Weeks 13 & 14

Daily Creates:

Remix Assignment:

Mashup Assignments:

Mashups:

These assignments were certainly stimulating. They had me bridge the gap between seemingly unrelated scenarios. The concept of ‘mashing’ together differences into a cohesive whole was certainly a challenge. The assignments themselves were rather descriptive in how to achieve the desired results, but a certain amount of ingenuity was required to successfully mash.

Mashing up will likely continue to be a popular avenue for creative expression, as dissimilar events may be intertwined, creating the potential for a nice result. By mashing together works of art, several different audiences may merge into a larger, shared one.

As far as copyright is concerned, it’s best that the artists receive consent before mashing together serious works of art. It would be wrong to profit on the combination of multiple works of art without having any permission from those respective parties.

 

 

Week 10

Assignments:

Video Assignments:

Another week of wonderful experiences. Wooo. I have no interest in film or movies so there wasn’t much for me to enjoy this week. I enjoyed discovering more about Utada Hikaru.

Video can be powerful when used correctly. It can be used to unveil the emotion inside of each of us. Personally I don’t like video and most media because it pulls people further apart from one another, only allowing them to be indirectly affectionate. People need to realize that no item on earth will ever give them happiness, including film. Once they realize this, they will be on their way to finding true happiness.

Week 7 & 8

Required Audio Assignments:

Other Audio Assignments:

Radio Show

The team gathered together in person to prepare for the production of our radio show. We had decided that our show would resemble National Public Radio (NPR), in that we would partition our show into various segments each talking about various topics.

NPR radio logo.

We each decided to take our our own story, avoiding the complexities of coordinating our voices. Caleb elected himself to open up the show, introducing the various crew members and telling a story of his own. I elected to close up the show, while the other members Jack and James agreed to provide segments in the middle of the show.

My challenge was to come up with something I felt comfortable talking about. I do not enjoy listening to stories that talk about material things, so I instead talked directly to the audience to reason with them about how to improve their storytelling abilities.

Topics that have more meaning than material ones.

I am not the most comfortable with recording myself, so I went about it in a strange way. Instead of writing down beforehand what I would talk about, I recorded multiple short segments of free-thought and stitched them together using Audacity. This proved to be rather time consuming during the editing process, having to equalize volumes and reorder various tracks.

The sound I used in the background of my radio segment was found here. I noticed that speaking without a backing track was very hard to listen to. It still a bit awkward having one person talk to the listener, but the backing track minimizes the awkwardness.

Looking back at the final product, my segment sticks out from the others, mostly because my background music is more ambient. Hopefully it doesn’t take away from the show too much because it falls at the end of the program, and maybe people are expecting weird endings!

Class So Far

This class has been an adventure, for sure. I never want it to end, but I know someday I’ll have to graduate and never have to see it ever again :(.

I didn’t learn much about audio. I learned how to achieve a couple of sound effects using Audacity. I don’t possess the skills or tools to create tremendous audio. It’s all been a hack, really.

I expected the class to be more about building up ourselves as people and meaningfully contributing to projects. I’m sure the class didn’t advertise that at all, but that’s what I felt the class would be about.

I don’t enjoy working with audio. I’m not sure if it’s because I have to record silly, meaningless sound-clips, or some other reason.

Week 6

My daily creates: Through My Window, ET (Atari 2600) PackagingAn uncomfortable, comfortable chairApple + Amazon = Applezon.

Design Assignments:

Visual Assignment:

Ready, set, design blitz!

Vignelli Canon

Design is pretty cool. I didn’t have that much time this week to read many articles about it though because I felt rushed to complete the assignments. I wish the professor could lighten the required assignments for this week in the future so that students can click through those million hyperlinks and actually learn something.

Team Stuff:

Rough sketch of our plan:

  1. Tip of the day
  2. Story
  3. Process
  4. Interview
  5. Story
  6. Process
  7. (Maybe Something Here)
  8. ‘Next Week on our show…’

Also, we will try to resemble NPR a bit.

I made this logo for our team:

digital_story_fellers

  • How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments?

I did my best to complete each and every assignment. I wish I had more time to put in more detail, but I say that a lot in this class.

  • What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?

I wrote all of my articles based on intuition rather than having read many of the posted articles. There were too many articles to digest, and seeing a wall of them was just off-putting.

I enjoyed completing all of the assignments for once. This is hard to do as I attempt to put some level of quality into my writings, which is what I have to forego when there are too many assigned tasks.

I learned some things that I’d rather not share.

  • What would you do differently? What questions do you have?

I would have more time to read about different elements of design than have to generate 5+ assignments using those elements. I’ve asked my questions already and haven’t received a coherent response. I hope to get this issue resolved during the week.

