Tourette’s Guy in COMM 101

We’ve all had a guy like this in our class before–someone who is not affected by social norms, who can basically say whatever they want and get away with it. This audio file captures this moment, although it gets a little ridiculous. WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CLIP CONTAINS PROFANITY.

Posts online can be so boring. Mine is less boring, however it is also less tasteful. It’s a hard decision these days picking one over the other.

I figured, what’s funnier than someone who has trouble communicating well (Tourette’s Guy) being in a Communications 101 class? A perfect dynamic. In theory, at least…

To make this pile-o-crap, I used the open source tool Audacity. The software let me process multiple streams of audio as one, allowing me to underlay a background audio channel as well as a channel for the soundboard and one for me to speak.

The only editing I did in audacity was moving around the separate audio clips so they flowed coherently. I also used the amplification feature to normalize some of the volume differences. Beginner stuff, really.

As shitty as this was, it took forever to make. I used this soundboard of the Tourette’s Guy. If only it were that easy though.

I had to download Virtual Audio Cable (Free Edition) so I could redirect the sounds of my computer to be recorded as an input device. Every sound clip that I wanted to use from the soundboard, I would then record into Audacity.

Hours of fiddling later, this monstrosity was created. Enjoy as much of it as you can!

A Walk Through Life

flickr photo by krutscjo

Ah, a beautiful site. I’m one with the palms and one with the sea. Magnificent sites from the safety of my abode. What a wonderful day.

flickr photo by bionicteaching

The intricacies of life are nice, both natural and man-made. The ornate pattern on my fence strikes awe in me. And the presence of pure color wakes the mind. Nature struggles at such refinement.

flickr photo by bionicteaching

It is unfortunate that some places are not yet refined. The act of development is an unpleasant site. Once completed, there will be beauty.

flickr photo by bionicteaching

And the most beautiful part of life are the other creatures whom we inhabit the world with. They never get boring. There are just too many of these people. A perpetual cycle…

flickr photo by bionicteaching

And lastly, back to nature. A true beauty. Although often looked aside, nature is key toward the advancement of our society. It’s always with us along the way.

See the process.

The Star Spangled Banner

Visualization of the star spangled banner, showing the highs and lows of the song as a line graph.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

The Star Spangled Banner is a song that we Americans have all grown up with. The song is a story at heart. Because of the prominence of the song, each sentence carries much weight.

A common approach in storytelling is to have highs and lows. If a story had neither, it would be rather uninteresting.

The Star Spangled Banner captivates audiences because of it’s solemn attention to detail–the contrast of bombs bursting in air with a still-waiving flag is indicative of a shift from low to high.

The above chart helps to visualize these highs and lows.

See another digital story.