately I think that collaboration is a big part of this class. Communication amongst peers in this class especially contributes to #ourstory. Without communication, all of our posts and individual stories would be only our own, it would be your story instead of our collective. Whether it be direct communication with others through comments, or just reading each others’ posts, communication is one of the driving forces of the digital world. Collaboration happens every second online and it creates interaction between people who might live thousands of miles away. It can connect one person to millions and although this assignment is a small example of collaboration, it speaks to that larger role of communication within this class.

*Also, this is a literal example of digital storytelling! Telling a story through text ha

But Wait, There’s More!

***Don’t forgot to check out my Story Analysis Post from this week, linked here!***

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. Until next time – over and out.