  • What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work? Cultural/Societal implications?

Not being thrown out of school for speaking out for what I believe in. Culture and society can follow along should I lead the way.

Week 5

Here are the two daily creates I completed:

I may have done more daily creates, but, alas, once you miss one, there is NO going back. Oh heavens, no! Such absurdity.

We had to complete three Visual assignments. Here they are in their glory.

I wrote about some techniques I used for taking photographs.

Here is my flicker-set page!

The photo-blitz activity.

I commented on 3 peoples blogs, 2 comments each. I could not find Justin Lawrence’s blog. I had no intention of looking for more than 10 minutes. Go ahead and fail me for doing so!

Question

Your week 5 blog post says the following…

Keep in mind that simply completing 8 stars worth of assignments is the bare minimum to satisfy your work for this week (a “C”).

Does this mean that I can do the 3 assignments each week and get a guaranteed C?

Thank you for your response!

Experience

I am absolutely in love with this class! The visual assignments were the most mentally stimulating exercises of my life! I may have found god while completing each and every one of this week’s assignments. I can’t believe I am still on this earth! Thank you professor Pollack. Thank you so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much. In fact the only force pushing me to complete these assignments is sarcasm, a trait you value yourself on! So this is what it’s like to be like my idol. I can’t even tell if I’m offending anyone because it doesn’t even make sense! I’m going to value myself on this trait for the rest of my life! Wooo!

Week 4

Audio storytelling, woooooo! <crickets>

I wrote about talking to machines, or Russian chat-bots, whichever sounds more convincing.

I pretended to have taught a communication class in which a student who had no concept of good communication tried to introduce himself.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t see myself putting together a puppet, so I only made 3 daily creates:

Printing Problems
Floppy (Poem)
Improving Your Life!

I posted about this week’s work.

I didn’t receive any feedback on my blogs, so I have no opinion of any feedback. I do think feedback is important, however. It may help me from writing distasteful blog posts.

Feedback/Comments

When I did give others feedback, I would criticize aspects in their presentation, such as paragraph spacing or lack of content altogether. I’d try to write in a way that was somewhat nice, too.

From looking at others’ blogs, I learned that many are having trouble expressing themselves as well! Most spit back exactly what was asked, while some write truly profound things. Although my blog is shitty, it’s at least different.

I do think the professor is looking for a bit too much in one week’s time. I’m happy with what I’ve put together, though.

Week 3

What is Storytelling?

Storytelling is this
Digital Storytelling is this

What did you learn this unit about your notion of storytelling?

I learned that I’m pretty godawful at it, and that I find it to be more of nuisance than something useful.

Where might it apply to your interests or studies?

It’s a good way to captivate the masses. I’d feel bad captivating them unless it’s of something truly meaningful.

This week’s work

A post on The Star Spangled Banner, following Vonnegut’s ‘Shape of Stories’.

A post commenting on a previous semester’s student’s post about a television if it could have an opinion. This post was somewhat insightful about what it means to produce a digital story. I just don’t find the topic to be too captivating or meaningful.

A Walk Through Life via Five Photo Flickr.

I commented on a few people’s pages. I would write in the good-bad-good style, where you say something good to the person so they will listen to you when you have to say something bad. If you say something bad first, good luck having them listen.

Here are my daily creates:

My opinion of the daily creates:

The Daily Creates are a pile of random rubbish–people spewing art across the internet. It’s just not my thing. Although some people find my posts interesting.

How is your experience of ds106 going?

Just more of the same. BS you have to do to satisfy someone else’s desires. What fun :D.

Are you feeling more comfortable with your blog?

Yeah, sure!

What do you need help with?

Finding more meaning from the mundane.

Week 2

How well do I feel I completed the requirements of this week’s assignment?

I created a sister blog to my main blog Zimcode. (I did not feel as though DS 106 content would always be applicable to the software theme of Zimcode)

I created a page that embeds a GIF image I had created from the movie Rat Race.

I created 4 daily creates, each on unique days of the week.

I installed the plugins required for the week.

I added a Flickr gallery that displays an album of mine from Flickr.

I wrote a reflection on becoming knowledge-able.

What gave you trouble?

I had trouble understanding how the plugins worked after activating them. It seems that each one does something radically different from one another, and how to use them is dependent on the plugin.

What did you enjoy most?

It was fun making the GIF image. I also enjoyed watching the videos.

What did you learn?

I learned how easy it is to make GIF images by using online tools. I learned that our culture is holding us back from being knowledge-able.

What could you have done differently?

I could have written more. And probably a whole lot else.